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The baker who refused to make wedding cake appears on “The View”

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Fox News' Kelly Wright Hopes to Unite World With Gospel Album and Single: 'America, Great Again'

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Should Christians Fight for the Religious Liberties of False Religions?

In this video from The Gospel Coalition, Russell Moore explains why religious liberty is essential for all religions, not just Christianity.

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Best of BAM: Orthodoxy and Frederica Mathewes-Green

On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank mentions that this is a unique broadcast focusing on Orthodoxy. Hank also mentions the article about him that was in the Charlotte Observer over the weekend. Hank's special guest today is Frederica Mathewes-Green. Hank and Frederica discuss her book, Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity.

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Apologetics Strategies: The Myth of a Bulletproof Argument

Imagine if there was one argument for the truth of Christianity so convincing that everyone who heard it immediately embraced the gospel. Imagine evidence so persuasive that all you had to do was share it with your unsaved friend, and she’d instantly leave her unbelief behind. Imagine a proof that could overcome all obstacles to Christian faith.

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Trump Administration to Teachers: You Must Use a Transgender Student’s “Preferred Pronouns”

What this means is that students and teachers who refuse to use “preferred pronouns” can be investigated for violating a transgender students civil rights. For example, if a transgender girl (i.e., a boy who identifies as female) wants to be referred to as “she” the student would be in violating of a federal law for referring to him as “he.” Similarly, a student who was non-gender conforming may prefer to use pronouns such as “ ze ” or “they” and it would be considered a violation to refer to them as “he” (if they are biological male) or “she” (if they are a biological female).  (There are also other transgender pronouns such as zie, sie, ey, ve, tey, and e .)

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Case-Making 101: A Resurrection Apologetic

“When we turn to the Gospels, we find multiple, independent attestation of this burial story, and Joseph of Arimathea is specifically named in all four accounts. On top of that, the burial story in Mark is so extremely early that it’s simply not possible for it to have been subject to legendary corruption. When you read the New Testament, there’s no doubt that the disciples sincerely believed the truth of the resurrection, which they proclaimed to their deaths. The idea that the empty tomb is the result of some hoax, conspiracy, or theft is simply dismissed today.”

7 What Do Addicts Need from You?

Yes, it does. But that’s the point of love. Love was crucified by sin. Love crucified is ultimately the antidote to sin. Love starts with the presumption that sin abounds. No addict will ever find true freedom without love. You can get sober without love, but sobriety isn’t freedom. The love of Christ offered in his atoning sacrifice for their sin, his redeeming grace for their bondage, his life for their death — that is what your addicted loved one needs most from you.

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Lay Down Your Burdens at the Table

On that day, the bride will see her Bridegroom, and we will know why John wrote, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). We will dine in the city of our God, and we will be satisfied, filled, and nourished forever. Just as every joy in this life is a hint at the fullness of joy in the next, the Lord’s Supper is a mere foretaste, a regularly scheduled reminder that there’s a better meal coming.

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How Nature Works Mathematically

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You Cannot Handle Your Pain

Moses remembers the faithful love of the Lord, knowing he can find supernatural joy — a satisfaction that surpasses all understanding — in the midst of his suffering. “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil” (Psalm 90:14–15). We plead with God to satisfy us with himself, the one who gave his only Son for our sins so that by faith in him we might have eternal life.

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Let's Watch How We Respond to Fake News, Too | The Stream

Fake news is not the only problem today. It’s our response to fake news, too. Too often we take the bait and run with it, responding like lemmings to the latest inflammatory article, failing to read carefully and evaluate thoughtfully. Sometimes before we read, we’ve already drawn a conclusion based on an incendiary headline, even though the headline itself is misleading.

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Is the Apparent Fine-Tuning of the Universe Simply An Observational Phenomenon?

While scientists may stipulate to the appearance of fine-tuning “in the room,” this does not mean they agree on the existence of an external “Fine-Tuner”. Some scientists believe we observe fine-tuning because, if not for such fine-tuning, we wouldn’t be here to observe the universe in the first place. According to this explanation (sometimes referred to as the “Anthropic Principle” or the “Observer Selection Effect”), any humanly observable universe would display the conditions necessary for human life, so we shouldn’t be surprised to observe such conditions. As theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Lawrence Krauss, says, “Put another way, it is not too surprising to find that we live in a universe in which we can live!” Anyone who exists and inspects their environment will, of course, discover a world encompassing whatever it takes for them to exist. If they didn’t discover a world of this nature, they wouldn’t exist to examine it in the first place. But this explanation of cosmic fine-tuning fails for two reasons…

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Weekend Apologetics & Misc: My Degenerate Dog

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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Objective Truth Is One Thing, But Objective Moral Truth Is Another | Cold Case Christianity

And if we can provide evidence that objective truth claims such as these are a reality in our universe, we must eventually account for such objective, transcendent moral laws. Precisely what kind of transcendent moral lawgiver is required if these kinds of moral laws exist? When Christians are unable to think clearly about the nature of objective moral truth, they lose an important piece of evidence related to the existence of God. That’s why it’s so important for us to continue to train Christians to think clearly about the issue of objective moral truth.

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In Sex Disputes, Most Americans Still Favor Religious Rights

LifeWay Research conducted the study Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, 2016. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel®, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses. Persons in selected households are then invited by telephone or by mail to participate in the web-enabled KnowledgePanel®. For those who agree to participate but do not already have internet access, GfK provides at no cost a laptop and ISP connection.

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Are There Good Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this audio recorded at Brentwood Academy , J. Warner teaches students about “abductive reasoning” and applies this form of thinking to the case of the Resurrection of Jesus. J. Warner offers seven possible explanations for the evidence surrounding the Resurrection, and then briefly investigates four of these explanations to see if they are reasonable. This presentation is excerpted from J. Warner’s longer talk on the issue and the material in Cold-Case Christianity and ALIVE .

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Romantic Love Is a Wonderful Gift — and a Terrible God

Paul, in my research into the pastoral letters of eighteenth century pastor John Newton , I was surprised how often he wrote to newlyweds to warn them to avoid making their spouse an idol of security. Over and over he does this, and I think partly because he experienced it in his own marriage, an incredible love story in itself. But this concern lives on today through the ministry of, for example, Tim and Kathy Keller, who warn against a consuming fascination with romantic love that shapes much of popular media. The lie says: If you find romantic love, then your life will be safe and fulfilling. So much so that marriage becomes a type of salvation, and romantic love takes on almost redemptive expectations. So what would you say to Christians, either singles or newlyweds, who are in danger of losing awe in God by becoming preoccupied with romantic love?

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Materialist Origin-of-Life Solutions All Depend on a “Free Lunch” | Evolution News

This from Nature Reviews Chemistry caught our eye – an unexpectedly candid admission of how far origin-of-life research is from shedding real light on its subject. From “ Studies on the origin of life — the end of the beginning ,” by John D. Sutherland of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England:

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Beyond Forgiveness: Blasphemy Against the Spirit

The fact that there is an unforgivable sin — that there comes a point in a life of sin after which the Holy Spirit will no longer grant repentance — that fact should drive us from sin with fear and trembling. None of us knows when our toying with sin will pass over into irrevocable hardness of heart. Very few people feel how serious sin is. Very few people are on the same wavelength with Jesus when he said in Mark 9:43, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.”

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics @TBapologetics

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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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She Is Me: Loving Your Wife as Your Own Body

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

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Larry Alex Taunton on Twitter

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Question of the Week June 26, 2017 Can Natural Selection Imitate a Designer

Question of the Week June 26, 2017 Can Natural Selection Imitate a Designer

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Finally, Jackie Robinson’s Faith Is Getting the Attention It Deserves

June Fifield’s essay about Branch Rickey is a central piece of 42 Faith — an odd move, given that Rickey has received plenty of attention for his religious convictions. That Rickey visited a church to pray before deciding to sign Robinson is hardly surprising. Nevertheless, Henry portrays the essay as a “remarkable historical twist.” It is indeed interesting, but more for what it might reveal about June Fifield than for what it reveals about Rickey. In Fifield’s own words, she wrote the essay as “a plea to Jackie Robinson to realize what went into the launching of his career—that someone cared enough to grope for wisdom beyond himself, to call upon God’s guidance—and that the man who did this was, in common erroneous parlance, ‘white.’” That is a fascinating claim to make, coming as it did in the mid-1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement. Henry, however, offers no insight into why June Fifield wanted Jackie Robinson to remember that a white man helped him.

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The Future of Christian Higher Education

Aspiring to that status, and actually doing it, are of course not the same thing. But it can be done. If we don't do our part, the gap will be filled by Christian popular writers on history, philosophy, apologetics, and other topics. Those writers may be responsible in their work, or they may not be. But they will almost always have no presence in high-ranking academic discussions. We need to testify that there is a long tradition of the Christian life of the mind. We are modeling that tradition for our students, who will go on to be the next generation of parents, pastors, and teachers, passing on that tradition to the next generation. When we can do so, we need to publish our work in mainstream academic and media outlets, in order to serve as (much-needed) salt and light in those venues.

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Don’t be intimidated by the word “mentoring.” Mentoring is as easy as taking someone to breakfast once a month and asking, “How’s it going?” You just need to be a friend. Listen to, encourage, and pray for that person. You don’t have to be the perfect Christian to do this. You just have to be willing.

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Died: Peter Berger, Prominent Sociologist of Religion

In an informal group discussion at Hartford Seminary, back in the '70s, we were discussing social activism, and I made this comment: "Every Christian," I said, "is called actively to work for justice and peace in the world." Peter repied, "Really, Richard? You really mean that?" I assured him that I did. Then he told me about an elderly aunt, who lived in a retirement home. Every morning, he said, she struggled to work up the courage to go to the cafeteria for lunch. She had a problem with bladder control, Peter said, and she was afraid of embarrassing herself in the lunch line. Each day she prayed to the Lord to give her courage, and then she would go down to the cafeteria. For her, he said, the most radical act of faith for her each day was to summon up the courage to go to lunch. "Now, Richard, what do you want to tell her about her obligation also actively to work for justice and peace in the world?" Peter Berger taught me an unforgettable lesson with that story.

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The Fall of Man by John Gerstner | July 1, 2017

In this classic one-hundred-message series, Dr. John Gerstner provides an in-depth overview of systematic theology. He explores what God has clearly revealed in Scripture about Himself, mankind, the fall, redemption, the church, and many other essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

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If I Fail to Forgive Others, Will God Not Forgive Me?

So when Nick asks, “Does this mean that anyone who does not forgive others cannot receive salvation from God?” the answer goes like this: Struggling to forgive is not what destroys us. As long as we are in the flesh, we will do our good deeds imperfectly, including forgiving and loving others. Jesus died to cover those imperfections. What destroys us is the settled position that we are not going to forgive, and we have no intention to forgive, and we intend to cherish the grudge and fondle the wrong that someone did to me and feel the bitterness. It feels good. I like to go to bed with my wrath at night because he legitimately wronged me. I am going to hold this against him the rest of his life.

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Religious Freedom Is for Non-Christians Too

Moreover, the idea that religious freedom should apply only to Christians, or only to religious groups that aren’t unpopular, is not only morally wrong; it’s self-defeating. A government that can tell you a mosque or synagogue cannot be built because it is a mosque or a synagogue is a government that, in the fullness of time, will tell an evangelical church it cannot be constructed because of our claims to the exclusivity of Christ. Those voices (though a distinct minority) that claim to be Christian but seek to restrict religious freedom for others are, perhaps unknowingly, on a campaign to destroy religious freedom for all. They would set the very precedents that will be used to destroy churches, and they will vindicate their critics’ charge that the issue isn’t really about freedom at all, but about seeking government approval of one’s religion.

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Our Faith is Historically Verifiable - Or It's Nothing

Doveryai, no proveryai is a Russian proverb that is probably more famous in translation than in its original language. “Trust, but verify” was used extensively in various international negotiation settings, and continues to be trotted out as needed. It’s not a bad idea. Trust is good; proof that your trust is not unfounded is even better.

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10 Counterfeit Jesus Figures We Should Stop Worshiping

In Romans , the Apostle Paul teaches of Christ’s mission to call out a people and form them into His likeness, but it seems we are more interested in forming Jesus into our image. Even conservative, Bible-believing evangelicals are fond of making statements like, “The Jesus I know would . . . ”  as if Jesus — who claimed to be the Triune God, one with the Father — can be easily molded into whatever we wish him to be.

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Q&A with Dr. Craig: Multiverse and the Design Argument

QUESTION: How do you answer sceptics who say that our universe doesn’t need a designer because it’s just a part of a bigger multiverse which is composed of all kinds of universes?  No matter how improbable our universe looks, the chances are that there will be some just like it somewhere in the multiverse.  If you deal the cards enough times, eventually every hand will come up sooner or later. — Bill

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How Can We Tell If The Universe Has Design?

Question: In most arguments from design, the universe is compared to a designed object. For example, Paley uses a watch to illustrate design, since we all know watches are designed. What other universe is the proponent of Intelligent Design comparing our current universe to so he can show design? We would need another universe that is designed or undersigned to compare this one so we can decide about design. With only one universe to evaluate, we can make no valid comparisons about design.

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Darwin—the Hero Against Racism?

“In 1813 Dr. W. C. Wells read before the Royal Society ‘An Account of a White Female, part of whose skin resembles that of a Negro’; but his paper was not published until his famous ‘Two Essays upon Dew and Single Vision’ appeared in 1818. In this paper he distinctly recognises the principle of natural selection, and this is the first recognition which has been indicated; but he applies it only to the races of man, and to certain characters alone. After remarking that negroes and mulattoes enjoy an immunity from certain tropical diseases, he observes, firstly, that all animals tend to vary in some degree, and, secondly, that agriculturists improve their domesticated animals by selection; and then, he adds, but what is done in this latter case ‘by art, seems to be done with equal efficacy, though more slowly, by nature, in the formation of varieties of mankind, fitted for the country which they inhabit. Of the accidental varieties of man, which would occur among the first few and scattered inhabitants of the middle regions of Africa, some one would be better fitted than others to bear the diseases of the country.

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What the Earliest Non-Biblical Authors Say About Jesus.

The earliest non-Biblical accounts of Jesus match the record we presently have in the New Testament. The story of Jesus was not distorted over the years , and even if we lost every Biblical manuscript on the planet we could still re-assemble the ancient details of Jesus’ life, ministry and nature. The Old Testament prophets predicted Jesus as the Messiah, He was born miraculously, had a powerful earthly ministry, suffered and died on a cross, rose from the grave, and demonstrated His Deity in the Resurrection. Jesus alone has the power to save us. The earliest non-Biblical authors have a lot to say about Jesus, and their words confirm and verify the eyewitness Gospel accounts we have in the New Testament. Visit the ColdCaseChristianity.com homepage to download this month’s free Bible Insert so you can easily recall what the earliest non-Biblical authors say about Jesus.

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Our Odyssey Against Sexual Temptation

In high school, and even into college, I weighed 260 pounds and was not even six feet tall. I was addicted to pornography — had been since I was nine. The appetites of the human heart are often insatiable. Whatever we want, we want a lot, and quick. It’s great when it comes to Bible reading, or prayer, or loving other. Not so great for tacos.

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Problems with Reza Aslan’s Rejection of Jesus Before Pilate Part 2

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Why Do Atheists Search For Meaning?

On the Facebook page of a college atheist club, I read a post by one of the atheist leaders. He linked to a news article about a humanist couple who had formed a group to help people find meaning and purpose in life. The atheist leader added “Great to see mainstream media writing about science-based, rational approaches to finding meaning and purpose in life.”

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Simon Greenleaf: The Divine character of the Bible

Of the Divine character of the Bible, I think, no man who deals honestly with his own mind and heart can entertain a reasonable doubt, For myself, I must say, that having for many years made the evidences of Christianity the subject of close study, the result has been a firm and increasing conviction of the authenticity and plenary inspiration of the Bible. It is indeed the Word of God.

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The “Evolution Is as Real as Gravity” Talking Point | Evolution News

What’s wrong with this? Thoughtful reader Jonathan nails it: “I’ll be interested when a physicist proclaims ‘gravity is as real as evolution.’” Yes, evolution needs to associate itself with something factual, whereas gravity has no such need. That is kind of telling.

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A Practical Guide to Culture Is What We All Need - A Clear Lens

I grew up with a Christianity that was inherited from my parents. Sunday school, Tuesday evening bible studies, and youth group hangouts did nothing to fix that. The problem for me was not that I hadn’t heard the Gospel properly taught or that I hadn’t seen good Christian modeling from the church pastors or the congregation. The problem wasn’t an ignorance of Scripture because I knew all the biblical heroes and could regurgitate all of their stories. The problem was that I had no good reason to believe any of it. No one had bothered to explain to me why these biblical “stories” were true. So I left the church looking for truth elsewhere.

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Gov’t bans prayer to God; Christian preschool forced to thank ‘sun and rain’ for meals instead

"It isn’t as hard to distinguish between activities which are educational and ones which aren’t in elementary schools, because teaching happens in class, whereas when it comes to [preschool] it can be difficult to tell," Umeå Municipality's Pian Rosell said of interpreting the Education Act.

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The distance between east and west.

Often the godly remind the Lord of His promises, as an act of faith on their part rather than forgetfulness by God. The only thing He truly forgets is the sins that are covered by the blood of Christ. According to Scripture, He has cast them as far as the east is from the west (see Psa. 103:12).We can locate “north” on the earth, and say that it is a certain distance from “south” (there are approximately 22,000 miles between the two poles). However, we can’t locate “east” or “west” and define how far they are from each other. East is an infinite distance from west.

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52 Analysis and Review: Kingdom Come
53 40% of people doubt Jesus existed. Here's how to change their mind
54 The Gender Pay Gap Is Getting Worse for Women Straight Out of College
55 Can I Remarry If My Spouse Dies? Should I?
56 Eugene Peterson: The Pursuit of Happiness Is a Dead-End Street
57 Who Did You Marry?: Understanding Your Spouse
58 Darwinism, Dawkins, and Complex Designers
59 Southern Seminary on Twitter
60 Religious Freedom Is for Non-Christians Too
61 Study: More Americans Than Ever Before Are Suffering From Depression, Stress and Anxiety
62 Increasing Lunar Coincidences Lead to Philosophical Disquiet
63 One Reason You Should Begin A Religious Search With Christianity
64 The Untold Story Behind DNA Similarity
65 Development in Apologetics—George Trumbull Ladd
66 Do We Treat Sunday the Way the Earliest Christians Did?
67 Speaking Up to Defend Life
68 Social Media Highlights (7/2/17)
69 5 Myths about Teaching Apologetics to Students
70 Miracles Are Useless If…
71 Tony Fred Scott III on Twitter
72 Oracle Soup – Dialogue with a Theistic Evolutionist, Continued | Evolution News
73 Religious Freedom Is for Non-Christians Too
74 Investigating the Evidence for the Pro-Life Position | Cold Case Christianity
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76 Why C. S. Lewis' 'Mere Christianity' Received Bad Reviews
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78 3 Things Every Single Person Needs to Stop Doing
79 Joey R Brown on Twitter
80 CRI on Twitter
81 Sean McDowell on Twitter
82 C.S. Lewis Institute Atlanta
83 How to Share the Gospel With Your Child
84 Is Science Secular?
85 DNA of a Christian work ethic — Southern Equip
86 The Apostate’s Creed
87 Christopher Hitchens vs Dinesh D'Souza | God on Trial Debate
88 4th of July Goofball Idea
89 Is Christianity Rational?
90 Ruth: Under the Wings of God
91 4 Pieces of Wisdom from a Street Level Apologist
92 What the Single in Your Pew Needs from You
93 ‘But Wasn’t the Bible Written By Drunk Monks?’