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The Power and Purpose of God

God's power is amazing. Since God is all-powerful, we must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Great tings happen when we do.

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The Nature of Apologetics

By itself the Great Commission does not explicitly state that one is to use apologetics in evangelism. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Imagine for a moment that this was where the New Testament writings concluded. Christians and non-Christians alike would be left with a significant amount of speculation as to the role apologetics plays in evangelism. Thankfully, we were not left with an abrupt end to the story of the Christian church and its expansion. For example, the Apostle Paul, in Acts 17:16-34 , not only reasoned in the synagogues, but also in the marketplace. Furthermore, Paul is also found preaching to the “Men of Athens” and quotes from Aratus’s poem “Phainomena” ( Acts 17:28 ). Paul is not talking to believers only, but to “all people” who God “commands . . . to repent” ( Acts 17:30 ). Now former Christians may not accept the Bible as true, but they at least have to accept that Christians believe it to be true, and thus a proper understanding of apologetics is intended not only for the disciple but also for the believer.

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Whether an enlightened Islam can emerge remains to be seen. What is clear is that imans or intellectuals who advocate a modern Islam are a marginal phenomenon in Muslim countries and often face death threats.   At the same time, Islam benefits from European values and rights such as religious freedom and tolerance, which help it spread without having to adopt those same fundamental rights itself. Europe is under the illusion that the Muslim mases pouring into the continent are peaceable and tolerant. By contrast, Saudi Arabia and Qatar won’t take any refuges even though they share the same religion, language, and culture — precisely because they fear unrest and terror.

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On ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After Another Mass Shooting

1.e. Politicians and public figures are fundamentally like all other human beings and have the same basic responses to tragedy. This is true no matter their position on controversial issues of policy (say, gun control). So it is no surprise that they respond immediately, like the rest of us do, with familiar words and phrases that express their human solidarity with those who suffer. Even the most accomplished speechwriters will take hours or days to come up with words adequate to great suffering. No human being, even the most articulate, can offer adequate words in the first moments after terrible news. To demonstrate that level of rhetorical fluency would in fact be to demonstrate an inhuman lack of empathy. Inarticulacy is the proper, empathic immediate response to tragedy.

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Apologetics Will Not Make Anyone a Christian

There are those within the church who are critical of Christian apologetics who point out its limitations. They will argue that presenting an apologetic for Christianity will not result in the person becoming a Christian. It is argued that people become followers of Jesus only by the calling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore apologetic arguments are not required. I will agree with this on one condition: I want those same people to agree that no one will become a Christian as a result of preaching, evangelism, missionary activity, prayer, Bible reading or any other human activity. If they will agree with this, then I will agree with them. I do believe that people become Christians by a work of the Holy Spirit. And I also believe that God uses preaching and evangelism and all the other things, including apologetics, in the process of calling that person.

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Demanding Evidence for God While Denying Evidence for God

The demand for evidence can seem like reasonable request, but it can also serve as a smokescreen for those who are unwilling to believe. For example, developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert stated he rejected God fairly early in his life because he could find no evidence for God at all. In a radio show where he debated intelligent design with William Dembski, Wolpert said over and over again there is nothing he could see by studying the molecular machinery required for living cells to function that could serve as evidence for any kind of intelligence. Dembski asked "Is there nothing that biological systems can exhibit that would point you to a designer?" Wolpert emphatically replied, "Absolutely nothing, absolutely nothing." 2 This corresponded with his previous statement that "What we know about biology can all be explained in terms of the behaviors of cells."3

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Bible Study Fellowship Rewrites the Rulebook

M ost Monday evenings for the past two years, Naomi Ruth Jackson has ridden her 22-speed bike uphill or caught a bus after work to Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. She meets there with around 450 women for a Bible Study Fellowship class. The 30-year-old is not the lay-focused ministry’s typical participant, having majored in Bible and theology in college. Her own church offers only unstructured Bible study, and her job as a medical records clerk grants her few occasions to re-engage her skills in scriptural interpretation.

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One Day Never Again: May Heaven Fall on Las Vegas

At this point, we also know very little about the 59 he murdered — each life an unexpected and unsearchable tragedy. We haven’t yet met the spouses, the children, the loved ones left behind. We do not know them, and the extent of their heartache, but our hearts break for them as we feel just a faint part of their pain. We pray for God to deliver the comfort, healing, and hope each of them so desperately needs now, most likely in ways they’ve never needed before. We pray that heaven would fall on Las Vegas.

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Is Science the Sole Means of Knowing Truth? No Chance.

Modern culture esteems science as the preeminent means of understanding the world. If something cannot be established by science, then, according to many, it is either unknowable or simply a matter of personal faith.

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Flee from the Darkness: Letter to a Would-Be Adulteress

Call me gloom and doom, but I had my funeral planned by Friday night. That left two days to see everything in a different light. It was sort of an out-of-body experience, but in the best way. I was so affectionate toward my husband, I snuggled longer with my children, I seemed to know instinctively what not to care about, and all that was left was the pure enjoyment of the sweetness of life and love. At night I would tell God all my fears, and let his Spirit comfort me. I can’t tell you how good that was for me.

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Confessions of a Functional Cessationist

My attitude towards spiritual gifts has fallen far short of earnest and eager. In fact, Scripture goes further and asks me about how much I am committed to corporate edification. Spiritual gifts or manifestations of the Spirit are for “building up the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12). The great Love Chapter (1 Corinthians 13) controls the application of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14). This issue is not just an attitude check, but a love test. Will I love my people enough to move from extreme caution to earnest desire? What motivates me more? Do I fear losing a measure of corporate control, or does love move me to desire greater heights of corporate edification?

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The Golden Rule in Bible Reading

The goal of Christian Bible reading is simple. When you read, you should be trying to find what the inspired author intended to communicate by what he wrote. We might call it the Golden Rule of Bible Reading: do unto the biblical authors as you would have them do unto you. Our goal in Bible reading is not always easy to achieve, but it is straightforward. What did the author of this verse — or this chapter, or book — intend to communicate to his audience?

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The Point: Hugh Hefner’s Real Legacy

But the cheap sex that Hefner envisioned is more costly than we realize. The little lives lost, the marriages destroyed, and the men enslaved to pornography in the wake of Hefner’s revolution prove it.

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Q & A with Dr. Craig: Atheistic Quagmire

I am a recent convert to Christianity, up until about 2 months ago I was a nihilistic atheist. Because of being an atheist most of my life, the majority of my friends are also atheist and are very eager to tell me how wrong I am about God using the writings of Hitchens, Dawkins, etc. It's because of you, Alvin Plantinga, Frank Turek, John Lennox, Ravi Zecharias and some C S Lewis that I've started to realize that Christianity might be true.

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The New Theistic Evolutionists: BioLogos and the Rush to Embrace the 'Consensus'

A key difference between BioLogos and intelligent design is BioLogos’s view that design cannot, in principle, be scientifically detected in nature, or that design could be scientifically detected, but isn’t. BioLogos believes the evolutionary “consensus” should not be questioned, and maintains nonexperts should defer to the consensus. They fear that when Christians challenge the consensus, this produces “anti-science attitudes” that “hinder evangelism.” BioLogos defends the consensus, despite recent scientific discoveries affecting theories regarding the origin of life, neo-Darwinian evolution, common ancestry, and junk DNA, which contradict the consensus. Fearing the “god of the gaps” fallacy, BioLogos eschews arguments for faith that defy the consensus and argues the consensus is consistent with Christianity. This might prevent some Christians from becoming atheists, but it gives atheists essentially no intellectual reasons to become Christians.

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Evolving Tactics for Teaching Evolution

There is little doubt that the tactics for evolutionary indoctrination will continue to evolve. We should expect nothing less from the secularists; they’re simply acting in accord with their worldview. But as they do, it becomes all the more urgent that we have prepared and equipped ourselves and loved ones to defend the faith, answering the skeptical questions of this age by standing unashamedly on the authority of God’s Word. Then we’ll be able to distinguish truth from fiction, no matter the quality of CGI or documentary persuasion, and be ready to give answers with the ultimate purpose of sharing the Answer—Jesus Christ!

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The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at Tyndale | Tyndale

On September 16, 2017, Tyndale was pleased to have Dr. Dennis Ngien, the Founder of the Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection, host the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We were honoured to have Dr. Alister McGrath (Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and Director of Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the University of Oxford) speaking alongside our very own Dr. Victor Shepherd (Professor of Theology at Tyndale) and Dr. Dennis Ngien (Professor of Systematic Theology). Tyndale’s Chapel was filled with guests eager to hear from these respected scholars.  Speakers reflected on topics that included Luther’s Reformation historically and how it pertains to our modern day. In this historic year, we celebrate a time of profound transformation in church history and mark this occasion with our brothers and sisters around the world.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

The Focus on the Family Broadcast provides daily encouragement that helps families thrive each day. For 40 years running, one half-hour at a time, Focus on the Family has shared meaningful advice across the nation. The broadcast has become one of today’s most recognized Christian radio programs and continues to grow in exciting ways with Focus President Jim Daly and co-host John Fuller.

26 5 Reasons to Teach Your Kids About the Reformation

Yes, my kids need to know defending the Bible will cause them to clash with a culture that despises it, but it may also bring them into collision with many within the church. I want them to know that to be a Christian is to be a revolutionary, that good people disagree at key points, and that issues such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper—which many evangelicals regard as matters indifferent—are anything but matters indifferent. The Reformers certainly didn’t think so, and many of my Baptist forebears paid for dissenting opinions with their lives.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — The Briefing

But what we do not know today is what we did not know yesterday, and the vexing thing is that we may never know. The one question being asked over and over again by law enforcement authorities, by those in the media and by everyday Americans and others around the world is why. That raises a question I was asked yesterday from the media. The question is this: why is an answer concerning motivation so important to us? And this from a Christian worldview perspective underlines something about what it means that we are indeed moral creatures. We are also rational creatures. This is a part of what it means to be made in God’s image. As rational creatures we want to know a rational reason or at least some motivation we can rationally understand, whereby someone would undertake such a murderous rampage.

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Do you want to thrive in every circumstance? In the Bible, Daniel and his friends rose to top positions of leadership because they were unshakeable in their faith even though they were surrounded by a corrupt culture. Today, the world’s value system increasingly drifts further from God. To thrive, no matter what, you need to dive into scripture and learn how to be unshakable in your faith.

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On ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After Another Mass Shooting

1.e. Politicians and public figures are fundamentally like all other human beings and have the same basic responses to tragedy. This is true no matter their position on controversial issues of policy (say, gun control). So it is no surprise that they respond immediately, like the rest of us do, with familiar words and phrases that express their human solidarity with those who suffer. Even the most accomplished speechwriters will take hours or days to come up with words adequate to great suffering. No human being, even the most articulate, can offer adequate words in the first moments after terrible news. To demonstrate that level of rhetorical fluency would in fact be to demonstrate an inhuman lack of empathy. Inarticulacy is the proper, empathic immediate response to tragedy.

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An Ethic of Instagram - Christian Research Institute

Second, Instagram offers users a way of preserving and celebrating ephemeral moments of life. As the wonderful fiction writer Eudora Welty once said, “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away,” and this is exactly the function Instagram serves. A cup of hot coffee, a son or daughter running through a sprinkler, a ladybug crawling over a leaf, Instagram thrives off the capturing and sharing of the ephemera of our daily lives. No other platform available to us online allows the circulation of this type of moment so effectively. While on the one hand, Instagram is a place where superficial values can thrive, it is also a place where simple beauty can be admired. As the great essayist G. K. Chesterton wrote, “Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.” If we keep this in mind, the type of images we share can draw attention to the loveliness or curiosity of life in its simplicity rather than promoting a striving for a life that is different or more materially rich.

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How to Fight When Your Mind Is Failing

So, if you once repeated a promise to yourself ten times in the morning and could remember it easily all during the day in any situation, you might need to repeat it twenty or thirty times to achieve the same effect. This will change over time. Know yourself. I could run eight-minute miles when I was in my thirties. Today I can only run twelve-minute miles. (Which most people would not call running!) It takes longer. It hurts more. It leaves me more tired. All because I am forty years older. So why do it? Same reason I’ve run for fifty years. I don’t want to be depressed, I don’t want to be fat, and I don’t want to be dead (yet).

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Answering Islam 12: What Does the Quran Say about the Bible?

Support our videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 Here's Episode 12 of "Answering Islam," where David Wood answers the question: "What Does the Quran Say about the Bible?" For the rest of the videos in this series, visit this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDsMn...

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What are the Best Questions for Meaningful Spiritual Conversations?

We had a 22 year old seeker come to our Bible study last week and we just poised the question to everyone is there anything in the Bible you struggle with? He answered the whole hell thing. Someone proceeded to give a textbook answer and I could tell by his face it was not what he wanted to hear and seemed wounded in some way. I finally asked him why he asked the question in the first place, was he concerned about past loved ones and what was his perception of it. He admitted that part of that was his concern but trying to figure out how it could be loving for God to send anyone to hell. We need to ask more questions to really understand why someone asks a question. I also validated his concerns telling him that I also struggled with that same issue as many do. So it led to what is love how people make choices and possibilities of how God can communicate to all of us. He is coming back!! We need to listen more, validate feelings, gain trust and then speak the truth in love.

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Is It Harmful to Date in High School?

The second thing I want to say about the older generation (my generation perhaps) is that many parents today who did marry quite early would still counsel young people today not to pair off in dating relationships during high school. In other words, it doesn’t follow that because godly people you know married early, that dating early is a good idea. That needs to be decided on other grounds. Whether you see dating at age fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen as wise will depend partly on your view of sexual relations, partly on your view of the meaning of dating, and partly on your view of the relative maturity of teenagers. I think the Bible settles the question of sexual relations for us clearly — namely, sexual relations are for marriage.

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65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer

I want to give you a very specific list of 65 apologetics questions every Christian parent needs to learn to answer and discuss with their kids (in age appropriate ways). Of course, any such list is subjective. I created this list based on my own study and experience with engaging in these topics, with a special emphasis on the issues challenging young adults today.

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Children, Heirs, and Fellow Sufferers

If there were no afflictions and difficulties and troubles and pain, our fallen hearts would fall ever more deeply in love with the comforts and securities and pleasures of this world instead of falling more deeply in love with our inheritance beyond this world, namely, God himself. Suffering is appointed for us in this life as a great mercy to keep us from loving this world more than we should and to make us rely on God who raises the dead. “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

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The First Tremor: Peter Waldo (Died by 1218)

More than three hundred years before Martin Luther was born, an unlikely reformer suddenly appeared in the city of Lyon in southeast France. His protests against doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church were strong tremors foretelling the coming spiritual earthquake called the Reformation. And the movement he launched survived to join the great Reformation. He is known to history as Peter Waldo.

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The Nail in the Coffin of Our Hearts: Five Hundred Years of Fighting Idolatry

Man’s heart is an idol factory, and it took an entire revolution to slow its gears. Preachers had to be trained and sent out, evangelists had to take up the call, missionaries had to sail across dark seas to unknown lands, translators had to bring Scripture into the vernacular of the people, and healthy local churches had to grow so they could serve in this war. Every believer had to resist the idol factory of their heart by filling their hearts with Christ and nourishing themselves with robust knowledge of who God has revealed himself to be in Scripture.

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The cause of the origin of the universe

What is the cause of the origin of the universe? Perhaps every thinking person has pondered this question at some point. The natural universe (which includes the properties of space, time, matter, and energy) came into being at the cosmological event known as the Big Bang. Because it is a logical absurdity to suggest that something can cause itself, the cause of the universe must necessarily be spaceless, timeless, immaterial, and energy-less. Indeed, it would every bit as absurd to suggest that a person could give birth to himself as it would be to suggest that something within the natural universe could be the cause of the natural universe.

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49 We Must Pray: Christian Leaders React to the Las Vegas Shooting

My heart is broken with those who are hurting from the tragic shooting here in Las Vegas. Please join me in praying for this city and all of the people affected. For all of those hurting, we will have a team waiting in the lobby at @CentralHenderson at 8AM willing to pray with anyone that is in need of comfort and one-on-one prayer. There will also be phone lines available for those that would like to receive prayer by phone. You can call 702-735-4004. Me and the entire @centralonline family are praying and know that God will move in the midst of this.

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Lamenting Las Vegas: How Country Music Marks an American Tragedy

This week, the spiritual resilience of country music is on full display. Although many an artistic community could speak back to itself in the wake of a horrific tragedy like this one, I would argue that not all of them could have done it with soul-moving songs like “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” which Vince Gill sang at Monday’s vigil. Not all of them could have produced a Maren Morris, who sings cheekily about how church for her consists of listening to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams on the car radio, but who’s also capable of writing this:

51 What Does It Mean to Be a Shepherd Over the Flock?
52 Sola Gratia: Ulrich Zwingli & the Rediscovery of Grace by Stephen Nichols | October 4, 2017
53 The Most Important Text on Marriage
54 Stand to Reason on Twitter
55 What Are Bible Contradictions And Are There Any In The Bible?
56 Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — The Briefing
57 Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — The Briefing
58 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
59 BreakPoint on Twitter
60 Look Up: Trading Introspection for Awe
61 Future Apologist Interview: Emma Gross Discusses "God's Crime Scene for Kids"
62 Peter Coffey on the Art of Logic
63 Pew: Islam Is Most Official, But Christianity Is Most Favored Worldwide
64 Sean McDowell on Twitter
65 Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter
66 The Reformation of the 16th Century
67 Book Preview: Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain
68 BreakPoint on Twitter
69 Tuesday, October 3, 2017 — The Briefing
70 The FAQS: Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
71 After Mass Shootings, Americans Turn to Four Bible Verses Most
72 A Prayer For Las Vegas
73 A Fifteen Point Christian Response to Richard Carrier
74 Intriguing Questions about Middle Knowledge | Reasonable Faith
75 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
76 Reeling After the Deadliest US Shooting: Only God Can Heal America
77 Covenant Theologian: Heinrich Bullinger
78 BreakPoint on Twitter
79 Bear Grylls says parents should get kids to work, not play - Premier Christian Radio
80 The Importance of Defining Terms
81 Are Humans Unique? Darwinians Say, "No." God says, "Yes."
82 Where Is God in a Mass Shooting? - Russell Moore
83 Stand to Reason on Twitter
84 Killjoys
85 Renewing Your Mind | What Is the Standard of Truth? | Oct 2, 2017
86 The Goosefather: Jan Hus (c. 1369–1415)
87 "An Act of Pure Evil" -- Searching for Meaning in Las Vegas — AlbertMohler.com
88 Monday, October 2, 2017 — The Briefing
89 Monday, October 2, 2017 — The Briefing
90 Monday, October 2, 2017 — The Briefing
91 Was Jesus Just a Great Teacher?
92 NHCLC: Thousands of Puerto Rican Churches Wrecked by Maria