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The Fine Tuning of the Universe

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Is God a Delusion? The Debate That Never Was: William Lane Craig vs Richard Dawkins? - Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford (October 25, 2011) Richard Dawkins was invited by the Oxford student Christian Union to defend his bo...

The Atheist Challenge - Sean McDowell, PhD

Metro City Church (9-14-2013) - Sean McDowell speaks on the challenge of atheism and defending the Christian faith.

Awakening by Matt Brown

Matt Brown's newest book "Awakening: How God's Next Great Move Inspires & Influences Our Lives Today" releases on February 10, 2015 from Leafwood Publishers!...

Persecution of Christian Immigrants in Europe Many Christians flee the Muslim world to escape persecution. Imagine their surprise when they arrive in Europe and find that ...

Morality--Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural? William Lane Craig vs. Sam Harris

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"Health for the Holidays" - Tips for Holiday Eating

Biola University professors, Behzad Varamini and Joanne Jung, weigh in the three things you should remember this holiday season before sitting down to feast.

Deconstructing New Atheist Objections to the Arguments for God and Q&A

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Is Christianity a Religion of Peace? (David Wood) Whenever we attempt to discuss terrorist attacks committed in the name of Allah (in accordance with the commands of the Qur'a...

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1 William Lane Craig: churches should focus on apologetics to attract more men

I have tried to have apologetics in my church several times. My pastor has been supportive and interested but few others are. We recently had the movie “Flight the Genius of Birds” and just as many women wanted to see it as men. Although the whole Logic vs Intuitive does often follow gender lines many men also seem disinterested in apologetics. I see apologetics as part of discipleship in the early church but then discipleship hasn’t been practiced very well in many modern churches either. When people ask we should be equipped to give reasonable answers to at least some of the basic questions. As it is many Christians feel that they are unequipped to even share the gospel. This has caused evangelism to be a process of reaching out to your neighbor or coworker and inviting them to church so that the pastor can witness to them. Although this is part of evangelism it isn’t the whole thing. What if they are unwilling to go to church? What happens to those people that have questions that Christians are unequipped to answer? I see apologetics as loving God with our

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4 Things That Are Hurting Your Wife and Killing Your Marriage

I try to fight off the lazy urge, but it’s been a struggle. I do ‘help around the house,’ but I’m probably illustrating the problem by writing that I ‘help around the house’ like I deserve credit for it. I’m as much responsible for the dirty dishes as my wife is, I’m just as capable of changing a diaper as she is, and there’s nothing written in the heavens saying that only she should vacuum the carpet. So I know that when I don’t do these things, I’m sending a message that I should be allowed to check out and enter into some kind of vegetative state while she continues working until the work is done. Families take effort, so when I refuse to exert it, I am to some extent refusing to be a part of the family. It makes sense that our wives get upset about that attitude. It make sense that something as ‘small’ as not ‘helping around the house’ could ultimately destroy a marriage. It destroys it because we aren’t participating in it. We have no right to be lazy husbands. Family is work, marriage is work, life is work, and it’s our job to do it all without complaint.

What If Atheists Were Defined By Their Actions?

It may be common to carve up religious categories by beliefs rather than behaviors because religious behaviors tend to come in correlated clusters that are well-predicted by beliefs. In other words, dividing people up in terms of beliefs can be pretty inferentially rich. And when it comes to morality, which for many people goes hand-in-hand with religion, we tend to care a lot about what goes on in people's heads — their beliefs and intentions — and not just their behaviors.

Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever

In these free teaching videos, New York Times bestselling author and leading blogger Michael Hyatt shows you exactly how to get clear and get motivated on what you want in 2015.

Rubio Vows to Block Twenty-first Century - The New Yorker

Explaining his strategy, Rubio said that he and fellow Republicans were exploring ways to stop funding any items in the federal budget that pertain to the current century. “We cannot stop time, perhaps, but we can defund it,” he said.

For anyone who has ever struggled to wrap a present, here’s a video that could change your life

For anyone who has ever struggled to wrap a present, here’s a video that could change your life

2 Police Officers Killed in Brooklyn Shooting

The mother of Brinsley's ex-girlfriend warned Baltimore police about the Instagram posting around 1:30 p.m. and said she thought Brinsley had ties to a church along Church Ave. in Brooklyn, said a police source briefed on the situation. Baltimore police called New York's 70th precinct after 2:00 p.m., and then faxed a wanted poster for Brinsley to New York at 2:45 p.m., police sources said.

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How to Use the Back of a Napkin to Prove to a Jehovah’s Witness That Jesus Is God

This is theologically sound, and quite logical, but I would be very surprised if it ever bore fruit with a JW. They don’t come into the cult because they’re interested in sound theology, or for logical reasons. They’re either brought up as a JW or enter because they have a great need to belong and to feel “safe” with an authority that will tell them exactly what to do. I have spent hours and hours talking with JWs in my living room, meeting with them week after week, and I can tell you that the minute you try to challenge one of their beliefs head-on, they get their dukes up. Their minds shut down, and I honestly don’t think they hear your well-reasoned Scriptural arguments. They just wait for you to stop talking so they can give the canned answer they’ve been taught at their Wednesday night training sessions. They actually train through mock arguments, and they LOVE them. I don’t think they’re unreachable, though. Their Kingdom Hall meetings actively discourage them from thinking, and they’re taught to regurgitate prepared answers and arguments.

2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. 

Christmas Special

His was the most significant, most important, and only perfect life ever.  And it all began in a humble stable, in a small village called Bethlehem.  Of course, the Christmas season honors the incarnation of the Son of God.  And for this Christmas, John MacArthur has narrated a two-part audio special that blends what the four gospels say about the birth of Jesus—the beginning of that one perfect life.

The Darkness of Christmas

Whenever we talk about Christmas we think about happy, joyous times, and that is most certainly the case for many. In the years since our first loss, we’ve had Christmases of joy and Christmases of sorrow. We know the feelings of both. But for others, Christmas can carry a dark cloud of sadness, a sadness that never seems to let up and is only exacerbated by the happiness swirling around you. For some, Christmas is a reminder of the darkness of painful circumstances. It carries no tidings of great joy. Maybe you are facing your first Christmas without your spouse or parents. Maybe you are reminded every Christmas season of your longings for a spouse. The loneliness can make celebrating the holidays too much to bear. Maybe your table is missing a beloved child who is wayward, and things never seem the same without him. Maybe your parents are divorced and you shuffle between two houses on Christmas day, while your friends spend family time  together. Christmas feels isolating and meaningless when all is not as it should be.

Radio & Podcast - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Listen to CrossExamined with Frank Turek on American Family Radio network Saturday, 10-11 am Eastern on AFR network streaming audio and FM radio Tune in to our weekly call-in radio program hosted by Frank Turek on American Family Radio network. Join Frank as he discusses challenging topics, takes calls from listeners, and interviews dynamic Christian apologists. Sponsored by, this apologetics program is both informative and entertaining!  It is also available in podcast at the iTunes link below.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

This already complicated situation gets even messier when members of the White Council—Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond, and Galadriel—gather to drive Sauron the Necromancer out of his stronghold at Dol Guldur and learn that he has long been planning to send two enormous armies of orcs to wipe out the elves, dwarves, and men around the mountain kingdom of Erebor. The violence that ensues takes up most of the screen time, punctuated by a few quieter scenes in which Martin Freeman (as Bilbo) and Richard Armitage (as Thorin) get to show off their serious Shakespearean acting skills.


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17 Biola University Alumni Association

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: How to Refute Islam at Its Base


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School's Bible Giveaway Prompts Threat of Lawsuit

According to an 11 Alive Atlanta story , Jessica Greene was alarmed when her fifth-grade son Leo brought home a brand new Gideon Bible on Thursday. “I was just shocked that the school system would do that,” she told 11 Alive. “I tried to contact the superintendent. He has not returned my call.” According to Leo, “We were in class, our teacher said that these people had volunteered to hand out Bibles, and she said there’s going to be a line in the library.” Students were then given a choice to either take a bible or not, he said. Leo took one. But one child who chose not to, according to FFRF’s letter, “was teased and ostracized and forced to defend herself by saying that she ‘believed in God, but in a different way.’”

St. Nick, Patron of Pawn Shops

According to folklore , St. Nicholas generously provided a man in need dowries for his three daughters, gold coins in three purses. The symbol of gold coins in three purses became the symbol of pawn shops and fit with his title of patron saint. We celebrate St. Nick because he is a generous giver, and now, it seems incongruous the very symbol of his generosity remains the icon of modern-day pawn shops.

Earth Pics (HD) on Twitter

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Bringing True Joy to the World

“The deepest enemy to Christianity is not atheism; it's sentimentality,” says renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas. It’s taken me a long time to understand what he means. But I think I’m beginning to get it. If the mere smell of gingerbread can bring joy to the world, then what do we need Jesus for?

How Sex Is Like Fireworks

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Moses Without the Supernatural — Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Critics are piling on. Film critics tend to be rather eccentric sorts and some of them seem almost impossible to please. As a general rule, critical acclaim and popularity with the public are not directly related. Some of the concerns are quite legitimate, however. Public Radio International published a review noting that “Hollywood Has a Race Problem.” Virtually all of the leading roles are played by white actors, even though the ancient Egyptians were certainly not caucasian. As PRI noted, “Ramses, the Egyptian pharaoh who enslaved the Jews in the Old Testament, is played by a white actor. In fact, the entire lead cast of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is white. Moses is white. Moses’ mother is white. The Egyptian prince is white. The African queen is white, too.”

Leading Evolutionary Scientists Admit We Have No Evolutionary Explanation of Human Language

FOXP2 is a transcription factor that up- or down-regulates DNA in many different tissue types (brain, lung, gut lining) at different times during development as well as throughout life. This broad functional effect makes evolutionary analysis difficult. In particular, the exact mechanisms by which FOXP2 mutations disrupt speech remain uncertain, variously posited as disruptions in motor articulation/serialization in speech, vocal learning generally, or broader difficulties with procedural serialization. This is critical because FOXP2 mutations may disrupt only the input/output systems of language, sparing the more internal computations of human language syntax or semantics; or it may be that FOXP2 affects general cognitive processing, such as general serial ordering of procedures. Second, it is not clear whether the amino acid changes distinguishing FOXP2 in humans and nonhumans represent adaptations "for" language, since their functional effects remain unclear. One of the two protein-coding changes along the lineage to modern humans is also associated with the order Carnivora. Since FOXP2 also targets the gut lining, this evolutionary step may have had little to do directly with language but instead with digestion modifications driven by forest-to-savannah habit and so dietary change.


Between purchasing presents and planning travel, enjoying holiday pageants and attending parties, it is all too easy for Christmas to silence the sacredness and crowd out a quiet anticipation of the season's truths. So when editor Nancy Guthrie decided she wanted a reflective book of Advent readings that would help her pause and consider the riches of Christ come to earth, she embarked on what she calls "a sacred adventure," putting together such a collection herself.

Rob Bell On How To Find Our 'True Self'

New York Times best-selling author Rob Bell discusses his new inspirational talk show, “The Rob Bell Show.” Plus, what was it like touring with Oprah? “The Rob Bell Show” premieres December 21 at 8/7c on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

My 10 Favorite Reads of 2014

I work through a Sermon on the Mount commentary every year. (Last year’s was John Stott’s, and 2012 was Dale Allison’s.) Scot’s treatment is up there with Stott for me. This commentary is a nice blend of history, exposition, and praxis. Scot’s method of guiding you through the Sermon is to let the force of Jesus’ kingdom agenda hit you squarely between the eyes. Even when I disagreed with some of his interpretive choices or points of application, I was challenged and moved by the words of Jesus as explained by Scot.

52nd Birthday Challenge Ride: Bartlett Lake and Back - James White's 151.7 kilometers bike ride

52nd Birthday Challenge Ride: Bartlett Lake and Back

Paper Suggests Catch 22: Neo-Darwinism Faces Either a Massive Molecular Clock Misfire, or a Major Biogeographical Conundrum

The finding suggests serious biases in molecular clocks, which are heavily used to date many kinds of living things. ... "Paleontology and molecular clocks have a long, uneasy relationship," said Peter Wilf, a paleobotanist and professor of geoscience, Penn State. "Paleontologists want molecular clocks to work. However, for years we have seen molecular dates, mostly for very deep evolutionary events, that are much older than the corresponding fossils. This situation has been a frustrating Catch-22 because if the clocks are wrong, no fossils exist that could demonstrate they are wrong. Here, we looked at many new plant fossils from the extremely productive region of Patagonia, and we found the opposite, that the fossils are much older than the clock dates. In this case, we can definitely say that the clocks are wrong. The fossils prove it."

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7 Prominent Christian Thinkers Who Wrestled With Doubt

Along with his legacy of being a reformer and a father of Protestantism, Martin Luther is also remembered for a less grand—and a much more relatable—trait: Doubt. Luther’s primary doubts about faith didn’t necessarily rest on the question of God’s existence, but His character.

Should Christians Say The Pledge Of Allegiance?

When you’ve had nationalism and tradition drilled into your head for years on end it can be hard to step back and realize that maybe we’ve been wrong– that’s how indoctrination works and why it’s so hard to break free from it. We grow up being taught that America is the greatest nation that has ever existed, that we are exceptional compared to others, that we are a “Christian” nation, and that whatever we do is good, right, and justified. And so, pledging to give our allegiance to such an entity is an easy sell, as the narrative we are given doesn’t seem on the surface to conflict with some basic understandings of following Jesus.


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Biochemical systems not only evince design, they display undeniable wisdom befitting a Creator

No Strings Attached

That’s the kind of love Big Matt had for his brother. And it’s the great love God has for you, the one that prompted him to give his Son, Jesus, to die for your sins. There’s no way you can earn this type of love, nor can you lose it. It arrives with no strings attached!

What Forgotten Christmas Tradition Should Churches Revive?

My daddy and other church trustees gathered every year—on a Saturday after Thanksgiving—to hang the holiday lights. These “Negro men,” insulted on jobs that held them back all week, showed up to untangle the snarl of electric wires and bulbs from boxes, attach the wires to hooks, string lights over doorways, twist them around the two bare catalpa trees in the small churchyard. Then, in the fellowship hall, they flung lights over the stage, above a kitchen pass-through window, through the branches of a determined pine Christmas tree purchased on sale for the season. Finally, upstairs in the modest sanctuary, near the fine shiny cross, they draped electric strands to a fare-thee-well, adorning fragrant pine wreaths and garlands.

Temptation, Jesus, Sin, and Same Sex Attraction - Prince on Preaching

Jesus was unsuccessfully tempted in the wilderness by the devil upon the launch of his public ministry (Matt 4, Luke 4) and the Hebrews sermon stresses that as our high priest Jesus is able to sympathize with us because he is one who “in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” The sermon in Hebrews had already asserted, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Heb 2:18). At Gethsemane Jesus overcame temptation to shrink back from the task ahead when he fell on his face and cried out, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matt 26:36-39). The Hebrews sermon avers that Jesus “learned obedience through what he suffered” (Heb 5:8). The language throughout Hebrews 1-4 seems to be chosen precisely because of the way it connects with the experience of the listeners.

My Favorite Books of 2014

An absolutely fascinating history of ideas. The sentences Tarnas reels off are astonishing–full of precision and insight. Such summaries of Plato and Aristotle! Really puts the turning of the gears of the ages of philosophy into perspective. Then after a masterful survey, he goes into full wingnut mode in the final pages: the archetypal evolution of the collective psyche? The perinatal dialectic of the re-experienced birth canal produced by an LSD trip as studied by Stanislav Grof!? The sad thing is that he seems to be serious. He really believes that stuff. May God give him the new birth he needs, that the passion of his western mind might truly reunite with his ground of being in knowing God through Christ by the power of the Spirit.

41 Fourth Week of Advent - Stand to Reason Blog

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord

42 Fourth Week of Advent - Stand to Reason Blog

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord

43 On "We're Both Atheists, I Just Go One God Further Than You"

The statement “we’re both atheists, I just go one god further than you” is a common argument heard from many atheists. Many atheists may then reference gods of mythology such as Mithras, Thor, ect. and say the Christian is an atheist in respect to all other supposed gods, just not the one God of the Bible.

India Intervenes on Christmas Conversion of Thousands of Christians to Hinduism

In the case of former Christians in Asroi, the Hindu radicals first warned them that they will lose government benefits designed to help poor people due to their religious identity. Next, they frighten these Christians with social expulsion from mainstream society if they remain as Christians. In order to ensure they didn't violate India's anti-forced conversion laws, the radicals likely told these reconverted Christians what to say in case their conversions were ever questioned.

The Three Things You Need to Read this Week (12/20/14)

I am going to be accused of playing favorites by continuing to pick these three dudes for my recommended posts but HEY, great work is great work!  All that being said, I’ve had to blog only intermittently for personal reasons and a crazy work schedule.  But stay tuned, for, in the words of The Terminator (or T-800 Model 101 for my fellow geeks), “I’ll be back!”

My Top Five Science and Faith Christmas Gifts for 2015

1. Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, by Stephen Meyer (expanded paperback edition). Meyer's book focuses on science, not faith. But because belief in unguided Darwinian evolution remains a linchpin for much of modern atheism, Meyer's cutting-edge critique of Darwinian theory has robust implications for the debate between science and faith. If you have friends or family members who have been convinced that faith in God is irrational due to Darwinian theory, you need to get them this book (preferably the new paperback edition in which Meyer persuasively responds to critics of his book).

5 Keys To A Great Christmas Sermon

For a church, Christmas Eve services are typically one of the highest attended days of the year. A great message is absolutely essential on such a big day.

48 Bible study: the importance of truth in religion

I think it is is going to be difficult for Christians living today to be able to tell people their dreams like that. But what we can do is talk about God’s miracles as revealed by science and history. We can study astrophysics, biochemistry and history and we can explain what God did in creating and fine-tuning the universe for life, in sequencing amino acids into functioning proteins, in creating brand new body plans in the Cambrian explosion, in raising Jesus from the dead as a matter of historical record, and so on. We have to show how great God is to people who do not even think he exists, and without assuming that they believe in the Bible.

God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Atheist Director of 'Gods and Kings' Confuted: The Exodus Evidence

50 Reasonable Faith $200,000 Matching Grant Challenge | Reasonable Faith

“I recently became a Christian a few weeks ago. I was a hard-core atheist. However, I read your book "Reasonable Faith" and Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ.” After reading these books, I put some more thought into the arguments, which you and Strobel presented. I came to the conclusion that Christianity is the truth. I am having a hard time telling my friends that I am a Christian, because I was a hard-core atheist and anti-religious. How would you recommend me coming out as a believer?”

51 Is Criticizing God or The Bible A Valid Argument Against Gods Existence? or "On The 'There Is No God And I Hate Him" Part 2
54 Questions on Greatest Being Theology, Certainty, and the Moral Argument
55 Morality of Particles?: Why Physicalism Fails to Account for Objective Morality - Apologetics Canada
56 WORLD | Weekend Reads: Expanding the kingdom and following Christ | Caleb Nelson | Dec. 20, 2014
57 Five books I enjoyed in 2014
58 On "What Can Be Asserted Without Proof Can Be Dismissed Without Proof"
59 WORLD | Perseverance of the saints: A tribute to missionary translators | Marvin Olasky | Dec. 20, 2014
60 WORLD | Delivering good news in West Africa | Stuart Showalter | Dec. 20, 2014
61 WORLD | In with the old | Arsenio Orteza | Dec. 27, 2014
62 Truthbomb Apologetics: Movie Reflection: Exodus- Gods and Kings
63 How Did Defense/Attack Structures Come About?
64 What sould Christian parents tell their kids about Santa?
65 Star Trek: TNG Season 4 "Remember Me" and "Suddenly Human"
66 WORLD | Who’s writing the new Christmas carols? | Warren Cole Smith | Dec. 20, 2014
67 WORLD | Mitosis shows human potential lost to abortion | Courtney Crandell | Dec. 20, 2014
68 Chris Rosebrough on Twitter
69 Race in America: A First Person Report from #ATimeToSpeak
70 WORLD | Hobbits and Christ: The worldview of J.R.R. Tolkien | Christina Darnell | Dec. 20, 2014
71 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Islam is The MotherLoad of Bad Ideas: History and the News Agree with Sam Harris
72 Renewing Your Mind | The Means of Salvation | December 20, 2014
73 The First 3D Chocolate Printer Creates Candy at Home
74 Pregnant Pakistani Christian beaten unconscious – Premier Premier
75 Egyptian govt urged to release Christian convert – Premier Premier
76 Kenya terror laws hit Christian NGOs – Premier Premier
77 Pope backs Rome 2024 Olympics bid – Premier Premier
78 Saved and Prepared
79 Campaign for new saint – Premier Premier
80 Southern Seminary on Twitter
81 Paul Helm debates William Lane Craig on Calvinism and Molinism on Unbelievable
82 Microview: "Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views" edited by James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy
83 Nonfiction Book Review: The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel. Zondervan, $22.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-25917-6