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How Do We Verify The Validity Of The Gospels? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace discusses the four part template we use to determine eyewitness reliability. Can this template be applied to the Gospels?

This Trailer for ‘Beautiful Boy’ Might Be the Most Emotional Movie Trailer Ever

A trailer for the upcoming adaptation of the memoir Beautiful Boy has just been released, and well, wow. This is a movie trailer that might actually make you start weeping.

Ten Reasons We Fail To Share Our Faith - Part 1 (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #40) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner talks about the first five reasons and provides tips to overcome the obstacles that typically prevent us from sharing what we believe.

Two (Book) Attempts to Understand Rural America

Both books are helpful and important for Christians who care about small places.

Complex organic molecules found on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

From Michelle Starr at ScienceAlert: These findings bolster the hypothesis that, deep under its icy crust, Enceladus could be harbouring simple marine life, clustered around the warmth of hydrothermal vents. Previously, simple organic molecules detected on the little moon were under around 50 atom

Enjoy Watching Jim Gaffigan Try to Write ‘New Yorker’ Cartoon Captions

New Yorker cartoons occupy an interesting place in pop culture. They are theoretically funny, but most of the time they seem to0 “smart” for their own good. Recently, the magazine

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Five Bad Reasons Not To Study Apologetics

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) Many quote this verse to show that apologetics is useless in evangelism. Of course, nothing will work if the Holy Spirit isn’t involved. Not apologetics, not sharing the gospel, not preaching, nothing.

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God Never Wastes Our Steps

From the time I was twenty-one, I felt desperate to serve God, and I had prayed fervently for him to use me. So, when leaders at my church asked for volunteers to serve on a cleanup team in the youth ministry, I said yes. When the assistant youth pastor asked me to help start a community youth center for at-risk teens, I said yes. When my senior pastor called me and said, “Christine, I want you to be the state director of our denomination’s youth movement, Youth Alive,” I said yes. I was passionate about Jesus and willing to serve in any way that would be useful for the kingdom of God. I had prayed, Here I am Lord, send me.

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Happy Birthday, Eric!! You are one of the people that encourages me most in my walk with the Lord! I admire how you are bringing people together to talk about the important (and yes, unimportant) things of life! Bonhoeffer was inspiring and wonderful! Blessings!

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The Biggest Issue That Caused Me To Doubt My Faith

While I knew my dad meant well, for the first time I really started to wonder: What if Jesus is not God? What if I grew up in another religion? Could Darwinism be true, and if so, what would it mean for my faith? And so on. But the biggest issue that really tripped me up was the claim that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus was copied from the mystery religions of the ancient near east.

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10 The War for Inner Peace: How Desperation Fuels Contentment

True peace says, “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice” (Psalm 130:1–2). And it also says, “I have calmed and quieted my soul” (Psalm 131:2). Desperation mingled with confidence. Stability alongside restlessness. That is the paradox of authentic peace — of true inner peace in the chaos of our world, steady in Jesus Christ and empowered by his Spirit.

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

The listener favorite shares some miraculous stories of healing around the world.  Listen...

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Frank reflects on the life of Charles Krauthammer who just recently passed away then retakes the topic of his last podcast that focused on the question “What worldview best explains the biggest questions in life?” He deals with some of the most important questions we need to answer. Questions such as: Why is the universe fine-tuned? Why is there reliable cause and effect? Why is there such a thing as evidence? How did life begin? and many more. Listen to find out the answer to these questions.

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If The Bible Is The Source Of Morality Why So Many Different Views Are held By Christians?

If The Bible Is The Source Of Morality Why So Many Different Views Are held By Christians?

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A Look at the Insufficient Evidence Objection to the Resurrection of Jesus

There are several approaches to defending the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. Skeptics have offered a wide range of natural explanations throughout history to explain away the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Human existence is dependent on communication. The abundance of methods to communicate attests to this. Clearly, we rely on phone calls, text messages, email, and other forms of communication daily. It makes sense God would communicate through His creation. Biblical faith rests on knowing what God has allowed to be recorded for us—at the very minimum, knowing the historical truth of Jesus’s resurrection.

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Teach Kids How to Defend Their Faith

I resisted the trend at first. My kids will ride their bikes like kids have done for decades, I thought. But one day my son fell off his bike and hit his head shockingly hard. Fortunately he was OK, but the incident awakened me to the reality of what can happen in the blink of an eye. We were off buying helmets for my kids faster than you could say "sizes 3, 4 and 5, please."

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Why the Christian Worldview Explains Our Obsession with "Fake News" | Cold Case Christianity

The researchers studied how information and news stories about politics, terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, and finances were disseminated on social media from 2006 to 2017. Regardless of topic, false stories were more popular and more widely shared than true stories : “False claims were 70 percent more likely than the truth to be shared on Twitter. True stories were rarely retweeted by more than 1,000 people, but the top 1 percent of false stories were routinely shared by 1,000 to 100,000 people. And it took true stories about six times as long as false ones to reach 1,500 people.” Worse yet, the catalysts for this phenomenon were not automated “bots” or fake accounts. Real people were to blame. One researcher, after discovering this, admitted, “It’s sort of disheartening at first to realize how much we humans are responsible.”

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6 Surprising Stats That Show How Differently Men and Women Feel About Relationships

Men are not from Mars and women are not from Venus. In fact, men and women have a lot more in common than most people think, and a lot of harm is done you try to sort them into little boxes of pre-arranged stereotypes. You end up sounding like one of those unfunny memes floating around Facebook with a joke like “The only difference between a woman and a fishing trip is …” and then you can’t even read the rest because it’s cropped all wrong.

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Church leaders demand freedom for missionaries 'showing God's love' in Asia - Premier

The detention of a young Methodist missionary in The Philippines for six weeks has been described as "unconscionable" by senior figures within the American Methodist church.

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Answering Islam LIVE

Join us LIVE for the first episode of "Answering Islam LIVE," with David Wood and Anthony Rogers! Anthony's Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=11980918 David's Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/Acts17Apologe...

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Infidelity Site Ashley Madison Reveals the Most Adulterous Cities in America

The website Ashley Madison—which claims to help married individuals cheat on their spouses—has revealed which cities are the most adulterous in America.

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SCOTUS Ruled by ONE Vote Not to Make Pro-Lifers Abortion Salesmen. Here's What That Means.

Justice Thomas answered that requiring doctors to talk about adoption when discussing abortion makes sense. People at abortion facilities are considering that medical procedure. They need to know their options. But women at pregnancy care centers are looking for life-affirming options. So advocating for abortion is not the goal or intent. Pregnancy Care Centers are staffed mostly with volunteers. They exist to offer women other choices, not abortion. Requiring people to act as a sales team for a service they don’t support or sell is a violation of free speech rights.

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Is God Real? Are the Laws of Logic Simply Human Conventions? | Cold Case Christianity

All rational discussions (even those related to the existence or non-existence of God) are directed and restrained by the Laws of Logic. Only theism, however, can adequately account for the existence of these transcendent laws . If God exists, He is the absolute, objective, transcendent standard of truth; the Laws of Logic are simply a reflection of His nature. They exist as an extension of His rational thinking, and for this reason, they are as eternal as God Himself. Is God real? Without God as a source for the transcendent Laws of Logic, this question (and any logical journey toward the answer) would be impossible to engage.

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Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban In 5-4 Ruling

The proclamation temporarily suspends immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries with deficient vetting procedures or significant ties to terrorism. The state of Hawaii, which brought the case, claimed the ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims, but the court found Trump was well within his rights granted by the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president broad powers to suspend entry from countries deemed a threat.

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Gay Republican Beat by Leftists; Supreme Ct Prolife; Islamists Kill; Bible Law School Shut Down

Author Mike Robinson discusses Gay Republican Attacked by Leftists & Dems, Canada's Supreme Ct ruling that shuts down a Christian Law School due to Gay/Transgender Issues, Muslim terrorists run amuck killing numerous innocent people, the Exclusivity of Jesus and Genesis 3. c

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: Greg's Top Ten Picks of the Week!

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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5 tasks every pastor needs to do today (and every day) — Southern Equip

In 1 Corinthians 2:2. Paul says, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Like Paul, pastors must never tire of preaching Jesus. Pastors do not preach the words of men. They do not preach themselves. They do not preach their own wisdom or man-made techniques. They preach Christ and Him crucified. Jesus himself is the very heart of our message. All the promises of God are yes and amen in Jesus. Christ is all.

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Salvation Army backs tax proposals to fund social care - Premier

Speaking to Premier, Jonathan Graham, policy adviser for the Salvation Army said: "There are obviously some very clear problems in how the system current functions and I think a lot of those are to do with how the system is funded and in particular how that system disadvantages people who, in later life, don't necessarily own their own home so aren't allowed to put the value of those homes up as collateral against the costs of their care.

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Why Revoice Hurts My Feelings, and Why Nobody Should Care | Blog & Mablog

Whenever something happens that seems impervious to plain reason speaking with an open Bible, one starts to look around for an explanation. How is it possible for something like this to happen? The PCA is supposed to be one of the stalwart evangelical denominations, and we all looked away for a minute and then blammo . Here we all are, pole-axed by the impudence.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 — The Briefing

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Book Review: “Lewis on the Christian Life” by Joe Rigney

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Should We Contextualize the Gospel?

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No argument - no matter how persuasive - will be effective

Without the work of the Spirit, no argument — no matter how persuasive — will be effective. But neither will any act of love nor any simple presentation of the gospel. Add the Spirit, though, and the equation changes dramatically. Here’s the key principle: Without God’s work, nothing else works; but with God’s work, many things work. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, love persuades. By the power of God, the gospel transforms. And with Jesus at work, arguments convince. God is happy to use each of these methods.

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Working When It Hurts

Less than five minutes of innocent horseplay and riding piggyback in college ended with Ruth Olsen being slammed through drywall, crumpled under a 175-pound man. Although none of her bones broke, she had injured her pelvis, spine, and neck, with severe soft tissue and nerve injuries that left her unable to work and extended her undergraduate years. Three years later, after she was about 70 percent recovered, an 18-wheel semi-trailer truck T-boned her Honda Accord. She miraculously emerged, again, with no broken bones—but was back to the beginning of her recovery. It’s been more than three decades, but Olsen’s recovery still isn’t complete. She knows it never will be. “I’ve been in pain every day for almost 28 years,” said Olsen, 56, who struggles with chronic fatigue and a chronic pain syndrome called fibromyalgia. She’s a freelance editor now, but it took years after her accident to even believe that she would be able to work. Ruth Olsen “My life was hugely taken up with just managing this,” she said. While she used to work 60-hour weeks, now she’s had to learn to manage work around brain fog, trouble sitting for even an hour at a time, and pain in her hands, arms, back and neck.

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62 Does Evidence Take Away from the Bible's Authority?
63 What is the Key to Discovering Truth?
64 3 Startling Truths about the Early Church from the Pre-New Testament Texts
65 Ancient Artifacts or Ancient Toys?
66 Early Secular Sources Support New Testament Accounts of Jesus' Divinity
67 Are Your Cute Lessons Turning Kids Into Atheists?
68 Oh the Deep, Deep Joy of Jesus: What Sustained the Man of Sorrows
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70 NT Textual Variations and Why They're Not a Big Deal
71 10 Signs You Need Marriage Counseling
72 Responding to Student Worldview Issues with Dr. Jeff Myers
73 Apologetics: How Can the Bible be Inerrant if Copyists Made Mistakes?
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75 What Every Church Planter Needs to Know About Pain
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77 Indiana Church Sign Says 'LGBT Is Hate Crime Against God, Repent;' Protest Planned
78 The Bible's Impact on History and the Urge to Erase It
79 Why topical preaching can never build a healthy church – Mark Dever
80 Protestant Students in Russia Deported, Fined for Worship Videos in Anti-Missionary Crackdown
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83 Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: Every Disciple Trained, The World Engaged
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85 Justice Anthony Kennedy Retiring; 'Big News,' 'A Complete Mess,' Say Evangelicals
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87 Book Review: “Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique” Summary of Response
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90 'Telephone' Doesn't = Bible Transmission
91 Federal Judge Orders Reunification of Separated Immigrant Families Within 30 Days
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93 The Bible: Kindling for Christian Hedonism
94 Justice Anthony Kennedy to Retire; Trump Gets 2nd SCOTUS Pick