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Last year I wrote an article about how archaeological discoveries continue to support the Bible. In it, I quoted George Rawlinson and Albert Nicols Arnold’s book, “The Historical Evidences Of The Truth Of The Scripture Records” with the following: “…even at this remote distance of time from the date of the Sacred Oracles, new evidences of …

Philippians 2:3: You Are Never Too High to Serve

All whispers of “I deserve” are silenced at the foot of the cross. Go there with your pride and be set free.

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Perhaps things are out of balance. I can't say. I know that Bill loves the Word and is a serious student of Scripture. But perhaps there's an over-emphasis on signs and experiences. Could be. That's a brother needing balance, not a heretic and deceiver.

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What does it mean to say Christianity is true?

If we are going to say “Christianity” is true, obviously  it is about Jesus Christ. But what does that mean? “The comparable New Testament Greek word is Christos, from which we get the English word “Christ.” But this Greek word carries the same connotations as the Hebrew word — “the Anointed One” which is is where the word “messiah” comes from. “Messiah” means “anointed one” and is derived from verbs that have the general meaning of “to rub something” or, more specifically, “to anoint someone.” The Jewish Scriptures records the history of those who were anointed for a specific purpose such as priests, prophets and kings. So are we saying Christianity is true because Jesus is the “Christ”? Thus, he is the Messiah that was discussed in the O.T.? Does this come up in your discussions?  Let’s look at how the apostles spread the Gospel in Acts.

Do Greek Gospels Mean Weak Gospels?

Recently, while on a trip across the country, I was reading a book that repeated a common argument against the gospels being eyewitness accounts.  Here’s the basic argument:  There’s no way that the gospels were written by people who were actually with Jesus.  In particular, the books of Matthew and John could not have been written by any of Jesus’ disciples.  Why?  Because Jesus and his disciples spoke Aramaic, yet the earliest existing copies of the gospels were written in Greek…and good Greek at that.  There’s just no way that these semi-literate people from the backwater of Judea could have written these books in Greek.

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Why Are Stories Such Powerful Means of Communication?

When we hear a story, however, things dramatically shift inside us, according to researchers in Europe. Not only are the language processing portions of our brain activated, but any other portion we’d use when experiencing the events of that story are as well. If we hear about the sweltering heat of a summer day, the preoptic areas of the anterior hypothalamus portion of our brain lights up. If a person tells us how delicious their lasagna was last night, our sensory cortex lights up. When a friend describes how fast he was running on a track last week, our motor cortex is ignited. In other words, the better the storyteller, the more portions of the brain are engaged. It can be far superior to relaying mere facts. In many cases, the listeners actually feel as if they are experiencing the story itself. It is an experience.

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‘This Is the Best Interview EVER!’: Eric Metaxas, Stephen Baldwin and an RV = Absolute Hilarity

Well-known Christian author and radio host Eric Metaxas joined actor Stephen Baldwin on Thursday for a comical Facebook Live — a fun-filled discussion with Faithwire about God, life and plenty, plenty more.

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The Resurrection: Christianity's Most Dangerous Idea

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?

Apologetics isn't always what it seems

Occasionally people say something about apologetics and it gets me excited. Yay! Someone else sees this great need and wants to DO something done about it. It’s nice to know some other people see what you see, and share your passion for it. Other times people say something about apologetics and it gets me . . . not excited. There are some misconceptions about apologetics that can make the whole field look foolish, misguided, or even dangerous. Here are some of the main misunderstandings with apologetics.

Can Christians Answer One Simple Question?

Why are you a Christian? As a youth pastor and professor at a Christian college, I ask this question to all of my students. The typical answer in response is nothing but a blank stare. After a little coaxing, sometimes I get answers like “’cause I was born in ‘Merica!” With that I respond, “Oh, so if you were born in Afghanistan, then you would be a Muslim?” The blank stare typically returns.

Breath of Life: The Argument from Consciousness and Reason - Project360

How then, does a Christian celebrate consciousness as a gift from God on account of its existence? We recognize that our intelligible universe and finite minds so well suited to grasp it came from an intelligent Mind. Why? First, we experience the universe as intelligible. This intelligibility means that the universe is graspable by minds. Then, given the preceding arguments, we (1) rationally deny that both intelligibility and intelligence are the products of blind chance in a closed, materialistic system, but (2) reasonably affirm this intelligible universe and the finite minds so well suited to grasp it came from Intelligence. We have good reasons to open our minds and hearts to God who has revealed His desire to heal and restore backsliding people on account of “the breath of life that I made.” (Is. 57:16-19)

America’s Surrogacy Bump: Is Fertility a Blessing to Be Shared?

Christian bioethicists raise concerns over the commodification of women, women’s bodies, and women’s reproduction (worries also shared by some feminists) as well as the long-term impact on children born via surrogacy. Cunningham at TIU points to research on maternal-fetal bonding, including hormones during pregnancy and the baby’s senses as a newborn, as a crucial question for commercial surrogacy.

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Can We Trust the Gospels, Even If They Were Transmitted Orally? | Cold Case Christianity

When we offer this kind of objection, we start (of course) by denying the supernatural power of God to guide the Biblical authors and protect their memory. But as an atheist, I had no problem beginning with this denial; I was already denying the existence of God, let alone God’s power to protect the eyewitness account. My distrust in the ability of eyewitnesses to recall and transmit the account orally seemed very reasonable back when I was a non-believer. I simply could not fathom the writers being able to transmit the necessary and important details from one person to another without corruption or loss of information. After investigating this more thoroughly, however, I do think we have good reason to trust the accurate transmission of the gospels.

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Why Christian Theology Needs (Former) Atheists

A prominent American intellectual who is an avowed atheist once said to me that despite his acclaimed academic career, he had not found satisfaction or happiness. His words were poignant and also unforgettable: “John, don’t you know there is nothing at the top of the ladder?” Like everyone else, atheists—whatever their intellectual posture—need to be born again (John 3:1–12). They need to know that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and that the gospel of Jesus Christ is in fact life-giving. It offers marvelous resurrection hope. Through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and Scripture (Heb. 4:12), even the most hardened atheists can be converted to Jesus Christ.

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Hour 1: @ericmetaxas @frankgaffney @drtonyevans From the National Religious Broadcasters convention: Frank Gaffney has updates on persecuted Christians and Tony Evans talks about “Your Comeback,” his inspirational new book:

Self-Refuting Worldviews

Materialists…deny the reality of mind (while they use their minds to advance materialism), determinists deny the reality of human choice (while they choose determinism), and relativists deny the fact of right and wrong (while they judge you if you disagree).

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29 Is Christianity Intolerant?

Typically when the issue is brought forth, it comes bearing the pain of a hot-button issue such as homosexuality, the fair treatment of women, the exclusion of other religions, or something similar. Each of these important issues deserve their own discussion. But in order to stay brief, I’m going to remain general.

Fact Check: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

First, we need to know what qualifies as an "extraordinary claim"? When challenging a claim based on how extraordinary it is, we need to ask why this claim is considered extraordinary. What makes a claim "extraordinary"? Where some claims "extraordinary" in the past but not "extraordinary" now? Are some claims "extraordinary" in some cultures, but not so in others? Extraordinary in comparison to what? In my experience, most individuals who make this claim seem to imply that anything that does not line up with the philosophy of naturalism is "extraordinary." The naturalists who hold to this view apparently do not realize that, if this is a presupposition to any claim they make, they have begged the question and committed a logical fallacy. Yet by this standard, any worldview could claim that anything contrary to its own presuppositions are "extraordinary." Without a solid definition of what counts as an "extraordinary claim," this becomes an almost meaningless statement.

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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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What “Living Biblically” Will Probably Get Wrong | Stand to Reason

I think the concept of the show is a good one, and it will no doubt attract a sizeable audience—believers and unbelievers alike. However, there is a liability to a show based on the premise of living biblically. If you want to live biblically, then you need to understand the Bible.

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Though a sinner to be sure, Noah was well pleasing in the eyes of God and found favor in God’s sight based on God’s grace and not his works. Through their covenantal relationship with Noah, his family was spared the great water judgment of God. 

Will I Grow Old Alone? The Potential of Singleness at Midlife

The prospect of dying alone isn’t the only anxiety to show up in midlife. The inevitable physical changes can be a source of sorrow. Our energy isn’t what it used to be, nor is our metabolism. Where formerly we relished an eight-o’clock dinner invitation, we now anticipate crawling under the covers at nine. And we wistfully remember when a pint of Ben & Jerry’s served as the perfect dinner on a summer evening. So we feel a bit sad when we realize that never again will we feel or look like we did ten, twenty, or thirty years ago, and we grieve that our hoped-for future love interest won’t ever get to know us at our best.

The Importance of Community for Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity

Christian Communities Define Purpose The success of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life should remind us how important it is for every human to answer the question, “Why am I here?” Christian case making communities must help young people answer this question for themselves (individually) and for the group (collectively). Are we here to simply fight the enemy? Are we here to simply win the debate? If these are the limits of our ambition, we will never become more than a group or a club. Communities are driven by more transcendent goals. Campolo was right when he recognized the power of mission . As a Christian he rallied around the causes of God and enjoyed the common sense of purpose he experienced in Christian community. He enjoyed devoting his life to loving others and making the world a better place. I think he is misguided in thinking these transcendent causes can be grounded in anything other than a Transcendent Father, but that’s another issue altogether. Campolo’s right about one thing: Families are united in mission and purpose. If you are leading a Christian case making community, examine your activities to see if they reflect the mission of God.

Rick Warren Says Revival Won't Come Until the Church Addresses Racism

In a recent sermon at the 75th annual convention of Nation Religious Broadcasters, Warren emphasized the biblical doctrine of the Imago Dei as the basis for universal solidarity. He said: “Friends, we’re failing at unity. The Church is more divided, more polarized, there are more tribes, and more splattered, more fractured, than ever before.”

Is There a First Human Couple in Our Past? New Evidence and Arguments | Evolution News

Then two new scientists entered the debate with Venema and Buggs. Remarkably, neither is an ID advocate, both affirm evolutionary theory, and both came to similar conclusions by different routes.  A population geneticist named Dr. Steve Schaffner of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ran a simulation to determine whether a bottleneck of two individuals was possible. He found that, at dates older than 500,000 years ago, a bottleneck could not be ruled out. His analysis of allele frequencies could not distinguish between allele frequencies obtained after a bottleneck of two and those from current genetic data. Dr. Joshua Swamidass, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, estimated the time to the most recent four alleles in the genome. An allele is a version of a gene. We all carry two copies of each gene (setting sex chromosomes aside), so a bottleneck of two individuals would have a maximum of four alleles per gene. His analysis likewise showed that the most recent time at which a bottleneck of two individuals, or four alleles, could have occurred was about 500,000 years ago.

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A Brotherly Defense of the Resurrection of Jesus

What would it take to persuade you that your brother is the long-expected Messiah? Quite a lot, I suspect. You grew up with the guy. You saw him scrape his knee, fail algebra, accidentally break mom's favorite teapot ... and then lie about it. Is it any wonder that thinking of your sibling as the messiah strains your credulity far beyond the breaking point?

How to Share the Gospel Without Being a Jerk

Nobody likes a jerk, but so often this is the impression many Christians give when sharing the faith. There are many people who claim to follow Christ but share their faith in a way that completely contradicts Jesus’ message and manner. This happens even with well-meaning, kind-hearted, Christians. They want their friends and family to know Jesus Christ, but they fall into unhealthy patterns of sharing the faith, patterns that push people away from God rather than draw people near. I want to begin by saying that I understand. Sharing the Christian faith is hard.

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