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3 Reasons to Give up Apologetics

The first time I approached a church about teaching apologetics, I received an all too common response from the pastor: “We teach the Bible, we don’t need that.” As I listened to his sermon, I couldn’t help but see the irony in his appeals to missionary work. He said, “They will know you by your fruits”, a clear message from Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount. So the pastor wanted his congregation to go out and win hearts and minds for Christ… without providing any reasons!? Apologetics is clearly a piece of the endeavor but putting the term ‘apologetics’ on the mission appears to complicate the ask.

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WHAT IS MAN?: Adam, Alien or Ape? Special Pre-order Price Only $3.99!

Dr. Andrews’ credentials as a scientist and theologian are many—he is one of those individuals who has more letters after his name than there are in the alphabet (ok, yes, that’s a bit of hyperbole there), but he is also a truly humble man. At 85 years old he remains as sharp and well-spoken today as he was back when I first knew him— back when he was, well… 80. He’s even publicly debated Richard Dawkins!

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The Bible Has Been Translated Many Times Over, so How Can It Be Reliable?

Christians see the number of translations as a good thing—more people are able to read God’s word in their own language. Others, however, seem to think the number of translations is a bad thing. In fact, they cite the number of translations in order to call into question the Bible’s reliability.

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I began to wonder, How can we know Christianity is true?

Proponents of secular ideas — teachers, textbooks and friends — surrounded me in high school. I began to wonder, How can we know Christianity is true? Tragically, none of the adults in my life offered answers. Eventually I decided Christianity must not have any answers, and I became an agnostic.

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Beauty as Evidence for Intelligent Design

The existence of ugliness, pain, sorrow, and in particular human evil, are often used as evidence that there is no designer, or more specifically no God, because if he were good he would not permit suffering. The world would need to be a perfect place in order to support the idea of a good designer.

8 Why Science Does Not Disprove Miracles | Stand to Reason

Recently, when I asked an atheist why he was an atheist, the first reason he gave was that “science has disproved God.” When I asked what he meant by that, he started listing miracles in the Bible—such as the virgin birth—that were impossible for him to believe “because of science.”

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How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away

Not to rush too quickly to judgment, though, there are reasons people react that way. They think it’s a dry subject for intellectuals, if they think of it at all. Maybe they’ve heard it taught that way; some of it can be pretty academic, after all. Or they think it’s an affront to faith: “Why should I have to prove why I believe? God’s word is all I need!” Or they’ve associated it with unseemly arguments, and they’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t do any good anyway.

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Can former journalist Lee Strobel make a convincing case for miracles?

The women explained that they were friends who had met at a church with a long name that had the word “revelatory” in it. It sounded like the type of place that calls its pastor “Apostle” and lets people dance while he preaches. As a Southern Baptist, I’ve always been skeptical of these kind of Christians. Maybe I’m afraid that their Holy Spirit juju might somehow rub off on me, and I’ll have an experience I won’t be able to explain. I know now that the fear is well-founded.

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Two Hidden Science Facts in the Passion Week | Cold Case Christianity

John, a simple fisherman, described the activity of the soldier and said water poured from Jesus’ side when pierced by the soldier. While an ancient fictional account of such an event might include the appearance of blood pouring from Jesus’ side, John included water without any attempt to clarify or explain his comment. His observation was confusing to his first readers. In fact, the early Church Fathers again struggled to make sense of this claim. Tertullian, Augustine, Cyril and Jerome suggested John was referring allegorically to the baptism of Jesus, water regeneration, or the testimony of the Holy Spirit . Today we understand the hidden medical science explaining the existence of water in Jesus’ body cavity. Anyone beaten as badly as Jesus in the hours prior to his crucifixion would surely have suffered circulatory shock and heart failure. When this happens, pericardial or pleural effusion typically results. Water begins to form around the heart or in the lungs. If this happened to Jesus, water would pour from his body if the soldier’s spear entered into either of these two regions.

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We’re Probably Alone in the Universe

The planetary requirements for being “suitable for life” are always vastly over-simplified. Usually, it’s seldom more than having water and being in the habitable zone. In fact, this pessimistic Oxford paper only cares that it is a rocky planet that is in the habitable zone. There are so many more factors that are crucial, particularly if you want complex life. Things like the size of your magnetic core, the specific mix of elements in the core, the amount of tectonic activity, having a moon of a particular size, the spin axis, how elliptical the orbit is, the rotational period, the thickness of the crust, the specific mix of elements in the atmosphere, the ocean to continent ration, the diversity of minerals for soil and rock, the amount of atmospheric transparency, etc, etc. In a world where it is claimed that a bit more CO2 in the atmosphere will be a catastrophe for life, all these other factors are Armageddon by comparison.

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Dealing with the top ten objections to the Kalam/Cosmological Argument

​In my studies of the Kalam Cosmological Argument, I’ve come across some interesting objections. Some of these objections are good objections and some are just held high among YouTube, atheist laymen. This article will deal with the good objections and a link will be given to Dr. Craig’s response to the online YouTube objections. I’ll give my opinions and refutations of ten good objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

14 How Do Annihilationists Interpret John 3:16?

Frank Turek looks at how annihilationists interpret John 3:16 and then explains how traditionalists use scripture to shape their view of hell.

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Do I have to join a church to be be a Christian? — Southern Equip

Granted, the grounds of a sinner’s salvation in Scripture are clear: Grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone. True, the Bible never adds “church membership” as a condition of salvation. Note the qualifier “intentionally” in my thesis—it is the key pillar in my argument. I am here assuming the individual making this query is intentionally seeking to avoid church membership and church attendance while claiming to be a follower of Christ. And yes, I realize there are many situations that keep true believers out of church for periods of time, so that’s not the person I have in mind. My argument applies only to those who claim to be Christians and intentionally reject participation in any local church.

17 Seven Strategies for Fighting Envy

In his book, The Godly Man’s Picture , the Puritan Thomas Watson wrote, “A humble man is willing to have his name and gifts eclipsed, so that God’s glory may be increased. He is content to be outshone by others in gifts and esteem, so that the crown of Christ may shine the brighter. . . A humble Christian is content to be laid aside if God has any other tools to work with which may bring him more glory.” This humble attitude is the opposite of envy, which yearns to possess what others have. Envy is an expression of selfishness and pride. It’s good to see it clearly for what it is.

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J. Warner Wallace - Why Most of Us Think It’s Silly to Remove Wilder’s Name from A Children's Literature Award

Last week, the Association of Library Service to Children renamed the award it gives authors or illustrators whose books “have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” This award used to be called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, but the association’s board decided to rename it the Children's Literature Legacy Award. Why? Because, according to board members, Wilder’s books include “anti-Native and anti-Black” references that fail to represent the association’s “core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect.”

20 Does God Really Save Us by Faith Alone?

Paul calls this effect or fruit or evidence of faith the “work of faith” (1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11) and the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5; 16:26). These works of faith, and this obedience of faith, these fruits of the Spirit that come by faith, are necessary for our final salvation. No holiness, no heaven (Hebrews 12:14). So, we should not speak of getting to heaven by faith alone in the same way we are justified by faith alone.

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When Science Masquerades as Philosophy

Is there a God? No. What is the nature of reality? What physics says it is. What is the purpose of the universe? There is none. What is the meaning of life? Ditto. Why am I here? Just dumb luck . . . Is there free will? Not a chance. What is the difference between right and wrong, good and bad? There is no moral difference between them. Why should I be moral? Because it makes you feel better than being immoral. Is abortion, euthanasia, suicide, paying taxes, foreign aid, or anything else you don’t like forbidden, permissible, or something obligatory? Anything goes.[1]

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Teach Kids How to Defend Their Faith

I resisted the trend at first. My kids will ride their bikes like kids have done for decades, I thought. But one day my son fell off his bike and hit his head shockingly hard. Fortunately he was OK, but the incident awakened me to the reality of what can happen in the blink of an eye. We were off buying helmets for my kids faster than you could say "sizes 3, 4 and 5, please."

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Monopoly and the Meaninglessness of Life

No wonder there is so much emotional and relational emptiness. No wonder there is so much addiction and depression. If there is no purpose to life, then does it really matter what we do? We can try to pretend our lives have meaning, but like the imaginary game of “Monopoly,” each move is ultimately pointless.

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Is It Possible for an Infinite Number of Past Events to Exist?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In February 2015, Dr William Lane Craig visited Rutgers University in New Jersey at the invitation of the campus Christian group Ratio Christi. He gave an evening lecture on the subject “The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe” to a packed auditorium of several hundred students. Although some pushback was anticipated, the audience, which was composed of both believers and nonbelievers, proved to be very open, and a wonderful time of interaction for an hour and a half afterwards took place. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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Today we present John’s conversation with Kristen Waggoner and florist Barronelle Stutzman. What do recent Supreme Court decisions and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy mean for Stutzman’s case and the future of religious freedom and free speech? bit.ly/2tNAbcn pic.twitter.com/rJfA8lK5xF

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Japan's oldest Christian sites given protective UNESCO status - Premier

A collection of villages built by the first Christian missionaries and communities in Japan has received a special status from an international body which protects historic places.

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Late last week, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, meaning that President Trump will get to appoint a second justice. The result of the inevitable confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate could mean a historic shift on the court. #SCOTUS bit.ly/2lJJQMq pic.twitter.com/pzaqxTgdWy

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The most the Court can provide for us is breathing room so that we can practice our faith and share it with others. But breathing room is a lot better than a suffocating legal system, and for that I’m grateful. #SCOTUS #AnthonyKennedy bit.ly/2IETAAD pic.twitter.com/erCpDLI4fY

32 Can I Have Assurance Without Joy?

Puzzled Faith: I’m going to have to think some more about this. But let me see if I can repeat what I’m hearing. You are saying that assurance goes up and down with stronger and weaker faith as much as it does with stronger and weaker affections. And the reason is that spiritual affections are part of what saving faith is. And so, when the Scriptures tell us to pursue full assurance, they are calling us to fight for growing faith in God, and for growing affections for God. Because they are the same fight.

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How Can You Spot a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason helps Christians understand what characterizes a false teacher. 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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A Case for the Bible 101: Manuscript Evidence Part 1, A Few Important Facts

If you put 10 people in a room and gave them a subject to write about what would you expect the outcome to be? Would you expect them to have the same theme, ideas, storyline, and conclusions? Would they have the same personal beliefs and views on the topic and write with the same convictions? The odds fall strongly in favor of no, but that is not what we see in the Bible:

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38 Debating Atheists: Arrival of Biological Information (Part 3/5)

So please tell me oh brilliant minds, why have we never observed life coming from non life? | You might consider that possibly the conditions aren’t right on this planet to generate new types of life. And another thing would be perhaps there are the right conditions somewhere on the planet, but whatever gets made doesn’t survive because current life destroys it. | KR & Andy: does this argument about information in DNA seem like a category error to you? Somehow it does to me. A misuse or over-extension of the word information. We make observations of things and what we learn we label information, but that by no means a mind had to put “information” into what we observe. It’s the same problem I have with the design argument. They literally think everything is designed so how on earth can they determine what undesigned would be? This is a subargument of design and it has the same problem where can they say that there is no information? We can look at a rock and find out its chemical composition and study how the metals in the rock light up in a certain direction to give us information on the earth’s magnetism at the time it formed.

39 What Jesus Demands from the World

The four Gospels are filled with demands from Jesus. These demands are Jesus’s way of showing us who he is and what he expects of us. They are not harsh demands originating from a selfish desire to control, but rather loving directions for our good and ultimate satisfaction. In fact, what Jesus demands from the world can be summed up as: “Trust and treasure me above all.” This is good news!

40 Watershed Differences Between Calvinists and Arminians

So here is what I would say to my 13-year-old. I would say the key difference is how we get saved. The key difference between a Calvinist and an Arminian is how they understand how we get saved; that is, how we move from a condition of spiritual unbelief to a condition of heartfelt belief or faith in Christ. And the key difference is this: Calvinists believe that God has to produce in us the decisive desire for Christ. Arminians believe we must produce in ourselves the decisive desire for Christ. The Arminians say that God helps us. He helps all people, but we provide the last, decisive impetus and desire for that belief.

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Today we begin a series on the meaning of meaning. Is meaning what you see in a text? Or is it what the author intended to communicate when he wrote his text? Wouldn’t success in reading be both? Does the Bible tell us what it means by meaning? desiringgod.org/labs/what-does…

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Civil Religion Has No Place in God’s House

This weekend, churches across the United States set aside their usual time devoted to worshiping Jesus in order to celebrate our nation. On most Sundays Jesus is the center of the worship service. But on Sunday before Independence Day, Jesus often take a backseat to the flag. In one prominent megachurch, members of the congregation waved small U.S. flags, while the choir sang about pledging allegiance to the flag. A few minutes later, the flag was brought by an honor guard (complete with rifles) to stand before the pulpit so the people in the pews could genuflect before their nation’s symbol. I understand the motive behind such “Freedom Sunday” services. I consider myself to be as patriotic (rightly understood) as anyone else. I spent one-third of my life serving my country, and would still lay down my life in her defense. I love my country. I love the American flag. I love the Fourth of July. I even still love that cheesy Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA.” I just don’t think the symbols of the American nation have a place in the embassy of the kingdom of God. My main objection is that such veneration for our country within our churches detracts from the glory of the gospel.

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Atheism is Impossible: An Analysis

It's easy to prove the impossibility of atheism, but in this video author Mike Robinson utilizes the concept of 'analysis' to demonstrate God must exist and atheism is not possible. See Robinson's pb book amzn.to/2nyM2bb or kindle amzn.to/2BPjiQk

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The Christian Ideas That Gave Rise to Modern Science | Stand to Reason

One of those key ideas was the idea of intelligibility: that nature is intelligible. There’s an order and design that can be understood and discerned by the scientist because nature is the product of a rational mind, namely the mind of God, and that that same mind or creator who made nature with that rational order built into it made us and our reason, so that we could perceive and understand the reason that he built into nature. That was what gave people confidence to do the hard work of investigation to figure out the hidden order, the design that is beneath the appearances of natural phenomenon. [From the transcript .]

47 Fear Not, I Am with You, I Am Your God

And now I am a father with sons. And I rejoice that I can do for them what my father did for me. So last Wednesday evening just before Benjamin left for boot camp in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, we all sat down in the living room and I said, “There is a special verse I want to send with you, because my father sent it with me. It served me well and it will serve you well. ‘Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’”

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If Christians can lose their salvation, we all lose the gospel — Southern Equip

Inextricably linked to perseverance (and Christ’s intercession) is preservation. First Peter 1:3-5 contains a beautiful promise of God’s preserving grace for his redeemed people: “He has caused us to be born again . . . to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation to be revealed in the last time.” If God is guarding our inheritance in heaven, then to assert that free will can lead one to lose his or her salvation seems to exalt the power of man and denigrate the power of God, not to mention what it means for Peter’s language describing the inheritance as “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.” Those words seem to ring with an empty note if it is possible for human beings to give away their inheritance.

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55 Can We Please Show Some Civility and Restraint in the Aftermath of the Annapolis Massacre?
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58 New York Times Joins Campaign Against Catholic Judicial Nominee
59 Does Truth and Evidence Even Matter to this New Generation?
60 Commonweal Misrepresents Isaac Newton, Intelligent Design | Evolution News
61 Too Good to Be True?
62 Mister Rogers’ Ministry
63 Possible SCOTUS Pick Kavanaugh Wrote Roadmap To Save Obamacare
64 William Lane Craig on 'Scientific Faith': What kind of faith does science require?
65 Mars—The Other Blue Planet?
66 Barrett's Nomination For SCOTUS Gains Steam: Democrats Declare War On Her
67 How and When the New Testament Was Written
68 Book Review: Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney
69 10 Incredible Christian T-Shirts You Can Buy on Amazon
70 Why Gratitude Is a Spiritual Discipline
71 Douglas Groothuis
72 New York Times: Conservatives Have ‘Weaponized’ First Amendment
73 The Christian Post
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75 What Did Noah’s Ark Look Like?
76 460. Is Doubt Just A Christian Problem?
77 If you want your church to be more like Christ, preach the gospel — Southern Equip
78 Here’s What Happens When You Switch Soccer and Golf Announcers
79 12 Faithful Men
80 Twitter Is a Breeding Ground for Abusers, Freaks and Fake Christians, Beth Moore Warns
81 John Malkovich Might Play the Next Pope in HBO's Upcoming 'The New Pope'
82 Trackways Reported in Ediacaran Strata | Evolution News
83 Walking Cathedrals
84 3 Unhealthy Responses to Loneliness
85 7 Mental Health Reads for Your Mental Health Needs
86 President Buhari, Please Stop the Muslim Slaughter of Nigerian Christians
87 Is there a constitutional right to life?
88 Does Buying American Really Matter?
89 Report: FEMA Ends Emergency Housing for Hurricane Maria Victims, Offers One-Way Flight to Puerto Rico
90 Is the Astronomy in the Book of Job Scientifically Consistent? | Cold Case Christianity
91 Legal Docket: A series of 5-4 rulings - WORLD Radio Blog
92 Many Evangelicals Believe Trump 'Is God's Chosen,' David Brody Says
93 When NOT to Have the Debt Conversation With Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend
94 Mexico elects Marxist President, what does it mean for America?
95 My State Turned My Life Upside Down Because of My Religious Beliefs