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So, would you ever leave your faith?

When I opened the hood I saw oil sprayed everywhere and what remained of a belt.  Even though I was out of my depth at this point, I had an idea what all the big parts did. It seemed to me that there were a couple of options, broadly speaking. Either there was one thing that caused all this destruction, or I had just witnessed a remarkable automotive catastrophe. Either a bunch of individual components simultaneously self-destructed like some horrible mechanical symphony, or one thing started a chain of events. One initial problem seemed most plausible, but the symptoms were so unrelated that it seemed like a stretch.

2 Living Waters Publication - Evangelism Resources

Evangelism INSPIRING, EQUIPPING, FULFILLING. That is our three-fold vision and call to action. It is our vision to Inspire and Equip Christians in Fulfilling the Great Commission. Our mission is to accomplish this through training and evangelism outreaches like The Way of the Master television program, our Heart Changer documentaries, our daily The Comfort Zone show, Aguas Vivientes, the online School of Biblical Evangelism, Living Waters speakers, and all of our unique tracts, CDs, DVDs, and other evangelism resources. Likewise, our desire is that you would take what God gives you through this ministry and do the same within your church and community - Inspire, Equip, and Fulfill. The call for evangelism is clear. Have you answered that call? International Agencies  

3 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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All My Children Are ‘My Own’

It’s often near the surface for this one — not the year she was “chosen” and a mommy and daddy flew all the way across the ocean to look her in the eyes and call her daughter — but the too-many, earlier years that still seem to weigh heavier. These days, she lives buoyant and giddy. Her eyes have found a sparkle, and we see them more than we see those hands that spent nearly a year awkwardly covering them. My little girl laughs. A lot. And this week when I hugged her I could tell her body wanted to melt (not stiffen) in my arms.

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Skyscraper Live : Discovery Channel

Chicago is home to the world’s first skyscraper. Nik Wallenda was born into the first family of high-wire walkers. They were always destined to meet.

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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Pope Francis’ Other Pro-Life Campaign

Pope Francis believes that every person is a child of God for whom Christ died on the cross. This makes every life valuable. But Francis’ statements aren’t just a reflection of his views on social justice—they are part of his theology. Beyond his advocacy for the poor and the victims of injustice, Pope Francis is an advocate for the concept of redemption. This may be partly why the idea of a life sentence has become part of his pro-life platform: It could be that he sees denying even the very worst prisoners the opportunity to be redeemed from their criminal past by taking away their freedom is counter to the idea of Christ’s redeeming power.

8 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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14 Ways I Teach Apologetics to My 5-Year-Olds

All kidding aside, it doesn’t have to be like that at all! Ideally, we should incorporate apologetics into the way we teach our kids about Christianity. Today I want to give you 14 examples of how I do that with my 5-year-old twins. Obviously, the details of how I communicate with them are age-specific, but I hope this will give you an idea of how the foundation of apologetics fits right into our regular Bible study time.

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Brighter Hopes for Cambodia

Thirty-five years later, Cambodia is still recovering from the gory civil war that lasted three years, eight months, and 28 days. The genocide nearly wiped out Christianity when the Khmer Rouge, in their desire to obliterate anything having to do with urban society, executed anyone with religious affinities. Of an estimated 10,000 Christians in 1974, only a few hundred remained. 

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The Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About

Why? Talking about population control requires walking a tightrope: There's nuance between encouraging access to birth control and a China-style one-child policy, but that doesn't always translate in the retelling, and it can all too easily sound like a developed world leader telling people in the developing world that they should stop having children—especially because much of the population boom is coming from regions like sub-Saharan Africa.

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Iowa Poll: Ernst takes 7-point lead

• Voters find Ernst, who has led Iowa troops in war, to be a reassuring presence on security issues, the poll shows. In the wake of news developments on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, increasing aggressiveness of Russia and the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East, more likely voters see Ernst as better equipped than Braley to show leadership and judgment, by at least 9 points on each issue.

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Is It Time to Quit Watching Sports?

The problem with that argument is its inherent negativity. Its premises are the list of negative headlines that these sports have recently generated. But to only recite the litany of bad things surrounding these sports is to give a decidedly skewed version of the reality. There are good things about these sports, too. For all the bad decisions NFL players have recently made, there are also the very positive examples of players like Peyton Manning, London Fletcher, and Drew Brees — players known not just for lip service or a startup charity with their name on it but for active service in their communities over many years. Meanwhile, amid the corruption of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, a number of the tournament’s biggest stars, including Mesut Özil, Lionel Messi, and Javier Mascherano, donated their World Cup paychecks to childrens’ hospitals in Brazil and Argentina. This is, of course, only to name a few of the countless examples of big stars using their platforms for good. We could also talk about the sense of global community that soccer fosters, which at its best unites people from all different walks of life.

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Is Gospel Amnesia Creating a Third Great Schism?

In their recent book Deep Church Rising: The Third Schism and the Recovery of Christian Orthodoxy , Andrew Walker and Robin Parry argue that, unbeknownst to many, the Western church is in the midst of a third great schism. Unlike the last two, though, the split hasn't resulted in a clear line between new denominations and old ones, but runs right through the various churches of the West. On one side stand those who affirm a broadly supernaturalist Christian orthodoxy embodied in the Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds. And on the other, you find those who can at best recite the creeds with their fingers crossed. Having embraced the various presuppositions of Enlightenment and postmodern thinking, they are skeptical of supernatural claims and often doubt the very idea of objective truth.

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What a Christian Ethic Looks Like Outside

Pinchot summed up his ethic for the forests in the phrase “the greatest good to the greatest number for the longest time.” This implied three things: First, to not use available natural resources would be a waste. Second, in using them, waste must be prevented. Third, resources must be preserved and developed “for the benefit of the many, and not merely for the profit of a few.”

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Former Abortionist Reveals the Heartbreaking Ways Women Respond After Their Abortions

But the second reaction is: I am hungry, you kept me in here for four hours and you told me I’d only be here for two; let me out of here. Now that woman is doing what I did. She’s running from her abortion. She’s not dealing with it; she’s choosing to deny it, and she’s the woman that we read all the statistics about, post-abortion syndrome. They say now it’s an average of five years before people actually deal with the fact that, yes, they did kill their baby. And yes, they do have to deal with that. You know, I go back to my own personal healing, which just started a year ago. I was making deals with God. I didn’t want to talk about my own abortion. Then when I finally did deal with it, I cried nonstop for five months because, you see, I killed my baby, and I’m still not through that. And how difficult it is for all these women because, you see, I believe that every woman, even if she’s not physically harmed, is harmed by abortion.

17 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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What's On

College CU groups usually meet at least once per week to discuss a part of the bible, pray, and encourage each other. Whether you'd call yourself a Christian or not, you're very welcome to attend! To find out more about what goes on in your college, click here to find and get in contact with your college CU reps.

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Parables are ‘salvation stories,’ says MacArthur in Southern Seminary’s Mullins Lectures

In his third lecture, MacArthur examined the difficult parable of the dishonest manager, in which Jesus apparently commends the “Machiavellian manipulation” of the steward. After the master fired him for financial mismanagement, the steward is asked to give an accurate account of the master’s assets and “uses his resources to cover up his wrongdoing” and embezzle from the debtors, MacArthur said. Jesus commends the steward’s example, he said, because the unbeliever worked shrewdly and inventively to secure future benefits.

20 Is the Universe Hostile to Life? | Reasonable Faith

I suspect that what lies behind Tyson’s objection is the common error of thinking that the term “fine-tuned” means “designed.” Because vast regions of the universe are hostile to life, it is inferred that the universe was not designed for life. Even that inference doesn’t follow, but never mind. The more important point is that “fine-tuned” doesn’t mean “designed.” That would make the inference to design a mere tautology. Rather, fine-tuning is the neutral fact that in order for the universe to be life-permitting the fundamental constants and quantities must fall into an incomprehensibly narrow life-permitting range. That fact is not negated by the fact that vast regions of the universe do not exhibit the additional conditions sufficient for life. The question will then become how that fine-tuning is best to be explained.

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Pugilistic Pastors

In one particularly disturbing scene, where Renken takes his young sons to a shooting range, he might as well be channeling Driscoll when he says, “Western Christianity has feminized men. We’ve taken away their God-given attributes of aggressiveness, of competitiveness. We expect men to be prim and proper, to be polite all the time. And to never respond with aggression and force—almost like they act like females.”

22 Knowing that You Are Dead | Reasonable Faith

Now notice that you equate being dead with ceasing to exist. But then it should be obvious that if you have ceased to exist, then you could not know it. That’s because the statement “I know that I do not exist” implies that you exist, since you are the person who alleges to know this fact. So while it is coherent to say, ”I know that I am alive,” it would be self-referentially incoherent to say, “I know that I am dead.”

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Who Do You Say That I Am? Not Michael!

The identity of Jesus is the most important question that we can wrestle with. Forget the age of the earth. Forget the dating of the Gospels. Who is Jesus? That is what we need to know.

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Sorry; No Such Thing as a Scientific Argument Against the Existence of God

I love science. I mean, I REALLY. LOVE. SCIENCE. My earliest, most vivid memories of school go back to my kindergarten class at C. Wayne Collier Elementary School, watching film strips (remember those, children of the 80s?) about dinosaurs, volcanoes, or the solar system, being transfixed by the awesomeness. My deepest desire in the sixth grade was to attend Space Camp. To this day, I am a sucker for a good science book or documentary–when it sticks to the actual science. Unfortunately, many productions these days promote a deeply philosophical agenda that isn’t scientific in the least (think of the recent TV series, Cosmos, hosted by atheist Neil DeGrasse Tyson) .  The tragic result of such propaganda is that some impressionable Christians end up questioning the rationality of their belief in God.

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Tim Challies – 6 Great Reasons To Study Doctrine

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Toward a Definition of "Religious" Cinema

Another sort of religious movie is one that deals with and depicts the specifics of religious practice , the type my friend Mike Leary listed here as being of use in the comparative religion classroom. This is a list compiled by someone who knows what he's talking about, and it includes some marvelous films. But I'm going to leave this out of definitions for now, because I don't think this is actually what most people mean when they talk about a religious film—perhaps, unfortunately, because we tend to think of religion as a system of organized belief , rather than a complicated structure of practice and belief. ( But do check out his list .)

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Faithful Thinkers: The Courageous Movie and The Purpose of Apologetics

Have you ever wondered what the point is in Christian apologetics? Does it seem like a favorite past-time of only the "smartest" Christians, but nothing more than that? I hope to offer compelling answers to those questions in this post.  A couple weeks ago my wife and I watched the movie Courageous (the book " The Resolution for Men " is based on the movie). In short, it is a piercing and convicting story about several men who, as the result of the tragedy in one of their lives, committed to actively being godly examples for their families and teaching them the higher ways of God. The commitment was not taken lightly. The men got together with their families and had a formal ceremony in which they pledged the following before each other and God: I DO solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home. I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.

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Ligonier.org

When Jesus appears to the disciples in the shut room He says "Peace to You" as a greeting, which Dr Sproul explains along with the proper response. He continues with an explanation of Jesus' breathing on the disciples and saying "Receive the Holy Spirit." When Thomas arrives he wants physical proof that this is really Jesus and Dr. Sproul investigates how Jesus responds and Thomas' response of "My Lord and My God."

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The Final Destination- Heaven or Resurrection?

2. There are three resuscitations in the Gospels: Lk. 8:49-56; Jn. 11:38-44; Lk. 7:11-15. Lazarus was resuscitated. He went on to live on in his old mode of but still had to face a second death. Lazarus and these other resuscitations are similar to the raising of the dead as already mentioned in the examples of Elijah and Elisha raising a person from death (1 Kings 17-23; 2 Kings 4:34-35). Jesus was not only but resurrected, he was changed. His body was transformed into what Paul calls a glorified body. He never died again. Therefore, it is important to remember that Jesus is not the only one in human history that has been raised from the dead ( if we call it resuscitation), but he certainly is the only one that has ever been resurrected! In other words, He is the only one who has been raised immortal.

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Edward Feser: Why Is There Anything At All? It’s Simple

I thank John Leslie and Robert Lawrence Kuhn for their gracious and substantive response to my recent comments on their fine anthology The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All?  In the course of my earlier remarks, I put forward a “friendly criticism” to the effect that John and Robert had paid insufficient attention in their book to the tradition of classical theism, which has its philosophical roots in Aristotelian and Neo-Platonic thought and whose many illustrious representatives include Augustine, Anselm, Avicenna, Maimonides, and Aquinas.  Though there are selections from some of these writers, they are very brief, and the bulk of the theological selections in the book are from recent writers of what has sometimes been called a “theistic personalist” or “neo-theist” bent.  John and Robert have offered a lively defense of their approach.  In what follows I’d like to respond, pressing the case for the primacy of the classical theistic tradition.

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Is God Limited by the Laws of Physics?

It seems that yesterday's post on the Fine-tuning argument (" A Mostly Lethal Universe Does Not Disprove Design ") struck a nerve on the Twittersphere. I was involved in a long Twitter conversation with a number of atheists concerning the implications of a universe that contains vast spaces where life cannot survive. While I won't recount the entire exchange here, here are a couple of tweets that seems to be indicative of the thinking: .@comereason @joesw0rld @Justinsweh God could have designed the universe with different laws, constants, and initial conditions — Secular Outpost (@SecularOutpost) October 31, 2014 @SecularOutpost @comereason @joesw0rld @Justinsweh The FTA makes it seem as if god himself is constrained by the laws of physics. — Atheism And The City (@AtheismNTheCity) October 31, 2014 This was interesting as it highlighted a couple of atheistic misunderstandings about the fine tuning argument and about the nature of God. First, the premise of their objection rests on the idea that God can make anything He wants happen.

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Christianity Properly Diagnoses the Human Conditon

Principle 3: A religion's diagnosis of and solution for the human condition should be more profound than its rivals. A student of mine came from India to study at Talbot School of Theology. Having been raised a Hindu, he began an intense search for religious truth as a teenager. His search led him to study the religious texts of the world's leading religions. His search also led him to Jesus Christ. Why? He said that, by comparison, the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament towered over the others for their depth, profundity and power. While all religions have some truths in them, one should choose a religion that does the best job of diagnosing what is wrong with human beings and how their condition can be solved. 

33 Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "Found in You" by Vertical Church Band

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Republican Joni Ernst takes 7 point lead in Iowa senate race

In Iowa, a Democrat, Bruce Braley, had a 12-point advantage among women over his Republican rival, Joni Ernst, who led by 15 percentage points among men, in a poll conducted for CNN/ORC International this week; over all, the two were statistically tied. Ms. Ernst has been a particular target of women’s groups because… she has not backed off her support for a “personhood” amendment conferring constitutional rights at conception, which would effectively outlaw abortion and some fertility treatments and birth control methods.

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Mann's Word: The Consequence of Ideas: Materialism

"But I asked a reproductive physiologist years ago about this. I said, “Could you design a molecule that you could administer once that would bind to the DNA to turn off reproduction and make people sterile?” And he said, yeah, theoretically. And I said, well, if you did that could you design an antidote that would unmask it just briefly for as few seconds? And he said, yeah, probably. So this is what we need. We need to sterilize everybody on the Earth [laughter] and make the antidote freely available to anybody who’s willing to work for it. Immediately you'd get responsible parenthood. No more juvenile delinquents, unwanted kids. You have a kid, you had to work, and you had only a few seconds to do it in. [Extended laughter]"

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Southern Seminary Alumni & Friends Luncheon at the KBC

Join friends from around the state for the Southern Seminary Alumni & Friends luncheon at the KBC. Don't miss out on Chuy's as they provide a full fajita buffet. The lunch will be conveniently served in the Living Hope student center. Along with good food and friends, this year we will hear from past president of the KBC and the dean of the Billy Graham School for Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry, Dr. Adam Greenway.

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Half of Anglicans want less state ties – Premier Radio

Premier consists of Premier Christian Media Trust registered as a charity (no. 287610) and as a company limited by guarantee (no. 01743091) with two fully-owned trading subsidiaries: Premier Christian Communications Ltd (no. 02816074) and Christian Communication Partnership Ltd (no. 03422292). All three companies are registered in England & Wales with a registered office address of 22 Chapter Street, London, SW1P 4NP.

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Sunday Quote!- The Advance of the Shadow

I read a fair amount of fiction alongside my nonfiction books, and my favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy. One series I’ve been reading through is “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan. This huge fantasy series (it’s complete at 14 books averaging probably around 800 pages a piece) is about an epic struggle between good and evil, but it has many other themes which I will continue to explore in my upcoming series of posts on the books. One line which has stuck with me throughout my reading of the series is this:

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Christian held in North Korea 'felt compelled' to leave Bible – Premier Radio

An American man who was arrested in North Korea after he left a Bible in a nightclub has said he 'felt compelled' to try and help Christians in the country.

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Burkina Faso pastor appeals for prayers – Premier Radio

Church services are going ahead as normal in most parts of Burkina Faso as pro-democracy protesters continue to take to the streets.

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Mars Hill Church to dissolve – Premier Radio

"Following much prayer and lengthy discussion with Mars Hill's leadership, the board of Mars Hill has concluded that rather than remaining a centralized multi-site church with video-led teaching distributed to multiple locations, the best future for each of our existing local churches is for them to become autonomous self-governed entities," Pastor Dave Bruskas said.

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Teaser: Netflix's New Original Series, 'Bloodline'.

O n the heels of Orange Is the New Black , Netflix is gearing up for its next original series. This one stars Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights ) and Linda Cardellini ( Freaks and Geeks and Mad Men ), so it's got some big guns. We don't know much about it at this point, other than it's about four adult siblings whose dark pasts refuse to stay in the past ...

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NEW: Planned Parenthood pushes TN for abortion

Copyright (c) 2014 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. The original story can be found at http://www.bpnews.net/43647/new-planned-parenthood-pushes-tn-for-abortion NEW: Planned Parenthood pushes TN for abortion by Art Toalston, posted Saturday, November 01, 2014 (yesterday) Tags: Planned ParenthoodAmendment 1Tennessee Tweet NASHVILLE (BP) -- Out-of-state Planned Parenthood groups are pressing Tennesseans to reject limitations on abortion -- more than $1.3 million in pressure in the nation's most contentious abortion standoff on the Nov. 4 ballot. Tennesseans are seeing a plethora of TV ads and direct mail pieces targeting a state constitutional amendment to enable the legislature to enact restrictions on abortion such as basic medical standards for abortion facilities and a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion.

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Answering Muslims: Theresa Corbin Deliberately Conceals Facts about Allah, Muhammad, and the Qur'an

Corbin did not post my comment either - I commented that David Wood, like many other prominent critics of Islam, could not be rightly accused of peddling hatred, since David carefully distinguishes between criticism of a doctrine and attacks on the people who adhere to that doctrine. I also complained about the use of 'Islamophobia' to describe anyone with any criticisms of Islam - a phobia of course, is an irrational fear of something not really dangerous, so does not fit in the case of someone who has rational arguments that something in fact actually is dangerous. But of course, Corbin takes the standard route of seeing the abstract use of reason in terms of the personalised use of emotion - an unfortunately effective way of shutting down debates, because people don't always spot it's operating. I see from her comments that she considers that David has 'slandered' her - again a typical response, in that it turns the use of reason and evidence and the expression of any criticism into something personalised as an attack on somebody else - what I call the Argument From 'You Hurt My Feelings'.