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1 How to Be a One Dollar Apologist in the Second Half of Life - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

I’m often asked how I’ve been able to contribute consistently over the years as a “ One Dollar Apologist ” (a term I coined to describe our calling as Christian Case Makers ), while simultaneously involved as church leader and Cold Case Detective. I’m definitely a “Type A” over-achiever (I’ve been struggling to find balance my entire life) but much of my game plan at this point in life was formed many years ago when a man named Bob Buford came to the church I was attending and talked about his book, Half Time: Moving from Success to Significance . Buford planted an idea I’ve been watering over the past 17 years: God can use the second half of my life in an even greater way than He’s used the first, if I am willing to position myself accordingly. Buford’s talk encouraged me to see this side of 50 as the best time to impact the Kingdom, and I’ve taken that encouragement seriously ever since. I’ve repeatedly asked myself, “How can I position myself financially, educationally, experientially and influentially to have the most Kingdom impact possible once I’m done with my career as a homicide detective? What can I do now to make my opportunities in the second half of life even greater?” My goal has been to prepare myself for a season of Christian Case Making in the second half of my life, built on everything I’ve learned and achieved in the first half of my life.

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The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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The Secret in Every Circumstance

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” — score a touchdown, hit a homerun, climb a mountain, run a marathon, win the game with a finger to the sky for the Lord. Maybe some well-meaning jock signed his name with “Phil. 4:13” in your high-school yearbook, as a little nod to Jesus, who gifted him with such athletic prowess.

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What To Do When Your Dreams Stall

I began college in nursing because it was practical. Then I changed majors to follow my heart and majored in psychology and history hoping to eventually work with young adults. I went on to get a graduate degree to teach social studies in high school. I love what I do. Now here's the kicker: I'm 70,000 dollars in debt myself. 120,000 dollars if you count in my husband's debt. He also followed his dream and became an archaeologist. Neither of our fields pay nearly enough to justify this debt. Now we live in a 400 sq. foot studio apartment and have generally given up on the idea of ever being able to start a family. Following your dreams really only works if you have the money to pay for it. I truly believe we could have been happy had we been more practical and pursued fields that would have paid enough to justify school debt. We were young and romantic and thought that things would work themselves out. I often wish I had stuck with nursing and my husband wishes he had stuck with physical therapy. We love what we do but sometimes that isn't enough - it doesn't pay the bills. I wish our parents had told us that.

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The Gospel Coalition - 9 Things You Should Know About Transgenderism

The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures.  We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing our confession and theological vision for ministry, seek the lordship of Christ over  the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.

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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: Proof from Moral Values

Many ideologies and religions offer moral edicts, but I maintain that secular, Islamic, Hindu, and naturalistic moral values are inconsistent and cannot be ultimately justified. Some people believe it is right to lie and murder in order to promote their agenda. To a  consistent  atheistic materialist, the concept of immaterial law is nonsensical. It doesn’t seem to make sense to argue that an immaterial objective moral value comes from a material-only world; therefore, for the consistent atheist, immaterial objective moral values do not exist. I will argue that the only consistent and righteous moral system comes from Christian theism. It is justified and it is impossible for it not to be true because Christianity supplies the necessary truth conditions for immutable moral values. Mutable materialistic atheism ultimately tumbles into moral nihilism.

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Don’t Waste Your Summer

This summer only, students will pay the full $250 fee only for their first online summer course. To help students take as many courses as possible, the online fee for each student’s second online summer course will be cut in half to $125. And, beginning with their third summer online course, students pay no online fees at all. Note that this discount applies to the online fee, not to tuition rates. Since these are online courses, you can complete them from anywhere you happen to be this summer.

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http://erlc.com/article/classic-literary-works-to-challenge-the-thinking-christian

I am a fan of this list you’ve complied. I too believe literature is of great importance to the Christian and his/her spiritual journey because it offers up worldviews, situations, ideas, and philosophies of life that if not for fiction or biographical works or poems we wouldn’t be exposed to. My “all star” list of literary works includes Beowulf, To Kill A Mockingbird, Common Sense, Hamlet, Leviathan, 1776, Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, Two Treatisies on Government, Discourse on the Arts and Sciences, Inferno, Tom Sawyer, The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Three Musketeers/The Man in the Iron Mask/The Count of Monte Cristo.

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Why surgery is not the answer for transgender

I live in Bangkok, and this operation is performed here more than any other place in the world. 3 years ago, I reconnected with a long lost friend whom we went to the same university. I will not go into details, but over a short course of time, I could tell this man had some very deep emotional problems. He was extremely volative; telling me he loved me like a brother one day then telling me to to go ….. myself the next day. He had blamed me for stealing his girlfriend, whom I hadn’t talked to in 29 years. He said he finally got in contact with her but told her he was “Jenny.” When I asked him about it, he told me he had recently had a sex change operation, at the age of 60. He/she said he/she had an extra X chromosome (XXY). Now I could understand why he/she was so emotiallny volatile. I got my cellfone number changed and I have not answered any of his email for over 2 years, simply because I will not take any more abuse. This person has some very deep emotional problems, but I can be sure of one thing; a sex change operation is not the answer. Why anyone wants to go through this is beyond me.

10 Unbelievable and Inhuman: "Faith is Belief Without Evidence" - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

They require us to believe that once Western civilization made it through the Goths, Visigoths, Huns, Vikings, etc. and moved into its recovery and growth phase in the early Middle Ages, it was built by people whose basic orientation toward life was to ignore evidence, and believe what they wanted to believe

11 God is not to be regarded as an enemy of reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Fictional gods may well be enemies of reason: the God of the Bible certainly is not. The very first of the biblical Ten Commandments contains the instruction to 'love the Lord your God with all your mind'. This should be enough to tell us that God is not to be regarded as an enemy of reason. After all, as Creator he is responsible for the very existence of the human mind; the biblical view is that human beings are the pinnacle of creation. They alone are created as rational beings in the image of God, capable of a relationship with God and given by him the capacity to understand the universe in which they live.

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This Local Reporter's Reaction to the Game Winning U.S. Goal Is Perfect

In case you live life with earplugs, American hero John Brooks scored a late goal against Ghana in yesterday's World Cup match to propel the U.S. to a 2-1 victory. The nation rejoiced, but almost nobody had a better reaction than Portland KGW reporter and national patriot Drew Carney who, well, just watch the video ...

13 AW Tozer: Lord, to whom shall we go? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

This generation of Christians must hear again the doctrine of the perturbing quality of faith. People must be told that the Christian religion is not something they can trifle with. The faith of Christ will command or it will have nothing to do with a man. It will not yield to experimentation. Its power cannot reach any man who is secretly keeping an escape route open in case things get too tough for him. The only man who can be sure he has true Bible faith is the one who has put himself in a position where he cannot go back. His faith has resulted in an everlasting and irrevocable committal, and however strongly he may be tempted he always replies, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’ (John 6:68)

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Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

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15 Would Jesus cleanse the temple of Philosophy? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Many in the academy would argue that Jesus has little or no relevance to the discipline of philosophy. Recently, the philosophers David Chalmers and David Borget conducted a survey that targeted 1,972 philosophy faculty members from 99 different institutions to determine the actual beliefs of philosophers on perennial topics within the discipline. Of the 931 who replied, 72.8% considered themselves atheists, while only 14.6% considered themselves theists. Undoubtedly, many of these atheist philosophers think Jesus has no place in philosophy. For those atheists who do allow Jesus a seat at the table—perhaps as a moral teacher or examplar—still, my guess is they are wary of Him and His followers. Just recall Quentin Smith’s essay published in 2004 in Philo where he laments how the “secularization of mainstream academia began to quickly unravel upon the publication of Plantinga’s influential book on realist theism, God and Other Minds , in 1967.”

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: nostalgia as resurrecting force

One interesting thing about nostalgia, at least in my experience, is that we're so often longing for something that never existed in the first place. I hear a lot of people longing for the simpler times of the 1950s, the leave-it-to-beaver situation when no one went hungry and you didn't have broken homes and everyone just seemed to get along. But I rather expect if you asked (say) women with aspirations to be more than just housewives, or non-whites, what life was like in those days, you'd get a much-different picture. I know that in my own experience, when I compare my own remembrances of my childhood in the 1980s to what older relatives experienced, our perceptions were completely different - because they had worries I didn't have. For me, it was all "Full House" and leaf forts. This makes me wonder about nostalgia for the kind of life we think humans lived before the Fall. When I deal with hard stuff in life, even normal hard stuff like having enough money to live comfortably or there not being enough time in the day to meet all my obligations, I think I'd really like some of those worries not to be my responsibility.

17 Does the Gospel of Mark Present Jesus as God? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

While we certainly can agree that different gospels have different emphases, and that they articulate Christological truths in their own ways, is it really the case that gospels like Mark view Jesus as merely human?  Not at all. In fact, it is worth noting that Mark presents Jesus as God from the very opening few verses in his gospel, in a manner that is often missed on a quick reading of that passage.

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Dangers of denial in 
a declining church

A few months ago, I wrote about my obesity, and my determination to do something about it. Do you know what one of my key problems was? Denial. I did not want to admit I was obese. I did not want to look in the mirror. I did not want to see photos or videos of me. I wanted to avoid thinking about my unhealthy state through denial. And that denial led me to continue down the path of doing nothing about it.

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As Sure As The Sun

Encouraged by her husband to record her own music, Holcomb’s hope with her new collection of songs is that they will be reminders of truth by refreshing, encouraging, and blessing all who hear them. Setting out in November 2013 with a Kickstarter campaign to garner support for the making of her album, Holcomb set a goal of $40,000 to be raised in 50 days. That goal was met in just three short days and Holcomb ended up raising over $108,000 with 1,756 backers. This highly successful Kickstarter campaign placed her 4th overall top Christian Kickstarter Campaign as well as placing in the Top 30 Most Funded Kickstarter Music campaigns of all time.

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See the Beautifully Heartwarming Way a Deaf-Blind Brazil Fan Follows the World Cup (VIDEO)

This Brazil fan is deaf and blind, but that doesn't stop him from following his beloved team in the World Cup. During the match between Brazil and Croatia, he's able to track the action on a board that represents a soccer pitch while his loved ones communicate the action by touch through his hands and on his back.

21 Darwin's Doubt Makes Positive Claims - Stand to Reason Blog

I have begun to read Meyer's Darwin's Doubt. The first portion is historical background to the issue, stating that Darwin's doubt was based on the lack of paleontological evidence that suggested the common ancestor component of his theory. Meyer asserted that in the ensuing years of tremendous finds in the fossil records, no transitional forms (some specious "finds") and the Cambrian explosion (all essential phyla at the Cambrian level with no fossil discoveries in the layers underneath) lent little credence to the theory. Meyer expands on the possibility of an intelligent design component in the second portion of his book. I'm still reading this section, so I withhold comment at this point.

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Ravi Zacharias: To Have The Mind of Christ - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

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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Even more corrections in Codex Bezae? | Evangelical Textual Criticism

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Is the Cold-Case Christianity Approach a Gimmick Or A Valuable Filter? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

I was humbled to have the opportunity to teach my first class at Biola last week. Seventy-four graduate students and seminar attendees were present for seventeen hours of instruction over two days. They were attentive, eager and accepting. I am definitely not your typical university professor (although I have two graduate degrees), but I hoped to provide these students with valuable new skills. I am the author of a popular level book aimed at laypeople. As a result, many serious students of apologetics were hesitant to read Cold-Case Christianity because they suspected it was little more than a gimmick; an effort to spin the same old material from yet another superficial angle.

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C.S. Lewis Really Should Have Seen it Coming: More On the Dangers of Reading - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Far from protecting young Christians from the world, we are actually giving in to a worldly idea. Some of my best students are atheists and agnostics, and most have a skeptical starting point. The most common response I get from our best young minds is something like this, “Brenton is bright. He has read philosophy and will ask any question. I just don’t understand how he can still be a believer.” The most common first response I get to theism is not a solid intellectual answer–that comes later–but the instinctive believe that it is all so ridiculous it can’t be true.

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Is Atheism in America Undergoing a Radical Change? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In the last few years, all eyes have been on the four horsemen of Atheism: Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. “It’s easy to understand the appeal: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens became prominent representatives of Atheism because they were all erudite, entertaining and unafraid to say what they thought.” Hall continues, “A lot of people, myself included, were drawn to their works because they were forthright and articulated things we had kept locked away, or simply hadn’t found the words for.”

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Listen to Sinead O'Connor's New Song: "Take Me To Church"

When we last checked in with Sinead O'Connor, she was dishing out life advice to Miley Cyrus. If anyone ever needed life advice, it's Miley, but the advice felt particularly resonant coming from O'Connor, who's had such a lengthy, public and ultimately triumphant struggle with both mental health (she says doctors recently told her she is not bipolar, despite an earlier diagnosis to the contrary) and public opinion (her ripping a picture of Pope John Paul II on SNL is the stuff of legend). But now, O'Connor—who has been very vocal about her Christian beliefs—is back with a new album and a new song that seems to be about the church she grew up in, the church she believes should exist and her own quest for spiritual truth. Listen to it here ...

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The Apologetics of Peter: A Logical Argument for the Deity of Christ - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

How many times have you heard the Apostle Peter portrayed as the brash fisherman whose mouth was always several steps ahead of his brain? According to many sermons, Peter’s life motto may have been “Open mouth, insert foot!” Certainly Peter did not hesitate to speak his mind which sometimes landed him in trouble and sometimes resulted in commendation (Matt 16:23; Matt 16:17). I suspect we often focus on Peter’s foibles because we feel that if Jesus could love and use Peter then perhaps there is hope for us as well. Others have been known to say, “I guess I take after Peter” as an excuse for thoughtless words or actions which dishonor Christ.