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10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact

When I left the ministry due to my skepticism, one of the factors involved in my departure concerned the reliability of the New Testament documents and the resurrection of Jesus. The folks from the Jesus Seminar had me second-guessing whether I could trust what the New Testament said and if I could truly accept the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In July of 2005, my life changed. I entered the Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and read three books that changed my life more than any other book outside the Bible. I discovered Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ, Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and McDowell’s A Ready Defense. I discovered that there are many reasons for accepting the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as a historical fact.

How to Dismantle Myths about the Resurrection of Jesus

There are some facts about the death of Jesus that no one disputes. According to the testimony of both Christian and non-Christian historical documents, it is undisputed that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person who lived, was crucified, died, and was buried in a tomb. (See the Gospels, the historian Josephus, Pliny the Younger, and the Jewish Talmud.)

The Other Holy Day

It's common to hear from the pulpit that no one can fully appreciate the joy of Easter Sunday without experiencing the darkness of Good Friday. But the disciples would have been bewildered by both without the lesson of Holy Thursday. The day they received the command to love, had their feet washed by a king, and first understood the link between the Passover sacrifice, Christ, and the bread of life, shouldn't be missed by any of us, even if the calendar shows a blank square.

Christian Apologetics - What Is Christian Apologetics?

Christian apologetics represents the serious and sustained engagement with ‘ultimate questions’ raised by a culture, people group, or individual aiming to show how the Christian faith is able to provide meaningful answers to such questions. Where is God in the suffering of the world? Is faith in God reasonable? Apologetics clears the ground for evangelism, just as John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus of Nazareth. …Evangelism…issues a personal invitation: ‘You are invited to the feast! Please come!’ Apologetics lays the ground for this invitation; evangelism extends it. Both are an essential part of the mission of the church

"The Case for Christ" Movie Review

Here's my review of "The Case for Christ," a movie about Lee Strobel's journey from atheism to Christianity.

The Point: I Thirst

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Do Christians Confuse Blessings With Success?

We can spot the hashtag scrolling along social media feeds and popping up in Bruno Mars lyrics: #Blessed. Often the declaration comes as a caption, seizing the overwhelming gratitude of new parents, their eyes brimming with joy as they look down at the baby in their arms. Other times, we see the word accompanying the execution of a particularly difficult athletic move. Or it’s a declaration of wealth or success. As someone celebrates a new car, it can be a ritual to take a smiling photo near the shining hood, with an uprising of thanks. We are #blessed for what we have, who we are and what we have achieved.

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The Goodness of Good Friday

To commemorate the Lord's hours on the cross, many Protestants hold their Good Friday services between noon and 3. They reflect, in a series of readings and songs, on Christ's seven last words. (1: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." 2: "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." 3: "Woman, behold thy son!" 4: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" 5: "I thirst." 6: "It is finished." 7: "Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.") This form originated with seventeenth-century Peruvian Jesuits, one of many cases in which modern Protestants have picked up Catholic devotional practices.

7 Reasons I Believe Jesus Rose From The Dead

7 Reasons I Believe Jesus Rose From The Dead By Brandon Hilgemann Christianity is many things, but above all, it’s the belief that a Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised again to life. The resurrection of Christ is the heart of Christian faith. Belief in the resurrection separates Christianity from all other religions. The leaders of other religions are all dead and buried in a tomb. You can visit the occupied tomb of Muhammad or Buddha, but not Jesus. If Jesus did not rise from the dead then Christianity would also be dead. As Paul said, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” ( 1 Corinthians 15:14 NIV ). I do believe Jesus rose from the dead, but I don’t believe it just because it’s a story I was told as a child. If I did, I might as well believe in fairy tales and dragons. No, I believe that Jesus rose from the dead because I have investigated the historical evidence and found reason to believe. Here are seven reasons I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1. Jesus Was Dead OK, this is not exactly evidence for believing Jesus rose from the dead, but many people argue that Jesus never died.

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

“12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You is an incredibly convicting and profoundly insightful read. Smartphones have become a part of our lives, but Tony explores the devastation to the human mind and soul due to devotion to technology. He calls us to examine not merely the use of our smartphones but the motives that inspire it. This is a necessary book for our generation, to remind us that our phone habits will either amplify or get in the way of our most important longing of all: the soul-satisfying glory of our Savior.” — Jackie Hill Perry , poet; writer; hip-hop artist

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God of the Gaps | Reasonable Faith

Now, my question. In watching your debates, I came across your debate with Sean Carroll. What an outstanding performance by the both of you. I think it might be the best debate available on your site. But Carroll made a point in passing that bothers me, and I wonder if you might not flesh it out more for me. It is: How are the teleological argument, and, for that matter, the cosmological argument, not God of the gaps? It seems the argument really is "we don't know how this fine-tuning could occur without God, so it must be God." Or, "we don't know how something came from nothing, so it must be God." I admit, as I think it through, why can't the atheist simply tack on "yet." This does seem like an Ancient Greek saying "we don't know how lightning exists, so it must be Zeus." The correct answer then was simply to tack on a "yet" after "we don't know how lightning exists." I'm certain I'm missing something, but I do find this troubling from an intellectual standpoint.

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'Case for Christ' Scores Rare A+ CinemaScore, 'Strong' Box Office Opening Leads to Easter Expansion

The recently released "The Case for Christ" film, based on the best-selling novel of the same name from ex-atheist-turned-Christian author Lee Strobel, made the top 10 listing at the weekend's box office, and scored a rare "A+" audience grade on CinemaScore.

So, an Alabama Church Has the State Senate’s Approval to Start Its Own Police Force

These are valid arguments. There have always been valid arguments for churches to link arms with police departments, armies, militias and what have you. The question is whether or not it’s wise, and whether or not the possible cons outweigh the pros. That’s a question that history has weighed in on a few times but who knows? Maybe Briarwood Presbyterian Church can buck the trend.

18 A Savior Stepped Forward

We step forward into a world that would rather have Barabbas rob them, than Jesus call them to repent; a world of Pilates who find no fault with Christ, but who see no glory in him either; a world of Judases who may kiss him every Sunday, but betray him with their lives; a world that pays homage to Caesar instead of the Savior.

What the Demand for Extraordinary Evidence Really Means

At one level, an extraordinary claim is simply one that is so out of the ordinary that the likelihood it actually occurred appears quite low. Winning the lottery, for example, would be difficult to believe, considering the one in a several million odds against bagging the big prize. But if you held the winning numbers in your hand, despite the quite ordinary nature of your proof, I have no doubt that you would expect this ordinary evidence to be accepted. Imagine your shock if you were to hear the lottery official demand something more “extraordinary” to support your claim. You would suspect a scam, and you would probably be right.

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The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus from the Cross

The editorial team at the Colson Center has done just that, and we have compiled these reflections in a booklet that we’d like to make available to you for free.

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An objective claim that's inconsistent with an atheistic worldview

Anyone, regardless of what they believe about God, can do good things with their life. Christians, atheists, and people with all kinds of other beliefs help the homeless, give money to charities, participate in environmental causes, fight child abuse, advocate for crime victims, and much more. For atheists, doing things like these that Christians and other theists would call good is a matter of preference…one as morally legitimate as a life of crime. While some atheists might say all people should live to make the world a better place, that’s an objective claim that’s inconsistent with an atheistic worldview.


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Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity

UPDATE: My review of the new Kids' edition has posted! Click here.  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 the different aspects 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.

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Easter’s Blow to My Social Apathy

Hindsight allows us to review history and be outraged from a distance. But the pathway to genocide was paved by a slow and steady marginalization of the Jewish people. First, they were the wealthy bankers of high society scapegoated for Germany’s loss of national character. Populist outrage, in a time of economic distress, worked to justify the slow erosion of liberty for German Jews. Eventually they were placed under severe economic and social restrictions, curbs that were not unpopular in the country. They were depicted in cartoons and pop culture as animals with disfigured faces. Then they were ghettoized, rounded up and sent to labor camps, used in scientific experiments, and sent in cattle cars to places like Auschwitz, Dachau, and Treblinka as part of the “Final Solution.”

Split Rocks, Open Tombs, Raised Bodies

In sum, the power and importance and foundational significance of the voluntary death of Jesus for us is inexhaustible. Spirit surrendered, curtain split, earth shaken, rocks split, tombs opened, bodies raised, Jesus raised, city entered, many saints seen by many. The implications of these results of the voluntary death of Jesus are as real today as ever. And they will bring history to a final close. Then, the main song we will sing is the song of the Lamb that was slain (Revelation 5:9–13).

It Is Finished

It is mid-afternoon now and the eerie darkness that has fallen has everyone on edge. But for Jesus, the darkness is a horror he has never known. This, more than the nails and thorns and lashings, is what made him sweat blood in the garden. The Father’s wrath is hitting him in full force. He is in that moment no longer the Blessed, but the Cursed (Galatians 3:13). He has become sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). In terrifying isolation, cut off from his Father and all humans, he screams, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” Aramaic for “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1). No greater love (John 15:13), humility (Philippians 2:8), or obedience (Hebrews 5:8) has ever or will ever be displayed.

Kendrick Lamar Wrestles With God and Fame on His New Album

While “Humble” finds Kendrick brashly declaring his own greatness, “Pride” shows him meditating on his need humility. “God” finds Kendrick declaring his own faux-divinity as a rap god, while “Fear” finds him turning to God and confessing his insecurities. One theme that pops up repeatedly throughout the album is Kendrick mourning the loss of his grandmother and wondering, with her gone, if anyone’s praying for him anymore.

How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation

Her testimony follows women like Florence Hansen and Eunice Pike , the first single female translators to train with Wycliffe’s predecessor program back in 1936. In Mexico, the pair completed the first New Testament translation in an indigenous language, working in a village where no missionaries had served before. Their example quickly reshaped the field. Within a decade, the program integrated male and female training and did away with mentions of gender. By 1944, two-thirds of the linguists working in Mexico were women.

Evolution's Influence Is Bad News for Your Health | Evolution News

There is much disagreement over evolution but one thing we can all agree on is that evolution is a highly influential theory. Like it or not, few scientific theories are as influential as evolution. Darwin’s theory injected its deeply flawed science into biology, but it did not stop there. One area where evolution’s damaging influence is important today is human health.

What Do Expiation and Propitiation Mean?

When we talk about the vicarious aspect of the atonement, two rather technical words come up again and again: expiation and propitiation . These words spark all kinds of arguments about which one should be used to translate a particular Greek word, and some versions of the Bible will use one of these words and some will use the other one. I’m often asked to explain the difference between propitiation and expiation. The difficulty is that even though these words are in the Bible, we don’t use them as part of our day-to-day vocabulary, so we aren’t sure exactly what they are communicating in Scripture. We lack reference points in relation to these words.

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Why the Church Has to Reject the Pull Toward Politics

Here’s why I think nationalism blinds us: If in your mind Jesus and your nation are going in the same direction—meaning Jesus is headed a certain direction, He has a certain goal and purpose for the world and the way He’s going to accomplish it and then your nation has the exact same goal and the exact same plan for accomplishing it—well then of course you can follow Jesus, because He’s headed a certain direction and your nation is headed the exact same direction and has the exact same plan to get there, well then of course, absolutely, you can do that.

How Ancient Eyewitness Testimony Became the New Testament Gospel Record

During the first years following Jesus’s ascension, the apostles still may not have written immediately about Jesus. Why not? A careful reading of the Scripture will reveal a common theme: Many of the early authors of the New Testament expected Jesus to return before there would ever be a need for an eyewitness record. They worked urgently to tell the world about Jesus, believing He would return to judge the living and the dead within their lifetime . In the days of the Apostles, the Word was heard , as the apostles preached to the world around them.

Contradictions: Eve’s Birth Certificate

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ( Genesis 1:27–31 )

"The Case for Christ" Movie Review

Here's my review of "The Case for Christ," a movie about Lee Strobel's journey from atheism to Christianity.

Marvel Comics Fired an Artist for Slipping Controversial Quranic Messages Into X-Men

To understand the references, you have to know a little bit about what’s going on in Indonesian politics right now. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is the governor of the nation’s capitol Jakarta. He’s of Chinese descent and, notably, the first Christian governor of Jakarta since 1965. That’s not been without controversy in the heavily Muslim nation of Indonesia. One particularly heated incident took place last September, when Ahok said people had been deceived by a controversial verse from the Islam holy book: Qur’an Sura 5:51.

The Star Wars Ladies Are Getting Their Own Series of Animated Shorts

Disney has announced plans to launch a new series of  Star Wars  animated shorts on its YouTube channel called  Forces of Destiny . Each episode will be a couple minutes long and take a deeper dive into the ongoing stories and adventures of some of the most iconic female characters from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away. They’ve even wrangled up some of the big name talent from the movies like Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones and Lupita Nyong’o to lend their voices to the shorts. Here’s a brief sneak peak:

The Greatest Prayer in the World: Maundy Thursday

Evidently, by the time Jesus was done praying in Gethsemane, the Father had not only made clear that there is no other way than the cross, but also that this way would succeed. The Lamb would have the reward of his suffering. He will “see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:10–11).

Trump Reverses Obama Era Rule Stopping State-Level Planned Parenthood Defunding

"Using the Congressional Review Act, the measure will repeal the final rule proposed by the Obama administration in late December that bans states from blocking Title X family planning grants to Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that offer abortion. Title X funding covers services such as contraception, STD screenings and treatments but cannot be used to pay for abortion services."


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Oh No, Now a Literal Scorpion Stung a Passenger on a United Flight

The thing managed to sting Bell before another passenger removed it and crushed it. Bell handled the situation like a champ, even declining medical assistance when emergency personnel rushed on board after the plane landed in Calgary. Still, add “scorpions falling from the sky” to your list of things that could happen to you on a United Flight.

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Good Friday Sermon

Many have rightly recoiled at some of the defective ways pastors have preached the cross, especially its penal and substitutionary dimensions. When we misstep in this area, it gives people a distorted and damaging view of both God and his gospel. This is tragic not only because we deprive people of the gospel’s beauty, but also because, as C. S. Lewis observed, the more powerful and good something is, the more destructive it can be if it goes wrong. Just as a doctor cannot carelessly wield a scalpel, so pastors cannot carelessly preach the cross, lest we bring death instead of life.

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2 Corinthians 4:16–18: Suffering Prepares Us to Enjoy God

In this lab, Pastor John shows us that for God’s children, all suffering is light compared to the weight of the glory coming, and all affliction is temporary compared to eternal bliss.

Evolutionists' Certainty Comes from Metaphysics, Not Science | Evolution News

This is upside down. Like a Christmas tree, you have a wide expanse of branches and twigs at the bottom, or beginning, and over time there is a narrowing as the species are lost to extinctions. Rather than a tree becoming increasingly wide over time from narrow beginnings, the strata often reveal the opposite pattern. Of course it is far more complicated than this simple analogy, but what is important is that the fossil record reveals so many “explosions” of new species. The so-called “Cambrian explosion” (yes, it is called an “explosion”) is the most famous, but there are several others. In these events, new species appear abruptly in the fossil record. Not only do a great many “truly new” features appear, but entirely new lineages appear as well.

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