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Apologetics and the Wisdom of Proverbs

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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The Evidence for Christianity Doesn't "Tell" Us Anything

I’m usually careful to avoid making overly aggressive claims when sharing the evidence for Christianity. I seldom tell anyone I can “prove” Christianity is true. Instead, I typically say something like, “I’d be happy to share the evidence I found compelling.” In my experience, there’s a big difference between “proof” and “evidence” . Journalists are seldom careful, however, in distinguishing between the two. I did a quick Internet search and found the following articles:

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Women Who Defend the Faith

Just as the testimony of women sparked an investigation of Jesus’ empty tomb in the 1st century, so the testimony of women in the 21st century leads many to consider the evidence for the claims of Christianity.

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Is the Virgin Conception An Essential Claim of Christianity? (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #78) via @jwarnerwallace 

Can We Preach to All People?

As I’ve said before, this canon was deliberately written this way. “Moreover” ( caeterum ) is not as strong as “therefore” ( ergo ). The canon is not explaining the precise relationship between Jesus’ sufficiency and preaching so that it may allow for the different ways of expression among Reformed theologians. 2 But what it does clearly say is that if your view of “limited atonement” limits your evangelistic outlook, you don’t understand the historic Reformed view. Far from limiting evangelizing and witnessing, this doctrine frees us to sow the seed of the gospel freely (Matt. 13). Why? Because we know that there are those whom the Father elected, for whom Christ died, and whom the Holy Spirit will powerfully and effectually bring to faith. Listen to the echo of Jesus’ command to His Apostles in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15 here in canon 2.5: “This promise . . . ought to be declared and published to all nations.” And the language of preaching “without differentiation or discrimination to all nations and people” is drawn from texts such as 2 Corinthians 5, where Paul said he sought to “persuade others” (v.

The Problem with “Bad Design” Arguments | Evolution News

One of Butler’s arguments focused on the supposedly poor design of the eye, which is hardly an original argument. As I read his posts, it was apparent his knowledge only extended to maybe reading of a book or two by Richard Dawkins and I suspect some blog posts. His basic argument, as I expected, was that even though the eye is “remarkably good,” it is backwards and also “absolutely stupid” because light has to travel through blood vessels before reaching the light-sensing receptors. Thus, according to Butler, you end up with a blind spot. This is not a problem, he notes, for the camera eye of a cephalopod whose light-sensing cells point toward the incoming light, providing what he felt was a more “rational design.” Therefore, he posits, there cannot have been a designer of the human eye, since this is exactly what we would expect from natural selection.

Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World: Abdu Murray: 9780310562047: Books

Abdu Murray does an excellent job explaining why we have such a hard time engaging with the culture around us. He points out that our culture has gone past post-modernism to the point of being post-truth. This leads to what Murray calls a “Culture of Confusion.” That certainly describes our world today and it all began to make sense to me! While people in our culture think they are championing freedom they actually are not. What they are really doing is seeking autonomy. These are related concepts but they are not the same thing. As Murray points out, “Freedom operates at its best within the confines of the truth” while autonomy says, “If the facts get in the way of it, well, the facts have to be ignored and any opposition will be silenced.” People do not want what is right or fair for everyone. They want what is best for them. They just want their way, no matter how it affects anyone else. So how do we engage in discussion with people who do not care about the truth? In Saving Truth Murray does an excellent job helping you discover how to do that. This isn’t a book about what each worldview believes and how to address them point by point.

What is Apologetics? Explaining Why the Gospel is True and Reasonable

Jesus did not have a “Four Spiritual Laws” message that he recited with each new audience. Jesus communicated responsively to each situation or person he encountered. Sometimes he taught a parable or used a powerful image. Other times, he didn’t give information at all, but asked a question.[i] Walter Hollenweger explains:

Mouse Artificial Embryos: Human Experiments Next? | Evolution News

Remote? From the “we never say no” Embryo Authority? I doubt it. After going through the appearance of hand-wringing, I wouldn’t expect much of a problem if scientists said they really wanted to proceed.

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Mission Impossible: From the BioLogos Files | Evolution News

By all means, if they’re discovering new common ground with ID, warmly welcome these good people and thoughtful scientists aboard. Don’t, of course, hold your breath waiting for it. Whether it’s hummingbirds or mantis shrimp, the signature of theistic evolution is to resist recognizing scientific evidence of its own claims about nature.

Overcoming Objections to an Apologetics Ministry

It's no secret that most churches don't offer any kind of apologetics as part of the ministries available to their congregations. There can be many reasons for this, from a perception by either church leadership or the laity that apologetics is too tough, no one is qualified to lead such a ministry, there would be no interest, there isn't enough time, or simply a general lack of knowledge concerning what apologetics really is. Each of these problems can be overcome without a whole lot of difficulty. Let's take each in turn, beginning with the last.

Elaborate Testimony: Part 4

Examining the last Puzzle Piece in the Internal undesigned coincidences in the Gospels and what we can conclude after studying them.

Gen Z, Let’s Prioritize the Gospel as We Pursue Justice

In junior high, I became friends with a social justice warrior. She wasn’t a Christian, but she had an extravagant and sincere concern for people and was driven to eradicate suffering and bring relief. She was the first teenager I met who was actively involved in collecting food for the homeless, donating her hair to cancer research, attending rallies for refugees, and raising awareness for human trafficking, child soldiers, and global famine. She woke me up to some of these issues for the first time. But her love for justice wasn’t rooted in spiritual realities; it was intertwined with simple idealism and a search for self-fulfillment in temporary humanitarian relief. More than anyone else I know, she lives out the dominant and defining belief of Generation Z: social justice is our god. Generation Z and Justice It’s no stereotype; the statistics show that my generation is obsessed with justice. Forbes  reports that Generation Z is “passionate about equality and justice of every kind. They fight for themselves, their friends, their classmates and others they see treated unfairly, whether due to issues of gender, sexuality, race, pay, or environmental.

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Two More Ways Learning to Defend Your Faith Benefits You

A third reason to engage our minds and be prepared to defend the faith is a very practical one: it makes us stronger in times of trials. The questions one must deal with in defending the faith are truly the biggest questions of life, questions like the existence of God, why am I placed on this earth, and how I should treat my fellow man. These are tough issues that require a clear mind and considerable attention. No one wants to wrestle with such ideas during a time of emotional upheaval. They require each of us to ask ourselves penetrating questions like, "Do I really have the good evidence that God exists, or am I just kind of feeding off of a lot of the information that I've been told? Am I just believing that because it feels good or because it helps me?" Once you've explored the arguments for these issues and reached a satisfactory conclusion, you can rest assured of the fact of God's existence or the resurrection.

The Incel Movement and the Repugnant Logic of the Sexual Revolution

The Story: A terrorist attack in Canada has exposed the violent misogyny of the incel movement—and the repugnant logic of the sexual revolution. The Background: Last month, a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder for intentionally driving a rental van into pedestrians in Toronto, Canada. Most of the victims were women, ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s. Prior to the attack, Minassian wrote in a Facebook post, “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!” “Incel” is short for “ involuntary celibate ,” a label used by some men who blame women for their inability to engage in sexual activity. “Stacys” are the women who reject incels for “Chads,” the men who are sexually attractive to women. The “Incel rebellion” is the ideological movement to overthrow what self-described incels consider the oppressive feminism of society. The group is mainly found online in such popular websites as Reddit and 4Chan. (One incel community on Reddit has about 40,000 subscribers.

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Hebrews Doesn't Say What Atheists Think It Says about Faith

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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Do Miracles Happen?: An Interview with Lee Strobel

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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Reading through the [Alleged] Best 100 Science Fiction books- #51-55

Grade: D “Utterly bloated and in dire need of editing,  Battlefield Earth is like a pulp science fiction novel gone wrong. The whole concept of pulpy sci-fi demands episodic structure with plenty of action. Though there is a lot of action here, it is annoyingly repetitive, and if I have to read about the need for ‘leverage’ one more time I’m going to go insane. But I must write about leverage: having an alien who is so concerned with self-interest was intriguing, but like basically every other idea in this novel, it was never developed beyond the surface level, at best. It’s like Hubbard thought ‘Hey, self-interested alien… that’d be a cool way to drive the plot.’ But then, instead of developing further, he just decided to write about ‘leverage’ every single time that alien showed up. Where’s my leverage. I must have leverage. Leverage! We get it, Hubbard. We get it. The book also spends about 150 pages at the beginning with an alien trying to figure out what to feed a human. Not a joke. Well, let’s just say I am not impressed by this one.

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The Gospel and Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers: Infinity War captures the power of the gospel by reminding us that the greatest act of love is to sacrifice yourself for another. Let me explain.   

5 Reasons the Resurrection of Jesus is NOT a Copy of Ancient Pagan Myths

We are coming up on a time of year when the resurrection of a virgin-born child whose followers called the "Good Shepherd" and "Messiah" is celebrated. He had twelve disciples, performed miracles, and sacrificed himself for the peace of the world. He was buried in a tomb only to rise from the dead three days later. His followers went on to celebrate his resurrection every year, and this celebration eventually became what we call "Easter." 

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During the Great Awakening some preachers looked at humor as a sin (I guess I would have been benched!) But God can use humor to break up the hardened ground of the soul & make a resistant audience open to the Gospel. Humor is a gift from God that can help reap a harvest of souls

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Christians Answer Questions Atheists Say Christians Can’t Answer

It also depends on your understanding of faith and belief.  The Hebrew language has no “to be” verb forms in it. In other words, to the Ancient Jews, faith/belief was an action-oriented direction – a choice.  Emunah – the Hebrew word usually used for OT faith, means faithfulness, trust, etc. You can actually, even if you aren’t sure you believe it in your head, act as if it’s true and live in such a way that glorifies God.  That is biblical faith, to bring about redemption of the world through telling others about what God does, did and is doing, helping the victimized, the poor, the widow, those in need, ease suffering in the world, and helping people change their lives by inviting them into relationship with Yeshua (Jesus). Often we think of faith as in our heads, but this is not the way biblical faith was until the Greeks got a hold of it.  A wise Messianic Rabbi told me, “Do not put Descartes before the horse.” In other words, while Descartes may have said, “I think therefore I am.” The OT Jews and first Christians would say, “I live therefore I act.

Why Don’t More Christians Share Their Faith?

Jon D. Wilke, in writing about churchgoers silence about Christ, said that 80% of churchgoers believe they are commanded to share their faith but only 60% of them (3/4ths of them) have done it only once over the last six months, and just about half the Christians who responded said that they have never once invited someone to church. [1] Does the fact that we don’t witness for Christ connect to the fact that only 21% of Christians pray for someone who is lost. Barna Research questioned believers and 73% are sure they’re commanded to be witnesses, yet less than half do…and less than half that group (48%) has never witnessed at all! [2] Since Barna has been tracking data on evangelism (in 1966), there has been a steady drop in the number of Christians witnessing, and this given the fact that there are more Christians today than in 1966. [2]  One interesting fact was that the poorer the Christian was, the more likely they were to be evangelizing. I’m not sure why that is, but those who are richer tended to witness less. Perhaps it’s due to having more financial comfort and security than the poor, and the poor can more easily identify with those who are struggling.

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Christians Must 'Unhitch' Old Testament From Their Faith, Says Andy Stanley

North Point Community Church Senior Pastor Andy Stanley has stated that Christians need to "unhitch" the Old Testament from their faith.

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American Christians released from North Korea thank God and Trump - Premier

Three Americans that have been released from detention in North Korean have thanked God and US President Donald Trump for their freedom.

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"Are we more like the sheep or the goats when we give our garbage to the naked and hungry person of Jesus? And what are we saying about our abundant God when the body of Christ is giving gifts that are already used up?" …

Army Surgeons Grew an Ear in a Soldier's Arm Who Needed an Ear Transplant

U.S. Army Pvt. Shamika Burrage, 21, was ejected from a car during an accident two years ago. The accident was so bad she woke up in the hospital without a left ear.

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Read more in Mike Adams' "Letters to a Young Progressive":  #ideology #college #apologetics

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Et tu, U2? #U2 tweeted their support last week to legalize abortion in Ireland. Now whether you keep listening to U2 or not, at least decide to base your deeply held convictions on something other than the opinions of celebrities and icons of pop culture.

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#Westworld and Why Be Good? Ultimately, the only answer to "Why be good?"" is that all of human existence is lived, to use another Latin phrase, “Coram Deo,” which means "in the presence of God."

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In New Zealand, yet another example of theological compromise on the definition of marriage @albertmohler #TheBriefing 

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