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Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses on Truth Matters | Stand to Reason

This week I had the pleasure of being a guest on Ratio Christi’s television program Truth Matters . During my discussion with host Tony Gurule , we focused on how Christians can tactically engage Jehovah’s Witnesses when they show up at our door. This was an introductory level conversation but should be valuable for anyone looking to better understand and engage Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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From Phys.org: Many bacteria are equipped with a flagellum, a helical propeller that allows bacteria to travel. The flagellum is assembled in a highly organized manner involving the stepwise addition of each of its internal parts. However, there are many open questions as to how this orderly constr

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Tips for Beginning Apologetics

We all make mistakes at some point in our lives. This is especially true when we first start out pursuing what we’re passionate about. The amount of mistakes beginner apologists make can be vast and I regrettably made many myself. These following tips are inspired first and foremost by the mistakes I made as a naïve defender as well as advice from other experienced apologists.

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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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Apologetics Is Secondary to the Gospel

There are a few voices out there that say my work is misguided because I care about apologetics more than the Gospel. I shouldn’t be teaching on subjects like Islam, homosexuality, and abortion. They say if I start talking to a non-Christian, I shouldn’t bring up apologetics, but rather tell them about the Gospel.

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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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Laura Thien on Twitter

“People need meaningful relationships with members of the opposite sex, and they need them to be safe, honoring, and full of integrity.” https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/april-web-only/its-not-billy-graham-rule-or-bust.html …

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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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New Species of Fossil Dragonfly Named for ID Proponent Michael Behe | Evolution News

A study of the different anatomical features of this fossil and comparison with other fossil odonates revealed a very incongruent pattern of similarities. Such homoplasy is a ubiquitous phenomenon in systematic biology and does not readily align with a hierarchical system required by evolutionary classification. While surprising from the perspective of common ancestry, such incongruences would not be surprising from the perspective of common design. This suggests that the currently ruling paradigm of cladistic classification based on assumed common ancestry should be reconsidered in favor of a traditional phenetic classification based on maximum similarity.

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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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God, The Rise of Science, and Information

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How to Make the Case Like a Case Maker | Cold Case Christianity

Make an Opening Statement Thoroughly In criminal trials, attorneys begin by making opening statements to the jury. The crime under consideration will be thoroughly described and jurors will see photographs of the crime scene for the first time. It is a dramatic moment for many of the jurors, particularly if they’ve never been exposed to the level of violence that typically accompanies the kinds of cases I work as a detective. Prosecutors know they only get one chance at a first impression; this is not the place to stumble through your notes. They must know this portion of the presentation thoroughly and display the kind of confidence, passion and certainty that comes from exhaustively understanding the case at hand. In criminal trials, opening statements are limited to a simple outline of the facts of the case. Attorneys set the scene for the jurors, present the issues at stake and provide an overview of how the trial is expected to proceed. Jurors are told who their witnesses will be, how these witnesses are related to each other and the case, and what each is expected to say. While opening statements should be as persuasive as possible, they should not include “arguments”.

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WORLD on Twitter

Elvis remembered: @HBO highlights the environments that shaped a great talent https://world.wng.org/2018/04/elvis_remembered … @ArsenioOrteza @ThomZimny @RCARecords @SonyLegacyRecs @ElvisPresley pic.twitter.com/PCN08ZaB4b

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

Play can become frivolous, but it is not itself frivolous. Play is divine. God not only created play, but we can say that the act of creation was in some sense an act of play itself. Play is creational, productional, relational, restrictional, and immortal. The cosmos was created as play, and it was created for play, a grand theater for our sporting. And you indeed were made to play.

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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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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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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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Catalyst on Twitter

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

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Why Jesus Wept

Jesus also wept over the  calamity  of sin. As God the Son who had come into the world to destroy the devil’s works (1 John 3:8), Jesus was about to deliver death its deathblow (1 Corinthians 15:26). But sin grieves God deeply, and so do the wages of sin: death (Romans 6:23). And ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, he had endured sin’s horrific destruction. Death had consumed almost every human being he had created (all except Elijah and Enoch). It had taken Lazarus, and it would take him again before it was all over. Tears of anger and longing were mixed with Jesus’s tears of grief.

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Is the Origin of Life a Scientific Question?

A better approach might be to assert that the only reason why we have not observed abiogenesis is that it so rarely happens. That is a logical possibility, but it has no empirical evidence to support it. Belief in abiogenesis is the reason why so much attention is given to the search for evidence for life elsewhere in the universe. This search takes many forms, such as programs leading to the discovery of extrasolar planets, planets orbiting other stars. So far, we have found about 2,000 other planets, but none are clearly earth-like, that is, suitable for life. Another manifestation for the search for life elsewhere is the seemingly never-ending missions to Mars. Each mission to Mars reveals no evidence for life on Mars (and frequently shows just the opposite to be the case), which is followed by the next mission that appears to be based upon the premise that we just haven’t looked in the right parts of Mars yet. Then there is SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. SETI operates by listening for radio broadcasts from planets orbiting other stars. The first SETI program was in 1960.

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Desiring God on Twitter

Sam Storms: “We quench the Holy Spirit when we rely decisively on any resource other than the Holy Spirit for anything we do in life and ministry.” https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/seven-ways-to-quench-the-spirit …

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Why Are Many Atheists So Unhinged? The Atheist Syndrome

ANTHROPOLOGICAL HISTORY OF RELIGION, HERES A SHORT VERSION OF THE EVOLUTION OF RELIGION. 1: 40,000 YEAR AGO ROCK AND TREES HAD SPIRITS.I DO KNOW BECAUSE I CAN READ AND RELIGION DOES NOT HAVE A CAVEAT ON HISTORY. 2: 10,000 BC THE FIRST PRIESTS APPEARED , COINCIDES WITH HUMANITY GATHERING IN LARGER COMMUNITIES. 3: 3,500 BC , THE DATE THE STORY OF GILGAMESH CAN BE TRACED BACK, GILGAMESH IS THE STORY WHERE CHRISTIANITY STOLE NOAH`S ARK FROM, IT TE SECOND OLDEST FLOOD MYTH, MY PEOPLE, THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL RETAIN THE ONLY ACCURATE RECORD OF THE FLOOD FROM POLAR ICE CAP MELTS. 4. PERSIA INVADED EVERY FUCKA ,SPREADING THEIR RELIGION ZOROASTRIANISM WHICH IS THE FIRST NOTABLE MON THEIST RELIGION. 5. ZOROASTRIANISM EVOLVES INTO EVERY RELIGION TO DAY BASED ON ONE GOD , THIS INCLUDES ALL 33,000 DENOMINATIONS OF CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM , EVERY RELIGION IN INDIA , JEWISH RELIGION , HEBREW , ETC ALL OF THEM HAVE EVOLVED FROM PERSIAN BELIEFS. THE WORD SPIRIT IS LEFT OVER FROM 40,000 YEAR AGO TODAY THAT WORD AND ITS MEANING HAVE EVOLVED TO BE THE HOLY SPIRIT . PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY MY PEOPLE HAVE HAD CULTURE , UNITED NATION OF TRIBES, RADIATION WARNING SIGNS( THIS IS DATED 35,000 YEAR OLD), AND NO WHERE IN OUR BELIEF SYSTEM IS A MONO GOD OR IN 80,000 YEAR OF HISTORY NO CHURCHES OR PLACES OF WORSHIP.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Nineteenth Century | Apr 28, 2018

In the 19th century, the intellectual and cultural elites began to despise and attack Christianity. Today, W. Robert Godfrey considers how the church responded.

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Faithful Thinkers on Twitter

RT @RTB_FRana : Can #science detect the Creator's handiwork in nature? Or is intelligent design outside the purview of science? My Thoughts http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/04/12/can-science-detect-the-creator-s-fingerprints-in-nature … pic.twitter.com/XLIUZuifuC #God #Apologetics

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A Fresh Outworking of Cornelius Van Til's Presuppositional Apologetics

For numerous Presuppositional Apologetics books check out: http://bit.ly/2HxDh9Q Here, Author Mike Robinson offers a fresh engagement with Van til's transcendental argument for the existence of God and presuppositional apologetics with tag.

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Passion Conferences on Twitter

"I wonder if you could see yourself tonight, as a 22 year old, as an arrow flaming by the spirit of God in the hands of a merciful God. And you could say to him, 'Grip. Draw. Anchor. Aim. Release. And launch my life somewhere for your glory!'" - @louiegiglio pic.twitter.com/i9OVjC3xUQ

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

The Humiliation Tactic: It Won’t Work This Time, Either

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How Do I Know God’s Calling for My Life?

6) The renewed mind takes seriously the affirmation and confirmation of the local church. It is essential that you be part of a local church. This is the normal way of being a Christian, and it is the only way I know anybody can go to the mission field and know what to do once he got there. Because it is churches that we want to come into being so that believers have a way to be discipled there. Part of the experience of the local church is to confirm our gifts and to confirm our desires and to confirm our skills and to confirm our compassion. Without that confirmation, we will tend to be loners who very easily mistake God’s leading.

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Do You Have to Go to Church to Be a Good Christian?

But most importantly, there's no indication in the Bible that one can truly be a Christian while regularly separating from God's people—the church. The church is where all of the "one anothers" of Scripture (e.g., "Love one another," "pray for one another," "bear with one another") are lived out. And the Apostle John warns that we cannot claim to love God if we reject each other, adding, "No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us" (1 John 4:12).

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The Problem With Christians Denying Man-Made Climate Change

But the science isn’t as important as the consequences to our children, and let me tell you why. Two weeks ago I was in Alabama at a conference, and I had a man who was in complete disagreement with me on climate change. I started talking about the children’s health impact, and at the end of the day he came up to me and asked, “So climate change is really linked to our children’s health and all of those chemicals?” I said, “Yes and no. Climate change is caused by the same things that’s poisoning our children. So if you deal with one, you’ll deal with the other.” He said, “Okay, I can accept climate change now. I can accept going to clean energy, because you’ve given me a valid reason why I can do it and what I can do.” That’s the message we’re trying to get out in the evangelical world.

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Catalyst on Twitter

On this week’s Catalyst Podcast we sat down with pastor Adam Hamilton for a conversation about how can we develop sustaining spiritual practices and finally embrace the reoccurring counsel of Jesus – “Do not be Afraid”. Listen Now: https://ctly.st/2HzP3Qx 

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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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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/being-faithful-in-the-little-things

God uses little things to test your integrity. We think it’s the big things in life that create a leader — but no. The big crises in life reveal leadership, but leadership is not built in the big things of life. It’s built in the small things. That’s where integrity shows up — in the stuff that nobody sees, in the stuff behind the scenes, and in the small, unseen, unspectacular choices of life where you do the right thing even though nobody’s ever going to see it.

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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

43 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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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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