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Incoherent Questions

If one assumes determinism is true, then they must also assume that these questions are just as incoherent as those found in the opening paragraph. Determinists cannot ask or answer these questions because they do not believe human agents have free will or the ability to change our own minds. This is because they affirm that things external to humans (nature or God) causally determines all things — including our thoughts and beliefs.

Love to Forget Yourself: How Singing Weakens Pride

Being awed at the majesty of God swallows up self-absorption. As John Piper has said, no one walks away from the Grand Canyon with a bigger view of himself. It was this insight — that life isn’t about me — that I found so liberating when I read Don’t Waste Your Life in college. It was a Copernican revolution in my soul. With the glory of God at the center, I began learning what life was for and how it was to be lived. When we sing to God about his glory, we see more of how gloriously big he really is, and we become joyfully small again.

The Case for Christ: An Interview with Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel: My wife encouraged me to write a book about my spiritual journey from atheism to faith and the evidence that convinced me Jesus is the unique Son of God. So I went out and retraced and expanded on that journey with fresh interviews with leading scholars and experts on everything from the reliability of the Gospels to the resurrection.

Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Truth, Love and Apologetics

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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Is Football Too Violent for Christians?

The intensity of football is one of the main reasons it is so fun and formative, and the potential danger is why it is so intense. All those collisions do take a physical toll, and I think it is wise to improve the rules and equipment so it cuts down on injuries. But football is a violent game, and although injury is an unavoidable part of it, injury is not the goal (this cannot be said of professional boxing, where causing a brain contusion is the supreme goal). For thousands and thousands of young men like me, football taught us to be better men, and even to be better Christians. Like climbing Mount Everest, I think it’s worth the risk.

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Donald Trump's Christmas Statement Shows How Little He Understands About Christianity

How to Gossip Better

Maybe you get the itch when you see people talking quietly close by: Was it something I did? The mind has its mysterious ways of wandering and wondering. Wandering and wondering. Sometimes, the anxiety of imaging yourself the target of gossip can chew a hole through an entire day.

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Are Comfortable Christians Compromisers?

However, my answer is that he should find in Scripture a theology of contentment in comfort, as well as contentment in pain. Yes, yes, yes. He should. And if he hasn’t found it, which it doesn’t sound like he has, he should pursue it, and I will try to give a little guideline here. That is exactly what Paul said in Philippians 4:11–12, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.” That would be Noah’s concern: “Can I be okay feeling comfortable?” So go to school here, right? “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things [both of those] through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:12–13).

God Demonstrates His Love Toward Us

What do I mean by “manifestly” present? For Christians, isn’t the love of God always present with us? Romans 8:35 and 39 say that nothing can separate us from the love of God. So if nothing can separate us from the love of God, why does Paul pray, “The love of God be with you”? The reason is because, even though the love of God is always present with believers, we do not always experience the love of God as present. Therefore, we want God to make his love more manifestly known. More obviously. More experientially. Therefore, I think what Paul is really calling for in 2 Corinthians 13:14 is that the love of God be poured out more fully and more consciously in our hearts.

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The "Coming Out" of Christian Professors on Secular Campuses

While professors make up a small fraction of Americans, they possess a disproportionate influence on culture given their authoritative role in the highest halls of education. The university is the single most influential institution in western culture and Ratio Christi seeks to help restore it as it was originally grounded in Christian thought even from its European beginnings. Eventually, RC would like to see every university with a core group of Christian scholars working to rebuild the plausibility structure of the Christian worldview on the secular campus where the best books written in a given field are written by Christian professors. Through this movement, we foresee a university system that has a thriving population of Christian thinkers who are winsome, virtuous, and intentional about making great contributions in their fields of scholarship and also advancing the cause of Christ at the university.

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Book Review: Why The Universe Is The Way It Is

Introduction Why The Universe Is The Way It Is,  ( hardcover , Kindle ) was written by astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross ( Reasons to Believe ) a few years ago to address several common questions that he receives from atheists and Christians when he presents his case for the existence of God. The book is 240 pages, divided into thirteen chapters, five appendices, and an index. Dr. Ross recorded a podcast describing the material of each chapter. A link will be provided at the end of each chapter's summary of this review. Dr. Ross also has a lecture and a Q&A session on YouTube. But before I get to my chapter-by-chapter review, here is Dr. Ross in his own words about his purpose for writing the book: Why The Universe Is The Way It Is from RTB: MEDIA on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Why Ask Questions? Dr. Ross begins this book by exploring the reasons that people ask "why" questions. He makes the distinction between "how" questions and "why" questions- the first being a curiosity of function and the second being a curiosity of purpose and meaning. He discusses his early childhood curiosity about the function of the cosmos that led him to test the accuracy of the world's religious texts.

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The Most Common Objection to God's Existence on a College Campus

In 2004, I started going to the Ohio State University and engaging students for the truth claims of Christianity. I did hundreds of surveys with students and certainly begin to see some of the objections people had to the Christian faith. Around 2006 I moved away from the survey approach and started using a variety of approaches to reach out to the students here. Anyway, it was 2009 when myself along with some OSU students planted a Ratio Christi chapter on the campus. This was done out of the necessity for a stronger apologetics presence on the campus. Since we planted the chapter we have had some very well-known speakers come such as William Lane Craig, Frank Turek, Bart Ehrman and Michael Brown,  Paul Nelson, Michael Licona and James Warner Wallace. We have also had some student debates with the skeptic group on the campus. Keep in mind that Ohio State is a very large campus (60,000) students. Therefore, I do not mean to stereotype anyone or act like I speak as an authority for the entire campus. There are plenty of other campus ministries and people who might share different experiences that they have seen on the campus.

Three Biblical Frameworks for Faithfulness in the Post-Christendom West (Part 2)

A major part of my job is to remind believers that in the midst of the time and culture that we live, the commission of God endures. He is calling for those who will go into their neighborhoods and communities to bring the liberating and reconciling message of Jesus. At a moment when Christians are gearing up for fight or flight, the commission remains the same and it outright rejects both of those avenues.

The Dictatorship of Relativism Comes to Campus

I first encountered relativism when I went to college at Yale. Before that I had lived in a working-class world where truth was a real concept. In my parents’ world, truth was something noble and beautiful; it was something that people lived and died for, like freedom. To be an enemy of the truth was to be about the worst thing there was. Since Yale’s motto is Lux et Veritas —Latin for “Light and Truth”—I was eager to get there so that I could begin learning what truth really was. I was genuinely excited about the idea of searching for it.

Why Is The Image of God So Important?

Some have attempted to say that God can do whatever He wants. However, this then enters into the debate about God and morality. A common objection to God’s existence comes in the form of the Euthyphro dilemma. This poses the question, “Is God good because He says what is good, or because He is subject to good.” The dilemma is that if the first option is selected then morality is subjective and arbitrary (not objective) because God could simply change His mind about what is good, while if the second option is selected then God is not the highest being, thus He cannot be God. If it is not obvious, the attempted escape from the implication of denying free will but affirming intrinsic value fails because it is the first option of the dilemma- morality is then arbitrary and subjective, thus there is no objective standard by which God can judge, which adds another level of problems because without objective morality, nothing is evil, even an act that attacks a bearer of the Image of God (so, murder, abortion, rape, and every other “sin” is not objectively evil- it is merely God’s opinion at the moment that they are or are not)- moral responsibility essentially was destroyed if free will was also.

G. K. Chesterton and the Death of Christmas - The Imaginative Conservative

This would have been a good place for the story to end, the somewhat sullen point having been made, but such a lacklustre defeatist conclusion, all whimper and no whimsy, is hardly satisfactory from a Chestertonian perspective. As such, we are not surprised that the best is yet to come. The silence is broken by the entry of several ghosts from Christmases Past: Charles Dickens, Sir Richard Steele, Ben Jonson, and finally Robin Hood. All of these ghosts remark that Father Christmas looks much the same now as he had looked in their day. As for Robin Hood, he doesn’t understand how Father Christmas could still be alive because he had seen him dying seven hundred years earlier.

Women Teaching Men — How Far Is Too Far?

An externally focused, rule-based approach to women teaching co-ed audiences in the church neither reflects nor honors the beauty of God’s design. God wants us to have a grace-soaked, joyous spirit that delights in honoring headship as a beautiful aspect of his good and wise plan — one that respects and engages men and women as joint-heirs and co-workers who wholeheartedly exercise their gifts together in the service of each other and the advance of the gospel. God is far more concerned that we have the right heart and spirit than that we fall in line with man-made flashpoints.

What Did Martin Luther Think of Indulgences?

What did Martin Luther think of indulgences? Eric Metaxas and Todd Wagner answer that question in this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

4 keys to preaching more engaging sermons — Southern Equip

How long should a sermon be? As a preaching professor and a pastor, I’ve asked and been asked that question a hundred times. Today, after 35 years in ministry, I have a definitive answer: You can preach as long as you hold their attention.

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When a pastor has disqualified himself from his ministry, is he disqualified from ministry altogether? If so, for how long? Forever? Can he ever be restored? If so, how soon? 

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“For thousands and thousands of young men like me, football taught us to be better men, and even to be better Christians.” …

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“Persistent conversation about the faith, even with no prospect of immediate ‘results’ is one small but essential way for divided Christians to practice loving one another” …

3 Reasons Your Kids May Eventually Think Christianity is Worthless

My daughter, age 7, has always been very generous with her allowance and came running down the stairs with a Ziploc bag of piggy bank money the morning after the collection was announced. I smiled with appreciation for her giving heart and told her, “I’m so proud of you. You always want to share your allowance with others. That’s wonderful, sweetheart.”

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My wife and children share with me more than a last name. They share a common faith in our crucified and resurrected Lord. And that family tie we also share with all who call on the name of Jesus for salvation—His church. Now that is a Christian family. 

WCU vs App State- Worst free throw ever

Kyle Rush and Philip Jackson describe what may be the worst free throw ever shot in a game. All rights go to TV 62 a student run station at Western Carolina University The link to the entire game if you are interested. Free throw is at 1:18:00 if you are interested in hearing some of the surrounding commentary Copyright 2012

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It’s the moment Linus drops the blanket. Looking at it now, it’s pretty clear what Charles Schulz was saying through this, and it’s so simple it’s brilliant.

10 Basics Every Creationist Must Know

Every Christian who stands unashamedly on the authority of God’s Word should be ready to show how the Bible unlocks our understanding of the world. Yet certain questions seem to stump Christians more than other questions. Thankfully, when you accept the plain teaching of Scripture and build your thinking upon it, the basic answers are surprisingly simple. On the following pages are the nuts and bolts of the answers to ten of the most-asked questions that confuse Christians. More in-depth answers are readily available in resources written by creationist experts, but this is a great place to start. In this special series, highly qualified speakers and researchers with Answers in Genesis–USA have composed concise answers to each question, on a level anyone can understand.

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Lessons Learned from Lying Leaders | Apologetics Index

The rewards lying brings such leaders reinforces the practice and their lying can become habitual. I believe that such lying is a serious sin in itself (see Acts 5:1-11 ) and that the modern church has often treated it too trivially. 1 Lying leaders inevitably hurt other Christians, bring reproach upon the Gospel, and bring both temporal and eternal harm to themselves. In an effort to possibly prevent some of this harm occurring in the future I share in this article three major lessons (each followed by a number of observations) I have learned from my exposure to lying leaders.

The tendency to sacrifice truth for comfort

The tendency to sacrifice truth for comfort seems practically hardwired into our psyches. In saying this, I need look no further than my own past to see how often I sacrificed truth on the altar of my own comfort. As a Muslim, I did not want to admit that the gospel was true, that Jesus is who the Bible claims he is, because doing so would cost me dearly…In the opening pages of his classic work Mere Christianity, [CS]Lewis makes an insightful comment about the tension between our pursuit of truth and our desire for comfort: “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort, you will not get either comfort or truth—only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.”

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It’s comparatively easy for you and me to pray for ourselves, our families, and our friends. But how can we learn how to pray more fervently and consistently for our local churches? To help with that, here are 18 things you can pray for your church. 

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The joys of marriage will be transcended in the community of the saints as it dwells together before the face of God in the new heavens and new earth. 

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