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Liberty University students and faculty are helping produce an 85-minute feature film that will be shown in over 1,000 theatres nationwide highlighting one man's "Trump prophecy" and a movement of prayer that led up to the election of President Donald Trump.

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An Open Letter to Graduates: Part 2

Eating poorly, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep will catch up to you. Every spring many of my students graduate and get ready for college. But every year some of them are back home by December having already dropped out. Why? One consistent reason is they simply don’t take care of their health. Depression is rampant in the university. Forty-six percent of college students said they felt hopeless at least once in the past year. While there can be many reasons for this, one prime reason is that students simply do not know how to take care of their health. The only way to do this is to determine ahead of time, like Daniel, that you are going to exercise, get good sleep, and make wise choices with what you eat. Like Daniel, have you purposed in your heart to be healthy?

Free From God

I recall an online conversation I had with a skeptic about spiritual things. To gain some clarification, I asked if he was an atheist or agnostic. His response? “I’m free!” Now, although this in no way answers the question, it does illustrate what people think about religion. It’s some form of mental slavery that you must liberate yourself from. Then you can be free to live your life however you wish. And freedom is a very important thing!


Four Truths about the New Testament Every Christian Should Know

People love diversity. When it comes to music, cuisine, clothing styles, or any other aspect of culture, variety can be a beautiful thing. When it comes to the background of the New Testament canon, however, the belief in diversity is very nearly an assault on the deity of Christ and questioning the teachings of the New Testament. Diversity allows people to create the Jesus of their choosing—and reject the Jesus of Scripture.

Jesus in Islam - Christian Research Institute

A careful examination of the similarities and differences between the Christian and Muslim views of Jesus reveals three sources of Islamic claims about Jesus. First, many claims can be traced back to orthodox Christian sources (either directly or through written or oral intermediaries). These patches of common ground are excellent places to begin conversations. Second, Islamic stories about Jesus that have no precedent in orthodox Christian sources nevertheless often can be found in apocryphal (sometimes heretical) works from the second through seventh centuries. Since Muhammad’s apparent borrowing from unreliable sources calls his revelations into question, this category is useful for apologists challenging Islam. Third, a variety of details about Jesus that are unique to Islam seem to have been invented to bring Jesus into line with Islamic theology. Here history may be used as a check to Muhammad’s claims.

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The Apologetic Task

The clearest reference in the Bible to apologetics is in the first letter of Peter to Christians who were attempting to live in towns that were—to varying degrees—hostile to the Christian beliefs. Peter tells them to expect suffering along the way and he teaches them how to conduct themselves in a godly way. Peter is especially concerned with ordinary Christian life. He writes:

Why It's Important to Guard Against Your Presuppositions

When I was an atheist, I held many presuppositions that tainted the way I investigated the claims of Christianity. I was raised in the Star Trek generation (the original cast, mind you) by an atheist father who was a cop and detective for nearly thirty years before I got hired as a police officer. I was convinced by the growing secular culture that all of life’s mysteries would eventually be explained by science, and I was committed to the notion that we would ultimately find a natural answer for everything we once thought to be supernatural.

What Sets Christianity Apart from Other Religions?

For more resources visit: On April 18th, 2012 William Lane Craig and Klemens Kappel debated the topic "Does God Exist?" in Copenhagen, Denmark. After the debate there was a lengthy question and answer period with the audience. In this clip, the question arises: What sets Christianity apart from other religions? We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook:

My Story: From Agnostic to Christian Apologist

I was raised in a Christian home by wonderful committed Christian parents. We attended church three times a week and sometimes more. I remember sitting in sermon during Vacation Bible School (VBS) at a very young age (perhaps five or six) when I realized that I was a sinner and went forward during the invitation and prayed to receive Christ as my Savior. I went to church camp and VBS every summer; was heavily involved in my youth group. At age 16, I preached my first sermon in front of a congregation and was making plans to attend Bible College and Seminary.

The What and Why of Apologetics

The term “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word for “defense” used in 1 Peter 3:15 : “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (ESV). This word is “ἀπολογία” in Greek (pronounced “apologia”). It is the same word from which we get our word “apology”, although giving a good apology in the modern sense of the word requires one to admit the wrong one has done, take responsibility for it, accept the consequences, and commit oneself not to do it again. The sense in which this word is used in 1 Peter is not like that at all. Rather, it carries legal connotations.

13 The Devil Can Do Exposition: Two Essential Ingredients for Preaching

The kind of speech appropriate for the gathered church in worship is unique. There is no other gathering like this in the world: a people of God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9), chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), destined to be like the Son of God (Romans 8:29), bought with divine blood (Acts 20:28), acquitted and accepted before the court of heaven (Romans 5:1; 15:16), a new creation on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:17), indwelt by the Creator of the universe (1 Corinthians 6:19), sanctified by the body of Jesus (Hebrews 10:10), called to eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10), heirs of the world (Romans 4:13; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23), destined to rule with Christ (Revelation 3:21) and judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). Never has there been a gathering like this. It is incomparable on the earth.

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Unbelievable? Is There Enough Evidence Beyond the Gospels to Make Their Testimony Reliable? | Cold Case Christianity

During an interview on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley , a caller asked about corroboration and wanted to know if there was enough evidence beyond the Gospels to verify the reliability of their testimony. I began by helping him understand the nature of evidential corroboration and the limited information typically offered by such evidence. Every piece of corroborative evidence typically addresses (and verifies) only a “touchpoint”, a small aspect of the testimony from which we infer the “reasonability” of the larger account. Corroborative evidence is always limited ; it only addresses a small aspect of the event under consideration. Even with these limits, however, the Gospels are still well corroborated. I’ve written a chapter about this in my book, Cold-Case Christianity , but here is a brief summary of the evidence “beyond the Gospels”:

Memorial Day: Heroes Remembered...

We at Truthbomb Apologetics just wanted to offer a sincere thank you to those men and women who have served, or are serving, in our armed forces. In a society that so often elevates and glorifies so-called "celebrities," we are grateful for the lives that have been sacrificed and the time that has been willingly given by you, the real heroes. "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."-Joseph Campbell We thank you... May God Bless You Richly in Christ Jesus, Chad

Atheists: Thor is not a Rational Substitute for God

Yesterday, I responded to a common atheist claim that one cannot prove a universal negative. But can one really prove that something does not exist, especially when that thing is mystical or other-worldly? For example, one atheist responded to the idea that a personal God was the best explanation for the beginning of the universe with "I think Thor is the best explanation. My claim isn't falsifiable." He seems to think that by invoking the name of a Norse god instead of the Christian God he has made an equally valid claim, but he hasn't. Of course the claim that Thor is responsible for the creation of the universe is falsifiable. Let's see how.

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To my good friend from childhood CW4 Chester Troxel who was shot down in Iraq 2006 flying Alaska Air National Guard Blackhawk helicopter with 8 aboard. He volunteered in local anti drug campaigns at Anchorage schools. Built a special wheelchair so his wife could run with him.

19 Time Cannot Forgive Our Sin

God does not sweep sin under the rug with the broom of time. Our past sins have mouths, eyes, and legs. Though we try and silence our consciences, reminding them that it was last week, last month, last decade (besides, look how much we’ve reformed!), God’s anger towards our sin knows no remission or expiration date. Sin doesn’t rust or decompose before him. Time may seem to heal a human heart, but it does not remedy an offense against the divine. Just because we banish our sins from before our own eyes, they still stand in full view of his.

20 The Devil Can Do Exposition: Two Essential Ingredients for Preaching

The kind of speech appropriate for the gathered church in worship is unique. There is no other gathering like this in the world: a people of God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9), chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), destined to be like the Son of God (Romans 8:29), bought with divine blood (Acts 20:28), acquitted and accepted before the court of heaven (Romans 5:1; 15:16), a new creation on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:17), indwelt by the Creator of the universe (1 Corinthians 6:19), sanctified by the body of Jesus (Hebrews 10:10), called to eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10), heirs of the world (Romans 4:13; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23), destined to rule with Christ (Revelation 3:21) and judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). Never has there been a gathering like this. It is incomparable on the earth.

Transgender Identity—Wishing Away God’s Design

Third, we should recommit ourselves to training our children. The bodily differences between men and women are real. They speak to differences in our makeup, specifically designed by our Creator. In practical form, we must teach these differences to our children. They must see that being a boy or a girl is a matter of God’s glory. There should be no shame in boys liking boyish things or in girls adopting girlish behaviors. Christians should encourage this kind of awareness. Many parents will find that their children genuinely enjoy being a boy or a girl, a future man or a future woman. We should regularly remind our kids that it was God who made them as they are. We should encourage them to embrace and assume manhood or womanhood.

Islamicize Me Day 11: Muhammad's Path to Financial Success!

On Day 11 of "Islamicize Me," the gang realizes that they need a new source of income, so they seek Muhammad's guidance on their finances! To visit Vocab's channel: To visit Jon's channel: PATREON: TWITTER: FACEBOOK: ... MINDS: WEBSITE:

3 Ways to Help Kids Connect Obedience with Joy

“ Obey ? What does that mean?” The boy I was tutoring stared at me in confusion. I had just been telling him that he should do his homework to obey his dad—until I realized I was using a foreign word. I was stumped. How had this boy gone seven years without hearing the word “obey”? It actually made sense. Many non-Christian homes, including his, omit this word from their vocabulary. They might even shun it altogether. Obedience has baggage, after all. It’s linked to rules, to consequences, and—worst of all—to authority. The word “obey” is out of place in our don’t-tell-me-what-to-do society. But Christians should have a different reaction to the word. For us, obedience means blessing, not baggage. And the ultimate authority who was our Judge is now our Savior. For Christians, obedience means blessing, not baggage. Obedience draws us into all the blessings of being part of God’s covenant family. But obedience goes against our sin nature, so we have to teach our kids  how to find joy in it. Here are three ways to help your kids connect obedience with joy. 1.

2018 Biblical Archaeological Evidence: Archaeology Findings Prove Bible

In today’s world, many people question the reliability and validity of the Bible. There is a lot of doubt concerning Biblical historical accuracy, as many believe it is merely a book of fairy tales and myths. But what does the evidence suggest? Many might be surprised to find there is a copious amount of Biblical archaeological evidence supporting its veracity.  

The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science

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?

Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me Not to Find Identity in Ministry

My first job was working for a large retail store. I don’t recall if it was store policy or not, but we often heard the phrase, “The customer is always right.” No matter what we did, we needed to ensure our customers had a great experience and stayed happy while they were there. While this mindset may be good for business, it’s a bad habit for a future pastor to develop. I graduated seminary ready to proclaim the truth and do the right thing in every situation, no matter the cost. Sure enough, my rosy idealism ran into a brutal truth—people in churches rarely get angry with their pastor over his sermons or doctrinal stances. Their frustration is usually tied to something much less spiritual. Disinterested common sense says if people get angry with you over things that don’t matter, that’s their problem. But church conflict is rarely disinterested. When church members are angry, they do one of three things: they leave, they stop giving, or they attend more than ever to oppose you. If they leave, others wonder what you did to make them angry and why you won’t go beg them back.

The President's Commencement Speech Illustrates the Need for An Evidential Faith | Cold Case Christianity

My interest here is less in the political rivalry than it is in the nature of the President’s characterization of his conservative opposition’s thinking process. His statement (when coupled with the rest of the speech) seems to reflect the growing attitude of our society: “Conservatives are anti-science, anti-evidence, and anti-intellectual.” It sounds much like the claims made against Christians, doesn’t it? “You Christians continue to deny the evidence for evolution and resist the changing moral standards. You’re anti-science, anti-evidence and anti-intellectual.” I’m sure you’ve heard something similar to this, especially if you’ve engaged atheists on the Internet.

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Like duh? Seriously? Thank you for speaking to me like I was a child. I know what the affirmation is in response to, but what does it change? Doesn't change my life, will it change yours? Does it really matter who affirms us, aside from God/Jesus?

Kissinger and Girard on Artificial Intelligence | Evolution News

Ultimately, the term artificial intelligence may be a misnomer. To be sure, these machines can solve complex, seemingly abstract problems that had previously yielded only to human cognition. But what they do uniquely is not thinking as heretofore conceived and experienced. Rather, it is unprecedented memorization and computation. Because of its inherent superiority in these fields, AI is likely to win any game assigned to it. But for our purposes as humans, the games are not only about winning; they are about thinking. By treating a mathematical process as if it were a thought process, and either trying to mimic that process ourselves or merely accepting the results, we are in danger of losing the capacity that has been the essence of human cognition.

Rapid Response: "You Can't Be Certain About the Claims of Christianity" | Cold Case Christianity

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone made the following statement: “No one can be absolutely certain about ancient historical claims, and the Bible can’t be proven beyond a possible doubt. The claims of Christianity are dramatic and critical. If you want me to believe these kinds of claims you’d have to be able to prove them beyond any doubt.” How would you respond to such a statement? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

An Open Letter to Graduates: Part 1

Excitement. Anticipation. Eagerness. Anxiety. Fear. My guess is that these emotions, and many more, are going through your heart and mind right now as you prepare to leave high school for the “real world.” Not too long ago I was in the same boat. I have since learned some powerful lessons I would like to share with you. Will you allow me to share some personal encouragement and insights to help you succeed in college? I want nothing more than to see my own students flourish as followers of Jesus in college. And I want the same for you. If you read this two-part series you will be miles ahead of many of your peers. Prayerfully take these words to heart and I believe they could make all the difference for you.

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How Should We Share Our Faith On-line (or Should We Do It At All)? | Cold Case Christianity

Our Time Constraints Should Guide Our Evangelism But before we begin to engage people on-line we need to be honest and realistic about our ability to contribute. If you’ve ever tried to consistently express yourself and communicate complex ideas with written language, you already know how demanding and time consuming it can be. There’s a reason why I seldom engage people on our Facebook fan page. I know my own time constraints. If someone is truly struggling or seeking the truth, I will sometimes ask for a phone number rather than type 1,000 words in an effort to communicate my heart on a matter. This is also another reason why I seldom allow comments on my blog posts; I know I don’t have time to do justice to an open dialogue after a post. When someone voices an objection to something you’ve written on a website, it’s important for you to take the time to respond. An unanswered objection appears to be an unanswerable objection, even when the truth was simply that you didn’t have the time to respond. If you don’t have the dozens of hours that most of these on-line conversations require, don’t jump in.

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#Underpopulated . Instead of taking the role of parents in our society seriously, many Americans, especially the affluent, treat having children as a discretionary activity, like collecting classic cars or visiting every parrot sanctuary in the world.

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Technology is amazing, but it presents us with big ethical problems. That’s why the Colson Center’s new short course is on “Christian Ethics in a Brave New World.” It starts next Tuesday evening, June 5th, and will continue the next three Tuesdays.

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#Underpopulated A culture that doesn’t value children doesn’t value its future. Folks, in 1980, there were five American workers for every retiree. By 2030, there will only be two. It’s socially catastrophic and economically unsustainable.

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. @RichLowry , hardly a Trump guy, shows this is simply not accurate. Homeland Security/HHS is actively trying to help children, imperfectly. How that can be compared to the intentional killing of thousands upon thousands of them is beyond my comprehension.…

43 Renewing Your Mind | The Foolishness of Samson | May 29, 2018

Samson loved Delilah, but there was never a hint that she loved him. Today, W. Robert Godfrey considers Delilah’s role in the plot against Samson’s life.

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Are Wisdom Teeth Evidence for Evolution?

In conclusion, it has been shown that preindustrial (and some modern) populations with a more primitive diet did have functional wisdom teeth and that a processed regimen of food and the lessening of chewing forces is largely responsible for the decrease in attrition and reduction of jaw size. The dental system is thus designed to endure heavy use with the most abrasive of foods, which a God full of love, foresight, and careful provision for his creatures would have logically incorporated into their design. Health-care providers should take every precaution to protect these teeth and avoid taking the approach that they are universally harmful and useless. Wisdom teeth are sturdy, practical structures with a specific and useful purpose. That impaction/disorders are increasingly frequent in today’s world implies nothing about the supposed evolution of humans from primates or a supposed poor design. Wisdom teeth are certainly not vestigial organs. You would be wise to have that idea extracted from your head.

Islamicize Me Day 13: The Gang Makes a Dhimmi!

Still running low on funds due to mounting medical, grooming, dietary, and wardrobe costs, the gang finds a more stable source of income! To visit Vocab's channel: To visit Jon's channel: PATREON: TWITTER: FACEBOOK: ... MINDS: WEBSITE: Thanks to everyone for watching "Islamicize Me," starring Vocab Malone, Jon McCray, and David Wood!

47 The Secret to Fighting Anxiety

Now, I still carried this Mastercard, though I never used it. We took it to California on vacation with the family, and I lost it. I had no idea where it was. It could’ve been at the seals show in SeaWorld, or it could have been in a fruit shop in Tijuana, where we had crossed the border to visit Mexico. It could’ve been in who knows how many McDonald’s. It could have been on the beach in Coronado, California — where the sand really is gold and the condos sell for a one-and-a-quarter million dollars. (We were swimming, not shopping.)

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A few days ago the mysterious fragment of the Gospel of Mark was published. In 2012 Dan Wallace said in a debate against Bart Ehrman that he had it on good knowledge that a first century fragment o…

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As American Christians, we are indeed twice-blessed, but we should not get the two confused. America is an imperfect place, an unfinished project, an ideal we hope to make a reality.…

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51 The Evidence For Jesus' Resurrection, Part 7: Reasoning To The Resurrection
52 Loving God with All Our Minds
53 We will help you - Donald Trump in direct appeal to imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson - Premier
54 Book Review: “The Messiah Comes to Middle Earth” by Philip Ryken
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56 Renewing Your Mind | The Calling of Samson | May 28, 2018
57 Worship in Spirit and Truth
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59 The Danger of Drifting from the Word
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61 What I've Learned in Twenty Years of Marriage - Russell Moore
62 Irish priest and gospel choir among Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists - Premier
63 The Golden Rule in Christian Dating
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65 The Witness of Scripture to Itself - Westminster Theological Seminary
66 How Josh McDowell Saw School Violence Coming — And Showed the Solution — Almost 40 Years Ago | The Stream
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69 How Do We Know Matthew Was the Author of the Gospel of Matthew?
70 California Bans Travel to 9th State, This Time Over Adoption Law Protecting Faith-Based Agencies
71 Can Atheists Ground the Claim That Abortion Is Wrong?
72 Grassley: Fusion GPS Founder Gave ‘Extremely Misleading’ Testimony About Trump Work
73 Alleged Refutation of the Cambrian Explosion Confirms Abruptness, Vindicates Meyer  | Evolution News
74 3 Lies Students Believe About Freedom That Will Ruin Their Lives
75 Former Disney employee one of 21 Florida men trying to have sex with teens, sheriff says
76 A Right to Life for Fungi — But Not for Unborn Humans | Evolution News
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78 The Wrath of God Poured Out — The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention
79 After Losing an Arm and Leg in Iraq, Army Hero Inspires Millions
80 Want to See More Christian Parents Learn Apologetics at Church? Introducing Grassroots Apologetics for Parents!
81 Homeless Jesus Statue Stops Truck From Crashing Into Pedestrians
82 How can my church be involved in short-term missions? — Southern Equip
83 Gospel of Mark Fragment Found in Egyptian Garbage Dump Is Not From 1st Century
84 Jesse Duplantis Wants You to Buy Him a $54 Million Falcon 7X Private Jet
85 Summer Reading: A Grade-by-Grade Recommended Reading List for Kids
86 Nathan Lents “Plays Ball” on Biological Design | Evolution News
87 Have you determined to stand strong intellectually?
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89 Terminology Tuesday: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
90 It May Just be that Evil Disproves Atheism...
91 Did Jesus Contradict Himself by Calling People Fools?
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93 China to End Control on Births? | Evolution News