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A Christian Apologetics Manifesto (19 Ways to Ignite Apologetic Passion)

This is a manifesto to ignite the holy fire of apologetic passion and action. As did Jeremiah, we should have “fire in our bones” to communicate and commend Christian truth today (Jeremiah 20:9). This manifesto is not a sustained argument or a detailed development of themes. Rather, as a manifesto, it proclaims a short series of interrelated propositions crying out for both immediate and protracted reflection, prayer, and action. These challenges issue from convictions formed through my nearly thirty years of apologetic teaching, preaching, debating, writing, and Christian witness.

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Five Apologetic Topics Every Christian Should Learn About

On more than one occasion, people have asked me what areas should they focus on in their own study of apolgoetics. These are people that want to engage the culture and are burdened for the people God has placed in their lives. In my opinion, while there are many others not mentioned here, there are at least five apologetic areas every Christian should learn about. What I mean is that over the years of talking to hundreds of college students and others as well, these are the continual topics that always come to the surface. So here are some of my picks:

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Islamicize Me Day 21: Dawah to Atheists!

On Day 21, Jamal and Giovanni have once again been poisoned, so Dennis must go to the library to pee. Fortunately, Allah is the best of planners, and Dennis gets to share the message of Islam with two atheists! To visit Vocab's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jon's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? ... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net Thanks for watching "Islamicize Me," starring Vocab Malone, Jon McCray, and David Wood!

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Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cake Shop. In doing so, the Supreme Court set an important line where Christians can and will choose to dissent from the...

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Christians don't need to be embarrassed of their worldview

Every worldview offers a solution to a problem, but not every worldview accurately identifies the problem it is trying to solve. Christianity identifies the problem as our own persistent inclination toward bad behavior. We have a sin problem. But Christianity is more than a description of how to be good. Unlike other works-based theistic worldviews (i.e. Judaism, Mormonism or Islam), Christianity recognizes our inability to consistently “perform”. While other theistic worldviews encourage us to work hard and do our best to save ourselves, only Christianity acknowledges our inability to accomplish this task. Other religions offer a work regimen, Christianity offers hope. Only Christianity offers Jesus as the sacrifice for our sin. Christians don’t need to be embarrassed of their worldview; Christianity, when properly understood, offers hope and a solution to our dilemma.

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J Warner Wallace Gives Five Reasons to Support The Poached Egg

If you’ve followed TPE regularly for any given amount of time, it’s very likely that you’ve noticed that I have a passion for Christian Apologetics. The reason for this is simple: After rejecting my Christian upbringing and faith in my early twenties due to doubt, it was through Christian Apologetics that I returned to the faith and recommitted my life to Christ after many years of wandering as a rather apathetic self-proclaimed agnostic and I personally know of and have heard of countless of others who have similar stories. It is an undeniable fact that that apologetics is one of the many ways that the Holy Spirit uses to draw people to Christ. Just a few of the many examples are C.S. Lewis, Lee Strobel, and former cold-case homicide detective and committed atheist, J. Warner Wallace .

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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.

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How Ancient Eyewitness Testimony Became the New Testament Gospel Record

While Jesus walked here on earth, His followers studied and learned from His actions and words. They were often mesmerized, confused and challenged by what they saw and heard. In spite of this, Jesus taught them and occasionally sent them out on their own. They memorized His teaching and relied on his wisdom when they weren’t with Him. We don’t know how much (if anything) these eyewitnesses wrote down during this time. Did the disciples take notes? Did they keep a journal? While Jesus was alive, the disciples likely felt no need to write down his words. The Word was witnessed in these incredible days, as men and women stood in awe of the Master, watching Him perform miracles and listening carefully to what He taught about God and eternal life.

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear about the Bible

I turned on the TV one night and saw an older preacher being carried out to the pulpit by a man on each side. I have never seen someone alive look so dead. He claimed that God told him to fast for 40 days so that people could look at him while he preached and know that God was behind his sermon. I thought, “Wow, that man is so godly! That must be what biblical fasting looks like!”

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In a 7-2 majority, the Supreme Court rules, "The government... cannot impose regulations that are hostile to the religious beliefs of affected citizens and cannot act in a manner that passes judgment upon or presupposes the illegitimacy of religious beliefs and practices." twitter.com/DennyBurk/stat…

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Here Are 6 Approaches to Sharing the Gospel With Mormons

Mormons have a different understanding of the word "grace" than Christians do. In section six, Dr. Loren Pankratz explains, "Mormons are taught that grace is nothing more than God's 'enabling power' to help them keep commandments in order to qualify for exaltation." Our ability to successfully share God's true grace with Mormons will depend on our own grasp of these differences and definitions.

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Matthew 7:1-6 - Why the Confusion About Judging?

“A traveler, between flights at an airport, went to a lounge and bought a small package of cookies and a newspaper.  The woman found an empty seat in the gate area and sat down next to a man reading a magazine.  After a couple of minutes she became aware of a rustling noise.  From behind her paper she peeked to see the man sitting next to her helping himself to her cookies.  After the initial shock she decided not to make a scene so she reached over and took a cookie for herself.

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Top 5 Most Misused Verses in the Bible

The Bible is a sharp, double-edged sword—able to pierce the heart. However, when portions of the Bible are used in the wrong context, it’s like trying to fight with the butt of the weapon instead of the blade. It’s just not effective.

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“Pastor John, what would you say to a young man or a young woman who is interested in pursuing a career as a financial advisor? Should a Christian serve others by helping them plan financially for retirement, or do you think this is promoting an ungodly waste of retirement? I want to help others steward their money for the sake of Christ, but our society’s warped perspective on retirement makes me think twice about entering this profession. Can a Christian serve others and help them plan for retirement — even a very typical American retirement — with a clear conscience? Is financial planning a worthy Christian vocation?”

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“Didaskolos” by Bertil Gärtner, Part 1, in “Women Pastors?”edited by Matthew C. Harrison and John T. Pless

Expanding on the context, Gärtner appeals to the choosing of the apostles, Jesus’ conception of marriage and creation, the Christian as new creation, and heresy in Corinth  in order to make his argument that women are excluded from the ministry. We’ll briefly sketch out his argument. Jesus’ apostles, Gärtner argues, are all men (29). He notes that these apostles are “leaders of the new people of God,” something important we will consider below. He also states that “although the most esteemed women… who were part of the closest circle of disciples, were present in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, it was only the apostles themselves who were invited to be present at the Last Supper… By immemorial custom both women and children shared in this dinner fellowship. Yet, this is the time that Jesus breaks that tradition and gathers only the twelve around Him” (ibid). Regarding Jesus’ concept of marriage and creation, Gärtner walks through Matthew 19:3ff in which Jesus discusses marriage (30-31). The Christian as new creation Gärtner states, after pointing to texts talking about the Christian as new creation, that “in the life of the church, the true relationship between male and female can take place” (31).

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Eric Metaxas Bonus Clip from Human Weeds on Euthanasia

Eric Metaxas Bonus Clip from Human Weeds on Euthanasia

22 US bishop Michael Curry given starring role in BGT Final - Premier

The final of Britain's Got Talent opened with a recording of a special blessing from Bishop  Michael Curry, who delivered a sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Huge Kindle Sale in Christian Apologetics: 12 Titles Starting at $0.99!

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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20 Quotes from Jen Wilkin’s New Book on Imaging God

The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read Jen Wilkin’s superb new book,  In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character   (Crossway, 2018). (This is the sequel to None Like Him , a 2016 TGC Book Award winner.) Also check out Melissa Kruger’s sneak-peek interview  with Wilkin. If we want our lives to align with God’s will, we will need to ask a better question than “What should I do?” . . . God is always more concerned with the decision-maker than he is with the decision itself. (12) If we focus on our actions without addressing our hearts, we may end up merely as better behaved lovers of self. (13) No other attribute is joined to the name of God with greater frequency than holiness. (23) If the utter purity of God makes the angels avert their gaze, preaching holiness may not be a crowd pleaser. Better to go with an emphasis on love so everyone feels welcome, or better to go with an emphasis on justice so everyone behaves. God deserves our worship for both his love and his justice. But his love and his justice are imbued with and defined by his holiness—he does not merely love; he loves out of utter purity of character.

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Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Church in Culture

Francis Schaeffer’s view of the church in modern culture is multifaceted yet cuts straight to the point.  He does not mince words or play clever evangelical games.  He believes one major problem with Christians is that they see things in bits and pieces.  They have failed to see that modern man’s despair has come to fruition because of a shift in worldview.  He contends that Christians should begin to think in terms of the big picture.  They should have a view of spiritual reality that is authentic and covers all areas of life.  Indeed, the Lordship of Christ covers all life and all life equally.

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Were Christians Really Persecuted in the First Century?

“In the first century, Christians were crucified, burned, and thrown to the wild animals simply for proclaiming the name of Christ. This was a period of immense persecution, and if Christians wanted to survive, they had to hide out from the governing authorities.” While there is some truth in this statement, it is certainly an overstatement. Yes, Christians were persecuted, but in the first century, most persecution was local and sporadic.

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An Open Letter to Graduates: Part 2

First, have you determined in your heart how you will respond to peer pressure to drink alcohol? Most of you have already faced this to some degree, but the stakes change when no parents are there to check on you at night or wake you up in the morning.

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Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars

FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference in Cincinnati. The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran brief access to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so. That’s according to an investigation by Senate Republicans released June 6. “The Obama Administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Portman, the subcommittee’s chairman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, file)

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June 6, 1944. The invasion of Occupied France. There was no guarantee of success. Photographs show churches with signs inviting people to fill their pews and pound on heaven’s door to plead for God’s aid for the troops and the cause. And people did it. bit.ly/2M0wqHK pic.twitter.com/LjYkjC2HFJ

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Why you can’t understand the Bible without understanding the covenants | Tom Schreiner

All those who belong to Jesus are his offspring: they are the children of Abraham and members of the Israel of God. The land promise is also fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The first glimmer of the promise is located in Jesus’s resurrection, which guarantees the resurrection of believers and the new creation which is coming. In the new creation the entire world is God’s temple, and the whole universe is the new Jerusalem where God and the Lamb dwell (Rev. 21:1–22:5).

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Religious Liberty In A Pluralistic Society | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy℠

The value society places on religious liberty suggests the value a society places on liberty in general. Even in a pluralistic society, it seems that the freedom to exercise one’s religious convictions and conscience must be legally valued in order to maintain a free society where a diverse population can work together for the common good. But what is religious liberty? How does religious freedom relate to the non-religious? Furthermore, how does the law allow citizens to live out their beliefs about matters of conscience in a pluralistic society?

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4 Myths About Religious Freedom? 1 It seeks to end the separation of church and state. 2 It discriminates against those with whom one disagrees. 3 It allows people to ignore the law. 4 it's only about protecting Christians. @drmoore exlpains: thegospelcoalition.org/article/debunk…

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When God rescued his people from slavery, why did he send them into the wilderness for so long without easy access to food and water? He could have ushered them immediately into the Promised Land. He could have made mouthwatering meals out of sand and turned rocks into bread. Instead, he let his treasured people go even more hungry than they had been while in bondage. He let his chosen children, his prized possession, walk for days and days without basic refreshment.

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New York Judge Supports “Personhood” for Chimpanzees | Evolution News

The better approach in my view is to ask not whether a chimpanzee fits the definition of a person or whether a chimpanzee has the same rights and duties as a human being, but instead whether he or she has the right to liberty protected by habeas corpus. That question, one of precise moral and legal status, is the one that matters here. Moreover, the answer to that question will depend on our assessment of the intrinsic nature of chimpanzees as a species.

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Real Faith Isn't Blind

Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason clarifies a common misconception about the biblical definition of faith. For more information, visit str.org. Connect with us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/STRtweets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standtoreaso... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standtoreason/ Have a question or comment? Call Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason live Tuesdays 4-6pm Pacific Time - (855) 243-9975. If you'd like to submit your question ahead of time, fill out the online form here: https://www.str.org/training/broadcast

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June 3: Open My Eyes | God Centered Life

One of the primary mistakes that we tend to make when we think of studying God’s Word is to under-emphasize its supernatural quality. That is, we treat the Bible too much as a puzzle to interpret by our own strength, instead of doing the truly hard work of asking God to show us its meaning. There is no replacement for knee work if we are to do Bible work, no alternative but to ask God to speak to us through his Word if we wish to hear what he has to say. Yet so often we go along readily enough through a passage of the Bible as if it is merely a text book or a blog, and not something that is a voice from heaven to us, the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

45 Have You Left Your First Love?

Despite Satan’s insinuations, you are not the first to experience this paralyzing lack of happiness in God. After commending the church at Ephesus concerning their patient endurance, intolerance of evil, suffering for Christ’s name, and exposing of false apostles, Jesus confronts them. Although this church looked amazing on paper, he turns to one central issue, “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4).

46 On Guard for Students: A Thinker's Guide to the Christian Faith - Kindle edition by William Lane Craig. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Clear, logical, persuasive presentation of irrefutable, well documented facts of the foundation of the Christian faith. Dr. Lane did his homework. The "new atheists" would be hard pressed to refute the historical, archeological, scientific evidence that Jesus Christ did indeed live, die and rise from the dead, and take away the sins of the world. This book is an Indispensable resource for any and all Christians, and should be required reading for anyone whose faith in the Bible is wavering.

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How Incurable Cancer Transformed This Christian Professor's Faith

Kate Bowler was an accomplished college professor, mother and wife when she was diagnosed in 2015 with incurable, stage four colon cancer — a earth-shattering reality that left the then 35-year-old totally stunned.

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A Fresh Outworking of Cornelius Van Til's Presuppositional Apologetics

For numerous Presuppositional Apologetics books check out: http://bit.ly/2HxDh9Q Here, Author Mike Robinson offers a fresh engagement with Van til's transcendental argument for the existence of God and presuppositional apologetics with tag.

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Does Archaeology Support the Bible?

According to that biblical principle of “two or three witnesses,” we shall now select evidences that support the truth and accuracy of God’s Word. In every area, the evidence has been forthcoming: God has vindicated His Word, and His Book is a genuine writing, with prophecies and revelation that must be taken seriously. His Book is unique because it is His Book.

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One of the more difficult scenarios will be what the church should do when, say, two women, who have lived in a so-called married state for some years, are converted to Christ, repent of their sin, and want to join the church. And what if they have children?

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56 Top 100 'Christian' Blogs: We're #33, Bart Erhman is #29
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58 Christians online say 'koinonia' was an easy winning word for spelling bee - Premier
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61 6 Ways to Avoid Delayed Adulthood
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67 How Do I Know When Someone Just Don't Care
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78 Are You Insulting God in Worship?
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82 William Lane Craig: The Church is lagging dangerously behind
83 Beauty Leads Us Home | Evolution News
84 Bethlehem: Priest Attacked at Church Gate by 2 Men Harassing Worshipers
85 Were the New Testament Authors Biased?
86 #MeToo Era Illuminates Lies of Hedonism; Church Locked in 'Mortal Combat' With Sexual Revolution: Scholar
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89 4 Simple Ways To Help You Read the Bible Better - Jonathan Morrow
90 Evangelical Alliance taking action to bring the Gospel to young people - Premier
91 Prof details 'barrage of microaggressions' from white colleagues
92 Should Hillsong Y&F Have Taken Down Their Controversial Music Video?
93 Mike Pilavachi in talks about other youth events as Soul Survivor comes to an end - Premier
94 John Fund: Odds of Democrats seizing the House just got worse
95 Kate Spade Suicide: Police Say Top Designer Hanged Herself; Kay Warren Blasts Media for Insensitivity