Top 10 YouTubes of 2017
It’s time for my annual posting of the Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year (see last year’s list here). This ranking is totally unscientific. Only one person was polled to compile this list—yours tru…
Andy Crouch: Creating culture and tech-wise families: 23-12-2017 16:00 - Premier Christian Radio
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.
Why It's Important to Teach Skeptics About the Nature of Circumstantial Evidence | Cold Case Christianity
What are the basic categories of evidence and how does an understanding of these categories help us make the case for Christianity?
Audience Question and Answer Session - Part 2 (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #75) | Cold Case Christianity
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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Who Were the Three Wise Men (Magi) in the Story after the First Christmas?
In so many Christmas plays and stories we see the Three Wisemen coming to Jesus as Three Kings or Three Magicians - Who were the 3 Wise Men? Discover the fascinating truth. Check out Pastor Robinson's book 'Jesus, Savior and Lord' http://amzn.to/2Da2vZw
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
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.
Paul Tested His Revelations; Muhammad Didn't (PvM 7)
When a revelation from God can be confirmed or disconfirmed by doing some research, we say that the revelation is testable. Both Paul and Muhammad received revelations that are testable. But only one of them actually tested his revelations to make sure that they corresponded to reality. Can you guess who it was? This video is the seventh 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
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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3 Apologetics Strategies From the Book of Acts
This simple question is credited with carrying Christianity into Ethiopia. (1) Acts chapter 8 tells of Philip being led to the desert by an angel to meet an officer from the court of the Queen of Ethiopia. Philip finds him reading an Isaiah scroll containing prophecies about the Messiah. At this point, Philip could have walked up and boldly declared, "I have been sent to you today to proclaim the good news of Jesus the Messiah!" But he didn't. He met this man right where he was at and asked a good question, which then led to an explanation of the gospel. This is apologetics at its best.
Christmas Returns to a City Liberated From ISIS
Mr. Bruno, a freelance photographer based in Belgium, spent a year in the region, first with the members of the Christian militia during the offensive and later visiting regularly to document how the city was recovering from a conflict that drove out its inhabitants and destroyed about a third of the city. He began by moving to Erbil, where he got to know the militiamen. He found them easy to talk to, he said, unlike the regular Iraqi military.
3 Reasons Why You Need Apologetics
Living in a secular age means living with our faith being contested. We are surrounded by people who believe and act differently from us. We must not take for granted the faith handed down by our parents. In fact, statistics show that those who merely have a faith that is passed down to them end up losing it if they never come to accept the faith’s claims for themselves. Here are three reasons apologetics is beneficial to Christians and non-Christians alike:
Does God still perform miracles today? Of course he does. Every time you stretch your faith, God does miracles — every single time . My question for you is this: What’s the mountain in your life that needs to be moved? What’s the thing you’ve already decided will never change? That’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. But how do you know it won’t change? Maybe God wants your faith to supersede the law of nature. He has in the past, and he is doing it today all around the world. God is in the mountain-moving business. Do not doubt or underestimate what he wants to do in your life.
Sadly, Christmas music has evolved. Today, Christmas music is heard not just on Christmas Eve but 24/7 from Thanksgiving (or earlier) to New Year’s Eve. The music, however, does not bring glory and honor to the Creator who came to us as a baby to bring salvation to the world. Instead, nearly all the attention is heaped on Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, mistletoe, sleigh bells, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, dreams of a white Christmas, love gone sour, and even cold weather. The Christmas music I hear in stores, airports, hotels, and other public places will, on rare occasions, feature a Christmas carol but always without the lyrics.
Jumping Over the Evangelism Wall | Cold Case Christianity
This is the wall most of us are afraid to jump. This is really what scares us. But, if we can just get started, God will take care of the rest. He’ll provide us with the words we need if we are willing to jump the wall. So, while the task of sharing your faith may seem daunting at times, dial it down to what really frightens you. I bet your wall is just like mine; it’s all about getting started. If we’re courageous enough to jump the first wall, we’ll find the conversations weren’t so scary after all. It turns out the evangelism wall isn’t all that tall after all.
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Merry Christmas from everyone at Acts 17 Apologetics!
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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.
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Don’t Be Yourself
And Jesus died on a cross so that we can be born again. He bore the wrath of his Father while we were “just being ourselves,” and sent the Holy Spirit to make us new creations in him. And the Spirit dwells inside of us who are born again to cause us to increasingly walk out who we already are.
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Theresa May underlines Christian heritage in Christmas message - Premier
Theresa May has urged Britons to take pride in the country's Christian heritage at Christmas because it gives everyone the confidence to practice their religion "free from question or fear".
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Q & A with Dr. Craig: Royally Bad Objections to the Kalām Cosmological Argument
I have been listening to a series of lectures entitled "The Big Questions of Philosophy" published by The Great Courses in which Professor David K. Johnson of King's College attempts to answer philosophically some of life's biggest questions. Because of the growing popularity of these lectures (especially now that they have been made very affordable through Audible), I thought it might be beneficial to get your thoughts. Professor Johnson demonstrates a deep familiarity with Christian apologetics. So much so that the lectures could almost have been entitled, "An Unbelievers Guide to Christian Apologetics." That may be a little bit of an exaggeration but not by too much. He singles out Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga, and yourself. I hope one day you might have time to produce a podcast debunking his claims in general, but for now I wanted to ask you about something in which he mentions you by name specifically. This is a direct quote from the coursebook summary, which was prepared by Professor Johnson:
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Tim Keller Wants You to Stop Underestimating Christmas
Christmastime is here. For some of you, that sentence evokes nostalgia and joy. Others of you, not so much.
Yet one thing many of us share in common this time of year is hearing the classic readings from the Gospels (if not in church then from Linus ). And all the while, we can become so familiar with the incarnation that we end up domesticating it.
Christmas is familiar, but it isn’t tame. As Tim Keller puts it in his new book, Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ (Viking), “Christmas is both more wondrous and more threatening than we imagine.” Working from the writings of Matthew, Luke, and John, he illumines the modern import of the ancient story.
I asked Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and vice president of TGC, why neither the god of moralism nor the god of relativism would’ve bothered with Christmas, how unbelievers try to “name” Jesus, and more.
Let every heart prepare him room!
How could there possibly be anything more mysterious and wonderful than the incarnation of Jesus Christ? God became a man. God took on mortal human flesh and became subject to all the things that every other mortal is subject to. He sneezed. He coughed. He got headaches and an upset stomach. Every morning he got up, shook the dust out of His hair, and put his hand to the plow in his Father’s field.
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.
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.”
The Arrival of Great Joy
But not only did God fill his world with joy, but also his word. The Bible is replete with “joy” — more than two hundred times in an English translation — but “great joy” appears in single digits. “Great joy” is rare and climactic. At the anointing of David’s own son as his successor, at the height of Israel’s kingdom — “great joy” (1 Kings 1:40). At the restoration of the Passover after generations of neglect — “great joy” (2 Chronicles 30:26). At the dedication of Nehemiah’s rebuilt walls after the return from exile — “great joy” (Nehemiah 12:43). Joy is the stuff of every day; “great joy” is kept for the highest of moments.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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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Washington Post to Christians on Christmas Morning: Jesus Didn't Exist | The Stream
I really couldn’t care any less about what some staunch, close-minded atheist has to say about Jesus. Thankfully, His existence isn’t contingent on whether or not someone believes in Him or has “adequate” proof that He lived. He has withstood the critics yesterday and today, and He will still win tomorrow, no matter the controversy or “scholarly findings”. This? This is just annoying, like a mosquito tinning in your ear. Does it concern me? To the extent of knowing the smug atheists will be insufferable for a time. Otherwise, go ahead. No amount of publicity or insistence or distortion of facts will make the truth align with your desperate attempt to ignore your Creator.
5 reasons a shrinking church may be a good thing — Southern Equip
We have less money for our budget that is requiring some tough cuts to come for next year’s budget. We are a declining church. But, don’t worry about us. Don’t panic. If you are declining for these reasons, your church will be fine. In fact, our members feel we have a lot to celebrate. We will celebrate as we wait for God to send others to us to replenish our laborers and resources, just as he always has in previous seasons of decline for these same reasons.
Philippians 1:20–26: How Do We Get to Heaven?
God is sovereign over the ends and means of our salvation. In this lab, John Piper shows us that those who God has saved will continue on in the means of grace.
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Dear Pastor: Apologetics is a standard operating feature of Gospel-centered ministry
Let me begin by making a claim that many will find rather contentious: Apologetic ministry—the ministry of commending and defending the “faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3)—is a vital and essential part of Gospel-centered, New Testament ministry. To many evangelical laity and non-laity alike, this claim not only lacks the clear ring of truth, but it is much too strong, as it needlessly saddles “ordinary” followers of Christ with the responsibility of being seriously intellectually engaged with ideas. Here, I briefly underscore the Scriptural grounding of apologetic ministry, and why the consistent New Testament witness is that such ministry is an essential component of impactful, Gospel-centered ministry.
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The Heart of True Repentance
We’ve all probably seen a pastor illustrate the concept of repentance during a Sunday morning sermon. He walks across the stage on “the path of sin” and tells us that repenting is not merely stopping as we walk down the path, but turning to walk back in the direction of God. This is absolutely right; repentance involves both turning away from sin and turning back to the Father. However, the illustration fails to provide the posture of our heart as we come back to God. This is no incidental point, but gets to the very core of what true repentance is all about.
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