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Every new challenge will reveal to you some deficiency, and you don’t need to be afraid of that deficiency, but rooted and undergirded by the love of God and His forgiveness, you can take the risk. You can forge ahead courageously. You can assess your performance honestly. You can assess your people’s performance honestly. If they mess up, you can forgive them; you can nurture them like the love of God nurtures you. You’ll be a better leader because of it, and every new challenge gives you the chance to grow deeper in the love and grace of God. And that’s the way the leader is restored….

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

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

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What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith?

Since I have been working on this book people have been increasingly asking me, “What do you think is the most powerful evidence for the Christian faith?” While I do think the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, the textual evidence for the reliability of the Bible, and the scientific evidence for a designer are persuasive, these are not the most powerful evidences.

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Problems with Materialistic Evolution

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Why Should Christians Care About Logic?

I was at a Christmas party a few years ago and someone walked up to me and began talking to me about my views on God. At one point in the conversation he asked the age-old question, “Can God make a rock so heavy that he himself can’t lift it?” Among other things, I mentioned that omnipotence does not mean that God can do what is logically impossible. Then the conversation abruptly ended as he said, “You can’t use logic to talk about God. God is not bound by the logic of Man!” Then he nodded his head and tipped his chicken wing at me as if to say “Gotcha!” and walked away triumphantly before I had a chance to say a word. Was he right? Is God bound by logic? Can God do the logically impossible?

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Scientific Predictions and the Bible: A Dual Fulfillment Proposal

It is often stated by Christians that the Bible contains amazing and accurate scientific predictions that have only been recently discovered by modern science. However, skeptics will claim that these supposed scientific facts were not really recognized in the Bible until after they were discovered by the scientific community. In my previous blog post I began a discussion that addresses the issue of scientific predictions in the Bible. I asked the question of what kind of scientific predictions we should expect to find in the Bible if it is the inspired word from an omniscient God. The only answer we can be sure of is that any scientific predictions should be consistent with God's character so they should at least be (1) accurate, (2) culturally relevant and (3) instrumental in God's primary goal of redeeming individual people so that they can have a relationship with him.

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Is Apologetics Training 'Highly Overrated'?

I recently received a comment on one of my blogs from a sincere and deeply committed Christian who stated that she saw some uses for apologetics, but said she thinks it’s “highly overrated.” She based her opinion on the understanding that Christianity is not reasonable to fallen man, since spiritual truths are spiritually discerned, and “the man of the flesh (an unredeemed person) cannot know the things of the spirit.” She also said that she doesn’t “believe faith has any more to do with the intellect than with the emotions.” This is true for some people with a tendency to be feelings-oriented. Other people, however, are not feelings-oriented. Some folks are more logical while others are more emotional. We must remember that we were all seekers once, starting out with different tendencies. God doesn’t favor one over the other.

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Two Biblical Themes in the Black Panther

Idea #2: Your Sins Will Find You Out . T’Chaka is the Father of T’Challa (Black Panther). T’Challa reveres his father until he finds out that he had his uncle killed for betrayal, and then abandoned his young son. In an ironic twist of fate, the son turns out to be Killmonger, the villain who temporarily steals the throne from T’Challa, and nearly leads a worldwide revolution. When T’Challa confronts his father with his actions, T’Chaka says, “He was the truth I chose to omit.” In other words, he hoped his sins would stay hidden.

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BIO-Complexity Presents Better Model than Common Ancestry for Explaining Pattern of Nature | Evolution News

One of the central pillars of the standard evolutionary model is the belief that all living species evolved from a common ancestor through a gradually unfolding tree of life. As a result, the pattern of similarities and differences in species today is believed to fit into a tree-like pattern or nested hierarchy where branching points correspond to the appearance of new traits. For instance, all mammals share certain characteristics, such as producing milk, since their most recent common ancestor first evolved those traits, and the traits carried through each evolving branch of the tree. This iconic tree of life has been presented to the public as one of the strongest pieces of evidence for the development of life progressing entirely through undirected natural processes. However, many aspects of this story have been contradicted by major discoveries over the past several decades.

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Do Miracles Happen?: An Interview with Lee Strobel

How should miracles be defined? What’s the difference between a miracle, answered prayer, and a coincidence? How many adults believe in miracles and say they’ve experienced them? Can miracles be proven? What could be considered the greatest miracle of all?

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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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Everybody Has Religious Beliefs, Some People Just Deny It

When politicians argue that we should not “legislate morality,” they are engaging in a theater of the absurd. We do not legislate science. We do not legislate rationality. Politicians rely upon their basic religious beliefs to formulate moral claims that then must be enacted through policy. It is not possible for anyone to check their morality at the door of their decision-making, including politicians.

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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.

17 Egnor: Why Machines Will Never Think | Evolution News

Computers do computation, and “Thought is the  antithesis of computation. ” That is why hype about computers achieving consciousness is such baloney. Which doesn’t mean that people will not abuse the power of AI to hurt each other, and hurt themselves. Oh, that is going to be bad, as Egnor also elaborated at the Bradley event. More on that when we have the video ready for you.

18 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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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.

21 Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart

With seven you can use them a number of ways. You might choose one D per day. Or you could choose one D as a theme for a week and pray through these every seven weeks. You’ll also note that I have a verse for each prayer. But over time, as you pray, more verses will come to mind, and you might find it helpful to collect them so they are right at hand as the Spirit leads.

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The Surprising Connection Between Russian Spies and the National Prayer Breakfast

There’s a pretty crazy wrinkle to the already plenty crazy narrative around Maria Butina, the young Russian gun rights activist who’s been accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of “acting as an agent for a foreign government.” Butina’s espionage activity has plenty of juicy details, but one of the craziest is her alleged work at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2016 and 2017, where she successfully set up meetings between influential Russian figures and American officials.

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American history is well documented. Many of the issues our country is experiencing today are due to the myriad of racial injustices of the past as well as the present. There is no denying that. Christians of all persuasions must be the example on how to relate.

24 Since You Asked: Marking 100 Million Plays for Ask Pastor John

One year into the podcast, I asked Pastor John how he wanted listeners to engage with our episodes. In the spirit of 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “test everything; hold fast what is good,” he said. “And the test I hope they use is, first, the Bible. That’s where I try to find all my responses to people’s questions. And, second, I hope they esteem the spiritual leaders of their own churches highly and talk to them about the issues they face — which is also in 1 Thessalonians 5 (verse 13)! There is one final authority and it’s God’s word, not mine. I want to exalt God’s word over and over as true and wise and sweet.”

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The Need for "Faith Training" (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace talks about training young Christians from his 2018 William Wilberforce Weekend talk. J. Warner sheds new light on why so many young people leave the faith and explains the need for training them in the faith, so they can meet the challenges they will inevitably face. This recording was featured on the BreakPoint Podcast . Be sure to check out all of the Colson Center Resources , including their weekly podcasts .

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How to Uproot Bitterness as a Pastor’s Wife

I’ll never forget one woman in my class on the calling to be a ministry wife. I always ask students what excites and concerns them most. Here’s what she said: I am most concerned that I will become like my mother. She is a bitter ministry wife. She and my dad have been through some rough times. She is doing a little better but has a long way to go. She has been miserable for as long as I can remember. What a tragic statement for a daughter to make. Thankfully, she recognized bitterness for what it is and was resolved to avoid it. If only more ministry wives resolved to avoid resentment. But sadly, Satan is cunning. He knows if he can get bitterness to take root and sprout like a tenacious weed, it won’t be long before it’s in full bloom and choking out good plants that would otherwise thrive. These weeds must be pulled out and killed. Let’s consider how they got there, what the Bible says about them, and how we can defeat resentment and prevent it from being a perennial threat. Resentment Can Come in All Shapes and Sizes Resentment can build in an number of ways.

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Don’t Be Introspective. Examine Yourself.

There’s a fine line between self-examination and introspection. Self-examination is good. Scripture exhorts us to examine and test ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5). So how might this important spiritual discipline take a turn for the worse? Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains : What’s the difference between examining oneself and becoming introspective? I suggest that we cross the line from self-examination to introspection when, in a sense, we do nothing but examine ourselves, and when such self-examination becomes the main and chief end in our life. Though self-examination can be rewarding for Christian growth, I’ve often crossed the line—and learned how detrimental introspection can be. It’s unprofitable because it’s an end in itself; it leaves us navel-gazing and discouraged. I’ve hung my head many times in its defeat. Nevertheless, we can look to God’s Word and see how self-examination, rightly deployed, is healthy and effective. A look at Psalm 139 will help us grasp the power of self-examination as a tool in God’s hands for our growth. Know You’re Known O LORD, you have searched me and known me! .

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The Moral Status of Desire Is the Issue

Our differences with Belgau are going to shape how pastors address those struggling with sinful heterosexual desires. What am I going to say to the married man who comes to me and says that he has a sexual desire for a woman at his office, a desire that she reciprocates? Am I going to tell him that he should repent of that desire? Or am I going to tell him that the desire is not itself sinful, although he shouldn’t act on it? Should I tell him that his “erotic orientation to the world” (as Wesley Hill put it) is the basis for forming a meaningful friendship with this woman?

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"While technology is a significant barrier to people devoting the cognitive resources necessary to recognize their sin and need for redemption, secularism works in similar ways to shield us from taking the gospel seriously." christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/july-w…

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Why Doesn’t God Make Himself More Obvious? | The Stream

Someone asked that a conference I was at last week. The speaker at the time, Sean McDowell (a frequent contributor here), answered by showing how many people disbelieved in Jesus, even when they had proof before their eyes. You’d think raising someone from the dead would be evidence enough. But when Jesus did that with Lazarus, they didn’t all fall down and worship Him. Some of them tried to drive Him from town, and to kill Lazarus.

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Then, in the beginning of verse 16, because prayer is effective (James 5:13–15), he says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16). To make it even clearer, he follows this with, “The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power.” That line is the second portion in a double dose of support for our praying. James’s point is to repeat his theme to pray because prayer is effective. His concern is not how prayer is made effective, but that prayer is effective. And then verse 17 comes to ground that point.

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What do skeptical ancient historians think of the earliest Christian creed?

That Jesus’ followers (and later Paul) had resurrection experiences is, in my judgment, a fact. What the reality was that gave rise to the experiences I do not know. “I do not regard deliberate fraud as a worthwhile explanation. Many of the people in these lists were to spend the rest of their lives proclaiming that they had seen the risen Lord, and several of them would die for their cause. Moreover, a calculated deception should have produced great unanimity. Instead, there seem to have been competitors: ‘I saw him first!’ ‘No! I did.’ Paul’s tradition that 500 people saw Jesus at the same time has led some people to suggest that Jesus’ followers suffered mass hysteria. But mass hysteria does not explain the other traditions.” “Finally we know that after his death his followers experienced what they described as the ‘resurrection’: the appearance of a living but transformed person who had actually died. They believed this, they lived it, and they died for it. (14)

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Music, Memory, and the Heart of a Child

At a recent family gathering my siblings and I were reminiscing about the songs we sang and loved in the ’80s. My 74-year-old father chimed in, singing a song we’d never before heard. His mother had taught it to him as a child. The song was Charles A. Miles’s “Wide, Wide as the Ocean,” written in 1914: Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heaven above; Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Savior’s love. I, though so unworthy, still am a child of his care; For his Word teaches me that his love reaches me everywhere. More than 60 years later, he still knew the song by heart. Learning By Heart I think about this memory often as I lead singing for the children’s ministry at our church. We gather all our kids ages 3 to 11 to sing Scripture songs, worship songs, and, more recently, the songs from The New City Catechism . I’m convinced that memorized truths can be building blocks for lives of Christian obedience. This memory-heart-life connection is everywhere around us. Take memorizing poetry, for example. Poet Brad Leithauser speaks to a different sort of knowing that comes through memorization: The best argument for verse memorization may be that it provides us with knowledge of a qualitatively and physiologically different variety: you take the poem inside you, into your brain chemistry if not your blood, and you know it at a deeper, bodily level than if you simply read it off a screen.

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What Hollywood Really Wants: Bible-Preaching Churches Unashamed of the Gospel

But what we’ve tried to do is recognize there are positives that come from transience for the sake of the kingdom. Transience means we have sending capacity. We want people in our church to recognize that you don’t just leave; you’re sent. You’re being sent by a church wherever you’re going. So we literally have people all over the world who have spent three years at Reality L.A., and for a lot of them it was a really pivotal experience of either becoming a Christian or understanding the centrality of the gospel in their lives. We love that. It enables us to be a missional church in a different type of way. But it’s hard, too. The turnover when it comes to people in the church, staff, all of it, is difficult.

45 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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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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53 8 Tests for the Accuracy of the New Testament Accounts
54 Mark Duplass, Ben Shapiro, and the "Evils" of Crossing the Aisle
55 The Biblical Attraction of Indebted Tattooed Women
56 2015 Mount Evans Hillclimb, Masters 40+ Cat. 3
57 Taylor U. Professor Resigns Amid Misconduct Accusations; School Knew of Other Allegations for Years
58 Heat Waves Can Lead to Death Without Access to Ways to Cool Down
59 If CS Lewis met Dawkins // Peter S William // Unbelievable? Conference 2013
60 Ex-con gets 25 to life in prison for decades-old Chelsea murder
61 How to falsify a religion using scientific or historical evidence
62 UK Report Seeking National Syllabus for All Religious Education Called 'Attack' on Liberty
63 Gorilla Glass 6 Saves Smartphones From Breaking After Multiple Drops
64 Are Your Cute Lessons Turning Kids Into Atheists?
65 Trump: 'The Point Of A Trade War Isn't Who Wins Or Loses—It's Having A Good Time.'
66 The Comparatively Rich Archaeological Corroboration of the Old Testament
67 Why Do Some US Earthquakes Occur in Unexpected Places?
68 Pastor Under Fire for Purging Members Who Attend Church Poorly
69 What Does the Bible Really Say About Alcohol?
70 Planting Churches in a Divided Land
71 Gay Rights Activists Bully Authors of LGBT Study
72 Episode 081: Why People Stop Believing - Christian Research Institute
73 Listen: Gauger Responds to a Confused and Contradictory Review of Theistic Evolution | Evolution News
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77 Four-Legged Snake Fails as a Transitional Form and Perhaps Even a
78 Albert Einstein, God and the New Atheists
79 Dembski: Descartes Understood the Limits of Artificial Intelligence | Evolution News
80 The First Book You Need to Read in 2015 | Cold Case Christianity
81 Details of Pope Francis' visit to Irish festival revealed - Premier
82 Atheism Can't Justify Objective Morality
83 12 Types of Truth the Scientific Method Cannot Prove
84 5 Things to Stop Doing in Your 20s
85 Yes, Christianity Is a Religion, Not Just a Relationship
86 Ep. 26 The Problem of Evil (Part 2)
87 What Philosophy Is, and Why You Can't Avoid It
88 Painkillers from Poisons
89 Report: North Korea Has 2.6 Million 'Modern Slaves'
90 Your Life Isn't on Hold If You're Single
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92 The Big Questions in Life: Part 3 | Cross Examined Official Podcast
93 Can a Homosexual Person Be Saved?
94 Hear Me Out: Why 'The Conjuring' Is a First-Class Faith Movie
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97 677. What Does Galatians 4:4 Mean By "The Fullness Of Time"?
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