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WORLD on Twitter

WORLD’s 2017 Top 25 stories countdown No. 9: Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban https://world.wng.org/content/ohio_passes_down_syndrome_abortion_ban … @upwardglances @JohnKasich pic.twitter.com/94SFhFuU9E

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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The Quran Affirms Paul, But Paul Condemns Muhammad (PvM 22)

The Quran and Muslim scholars affirm the reliability of Paul. But the Apostle Paul condemns Muhammad. This video is the twenty-second 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

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Today's Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: 10 Titles from $0.79 to $2.99!

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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Christianity is Hard and Easy

The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians is this. We take as starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests. We then admit that something else call it “morality” or “decent behavior,” or “the good of society” has claims on this self:  claims which interfere with its own desires. What we mean by “being good” is giving in to those claims…But we are hoping all the time that when all the demands have been met, the poor natural self will still have some chance, and some time, to get on with its own life and do what it likes. In fact, we are very like an honest man paying his taxes. He pays them all right, but he does hope that there will be enough left over for him to live on.

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Top 10 Apologetics "Tips" of the Year

6. Apologetics Tip of the Day: “If a seeker is open to considering the claims of Christ, don’t give him/her an apologetics book first. Offer the Gospel of John...and then an apologetics book.”

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Did Long Distance Make Paul's Witness List Unfalsifiable?

On two different occasions, people have read my argument for the historicity of the postmortem appearances and have responded with the following rebuttal: “Paul is writing his letters to churches far removed in distance from where the events are said to have occurred. It would be highly unlikely anyone from his church in Corinth would travel to Israel and seek out these apparent witnesses.” The argument is that Jerusalem and Corinth were so far that it would have been very difficult for Paul’s readers to trek all the way over to Jerusalem in order to interview the people Paul was talking about. It was too inconvenient for them, so most probably never did it and never would have done it. So the they-could-have-checked-it-out argument fails. Is this true? Was Paul’s resurrection eyewitness list really protected from falsification due to large travel distance?

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Why The Gospels Are Embarrassing

You may have never thought about it before, but if you have ever read the biblical Gospels, they're actually quite embarrassing. Not that the gospel itself is embarrassing, but that the four biographies of Jesus' life (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are embarrassing. But while that might sound a little controversial to the Christian ear, it's actually not. The fact that the four biblical Gospels are embarrassing, that is, their content would have made the early church a little uncomfortable, actually testifies to their reliability and authenticity.

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The TC Apologetics Daily

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In Memoriam: Lynne Rudder Baker (1944-2017)

Professor Baker, emerita at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, was well-known for important contributions in metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion.  Philosopher Hilary Kornblith at U Mass kindly shared with me the department's memorial notice, which will also appear on its homepage:

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

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Fazale Rana on Twitter

My top five blog posts of 2017... Coming in at #3...Whale Vocal Displays Make Beautiful Case for a Creator: http://reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/09/26/whale-vocal-displays-make-beautiful-case-for-a-creator … pic.twitter.com/4CXmWJp5MU

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Why Intelligent Design Isn't a God-of-the-Gaps Argument

“Intelligent design is just a God-of-the-gaps argument,” exclaimed a prominent theistic evolutionist. We had just met, but I was shocked at what I was hearing. This kind of ignorance might be excusable from a person on the street, but not from an accomplished theistic evolution advocate associated with Biologos.

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11 stories from 2017 that made us smile - Premier

It was a difficult time to be a journalist in 2017 reporting news of war, mass-shootings, persecution and terror attacks.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

A generous donor stepped up at the last minute to offer a $15,000 #Challenge #Grant to help meet our $450,000 year-end goal! So please #give now. http://bit.ly/2lp1XHM  pic.twitter.com/xclgSFPCWA

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The Reliability of Scripture: That Which We Have Seen with Our Eyes

It’s easy to see why so many Christians respond to this topic: unlike other faiths, Christianity is rooted in real human history. It tells the story of God’s actions in the same world that you and I occupy, as opposed to some mythical “once upon a time.”

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Religion and the Question of Origins

In the months ahead, we will critically examine the scientific evidence both for and against evolution. Is the evidence for evolution so overwhelming that teachers may be justified in running roughshod over the most cherished religious beliefs of many students and their parents? On the other hand, is there scientific evidence in support of special creation? Finally, can Bible-believing Christians safely make their peace with Darwin? We will attempt to answer these and many other questions on the relationship of science and Scripture. I think you are in for some real surprises.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

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The Last Hot Take on “The Last Jedi”

But here’s the thing. That is never going to happen. And it is unfair to judge new films on that standard—it is a standard that can only result in disappointment. I had an intern a couple years ago who loved the prequels. Why? Because he was a kid when they came out. The prequels were as dazzling to him as a young boy as the originals were to me when I was a young boy. As an adult, I hated the prequels, but my intern didn’t have my baggage and was able to view them differently.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/god-is-always-on-time

In the waiting room of life, you can choose to trust God instead of panicking. You also need to remember two things: One, God is never in a hurry. And two, God is never late. God’s timing is always perfect. 

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

Greg talks about Mormonism and Christianity on today's Drive-Time #podcast : https://www.str.org/podcasts/a-piece-of-my-mind/mormonism-and-christianity-clarify-first … pic.twitter.com/NRB7K8x3Hy

23 2017 news review: Around the world - Premier

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My Ten Favorite Books of 2017

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When sceptics convert: 3 former atheists walking the path of CS Lewis

When Oxford academic CS Lewis wrote about his adult conversion from atheism to Christianity in Surprised by Joy (HarperCollins) in 1955 it became an apologetics classic, one still read by Christians and seekers to this day.

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WORLD on Twitter

#TheSift : Former soccer star wins Liberian presidential election https://world.wng.org/content/former_soccer_star_wins_liberian_presidential_election … @EvanWilt_ pic.twitter.com/HQed5YpPrX

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The Bible in a Year by Premier on Apple Podcasts

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Historical References to Christ From Non-Biblical Authors

One of the first Gentile writers who mention Christ is Thallus, who wrote in A.D. 52. He wrote a history of the Eastern Mediterranean from the time of the Trojan War to his own time. However, his writings have disappeared, and we only know of them from fragments cited by other writers. One such writer is Julius Africanus, a Christian writer about A.D. 221 One very interesting passage relates to a comment from Thallus about the darkness during the last 3 hours Jesus was on the cross. Julius Africanus writes:

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Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017

Hometown to three of the apostles (Peter, Andrew, and Philip), Bethsaida is believed to have been located just east of the outlet of the Jordan River into the northern Sea of Galilee. But its precise location has eluded Bible scholars. Archaeologist Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska–Omaha maintains Bethsaida was located at et-Tell, a site he has been excavating since 1987. But its distance—two kilometers from the current shore of the lake—has always raised questions about that identification. This year, a team led by archaeologist Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College discovered remains of a Roman-era bathhouse at el-Araj, much closer to the shore. Neither site is convincingly identified as Bethsaida at this point; other archaeologists have weighed in to support each side.

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2 Corinthians 9:6–11: Why Do You Give to the Church?

In this lab, John Piper reminds us that God doesn’t want you to begrudgingly give. He wants to satisfy you with himself so that you would give cheerfully.

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My 5 Favorite Arguments for God’s Existence

Now, like the Moral Argument, I think only the Christian God is compatible with this conclusion. Various reasons have been given in chapter 5 of my book “Inference To The One True God”, but for the sake of length, I’ll only go into one of them. In order to be a morally perfect being, this being would have to exist as more than one person. If God is not a trinity then God is not love. This is because love requires three things: someone to love, someone to do the loving, and a relationship going on between the lover and the Beloved. If these three things are not present then love is not present. But before any human beings were created, God was all by himself. So if God was all by himself, who was there to love? God had no one to love! Given that God had no one to love, God couldn’t be love or loving until he created the first human beings or Angels or any persons other than himself. But in that case, God could not be maximally great, for in order to be maximally great, God would have to be morally perfect, which he could not be if God were only a single person.

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America's Religious Climate and Christianity's Exclusivity

Religious pluralism… is the belief that differences between religions are not a matter of truth and falsehood, but of different perceptions of the one truth; that to speak of religious belief as true or false is inadmissible. Religious belief is a private matter. Each of us is entitled to have—as we say—a faith of our own.

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Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: Christians Cannot be Intellectual Slackers

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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Grace to You on Twitter

Reading God’s Word is important. Understanding God’s Word is critical. Download The Study Bible app to access John’s verse-by-verse Bible teaching wherever you are. http://www.studybible.org 

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Teen Confesses He’s Secretly Been Caring For 3 Disabled Family Members While Dad Works 60 Hours

Most 15-year-olds have to deal with a little bit of responsibility around the house, like taking out the trash and keeping their rooms clean. But a teen named Johnathan Gutierrez of Boca Raton, Florida, not only does chores, he cares for his entire family.

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How (Not) to Read Next Year

What you read will shape you. It will shape not only what you think, but how you think. Your life is short. You can only read a relatively small amount in the time you have. You will have to neglect reading far more than you will ever be able to read. So, resolve this year to increase your skill in how not to read.

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Greg Bahnsen vs. RC Sproul: Apologetics

http://amzn.to/2yuFAV9 An analysis of the apologetics conversation between Greg Bahnsen and RC Sproul.

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2 Scripture passages every pastor needs today (and every day)

That precious promise drives away anxiety and discouragement on those days when nothing seems to be happening in ministry, when I’m sowing but nothing seems to be growing. If I have been faithful, I can plant the seed and rest easy in Christ, knowing his Spirit will cause the seed to germinate and take root in human hearts, in soil made good by the Holy Spirit (see Mark 4:1-9). I need not pressure the people, harangue them, cajole them, or wring my hands in perplexity. This parable comforts me with the truth Luther understood, the truth that was the catalyst for one of the greatest revivals in church history 500 years ago: “The Word did everything, I did nothing.” Indeed.

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Focus on the Family on Twitter

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

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How to Help Friends Escape the Prosperity Gospel

And here’s just one little sidebar: My wife is going to Africa this fall. And she is going for the third time as part of a ministry to give wheelchairs to the disabled who can only crawl around or stay in their simple houses, and a wheelchair changes the life of many. And she made the point to me as I was talking to her about this the other day that as they are looking for partners there to help, the big prosperity ministries usually give little help, because disabled people in a wheelchair are an embarrassment to their ministry. They don’t have a biblical theology of suffering and the fruit is not pretty. So that is my first concern: the downplaying of a biblical theology of suffering that would help people so much prepare for what necessarily must come in this life.

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6 stages of a dying church – Thom Rainer

Anger Church leaders and members begin to recognize that the magic bullet did not reverse the negative trends, so they deflect the blame. It’s the denomination’s fault. It’s those young people who don’t respect the way we’ve always done it. It’s the messed-up culture. It’s the people in our community who stopped attending churches. The anger in these churches is palpable.

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NFL Memes on Twitter

This is the greatest thing you'll ever read. pic.twitter.com/QN9hjugIR8

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Defending Your Faith 101: God's Existence

There are a growing number of people today who seriously doubt the existence of God, or are skeptical of the God of the Christian Bible. This trend does not include hard-core atheists (you know, the ones that get really angry when you try to talk about God or His existence) because they have always been around. However, we are seeing growth in what has now become the third largest religious category worldwide known as the “nones”   (no religious affiliation). This has been notable since the end of twentieth century and, in my view, one of the biggest reasons is the apparent divide between God and science.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

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Marry the Bible This Year

Perhaps you feel so overwhelmed when it comes to the failures in your spiritual habits, or lack thereof, that you barely even know where to start. Do I start praying more, and memorizing Scripture, and sharing my faith aggressively, all at once? But the more resolutions we try to bite off at the same time, the less likely we are to make real and lasting progress on any of them. We can’t change everything at once, but we can pursue in faith, with God’s help, just a few keys habits that may have a domino effect. Even just one key habit.

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Paul Died as a Martyr; Muhammad Died as a False Prophet (PvM 21)

The Apostle Paul died an honorable death as a martyr. Muhammad died in precisely the way Allah said he would die if he were to fabricate revelations. Hence, Muhammad died a disgraceful death as a false prophet. This video is the twenty-first 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

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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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Faithful Thinkers on Twitter

Top Post #4 on Faithful Thinkers in 2017: Is #Religion The Practice of Avoiding #Truth ? Do not start 2018 without reading this one! http://owl.li/UBos30huCCl  #apologetics #God #Atheism pic.twitter.com/oCMzDbiTCX

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54 CT's 2017 Cover Stories, Ranked
55 Pope and Billy Graham make 2017 ‘most admired’ men list - Premier
56 Did Jesus Commend Faith That Is Blind? | Cold Case Christianity
57 Salvation Army apologises for using donated Paul McCartney concert tickets - Premier
58 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
59 Muhammad Was Spiritually Disturbed; Paul Wasn't (PvM 19)
60 Stand to Reason on Twitter
61 I’m Retired and Want to Do Missions — What’s My First Step?
62 Billy Graham's Granddaughter says Trump is not a man of strong faith and slams his supporters - Premier
63 Paul Endured Greater Persecution Than Muhammad (PvM 18)
64 Paul on Twitter
65 Steve Martin’s Comic Perseverance | Think Christian
66 Animal Crossing’s Small Acts of Faithfulness | Think Christian
67 Why doesn’t everyone believe in Jesus if he came to earth?
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69 Resolved: To Read the Bible
70 Top 5 rookie pastor mistakes — Southern Equip
71 Choose Kind. Go See Wonder. | Think Christian
72 Exclusive: Federal agents found fetuses in body broker's warehouse (Wa
73 The Debate over Defining Inerrancy - Christian Research Institute
74 10 New Books We Recommend This Week
75 4 keys to preaching more engaging sermons — Southern Equip
76 Matt Chandler Never Wanted a Big Church. How He Ended Up With Six.
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81 Ted Cruz on Twitter
82 ICYMI: The Most Popular Articles of 2017
83 Bishop of Derby warns Peak District's holiday homes are being used as brothels - Premier
84 Israel responsible for 'Christian exodus' from Palestine, study finds - Premier
85 Faulty Assumptions in Biblical Interpretation
86 2017: Reflections from the editor - Premier
87 What Exactly is a Biblical Miracle? 3 Key Things Your Kids Should Understand
88 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
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90 Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter
91 Atheistic Evolutionists Fear Cockroaches
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94 Christian online dating doubles leading up to New Year - Premier
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