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December 26th, 2014 • Was the Universe created by something other than the big bang? Author Eric Metaxas discusses possibilities with Fox News anchor Shannon...

Winsome Documentary

A look at the Jesus Is Life Wall at Passion City Church. A shorter version of this video was shown during our Christmas Eve gatherings. Hear the story of the...

PASSION 2015 | ACCLIMATE DAY 3 | The Cross of Christ

Are You a Realist about Properties?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In November 2013 Dr William Lane Craig traveled to the United Kingdom to be a part of the C. S. Lewi...

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Live Stream - Tactical Faith

Tactical Faith will be live streaming from January 4th to the 9th of 2015. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!

2 How pro-life apologetics helps strengthen your evangelism

Beyond the obvious obligation we have as thinking human beings to clarify the status, and defend the value, of innocent, unborn human life, engaging in the pro-life project is also a way to make the case for the truth of Christianity in general. It stands to reason that if the scientific, philosophical, and moral arguments we offer in defense of the humanity of the unborn also happen to align exactly with the biblical notion of what it means to be a human being made “in the image of God,” then the Bible might also have something to say about other things of importance.

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Unbroken

Also, if you're taking your family to the movies this Christmas, Unbroken is probably a solid choice. Pretty much everyone will like it (though not little kids—see the content warning below). It's the story of an immigrant kid who overcomes his misbehaving childhood to become an Olympic athlete, then a WWII bombardier. He survives being shot down over the Pacific and spending 47 days in a raft— 47 days in a raft— only to be picked up by the Japanese, imprisoned, tortured, made the special personal target of a sadistic commander in a Japanese concentration camp, and beaten senseless over and over.

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

'Murdered NY Policeman Praised as Man of Faith' on http://cbnnews.com  . http://www.cbn.com/Murdered-Policeman-Praised-as-Man-of-Faith/ … pic.twitter.com/3pLvhimuyl

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Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead

The new church will be moving in a different direction, doing different things, and hopefully, seeing different results. Continuing with the same name, though it could have some historical significance in the area, will add baggage to an already difficult proposition.Developing a new identity starts with a new name. And a new pastor coming into the area who will have a vision for reaching the community. (If there is no new vision, what's the point of closing anyway?)

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Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Peter Boghossian and the New Atheist's Comparisons of Zeus, the Easter Bunny and Jesus

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Giuliani urges de Blasio to apologize for police remarks

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday rebuked police officers who have turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio but urged his Democratic successor to apologize for remarks that infuriated the police amid searing tension among the department and communities of color.

8 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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Apologetics.com Annual Update - 2014

2014 is drawing to a close! Hard to believe, but we're ready & excited for what's ahead. Our annual ministry update: apologetics.com/blog/apologet…

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Ligonier.org

Paul now addresses the Jews. The Jews are judging others by God's standards and Paul explains that they should know that because they do these things that they will be judged by that same standard they are judging others. Dr. Sproul covers the relationship of the Jew to the Law of God noting that God’s law is written on their hearts.

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Predictable Christmas fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible

Third, the author claims that 1 Timothy’s proscription against women teaching must be extended to the arena of politics, so that “according to the Bible, Bachmann should shut up and sit down. In fact, every female politician who insists the New Testament is the inerrant word of God needs to resign immediately or admit that she is a hypocrite.” I am baffled as to how Eichenwald could take such a narrow view of 1 Timothy 2.12, and to do so dogmatically. Notice that he does not say, “conservative interpretations of the Bible,” or “liberal interpretations of the Bible,” nor even “the interpretation of one or two scholars”; no, he says baldly, “according to the Bible.” Apparently, there is no room for any other interpretation than his, even by scholars who would not consider the Pastoral Epistles to be by Paul. The last fifty or so years of biblical interpretation are swept under the rug, even though scholars of all theological stripes have wrestled with this text and come to a variety of viewpoints. The amount of literature on this one verse is staggering, yet Eichenwald seems to be completely unaware of it.

12 How Does God Foreknow Free Choices? | Reasonable Faith

But suppose we think, as I do, that God does exist at every time that there is and so does literally foreknow the future. As you rightly point out, foreknowledge of free choices cannot be based upon inference from present causes, for that would imply determinism and annihilate free choice. So God must know future free choices in some other way.

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A plan to read the Greek New Testament in a year

Several years ago, I created a plan to read through the Greek New Testament in a year. For the most part, it tracks pretty closely with Lee Irons’ excellent schedule for reading the Greek New Testament in a year. My plan, however, varies a little bit. Because John’s writing is simpler Greek, my schedule goes through John’s Gospel at a faster pace than Irons’. As a result, there are no readings scheduled at the end of the year from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. These open dates at the end can be used as catch-up days. The schedule is given in two formats below.

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The Skopos Observer

The Skopos Observer, by Skopos1: Press On Towards the Prize!

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Sunday Quote!- Bonhoeffer on the Abuse of Grace

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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MARK MITTELBERG on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

“ @josh_mcdowell : Jesus will never leave us. | John 15:4 http://ow.ly/BNEEv  pic.twitter.com/BIjcaGexwZ ” amen.

18 Which types of relationships have the highest rates of divorce?

Those who say they are more religious are less likely, not more, to have already experienced divorce. Likewise, those who report more frequent attendance at religious services were significantly less likely to have been divorced. This pattern of findings held using various analytic techniques that test which variables differentiate persons who have been divorced from persons who have not been divorced, while controlling for other variables that might affect the interpretation of the data, such as age, age of first marriage, income, and gender. When both the global rating of religiousness and the item assessing fiequency of attendance at religious services are entered into the same analysis, the attendance item remains significantly associated with divorce history but the global religiousness item does not. This suggests that a key aspect of how religious faith affects marital relationships may be through involvement with a community of faith.

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Ask Pastor Matt: "If Christianity is True, Why Are So Many Christians Depressed?"

There are sinful causes of depression but there are also non-sinful causes. For example, I have had conversations with devoted Christians who were raised in emotionally abusive, yet tight homes. They are taught, both by the family and, oddly enough, by the church, that anger and criticism are sins. So, they take the abuse. Swallow the anger. Feel guilty about hating it and lapse into depression. Painfully, these people often do not develop a full fledged identity of their own. They do not even have an identity outside of the dysfunctional system. Also, the staggering number of young people I have counseled who have been sexually assaulted and taught to keep it quiet or ignore also frequently, and with good reason, find themselves severally depressed because, among other things, they have swallowed their anger rather than express it. The church needs to a better job at separating people from actions and calling evil evil even if it comes from a loved one. Blessings.

20 How pro-life apologetics helps strengthen your evangelism

Beyond the obvious obligation we have as thinking human beings to clarify the status, and defend the value, of innocent, unborn human life, engaging in the pro-life project is also a way to make the case for the truth of Christianity in general. It stands to reason that if the scientific, philosophical, and moral arguments we offer in defense of the humanity of the unborn also happen to align exactly with the biblical notion of what it means to be a human being made “in the image of God,” then the Bible might also have something to say about other things of importance.

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Lee Strobel on Twitter

Honored to have spent day with #LouisZamperini in his home. Here's his note to me in my copy of #Unbroken ... pic.twitter.com/vJG5WYiZKG

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Examining the 10 Commandments of Atheism

I am a Christian and I understand the moral argument but you must have repeated yourself 5+ times. It doesn’t matter if atheist want quality laws that will preserve the human race. You say why would they want the laws they created? Lots of reasons: it doesn’t feel good to be stabbed so don’t stab others, it’s not good to kill your own species because you may go instinct, to rape another woman her face will show displeasure so we can use common I stint and good sense to realize rape may not be a good thing. If we are evolved we still would want to preserve our race so some moral frameworks would hVe naturally by on sense and survival have formed over trial and error and time. For example: if you rape and kill all your woman the tribe that is next door may have a better quality of life by not doing these things! If you steel all the time but hate getting stole from then you may say over time. Hmmm this doesn’t make me feel good to be stole from because I enjoy my things. Some moral frame work could evolve over time. I do agree that nothing has purpose in the end without God, however for you to complain about each of their values saying there is no purpose that’s a little bit far sided.

23 Alexander Vilenkin: "All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning"

Vilenkin’s final strike is an attack on a third, lesser-known proposal that the cosmos existed eternally in a static state called the cosmic egg. This finally “cracked” to create the big bang, leading to the expanding universe we see today. Late last year Vilenkin and graduate student Audrey Mithani showed that the egg could not have existed forever after all, as quantum instabilities would force it to collapse after a finite amount of time ( arxiv.org/abs/1110.4096 ). If it cracked instead, leading to the big bang, then this must have happened before it collapsed – and therefore also after a finite amount of time.

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Feedback: Should We Pray for Satan?

We are also not specifically told why the other angels followed Satan in rebellion or what their reasoning was for doing so. As such, we can only speculate. Perhaps they didn’t think Satan would be severely punished for his rebellion, or maybe they foolishly thought they could prevail against God. If the angels who followed Satan did not fall until after Adam’s sin, then perhaps they thought God would be willing to forgive them too. Again, these ideas aren’t clearly spelled out in Scripture, so these are just proposals that may be wrong. The earliest known prophecy of Satan’s ultimate doom was in Genesis 3:15 (spoken to the serpent, but directed at Satan). The angels who rebelled against God would probably not have been aware of this prophecy before the Fall, if indeed they rebelled at the same time as Satan.