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Answering Objections to Developing an Evidential Faith | Cold Case Christianity

Why should we use the word “faith” if belief is actually the most reasonable inference from evidence?

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The Center for Medical Progress has released a new video from its undercover investigation at a National Abortion Federation conference where an abortionist says she agrees with pro-lifers that the procedure is "violent" and the "killing" of a "person."

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The Point: Loser

But, what drives ISIS is something much more than the word “loser’ suggests. They’re living out of their deeply held beliefs about God, humanity, and history—beliefs that are not just mistaken or wrong but are, at root, evil in their rejection of God and truth.

The Nature of Apologetics

The Nature of Apologetics By Dr. Richard Land Recently I read an article titled “Apologetics: Preaching to the Choir” by a former evangelical, Neil Carter. Neil begins his article with the claim that “Apologetics isn’t for the lost; it’s for the already saved.” He goes on to state, “The only people who are ever impressed with the arguments therein are people who are already ‘within the fold’. . . . On the other hand, I know of three people in a single town who deconverted reading Lee Strobel’s Case for Christ.” – Neil Carter Neil goes on to criticize apologists Greg Koukl’s and Tim Keller’s arguments for the Christian faith. Is Neil correct? Are apologetics only effective in keeping people in the pews? No, and yes. I hope the following summary helps people understand the nature of apologetics and why it is not merely for the edification of the saved, nor is it merely for evangelism and missions. While Neil’s article’s initial premise is fallacious, it would be insensitive to engage Neil’s claims solely on the basis of logic, without considering the challenges of his own personal experience with the church.

What is the Core Reason Kids Leave the Faith?

In his book The Four Loves , C.S. Lewis makes a distinction between “Gift-love” and “Need-love.” As for Gift-love, he gives the example of a father who works and plans for the future well being of his family, even though he will die without seeing them benefit. As for Need-love, Lewis gives the example of a lonely and frightened child who comes to its mother’s arms for comfort and protection. Such love is neither selfish nor improper, because children are intended to have nurturing mothers, and mothers are intended to care for their kids.

Six Ways Men Can Support Women’s Discipleship

As you do programmatic planning for Bible, development, or other discipleship training, keep in mind that not all of these teaching spaces need to be gender-specific. When possible, offer them to all members of the congregation (along with childcare support, if possible). “Many women are unsure of how to use their gifts in discipleship or teaching, but they are eager to learn and serve others,” says Melissa Kruger, women’s ministry coordinator at Uptown Church. “Inviting women into these training opportunities communicates, ‘You are needed in the body and we want to help you minister effectively to others using the gifts you’ve been given.’” She attends a church that offers a “how to teach the Bible” course. “Both men and women are encouraged to attend,” she told me.

What apologetics can and can't do

Points #5&6 above merits some explanation. On #5, It’s been a recent fashion to shun denominations and be “non-denominational.” While I understand where those folks are coming from, and they aren’t entirely wrong, when it comes to the academic traditions over many generations, the non-denominationalists run the risk of restricting their doctrinal teaching to theological basics (i.e., the agreeable points across different systems), never really digging into controversial doctrines where denominations disagree, and never building very far when it comes to systematic theology and apologetic theology where controversial points are liable to arise. Meanwhile, churches, denominations, and families that can agree on some theological starting points can shift their apologetic energies into deeper discovery and defense within that denominational tradition (be it theological, philosophical, or scientific commitments).

One Essential Oil

Throughout the Bible, anointing with oil symbolizes consecration to God (as in Exodus 28:41; Luke 4:18; Acts 4:27; 10:38; 2 Corinthians 1:21; Hebrews 1:9). The act of anointing does not, as some claim, automatically confer grace and remit sin. Rather, it is a “means of grace,” which accompanies prayer, for those who believe. Like fasting, anointing is a kind of handmaid of prayer, or an intensifier of prayer — a way to reach beyond our daily patterns in unusual circumstances.

84. Is the God of the NT & OT the same?

Bobby Conway answers the question "Is the God of the New Testament the same God in the Old Testament?"

The Science of Sinning Less

One key recent discovery is that self-control is an exhaustible but buildable resource. Psychologist Roy Baumeister demonstrated this with a clever experiment. He had college students skip a meal, so that they felt hungry, and then sit at a table. The table had freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, candy, and radishes. The first group of students—the lucky ones—could eat whatever they wanted. Of course, they only ate the sweets. The second group had the same food in front of them, but they were told to leave the sweets alone, and they could only eat the radishes. The third group had no food in front of them at all. (It was the control group.) After the students sat at their tables for a while, they were given a complex geometry problem to solve. The trick was that the problem was unsolvable; what mattered was how long they worked on it before giving up. The students in groups 1 and 3 worked for about 20 minutes. But, the students in group 2 worked only about 8 minutes. Why such a big difference? The students in group 2 had already used up a lot of self-control resisting the sweets, so they had less energy left over for working on the geometry problem.

How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus - The Veritas Forum

I grew up in Australia, in a loving, secular home, and arrived at Sydney University as a critic of “religion.”  I didn’t need faith to ground my identity or my values. I knew from the age of eight that I wanted to study history at Cambridge and become a historian. My identity lay in academic achievement, and my secular humanism was based on self-evident truths.  As an undergrad, I won the University Medal and a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake my Ph.D. in History at King’s College, Cambridge.  King’s is known for its secular ideology and my perception of Christianity fitted well with the views of my fellow students: Christians were anti-intellectual and self-righteous.

Is It Better for Moms to Stay at Home?

My heart breaks for moms who would give anything to be able to be home with their kids, but circumstances of all kinds keep them in the workplace. If this is you, know that God knows your heart, that he has called you to the work he is giving you, and that he will bless your family even as you are obedient to him in these hard things. There may be other legitimate reasons God is sincerely and surely calling you to make the sacrifice to work outside the home. The most important thing is to seek him and be obedient to the call he is giving you.

Mark 8:34–38: Being Ashamed of Jesus Is Deadly

If no one in your life knows you are a Christian, you probably aren’t one. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that heaven is only for those who were unashamed of their Savior on earth.

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Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels: J. Warner Wallace, Lee Strobel: 8601400564080: Books

Christian apologetics is a constantly growing and changing scene and although it's the one career path that will absolutely guarantee that you'll never be rich, but there's definitely no shortage of "C-list/B-list" apologists out there. These folks are usually uneducated "discernment ministry" types running their own basement/blog "ministries" and defending the faith against the attacks of skeptics, academics, heretics and YouTube atheists. But, there are also a few "A-List" folks who have respectable education, write books, teach at Christian Colleges/Seminaries, debate Bart Ehrman or Richard Dawkins (two resume-making debaters for Christian apologists) and put on Alaskan cruises devoted to apologetics and worship via buffet. Of the "A-List" apologists, William Lane Craig is one of the biggest, so it's no surprise that several in his circle, the newest of which is J. Warner Wallace, are climbing onto the "A-List" and getting exposure (and plenty of endorsements from the staff and friends of Biola). All that being said, when I started reading "Cold Case Christianity" by J. Warner Wallace, I already had an idea what to expect: Card-carrying evidentialist apologetics, mainly philosophical defense of Christianity, plenty of party-line towing with regards to the evidentialist apologists (i.

The Greatest Threat to the Church Isn’t Islam—It’s Us

The rhetoric around this conspiracy theory is currently at a fever pitch because the current president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is a Muslim. Some Christians have pointed out that his past statements indicate that he is a radical Muslim. Everywhere one turns, Christians are talking about a secret plan to supplant Christianity with Islam in Nigeria. For example, pastor Isaac Valentine Olori writes, “We are apprehensive because [President] Buhari’s agenda is tilted towards Islamization of this country.” Olori contends that “[a]ny Christian who thinks he is safe from the terror of the sword of Islam is joking.” To those peddling the conspiracy theories, the recent activities of Fulani herdsmen, the prevalence of Boko Haram sects, and the opening of Islamic banks across the nation are seen as confirmation of Islamization.

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Evidence For Resurrection Turns Josh McDowell From Skeptic To Christian Apologist

He also has his own ministry in Plano, Texas, that employs a staff of 75 people with affiliate offices located throughout the USA. He has traveled across the USA to give presentations and talks on apologetics. He has also visited other countries including my own, South Africa, and Australia.

Why Reinhold Niebuhr Still Haunts American Politics

A Christian has an obligation to seek justice, the theologian argued, and this means entering the political sphere because that is the realm where one can find the power necessary to establish whatever justice is possible in the world. Comey’s decision to work for the FBI can be understood as a way of fulfilling Niebuhr’s vision of Christianity as a defender of justice.

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We chat with @drmoore about artificial intelligence and virtual reality on the latest episode of Culture Matters.

French Censors Target Children With Down Syndrome

You can learn a lot about a society by paying attention to what it censors. The Soviet Union went to great lengths to block the truth about freedom and prosperity in the West. Today China’s ruling Communists suppress historical memory of their crimes, above all the Tiananmen Square massacre, while the censors in my native Iran are obsessed with women’s bodies.

Can you control yourself?

A Christianity Today Twitter chat about temptation, self-control, and willpower. #ScienceOfNo

How Does Zoroastrianism Compare to Christianity?

Only God with His infinite power and wisdom could create and save a corruptible people made in His image. Although God created humans as good, we (represented by Adam) ruined our nature forever by pride, which led to disobedience and outright rebellion against our loving, perfect Creator. Each and every one of us, had we been in Eden instead of Adam, would have eventually and inevitably turned away and trusted ourselves ahead of God; such is the cost of being granted an existence with free will in a finite physical realm. A higher view of humankind and our corrupted nature, or a lesser view of the severity of our rebellion, or a lower view of Almighty God than what He is, leads to a prideful and self-destructive belief that God can be persuaded to grant mercy by our puny and filthy efforts. Only His grace, irresistibly put to action and effect by faith in Christ, can be the sure and immovable way to repair the damage we did.

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Are Introverts Better Evangelists?

Choosing to die to one’s preferences in order to obey God is a mark of a maturing believer. And dying is exactly how an introvert can feel after a long period of being around people. The temptation for introverts, therefore, is to find loopholes in the system, such as claiming that evangelism involves “preaching the gospel and using words when necessary.” But is this really what Jesus means when he says, “proclaim the gospel” (Mark 16:15) and “[teach] them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20)? No, the hard truth is that Jesus means exactly what his words suggest, that we are to devote our lives to sharing the good news of our risen Savior with others — and yes, that means using words.

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Are We Born Free? by R.C. Sproul | May 25, 2017

Is it possible that we are able to do good works without the aid of grace? Are people born with the ability to obey God? Are we born free of the effects of Adam’s original sin? Looking at these questions in this message, Dr. Sproul takes us back to the first major debate in the church over man’s free will, beginning with a man who didn’t believe that we needed grace to satisfy God’s commands.

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Christianity and the Nature of Science - Christian Research Institute

Are science and Christianity inherently incompatible? Is creation science a contradiction in terms? In this pioneering analysis, J. P. Moreland not only answers with a resounding no but makes an impressive contribution to the integration of Christianity and science.

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As an adult, learning how to love and be loved in important relationships has been crucial for my growth in self-control. #ScienceOfNo

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Self control is an instrumental virtue. It facilitates the acquisition/development of other virtues: joy, gratitude, generosity #ScienceofNo

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Will power, New Year's resolutions, are man-made efforts of the self. True self control is given as we mature in Christ #ScienceOfNo

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We can see self-control as being able to do the right thing, but we can do right because of fear or pride but not know it. #scienceofno 1/2

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All humans are more driven by unholy internal and external forces than we like to admit. Self-control helps us realize that. #ScienceOfNo

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People assume self-control is innate to certain temperaments rather than cultivated. ("I’m not a self-controlled person"). #ScienceOfNo

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Self-discipline is more about training toward a behavior. S-control is about options where s-discipline is about a right result. #scienceofno

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“Why is the universe so big, and why is so much of it hostile to life?”

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Do You Want to Become a Christian Case Maker? Learn an Argument!

As I have written before, when you initially accept your duty as a Christian case maker, the task can seem daunting!  Where does one start? There are so many arguments!  How can a laymen, with a nine to five job and a family, be expected to master the case for Christianity? While reading through cold-case homicide detective and Christian case maker J. Warner Wallace's latest book, Forensic Faith , he offers some practical advice for the Christian asking these types of questions: "When I first decided to accept my duty as a Christian case maker, I felt overwhelmed by all the diverse disciplines from which I could make the case for Christianity.  I was already in my thirties and busier than ever as a homicide detective.  I couldn't imagine how I would ever find the time to master all the philosophy and science.  So I decided to specialize .  I picked the one line of evidence that most interested me and spent as much time as possible learning everything I could...It required me to study so I could defend the claims of the argument...I knew I needed to articulate the case and respond to objections.

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God's Hiddenness Is Intended to Provoke Us

Many of us have moments in our life when God’s presence and providence seem obvious, but there are also many times when God seems far away and “hidden”. In fact, the “hiddenness” of God is a common objection to His existence. As a skeptic, I often wondered why God didn’t make Himself known in a visible, tangible way. Why doesn’t God appear to us in a public setting to end all doubt about His existence? I’ve written about this objection , and I believe the answer lies in God’s desire to provoke us; His desire to elicit a true, loving response from His children. This goal of producing something beautiful (a genuine, well-intentioned, loving response), requires Him to hide from us.

Apologetics: Is Inerrancy a Modern Invention?

“Inerrancy” is the belief that the Bible never errs. It’s another way of saying that the Old and New Testaments—as they were originally written—declare what is true and describe accurately what happened in the past. To say the Bible is inerrant is to say that the Scriptures do not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.

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Why We Must Name, Identify, and Combat the Ideology of Radical Islam | The Stream

Perhaps, but this is where the rubber meets the road; Christians are standing for their faith even at the cost of their heads. Muslims are either silent partners or cowards. You can’t have it both ways. You don’t see Christians standing with radicals usurping the words of God for evil without speaking loudly against such ‘christians’. We are an example to the ‘good’ Muslims if you will, but they still do not speak up. There is no reason good enough for denying God. If they truly believe in their deity, it may in fact be their instruction to kill anyone who disagrees with them. Refuse to face the facts at our own peril. One cannot defend the indefensible. Jihad is simply satanic devil worship. If you throw out Jihad what is left to believe in the koran? I have never heard a real defense other than ‘some Muslims interpret the order to kill infidels differently’. ‘Differently than what’ is my question…

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