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What Is A Simple Case for Religious Liberty?

Without using the Bible, or other Scripture, how do you make a case for religious freedom? Sean briefly tackles this question.

The Importance of Developing An Evidential Christian Faith (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace discusses the importance of an evidential faith and the unique evidential nature of Christianity.

Google translate tells you about end times when you type 'dog' - Premier

Google translate is telling confused linguists about eschatology. 

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The Dangerous Duty of Delight

This book turns our heart toward the one true object of human desire and happiness: God. Our happiness in Christ is not optional. It’s essential.

This New ‘Welcome to Marwen’ Trailer Will Give You Chills

ThisThe upcoming film, Welcome to Marwen comes from Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis, and is based on the true story of a man who was attacked by a group of

The Trailer for Netflix's 'Insatiable' Is Causing Major Controversy

It won't be out for a few more weeks, but Netflix's upcoming series Insatiable, about a high-school student who loses a bunch of weight and takes revenge on all the classmates

A Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Forgiveness of Sins | Stand to Reason

That’s one of my favorite passages in Romans. If we had to earn our forgiveness and righteousness, God could not promise us our salvation because it would rest on us—on worse than shaky ground, on a sinkhole! We would have nothing to look forward to but the wrath of God. But God wanted to guarantee our forgiveness, freedom, and salvation. This is why He decided to save us through the work of Christ, by His grace alone, and not by our works. This is the good news.

Remember When Nightcrawler Led Wolverine to Christ on the '90s 'X-Men' Cartoon?

Before the X-Men were blockbuster superstars at the box office, many children of the ‘90s remember them for the comic books and their afternoon cartoon TV show. Sure, visually, the

The Sovereignty of God: ‘I Will Accomplish All My Purpose’

From galaxies to molecules, God rules over all. His power encompasses everything.

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Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me to continue this work that God has laid on my heart.

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As a mother of a child with special needs and a deacon, this breaks my heart. If there’s no place for these children in the church, where are they welcome? We must do better and recognize the image of God in everyone.

Techniques in Apologetics: Learning to Listen

After 9 hours of discussing Pascal’s Pensées with juniors in the Torrey Honors Institute this week, I feel (yes, in my heart, which knows many things reason cannot know) that he is a subtle author indeed. His fragmentary apologetic for the Christian religion, though in form it’s really just a pile of notes and mini-essays that he didn’t live to gather up and edit together, is a deeply wise piece of work with great relevance for us now.

Sam Allberry’s Advice for Conversations about Sexual Identity | Stand to Reason

I talked to her a little bit about how Jesus shows that there’s a brokenness, there’s a skewedness, to all of us that plays out even in our sexuality, for every single one of us. I wanted to see how far I could go in the conversation without saying anything that is specific to her lesbianism.

Evolution and the “I Won’t Debate” Tactic | Evolution News

A perception commonly articulated in the media is that questioning evolution has the potential to undermine the entire scientific enterprise. That’s what we’re told — and nothing less. But to adapt Wesley Smith’s point, if the future of science is really at risk , then surely not debating evolution is folly.

Did The Disciples Lie About The Resurrection? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed a common objection to Christianity. Did the apostles lie about the resurrection of Jesus? What is required for a conspiracy to be successful and were these factors present for the disciples?

Why We're Probably Alone in the Universe, Despite the Latest Planet Discovery

Last week, science journalists reported on the discovery  of a "nearby alien planet" that might be "capable of supporting life." Ross 128b lies approximately 11 light-years from earth and, according to a new study, "is likely a rocky and temperate world" that "could potentially have liquid water on its surface." Ross 128b appears to lie within the "habitable zone" of its star and boasts a surface "equilibrium temperature" of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Reports involving planets like Ross 128b typically ignite the imagination of ET enthusiasts and science fiction writers, but should this latest discovery provide real hope that we aren't alone in the universe?


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Why People Stop Believing by Paul Chamberlain This book addresses a growing need in apologetic literature. It is a response to the growing wave of Christian leaders who are rejecting Christianity and becoming some of its most ardent critics, often supported by a plethora of new organizations arising to encourage such people to cut ties to their faith. This is a new challenge from a different breed of critics who are using their instant credibility and insider’s knowledge of theology, the Bible, church history, even apologetics, to debunk the faith they once believed and promoted. They have taken aim at the foundations of Christianity, including God, the Scriptures, miracles and the supernatural, and Christianity’s perceived inherent prohibition on free enquiry.

Written by Man, Spoken by God

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that the Bible is like no other book in the history of the world. Man wrote it, but God spoke it. For the study guide, visit

C. S. Lewis: Defender of the Faith

Many have argued about the validity of C. S. Lewis’s apologetic arguments. (They are sound.) This essay will look at Lewis as a practical role model for winsome Christian apologists. What made him a good one? He understood the evangelistic situation we face in the modern world, in which sin and true moral guilt are missing concepts and the biblical worldview a foreign country to most people, yet he was not tempted to alter the gospel to make it more palatable to the evolving audience. He understood how to communicate abstruse ideas and linear arguments in a way that normal human beings can follow. He understood that good arguments are a necessary but not a sufficient condition of an effective apologia. He knew how to make his arguments meaningful by calling imagination to the aid of reason and by putting them in the context of a life of loving service. This combination of features made him the greatest apologist of the twentieth century. The conclusion for us is to “go thou and do likewise.”

No Blind Faith Here

Consequently, faith and rationality are often seen as incompatible, mutually exclusive terms. They are treated as opposite approaches to truth. On a popular level, it is assumed by many unbelievers that if a person is rational, they have no need for faith. On a personal level, it is assumed by many believers that if a person has faith, there is no need for rationality.

A Call To An Intellectual Faith

Faith has traditionally been understood as trusting a reliable source. For example, while it is possible to prove through historical means that Jesus died, it is not possible to prove through merely historical means that his death atoned for our sins. The former is demonstrable through reason, the latter by faith. This is not meant to say that faith is irrational. On the contrary, when a source is demonstrated to be reliable, we can trust that source even when we cannot prove something through empirical investigation. Jesus and his apostles have been verified to be reliable sources. Their message has been confirmed with miracles and Jesus’ claims to deity were likewise confirmed via miracles. Given such reliability, we can trust, i.e. have faith in, what they say.

16 Is Church (Literally) Good for You?

We all have our part to play in this thing we call church. You are not called to sit injured on the bench watching others run and score. You can be God’s help to a fellow struggler. When we find ourselves wondering, “Who will love me?” let’s ask ourselves, “Whom can I love?” because there are people in your church who need you today, this week, this month, and this year. You can be Christ to them, not because you are perfect, but because his grace is enough, and his power is made perfect in weakness.

Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links: Third Week of July 2018

Here are the links related to Presuppositonal Apologetics gathered from July 15th-21st, 2018.

Defending Christianity - Check out These 5 Apologists (2018)

Defending Christianity - Check out These 5 Apologists (2018) When it comes to defending Christianity (apologetics), look no further than these 5 apologists: John Lennox, J. Warner Wallace, Frank Turek, Ravi Zacharias, and William Lane Craig; I provide a short clip from each. If you’re new to my channel, welcome! Here you will find videos exposing atheism, defending Christianity (apologetics), and promoting conservatism. Subscribe for weekly videos! Subscribe: Learn why Christianity is reasonable: Watch next - Problems with Atheism: Christian Apologetics: Questions About Christianity: Subscribe for more videos: Atheism Makes No Sense: Without God, There Is No Meaning: What Is Mere Christianity: If God Knows Everything, How Is There Free Will: https://youtu.

19 Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?

Two, this union, if you can dare to call it that, is not being joined in heaven. Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6). This is what makes weddings awesome. They are not human accomplishments. God joins a man and a woman. Marriage is made in heaven, Jesus said (Mark 10:9), not between two people merely, or a pastor or a judge. This pairing of two men or two women is not being joined in heaven. And to give the impression that it is, is an offense to heaven.

A New Testament Professor’s Rediscovery of the Doctrine of Vocation — Southern Equip

This is perhaps one of the two main points that Luther intends to make when he talks about a doctrine of vocation. His main verse to support this assertion is 1 Corinthians 7:20. The text comes in the midst of Paul answering the Corinthians questions about marriage. Apparently, the ancient Corinthians had such an over-realized eschatology that they though the normal social structures and roles of this life were already falling away. No, says Paul, if you are married, becoming a Christian means not only that you stay faithfully married to your spouse (as far as it depends on you), but you also now have concern for your spouse’s salvation. In the midst of this discussion of marriage, Paul also mentions slavery and being circumcised or uncircumcised. These are social statuses or descriptions of that remain unchanged when one becomes a believer. The language of Paul here is striking. Of the slave or the married or the uncircumcised man, the apostle says, “Each one—in the calling in which he was called, in this, he must remain” (1 Cor 7:20, my translation). The words translated “calling” or “called” here are normally words applied to believers in their effectual calling of God to salvation.

21 Marriage Is Not the Mission

Paul reminds us that to live is Christ, to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). To live is not to marry. To live is not to raise children. To live is not to find “the one.” To live is Jesus Christ. In Philippians 1:23, Paul was hard pressed between the thought of continuing to live on mission (to live) and being with Christ (to die).

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At a very basic level, took the kid to a tenebrae service this year. First one since he had started speech therapy. But even for as quiet as he was, the couple in front of us felt disturbed and moved half way through.

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25 Raise Your Song in the Night

The ghost of God’s apparent absence walks through the movements of the song, especially in the repeated taunt “Where is your God?” (Psalm 42:3, 10). Unlike the author of Psalm 115, who could boldly answer back, “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3), the author of Psalms 42–43 finds himself repeating the questions back to God: “Why have you forgotten me? . . . Why have you rejected me?” (Psalm 42:9; Psalm 43:2).

26 Why Do Christians Fast?

So let me summarize the heart of Christian fasting and why we Christians do it. One way to say it is that fasting is the hungry Christian handmaid of faith. Fasting is not a replacement for faith in Jesus. It is a servant of faith in Jesus. Fasting is a way of saying with our stomach and our whole body how much we need and want and trust Jesus. It is a way of saying that we are not going to be enslaved by food as the source of our satisfaction. We will use the renunciation of food from time to time to express that Jesus is better than food. Jesus is more needful than food.

Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture by Talbot School of Theology at Biola University / Sean McDowell & Scott Rae on Apple Podcasts

In this stimulating conversation with Dr. Russell Moore, Talbot Professor Dr. Scott Rae explores how to navigate the difficult terrain of meaningful cultural engagement while staying faithful to the Bible. Dr. Moore is the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy and ethics think tank for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Dr. Moore is featured regularly in various news media and has become one of the leading spokespersons for Christian faith in public life. Join us for this insightful discussion. [Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at]

Sharing the Gospel - How Do You Revisit the Gospel with Someone Who Won’t Listen?

Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason shares how to continue a Gospel-centered conversation with a friend or family member who says, "Enough of that!" For more information, visit Connect with us: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: 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:

Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews?

Throughout the past several weeks, we have been exploring who the authors of the books of the New Testament were. Already we have seen that there are good reasons for supporting the traditional view that the apostles Matthew and John wrote the Gospels attributed to them, John Mark writing the Second Gospel which was a documentation of Simon Peter’s testimony, Dr. Luke as the author of the Third Gospel and Acts after having attributed information from numerous eyewitnesses, and the apostle Paul as the author of all thirteen epistles attributed to him. Now, we examine a more mysterious letter. Let’s look at the Book of Hebrews.

Kepler’s Snowflake: Do Natural Processes Rule out Divine Intelligence in Nature?

Eventually, the perception of nature as operating with law-governed autonomy came to include investigation into matters of origins. Perhaps the best-known of these kinds of scientific projects is Darwinian evolutionary theory. Darwin’s goal was to formulate an explanation for the apparent design in nature without invoking the work of a Designer. Essentially, he believed that elucidating a natural mechanism by which species arise and diversify (evolution by natural selection operating on natural variations) removed any need for divine creative agency. Without a doubt, the acceptance and expansion of Darwin’s work has influenced some to adopt unfriendly or even hostile perspectives on the place of religion in contemporary culture, seeing religious ideas about superhuman powers as being in opposition to scientific explanations or even with rationality in general. (As as side note, Peter Berger has pointed out in

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“The Department of Defense announced today that they will provide $200 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces.“…

33 Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

In a recent interview, Wells asked Christians to consider the consequences of the smartphone. “What is it doing to our minds when we are living with this constant distraction? We are, in fact, now living with a parallel universe, a virtual universe that can take all of the time we have. So, what happens to us when we are in constant motion, when we are addicted to constant visual stimulation? What happens to us? That is the big question.”

34 Burberry Burned $38 Million Worth of Leftover Merchandise and People Are Not Happy

Over $116 million worth of product has been reportedly destroyed over five years. Burberry is not the only luxurious label to ditch its unsold stock, following suit with the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Experts say this is a fairly common practice in the fashion industry, as brands try to retain their exclusivity.

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John and Ed discuss the confusion—and political polarization—surrounding Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki. They also review Turkey’s outrageous imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson, as well as a new pamphlet by the Human Rights Campaign.

When God Answers ‘No’ to Our Prayers

We get a steady stream of emails from listeners asking about unanswered prayers, like this one from a podcast listener named Luis. “Hello, Pastor John. In Philippians 4:19, I read this promise: ‘God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.’ But I don’t see God providing as his word says he would. My prayers go up, but it seems like God is silent, or he constantly answers me with an implied ‘no.’ This causes me to feel discouraged and ignored. How do I respond to this ‘no’ from God when I pray for good things?”

37 Renewing Your Mind | I Am with You Always | Jul 20, 2018

The Lord has promised to be with His people always, and this promise gives us the confidence to go and make disciples. Today, Burk Parsons concludes his series on the Great Commission.

New Paper by Winston Ewert Demonstrates Superiority of Design Model | Evolution News

Ewert’s results are a Copernican Revolution moment. First, for the sample computer software data, not surprisingly the null model performed poorly. Computer software is highly organized, and there are relationships between different computer programs, and how they draw from foundational software libraries. But comparing the common descent and dependency graph models, the latter performs far better at modeling the software “species.” In other words, the design and development of computer software is far better described and modeled by a dependency graph than by a common descent tree.

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What to pray for this week: Rather, thank you for forming and knitting us in our mother’s womb. Praise you for so carefully making us for your glory. And give us the determination to purposefully protect the unborn. Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life!

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Rick Curry was born without most of his right arm, but the founder of the Dog Tag Bakery and Fellowship program in D.C., said being one-handed forced him to adapt. Eventually, that necessity became a skill, a gift. @DogTagBakery

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Superficial #socialmedia community is never going to be enough for those who were made for face-to-face communion with God and each other. Marriage, deep friendship, and the bond of the Christian family—these things are irreplaceable.

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The creation of #art in the tabernacle was not optional; God commanded it. And far from being relegated to the edges of worship, artistic images in both the tabernacle and the Temple “stood at the heart of the worshipping life of the Israelite people.”

A Straightforward Way to Think about the Bible and Science

This is not to say that the Bible is a book of science. It’s bigger than that. The Bible, as we saw in earlier chapters, presents an overarching story — a metanarrative about the world and everyone in it from the perspective of a sovereign God and his plan for the world. Though the Bible is not a book of science, it is not against science either. The relationship of science to the Bible is similar to the relationship between photography and the study of history. Just as science helps clarify our observations of nature, photography enables accurate pictures to be made. Accuracy does help tell better stories, but photographs themselves are not the story, nor are they the only or best way of telling it…

Does Your Church Reach Folks Who Don’t Look Like You?

Over the past decade, New York City has grown rapidly. In 2008, the population was 7.9 million; today, it’s 8.6 million. The city has about 6,000 churches, many of which have been planted over the past 10 years. As church planting has gained traction in the Big Apple, I’ve been encouraged by the focus on previously underserved areas. Places of great gospel need are being reached by gospel-centered churches. I often hear stories of the small group who met in a coffee shop and eventually led their barista to Jesus; the bodega owners coming to know Christ as they’ve been loved by their neighbors; and churches partnering with soup kitchens to provide a steady volunteer base. I love these stories of the church at work. The people of God are a powerful apologetic for the gospel of God. In Christ, he reconciles sinners to himself. Now, as his ambassadors, the church implores people to be reconciled to him (2 Cor. 5:18–20). This is why we plant churches: to declare and display the reconciling grace of God in Jesus Christ. We should expect our churches to be agents of reconciliation.

Scientific Predictions and the Bible: Unknown Facts Revealed by God

If the Bible is inspired from the one true God then we would expect its statements about science to be compatible with the characteristics of that God as revealed in the Bible as discussed in the first part of this four part series on Scientific Predictions and the Bible. The scientific statements in the Bible should be accurate, culturally relevant, and instrumental in God's primary goal of redeeming individual people so that they can have a relationship with him. It is also reasonable to propose that scientific statements in the Bible may have a kind of dual understanding just as certain Messianic prophecies have a dual fulfillment as discussed in the second part of this four part series. In this third blog entry on the subject let's look at some cases in the Bible where there is an accurate scientific statement that was not known when the Bible was written but has since been verified. The most obvious scientific prediction now verified, which has been a major focus of many of the entries on this blog, is that everything in this universe had a beginning in which the space, time, matter, and energy of our universe came into existence.

Is the Bible Reliable?

The Bible is taught from the pulpits of most Christian churches today and is represented by most as the inerrant word of God. What are the facts that support such a statement? Where did this book come from and why does it generate so much controversy?

Multiverse: Is Our Universe One of Many?

Scientists today increasingly talk and write about the multiverse. What is the multiverse? The multiverse is the belief that our universe is just one of many universes. Presumably, each universe exists parallel to and independent of one another. If this sounds like science fiction, philosophy, or religion, it is, because the multiverse could be classified in any one of those categories. Whatever the multiverse is, it definitely is not science. How can the multiverse be scientific (given that science is the study of the natural world using our five senses) when other universes, by definition, are beyond our ability to detect? If the multiverse is not science, why do so many scientists believe in it? The reasons have nothing to do with science but instead are the result of presuppositions and worldview.

Book Review: “Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women” by Elaine Storkey

The misnomer of “honor” killings continue in some parts of the world and, where it is outlawed, enforcement is incredibly lax. Women are murdered or disfigured for the sake of male notions of “honor.” Domestic violence exists in the home and a stigma surrounds it such that it is underreported. Women are at the highest risk when they attempt to leave an abuser, and as many, many instances have shown, they are often not believed when accusations of abuse are made. To help stop the wave of violence in the home, we must work to end stigmas surrounding those who have been harmed by domestic partners, work with law enforcement agencies, and change laws as needed to provide for the greatest possible protection of those towards whom violence is directed. Human trafficking and prostitution are closely tied together and even in those areas where prostitution is made into “just another job,” evidence suggests that massive increases in trafficking occur. Rape is a worldwide epidemic and Storkey shows clear instances of how “rape culture” is a real thing that women must deal with when they report this sexual violence.

50 God and the Transgender Debate: Book Review

I couldn’t find anything in this article that explains why there is a negative attitude about Transgender people in the first place. Perhaps this line? “Transgender identities are built on the assumption that biological sex is known and clear—and then rejected”. This seems to say, some transgender persons are aware they are born with a penis, but “reject” that, meaning, they decide they don’t want to live with one. The article seems to suggest that there is a problem with this. Is that right? If so, what is it? Otherwise, it doesn’t look like this article says anything. It doesn’t look like there is any debate! Perhaps it is this line: “Medical intervention for those identifying as transgender is aimed at the very opposite—at obscuring the sex they were born with.” But this line is false if “obscure” means anything other than “change”. Yes, some transgender people want to change the genitals they are born with. Perhaps the unstated assumption of the article is something like “it is wrong to change/obscure the genitals you were born with, if you want to”.

51 What Practicing Righteousness Looks Like
52 A Christian Pastor Engages Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life
53 BIO-Complexity Presents Better Model than Common Ancestry for Explaining Pattern of Nature | Evolution News
54 Presidential Biographies: John Tyler #10
55 Why Did the Church Reject the Gnostic Gospels? | Logan Judy
56 Is It Reasonable to Believe in Minds Even If We Can't Explain How They Interact with Brains?
57 Why Bring Back Extinct Species?
58 You Already Love You Enough | Clay Jones
59 10/25/14
60 Beyond These Walls
61 A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon
62 Analyzing a Famous Atheist's Claims About the Resurrection - Capturing Christianity
63 Pro-Life Christians Defeat Charges in NY Abortion Clinic 'Harassment' Lawsuit
64 Can God Make Mistakes?
65 When God Seems Silent
66 Q & A with Dr. Craig: Royally Bad Objections to the Kalām Cosmological Argument
67 Should I leave my church? 8 critical questions — Southern Equip
68 Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap - Quillette
69 Aquaman - Official Trailer 1
70 Recommended Intelligent Design Videos
71 Is There Anything Good About Pain?
72 19 year old woman to go to court for spending 6 hours on a church roof - Premier
73 My Wife Has Tattoos: Marriage and New Birth
74 The Eric Metaxas Show
75 Free the People – Evan Wharton – Medium
76 The 'Telephone Game' Myth: Has the New Testament Been Changed Over Time?
77 Nicaraguan Cardinal condemns government attacks - Premier
78 Micro-Refutations
79 Navigating Biblical Skepticism
80 To Reach Young People, We Need to 'Become Like Children'
81 Greg Koukl: Arguments work all the time
82 Can We Investigate the Universe Like A Crime Scene?
83 How Do We Make Theology Come Alive for Students?
84 After Texas Cut Planned Parenthood Funding, Teen Abortions Fell 28% and Teen Births 24% |
85 New Planned Parenthood Ad "Protect Our Freedom to F---" Drops 20 F Bombs in 45 Seconds |
86 Atheists: Thor is not a Rational Substitute for God
87 Give Your Children All of Your Attention. Some of the Time.
88 Patriarchy: Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture