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God Must Exist: Truth Telling and Lying

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Avengers: Infinity War and Possible Worlds

Marvel Studios has devoted the past decade to developing many of my favorite childhood comics into fantastic movies. They started with Iron man, Thor, and Captain America, and then went on to develop other stars and co-stars within a robust Marvel Universe that, in my opinion, is unrivaled — even by Star Wars! Not only do I love the Marvel super heroes who I grew up with in the comic books, but these recent movies have provided fantastic opportunities to discuss philosophical and theological issues in pop-culture. For example, FreeThinking Ministries has pointed out how Captain America knows that there is only one God … and He does not dress like Thor! Cap also knows of the “law above the law” that can only be grounded in God (See Make America Great ). Tony Stark (Iron Man) has demonstrated how absurd it is to hold a person accountable for their actions when someone else is ultimately in control of their thoughts and actions (See Captain America, Bucky, & Moral Responsibility ).

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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.

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Are science and faith opposites?

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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If I Were 22 Again

I was recently asked that question as part of a conference on world missions. I turned 22 in the middle of my senior year at Wheaton College. I was an English Literature major and headed to Fuller Seminary. I got engaged to Noël five months after I turned 22, just before I graduated. God’s call on my life, as I discerned it, was clear but broad: I felt called to the word of God. What I would do with it, I had no idea.

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God Put You on the Pale Blue Dot: Why Your Small Life Is Not Meaningless

The short, but profound, answer is that God loves his own glory so much he must share it — share it with himself, and share it with angels, and then share it with other rational creatures, and that’s where we come into the story. The earth is a very small theater, but it is a playhouse, a God-made stage to manifest his love, joy, and glory. But not as in a cinema, as though we sit back as passive watchers and gaze at something televisual, viewing something distant and remote. The drama enacted on the theater of this pale blue dot is nothing less than the drama of us — God’s design for our sufferings, our gains, our losses, our births, our lives, and our ends.

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Brit Hume on Twitter

Great thread if you’re interested in the Federal Court hearing 5/4 where the judge challenged the special counsel’s authority to conduct the investigation that led the a Paul Manafort indictment. Interesting read. https://twitter.com/techno_fog/status/992801198829965314 …

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

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How to respond more effectively when someone questions your faith

Last year I did an online survey of topics. More people wanted to know about how to respond more effectively when someone questions their faith, than they did to other huge questions like “Why would a loving God send people to hell?” or even “Why do bad things sometimes happen to good people?”

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Dealing with the top ten objections to the Kalam/Cosmological Argument

​In my studies of the Kalam Cosmological Argument, I’ve come across some interesting objections. Some of these objections are good objections and some are just held high among YouTube, atheist laymen. This article will deal with the good objections and a link will be given to Dr. Craig’s response to the online YouTube objections. I’ll give my opinions and refutations of ten good objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

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Books - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .

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A New Defense of the Historical Reliability of the Bible

Over the last few decades, Christian apologetic defenses of the historicity of the New Testament have typically pursued a minimal facts approach according to which one seeks to establish a basic set of core claims about the life and death of Jesus which are most widely accepted by biblical scholars (e.g. crucifixion; empty tomb; post-resurrection appearances). One then argues that the resurrection is the best hypothesis to explain those commonly agreed upon facts.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/why-do-you-do-what-you-don-t-want-to-do2

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. . . . So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t”

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5 Purposeful Questions Every Graduate Should Be Asking

"How am I going to pay rent, all the bills, and somehow also pay off my college degree that isn't exactly flinging open the bank vault for me right now?"

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What does it mean to say Christianity is true?

A common approach in apologetic discussions is to ask someone what would convince them  Christianity is true. And if it is true, would you believe it?  After all, we rely on truth every day of our lives. We want our banks, our employers, government, friends, and  family to be truthful with us. And why would you want to believe something that is false? But the more I have thought about this question, I think it leads to some very important questions.

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Reformation Bible College on Twitter

We will be live streaming tonight’s Commencement Exercises. Rev. Kim, president of @WSCal , will address our graduates at approximately 7:20pm. We hope you’ll join us. https://www.reformationbiblecollege.org/blog/2018-commencement-exercises/ … #refbiblecollege pic.twitter.com/NTJsec7HXS

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Can Christians Answer One Simple Question?

Why are you a Christian? As a youth pastor and professor at a Christian college, I ask this question to all of my students. The typical answer in response is nothing but a blank stare. After a little coaxing, sometimes I get answers like “’cause I was born in ‘Merica!” With that I respond, “Oh, so if you were born in Afghanistan, then you would be a Muslim?” The blank stare typically returns.

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Mohler: America is Witnessing a Collision Between Religious Liberty, Sexual Liberty

WASHINGTON -- The most basic liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution are today “confused, contorted, and sometimes even condemned,” said Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to Christian leaders gathered Thursday (May 3) for the National Religious Broadcasters’ First Amendment Lunch in Washington, D.C.

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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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Apologetics 315 on Twitter

A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Lucus Giolas, who is on our book review team, for graduating *today* with his M.A. in Science and Religion from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University!

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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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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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Worshiping with a Broken Heart

I walked into church the day after my heart broke. Broken, aching hearts fill the pews in each of our churches every Sunday. Although surrounded by community, the pain still felt intensely personal. “The heart knows its own bitterness” (Proverbs 14:10). The deep ache can feel as isolating as a prison cell. The Enemy wants nothing more than to lock believers in that cell of pain, and keep us trapped in isolation. But God wants the opposite. Here are three things to remember when you are tempted to stay home on Sunday morning with a broken heart.

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Desiring God on Twitter

Pray that imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson might be able to say from his Turkish cell, “What has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known that my imprisonment is for Christ.” https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/my-declaration-in-my-darkest-hour …

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The Origin of Evolutionism: It Didn’t Begin with Darwin

I proclaim to you God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.” Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:23–31; NKJV).

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You Can Do A Show About Christianity, Unless You Believe It's True | Cold Case Christianity

Every Easter season results in a new round of television shows, magazine covers and newspaper articles casting doubt on the historicity of Jesus or the reliability of the New Testament. The major networks and news outlets are willing to talk about Jesus at that time of year, although few of them are willing to take Him seriously . NPR once featured an interview arguing for a version of Jesus that is “completely different from the one portrayed by… religious texts,” a Macleans article claimed that the Gospel authors mis-remembered, changed or invented their stories, and a Psychology Today author wrote that Jesus never even existed. CNN’s Finding Jesus is perhaps the most prominent example of this fascination with Easter season skepticism. After debuting last year, it quickly became the network’s highest rated production to date. This show examines ancient Christian relics and, week by week, demonstrates that they have little or nothing to do with Jesus of Nazareth. These articles and television productions demonstrate a principle guiding the major media outlets in our country: You can write an article or produce a series about Jesus, as long as it doesn’t claim anything about Him is true .

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Can I Be Blotted from the Book of Life?

When it comes to the doctrine of eternal security or perseverance of the saints, we need to speak with precision. And I think it is not quite precise to say, as Charles does, in quite a few of the Scriptures it mentions you can be blotted out of the book of life. I don’t think it ever says you can be blotted out, at least not in the sense that sometimes God does it. It says we will be blotted out if we fail to meet certain conditions. Now whether that ever happens or in God’s sovereignty can happen is another question. I don’t think so and let me try to show why.

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Fantastic Voyage: How Could Noah Build the Ark?

Another factor must be raised. Consider the implications of building such an enormous boat out of wood over the course of many decades. Exposed to the elements, wood tends to warp and decay as it endures heat, cold, and changes in humidity. Imagine trying to complete one part of the Ark decades after another section had been built. The earliest parts of the construction might need repair by the time the Ark was finished. Of course, Noah coated the Ark inside and out with pitch, but we do not know how well this treatment could prevent warping and decay, and we do not know the qualities of gopherwood in these regards.

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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A Case for the Bible 101: Manuscript Evidence Part 1, A Few Important Facts

If you put 10 people in a room and gave them a subject to write about what would you expect the outcome to be? Would you expect them to have the same theme, ideas, storyline, and conclusions? Would they have the same personal beliefs and views on the topic and write with the same convictions? The odds fall strongly in favor of no, but that is not what we see in the Bible:

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The Reasons Christianity is the True Faith

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4 Huge Theological Challenges (and How the Exodus Story Helps)

Every generation faces specific theological challenges. If asked for ours, I would highlight at least four: Scripture and the character of God: how we hold together the pictures of God presented in the Old and New Testaments on matters like inclusion, law, and divinely sanctioned violence. Church: our apparently rootless, historically unmoored sense of identity, with all its implications for doctrine, liturgy, ecclesiology, and even politics, and what we can do about it. Atonement: how we should understand the different images, or models, of what happened at the cross, and how they all fit together. Engagement with contemporary culture: how to be orthodox on biblical ethics on the one hand (for instance on issues of life, and sexuality), while increasing in our advocacy and support for the oppressed and marginalized on the other (those who face injustice on grounds of sex, poverty, race, abuses of power, disability, discrimination, or something else). These challenges, in a sense, are the bad news. The good news is that reflecting on the exodus story, and particularly its echoes throughout the Bible, can help.

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Tim Terhune on Twitter

"Female gendercide is perhaps the clearest statement of the low value and disposability of girls and women." Violence Against Women Begins in the Womb https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2018/may/violence-against-women-begins-in-womb-abortion.html?visit_source=twitter …

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Philippians 2:5–8 // Is Jesus Like-God or God?

If you see Jesus like you do Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, or Confucius, you do not know Jesus. In this lab, Pastor John shows us what the Bible tells us about who Jesus is. For the study guide, visit http://desiringgod.org/labs/is-jesus-... .

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BreakPoint on Twitter

What to pray for today: Pray that God would protect and heal marriages touched by the sin of abortion. Pray that the Lord would lead couples to speak loving. Pray for the children in such unions. Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://bit.ly/2CkG6ff  pic.twitter.com/EsoStklr6J

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Why Doesn't God Reform People Rather Than Punish Them in Hell? | Cold Case Christianity

Some struggle to understand how a loving God could create a place like Hell . Others, while understanding and accepting the relationship between mercy and justice, freedom and consequence, victory and punishment, still imagine a better way. If God is all-loving, why doesn’t He simply “reform” people rather than allow them to continue in their sin and eventually punish them in Hell? Even human prison systems understand the value of reform; isn’t a God who punishes his children in Hell a sadistic and vengeful God?

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

Th.M student and admissions counselor @timothybrindle performs at #TheUnfolding release concert! Brindle’s newest album is now available via @lampmode pic.twitter.com/2YHlO7T4r0

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Lynne Marie Kohm on Twitter

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

Did you see me interview @DennisPrager last night on @TBN about his new book on the Bible? Here it is! FUN for the whole family! For several families if the couch is big enough. https://www.facebook.com/TBN/videos/1693487960687726/ … pic.twitter.com/23gsfz5mD3

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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.

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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.

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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

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BreakPoint on Twitter

John and Ed talk about the historic meeting between North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. How far can we trust a murderous dictator? What might this mean for the hundreds of thousands of persecuted Christians in the North? http://bit.ly/2JTVvT0  pic.twitter.com/FHbVjTgEX0

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BreakPoint on Twitter

What to pray for today: Men who have experienced the loss of a child through abortion can have a powerful voice to other men. Pray that men who have experienced healing would be willing to help others find it, too. Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! http://bit.ly/2CkG6ff  pic.twitter.com/gPYqd1xBGI

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