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How Can I Know I’m a Child of God? Three Minute Clip on Assurance

If the Holy Spirit is leading you to kill your sin and become more dependent on Jesus, you may know you are a child of God.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book)

Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself.


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Look at the Kindness and the Severity of God

God’s fury at sin reminds us of the great pardon we don’t deserve. Gaze at his goodness with gratitude.

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Video Debate: Matt Dillahunty vs. Mike Licona- Was Jesus Raised from the Dead?

In this featured video, Matt Dillahunty of the "Atheist Experience" debates New Testament historian Mike Licona on the question, "Was...

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Our team of world-class apologists want you to have confidence in what you believe, and the chance to be honest about your doubts. Since its launch in 2013, REBOOT has welcomed hundreds of young people to its conferences, and we want you to be part of our story. Find out if we’re coming to a city near you!

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Voldemort and Vestments

Since the election of Donald Trump, many left-wing commentators have likened his administration to the bad guys’ rise in J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels.

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20 years after Dolly the sheep, what have we learned about cloning?

Lent, Unplugged

“The unplug movement shows us just how pervasively digital media has come to dominate every moment of our waking lives,” says Reinke. “We see people unplugging simply to garden, to play with a dog, to meditate in silence, to meet neighbors or hang out with family and friends. Returning to these rather ordinary things signals that we face an epidemic of digital saturation dominating our every spare moment and getting in the way of just about every dimension of our embodied lives. That’s a serious problem. Ten years past the launch of the first iPhone, I think we’re finally waking up to the challenges of living with an addicting device that can consume every free moment of our attention, and we are beginning to take steps to combat these inner tendencies.”

7 Our Mother Who Art In Heaven?

Linguistically, all the clear and plausible instances of feminine reference to God are imagery or figures of speech: similes, analogies, metaphors, and personification. . . . There are no cases in which feminine terms are used as names, titles, or invocations of God, and thus there are no feminine pronouns for God. There are no instances where God is directly identified by a feminine term, even a metaphorical predicate noun. In other words, God is never directly said to be a mother, mistress, or female bird in the way he is said to be a father, king, judge, or shepherd. (89)

If You Don’t Hate Your Father, You Cannot Be My Disciple

Whatever you do, don’t domesticate the radical teachings of Jesus. If they make you uncomfortable, let them do their work. They are designed to create real disciples who are ready to lose all to gain Christ. The world may call it hate. They may call it foolishness. It is not. It is love. And it is the wisdom of God.

Well Done, Good Servant

Jerry loved to stress the twofold realities at work in Christian perseverance: God preserves us, and we participate in his preservation. God keeps us by his Spirit, and will not let us go, and he does so through means. Jerry’s term for it was “dependent discipline.” When we asked him to unpack some of the practical means he had found most helpful in his eighty-plus years, he pointed first to daily “time alone with God” and the practice of taking Scripture to heart in Bible memory.

The World Needs You to Be Different

We won’t win the world by looking like it or by fitting in, but by being different — by our peculiarity. We’ll bear fruit in this life when our roots are firmly planted in the coming new earth. As C.S. Lewis said, history shows that “the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” And one of the main ways this happens is through the rhythms and repetitions worked into our weekly gatherings.

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Christian Women Writers of the Medieval World

Hildegard (1098–1179) has been considered by some the most prominent Christian woman of her era. She was founder and first abbess of the Benedictine community of Bingen, Germany, but her achievements move well beyond that. In the words of Barbara Newman: “Although she did not begin to write until age 43, Hildegard wrote a massive trilogy that combines Christian doctrine and ethics with cosmology; a compendious encyclopedia of medicine and natural science; a correspondence comprising several hundred letters to people in every stratum of society; two saints’ lives; several occasional writings; and, not least, a body of exquisite music that includes seventy liturgical songs and the first known morality play.” This is especially astounding considering that as far as Hildegard knew, no woman had ever written before.

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‘Legion’ Asks Uncomfortable Spiritual Questions

The answer is because Legion is one of the smartest, most puzzling and most fun stories on TV. It follows in the footsteps of the very best of the science fiction genre in forcing us to ask uncomfortable questions about the world we live in.

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12 Principles for Disagreeing with Other Christians (Andy Naselli and J. D. Crowley):  #Conscience

Apologetics: How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels?

If these claims are correct, early Christians did not link the four New Testament Gospels to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John because these individuals actually wrote the Gospels. The Gospels were, according to Bart Ehrman and many others, originally anonymous. According to this reconstruction, early Christians forged apostolic links in the second century in order to make these documents seem more authoritative. Ehrman’s proof for this supposition is the “wide variety” of different titles found among the Gospel manuscripts.

What ‘The Leftovers’ Teaches Us About Brokenness

The Leftovers displays what happens to all of us when we fail to let go of control of our goodness. Within a microcosm where the stakes are blatantly high and the situation increasingly dire, humanity faces the same old struggle with sin we’ve faced since the very beginning: we want to control of what happens to us, if not also for those around us. We want a say in the whys and the hows of life – I was good, and therefore X happened, I failed at Y and therefore Z took place. We are not a people to be content with the unknown, we want skin in the game regardless of whether or not that means predicting outcomes, throwing in the towel and giving up altogether, or assuming nothing was ever wrong with us in the first place (or at least, that less is wrong with us than those other people).

Atheism is a #FirstWorldProblem

Have you ever read the Bible? I ask mostly out of curiosity because I think a great deal of misconceptions surrounding Christianity solve themselves within the text—and without the help of Google. In fact, the first time I read the Bible, cover-to-cover, there was only a few times I found myself saying, “Wait, didn’t this just read differently?” At those moments, I went back and re-read what I thought I read earlier. I truly found, more often than not, the inconsistencies alleviated themselves. But then there were the handful of times that simple readings did leave me wanting. There were times when the 10 Commandments of Exodus didn’t match the 10 Commandments of Deuteronomy. There were times when the number of angels at the tomb were outright different depending on the author. There were the times the reigns of the kings seemed skewed.

Is It OK for Married People to Text the Opposite Sex?

Text messaging has become the social norm for communicating. Its ease of use with hardly any effort allows us to be in touch with anyone from anywhere at any time. We’re texting with our bosses about why we showed up to work late, sending messages to our co-workers about the next meeting and messaging with our friends about this weekend’s barbecue. We text without thinking. We text because the world we live in says text messaging with others, including the opposite sex, is perfectly acceptable communication.

When Trump is Presidential, His Critics are Left Out in the Rain | The Stream

It was an altogether fitting, albeit pathetic, picture. Shortly before Donald Trump delivered the greatest speech of his life, a speech some pundits called historic in its own right, Rosie O’Donnell  “addressed a rain-soaked crowd outside the White House … during the ‘Resistance Address,’ an event countering President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress later that evening. She criticized Trump on his foreign policy, stance towards race, and women’s rights, while urging the 100 or so gathered to “resist Trump (and the weather) through the night” (my emphasis).

I’m a Pastor—And I’m for Muslim Refugees

Specifically, we are evangelical Christians concerned for refugees who (a) are running for their lives from religious and/or political persecution, (b) have been shown through existing processes to pose no threat, and (c) have been banned from entry into the United States for a minimum of 90-120 days. While we fully support and appreciate President Trump in his stated mission to protect U.S. citizens from harm, we are similarly concerned for the safety and protection of refugees—some of whom are Christian, most of whom are Muslim, and nearly all of whom come from the homeland of Jesus himself. We express this concern not in spite of our Christian beliefs, but because of them.

New study: first life pushed back earlier, leaving less time for naturalism to work magic

Whenever you discuss origins with naturalists, it’s very important to get them to explain how the first living organism emerged without any help from an intelligent agent. The origin of life is an information problem. A certain minimal amount of biological information for minimum life function has to be thrown together by chance. No evolutionary mechanisms have the potential to work until replication is already in place.

Matt Chandler on Why You Should Embrace Lent

Village Church pastor Matt Chandler recently posted this brief video, explaining why Lent isn’t an empty ritual.

Why Did Jesus Heal?

God’s fullest self-revelation as Savior came in the person of Jesus Christ—God in human flesh. The incarnation itself was an expression of sympathy and identification with our weakness (Heb. 4:15). In Christ, we can see countless expressions of divine compassion translated into human idioms that we easily understand and identify with—including sadness, sympathy, and tears of sorrow. Though sinless Himself, Jesus suffered all the consequences of sin in infinite measure—and in so suffering, He identifies with the misery of all who feel the pains of human anguish. This was the whole reason God the Son became a man: “He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Heb. 2:17–18). “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (4:15).

Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity For Kids

Introduction Several years ago cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace wrote the book Cold-Case Christianity. When Wallace first read the gospels, as an atheist, he noticed that they read like eye-witness accounts that he was used to analyzing everyday. He decided to conduct an investigation of Jesus' resurrection just like a cold-case. Cold-Case Christianity takes the reader through his investigation and encourages the reader to be the "jury" to evaluate the evidence. You can read my full review of it here: Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity .

How to Not Be Just a Consumer at Church

We all have times when we are searching for a church home. Our desire is that you find a place where you can connect, grow and engage with the Gospel. The Bible teaches the Church is for everyone. People say: “You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian.” Just like a fish doesn’t have to be in water to be a fish. What happens to the fish when it’s out of the water for very long? The same thing that happens to the Christian. The idea that you can be a Christian and not go to church is also wildly unbiblical. The Bible doesn’t just expect Christians to be devoted to the community of believers, the Bible assumes it.

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We’re Called to Serve Immigrants

I don’t presume easy answers to any of the above, but I am proposing that the gospel requires Christians to wrestle with these questions. Regardless of personal or political views, none of us can escape the reality that we’re talking about our neighbors, and Jesus’ command regarding our neighbors is clear. As long as immigrants, documented and undocumented, live around us by God’s sovereign design—see Acts 17:26-27, we’re compelled to consider how to love them as we love ourselves—see Luke 10:25-37.

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The Barronelle Stutzman Case: 7 Reasons Flowers Don’t Cover Sin | The Stream

So, since Christians are not going to win in the courts of Washington, or Oregon, or any other liberal state, and are not going to win at the Supreme Court, unless the liberals there are outnumbered, what should our strategy be? I believe it is a waste of time, effort and money to fight this in the courts, under the present conditions. A better strategy would have been for Stutzman to find a way to refuse the order legally. And those ways do exist. Stutzman acted as if she would get a fair hearing in the courts, which she was never going to get. And she should have known that.

How Do We Make a Case for Religious Freedom?

Given the stunning ruling last week against Barronelle Stutzman, the 72-year old grandma who was sued for running her business according to her deepest moral and religious convictions, it is more critical than ever for Christians to be ready to make a defense for religious freedom. The following essay comes from my recent book A New Kind of Apologist , and is written by James Tonkowich . This article is longer than a typical blog, but please take the time to read it carefully and help spread the word. Christians simply must be able to make a case for religious liberty today.

Late February 2017 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Here are Presuppositional Apologetics’ links gathered between February 22nd-28th, 2017.  Enjoy!

Only 10 Percent of Americans Hold Basic Christian Beliefs

A new study out of the American Culture and Faith Institute has revealed that while 70 percent of Americans identify as Christians, only 10 percent hold basic Christian beliefs. The director of the study Barna explained to Christian Today:

Earth's Seven Sisters: Are They Really Similar?

NASA just announced the discovery of the largest ever batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around a single star, 39 light-years away. The star is TRAPPIST-1, otherwise known by its colorful name, 2MASS J23062928-0502285. The TRAPPIST (Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) team has discovered seven “Earth-sized” planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, of which three are labeled as “habitable.”

Techniques in Apologetics: Learning to Listen

It’s important that we listen like Peter did. When someone posits a challenge to our faith, what is it that they are truly asking? Is there even a question on the table, or is the question simply an outpouring of rebellion? Maybe this questioner never heard good answers from their church, their pastor, or their study group, and they’re actually hoping that someone proves them wrong. Sometimes, that’s not the case, of course. But it’s important to listen on a deeper level, to have a better understanding of what the real questions are…

We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Successful

I offer this with no small amount of trembling, because it sounds awfully arrogant, but as I’ve carefully and prayerfully reflected on the year and a half we spent with this little church, I know my family was faithful. And the elders and their wives? The remnant of a church staff? The little band of men, women, and children who stuck with us through that final, holy gathering? All of us together, faithful. Were there things we could have done differently? There always are. Things that needed to be said or left unsaid? I can think of a few. But those fractured moments continue to prove themselves far less important than our little community’s faithfulness to the end. This faithfulness was enough in God’s eyes, so with each passing day, I inch out from under my rock just a little more.

Your Relationships All Have the Same Problem

What was it that got you so mad? Believe it or not, what really got under your skin may not have been the obvious—like the fact your husband still hasn’t completed that one chore or that your mom still tries to control you. What really bugs you about those things, is a certain message you receive from them: You’re not being heard.

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Canal Walk The Canal Walk is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which was dug in the early 1800s, in an effort to facilitate interstate commerce. Today, the refurbished Canal Walk (stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street) serves the downtown community as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers and sightseers (while the canal itself includes a steady stream of pedal boats, which may be rented west of the Indiana State Museum).   Children's Museum Located just minutes from downtown, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis features five floors of fun and interactive learning that have the power to transform the lives of children and families across the arts, world cultures, sciences, and humanities.   Eagle Creek Park & Marina One of the nation's largest city parks, Eagle Creek Park covers over 3,900 acres of land on the northwest side of town. As the park's trails beckon to hikers and birders, its 1,400-acre lake--a frequent host of U.S. Rowing's National Championship--welcomes fishermen and sailors. As well as picnic areas and a swimming beach, the park offers rentals for canoes, kayaks, Hobie Cats, sailboats, pontoon boats, wind-surfing and pedal boats--as well as lessons for the aforementioned.

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At the heart of the book is a noble effort—to help modern people understand why God allows suffering, using a narrative form. The argument Young makes at various parts of the book is this. First, this world's evil and suffering is the result of our abuse of free will. Second, God has not prevented evil in order to accomplish some glorious, greater good that humans cannot now understand. Third, when we stay bitter at God for a particular tragedy we put ourselves in the seat of the 'Judge of the world and God', and we are unqualified for such a job. Fourth, we must get an 'eternal perspective' and see all God's people in joy in his presence forever. (The father in the story is given a vision of his deceased daughter living in the joy of Christ's presence, and it heals his grief.) This is all rather standard, orthodox, pastoral theology (though it's a bit too heavy on the 'free-will defense').  It is so accessible to readers because of its narrative form. I have heard many reports of semi-believers and non-believers claiming that this book gave them an answer to their biggest objections to faith in God.

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Saved by ‘Allegiance’ Alone? On a New Attempt to Revise the Reformation

Salvation By Allegiance Alone  is full of helpful insights, and space is lacking to interact with everything Bates writes. His emphasis on submission to Jesus as King, the enthroned Lord of the universe, nicely captures the New Testament emphasis on what it means to be a Christian. He also reminds us that our lives in this world matter, and that idolatry isn’t an abstraction but shows up in how we live. We aren’t disembodied entities; we’re flesh-and-blood creatures anticipating new-creation life. Bates rightly says the gospel is broader than simply receiving Jesus as Savior, and he emphasizes God’s grace in saving us. I also sympathize with his emphasis on allegiance; too many Protestants reduce faith to mere verbal agreement. Many are mistakenly assured they’ll enjoy eternal life apart from any obedience if they accept Jesus as Savior. Bates convincingly demonstrates that such a reading doesn’t accord with the New Testament’s emphasis on works, for works are clearly essential for the reception of eternal life . We must maintain our faith until the end to be saved.

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The Local Church Is More Awkward Than Your Facebook Wall

In short, online communities present us with a noble temptation that stems from our inherent desire to actively love and share our lives with our neighbors. But our local congregations, however faulty and underwhelming they may be, remain the primary community that God calls us to invest ourselves in. This is the community where Christ in fullness dwells (Eph. 1:22–23), where we “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13), so that “the whole body . . . grows and builds itself up in love” (Eph. 4:16). The New Testament speaks of the church as a gathering of believers who pray together, who eat meals together, who submit themselves to one another, who often find themselves in uncomfortable situations. The epistles speak of face-to-face interaction as normative, refusing to rely solely on the social media of the day (letters) to talk about crucial issues. “I have much to write you,” writes John in his third epistle (3 John 1:13), “but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.”

If My Words Abide in You

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

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Jerry Bridges (1929–2016): Five Lessons from a Remarkable Life of Faith

The first thing I learned, which really began my walk with the Lord, is that the Bible is meant to be applied specifically in our daily lives. Most people just have the idea that if I don’t murder somebody I’m okay. But I learned that the Bible was meant to be applied in the context of everyday life. I was a young officer in the U.S. Navy at the time, serving under a commanding officer who was not easy to get along with. He had almost no people skills and those of us who were younger officers resented him. And one day I read 1 Timothy 6:1, “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed” (KJV). And immediately I made the application of the principle that a young officer who is serving under a difficult commanding officer, let him count him worthy of all honor, for God’s sake. So that was a specific application. That is what I mean to be very specific and very practical in the application of Scripture.

3 Common Dangers Church Planters Face

In the dynamic environment of church planting, most planters are overworked and eager to delegate. They tend to delegate to almost anyone willing to take one of the many assignments:  running children’s ministry, teaching small groups, coordinating setup teams, helping lead musical worship, spearheading community outreach. With hundreds of volunteer hours needed to establish a vital ministry, the church planter is tempted to lower his standards and let any warm body serve or lead.

Throw Like a Girl: Why Feminism Insults Real Women

But a rolling pin is different than a measuring cup, and we can acknowledge that without saying one is better than the other. And what a weird thing it would be if we did! Imagine showing someone your kitchen tools and having them indignantly accuse you of believing the measuring cup was better than the rolling pin. Better at what? If you want to measure some flour, you’ll have a hard time with a rolling pin, and you’ll have similar problems trying to roll out a pie crust with a measuring cup. A rolling pin has to be evaluated according to the standards of what makes a good rolling pin, and measuring cups have to be judged on their own terms. (As a sidenote, if you cringe at the domestic analogy, then it shows you’re doing exactly what I’m talking about.)

The “exclusively gay moment” revealed

I’m posting this for parents who are still trying to figure out what exactly the “exclusively gay moment” will be like in Beauty and the Beast  (if you have no idea what I am talking about, read my last post ). Mommy blogger Amy Blevins has seen the movie and gives a brief description. It turns out that there is both a gay moment and a brief transgender one too. She writes:

Lent Is Here to Throw Us Off Again

Each year, around the latter part of winter, Lent arrives. It nearly always surprises me. Here it is, once again, summoning me to change how I typically live. Predictably, I dread this summons every time. If there were an option to tack on a few extra days to the “ordinary time” that follows Christmastide, to forestall the arrival of Ash Wednesday, I would take it in a heartbeat.

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