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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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CrossExamined.org - Your source for Christian Apologetics | We are a Christian Apologetic Ministry founded in 2006

CrossExamined.org is a Christian Apologetics non-profit ministry started in 2006. Our team conducts dynamic I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist seminars on college campuses, churches, and high schools. Led by Frank Turek and other Christian apologists, CrossExamined.org exists to address the problem that 3-out-of-4 Christian youth leave the church while in college, many because they are intellectually skeptical. In addition to I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist, CrossExamined.org presenters address other topics faced by young people today.

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Is Your Church Ready?

There are quite a few. The assumption that abusers are monsters and not anything like us . A sexual offender is probably “seedy” looking, a drug addict or an alcoholic, visibly insane, depraved, brutal, or mentally retarded. Pick your version of a boogeyman and that’s what many people envision when they picture a sexual predator. But the truth is sexual offenders are people just like us—single or married; male or female; blue or white collar; educated or uneducated; rich, middle class, or poor. What surprised me is how many professionals are offenders. I came across examples of a college professor, doctor, lawyer, athletic director, pastor, and many, many more.

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The Imitation Game

Among his best talents is Cumberbatch's knack for voice acting—the man is the voice of Smaug—and that's on clear display here, along with the mannerisms that mark out Turing as occupying some point on the autism spectrum, as so many of his brilliant heirs in the world of computers and software do. Cumberbatch's Turing swallows and chokes on his words, stutters when he's frustrated, smiles tautly but without malice, and then turns peaceful when he's with someone for whom he feels affection. He's a less sociopathic, more vulnerable version of Sherlock.

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Put on Your Priestly Robe

God made you a royal priest to proclaim his excellencies. We proclaim him to the nations, but also to our brothers and sisters. As you sing, don’t be fooled into thinking, “We know these truths already.” We need the reminder. We have priestly duties Sunday morning.

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Full Bellies, Thankful Hearts

There need not be any conflict between enjoying abundant life and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus calls us not to asceticism (nor gluttony) but to generosity. The gifts of this season should serve as a reminder that our abundance and satisfaction are intimately connected with others’. Our generosity must not end at the oversized piece of pie we slice for ourselves. We were designed to care for others as well.

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How Things Work on Twitter

“ @ThingsWork : This is how our white blood cells attack a parasite http://twitter.com/ThingsWork/status/538898624110157824/photo/1pic.twitter.com/X0tlQzkFkO  ” This is the coolest thing ever.

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Faith and Doubt | Reasonable Faith

But perhaps you’re already a regenerate Christian. Then you need to cultivate the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. You can grieve the Holy Spirit through sin and quench His leading and power by not allowing Him full reign in your life. Confess sin as soon as you’re aware of it, and allow the Holy Spirit to empower and direct you. Be sure to maintain a devotional life, with regular times alone of prayer and Bible study. Take your doubts to God and ask Him to give you grace to persevere. Cultivate the Christian virtues in your life, and then you can claim the promise of II Peter 1. 5-11 : “if you do this you will never fall .” Make sure you participate in truly meaningful corporate worship in the setting of a local church. Lone Ranger Christians generally don’t make it, and even a small group setting is no substitute for the church, which is the body of Christ locally, replete with all His gifts. Be sure you’re exercising your own spiritual gift in the context of a local church, so that you are serving others. I assume that you’ve followed through on your conversion by being baptized and regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

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God's Not Dead: Science Discovers Truths the Bible Revealed Long Ago: God is the Foundation for Science

Rational pre-commitments assist in directing one’s investigation and analysis of the data (as well as its interpretation and communication). This admission is often difficult to get from some atheistic inquirers to acknowledge. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for science, analysis and research? Christian theism can deliver the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in rational enquiry; in principle, materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is obligatory to account for scientific analysis is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground it, but to account for it and its preconditions—all the universal operational features of knowledge. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the analytical enterprise. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of the intellectual examination of evidence. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, attributes, identity, and the uniformity of the physical world.

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Already Friends of God

That faith—that acceptance of reality the way it really is, that we are forgiven and friends of God—produces in us some extraordinary reactions. One is repentance: The fact of God’s forgiveness of us despite the gravity of our sin—well, that makes us even more regretful of sin and more committed to living according to God’s wishes. Another is gratefulness: We now live not out of a sense of mere duty, let alone in fear of retribution. Another still is what might be called evangelistic enthusiasm: we want to tell people the good news that their situation before God is extraordinarily good, if they could only see it and respond to it in faith.

11 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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Reasons for God

Lunch is NOT included. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat this in the church during the lunch break, or alternatively there are plenty of cafes and sandwich shops within a 5-10 minute walk of St Mary’s if you would prefer to go out and buy something. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided throughout the day and are included in the cost of your ticket.

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Christian Bale: ‘Drones Would Be Sent Out After [Moses]’ Today

Back in October, Bale made headlines for explaining how revelatory for him the preparation for the film was when it came to studying the person of Moses. He told reporters, “I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life. He's a very troubled and tumultuous man and mercurial.” The statements drew some criticism, but others noted that Bale’s comments reflected Moses’ complex legacy as a Biblical hero, who found himself at odds with God and even murdered a man out of vengeance. The Biblical epic hits theaters on Dec. 12 ...

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Ligonier.org

Paul acknowledges the faith of the Roman church and the impact throughout the world and his desire to see them. Paul continues the theme of faith and connecting it to the gospel of Christ. Here we find how the righteous man will live.

15 The Secular Humanist's Dilemma

2. Countless studies have shown that religious individuals are happier, healthier, and more charitable with their time and money than non-religious individuals.

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Orthodox and Catholic Churches Unite to Send Islamic State a Message About Jihad’s ‘Profoundly Grave Sin Against God’

Pope Francis, left, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I hug each other after a holy liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the violent persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims, capping Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey with a show of unity. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

We need specific strategies for dealing with temptation. | 1 Corinthians 10:13 http://ow.ly/BFCsG  pic.twitter.com/53tJDsLLzh

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David DelaGardelle on Twitter

Humbled by the kindness of @NAQureshi and his wife, who took my wife and I out for lunch and a tour of Oxford today. pic.twitter.com/3Wnzs0SA9s

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Defenders 3 11/30/2014 by RF Livestream

Defenders 3 11/30/2014

20 Jacqueline C. Rivers: we need to fix the black out-of-wedlock birth rate

Despite the determined pursuit of marital unions by freed people, enduring patterns of non-normative male-female relationships had been created by the devastating experience of slavery. These bore bitter fruit in the 25-percent out-of-wedlock birthrate that prompted the Moynihan Report in 1965. The Moynihan Report was an examination of the pathologies created by the explosion of father-absent households among the black poor in the United States. Though the report recommended the creation of programs that would promote healthy families among impoverished blacks, it elicited an outpouring of outrage at the assertion that stable marriages were necessary for the flourishing of the black community. As a result, little action was taken to rectify these problems. Fifty years later, the out-of-wedlock birthrate among blacks in the United States has soared to over 70 percent, a level at which it has stood for roughly a decade. The material, moral, and spiritual consequences are precisely what Moynihan predicted they would be: devastating for the community.

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The First Sunday of Advent: Waiting for the Shepherd

This is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the season in which Christians throughout the world prepare for a fuller, richer celebration of the birth of Jesus. Advent is a season of expectation, waiting, and hope. During the four weeks before Christmas, we put ourselves back into the mindset of the Jews as they yearned for a Messiah two millennia ago. Moreover, we get in touch with our own hope for the second coming of the Messiah. (The word advent comes from a Latin word that means “coming” or “visit.”)

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Topics in Defenders Class

Dr. Craig: I think a lot of us do. In fact, Kevin, I was rather amused in looking through my notes for this section of the Defenders class I found my old notes from when I first began to teach this years ago. In it it includes a diagram with the rapture in it, in my own hand! This was my own view, that Christ would come back and rapture the church out of the world prior to the final and decisive return of Christ. It was only as I began to study this issue further for myself, rather than accept what I had just always been taught, that I was really quite astonished to see not merely that there is slim biblical evidence for this view, but that rather there is no biblical evidence for this view. The rapture is never referred to in the New Testament. There is no passage that talks about the rapture. That may surprise some of our listeners but what I would invite them to do is to look at what Paul says in 1 and 2 Thessalonians and compare it to what Jesus says in the Olivet Discourse in Mark 13. I think what you will find is that Paul is talking there about the same thing that Jesus was talking about; namely, the second coming of Christ at which time the dead would be raised, the elect would be gathered, and Christ would come to establish his Kingdom.

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http://www.crossway.org/books/the-presence-of-god-tpb/

“The much misunderstood notion of the presence of God is central to the Bible’s story from beginning to end. Ryan Lister explains how it is both God’s goal for us and the means by which God accomplishes his redemptive mission. This fresh approach to biblical theology is presented as an unfolding drama, with many practical and pastoral implications. In particular, it shows that a sound and scripturally mature analysis of the presence of God can help answer this world’s deep-seated spiritual desires.” —David Peterson , Former Principal, Oak Hill College; Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in New Testament, Moore Theological College

24 Jesus of Nazareth | Reasonable Faith

In this first part of a two-part article, the presuppositions and pretentions of the Jesus Seminar are exposited and assessed. It is found that the principal presuppositions of (i) scientific naturalism, (ii) the primacy of the apocryphal gospels, and (iii) the necessity of a politically correct Jesus are unjustified and issue in a distorted portrait of the historical Jesus. Although the Jesus Seminar makes a pretention of speaking for scholarship on the quest of the historical Jesus, it is shown that in fact it is a small body of critics in pursuit of a cultural agenda.

25 Is Tiktaalik Evolution’s Greatest Missing Link?

In both the print and broadcast media in 2006 and 2007, reports of the discovery of the fossil fish known as Tiktaalik were hyped as convincing proof that, through a random chance process of evolution, fish sprouted legs and walked out onto the land, where they turned into amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and, ultimately people. But the media’s excitement seems to stem not so much from being able to report a real scientific discovery as in being able to discredit the biblical account of creation.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: New Book Provides Evidence: "Exodus God And The King of Kings: The Case For God, Moses, And The Exodus"

27 Are There Beneficial Mutations?

Keep in mind that beneficial, information-gaining mutations are a necessary mechanism of molecules-to-man evolution, so focusing on any potential for this is essential for evolutionists. What doesn’t seem to be often addressed is the vast amount of data to the contrary. But even if there were a clearly beneficial mutation, this would by no means “prove” the mechanism for evolution (for one thing, beneficial, information-gaining mutations would have to be a regularly occurring phenomenon and would have to “build” on previous mutations so as not to be “undone” and to keep the evolution going “uphill”), nor negate the truth of God’s revelation of His Creation in Genesis.

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The Debate Has Changed

Within the first three minutes of the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate, it was obvious how radically the creation-evolution debate has changed since the 1970s and 1980s.

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Since Obamacare passed, record number of Americans delaying treatment

Thirty-three percent of Americans have delayed medical treatment for themselves or their families because of the costs they’d have to pay, according to the survey. Obamacare, of course, had promised that it would help make health care more affordable for everyone, but the number of people who can’t afford a trip to the doctor has actually risen three points since 2013, before most Obamacare provisions took effect.

30 Microview: "Star Trek: New Frontier" Books 1-4

The collection of four books of Star Trek: New Frontier is a great way to kick off an offshoot series. It starts slowly as the first book is really just collecting the crew members and providing a bit of background for each. Finally, in the second book, readers begin to get the real payoff of the development of the characters in the first and the ride doesn’t let up from there. These read like a single book instead of a collection of four and the adventure is rip-roaring, often stretches the imagination, and is backed by strong characterization.

31 Pope urges Church unity – Premier Premier

Pope Francis has used the last day of his visit to Turkey to appeal for unity between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

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The Real Issue: Prayer and the Apologist

Due to logistics at the coming SES national conference and Ratio Christi Symposium, my wife Kathy and our daughter Christine would not be able to make this year's conference. Last year they were unable to make any of the conferences due to travel time conflicting with commitments to their involvement with the homeschool co op. So I shared with them that the year 2014 would be different. I promised them that this year, they were going to a conference "by hook or by crook." And this year it happened, as they were able to attend the Truth for a New Generation apologetics conference, in Spartanburg, SC. While they were down in Spartanburg, SC and I up here in the "Burg," I kept track of their conference times, and continued perusing the sessions and speakers.  In my perusing, I noticed one  seminar, "Prayer and Apologetics" which was given a couple of times and it really caught my attention. This is an important issue for those of us partaking in the task of apologetics. I may also be an enigma for those trying to understand the discipline of apologetics.

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Sunday Quote!- The Bible and Ancient Cosmology

I read Walton’s “The Lost World of Genesis One” awhile back. Understanding the cultural context of Genesis (and all books of the bible) is an important part of biblical understanding. In this book, however, Walton does try to explain Genesis 1 completely in ANE terms. He apparently takes this approach avoid the whole discussion on what do “days” mean and to claim that any science found in Genesis is just us reading it into the verses. In this way, Walton is taking the ANE position too far in suggesting Genesis, inspired word, can’t have different layers to it. Sure, it has ANE touchstones, but to say that this is all that it is, is just as extreme as saying it is just a literary construct. It does have ANE, but it also has literary patterns and it also suggests it was inspired by someone who knew how the universe was created long before man did. Cultural context is very important to biblical interpretation, but is not the only thing that defines it. I think Walton knows this, but when it comes to Genesis, he puts artificial limits on his exegesis.

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Archbishop leads St Andrew's day celebrations – Premier Premier

A procession to celebrate the feast day of Scotland's patron saint will be led by the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

35 What is the Basis for Morality?

Thank you for contacting Answers in Genesis. First, I’m not sure that anyone can escape being raised up without any religion whatsoever—whether secular humanism, naturalism, evolutionism, Christianity, Islam, etc. I had the privilege of being raised in family that respected the Bible and its teachings, whereas many others were raised with evolutionary religion or even had it forced on them. Logically, though, if people are taught from a young age that nothing matters, that there are no morals, and that they can do whatever pleases them, and that “survival of the fittest” is “the way the world works,” then what type of society should we expect? After all, leading evolutionary spokesperson Richard Dawkins makes it clear that there is no basis for morality in evolution:

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Did Black Friday kill Christmas, asks former Archbishop – Premier Premier

"For that reason I have been reluctant to enter this particular debate. But the sudden arrival of 'Black Friday', an import from the US, has marked a new intensity in the festival of acquisition now enveloping us at this time of year - and it is important to say something.

37 Last day of Pope's Turkey trip – Premier Premier

Pope Francis will hold talks with senior Muslims today where he's expected to reiterate calls for them to openly condemn the actions of Islamic State.

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Memorial service for Dr Myles Munroe – Premier Premier

Hundreds are expected to gather to pay their respects to world renowned pastor Dr Myles Munroe in London later.