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Mike Licona explains the As, Bs, Cs, Ds and Es of New Testament reliability

Mike Licona is one of my favorite Christian apologists, and here is an excellent lecture to show you why. In the lecture, he explains why the four biographies in the New Testament should be accepte...

Russell Brand on the problem of porn | Think Christian

It’s not every day that a celebrity known for shocking behavior, tight pants and over-the-top comedy crafts a homily on the catastrophe that is modern-day porn culture. The fact that Russell Brand…

Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "It Starts With Me" by Tim Timmons

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

Truthbomb Apologetics: Movie Trailer: Mining for God

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Faithful Thinkers: Job, Suffering, and a Game of Chess

The Ultimate Game of Chess As a Christian I come across many challenges to my worldview. Some challenges come from those in other worldviews; others come from other Christians. One of the most common challenges from outside is to God's existence. One argument observes all the evil and suffering in the world and asks how a good God could allow it. Many Christians also struggle with this very issue. They know that God exists, but they see suffering in their own lives and wonder why God is allowing so much. Because of this some question whether God is even there, or if they're not willing to go that far, if God is even good. This was articulated to me very clearly not too long ago: "The story of Job is just a chess game between God and Satan, and my life is no different." Dealing with Suffering Before I get deep into how Christianity deals with suffering and evil in the world, I want to make one thing clear. Every worldview MUST deal with the existence of what we call "evil" or "suffering". We cannot escape its existence simply by dismissing the existence of God; neither can we ignore the fact that suffering does exist.

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Apologetics Is What?

In negative apologetics, the apologist is playing defense. In positive apologetics, the apologist begins to play offense. It is one thing to show (or attempt to show) that assorted arguments against religious faith are weak or unsound; it is a rather different task to offer people reasons why they should believe. The latter is the task of positive apologetics. The person engaged in doing positive apologetics might attempt to provide proofs or arguments for the existence of God. Or the apologist might direct the attention of the unbeliever to something he already knows and help him see how such a belief supports in some way the existence of God…

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4 The Drop Box Film: In Theaters March 3-5, 2015

The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. But The Drop Box movie is also a story of hope —a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.

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The fatal flaw in the Iran deal

There is a third choice. If you are not stopping Iran’s program, don’t give away the store. Keep the pressure, keep the sanctions. Indeed, increase them. After all, previous sanctions brought Iran to its knees and to the negotiating table in the first place. And that was before the collapse of oil prices, which would now vastly magnify the economic effect of heightened sanctions.

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Why Doesn’t the Church Engage Race Issues?

I think one of the reasons race is not discussed in the church, is because for many years the church was told that there is no color difference, that as Christians we are all one family. So eventually it got to the point where nobody discussed race, because they felt like it created lack of unity where there was already unity. I can honestly say the churches I have attended over the past 30 years I have not seen any racial disunity. Their blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, all different races that have chosen to attend a church based on their faith. We have all races in the choir, as prayer partners, elders, and leaders in the church. As a child, I was Baptist. And there were black Baptist churches, and white Baptist churches, and the two rarely mixed. And although many would say the reason was because when Church was black and one church was white, which I do believe was the predominant reason, one of the underlying reason was the difference between the way the pastors preach. Their language, the way they spoke, their level of enthusiasm :-). I am probably more in the minority, but I believe there are really only two 'races' on the earth.

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Too Frugal for Our Own Good?

Saving money is my badge of honor. It’s a skill I carefully honed out of necessity while our family paid off more than $127,000 in debt—an assortment of student loan debt, credit cards, car loans, medical debt, and more. I’ll use whatever coupons, codes, and deals I can to whittle away the retail price… and then proudly show everyone in the parking lot the evidence on my receipt. Yes, I’m one of those people who can coupon my way to paying little or nothing. I nicknamed myself (and my blog ), “Queen of Free.”

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The Bible Cause's Ironic Move to Philadelphia

Shortly after the Philadelphia Bible Society published its formal objections to a national Bible society, Boudinot wrote a point-by-point rebuttal from the bed in the back room of his Burlington, New Jersey, home (he was suffering from a bad case of gout). Boudinot would have certainly agreed with the words of an anonymous clergyman who published a similar essay in support of a national society: “The very fact of there being so many separate and independent societies is proof enough that they are individually weak; that no one can have the ability of extending its operations much beyond the limits of the district in which it is located.” Using words that echoed the sentiments of those politicians (such as Boudinot) who also defended the United States Constitution, the clergyman added, “Can there be a union of the people for political purposes, and not one for those of a moral and religious nature?”

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Hylomorphism as a Metaphysic for Intelligent Design Science

Given Aquinas' obvious theistic position and his classical empiricism it likely seems strange to many people when they hear some contemporary Thomists critiquing intelligent design on various grounds. As someone who sees a deep coherence between Aquinas and the modern design movement, I think these criticisms are misguided (part of my doctoral dissertation shows how ID and Thomism are compatible). I also think that such claims of incompatibility are unfortunate because they miss the ways in which Thomistic philosophy and ID science can be mutually informative.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: God, Thor, and the New Atheists

13 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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Stephen Fry, Job, and Suffering

The British writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry is featured in a YouTube video rant against God which has gone viral. Is he right that evil and suffering disprove God? Is the world ultimately meaningless? Fr. Barron responds to these age old questions. Find more videos at http://WordOnFire.org .

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Why Facebook’s Quest for Gender Sensitivity Is Doomed

In fairness, Facebook does allow users to hide their gender identity from their timeline altogether, resolving any potential concerns about trans kids inadvertently coming out to transphobic family members. But if Facebook is willing to take that step, why not be done with the whole ball of wax and make gender identity totally optional? In almost every context, gender classifications are irrational and pointless. Facebook wants to show sensitivity by giving users an endless array of gender options. But there’s a much better, neater solution here: Just forget about gender altogether. 

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J.P. Moreland: Why the Church Must Overcome Its Aversion to Intellectual Development | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

One job of the church is to be salty to the world in which it finds itself, so if that world grows saltless, we should look first to the church herself to glean what we can about her contribution to the situation. ... A major cause of our current cultural crisis consists of a worldview shift from a Judeo-Christian understanding of reality to a post-Christian one. Moreover, this shift itself expresses a growing anti-intellectualism in the church, resulting in the marginalization of Christianity in society—its lack of saltiness, if you will—and the emergence of the most secular culture the world has ever seen. That secular culture is now simply playing out the implications of ideas that have come to be widely accepted in a social context in which the church is no longer a major participant in the war of ideas.1 In the rest of this book, then, I’ll try to demonstrate how the church must overcome the neglect of this critical area of the development of the Christian mind, perhaps the most integral component of the believers’ sanctification. The role of intellectual development is primary in evangelical Christianity, but you might not know that from a cursory look at the church today.

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Do Evil Acts In Church History Reflect Christ and His Teaching?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 1998, Dr William Lane Craig debated Professor Keith M. Parsons at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. The topic of the debate was "Why I Am/Am Not a Christian." After the debate there was a lengthy exchange between the debaters lead by the moderator. The debate concluded with a question and answer period allowing both Dr Craig and Professor Parsons the opportunity to respond. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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Innovative Apologetics: Do You Believe? Biological and Cosmic Design: Proof for God

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Gabriel Said Reynolds: ISIS' apocalyptic endgame

This week, Americans were bombarded with unnerving images of ISIS at home and abroad. In Brooklyn, three men were arrested for allegedly plotting to help the radical Islamist terrorists. In England, newspapers at long last identified "Jihadi John," the masked figure seen on numerous decapitation videos, and published photos of him.

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M&S bans 'Jesus Christ' from delivery message – Premier Premier

Retailer Marks and Spencer has banned the words Jesus and Christ from being used in delivery messages attached to its flowers.

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"The Parks Wing" opening credits

What if the opening credits from the West Wing met the nonstop hijinks of Parks and Recreation? Edited by Cameron Fleming

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Can Busyness be a Key to Christian Spirituality? |

Of course, busyness for the sake of busyness, or busyness as spiritual performance, is a problem adversely affecting many people’s spiritual lives. Some of what we call busyness is actually idleness. I am not completely sure what Farmville is, but I am confident that raising fake computer crops should not be understood as being busy. But, it is also true that thinking spirituality is exclusively cultivated in solitude and rightly evaluated by our feelings is a problem as well. Jesus told his disciples, “Take up your cross and follow me.” The pattern of teaching we see in in Jesus’s instruction involves both missional activity that leads to reflection and gospel reflection that is lived out in the real world. Learning to walk in line with the gospel involves a reciprocal relationship of reflecting and doing.

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A Pattern Among Fallen Pastors - Lessons for Us All - Garrett Kell

At the time, I had only been a Christian for a few years, but unfortunately the subject was all too relevant. During my early days I had witnessed several men whom I loved and respected fall into serious sinful compromises. At one point in those days, the falls came so frequently I felt as if I was on the spiritual beach of Normandy watching buddies lives get blown apart all around me.

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Computing at the speed of light

Computing at the speed of light So you think your shiny new MacBook Pro with its so-called "hyper-threading" i7 processor is superfast? Wait until light starts beaming data through your computer. The scenario isn't as far-fetched as it might Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1BsRGwx

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Tim Challies: Purity in a Digital Age

The world is changing, and it’s changing fast. Technology makes information more accessible every day. This changing digital scene brings with it new challenges to maintaining purity as a Christian—for singles, for couples, and for families as a whole, including children. Christians are called to guard their hearts, and in this session, Tim Challies recommends some tools that do just that. He also explains some ways of bringing about change within one’s heart in order to fight against and repent of sin. This message is from our 2015 National Conference, After Darkness, Light: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... Purchase this conference on DVD: http://www.ligonier.org/store/after-d...

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Frank Turek - The Case Against “Equality” Part 2

In yesterday’s column , I listed some of the benefits that natural marriage provides children and society. But some claim that promoting natural marriage exclusively violates the rights of people who are attracted to the same sex. That’s not true. The three P’s will help us see why.

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Dr. Sproul starts this section by reviewing chapter 4 verses 23 and 24, continuing the discussion of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness for all who believe. Then Dr. Sproul discusses the spiritual war that we are in, comparing it to World War 2.

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Looking at Nature with an Engineer's Eye

It took an engineer's eye to see this connection. Now, our understanding of bacterial replication is enriched accordingly, with no reference to natural selection. In fact, this revelation of the process creates new problems for neo-Darwinism: how could a self-replicating von Neumann machine emerge in piecemeal fashion, without all the parts, instructions, and "universal constructor" already present?

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Answering Bible Difficulties

How do we answer supposed Bible contradictions and difficulties? The list below contains every major Bible difficulty from Genesis to Revelation.

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New Morning Mercies

Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

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Pro and Con: Should Charlotte pass LGBT protections?

Second, it opens the door for male heterosexual predators to pose as women under the guise of being transgender. Remember, being transgendered is a psychological state of mind that anyone can claim, no matter what clothes they wear. From Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Olympia, Wash., there are real examples of heterosexual men dressing like women and entering women’s rooms with intent to commit crimes. Historically, civil rights have never been provided to protect behaviors or psychological states of mind.

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New study: scientists discover that inverted retina / blind spot is not a "bad design"

Atheism, as a worldview, is not rooted in an honest assessment about what science tells us about reality. Atheism is rooted in a religion: naturalism. And the troubling thing we learn from looking at the history of science is that this religion of naturalism is insulated from correction from the progress of science. Nothing that science reveals about nature seems to be able to put a dent in the religion of naturalism, at least for most atheists. Their belief in naturalism is so strong that it repels all scientific evidence that falsifies it. Atheists simply don’t let science inform and correct their worldview.

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Gospel Narcissism - Watch Your Life

When you examine your life and your fitness for leadership, don’t look at things minute-by-minute, or even day-by-day. Rather, look for the direction your life is headed, month-by-month, or every six months. All day long we are up and down in terms of walking in the Spirit. It’s not wise to take your spiritual temperature all the time.

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Grasping Gospel Grace: Luke 17:7-10

Chapel message by Rev. Dr. David Garner, associate professor of systematic theology, given on February 25, 2015.

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In his follow-up to Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?, Dr. Craig takes a departure from special revelation to present the powerful philosophical and scientific evidence for God found in natural theology. Premise-by-premise, point-by-point, Does God Exist? builds the case for God in language our secular culture understands.

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How Many People Died in the Inquisition?

David Plaisted (a professor of computer science at UNC) notes that possibility in his paper titled, “Estimates of the Number Killed by the Papacy in the Middle Ages and Later” ( http://www.cs.unc.edu/~plaisted/estimates.doc ). He thinks the number of executions during the Spanish Inquisition could be quite a bit higher than just a few thousand. However, he acknowledges that the very large numbers (given by some earlier historians) might include everyone who was put on trial, and not just those who were killed. Also, some of the largest estimates likely include non-Protestants (such as Jewish and Muslim populations) who were expelled from Spain as a result of the persecution. If so, it helps explain where those very large estimates originated.

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Is Math Just a Tool?

Surely there’s one thing Christians and atheists can agree on—math. Like dirt and rocks, it's not good or bad—it's just a tool. 2 + 2 = 4 no matter what you believe. You don’t need the Bible to appreciate and use tools properly . . . right?

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The Paradox of an Intrinsic Moral Compass

A few years ago, I attended a university debate on the question, “Can we be good without God?” The negative position was argued by a Presbyterian pastor, while the affirmative was espoused by an atheist professor at the school. The Christian pastor’s arguments focused on the problem that without God, there is no absolute basis for determining what is right and wrong. The atheist was unperturbed by this, and argued that mankind can collaboratively develop pragmatic codes of moral conduct that enable us to live in harmony. In this man’s worldview, morality does not have any basis in an absolute objective standard, and does not need to. Moral codes are just malleable truce agreements whereby we define behavioural constraints that keep us from antagonizing each other and kindling strife. The Christian pastor had no success in his attempts to convince his opponent that the lack of immutable moral standards was a theoretical problem or that it would cause moral decline.

39 God, Evil, and the Rules of Logic | Reasonable Faith

As a mental exercise I like to ask myself questions about my faith that I feel may one day be asked by an atheist or agnostic. I sometimes run down a rabbit trail of thought that I myself cannot come up with a satisfactory answer. Today, I bring you one of those rabbit trails. In your discussions on the problem of evil you often argue that a world of beings with free-will that choose to follow God and negate all suffering may not be "feasible" for God to create. Although, it does seem logically impossible to create a being that is free but only chooses the correct path, it occurs to me that God himself created logic. Why should he be subject to the rules of logic? Can God not do anything? As far as I understand God created all things that exist. He is the ultimate entity. Thus, can he not create a free being that follows him no matter what? Sure, to my human understanding that is impossible. But with God all things are possible. Could he not have created a world where freedom of choice and ultimate happiness co-exist?

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An Unlikely Ally Against Relativism

The pervasive ethos of our culture could likely be summed up with one familiar sentiment: everyone has their own truth. Schools from elementary all the way to post-secondary continue to perpetuate the philosophy that it is wrong to tell another person they are wrong, that things can be true for you but not for everyone, and that morality is dependent on personal preference rather than objective truth. This system of belief has a name: relativism.

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Sunday Quote!- Is Adam Necessary for Christianity?

In fact in Augustine’s version of original Original Sin we are born already guilty of sin because we were in Adam’s loins and shared his sinful act when he ate the fruit. Augustine got this is from the Old Latin mistranslation of Romans 5:21 which instead of saying “death spread to all men because all sinned” said “…in whom (ie Adam) all sinned.” Augustine also taught that Original Sin is passed on through concupiscence, that it is impossible for parents, even husband and wife, to avoid the sin of lust in sexual intercourse so each child is conceived in sin. I don’t know anyone who holds that part of the original Original Sin doctrine and most ignore his idea of our literally being in Adam’s loins when he sinned. One of the most common versions, Adam’s Federal headship of the human race, doesn’t even need us to be descended from Adam to be affected by his sin. If there are many versions Original Sin and none of them what Augustine originally taught, and what is more, his doctrine was based on a mistranslation, that is a pretty shaky foundation for a foundational doctrine.

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Triablogue: “Political Defeat was the Condition of Cultural Achievement.”

John Owen In England, civil war from 1642-1646 ended in almost a complete triumph for Puritanism, religiously and politically. Churchill, in his “History of the English-Speaking Peoples” (New York, Barnes and Noble edition, 1995) noted that: By the spring of 1646 all armed resistance to the Parliamentary Army was beaten down. The Puritans had triumphed. In the main the middle class, being more solid for Parliament, had beaten the aristocracy and gentry, who were divided. The new money-power of the City had beaten the old loyalties. The townsfolk had mastered the country side. What would some day be the “Chapel” had beaten the [Anglican] Church. There were many contrary examples, but upon the whole this was how it lay … (pg 190). During these years, the Puritans seemingly were the political “masters of the universe”. They had political power. They had the freedom to move and operate, and seemingly to shape their own destinies and the destiny of the country. The Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) was ratified in 1647; in the years following, (which became known as “the Interregnum” – when Puritans and notably Oliver Cromwell led Parliament and during which time there was no king in England), it was a time of almost unlimited political opportunity.

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Ligonier.org

Christians spend a great deal of time thinking about the birth, death, resurrection, and Second Coming of Jesus, but the ascension of Christ is often overlooked. Yet the ascension was the event that marked Christ’s enthronement, His return to glory. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains why the ascension of Christ is so significant.

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Five favorite Southern Seminary classes

What I remember most about this class was the enormous amount of reading and outlining required. I probably did more work for this one class than two or three other classes combined. The good news was that at the end of the semester, I had worked through all the historical research and come out with a deeper understanding of Reformation theology. Because this was a difficult class, there weren’t as many students willing to take it. The smaller class size fostered an open atmosphere for fascinating discussions. I came to appreciate the different theological emphases of the Reformers and the pastoral motivations behind the cultural movement.

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Defense of Objective Truth About God - MacKenzie University, Brazil

"My lecture at MacKenzie was a defense of objective truth about God against certain challenges of modern and post-modern thought. This lecture was handled with great dignity. The Chancellor and Rector of the university were on hand to introduce the event, which commenced with everyone's standing and singing both verses of the Brazilian national anthem! Five hundred people attended the lecture, and another 2,000 were logged on watching it via the internet. After the lecture, which was brilliantly translated, I had an engaging period of Q&A with the audience. It was a wonderful and encouraging evening." - William Lane Craig English with Portuguese translation

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MARK MITTELBERG on Twitter

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Andy Bannister on Twitter

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