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J. Warner Wallace speaks about the import distinctions between objective and subjective truth claims and why this distinction is important to us as Christians.

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Has the Bible been corrupted, altered, edited, revised, or tampered with? Can we trust the reliability of the Bibles we have today?

Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

John Piper has gathered fifty reasons from the New Testament to answer this question: What did God achieve for sinners in sending his Son to die?

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3 When God Messes with Your Life Plan

Are you in a place you never expected to be? Has God taken you on a path you never would have willfully chosen? Take heart. God hasn’t deserted you. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t made a mistake. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows exactly what you need and where you need to be.

‘Hamilton’: Healing Balm for Restless Immigrants

In Hamilton , despite Alexander’s sincere attempts to stay away from public life, Alexander’s life is cut short when he dies in a duel with the infamous Aaron Burr, the grandson of Jonathan Edwards. Eyewitnesses to the duel have noted that Alexander shot up in the air to express his desire for reconciliation with Burr. But Burr, the grandson of a preacher who spoke so powerfully of the beauty of forgiveness in Christ, did not reciprocate. Yet as if to quell any doubt concerning the sincerity of his faith, Alexander declares on his deathbed: “I have tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus.”

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“If you want to know the truth,” her father once said, “Aretha has never left the church. If you have the ability to feel, and you have the ability to hear, you know that Aretha is still a gospel singer"…


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Respectfully Engaging with Hindus | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy℠

Let’s talk about respectfully engaging with Hindus. Today, more than a billion people around the world say they’re Hindus. That’s about 15 percent of the world. If you haven’t yet met someone at least interested in some aspect of Hindu culture, you may soon. The more we engage with our neighbors, the more we find that religion is a core part of many people’s lives. Loving our neighbors means getting to know them. And getting to know them means getting to know their religion. As ambassadors of Jesus, we need discover what makes their religion attractive to them. Why did they convert?  It they were born into it, what keeps them loyal?

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“It is impossible to think of Ethiopia without taking note of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which is both great and sacred,” said Abiy Ahmed at the July 27 ceremony in Washington, reported the Fana state-run news agency"…

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That this evil still exists should drive us to our knees. Only 35 days after it was dedicated, the 3rd version of a sign commemorating the murder of Emmett Till was defaced by gunfire. Vandals defaced the previous sign, after the original sign was stolen.

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"Entertainment is about impressing people and keeping them at arm’s length. Hospitality is about opening up your heart and your home, just as you are, and being willing to invite Jesus into the conversation, not to stop the conversation but to deepen it."…

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Some churches are. The one I'm in is brilliant. My old church, however, wasn't great. There is still a lot of improvements to be made, but there are definitely some churches out there doing the right thing. Someday, I'm going to be trying to raise awareness, working with churches

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Early Secular Sources Support New Testament Accounts of Jesus' Divinity

Details of Jesus’ life are documented both Biblically and extra-biblically. We have Gospel accounts of the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection, along with accounts from Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, Romans 1:4, Philippians 3:10-11 and 2 Timothy 2:18. We further have five non-Christian sources who confirm Jesus’ death via the crucifixion. These are Josephus, Tacitus, Lucian, Mara Bar-Serapion, and the Talmud (Habermas & Licona, 2004). We have seven sources pointing to multiple, very early and eyewitness testimonies to the disciples’ claims of witnessing the risen Jesus who all note that early disciples were willing to suffer for their beliefs in Jesus: Luke – in Acts, Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Ignatius, Dionysius of Corinth, Tertullian, and Origen (Habermas & Licona, 2004). Finally, we have eyewitness testimonies from disciples Peter, Mark, Matthew, Paul, James and Jude, along with the testimony of Luke, who authored the book of Luke and Acts. In Acts, Luke refers to himself in the first person when traveling with Paul (who knew Peter and James), which suggests he was well-aware and had first-hand knowledge of the testimonies of (at least) Peter, James, and Paul.

Atheists' Lack of Listening: Is It Arrogance or Defensiveness?

It’s not just that they’re wrong. It’s that they’re so sure of themselves. I wonder if they think they’re so much smarter, they don’t even need to read what we write. It’s the arrogance, in other words. Or maybe something else, like defensiveness perhaps.

Are Your Cute Lessons Turning Kids Into Atheists?

America’s spiritual slide has been happening for decades. Each succeeding generation has seen more and more people who identify themselves as “nones.” “Nones” are people who say they have no religious affiliation.

Resurrection—No Doubt About It

If someone rejects the Bible’s authority, that person must still contend with the fact that multiple, reliable historical documents make these amazing claims. And based on evidence within the Bible itself, there is no reason to reject those claims. Even most secular historians have come to accept the evidence used in defense of Christ’s Resurrection, though they strive to reach a different conclusion about its significance.

NT Textual Variations and Why They're Not a Big Deal

In the spring of 1989 syndicated talk show host Larry King interviewed Shirley MacLaine on the New Age. When a Christian caller contested her view with an appeal to the New Testament, MacLaine brushed him off with the objection that the Bible has been changed and translated so many times over the last 2000 years that it’s impossible to have any confidence in its accuracy. King was quick to endorse her “facts.” “Everyone knows that,” he grunted.

What Was Darwin's 'Original' Thought?

The idea that organisms undergo minor variations was not original. For millennia, farmers and breeders have known that they could induce minor changes in a breeding population (typically a species or genus). This process also happens in nature, where it is called microevolution.

Jennifer LeClaire: "Python Spirit Collapsed My Building!"

Here's a story about the Apostle Jennifer "Sneaky Squid Spirit" LeClaire from the Heterodox Research Initiative: 

Who Is Jesus, According to Other Religions? | Cold Case Christianity

“And will make him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allâh’s Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allâh’s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe.And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Taurât (Torah), and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and I have come to you with a proof from your Lord. So fear Allâh and obey me.Truly. Allâh is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path.” (Quran 3:49-51)

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Mid-August 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Thanks for the links, Jim. As I was looking at ‘Atheism: Three Problems that Result in a Strikeout ‘ and ‘Powerful Proof for God 2 Minutes’, it occurred to me that the most Powerful proof we have of God’s Existence is the believer’s experience of God’s Presence. True, not all believers experience God’s Power (Manifestations of The Holy Spirit), but what’s common among us all seems to be The Holy Spirit’s Revealing of God’s Presence within us. A skeptic can’t experience this while resisting The Call of The Spirit, because one must accept The Presence of God willingly. I’m sure there are skeptics which try to explain this away, but they can’t really know what they’re talking about unless they experience it. (Hope I’m putting this right; seems so hard to present it in words).

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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.

Why get rid of priests who experience same-sex attraction?

Biblical criteria for church leadership seem strangely absent from this discussion. The biblical criteria don’t “screen” people out based on their particular patterns of temptation. The biblical criteria screen out those with bad character—those who have no self-control over their desires and passions (e.g., Titus 1:8). It screens those who fail to confront their temptations with consistency and holiness. These qualities have to be proven and witnessed over time (1 Tim. 5:22). Where that kind of scrutiny is lacking, scandal will eventually ensue. And that is what has happened in the scandal currently unfolding within the Roman Catholic church.

Faith Isn't a Way of Knowing; It's a Way of Trusting

At a pivotal time in Israel’s history, God appears to Moses in the burning bush. God instructs Moses to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, “The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God” (Ex. 3:18). Uncertain as to why anyone would listen to him, Moses says, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’” (Ex. 4:1). God’s response is pertinent to the biblical relationship of knowledge and belief:

Gold Metallic Umbrellas (An Apologetic Parable Exposing Relativism)

Pomeroy’s busy week delivering spiritual birthday gifts meant more parties for the angels. Joy erupted in heaven every time a human received living water. “Pomeroy the Party Angel,” as he was nicknamed, treasured his ministry as a delivery angel. Every day he witnessed people transformed by freedom. And every day he saw heaven’s borders grow bigger.

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32 Does Suicide Condemn Someone to Hell?

Does the act of suicide condemn someone to hell?  Suicide does not condemn a person if the person had a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  The answer depends on whether the person who committed the act was in a right relationship with Christ Jesus.  The work of Christ on the cross atones all our sins.  That is not to say that this gives us a license to sin.  Heaven forbid.  It should bring about a transformation in one’s heart.  However, this salvation does not mean that the “saved” individual will not have troubles and trials.  It also does not promise that the Christian will always do everything right.  (By the way, this is why the Christian MUST regularly attend a Bible-believing church.  When you slip from regular Christian fellowship, the likelihood of slipping and falling increases.)  For some, depression can become an obsession.  When depression becomes an obsession, it can become an oppression for which trouble may occur.  Let’s be honest.  If you are a Christian, you strive to do what is right.  But, it is not always easy.  This happened to Paul, as well.  Paul wrote,  “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

Parents Television Council Demands Netflix Take Down 'Child Porn' Film Over Scenes of Young Girl Masturbating

A major media watchdog has spoken out against Netflix's erotic thriller movie "Desire," arguing that scenes of a young girl masturbating constitute child porn.

Has the Bible Been Accurately Copied Down Through the Centuries? - SES

Not only are there more and earlier-NT manuscripts, but also they were more accurately copied than other ancient texts. The NT scholar and Princeton professor Bruce Metzger made a comparison of the NT with the Iliad of Homer and the Mahabharata of Hinduism. He found the text of the latter to represent only 90 percent of the original (with 10 percent textual corruption), the Iliad to be 95 percent pure, and only half of 1 percent of the NT text to remain in doubt. The Greek scholar A. T. Robertson estimated that NT textual concerns have to do with only a “thousandth part of the entire text,” placing the accuracy of the NT text at 99.9 percent-the best known for any book from the ancient world. Sir Frederick Kenyon noted that “the number of [manuscripts] of the NT, of early translations from it, and of quotations from it in the older writers of the Church, is so large that it is practically certain that the true reading of every doubtful passage is preserved in some one or the other of these ancient authorities. This can be said of no other ancient book in the world.

Furious Homosexual Catholic Goes Off on Ray Comfort About Pedophile Priests

Last Saturday a very angry man took out his frustrations on Ray Comfort because of Catholic pedophile priests. But what’s the reason why the Catholic Church is filled with molesters and homosexuals? Read Ray Comfort's full article on this topic here: “There’s a reason that the Catholic Church is filled with homosexuals and pedophiles who molest little boys…This is happening because the institution denies the necessity of the new birth.”

Do Dinosaur Footprint Fossils Indicate Sauropods Splashed in Wate

But if we view this scenario from a different perspective, that of a global Flood, what would we expect to see and find? Suppose a group of sauropods were fleeing rising water that maybe even swept them away from their habitat. Would it be likely for them to seek to get back to the higher ground as water began to cover the grasslands or forests where they had been grazing? We would not expect them to all run in the same direction, but wouldn’t it be more consistent for panic to ensue as different dinosaurs looked for the quickest route out of and away from the rising water? Would one group leave tracks that were covered by sand or other washed-in sediment, and then another group hours later traverse the same area, leaving tracks in the new layers? Finally as the Flood waters raged over them, would they be carried away and washed somewhere else or perhaps be scavenged by marine predators once they drowned? The answers to these questions are all in the affirmative. So how would this look “on the ground” if we investigated it thousands of years later? We’d see trace fossils (tracks), in jumbled patterns, in different layers, made by creatures not in their usual habitat.


Do you feel like you are fighting a losing battle for the hearts and minds of your kids? Something has changed. We all sense it. The cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of ever-present screens, gender-identity questions, and addictions, kids can have clarity and confidence. We must help them and there's nobody better in this important subject than Brett Kunkle founder of MAVEN. In this interview Frank and Brett talk about his latest book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World. Where he explores questions such as:  - What unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture? - Why do so many kids struggle with identity? - How do we talk to kids about LGBT issues? - How can we steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions? - How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? and more! Don't miss it!

Book Review: Christianity Considered by John Frame

His stated goal to the reader is “simply to present a biblical way of knowing God in contemporary language” (pg. 4). In the first several chapters, he speaks of the importance of Christianity’s influence in the world and how a truly educated person should be conversant with what Christianity is and has done in history (pg. 5). But he also stresses that the most important thing to consider about Christianity is whether or not it is true. He then addresses some of the reasons it is difficult for modern people to consider Christianity in the first place. These ideas that cause difficulty include: relativism, the Enlightenment, postmodernism and the overarching desire of mankind to be autonomous (chapters 3 & 4). His brief consideration of epistemology and authority on pages 18 & 19 is especially helpful.

Biomimetics Moves STEM Education in an Intriguing Direction | Evolution News

We’ve mentioned the Wyss Center several times, most recently here , where we saw some of its bio-inspired engineers trying to imitate the “robust mechanical properties” of grass. The center has propelled research to the point now where they need to grow a crop of students ready to enter the field. As you often hear lamented in the news, the U.S. is lagging behind in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) which are vital to the work of biomimetics institutes such as the Wyss Center. For its latest project, therefore, Wyss joined with Northwestern University to enter the education field, designing lessons to help students grasp the concepts they will need as future scientists.

Tactical Mission: Evangelism vs. Apologetics - A Clear Lens

Just like choosing a weapon in a combat zone has multiple considerations (size, durability, accuracy, etc), choosing a tactic is important for Christians, too. Preachers often employ a tactic called evangelism. Evangelism is simply sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Like the M16, evangelism works best in friendly environments. Whether you are in church, Bible study, or sharing your faith with someone asking to hear more about Jesus, evangelism is precise, powerful and effective.

Defending The Faith Like The Early Church

The good work of defending the Christian faith is nothing new. The Apostle Paul inaugurated the tradition of Christian apologetics when he ascended Mars Hill and engaged the Athenians.[1] In the ensuing years, many other early Christians, especially in the second century, received and applied Paul’s apologetic methods. In fact, many of the earliest Christian writings outside the New Testament are apologetic works aimed at a Greco-Roman audience that was less than tolerant of Christianity. Some of these early Christian apologists include: Quadratus, Aristides, Justin Martyr, Melito of Sardis, Athenagoras of Athens, and Theophilus of Antioch. Their stories and writings are handed down in a variety of ancient sources.

Church and Climate Change — Love Thy Neighbor, With Truth

Contrary to popular opinion, it was during the Little Ice Age that human civilization suffered the most. Rivers (like the Thames, in England) that hadn't frozen for centuries did freeze, hindering commerce. Winter thaws came later and autumn freezes earlier, shortening growing seasons. Summers were cooler and cloudier, reducing plant growth. Harvests declined so much that starvation ran rampant. Those who didn't starve lacked the bodily energy to survive common diseases—let alone uncommon ones, like the plague that killed as many as a third of Europe's people. Families found it more difficult to heat their homes enough to survive extreme winter cold.

The Value of Being Dogmatic in Our Faith

For some, I’d be the last guy you’d expect to be extolling the value of dogmatism. On this blog, I typically urge the value of doubt and questioning our faith. I do always try to be careful to say that doubt is not good in itself. It has value, but the value comes when we lean into doubts and are led to truth, knowledge and a more confident faith. And faith certainly is a virtue. So I don’t want anyone to stay in a place of serious doubt. And through the doubt, I want to suggest it’s important to stay somewhat dogmatic about the (important and fundamental) beliefs we have.

Is the Roman Catholic church serious about stopping child abuse?

At the risk of alienating my Catholic readers, I feel that I have to say something about the recent news story about the Catholic Church leaders abusing children of both sexes, and then covering it up. Let’s start with a news article, then a reaction from a Catholic person I respect, then I’ll give my thoughts about it.

'Nominal Christianity' Problematic for Evangelicalism, but What Is It? Lausanne Movement Tackles Issue

"To define that was actually not as easy as it might sound. There was a growing understanding among all of us [at the conference] that this is a very complex reality, and we wanted to be fair in how we represent other people. We also wanted to be realistic, knowing that this is not just about everyone else, but also about our own church traditions within the evangelical contexts," Dahle shared.

How Support For Socialism Arises From Ingratitude

By the way, it is not a coincidence that the free market and the American experiment in liberty achieved lift off around the same time. Here is Ludwig von Mises again: “The social order created by the philosophy of the Enlightenment assigned supremacy to the common man. In his capacity as a consumer, the ‘regular fellow’ was called upon to determine ultimately what should be produced, in what quantity, and of what quality, by whom, how, and where; in his capacity as a voter, he was sovereign in directing the nation’s policies.”

Aretha Franklin - "Amazing Grace"

Aretha Franklin sings Amazing Grace Rev. James Cleveland on Piano

Apologetics: Getting to the Gospel as Soon as Possible

When it comes to us Christians, however, we take the role of the apologist to an entirely different level. Christianity is not simply supposed to have apologists; as we shall see, every Christian is supposed to be an apologist. For Christians, apologetics is not something we simply leave to “the experts.” It is something that is very much a part of what it means to be a Christian…

The Ultimate Web Designer

The orb web is so common and familiar that we rarely ponder its complexity or marvel at how the Creator designed behavioral programs to build this amazing structure. These programs orchestrate a sequence of complex maneuvers of the spider’s body, spinnerets, and legs. In most cases the legs must pull out precisely the right kind of thread from the appropriate spinneret at the right time to weave a geometric masterpiece. The whole job takes less than an hour and is finished with mind-boggling dexterity and speed.

Indian Pastor and Son Beaten Mercilessly With Sticks and Clubs After Leaving Prayer Meeting

An Indian pastor and his son were beaten with sticks and clubs by a group of about 30 Hindu radicals while walking home from a prayer meeting, a rights group has reported.

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52 The Dirty Little Secret About Dating the Gospels
53 Book Preview: Scientism and Secularism by J.P. Moreland
54 Willow Creek Megachurch Paid $3.25M in Lawsuits Over Sex Abuse of Disabled Boys
55 DNA solves 1979 cold case of missing MI teen
56 The Worst Poll Ever on the Roe v. Wade Decision
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58 F4F | Choosing the God of My Encounter
59 'I wanted more from her but God has his own way': Tributes pour in after Aretha Frank dies aged 76 - Premier
60 4 Things To Know About Catholic Sex Abuse Scandals, PA Grand Jury Report
61 Legendary Soul Singer Aretha Franklin Dead at 76
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64 Aretha Franklin - Ain't No Way [1968]
65 Discipleship Isn't What You Think It Is
66 Design Without a Designer
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68 Priests: Why we’re urging Cardinals to challenge Pope Francis on death penalty
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71 My Hidden Trust in the Prosperity Gospel
72 Deliverance and faith.
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76 The Cold-Case Christianity Podcast: Does the Existence of Pain and Suffering Disprove the Existence of God?
77 Islamicize Me Day 26: Jihad Junior vs. the Kafir King
78 10 Crucial Questions every youth leader should be asking themselves
79 Omega-3 Nutrition Pioneer Tells How He Saw Irreducible Complexity in Cells 40 Years Ago