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Do The Intricacies Of This World Point To A Designer? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace, author of God's Crime Scene, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed the appearance of fine-tuning in the universe. Can this fine-tuning be explained from physical necessity, random chance or any other "natural" explanation, or is a Divine Designer the most reasonable inference? (For more information related to Bobby's great ministry, visit: To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

Psalm 1:2: Do You Delight in Bible Reading?

The word of God is not merely medicine for our sickly souls. To the born-again heart, it is food for our enjoyment and drink for our soul’s delight.

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The Most Valuable Aim of Apologetics

Exodus 3 narrates the well-known account of God’s revealing Himself to Moses in the burning bush and commissioning him to tell Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But that was only part of Moses’ mission. The other task to which the Lord called Moses was to address the Israelites. He was to command the Israelites in the name of God to engage in the largest strike in history. In absolute defiance of the power and authority of Pharaoh, they were to leave Egypt and go out to the desert to worship God at His mountain. And, of course, these events ended in the exodus.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Gary Habermas Questions Why Atheists Believe in Alexander the Great, but Not Jesus' Resurrection

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#Jesus and the Culture of His Day: An Interview with Craig A. Evans https://buff.ly/2J0KMGF  by @biblegateway pic.twitter.com/lDBiuc0yIG

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A lot of people talk to God but never hear from God. For them, prayer is a monologue. But you can’t have a relationship through a monologue. What if I had married my wife and talked to her, but she never talked to me? That’s not a relationship. You’ve got to have a conversation. Just as important as talking to God in prayer is listening to God and letting him talk to you. How does that happen? First, you’ve got to want it more than anything else.

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Why Christian Apologetics Is Not A Discipline

Years ago at an apologetics conference I heard Winfried Corduan say, “Apologetics is not a discipline, it’s a practice.” This was something I had been saying for a while, so it was refreshing to hear him say it. It was similar to what Gary Habermas had told me a few years before. I asked him if he could recommend a school or program for getting a Ph.D. to do apologetics. He said to get a Ph.D. in a discipline, like history, and then do apologetics from that field. This made sense. However, it seems that many apologists today want to just “do apologetics” without being a specialist in a field. Being an expert just in apologetics is to not be an expert at anything.

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Can Reason Lead Us To A Relationship With God?

“As it applies to Christianity,” I persisted, “some of what we know about God can be inferred from observations. This is referred to as ‘general revelation.’ Consider what we see of the universe: it is spatially and temporally immense, beyond our ability to understand and grasp; it is well-ordered and predictable, with set laws such as logic and math, physics and chemistry, all operating flawlessly, consistently and seamlessly. It contains examples of breath-taking beauty, such as the inherent beauty of music and nature, and heart-pounding emotion, such as the joy of first love or the miracle of birth. But it is also quite deadly, or at the very least quite inhospitable to humans. Despite its immense size, it appears that we can live only in a sliver of air on a remote planet, and even there, most of the planet is exceedingly dangerous to us. You see, my ability to reason can lead me to some generalities: God must be immensely powerful and intelligent; he must be artistic and love order. He must be capable of great love. But is he …  harsh ? Uncaring? Why is this creation so dangerous? And, most importantly, what comes next? Reason cannot lead us to any answers here.

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Rapid Response: "You Can't Trust the Gospels Because They Were Written by Christians" https://buff.ly/2pDcMqU  pic.twitter.com/ZBw6B0y7gh

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Colson Center on Twitter

The folks at the Post just don't get that freedom of religion means more than being free to sing hymns in your church. It means being able to live your life—even design cakes—according to the dictates of your conscience and your faith. http://bit.ly/2JC3t3E  pic.twitter.com/4uwLPgVSdc

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Today, in Israel, is Holocaust Memorial Day. Here’s an amazing story of an unlikely hero, a Christian who changed the world. And today, there are some 40,000 descendants of those that this man, Chiune Sugihara saved. http://bit.ly/2qrxr1V  pic.twitter.com/hDzOwPMRc1

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

Founded by @RCSproul to equip Christians to articulate what they believe & why they believe it. Reformed theology & God's holiness are central to our purpose.

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Should We Choose Jesus over the Bible?

The problem with that understanding is that it misses the point of what Jesus was actually arguing. The context of the passage is Jesus’ miracles on the Sabbath. The whole point of the passage is that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath; He’s what the Sabbath was pointing to. Jesus’ opponents were mishandling God’s Word and looking for eternal life by keeping a form of Sabbath laws. Jesus was showing that their problem was not their devotion to God’s Word—the problem was their heart. In other words, Jesus wouldn’t say, “Lessen your devotion to searching the Scriptures,” but, “Look for Me as you search the Scriptures,” because the Scriptures are a witness to Christ in the same way that the Father is a witness to Christ (v. 37). Again, the problem was not that they didn’t believe in the Father; the problem was their hearts: “You do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent” (v. 38), and, “But I know that you do not have the love of God within you” (v. 42).

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

Will outrage over data leaks lead to a change in users’ behavior? So far, the answer is “no” @albertmohler #TheBriefing https://sbts.co/2ILhfjv 

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Watch our trailer for “C. S. Lewis—Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert.” And get your copy today. #apologetics #CSLewis #Christianity #God https://youtu.be/fPIbL9pQfUw 

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Book Preview: The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton

About the Authors Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.  He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary. Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis , How to Read the Psalms , How to Read Proverbs , Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation , Old Testament Essentials , and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible .  He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love , Cry of the Soul , Intimate Allies , The Intimate Mystery , and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies. John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Previously he was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for twenty years. Some of Walton's books include The Lost World of Adam and Eve ,  The Lost World of Scripture, The Lost World of Genesis One , Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament , The Essential Bible Companion , The NIV Application Commentary: Genesis , and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (with Victor Matthews and Mark Chavalas).

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Preaching Your People Toward Mission

One of the most important things a local church can do is exegete its immediate community and then the wider culture of its city in order to identify what idols dominate there. Then, your preaching can address these idols head-on. For one thing, the people of your church will need this, as these idols will be their greatest temptations away from full-hearted worship of God too. But explicating how the gospel subverts and conquers specific idolatries in your context can (a) help lost people present in the room see the beauty and lordship of the one true God, (b) help Christians in the room repent of their propensities toward syncretism, and/or (c) train the Christians in the room to identify and address the idolatry they seen around them while on the mission of their everyday lives. Similarly:

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ERLC on Twitter

Twenty Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries have raised $1.5 million in scholarships to offer minority students in Memphis as part of a new initiative in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. https://erlc.co/2IxYNL4 

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BreakPoint on Twitter

John and Ed mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and discuss the racial divide even within the church today. They also talk about the need for white evangelicals to listen to their brethren in minority communities. http://bit.ly/2qklnjN  pic.twitter.com/g3Y78K2FsV

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Gary Habermas Questions Why Atheists Believe in Alexander the Great, but Not Jesus' Resurrection

A Liberty University professor and Christian apologetics expert has said there are plenty of reasons to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ as a real historical event, noting that some atheists question it despite not doubting accounts that go further back, such as the life of Alexander the Great.

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Denny Burk on Twitter

MUST-READ: @DouthatNYT has a devastating critique of pro-choice logic, calling it a system "defended by euphemism and evasion, and by a failure to imagine oneself as all of us once were: tiny and dependent and hidden, and yet still essentially ourselves." https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/opinion/sunday/among-the-abortion-extremists.html …

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

Today on @RYMRadio , listen as W. Robert Godfrey takes us back to the Great Awakening, a period of widespread repentance and renewal. http://renewingyourmind.org/2018/04/07/the-great-awakening …

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Is Mark's Gospel an Early Memoir of the Apostle Peter? | Cold Case Christianity

Now, it can be argued that Papias’ description of Mark’s collaboration with Peter in Rome is the earliest description available to us. In fact, skeptics have tried to argue that later Church sources are simply parroting Papias when they connect Mark to Peter. But there is no evidence to suggest that Papias is the sole source of information related to Peter and Mark, particularly when considering the slight variations in the subsequent attributions (such as Clement’s version). The subtle differences suggest that the claims came from different original sources. In addition, Justin Martyr’s tangential reference to the ‘sons of thunder’ strengthens the support for Peter’s involvement coming from a source other than Papias (who never makes this connection). In essence, a claim of dependency on Papias lacks specific evidence, and even if this were the case, there is no reason to doubt the accuracy of Papias’ original claim in the first place. The consistent record of history identifies Mark’s Gospel as a memoir of Peter’s life with Jesus.

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Why Not to Check Your Phone in the Morning

Back in April we surveyed readers of desiringGod.org. 8,000 of you responded — thank you for the amazing response. Of those total responses, over 50% of those who have a smartphone admit to checking their phones within minutes of waking up in a typical morning. Among readers 18–29, that number is over 60%. Most of us know a pattern like this (checking email, texts, and social media on our phones immediately in the morning) is not healthy, but we do it anyway. Pastor John, why do you think grabbing for our phones in the morning is a default reaction for many Christians? And is there a better way forward?

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Structural insights into the voltage and phospholipid activation of the mammalian TPC1 channel

Two-pore channels (TPCs) are organellar voltage-dependent ion channels that are widely expressed in both animals and plants. In mammals, TPC1 and TPC2 regulate the physiological functions of the endolysosomal system. Here, Youxing Jiang and colleagues report the structure of mouse TPC1, a sodium ion (Na + )-selective channel, in both its apo closed state and phospholipid-bound open state by cryo-electron microscopy. Along with functional studies, these data underlie the basis for the difference in selectivity and gating of mammalian TPCs compared to their plant homologues. They also provide information on the mechanisms of activation and regulation by lipid binding.

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Ted Cruz on Twitter

There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2018/04/11/untitled-n2469759 …

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Human Zoos to Premiere in South Africa and Seattle | Evolution News

Anyone interested in the grim history of Social Darwinism in America, or debates over scientific racism and the sanctity of human life, will want to see this documentary.

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An invitation to the intellectual pursuit of God

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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Christian case maker warns Christians to trust the evidence, not their feelings

If you want to read another deconversion story that shows how a focus on feelings and experiences leads to atheism, check out the story of Dan Barker . I know so many people who were raised in the church by pastors who were anxious to “protect” Christian truth claims from  being proved or disproved by evidence. They thought that their approach was more pious – how dare we let science and history stand in judgment over the Bible? When I look at Dan Barker and Bart Campolo, I can see where that fideism ended up. Piety is a cheap way of gaining respect without having done any work. We need to demand better from pastors. They ought to be able to show their work. They ought to be able to demonstrate what reasoning and evidence led them to their convictions. Not their feelings and experiences, but actual reasoning and evidence.

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Kindle Deals: CS Lewis Sale Today (Including Mere Christianity for only $1.83)!

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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CRI on Twitter

What is the meaning of 666? Read the full answer by @HankHanegraaff here | http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/what-is-the-meaning-of-666-/ … #Apologetics pic.twitter.com/O70e2OccTa

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Salivary Protein: Evolution or Just Adaptation?

The biblical creation model proposes that the creator pre-programmed the capacity for change (even rapid change) within organisms. As suggested by this recent study, tandem repeats within different species may even enable them to adapt to a changing array of pathogens. Thus, variation of tandem repeats of segments within pre-existing genes fits within a biblical creation model. In contrast, this variation of repeats offers no insight into an evolutionary origin of any salivary gene and is simply an example of adaptive variation.

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5 Reactions to the FBI Raid on Trump's Lawyer

"Hillary wasn't merely allowed to delete 33,000 documents from her computer server three weeks after revelations that she had a private computer server, she was protected by the DOJ and the FBI, which allowed her personal attorney, Cheryl Mills — who was also under investigation — to invoke attorney-client privilege to stop the FBI from investigating Hillary's email scheme," wrote Shapiro.

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The Book of Revelation: How Difficult Was Its Journey into the Canon?

The story of the New Testament canon is a fascinating one, with many twists and turns.  There are books that were accepted very quickly, almost from the start (e.g., the four gospels), and there are other books that struggled to find a home (e.g., 2 Peter).

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Advice To Young Aspiring Apologists.

Related to this, one should always seek to engage with the most respected and capable defenders of a given position. Richard Dawkins and other members of the ‘New Atheist’ community have often been criticized for criticizing the worst representatives of Christianity, and avoiding the best possible opposition. This is not a trait that you want to emulate. There is a time, of course, for critiquing poor defenders of a position, particularly if they are popular, so that the vacuousness of their argumentation may be exposed. It is unfortunate that the most popular apologists for atheism also happen to be the least intellectually sophisticated (e.g. Richard Dawkins, Peter Atkins, A.C. Grayling). Since these men are popular, they ought to be responded to. But your engagement shouldn’t be limited to them. Likewise, so many Muslims listen to Zakir Naik and Ahmed Deedat that their arguments must be responded to, even if they are very unsophisticated. But try to engage Islam’s more reflective apologists, such as Shabir Ally, as well. To quote Proverbs 26:4-5, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.

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He’s memorized 42 books of the Bible and you can, too — Southern Equip

But I do know Andy, and can tell you that he’s the real deal. Not only is he the most diligent memorizer of Scripture I’ve ever known, he’s also a genuinely godly man, a devoted husband (to Christine) and father (of five), a careful expositor of Scripture, and a faithful pastor. Since his graduation with a PhD. in church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998, he has been pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, N.C. Before that, Andy served as an SBC International Mission Board church planter in Japan.

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Reasons to Believe on Twitter

Reasons to Believe is seeking a full-time copy editor to provide editing and proofreading skills for a variety of editorial/communications projects. Applicants can apply here--> http://www.reasons.org/about/careers  pic.twitter.com/9pf0c4Hs0g

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First Things on Twitter

If ideas of freedom and tolerance fail to gain universal acceptance, it may once again become necessary to acknowledge explicitly the Christian faith that was their wellspring. https://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/08/all-the-east-is-moving …

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Biola University on Twitter

"Our habits, whether good or bad, are inseparable from our body." Read about the spiritual implications of #athletics here: https://buff.ly/2IcGvyI  pic.twitter.com/Zgk7ak21hr

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Success of 'Black Panther' Shows 'an Awakening of Desire' for Racial Justice, Bishop Harry Jackson Says

"What it's saying to me is that there is an awakening of the desire for [racial] justice that is coming from the heart of man and a desire for supernatural power that's in all of us. We are called to be reunited with Christ and His spirit and the move and the dynamic of the spirit of God and the gifts of the spirit are supernatural," he noted.

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Cult Experts

Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP — is specialized in working with cult education and recovery. She has done so for over 15 years in her 25 year private practice in Marin County, San Francisco Bay Area. A former cult member herself, she has given presentations at ICSA and other professional organizations. Russell works with former members, those born and raised in cults, and with people whose partners have been — or are — involved in cults. Family members, partners (current or past), and friends of someone currently in a high demand group can consult with Colleen individually and/or participate in one of the workshops she facilitates. Colleen also works with survivors of domestic violence (which in many ways parallels cult involvement). She consults with clients in her office, online or by phone.

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Desiring God on Twitter

“What happens when we die?” “How big is God?” “Is Jesus God or a man?” Our children’s toughest questions are amazing opportunities for parents. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/dad-how-big-is-god …

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