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An Apology for Apologetics

Apologetics as a special science was born out of a combination of a divine mandate and the pressing need to respond to false charges leveled against the early church.  God requires that we be prepared to give a “reason for the hope that is within us” (1 Peter 3:15).  In this regard the apologist echoes the work of the apostles who did not ask people to respond to Christ in blind faith. The apostolic testimony to Christ was buttressed both by rational argument and empirical evidence.

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How Do We Communicate with Winsome Persuasion in our Hostile Culture?

TIM MUEHLHOFF: As a professor of communication at a Christian university, I’ve wrestled with a powerful question: How should Christians respond to a culture steadily moving away from a biblical worldview? Biblical views concerning sexuality, abortion, marriage, and God are abandoned in favor of an accommodative stance that often intolerantly attacks, belittles, and ultimately silences opposing views. When president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy answered “guilty as charged” when asked if he supported traditional marriage, he was publicly attacked and Chick-fil-A stores were defaced with “Tastes like HATE!” graffiti. As the minority, how can Christians engage those holding the dominant perspective in a way that is winsome, civil, and persuasive?

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Don’t Sell Your Soul Defending the Words of President Trump | The Stream

I’m all for defending our president when he’s the subject of unjust attacks. And as a follower of Jesus, I voted for him, despite my misgivings. I’m also happy to point out the many good things he’s already done as president. But I won’t sacrifice my ethics and demean my faith to defend his wrongful words. To do that is to lose all credibility before a watching world.

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Interview With A Former Skeptic: 3 Important Lessons

A few years ago my family befriended another young family in our neighborhood. Our kids were the same ages, and we all had a lot in common, so it was a natural and enjoyable friendship. There was one big difference though—we were Christians and they were skeptics. While I had many friendly apologetics conversations with Gavin, the father, he seemed to always have some good reason for doubt. When they finally moved away from our neighborhood in southern California, I remember thinking that he would never come to belief.

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The Point: God Is Not a Fidget Spinner

As if fidget spinners weren’t already annoying. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

9 The Point: Who's Going to Take Care of Them? - Break Point

Here’s another answer to another pro-abortion argument. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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German Parliament backs same-sex marriage, despite Christian party's resistance - Premier

German politicians have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, despite opposition from the Christian Social Union party (CSU).

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BreakPoint: A Biblical Case for Defending Religious Freedom

Similarly, Kurz tells us, “Citizens of democratic nations today also need to avail themselves of every political and legal remedy to fight for religious freedom and for the rights of those who cannot defend themselves: the unborn, disabled, sick, and elderly . . . As Paul did not hesitate to use Roman law to protect his Christian mission, neither should we be reluctant to use the laws of our country to protect our freedom to spread the gospel and to defend the human rights of all.”

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Planned Falsehood: Making Heroes Out of Murderers

Jesus, himself born to a young unwed mother, can relate to them in their temptation and desperation (Hebrews 4:15). As we follow after him, we must walk alongside women encountering unplanned pregnancies with love, grace, and compassion (Colossians 3:12). Regardless of the situation that got her there, the pregnancy itself is a display of God’s redemptive work: he makes beautiful things out of messy situations (Genesis 50:20). As ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20) and life, we should be willing to commit to the marathon race of helping women in desperate situations. Woe to us if we preach life and love but cease loving a child (and his mother) once he or she has been born.

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Ross Douthat on Twitter

The Vatican believes in "accompanying" governments that deny parents the right to pay for treatment for their kids: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/06/29/vaticans_academy_for_life_issues_statement_on_charlie_gard/1322138 …

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The Use of Historical Theology to Resolve Science-Faith Conflicts: Introduction

Learn more about Dr. Gavin Ortlund: http://www.reasons.org/vsp/gavin-ortlund Dr. Fuz Rana and Dr. Gavin Ortlund Gavin Ortlund holds a PhD in historical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a BA in philosophy and religion from the University of Georgia. He is the author of numerous academic articles in journals such as International Journal of Systematic Theology and Modern Theology and has authored several books, including Ascending toward the Beatific Vision: Heaven as the Climax of Anselm’s Proslogion (Brill). He is also a popular blogger and writes regularly for sites like The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God, as well as his personal blog, Soliloquium. Follow RTB_Official for updates! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RTBofficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/RTB_official Instagram: http://instagram.com/rtb_official Website: http://www.reasons.org

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Are There Errors in Scripture in the Small Details, Like Measurements of Time and Distance?

The issue of the Bible’s nature and its inerrancy will inevitably affect how we approach the reading and study of Scripture, as well as our personal time with God and how we listen to sermons in our churches. It will largely determine whether we trust God’s Word or trust ourselves or the current drift of our culture. It will determine whether we sit under Scripture as the decree issued by our divine judge, or whether we set up ourselves as judges over Scripture.

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What If You Had One Week to Live?

But if we use Moses’s “night watch” metaphor, our comparative lives are even shorter. In Moses’s day, a watch in the night was three hours. So if 1,000 of our years are like 3 hours to God, then an 80-year life span is less than 15 minutes of one God-day. Jim Croce lived five minutes.

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Is Christianity Rational?

By all means! It is intensely rational. Now, I’ve had the question asked of me, “Is it true that you are a Christian rationalist?” I said, “By no means! That’s a contradiction in terms. A rationalist is somebody who embraces a philosophy that sets itself over and against Christianity.” And so, while a true Christian is not a rationalist, the Christian faith is certainly rational.

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How the Gospel Transforms Teenagers Like Me

As a teenager with Christian parents in ministry, I (Emma) have heard the gospel a lot. I go to church every Sunday, do devotions at home with my family, and play on Christian sports teams. Not only that, but each day I hear the gospel preached at school. I’m surrounded by teachers and other Christian friends and families. In the midst of this, it’s still easy for the gospel become a separate sphere of my life. I check off different boxes each day: one for family, one for friends, and another for school and sports. Too often faith becomes just another box to check off, and once it’s marked, it’s put aside, forgotten, and isolated from the rest of my life.

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

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How Would You Lead an Overly Patriotic Church?

Next Tuesday we celebrate July 4th, Independence Day as it’s known for us in the States. And the day raises questions about national loyalty. How do we who are strangers, exiles, aliens, and pilgrims on earth think about patriotism? That was our topic back in episode 378 . This year we are looking at the implications of it on local churches. And last time, on Wednesday, we talked about the place of patriotism in the local church and we heard from a pastor, a listener of the podcast, Scott, who is uneasy about what he sees in the church he inherited. In this situation, Pastor John, when a pastor has inherited a strongly patriotic church, where the patriotism is expressed in Sunday gatherings, how should a pastor — who agrees with what you said last time — lead his church. What do they do next in leading well?

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The Briefing 06-30-17 - AlbertMohler.com

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

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The Briefing 06-30-17 - AlbertMohler.com

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

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The Briefing 06-30-17 - AlbertMohler.com

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

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The ‘Church’ of Facebook?

And though it sounds quaint, these real churches are also actually  here . They exist in space and time, and they’re filled not just with second-hand stories but with open-armed bodies that we’ve collapsed into after yet another miscarriage, yet another “no” after a job interview, yet another unexpected death. What’s more, these churches are open to all—no e-mail address or internet connection required—and they make known their beliefs to the world through sounds more magnetic than the dull whir of a modem or the clickety clack of a keyboard. These real churches simply sing and preach and pray—and in it all we find something far grander than even man’s most optimistic hope to change the world. We find the manifold wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10).

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Fox News on Twitter

. @ericbolling : "[Rice] did show up on 5 shows and say it was the video that inspired the Benghazi attacks knowing very well that it wasn't." pic.twitter.com/KPqt3gmKav

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Embarrassing Testimony Confirms the Gospels

I'm sure you could list more pros and cons but this should make my point. When we write an auto-biography or even a biography of someone we love we do our best to leave out embarrassing details. In the Gospel narratives we find detail after detail that is embarrassing. The question we have to ask ourselves is this; What did the author have to gain by telling this detail? Obviously if it is embarrassing he has more to lose than gain. So why would he make it up? This sort of reasoning lends the investigator to infer they are telling the truth. Therefore, let us look at some of the embarrassing details in the Gospel accounts…

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12 Things Your Professors Won't Tell You About God and Science

Naturalistic evolution is governed by the drive for survival. If our brains are the product of naturalistic evolution, then they (and the beliefs they generate) are driven by survival. Over time useful fictions (pragmatic but false beliefs) are the beliefs that survive natural selection. If are what is false is necessarily selected by nature to be what we believe, then we cannot trust our beliefs about our world. We can only think that our beliefs have survival value but not truth-value...and we are not free to choose to believe otherwise (see #10). This ultimately undermines the purpose of college and the university. If this has you concerned and just curious, tap the link above for more depth. 

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Doubt: A Splinter In The Mind

Horrifying so, doubt is no stranger to our time. And capturing the zeitgeist of our changing times is quite the project. We live in a multi-textured culture that is replete with innumerable beliefs, opinions, ideas, and life philosophies. Ours is a culture of doubt and longing, faith and questioning, searching and probing. And much of the doubt has been accelerated by fast-paced change. Our culture is living between the tension of what we once were and what we are now becoming. And for many, waiting in the blank space between the definition of what we were and the search to define what we are becoming feels for the moment confusing, and even a bit uncomfortable…

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The ‘Church’ of Facebook?

And though it sounds quaint, these real churches are also actually  here . They exist in space and time, and they’re filled not just with second-hand stories but with open-armed bodies that we’ve collapsed into after yet another miscarriage, yet another “no” after a job interview, yet another unexpected death. What’s more, these churches are open to all—no e-mail address or internet connection required—and they make known their beliefs to the world through sounds more magnetic than the dull whir of a modem or the clickety clack of a keyboard. These real churches simply sing and preach and pray—and in it all we find something far grander than even man’s most optimistic hope to change the world. We find the manifold wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10).

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Do Dinosaur Footprint Fossils Indicate Sauropods Splashed in Wate

But if we view this scenario from a different perspective, that of a global Flood, what would we expect to see and find? Suppose a group of sauropods were fleeing rising water that maybe even swept them away from their habitat. Would it be likely for them to seek to get back to the higher ground as water began to cover the grasslands or forests where they had been grazing? We would not expect them to all run in the same direction, but wouldn’t it be more consistent for panic to ensue as different dinosaurs looked for the quickest route out of and away from the rising water? Would one group leave tracks that were covered by sand or other washed-in sediment, and then another group hours later traverse the same area, leaving tracks in the new layers? Finally as the Flood waters raged over them, would they be carried away and washed somewhere else or perhaps be scavenged by marine predators once they drowned? The answers to these questions are all in the affirmative. So how would this look “on the ground” if we investigated it thousands of years later? We’d see trace fossils (tracks), in jumbled patterns, in different layers, made by creatures not in their usual habitat.

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Love Suffers Long

We use the term patience for a wide variety of things: for instance, putting up with a generally difficult person; not losing our temper in rush hour traffic; financial investing for the long term; not yelling at our child who’s throwing his umpteenth tantrum today or who’s left the milk on the counter for the umpteenth time; working steadily toward that degree; or not thinking (or uttering) a profanity when the software program stalls, requiring a hard shutdown and losing our unsaved work.

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Why Christian Discipleship Is Critical to Christian Survival - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Just before leaving the disciples, Jesus gathered them together and commissioned them with an important task. He told them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you …” (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus understood the importance of discipleship (the process of making disciples). In fact, it was so important, He made sure it was His last directive to those who followed Him. What precisely is discipleship and why is it so important? Is it simply a matter of making converts? No, it’s much more. The process of making disciples is often misunderstood and neglected in the Church today, and as a result, we are in danger of losing our identity as Christians. Christian discipleship is critical to Christian survival.

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Is the universe expanding?

Answer: Virtually all scientists say that the universe is expanding. The question of concern for many Christians is whether an expanding universe supports creationism or the Big Bang theory . The answer is that it supports both ! Not only that, but the expansion of the universe is mentioned in the Bible, not once but numerous times. Although science only discovered less than a hundred years ago that the universe is expanding, the men who wrote the Bible included the concept in the Scriptures almost 3,000 years ago.

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Sen. Sanders’ Wife Tried Evicting Disabled Group Home Residents after Closing Shady College Deal Under FBI Probe - Judicial Watch

The loan went through, some allege after her husband’s senatorial office pressured the bank to approve it, and Jane masterminded a deal to purchase an undeveloped, 32-acre parcel of land and a 77,000-square-foot facility from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. The purchase included a facility that served as a group home for disabled people and, under the terms of the deal, Jane was supposed to negotiate the transfer of the disabled residents before the school took over the property. Instead Jane tried to kick the disabled people out of their group home, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. The records, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the Jane Sanders fraud case, include electronic mail exchanges between Jane when she was president of Burlington College and two former mayors of the city of Burlington.

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A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures

The Creator’s visuals convey a valuable message we all need to hear. But to learn the lessons that matter most, nothing beats His words!

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LifeSiteNews.com on Twitter

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5 Misconceptions About Feminism in the Church

I once had a conversation with a male acquaintance of mine in which I told him that one of the things that I do via my blog is base my devotionals solely on the women of the Bible. His response was, “Why just the women? That doesn’t seem fair …” Needless to say, I had to school him about a lot of the issues of representation that exist. I find that this tends to be a prevailing attitude towards feminism as well—that it’s not fair because it only seeks to benefit women. But gender roles and patriarchy not only negatively impact women, they negatively impact men as well. Hence phenomena such as: toxic masculinity, a father’s role in their child’s life not being considered as important as a mother’s, men being afraid that asking for help makes them look weak, leading to high rates of suicide and men not being able to express a full range of emotions, including sensitivity.

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Exe-Jesus on Twitter

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When the Not-Yet Married Meet

That said, many of us need to be reminded that God’s perfect person for me isn’t all that perfect. Every person who marries is a sinner, so the search for a spouse isn’t a pursuit of perfection, but a mutually flawed pursuit of Jesus. It is a faith-filled attempt to become like him and make him known together. Regardless of the believer you marry, you will likely find out soon that you do not feel as “compatible” as you once did, but hopefully you will marvel more at God’s love for you in Jesus and the amazing privilege it is to live out that love together, especially in light of your differences.

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Use Your Power for Good, Mr. President | The Resurgent

Charlie’s parents have the money to take Charlie out of the country. In fact, they have over a million dollars to transport Charlie from England to the United States to undergo the experimental treatment that might save his life. But bureaucrats and judges in both Great Britain and the European Union determined that Charlie would still have brain damage and, therefore, would have no value to add to society. So Charlie Gard must die.

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Why "No One is Argued Into The Kingdom of God by Apologetics" is Incorrect

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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"Mere Christianity" Made Simple

Dr. Frank Turek contends that if you can answer, "Yes," to the following questions: 1. Does Truth Exist? 2. Does God Exist? 3. Are Miracles Possible? 4. Is the New Testament Historically Reliable? then "we have good reason to believe that the entire Bible is true." 1 This is Turek's version of "Mere Christianity," a term first coined by the great C.S. Lewis in his book that bears the same title.   Dr. William Lane Craig also argues for what he calls Mere Christianity but his version is slightly different.  Craig argues that if we have good reason to affirm that: 1. God exists 2. God revealed Himself decisively in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and His resurrection from the dead; then, we are on good grounds for affirming the truth of Christianity. For more on "Mere Christianity," I recommend Timothy Fox's article  here . For the purposes of this post, I thought it might be helpful (and fun!) to use Turek's four questions as an outline and provide some  resources that answer each in the affirmative.  This resource could be helpful as you strive to become a more versed Christian case maker or as an online evangelistic tool! 1.

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