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The Work of Textual Criticism

For those of you who have engaged with Christian apologetics, you probably understand that a common objection to the Bible is that it has been changed or corrupted over time. Our response is to point out the number of manuscripts we have of the Bible, the early date of many of the manuscripts, and give a brief explanation of how this helps us to reconstruct the original text of the Bible through a process referred to as “Textual Criticism.”

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My Email Exchange with Yahoo News! | Eric Metaxas

Q. You wrote in your book “If You Can Keep It” about the need for virtuous citizens, and you defined virtue as the willingness to sacrifice personal interests for the common good. This seems central to how different people interpret Trump, and to why many white evangelical Trump voters feel the need to defend him as president, because criticizing him feels like acknowledging that voting for him was actually an act of self-preservation that hurt the rest of the country. What do you think of that? Have you engaged much with John Fea’s critique of your book? He makes a persuasive argument that you have airbrushed the American founding into an airbrushed version that exaggerates the role of Christianity as the sole source of virtue (not one of several), that exaggerates the extent to which there was religious liberty at the founding (Seamus Hasson’s “Right to Be Wrong” is best I’ve read on this topic), and treats the American experiment as more of a miracle detached from anything before it than it was. Fea writes that America built on the democratic principles at play in British life, which is something of a subtle point, but an interesting one which tempers exuberance over American exceptionalism as some kind of divinely ordered miracle.

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Why Generation Z is less Christian than ever -- and why that's good news

Many Christian teens are simply unprepared for the world that is waiting for them. With the best of intentions, we bubble wrap our kids and create Disney World–like environments for them in our churches, and then wonder why they have no resilience in faith or life. Students are entertained but not prepared. They’ve had a lot of fun but are not ready to lead. When the pressure to conform is turned up, Christian teenagers tend to wilt if they do not have the confidence that only comes from knowing why they believe what they believe. As one teenager told me, “following Jesus today is hard because sometimes you feel like the only one.”

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/god-says-you-are-forgiven1

Maybe you’ve thought that’s the way God feels about you. Maybe you think that whenever you’ve got a problem, it means God is upset with you. But that’s not God’s way. He’s for you, not against you. If, like that man on the snowy mountain, you’re experiencing difficult circumstances, it’s not because God is mad at you. That’s not a reflection of God’s heart for you. In fact, the Bible says we can “rely on the love God has for us. God is love” (1 John 4:16 NIV). God doesn’t hold a grudge. That’s not his nature. He says, “I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you” (Isaiah 43:25 GNT). If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then there is no condemnation because you are in Christ (see Romans 8:1). Now let’s take that truth and replace the old lies.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Atheism’s Idolatry: Still Believing in a Nature-God

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Practicing Amazement

Because amazement is such a wonderful experience, we seek situations that provoke it in us. This pursuit keeps the National Park Service full of annual visitors. It drives the travel industry. It keeps us going to the silver screen to be immersed in worlds unlike our own. We want to be amazed, but we don’t know how to amaze ourselves.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

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Paul Copan on Twitter

Today till 3/17 get my FREE ebook That's Just Your Interpretation @ Amazon ( https://tinyurl.com/ycycfy59  ), Nook ( https://tinyurl.com/y9exgg4s  ), & CBD ( https://tinyurl.com/y77x5n76  ). It covers reincarnation, Eastern philosophy, determinism-free will, Trinity, Incarnation, Genesis & science, etc.

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

Until Saturday, save 50% when you register for our 2019 National Conference: "He Is Holy." This is the lowest rate we will offer. http://Ligonier.org/2019  #ligcon pic.twitter.com/h2zZIuRMsB

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The Necessity of Apologetics: A Plan to Implement

Paul tells Timothy, “Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15, ESV). This truth seems obvious. However, there is a temptation today to just buy a pre-packaged teaching kit, throw on a video, do some discussion questions, and call it a day without extensive study. There are some serious problems with ignoring the Bible’s command to study and instead, taking a shortcut. First, it is in direct disobedience to the command of Scripture. Second, to be a good shepherd of your students, you need to have a working knowledge of apologetics, because they are looking to you for answers. If you are not ready for their questions, that will hurt your ministry to them. This doesn’t mean you have to know everything, but it does mean that you have a general knowledge so your students can have confidence in your understanding of apologetics and how it has gripped your heart. Third, pastors are to equip the saints (Eph 4:12) and the saints are to be prepared make a defense to anyone who asks them for a reason for the hope that is in them (1 Pet 3:15).

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Premier Christian on Twitter

Today's quote of the day comes from Romans http://bit.ly/2oc7pBf  #QOTD #quoteoftheday #PremierDrive #Hope pic.twitter.com/MxrmbmpcGr

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The Comparatively Rich Archaeological Corroboration of the Old Testament | Cold Case Christianity

The historical record of the Old Testament is not alone in the history it records. There are other ancient records affirming the overarching generalities and specific details of the Old Testament. There are no such corroborative ancient records providing similar verification for the history of the Book of Mormon. It is the singular lonely voice related to the historical narrative it describes. While archaeology continues to corroborate the Old and New Testament, archaeology only exposes the erroneous nature of the Mormon record .

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The Reason Why Few Christians Are Willing to Be Christian Case Makers

Since writing Cold-Case Christianity , my speaking schedule has been extremely busy; I am blessed by opportunities to make the case for Christianity every weekend in churches across the nation. As a result, however, I get to see how many of my Christian brothers and sisters are interested in the evidence supporting their faith. I must tell you, the interest in Christian case making is thin , at best. In a typical church, about ten percent of the congregation is usually concerned enough about “apologetics” to attend a training session or conference. My fellow speakers and traveling case makers report the same interest wherever they go, and if you are among the few Christians who are actively studying or making the case, you know what I am talking about first-hand . Why are so few Christians willing to be Christian case makers? The one thing most of us lack is the very thing that made me successful as a cold-case detective: a desire to work hard and do whatever it takes to master the material.

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Do you have a reason for reason?

Unfortunately Christians sometimes distance themselves from reason. At the same time, it is very common for atheists to consider reason to be the exclusive domain of atheism. This is especially true in a somewhat recent phenomenon known as the New Atheist movement, led by the likes of Richard Dawkins, (the late) Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. There is literally nothing that is actually “new” about their atheistic beliefs. The only thing that is somewhat novel is their tone and activism.[1] To the New Atheist, faith is, by definition, a suspension of critical thinking and that’s what religious folk trade in—the atheist, however, has no place for faith. They only rely upon reason, or so they allege.

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Canadian Christian Couple Who Lost Foster Kids Over Not Lying About Easter Bunny Win Court Battle

A judge in Canada has ruled that a taxpayer-funded child protection body in the province of Ontario should not have removed two foster children from a Christian couple after they refused to lie to the girls that the Easter Bunny is real.

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Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me

Before going to college, I took a year off and joined Benny’s ministry as a “catcher” (someone who catches the people who are “slain in the spirit”) and personal assistant. This was a rite of passage in my family, as nearly every nephew worked for him at some point. It was a show of loyalty and gratitude. That year was a whirlwind tour of luxury: $25,000-a-night royal suites in Dubai, seaside resorts in Greece, tours of the Swiss Alps, villas on Lake Como in Italy, basking on the golden coast of Australia, shopping sprees at Harrods in London, and numerous trips to Israel, Hawaii, and everywhere in between. The pay was great, we flew on our own private Gulfstream, and I got to buy custom suits. All I had to do was catch people and look spiritual!

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Why Shouldn't We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel Attributed to John? | Cold Case Christianity

Where (and Why) Does It Differ from the Reliable Accounts? The Apocryphon of John is concerned primarily with an account of the creation of the world. The text was discovered in the Nag Hammadi library as the first document in a series of Sethian Gnostic texts and it includes the most detailed Sethian creation mythology. The role and position of Jesus in the Godhead is very different from orthodox canonical descriptions as a result of the presuppositions of Sethians who wrote this text. Sethian believers appear to have accepted the historicity of Jesus but attempted to place Him within their preconceived Sethian beliefs.

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Apologetics is Becoming Very Practical in America

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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Stand to Reason on Twitter

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Listen. It’s a Ministry.

Have you considered the ministry of listening? The very word “ministry” conjures up images of preaching, teaching, writing, talking, and counseling. But to minister to someone is simply to serve and love them. And a quiet, neglected, little-talked-about way we serve and love others is by listening to them. By “listening” I don’t mean simply not talking. We can avoid talking for any number of reasons, even anger or withdrawal. By “listening” I mean something proactive, not passive. True listening absorbs. It doesn’t sit back; it leans in. Real listening is as mentally engaging as talking. Consider those few times in your life when you really felt listened to. Didn’t you feel loved ? Didn’t you leave that conversation more buoyant, more alive, more human? To listen to someone, to really listen, is to break out of the prison of self-referentiality where we all tend to live. It’s to get out of yourself—to leave Self behind. It’s to hear what another says and resist the instinctive urge to map it on to your own experiences and interpret accordingly. It’s far more than an auditory phenomenon; it’s to shift your focus from Self to another, to step into their reality, to bear their life with them.

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

Tonight's the night. See you in a few hours! http://fbc-honolulu.org/event-items/cold-case-apologetics/ … pic.twitter.com/04DbbTzdSD

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Premier Christian on Twitter

'ABSENT' fathers & the Ultimate Mother's Day Surprise - Premier Christian Radio https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Big-Breakfast/Clips/ABSENT-fathers-the-Ultimate-Mother-s-Day-Surprise … @LaurelleJones came to speak about the film she's producing, #Absent ...But she didn't expect the surprise she got live on air, courtesy of Mike the Minstrel @LondonTelegrams

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Reasonable Faith on Twitter

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WORLD on Twitter

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Three Questions to Ask Before Watching a Movie

And let’s face it, they’re not all good movies. In fact, many of them are bad. And I mean bad in every sense — poor storylines, debaucherous scenes, shaky acting — there are plenty of ways it could go wrong. Which means, there are plenty of ways to ruin your evening by watching a movie. Therefore, we should think carefully before devoting hours of our lives to the screen, whether at home or in a theater. So, in hopes of more thoughtful entertainment, here are three questions a Christian might ask before watching a movie.

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How to Defend the Faith without Getting Defensive

Jesus did it, too. My friend,  Sean McDowell,  noted how the gospels record Jesus asking 288 questions! Think about it. Many people who oppose the faith are merely repeating slogans they’ve heard but never really considered. Stuff like this: “The Bible’s full of contradictions,” “Christians are intolerant,” or “All religions are basically the same.” OK. Relax. No need to get defensive.

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Sean McDowell on Twitter

Got my new copy of the updated CREATOR AND THE COSMOS by @RTB_HRoss - Read the interview here: http://bit.ly/2p3lBdi  pic.twitter.com/212mHocLOi

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Free Christian Apologetics Resources - Capturing Christianity

Over the years I’ve discovered loads of amazing free Christian Apologetics resources. The following is a curated list of some of the best material I have found. To be clear, these are resources that I personally deem high quality. I do not intend this list to be either representative or exhaustive. Also, I will be updating regularly; make sure to bookmark and check back frequently. Finally, if you know of good resources not listed here, do not hesitate to recommend them in a comment!

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Free Paul Copan eBook this week only – (3/11 – 3/17)

Read from one of the current leading philosophers and apologists today in Paul Copan’s book, “That’s Just Your Interpretation.”  From the summary on Amazon, “This book provides incisive answers to slogans related to truth and reality; theism, pantheism/Eastern religion, and naturalism; and doctrinal issues such as the incarnation and truth of Scripture. Each of the twenty-two chapters provides succinct answers and summary points for countering the arguments.”

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Bart Ehrman on How Christianity Defeated Paganism

After all, argues Ehrman, how did a small band of uneducated Galilean disciples lead a religious revolution that eventually conquered the world? How does a religion go from a handful of people to 30 million people in just 300 years? The book answers these sorts of questions.

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God Called Me to the Middle East — in a Dream

This started with a dream — literally, while I was sleeping. I saw myself being sent out from our existing church to some other undisclosed ministry. The idea of being led by a dream might sound strange in the West today, but in Scripture we often see God speaking through dreams — to Abimelech (Genesis 20:3), Jacob (Genesis 28:12; 31:10–13; 46:2), Laban (Genesis 31:24), Joseph (Genesis 31:5–11), Pharaoh (Genesis 41:25), Solomon (1 Kings 3:5–15), Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:28,45; 4:23–24), Daniel (Daniel 2:19; 7:1), Joseph (Matthew 1:20; 2:13, 19, 22), the wise men (Matthew 2:12), and the apostle Paul (Acts 16:9–10; 18:9–11).

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When the Unbeliever Departs: The Aftermath

I read my Bible on our rust-colored, thrift-store recliner every day that year; a rare season of consistency for me. God must have known I’d need it. I remember underlining a verse and starting to call out to my husband who was in the other room. But I stopped myself. This reaction, like muscle-memory, had to be retrained. I had to remind myself: he doesn’t want to hear the verse you just read. He won’t be excited that you got to share the gospel with a student during your lunch break today. I set down my pen and continued to read quietly. My husband lost his faith over the course of that year. It was like watching my best friend starve. He stopped going to church. He wanted new friends, more privacy, and proof to replace faith. He wanted answers I could not give and the freedom to reconsider his commitment to stay married. The devotion to Christ that had united us began separating us. I ran out of excuses for why I came to church Bible study alone. “He’s studying.” “He’s feeling tired.” At some point, I just stopped answering and shrugged. When you are married, people wonder about your other half.

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Internet Trolls in Church Clothes: How to Comment the Truth in Love

Some of us, like Saul before Damascus, have been persecutors of the church of God online. Instead of using our comments to sharpen our brothers and sisters, we sharpen our axes to do away with their heads. Our insults and hasty speech refuse to heed our Master’s earnest call: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). He who laid his life down for us calls us to model the drama. But too often, we do not lay down our insults — let alone our lives — for our brothers.

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Catalyst on Twitter

Join us for #CatalystOneDay Lexington! Tune in for a Live Look-In Q&A from the Catalyst Stage featuring @DrHenryCloud and @craiggroeschel ! - March 13, 2018 | Around 4:00 PM EST | http://ctly.st/2tDJxcO 

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If we're just material beings produced by a material universe

It's exceedingly difficult to see how we move from a valueless series of causes and effects from the big bang onward, finally arriving at valuable, morally responsible, rights-bearing human beings. If we're just material beings produced by a material universe, then objective value or goodness (not to mention consciousness or reasoning powers or beauty or personhood) can't be accounted for.

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5 Baptist theologians every pastor should read — Southern Equip

James P. Boyce (1827-1888) The founding president of Southern Seminary, Boyce established a confessional vision for seminary education with his “Three Changes in Theological Institutions” that remains in place today. Boyce, a South Carolina native, was a pioneer in Southern Baptist theological education. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., and also spent a brief time as a denominational journalist in South Carolina. He was the son of an affluent merchant who was educated at Brown University and Princeton University, where he was influenced by the famed Princeton theologians.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

What to #Pray For #Today : 1) Pray for #Abortion #survivors ; 2) Pray for those who carry the guilt of abortion; 3) Pray especially for #siblings of the aborted. #PriestsForLife @ManhattanDeclaration @ERLC Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://www.breakpoint.org/21days/  pic.twitter.com/mFGyg6cex0

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Today we have an interview with Scott Klusendorf. He argues forcefully that while many issues are indeed “life issues” that need Christian witness, it’s perfectly legitimate for pro-life Christians to focus on the extreme evils of abortion and euthanasia. http://bit.ly/2p5BPDT  pic.twitter.com/3MskJp71v2

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James Maaser on Twitter

"We've built up an image of God—a comfortable God. It must be shattered. The greatest shattering of all being with Jesus. Born in a stable. Born of a virgin. Died on a cross. Nothing that anybody had been brought up to expect. Totally, totally shattered." http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/septemberweb-only/madeleine-lengle-allegory-prayer-wrinkle-time.html?share=%2fD%2bnuKyuY4dyNT8oh9c0vq2BsyfYwSvM …

48 Lee Strobel on Twitter

HEY, PASTORS: This is for you -- a 3 minute video summarizing evidence for the resurrection that you're free to use in your Easter services. I hope it's helpful! Blessings as you share Christ! View & download at: http://ow.ly/EDCu30iU3F4 

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If God Is Real, Why Should I Believe In Him?

A student at Sam Houston State University asks Frank Turek, "If the Bible is true and God exists, why should I believe in Him?"

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4 tough questions every pastor needs to ask about food

Find your comfort in Jesus . It’s a powerful thing to realize the impact food has on the soul and that we use food as a means of comfort in this fallen world. But the solution doesn’t stop by mere awareness. Our souls are nurtured and cared for when we realize our comfort in the stress and difficulties of our ministries is not in food, but in Jesus. We have to own our pursuit or rejection of food before Jesus can come and provide the only lasting comfort amidst this world’s sufferings. What resonates with the Holy Spirit that resides in each of us as followers of Jesus is that Jesus satisfies in a way the best food cannot.

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53 Southern Seminary on Twitter
54 Monday, March 12, 2018 — The Briefing
55 Southern Seminary on Twitter
56 9 Things You Should Know About Seventh-day Adventism
57 Ann Voskamp on Twitter
58 Christianity Today on Twitter
59 SBTS Admissions on Twitter
60 Why Didn’t God Make You More Beautiful?
61 Ravi Zacharias on Twitter
62 Former New York Times Editor Carries 'Little Plastic Obama Doll' in Her Purse for 'Comfort'
63 John Piper on Twitter
64 Should Non-Christians Lead Worship?
65 http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/february-web-only/why-christian-theology-needs-former-atheists.html
66 Is Oprah Right on Psalm 37:4?
67 Nurses Need to Know About Abortion Pill Reversal
68 RELEVANT on Twitter
69 BreakPoint on Twitter
70 Virtual Violence: The 'Hunger Games', 'The Lorax' and Post-Parkland School Reality
71 How Apologetics Can Fuel the Spiritual Disciplines | Stand to Reason
72 Are You as Good as You Think You Are? - The Veritas Forum
73 Four Kinds of Churches Worth Leaving
74 Manhood and Womanhood: Conflict and Confusion After the Fall
75 How to care about social justice (without losing the gospel) – Russell Moore – Southern Equip
76 Beware of Running Too Hard: Letter to My 30-Year-Old Self
77 When Should We Vent over Social Sins?
78 Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter
79 R.C. Sproul Jr. on Twitter
80 BreakPoint on Twitter
81 WORLD on Twitter
82 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
83 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
84 Premier Christian on Twitter
85 BreakPoint on Twitter
86 Mark Meadows on Twitter
87 Greg Abbott on Twitter
88 Couldn't God Just Judge Satan Before Man Fell?
89 Start an apologetics conversation: Are people basically good or basically evil?
90 jeffrey combs on Twitter
91 The Absurdity of Describing Oneself as an Agnostic Atheist
92 https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-commons-statement-on-salisbury-incident-12-march-2018
93 If life has no purpose, why am I angry at what I think is unfair?
94 Atheism and the burden of proof.
95 Douglas Groothuis
96 John Stonestreet on Twitter
97 What Distinguishes a Text as Scripture? Authority Matters