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Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on October 16-17, as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences."  Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage in today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know how...to answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by sharing your thoughts on our facebook page --

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Wonder Woman Is Featured in the New ‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer

This weekend, following its release at Comic-Con, the new, extended trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released online, basically exploding the Internet. Along with a very angry Batfleck, a blow-dried Jesse Eisenberg and a very solemn Man of Steel, we get our first look at Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. The DC Comics epic hits theaters on March 25.

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An Embarrassing Week for Christians Sharing Fake News

Just something like this would suffice: "Hey friends, I posted a story about _______ this weekend, and it turns out it wasn't true! Be on guard and don't believe everything you read out there! I’ll be more careful next time."

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Christians Shouldn’t Be Culture’s Morality Police

I read this article and it's missing a very important aspect of love: discipline. Over and over Christians read and hear from many sites regarding this topic. So, what is love? Neither this culture nor many within the church understand it. Love is not compromise. When I say compromise, I mean Scriptural compromise...something alarmingly many churches have been doing as of late. I mean being so much like the culture that it's nearly impossible to tell the difference between them and the church. I'm not saying for us to get so radical and start telling people they're going to hell if they don't shape up. I'm saying we can't be so passive out of what we thing love is. Answer...read the Bible and pray. Also, remember the world does not have the answers but by the grace of God we do through Scripture. I love you and everybody else here, but I feel we really must keep a healthy balance.

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How Should Christians Comment Online?

The immediate, shoot-from-the-hip nature of comments on websites and social media is what can often make them minimally helpful or even destructive. Comments can easily be careless. That’s why we must heed Jesus’s warning: “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12:36). This caution makes commenting serious business to God.

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Help, I Married the Wrong Person

When Jesus defended marriage in the New Testament, he did so not in the name of love or compatibility, but on the basis of God’s authority over marriage (Matt. 19:6; Mark 10:9). We believe in the earthly permanence of marriage because we know that God has joined this particular man with this woman. From our first parents, Adam and Eve, to our own marriages, God has given us to each other. Our modern culture makes it easy for us to think that we have made a mistake when marriage gets hard, because we do the choosing. There are few arranged marriages in Western culture. Many men and women date, shop for a ring, and pick the date all on their own. I know I did. With the exception of my husband asking my dad for permission to marry me (and the fact that we were set up by friends), we really were “in control” of our relationship. When marriage gets hard, this perceived control makes us think we have a way out—or at least deserve a way out.

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Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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The Spiritual Consequences of Selfie Culture

I once asked my ex gf to put her phone away during a romantic dinner out, at various other times she let it be a priority also. She still has dinners alone with her phone. On social media it's obvious how Christian she is but take away that facade and you don't see her love for others that should be her witness as a Christian. The lack of kindness, compassion, understanding, patience, mercy, respect, generousity and so on borders on cruelty and at times was abusive. Social media is a great tool for "Christians" to put up a facade but when challenged to treat a waitress kinder, to tithe, spend time present with me, she could not. It's OK if people thinks she is a dedicated Christian but what if God says "I don't know you and you don't know me" because they believed their own social media Christian lie? There are few people posting selfies praying in the hospital for the sick, giving their tithes, loving others as much as themselves. There are many feel good scriptures in nice typography though. A wolf in sheep's clothing, the heart of God is a mystery to them. They don't love themselves, others nor God.

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5 Reasons Why the Gospel of Jesus' Wife Is a Fake

The manuscript came to our attention on September 18, 2012, when King made the announcement. There was no hint of suspicion in her own assessment; indeed, two colleagues had encouraged her to consider it genuine. She claimed that it was probably a 4th-century manuscript, but that this Coptic translation went back to a Greek original from the 2nd century AD. This is the period when many other apocryphal writings were written in Greek.

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This Incredible Church Made from Live Trees Took Four Years to Build

“Tree Church” is exactly what it sounds like, and it looks incredible. Barry Cox has two great passions in life: trees and churches. For years, he traveled the world, studying the designs of church buildings and the architectural style behind them. He also loves trees so much that he runs a business that transports large trees to new locations so they don’t have to be chopped down. The New Zealander told Stuff.co.nz ,

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A Third Harper Lee Novel May Have Just Been Found

In a column published in the Wall Street Journal, she says she opened an envelope, and “my colleague very carefully removed its contents, which were about 300 pages of typed manuscript. It was clear to us that what was in the package had not been removed since it was first mailed.” Underneath the manuscripts for Watchman and Mockingbird , Carter says she found “a significant number of pages of another typed text.” Oddly, she doesn’t say what the “typed text” actually is, but hinted that it could be yet another undiscovered novel. “Was it an earlier draft of ‘Watchman' or of ‘Mockingbird,' or even, as early correspondence indicates it might be, a third book bridging the two? I don’t know.”

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Four Reasons the Local Church Is the Best at Developing Leaders - Eric Geiger

We are a part of a long and beautiful lineage of God-followers multiplying. Moses developed Joshua, Elijah trained Elisha, Paul invested in Timothy, and Jesus focused His ministry on His disciples. The Church was birthed in a discipleship paradigm, a culture where rabbis invested in their disciples. God’s people have always multiplied. The faith has always, by God’s grace, been transferred from one generation to the next, from one person to another. Developing others is deeply connected to what it means to be a Christ-follower. We are Christians because others have shared the gospel with us. We have matured because others have helped develop us.

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On the Alleged Atheism of Early Christians

When we flip it around and look at a society steeped in gods, we can easily understand why those who rejected most of them but with a single exception, were called ‘atheists’. Sure, this would entail a rejection of shared societal religious practices, but that rejection is a religious one. Where I take issue with the author’s claim for motivation for criticism is when he claims a ‘cultural’ charged impetus for making it. No doubt that would be a part of it, but so too would be the religious differences separating those who believed in the pantheon of gods with those who believed on a particular one only… one that assumed absolute supremacy that classified all others as idolatry with a profound moral cost. The point is that these early Christians were differentiated from the norm by their steadfast non belief regarding the pantheon of gods typically worshiped. Non belief defines atheism, and so it’s not unreasonable to understand why the early Christians were called this name nor unreasonable today to be called atheists in the same way regarding the historical pantheon of gods we do not believe in.

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Preaching Christ Crucified |

A true minister of the gospel is an ambassador for Christ, and do our ambassadors go to foreign courts with apologies for carrying messages from their sovereign? It would be a gross insult to the crown of these realms if they showed such humility as that in their official capacity. Let ministers of the gospel keep their modesty for other occasions when it ought to be manifested, but let them not dishonour their Master and discredit his message as that silly young man did. When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed. If a minister is not sure about his message, let him keep quiet till he is sure about it; but we believe, and therefore we speak with the accent of conviction. If I have not proved the power of the gospel in my own heart and life, I am a base impostor to be standing in this pulpit to preach that gospel to others; but as I do know most assuredly that I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and as I feel certain that I have been divin

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Being a Good Man, Not Just a Nice Guy (Part 1 of 2)

Jim: Paul, I want to get back to this topic of courage and God's character in that regard, because I'm a bit perplexed by it. When I look at what I read in Scripture, courage to me is being able to stand with people who don't think the way you think, who don't agree with you and be able to talk with them. You're engaging them and hopefully, in doing that, you're showing the character of God in that moment, in their presence. And in doing so, it takes a great amount of courage and so often in the faith community today, many of us, we lack that ability to do that. It's far easier to throw a stone from a distance, rather [than] to engage them and actually talk through the issues. Why does abortion go against our senses, our God-ordained senses? Why does marriage carry a definition of one man and one woman? They need to hear from us, not just receive body blows from us, but that's the kind of love we're talkin' about. That's courageous love.

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Wheaton staffer announces support for gay relationships

There’s a mountain of difference between temptation and lust. If you’re arguing that simple attraction for homosexuals is lust then simple attraction for heterosexuals is lust. As Ian says lust involves fantasizing. This framework you have in mind doesn’t really make sense. It would mean everyone who ever finds anyone not their wife/husband attractive would be sinning. If you’re single and see a woman in church you might want date–oops, that’s a sin! This is not in any way a defense of homosexuality. Homosexuality is clearly sinful but we can’t ‘add’ sins to the Bible. That’s as wrong as saying homosexuality is ok.

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John Wesley's Directions for Singing Hymns

A while ago, I was visiting my Grandma’s church. She goes to a United Methodist church. When I visit other churches, I like to go through hymnals, bulletins, etc. and see what they say about where they’re coming from. I was delighted to come upon some comments from John Wesley in the beginning of the hymnal, because I think they’re fairly well on-point for how we should sing in worship to this day:

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Should Men Be Able to Back Out of Pregnancy?

The main thought I had in response to this meme is that its argument attempts to completely divorce a woman from the maternal relationship and responsibility she has to the child conceived within her.  It makes the child seem like an intruder when he or she is not. The woman's body is doing what it naturally does when intercourse occurs - conceiving a new human life. Regardless of how the conception occurred, she is now the de facto guardian of the child.

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Desiring God on Twitter

Your life depends not only on God’s love for you, but on God's devotion to God. pic.twitter.com/eN78D1DITm

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"Can sacrifices take away sin?"

To skeptics, Numbers  15:24-28 seem to say that sacrifices can, in at least some cases, take away sin, which contradicts Heb. 10:11: “sacrifices…can never take away sins.” Scripture states that the Old Testament sacrifices could never make the person offering them “perfect” (see Heb. 7:19). Each time Israel sinned, they would have to make further atonement (see Heb. 9:9). However, when God provided His own sacrificial Lamb (Jesus of Nazareth), Jesus’ death on the cross accomplished what the sacrificial system could not do. It made the believer perfect in the sight of God. (See Heb. 10:9–14.)

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

Thanks to my friend Harper Lee for lobbying to cast an Eric Metaxas lookalike in To Kill a Mockingbird. Way awesome. pic.twitter.com/sifT32S5o8

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WORLD | Scott Walker’s presidential campaign off to a fighting start | Kent Covington | July 13, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is ready to take his conservative brand of blue-collar populism to White House. The Republican governor made his long-expected Oval Office bid official Monday, first online and then in person.

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Crossway on Twitter

“ @crossway : Why can we trust God's Word? Because it doesn't change. pic.twitter.com/M3IPX3L1Og ”

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Answers in Genesis on Twitter

. @AiG A)you sure did include a lot of lies in your "article". B) I'm pretty sure you don't know what "fable" means.

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