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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.

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YouTube wizard 'TheDoctorOfWill' has mashed up two recent Ryan Gosling blockbusters: Blade Runner 2049 and La La Land. One is a slow moving meditation on what it means to be a human in a land full of fake people who look real. The other is a sequel to a 1982 Harrison Ford movie. Admit it, if this was an entire, feature-length movie, you’d probably watch it.

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Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

A great video about the Resurrection of Christ from our friends at the http://impact360institute.org/

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Reasonable Faith on Twitter

Dr. Craig takes a look at a writer who tries to counter #Christian apologetics with atheistic #apologetics . http://www.reasonablefaith.org/apologetics-against-christian-apologetics … pic.twitter.com/lKghucdTBS

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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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#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.”

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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 Prosperity Gospel in Our Closet

For many of us, this point may be one we’ve had settled, in theory, for some time now. We know God is better than all the world offers. But if that’s where our delight in God ends, we’ve stopped short of how far the Bible goes. The staggering claim of the gospel is that God is not just better than anything the world has to offer — God is even better than anything  God  has to offer.

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International Adoptions Drop to New Low as Evangelical Funding Spikes

The State Department also took steps in the last year to make international adoptions more nimble, designing an accrediting system that lets the department “develop country-specific criteria that correspond to identified problems in a particular country.” De-standardizing criteria means that if a problem isn’t widespread, or the solution wouldn’t work for every country, only service providers working in that specific country would be affected by any changes in regulations.

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Apologetics in A Small Group Setting (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this blast from the past, J. Warner provides an audio recording from a weekly apologetics house church meeting in an effort to help people understand how apologetics can be taught and embraced by the local church community. Utilizing two PCM listener emails (related to Catholicism and Bible “contradictions”), members of the church engage and examine what they believe. This “eavesdropping” session may give you a better idea of what an apologetics based small group meeting might sound like!

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Greg Koukl on Twitter

Does this fertility clinic illustration disprove the value of human embryos? @gregkoukl breaks-it-down. https://www.str.org/blog/does-fertility-clinic-illustration-disprove-value-human-embryos# … . #dignity pic.twitter.com/8RUj7ghI8q

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5MinInChurchHistory on Twitter

Recorded on location in Wittenberg, @DrSteveNichols and W. Robert Godfrey discuss Martin Luther and Psalm 118. http://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/luther-on-psalm-118/ … pic.twitter.com/0ENQ2iTAIo

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There's a Big Difference Between Contentment and Settling

Because you’re not settling. You’re visiting. This is a season, a stage, the perfect place in time to help us take a step to the next. Life will never feel like it’s supposed to and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.

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How Not to Treat Your Pastor

Our family is oddly close. We know it’s weird. We know we’re borderline obsessed with each other and feel each other’s pain in a way that most people don’t. We learned at an early age to become fiercely protective of each other. None of us learned how to have friends well, because all of our friendships were in some way tied to the performance of our parents as pastors.

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Sacrifice Your Preferences on Sundays

But the local church is never the place to demand that our personal preferences be met. In fact, it’s precisely the opposite. It’s where we can obey Paul’s countercultural exhortation: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3–4).

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10 Self-Refuting Statements You Must Know

Below are some common examples I have learned from reading, discussing, and studying. A few of these came to me by my friends on Twitter (see the bottom). It’s amazing how commonly people make claims that simply self-destruct. Taking some time to understand and recognize self-refuting statements will serve you well. In fact, you won't be able to truly evaluate the evidence for Christianity without being able to recognize them. And after you grasp them, take the time to share them with someone else.

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Kevin Smith Is Donating All the Residuals From His Weinstein-Related Movies to Charity

Smith is unusually tied to Weinstein, since most of his early work came from the Weinstein-run Miramax. Smith swears he didn’t know about Weinstein’s actions, he says he’s sick about it and he’s putting his money where his mouth is. He’s donating all the residuals from any movies he’s made with a Weinstein connection to a nonprofit called Women in Film, which advances women’s equality in the film industry. As he gave in this, er, expletive-laden quote on the podcast Hollywood Babble-On :

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How Selflessness Points Most Reasonably to the Christian God | Cold Case Christianity

Why do we value selflessness when such behavior typically results in decreased survivability? Because we have been created in the image of God. Not just any God, but the one God who can truly account for selflessness. Selflessness points most reasonably to the Christian God of the Bible.

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God Must Exist: The Proper Paradigm for Science

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John Calvin and the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace

In his teaching on the subject of saving grace, Calvin merely followed the doctrine set forth in the Scriptures. The doctrine of efficacious grace is necessary because of the state of fallen man. Man is born dead in sin (cf. Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13), with his mind and heart corrupted (Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 8:7–8; 1 Cor. 2:14). He is a slave to sin (Rom. 6:20; Titus 3:3) and therefore unable to repent and come to God (Jer. 13:23; Matt. 7:18; John 6:44, 65). Because of this, man must be born again (John 3:5–7). Those whom God elected and for whom Christ died are brought to life by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12–13; 3:3–8; 5:21; Eph. 2:1, 5; Titus 3:5). God gives them faith and repentance (Acts 5:31; 11:18; 13:48; Eph. 2:8–9; Phil. 1:29; 2 Tim. 2:25–26), and they are justified.

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Q & A: Is the Fine-Tuning Argument Mistaken?

“Whenever I bring up the fine tuning argument and the constants of the universe in a conversation with my husband, he asks if the constants could have been different. I never fully understood what he really wanted to know.  But I googled a bit to try and figure out what he really wants to know, and it seems as if it has something to do with “top-down cosmology”. According to Stephen Hawking: ” it is inevitable that we find our Universe’s “fine-tuned” physical  constants, as the current Universe “selects” only those past histories  that led to the present conditions”. He seems to be saying that the constants aren’t fine tuned because it could not have been different. Therefore, no fine tuning argument. I don’t know how to answer him to this. I hope this makes sense :)” – Jana B.

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

Can we trust the NT documents? Learn from NT Textual Criticism Online Course w/ Dr. Dan Wallace. http://home.reasonu.com/reasonu-textualcriticism/ … pic.twitter.com/IYU6Kp78LI

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The Han Solo Movie Will Officially Be Called 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

The Han Solo Movie Will Officially Be Called 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

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How Patriarchy in the Church Plays a Role in Abuse

This creates an environment where women supposedly need men in their life to assert dominance over them, which easily creates a culture of abuse acceptance. This also makes it difficult for men and boys who experience abuse to speak up, because abuse is forced submission, and submission is seen as “feminine.” For abused men and boys, speaking up in patriarchal settings is incredibly difficult and will likely cause them to experience ridicule due to the belief that “real men don’t experience abuse.” Some mainstream Christian leaders buck against femininity in the Church saying it should have a “masculine feel.” I believe this unequal, patriarchal approach feeds abuse culture, and that a very practical solution is to equally embrace the masculine and feminine aspects of the Bride of Christ.

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Why We Can Rejoice in Suffering

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

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Appeals court sets next steps for immigrant teen seeking abortion #TheSift https://world.wng.org/content/court_sets_next_steps_for_immigrant_teen_seeking_abortion … pic.twitter.com/cgqPy43mYK

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Supporting the Opposite Gender in the Christian Workplace

“I’ve worked in Christian organizations for 20 years and there is a tendency to think that everyone’s doing everything right,” said Gray Scott. “[Everyone believes that] everyone’s trying to do the godly thing. … You end up having that discretion moment where you ask, ‘Is something going wrong? I’m not sure that it is. It can’t possibly be.’”

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How Martin Luther Built a Brand That Changed the World

But the story doesn’t end there. Fast-forward to the Protestant Reformation, and there we find an innovative preacher and monk named Martin Luther who singlehandedly took the printing press from an economically perilous side-industry to one of the central economic forces of his day. With the press, Luther was the first to popularize theological works for the laity. He translated the Bible into the language of the people. He also mastered the art of writing in the vernacular of his day. And he mastered a style of shortform writing that exploded his popularity. In every area, Luther proved himself to be a publishing pioneer, and that incredible story is now told in an excellent book by historian Dr. Andrew Pettegree. I talked with him recently, and today our conversation is being released in the Ask Pastor John podcast series.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Do yourself a favor: Commemorate the 500th anniversary of the #Reformation by reading #EricMetaxas ’s #MartinLuther . http://bit.ly/2yyGr8S  pic.twitter.com/bkIlHlzIi1

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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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.

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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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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? ”)

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How to Start a Conversation with a Muslim Friend

Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason shares two starting points when engaging Muslims in conversations about faith. For more information, visit str.org.

51 Meal Above All Meals: Five Reasons We Enjoy Eating with Jesus
52 Reformation 500 Resource Giveaway
53 The Least Holy Person in Your Church
54 The Radical Reformer: Conrad Grebel (c. 1498–1526)
55 The Unsettling Truth Behind the #MeToo Movement
56 Juan Pierre Dreamt of MLB Glory. Now, He Lives to Serve.
57 Mark Dever on Assurance in the Protestant Reformation
58 Christian tech experts in charity all nighter - Premier
59 Lattes with Leia and Women in the Church | Think Christian
60 Worldview and Apologetics in the News
61 If you could rescue EITHER embryos OR a 5-year-old, what would you do?
62 European C of E churches told to stump up - Premier
63 When Should I Get Rid of My Smartphone?
64 4 Reasons We Should Accept the Gospels As Eyewitness Accounts
65 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
66 Christians Could Return to Middle East, Thanks to Trump (Deportations)
67 Pope offers condolences after journalist killed - Premier
68 Prison bans Christian book - Premier
69 Joyless Christianity Is Dangerous
70 Questions and Answers by Various Teachers
71 Movie-Filtering Service Files for Bankruptcy to Pause Copyright Fight
72 http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/god-brings-new-life-out-of-the-fire
73 The TC Apologetics Daily
74 Home Page - Josh.org
75 Jay Risner on Twitter
76 Ligonier Ministries
77 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
78 At Least as Dangerous as Porn
79 More on Leaving White Evangelicalism: A Response from Bryan Loritts
80 Old Testament Passages Quoted in the New Testament
81 BreakPoint on Twitter
82 The Brief Case for Peter's Influence on Mark's Gospel (Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity
83 Renewing Your Mind | Indulgence Controversy | Oct 20, 2017
84 Here We Stand | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
85 Lupita Nyong'o Opened Up About Her Own Skin-Crawling Experiences With Weinstein
86 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
87 David Garner on Twitter
88 The Ordinary Virgin Mary: Hellen Stirke (Died 1543)
89 How Do We Assess the Miraculous? | Cold Case Christianity
90 Stand to Reason on Twitter
91 Talbot Seminary on Twitter
92 Who Do You Say that I Am?: Idols vs. the Real Jesus
93 Reading the Bible Existentially by R.C. Sproul | October 19, 2017
94 Church Clarity ought to be about biblical and theological clarity
95 Mob Rule in the Book World