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5 Reasons why Christians should learn apologetics

Several months ago, when my Sunday school class learned that we were going to study apologetics, there was an audible groan in the room. Most people were less than enthusiastic.

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WORLD on Twitter

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BreakPoint: Preach Scripture, Fill the Pews

The goal of church cannot be to out-entertain the world. First, we can’t. In a world of instant gratification, 24/7 communication access, and virtually limitless glowing rectangles clamoring for our attention, the church just can’t win the entertainment battle. Second, it shouldn’t try. That’s not what church is about, nor is it what people need. Gathering for worship, though it can be exhilarating—or, on some days, boring—isn’t about entertainment, because it’s not about us.

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GALLUP EXAMINES WHAT MATTERS MOST TO CHURCHGOERS

It’s a pretty straightforward question. But even among Christians—especially Christian leaders, writers, and pundits who make a living commenting on such things—the answers are many and varied. People attend church because of culture and tradition, because of the music, because of a sense of community, because it’s the right thing to do, because of the children’s program, because of the hospitality and feeling of warmth and well-being.

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A Lesson in Failed Apologetics

Paul targeted his audiences with precision based on his desire to “become all things to all people” (2 Cor. 9:22).By all appearances, he was a superb orator, able to “hit the message home” with diverse audiences. As he preached in the synagogues he found commonality with the Jews, for he was a Jew himself (and not just any Jew, but a zealously devout one; Phil. 3:4-6), but a significant part of his evangelistic pursuits extended to the Gentiles (Gal. 1:16; 2:9; Eph. 3:8; Col. 1:27). He was certainly the “wild card” of the early church (Acts 9:15).

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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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3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School

“I just don’t believe what you believe anymore.” These are words that no Christian parent or youth leader ever wants to hear. After this bombshell hits and the shockwaves subside, we wonder if something could have been different. What happened to this student who was so active in church growing up? After all, they never missed youth group. Sadly, this scenario is not the exception. Approximately 50 percent of students will disengage from their faith after they leave home.

8 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI

"It's sometimes said that we live in a 'therapeutic' culture, which means that people are led to cultivate feelings of self-pity and to seek out comfort. Early Christian spirituality was therapeutic, too, but to a very different effect. Here the idea is that sin is a kind of sickness. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they broke the connection they had with the only source of Light and Life. They began to die. The result is that every human is born with a spiritual 'broken gene,' so to speak, which will inevitably dispose them to sin as well. We see the world in distorted ways. We react erratically and selfishly. Even those we love, we don't love very well. It is very lonely on this earth; we are all like miniature spacemen in our separate spacesuits, fearful and grabby and dying day by day. The goal of life in Christ is to be healed. We apply self-discipline to curb our overt sins, then to curb our more subtle and elusive sin-patterns of thought. Gradually we acquire the 'mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16). We develop His mind, literally. All these things that we tend to think of as metaphoric turn out to be literal.

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Aircraft of World War 2 - America in the Air

The greatest and rarest images of American aircraft of WW2 are shown here for your enjoyment.

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9 Spiritual Leaders You Should Be Following on Twitter

Twitter can actually be a place where you can learn and grow. Follow faith leaders like pastors, authors, speakers and humanitarians who extend their work to the Twittersphere and you’ll soon find your social feed doesn’t stress you out. It becomes something entirely different, even refreshing.

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Merely Being Aware of Oppression Isn’t Enough

Toward the end of the conversation, he asked me to come speak at the college’s chapel service. I quickly responded that a chapel service might be a great place for us to bring in a panel to lean into this conversation with students, especially on some of the deeper nuances of race and privilege. His reply shocked me. “We can’t do that because our new college president specifically forbade me from ever having the words ‘white privilege’ mentioned from our chapel stage.”

12 The TC Apologetics Daily

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Some Guy Left a Pineapple at an Art Museum and Everyone Thought It Was a Masterpiece

What is art? The question has befuddled philosopher and artist alike for centuries. Plato said art was the imitation of nature, but Plato never saw a photograph, which is a true reflection of nature. In the 20th century, abstract art dispelled the notion that all art must be representative, even as conceptual art elevated concept over skill. Today, art is an idea, as fluid and nebulous as a vapor. Or a pineapple, as the case may be.

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The Art of Christian Listening

Both in my personal life and related to apologetics, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of hearing and listening to people. A mark of God-pleasing thinking is our willingness to cultivate Christian listening. This means non-aggressively hearing them and even welcoming their potential insights. Here I’d like to suggest some practical steps toward better listening. But first, unpack the Christian in Christian listening.

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Though You Slay Me

It is powerful to praise God in any season, but these are the most precious praises of all, when we cling to Christ in life’s most horrible moments, knowing that he has walked our path, felt our barb, received our nail, and that suffering is precisely the place where we will know him best (Philippians 3:10).

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BreakPoint on Twitter

#13ReasonsWhy offers important lesson on why Christians must rethink how we often approach TV and movies http://bit.ly/2qVQQY4  pic.twitter.com/IOLGXnBlIM

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Jakarta's Christian governor found guilty of blasphemy - Premier

The Christian governor of Indonesian capital Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy after a speech in which he said Muslims should vote for him.

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Home - The Dreyfuss Civics Initiative

“To teach our kids how to run our country, before they are called upon to run our country…if we don’t, someone else will run our country.” – Richard Dreyfuss

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The Unexpected God: How He Meets Us in Disappointment

All of us fill our lives with expectations, some good and some bad — what job we should get, what kind of spouse we’ll be married to, how that spouse will treat us, who our children will become. Our minds constantly fill in the blank slates of tomorrow with all sorts of expectations of what will happen to us. This is not wrong in itself — in fact, it’s necessary to an extent to even make tentative plans for our lives. But at just about every turn, the surprising triumph of the cross should remind us of three basic truths:

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Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics

This weekend, a blog was released titled “ Why Your Children do NOT Need Apologetics .” In it, apologetics was characterized as a fear-based recitation of doctrines which “denies the realities of human experience.” I suspect that it was written in response to the blog and podcast that Rebekah and I did the last week critiquing their Easter article. The article we critiqued was written by a children’s pastor, and it discouraged teaching children about the literal death and resurrection of Jesus, or the concept of original sin. (You can see our podcast response with extensive summary notes here .) We definitely didn’t mince words in the podcast, but neither did we throw any punches.

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Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School?

Will your teenage son or daughter still be walking with Jesus when they graduate college? Or will they leave their faith behind as they walk off that graduation stage to start a new chapter of life?

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BreakPoint on Twitter

#Communism was easily the deadliest ideology of the twentieth century. But do young people know that? http://bit.ly/2pSf8Uh  #history pic.twitter.com/9bCKtKiVQ3

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BreakPoint on Twitter

What’s the most intelligent animal on the planet? Seems some have altogether missed the memo about #Darwinism http://bit.ly/2qHHemk  pic.twitter.com/gkn75Bp4AS

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How Literally Should We Take the Bible?

As readers of the Bible, we have to be careful to understand what a verse was originally intended to say—what the author meant for the reader to hear. Verses rarely exist on their own separated from all that is around them. They are like links in a chain, you can’t simply remove one and hope that it will have the same efficacy. This is not to diminish the value of things like memory verses or verses which mean something special for us, but rather we are to learn the context, the intended purpose and the truth so that we can use the Bible accurately.

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At Least 250 Migrants Have Gone Missing in the Mediterranean Sea

During the past few days, the shipwrecks, according to the U.N. refugee agency , have caused some 250 people to go missing. On Sunday, the International Medical Corps reported a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, from which seven people were rescued but 163 are still missing.

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Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity

Pastor John, I want to propose to my girlfriend, and as I prepare for marriage, thoughts of my past mistakes come to mind. I think back to women I slept with before I was saved, and mistakes I made with my current girlfriend who I will, Lord willing, marry. People often speak of the purity to be saved for marriage, and how terrible it is to squander that. What truths do you have to share with a man or woman such as myself, struggling with regret related to past sexual mistakes and their current consequences in the context of marriage and engagement?

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Christ Levels the Dating Field

Don’t settle for a person who isn’t in ardent pursuit of the Father’s heart, and don’t fail to be in daily pursuit of him yourself! Don’t settle for a person who isn’t striving for God’s glory, and make strides in the race towards him yourself! Seek those who will call out sin in your life, help you walk through it, and spur you ever onward towards Christ. These seem rare in the world (the West particularly), but I think that’s often because we mark them off the list for superficial reasons too soon.

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Abbreviated Christianity and Christian Case Making

At some point in my life about 18 years ago, I decided to surrender my presuppositions and follow the evidence where it led. It didn’t happen in a day, but over a period of months as I slowly investigated the claims of the gospel writers. I eventually came to call myself a “Christian”. But the process that brought me into the Christian family of believers, the methodical investigation of the evidence, soon became a part of my life as a believer. It wasn’t long before I found myself sharing what I learned with the people in my world. I retraced my own investigative steps for anyone who would sit still long enough to listen. I think I drove my atheist friends crazy with this behavior; they had known me as a vocal (and rather angry) skeptic for many years. I’m sure I also tested the patience of my wife; the Christian evidences were all I talked about for many years. It wasn’t enough that I was now a Christian after 35 years of unbelief. I was determined to defend what I believed and share the evidence with others. I was becoming a “Christian Case Maker”.

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Europe's Childless Leaders Sleepwalking the West to Disaster | The Stream

French politician Emmanuel Macron has rejected French President François Hollande’s assertion that, “France has a problem with Islam.” He is against suspending the citizenship of jihadists, and keeps insisting, against all evidence, that Islamic State is not Islamic: “What poses a problem is not Islam, but certain behaviors that are said to be religious and then imposed on persons who practice that religion.”

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Study: Making Kids Play More Now Could Save $120 Billion Later

Researchers then went in and started experimenting with making the avatars more physically active. In the first scenario, they had half of all the children exercise for 75 minutes a week and then in the second, exercise for an hour a day. Society’s costs went down $32 billion in the first scenario and $37 billion in the second. The avatar children also had have the number of obestity-related illnesses.

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Parable of the Rich Fool by R.C. Sproul | May 9, 2017

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, one of the primary ways He would instruct His disciples was through parables. People would gather from far and wide in order to listen to what Jesus said about the kingdom of God, and the most common way He would explain the kingdom was in parables. But what does God want us to learn from these parables? In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul examines several parables of Jesus, exploring the rich truths they reveal about who Jesus is and what He came to achieve through His life, death, and resurrection.

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Chibok: More details emerge about release of freed Christians girls - Premier

It has emerged advances by the Nigerian military against Boko Haram may have helped pressure it into releasing dozens of schoolgirls it abducted from a Christian village.

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5 Things to Stop Doing in Your 20s

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against dating, but if you have zero intention of marrying the person you’re dating, you probably should stop dating. You may stay in a relationship because you’re scared to be alone and pray things will somehow get better as life goes on. Face it: Dating with no vision is a recipe of failure.

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Star Trek: DS9 Season 2 “The Siege” and “Invasive Procedures”

I’ve completed my re-watch of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Now it’s time to start Deep Space Nine! I am much less familiar with this show, though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen about 80-90% of the episodes. It’s been so long that I’m sure it will all feel brand new. My wife has never seen the show. She and I will go through, review every episode, and give commentary and a grade from A-F. There are  SPOILERS  for each episode below. Without further adieu, here’s:

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Irish police drop Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation - Premier

An investigation into alleged blasphemous comments by Stephen Fry has been dropped by Irish police because the remarks in question did not cause enough offense.

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You Become What You Eat

What could possibly give more hope to our sinful souls than Jesus’s promises to forgive all of our sins completely, to remove all of the Father’s judgment and wrath against us, to always be with us (Matthew 28:20), and to give us eternal life in God’s presence with full joy and pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11)? Only in him do we find “a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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What Do I Have to Do Before I Can Call Myself a Christian "Apologist"?

In this post from J. Warner Wallace, we see that the subject question is not the question to be asking. The question a Christian should be asking is: "Am I an apologist no matter what I do?" Wallace contends that if you are a Christian then you are an apologist and states that you must do the following: Accept Your Identification Accept Your Obligation Accept Your Location You can read what each of these actions entails  here . Stand firm in Christ, Chase

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Watch Spider-Man’s Secret Identity Leak in This New Clip From ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Watch Spider-Man's Secret Identity Leak in This New Clip From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/dear-friends-god-the-father-chose-you-long-ago1

Your place at God’s table is based upon his mercy, not your performance. You didn’t deserve it in the first place; you don’t deserve it now. The Creator of the Universe says: “I want you to be a part of my family.”

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Like a Fish Out of Water: Why I'm Skeptical of the Evolutionary Paradigm

“Mainstream” scientists view biological evolution as the organizing principle in biology. In fact, Russian geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously wrote, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” 1 So, when I question evolutionary explanations, I become an outsider. I am outside the fish bowl, looking in. Because I’m a biochemist, my critics accuse me of being either dishonest or incompetent. Why else would I question the “fact” of evolution in the face of the overwhelming evidence for common descent? They claim that theological—not scientific motivations fuel my skepticism.

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Starving Myself Meant Losing Myself

And so, I keep waiting to be well. Truly well. And I know there will be a day when that healing comes, when my eyes will be “suddenly cleared.” Meanwhile, I no longer starve myself and I have learned to quiet the hypercritical voice inside my head. I’ve learned to celebrate what my body is able to accomplish: My body survived a violent ejection from a rollover car crash. My body has run a marathon and 1,000 miles every year in daily jogs. And my body has gifted the world with two courageous, kind human beings. It is only through my body that I am able to serve God—my hands, my feet, are what he uses to bring the Good News into the world.

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May 8: Death of Professor John Murray

We Thank God  on Every Remembrance of You When Professor John Murray retired from Westminster to return to his beloved land of Scotland, he attended for the last time the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1966.  The delegates there gave a memorial to him which captured the man and his ministry perfectly when it simply quoted the Pauline expression, “We thank God on every remembrance of you.”  That said it all to their fellow minister.

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The List Every Mom Should Make

There’s no need to make your list fancy. It could be as simple as a note on your phone. The point is to keep it handy. You’ll want it anytime you notice things could have gone much worse than they did, when God was undeservedly kind to you. Of course, every breath we take is undeserved and therefore a gift from God (Acts 17:25), but like Israel, we want to be specific about the ways God is especially merciful to us.

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Infallible Proofs

Christians can have the utmost confidence in the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus since God’s Word accurately tells us about these historical events. These central truths of the Christian faith were also witnessed by hundreds of people. Jesus was publicly executed on a Cross, buried in Joseph’s tomb ( Mark 15:42–47 ), and seen alive again by more than 500 people at the same time. The post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus are infallible proofs that He conquered death and God’s Word the infallible proof of the event in our world today. Our next article in the series will look at several other pieces of evidence related to the Resurrection, which will be followed by several articles examining many of the alternative views developed by critics and skeptics to explain away the Resurrection.

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Book Review: “The Qu’ran in Context” by Mark Robert Anderson

First, Anderson explores the cultural context of the Qur’an, exploring, briefly, the life of of Muhammad and his context. Then, chapters exploring aspects of the worldview within the Qur’an go over such topics as Adam, Sin, God’s Immanence, etc. A whole section is dedicated to the Quranic view of Jesus, and the book ends with a Christian evaluation of the Qur’an. I can’t really emphasize enough how important every single chapter is. Within each chapter, Anderson skillfully and fairly presents the picture the Qur’an puts forward on the topic, often giving some additional context for the discussion. Then, there is often some Christian evaluation within the chapter itself, though much is deferred to the final section. This makes the book absolutely necessary for any Christian interested in learning about Islam and the teachings of Muhammad.

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Teaching Apologetics to the Next Generation

Before becoming a graduate professor of apologetics last year, I spent a decade teaching apologetics full time to high school students at a Christian school in Southern California. In fact, I still teach one high school Bible class simply because I love it ! I also have the privilege of speaking to thousands of young people each year on all sorts of apologetics-related subjects. There are some lessons I have learned—many the hard way—about how to teach apologetics to young people. I trust these will be helpful and encouraging as you aim to equip and challenge the next generation.

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Contradictions: Eve’s Birth Certificate

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ( Genesis 1:27–31 )

51 Is Homosexuality Really the Worst Sin?
52 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
53 Couldn’t God Have Used Evolution?
54 On My Shelf: Life and Books with Darryl Williamson
55 The Briefing 05-08-17 - AlbertMohler.com
56 The Danger of Drifting from the Word
57 Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School? - Jonathan Morrow
58 The Doctrine of Scripture for Apologetics, Part 2
59 4 Times Jesus Used Sarcasm to Make a Point
60 Evolutionary Informatics: Marks, Dembski, and Ewert Demonstrate the Limits of Darwinism | Evolution News
61 The philosophy of karma.
62 Your Giving Is Critical—and Matched in May
63 Fundamentalists, Modernists, and the Rest of the Story
64 Worldview and Apologetics in the News
65 Your Work at Home Is Not in Vain
66 Christian Governor of Jakarta Jailed, Found Guilty of Blasphemy
67 Stop Shutting Down Academic Debate! | The Stream
68 What Is the Difference between Justification and Sanctification?
69 ERLC
70 What Does Mormonism Teach About Salvation? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity
71 Security Check Required
72 If Contentment Feels Elusive, Read This Book
73 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
74 Proverbs 26:4–5: Four Ways to Become Wise
75 Morality, Therefore God: An Evangelistic Strategy - Christian Research Institute
76 Why We Educate Our Girls
77 God as the best explanation of the most important aspects of life: 10 facts - The Benefit of the Doubt
78 The Case for Idolatry: Why Christians Can Worship Idols
79 The Briefing 05-09-17 - AlbertMohler.com
80 Premier Christian on Twitter
81 Gresham College on Twitter
82 Forget “Normal”
83 Your Smartphone Is Neither a Cancer nor a Cure-All
84 “I am Cyrus”
85 3 Startling Truths About The Early Church From Pre-New Testament Texts
86 Does the Earliest Gospel Proclaim the Deity of Jesus?
87 Why Do Christians Love the Law?
88 Duke Divinity Crisis: The Documents Are Out
89 How (and Where) Did Judas Really Die? | Cold Case Christianity
90 Reasonable Faith Campaign | Reasonable Faith
91 The TC Apologetics Daily
92 Renewing Your Mind | Is Calvinism Good for the Church? | May 8, 2017
93 Highlights From the Ireland Debates, Part 1
94 Dolly Parton Says God Used Her Pet Dog to Stop Her From Committing Suicide