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248. Why Should I Study The Bible?

Bobby talks about how critical it is for the Christian to study God's word.

2 The TC Apologetics Daily

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Apologetics 315 on Twitter

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Why You Should Use Apologetics for Your Own Growth

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Treat Evangelism and Apologetics Like a First Date

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Colson Center on Twitter

The Colson Center is excited to bring back #JWarnerWallace , author of #ColdCaseChristianity , for a four-week online Short Course “Liar, Lunatic, Legend, or Lord,” an in-depth look into the claims the #Bible makes about #Jesus . http://bit.ly/2Ces4XI  ACT NOW! Begins 2/21. pic.twitter.com/PYggLefILJ

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WORLD on Twitter

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The Challenges Facing Young Christians

Every other week, from May to August, I have the honor of speaking with students at Summit Worldview Academy . I typically teach on the nature of truth, the reliability of the gospels, and the evidence for God’s existence. The students are eager to learn and have many good questions during the breaks, during our lunch and dinner time together, and at an evening session specifically set aside for questions.  The students usually share a number of stories related to the ways they were already being challenged as young Christians. Many have experienced a season of doubt and are grateful for the training they receive at Summit. Dr. Jeff Myers, the president of Summit Ministries, has assembled an incredible collection of thinkers, teachers and trainers to help prepare students to face challenges and “analyze the various ideas that are currently competing for their hearts and minds.” These young people are eager to prepare themselves for these encounters. Christian students are surrounded by competing worldviews from a very young age. As I speak with the young men and women at Sum

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Logic Requires God: It's Only Logical

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TV Club on Twitter

#StarTrekDiscovery ends its first season with a promise to do better https://trib.al/Q30aNSi  pic.twitter.com/FuUObsN3r2

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WORLD on Twitter

#TheSift : @realDonaldTrump pushes big spending in 2019 budget proposal https://world.wng.org/content/trump_pushes_big_spending_in_2019_budget_proposal … @EvanWilt_ pic.twitter.com/6E7gjjqW3F

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A Closer Look: The Historical Reliability of the New Testament

Twelfth, the portions of the NT that were written before the completion of the Gospels and Acts confirm the historicity of these five books. For instance, Paul, James, and Peter show multiple signs of quoting or alluding to teachings and actions of Jesus in letters they wrote before the Gospels were written. Their quotes and allusions agree with what we find in the Gospels. This indicates that the Gospels are in tune with the very earliest writings about Jesus--the NT epistles. These earliest writings were in turn dependent on the authoritative oral traditions that were passed on by eyewitnesses to Jesus' life. Paul expresses this in 1Co 15:3-8, where he lists the beliefs he had "received" from these eyewitnesses when he became a Christian no more than two years after Jesus' death and resurrection. These are no late, slowly developing legends he is reporting!

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

Join me at the next TRUTH FOR A NEW GENERATION in March! https://www.truthforanewgeneration.com/conference-march-2018/ … pic.twitter.com/AlxOHeD8lo

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20 Books every pastor should read — Southern Equip

Have you ever tried to pick a favorite hymn or Scripture passage when asked? Impossible, isn’t it? At least it is for me. I had similar feelings when my pastoral interns asked me to pick my top books every pastor should read. Too many to choose from and where does the list end? Nevertheless, they demanded this of me and I conceded.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/direct-your-emotions-toward-a-positive-ministry

What pain in your life are you using for good? If you have been in so much pain you didn’t even want to talk about it, then you need to learn to manage your emotions. You need to name the emotion, challenge it, and direct it if you’re not going to change it. Then, you use it for good.

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Crossway on Twitter

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Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions

Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.

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Books - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .

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Jared Kennedy on Twitter

Thank you to @jbcheaney and world_mag for featuring The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible in this… https://www.instagram.com/p/Be_63GchBKZ/ 

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Simple Tools to Test Truth Claims

We live in a day called the information age. This is a time when we are inundated with information. Some information is based on truth, whereas other truth claims are flawed. While it is not a popular assumption to hold: Not every opinion is correct. Not every worldview is truthful. So, how does one know whether a claim is truthful or flawed? You could take detailed courses in logic, which is advised if you are able to do so. However, a few simple tools in your tool belt will help you decipher truth claims. This article will focus on two: the laws of logic and testing truth claims.

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Will There Only Be 144,000 People in Heaven?

At our church, we recently began a new series of messages on heaven. After the service, I received a wonderful question from one of our members, Allison Mathews. Allison said that she had heard that only 144,000 people would be in heaven, and wondered if that was true. Some groups, especially among the Jehovah Witnesses, have espoused that only a select group of individuals (that is, 144,000) throughout all of history will be in heaven. Ironically, more than 144,000 Jehovah Witnesses attend Watchtower Bible studies worldwide, so someone is in trouble. While that is said tongue-in-cheek, the number of 144,000 has brought great interest to individuals wondering whom John is referencing, and how many people will be in heaven. This article will identify the 144,000 and discuss the number of people that one can expect to find in heaven as given in the book of Revelation.

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Your Quiet Time Is Not About You

While the book is overwhelmingly helpful and well-argued, I came away with the same concern I often feel with books or ideas that seek to correct the “common assumption” of the day—that it pushes too hard to the other pole. Similar to N. T Wright’s critiques of Pauline scholarship or Roger Olson’s critiques of Calvinism, the nature of taking a posture of correction or dissent means the author will almost inevitably overcorrect to the point of caricaturing the other view, even if unintentionally and subtly. Nowhere does Bennett insult other positions, but it’s clear he is cutting down what he sees as an exaggerated individualism. While Bennett is right to bring up the imbalance he sees, I wish he had spent less time trying to correct the imbalance and more time simply laying out a balanced view.

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

How to NOT shelter your kids from ideas: Make a case for Christianity's truth, goodness, and beauty https://buff.ly/2DZBBax  pic.twitter.com/jqk9C7oO0T

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Reasonable Faith on Twitter

Be sure to check out Dr. Craig's February monthly report to stay up to date with everything going on at Reasonable Faith! #Apologetics https://buff.ly/2EmoLzB 

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20 Quotes from Mark Dever on Church Leadership

The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read Mark Dever’s helpful and practical little book  Understanding Church Leadership  (B&H, 2016). “Think of how care- full a bride’s attendants are as they prepare her to walk down the aisle. Christ wants his leaders no less careful as they prepare his bride.” (1) “Power apart from God’s purposes is always demonic.” (4) “To reject authority, as so many in our day do, is short-sighted and self-destructive. A world without authority would be like desires with no restraints, a car with no controls, an intersection with no traffic lights, a game with no rules, a home with no parents, a world without God. It could go on for a little while, but before long it would seem pointless, then cruel, and finally tragic.” (4) “You don’t want people serving as deacons who are unhappy with your church. The deacons should never be the ones who complain the loudest or jar the church with their actions or attitudes. Quite the opposite! The deacons should be mufflers or shock absorbers. . . . You don’t want to nominate deacons who don’t recognize the importance of the ministry of preaching and teaching, but people who are anxious to protect it.

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Colson Center on Twitter

What to #Pray For Today: 1) Pray for #parents . 2) Pray for children in the womb diagnosed with #DownSyndrome or other medical conditions. 3) Pray that God calls men and women to the ministry of #bioethics . #ProLife Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/  pic.twitter.com/24KYRhkLBS

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Why the Enslaved Adopted the Religion of Their Masters—and Transformed It

As I reflected on the words of Barth, I couldn’t help but realize that as he was describing the faith of the Roman Christians, he was also telling the story of black Christianity. The simple fact that the enslaved were able to “hold on” to Jesus, as it were, is in our day a story of the power of the Resurrection. Emerson Powery and Rodney Sadler Jr. shared in their book, The Genesis of Liberation , “African-Americans’ respect for the authority of the Christian Scriptures is a miracle in itself.”

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Faithful Thinkers on Twitter

Next Friday, February 16th, @RFupdates will launch the next video in their Reasonable Faith animation video series! Be sure to share and like the animations as we revisit them over the next week! http://owl.li/RWVZ30ijOib  #Apologetics #DoesGodExist

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Colson Center on Twitter

I called myself a #naturalist while embracing three characteristics of reality that simply cannot be explained by naturalism. As a #Christian , I’m now able to acknowledge the grounding for these features of reality. #Atheism http://bit.ly/2sjBlOx  pic.twitter.com/pdv5BEQsvY

32 Cosmologist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing: No “sensible answer”

[t]his kind of question might be the kind of thing that doesn’t have a sensible answer. In our everyday lives, it makes sense to ask “why” this or that event occurs, but such questions have answers only because they are embedded in a larger explanatory context. In particular, because the world of our everyday experience is an emergent approximation with an extremely strong arrow of time, such that we can safely associate “causes” with subsequent “effects.” The universe, considered as all of reality (i.e. let’s include the multiverse, if any), isn’t like that. The right question to ask isn’t “Why did this happen?”, but “Could this have happened in accordance with the laws of physics?” As far as the universe and our current knowledge of the laws of physics is concerned, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” The demand for something more — a reason why the universe exists at all — is a relic piece of metaphysical baggage we would be better off to discard. More.

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Discovery Institute on Twitter

According to @PJMedia_com writer #Wikipedia 's editors have "have engaged in a shameless campaign against the scientific theory of Intelligent Design (ID) and its proponents" "Censor of the Year: Wikipedia" https://evolutionnews.org/2018/02/happy-darwin-day-our-2018-censor-of-the-year-is-wikipedia/ … #darwinday

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Chad Ashby on Twitter

I reviewed #Ruins the latest album from @FirstAidKitBand for @thinkchristian : "This rebel heart rejects the narrative that people can fall in and out of love without consequences." https://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/seeking-communion-in-first-aid-kits-ruins …

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Greg Koukl on Twitter

Have you been kicking yourself for not responding better to that question that person asked you about your faith? Tweet your question today to #STRask for the answer and #confidence you need to be prepared! #ambassador #rethinkthestory pic.twitter.com/Kpn5w3v48R

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Opinion | Let’s Ban Porn

Except it doesn’t have to be. Trump’s grotesqueries have stirred up a feminist reaction that’s more moralistic and less gamely sex-positive than the Clinton-justifying variety, and there’s no necessary reason why its moralistic gaze can’t extend to our porn addiction. And indeed, I think the part of the #MeToo movement that’s interested in discussing sexual unhappiness and not just sexual harassment clearly wants to talk about pornography, even if it doesn’t quite realize that yet.

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Lee Strobel on Twitter

Filming The Case for Miracles book trailer in Phoenix studio. Can’t wait for y’all to see the book! And by the way, it will be a major motion picture in the fall of 2019! pic.twitter.com/T1NIih9t1j

38 Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter

There are now quite a few testimonies of miraculous healing, verified by doctors, posted on my Facebook page. The Lord is good! https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/2345782212114034?pnref=story …

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

DALLAS, TEXAS! Are your students anxious to answer ?'s about what they believe? Bring them to reTHINK Dallas, Mar. 2-3. Watch here: https://youtu.be/n8hX0cY_jFg  via @YouTube @christopheryuan @jwarnerwallace #rethinkthestory

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Today we have an interview with Ken Boa about his new book, “Life in the Presence of God.” How do we “embed” ourselves in the God’s story of the universe? What spiritual exercises can we use to cultivate an eternal perspective in our everyday lives? http://bit.ly/2Bp4MBl  pic.twitter.com/gLaJqXTrYa

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Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter

Enoch was pleasing to God because he not only lived his life by faith in the God of heaven and earth, but he also lived his life in intimate communion with God. http://bit.ly/2ENGErL 

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Paul David Tripp on Twitter

Your pathway will take turns that you didn’t want and didn’t plan because God is writing a better story for you than you would’ve written for yourself.

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Why Pastors Ought to Be Apologists | Cold Case Christianity

If you scan the pages of Scripture looking for a list of “offices” (leadership positions within the Church), you’re likely to find eight roles described in the New Testament: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers (Ephesians 4:11), elders, deacons and bishops (1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Titus 1:6-9). One thing you’ll never find in any Biblical list of leadership positions is the office of “apologist”. Why is this position missing from the Scriptural lists? Wouldn’t it be wise for every church to have a trained and qualified Christian Case Maker ? I can tell you from personal experience: as I travel around the country, very few church leaders seem to be interested in apologetics, and even fewer have studied in this area. In fact, many seminaries don’t even offer courses in apologetics as part of their Master’s in Divinity programs (the standard degree sought by pastors). The reason the role of apologist is missing from New Testament leadership lists is not because it isn’t important enough to be represented as a separate office within the Church. Just the opposite is true.

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Catalyst on Twitter

Who's excited to hear from @DrHenryCloud and @craiggroeschel in Lexington, KY? We will be discussing what it takes to lead through change and how you can thriving as a leader. Learn more: http://ctly.st/2nOYXF0  pic.twitter.com/Ak0ok0eVRE

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BreakPoint on Twitter

We can help our children understand what went wrong, especially the wrong ideas about sex, marriage, happiness, and procreation that permeate our society. We can help them know what’s right about God’s design for marriage, sex, and procreation. http://bit.ly/2ElBcQh  pic.twitter.com/kWXn5PTIsx

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What to Give Up for Lent 2018? Consider Twitter’s Top 100 Ideas

Last year, food items were three times as popular to abstain from as technology items or personal habits, according to 73,334 tweets analyzed by OpenBible.info’s Stephen Smith during the week of Ash Wednesday 2017. Alcohol ranked No. 1 for the first time since his project began in 2009.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

We've got the fabulous @Philippahanna on #PremierDrive after 4pm today giving us a world exclusive first play of her brand new single 'Getting On With Life'! Don't miss it! Listen here: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/radioplayer  pic.twitter.com/BsOP4Sol8t

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Monday, February 12, 2018 — The Briefing

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Monday, February 12, 2018 — The Briefing

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Monday, February 12, 2018 — The Briefing

51 Southern Seminary on Twitter
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53 All Other Ground is Sinking Sand: A Portrait of Theological Disaster
54 We Lost Our Baby, but We Didn't Want to Lose Our Marriage
55 5 mistakes pastors make when preaching controversial doctrine — Southern Equip
56 Desiring God on Twitter
57 Porn education for teens? The New York Times (like it or not) raises big moral questions
58 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
59 John Piper on Twitter
60 Premier Christian on Twitter
61 Don’t Give Up
62 Can we Trust the New Testament?
63 Stand to Reason on Twitter
64 Who Brought the Gospel to Korea? Koreans Did.
65 Kindle 4 Christ on Twitter
66 Join the 40-Day Feast: How to Prepare Ahead for Easter
67 Opinion | Let’s Ban Porn
68 Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics
69 Seven Simple Tips to Refresh Your Prayer Life
70 5 friends every pastor needs — Southern Equip
71 Plenty of the ‘Nones’ Actually Head Back to Church
72 Fr. Jonathan Morris on Twitter
73 Understanding God’s Control When You’re a Climate Scientist
74 Defining Dignity Up | Evolution News
75 Full horrific injuries of student 'tortured to death' for 'theft' in North Korea
76 Five Tips for Bible Memory
77 A lack of an Oxford comma cost dairy $5 million
78 Review: Nuraphones are the best headphones any of us have ever heard
79 MaryJo Sharp on Instagram: “Time for #friendship. #oregoncoast #retreat @firstbwomen #apologetics #relaxation”
80 BreakPoint on Twitter
81 I’ve Already Wasted My Life — Now What?
82 Southern Seminary on Twitter
83 Colson Center on Twitter
84 'The Middle' Star Atticus Shaffer Credits God for Success: 'I Could Not Have Gotten Here on My Own'
85 Dear America: Your News Media Absolutely Hates You
86 Greg Abbott on Twitter
87 What are the pitfalls if we don't balance faith and reason?
88 Wintery Knight on Twitter
89 Bertrand Russell’s The Problem's of Philosophy: An Christian Evaluation
90 Navigating Between Skepticism and Gullibility - YouTube
91 Can the Church Embrace Homosexual Behavior in the Name of Love?
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