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Baylor University published a list of America's 'Most Effective Preachers.' The list of 12 prominent sermonizers drew criticism for only featuring one woman: Dr. Barbara Brown-Taylor. As we previously reported:

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The archvillain's motivations are crystal clear, and very familiar if you know about the views on human population associated with Paul Ehrlich or, even more so, Eric Pianka.

How to Get Wisdom: Become a Fool

Wisdom from God is more valuable than gold. It may look foolish to a watching world, but the lasting path of happiness comes only in the guidance God gives.

John Crist Gives Christians 17 Really Spiritual Ways to Say 'No'

Don't want to do something but can't find a good enough excuse to say no? In a recent video, John Crist shares 17 Christian excuses that will 'make you sound

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Why aren't all our prayers answered? Is it a sin if I don't always go to church? What theological books have impacted you the most? What do you think about alter calls?

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The Cold-Case Christianity Podcast: Answering Questions About the Christian Life

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner answers listener email related to the Christian life. Why aren’t all our prayers answered? Is it a sin if I don’t always go to church? What theological books have impacted you the most? What do you think about alter calls? To submit your own question about Christianity, please subscribe to the daily email on the homepage at and reply to any of the emails you receive, asking your question. J. Warner will do his best to answer some of these questions in upcoming episodes of the broadcast.

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The Secret Benefit of Fasting

The key difference is Christian purpose. We could say Spiritual purpose — with a capital S for the Holy Spirit. Not just spiritual as opposed to material, but Spiritual as opposed to natural. For Christians, an essential, irreducible aspect of Christian fasting is a Christian purpose. Whether it’s strengthening earnest prayer (Ezra 8:23; Joel 2:12; Acts 13:3). Or seeking God’s guidance (Judges 20:26; Acts 14:23) or his deliverance or protection (2 Chronicles 20:3–4; Ezra 8:21–23). Or humbling ourselves before him (1 Kings 21:27–29; Psalm 35:13). Or expressing repentance (1 Samuel 7:6; Jonah 3:5–8) or grief (1 Samuel 31:13; 2 Samuel 1:11–12) or concern for his work (Nehemiah 1:3–4; Daniel 9:3). Or overcoming temptation and dedicating ourselves to him (Matthew 4:1–11). Or best of all, expressing love and devotion to him (Luke 2:37), and saying with our fast, “This much, O God, I want more of you.”

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Embracing Spiritual Boredom

There are many things that come at our faith and tempt us to walk away. There are many dangers, many hurdles, and many trials. But I wonder if we look past a subtle and more dangerous problem: spiritual boredom. Normal, everyday boredom where we aren’t entertained and stimulated is a modern problem, but I’m talking about a more ancient problem. Spiritual boredom has poked and tripped up our mothers and fathers in the faith since the early parts of the biblical story. What I mean by spiritual boredom is the feeling of that void, that lack of experiences that so filled our early season of faith.

7 Renewing Your Mind | The Patience of Job | May 4, 2018

Job displayed great patience in the face of pain and suffering. What can we learn from his example? Today, Derek Thomas concludes his series on the book of Job.

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How Sufficient Was Jesus’ Satisfaction?

Such a statement is also a classic place to consider the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. Some claim that the mere mention of texts such as John 1:29 or John 3:16 defeat Reformed theology, as if to say, “You see, Jesus died for everyone.” One book even has an image of a balance, with “John Calvin” on the high side and “John 3:16” weighing down the other. 1 But as we’ve seen already , this is overly simplistic. Unless one believes in universally effectual salvation, everyone limits the effectiveness of Jesus’ death. We have to ask, in what sense does Jesus take away the sins of the world? Texts such as John 1:29 have been understood throughout the history of the church to express the sufficiency of Jesus’ satisfaction of God’s infinite justice on the cross.

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Fact Check: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

First, we need to know what qualifies as an "extraordinary claim"? When challenging a claim based on how extraordinary it is, we need to ask why this claim is considered extraordinary. What makes a claim "extraordinary"? Where some claims "extraordinary" in the past but not "extraordinary" now? Are some claims "extraordinary" in some cultures, but not so in others? Extraordinary in comparison to what? In my experience, most individuals who make this claim seem to imply that anything that does not line up with the philosophy of naturalism is "extraordinary." The naturalists who hold to this view apparently do not realize that, if this is a presupposition to any claim they make, they have begged the question and committed a logical fallacy. Yet by this standard, any worldview could claim that anything contrary to its own presuppositions are "extraordinary." Without a solid definition of what counts as an "extraordinary claim," this becomes an almost meaningless statement.

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Did Jesus Exist? A 30,000-foot View of the Evidence.

Sometimes a broad perspective reveals truths unimaginable from within a narrow framework. The same is true for the existence of Jesus. Sometimes people get caught up in the weeds of the discussion (which I am not implying is unimportant). But in this post, I am going to take a 30,000-foot view of the issue. In other words, here is the “big picture” of why the vast majority of scholars, of all faiths and backgrounds, accept the existence of Jesus.

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Why Do We Need Apologetics?

I didn’t used to think apologetics was for me. My husband is an apologist, but I thought that was just a particular route Christians could choose to take to evangelize. After listening to him talk for years about how I should learn more about apologetics, though, I finally took his advice. I began to realize that my faith needed a firmer grounding than only my emotions, which is what I had relied upon for most of my life. This realization led me to pursue a master’s degree in apologetics and ethics at Denver Seminary.

Christian unions could benefit from government uni plans - Premier

It's thought Christian Unions could benefit from government plans announced by the Universities Minister who said free speech on campus should be protected from ‘overzealous’ regulations.

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President Donald Trump has hinted at the release of three American Christians being held in a North Korean prison.

Do Greek Gospels Mean Weak Gospels?

Recently, while on a trip across the country, I was reading a book that repeated a common argument against the gospels being eyewitness accounts.  Here’s the basic argument:  There’s no way that the gospels were written by people who were actually with Jesus.  In particular, the books of Matthew and John could not have been written by any of Jesus’ disciples.  Why?  Because Jesus and his disciples spoke Aramaic, yet the earliest existing copies of the gospels were written in Greek…and good Greek at that.  There’s just no way that these semi-literate people from the backwater of Judea could have written these books in Greek.

Why I'm A Christian Evidentialist | Cold Case Christianity

Last weekend as I taught the first Cold-Case Christianity class at Biola University as part of their Master’s Degree program in Christian Apologetics , the issue of evidentialism was raised by one of the students. Christian apologists are sometimes divided between presuppositionalists (who presuppose the Bible is Divine revelation) and evidentialists (who seek to establish the authority and reliability from internal and external evidences). I am an evidentialist. Most people I meet assume I take this approach because of my background as a detective , but while my investigative experience definitely plays a role in my perspective as a Christian, my family structure is the real reason I’m a committed evidentialist. I was raised in a family dominated by atheists and Mormons. My chief role model, my father, has always been a non-believer; his wife of the past forty-five years has been a committed Mormon. My six half-brothers and half-sisters were all raised as Mormons, and when one of them saw my growing interest in studying the Bible critically, she encouraged me to take a similar look at the Book of Mormon.

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Theistic Evolution: What is the Issue?

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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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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How to Talk with Your Kids About God (Interview with Natasha Crain) | Cold Case Christianity

As my readership grew, people started sharing more and more of my blog posts. Those shares started bringing a consistent wave of nonbelievers to my site. They began leaving comments on my posts challenging all kinds of truth claims about Christianity, and they were challenges I had never even considered. They told me there wasn’t any evidence Jesus ever existed, that the Bible was filled with errors, that evolution had replaced a need for God, that there was no evidence for God’s existence, and much more. I had been blogging about much simpler things—like good worship songs for young kids. These comments blew me away. I realized I was raising kids in a VERY different world than the one in which I grew up and that I was totally unprepared as a parent. Honestly, I was a bit shocked as well at the realization that in 30-some years of being a Christian, the church had never confronted me with these issues.

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Should I Tithe?

So about tithing: What is tithing? Tithing is a concept from the Bible, from the Old Testament, that we give 10% of our income to God. Sound like too much? It's all His anyway. It's not ours. God owns everything. We're blessed enough that he gives us a great deal of wealth, especially in the west. We're so blessed! Wow!

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No matter what plans you have for yourself, know that God has plans for you, pathways for you to follow, ways he will use you, and although they may not be comfortable, his plans are always better than the plans you have for yourself.


Have you ever been in a church service and felt like the teacher was delivering a direct message from God to you? There’s no way I or any other teacher could figure out exactly what to say to meet every need. But God knows. So before every service I pray, “God, you know the people and the needs out there. Give me the right things to say.” Somehow, in the way only he can, God uses my teaching and the teaching of other pastors to meet the needs of people who are listening. 

The Real Life of the Pro-Life Home

There are times to stand on sidewalks and hold signs, but holding a sign isn’t what makes a mother pro-life. Being pro-life means putting the life of another ahead of your own. It means being daily grace to the small souls nearest to you. It is not just an opinion or a position or a lobbyist group. It is the glory of maternal self-sacrifice that begins at conception and runs through labor and midnight feedings and diapers and sandwiches and crayons and homework and flu seasons and graduations and on into grandkids. It is an avalanche of small and large sacrifices. It burns bright in kitchens and bedrooms and backyards. It is the real life of the pro-life movement, and it will change the world.

Engaging Whole Hearts While Forming Young Minds

“The natural inclination for most of us will be to withdraw our children, to take them away from the world, and to keep them for ourselves. I think that’s a totally understandable reaction as we consider all the different things out there that are pressing in on the young hearts and minds we’re seeking to care for. But I think that eventually will cause difficulties. Because unlike an actual tidal wave, the pressure that’s overwhelming our children will not dissipate.” — Melanie Lacy

Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Rather Than a Cure | Cold Case Christianity

There is a relationship between our categorization of Christian claims and our desire to share them with the world around us. Some of us hesitate to share the Gospel because (whether we care to admit it or not) we’ve come to see religious truth as a matter of subjective opinion rather than objective truth . We treat the Gospel more as a cookie than a cure. That’s why I think it’s important to help young Christians understand how the evidence supports the claims of the New Testament authors. As college students grow in their confidence, their view of Christianity subtly shifts from opinion to objective conviction. When that happens, they are far more likely to share the Gospel with others, courageously defend what they believe and boldly represent Christ in our culture.

Isn’t God Most Glorified in Me When I Am Most Self-Giving?

“Hello, Pastor John, and thank you for this podcast. My question is why you emphasize our joy in God as more vital to what most glorifies God than our love for God and others? The greatest commandment is love, which sums up the whole Law. God is love, the Bible says. God is not Joy — not in the same way. Isn’t it better to say that God is most glorified in us when we are most self-giving and loving toward others?”

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Do You Think You're Smarter Than God?

Miracles strengthen and affirm faith. They allow believers to celebrate God the healer and share His works. But what about when they don't come? Where is God when loved ones are attacked by cancer, when they're burned alive in a fiery crash, when a new babe doesn't make it home from the hospital?

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Can churches be dementia-friendly?

At present, there are about 850,000 people in the United Kingdom with dementia. This number is expected to rise to one million people by the year 2025. Two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community and are supported by 670,000 family carers. One in 14 people over 65 years of age has dementia, while the figure for people aged over 80 is one in six. Over 40,000 people are under the age of 65 with dementia. Concern exists about whether society will be able to address the future health and social needs of people with dementia. Within social policy, this has led to an increased reliance upon indigenous family and community resources.

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