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Your Online Apologetic Debate Approach Isn't Christlike

I hate to have to say it so bluntly, and maybe you’re the exception to the rule, but honestly, I’ve hardly ever seen anyone on Facebook following Christ’s example in the  way they debate unbelievers. Our debate approach just isn’t Christlike.

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Jesus Sent Paul, But Condemned Muhammad (PvM 6)

Paul was commissioned as an Apostle by Jesus himself. But Jesus condemned Muhammad as a false prophet. This video is the sixth comparison in David Wood's "Paul vs. Muhammad" series. PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

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Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?

Second, the context of Isaiah 7:14 indicates that the best translation for almah must be “virgin” and not simply “young woman of marriageable age.” God is providing a sign for unbelieving King Ahaz. And it is hard to see how a “young woman of marriageable age” who conceives and bears a son would qualify as a sign from God. By definition, a sign must be something extraordinary. Otherwise, how does one know that it actually is a sign? A young woman bearing a child out of wedlock certainly would be notorious, but it would hardly be extraordinary in a way that would be worthy of God. He is not only perfectly righteous and holy, but He requires His own people to be holy precisely because He is Himself holy (Lev. 19:2). The whole point of Isaiah 7 seems to be that God’s sign would be an extraordinary (not notorious) child who would be brought into the world by way of an extraordinary (not notorious) birth. He would be human and divine—human, because He would be born of a woman, and divine, because He would be “God with us.” He could not, therefore, come into the world in the same way that every other child does.

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Why Do Women Need Apologetics?

Today, the attacks on Christianity have not ceased, and while God’s Word defends itself by its very nature, Christians are nevertheless called to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within them (1 Peter 3:15), that is, their faith. This defense of the faith is called apologetics, and it is not reserved simply for men as leaders in the church or as spiritual leaders of their households. All Christians, men and women alike, are exhorted by Scripture to defend the faith when they see the truths of Christianity attacked or compromised.

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How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe

The beginning of our universe is evidently troubling for atheists judging by their responses. For a start philosophical reasoning shows that it is not possible to have an infinite regress of past events. Couple that with persuasive scientific evidence from cosmic expansion and the second law of thermodynamics, and we needn’t doubt that the universe had its finite beginning in the Big Bang.

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Old Testament Knowledge: Paul vs. Muhammad (PvM 3)

Both Paul and Muhammad claimed that their revelations were consistent with the Old Testament. But only one of them had actually read the Old Testament. Can you guess who it was? This video is the third comparison in David Wood's "Paul vs. Muhammad" series. PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

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5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity

My guess is you’re reading this because you’re interested in spiritual matters. While much of the website is written to encourage Christians, I know that some of you visiting the site are not. If you are a “spiritual” person and are seeking to better understand world religions, then this post if for you.

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Was Jesus Born of a Virgin?

The miracle of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ has perplexed many people, and has actually kept them from accepting the truth of Christianity. However, the Bible declares that God decided that his Son would have a miraculous entrance into humanity.

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Christianity Today is the source for those eager to engage the world for Christ and curious about the people, events, and trends shaping the church and culture.

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Evolutionist: Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought

The fact that we can travel at speeds of hundreds and even thousands of miles per hour does not mean we can go faster than light. We can fly to the Moon in a matter of days, but the propulsion technology that allows us to do that is not scalable to travelling faster than 186,000 miles per second. A fundamentally different technology is required. The creators of Star Trek understood that, and so they created the concept of warp drive, a faster-than-light propulsion technology, fundamentally different from today’s technology. One would have to be very ignorant to confuse the two, but this is precisely what evolutionists do when they cast biological adaptation as confirmatory evidence of evolution. Adaptation and evolution are two very different things.

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Apologetics: How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels?

If these claims are correct, early Christians did not link the four New Testament Gospels to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John because these individuals actually wrote the Gospels. The Gospels were, according to Bart Ehrman and many others, originally anonymous. According to this reconstruction, early Christians forged apostolic links in the second century in order to make these documents seem more authoritative. Ehrman’s proof for this supposition is the “wide variety” of different titles found among the Gospel manuscripts.

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Do Evangelicals Need a Better Gospel?

There has been a lot of talk in recent days about “evangelical” and whether that’s a political or cultural label, a theological label, or inescapably both. I don’t presume to have the perfectly objective perspective. But let me lay out what I see from my corner, and then tell you the three things I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and fight for. First, I saw the pollsters tell us that 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, and a similar percentage in Alabama voted for Roy Moore. Oh boy. I knew a storm was coming. Second, I saw many younger Christians and Christians of color feel betrayed by these votes and begin to say, “Let’s be done with evangelicals.” Third, I heard older and often whiter evangelicals (like me?) responding, “Wait a second. There’s a difference between ‘evangelical’ as a theological label and ‘evangelical’ as a political or cultural movement. Please don’t draw too many conclusions from those who tell pollsters  they’re ‘evangelical.’ Many of them aren’t. Please don’t give up on the gospel.” And finally, I’ve heard the younger crowd reply, “Hold on.

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Hugh Ross on Twitter

Yet another Nature journal best science image of 2017 is that of a pregnant “glass frog” where her transparent body shows her eggs. credit: Jesse Delia/Boston University pic.twitter.com/cKL6PuxUrt

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The Music and The Story: A Christmas Reflection

I remember talking to a friend that played Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway for several years. After one performance, she took us backstage. It was fascinating to see how so much could be constructed in so little a space to meet the needs of all the scenes. That’s genius in the arts. As we were walking through the set and meeting the other actors, I asked her, “When you have played the same part for years, how do you work up the motivation to do it again, night after night?” Her answer was simple. “At the first chords of the music, the whole story begins in my head.”

23 The Tragedy of Christians Slandering Other Christians

Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. Viola has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (with Leonard Sweet). His blog, frankviola.org , is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.

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Into the Darkness He Came

Come. Come away from the complexities and confusion and clutteredness of Christmas. Come to the simple manger, come to the brutal cross, and come to the empty tomb. Come and receive again the good news of great joy that is now for all people and all peoples (Luke 2:10): the works of Satan and the power of death he wielded has been destroyed (1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14), sin’s slavery has been broken (Romans 6:17–18), and the free gift of eternal life is yours in Christ Jesus if you will believe in him (Romans 6:23; John 3:16).

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That’s what Christmas is all about. You weren’t created just to live 80 or 90 years on Earth and then die. You’re far more valuable than that to God. God has some long-range plans for you. He made you to live forever.

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Is There Evidence Jesus Was Born of A Virgin?

The prophet Isaiah foretold that Jesus would be born of a virgin seven centuries before the event took place. One objection that critics make is that the New Testament writer “misquotes” the word virgin from Isaiah 7. The Hebrew word used in Isaiah 7:14 is ’almah, meaning “young woman.” Yet the Gospel writer Matthew, quoting the Greek translation of the Old Testament, used the word parthenos, meaning “virgin.” Critics say that Matthew is twisting what Isaiah was saying. Truth is, the Hebrew word 'almah' can mean either “young woman” or “virgin,” even though there is a specific word for virgin in Hebrew. However, because of the word’s traditional usage, readers of Isaiah’s time understood he did mean that a virgin would conceive. And that is why the Jewish scholars over 200 years before Jesus was born rendered the Hebrew word ’almah as the Greek word for virgin when translating Isaiah 7:14 for the Septuagint. Matthew wasn’t twisting things at all—he was quoting the Greek translation, considered both then and now to be accurate in translating Isaiah.

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The Holy Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future

Have you ever heard Simeon highlighted as a leading example of Pentecostal experience? Yet there he is, in seasoned old age, with the Holy Spirit working through his faithful obedience to the law, his immersion in the Scriptures of Israel (seen in a song echoing themes from Isa. 40–55), and his trust in God’s enduring promises. Seeing the Holy Spirit’s work in Simeon reminds us that gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit—something we tend to forget in today’s cultural climate. Even this one episode is enough to challenge many of our assumptions about the Holy Spirit’s activity.

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You Don’t Have to Get Married to Be Happy

We don’t need to get married to be happy, but we do need to fall in love. If single Christians find their first love in Jesus himself, they’ll know firsthand that happiness is not hidden away in marriage. And if they do get married one day, they’ll find more meaning and joy with their spouse than they ever could have by placing marriage above God.

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From Little Bethlehem Will Come a Ruler in Israel

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet [then they quote, and partially misquote, our text]: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

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The Atheist Syndrome: Many Famous Atheists Had Father Problems

Many Famous Atheists Had Father Problems which led them to reject their Heavenly Father. Based on the psychological work of Paul Vitz and Koster.

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Common Logical Fallacies and Examples from Social Media

I was invited to have a chat with an atheist named Tony Murphy on social media who calls himself Hackenslash. When I asked him for the topic that he was interested in discussing, he sent me a meme that indicated he wanted to discuss (my) logical fallacies. A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. The intention of this blog is to define some of the most common fallacies and to offer examples in an attempt to reduce their prevalence.

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Santa Claus Converts To Calvinism, Moves Everybody To Naughty List

NORTH POLE—After a transformative moment reading R.C. Sproul’s What Is Reformed Theology? for the first time earlier this week, legendary Christmas icon Santa Claus reportedly converted to a full-on, five-point Calvinist, and almost immediately moved every single person on the planet to the naughty list, sources confirmed Friday.

34 The Four Cs of Good Apologetics - Hope's Reason

Are you the same person when you are discussing apologetics as your are when you are by yourself or when you are with your family? Are you a person of integrity? There are too many stories of Christian leaders that experience a moral fall. We usually hear about the pastors but it happens on all levels. While arguments for the truth of Christianity do not become less accurate if we have a bad character, they become less convincing to skeptics and seekers. What are we doing to build up our character?

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers!

Your financial support is vital to this ministry, especially as we approach the end of the year. I hope you will please consider chipping in $5 right now via my donation page to help keep us going—or better yet, please consider becoming a monthly financial partner . Running TPE, along with my additional responsibilities as a member of the Ratio Christi National Staff , is a full time job and your support is vital to keep us going and growing; providing daily resources and articles to help equip you to commend and defend the faith in a world that is ever increasing in hostility toward Christianity. Blessings to all of you and yours as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus this Christmas Season! —Greg West (founder/editor of The Poached Egg)

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Apologetics: Is Inerrancy a Modern Invention?

“Inerrancy” is the belief that the Bible never errs. It’s another way of saying that the Old and New Testaments—as they were originally written—declare what is true and describe accurately what happened in the past. To say the Bible is inerrant is to say that the Scriptures do not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.

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Why Christmas Never Lives Up to the Buildup

I don’t know how you’re wired. I think of ten billion years, and I’m like, “I don’t care what it is. I’m going to be bored out of my mind.” I can’t even now do something more than a day or two before I’m like, “All right. What’s next?” Yet so deep is the inexhaustible well of God that for eternity our delight increases, our joy grows. This is what Christmas is all about. We look back upon the coming of Christ, and we rejoice in what’s true right now.

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Winston Churchill receives a stylish and stirring close-up in a new film, ‘Darkest Hour,’ now in theaters. Here’s @OStrachan ’s review for TGC. http://bit.ly/2DzW9mf 

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Five Reasons You Can Trust the Story of Christmas Is True

Detectives create lists. As a cold-case detective, I’m no different. When investigating an event in the distant past (in my case, an unsolved murder), I collect evidence, make lists and do my best to reach the most reasonable inference. When I began to investigate Christianity at the age of thirty-five, I approached the gospels the same way I approached my cold-case files. Lists were an important part of the process. One New Testament claim was particularly interesting to me: the conception and birth of Jesus . When I first read through the gospels, the birth narratives seemed incredible and unreasonable. I’m not the only person to express such a concern. In an article posted in the Herald Scotland , Reverend Andrew Frater called the Nativity story a “fanciful, fairy tale” and called on Christians to “disentangle the truth from the tinsel”. Frater is a minister and a believer , and even he doesn’t believe in the virgin conception of Jesus. As an atheist, I was even more skeptical. I rejected supernatural claims altogether, and the first Biblical claim about Jesus was a supernatural one.

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43 Our politicians' unimaginative cards prove we’ve lost the meaning of Christmas - Premier Christianity

But I do think the cards selected by our leaders are further proof of how distinctly un-Christian we now are as a country. Christmas has lost any sense of its true meaning. As a holiday, it has become completely commercialised. More than anything else, Christmas for the majority is about presents. It’s a chance not to be at work. A good excuse to spend some cash to get stuff designed and sold to ‘enhance’ our everyday lives.

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6 | Merry Christmas!

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The Real 12 Days of Christmas

On December 28, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents, the children murdered by Herod. These were not martyrs like Stephen, who died heroically in a vision of the glorified Christ. They were not inspired like John to speak the Word of life and understand the mysteries of God. They died unjustly before they had a chance to know or to will—but they died for Christ nonetheless. In them we see the long agony of those who suffer and die through human injustice, never knowing that they have been redeemed. If Christ did not come for them too, then surely Christ came in vain. In celebrating the Holy Innocents, we remember the victims of abortion, of war, of abuse. We renew our faith that the coming of Christ brings hope to the most hopeless. And, in the most radical way possible, we confess that like the murdered children we are saved by the sheer mercy of Christ, not by our own doing or knowing.

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Christian minorities in Egypt prepare for Christmas with 'resilience' - Premier

Egypt's Christian minorities are preparing for Christmas with "resilience" after a year of unprecedented violence, the UK's most senior Coptic bishop has said.

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49 The Enduring Power of "A Christmas Carol"

Why does "A Christmas Carol" still resonate today? For the answer, I went to my friend Gina Dalfonzo, editor of Dickensblog. She told me "A Christmas Carol "is a book that "has everything: great sorrow and great joy, corruption and redemption, poverty and pain, hope and love." And "it expresses the deep belief that even the worst person can change for the better."

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51 Kindle 4 Christ on Twitter
52 The Arrival of Great Joy
53 Resolving Eight Christmas Bible Contradictions
54 Why Christ’s birth was an act of war — Southern Equip
55 Desiring God on Twitter
56 Rethinking Santa
57 MARK MITTELBERG on Twitter
58 Renewing Your Mind on Twitter
59 Coptic diocese says hundreds attack church in Egypt
60 Tim Keller Wants You to Stop Underestimating Christmas
61 What Current, Past, and ‘Never’ Child Sponsors Think
62 Christmas in 1776
63 Christmas Full of Grace and Truth: Big Theological Issues Show Up in New Report
64 How Christianity Led to the Rise of Modern Science
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66 The Wonder of Water at the Nanoscale | Evolution News
67 When the Darkness Will Not Lift
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69 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
70 The Key to Experiencing Christmas Peace in Your Life Today
71 4 keys to preaching more engaging sermons — Southern Equip
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73 Does Evil Prove God Exists? (Frank Turek vs. Alex O'Connor)
74 Colson Center on Twitter
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76 The Christian Post
77 Lay Aside the Weight of Moodiness
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81 A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal
82 The TC Apologetics Daily
83 Mr. President, now is your chance to reclaim Christmas for America
84 Jesus, the Hope of Christmas
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86 Ex-abbot jailed for 18 years for abusing boys at top Catholic school - Premier
87 Christian rapper answers fan's funeral performance request - Premier
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92 Archbishop of Wales: love is world's most powerful weapon - Premier
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95 The Best Music of 2017 | Think Christian