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The Apologetic Task

The clearest reference in the Bible to apologetics is in the first letter of Peter to Christians who were attempting to live in towns that were—to varying degrees—hostile to the Christian beliefs. Peter tells them to expect suffering along the way and he teaches them how to conduct themselves in a godly way. Peter is especially concerned with ordinary Christian life. He writes:

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An Open Letter to Graduates: Part 2

Eating poorly, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep will catch up to you. Every spring many of my students graduate and get ready for college. But every year some of them are back home by December having already dropped out. Why? One consistent reason is they simply don’t take care of their health. Depression is rampant in the university. Forty-six percent of college students said they felt hopeless at least once in the past year. While there can be many reasons for this, one prime reason is that students simply do not know how to take care of their health. The only way to do this is to determine ahead of time, like Daniel, that you are going to exercise, get good sleep, and make wise choices with what you eat. Like Daniel, have you purposed in your heart to be healthy?

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Free From God

I recall an online conversation I had with a skeptic about spiritual things. To gain some clarification, I asked if he was an atheist or agnostic. His response? “I’m free!” Now, although this in no way answers the question, it does illustrate what people think about religion. It’s some form of mental slavery that you must liberate yourself from. Then you can be free to live your life however you wish. And freedom is a very important thing!

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Four Truths about the New Testament Every Christian Should Know

People love diversity. When it comes to music, cuisine, clothing styles, or any other aspect of culture, variety can be a beautiful thing. When it comes to the background of the New Testament canon, however, the belief in diversity is very nearly an assault on the deity of Christ and questioning the teachings of the New Testament. Diversity allows people to create the Jesus of their choosing—and reject the Jesus of Scripture.

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The Paradigm of God - Ancient and True

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Increasingly, Western culture embraces confusion as a virtue and decries certainty as a sin. Those who are confused about sexuality and identity are viewed as heroes. Those who are confused about morality are progressive pioneers. Those who are confused about spirituality are praised as tolerant. Conversely, those who express certainty about any of these issues are seen as bigoted, oppressive, arrogant, or intolerant. This cultural phenomenon led the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary to name "post-truth" their word of the year in 2016. How can Christians offer truth and clarity to a world that shuns both? Frank interviews author and speaker Abdu Murray about his brand new book "Saving Truth" where he answers this question and more.

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I would say that God’s providence brought together the decisions and trajectories that spared her life. It’s just as amazing to realize that “in Him we live and move and have our being.”

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The Best Explanation for Our Spate of Mass Shootings Is the Least Comforting

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Why New Testament Miracles Shouldn't Disqualify the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity

But, by now you probably recognize that the presupposition of naturalism (and the bias against supernaturalism) is once again the impetus behind this criticism. The form critics of history (a movement that was most popular in the mid-twentieth century) simply rejected the possibility that any description of a miracle could be factually true. It turns out that it was the miraculous “content” of these passages, rather than their common literary style or form, that caused critics to identify the verses they thought should be removed or handled with suspicion. In fact, they often selected passages that were very different from one another in terms of their stylistic forms. Sometimes they identified passages that did not fit neatly into one of their categories (or appeared to be a blend of more than one literary form), and they often disagreed with one another about the identity of particular types of literary forms and passages. They did agree on one thing, however: passages that contain miraculous events were not to be taken seriously as part of the original narrative.

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Why It's Important to Guard Against Your Presuppositions

When I was an atheist, I held many presuppositions that tainted the way I investigated the claims of Christianity. I was raised in the Star Trek generation (the original cast, mind you) by an atheist father who was a cop and detective for nearly thirty years before I got hired as a police officer. I was convinced by the growing secular culture that all of life’s mysteries would eventually be explained by science, and I was committed to the notion that we would ultimately find a natural answer for everything we once thought to be supernatural.

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What Sets Christianity Apart from Other Religions?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On April 18th, 2012 William Lane Craig and Klemens Kappel debated the topic "Does God Exist?" in Copenhagen, Denmark. After the debate there was a lengthy question and answer period with the audience. In this clip, the question arises: What sets Christianity apart from other religions? We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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My Story: From Agnostic to Christian Apologist

I was raised in a Christian home by wonderful committed Christian parents. We attended church three times a week and sometimes more. I remember sitting in sermon during Vacation Bible School (VBS) at a very young age (perhaps five or six) when I realized that I was a sinner and went forward during the invitation and prayed to receive Christ as my Savior. I went to church camp and VBS every summer; was heavily involved in my youth group. At age 16, I preached my first sermon in front of a congregation and was making plans to attend Bible College and Seminary.

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The What and Why of Apologetics

The term “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word for “defense” used in 1 Peter 3:15 : “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (ESV). This word is “ἀπολογία” in Greek (pronounced “apologia”). It is the same word from which we get our word “apology”, although giving a good apology in the modern sense of the word requires one to admit the wrong one has done, take responsibility for it, accept the consequences, and commit oneself not to do it again. The sense in which this word is used in 1 Peter is not like that at all. Rather, it carries legal connotations.

16 The Devil Can Do Exposition: Two Essential Ingredients for Preaching

The kind of speech appropriate for the gathered church in worship is unique. There is no other gathering like this in the world: a people of God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9), chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), destined to be like the Son of God (Romans 8:29), bought with divine blood (Acts 20:28), acquitted and accepted before the court of heaven (Romans 5:1; 15:16), a new creation on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:17), indwelt by the Creator of the universe (1 Corinthians 6:19), sanctified by the body of Jesus (Hebrews 10:10), called to eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10), heirs of the world (Romans 4:13; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23), destined to rule with Christ (Revelation 3:21) and judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). Never has there been a gathering like this. It is incomparable on the earth.

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Unbelievable? Is There Enough Evidence Beyond the Gospels to Make Their Testimony Reliable? | Cold Case Christianity

During an interview on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley , a caller asked about corroboration and wanted to know if there was enough evidence beyond the Gospels to verify the reliability of their testimony. I began by helping him understand the nature of evidential corroboration and the limited information typically offered by such evidence. Every piece of corroborative evidence typically addresses (and verifies) only a “touchpoint”, a small aspect of the testimony from which we infer the “reasonability” of the larger account. Corroborative evidence is always limited ; it only addresses a small aspect of the event under consideration. Even with these limits, however, the Gospels are still well corroborated. I’ve written a chapter about this in my book, Cold-Case Christianity , but here is a brief summary of the evidence “beyond the Gospels”:

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Memorial Day: Heroes Remembered...

We at Truthbomb Apologetics just wanted to offer a sincere thank you to those men and women who have served, or are serving, in our armed forces. In a society that so often elevates and glorifies so-called "celebrities," we are grateful for the lives that have been sacrificed and the time that has been willingly given by you, the real heroes. "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."-Joseph Campbell We thank you... May God Bless You Richly in Christ Jesus, Chad

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Atheists: Thor is not a Rational Substitute for God

Yesterday, I responded to a common atheist claim that one cannot prove a universal negative. But can one really prove that something does not exist, especially when that thing is mystical or other-worldly? For example, one atheist responded to the idea that a personal God was the best explanation for the beginning of the universe with "I think Thor is the best explanation. My claim isn't falsifiable." He seems to think that by invoking the name of a Norse god instead of the Christian God he has made an equally valid claim, but he hasn't. Of course the claim that Thor is responsible for the creation of the universe is falsifiable. Let's see how.

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To my good friend from childhood CW4 Chester Troxel who was shot down in Iraq 2006 flying Alaska Air National Guard Blackhawk helicopter with 8 aboard. He volunteered in local anti drug campaigns at Anchorage schools. Built a special wheelchair so his wife could run with him. pic.twitter.com/TXMGyMCRZ5

22 Time Cannot Forgive Our Sin

God does not sweep sin under the rug with the broom of time. Our past sins have mouths, eyes, and legs. Though we try and silence our consciences, reminding them that it was last week, last month, last decade (besides, look how much we’ve reformed!), God’s anger towards our sin knows no remission or expiration date. Sin doesn’t rust or decompose before him. Time may seem to heal a human heart, but it does not remedy an offense against the divine. Just because we banish our sins from before our own eyes, they still stand in full view of his.

23 The Devil Can Do Exposition: Two Essential Ingredients for Preaching

The kind of speech appropriate for the gathered church in worship is unique. There is no other gathering like this in the world: a people of God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9), chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), destined to be like the Son of God (Romans 8:29), bought with divine blood (Acts 20:28), acquitted and accepted before the court of heaven (Romans 5:1; 15:16), a new creation on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:17), indwelt by the Creator of the universe (1 Corinthians 6:19), sanctified by the body of Jesus (Hebrews 10:10), called to eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10), heirs of the world (Romans 4:13; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23), destined to rule with Christ (Revelation 3:21) and judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). Never has there been a gathering like this. It is incomparable on the earth.

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Transgender Identity—Wishing Away God’s Design

Third, we should recommit ourselves to training our children. The bodily differences between men and women are real. They speak to differences in our makeup, specifically designed by our Creator. In practical form, we must teach these differences to our children. They must see that being a boy or a girl is a matter of God’s glory. There should be no shame in boys liking boyish things or in girls adopting girlish behaviors. Christians should encourage this kind of awareness. Many parents will find that their children genuinely enjoy being a boy or a girl, a future man or a future woman. We should regularly remind our kids that it was God who made them as they are. We should encourage them to embrace and assume manhood or womanhood.

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26 I Left Same-Sex Romance for Love

In fact, I am more than a conqueror in Christ. He has equipped me not merely to say no, but to grow in understanding the goodness of his design in the first place. I have nothing to fear in naming my temptations, because there is no condemnation for me in Christ and I have the Spirit’s power to escape them (1 Corinthians 10:13). Denying them, repressing them, does not give me power; it tends only to deceive or delay. Calling them by name and submitting them to Christ alone robs them of the power of darkness and secrecy. In the light they are exposed in their tatters.

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Want to See More Christian Parents Learn Apologetics at Church? Introducing Grassroots Apologetics for Parents!

I am so sad right now. Caught this on J. Warner Wallace’ facebook page and I really wish my wife and I could know for sure if we were staying in Connecticut because THIS is my passion. I want to teach believers why they can be confident in the evidences that their faith hold to. My church needs this (In Southington, CT) because the believers here love Jesus Christ, but I asked a husband and wife there who were doing a small group in the church basement if they had an apologetics group at the church, and they looked at me like I had 5 heads. They had no idea what apologetics was at all. This needs to take precedence in our church because our culture is becoming more and more accepting of all sin and intolerant of absolute truths within the worldview of Christianity. I really wish I could commit to this…it’s eating at me. lol..

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2018 Biblical Archaeological Evidence: Archaeology Findings Prove Bible

In today’s world, many people question the reliability and validity of the Bible. There is a lot of doubt concerning Biblical historical accuracy, as many believe it is merely a book of fairy tales and myths. But what does the evidence suggest? Many might be surprised to find there is a copious amount of Biblical archaeological evidence supporting its veracity.  

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The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science

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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Like duh? Seriously? Thank you for speaking to me like I was a child. I know what the affirmation is in response to, but what does it change? Doesn't change my life, will it change yours? Does it really matter who affirms us, aside from God/Jesus?

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Kissinger and Girard on Artificial Intelligence | Evolution News

Ultimately, the term artificial intelligence may be a misnomer. To be sure, these machines can solve complex, seemingly abstract problems that had previously yielded only to human cognition. But what they do uniquely is not thinking as heretofore conceived and experienced. Rather, it is unprecedented memorization and computation. Because of its inherent superiority in these fields, AI is likely to win any game assigned to it. But for our purposes as humans, the games are not only about winning; they are about thinking. By treating a mathematical process as if it were a thought process, and either trying to mimic that process ourselves or merely accepting the results, we are in danger of losing the capacity that has been the essence of human cognition.

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Abortion result in Republic will not affect Northern Ireland, says DUP MP - Premier

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#Underpopulated . Instead of taking the role of parents in our society seriously, many Americans, especially the affluent, treat having children as a discretionary activity, like collecting classic cars or visiting every parrot sanctuary in the world. bit.ly/2KV8u7k pic.twitter.com/wZhygxEt27

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Technology is amazing, but it presents us with big ethical problems. That’s why the Colson Center’s new short course is on “Christian Ethics in a Brave New World.” It starts next Tuesday evening, June 5th, and will continue the next three Tuesdays. bit.ly/2IZRigB pic.twitter.com/aGCWw0iaij

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#Underpopulated A culture that doesn’t value children doesn’t value its future. Folks, in 1980, there were five American workers for every retiree. By 2030, there will only be two. It’s socially catastrophic and economically unsustainable. bit.ly/2xfkzT7 pic.twitter.com/xXaHelHkOG

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. @RichLowry , hardly a Trump guy, shows this is simply not accurate. Homeland Security/HHS is actively trying to help children, imperfectly. How that can be compared to the intentional killing of thousands upon thousands of them is beyond my comprehension. nationalreview.com/corner/migrant…

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Objections to Objective Morality

I’m not sure if this post is being actively monitored but I feel I should leave a comment anyways. While the objections you listed may be the most common, you are correct in asserting there ineffectiveness in overturning the claim of objective morality. I have never met an atheist who would use these claims in an argument, and therefore find it personally hard to believe that these are the fundamental objections of atheists to objective morality. Allow me to posit a two pronged objection. The first goes something like this: since you have made the positive assertion that objective morality exists, the burden of proof lies on you to prove its existence. Essentially, the only evidence I have read is that morality “feels” objective. We all make moral claims as if we were appealing to some objective moral standard, and we would certainly all agree that what the Nazi’s did was wrong, whether or not they had won the war and spread there propaganda convincing us all of the there ideology, and killing and torturing babies is certainly wrong everywhere and all the time….

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Are Wisdom Teeth Evidence for Evolution?

In conclusion, it has been shown that preindustrial (and some modern) populations with a more primitive diet did have functional wisdom teeth and that a processed regimen of food and the lessening of chewing forces is largely responsible for the decrease in attrition and reduction of jaw size. The dental system is thus designed to endure heavy use with the most abrasive of foods, which a God full of love, foresight, and careful provision for his creatures would have logically incorporated into their design. Health-care providers should take every precaution to protect these teeth and avoid taking the approach that they are universally harmful and useless. Wisdom teeth are sturdy, practical structures with a specific and useful purpose. That impaction/disorders are increasingly frequent in today’s world implies nothing about the supposed evolution of humans from primates or a supposed poor design. Wisdom teeth are certainly not vestigial organs. You would be wise to have that idea extracted from your head.

45 The Secret to Fighting Anxiety

Now, I still carried this Mastercard, though I never used it. We took it to California on vacation with the family, and I lost it. I had no idea where it was. It could’ve been at the seals show in SeaWorld, or it could have been in a fruit shop in Tijuana, where we had crossed the border to visit Mexico. It could’ve been in who knows how many McDonald’s. It could have been on the beach in Coronado, California — where the sand really is gold and the condos sell for a one-and-a-quarter million dollars. (We were swimming, not shopping.)

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A few days ago the mysterious fragment of the Gospel of Mark was published. In 2012 Dan Wallace said in a debate against Bart Ehrman that he had it on good knowledge that a first century fragment o…

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As American Christians, we are indeed twice-blessed, but we should not get the two confused. America is an imperfect place, an unfinished project, an ideal we hope to make a reality. christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/may-we…

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Can Atheists Ground the Claim That Abortion Is Wrong?

If a pro-life atheist doesn't believe in a Moral Law Giver, can their view be consistent? Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason discusses. 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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The Evidence For Jesus' Resurrection, Part 7: Reasoning To The Resurrection

Could the resurrection have been a legend? No. Why? Because, as we saw in part 5 of this blog post series, we can trace the claims of the resurrection to the lips of the original disciples! In Paul’s letters, he says he had access to the original disciples and had fellowshipped with them. I’m sure Peter told Paul whether or not he had seen Jesus when he visited them in Galatians 1 and 2. And of course, the creedal tradition dates to within five years after the death of Jesus (as argued in part 5 of this series, it’s likely he got the creed from Peter and James when he visited them three years after his conversion), this is well within the lifetimes of the twelve disciples who could have corrected this oral tradition if He really hadn’t appeared to them. Moreover, the early church fathers Tertullian and Irenaeus attest that the church fathers Polycarp and Clement were students of the apostle John and that they knew several other apostles as well. This is significant because Polycarp and Clement said that the original disciples were claiming that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to them.

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Loving God with All Our Minds

We are intellectual beings. Jesus tells us that we are to pursue God with the deepest parts of who we are, including our intellect. Jesus lived this out. If He is the Lord of our lives, this should mean patterning our lives after His in all ways. Thus, being intellectual about our faith and loving God accordingly is simply part of our discipleship

51 What Do the Non-Canonical Gospels Say About Jesus - Part 1 (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity
52 We will help you - Donald Trump in direct appeal to imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson - Premier
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56 Renewing Your Mind | Paul’s Defense in Jerusalem | May 27, 2018
57 The Danger of Drifting from the Word
58 What I've Learned in Twenty Years of Marriage - Russell Moore
59 Irish priest and gospel choir among Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists - Premier
60 The Golden Rule in Christian Dating
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62 The Witness of Scripture to Itself - Westminster Theological Seminary
63 How Josh McDowell Saw School Violence Coming — And Showed the Solution — Almost 40 Years Ago | The Stream
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66 Unhinging the Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence Mantra
67 The Miracle Myth Debunked
68 An Introduction to the Anthropic Principle and Fine Tuning
69 K-LOVE Fan Awards Winners
70 Why The Gospels Are Embarrassing
71 Christian misunderstandings of Gaza and Israel
72 Is the Old Testament Reliable?
73 Alleged Refutation of the Cambrian Explosion Confirms Abruptness, Vindicates Meyer  | Evolution News
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75 3 Lies Students Believe About Freedom That Will Ruin Their Lives
76 How an ordination council reminded me of a pastor's purpose — Southern Equip
77 Is Stewardship the Same as Going Green?
78 Beloved Pastor, Professor, Father of 10 Killed in Tragic Memorial Day Crash
79 A Right to Life for Fungi — But Not for Unborn Humans | Evolution News
80 The President's Commencement Speech Illustrates the Need for An Evidential Faith | Cold Case Christianity
81 The Wrath of God Poured Out — The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention
82 After Losing an Arm and Leg in Iraq, Army Hero Inspires Millions
83 Homeless Jesus Statue Stops Truck From Crashing Into Pedestrians
84 How can my church be involved in short-term missions? — Southern Equip
85 Gospel of Mark Fragment Found in Egyptian Garbage Dump Is Not From 1st Century
86 Summer Reading: A Grade-by-Grade Recommended Reading List for Kids
87 Have you determined to stand strong intellectually?
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89 Did Jesus Contradict Himself by Calling People Fools?
90 775. What Are Healthy Ways To Deal With Doubt?
91 4 common hinderances to our gratitude
92 'Roseanne' Was Just Canceled After Roseanne Barr's Extremely Racist Tweet
93 Evidence for the Historical Jesus in Non-Christian Sources
94 John Piper Shares the Secret to Fighting Anxiety