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Apologetics Leads to True Worship

Apologetics and worship? Aren’t those mutually exclusive? Christian apologetics, the reasoned defense of the faith, is often seen as rather dry and clinical – a very cold, sterile niche of Christianity set aside for those kinda weird nerds or those that are a little more quarrelsome than they should be. Meanwhile, worship is of the heart, not the head, right? Well, this nerd begs to differ. Worship is certainly more than feelings. I would dare say that many mistake the beat of a good tune for the moving of the Spirit of God, but I digress….

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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Episode 075: Film Nostalgia & Heaven - Christian Research Institute

“It seems that most popular new movies these days are sequels, prequels, reboots, or remakes. The reason Hollywood seems unoriginal is because, when it comes to films, we prefer nostalgia to novelty. Every human has a basic desire for how things are actually meant to be. Nevertheless, this ideal is perverted by sin to the extent that, more often than not, our desires themselves are wayward. The reason sequels, reboots, and remakes become mixed up in this desire is because our broken world is deficient to satisfy our hunger. Instead, we attach the desire to something more tangible, but still vague enough to provide an ineffable hope, like memories of feelings we have had during certain times in our past when things seemed just right. We are drawn to sequels and prequels because they promise to take us back to a place we remember enjoying. We are drawn to remakes because they promise to recreate encounters with characters and stories that once gave us comfort.”

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Three Good Reasons to Celebrate Your Christian Worldview | Cold Case Christianity

I had the great honor of speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Apologetics Conference two weeks ago, along with Frank Turek , Abdu Murray , Alex McFarland , Stephen C. Meyer , Ed Stetzer and Troy Miller . In case you weren’t aware, the NRB Network (available on Direct TV) features many Christian Case Making programs (including Cold-Case Christianity ). Troy Miller is the President and CEO of the network, and with the help of Arline Bell (the Director of Programming), the network has forged a new path for Christian programming. This is definitely not your parent’s Christian television network. NRB TV is filled with great Christian teaching and Case Making programs. I am delighted to be a small part of the line-up. At lunch, Troy shared the results of a recent viewer survey in which people who watch the NRB Network reported what they liked about it. High on their list were two responses: When using a single word to describe what they enjoy about the programming, many viewers said “orthodoxy”. People who watch NRB TV love the fact the programs argue for an orthodox, conservative view of Christianity.

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The overwhelming majority of scholars do not believe that eyewitnesses nor associates of eyewitnesses wrote the Gospels and Paul mentions very little about the historical Jesus in his letters. In addition, most scholars believe that the anonymous authors of the Gospels were writing in a genre of literature (Greco-Roman religious biographies) that allowed for extensive embellishments of the facts. Therefore, even though it is quite probable that Jesus existed, was an apocalyptic preacher, that he irritated the Jewish authorities, that he was arrested and crucified by the Romans, that he was buried, and that shortly after his death some of his followers believed that he had appeared to them in some fashion…the stories of turning water into wine, feeding five thousand, walking on water, raising people from the dead, earthquakes upon his death, and sightings of his literal walking/talking corpse may well be literary fiction. Probability tells us that these stories are not historical.

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Same-sex couples cannot have children baptised in Presbyterian Church in Ireland - Premier

The children of same-sex couples cannot be baptised in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the organisation said.

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There’s one thing we can be sure of, though: Making abortion legal will not make abortion moral. What’s right and wrong is not determined by a vote, and what’s legal is not necessarily what’s moral. The only thing we learned from Ireland’s vote on May 25 was that the majority of Ireland’s people voted to make abortion legal. But it is grotesque and immoral to kill innocent human beings in the womb today, and it always will be.

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Debating God: Jordan B Peterson, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett and more

Be the first to watch, listen and download at http://www.thebigconversation.show The Big Conversation is a unique video series from Unbelievable? featuring world-class thinkers across the Christian and atheist community. Exploring science, faith, philosophy and what it means to be human. Launching 9 June 2018 with the debate between Jordan B Peterson and Susan Blackmore. Still to come: Steven Pinker & Nick Spencer Derren Brown & Rev Richard Coles Daniel Dennett & Keith Ward John Lennox & Michael Ruse Peter Singer & Andy Bannister Videos, updates, exclusive content http://www.thebigconversation.show •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Unbelievable? engages in fundamental questions on Christianity with the intention to openly discuss different opinions between Christians and non-believers. Each Saturday, in the award-winning programme Unbelievable, Justin Brierley asks questions like: Is there evidence for God? Can we trust the Bible? Did Jesus rise from the dead? Justin tackles these and other issues, on a show that gets Christians and non-believers talking to each other.

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4 Simple Ways To Help You Read the Bible Better - Jonathan Morrow

Two quick tips here. When you read the Bible you need to understand the historical backdrop of the text. For example, the Old Testament needs to be understood in light of the Ancient Near East. And the New Testament needs to be understood in light of a largely Jewish mindset emerging in a world heavily influenced by Greco-Roman Culture.

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What a blessing YOU are Greg. Everyone please help save the Poached Egg. I have been close to the situation at hand and Greg has been filled with integrity and dutiful faithfulness. We are with you sir and THANK YOU for all of your hard work that blesses so many daily. Blessing! Honor! Favor! "Lord please stand in the gap and also bless each person with fullness with even the smallest of donations (and those who can't give as well Lord show yourself Mighty for them and prosper them))".

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Why It’s Wrong to Say the Bible Is Pro-Slavery

“The Bible is pro-slavery.” It’s a common charge these days. Part of the New Atheist attack on religion, it also comes from various progressive circles in order to defend certain social views (in line with the so-called redemptive-movement hermeneutic ). The claim is not incomprehensible. It has some apparent, face-value support—and not just in Old Testament law regulations, but in New Testament epistles written by the very apostles of Jesus Christ: Ephesians 6:5: “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters.” Colossians 3:22: “Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters.” 1 Peter 2:18: “Servants, be subject to your masters.” How should Christians respond to this concern? It’s a complicated issue that one brief article cannot resolve, but here are several initial appeals that may be helpful to at least draw attention to its complexity. Defining ‘Slavery’ When we read verses like Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:22, and 1 Peter 2:18, we hear the common English translation “slave” in light of our own historical context. We typically think of race-based, chattel slavery in which the slave is the property of the master and lacks any legal rights.

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Apologetics: Jesus of Faith, Jesus of History, or Jesus of Eyewitness Testimony?

The result of this discovery—at least in Aslan’s estimation—is that the New Testament Gospels should be treated as texts that convey something other than “history.” Aslan is not, of course, suggesting that the Gospels themselves are somehow non-historical documents. Clearly, the New Testament Gospels are real documents that emerged at particular times in ancient history. What Aslan is claiming is the existence of a virtually unbridgeable gap between the stories the Gospels tell about Jesus and the actual events of history.

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Groundbreaking Paper Shows Thousands of New Genes Needed for the Origin of Animals | Evolution News

Thus both Meyer and Marshall were right that dGRNs needed to be wired to build animals — but they were right in the most devastating manner for Darwinism, namely that the rewiring of the dGRNS was mediated by entirely new genes. The paper’s demonstration that thousands of new genes would have been required during the origin of animals is nothing short of a spectacular vindication of Meyer’s perspective on this question, and a strong falsification of Marshall’s viewpoint.

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‘First Reformed’: 2018’s Most Thought-Provoking Film So Far

Whereas Abundant Life is tempted to minimize the cost of discipleship and downplay the justice implications of the gospel (especially because its biggest tithers are conservative business tycoons), First Reformed—a church that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad—is tempted to focus exclusively on justice, trading piety for political activism and worshipful joy for partisan rage. The two churches represent the equally problematic temptations of “cheap grace” nominalism (Abundant Life) and theological liberalism (First Reformed)—two active fronts in the current battle for the soul of evangelicalism.

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‘The Faith of Donald J. Trump’: A Book Review

Since the advent of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority in 1979, Weems’s religious tradition of exalting politicians has been rejuvenated. A specially blessed American nation is central to the faith of many Christian Republican insiders. Thus, their favorite leaders—from Washington and Jefferson to Reagan and Trump—must necessarily be men of genuine devotion. However, squeezing Trump into this pious mold may present the greatest challenge yet for Christian America’s partisans.

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8 Contrasting Signs of an Insecure Leader

So what’s the antidote? How do we normalize our leadership away from extremes? Supernaturally, it begins with a re-centering of our identity around Christ. Only the security we find in his gospel—where sinners are justified freely forever, united to Christ to be seated with him in the heavenly places in every moment, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey God and bear godly fruit—can help us battle the insecurities of the flesh, whether they manifest themselves in aggression or passivity, arrogance or false humility.

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No evidence for natural selection: Darwinist examples rely on a misunderstanding of the difference between micro- and macroevolution. An excerpt from ‘Darwin’s House of Cards,’ WORLD’s 2017 Origins Book of the Year. world.wng.org/content/no_evi… #SaturdaySeries

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Too Few Pastors Spoke Up. It’s the Real Reason We’re in This Mess Today | The Stream

As for knowing any churches that refuse to perform marriage for folk who have divorced for shallow reasons, I can’t say I do – not because there aren’t any, but because I don’t know what criteria local churchesministers use for agreeingrefusing to perform marriages. It is further complicated by the fact that nonbelievers who divorce may come to Christ then seek to remarry. Should they be permitted to marry, or are they bound to seek reunion with their former spouse? I know of one couple where the wife’s husband abandoned her for another women – valid grounds for divorce, and her second husband had divorced his then wife whilst not walking with the Lord. The pair had an amazing witness, and walked strongly with the Lord ’til the husband passed away. I would contrast this with those who call themselves Christian then seek a divorce.

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Islamicize Me Day 25: Our Dhimmi Converts to Islam!

On Day 25 of "Islamicize Me," the gang's dhimmi decides to become a Muslim, and the gang figures out a way to deal with the infamous Robert Spencer! To visit Vocab's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jon's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? ... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net Thanks to everyone for watching "Islamicize Me," starring Vocab Malone, Jon McCray, and David Wood!

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Philippians 2:12–13 // Obedience Is Not a Curse Word

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that to comply with God’s commands is to believe that God knows more than we do about what will ultimately make us happy. For the study guide, visit http://desiringgod.org/labs/obedience... .

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Defending Truth in an Age of Confusion: Why Apologetics Matters - LogosTalk

Like most people, the first time I heard the word “apologetics” I was befuddled. I was driving down Interstate 5 in Southern California en route to work at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and for the life of me, I couldn’t understand why there was such a stress for Christians to apologize. After showing up at work, I asked a fellow Christian what the word meant—and that’s when I discovered, to my relief, that apologetics means “to defend the faith.”

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There are only foolish reasons to support missions unless there is something we cannot see that matters more than what we can see. We long for that unspeakable beauty — we go out not just serving those in need, but seeking that full vision of the highest happiness. With longing and joy in worship, we go on mission ensured of the promise that as we seek the heavenly Jerusalem, we will appear before our God (Psalm 84:7; Hebrews 11:13–16). Missions is quite simply a pursuit of God who is in heaven.

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A Simple Case for Religious Liberty

The heart is the tension between different types of liberty. Fifty years ago people cited religion to justify denying others the right to interracial marriage. When the courts weighed in favour of the latter, was that a blow to religious liberty? Most now would argue it was a blow in favour of the rights of interracial couples. It didn’t mean people valued religious liberty any less than they did before, they just recognised it couldn’t be used as a justification to deny a black woman the right to marry a white man. Similarly, laws for gay marriage were about recognising the rights of a man to marry another man etc. It wasn’t about denigrating religious rights. If you claim it’s your religious right to burn down my house, I’m not opressing your rights if I put out the flames.

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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.

32 The Stupendous Reality of Being “in Christ Jesus”

But at the conscious level of our own action, it is through faith. Christ dwells in our hearts “through faith” (Ephesians 3:17). The life we live in union with his death and life we “live by faith in the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). We are united in his death and resurrection “through faith” (Colossians 2:12).

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35 Throw Like a Girl: Why Feminism Insults Real Women

But a rolling pin is different than a measuring cup, and we can acknowledge that without saying one is better than the other. And what a weird thing it would be if we did! Imagine showing someone your kitchen tools and having them indignantly accuse you of believing the measuring cup was better than the rolling pin. Better at what? If you want to measure some flour, you’ll have a hard time with a rolling pin, and you’ll have similar problems trying to roll out a pie crust with a measuring cup. A rolling pin has to be evaluated according to the standards of what makes a good rolling pin, and measuring cups have to be judged on their own terms. (As a sidenote, if you cringe at the domestic analogy, then it shows you’re doing exactly what I’m talking about.)

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Set Apart

Leading isn’t so much about being on the platform or at the head of the group as it is about being noticeably different. You don’t lead when you land a certain position or facilitate discussion at small group. You lead when you live set apart from the world—and you can do that right where you are.

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Islamicize Me and the James White Controversy

Recently, Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries publicly condemned the YouTube series "Islamicize Me," starring David Wood, Jon McCray, Vocab Malone, and many others. While David, Jon, and Vocab don't usually like to get into inter-Christian disputes, the large volume of complaints by Dr. White's fans have convinced the Apologetics Avengers to reply.

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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids - A Review

Cold-Case Christianity for Kids  can be a helpful book for jumpstarting spiritual conversations with your upper-elementary and Jr. High aged children. Even though my son has attended some of my apologetics presentations, he hadn’t asked me about the merits of inferring God’s existence from intelligent design until recently. The short mention it got in this book sparked a question in his mind which led to our first conversation on the issue.

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How the Standard of Proof Helped a Skeptic Become a Christian

J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Lee Strobel and describes some of his journey from skepticism to faith. Can a proper understanding of the “standard of proof” help someone overcome their skepticism?

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God Doesn’t Make Us Nice. He Makes Us New.

God doesn’t just make us nice; he makes us new—new creatures with new desires and the power of God’s indwelling Spirit to help us pursue them. By taking seriously the Bible’s assessment of our sinful state and the impossibility of self-improvement, we’re free to look to Christ as our only hope. As Lawrence puts it, “Christian conversion is a rescue. It’s a rescue from death to life, from wrath to forgiveness, from enslavement to freedom. And it’s God’s rescue. Only he can do it” (45).

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48 Not a Hillsong to Die On: 100 Billion X and One Big Why

The third and final verse is even more powerful than the first. Just as creation reveals God, so also the cross reveals his heart of love. We “see [his] heart / Eight billion different ways.” We could quibble over whether “child” is a helpful term for all eight billion humans: “Every precious one / A child you died to save.” But the lyrics here do circle back to creation by mentioning eight billion humans made in God’s image. I’m eager to affirm Jesus died for all (1 John 2:2; John 4:14; Revelation 22:17), just not all in the same way (for his sheep, John 10:14–15; his friends, John 15:13; his bride, Ephesians 5:25).

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4 Simple Ways To Help You Read the Bible Better

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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54 Why Is the World Broken?
55 A Coward, a Skeptic, a Zealot and the Resurrection
56 Do Dinosaur Footprint Fossils Indicate Sauropods Splashed in Wate
57 Jordan Peterson explains his Christian beliefs
58 Did Early Christians Believe the Bible was Inspired, Inerrant, and Authoritative?
59 Stuff Atheists Say: You’re Almost an Atheist
60 Is Yoga Sinful?
61 J Warner Wallace on Instagram: “A blessing last night to speak at a fundraiser for the Centers for Apologetics Research (www.thecenters.org)! They are doing amazing work…”
62 James Warner Wallace on “Is Your Transformational Religious Experience Evidence Enough?”
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65 Memorial service held to mark Grenfell Tower fire anniversary - Premier
66 If Christians Are Supposed to Rely on Evidence, Why Call It Faith?
67 Catholic Church opens first anti-abortion campaign office in Scotland - Premier
68 Disciples Love Other Disciples
69 When Reason Serves Rebellion
70 Is the Bible literally true?
71 Evangelicals being 'forced out' of Church of England for being gay - Premier
72 The Gospels Get It Right When It Counts- and When It Doesn't
73 Rise in violence and verbal abuse against clergy prompts survey - Premier
74 6 Misconceptions About the New Testament
75 Lee Strobel: Walking on water would be like a stroll in the park
76 The Ultimate Web Designer
77 3,000-year-old sculpture of mystery biblical king found in Israel
78 Islamicize Me Day 24: Jamal Is Shia!
79 Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted?
80 Motherhood as a Mission Field
81 The Case for the Eyewitness Status of the Gospel Authors
82 Design Without a Designer
83 Finding God at the End of Ourselves
84 J Warner Wallace on Instagram: “Running today in the foothills over Irvine. Susie is trying to kill me. . . . #Run #Runner #Runners #Running #Trail #TrailRunning #Trails…”
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86 Humble Apologetics: Persuasion with Humility and Respect
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88 Assembly of God Pastor and Family Held Hostage for 4 Days Released by Captors in Burkina Faso
89 New York Judge Supports “Personhood” for Chimpanzees | Evolution News
90 Top 100 'Christian' Blogs: We're #33, Bart Erhman is #29
91 Refuting Islam at Ground Level
92 God Expects His People to Share the Redemptive Story
93 12 Quotes From Greg Koukl on Theological Discussions
94 How Resentment Hurts Relationships
95 Is Our Government Tearing Families Apart?
96 Protein Folds Violate Evolutionary Expectations | Evolution News