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By God’s grace in another 10 years we’ll scan the globe and find that such gospel-shaped churches are no longer rare.

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...

WORLD | Finding Jesus | Megan Basham | March 21, 2015

Though television specials about Jesus are as ubiquitous to the Easter season as bunny rabbits, CNN’s six-part series, Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery

WORLD | ’71 | Megan Basham | March 21, 2015

American audiences will know English actor Jack O’Connell best for his affecting turn as Christian Olympian and POW Louis Zamperini in last year’s Unbroken.

Bill Nye Program (Unwittingly) Praises Creationist Research

If Bill Nye says belief in biblical creation undermines science, why did his TV program unwittingly praise the work of a creation scientist?

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1 Advice on Becoming an Apologetics Speaker - Stand to Reason Blog

What exactly are you planning on doing with your all of your study in apologetics? This practical apologetics class will help you answer that question as you develop a strategy to establish and grow your cultural influence, find the place where you can contribute to the apologetics community on a regular basis, master your use of social media, and achieve realistic goals as a persuasive Christian communicator. J. Warner Wallace is a master of daily impactful apologetics activity and he will guide us through some key steps to help us all “ramp it up.”

Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 03-07-15

1) How should Christian doctors respond to patients seeking gender-reassignment?

What ISIS Really Wants

One way to un-cast the Islamic State’s spell over its adherents would be to overpower it militarily and occupy the parts of Syria and Iraq now under caliphate rule. Al‑Qaeda is ineradicable because it can survive, cockroach-like, by going underground. The Islamic State cannot. If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate. Caliphates cannot exist as underground movements, because territorial authority is a requirement: take away its command of territory, and all those oaths of allegiance are no longer binding. Former pledges could of course continue to attack the West and behead their enemies, as freelancers. But the propaganda value of the caliphate would disappear, and with it the supposed religious duty to immigrate and serve it. If the United States were to invade, the Islamic State’s obsession with battle at Dabiq suggests that it might send vast resources there, as if in a conventional battle. If the state musters at Dabiq in full force, only to be routed, it might never recover.

4 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

Counsel the Word

Parents often feel anything but confident. They know they are shaping lives, but feel they are only learning as they go. They also know the Bible is supposed to guide them, but feel uncertain how a handful of verses help them with this years-long task. The temptation is to be intimidated by both the importance and the complexity of the task.

Will You Be a Believer Tomorrow Morning?

If you know your future is secured by your omnipotent, ever-keeping God, the threats of earth and hell cannot stop you from spreading his fame. The inference Paul drew from, “Those whom he justified he also glorified,” was, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Therefore, we will risk “tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and sword” (Romans 8:35). Because nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:39).

Your Job Is God’s Assignment

Paul is not saying that professional thieves or Corinthian cult prostitutes should stay in the calling in which they were called. The question at Corinth was: When we come to Christ, what should we abandon? And Paul's answer is: You don't need to abandon your vocation if you can stay in it with God. His concern is not to condemn job changes, but to teach that you can have fulfillment in Christ whatever your job is. This is unfashionable teaching in contemporary Western society, because it cuts the nerve of worldly ambition. We need to think long and hard about whether what we communicate to our children about success is biblical or just American. The word of God for all us “success seekers” is this: Take all that ambition and drive that you are pouring into your upward mobility and pour it instead into a spiritual zeal to cultivate an enjoyment of God's presence and obedience to his revealed will in Scripture.

Made For Another World

Lewis continues, "Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same."

10 Sci-Fi Movies That Can Help Shape Your Theology

While I fully endorse fiction as analogy(I'm an aspiring writer for precisely this purpose) the point of theology is to lean on Scripture, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our understanding of the Bible and learn more about how we can become conformed to the image of Christ, or grow in our faith and understanding. I do believe in the power of analogy to point to God's Word but I don't believe it should shape our theology so much as challenge it. It's the latter that I consider a life goal.

‘Selma’: American History, Raw and Honest

Selma is much more than Black history. It is American history. It is our history. Within all of us we understand the fight and struggle for change in order to make a better life for those who will come after us—even if that means that we won’t live to see that change. Selma is not a movie for African Americans. It’s a movie for all Americans.


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How Incarceration Infects a Community

Even after controlling for individual- and neighborhood-level factors including history of incarceration, age, gender, race, personal income, trauma exposure, percentage of household incomes less than $25,000, and violent-crime rate, individuals living in high-exposure areas were significantly more likely to meet the criteria for MDD and GAD than were their counterparts in low-exposure areas. The team also tested neighborhood parole rates as another measure of incarceration, and found similar results to those achieved using prison admission rates.  They concluded that some elements of community supervision (potentially including the visibility of parole officers, the tone of their relationships with parolees and probationers, and the likelihood of inordinate police scrutiny due to previous arrest patterns in the area) may also be damaging to residents’ mental health. Finally, the results of their sensitivity analyses suggest that “the effect of neighborhood-level incarceration on mental health is similar for individuals with and without a history of incarceration.” These findings offer compelling evidence for a relationship between neighborhood incarceration and mental health independent of an individual’s experience with the prison system, indicating that the long arm of corrections reaches even further than previously thought.

Planet Fitness cancels woman's membership after her complaints of transgender woman in locker room

After taking her complaints to Planet Fitness' corporate office, Cormier said she was told that the gym was a "no judgement zone" and they would not tell the individual in question to stay out of the women's locker room. The person has not been identified.

There Are Parables Everywhere You Look

T o children, the world is charged with magic. One thing means another: Rain looks like tears, so rain means God is sad, and thunder is the angels knocking down bowling pins. It is simple for a child to believe that a very pretty lady must be very good, darkness means monsters, and something bad happened because of a bad word uttered in secret. Growing up means ditching this metaphorical imagination, facing the reality of cause and effect—it rains because of boring scientific facts, there are no monsters in the darkness, and swearing can’t kill your dog. An adult who believes in magic, who pairs physical reality with something else, we call superstitious, or whimsical, or crazy.


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Maps to the Stars

For these people, sex is a power play more than pleasure. Zoloft and Xanax are more necessary than bread and water. Spirituality is useful only as a tool to help deepen a performance in a role “made for Best Supporting.” Things of metaphysical significance—love, death—are vague abstractions that only register as ghostly apparitions of broken relationships and specters of unresolved guilt. Any notion of sacrifice or an others-focused-life is completely foreign to these people.

Slow Train

Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted Can’t help but wonder what’s happenin’ to my companions Are they lost or are they found Have they counted the cost it’ll take to bring down All their earthly principles they’re gonna have to abandon? There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

Who Are Assyrian Christians?

This image made from video taken on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 shows Iraqis people from the Yazidi community after arriving in Irbil in northern Iraq after Islamic militants attacked the towns of Sinjar and Zunmar. Around 40 thousand people crossed the bridge of Shela in Fishkhabur into the Northern Kurdish Region of Iraq, after being given an ultimatum by Islamic militants to either convert to Islam, pay a security tax, leave their homes, or die. (AP Photo via AP video)

Shepherd's Conference | General Session 3 - R. C. Sproul

Shepherd's Conference | General Session 3 - R. C. Sproul


“This is a duo that does not shy away from the truth of life, that at times we will hurt and feel pain, that we will fail and will disappoint. Yet, they don’t stop there and continue to point beyond those moments of pain, finding beauty in simple truths and looking to a hope that transcends this world and that’s worth listening to any day.” 

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22 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

Helping Young People Resolve Their Science Faith Issues

Helping Young People Resolve Their Science Faith Issues

WORLD | Applying a Christian worldview to the vaccination issue | Marvin Olasky | March 6, 2015

You can see this is complicated, and Christians will disagree—which brings me to a final question: How then should we live and pray? “Show, don’t tell” is a journalistic adage, and I’ve tried tonight to do that. Since starting to investigate this subject I’ve obsessively gone through the medical literature. My own advice—remember, my doctorate is not in medicine—is to vaccinate your children for major communicable diseases unless medical indications to the contrary exist. But I respect those who come to other conclusions, and I don’t want Government to take the place of God. We should emphasize the role of education and persuasion, not command and control. We should oppose mandatory vaccination laws and the elimination of religious exemptions. We should understand the difference between a puzzle and a mystery. We should thank God for science and pray that scientists will develop tests to screen babies likely to react badly to vaccinations. We should oppose scientism, an attempt to elevate creatures above the Creator.

God's Not Dead: If Bacteria are so Fit, Why Evolve into Mozart?

Large body mass creatures are much less fit than the tenacious organisms like bacteria and cockroaches. The evolutionists do not have to deal with just a missing link; the whole chain is gone. Only God and His revelation can give us a foundation for science.[3] The theory of survival of the fittest does not comport with the reality of ultra-resilient cockroaches because they do not need to evolve into higher forms. They do just fine without knowing Mickey Mouse or Plato. Bacteria would not become more stout and produce more survivable offspring if they could read poetry or applaud Tiger Woods. Bacteria do not have determination or conviction. Even if they did, how could that resolve give them the innate force to evolve? They would need purpose and the means to fulfill that purpose, a teleological reason. This can only come when there is intelligence and purpose. A universe composed of only matter and motion cannot produce teleology, hence unguided evolution is a myth; it is fable for profligate adults. It not only does not gel with the facts; it is impossible for it to be true.

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What Is An "Objective" Moral Value or Duty?

For more resources visit: In 2011 Dr William Lane Craig spoke at the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) in Hungary. While they he spoke on the topic, "Five Arguments for Theism" and took questions from the audience to accompany his lecture. In this clip, Dr Craig answers the question, "What is an objective moral value or duty?" We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook:


At the ascension of Christ, the disciples were promised that Jesus would come again, and the second coming of Christ has remained the church’s blessed hope ever since. The second coming has also been the source of great controversy. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains some of the basic facts concerning the second coming, while at the same time dispelling some common misconceptions.

What if you only had four minutes to defend Israel's attack on the Canaanites?

“The Bible teaches clearly that all people are sinful and in rebellion, kind of living in open rebellion against God, and God is just to judge anyone,” says Morrow. “But in this particular case with the Canaanites, there’s several things going on there, but one of those things was the wickedness of the people which was well documented – child sacrifices to Moloch and others, and bestiality and a lot wickedness.”

What Does the Ferguson Report Mean for Christians?

At the end of the day, what I understand the Black Lives Matter Movement to be about is about the humanity of black people. So long as young black men are not seen as fully human, we are going to continue to have these and other kinds of incidents. So the question is, are we—we being the Church—willing to come alongside of that? How do we help that to happen within our local communities? For pastors to even start talking about it in ways that are authentic and brave—and that often means you might have to speak a truth that will make some people uncomfortable. But the truth is that until black lives matter as much as white lives matter, we will not be a just, free, humane society that embodies the Kingdom of God on earth.

God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Ecce Homo: Behold the Man Jesus Before Pilate

Here's a New Salvation Army Ad Starring the Dress. (Yes, That Dress.)

The Dress exhausted its five minutes of viral fame this week, but it's already become a national talking point, the source of Buzzfeed's most-trafficked post of all time and a terrible tattoo . Now it's become something with a little more gravity : the subject of an ad about domestic violence. Salvation Army whipped the ad together awfully quick, making this a nice case of using something trivial to raise awareness about something important. Click here to see the full ad.

‘Don’t fall away’: Schreiner discusses the biblical theology of Hebrews

TS: I think the main point which we find right away in Hebrews 1:3 is Jesus’ sacrifice cleansed me of my sins once for all. Why is that so?  Because he’s fully God and he’s fully man. The person who offers the sacrifice was fully God and fully man, therefore the sacrifice is sufficient and complete and definitive. I think that’s very comforting to me and to all Christians because we don’t need to go anywhere else, we must not go anywhere else to receive the forgiveness of sins and a cleansed conscience. So, I think that’s the main pastoral comfort in the letter. I think the other message of the letter that I find encouraging and helpful — that some people are scared by — is the warning passages. There is a kind of fear that is good, there’s a kind of fear that keeps us alert, so we don’t text while we’re driving, we pay attention to the road — that’s not a paralyzing fear, it’s a wise kind of fear. But the call not to fall away is a call to trust God. Trust God who sent his Son to cleanse us of our sins. Faith looks back to the sacrifice of Christ but faith also looks forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises.

U.S. millenials perform horribly on technology tests compared to other countries

There was this test. And it was daunting. It was like the SAT or ACT — which many American millennials are no doubt familiar with, as they are on track to be the best educated generation in history — except this test was not about getting into college. This exam, given in 23 countries, assessed the thinking abilities and workplace skills of adults. It focused on literacy, math and technological problem-solving. The goal was to figure out how prepared people are to work in a complex, modern society.

The Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature

The Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature

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Answering Muslims: Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to the Islamic State

Reuters —Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, according to a video posted online on Saturday. "We announce our allegiance to the Caliph ... and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity," read an English language translation of the video broadcast in Arabic that purported to be from the Nigerian militant group. The pledge of allegiance was attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. The video script identified the Caliph as Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Awad al-Qurashi, who is better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State and self-proclaimed caliph of the Muslim world. Baghdadi has already accepted pledges of allegiance from other jihadist groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and north Africa. ( Continue Reading. )

Book Review: "Questioning the Bible" by Jonathan Morrow

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Renewing Your Mind | The Angel and Zacharias: Part 2 | March 7, 2015

Beloved for the way in which it highlights Jesus' care for those on the margins of society and for its care in telling the story of our Savior's life and ministry, the gospel of Luke has always been treasured by the Christian church. Dr. Sproul's expositional study of this inspired account of Jesus looks at the significant events of His life and His teachings while unfolding the meaning of both for us today.

Answering Muslims: ISIS Raising Funds . . . at Harvard University

Boston Globe —Harvard officials say they have notified members of the university community that an unidentified man came to the Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday who said he was soliciting donations for a charity connected to the Islamic State militant group. “At this time there does not appear to be a threat to the community, but we felt that it was important to notify members of our community. We have also notified the Harvard University Police Department,” the university said Friday in an e-mailed statement. “He has not been seen on the campus since that time,” the statement said. The dean of the Kennedy School sent out an e-mail Thursday to members of the school community, notifying them. ( Continue Reading. )

The Case for Plural Marriage: The slippery slope gets slicker and steeper

The redefinition of legal marriage in our culture will not end with same sex “marriage.” The polygamists are waiting in the wings for the opportunity to make their case—a case that will be all the more compelling as arguments for gay “marriage” take hold across the country. If marriage becomes defined as legal recognition of whoever it is that you love, on what basis will the polygamists be excluded?

Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity

Introduction Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels ( Paperback , Kindle , Audiobook ) is one of the latest books to examine the evidence for the reliability of the New Testament. Homicide detective J. Warner Wallace  was an atheist before he began putting Christianity to the same tests that he places witnesses and suspects to in his investigations of crimes. He split his book into two sections. The first deals with the methods used in detective work. He uses his own experiences to illustrate and applies them to different aspect of Christianity. In the second part he specifically targets the reliability of the four gospels as eyewitness accounts of history. This review will be a chapter-by-chapter summary but should not be taken as comprehensive of Wallace's presentation: Section 1: Learn to Be a Detective Chapter 1: Don't Be a "Know-it-All" In the first chapter Wallace begins his training of the reader by speaking a bit about presuppositions. He explains that presuppositions are ideas that we come to an investigation with prior to any investigating.

43 Triablogue: Other People's Faith, More Precious Than Gold

Apologetics is an unpopular line of work. It's difficult on many levels. The modern church is largely intellectually apathetic, in some cases even anti-intellectual. The non-Christian world categorizes apologetics with activities like evangelism and missions. It's "proselytizing", "trying to force your beliefs on other people", etc. (The world has its own forms of apologetics, evangelism, and such on matters like environmentalism, racial issues, and sexual ethics. But they often aren't as critical of themselves as they are of Christians. They reserve terms like "proselytizing" for their enemies.) In another post , I discussed what Acts 18:27 tells us about the significance of apologetics. Another passage I've found helpful in this context is 1 Peter 1:7. People place high value on money and possessions, yet Peter writes of how other people's faith is more valuable than gold. Apologetics can be instrumental in bringing people to faith or restoring or defending their faith. If the world opposes and hates you in your role as an apologist, and even if the church has little or no interest in your apologetic work or opposes it, what you're doing to lead people to faith and restore and defend people's faith is of major significance.

Harmony between Christianity and Science

One Reality - An Introduction to the Harmony between Science and Religion by Jay Miller

45 Big Bang Cosmology Challenged by Dust and a Massive Black Hole

According to the big bang model, the universe began as a very hot, dense gas 13.8 billion years ago. As the universe expanded and cooled, atoms eventually formed, from which stars and galaxies gradually condensed. Since the big bang universe would begin with only hydrogen and helium (and a tiny amount of lithium), the first stars consisted only of those light elements. It took a few generations of stars deriving their energy by nuclear fusion of the lighter elements into heavier ones to produce the elements that we are more familiar with, such as carbon, oxygen, silicon, and iron. Once galaxies formed, matter collected in their cores to form very massive black holes. The production of the heavier elements in large quantity and the formation of supermassive black holes would take time, probably a few billion years.

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47 Contradictions: What Is God’s Name in the Old Testament?

Should we assume that God has only one name and all others are contradictions in Scripture? That would be absurd. God often gave new names to people, such as Jacob becoming Israel or Abram becoming Abraham and so on. The names have meaning too. For example, Abram means “exalted father” and Abraham means “the father of a multitude.” The latter name obviously reflected the promise God made to Abraham about having countless offspring. So having more than one name is no contradiction at all.

‘A fire in my bones’: Ministry and the seminarian

This kind of service is inglorious, unimpressive, and actually entirely unextraordinary. The people of your church probably won’t be impressed by the guy taking out the trash or the girl making coffee before worship begins. Being a spouse, parent, employee, church or ministry volunteer, and student won’t always be great for your GPA. But using your gifts for the good of others in your church community is precisely how to demonstrate the oneness of the body of Christ (Rom 12:4-5). It also teaches humility — one of the best weapons against the pride and selfishness that can derail your future ministry, and something Mike said is best cultivated through repeated serving experiences.

Five Common Faith Challenges And How You Can Answer Them - Faith Today Blog

Here’s your sneak peek at some of the great content coming up in the March/April Faith Today. We all have probably had difficult conversations when people ask us good and important faith questions…and we are stumped. Faith Today’s upcoming cover story features great answers to good questions. Here’s a taste.

WORLD | Your most important job | Bill Newton | March 7, 2015

He sat in the booth in front of me wearing a multicolored tie-dyed shirt. His head was shaved, tattoos covered most of his right arm and halfway up his neck, and his earlobes had black plugs in them the size of small corks. But what struck me the most about him was his attentiveness to his young son sitting next to him. Carefully he placed the lad’s napkin in his lap, patiently unwrapped the Egg McMuffin, pulled the hash browns out their paper wrapper, and helped the child’s tiny fingers find the hole for the straw in the juice box.

51 Viewing Animals Helps Us Marvel
52 Premier Christian on Twitter
53 When Anti-Trafficking Goes Mainstream
54 Crossway on Twitter
55 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
56 WORLD | Weekend Reads: The unsung British abolitionist | Russ Pulliam | March 7, 2015
57 Truthbomb Apologetics: B.O.M.B. Book Review- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Mulsim Encounters Chrisitanity by Nabeel Qureshi
58 Premier Christian on Twitter
59 D3 2015 Promo
60 Same-sex marriage arguments set April 28
61 Do Prisons Make People Gay?
62 The Case for Grace Promo
63 Can Natural Processes Explain the Origin of Life?
64 The Christian Post on Twitter
65 Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter
66 How to Succeed in Business Despite Stigma and Stereotypes
67 Christianity & Islam: If Jesus Didn't Claim to Be God Why Was He On Trial?
68 Contradictions: Root of All Evil?
69 Lifelong Lessons in Humility from Our Lord
70 Answering Muslims: Muslim Convert Christopher Lee Cornell Planned to Shoot President Obama in the Head
71 The Lion's Diverse Excellencies
72 An Optimistic Pro-Life Panel at CPAC
73 Sunday Quote!- Is Adam Necessary for Christianity?
74 Mike Licona on Twitter
75 Really Recommended Posts 3/6/15- Graphic Novels, going to church, and more!
76 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
77 Norman Geisler on Twitter
78 Prove to Me That God Exists! |
79 WORLD | Abducted missionary set free in Nigeria | Lynde Langdon | March 6, 2015
80 The Christian Post on Twitter
81 Josh McDowell on Twitter
82 Overcoming Objections to an Apologetics Ministry | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
84 Atheist struggles with the problem of rationally grounding moral values and duties