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All the Scriptures Speak of Jesus | Stand to Reason

One of the most powerful arguments for Christianity and for the inspiration of the Scriptures is the argument from prophecy. This sees Jesus not merely as “predicted” by specific sayings in the Old Testament, but more importantly as foreshadowed by the entire structure of the Old Testament narrative. The Old Testament makes the most sense when viewed in the light of Christ and thus points to its own divine origin.

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J. Warner provides five simple guidelines to help you be more effective when making a case for what you believe online

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"It simply cannot be defended as neutral," says Larry Sanger, who launched the online encyclopedia with Jimmy Wales in 2001.

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Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards

“Globalization is a complicated topic. Myers makes dense concepts relatively accessible to his readers and provides theological lenses through which to see the issues at stake. He is most concerned about the intersection of globalization with the poor and with Christian mission. The book explains how globalization is part and parcel of world Christianity, and vice versa. Myers takes a clear-eyed view of globalizing processes, seeing both the good and the evil they bring. One of the most helpful lessons Myers provides is on the role individual humans might play in a globalized society, and how we should not lose sight of an all-powerful God, who is over, above, and in the midst of globalization, even as globalization is part of our fallen creation and is not likely to last forever.” —Stephen Offutt, associate professor of development studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

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Denny Burk on Twitter

"Roy Moore Was ‘a Bridge Too Far’ for Alabama Evangelicals" @albertmohler @CTmagazine http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/december/roy-moore-loss-alabama-evangelicals-senate-election-mohler.html … pic.twitter.com/XLOUNLb2Fp

4 Christianity Today’s 2018 Book of the Year

“Trevin Wax is on a quest for deep and enduring joy, and he’s not content to go at it alone. This book is a winsome invitation into the Christian faith and witness that has so much more to say than ‘This is right and this is wrong.’ Rather, ‘This is better.’ Wax is no incurable optimist or jaded cynic. He commends the real God who will satisfy our souls, now and forever, and holds out, as he says, ‘the good news that is true, good, and beautiful.’ ” —David Mathis, executive editor, desiringGod.org

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Lee Strobel on Twitter

Congratulations to my friend @gregkoukl for his book The Story of Reality winning Christianity Today's 2018 book award for evangelism/apologetics. A great book by a great apologist. @Zondervan http://ow.ly/ea9I30hcPgu 

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Why You Must Teach Kids Apologetics

I recently shared " 4 Big Reasons Why Kids Walk Away From Church When They Grow Up ." I'd like to dive a little deeper on the first reason—a shallow faith foundation. Stats show that 78 percent of "nones" (those who identify with no religion) grew up in church. This means a high percentage of kids growing up in church walk away. But the even bigger issue are those who walk away from their faith completely. Fifty percent of kids who walk away say it's because they no longer believe in God at all.

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The Point: Living on Your Face

This is sometimes called “living on your face,” in other words, making sure that what you present in public is the character you demonstrate in private. Only as Christians, we know that there’s nowhere we can flee from the presence of God, who sees all, and who’s always with us, and who promises that “our sins will find us out.”

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#TheSift : Airstrikes in Yemen kill at least 15 https://world.wng.org/content/airstrikes_in_yemen_kill_at_least_15 … @onize_ohiks pic.twitter.com/BO0UnC8GR6

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How Can I Get Back to Being Close to God?

Can you guide me where I should go to get back to being close to God? Connect with Hank Hanegraaff and the Christian Research Institute (CRI): Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/2sYxTs0 For past episodes, hundreds of free articles, and carefully curated resources, visit CRI’s website: www.equip.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BibleAnswerM... Hank on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HankHanegraaff Bible Answer Man on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CRIBAM Bible Answer Man on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bibleanswer... Bible Answer Man on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-435100780/ Bible Answer Man on iHeartRadio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/bible-... Subscribe to “Hank Unplugged” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/h... “Hank Unplugged” on Spreaker: https://soundcloud.com/user-435100780/ Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with CRI as a partner: https://www.equip.org/donate/ Subscribe to the Christian Research Journal (6 issues for $39.50): https://www.equip.org/product/crj-sub... Listen to the Bible Answer Man broadcast live, Mon.-Fri.

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BreakPoint: Getting in Physical and Spiritual Shape—Together

The Trinity Fitness Centers are spreading fast; they’ve made it easy to start new ones. And I know this isn’t a topic we normally address at the Colson Center or here on BreakPoint. But it’s a terrific example of applying Christ’s Lordship over every square inch, including the sweaty ones… and of Christians working locally to bring restoration in a culture that’s too often bowling alone.

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WORLD on Twitter

#TheSift Doug Jones wins in Alabama, Roy Moore refuses to concede https://world.wng.org/content/jones_wins_in_alabama_moore_refuses_to_concede … @EvanWilt_ pic.twitter.com/zdR4YOU8Zc

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Where Evangelicals Fall on Roy Moore vs. Trump, Lauer, Franken, and Six More Men

While they don’t have a vote in Tuesday’s state election, evangelicals at a national level feel strongly about keeping Moore from holding office. According to Politico/Morning Consult polls (which each offer a multiethnic sample of about 600 self-identified evangelicals), half believe that if Moore wins the election, he should be expelled from Congress, while only a quarter believe Congress should seat him. Fewer than half of Republicans and Trump voters (44%) say the same. (Already, two of the other embattled politicians in that survey, Al Franken and Conyers, have resigned prior to congressional investigations.)

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Greg Koukl - Does God "hate sin but love the sinner?"

Taken from our blog, Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason answers the question, "Does God "hate sin but love the sinner?"". For more information, visit http://www.str.org .

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The First Question to Ask of an Ancient Holy Book: Is It Ancient?

The test of antiquity was incredibly important to me as a skeptic examining the claims of scripture for the first time. As I became interested in Christianity, my Mormon family encouraged me to examine Mormonism as well. I read the entire Book of Mormon before I completed the Old and New Testament. I wanted to determine the “antiquity” of the Gospels and the Book of Mormon before I could examine the question of “divinity”. I needed to know if the New Testament gospels were written early enough to have been written by eyewitnesses who were actually present to observe what was recorded in these accounts. Similarly, I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was an accurate account of the history of the American continent from 600BC to 400AD (as it claims). My first investigation was centered on the foundational question: Are these ancient holy books truly ancient?

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The Wrong Jesus: Fact, Belief, Legend, Truth . . . Making Sense of What You've Heard - Kindle edition by Gregory Monette, Craig A. Evans. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Jesus has been a hot topic this year, with the release of Ehrman and Bird et al.’s dueling Christology books this past March bringing about a flurry of blog debates on matters pertaining to historical Jesus and early Christology. All the interaction I’ve seen with the two books have come from academic-types. When the assertions of Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God become popularized among the masses (as is typical with his trade books which have a tendency of become NYT bestsellers), how will the average person in the pew be able to separate truth from error? How can they be equipped to offer a historically responsible rejoinder to the attacks on Christology? Greg Monette’s The Wrong Jesus is a very accessible introduction to the historical Jesus that both addresses perennial apologetics issues in relation to Jesus as well as tackles some of the topics that have come into the spotlight as a result of Ehrman’s latest book. While there is definitely overlap between this book and other typical apologetics books focusing on Jesus and the NT (e.g. evidence for the existence of Jesus, reliability of the NT witness, manuscript evidence and faithfulness of transmission, evidence for the resurrection), what is unique in this book is significant enough and strong enough to merit it a place on one’s apologetics bookshelf.

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Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor on the Mind and the Brain | Evolution News

A derivative myth of materialism and Darwinism holds that the mind and the brain are one and the same. Consciousness is an illusion. So is free will. Chemicals in the brain make our decisions for us.

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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Q & A with Dr. Craig: Finding a Confident Christian Faith

Q: You make a distinction, which I accept, between “knowing” and “showing” that something is true. But the thing is that I don’t know that the Resurrection is true, therefore, assuming it is, I need to be shown this. The problem is that, from the standpoint of the skeptical but open-minded seeker, as I consider myself to be, when looked at dispassionately the historical evidence is, while perhaps sufficient for corroboration of what one already believes, for the rest of us fragmentary and unconvincing.

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Rapid Response: "God Is Not Needed to Explain the Fine-Tuning of the Universe"

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone said, “Christians sometimes point to the appearance of fine-tuning in the universe as proof that God exists. But you don’t need God to explain this fine-tuning.” How would you respond to such a statement? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

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Christian peer fears proclaiming Christianity could be a hate crime - Premier

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Participate in the 2018 Call for Papers for the National Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society! http://www.epsociety.org/events/annual.asp … … #analytictheology #christianphilosophy #philosophyofreligion

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WORLD Radio on Twitter

Commentator @CalThomas has thoughts on the ethical dilemma Alabama Christians are facing. http://worldrad.io/2l44jyu  @MooreSenate (AP image) pic.twitter.com/FGeOHChvjt

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The Gospel Trilemma

When discussing the Gospels with skeptics, many times skeptics will bounce back and forth between different positions of skepticism (one minute they accuse the gospel writers of collusion, the next minute they say the Gospels are full of contradictions, and the next minute they say the text is corrupted, i.e., we have no idea what the original writers wrote).  In short, the skeptic can't get the reason for his skepticism straight; as a result, it's difficult for the conversation to gain traction.  To prevent them from these schizophrenic chameleon tactics, the following trilemma will force them to take a position rather than just play the role of mocker and heckler. ​ Either the gospel writers were delusional men who coincidentally all experienced the same delusion, were unscrupulous opportunists who were trying to spread lies (for reasons beyond historical and rational comprehension),  or men of integrity committed to the truth.  In other words, the driving force behind the gospel accounts was one of the following:

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Greg Koukl on Twitter

Set your clock! Greg broadcasts live today from 4-6pm PT with special guest, Greg Ganssle, author of Our Deepest Desires. Call him with your questions 4-5pm at (855) 243-9975 then listen to the interview 5-6pm. https://www.str.org/articles/listen-live-to-str-s-webcast# … . pic.twitter.com/uAMif0GL7y

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Philippians 1:20–26: Should I Always Pursue My Own Joy?

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that those who make an impact in this world for Christ are those who labor for fruit and desire to be home with their Lord.

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Where Evangelicals Fall on Roy Moore vs. Trump, Lauer, Franken, and Six More Men

While they don’t have a vote in Tuesday’s state election, evangelicals at a national level feel strongly about keeping Moore from holding office. According to Politico/Morning Consult polls (which each offer a multiethnic sample of about 600 self-identified evangelicals), half believe that if Moore wins the election, he should be expelled from Congress, while only a quarter believe Congress should seat him. Fewer than half of Republicans and Trump voters (44%) say the same. (Already, two of the other embattled politicians in that survey, Al Franken and Conyers, have resigned prior to congressional investigations.)

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What Should Christian Parents Tell Their Children About Santa?

Since Christian parents also teach their children that Jesus is a real person who did perform real miracles, does see you when your sleeping and knows when you’re awake, and really keeps a list of who gets an eternal gift or not, our fear is that if we teach them fanciful, make-believe stories as truth, it could erode confidence in our truthfulness where it really matters. So, we distinguish between lies, secrets, surprises, and pretend for our kids. We ask them not to tell lies or keep secrets, but do teach them that some surprises (like gift-giving) and pretending (like dressing up) can be fun and should be encouraged. We tell them the truth and encourage them to have fun watching Christmas shows on television and even sitting on Santa’s lap for a holiday photo if they so desire. For parents of younger children wanting them to learn the real story of Santa Claus the Veggie Tales movie Saint Nicholas is a good choice.

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Q & A with Dr. Craig: Should Parents Let their Children Believe in Santa Claus?

On the one hand, the replacement of Jesus Christ at Christmas by Santa Claus is a sacrilege. Santa Claus is obviously a sort of God-surrogate: an all-seeing person endowed with miraculous powers, who’s making a list and checking it twice in order to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. “He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good, for goodness’ sake!” But never fear: Santa Claus is a kindly old man with a long white beard who never judges that someone has been bad. No matter what you’ve done, he thinks you’re good and delivers the presents. Such a caricature of God is so perverse that one wonders how Christian parents could possibly allow their children to believe in such a being. Christmas, as the word suggests, is supposed to be about Christ, not about this imposter.

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The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election

The way forward is unclear. For to love one’s neighbor in a democratic society means that Christians must participate in the public square to seek the common good. We cannot forsake our political duty, and that duty will lead believers in different directions. It’s just that when we do engage in politics, we so often end up doing and saying things that make us sound and act like we don’t care about the very values we champion. Perhaps the first step is for Christians Left and Right, when they stand up to champion a cause, to stop saying “Thus says the Lord” and “Lord, I thank you that you have not made me like these other Christians,” but frame their politics with, “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.”

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Iraqi priest arrives in UK, warns Islamic State support will last for decade - Premier

An Iraqi priest has told Premier that efforts by Islamic State (IS) to indoctrinate children means erasing the group's ideology from the Middle East could take ten years.

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Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards

“Globalization is a complicated topic. Myers makes dense concepts relatively accessible to his readers and provides theological lenses through which to see the issues at stake. He is most concerned about the intersection of globalization with the poor and with Christian mission. The book explains how globalization is part and parcel of world Christianity, and vice versa. Myers takes a clear-eyed view of globalizing processes, seeing both the good and the evil they bring. One of the most helpful lessons Myers provides is on the role individual humans might play in a globalized society, and how we should not lose sight of an all-powerful God, who is over, above, and in the midst of globalization, even as globalization is part of our fallen creation and is not likely to last forever.” —Stephen Offutt, associate professor of development studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

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Roy Moore Was ‘a Bridge Too Far’ for Alabama Evangelicals

Moore has yet to concede the election, suggesting that there should be a recount. (State law mandates a recount if the vote falls within half a percentage point.) Alabama’s secretary of state told CNN that while either candidate could request—and pay for—a recount, it was “highly unlikely” that the result would change.

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God Loves Ministry No One Else Sees

Serving in unseen ways can foster a quiet contentment in our hearts. We need believers like the gentleman who fills our communion cups at church each week. We need those who clean the building and take out the trash. We need pastors shepherding small congregations. We need a myriad of arms to rock babies in the nursery, allowing weary parents to be refreshed by corporate worship. Each of these ministries is vital to the health of the entire body of believers. God values those who are preaching at an assisted living facility to one frail woman in a wheelchair just as much as those preaching to thousands in a megachurch.

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12 Movies That Made the Year

, no piece of film analysis that can truly do the experience of watching it justice. A lot of people didn’t like it, but this is not a movie that came here to be liked. The biblical Creation/Fall/Redemption narrative in a microcosm, featuring the most ludicrous, horrifying, captivating, mind-twisting, stomach-churning, out and out universe-distorting third act of anything you’re likely to see this year or most others, it’s more a movie to be impressed by than to enjoy. But impressive, it is. —

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"I was always a believer but this is the first time that I really started fully trusting Him on and off the field with every situation." http://bit.ly/2BXDLSQ 

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Sean McDowell on Twitter

Part 2 of the Think Biblically podcast episode, "Race and the Church" is out. This is one of the best conversations of this sort I have ever had: http://bit.ly/2ynM888  @talbotnews pic.twitter.com/CkXzZxCDsi

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God Is The Same Between The Old And New Testaments - A Clear Lens

Occasionally, I come across the assertion by some that the Bible portrays “two Gods.” The God of the Old Testament is wrathful while the God of the New Testament is loving. But is that truly how God is depicted in the Bible? The truth is, with just some serious reading, one can see that, just as Hebrews 13:8 states, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  That the God of both the Old and New Testaments are one and the same. They are both written as a “loving father” and as a “righteous judge”. That connection only adds to the credibility of the internal consistency of the Bible and silences the argument that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New.

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If I Only Knew Why

How could I possibly reconcile these losses? They were unspeakable. Preventable. Unexpected. And in the face of such catastrophes, my natural question was “Why?” Why did this happen? If God was in control, why did he allow it? Why didn’t he stop it? Why? Why? Why?

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How to Celebrate Christmas as a Cultural Minority

For the past decade, I have lived and worked in refugee communities, where a large majority are practicing Muslims. Some cities, like Minneapolis, have the benefit of a larger concentration of immigrants, but most cities, like the one I live in now, don’t have a large presence of religious minorities. In my neighborhood, there are few religious sites that aren’t Christian, and the stores do not promote or even sell the traditional foods eaten at Eid (a Muslim holiday), Diwali (a Hindu holiday), or the Chinese New Year. In this minority context, my neighbors do not have the luxury of being buoyed by cultural norms and expectations, so celebrating holy days takes extra intentionality.

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Christmas- Pagan or Not?

Does Christmas have pagan origins or not?  Today's post features 3 short and concise articles by apologist and speaker Lenny Esposito that consider this question historically and with up-to-date scholarship. Esposito writes: "The claim that the roots of Christmas are pagan is one I hear over and over again, especially in December. The idea isn't even new. The New England Puritans, who valued work more than celebration, taught such.  Puritan preacher Increase Mather preached that "the early Christians who first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that 'Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian.' When one digs into the actual history however, a much different picture arises. There are two ways to approach the question: one is to see how December 25 became associated with the Nativity, which is how the early church would have referred to the day of Christ's birth. The other one is to look at the celebrations of Saturnalia and Sol Invictus.

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Denny Burk on Twitter

As far as evangelical voters are concerned, this is the big story from last night. // "Moore lost enough white evangelicals to lose" @directorsilk @RNS http://religionnews.com/2017/12/13/moore-lost-enough-white-evangelicals-to-lose/ … pic.twitter.com/kg926pKiIN

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Denny Burk on Twitter

There were a lot of groups that were difference-makers in the sense that, had they voted or turned-out differently, they could have swung the election to a different result. Evangelical stay-at-homes seem to have been one of those groups.

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Andrew Wilson on Twitter

Just arrived. Getting this bad boy signed tomorrow! Looking forward to meeting @ericmetaxas at Billy Graham Library. #nerd pic.twitter.com/zLgrdowAy6

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