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The single most important prayer we could ever pray is nothing less than what Jesus himself taught us: “Father, hallowed be your name.”

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Did Paul really write all his letters? | Tom Schreiner

VIDEO: At stake in this debate is the truthfulness of Scripture.

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A YouTube genius who goes by “stryder HD” used footage from the recent teasers for Marvel’s Black Panther and various X-Men movies to create a trailer for a fictional film called Wolverine vs. Black Panther.It. Is. Awesome.This movie needs to happen. (Just a heads up, it contains some somewhat strong language.)

Watch Tori Kelly’s Incredible Cover of Hillsong United’s ‘So Will I (100 Billion X)’

Grammy-nominated pop singer  Tori Kelly has teamed up with the Bible app YouVersion to record an incredible cover of the Hillsong United song “So Will I (100 Billion X).”As YouVersion explains in the video description, she also recorded “an exclusive four-day YouVersion Bible Plan called ‘A Heart of Worship.’”You can check out the Bible reading plan here.

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By God’s grace, we can make a significant difference within our sphere of influence—but only as we “crucify” our craving for success, power, and public acclaim, “If anyone would come after me,” Jesus said, “let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). If we long to be given the mind of Christ, we must first be willing to submit to the pattern of suffering He modeled for us. We should expect the process of developing a Christian worldview to be a difficult and painful struggle—first inwardly, as we uproot the idols in our own thought life, and then outwardly, as we face the hostility of a fallen and unbelieving world. Our strength for the task must come from spiritual union with Christ, recognizing that suffering is the route to being conformed to Him and remade into His image.

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Trends in Apologetics: Women in Apologetics

The short answer is yes. An example is the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA).  ISWA is a loosely-connected group of Christian women who are theologically, philosophically, and apologetically inclined, and have a passion for encouraging and equipping other women in the church who are interested in learning how to think more deeply and intelligently about their faith.) There website is Women in Apologetics .

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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

But Why a Thousand-Page Critique of Theistic Evolution? | Evolution News

When theistic evolutionists attack design, the motivation is anything but clear, and this is a constant source of confusion for the public and scientists alike. While their numbers are small, TE spokesmen arguably sow more confusion than the atheists, because readers or listeners assume that if the evidence were there for ID, surely these fine believers, with a characteristically pious way of expressing themselves, would embrace it.

Here Are Two Swords

A fuller reading of Scripture further complicates things. God prescribes death as the penalty for murder in Genesis 9:6 (“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image”). Exodus 22:2 instructs that a homeowner who strikes a thief in the night and kills him “is not guilty of bloodshed,” in contrast with a homeowner who strikes and kills the thief during the day. This is because, as Swiss scholastic theologian Francis Turretin remarks, the master of the house cannot be expected to know whether a thief in the darkness is there to kill or merely to steal. Under the Law of Moses, self-defense was an appropriate grounds on which to kill. Property-defense was not.

The Sex Abuse Revelations Aren’t About Politics

And they have been, to a degree. There can be no doubt now, if there ever was, that Hollywood is in bad shape, and let’s all hope the wave of bad men being rooted out of power leaves no stone unturned. But the problem with this idea is that it limits the extent of the scandal to Hollywood. This is not a Hollywood sex scandal we are witnessing. The truth is far worse.

5 Decades of Faithful Apologetics

And then the other ... and Sean, I think in the next five years this is going to come out as one of the most devastating things, in evangelism, apologetics, truth and everything, that people are not adjusting today, and it's pervasive internet pornography. Our young people are saturated in it. And one of the first things it does, it starts to cause you to question authority. And when you start questioning authority, you had better have an apologetic to restore that authority, and pretty soon, in culture around ... it's almost there right now, give it another 18 to 24 months, to ever bring up a pornography in culture around us, it will be as controversial as bringing up a same-sex gender talk or same marriage talk, whatever, transgender talk. It will be controversial. It will be controversy because they'll say, "What right do you have to say it's wrong?" And I think we're gong to bring that onto ourselves, because we're not addressing it today.

Don’t Leave Your Husband for Her: Letter to a Would-Be Adulteress

Your lot has fallen in pleasant places (Psalm 16:6). Pray for eyes to see this. Recommit yourself to one-flesh love with your husband. Pray together that your hearts would be knit together through Christ. Make time to talk honestly with your husband about how your body works. Show him. Make time to preserve your marriage bed as a place of joy and comfort and pleasure. Have sexual intercourse often. This is God’s medicine for a healthy marriage. One-fleshness is certainly more than sex, but it is not less than sex. Your husband is not your roommate. Treating him as such is sin.

Book Review: Talking with Your Kids About God by Natasha Crain

When Natasha Crain started a blog in 2011, she was just hoping to meet "like-minded parents and exchange ideas about raising faithful kids" [p. 22].    However, as the popularity of her blog continued to grow, something unexpected began to happen.  She started receiving comments from skeptics of the Christian faith.  And these skeptics were asking questions that Crain, a lifelong Christian, found herself unequipped to answer.  Then, the realization came. She realized that her kids were going to be facing these very same questions. As a result, she committed herself to the study of apologetics and became a Christian case maker. Like Mrs. Crain, I believe most Christian parents possess a genuine desire to talk with their kids about their Christian faith, but many are afraid to do so for various reasons.  Some are afraid to wrestle with the questions themselves.  Others simply feel ill-equipped to deal with many of the objections leveled at the faith.  However, we as parents must realize that we are the most important teacher in our children's lives and it is our high calling to teach them how to make a case for what they believe and how to defend it.

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Can the Word of God Really Ease My Pain?

I wanted to take the words and eat them, to let them nourish me. I was reminded of Jeremiah who said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). These words were the delight of my heart. They brought light to my eyes. My view of the world, my life, and my struggles were all changed in the light of Scripture. And in that light, my dark shadows disappeared.

On the Historical Accuracy of the Book of Acts.

And in paragraphs 3 and 4, I set forth reasons to be skeptical of Luke’s accuracy on two fronts: his clearly biased account of the Council at Jerusalem, and the scholar’s nightmare of trying to reconcile Luke’s statements about Paul, with Paul’s own statements, both of which problems leave the door wide open to the possibility that Luke erred. The apostolic response to the Judaizers in Acts 15 would be laughably inadequate had Luke honestly reported all that a serious Judaizer would have argued. Luke is clearly “choosing to exclude” matters that, had he included them, would have shown the apostolic solution to be a dismal failure. Jesus clearly supported obeying the entire law even down to the last little bit (Matthew 5:19), and the last I checked, Exodus 12:48 was still part of the law. You don’t obey Exodus 12:48, you are least in the kingdom of heaven, it’s that simple. Without more, it remains possible that Luke was dishonest in the same way the modern-media are, in their selective reporting and ability to word things in a way that is not directly false, but still leaves the reader with a false impression.

Why Believing in Miracles is Not Illogical

About half of current religious "nones" who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention "science" as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said "I'm a scientist now, and I don't believe in miracles." Others reference "common sense," "logic" or a "lack of evidence" – or simply say they do not believe in God.

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[PODCAST] Questions about Mass Shootings w/ J. Warner Wallace

In the wake of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church mass shooting in Texas, many questions arise, and our national conversation about gun violence intensifies. We grieve with these families and cannot ignore the evil done by the perpetrator. Detective J. Warner Wallace answers some questions about mass shootings and how we should handle the discourse on these delicate issues.

Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!

Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father , my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth.

Don’t Be That Guy: Thirty No’s in Paul’s Letters

In Paul’s letters (as elsewhere in the Bible) we are told glorious indicatives of truth like Christ is the Creator and Sustainer (Colossians 1:16–17), who was incarnated and died as our propitiation (Romans 3:25), was raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3–4), and he inaugurated the new creation (Colossians 1:18), as he ascended to his sovereign throne (Colossians 3:1). And by faith we are united to him and his power!

Understanding the Faith: A Survey of Christian Apologetics (Understanding the Times) - Kindle edition by Jeff Myers. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

I am a big fan of Summit Ministries. I got this book right after it came out, which nicely coincided with when I finished the new version of "understanding the times" as well. The book does a great job of introducing apologetics in terms of its thorough references to important arguments and questions, the necessity of apologetics in today's social and philosophical climate, and the importance of each believer being able to articulate, communicate and demonstrate why he or she holds a biblical worldview. As someone who came to faith in Jesus after being an atheist for a number of years, I've found apologetics to be very helpful to me and to the way I engage those around me when it comes to traversing intellectual issues and modern obstacles to the faith. I'm indebted to this ministry and I've gotten a lot out of this book and their other materials - readers considering buying the book will be making a good investment.

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The Gospel Coalition 2018 Women's Conference

Different races, cultures, and demographics that God intended for his glory have become dividing lines for us, with God’s image-bearers not loving but warring against one another. To reject these wars and embrace the beauty of diversity, we must begin with embracing the glory of God, revealed in Christ his Son. In this workshop we will aim to unveil the lies that keep us from embracing diversity, and replace them with biblical truths that lead us to glorify the Creator of us all.

Why Does My New Testament Quote the Old Testament Incorrectly?

Have you ever been reading in the New Testament and read a passage where Paul or Matthew, or another writer, quotes from the Old Testament, and you turn to the passage in your Old Testament only to find that it doesn’t sound anything like that?  I certainly have.  For many years that puzzled me, and I have little doubt that it might puzzle you too.  Perhaps you’ve just been told that it’s because they used the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) in Jesus’ day.  While this is certainly true, a little more information might help you come to terms with some of the differences you find and how you can explain them to others.

How Do We Make Theology Come Alive for Students?

How do we make theology engaging and interesting for students? While I certainly don’t claim to have it all figured out, and am always looking for some creative and new ideas, here are four lessons I have learned from roughly two decades of teaching and speaking to students on theological issues.

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How to prepare your church for an active shooter

Keep your facilities secure . Too many churches have too many members with keys and access to the church buildings. It is not unusual for doors to be left open and security to be lax because of the nearly unlimited access. I know one church where a former member had a key and decided to have a meeting at the church without asking anyone. Your church needs clearly controlled hours of operation and clear guidelines on access. If the locks have not been changed in a while, it’s probably time to do so. Ideally your church can move to digital access that can be changed at anytime.

A Personal God is the Best Explanation for the Beginning of the Universe

Christians aren’t the only ones looking for the first “uncaused cause” of the universe. Everyone, theists and atheists alike, is looking for the cause of a universe that clearly had a beginning . If the cause of the universe was itself caused, then our search for the beginning of everything would continue, wouldn’t it? We’d be sifting through a series of previous causes toward infinity past, and we all recognize that a search of this nature is both futile and illogical. Believers, skeptics and seekers are in search of the uncaused “first cause”; some of us believe this first cause to be purely “natural’ while others believe this first cause to be supernatural.


In this series, Can You Hear Me Now? You will learn how God made you to love you, and he wants you to know him as well as he knows you. To have a relationship with him, you have to communicate! In this series, Pastor Rick walks through the reasons and means God uses to speak to you and how you need to respond so that you can recognize his voice and respond in obedience

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Actors aren’t the only ones who play roles, and many times we portray a character of someone we think we are supposed to be.  In her new book, Shine , former actress Allison Allen calls believers to drop the brave act and step into the role of a lifetime—being your real self in Christ, no matter what the critics say.  Allison has performed in the Broadway production of Grease , and she is a former Women of Faith dramatist. Currently, she is a Bible teacher and speaks at women’s conferences around the country. 

Kindle Worship with Confession

In response, Jesus tells a story of a moneylender who forgives one person a large debt and another person a small debt. When Jesus asks Simon which person will love the moneylender more, he responds “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt” (Luke 7:43). Then Jesus delivers the point: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven — for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Luke 7:47). Whoever has been forgiven little, loves little. Whoever has been forgiven much, loves much.

6 habits every aspiring missionary needs today — Southern Equip

Missionaries are passionate people. They are often Type-A go-getters who don’t like delay. From the moment they’re called they are ready to storm the gates of hell. But, in such cases, perhaps the greatest need for them is to tap the brakes. Take your time. Slow down. Breathe. There is incredible urgency in the world, but you must also sense the urgency which is within. You must realize the need to clarify ahead of time theological convictions and ministry priorities. You must be aware of your potential to do incredible harm to yourself, your hearers, and even the gospel if you are not well-prepared. Many a missionary has made shipwreck of his family or his ministry in the name of haste. So, please, take your time. Jesus and the Apostle Paul didn’t start right away. Chances are, neither should you.

Those Whom He Justified He Also Glorified

I think the reason that Paul omitted sanctification from his chain in Romans 8:29–30 — the reason he did not say, “Those whom he justified he also sanctified, and those whom he sanctified he also glorified” — is that Paul is thinking of glorification in a way that includes sanctification. So glorification is the work of God by which he makes his children both spiritually and physically glorious. It begins now as a process of becoming holy, and it ends at the resurrection when we receive our new and glorious bodies.

How Perfectionism Can Kill Your Goals

When she was going to do a webinar for a sales team I had done a webinar for, she called and interviewed me. I had learned a lot and made some mistakes. For instance, if you want people to show up at your webinar, you have to email them twice on the day of, three hours before and then five minutes before it starts. Did you know that? I sure didn’t, until I learned it from Lewis Howes. I tried it and it dramatically increased attendance at the next webinar I did. I passed that on to Jessica. If you don’t have any information of your own, someone else does and will give it to you if you ask the right way.

Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J. P. Moreland - Kindle edition by Paul Gould, Richard Brian Davis. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

Caveat: In my review of "Debating Christian Theism," a book edited by JP Moreland, I provided the following caveat: "This book is for anyone "highly" conversant with philosophy of religion or those that read, teach or write in the area of academic apologetics. That is, many of the essays are written at an "advanced" level. For the budding apologist who may be excited by one of the editors, JP Moreland, this book is likely not a good starting point. The same holds for The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology or the Blackwell Companion to Religion and Science (two other highly recommended books for the initiated). The advanced level of 'Debating Christian Theism' is more akin to a condensed version of the Blackwell Companion to Religion and Science. For graduate students and the initiated, this book starts and ends with a bang, and I highly recommend it as it can serve a primer when reading other materials produced by the authors." I would have said the same about the book you hold in your hands, but this deserves a little more clarification. I believe that two of my brothers in Christ, Darian Burns and S.

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Let God’s Voice Cast Out Fear

Here’s how the promise of God’s goodness casts out fear: God is for you in Jesus Christ, not against you. The giving of his Son for the sake of your soul is the ultimate demonstration of his goodness toward you. Not only this, but what happened at the cross proves that what appears bad God intends for our good. Even death did not have the final word. Christ disarmed it “by canceling the record of debt that stood against us” (Colossians 2:14–15).

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Am I Wrong to Prepare for a Nuclear Doomsday?

Those are strong words, and they are backed with movement. As we speak, the U.S. has three aircraft carrier strike groups in the western Pacific, a significant military buildup meant to get North Korea’s attention. With international tensions high, we get this question from Amber in Virginia. “Hello, Pastor John. I love your podcast and your overall ministry has deeply impacted me. North Korea has been in the news a lot lately. With threats of a nuclear attack, Christians around me are starting to fear. I know so many Christians who talk of stocking food, water, and supplies — even a few considering buying and installing an underground bomb shelter in the event of such attack. When it comes to this new cold-war era (new to a lot of us), how should Christians plan wisely?”

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Why the Claim 'It's Primitive or Infantile to Believe in God' is False

This psychological pull toward the need for a father figure and for some type of order that is imposed on a random universe is-per classical atheism-eminently understandable, but also eminently explainable. In short, the argument says that the “God Wish” goes back to the domain of primitive man. As man progresses psychologically and socially, belief in God has been shown to be largely irrelevant and only of persuasive interest to the uneducated classes who then indoctrinate their children in order to prevent intellectual and social progress from occurring.

Is God an ethnic cleanser?

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

3 Simple Techniques to Help Students Think 'Christian'

If you haven’t noticed, the western world is engaged in a political and cultural war. If you spend any time listening to talk radio, watching the news, or paying even the slightest attention to the political landscape you can’t help but think the other shoe is about to drop. Most of us haven’t seen anything like it.

How Christianity Led to the Rise of Modern Science

A central tenet of the new atheism is that Christianity and reason are antithetical, and that throughout history Christians have held back progress in science. Atheist historian Dr. Richard Carrier has promoted similar views in his contributions to essay collections such as The Christian Delusion and Christianity Is Not Great . He suggests that, but for the rise of Christianity, the ancient Greeks would have enjoyed a scientific revolution so that the “Dark Ages” never would have happened. However, the truth is very different. The science of the ancient Greek pagans was intended to reinforce their ethical and philosophical positions, rather than to be an objective study of nature. Admittedly, when Christians came to develop their own science in the Middle Ages, they were not being objective either. For them, science was the study of God’s creation. But the metaphysical assumptions of Christianity, unlike those of the Greeks or even Muslims, turned out to be extremely conducive to uncovering true knowledge about nature. They weren’t trying to, but it was Christians who laid the foundations for modern science.

Why Are So Many So Silent? The Insider Movement in America

And when we do associate with Christ, do we make it vague enough for the world to retweet? Is our “faith” gospel-less, cross-less, and Jesus-less? It is too politically correct to offend, too genteel to mention wrath or sin. It is spiritual without mentioning the Spirit, and creates a people of faith who never mention whom their faith is in. God is referenced as a distant deity that seems to have no distinguishable qualities or characteristics. The specifics of the gospel, it would seem, must remain a private matter.

33% of Protestant Churchgoers Don’t Know Billy Graham’s Ministry

Among churchgoers with evangelical beliefs, 1 in 4 has never interacted with Graham’s ministry (27%). Meanwhile, among churchgoers who don’t hold evangelical beliefs, only 2 in 5 have never interacted with his ministry (41%).

The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God

Hebrews 2:14–15: “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” “‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55–57). This is the glory of grace and it would come only by suffering.

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