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The Attitude of Apologetics

Our preparation is to make us ready to give a defense and a reason for the hope that is in us… . If your neighbor says, “I notice that you are a Christian. What is it that you believe?” are you ready to explain not only what you believe but why you believe it? Some Christians tell those who inquire that we simply take a leap of faith with no bother about the credibility or the rational character of the truth claims of the Bible, but that response goes against the teaching of this text. The only leap of faith we are to take is out of the darkness and into the light. When we become Christians, we do not leave our mind in the parking lot. We are called to think according to the Word of God, to seek the mind of Christ and an understanding of the things set forth in sacred Scripture.

‘Bloodline’ Is the Kind of Messianic Show We Need

There’s a way of reading the Old Testament as tragic literature, something like Shakespeare’s tragedies. That can be difficult for Christians this side of the canon, but think about it: Starting in the third chapter of Genesis, humanity sets out on a centurieslong search for the man who could reverse the curse of sin and return the world to its garden state. If you’re turning the last pages of Malachi any time before Jesus actually arrives (or before you know who he really is), you’ll read the story of a people stuck in longing. Sure, hope-filled passages like Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 53, Psalm 1-2 remain, but without the context of what—or who—happens next, we’re not talking about hope in the same way we experience it.

Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

It was my genuine privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute an article to the forthcoming revised  Apologetics Study Bible for Students .  For those who desire to always be "...ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you..." (1 Peter 3:15), this is an invaluable resource. As general editor Sean McDowell explains: "The student apologetics Bible first released in 2010 and has sold over 160,000 copies.  To be honest, this has blown away my expectations.  This shows the hunger for both relevant and practical resources that tackle the real questions students are asking.  On July 1 we are releasing an updated, expanded, and improved version .  Here are a few ways the update will be different from the first version: 1.Outdated articles have been removed or updated. 2. Individual authors went through each of their articles and improved them substantially. 3. There are 12 new articles on “hot” topics like tattoos, euthanasia, transgenderism, Islamic Jihad, religious freedom, singleness, race, and more.

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For the past 40 years, God has extended his grace upon Focus on the Family as we’ve invested the resources He has provided to help families thrive. On Friday, the 23rd of June, we’re excited to gather and celebrate His kindness towards us with a special chapel service. Though physical attendance to the gathering is closed to the public, our desire is to have as many of our faithful friends from across the globe join with us through a webcast of the event.

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Learn How to Be Brought Low

Paul’s imprisonment did not sabotage God’s plan to advance the gospel. Prison was God’s plan to advance the gospel. And the same is true for us. Being brought low may ruin our plans, but not God’s better, wiser, kinder plans for us. If we will learn how to be brought low, we will one day testify, “I want you to know, brothers, that this bankruptcy has really served to free me from money’s stranglehold.” Or, “I want you to know that this betrayal has really taught me how to forgive.” Or, “I want you to know that this sickness has fueled my hope for heaven like nothing else.”


Relativists can’t hold meaningful moral discussions. What’s there to talk about? If morals are entirely relative and all views are equal, then no way of thinking is better than another. No moral position can be judged as adequate or deficient, unreasonable, acceptable, or even barbaric. If ethical disputes make sense only when morals are objective, then relativism can only be consistently lived out in silence. For this reason, it is rare to meet a rational and consistent relativist, as most are quick to impose their own moral rules like “It’s wrong to push your own morality on others”. This puts relativists in an untenable position – if they speak up about moral issues, they surrender their relativism; if they do not speak up, they surrender their humanity. If the notion of moral discourse makes sense intuitively, then moral relativism is false.

What's Love Got to Do with Transhumanism? | Wesley J. Smith

But intelligence is hardly the “most precious and powerful resource” in existence—not even close. That place of honor belongs to love. And I find it striking how rarely transhumanists speak about love or how to enhance our capacity to express it—except, perhaps, in the most carnal sense.

William Lane Craig vs Daniel Came | Does God Exist? - Ireland, March 2017

For more information visit: In March 2017 Dr. Craig traveled the island of Ireland on a speaking tour that included various debates, lectures, and meetings. On March 23rd he debated philosopher Daniel Came. They presented their arguments at the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin on the topic "Does God Exist?" The debate was followed by a question and answer time which we invite you to watch in a separate video. Special thanks to Christian Unions Ireland for their efforts in organizing the tour and to Trinity College Dublin for hosting this particular event. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short-length clips: Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook:

13 Evangelicals Tell Trump: Don’t Deport Christians to Face Genocide in Iraq

For most of the past decade, deportation to Iraq was never a possibility because the Iraqi government refused to grant papers to repatriate deportees from the US. That changed when, as part of a deal to be removed from President Donald Trump’s seven-country travel ban, Iraq agreed to once again begin accepting deportees—something the war-ridden nation hadn’t done since 2010.

God Loves Good Hip-Hop

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21). God used words to create the world, and our use of words is a way we mirror him as image bearers (Hebrews 11:3; Genesis 1:27). God also uses words to save the world. “How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14).

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Seven Prayers for Christian Dating

We feel how vulnerable we are in dating — the uncertainty, the fragility, the volatility. It is not a safe love yet, because it is not yet sealed with our promises. If we are to truly, deeply, exclusively, freely, and passionately love each other, it must be as husband and wife. It must be inside the beautiful and mysterious oneness of marriage. So, give us clarity, God. We are waiting for you to make clear whether we should marry. We don’t want to date one day longer than you would have us. We’re pleading for wisdom in dating because we know how much you love to give it to those who ask.

Finding My ‘True Self’ As a Same-Sex Attracted Woman

This question is of particular significance to me as someone who grew up struggling with same-sex attraction and found no safe place to confide and sort out those feelings. From early on, I was drawn to other women in a way that felt different. Any appearance of “boy craziness” in middle school was generated to fit in with my friends and was overwhelmed by the desire to have an exclusive “know and be known” relationship with another woman. My need to talk through those feelings was preemptively crushed by my belief that homosexuality was close to being an unpardonable sin—worse than any other form of sexual immorality. The message I heard from my childhood church was clear: Same sex attraction marked me as “other,” which meant that I could never please a God who proclaimed this desire and confusion as an abomination to himself.

The Key Difference Between Christianity and Islam | The Stream

The key difference between Christianity and Islam is the difference between Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus was a spiritual leader who laid down His life to save the world. Muhammad was a spiritual leader, who became a political leader, then a violent military leader. Jesus accomplished His mission by dying on the cross. Muhammad accomplished his mission (at least largely) by ruling by the sword.

Husbands Who Love Like Christ and the Wives Who Submit to Them

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Even so, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church because we are members of his body. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

What is the Leibnizian cosmological argument? | Dr. Travis Campbell

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Comparison Surrenders in Corporate Worship

This short psalm puts us in our rightful place. It teaches us to open our hands to whatever God gives us each day, in want or in plenty. Because these daily graces come from a God we know and trust, we can trust what he gives us. We don’t have to grasp in mistrust that our God won’t come through in our need. We don’t have to compare with others for what they have or don’t have. Our trust and our hope are found in someone who has never failed before. We can rest in him and keep moving when our hearts are tempted to compare.

For Christians, Religious Liberty Ought to Be More Than A Matter of Opinion | Cold Case Christianity

So, as “two core American values – freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination,” begin to collide in legislatures and courtrooms across America, let’s learn to defend our Christian beliefs with more than anecdotal, personal stories. I encourage every Christian to study, master and articulate the historical, scientific and philosophical evidence for the Christian worldview. Believe it or not, it’s possible to be a Christian because of the evidence, rather than in spite of the evidence . Let’s help others recognize this important truth, and the fact that our desire to protect religious liberty is rooted in more than a matter of subjective opinion, it’s grounded in a reasonable desire to live in accordance with the truth.

Does Your Church Have the Right Model?

But many pastors find high-autonomy models compelling because they allow for greater innovation. They aren’t restricted to certain sermon topics, ministry styles, or aesthetic choices as are campus pastors in traditional multisite churches. Instead they’re freer to contextualize. The loosely connected congregations within Trinity Grace Church, Tyson’s New York City church plant, benefit from shared resources and friendly collaboration, but they aren’t beholden to Tyson’s personality or preferences. “We developed a megachurch in a major metropolitan area that wasn’t built on one personality,” he says. “I wanted to empower people to lead individually.” If you’re weary of celebrity culture in ministry, this kind of high-autonomy model should have you grinning ear to ear.

Were all the New Testament Authors Apologists?

The New Testament writers anticipate and answer objections and seek to demonstrate the credibility of the claims and credentials of Christ, focusing especially on the resurrection of Jesus as the historical foundation upon which Christianity is built. Many New Testament writings are occupied with polemics against false teachings, in which the apologetic concern is to defend the gospel against perversion from within the church.

A Look at the First Apologists

Who were the first Apologists? Believe it or not, the first apologists were all Messianic Jews. You may say “Well, what are Messianic Jews?”  Messianic Judaism is not new at all. All the authors of the New Testament were Jewish (with the possible exception of Luke). Linguistically speaking, Christianity didn’t exist in the first century. Judaism in the first century was not seen as a single “way.”  There were many “Judaism’s”- the Sadducees, the Pharisees, Essenes, Zealots, etc.  The followers of Jesus are referred to as a “sect” (Acts 24:14;28:22); “the sect of the Nazarenes” (24:5).  Josephus refers to the “sects” of Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees. The first followers of Jesus were considered to be a sect of Second Temple Judaism. For many years the early faith in Jesus was strictly Jewish in both orientation and practice. Hence, the early Church was 100% percent Jewish!

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Evangelism, Iranian Style

When I first met Hormoz Shariat in 2016, I expected the president and founder of Iran Alive Ministries to be a larger-than-life figure who matched the legendary stories of his sacrificial and protective love for Iran’s underground church. I was instead greeted with warmth and humility by him and the staff of his prominent television and evangelism ministry. Though Shariat is constantly in danger, his eyes sparkled with excitement as we talked.

Bible study: the importance of truth in religion

Early last week, I got a message from a friend who was interested in a girl that he met on an online dating service. She claimed to be a Christian. My friend explained why he was so interested in some of the evidences I outlined above. She was not impressed. She said “I prefer to show people Christianity is true by not judging them, by being compassionate, by introducing them to a fun and affirming community”. There was no emphasis on truth in her approach. In fact, any religious group could do those things and “establish” their religion as true, by appealing to feelings. But this is clearly not what the God of the Bible intends for people who seek him. He is a God of truth, and truth is established by logical reasoning and supporting evidence.

The Extraordinary Nature of Murder and the Evidence for God

In 1981, there were approximately 24,159,000 people living in the state of California. That year, 3,143 people committed the crime of murder . Most people were law abiding, peace loving citizens; very few (only .01% of the population) were murderers. That’s an extraordinarily low number if you stop and think about it. One of these 1981 California murderers (representing only .000004 % of the population) killed his wife and claimed that she ran away from home, leaving her young children and abandoning her family. This killer was a beloved member of the victim’s family and they refused to believe he was responsible for her death, even as I prepared to take the case to trial. I can understand why they would feel this way. It was an extraordinary claim really: a gentle and friendly man, representing only .000004% of the entire population, without any history of violence and without any apparent motive, accused of committing the worst possible crime. The victim’s family repeatedly told me this was an extraordinary claim they simply could not accept, and even after showing them the evidence I gathered prior to trial, they refused to believe it.

12 Christian Apologetics Quotes from Some of Today's Leading Apologists

Our reasons for believing Jesus existed and also that He was who He claimed to be—the God who came down—are the same reasons for believing any fact of history: the documentation is substantial and it passes all the tests of historical reliability. Scholars—both liberal and conservative—overwhelming agree that Jesus of Nazareth was a man of history and the Gospels, on the main, tell His story accurately…Show me any other person who appears in the historical record with such regularity who turned out, in the final analysis, to be a fiction. Why so many mentions regarding Jesus from such a wide variety of sources (Pliny, Tacitus, Lucian, Josephus, to name a few)? Because Jesus of Nazareth was a man of history, who made a profound impact on history. There’s no good reason to doubt that Jesus existed, or to think the real Jesus was completely different from the one depicted in the Story.

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The Missing Link Between Bible and Prayer

“The fires of meditation.” This is the missing link between our Bible reading and prayer — between seeing Jesus Christ in his word and talking to him in his Spirit (Jude 20). In meditation, we fill our minds with revealed truth from God and linger over it, ponder it, not just breaking it down in our minds, but bringing it home to our hearts.

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Renewing Your Mind | John the Baptist | Jun 23, 2017

Today, R.C. Sproul looks at the significance of the life and ministry of John the Baptist.

How Do I Study a Specific Topic in the Bible?

Well we have been talking a lot in the last two weeks about Bible study. And we have a question today about how to read Scripture on a specific theme. Rosemary in Kentucky asks: “Hi Pastor John! Lately a friend and I have been discussing a specific topic that is prevalent throughout the New Testament. I have not done much personal study on the topic, and my first thought was: ‘I’ll just search for some articles about the topic on, or The Gospel Coalition and find out what the Bible says about it that way.’ Though I have a tremendous respect for both organizations, and many others that teach sound doctrine, I feel like I am taking the easy way out in reading the conclusions other people have come to after studying the Scriptures themselves. So my question is this: How should I go about studying a topic in Scripture in a comprehensive way that would allow me to have a firm grasp on what the Bible has to say about a topic without relying solely on the study and teaching of others to establish my understanding? But to do this, where do I begin?”

Archbishops decide "a still small voice of calm" needed following election - Premier

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Did Jesus Commend Faith That Is Blind? | Cold Case Christianity

Jesus is talking here about all the people (like you and me) who will believe in Jesus not because of what we will see with our own eyes but because of what the disciples saw and recorded as eyewitnesses (“their word”). Yes, Thomas was blessed to believe on the basis of what he saw, but how much more blessed are those who will someday believe, not on the basis of what they will see, but on the basis of what the disciples saw and faithfully recorded. Jesus understood the value of evidence and continually provided “many convincing proofs” (Acts 1:2-3) to His followers so they could record their observations and change the world with their testimony. Jesus commended this process; His words to Thomas were not an affirmation of “blind faith”.

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BreakPoint: A Faith Grounded in History

While it’s tempting to laugh at the state of history education, and it is really abysmal among most Americans, we should first look in the mirror. And by we, I mean Christians, those of us who follow a historical figure, who actually lived in history, who was born as part of the story of a nation that played a central role in human history, and who lived and died and rose again, in obedience to God the Father who, from all indications in Scripture, is a God concerned with time and place.

Christian Orgs Labeled Hate Groups on Top Charity Site

Several Christian organizations known for their advocacy on behalf of traditional marriage and families were recently labeled hate groups on one of America’s top charity research sites, GuideStar.

5 Iconic Movie Lines That Don’t Work in Real Relationships

This sums up marriage pretty well. To paraphrase: “I love you and I choose you. We’re going to face some challenges in our future, but I’m so committed to you that I’m willing to sacrificially work through the difficulties to build something great with you.”

Here’s How to Make Time to Pursue Your Dream Job

Let’s say for instance your dream is to write for a living. You’re probably looking at a huge body of work you’ll have to develop before you get to that point. 

Come up with a list of target publications you’d like to be featured in by the end of the year, a number of pieces you can reasonably write per week or month, then begin writing and submitting. If you stick to it, the least you’ll have is a great deal of work (and therefore, experience) under your belt by the year’s end.

On Israel, Most Hispanic Christians Are Ambivalent

The online survey of Americans was conducted January 11 – 23, 2017. The project was sponsored by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the Philos Project. Targeted sample was obtained from national online panels. This sample was screened to only include self-identified Latino/Hispanic adults who indicate a religious preference of Catholic or Protestant/Non-denominational. Maximum quotas and slight weights were used for gender, region, age, education, Catholic/Protestant, country of origin and generation immigrated to more accurately reflect the Hispanic Christian population using statistics published by Pew Research and the Census Bureau. The completed sample is 1,038 surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 4.1 percent including weight effects. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

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Zakir Naik Calls Muhammad a Spiritually Blind Moron!

Support our videos on Patreon: Is Muhammad mentioned in the Bible? Muslim apologist Dr. Zakir Naik claims that Isaiah 29:12 is a prophecy about Muhammad. However, Isaiah 29:12 is about spiritually blind people who rebel against God and make excuses for rejecting his revelations. The passage goes on to say that God will punish these spiritually blind people by taking away their wisdom and intelligence. Hence, if Isaiah 29:12 is about Muhammad (as Zakir Naik claims), then Muhammad was a spiritually blind moron! Once again, Dr. Naik proves the opposite of what he intends to prove.

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