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Seth Andrews: The Non-Thinking Atheist

Seth Andrews is a speaker on the subject of atheism who states that he is a kind and understanding non-believer, yet he often offers vicious and mean-spirited criticisms of Christianity. He is the host of The Thinking Atheist and the author of the self-published books Deconverted and Sacred Cows. Prior to his atheist activism, he claims that he was a fundamentalist Christian, but that claim appears to be weak at best.

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ZachariasTrust on Twitter

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Should Christians Be Countercultural?

I think of the sinful tendencies of my own heart. I recently came back from an annual conference where theologians and biblical scholars, both conservative and liberal, come together for a week of listening to papers, buying books at terrific prices, meeting with publishers about future projects, and reuniting with old friends. Every year, I’m overjoyed by the work of the academic guild, especially the work done in the service of the church. But I’m also saddened by the worldly pride that accompanies such academic festivities—the posturing of the elite, the claims of institutional pride, the competitive quests for academic glory. This academic culture can easily creep into the church, but it’s not just a problem I see in others. I see it in myself, in the depths of my own soul. Like those misled scholars, I am tempted to take pride in a degree I received, a university I attended, the letters that come after my name, or the books that have my name on them or in them. I, too, am tempted to forget my former existence in Adam where I was a nobody, and that “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Cor.

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Planned Parenthood Defends Bill Cosby: 'Sexual Assault Is Only 3% Of What He Does'

NEW YORK, NY—While almost nobody is willing to defend Bill Cosby any longer after he was convicted of sexual assault Thursday, the former television star and comedian found an ally in abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

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Why Hebrews 11:1 Doesn't Mean Faith Is Without Evidence – Thinking Christian

In this post I have not explored whether we have sufficient evidence to support Christian faith today. I’m convinced we do, but that wasn’t my topic of discussion. This has been about the meaning of faith in Hebrews 11:1. In its original context, as intended by its original author, it simply could not have meant “wish-thinking.” Still Jerry Coyne, Peter Boghossian, and others tell us with great assurance that it does. When they do that, they display an unreasoning willingness to draw dogmatic conclusions based on conveniently selected, incomplete, context-free evidence.

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Arbor Day: Celebrating God’s Design for Trees

Most of us don’t often actively think about trees. They might cross our mind when they explode in vibrant color in the autumn season or when spring brings a wreath of fruit blossoms to brighten the landscape. But whether you realize it or not, trees are quietly providing mankind with many benefits besides their aesthetic appeal. 3

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ICYMI: Check out our speaker lineup for #CatalystATL ! Learn more: https://ctly.st/2JZARBE  pic.twitter.com/XEkSTpE2gm

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Leaders, Talk About Power to Protect the Vulnerable

I can still see the young woman in her late 20s, crouched in the fetal position as she began to tell her story of abuse. Only months into my first pastorate and unaware of such stories, my wife and I were dropped into the deep end of the pool as we listened to our new friend. In barely audible whispers she recounted how her abuser instinctually sensed her vulnerability following a traumatic experience. Then came the gifts, the attention, the flattery, and the confusing physical contact. In my naïveté, I expected the horror of the story to be measured by the level of sexual intimacy this married, adult predator forced upon his teenaged victim. I thought this was a story about sex. It was not. This was a story about power. I don’t remember being warned by other pastors about the temptations of power. I knew to stay far away from misusing the other members of the triad—money and sex. But there were no cautionary tales about power. To be fair, financial and sexual transgressions typically involve more concrete, measurable actions. When it comes to power, no bell rings when scriptural arguments turn manipulative or when authority meant for protection is leveraged to mute the vulnerable.

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You Were Made to Play: Five Reasons God Created Us to Recreate

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Where the Gospel of Roman Catholicism Fails

Now, one of the reasons that the Roman Catholic Church rejected this understanding of the Bible, this understanding of justification by faith alone through imputation, is that it seemed to them to lead to lawlessness. If Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us by faith alone, why should we pursue a daily, practical, righteous life — a holy life?

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BreakPoint on Twitter

BreakPoint This Week: John and Ed discuss the critically ill toddler, Alfie Evans, and the UK government’s insistence that he be left to die—over the wishes of Alfie’s parents and despite the Vatican’s and Italian government’s offer to care for him. http://bit.ly/2jdHTXv  pic.twitter.com/5Tmpeba829

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Pray that God would call Christians to serve as school administrators, give them wisdom and winsomeness, let them do their tasks with excellence, and give them shrewdness, compassion, and empathy. Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://bit.ly/2CkG6ff  pic.twitter.com/ZiIpi6lXNv

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John Piper on Twitter

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

16 Christian Apologetics Program at Biola University

I'm hoping this rating goes up next year. I'm still in my first year and have enjoyed 2 out of 4 courses. The class on evil has wound up being "Why Libertaria

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers!

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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EXCLUSIVE: Read The Strzok-Page Texts The DOJ Handed Over To Congress

The Daily Caller News Foundation has obtained the missing text messages the Department of Justice released to members of Congress between two former FBI employees who were highly critical of President Donald Trump.

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Weekend Apologetics & Misc: Investigating the Case for Christianity

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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WORLD on Twitter

It turns out at-home DNA testing has another hidden use … @KileyCrossland reports on this and more in WORLD Digital's latest #Relations roundup. https://world.wng.org/content/can_tech_really_be_kid_friendly/#DNA …

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The Problem of Evil: Balancing between theism and atheism

The theist does not actually have all that much trouble explaining why there are evil choices. Libertarian free will does the job. Of course, there are some problems with libertarian accounts of free will. These problems are not, I think, nearly as serious as the problems that theists have with explaining why there is so much suffering or atheists have with explaining why there is consciousness. Moreover, there is a parallel problem for the atheist. Evil choices can only exist given free will. Prima facie the most plausible accounts of free will are libertarian agent-causal ones. But those are problematic for the atheist…

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WORLD on Twitter

#SwedesToo : A #MeToo scandal has so shaken the group of Swedish academics who select the winner of the @NobelPrize for Literature that it might not give out the award at all this year. @lmlangdon reports in this week's #Muse . https://world.wng.org/content/a_verdict_that_makes_sense/#nobel … pic.twitter.com/c3tgJlHQK6

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The Simple Guide to Christian Apologetics

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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NRB Member Spotlight: Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance, Truth Matters

Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance (RC) is an international apologetics outreach to college students, professors, and high school students. Ratio Christi, which means “reason of Christ” in Latin, has more than 185 chapters at colleges and universities and a high school apologetics ministry in affiliation with churches and youth groups. Its mission is to equip students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific evidence for following Jesus Christ. This gives them a way to integrate intellect, reason, and faith.

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Life in the Balance in Liverpool — Alfie Evans Is Not Alone

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Wintery Knight on Twitter

I was just reminded by @Sean_McDowell about "Is God Just a Human Invention?" And that is the right answer. Still you can leave your replies here! Thanks.

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Translations and Reliability of the Bible

Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason sets straight the assertion that the Bible has been translated many times over and therefore can't be reliable. For more information, visit str.org. Connect with us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/STRtweets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standtoreaso... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standtoreason/ Have a question or comment? Call Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason live Tuesdays 4-6pm Pacific Time - (855) 243-9975. If you'd like to submit your question ahead of time, fill out the online form here: https://www.str.org/training/broadcast

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Tired of bad news? Be encouraged by stories of redemption at this year’s #WilberforceWeekend – May 18-20. #WFW18 http://bit.ly/2FkRx2U  pic.twitter.com/uBXdLlD487

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Sadly, even as the great British generation that kept the Nazis at bay ages and passes away, the British government today, through its healthcare system, is embracing the killing of innocents in a way that would make Hitler and his henchman proud. http://bit.ly/2r3VTq3  pic.twitter.com/HYgEqI9MMv

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

Should we be surprised when a society that condemns the corruption of sexuality then turns around and demands the corruption of sexuality? @albertmohler #TheBriefing https://sbts.co/2r4ErC3 

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Friday, April 27, 2018 — The Briefing

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

From family values to felonies: How Bill Cosby helps us understand the entertainment culture as detached from real life @albertmohler #TheBriefing https://sbts.co/2KhYgyD 

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

Why, from a biblical worldview, the arrest of a suspect in the ‘Golden State Killer’ case is deeply satisfying @albertmohler #TheBriefing https://sbts.co/2r1BTVQ 

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CRI on Twitter

Anyone seeing Avengers Infinity War? Check out our @CRJournal article The Gospel According to Marvel by John McAteer | http://www.equip.org/article/gospel-according-marvel/ … … #Apologetics pic.twitter.com/TUZB3Q51n9

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Gender selective abortion is the culprit killing women. Changing the bias against girls will require a culture-wide change. Yet outlawing sex-selection abortion can happen tomorrow. Unfortunately, Western pressure is neutered by our addiction to abortion. http://bit.ly/2r1qdm3  pic.twitter.com/y1omLOIFK6

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No GQ, the Bible Is Not Racist, Sexist or Boring

While many may find those words to be rather severe , they actually sounded familiar  to me when I first read the GQ article. As an atheist, I can remember saying something similar to a Christian co-worker. But that all changed as I began to investigate the Bible using the skills I had developed as a detective. I've now come to appreciate the Bible above  all other texts (religious or otherwise), largely because the editors of GQ are wrong :

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The Dumbing Down of Christianity

The other day I was (surprise, surprise) in a coffee shop in the mountains, seated near the counter. A guy in his early 20’s walked in wearing a TOOL shirt and a long ponytail. I could overhear his conversation as he approached the barista and they began chatting. Somehow it came up that she attends a Christian university and he clearly didn’t approve.

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Is Christianity a Form of Superstition?

If prosperity or other rewards become the main point, Christianity begins to be marketed as a product, a method of achieving some desirable end. A person identifies a need in his or her life and Christianity fills that need, the way any product might do. But this is not the message of Christianity. The Bible is not a “how to” manual on achieving financial or worldly success. It does not promise riches in the here and now, nor an end to all hardship… nor a victory in every football contest. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the early fathers of the church, and their followers could have attested. (Except of course for the football part.)

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Is Philosophy Dangerous For Christians?

The implication being that philosophy is bad or dangerous and that we shouldn’t go chasing after “speculations.”  What I want to explore in this article is that this sort of mind set is not only in opposition to the Bible, but that it is crippling the church at large as far as our effectiveness not only to reach out to those who aren’t Christians (as it makes Christianity seem deeply anti-intellectual and irrational when the Bible paints the opposite picture) but also to the overall growth of us as Christians as well.  Before we can examine whether the charges stick as far as philosophy being dangerous we need to first briefly examine what we mean by the word philosophy .

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

Greg explains why God tells us to respect the gray-headed on today's Drive-Time #Podcast : https://www.str.org/podcasts/why-god-tells-us-respect-gray-headed … pic.twitter.com/3KHbllcgsa

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REPORT: Baby Alfie’s Priest Removed From Hospital After Reminding Medical Staff God Is Watching

Frigerio "observed that although McMahon could not cover the seven kilometres between his residence and the hospital to visit the Catholic child and his parents, he could find time to fly to Rome. She suggested, acerbically, that the archbishop had fed the pontiff 'a pile of lies,'" says the report from Life Site News. "La Nuova Bussola, an Italian Catholic newspaper, is reporting that before McMahon went to Rome, his auxiliary bishop, Thomas Williams, telephoned Brusco and quizzed him for an hour and three-quarters about his presence at Alder Hey. After this, Father Brusco 'remained at his post.' However, after McMahon’s visit to Rome yesterday, 'Vatican support began to falter' and Cardinal Nichols, through his auxiliary, Bishop John Francis Sherrington, wrote to the priest, asking him to return to his parish in London."

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Ted Cruz on Twitter

I'm sure you also endorse the guy who insulted and attacked your family. i don't know about you but if anyone maliciously attacks anyone in my family their dead to me... what kind of a man are you?

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James White on Twitter

So thankful for the abundance of information available to NT scholars today…. pic.twitter.com/54HNO2rZde

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Smelling Like Grace

Though I often resist, keep me in the place of humility, weakness, and dependence. It’s the best way (the only way) for the perfume of the gospel to be released through our lives.

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Daniel Akin on Twitter

This is extremely disappointing in terms of ethnic diversity. Very! We have got to do better than this. Our trustee boards must reflect the WHOLE SBC. https://twitter.com/sbcthisweek/status/989985795598700545 …

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Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter

We must persistently fight against finding our self-worth, status, honor, power, or prestige in something other than Jesus. http://bit.ly/2JXrFh5 

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REPORT: Baby Alfie’s Priest Removed From Hospital After Reminding Medical Staff God Is Watching

Frigerio "observed that although McMahon could not cover the seven kilometres between his residence and the hospital to visit the Catholic child and his parents, he could find time to fly to Rome. She suggested, acerbically, that the archbishop had fed the pontiff 'a pile of lies,'" says the report from Life Site News. "La Nuova Bussola, an Italian Catholic newspaper, is reporting that before McMahon went to Rome, his auxiliary bishop, Thomas Williams, telephoned Brusco and quizzed him for an hour and three-quarters about his presence at Alder Hey. After this, Father Brusco 'remained at his post.' However, after McMahon’s visit to Rome yesterday, 'Vatican support began to falter' and Cardinal Nichols, through his auxiliary, Bishop John Francis Sherrington, wrote to the priest, asking him to return to his parish in London."

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