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The Importance of Apologetics

In Christianity, apologetics consists of a blend of theology, philosophy, and science coming together in a (hopefully) wise and winsome manner in order to form a case for the existence of the Judeo-Christian God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the reliability of the Bible as the Word of God, and how we ought to live should these things prove to be true.

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Sixty years ago, most biblical scholars maintained that Israel’s religion was unique—that it stood in marked contrast to the faiths of its ancient Near Eastern neighbors. Nowadays, it is widely argued that Israel’s religion mirrors that of other West Semitic societies. What accounts for this radical change, and what are its implications for our understanding of the Old Testament? Dr. John N. Oswalt says the root of this new attitude lies in Western society’s hostility to the idea of revelation, which presupposes a reality that transcends the world of the senses, asserting the existence of a realm humans cannot control. While not advocating a “the Bible says it, and I believe it, and that settles it” point of view, Oswalt asserts convincingly that while other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms, the Bible differs radically on all the main points. The Bible Among the Myths supplies a necessary corrective to those who reject the Old Testament’s testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.

The Challenges Facing Young Christians

They Are Challenged by the Media Young Christians are challenged very early, beginning with their first exposure to television, movies and the internet. Much of the media is aligned against Christian values, and Americans spend about one-third of their free time, (more than the next 10 most popular leisure activities combined) watching some form of television. The messages communicated by television programming are often in direct opposition to the teaching of Christianity, and students are deeply impacted by what they absorb from the media. Two out of every three shows on television, for example, include sexual content (a dramatic increase over the past 15 years). 50% of the couples involved in sexual behavior in television programming are depicted in casual relationships (10% of these couples had just met, and 9% of television programs depict sexual behavior between teens). In a set of Kaiser Family Foundation studies, 76% of teens said that one reason young people have sex is because TV shows and movies “make it seem normal”. College students who were exposed to the many examples of sexual behavior on television were more likely to believe their peers engaged in those same activities.

Getting Hurt By the Church Doesn’t Mean You Should Abandon God

I realized that my strongest experiences of worship don’t usually happen when life is going well. It’s when life is going poorly and I’m in the middle of a storm and I still stand and sing glory that I most intensely experience God’s nearness and greatness.

How Do We Help the Next Generation Navigate Culture?

Perhaps the most important question students should be asked and taught to ask is, “What do you mean by that?” This important question can bring much-needed clarity amidst all the information out there. For instance, we often find ourselves using the same words as others in our culture, but not meaning the same thing. When it comes to words like love, truth, freedom, God, gender, and purpose, the Christian’s dictionary will be very different than the culture’s dictionary. When we equip students with good questions, we help them find clarity in the language and ideas of the culture. Next, we then teach them how to employ those questions when they are watching a movie on Netflix, listening to their college professor, or having a conversation with their Muslim friend.

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Yes, Gay Activists Are After Your Children | The Stream

I`ve had a few discussions with my 11yr old nieces about the alphabet cults over the last few yrs and the wrongs of what they`re doing and thinking with themselves. My nieces have been well and truly indoctrinated with the propaganda spouted by the education system, media and worse, their mother(my sister) whom herself has been indoctrinated with fairness and equality and acceptance through her 32 yrs of English life by the education system and media. The most common line is they`re doing nothing wrong if they love one another and aren`t harming anyone else, this is the one we hear and see all the time by the cult followers and is not the thoughts of a young girl who would not be thinking of such things but for the brainwashing. One of the nieces(twins) was more convinced by my arguments than the other and stuck to her line of its not wrong if they love each other. I learned that their father had advised them not to listen to anyone trying to convince them of religious beliefs until they`re old enough to weigh the arguments for and against, yet he allows them to be indoctrinated with all these other harmful, deviant beliefs.

Please Don’t Tell Your Kids to Believe in God Just in Case He Exists

This response is the basic idea behind what is famously known as “Pascal’s Wager,” named for the 17 th century philosopher Blaise Pascal who first championed it. The gist of the argument is that humans should live as if God exists because we have everything to gain and nothing to lose from it—a safe bet. If it turns out that God exists, then you gain heaven and avoid hell; if it turns out that God doesn’t exist, you’ve lost nothing. So everyone should just believe in God, right?

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Book Review: Genesis, Science, and the Beginning

Introduction Those who follow Faithful Thinkers know that one of my favorite topics is science and the Bible. A while back, Christian apologist Ben Smith asked me to take a look at his book that addresses one of the many proposed ways to reconcile the claims of Genesis 1 with the scientific evidence. The book, " Genesis, Science, and the Beginning ," defends the Prophetic Days View of interpreting Genesis 1. I was excited to read the book since it supports a view different from mine (the Day-Age View, defended by Reasons to Believe) and would, no doubt, provide another alternative if a particular part of the Day-Age view was a stumbling block for a skeptic coming to Christ. I also looked forward to challenges to my view coming from a fellow apologist who takes the Bible seriously. So, how did he do? This review is designed, as my usual reviews, to be a summary of the contents of the book (not necessarily critical, though), and I will end it with my thoughts and recommendations. Chapter 1: The Big Picture Author Ben Smith begins his examination of the Genesis 1 account of creation by quickly describing seven characteristics, primarily focused on the structure of the account.

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Why Are So Many Christians Unhappy?

It will not suffice simply to hold that there is one whom all ought to honor and adore, unless we are also persuaded that he is the fountain of every good, and that we must seek nothing elsewhere than in him. . . . For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by his fatherly care, that he is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond him — they will never yield him willing service. Nay, unless they establish their complete happiness in him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him. ( Institutes , 1.2.1)

Survival of the Fondest: Love Defies Darwin and Defeats the Devil

I thank God for good apologists. They do important kingdom work. But the most compelling work Christians will ever do is not going toe-to-toe with Darwinian theorists over scientific evidence for God’s existence or with materialist philosophers over sophisticated arguments. Love is the most compelling apologetic for God’s existence and Christ’s sacrifice on earth: for “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

Should I “Dream Big” for God When I Have a Huge Ego?

So, my response is: Go ahead. Dream your big dream. Do your work, lots and lots of it. But never, never presume that you are doing it on your own. “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it [as though it were not a gift]?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). Every dream is a gift. Every accomplishment of a dream is a gift. And when we get to the end of life, we are going to say — I hope we are going to say — with Martin Luther on his deathbed, these last words out of his mouth: Wir sein Bettler. Hoc est verum. “We are beggars. This is true.”

Interpreting Matthew 7:20-23

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Why Religious Freedom Should Matter to Absolutely Everyone

Why Religious Freedom Should Matter to Absolutely Everyone by Mikel Del Rosario Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Society Why should religious freedom matter to everyone? Because the value we put on religious liberty shows how much we really care about freedom. If you’re going to be able to work for the common good—with people from all sorts of backgrounds—the law has got to protect your freedom to live by your convictions. But what is religious freedom? Religious freedom is a civil right that comes from God, not the government. Why should it matter even to people who aren’t religious? Because religious freedom upholds freedom of conscience for both religious and non-religious people. What is Religious Freedom? Religious freedom is a civil right which doesn’t ultimately come from the government. The founders of our nation knew this. All they did was recognize the rights God already gave us. That’s why they wrote The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–to protect our intrinsic rights from being infringed upon by the federal government. Having religious freedom doesn’t just mean you have the right to believe certain religious claims are true.

Refuse to Settle for Singleness

If we thought and felt about singleness the way God thinks and feels about singleness, none of us would ever “settle” for singleness. We might long to be married, and pray for God to bring us a husband or a wife, and pursue a godly person God puts in our path, but we also will prize every precious second of singleness God gives us, because it’s filled with its own unique joys and purpose and blessings.

The Reason Why the Travel Ban Is So Misguided

As a Christian who believes that “salvation is found in no one else” but Jesus (Acts 4:12), I want for Muslims to have the opportunity to experience the transformational hope I have found in Christ. As teams from local churches partnering with World Relief welcome refugee families from non-Christian backgrounds, they often are asked why they extend such kindness and welcome, and they have the opportunity to “give an answer … for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15); many refugees in turn have made the decision to follow Jesus. When our response to Muslims is fear instead of love, we miss a divinely orchestrated opportunity to share the love of Christ.

Two Cops Called to Investigate a Noise Complaint Ended Up Joining the Party Instead

The Fourth of July is the one day in which most Americans just decide to let noise complaints slide, since almost everyone is out lighting off explosives, blasting Jay-Z and squealing with delight at fireworks. But one Asheville, North Carolina, citizen was evidently unfamiliar with this unspoken rule and called the police to make a noise complaint about an Independence Day party.

An Afghan Girls Robotics Team Has Been Denied Visas to Attend a Competition in the U.S.

To interview for their visas, the girls risked a 500-mile trek cross-country to the American embassy in Kabul–the site of several recent suicide attacks and one deadly truck bomb in early June that killed at least 90 people. Despite the recent violence, the teenagers braved the trip to the country’s capital not once, but twice, hoping a second round of interviews might help secure their 7-day visas after the team was rejected on its first try. But no luck.

Should the Big Bang be Disdained?

When my children were young, I would often drive to the home of the person babysitting my kids, usually a young teenage girl, pick her up, then drive her back to my house.  In the car I would ask questions about her interests or her school. In addition, I would sometimes ask a question that intrigued me since I am a scientist and a Christian, "Do you think the Big Bang is a theistic theory or an atheistic theory?" Now that question is not on most people’s list of babysitter interview questions, but I was interested to know their answer even though it would not affect their monetary tip. Every time I asked this question I always got the same answer, that the Big Bang is an atheistic theory.  This is just one example of the fact that many kids growing up in an evangelical church environment have the perception that the Big Bang is an idea which removes God as the creator.  It seems that many Christians may disdain the Big Bang.

What Anne Frank’s Diary Can Teach Us About the Modern Day Refugee Crisis

Seventy-five years ago, Otto and Edith Frank realized they couldn’t take any more chances. Nazi Germany’s march reached a fever pitch, and they were on the hunt for Jews to add to their labor forces. The Franks gathered a few belongings and moved to “the hiding place”—a secret den they’d been preparing for a worst-case scenario. And on July 6, 1942, a then-unknown young girl named Anne Frank followed her parents into the hiding place.

Let’s All Welcome Malala Yousafzai to Twitter

According to her, she’s wrapping up school today and has a few thoughts about all the many girls throughout the world who haven’t had the same opportunity. She’s right. In conflict areas , girls are 2.5 times more likely to be taken out of school than boys are and around the world, approximately 62 million girls are out of school. About two-thirds of the world’s 774 million illiterate people are girls .

Ryan Gosling Is in the Mix to Star in a ‘Willy Wonka Begins’-Type Movie

You’re going to have to because the movie is being made whether you like it or not. What’s more, word has it that Ryan Gosling is being offered the golden ticket that has been given to both Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder. So, hope you like your Willy Wonka as a hunky dreamboat but, again, what you like doesn’t really matter here because this is the world we’re living in and we’re just going to have to take it.

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Yet the Bible tells us that we already have more than we need and far more than we deserve. Every good thing in our lives is a gift from God, and it is up to him to decide when and how he blesses us. It’s up to us to choose to be grateful and make the most of what we’ve been given.

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15 Things to Start Doing By the Time You’re 30

By the time you hit 30, there’s a good chance the routine of family, job, bills and adulthood limits the free time that was once a part of twentysomething life. Creating margin—to read, volunteer, pray, travel or just do the things you want to do—is easy to neglect with the stresses that come along with being a thirtysomething. Do yourself a favor: Make margin in your day-to-day life, and don’t try to fill every waking moment with more busyness.

Thinking Clearly about God and Evolution

C hristianity Today recently had a cover story reporting on Christians who claim that human beings could not all have descended from a single human couple. That story was a symptom of a current trend: more and more Christians, even self-identified evangelicals, claim that Christians must make their peace with evolutionary theory. In recent years, scientists such as Francis Collins, Karl Giberson, Ken Miller, Darrell Falk, and others have written books defending theistic evolution or evolutionary creationism . The historical reality of Adam and Eve is obviously central to historic Christianity; but it is just one of many issues that, as Christians, we must consider when exploring the broader debate over God and evolution. Unfortunately, the debate is often marred by confusion and ambiguity. Though we can’t discuss every related issue here, let’s see what we can do to think more clearly about the subject.

God Can Rebuild What Porn Ruined: Loving a Husband Battling Lust

It is only after preparing our minds for action that we can start to resist conforming to the passions of our former ignorance (1 Peter 1:13–14). My former ignorance, my deceitful heart, was yearning for justice. There was no earnest love for my husband (1 Peter 1:22), only self-righteous indignation and haughtiness. My own sins seemed to pale in comparison to the sin of lust. I had declared myself judge and jury, and my husband did not stand a chance.

Enduring Personal Identity Requires God

   The rigid materialist, under his worldview, would not be married to the same woman he married nine years ago. They are totally different physically, due to the complete replacement of bodily atoms every seven years. If he has a child over the age of seven, then by the atheist’s standard he is not the same child who was born to them. Therefore, if he wanted to be consistent in his worldview, he should throw away all baby pictures along with his wedding album. Every molecule in his body has changed. And in a strict materialist world, he is a different person. But he will not throw away his baby pictures or his wedding album, because he is basing much of his life on the truth of theism. The atheist husband still hugs his wife without being unfaithful to her. He will still take his kid to the park and buy him a balloon. But he will not buy the stranger who is next to him a balloon. The atheist knows that his child is the same child who was born to him years before. He lives much of his life on the truth that the Creator exists. Can the information in one’s DNA be the basis for personal identity? No, since twins have the same DNA but they are two different individuals.

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Renewing Your Mind | A Little Book on the Christian Life | Jul 7, 2017

For centuries, Christians of all ages have turned to John Calvin's A Little Book on the Christian Life to help guide them in their journey with Christ. Today, Lee Webb is joined by Chris Larson and Burk Parsons to discuss this classic book of the Christian faith.

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The Kalam Argument and Atheism’s Abysmal, Feeble, Pathetic, Not Reasonable, Very Illogical Foundation

Exposing the Underlying Worldview: Acts 17

Before looking at Acts 17 , it is important to understand the origin of religion; in order to know the meaning of anything, we have to understand its origin. The origin of religion began in the Garden of Eden when God clearly revealed himself to Adam. However, Adam and Eve rejected that revelation and chose to believe a falsehood about Him. In this act of disobedience, they chose to follow Satan’s worldview over God’s worldview ( Genesis 3:4–5 ). They created the first human religion, rejecting God’s perfect and true religion.

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Ambush Satan with Song (New 3-Minute Video)

Why is it that Christians sing in worship? Christianity has produced centuries of music — high music, low music, middle music, happy music, sad music. Songs of worship and songs of gladness and songs of lament. Everywhere Christianity goes, God’s people sing. Why? We sing because our God is a God of grace. We sing, not only in response to his lavish grace — we sing because it is a means of God’s grace. We sing because singing is a God-given weapon against our greatest enemy.

Big Kids Should Cry More: Why Weeping Is Not Weakness

To cry, we reflexively believe, is to admit insufficiency and insecurity. We live in a culture that idolizes power and equates sadness with weakness. Suppress your tears, we learn, so that no one suspects you hurt. Conceal your heartache, and you can deny its very existence. If you blot your eyes and breathe deep, you can pretend the pain isn’t there, that it’s not corroding your heart and emptying you of all hope.

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Was Jesus Just a Teacher?

Many are fond of respecting Jesus as a moral teacher just like Gandhi or Socrates. But in this lab, John Piper reminds us how Jesus cannot be thought of as only a teacher.

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