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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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Testing Truth Claims: Thinking versus Feelings

Someone once quipped, that culture today “listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings.” With the Millennial and Gen Z generations reinterpreting their self-identification in their identity, we see the church having its work cut out for her in reaching the culture.  Suffice it to say, we are living in a culture driven by emotive self-identifications.

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EPISODE 52: What’s So Unique about Christianity? A Short Apologetic [GOSPEL LIFE PODCAST SERIES]

For some, sharing the gospel is a dim memory. For others, it’s an archaic command. For others, it’s the call of a few. For too many, it’s hard, filled with fear, uncertainty, and a lack of feeling prepared. What all of these views lack is the rock-solid truth that God has called all of us, God will equip us, and God will do the work. When we take our eyes off ourselves, God is lifted high for all to see. Amplify 2018 will allow us to strip out the complexities of gospel witness and reveal the simplicity of the gospel that overcomes all barriers. Christ crucified. Christ lifted high.

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Apologetics315 Joins the Defenders Alliance

It has always been my vision that Apologetics315 would be a trusted hub for finding the best apologetics resources available. Now through joining up with the Defenders Media team, I’m happy to announce that Apologetics315 is moving onward and upward in fulfilling that vision.

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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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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

The Power of De-Conversion Stories: How Jen Hatmaker is Trying to Change Minds About the Bible

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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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All Other Ground is Sinking Sand: A Portrait of Theological Disaster

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Preacher's Toolkit: How Do I Teach Difficult Doctrines without Splitting the Church?

The history of Christianity and of virtually every denomination is a narrative of spats, splits, and schisms. Many churches and denominations were born not of an intentional tactic to reach more people, but in response to personal or doctrinal conflict. Doctrine does not have to divide, however, if a pastor will employ a few basic strategies when he encounters a difficult or controversial doctrine in the Bible. 1. Make It Textual Christians will never understand doctrine apart from grasping the warp and woof of Scripture. A steady diet of exposition teaches both the metanarrative of the Bible as well as the underlying truths. Narrative passages were “written for our instruction” (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11) and as examples to us. They generally hold some sanctifying truth to emulate or sin to avoid, but even behaviors exhibited in the text fit within a doctrinal framework that reflects the character and will of God. Jonah 4, for instance, is fascinating and has an incredible narrative appeal. You might expect the story to conclude with chapter 3. After initially defying the Lord, Jonah undergoes God’s chastisement in the belly of a great fish, cries out for deliverance, relents, and goes to Nineveh, where he delivers a message of judgment.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

Will you be commemorating #ShroveTuesday with pancakes? Perhaps for breakfast at home with the family, or at work raising money for charity? @riponcathedral are hosting their annual #pancake RACE... We're speaking with Bernard @northyorksccd on #inspirational #breakfast . pic.twitter.com/3aXycJHc4m

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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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Lord, Set Me Free from Fear

Father in heaven, whatever it takes, set us free from unbelieving fear by opening our eyes to reality. Do not allow us to remain silent or inactive. The freest people in the world are those who trust you most. We will not let you go until you bless us, because you are too glorious and souls are too precious for us to remain muted by fear. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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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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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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Grace to You on Twitter

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Article: Three Ways to Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It) by Paul Gould

"Faith in God is a reasonable faith. I want my kids to see that Christianity is true to the way things are—that it corresponds to reality. I want them to see Christianity as good and beautiful too—that Jesus and the Gospel satisfy their longings in a way that nothing else can. I want them to know what they believe and why they believe it. I want them to love the right things in the right way. In short, I want to teach my kids apologetics. In this post, I share three ways my wife and I taught our kids apologetics without them knowing it."

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Premier Christian on Twitter

Happy #PancakerDay2018 ! This is how we spend Pancake Day at Premier HQ! Did you flip a pancake for Premier? #PancakesForPremier #ShroveTuesday pic.twitter.com/m4bI6xqNzJ

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Premier Christian on Twitter

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Premier Christian on Twitter

Christian groups have launched a petition asking Parliament to protect hard-won religious rights that they believe are at risk. #Affinity says religious freedom is being significantly eroded & a law is needed to protect seven fundamental religious rights. Do you agree? #yourcall pic.twitter.com/X6TSKREXcF

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/three-steps-to-surrender-and-eight-results1

Wow! Who wouldn’t want to experience those benefits? You ought to write that verse on an index card and put it somewhere you’ll see it throughout the week. Let it remind you to do those three things — surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and confess your sins — so that God’s love will fill your life and cast out all your anxiety and fear.

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Samson Movie on Twitter

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Do You Exercise Like a Nonbeliever?

Regular human movement has been assumed throughout history, but the innovations and seeming progress of modern life have made a sedentary lifestyle more normal than ever before. We’ve never needed to state the obvious about exercise as much as we do today.

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The Gospel Coalition Church Directory

The Gospel Coalition is not able to review all the churches within this directory. If you see a church that does not appear to align with our foundation documents please report it.

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David Platt Is Ready to Leave the IMB

When Platt took on the preaching role, he said he did not take a salary from McLean and assured Southern Baptists, “I am all in as IMB president. Me teaching God’s Word in the local church is not in any way indicative of a desire to do less at IMB. I am not changing anything when it comes to my commitment to the IMB.”

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12 Positive Life Lessons You Learn Watching All Six Bring It On Movies In A Row

and its five sequels (!!) are good movies, really, but most of them are, at baseline, OK enough. Full of feel-good life lessons and positive takeaways, these movies are harmless, and that makes them hard to bag on. Look, I’m trying to say I like the

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Don't the Sincere Beliefs of Non-Christians Matter to God?

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason explains why it matters what you believe, not just how sincerely you believe it. For more information, visit str.org.

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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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Opinion | Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

My lawyer, Amal Clooney, and Yazda, a global Yazidi rights organization, helped me to plead our cause at the United Nations and to put pressure on the Iraqi government and urge the international community to act. In September, the United Nations Security Council finally passed a resolution to establish an international investigation into these crimes. We hope this investigative team will be deployed soon and that it will carry out the long overdue inquiry into the crimes of the Islamic State, including by exhuming the 94 mass graves of the group’s victims that have been found in Iraq.

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Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter

I think you'll find today's show very helpful on navigating between skepticism and gullibility, with some good phone calls too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtfNZjzN5uI …

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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

49 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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61 Why Pastors Ought to Be Apologists | Cold Case Christianity
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65 Monday, February 12, 2018 — The Briefing
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69 We Lost Our Baby, but We Didn't Want to Lose Our Marriage
70 5 mistakes pastors make when preaching controversial doctrine — Southern Equip
71 Porn education for teens? The New York Times (like it or not) raises big moral questions
72 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
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75 Don’t Give Up
76 Can we Trust the New Testament?
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78 Who Brought the Gospel to Korea? Koreans Did.
79 Join the 40-Day Feast: How to Prepare Ahead for Easter
80 Opinion | Let’s Ban Porn
81 Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics
82 Seven Simple Tips to Refresh Your Prayer Life
83 5 friends every pastor needs — Southern Equip
84 Plenty of the ‘Nones’ Actually Head Back to Church
85 Fr. Jonathan Morris on Twitter
86 Understanding God’s Control When You’re a Climate Scientist
87 Defining Dignity Up | Evolution News
88 Full horrific injuries of student 'tortured to death' for 'theft' in North Korea
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91 A lack of an Oxford comma cost dairy $5 million
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93 MaryJo Sharp on Instagram: “Time for #friendship. #oregoncoast #retreat @firstbwomen #apologetics #relaxation”
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95 I’ve Already Wasted My Life — Now What?
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