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N.T. Wright lectures on the seven mutations caused by resurrection of Jesus

Here’s a lecture from N.T. Wright, whose multi-volume case for the historicity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus seems to be getting a lot of respect from the other side, (although I strong…

My Abandoned Life for Your Abundant Life

Abundant life is not about having stuff, but about having Jesus and true joy in him.

Watch Hillsong United Perform ‘Heart Like Heaven (Falling)’ at the Sea of Galilee

It’s a pretty great song to listen to on Easter weekend.

Brace Yourself for the First Trailer to ‘The Last Jedi’

Episode VIII is going to make so much money, guys.

Are You Fit to Fight Temptation?

Christianity is a supernatural religion, but it is far from superstitious. Without learning to read the Bible, we cannot expect to stand.

Learning to Love the Psalms: A Live Interview with W. Robert Godfrey on Tuesday at 2pm

On April 18th at 2pm ET, we will be joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary California, Ligonier teaching fellow, and author of the new book, Learning to Love the Psalms. Together, we will discuss the importance of the Psalms, their use throughout church history, and how we can grow in our understanding and application of these divinely inspired words.

A Universe from Nothing? | Stand to Reason

Relativistic-quantum-field-theoretical vacuum states—no less than giraffes or refrigerators or solar systems—are particular arrangements of elementary physical stuff….. The fact that some arrangements of fields happen to correspond to the existence of particles and some don’t is not a whit more mysterious than the fact that some of the possible arrangements of my fingers happen to correspond to the existence of a fist and some don’t. And the fact that particles can pop in and out of existence, over time, as those fields rearrange themselves, is not a whit more mysterious than the fact that fists can pop in and out of existence, over time, as my fingers rearrange themselves. And none of these poppings—if you look at them aright—amount to anything even remotely in the neighbourhood of a creation from nothing.

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On the Meaning of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus

Jurgen Moltmann's  notion of Solidarity (see  The Crucified God ) is based upon the notion of Political solidarity. Christ died in Solidarity with victims. He took upon himself a political death by purposely angering the powers of the day. Thus in his death he identifies with victims of oppression. But we are all vitims of oppression. Sin has a social dimension, the injustice we experience as the hands of society and social and governmental institutions is primarily and at a very basic level the result of the social aspects of sin. Power, and political machinations begin in the sinful heart, the ego, the desire for power, and they manifest themselves through institutions built by the will to power over the other. But in a more fundamental sense we are all victims of our own sinful natures. We scheme against others on some level to build ourselve up and secure our conditions in life. IN this sense we cannot help but do injustice to others. In return injustice is done to us.Jesus died in solidarity with us, he underwent the ultimate consequences of living in a sinful world, in order to demonstrate the depths of God's love and God's desire to save us.

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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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Article: If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning Through the Resurrection by Kenneth Samples

In this featured article , philosopher and theologian Kenneth Samples explains why, "[f]rom a historic Christian perspective, both the nature and truth of Christianity rest upon Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead." He writes: "Jesus' being raised to new life three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine), and is Christianity’s central supporting fact (apologetics). The truth of Christianity uniquely stands or falls on Christ’s resurrection. The apostle Paul explains: “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14). “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). Since the truth-claims of Christianity hinge on the Resurrection, the New Testament accounts of Christ’s resurrection warrant careful analysis and reflection. The writers of these accounts not only report the Resurrection as a factual event but also provide a theological context and explanation of its overall significance to God’s historical redemptive plan.

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N.T. Wright Explains How Easter Changed Everything

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have very different angles on things, but they all converge on this: When Jesus is crucified something happens, and the result is the powers that have locked up the world in corruption, decay and death are overthrown. And Jesus is, from now on, running the show—even though it doesn’t look like it because we have the wrong idea of what power is and how it works.

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Perfect antidote to the #marchforscience . Watch Zombie Science live stream Tuesday 730pm PDT w/Dr. Jonathan Wells at https://www.facebook.com/discoverycsc/  pic.twitter.com/u1sq1r2UQ6

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Marriage Is Not the Mission

Paul reminds us that to live is Christ, to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). To live is not to marry. To live is not to raise children. To live is not to find “the one.” To live is Jesus Christ. In Philippians 1:23, Paul was hard pressed between the thought of continuing to live on mission (to live) and being with Christ (to die).

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Is the Name “Easter” of Pagan Origin?

The modern controversy over the name Easter , when used in association with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, is interesting, to say the least. The controversy seems to have blossomed at the beginning of the twentieth century and has caused many disturbances through the years. Examining this question is important to many Christians who do not wish to mix the worship of false gods with their worship of the only true God.

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Midnight Confessions’ Are Becoming a Book

One of The Late Show ’s most frequent bits features host Stephen Colbert entering a confessional booth, and delivering jokes in the form of confessions of sins to a priest.

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Walk with Jesus During His Last Week on Earth—Sunday, April 5, AD 33: http://cway.to/2okzZ04  @between2worlds #FinalDaysOfJesus pic.twitter.com/Q9Tub41YXX

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A Buzzfeed Investigation Freed This Man From Prison

There are still some people out there who hear “Buzzfeed” and think “13 Baby Turtles Who Are Too Extra for Their Own Good” or whatever. But over the past few years, Buzzfeed News’ investigative journalism team has slowly turned into one of the better ones in the business, with a staff of ace reporters getting international scoops of world-shaking nature. And then, occasionally, they pull off quieter, more intimate stories.

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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).

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The Deeper Message of Holy Week

I’ve come to believe that Christian faith is embodied in three days—a long weekend Christians call Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. In those three days, we experience a holistic expression of what Jesus wants us to live. We must remember that Christian faith is the whole weekend and that we must enter all three days—we must embrace the pain of Friday’s sunset, the awkwardness of Saturday’s silence and the hopeful sunrise of Sunday morning.

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Cold-Case Christianity on the NRB Network | Cold Case Christianity

With the rules of evidence clearly in mind, he examines the case for the existence of God, the reality of dualism, the reliability of the Biblical text, and the deity of Jesus. Along the way we also take a critical look at the nature of the Christian Church in America today. Why are so many young people leaving the church? Why are so many older Christians apathetic and unengaged? Why do so few Christians understand what they believe, and why do even fewer understand why they believe it? Join J. Warner each week as he sorts through the evidence for the Christian Worldview and examines the life of the Church.

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Are you using your phone for God's glory or your glory? #12WaysYourPhoneIsChangingYou http://crossway.org/12Ways  pic.twitter.com/c5LfN42u0l

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The #BoatyMcBoatface kerfuffle reminds Christians that names matter—for ships, but also for children #childrensnames http://bit.ly/2pmxmht  pic.twitter.com/oQOox7IuBb

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Resurrection Research Links

Every time I request the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus from a Christian blogger or pastor, the first thing they do is refer me to some apologist's book. Dear Christian friend, if it takes an entire book to prove that your first century miracle happened, it most probably didn't. Open your eyes, friends. You wouldn't read a Mormon apologist's book to decide whether or not to believe Joseph Smith's supernatural claims. You wouldn't read a Muslim apologist's book to decide whether or not to believe Mohammad's supernatural claims. And you wouldn't read a Hindu apologist's book to decide whether or not to believe the supernatural claims of the Hindu gods. Nope. You would expect the person making the supernatural claim to give you sufficient evidence within a five minute conversation...unless that supernatural claim is YOUR supernatural claim...then you expect us all to read your apologist's book to believe it. Something's fishy, folks.

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He Is Not Dead: Seven Victories on Easter Sunday

Jesus is not dead. And when he rose from the grave, against all of Satan’s lies and schemes, he guaranteed for you the greatest realities in the world. Two thousand years later, the resurrection still preaches God’s relentless commitment to win every victory for you, including these seven for Easter Sunday.

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"The Leftovers" returns tonight. Here's a look at what the show teaches us about sin, brokenness and faith. http://bit.ly/2ofOrF9  pic.twitter.com/VZBgxlfRsO

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

In the legacy of Lewis, the C.S. Lewis Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in private and public life.

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How Can Justification Make me Joyful? | HeadHeartHand Blog

So there I was, 19 years old, at college, feeling isolated and disillusioned until a required course on philosophy and theology. I heard the word “justification” for the first time. I heard that Jesus Christ’s perfect birth, life, death, and resurrection were mine through faith alone apart from any of my own efforts. I remember seeing my professor write on the whiteboard the words of Westminster Larger Catechism, Q&A 70, and me hurrying to copy it down before he erased it. Then I ran back to my dorm’s computer lab (yeah, we didn’t have personal laptops back then!) to type it out, print it, and post it above my desk to read every day. The Lord had given me the assurance I sought by teaching my heart and mind what Jesus had done for me and what the Holy Spirit had brought to me.

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The Hard-Edged Hope of Wendell Berry

While some critics accuse Dreher of advocating withdrawal from secular society out of a fear of contamination, Berry offers a clear alternative to this misconception. For Berry, the real danger is not contamination but complicity; as he notes in an interview with Sutterfield, all who care for the health of the land and its human communities are “involved inescapably in … wrongs that they oppose.” Thus he advocates practices and reforms that reduce our participation in such wrongs. His work reminds us, then, that our faith must be embodied, that it must go to work in local, loving economies that strive to honor the immeasurable gift of life.

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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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The Weight of Shame

If we are honest with ourselves, and more importantly, honest with God, we cannot help but admit that we feel shame as a result of our sin. Whether we sin in private or in public—and whether we perhaps even pretend not to have it—shame is undeniably real. We feel shame because God in His grace created all human beings with the capacity to feel shame as a consequence of their sin. John Calvin wrote, “Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.” If we have never truly felt the shame of our sin, we have never truly repented of our sin. For it is only when we recognize what wretches we are that we are able to sing “Amazing Grace” and know what a sweet sound it truly is.

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Why Don't We Care About the Slaughter of Christians?

A United Airlines passenger is violently hauled off a plane, and there is national outrage, rightly so. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Assad is worse than Hitler, and again, there is national outrage, rightly so. Forty-five Egyptian Christians are slaughtered by ISIS while attending church services on Palm Sunday and scores of others are wounded, and there is barely a national yawn. How can this be?

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“Manual of Christian Evidences” – Fisher Chapter 5 Guided Reading

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Jay Richards: "Who Designed the Designer?" | Evolution News

Amazingly, it’s the chief objection raised to religious belief by Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion . It’s also a complaint you hear all the time in response to intelligent design. Regarding the “natural temptation…to attribute the appearance of design to actual design itself,” Dawkins replies:

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Renewing Your Mind | A Heavenly Birth | Apr 17, 2017

Today, Ligonier Teaching Fellow Sinclair Ferguson shows us how we are transformed by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.

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How Do I Love My Unbelieving Spouse?

“However, these last several years have been challenging for my marriage. Despite sharing two young sons together, my wife and I are spiritually at odds. Despite my attempts to explain, she does not understand my faith in Jesus, nor my time spent in Bible reading and prayer. My time at church on Sundays is often viewed as a distraction from our family life. I love my wife immensely. I love our experience of each other in caring for our two sons. I believe those joys are pointers to an experience of God’s joy. She does not. I feel like there is a spiritual divorce, of sorts, that has already happened. I have no intention of a legal divorce — I want to keep alive the hope that we will one day share a Christ-exalting marriage and lead our sons in a walk of faith. But how do I persevere in love, empathy, and in a Christ-centered way amidst this great spiritual divide with my wife?”

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The Difference Between Belief That and Belief In (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, provides a detective’s perspective related to the New Testament and the Christian Life as he talks with Rob Melnichuk of “It’s Your Call”

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The Truth About Truth

In John 8:31-31, Jesus is recorded as conclusively saying: “ If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The concept of truth is very much avoided in modern secular society. Instead, we are meant to choose our own truth, and live as we see fit. We’re told that what’s true for you isn’t necessarily true for me, and everything is actually up for interpretation. Right from wrong is never clear-cut, and morality is basically a subjective society-created idea. According to the modern academia, truth is an elusive and abstract concept, and we waste our time trying to pin anything down as true.

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It’s Time for Youth Pastors to CH.A.T. With Their Students | Cold Case Christianity

Apologetics: As a Christian Case Maker, I was happy to hear that Don and Joe valued the role of apologetics in their paradigm. We also talked about how the role of Church History (particularly concerning the ancient Church) can assist us in making a case for the early dating, accuracy and reliability of the gospels. I’ve written a lot about this in my book and used the history of Ignatius, Polycarp and Clement to help us make a case for gospel reliability. When I was a youth pastor, my annual trip to Berkeley provided me with the opportunity to train my students in apologetics for months prior to the mission. Christian Case Making became a vital part of their DNA as high school student s, and it equipped them to handle the challenge of the University setting.

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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.

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Five reasons to believe Jesus rose from the dead - Adam4d.com

Five reasons to believe Jesus rose from the dead

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/three-responses-to-people-in-need

Some people keep their distance (Luke 10:30-31). This was the example the priest gave us in the story. He simply avoided the problem altogether. He didn’t even want to know what the problem was. This is what I call the lifestyle of avoidance. We tell ourselves, “Don’t get too close to people; you may have to help them. You may get your hands dirty.” That was the priest’s problem: he was too “holy” to be helpful. He didn’t want to be stained by the stuff of life. When we live a lifestyle of avoidance, we try to keep all our relationships superficial. If we can keep everyone at arm’s length, we can pretend we don’t see their pain and their needs. If we don’t get involved, we can avoid getting hurt or inconvenienced.

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Easter Week in Real Time

He is in the home of Simon the Leper, a man known by what’s wrong with him. During their meal together, Mary of Bethany—Lazarus’s sister (John 12:3)—comes to Jesus with an alabaster flask of perfume. She’s been saving this perfume, worth a year’s wages, for this exact occasion (John 12:7). She begins pouring it on Jesus’s head and feet, which requires breaking open its container (Mark 14:3). Like popping the cork on a $20,000 bottle of champagne, this was a deliberate act. She is offering Jesus everything she has. By giving her most valuable possession to him, she is expressing her knowledge that what he’s about to give of himself is for her. 

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Why I Know the Disciples Didn't Conspire to Fabricate the Resurrection of Jesus

How do we know the resurrection of Jesus really occurred ? Were the gospel authors and disciples telling the truth about this central claim of Christianity, or did they conspire to fabricate the most compelling story of all time? Is the Resurrection simply a lie? In my experience as a detective, I have investigated many conspiracies and multiple suspect crimes. While successful conspiracies are the popular subject of many movies and novels, I’ve come to learn that they are (in reality) very difficult to pull off. Successful conspiracies share a number of common characteristics:

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The Uncomfortable Truth at the Heart of Louis C.K.’s Abortion Comments

To paraphrase in friendlier terms, C.K. concludes that abortion is either no big deal at all, or it is a really big deal, which means it’s murder. In his view, these are the only two choices we have. Beneath a grin of a man who knows he is stirring the pot and enjoys it, C.K. says:

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51 How Does the Gospel Save Believers?
52 He Descended into Hell?
53 Why Today's Teenagers Are Afraid to Make Mistakes - Jonathan Morrow
54 One Painful and Beautiful Burial
55 The Resurrection of Jesus: Which Explanation Fits the Minimal Facts?
56 Why We Should Be Inviting Our Non-Christian Friends and Neighbors to Church at Easter, My Article at CNN (and a Bit More)
57 Passion City Church on Twitter
58 Your Pain Is Preaching a Gospel
59 Couldn’t God Have Used Evolution?
60 Book Review: The Bible Among The Myths
61 It Is Finished
62 The New City Catechism—Now in Print with New Devotional, Apps, Music
63 Six Lessons in Good Listening
64 Focus on the Family on Twitter
65 Instagram post by J Warner Wallace • Apr 17, 2017 at 10:34pm UTC
66 How to Binge Watch Like a Believer
67 John Perkins Wants to Keep the Dream Alive through Love
68 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
69 Should OT Difficulties Be an Obstacle to Christian Belief? | Reasonable Faith
70 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
71 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
72 Stand to Reason on Twitter
73 Scientists and Scholars Team Up to Set Straight the March For Science | Evolution News
74 The Moral Argument for God
75 Why Are You a Christian?
76 Ascension by R.C. Sproul | April 17, 2017
77 Disability Makes a Church Strong
78 5 Reasons Why I Categorically Reject the Alt-Right Version of Jesus | The Stream
79 Genetic Fallacy and Tu Quoque
80 A Question for Leftists and Progressives: Is This What You Mean by ‘Equality’? | The Stream
81 BreakPoint on Twitter
82 Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You
83 LifeTodayTV Program on Twitter
84 Ask Anything with Albert Mohler — Tuesday, April 18 at 2pm ET
85 The Briefing 04-17-17 - AlbertMohler.com
86 The Briefing 04-17-17 - AlbertMohler.com
87 The Briefing 04-17-17 - AlbertMohler.com
88 Death Is Dead, Christ Has Conquered | RZIM
89 Christianity Today on Twitter
90 May The Joy of Easter Be Yours | RZIM
91 Can’t Keep Jesus Down
92 BreakPoint on Twitter
93 Christ’s Resurrection and Our Justification