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The Bible's Impact on History and the Urge to Erase It

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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I am on my way to Charlotte, North Carolina for the funeral of the greatest Evangelist who ever lived, Billy Graham. Billy not only touched the multitudes, he also touched Steve McQueen.Billy gave his Bible to Steve and here’s what happened after that. pic.twitter.com/xIMvSDIDCP

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Most of whom are still alive: The Apostle Paul on witnesses to the resurrection

Mainstream New Testament scholarship on the Gospels is considerably more conservative than it was, say, forty years ago (or thirty, or perhaps even twenty). For example, the greater number of New Testament critics seemed to agree as a kind of in-house duty that the Gospels were written late in the first century – the later the better, and if you can find a way of saying that they weren’t finished until the second century, even better! The centre of what is “mainstream” has moved a long way since then. Now it is voices like N. T. Wright, Craig Evans and Richard Bauckham that are setting the pace. Much of the extraordinary scepticism and radical reconstruction of first century Christianity is now seen as simply unwarranted.

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Dealing with the top ten objections to the Kalam/Cosmological Argument

​In my studies of the Kalam Cosmological Argument, I’ve come across some interesting objections. Some of these objections are good objections and some are just held high among YouTube, atheist laymen. This article will deal with the good objections and a link will be given to Dr. Craig’s response to the online YouTube objections. I’ll give my opinions and refutations of ten good objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

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Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: The Sinking Carrier

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BreakPoint: Yes, Christians Do Hear God’s Voice - Break Point

A Washington Post writer once said that evangelicals are “poor, ignorant, and easy to command.” Well, at least he didn’t say we were mentally ill.

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The Need for Apologetics on the Secular University Campus

For many people, the university is seen as a place where faith goes to die. Excited youth group members graduate from high school and never return to the church. Parents fear to send their children to university because of numerous stories of students leaving the faith after being immersed in a hostile environment.

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Why Are Many Atheists So Unhinged? The Atheist Syndrome

John P. Koster's research discovered 'The Atheist Syndrome.' Koster and later psychologist Paul Vitz found one reason some atheists go bonkers, especially famous nonbelievers: They had problems with their fathers or their father left them. See Robinson's book "God Must Exist" http://amzn.to/2BPjiQk

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10 Ways to Get Your Kids More Interested in Their Faith

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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How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away – Thinking Christian

That’s the model I intend to build on, and branch off from, in this extended series on teaching with apologetics. It’s not going to be about New York, obviously; it will be more oriented toward questions we’re all likely to run into anywhere, on the Internet or through the media. It will be Scripture-based but audience- and question-aware. I won’t just draw from Keller, good though he is, for I intend to make this my own opportunity for study and teaching.

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Evangelism Is Not a Sales Pitch

A few weeks ago I was at my weekly lunch with David, a non-Christian reading the Gospel of Mark with me. David has been spending time with Christians for about a year but had yet to repent of his sins and trust in Jesus. By God’s grace, before our lunch was over, David professed faith in Jesus! What happened during that lunch? Just days before, I had finished reading Randy Newman’s excellent book, Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did  (Kregel, 2017).   Newman calls Christians to employ questions in their evangelism—questions “to move the conversation in a Christ-ward direction, questions that non-Christians are asking (either directly or indirectly), and questions that Christians can use as answers” (19). At my lunch with David, I put into practice what I learned from Newman’s book. I listened to him more, I asked follow-up questions, and eventually (and unexpectedly) the door opened for me to ask a penetrating question that I believe the Holy Spirit used to open David’s eyes to the reality of his sin and his need for forgiveness. Questioning Evangelism  will benefit Christians in their pursuit of more faithful evangelism.

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If You Want to Share Your Faith Effectively, Do This First

There was a time when effective evangelism was as simple as sharing our testimony with someone or reminding them what the Bible says on a particular issue or even asking them to watch Billy Graham preach on TV. But these days are largely gone. Why? Because, back then, Christianity retained an inherited authority in moral and spiritual matters. Non-believers, who had decided to avoid church and reject following Jesus, still acknowledged this sense of authority over their lives.

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Harvard Punishes Christian Student Group for Believing in Christianity

The club’s transgression? The Crimson reports that the school’s Office of Student Life placed the group Harvard College Faith and Action on “administrative probation” because the group “pressured a female member . . . to resign in September following her decision to date a woman.” To be clear: Harvard is disciplining a Christian student group for the group's expectation that its student leadership follow basic Christian ethical teaching on sexuality in accordance with Christianity's 2,000-year-old doctrine on such matters. This should not be controversial, at all. Christians believe and do as Christians believe and do. Jews believe and do as Jews believe and do. And so on and so forth. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Christianity should not be shocked by this.

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NT Textual Variations and Why They're Not a Big Deal

In the spring of 1989 syndicated talk show host Larry King interviewed Shirley MacLaine on the New Age. When a Christian caller contested her view with an appeal to the New Testament, MacLaine brushed him off with the objection that the Bible has been changed and translated so many times over the last 2000 years that it’s impossible to have any confidence in its accuracy. King was quick to endorse her “facts.” “Everyone knows that,” he grunted.

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How do You Choose a Religion?

Hey, I gotta question!" yelled a student from the back of the room. I was sharing the claims of Christ at a University of Massachusetts fraternity house when he interrupted me. "Yes, what is it?" I queried. "I think Jesus is great for you, but I know Buddhists and Muslims, and they're just as sincere as you are. And they think their views are true just like you do. There's no way a person can know his religion is the 'right' one, so the best thing to do is to just believe everyone's religion is true for them and not judge anyone."

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Philosophical Contributions to Christian Spiritual Formation: An Interview with Steve Porter: http://bit.ly/2GSdVlz  @DWillardCenter @BiolaCCT @biolau @renovareusa #ChristianSpirituality #Pastors #PhilosophyOfReligion #ChristianSpirituality #Church pic.twitter.com/ko0HENM7Oo

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The Art of Christian Listening

Both in my personal life and related to apologetics, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of hearing and listening to people. A mark of God-pleasing thinking is our willingness to cultivate Christian listening. This means non-aggressively hearing them and even welcoming their potential insights. Here I’d like to suggest some practical steps toward better listening. But first, unpack the Christian in Christian listening.

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The Doctrine of Scripture for Apologetics, Part 2

The Bible did not fall from heaven as a finished product placed in the hands of men. Neither was it, like the claims of both Mormonism and Islam, translated from golden plates found in a hillside or cave. Rather, God communicated to human authors in various ways, and guided their writing so that what was written was what God wanted to reveal to them. While 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us what Scripture is, the clearest passage that describes this process is found in 2 Peter 1:16-21.

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‘An Unlikely Ally’: What a Secular Atheist Is Teaching Christian Leaders

Last month, Jonathan Haidt—professor of social psychology at New York University’s Stern School of Business, ethnically Jewish, politically left-leaning, and religiously atheist—stood on the main stage of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) conference. “I was born to be the sort of person who is opposed to your mission,” he told about 1,200 college leaders. “Within two years of my bar mitzvah, I started calling myself an atheist. And not just an atheist, but one of those atheists that sees religion—Christianity especially—as the opponent, as the enemy, because they believe creationism and we scientists believe in evolution.” Several things changed his mind, Haidt said. Not to convert to Christianity—he’s still an atheist—but to drop his hostility toward it. “I got my first teaching position at the University of Virginia,” he told the CCCU. UVA draws students from all over the country, but especially from the western and southern parts of the state. “I had never met evangelical Christians, growing up in New York and going to Ivy League schools,” Haidt said.

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How Do I Know If I Really Love Jesus?

This is an elegant, devastatingly simple design. God made us to wear our love on our sleeves. He wired us to serve what we treasure. How we love ourselves is evident by how we serve ourselves, for good (Ephesians 5:29) or for evil (2 Timothy 3:2). How we love our spouse or children or friends or pastors or co-workers or pets is evident by how we serve or neglect them. Whether we love God or money is evident by how we serve or neglect one or the other (Luke 16:13). In the long run, we cannot fake who or what we really serve.

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Mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosome Adam, and Adam and the Genome | Evolution News

For reasons that have to do with population genetics, both evolutionists and Darwin-skeptics believe that all living humans trace back to a common female ancestor, and a common male ancestor. As regards the “biblical” Adam and Eve, the question is whether these two lived at the same time and could have been a couple that was the progenitor of the genomes of all members of the entire human race, or whether they lived at different times and places and only passed on their mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosomes to us while a much larger chrono-population gave rise to our non-sex chromosomes (autosomes).

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REBOOT Edinburgh Promo 2018

Saturday 10th March, 10am - 5pm (Doors open at 9.30am) Venue: Edinburgh Central Hall, 2 W Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP Tickets: http:www.rebootglobal.org/edinburgh _______________________________________________________ REBOOT meets in major cities across the globe to explore questions such as 'How can we know God exists?', 'Why does God allow suffering?' and 'Hasn't science disproved God?'. REBOOT provides a place for young people, with or without any faith or church background, to raise their objections and investigate different perspectives on life.Through its conferences and online resources REBOOT aims to equip young people to understand and be able to answer some of these big questions for themselves. Our team of world-class apologists want you to have confidence in what you believe, and the chance to be honest about your doubts. REBOOT has welcomed hundreds of young people through its doors, and we want you to be part of our story.

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Bart Ehrman vs Mike Licona Debate 2018

On February 21, 2018, Ratio Christi and the KSU History Club cosponsored a debate between Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona on the question "Are the Gospels Historically Reliable?"

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Every Small Group Needs a Vision

This step does not have to be exhaustive. You do not have to read the whole Bible cover to cover again to discern every biblical principle for small groups. The point is to base your small group priorities and objectives on actual words from God. If we’re not careful, we will tend to lean on our own understanding and follow our own dreams and ambitions. God has said far too much about doing life together for us to come up with our own ideas. Don’t feel like you have to summarize the whole Bible, but look for specific passages that will guide your particular group.

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4 Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry

If this is what you’re teaching your students, whether it’s said out loud or implied, please stop. Apologetics can’t answer every single question we have about God, faith, or life in general. And at the end of the day, we can only see and know in part (1 Corinthians 13:12). But there is plenty of evidence available that gives us confidence that what we believe is true. Apologetics not only removes intellectual barriers some people have before they decide to follow Jesus, but it also strengthens followers of Jesus in their faith, because they can have confidence that what they believe is true. Don’t let these myths keep you from helping teenagers know that they can trust the Bible and know that Jesus really is who he said he was.

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Enter into the Joy of Your Master: Two Songs Billy Loved to Sing

When I received word that Billy Graham died last week, I began to sing the two signature songs of virtually every one of his crusades, “Just as I Am” and “How Great Thou Art.” And as I did, I saw how the seeds of Christian Hedonism had been sown. I sang those songs hundreds of times growing up.

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'Atlanta's Second Season Reclaims the Title of Best Show On TV

works because Atlanta works. The show’s second season, premiering Thursday night on FX, is as bizarre and strange as the first, but there’s less creative whiplash. For “Robbin’ Season,” we’re spending more time just hanging around the city, and that tiny change in direction reveals the true driving force of the show’s success.

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Gandalf on the Quad

“More than telling the future,” Ryken argues, “Gandalf sees the present in true perspective, and this too is a prophetic gift. Although the biblical prophets are perhaps best known for their predictive prophecies, the preponderance of their ministry involves speaking uncomfortable truths about the present situation. What distinguishes Gandalf most is his gift of discernment.” It is statements like this that mark the strength of Ryken’s book, for such statements simultaneously offer deep insight into Gandalf’s role in The Lord of the Rings and practical advice for Christian educational leaders.

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The SEAL Option | Living Waters

If you take the culture and our role in it seriously, and as a Bible-believing Christian I hope you do, then there’s a lot to be concerned about. Specifically in America, we’ve witnessed the church go from having substantial influence, to the cultural powers that are doing everything they can to eliminate our cultural influence once and for all. Not only that, it’s happening at light speed. This rapid, often hostile, change has also lead to our culture growing increasingly dark morally as it attempts to shed any remaining vestiges of God and His Word. This has left many in the church attempting to figure out how we navigate this reality and remain faithful as Christians. Maybe the most well-known of these attempts is Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, but there have been multiple other options presented, all attempting to point the way.

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Behaving Like Children or Chimps?

In the process of seeking the Lord’s guidance, discerning what God-driven behavior looks like is not always simple. But just as children learn by imitation, let us learn what is pleasing to God by imitating the holy examples that he has given us through his Word and through the church. Paul affirms this when he commends the Thessalonians for being “imitators of [them] and of the Lord, for [the Thessalonians] welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess.1:6). Although our learning process will not be a simple memorization of a “tap, slide, tap” routine, we can study and apply his Word diligently, and follow in the footsteps of faithful believers who have run the good race before us. When this process of sanctification proves difficult (and it certainly will!) we can ultimately trust that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).

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Book Review: Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels & Acts by Lydia McGrew

There certainly appears to be a strong tie between undesigned coincidences and the reliability or authenticity of accounts which contain them. To sever the tie, one would need to begin by producing coincidences which seem undesigned but which arise from accounts that are known to be fictional, fabricated, copied, or colluded. One would then need to show how the accounts are suitably relevant to those which we find in the New Testament. So far as I can see, no such counterexamples are forthcoming. Another objection is that, if the gospels and Acts are reliable documents, we should expect to find more undesigned coincidences than we do. This objection would be tentative if true, considering that there are probably cases that have not yet been discovered. Finally, if one supplied evidence that the accounts were clearly contradictory or fabricated, that might override whatever evidential weight the coincidences supply. To my knowledge, such evidence has yet to be adduced.

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Bart Ehrman & the God of Christmas

“The God of Christmas is not a God of wrath, judgment, sin, punishment, or vengeance. He is a God of love, who wants the best for people and gives of himself to bring peace, joy, and redemption. That’s a great image of a divine being. This is not a God who is waiting for you to die so he can send you into eternal torment. It is a God who is concerned for you and your world, who wants to solve your problems, heal your wounds, remove your pain, bring you joy, peace, happiness, healing, and wholeness. Can’t we keep that image with us all the time? Can’t we affirm that view of ultimate reality 52 weeks of the year instead of just a few?

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Do You LITERALLY Take the Bible Literally?

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