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18 Reasons Christian Leaders Should Be Apologists

1. Just as theology flows naturally from worship and confession, apologetics is the natural outcome of evangelism. At some point the Christian moves from proclaiming the Gospel to persuading the unbeliever; once this move takes place, the Christian has moved from evangelism to apologetics. In any case, the unbeliever will soon ask “why should I take anything you say seriously?” The Christian will have to state some reason for the hope that is within him; so his answer had better be good.

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Genocide of Christians in Nigeria: An Insider Speaks Out

has been one of the few publications reporting on the worsening genocide of Christians in Nigeria. Since mainstream media seem uninterested, it’s crucial that Christian publications shine a klieg light on those horrors. We were approached by a former intelligence operative with over 20 years on the ground experience in the Islamic world. He wanted to give us the inside story of what’s happening in Nigeria and why. He asked that we not use his name.

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Dayton Hartman on Pastors and Apologetics

"Apologetics may seem to fall outside the context of corporate worship, since many consider it part of personal evangelism. However, when the church gathers to worship through Word and song, this time is for the instruction and edification of the saints. We cannot expect that congregants are not influenced by our culture or that they do not battle with doubt. When the people of God gather together, they do so to have their confidence in God’s Word confirmed and strengthened. Moreover, regardless of whether we recognize it, most Christians adopt their pastor’s interpretation and application of Scripture as their own. Therefore, if we model an apologetic-free approach to the biblical text, that is what our people will practice. If pastors assume that their listeners know the foundation of a Christian truth claim, like Christ’s deity, their congregations never see those claims unpacked so that they, too, can defend them and build on them. We should not assume that our congregation is in agreement with whatever scriptural propositional claim we are addressing. Thus, in an effort to edify and build up the body of Christ, we must 'contend earnestly for the faith' (Jude 3) from the pulpit so that the pew will be a place of confidence and a place of preparation for cultural engagement.

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The Old Testament Is Embarrassing

2. The daughter of Pharaoh is the one who saves the life of Moses . In a twist of irony, Pharaoh’s daughter rescues Moses from certain death (Exodus 2:1-10). Why invent a story about the daughter of Pharaoh—who enslaved and tried to kill the Hebrew people—heroically rescuing the savior of Israel? This is similar to the New Testament story of Joseph of Arimathea. Many scholars trust the account of the burial of Jesus because it seems unlikely the Gospel authors would invent an honorable burial for Jesus from a member of the Sanhedrin who condemned him to death.

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Six key passages on the Incarnation

With respect to Jesus’ ancestry, we should note that Matthew and Luke list different genealogies. While much has been written about this, it may help to consider that Matthew is writing to a predominantly Jewish audience and thus follows the line of Joseph (Jesus’ legal father) through David’s son Solomon. Meanwhile, Luke has a broader audience in mind, so he follows the line of Mary (Jesus’ blood relative) through David’s son Nathan.

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No you left Him. You turned away from God & unless you can admit that honestly it’s a concerning for the sincerity of your faith. Jesus message was “repent for the kingdom of God is near”

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5 Ways to Incorporate Apologetics into Your Preaching

Every pastor should realize he is an apologist.  However, I know that sometimes pastors struggle with how to incorporate apologetics into their preaching.  The following are some ideas that have worked for me and that are easy to implement. 1. Discuss Authorship When preaching from a certain book of the Bible, take the time to explain to your congregation some of the reasons why the church believes the listed author actually wrote the book.  Or, if you are preaching, for example,  from Philippians, share facts (such as New Testament Scholar Daniel Wallace contends)   that   " among NT scholars it is virtually unanimous Paul wrote the book."  [1]   Also, if you are preaching from a book   in which authorship is unsure of or undecided, don't be afraid to explain that.  Then, when one of your parishioners hears an overblown claim such as the ones Bart Ehrman makes, they won't be blindsided, but informed and equipped to stand firm. The Christian Apologetics Study Bible is a great resource that can will equip you to argue for traditional authorship and prepare you to discuss some of the challenges offered by skeptics against traditional authorship.

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Just Like Obama, Trump’s Russia Policy Speaks Louder Than His Words

Thus, my opinion of President Trump’s policy vis-à-vis Russia is perhaps more positive than one might assume from my background. My reasoning is two-fold: After a lifetime of firsthand experience with Russian aggression, I must evaluate Trump’s actions against the proper historical context. In doing so, I have found that Trump’s actions speak for themselves.

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Analyzing a Famous Atheist's Claims About the Resurrection - Capturing Christianity

The Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga has argued at length that Christian belief needn’t be supported by argument and evidence if it is to be warranted. This is because, if Christianity is true, beliefs about the truth of Christianity are not brought about by way of any natural process. They involve the work of the Holy Spirit. If Christianity is true, Christian belief will meet the conditions of warrant: They are produced by a belief producing process that is functioning properly in an appropriate environment according to a design plan successfully aimed at the production of true beliefs (for more on this, check out my 4 part series ).

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This should be a great night not heard much from Michael Ruse and a great deal from John Lennox. Would have loved to have been there please consider us up north for the next big conversation.

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15 Six Steps Out of Disappointment

Finally, rekindle eternal hope. While earthly hopes may have been dashed, at least for a time, the Christian still has a heavenly hope that no amount of earthly disappointment can take away. Indeed, earthly disappointment can help us to redirect our hopes towards that which is spiritual and eternal. There is a day, an eternal day in the not-to-distant future, when all disappointment will be taken away and when all things will not only be new but will remain new. Every possible source of disappointment will be removed, and all our hopes will be fulfilled (Revelation 21:1–8).

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The statement is false because we have no way of knowing how man black people were killed by the KKK over 100 years. There was no value on black life so not all killings were reported. Using the KKK as an example is pathetic.

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Christians mark 150 days since Nigerian girl was held captive for her faith - Premier

A protest outside the Nigerian High Commission in London was held on Wednesday to mark 150 days since a 15-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped by Boko Haram from Dapchi in Yobe state, Nigeria.

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The Shaping of God's People and the Role of Art: We've all had moments when art—a story, an image, a movie—connected with us, and we felt the emotions of an experience we have never had; even cried at something that never really happened. bit.ly/2NpCOIK pic.twitter.com/PGo7gGaKkP

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6 Books Christians Ought to Read

I know, I know. Two Lewis books in one post. How terrible, right? But hear me out. Lewis’s book on grief really looks into the core emotion of human beings as he documents his pain as his wife is dying of cancer. It’s an emotionally-driving book that I think can help people empathize with others better and learn to be apart of other people’s grief.

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Presidential Biographies: John Tyler #10

7. Martin Van Buren (8th President- original ranking- #7):  How do you analyze a man who was perhaps first and foremost a politician? Though that word has become something of a pejorative depending on its usage now, Van Buren didn’t play the system so much as he created one. He created what would develop into the modern day political party, taking what Andrew Jackson had started and running with it. He did so on a local and then national level, leveraging it to eventually become President of the United States. His continuation of Jackson’s policies towards Native groups caused enormous harm. His outright support of slavery may be baffling in light of his being remembered by contemporaries as a voracious abolitionist, but this change in policy was later in life and cynics may argue that it was a policy of convenience. He struggled as President to get much passed, largely due to his shouldering the blame for the economic crisis that greeted the beginning of his Presidency. His political skill helped create our modern political system, for better or ill. No matter what you think of him, he does at least give me the chance to use my new favorite phrase of this list: “He’s still a better President than Andrew Jackson.

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I don't know which is more horrifying, the idea of so many people slaughtered, or the cold way Ms Wade and cultural relativists like her try to justify such evil deeds. If we can't all agree on the absolute evil of human sacrifice and the sacredness of life, then what is left?

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What to Do When Christians Let You Down

Have you ever felt disappointed by someone you look up to in the faith? Whether it’s something as big as a pastor falling into sexual sin or as small as having your feelings hurt by a friend you trust, Christians will let you down. Jesus knew that kind of disappointment when his disciples failed him in his hour of need. “The story of the gospel is a story of disciples who fail a Savior who never fails,” Nancy Guthrie says. “When someone disappoints you, let it be an invitation to re-examine where your confidence lies.”

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Look at what else this guy has written, books on the “law of attraction” (getting what you want, what? Like The Secret?), the art of ridicule, and how to win at debate. Fight me? amazon.com/s/ref=dp_bylin…

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"The barriers of secularism and technology have not just made bearing witnesses to our faith harder, they have made our own faithfulness harder by flattening belief, turning Christianity into a preference, and keeping us from self-reflection." christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/july-w… @TheAlanNoble

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https://www.desiringgod.org/labs/how-to-misinterpret-the-bible

We all know we can misread, misunderstand, and misapply the Bible. But how do we know when we do? In this lab, John Piper explains the objective standard we can use to test our interpretations.

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5 Powerful Reasons To Believe In The Christian God

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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Three Good Reasons to Celebrate Your Christian Worldview | Cold Case Christianity

I had the great honor of speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Apologetics Conference two weeks ago, along with Frank Turek , Abdu Murray , Alex McFarland , Stephen C. Meyer , Ed Stetzer and Troy Miller . In case you weren’t aware, the NRB Network (available on Direct TV) features many Christian Case Making programs (including Cold-Case Christianity ). Troy Miller is the President and CEO of the network, and with the help of Arline Bell (the Director of Programming), the network has forged a new path for Christian programming. This is definitely not your parent’s Christian television network. NRB TV is filled with great Christian teaching and Case Making programs. I am delighted to be a small part of the line-up. At lunch, Troy shared the results of a recent viewer survey in which people who watch the NRB Network reported what they liked about it. High on their list were two responses: When using a single word to describe what they enjoy about the programming, many viewers said “orthodoxy”. People who watch NRB TV love the fact the programs argue for an orthodox, conservative view of Christianity.

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Science and the Mind of the Maker with Melissa Cain Travis (10:09)

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A Guide to Living With Roommates and Not Going Crazy

I’ve lived with over a hundred women. No, I’m not the worst roommate who sends others running for the hills, nor do I move frequently. I’m actually a fairly normal 20-something. I lived in a sorority house for two years in college, and then shared a house with four of the same sorority sisters. Right after I graduated, I moved into an apartment with two roommates. They were both engaged within a year, so two new women moved in. I now live in an adorable bungalow with three other friends.

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Refuting 5 False Theories About Jesus

For the past few weeks I’ve been discussing this question with my high school theology class. Although most of my students have been brought up in the church, I know they’re going to face challenges to their faith when they go off to college. Many will hear jarring claims from classmates and professors about the “real” Jesus—claims contradictory to the church’s confession of Jesus as the risen Son of God.

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Born Again . . . and Again . . . and Again - LogosTalk

Matthew 16:13, where some people suggest that Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the Old Testament prophets, is also no help to those who want to see reincarnation in John 9:3–4. Jesus and John were contemporaries, born six months apart (Luke 1:8–36); thus, John’s soul could not have migrated into Jesus’ body. Elijah never died (2 Kings 2:1–17), and so the migration of his soul is also not possible. If Jesus were one of the prophets, who had come back to life, then the prophet would be resurrected, not the prophet’s soul in another body. There are other, more technical flaws in this interpretation of John 9, but from this examination alone, it should be apparent that the idea of Jesus approving of one being born again into another physical body is dead . . . again.

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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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Social Justice Warrior Dislocates Shoulder Trying To Pat Self On Back

“I guess I got a little carried away this time,” he told the team that responded to his tweets for help. “I often strain my muscles while giving myself a round of applause or patting myself on the back. This time though, I was particularly pleased with myself for my superior virtue signaling, and my arm moved violently to pat my back just as a natural reflex.”

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“Dinosaur” in Amber: Evolutionists Spin Another Tail

The recent spouting by some media outlets of a feathered dinosaur tail preserved in amber may be a case of counting chickens before they’re hatched. A close examination of the specimen indicates that there are feathers, no doubt, barbules and all. Every clear occurrence of feathers in fossils has only demonstrated what should be classified as a bird, if it weren’t for the need to continue to force-feed the dino-to-bird link that many evolutionists seem to require.

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Why Would God Punish Finite, Temporal Crimes in an Eternal Hell? | Cold Case Christianity

I was interviewed recently on a large Los Angeles radio station about the existence of Hell . One caller objected to the duration of punishment in Hell. From his perspective, the idea our temporal, finite sin on earth warrants an eternal punishment of infinite torment in Hell was troubling, at the very least. The punishment does not seem to fit the crime; in fact, the disproportionate penalty makes God seem petty and vindictive, doesn’t it? Why would God torture infinitely those who have only sinned finitely? I think it’s important to define the nature of Hell and sin before our discussion of the eternal nature of punishment can have any meaning or significance. Objections related to the eternal nature of Hell result from a misunderstanding of four principles and terms:

41 Apologetics Is About Love

While I can’t speak for my fellow Christian apologists, love motivates me to study apologetics. Jesus tells us the greatest commandments are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. I believe one way we can obey these commands is to grow in our understanding of apologetics. Make no mistake about it; apologetics can be intellectually fulfilling. Love, however, must be the primary motivation. The goal needs to be winning people’s hearts, not winning arguments. And it’s my love for the following people that compels me to do apologetics.

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Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?

While “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” seems sensible on the surface, there are some flaws in this line of reasoning. First, the statement seems to collapse in on itself because the claim is asserted as an objective universal principle, meaning it applies independently and is binding on everyone in all spheres of life. As a universal principle, this claim is extraordinarily important. But, where is the extraordinary evidence that this particular universal principle, is true? Given that there is no extraordinary evidence to prove that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” this claim is logically self-defeating.

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Here's How Healthy Couples Fight

My husband and I came into marriage with diametrically opposed perspectives regarding conflict. He hails from a large Italian-American family where arguments happened on a somewhat regular basis. Family members would yell at each other, the temperature in the room would escalate, and then someone would tell a joke, diffusing the tension and returning the household to normal. No one ever apologized or resolved anything. Ever.

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Three Ways that Plants Defy Darwin’s Mechanism | Evolution News

News from Austria’s Institute of Science and Technology (IST) explains how flowering plants prevent inbreeding. As we know, inbreeding limits diversification and leads to genetic decay. When you think about it, a flower produces its own gametes: male pollen and female ova. Self-fertilization, though, would create all the associated problems of inbreeding for a plant species. People know better than to marry their relatives, but how can a blind flower, with no brain or eyes, recognize “self” so as to prevent fertilizing itself? It’s a trick that both gametes have to cooperate on. A mutation in the pollen that enables it to recognize self won’t help if the ovum doesn’t get a corresponding mutation. The Austrian IST researchers were curious about this and decided to take a look.

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WALSH: The Definition Of Masculinity Isn't 'Evolving.' It's Being Deformed And Destroyed.

But isn't it necessary to change the definition of masculinity considering that so many men fall short of it? No, I think that is all the more reason to reassert the definition. The whole point of having a concept like masculinity is to establish standards by which things can be judged, and to which a person can strive. Historically, masculinity has helped to answer an important question: What are men supposed to do? How are they supposed to act? Men and women in a society will always ask these questions about themselves. By getting rid of masculinity and femininity, we remove the answer but we do not remove the question. Which means there will be confusion and paralysis where there used to be clarity and action.

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'The Bold Type's Fresh, Fierce Showcase of Femininity

These women support one another through the ups and downs of the workplace. In a recent second-season episode, Jane is fired from a job she took at a savvy internet publication. It would have been easy for the writers to give her another job back at Scarlet for the sake of story, but for the next few episodes, Jane struggles to make rent as she works through the pangs of unemployment and job searching. It’s a real picture of young life in a job market where things change faster than the outfits of award-show hosts. We can appreciate this glimpse into an unfabulous truth because immediately giving Jane another sought-after job is nothing but unrealistic. It’s starkly different from the cringe-worthy choices made in other shows, too. Anyone remember

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When You’re So Satisfied You’re Hungry

“There’s this crazy paradox as we live out our Christian life that is really difficult to think about, because the more satisfied we get in God, the more hungry we get for him. So there are these two rails of experience where we experience settledness and solidity, but also have an increasing need for God that we feel more and more. The most godly people I know long for God the most.” — Erik Thoennes

50 Love: The Labor of Christian Hedonism

When your children beg for one more ride on the roller coaster (“Oh can we, Daddy? Can we?”), it’s not because they are driven by some moral ideal contrary to their wishes. When Macedonians — poverty-stricken Macedonians — beg Paul for the privilege of giving money to a benevolence fund, we may assume that’s what they want to do. To be sure, they are denying themselves whatever food and clothing that money might have bought them, but their self-denial is not for the sake of some sterile, joyless act of duty. They are giving up the pleasure of extra food for the joy of sharing God’s grace with others. These people are so full of joy in God that giving — even out of poverty — is not a burden, but a blessing. They have discovered the labor of Christian Hedonism: love! Love is the overflow of joy in God which meets the needs of others .

51 Developing An Apologetic That Works
52 Prescription for Morality?
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54 Egnor: Why Machines Will Never Think | Evolution News
55 Turkey Remands Andrew Brunson Back to Prison Until October After Third Hearing
56 290. What Is Deism?
57 Is There Life Out There? (Interview with Jeff Zweerink) | Cold Case Christianity
58 Everybody Has Religious Beliefs, Some People Just Deny It
59 New Critique of Theistic Evolution: Interview with Author J.P. Moreland
60 Did Clothing Help Determine Our Shade of Skin?
61 Harmony between Christianity and Science | Dr. Michael Guillen
62 I Cannot Make Any Sense Out of YouTube’s Policies | The Stream
63 Your Job Doesn't Define You
64 So. Baptist Leader Hired as Pastor 2 Months After IMB Investigation Found Sex Abuse Likely
65 From Bears to Whales: A Difficult Transition | Evolution News
66 Netflix to Air Controversial TV Series 'American Jesus' About 12-Y-O Boy Reincarnated as Jesus Christ
67 Why New Testament Miracles Shouldn't Disqualify the Gospels | Cold Case Christianity
68 What Authority Do You Have?
69 Q & A with Dr. Craig: What Interested You in the Kalām Cosmological Argument?
70 What to Say When Your Friend Struggles with Anorexia
71 Why “love your neighbor” requires more than preaching the gospel — Russell D. Moore
72 The Surprising Way You Can Actually Change the World
73 Richard Dawkins, Church Bells, and Allahu Akbar
74 Is Philosophy Dangerous For Christians?
75 Evangelicals and the Problems with Polls
76 Africa's Christian Explosion
77 The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer
78 Study: 36% of Americans Believe That the Bible Is True
79 Music, Memory, and the Heart of a Child
80 Artificial Intelligence Researchers Are Signing a Pledge Against Killer Robots
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82 5 Steps to Deal With Naysayers in Your Ministry
83 Coming to Israel 2019?
84 20 Books every pastor should read — Southern Equip
85 Westminster Abbey dedicates stone to Nelson Mandela - Premier
86 Report: Southern Baptist Leaders Knew About Sexual-Abuse Accusations 11 Years Before Pastor's Arrest
87 Parents shouldn't be allowed to remove kids from RE, report recommends - Premier
88 'Health care can't be left to the professionals': Steve Chalke issues challenge to NHS - Premier
89 7 Truths About Marriage You Won’t Hear in Church
90 Why Doesn’t God Make Himself More Obvious? | The Stream
91 Research Shows Warmer Climates Can Slow Down Your Brain Function
92 Family Matters in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp - Christ and Pop Culture
93 Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say No!
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