The Gift of Apologetics (or, What I Really Want for Christmas!)
Follow @ThePoachedEgg The Gift of Apologetics (or, What I Really Want for Christmas!) by Greg West It was a couple of months ago while having breakfast at a local eatery that I ran into a woman that I used to work with some twenty odd years ago who happened to ask me what I was doing now. When I told her that I worked in the field of Christian apologetics, that blank look came across her face that I am all too familiar with whenever I try to explain to people exactly what it is that I do. As someone...
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Justin Brierley interviews Andy Crouch, the former editor of Christianity Today magazine in the USA and the author of best–selling books including Culture Making and his most recent title The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday steps to putting technology in its proper place.
‘Meet the Nativity’—and Be Free from Fear
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In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace takes questions from an audience at a Fearless Faith seminar
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A television presenter has reacted with scorn after being reminded that Jesus was a refugee, during a heated live debate on immigration.
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.
Christmas and the Attack on Christianity
It amazes me on how much can come out of the Miracle of Christmas. How so many people and faiths show their true colors, including the worldview/religion of Atheism and Paganism. The confusion is so deeply rooted that I find that even Christians don’t know what to make of the Holiday. Just recently I was in a room with several atheists (I would presume atheists) that felt it was ok to openly criticize how” stupid” Christians are to celebrate December 25th as that was the birthday of Mithras, and he was born of a virgin…etc. Well, very little research is necessary to see that the “myth” of Mithras is quickly brought into light as a “myth” and all other written myth facts on other mythical beings as stated in the documentary “Zeitgeist” et al. are erroneous and just plain lies from the producers. Mithras was written to be “born out of a stone,” according to that myth. If not bold face lies, then adequate research was not done and was a direct attack on Christianity.
This is Apologetics: An Argument from the Uniqueness of the Christmas Story
The Christmas story presents a picture of God that no creative human mind, no ecstatic would-be prophet, no committee on religious authority has ever been able to match. God is simultaneously beyond our understanding and yet intimately accessible to us. He is perfectly holy and yet willing to stoop to our level in order to save us from ourselves.
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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Playlist: The Best New Christmas Music
The Advent and Christmas seasons are filled with more than their share of paradoxes. We raid our basements and attics for the nostalgia of Christmases past as we scour websites to buy the latest gadgets as gifts. As the daylight dwindles (at least in the northern hemisphere!) our belief in what we can accomplish in 24 hours reaches new heights. Meanwhile, recording artists are rushing to release their latest attempt to redefine the canon of seasonal classics. As preparations for Christmas productions reach new frenzied heights, I wonder if any church has ever preached Ecclesiastes for Christmas: “There is nothing new under the sun!” The paradoxes of this season can truly be wearying, but there is also endless wonder to be found in the Incarnation. Artists have been finding fresh creativity in meditating on the coming of the One through whom all things were made.
Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!
Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father , my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth.
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.
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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Jesus, the Hope of Christmas
Even though some of us may feel lonely or isolated during the Christmas holidays, it’s important for us to remember the hope that Jesus brings. The Incarnation, God becoming a man, is the very reason why we have hope. Without Jesus, we have no hope and only death to look forward to ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13–14 ). But for those of us who are in Christ Jesus, we are no longer hopeless! Scripture says, “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ” ( 1 Peter 1:3 ). This living hope is the hope and promise of eternal life ( Titus 1:2 ) through Jesus Christ, “ our hope ” ( 1 Timothy 1:1 ). We have hope because Jesus came as a man, lived, died, and rose again.
Jesus' Apostles Affirmed Paul, But Condemned Muhammad (PvM 8)
Both Paul and Muhammad claimed that Jesus’ original disciples agreed with their revelations. But only one of them actually received a stamp of approval from the disciples themselves. Can you guess who it was? This video is the eighth comparison in David Wood's "Paul vs. Muhammad" series. Here's a link to the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGcuc... 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
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).
10 Christmas Carols Everyone Should Know
10. "Once is Royal David's City" might be the least known of these 10 carols, but we mustn't lose its message or music. Cecil Frances Alexander was a pastor's wife whose poetry was much better known than her husband's sermons. She published this carol in her hymnbook for children in 1848. She's also the author of the children's hymn, "All Things Bright and Beautiful." How interesting it is, then, that many consider her works too deep to sing in adult congregations today. The famous festival of lessons and carols service at King's College in Cambridge opens every year with this carol, where a boy soprano (nominated that day!) opens the service that is televised around the world with verse one as a solo. If ever we needed empirical evidence that the Irish actually did save civilization, this may actually be it.
Questions about Christmas
We receive a lot of different questions about Christmas. Rather than focusing on any one particular question, we thought it would be more helpful for us to give you the list of our most frequently asked questions related to Christmas. Whether or not you choose to celebrate Christmas, rejoice with us that Jesus was born. Without that day around 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, Jesus could not have become the Savior of the world.
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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.
The Earliness of the Resurrection Belief (1 Cor. 15)
Arguably the most important line of evidence pertaining to the earliness of the proclamation of a risen Jesus comes from one of Paul’s epistles in a very early tradition cited in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8. This creed implies the fact of the empty tomb, which in turn implies that the earliest Christian belief was that Jesus was raised from the dead. Paul writes that Jesus “was buried and that he was raised.”
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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Vicar condemns 'blasphemous' Domino's Pizza deal - Premier
A vicar has accused Domino's of sending him a "blasphemous" pizza advert to display at his church in the West Midlands during Christmas.
EXCLUSIVE: 27k people expected to use a foodbank for Christmas dinner - Premier
Nearly 27,000 people across the UK are expected to rely on a Christian foodbank to put a meal on the table on Christmas Day this year, it has been claimed.
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True Christmas is Beyond Singing Carols and Putting Up Nice Christmas Decoration - Here's Why
Occasionally my sisters and I would rally, decorating a bedraggled tree we found on the side of the road next to a sign marked 'free to a good home'. Or there was the year we set up a play tent in the corner of the lounge and decked it out with every Christmas decoration we could find—two square metres of tinsel overload.
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The Tragedy of Christians Slandering Other Christians
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With Christmas quickly approaching, several Ask Pastor John podcast listeners filled the mailbag with Santa-related questions. Corbin, a listener from Gainesville, Georgia, asked: “Pastor John, should parents allow their children to believe Santa Claus is bringing them gifts on Christmas?”
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BREAKING: Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs bill banning abortions on babies with Down syndrome
Under the new law, any abortionist who commits an abortion on a woman and knows that there is a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome could be charged with a fourth-degree felony and face up to 18 months in prison. The mother will face no charges or potential penalty. Ohio Right to Life praised Kasich for signing the bill, and released this statement on Twitter.
Can Christians Celebrate Christmas?: Pagan Origins of Christmas
Many religious people declare that Christmas is pagan - Selected Puritans, Jehovah's Witnesses, and most sects of Islam have prohibited the celebration of Christmas -- discover the story behind this holiday - you will be surprised.
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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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.
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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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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Why Christ’s birth was an act of war — Southern Equip
At Christmas, this is the message we need to hear. Jesus did not come to pay for a holiday season; he came to proclaim peace to those far and near, to eliminate public injustice, and to expiate personal sin. Indeed, because we still await the return of Jesus, we do not yet see all things put under his feet (Heb. 2:8). But by promise of God’s unfailing word (Isa. 40:8), we have unparalleled confidence that what Isaiah foretold and what Mary sung is what we can believe too—that the bells we hear on Christmas, like the bells on the priests clothes, beckon to look forward to the day when the Prince of Peace will establish peace on earth.