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Updating a Classic – Evidence That Demands a Verdict Growing up in a Christian home, I had a lot of questions about the faith. So I went looking for answers. One of the first apologetics books I discovered on my dad’s shelf was Josh McDowell’s classic work, Evidence that Demands a Verdict. My dad even …

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Did the Apostles Die as Martyrs? - Apologetics Guy

Updating a Classic – Evidence That Demands a Verdict Growing up in a Christian home, I had a lot of questions about the faith. So I went looking for answers. One of the first apologetics books I discovered on my dad’s shelf was Josh McDowell’s classic work, Evidence that Demands a Verdict. My dad even …

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MUSLIM, Mass Murder, and Q&A

On today's edition of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank mentions that great reviews of MUSLIM are coming in. Hank also discusses the mass shooting last night in Las Vegas, and the claim of ISIS that the shooter, Stephen Paddock was a recent convert to Islam, and was acting as one of their soldiers. Hank also answers the following questions: As a Christian I know that when I suffer, I "suffer for the Lord." How should I classify the ... See More suffering I had before I became a Christian? What is Paul talking about when he discusses the remnant and the elect in Romans 11? With all the current discussion about gender, I'm wondering, does God have a gender?

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A Look at the Apologetics of Paul

In this post, I want to examine some of the methods and apologetic approaches that Paul used in reaching his culture for the Gospel. There has been a lot of debate on the topic of apologetic methodology.  Which approach should we take in following Paul’s example? Presuppositional or Evidential? We need to look at various approaches Paul used before declaring there is only one approach to use in our present culture. I have noted elsewhere about the educational background of Paul.

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The Apologetics of Jesus

Something had gone terribly wrong. The Messiah had arrived but the Kingdom, which would be characterized by liberty, freedom, and the just rule of God, had not arrived. Instead, John the Baptist found himself in prison awaiting execution. Confused and discouraged, John sent his disciples to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" (Lk. 7:20). Jesus responds by pointing to the testimony of His miracles: “Go back and report to John what you hear and see. The lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” (Lk. 7:22-23). When asked by John if He was indeed the Messiah, Jesus defends His claim by pointing to the testimony of His miracles. Miracles represent another component in the apologetics of Jesus.

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Far Worse Than Being Caught: Fighting Sin with Fear

If you are falling in love with the world, and about to exchange the glory of God for the dream of gold, ponder which is worse: waking up with gravel in your mouth, or being handed over to ever deepening perversion? So, we read: “God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves. . . . God gave them up to dishonorable passions. . . . God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:24–28).

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Is God Real? Evidence from the Laws of Logic (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this re-posted podcast, J. Warner begins to examine the case for God’s existence from the Laws of Logic (the Transcendental Argument). Jim also responds to email concerning objections to the Anthropic Principle and talks about the sometimes ‘hidden’ nature of God as he interacts with his children today.

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How Islam Can Prevent Sexual Abuse Scandals (Thanks, Qasim Rashid!)

Support our videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 The Independent recently published an article titled, "How the Teachings of Islam Could Help Us Prevent More Sexual Abuse Scandals," by Qasim Rashid. For once, David Wood actually agrees with Qasim Rashid. So, in this video, David presents ten ways Islam can help prevent sexual abuse scandals.

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Evidence That Demands A Verdict - A Review

Let me begin with a bit of truth in advertising. I was an invited member of the original Launch Team for the newest version of “Evidence That Demands A Verdict”. In return for being a part of the Launch Team, I received an e-book version of ‘Evidence” and a tee-shirt promoting the book. However, the e-book was flawed. By design, the pre-publication version that we were sent included a large watermark in the middle of each page, making it very difficult to read (at least for this reader). In spite of being a part of the Launch Team, I decided it would be unfair to review a book I could not fairly read.  Two months later I found (using my normal review book resources) an opportunity to receive and review a hard copy of the book. This review is based on both the original “Launch Team” version which I received last June and the hard copy I received earlier this month.

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The Most Dangerous Thing Luther Did

Luther could not have imagined in 1517 that his most influential act during the German Reformation, the act which would touch most lives and effect the budding Protestant movement the most would not be his Galatians or Romans commentaries, his theological tracts like “The Bondage of the Will,” or even his insistence on justification by grace through faith alone. No, the biggest rock he threw into the ecclesiastical pond, which produced not only the most ripples but real waves, was his production of the Luther Bible. But he was not a lone pioneer. He and William Tyndale deserve equal billing as the real pioneers of producing translations of the Bible from the original languages into the language of ordinary people, so they might read it, study it, learn it, and be moved and shaped by it. The Bible of the people, by the people, and especially for the people did not really exist before Luther and Tyndale.

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GK Chesterton the Apologist

When we think of Chesterton today, we think of Father Brown, the quintessential priest-detective. But, like Conan Doyle, who believed his more serious writings were more important than his Sherlock Holmes stories, Chesterton’s central thrust (even in the persona of Father Brown) was elsewhere. At heart, Chesterton was a controversalist, or, better, an apologist. What he really wanted to achieve was to bring his contemporaries (and us!) back to sanity by showing the truth of classic Christian orthodoxy.

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

In 5 minutes Greg interviews special guest @Natasha_Crain , then takes your calls 5-6pm PT (855)243-9975. https://www.str.org/blog/talk-greg-tomorrow# … . #Parents pic.twitter.com/8Kw2IJ7qUp

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The Most Misinterpreted Verse About Faith in the Bible

This includes silly, unrealistic wishes, like wanting to drive on roads paid for by other citizens who choose not to use them. Or chocolate at ready reach, without the consequence of weight gain.

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Living Faithfully in Difficult Times

Living Faithfully in Difficult Times by Melinda Penner I recently listened to a sermon about how Christians can live faithfully in times of opposition, preached by Tim Keller several years ago at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. The lesson is drawn from the book of Habakkuk. It’s encouraging to reflect on the fact that God’s followers in biblical times lived in societies that opposed them and made it difficult to faithfully follow God. And all of us have times in our lives that are hard to live through. I know sometimes I need more courage for both kinds of difficult times, and I found the lessons Keller drew from Habakkuk 2:1–4 to be encouraging. We need to develop skills to live faithfully in the circumstances of this world, and I thought there were some practical lessons in this sermon. We are to live patiently, perspectively, obediently, God-centrically, and joyfully. Patiently God tells Habakkuk that he will wait for God to answer. But waiting in this context isn’t a passive thing; it’s active. Waiting biblically means deliberately humbling ourselves before God and being patient for His timing.

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Demolish Atheism with Ontology

http://amzn.to/2yqvciD Frequently summoned as justification for atheism and skepticism, modern science actually offers reasons to affirm Christian theism. More than that, without the truth of Christianity, one could not even do science. Using fresh ontological apologetics, Robinson challenges the dogmas of atheism, relativism, and materialism as he demonstrates that only the existence of God explains reality, including: matter, knowledge, logic, morality, space, order, design, evidence, science, and personal identity--learn how to demonstrate that the whole material cosmos requires God. The proof, truth, and evidence are everywhere.If you are tired of getting rebutted by unbelievers and atheists this study does NOT offer routine arguments that are:•Stale•Expected •Predictable•Publicly Repetitive•Anticipated by unbelieversTo be sure, Robinson recognizes that the aggressive New Atheists attempt to sweep away the truth of Christianity, but the listener quickly learns that only Christian theism can overcome skepticism and completely rinse away doubt.The reader comes away with an innovative refutation of atheism as well as disproof of skepticism, relativism, naturalism, and universal doubt.

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Should Teens Own Smartphones?

It definitely fed my FOMO (fear of missing out). It fed into some insecurity. Even though my friends never made me feel weird for not having a smartphone, it was an expectation, so they were surprised when they discovered I didn’t have one. There were times when I was the outlier. And not only with friends but also with my generation at large. I’d be walking through the mall or waiting in line or stopped on the sidewalk, and I would look around, fully present and disconnected — and stare at a sea of teens glued to smartphones. I was an exception, and that felt uncomfortable.

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Why the Reformation Still Matters

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BreakPoint: Who Do You Say that I Am?

This God-Man was not only sinless, He is entirely worthy of our worship. In reply to His question, “Who do you say that I am?” We should be able to say with Peter, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and with Thomas, who fell on His knees before the risen Jesus and said, “My Lord and my God.”

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Greg Koukl on Twitter

Greg interviews @Natasha_Crain , author of Talking with Your Kids about God, today 4-5pm then takes your calls 5-6. https://www.str.org/blog/talk-greg-tomorrow# … . pic.twitter.com/f7VMTT0obB

22 Renewing Your Mind | Tower Experience | Oct 18, 2017

For Martin Luther, the seeds of the Reformation were planted in his troubled conscience. Today, R.C. Sproul describes Luther's discovery of Christ's imputed righteousness.

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Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex, Baby

There are at least two categories to think about when it comes to conversations with a boyfriend or girlfriend. First, monitor how much you talk and how much time you spend together. If we’re serious about guarding our hearts and minds, developing healthy independence, and anchoring our hope and joy in Jesus more than in each other, we’ll be careful with how much time we’re focused specifically on one another. It may feel ridiculous and unnecessary to resist the impulse to talk all the time — you’re both curious, and excited, and ready to hang out — but it will serve you so well in the future, whether you get married or not.

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Abbreviated Christianity and Christian Case Making

At some point in my life about 18 years ago, I decided to surrender my presuppositions and follow the evidence where it led. It didn’t happen in a day, but over a period of months as I slowly investigated the claims of the gospel writers. I eventually came to call myself a “Christian”. But the process that brought me into the Christian family of believers, the methodical investigation of the evidence, soon became a part of my life as a believer. It wasn’t long before I found myself sharing what I learned with the people in my world. I retraced my own investigative steps for anyone who would sit still long enough to listen. I think I drove my atheist friends crazy with this behavior; they had known me as a vocal (and rather angry) skeptic for many years. I’m sure I also tested the patience of my wife; the Christian evidences were all I talked about for many years. It wasn’t enough that I was now a Christian after 35 years of unbelief. I was determined to defend what I believed and share the evidence with others. I was becoming a “Christian Case Maker”.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/god-walks-through-the-fire-with-you

In this series, Pastor Rick teaches from the life of Daniel. God tested Daniel through every stage of his life, from his teenage years all the way into retirement. And the practical lessons from Daniel’s story will help you to stand firm in your beliefs and to develop a greater trust in God.

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Christianity Today on Twitter

Christianity Today is the source for those eager to engage the world for Christ and curious about the people, events, and trends shaping the church and culture.

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The TC Apologetics Daily

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Dale Dowden on Twitter

@LeeStrobel bought CFC today. Seen it in theatre as well. Powerful message. HIGHLY RECOMMEND to EVERYONE. Give it a 15 on a 1-10 scale.

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The Silence We Desperately Need Today

[There is] a view which misrepresents silence as a ceremonial gesture, as a mystical desire to get beyond the Word. This is to miss the essential relationship of silence to the Word. Silence is the simple stillness of the individual under the Word of God. We are silent before hearing the Word because our thoughts are already directed to the Word, as a child is quiet when he enters his father’s room. We are silent after hearing the Word because the Word is still speaking and dwelling within us. . . . We keep silence solely for the sake of the Word, and therefore not in order to show disregard for the Word but rather to honor and receive it. ( Life Together , 79)

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Talking with Your Kids about God

Christian parenting is hard work—and it's getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith, but fear that today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed—uncertain of what they can do to help their children, given the difficulty and extent of the faith challenges they will face. This practical and timely resource gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain identifies 30 specific conversations about God that parents must have with their children, organizing them under the categories of the existence of God, science and God, the nature of God, believing in God, and the difference God makes. Chapters are sequenced in a curriculum-oriented way to provide a cumulative learning experience, making this book a flexible resource for use in multiple settings: homes, church classes, youth groups, small groups, private Christian schools, and homeschools.

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Why the Reformation Remains Relevant After 500 Years

Second, grace alone and faith alone. Romans 4:14 states, “If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null” — nullified, just like grace was — “and the promise is void.” Here’s the key: “It depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace” (Romans 4:16). In other words, if God’s blessings of new life and no wrath are free gifts of grace, the only way a human may enjoy them is by receiving the gift, not doing. Faith, not law keeping, is key. If you add to faith as a means of receiving new birth and justification, you nullify grace. Paul says in Romans 4:16 that faith alone and grace alone stand and fall together.

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Is Your Church Healthy for People with Mental Illness?

Helpful churches make an effort to see my patients and are minimally knowledgeable about mental illness. They know clinical depression involves physical symptoms such as appetite and sleep problems, lack of interest in pleasurable activities, social isolation, spontaneous crying spells, and sometimes physical symptoms such as pain. These are the people who are quiet and may isolate at church. These are the people who may disappear from small groups or Bible studies. These are the people who assume no one will miss them or come looking for them. These are the people who believe that the promises in the Bible do not apply to them and that prayer is an act of futility—at least for them.

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To COEXIST Is A Biblical Command

Along with my regular blog here at seanmcdowell.org, I am now featuring occasional guest posts from some students in the Biola M.A. in Christian Apologetics that I personally had the privilege of teaching. This post is from my friend Tim Stratton, who has an excellent and growing ministry of his own. I simply asked him to write anything […]

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Around The World In 80 Days, Nigeria: The People The West Forgot

But she nonetheless went.  Let me underscore that point.  She went .  This is courage defined.  I was humbled by the courage and faith of these people.  To me, Luke and Patience were like Christian super heroes.  Were such people given the means and help they currently lack, they would change the world.  American Christians, by contrast, have allowed their culture to be hijacked by evil elements hell-bent on the annihilation of the unborn, freedom of speech, religious liberty, and the family as we know it.  That this is happening is because Christians have preferred silence to what I will call a soft persecution—a lost scholarship or promotion, perhaps, or being ostracized socially.

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The Point: Adam Named the Pokémon

It’s a bit concerning that kids know the name of a non-existent electrical rabbit but not an otter. And there’s a more important point, too. The Bible’s packed with illustrations from nature. God reveals who He is through the natural world in a special way. When we’re out of touch with nature, chances are we’re out of touch with Him.

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Literary Forms, Part 1 by R.C. Sproul | October 17, 2017

Christians are to take Scripture seriously and literally. But how exactly do we do that? If we take every word “literally” we find ourselves painted in a corner surrounded by critics. How do we understand some of the passages and sayings of Jesus when, if taken literally, are difficult to comprehend? Dr. Sproul looks at these thoughts in “Literary Forms.”

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Are the Five Solas in the Bible? Part 4: Through Faith Alone

Ephesians 2:8–10 : “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

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The Perilous Pitfalls Facing "Tent-Making" Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity

The Struggle for Audience No one writes a blog hoping it will go unread, or records a podcast hoping it will go unheard. If you’re making the case for Christianity regularly, you probably want a jury to hear it. But how will anyone even know about your work if you’re not part of a large, marketable apologetics organization? I’ve known a number of ODA’s who got frustrated when they realized their audience was much smaller than they hoped. When you feel like no one’s paying attention, it’s hard to get up early to post a blog.

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God Made Our Brains to Need Others

Suffering internalized is dark and heavy, but suffering shared engenders courage and hope. In those early years of illness, I gave up on my survival strategy of withdrawal and self-sufficiency by bringing my helplessness and grief into the open. As I shared my suffering with friends, I found validation. The safe harbor of friendship gave me space to compassionately accept the pain, sorrow, and limitations sickness had introduced into my life. Honesty with others unlocked even more honesty with God, and I found the cry of my heart was echoed by many of the psalmists. I learned to embrace my suffering as a provocative gift for others to begin receiving healing validation for their own pain.

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Discovery Institute on Twitter

The subject of Michael Denton’s new book — water — is ubiquitous, as indeed for living creatures it must be. http://ow.ly/dd5z30fVdcL  pic.twitter.com/PhfaGtmKWg

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Is Molinism Biblical?

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Does Quantum Mechanics point to God's existence?

Darren Williams received a PhD in chemistry from Oregon State University in 1998 and a BS in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. He began his academic career at West Texas A&M University (1997–2001) and continued it at Sam Houston State University (2004–present). The interim was spent in industry at BWXT Pantex in Amarillo, Texas (2001–2004). Dr. Williams has applied infrared and Raman spectroscopy to polymer-bound explosive analysis, to surface analysis, and to cleaning verification. He has published over two dozen articles and book chapters. Follow RTB_Official for updates! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RTBofficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/RTB_official Instagram: http://instagram.com/rtb_official Website: http://www.reasons.org

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The Evidence Still Demands a Verdict

J. Warner: I remember how important the first Evidence That Demands a Verdict was for me in the first years I became a Christian. I didn’t find out about it until I spent hundreds of hours investigating the Gospels, but I was comforted by the fact your dad had examined the case so carefully. How important was your father’s work in your own life? Did he share his investigation with you as a child?

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Lecrae’s ‘All Things Work Together’ Is a Grace-Filled Mic Drop

In All Things Work Together, Lecrae talks about how his mother revealed to him the bias of his schoolbooks, which led to a different understanding of American history that included the Middle Passage—the route slaves took from Africa to the Americas. He speaks about the important role of historical figures such as Chuck Berry, Eldridge Cleaver, and Angela Davis. As he recently explained in an interview with the women of Truth’s Table , Lecrae was raised with a certain level of black consciousness that he felt he had to put to the side once he became a Christian. More than just revealing his upbringing, though, these songs also point to the ways in which Lecrae felt he had to suppress parts of his identity. Rather than a new Lecrae, then, All Things Work Together actually brings the fullness of his identity as an African American, Christian, father, husband, and rapper to the forefront.

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58 Answering Islam 13: Has the Quran Been Perfectly Preserved?
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78 How to Resist the Allure of Gossip
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83 With #MeToo, Victims of Sexual Abuse Are Speaking Out. Many Happened Within the Church
84 The Significance of Lecrae Leaving White Evangelicalism
85 Call for continued prayers despite IS surrendering Raqqa - Premier
86 Fine Tuning and Different Laws of Nature | Reasonable Faith
87 Defining Irreducible Complexity.
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90 Lila Rose: Twitter 'Waging a War Against Pro-Life Speech' with These Bans
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