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The One Must-Read This Year

There are no emotions of thankfulness or wonder or adoration that come close to what we ought to feel because of this book. This is why the psalmist cries out in desperation: “Incline my heart to your testimonies” (Psalm 119:36) — because our hearts cannot delight in this book as we ought, without omnipotent help from God. The book is so great, we need great help to see it and savor it for what it is. Let this sink in. God gave us a book of complete truthfulness about himself, and his saving work, and his will for us. This alone is enough to make a wise person read it and savor it deeply every day.

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Innovative Apologetics: Answering Atheism: God is Required to Underwrite Propositions

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Innovative Apologetics: The Folly of Atheism as the Absence of Belief in the Existence of gods

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

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Advice for Future Apologists

http://www.acts17.net In 1 Peter 3:15 , Christians are commanded: "In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." From the Greek word for "give an answer" comes the word "apologetics." Christians are commanded to be apologists. But how do we go about this? In this video, seven experienced Christian apologists (Douglas Groothuis, Gary Habermas, Craig Hazen, Mike Licona, Nabeel Qureshi, Mary Jo Sharp, and Frank Turek) give advice to future apologists.

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The World's Most Popular Bible Verses, According to 200 Million YouVersion Users

“What God is doing through YouVersion is incredible—changing mobile devices into Bibles that people carry with them everywhere they go,” said Bobby Gruenewald, innovation pastor at Life.Church. “As we see the magnitude of 200 million installs, what we’re really celebrating is what that number represents: countless moments of individuals transformed by their time in the Bible.”

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How to Keep Friends in Your 20s

People will never meet our expectations, especially if we are comparing them to someone we knew in an isolated capsule of time—like college. History has shown that my expectations have a tendency to obstruct my vision. They keep me from seeing the practical expressions of love all around me, like the friends helping my husband and me move when I was too sick to do it myself, bringing us food the day we lost a baby girl in miscarriage, or watching our kids so I could be with my grandfather before he died.

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I Feel Like I'm Meant for Something Greater Than What I'm Doing. Help!

Hearing that man say that made me sad. Because while Bob is a lovely man who admittedly does live a very interesting and impactful life, it’s also a life that’s—well—Bob’s. It’s not for you and me. It’s Bob’s existence. Part of me wanted to believe the man I was chatting with really meant, “I want to be able to love people well and learn from Bob’s wisdom in that area,” yet, what he was really saying was, “I’d like to be someone else.”

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Middle Eastern Christians Speak Out on Wheaton Professor’s Actions

If [Hawkins] is concerned about the cause of the oppressed, there are many Christian and non-Christian organizations she can join that are really bringing change to people’s lives. Many such organizations are working with Middle Eastern refugees at different campsites. Our focus should be on such groups—Yazidis, Christians, Alawites, and moderate Muslims—who are experiencing genocide. My wife went to a refugee camp in Jordan this past summer to serve these groups who are literally stripped of their dignity. . . . Egyptian and Middle Eastern Christians have their own concerns and hardships. This type of gesture [wearing a hijab] is viewed as a form of empty propaganda; we call it shi‘arat in Egypt.

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https://www.crossway.org/books/praying-the-bible-case/

“I prayed through Psalm 23 with tears streaming down my face, asking myself, why have I not done this before? Perhaps you’ve been told to pray the Scriptures, but you haven’t because you were never taught how to. Whitney’s simple approach makes praying through the Bible accessible while also leaving space for the Word and Spirit to work in your heart. Don’t give up on prayer! Praying the Bible will help transform your prayer life.” Trillia Newbell , author, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity and Fear and Faith

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Atheism Preys on Fear and Prejudice

However the New Atheists generally do not debate. They shout and mock. They know that they are right and that their position is the reasonable and intelligent one. Therefore, everyone who disagrees with them is ipso facto not intelligent enough to debate with. If anyone doubts the crypto–religious nature of the New Atheism, just pay a visit to the Dawkins website, complete with its testimonies and “converts corner.” Try challenging atheist doctrine and you will soon find yourself on the receiving end of abuse normally reserved for heretics by the most extremist religious cults. Attending a Dawkins book event is more like a Billy Graham revivalist meeting, than it is an educational event. There are a lot of needy atheists out there (and recovering religious types) who need this kind of therapy, but it should not be dignified by being called “debate.”

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

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Editor’s Choice: The Best of 2015

Looking back on 2015 I see more reasons than ever to hope in God. I see marriages planned, and children born; marriages restored, and children grown. I see the church shine as a beacon of joy and peace. I see the wisdom of the ages rescue the humble from the folly of self. Never could I imagine such an encouraging time for believers in Jesus. Of course that’s not the whole picture. Browse our site and you’ll see plenty of evidence from the world of despair and decline. Our writers and editors wade through countless articles and posts each year that tempt us to believe God has given our world over to sin. It’s vital, then, that we look at the world through the lens of God’s Word, which is realistic about our condition and sanguine about our prospects.

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

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What Apologists Can't Do and What We Won't Do: Eight Quick Thoughts http://buff.ly/1NAt5II  pic.twitter.com/ajbf2ZycNp

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The Christian Post on Twitter

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If Your Kids Are Someday Shocked by the Claims of Skeptics, You Didn’t Do Your Job

The many human errors of the Bible and its contradictions? This is one of the most common blanket statements you hear today and it includes multiple layers of questions/challenges: How were the books of the Bible selected? Why were books left out of the Bible? How do we know we can trust the Bible’s authors? How do we know the Bible we have today says what the authors originally wrote? These aren’t shocking questions…once again, they’re par for the course and are the titles to chapters 25-29 in my book. Nothing surprising here.

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Five Poverty Busters You Should Know

A s a developmental economist, people often ask me, “What can I do as a Christian to really make an impact on world poverty?” Especially as people consider giving and charitable donations during the Christmas season, the question has inspired me to create a list of five of the most dedicated and innovative Christians I have discovered in my work and research in international poverty alleviation. While some of these individuals help lead Christian organizations, others direct what are essentially secular organizations strongly influenced by their faith. Some are well-known in development circles; others have labored for years outside of the public eye. All share in common a dynamic faith that has helped shape innovative approaches to poverty.

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Richard Dawkins on Twitter

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New study: children from broken homes more likely to have mental health issues

Second, the Christian model requires the man to provide financially for his family. Christian women are expected to favor men who focus on their studies, choose jobs that pay well, and save their money for their future families. In fact, fathers are supposed to guard their daughters from men who do not work, do not save and are not financially prepared for marriage. Again, this view is not embraced by most people. Most young women believe in feminism, which is the view that men and women are interchangeable, and men have no specific duty to provide for others. So, when women choose men, they are not choosing them according to this requirement to provide. Instead, they choose men who let them rule, or who are fun, or who don’t expect anything out of the woman except sex. A man who makes no demands is valued higher than a man who earns money and requires emotional support for the stress he incurs from working and saving. And naturally, when children arrive, these women find that men who were unemployed or underemployed are not able to take responsibility for their children.

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5 principles of gospel stewardship for Christmas and beyond

Thankfully, the Bible has much to say about how we should think about the resources he has given us and the word the Bible uses to describe the appropriate relationship we should have to all our things is that of a “steward.” While a biblical concept of stewardship refers to more than just how we spend our money (it encompasses our time, our bodies, children, talents, etc.), a biblical concept of stewardship is absolutely critical to our understanding of how we should rightly handle the God-given resources he has charged us to care for. With that in mind, here are five biblical principles of gospel-stewardship that should help you as you consider where to invest your money this December (and beyond!).

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Fire must consume a leaf.

If you were to place a dried-out leaf into the presence of fire, you would notice that the fire would not hesitate to consume the leaf in a matter of seconds. The fire must consume the leaf because of its very nature. Even if the fire didn’t want to dispose of the leaf, it wouldn’t matter; it still must consume it because their natures are diametrically opposed to one other.

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

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Contradictions: Two Creation Accounts?

The claim goes that there are two creation accounts: Genesis 1 and 2 give different accounts. In chapter 1, man and woman are created at the same time after the creation of the animals. In chapter 2, the animals are created after people.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Douglas Wilson on Atheism

"If there is no God, then all that exists is time and chance acting on matter. If this is true then the difference between your thoughts and mine correspond to the difference between shaking up a bottle of Mountain Dew and a bottle of Dr. Pepper. You simply fizz atheistically and I fizz theistically. This means that you do not hold to atheism because it is true, but rather because of a series of chemical reactions. Morality, tragedy, and sorrow are equally evanescent. They are all empty sensations created by the chemical reactions of the brain, in turn created by too much pizza the night before. If there is no God, then all abstractions are chemical epiphenomena, like swamp gas over fetid water. This means that we have no reason for assigning truth and falsity to the chemical fizz we call reasoning or right and wrong to the irrational reaction we call morality. If no God, mankind is a set of bi-pedal carbon units of mostly water. And nothing else." You can find more from Douglas Wilson here . Courage and Godspeed, Chad HT: The Poached Egg

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What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing the Evangelical Church in 2016?

As we near the end of one year we get reflective, and as we approach a new year we get prophetic, and one question we tend to see this time of year, looking into 2016, is this one: Pastor John, from your vantage point, what are the biggest challenges facing the evangelical church today and in the near future? What events or issues come to mind?

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Bible or the Qur’an: There's No Comparison

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Innovative Apologetics: How to Be An Effective Witness for Christ: Evangelism 101

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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead! Nietzsche, Moral Absolutes, and Evolution

Some cultists advance the idea that life is about knocking on enough doors to sell magazines or to participate in enough temple and occult rituals to please God. Selected Hindus suggest one must stay pure to escape the Karmic cycle. The Prussian born Friedrich Nietzsche advanced the idea that life was about attaining power. Nietzsche wrote of the will of power, the Superman, and magnificent destinies. Yet, Nietzsche was a physically and emotionally weak man: headaches, unattractive, bad eyesight—a tragic figure. He ironically asserted, “A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”[5] A few years later, he fell into insanity and repeatedly declared that he was Jesus Christ.[6]

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Innovative Apologetics: "I Only Believe in What I Can See" Nope!

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Innovative Apologetics: God Created the Universe: Non-directed Evolution is More than Implausible