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Can the Church learn something from the way SNL gave space to a cast member's mental illness?

What is the Evidence Jesus Rose from the Dead?

Is there good evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? What facts are most compelling? Sean briefly answers these questions.

Depend on God — and Do More

Deep, humble dependence on God gives way to labor, industry, and productivity that can change the world.

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On his visionary concept album, Open Mike Eagle regards black bodies as temples being torn down brick by brick.

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The Biblical Hope of Chance the Rapper | Think Christian

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Chance the Rapper testifies that the day is on its way.

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5 Powerful Reasons Why The Gospels Are Reliable Sources

5 Powerful Reasons Why The Gospels Are Reliable Sources By James Bishop One of the most common objections to Christianity is that Gospels are not reliable or trustworthy sources for Jesus.  A variety of reasons are often given for this, including the religious bias of the authors and the decades in between the events and the written accounts of the life of Jesus. Perhaps the leading, and by far most popular, skeptic and critic when it comes to contemporary Christianity is the agnostic Bart Ehrman. However, Ehrman still affirms the historical nature of the gospels, writing that “If historians want to know what Jesus said and did they are more or less constrained to use the New Testament Gospels as their principal sources. Let me emphasize that this is not for religious or theological reasons—for instance, that these and these alone can be trusted. It is for historical reasons, pure and simple” (1) . Likewise scholar Burridge argues the gospels to be reliable as historical sources, for instance when “judged by the criteria of the 1st century and I think they are pretty reliable documents.

Top 10 Apologetics "Tips" of the Year

During 2016, I began tweeting an “Apologetics Tip of the Day.” Some have to do with apologetics content , while others are tips for doing apologetics more effectively. Many of these were taken from my book A New Kind of Apologist or simply my own experience. And of course, some generated much more interest than others. Here’s the top 10 “Apologetics Tips” from 2016 in descending order:

Proof for God: The Laws of Logic

Proof for God - Logic: The Laws of Logic flow from God's nature. Tis message equips you to press the truth and proof of God's existence to all those who try to deny Him.

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The Cold-Case Christianity Podcast: Can You Answer Tougher Questions About Faith?

In this blast from the past, J. Warner examines the challenge offered by Bill Keller in his New York Times Article, “Asking Candidates Tougher Questions About Faith”. Keller’s challenge to political candidates is also an important test for those of us who want to be good ambassadors for Jesus.

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”.

The Useful Delusion of Christian Belief | Cold Case Christianity

My father taught me how to attend church as a non-believer. He did it for many years in many different contexts with both his kids and grand kids. He was willing to attend Catholic Mass as a non-believer with my mother in the early 1960’s, and he did it again with his second family at the LDS church near his home. He attended Methodist services with my grandparents and Baptist services with my sister-in-law. He also attended the church I pastor several times. He even served once with us on a service project. He sang the songs  and sat quietly during the prayers. If you didn’t know better, you would swear he was a believer. But as a happy atheist, he rejected Christianity (and Mormonism) while he simultaneously embraced these two religions. He rejected their claims related to the existence of God while embracing them as useful delusions. He liked the impact these religions had on his children, and for that he continues to be grateful.

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Where Did the Reformation Really Begin?

As we have been telling the stories of 31 reformers this month through the Here We Stand series, we’ve discovered one insight — one “secret” — one timeless lesson that made this all possible 500 years ago, and makes it real every waking day of our twenty-first-century lives. One powerful thread unites these men and women as much as any other and is at the very heart of the Reformation: a personal encounter with God himself in his word.

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.

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.

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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Old Testament Passages Quoted in the New Testament

I am sure that you have probably heard it said that you can’t fully appreciate the New Testament without having read and come to appreciate the Old Testament. This is, unquestionably true. The table below itemizes all of the instances within the New Testament, where the Old Testament is quoted. As I am sure you can appreciate, the table is lengthy but the value in knowing the connection between the OT and the NT is worth the effort. Definitely a post you might want to consider bookmarking for future reference.

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5 Reasons why Christians should learn apologetics

Several months ago, when my Sunday school class learned that we were going to study apologetics, there was an audible groan in the room. Most people were less than enthusiastic.

Ask Pastor Mark: What Do You Do When You're Struggling to Pray with Your Family?

Talking about our prayer life often makes us feel scrutinized or nervous. We’re easily embarrassed to talk about it, or apologetic for it. Some of us don’t know how to pray, or we don’t pray enough, or we only pray at the last minute when it’s some kind of emergency. I can’t remember ever meeting anyone who thought they prayed often enough, earnest enough, or faithfully enough. Making matters worse, maybe we don’t understand prayer, or no one’s ever told us how to pray. Talking with a Father who loves you and wants to hear from you should feel like a delight and not a duty.

Biblical Persuasion: The Heart of Evangelistic Apologetics

As I have studied apologetics over the years I have noticed that the word “persuasion” comes up much more regularly than what I have been use to throughout my church and educational experience. I have been to countless evangelism events, conferences and training sessions over the years, but I cannot recall a single sermon, lesson or resource on the biblical concept of persuasion.

Keller, Piper, and Carson on Why the Reformation Matters Today

Tim Keller, TGC’s vice president, admits that he while doesn’t own all of the era’s rhetoric and polemical style, the Reformers did get the biblical gospel right and carefully applied it to their own time. As TGC Council member John Piper tersely puts it, “They read their Bibles.”

The Red Sea in Front of Me: Reaching for God in Despair

In Christ we have been saved eternally and in his strength we await future acts of redemption from the Red Sea dead-ends we face in our lives. So, we must choose to trust and rest in the very place that God has us, waiting expectantly to see how he will show himself faithful. When we falter, lose our bearings, and try to fall back on our own strength, we can trust our Savior’s grace to strengthen our weak knees, forgive our wandering hearts, and teach us to rest in his saving arms.

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#MeToo, and You

a word that’s taken me that long to say. Then there was the boyfriend of a friend’s mom, who confronted me while I was alone in a car and tried to kiss me; I remember the fleeting thought, “Maybe I just let him do it and that would be easier?” And who could forget (I’ve tried, believe me) the time I spent the night at a friend’s and the next morning, two male housemates laughingly tried to rip off the bedspread covering me so as to see what I was wearing—or not—underneath. In each case, I carried shame during and after the incident, wondering what I did to invite it, how I could have behaved differently to prevent it. This shame is what still hovers over those memories like my fingers did over the keyboard, and its persistence, for me and other women, is what led me to post my own #metoo.

To the Glory of God Alone

Tigers exist, butterflies exist, mountains exist, forests exist, music exists, humans exist, the solas exist, everything exists for the glory of God. All rivers lead to this ocean, all creatures will bow and pay homage to their King.

Bart Ehrman on Jesus Mythicists

“It is fair to say that mythicists as a group, and as individuals, are not taken seriously by the vast majority of scholars in the field of New Testament, early Christianity, ancient history, and theology.” 1 And... The idea that Jesus did not exist is a modern notion. It has no ancient precedents. It was made up in the eighteenth century. One might as well call it a modern myth, the myth of the mythical Jesus." 2 Courage and Godspeed, Chad Footnote: 1. Bart D. Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist, p. 20; as quoted by Sean McDowell here. 2. Ibid. Related Posts Common Objection #32- "The hypothesis 'God rose Jesus from the dead' is miraculous. Therefore, it is the least probable." Bart Ehrman on the Earliest Christian Claims about Jesus Common Objection #14- "Jesus' Disciples were Uneducated and Illiterate."

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The Calling of Flannery O’Connor | Think Christian

O’Connor, who died of lupus in 1964 at age 39, never married. She did have a couple of stalled dalliances, but seems even as early as this stage of her life to feel that lifelong love—due perhaps to an awkwardness and insecurity that become a self-fulfilling prophecy—would elude her. Despite expressions of insecurity and self-doubt, which are normal for any college sophomore or any aspiring writer (especially any aspiring female writer), there is one thing O’Connor is entirely certain of, as the journal makes clear from its beginning. Even at a mere 18, O’Connor knows that her calling and her work must be centered in God. Before the daily journal entries begin, she writes an epitaph that includes this confession and plea:

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#MeToo: McKayla Maroney Says She Was Abused By a USA Gymnastics Team Doctor

Following the widespread accusations of rape, harassment and sexual abuse perpetrated by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano wrote on Twitter, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

Current Pro-Life Issues Christians Need to Remember

When you practice empathy and compassion with someone, there is not less of theses qualities to go around. There’s more. Love is the last thing we need to ration in this world. The refugee in Syria doesn’t benefit more if you conserve your kindness only for her and withhold it from your neighbor who’s getting through a divorce. Yes, perspective is critical. But I’m a firm believer that complaining is OK as long as we piss and moan with a little perspective. Hurt is hurt, and every time we honor our own struggle and the struggles of others by responding with empathy and compassion, the healing that results affects all of us.

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Disability Is Not a Death Sentence

Therefore, there is no need to fear disability or disease — in us, or in our precious children. The Lord will provide everything we need to care for those he has entrusted to our care (Matthew 6:25–26). He will use the lives of all his children to leave a profound impact on the world and shine a light on his love and care for each of us. We can trust that he will carry out his purpose. And when our task is complete, he will welcome us home in the same way Jesus loved and welcomed the little children.

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Go figure, I bought it and it came in the mail the other day :) We'll if it helps F.F. Bruce out I guess it's worth it.

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: Greg's Top Ten Picks of the Week!

Hello Everyone! Below are my top ten picks of the week for Kindle deals in Christian Apologetics. The 2nd two books are titles that have not yet (to my recollection) been featured on TPE before. Mouse over thumbnail for prices; click through to order. Text links are listed below the thumbnails. Sales commissions from your purchases go towards supporting Ratio Christi and The Poached Egg, so shop till you drop, and please consider sharing this post on your social media pages so that others can get equipped by taking advantage of these great deals! — Greg

Knowing Faith by The Village Church on Apple Podcasts

JT, Kyle, and Jen are dear to The Village Church, and when you listen to this podcast, you should expect that they will become dear to you. They are exceptional theologians while also being intensely pastoral. As a graduate of The Village Church Institute Training Program (’17) and a current participant in the Matthew class at Northway, I have benefited greatly from their wisdom and demonstrated love for God and His word. I expect God’s work through them and this podcast will more deeply cultivate my love for Him, His word, and the great narrative into which He has invited us to live.

Discovery Said to Show Dinosaurs Walked with Their Evolutionary Ancestors

With this biblical understanding of history, let’s consider what Langer’s team knows and what they can only assume. Without evidence of a meaty meal in the dinosaurs’ stomach, we cannot know for certain what they ate. Sharp teeth can be used for more than ripping flesh. And even if these dinosaurs were carnivorous varieties (and we have no problem with that possibility—the fossil record demonstrates that many varieties of animals were carnivorous by the time of the global Flood), their placement in the fossil record would not indicate carnivory existed before herbivory. That notion is based on worldview-based assumptions, not observable science. These dinosaurs’ placement in the fossil record only indicates roughly when during the global Flood they were catastrophically buried compared to animals buried in other rock layers. (Read more about the age assumptions that are based on the fossil record in “ Doesn’t the Order of Fossils in the Rock Record Favor Long Ages? ”)

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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The Doctrine of Scripture for Apologetics, Part 2

The Bible did not fall from heaven as a finished product placed in the hands of men. Neither was it, like the claims of both Mormonism and Islam, translated from golden plates found in a hillside or cave. Rather, God communicated to human authors in various ways, and guided their writing so that what was written was what God wanted to reveal to them. While 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us what Scripture is, the clearest passage that describes this process is found in 2 Peter 1:16-21.

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