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How Do We Verify The Validity Of The Gospels? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace discusses the four part template we use to determine eyewitness reliability. Can this template be applied to the Gospels?

Another Archaeological Find Shows That The Bible Really Is History - A Clear Lens

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 …

Have We Lost the Message of the New Testament? | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy℠

Lost the Plot? Have we somehow lost the message of the New Testament through irreparable corruptions of the text? That’s what some people wonder when the conversation turns to the issue of textual variants—differences in the biblical manuscripts we’ve discovered over the years. Maybe you’ve got a friend or a co-worker who tends to be pretty skeptical of the Bible right from the get-go. For …

If There is Such Good Evidence for God, Why Don't More People Believe?

The scientific, philosophical, and historical evidence for God is powerful. So, why don't more people believe? Sean briefly answers these Questions.

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.

The Grace of Good Questions - Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

Francis Schaeffer used to say that if he had an hour to tell someone about Jesus, he would spend the first 55 minutes of that hour listening. I thought about this a couple weekends ago when I was able to …

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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.

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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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‘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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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?

A Fresh Look at The Design Argument for the Existence of God

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EVENT: Apologetics in Evangelism, April 14, West Hartford, CT

Attend this Defenders regional meeting in Hartford, CT on April 14th! Come learn how to both share and defend your faith in a winsome manner. Hear about how the apostle Paul integrated apologetics with sharing the Gospel and learn how to utilize the internet for evangelism. Ted Wright (founder of Epic Archaeology ), Kurt Jaros (Executive Director of Defenders Media , Director of Apologetics315 , & host of the Veracity Hill podcast), and others will be teaching you how to be prepared to give an answer for the hope within, and doing so with gentleness and respect. Go to to register and learn more.

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.

Connecting Faith with Carmen LaBerge - Faith Radio

“Veteran broadcaster and dear friend, Neil Stavem , has stepped away from his daily hosting duties on Connecting Faith to join me in a greater leadership role. You’ll still hear Neil often as he fills in for other Faith Radio hosts. His new role will include working more closely with our programming partners, coaching the on-air hosts and working in program development.”

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.

Do Christians Carry More Emotional Stress Than Non-Christians?

“I guess you could say God is ‘molding’ me, which I’m eternally grateful for, but it has taken a toll on me, too. I’ve been encouraged to hear that a number of great Christians experienced great emotional stress and struggle (even David in the Psalms), but it is almost paralyzing for me at times. Is this normal? As Christians we’re called to have faith, confidence in Christ, and be filled with a joyful spirit, but now I find my spirit to be heavy. I guess you could say my prayer life lately sounds like Psalm 88.” Pastor John, how would you counsel Amanda?

The Commitment of the Apostles Confirms the Truth of the Resurrection

Many of us, as committed Christians, would rather die than reject our Savior. Around the world today, Christians are executed regularly because they refuse to deny their allegiance to Jesus or the truth claims of Christianity. But their deaths, while heartbreaking and compelling, have no evidential value. Many people are willing to die for what they don’t know is a lie. Martyrdom doesn’t confirm the truth, especially when the martyrs don’t have first-hand access to the claim for which they’re dying. But this wasn’t the case for the disciples of Jesus. They were in a unique position: they knew if the claims about Jesus were true. They were present for the life, ministry, death and alleged resurrection of Jesus. If the claims about Jesus were a lie, the disciples would have known it (in fact they would have been the source of the lie). That’s why their commitment to their testimony was (and is) so compelling. Unlike the rest of us, their willingness to die for their claims has tremendous evidential value. In fact, the commitment of the apostles confirms the truth of the resurrection.

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On this episode of the Catalyst podcast, Tyler Reagin sits down with Jonathan Morrow from Impact360 & David Kinnaman from the Barna Research Group, to discuss their co-lead research study on Generation Z & it's impact on leaders & the Church. Listen Now: 

Jesus Is More Than Your Savior

He is not like a lifeguard who saves us from the undertow to hand us off to our family, but like our own father who rescues us from the riptide for himself to give us the longest, sweetest, and most memorable hug we ever had. His rescue is not like that of a paramedic, fireman, police officer, or soldier honorably “just doing my job,” but in his rescue he demonstrates his personal, covenantal, eternal love for us. Our salvation doesn’t show his commitment to his work as much as his commitment to his child.

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New Website Advocates Free Science — An Idea Vital to the Progress of Knowledge | Evolution News

Or think of astronomer Martin Gaskell , denied employment at the University of Kentucky thanks to a talk on evolution and faith he gave in private settings and that he posted online. A hiring committee member found the talk and became alarmed that he was a “creationist.” Despite Gaskell’s evenhanded approach and his statement in the talk that he considered himself a theistic evolutionist, the committee, due to his presumed taint, would not consider him. Even a whiff of dissent from evolution was too much.

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Get Into the Game of Apologetics and Evangelism

Several years ago, I read a book by Norman Geisler and his son David titled Conversational Evangelism . It’s subtitle was how to listen and speak so you can be heard . I was attempting to deal with a problem of my own in which I had become self-aware. It’s hard for some people (sometimes including myself) to evangelize. The point of this book by the Geislers, was to inform people of the importance of evangelizing and to give them the confidence to do it.

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reTHINK #Dallas Thank you to all who joined us this past weekend. To help us make reTHINK the best for you next year, please take this survey:  . #reTHINKtheStory #apologetics @cottonwoodfam

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.

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Book Review: Expanded and Updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict by @josh_mcdowell and @Sean_McDowell - … #Apologetics #bookreview

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.

The ‘Bad Girls’ of the Bible Deserve a Fresh Look

Edited by Sandra Glahn, associate professor of media arts and worship at Dallas Theological Seminary, the essays focus on revisiting the “sexualized, vilified, and marginalized women of the Bible.” Some may be tempted to read this as a politically motivated subtitle, but Glahn contests this conclusion in her preface, stating, “Our motivation is to handle faithfully the biblical text, which involves bringing to light a number of women labeled as ‘bad girls’ who deserve a fresh look.”

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?

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In this week's #WorldTour : Malaysian court leaves Christian converts in limbo … @BizMediaJulia

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.

The Insanity of Leaning on Our Own Understanding

If you eat of that one [tree] you will be saying to me, “I’m smarter than you. I am more authoritative than you. I am wiser than you are. I think I can care for myself better than you care for me. You are not a very good Father. And so, I am going to reject you.” So, don’t eat from the tree, because you will be rejecting me and all my good gifts and all my wisdom and all my care. Instead, keep on submitting to my will. Keep on affirming my wisdom. Keep on being thankful for my generosity. Keep on trusting me as a Father and keep on eating from these [other] trees as a way of enjoying me.

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So, if God is the Creator of the universe and everything within it, does that mean that He created sin? We address that in my latest 3-minute teaching video. …

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Mark Zuckerberg Finishes Morning Reading Of Favorite Devotional '1984'

MENLO PARK, CA—We all have our favorite regular devotionals or Scripture readings that motivate us each morning and get us in the right mindset to tackle the day. For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, no morning is complete without reading at least a few pages of the “uplifting, utopian” novel 1984 by George Orwell.

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The glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor (GLP-1R) is a key target for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Recently, biased agonists—ligands that selectively activate primarily one signalling pathway—have been identified. One of these, exendin-P5, is biased for G-protein signalling, increasing adipogenesis—the generation of fat cells—and is more effective at correcting hyperglycaemia than other agonists. Here, Patrick Sexton and colleagues report the structure of the human GLP-1R in complex with exendin-P5 and the G-protein heterotrimer determined from cryo-electron microscopy. Not only does this work reveal more detailed structural information about the receptor complex and its activation, it also proposes a basis for biased agonism, in the interactions with both the ligand and the G protein.

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A CESSATIONIST: To Know that Scripture Forbids Speaking in Tongues Without an Interpreter.

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Preaching with “a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other” constantly put Billy Graham at the intersection of faith and culture …

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Despite a nauseating amount of practice in the last few years, we are no closer to respectful discourse in our polarized age. One reason we fail in this is that we forget two key components of the #ChristianWorldview : our finiteness and our fallenness.

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#Pray more people see #abortion for what it is—the taking of innocent human life and that #ProLife speakers, writers, and politicians give compelling answers while exhibiting true #compassion for both mother and child. @InspireLifeNow @AnglicansForLife

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Today, we have John Stonestreet's interview with @Sean_McDowell about the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage among young evangelicals and his discussion with Matthew Vines about what the Bible says about gay marriage and homosexual relationships.

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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Calling all 12-18 year olds! @REBOOTquestions is coming to Edinburgh THIS Saturday, 10th March! Got your tickets yet?! … @RamsdenMichael @maxjega @SharonDirckx @LaraLBuchanan all speaking!

Why the American South Would Have Killed Charles Spurgeon

In 1859, an American minister named “Rev. H.” traveled to London to meet the famous pastor of the New Park Street Chapel.  When Spurgeon discovered his guest was from Alabama, his “cordiality sensibly diminished.” A six-month American preaching tour would expedite the construction of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, but could Southerners tolerate Spurgeon’s stance against slavery? When Spurgeon asked his guest this question, the Alabamian said he “had better not undertake it.” This advice might have saved Spurgeon’s life. The same year, S. A. Corey, pastor of Eighteenth Street Baptist Church in New York City, invited the 24-year-old to preach at the Academy of Music opera house for $10,000. News of Spurgeon’s visit was met with anticipation in the North and hostility in the South. According to an Alabama newspaper, Spurgeon would receive a beating “so bad as to make him ashamed.” On February 17, 1860, citizens of Montgomery, Alabama, publicly protested the “notorious English abolitionist” by gathering in the jail yard to burn his “dangerous books”: Last Saturday, we devoted to the ames a large number of copies of Spurgeon’s sermons.

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?

Can We Be Good Without God?

A few years ago, I was having lunch with an old friend in a vegetarian pizza restaurant in London. Now I’m no fan of vegetarian food—I think I’m persuaded by the argument that the word “vegetarian” is derived from an old German word that means “bad hunter”. However, my friend, Garth, had just started dating a devout Buddhist, so he was not merely eating vegetarian, but vegan.

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Reimagining the evangelical tradition to include obscure voices isn’t just good for marginalized Christians—it’s good for all Christians. Theology from every context offers valuable contributions. 

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