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The Kalam Cosmological Argument
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and ai...
Andy Stanley and the New Testament in the Early Church
Andy Stanley thinks the New Testament didn't exist for about 400 years after Christ. I beg to differ.
The Miracle Tree
This 60-second program is a production of Answers in Genesis. We are an evangelistic/apologetics ministry dedicated to proclaiming the authority and accuracy...
Book Review- Cold-Case Christianity- J. Warner Wallace
Wallace eventually became convinced that the New Testament was true, Jesus was who he said he was and had risen from the dead. His new-found faith led to an intensive study of the Bible and a sharpening of his apologetic skills. Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels is a brilliant look at the claims of Christianity through the eyes of a trained investigator. Is the chain-of-evidence solid? Was any of the evidence contaminated? What about the witnesses? How do we know that they are reliable?
Renewing Your Mind | Sitting on Suitcases | April 28, 2014
There are those moments in life when we are forced to make a decision between one bad thing and another bad thing. We call that being stuck between a rock and a hard place. But what happens when you are caught between a good place and a great place? A decision like that can be equally difficult to make. Continuing our series on Heaven, Dr. Sproul reminds us of the greater of the two places, as we are Sitting on a Suitcase .
The Briefing 04-28-14
1) Canonization of two popes vivid picture of the distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism
Heaven Is Real; Hallucinations Are Not
Indeed, it is right and beneficial for Christians to fix their hearts on heaven. Scripture repeatedly urges us to cultivate that perspective: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1–2 ESV). “We look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV). “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 ESV).
All Those Chinese Christians Can’t Be Wrong
According to his estimates, by 2030 there’ll be 247 million Christians in China. While that will represent less than one-fifth of the population, it may—depending on how you count who is a Christian and who is not—be the largest Christian population in absolute terms in the world.
Grace to You
God’s intention from the beginning was for mankind created in His image to live in perfect liberty, both spiritually and physically. But the Fall ruined this ideal and introduced such corrupt concepts as slavery and subjugation to totalitarian governments. Democratic governments have tried, although imperfectly, to protect the liberty of their citizens—sometimes even extending such freedoms to foreign visitors and immigrants. However, civil liberties should not supersede our duties to righteousness or our obligations to display a faithful witness.
Grace to You Radio
Forgetting is as much a part of being human as breathing. From where you left the car keys to where you left the kids, basic details get lost in the shuffle when life grows hectic. It’s not that you don’t have enough information—you’ve simply forgotten what you already know.
Spiritually, we wrestle with the same problem. We complicate...
Exit strategy for NBA, Donald Sterling: Sell Clippers to Magic Johnson
So Sunday, Johnson goes on national television and tells everyone: Donald Sterling should lose the Clippers. He's right. The NBA will move to suspend Sterling in the short-term and turn its army of lawyers onto a way to force Sterling into a sale. Magic Johnson could always see the court, the next play, and it's unfolding now. It won't be easy. It won't be tidy.
Sinner, Come Home
My heart was already full as John Piper began his message that would close the recent Together for the Gospel conference. I prayed that God would use his message to implant a passion within our hearts that would shape our lives and ministries for the length of our days.
The Shattering of Jars of Clay
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Grace frees you to be transparent
Sin can’t separate a Christian from God in Christ. Period. But the more we understand grace, the more we see how the amazing grace of God motivates us to repent of sin: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom. 6:1-2). Sin is so serious that it required death. In order to understand the true goodness of the cross, we must understand why it was necessary. This frees us to be transparent.
Blog - Convoy of Hope
There have been countless times since Convoy of Hope was founded that I was reminded of the importance of friends and partners, like you, who help us serve those who are hurting.
Four Myths About Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
One of my passions as a follower of Jesus is apologetics. Simply defined, apologetics is the method and practice of defending the truth of Christianity. When you engage in a discussion with someone about why you believe Jesus is who the Bible says He is, you’re “doing” apologetics.
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Five Reasons Why I Am A Christian - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I think it is of dire importance that everyone, not just Christians, know why they believe what they believe. Often, when faced with defending one’s beliefs people begin to grab for ideas from thin air. True beliefs will guide the way in which we live, so knowing why we believe something is important because either we end being hypocrites or taking a “blind leap” into something. When I say “blind leap” I am not meaning faith, for faith is not blind. Our life is to short to live in blindness, so seeking the truth is of utmost importance. In my post I would like to share a few reasons for my belief in the Christian worldview. I believe there are many reasons, but I am going to share five of the ones that have impacted my decision. These five are morality, design, longing, reality, and the reliability of Scripture.
'The Goonies' coming back again? What we want to see this time around - TODAY.com
The adventure is the easy part though; it's the conflict that will take some finessing. How about bringing back the Fratelli brothers, who've presumably served their time over the last 30 years and are free baddies once again? That would keep the kids busy with the caper and give the grownups a chance for some old-school revenge.
Greg Koukl: Narrow-mindedness is different than having a narrow view… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Narrow-mindedness is different than having a narrow view. We have a narrow view. That is, we believe we are right in [our Christians convictions] and therefore other views are wrong. All of the claims of truth are narrow. Narrow-mindedness does not have to do with the view, it has to do with the person. It's a vice of thinking. A narrow-minded person is a person who is stuck in his view and is not willing to consider alternate views. I have a narrow view, but I am certainly open to considering other people's points of view and dealing with the evidence for it.
A Gay Evangelical Preaches To The Unconverted
Matthew says we now have a more advanced understanding of sexual orientation than they had when the Bible was written. Because we now believe a gay orientation is fixed and unchosen, and the biblical authors were writing to a culture that only understood homosexual behavior in the context of their patriarchal society that viewed gay sex as excessive lust, we have to acknowledge the gap between Scripture’s context and ours, admitting Scripture doesn’t speak to the idea of loving, monogamous same sex relationships. Biblical condemnation of homosexual behavior is primarily related to gender hierarchy in a patriarchal context (rather than gender complementarity), and since we no longer live in such a context then we should reconsider the commands that were written to that specific culture for that specific culture. By imposing the same commands in our current context, the church is mandating celibacy for all gay Christians and forbidding an avenue for them to sanctify their sexuality in the context of a Christian marriage, causing tremendous damage that results in the “bad fruit” of isolation and self-hatred for gay men and women made in the image of God.
The Archaeological Evidence For Jesus - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It's March, Easter approaches, and new books about Jesus have appeared. It is an interesting and diverse batch this time around. Bart Ehrman's "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth" (Harper) very ably assembles the evidence, showing that claims that there never was a historical Jesus fly in the face of common sense and more than sufficient evidence. "The Jesus Discovery" (Simon & Schuster) by James Tabor and Simcha Jacobivici argues that a south Jerusalem tomb (called the "Patio Tomb" because it is accessed via the patio of a condo) belonged to a first-generation Christian family. Tabor and Jacobovici think they have found an inscription that alludes to Jesus resurrected and ascended to heaven. Archaeologists are not convinced; some are complaining that the authors have grossly misinterpreted the evidence. Ehrman's interpretation of the evidence is convincing; Tabor's and Jacobovici's is not.
Why is There Something Instead of Nothing? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Introduction: A theist and anti-theist are arguing about the existence of God. The theist has discussed the anthropic principle (that the universe is designed to support human life), but isn't getting very far and decides to use his "ultimate" question to stump the atheist; "Why is there something instead of nothing?" Instead of getting the blank stare he expects, the theist is bombarded with a slew of science that "proves" that universes can be created from nothing. The theist is left stammering—defeated again by science and logic. Should Christians pack up their Bibles and go home?
The Sacrilegious Sarah Palin
This Administration was handed wars the United States never should have been in in first place, including war against the Taliban. Obama embraced that war and can pay the penalty. Iraq faces continuing terrorism because we invaded and destroyed the civil order that had already been built. We were/are incapable of building an order for the Iraqi people to replace it and staying any longer than we did would not change that. The sad truth is we broke a political system which was bad but tolerable for a majority of Iraqis and can’t fix it. Their deaths, their destruction, their misery is on us. We have to live with it and stop denying it under the pretense that we lacked the will to succeed. And we should have an administration that “goes after” government leaders and agents that violated the laws of war, no matter how many “legal opinions” they had to justify their activities, of both political parties, because there were those of us, such as Ron Paul and we who have followed and promoted him, that gave ample public warning, even before we invaded Iraq, that it would be a crime to do so.
You Want to Be a Good Apologist? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There are so many reasons why this is a good idea (wisdom, knowledge, spiritual growth, love for and awe of God), but in terms of apologetics, it's important to have a good grasp of the whole of the Bible--how things fit together, how one part explains another, and where you can find which piece of information in order to answer a person's questions. Reading through the Bible regularly will give you the basics you need to work through some of the more difficult issues to explain (suffering, slavery, war against the Canaanites, judgment, etc.) in light of all the necessary information. And when a person objects to the God of the Bible based on a verse that was taken out of context, you'll immediately recognize the problem and be able to correct it.
Did the Original New Testament Manuscripts still exist in the Second Century? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There are two or three places that address whether the originals survived into the second century. Tertullian, writing in c. 180 CE, said, “Come now, you who would indulge a better curiosity, if you would apply it to the business of your salvation, run over [to] the apostolic churches, in which the very thrones of the apostles are still pre-eminent in their places, in which their own authentic writings are read, uttering the voice and representing the face of each of them severally” 1 The key term here is authenticae (‘authentic’). Schaff has a note on this as follows: “This much disputed phrase may refer to the autographs or the Greek originals (rather than the Latin translations), or full unmutilated copies as opposed to the garbled ones of the heretics. The second sense is probably the correct one.” However, Schaff’s view is not the only one out there. For example, the Oxford Latin Dictionary offers this definition for the nominal cognate, authenticum: “An original document, autograph.” There is no other definition given. For the adjective, authenticus, which is used by Tertullian, OLD gives the meaning as “(of documents) Original.
D3 Youth Conference
D3 Youth Conference will be a summer experience full of learning and growing opportunities for high school students serious about following Christ. Designed to develop students’ understanding of leadership, worldview and missions, D3 will equip students on the campus of Southern Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, Ky.
Paul Copan: God can and does speak through reason… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
God can and does speak to unbelievers through reason, beauty, moral failure, and the existence of evil. As a cloud of apologetical witnesses can testify, God has used philosophical arguments for his existence, scientific supports for the universe’s beginning (Big Bang) and its fine-tuning, and historical evidences for the resurrection of Jesus to assist people in embracing Christ—just as God uses the preaching of the gospel (
Christian Apologetics Manifesto: Nineteen Theses To Shake the World With the Truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This is a manifesto to ignite the holy fire of apologetic passion and action. As did Jeremiah, we should have "fire in our bones" to communicate and commend Christian truth today (Jeremiah 20:9). This manifesto is not a sustained argument or a detailed development of themes. Rather, as a manifesto, it proclaims a short series of interrelated propositions crying out for both immediate and protracted reflection, prayer, and action. These challenges issue from convictions formed through my nearly thirty years of apologetic teaching, preaching, debating, writing, and Christian witness.
10 steps for change
The Bible is all about the grace of change. It’s a story of new beginnings and fresh starts. TWEET The Bible holds before us that hope that we can change, and in so doing, act and speak in new and better ways. And although the Bible clearly presents that change generally is a process and not an event, it does call us to do all that we can do to participate in God’s work of change.
JP Moreland: A vigorous intellectual counterpunch - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Instead of responding to these attacks with a vigorous intellectual counterpunch, many believers grew suspicious of intellectual issues altogether. To be sure, Christians must rely on the Holy Spirit in their intellectual pursuits, but this does not mean they should expend no mental sweat of their own in defending the faith.
5 moves to integrate theology into your ministry
Being in ministry means learning to live with the disappointment of people. Sometimes you will genuinely let them down because of your shortcomings and failures, and sometimes they will have unrealistic expectations. If you build your ministry on yourself and on your abilities, this disillusionment — both yours and theirs — will be crippling. If, on the other hand, you show them that Jesus is the only one who never disappoints, that our hope is in him and that he alone is our standard and our strength, then their hope rests on Christ alone. Talk constantly about Jesus, about his attributes and about his grace and truth. We see more of God’s glory in Christ than Moses ever saw on Sinai. Jesus is lovely and he is ours.
John Templeton: Faith does not imply a closed, but an open mind… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Faith does not imply a closed, but an open mind. Quite opposite of blindness, faith appreciates the vast spiritual realities that materialists overlook by getting trapped in the purely physical.
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New Wine for New Wineskins: Highlights from Q Nashville | Q Ideas
It was a lighthearted way of pointing out the thread through all the conversations going on at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville on April 23 and 24. That focus on God’s plan for human flourishing—in relationships, in churches, in our bodies and minds, and in the midst of a shifting cultural landscape—is at the core of Q’s mission: “Stay Curious. Think Well. Advance Good.”
Russia vows 'painful' response to new U.S. sanctions over Ukraine
"It will only intensify all the processes in Ukraine which it intends to change or stop," Ryabkov told CNN, speaking English. "It is yet another sign of a reckless behavior of the U.S. administration. No lessons are learned from the past. The U.S. does literally nothing to impress its cronies and clients in Kiev on whom there is full responsibility for constant deterioration of the situation in Ukraine. This is what needs to be changed and not the policy of Russia.
Lost in Translation: Finding the Right Bible for You - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Finding a Bible of your own can be a daunting task. Walk into a Christian bookstore and you are confronted by hundreds of choices. So many different sizes, features and translations—enough to dizzy the mind and discourage any soul searcher.
How are we different and what gave us the advantage over extinct types of humans like the Neanderthals?
In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered� Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage?
Moral Argument - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
What an interesting topic. I can't figure out a way to comment on the original post at Rocket Philosophy, so I'll dive in here. I'll tackle the first given objection to point number 1, "Morality is rooted in whatever leads to human flourishing." I agree with the Response to this objection, but I don't usually hear this argument centered around humans. Instead, I hear the objection that morality is rooted in whatever leads to the flourishing of conscious creatures or that morality is rooted in minimizing harm/suffering of conscious creatures. As far as I can tell, this objection is not covered in this article. The given response does not apply because there is no attempt to elevate humans. Indeed, many thinkers think that it is immoral to elevate humans. Rape is bad insofar as it causes suffering, and it clearly does in humans. Other conscious creatures are indeed known to form mating relationships and also to gang rape (e.g. dolphins), but I don't lose much sleep wondering whether I should intervene in dolphin affairs, and I wouldn't think that's really at issue here.
Universe from Nothing?: A Critique of Lawrence Krauss, Part 1 - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
He asserts that the universe came from “nothing” rather than from God. However, the different “nothings” that Krauss appeals to for his explanations are really “some things”—“some things” that demand nothing less than the existence and involvement of the biblical God.
Field Testing Truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We rightfully admire the apologetics of the Apostle Paul, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Peter Kreeft, but we sometimes ignore their secret of success. They did all their apologetics before an unbelieving audience. Paul spoke in public places where there were few believers in the audience. G.K. Chesterton wrote in newspapers and debated creatively in public venues. C.S. Lewis spoke on British radio, wrote in papers, taught in secular university, and lectured in public. His nonfiction books are powerful because the ideas within their pages were formed while doing the up close and personal work of an apologist. Peter Kreeft's effective apologetics was developed in the classroom and during evangelistic presentations on campus.
The Argument from Religious Experience: Some thoughts on method and usefulness - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
What reasons are there for apologists to adopt such a stance? Well it seems possible that some of them simply haven’t studied the argument enough to consider its plausibility. I admit that before interacting with the argument, I was skeptical of the possibility for its having any value. But I want to suggest another possibility: apologists tend to favor arguments which can be presented and defended in a debate format or which are useful in short conversations with others. I’m not suggesting this as an attack on my fellow Christians, merely as an observation. And this is not a bad thing; it is indeed greatly useful to have arguments which can be presented quickly and defended easily when one is trying to present a case for Christianity to others.
Reseña: La razón de Dios: creer en una época de escepticismo por Timothy Keller
Vivimos, en pleno siglo XXI, en una época de creciente escepticismo. Pero, al mismo tiempo, se han levantado, ya en el siglo anterior, numerosos defensores de la fe cristiana histórica. Nombres como C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, R.C. Sproul, Ravi Zacharias, Alister MacGrath, Vishal Mangalwadi o José Grau entre otros, por mencionar algunos de mis favoritos. Yo colocaría a Tim Keller en esta lista también, como uno de los pensadores evangélicos más incisivos de nuestros días. Todavía recuerdo vívidamente el impacto que me causó leer este libro cuando apareció en inglés en 2008.Aquella primera lectura me proporcionó un fuerte estímulo para proseguir con denuedo en esta imprescindible labor apologética. Tuve la oportunidad de leerlo nada más salir de la imprenta. De hecho, tengo la primera edición en tapa dura que me regaló mi buen amigo Steve Phillips, pastor de una iglesia en Vilassar de Mar, en Barcelona. Creo, por tanto, que es un gran acierto que esta obra se haya traducido al español.
How Not to Talk About Purity
This was a great article. I grew up in the Purity/Abstinence culture and always felt like there was something off about what I was being taught, like there was something missing from the message. I can’t tell you how many times I heard that my virginity was the gift I could only give once and that I shouldn’t waist it. Our purity (holiness) is defined by our relationship with God, not our sexual history or lack thereof. The purity movement seemed to skip past sections of scripture where Jesus told us that if we lusted in our heart it was the same as committing adultery. Purity is a question of the heart, not one’s past.
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on the pursuit of truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Many of you have already found out, and others will find out in the course of their lives, that truth eludes us if we do not concentrate our attention totally on it's pursuit. But even while it eludes us, the illusion of knowing it still lingers and leads to many misunderstandings. Also, truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter.
Bringing Jesus into Core Identity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
People who aspire to be faithful followers of Jesus will be motivated to have their core identities shaped by Jesus. Those who are not believers need to discover that Jesus captures what they want most deeply. In this post, I shall think about believers. In my own spiritual journey, I have found only two things that help me bring Jesus into my core. The first is obedience. The second is to meditate on the encounters with Jesus in the Gospels.
Now I have no doubt that the drama teacher who produced this comic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy was doing her postmodern best: ‘witty’, ‘playful’, ‘imaginative’, ‘creative’, ‘rebelling-against-Shakespeare’s-patriarchal-authorship’, ‘the reader-as-empowered-author’. Yet other adjectives seem more appropriate: cruel and violent. ‘Cruel’ because to treat Mercutio’s death in this way is cruel and compassionless. ‘Violent’ because Shakespeare is not simply being gagged or silenced: he is being made a ventriloquist’s dummy and being made to say words of trivial cruelty. George Steiner long ago appreciated that some modern reading strategies had exactly this quality: they had the ‘covert thrill of violence’. ‘Violence’ because the reader make a ventriloquist’s dummy of the author against his or her will, and ‘covert’ because this is carried out under the cover of ‘witty’, ‘smart’, ‘playful’ and indeed ‘scholarly’ reading of the author.
The Historical Evidence of the Existence of Jesus of Nazareth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I was surprised because I am trained as a scholar of the New Testament and early Christianity, and for thirty years I have written extensively on the historical Jesus, the Gospels, the early Christian movement, and the history of the church’s first three hundred years. Like all New Testament scholars, I have read thousands of books and articles in English and other European languages on Jesus, the New Testament, and early Christianity. But I was almost completely unaware—as are most of my colleagues in the field—of this body of skeptical literature…
Commission and commands – Priorities for the Church - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When thinking of the mission of the church, many will take the Great Commission ( Matthew 28:19-20 ) as a starting point. In that commission, Jesus tells us to make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them. It is succinct and speaks directly to the issue. This is a good launch point for the mission of the church.
Definition and Role of Evidence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This brings us to the role of evidence, already implicit. Evidence and relevant facts ought to be amassed in order to evaluate a proposition. This does not mean one must know everything there is to know about a subject. I would submit that if there is enough evidence relevant to the situation or premise that one can assert, tentatively, that the evidence points in favor of the proposition. There is much offered in the realm of evidences for (and some against) God. One should only remain agnostic in the event she holds her evidences in favor of and against God to be precisely equal! This is the definition and role of evidence.
Mormons and the Bible - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In a discussion with an older Mormon missionary, Sister G learned that I had prayerfully read the Book of Mormon but had not found it to be the word of God. In her effort to discover what obstacle stood between me and Mormonism, we talked about a lot of different doctrinal issues. We discussed contradictions between the Bible and the Book of Mormon, the doctrine of God, the biblical tests of a true prophet, the authority of Scripture, and the Mormon law of eternal progression. To everything Sister G said I found myself responding with, “But the Bible says…” After about half an hour of this, Sister G grew frustrated and told me, “I know what your problem is. You have to forget the Bible.”