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Commonsense Christian Apologetics (Part 2)

The origin of the concept of falling short of some independent standard of behavior and thinking…requiring us to ask forgiveness from other people we have harmed or offended…in a materialistic Darwinian worldview has no survival-of-the-fittest value…and ascribes to the capacity of material particles and energy a broadly theoretical, God-like potential for creating premeditated end-points such as forgiveness… in the realm of moral reasoning.

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Justin Bieber and The Meaning of Marriage - The Gospel Coalition | Australia

When I woke up this morning to see social media splashed with photos of Justin Bieber holding a copy of the Keller marriage book, I made an uncharacteristic move to take a second look at Justin Bieber. My daughter might sing along to Bieber, but he’s not exactly listed very high on my spotify playlist!

Contradictions: Should Christians Pray in Public or Not?

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. ( Matthew 6:5–8 )

Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective: J. Warner Wallace, Susie Wallace: 9780781414579: Books

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, a missions leader, a church planter, and author of Cold-Case Christianity. As a result of his work with cold cases, Wallace has been featured on numerous television programs including Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. Wallace’s visual presentations in the courtroom have revolutionized how capital offense trials are presented in Los Angeles County and across the country. A vocal atheist for many years, Wallace is now an apologist for Christianity with a master’s degree in theology and the founder of the Please Convince Me blog and podcast. He and his wife, Susie, have four children and live in southern California.

Late July 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Thanks for this list Jim! I followed the link “Slapping down Christians and Creationists”, and discovered “Wretched Radio”! I don’t usually listen to podcasts (data cap), but that was fascinating. It was the first time I heard of Ken Ham. I said a prayer for him, ’cause it sometimes seems that internet trolls know no mercy. There were other things I learned from the show as well. I knew that I am a creationist, but I now know that I am also a “young earth creationist”. I have been for years, I just didn’t know they had a name for it. I’ve just been believing that The Bible says what It means (with perhaps other messages which are revealed to us when we’re ready). Is “Wretched Radio” just an internet podcast, or is it also on the airways somewhere?

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Two Reasons the Trinity Matters

How much does the Trinity matter to you? If you found out tomorrow that God is actually only one person instead of three, would your relationship with God feel any different? Would it require a drastic overhaul in the way you think or witness or pray? How much does the Trinity matter to you personally? How much does the Trinity matter to your church? If you found out tomorrow that your beloved youth pastor had become a staunch modalist—he now insists the Father, Son, and Spirit are actually one person in three manifestations instead of three distinct persons—would your church excommunicate him? Or would that seem like splitting hairs? Is the Athanasian Creed really right to say, “Whoever wishes to be saved must think thus of the Trinity. And whoever rejects this faith will perish everlastingly”? Or is that the overstatement of the millennium? Judging by the church’s historic creeds, Christians used to think the Trinity is really important. Judging by the honest answers likely given to the questions above, many modern Christians have lost the sense of why it’s so important, even if they’ve retained it in their doctrinal statements.

If The Evidence for Christianity Is So Good, Why Isn't Everyone a Believer (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this blast from the past, J. Warner discusses a common objection of non-believers and examines three reasons why someone might reject a truth claim. J. Warner also addresses the Rob Bell’s controversial claims about the nature of hell and describes the most important question you can ask your atheist friend.

Christian Case Making Can Change the Way You Think About Your Purpose | Cold Case Christianity

Teasi Cannon: The first reason is that they’re just so incredibly wise and quotable! I actually had to dial the quotes way back in editing. Beyond that, I’m always trying to connect people with quality resources to help them grow in their knowledge of God. Now that I’ve experienced how apologetics has helped to not only bolster my faith, but deepen my worship, I wanted to invite readers to join me…subtly. Because my first book was a lay level book written primarily to Christian women about heart issues, I didn’t want to confuse my existing audience by completely switching gears in style and content. But I did want to demonstrate how meaningful and relevant loving God with our minds can be. I purposely tried to broaden my audience in this book and sprinkled in little bits of Christian case-making here and there in hopes that it would pique interest and allay any anti-intellectual bias.

Conference: Recovering From Spiritual Abuse | Apologetics Index

Rev. Kenneth Garrett, DMin, is senior pastor of Grace Church, located in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. For 12-years Ken and his wife Sharon belonged to a high-demand, abusive church whose members lived communally, practicing an overbearing, extreme form of the Christian faith.

14 Far Worse Than Being Caught: Fighting Sin with Fear

If you are falling in love with the world, and about to exchange the glory of God for the dream of gold, ponder which is worse: waking up with gravel in your mouth, or being handed over to ever deepening perversion? So, we read: “God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves. . . . God gave them up to dishonorable passions. . . . God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:24–28).

Save the Egg: An Interview with the Editor of 'The Poached Egg'

With this polarization, and with the more overt hostility toward Christian belief on the rise, Christians have blown the dust off a long-neglected field of study, and it is increasingly on the lips of the most ground-level believer: Christian Apologetics.

How To Explain Dualism?

Answering questions about dualism and espiritual man.

Apologetics as a Spiritual Discipline

“Only those who truly doubt can truly believe” is a quote I sometimes hear attributed to Augustine.  Whether he said it or not, it contains a grain of truth.  The simple fact is we all doubt.  Even someone like me who devours apologetic books like hippies devour kale chips goes through periods of doubt.

Is Philosophy Dangerous For Christians?

The implication being that philosophy is bad or dangerous and that we shouldn’t go chasing after “speculations.”  What I want to explore in this article is that this sort of mind set is not only in opposition to the Bible, but that it is crippling the church at large as far as our effectiveness not only to reach out to those who aren’t Christians (as it makes Christianity seem deeply anti-intellectual and irrational when the Bible paints the opposite picture) but also to the overall growth of us as Christians as well.  Before we can examine whether the charges stick as far as philosophy being dangerous we need to first briefly examine what we mean by the word philosophy .

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers!

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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Dear Young Apologist,

But then the unexpected happened.  A person in the audience asked a question.  “Mr. Bates,” they said, “How did Sam Harris defend his position in the book?  What was his reasoning?”  This was a problem for me, because I hadn’t actually read the book!  My only knowledge of Mr. Harris’ work at that point had been to read another apologist’s review of the book.  I froze.  I had no idea what reasoning was used.  There was no way to answer this question honestly!  I’m not proud of myself for this, but in order to save face, I fumbled my way through some generically condescending remark about Harris’ inability to really explain it.  I walked away from that experience with an important insight that I had never honestly thought about.  An insight that might seem common sense to some, but that I feel needs to be shared.  Simply put, the insight is this…

24 Pop Culture Primer: Movies | Think Christian

“White people,” Baldwin wrote, during the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, “want to believe Birmingham is on Mars; they don’t want to believe there is one step actually or morally between Birmingham and Los Angeles.” One of the strengths of the film is the way it shows us that “Birmingham” is, indeed, only one step from anywhere in America. Peck layers the film with images that connect Baldwin’s words to the country’s past and present: we see the dead bodies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., then see the faces of Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice. We see images of a white mob attacking those at a lunch counter sit-in during the Civil Rights Movement; we then see images of white policemen beating Rodney King, as well as Eric Garner pinned down on the sidewalk. The past and the present mingle, and Peck makes us witnesses; we see and cannot deny the connections.

3 Christian Urban Legends That Need to Die

In the late '60s, American culture was all abuzz with the rumor, "Paul is Dead." The supposed fatality of the beloved member of The Beatles became a cultural phenomenon, leading many young people to analyze the band's artwork and lyrics for clues. The "fake news" of the day was that Paul McCartney had died, and been replaced by a look-a-like. The gossip finally died down when Paul was interviewed by Life magazine in 1969, and he later poked fun at the rumor himself by titling his 1993 album, "Paul is Live."  Thus the tall tale faded into urban legend.

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The moral consequences of social media: Is what we grew out of in high school now what we lean into on Twitter? @albertmohler #TheBriefing

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Greg has been scouring the web for apologetics news and insights ever since then. He’s garnered praise from the best in the business. His site, named after the poached egg analogy C. S. Lewis used in his “Trilemma” argument, is the go-to place for finding the best blog posts and book recommendations.

I watched my first graduating class of seniors walk away from Christianity

In my experience as a youth pastor, I learned the importance of providing intellectual tools and training. I watched my first graduating class of seniors walk away from Christianity in large percentages before I embraced a Case Making approach with my students. After observing the struggle these seniors experienced, I changed the way I prepared my students…When it comes to equipping Christian students, the evidences for God’s existence, the reliability of the Bible, and the truth of the Christian worldview are the tools we must provide.

An Investigation: Who Decided What to Include in the Bible?

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.

Common Logical Fallacies and Examples from Social Media

I was invited to have a chat with an atheist named Tony Murphy on social media who calls himself Hackenslash. When I asked him for the topic that he was interested in discussing, he sent me a meme that indicated he wanted to discuss (my) logical fallacies. A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. The intention of this blog is to define some of the most common fallacies and to offer examples in an attempt to reduce their prevalence.

31 Hope for the Unhappily Single

The good news for the not-yet-married is that no one in Christ is single, and no one is married in heaven. We need to anchor our feelings of loneliness and longing in the gospel. If we are in Christ, there’s really nothing single about us. We all know there are intimacies that are — and should be — unique to marriage, but those that matter most really can be experienced in the bride of Christ, his church. A husband or wife may help and provide for you in ways others can’t, but a true, Spirit-filled, persistent, and present brother or sister in faith can care for you in remarkable ways. In Jesus, none are single, no not one.

Modern Software and Biological Organisms: Object-Oriented Design | Evolution News

At the top level, we have the Eye class which, for the sake of simplicity, is composed minimally of a collection of one or more photoreceptors and an optic nerve that transmits images to the visual cortex. (Note the filled diamond shape that represents composition in relationships between whole and part.) The Eye class itself is “abstract” in the sense that it cannot be instantiated itself, but provides the properties needed by all its subclasses that at some level will be instantiated as an eye of some given type. On the second level, we have the Simple and Compound eye types which have an inheritance relationship with the Eye class. This means these two eye types inherit all the properties of the abstract Eye base class, along with its necessary components. These classes are abstract as well. On the third level, we have class objects that inherit all the properties of either the Simple or Compound classes. At this level we still have abstract classes which will have all the properties or components necessary to exist in any given higher animal but require further differentiation at the species level to be properly instantiated.

Failed Predictions Weekend: Cornelius Hunter on Darwinian Evolution | Evolution News

In this first podcast of the series, Dr. Hunter discusses why he was inspired to pursue this work.  Download the podcast or listen to it here .

Philippians 2:14–18 // Faith Is More Precious Than Life

Believers throughout history would rather lose their life than lose their relationship with Jesus. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that if we lose everything but gain Christ, we’ve lost nothing. For the study guide, visit

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What to pray for this week: God has made us fearfully and wonderfully, and therefore we praise Him with gratitude and awe. And we pray that others, too, will praise Him. 21 Days of Prayer for Life!

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Someone you know is a Mormon—a family member, a coworker, a friend, or a neighbor—and you long to present the truth about Jesus and what God’s Word teaches. But where do you start? How can you convey what’s on your heart in a way that will be well received? Well, there’s a new book by Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell full of practical wisdom to equip you to reach Mormons. It contains a variety of essays from respected scholars, apologists, and pastors—including Sandra Tanner, Robert Bowman, David Geisler, Bill McKeever, Mark Mittelberg, J. Warner Wallace, Lynn Wilder, and others—lays out a variety of creative methods for sharing the gospel effectively. Frank interview Eric Johnson about this new book. During this interview, you will learn some great tips on how to share the truth with Mormons.

Why We (Sometimes) Need Harsh Polemical Theology

“I grew up and was nurtured in the Reformed tradition, where theological sparring is a spectator sport,” Brian Mattson says . “I participated in the games, honed my wicked tongue (which was all-too-often genuinely wicked), and vanquished many foes.” Mattson no longer engages in the “heated theological debates of the day” because, he says, “I burned out.” But he recently stepped back into the fray for another fight: “Why, then, did I just publish a  polemical essay  in  The Calvinist International  responding to David Bentley Hart’s doctrine of the (non)resurrection of the flesh?” It was just over week ago. I had read Hart’s fascinating and dizzying article (regardless of his content, he is supremely talented), and thought that maybe somebody should write a response. It was one of those fleeting thoughts that quickly dissolves into “somebody else will do it.” I’m busy. I’m traveling this week. On Tuesday I attended a funeral. As I sat there with tears in my eyes looking at the handsome wooden box wherein the remains of my friend lay—after a rapid and sudden decline—a Christian brother so universally beloved the church building was bursting its capacity, the fire was rekindled.

Christian Apologetics 101

Dr. Douglas Groothuis is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. This class covers arguments for the Christian worldview while critiquing non-Christian accounts of reality.

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It’s pretty obvious that Dr. Peter Atkins thinks he’s smarter than everyone else and if you disagree with him you’re “intellectually lazy”. It amazes me how he can’t let others make their points before jumping in to derail them. Interruptions and rabbit trails is how he debates.

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Sometimes God Says ‘Go.’ And Sometimes ‘Stay.’

When our friends’ long hours of work finally rewarded them with a pile of paid-off college loans, they perched on the edge of the American Dream. A nicer neighborhood beckoned, one with better schools. But, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously  observed , “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” To everyone’s amazement, our friends sold their house and headed to Africa. They count the cost in frequent flyer miles. As it turns out, “convenient” isn’t Jesus’s specialty: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 17:26–27) Following him may cost our relationships, our finances, our proximity to family, or our health. And, whatever else we sacrifice, part of the cost of discipleship is geographic. Should I Stay or Go? The story of God-followers has always been a story of tents and sandals. We steep in it—the record of sojourners striking out, a homesick people, a homeless King.

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"You must determine how to relate to the person with whom you share your faith, for it is up to you to do the work of sharing. But it is up to God to do the heart work and we should rely on him to produce the fruit." -Mike Licona #risenjesus #apologetics

44 Questions to Ask When Preparing for Marriage

In each of these sections one item could be added that I have not listed, namely, How do you handle and live with differences? How do you decide what can remain differences without jeopardizing the relationship? So as you deal with each subheading, include that in the discussion.

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We must begin to separate celebrity from pastoral work. Local church ministry shouldn't be a stepping stone to anything, least of all to fame & fortune. It shouldn't be easier for CNN to get in touch with a pastor than for someone in his own congregation.

46 My Real Recovery from Anorexia

If you struggle with an eating disorder, don’t give up. Ask for help from your church, your friends, support groups, and professionals. Moving forward may seem frightening — like losing a part of yourself. But Jesus’s call to change is not fleeting. He calls us to follow him to find life in its fullness. Eating disorders promise life and easy answers — then deliver misery and death. Following Jesus means that we die to who we were, but discover all we were made to be.

Pentecostalism May Have Done More for Africa Than All Aid Organizations Combined

"Progressive Pentecostalism is more prominent in developing countries than it is in the Western world. The emphasis on the prosperity gospel overshadows the emergent phenomenon of Progressive Pentecostalism, although these two emphases are not mutually exclusive. For example, sometimes prosperity gospel preachers give members the courage to dream beyond their current circumstances, and this vision becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Also, it is important to acknowledge the ways in which Pentecostalism gives dignity to women and people who are poor, telling them that they are made in the image of God and therefore have rights, both personal and political."

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Pastoring my first church, things were going rather well, I thought. Perhaps that contributed to my hubris as I stood in the pulpit one Sunday morning and told the church that God wanted us to commit...

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What to pray for this week: Ask God to make you submissive to His plan for you. Ask Him for the faith to trust that plan and the grace to carry it out. Ask Him finally for success in your efforts to uphold the unborn. 21 Days of Prayer for Life!

The Shifts Behind the Shootings | Cold Case Christianity

An Increase in Single Parent Households As a Gang Detail Officer in Los Angeles County, I had the opportunity to spend time with young Hispanic, African-American, Caucasian and Korean gang members. They came from different socio-economic and racial backgrounds but had one thing in common: lack of dad . Some never knew their fathers. Others had dads who were in jail. Some had fathers who were disinterested alcoholics. Others had dads who were workaholics who rarely ever came home. The percentage of children under the age of 18 in the United States living in single parent households has increased dramatically – during the same time that school shootings have multiplied. In addition, many young men are being raised in what is effectively (if not statistically) a single parent household. Men have a responsibility to raise up their boys, and when they shirk this responsibility we see tragic results. Family structures have changed ; several of the high school shooters simply didn’t have an effective male role model who could help them navigate their teenage years.

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65 Letter to a Friend Engaged to a Nonbeliever
66 The Greatest Thing You Can Do with Your Life
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71 God’s Kingdom Has a Startling Economic System
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79 Morality, Therefore God: An Evangelistic Strategy - Christian Research Institute
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81 What Is A Worldview and Why It Matters?
82 Update: Still No Evolutionary Explanation for Human Language
83 Rethinking Our Apologetics: 2 Historical Jesus Sources
84 Confused by All the Attacks on the Bible? Here Are Three Categories to Help You
85 7 Simple Ways to Share Your Faith with Others
86 Exodus Is a Good Study for Teens
87 Safe Beneath His Sovereign God: Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)
88 Defending Your Faith 101: Sources of Evil and Suffering
89 Could 2 People Populate a Planet to 7 Billion People?
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92 New Solo Artists Tauren Wells, Cory Asbury and Zach Williams Dominate Dove Awards Nominations
93 Five-Point Logic Checklist
94 Hungary bans gender studies courses from state universities - The College Fix
95 Renewing Your Mind | J. Gresham Machen | Aug 11, 2018
96 Seeing the Forest amid the Trees
97 What Does 'Gospel' Really Mean?
98 NHS Faces Lawsuit for Not Funding Fertility Services for Transgenders Who Want Kids
99 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gets Epic FACT CHECK From The Washington Post