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On a recent trip to Scotland, I held an Ask Me Anything event at FM Bookstore and Cafe in Edinburgh. One of the questions I was asked was “how to you create a reading culture in your church?” Here is my answer. Transcript How do you create a culture of reading in your church? Yes, so, how do you create a culture of reading and learning in a local church? Speaking from the experience in our church, that’s probably all …

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10 Ways the Bible Uses Apologetics

Does the Bible itself provide a universal, context-free, step-by-step apologetic system we can apply to any and every apologetic situation? No. But it does offer tools and principles we can apply to our current cultural location, enabling us to think biblically about apologetics.

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Five Bad Reasons Not To Study Apologetics

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) Many quote this verse to show that apologetics is useless in evangelism. Of course, nothing will work if the Holy Spirit isn’t involved. Not apologetics, not sharing the gospel, not preaching, nothing.

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Are UFO’s Real? SeanMcDowell.org

Do UFO's exist? What options are there to make sense of the various sitings? Sean briefly tackles these questions.

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Trump Asks Pastor Brunson to Be 'Great Patriot Hostage;' Says US Will 'Pay Nothing' for Release

President Donald Trump asked American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is under house arrest in Turkey, to be a "great patriot hostage" as he declared that the U.S. will "pay nothing" for his release.

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Willow Creek Megachurch Paid $3.25M in Lawsuits Over Sex Abuse of Disabled Boys

Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois reportedly paid $3.5 million in lawsuits over the sex abuse of two developmentally disabled boys.

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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" christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/august…

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Join @LeeStrobel and @MarkMittelberg on August 28th at 2pm ET in a simulcast event as they share Nabeel's dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity along with a balanced and accurate assessment of Islam through a special Q&A session. Sign up here: bit.ly/SAFJSimulcast pic.twitter.com/2v84SfhDxa

9 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.

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4 Things To Know About Catholic Sex Abuse Scandals, PA Grand Jury Report

"The deeper problem is the presence of homosexual networks in the Church — likely in dioceses all over the world and certainly in the Curia. Yes, there are lots of other immoral behaviors — adultery, greed, luxuriousness, clericalism and substance abuse, for instance, that need to be addressed but first things first. Eradicating the homosexual networks from the Church would do a lot to purging the Church of immoral priests — and doing so should help us get at the other problems," she said.

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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" christianitytoday.com/news/2018/augu…

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Discipleship Isn't What You Think It Is

I'm fascinated by the parts of the Bible that leave us to wonder what happened when the story is over. For example, how did the formerly demon-possessed man live after he moved out of the cemetery, gave up his chains, and returned to family and community? How did Lazarus live once he'd removed the wrappings? What was Zaccheus's life like after he started giving the money back to those he'd robbed? And how did that prodigal son and his snarky older brother work out their future in their father's house?

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Jesus on the Problem of Evil

Right, we don’t know everything. That doesn’t change anything I’ve said, it seems. If someone punches you in the face, the immediate result is pain. Whether there is a long term point/value/benefit remain to be see. None of that changes the conclusion that, as far as we can tell at the time, the punch was not justified, but unkind. Likewise, the Holocaust did great harm. Hitler was greatly unloving. As far as we can tell, there are many negatives to it, but not many positives that show that it is for the greater good/justified. Our current assessment should be that it was unjustified. If we learn more later, we might change that assessment. That’s how we do all things: judge as we go, modify our judgments as we learn new things. Some evils are due to free will, and some are not. Yes, humans do mean things sometimes. And sometimes, they are so mean, that kind, loving humans try to stop them, even if that means ruining that person’s free will. Free will, while pretty important, is not always so important that it is for the greater good to never interfere with it. So yes, a loving god would let us have some free will, but it doesn’t follow that a loving god would never interfere with it.

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The Cold-Case Christianity Podcast: Does the Existence of Pain and Suffering Disprove the Existence of God?

The Cold-Case Christianity Podcast is hosted by J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Biola University and author of Cold-Case Christianity (A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels). Jim examines the case for the Christian Worldview from an investigative, evidential perspective. With the rules of evidence clearly in mind and over 25 years’ experience as an investigator, Jim examines the case for the existence of God, the reality of dualism, the reliability of the Biblical text, and the deity of Jesus. Join us each week as Jim sorts through the evidence for the Christian Worldview, and please visit our website at www.ColdCaseChristianity.com.

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Atheistic Evolutionists Fear Cockroaches

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Beware Theological Dangers on Both Left and Right

Paul charges Timothy to “guard the good deposit” (2 Tim. 1:14), which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re to remain vigilant in guarding the gospel because both the Scriptures and also church history remind us that many have swerved from the truth. Even a cursory reading of the New Testament reveals that upholding the truth and the purity of the gospel has been a challenge from the beginning. We aren’t facing anything new in our day, and we have the promise that the church of Jesus Christ will triumph over “the gates of Hades” (Matt. 16:18). In this article I want to briefly consider threats to the gospel—from the left and from the right. Dangers from the Left Paul’s speech to the Ephesian elders is the only speech in Acts addressed to Christians (Acts 20:17–35), and it’s significant that it’s addressed to leaders, to the elders and overseers in the church (Acts 20:17, 28). Paul warns them in the strongest terms about the danger of false teaching: Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood.

17 Your Wedding Is Still Something Worth Wanting

Marriage wasn’t an optional, incidental arrangement in God’s agenda. It was right there at the center, tying together the two most significant characters in this new and epic story. For sure, sin has broken and marred what was good and pure about that first marriage. But Paul says — quoting Genesis 2 — that from the very beginning, the mystery of marriage is that it’s meant to represent Jesus’s relationship with the church (Ephesians 5:32). This means sin wasn’t a surprise in God’s design for marriage. Rather, it tragically, but beautifully, served to fulfill God’s good design. Marriages today, though flawed, are still carrying out, though imperfectly, the glorious purposes God gave them in the Garden.

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The best in Psalm 23, as in life, is reserved for the end. Here, the classic metaphor of shepherd and sheep is insufficient to describe the richness of the relationship between the Lord and his...

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Make ‘God Talk’ an Everyday Part of Family Life

The kitchen table was strewn with torn pages of notebook paper full of fractions and scribbles. Broken pencils, chewed-up erasers, and empty soda bottles were surrounded by crumpled snack wrappers; a low moan underscored it all. Had I stumbled upon a crime scene? No. I had stumbled upon my son amid the detritus of high-school geometry. Elbows on the table, blonde hair flopped between his hands, he said, “Argh! I don’t understand this! It’s impossible!” He explained what the problem was, showed me how he’d tried to solve it, told me why his answers didn’t work, and beseeched me with his bright blue eyes. The boy needed help. Unfortunately for him, he had come to the wrong place. You see, I can cook a delicious meal, cultivate a thriving garden, even sew on buttons and hem up pants. But don’t ask me to help you with your geometry homework. I don’t get it. I didn’t understand it in high school, and I certainly don’t understand it now. And this is the first lesson in how to answer theological questions, whether it’s your kids asking or your next-door neighbor: You can’t answer what you don’t know.

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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!

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Vatican condemns 'criminal' sex abuse in Pennsylvania - Premier

The Vatican has called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania "criminal and morally reprehensible".

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Exposing Ben Shapiro: Refuting Pure Reason and Messianic Denials

Commentator Ben Shapiro asserts many powerful truths through his media empire. Christians can delight in much of what Shapiro maintains, yet he has argued for ideas that are illogical and false. In this compelling lecture, prolific author Mike Robinson discusses Shapiro's fine contentions as well as his incorrect ideas. Check out Robinson's book 'Defeating Relativism and Self-Refuting Statements' on Amazon at amzn.to/2EF4B2R

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Fighting For Life: Texas Teenager with life-threatening cancer asks Governor Greg Abbott to end abortion. Jeremiah Thomas views his cancer as an opportunity to preach Jesus and the message of life to people who might not otherwise listen. bit.ly/2vQLqBP pic.twitter.com/MIxIFOR1zW

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Even when Christians agree . . . with what the Bible teaches. . . they aren’t sure why they think something is right or wrong or where they should go in the Bible to find out about it. crossway.org/articles/why-c…

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27 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.

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‘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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At TGC's first West Coast Conference—Enduring Faithfulness—veteran pastors will open 2 Timothy and consider the example of Paul, who fought the good fight and kept his faith in Jesus Christ. Dozens...

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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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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. bit.ly/2nDwPVA pic.twitter.com/Fi2Sr9F4EW

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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." christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/april-…

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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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Why Is Facebook Censoring Posts And Videos From PragerU?

PragerU is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with Google and YouTube after the video platform restricted nearly 10 percent of the organization’s videos — a setting that makes it difficult to reach children who may be browsing the video platform either from school or a on a personal device that is set to block any restricted videos from showing up in their feeds.

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State Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Swore To Apparent Falsehoods in Court -- While Divorcing Her Alleged Brother

Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-60B) is the presumed frontrunner for the MN-5 House seat being vacated by Rep. Keith Ellison (D). The seat is safely Democratic; Hollywood progressives, local party officials, and Minnesota media have all but scheduled the August 14 primary as her coronation. Their enthusiasm is rooted in Omar's identity: she is a photogenic, hijab-wearing Muslim who entered the United States as a Somali child refugee.

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When Science Masquerades as Philosophy

Is there a God? No. What is the nature of reality? What physics says it is. What is the purpose of the universe? There is none. What is the meaning of life? Ditto. Why am I here? Just dumb luck . . . Is there free will? Not a chance. What is the difference between right and wrong, good and bad? There is no moral difference between them. Why should I be moral? Because it makes you feel better than being immoral. Is abortion, euthanasia, suicide, paying taxes, foreign aid, or anything else you don’t like forbidden, permissible, or something obligatory? Anything goes.[1]

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The Absolute Worst Bible Stories: What I Noticed When I Read Judges

When I was a kid, I loved the book of Judges. It was full of violence and gore. There were tent pegs, strong men, lions, death, and destruction. I loved it. It made me think God would be an awesome movie director. Unfortunately, I was reading the book of Judges all wrong. The book of Judges is a collection of some of the worst stories in the Bible. And if you don’t recognize them as the worst stories in the Bible, you’re probably not reading them correctly.

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Reasons to Believe: Eyewitness Experiences

In the beginning of the Christian movement, opponents converted claiming to have witnessed Jesus risen from the dead. Historians recognize that Paul converted having been a persecutor of the church, seen Jesus alive, and became a preacher and apostle (Gal 1:13–16). Early Christians attributed Paul as the author of 13 of the 27 writings of the New Testament of the Bible. Likewise, historians also note that Jesus’s brothers especially James who had not believed came to convert because of Jesus’s resurrection. They became preachers and leaders in the church too (1 Cor 9:5; Gal 1:18–20). For secular historians, these events are unexplained phenomena.

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Mark 4:26–29 (Deep Joy) — Dwell

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46 Should Christians Cremate Their Loved Ones?

How many evangelicals would choose cremation if it cost as much or more than a simple, traditional service of burial? Very few. There has been a skyrocketing preference for cremation over the past decades in the United States (1960—3.5%; 1999—24.8%; 2014—46.7%; in some states it is over 75%). There are various causes, but the greatest, by far, is the combination of secularization and economics. Fewer people test the practice with biblical criteria, and more people want the cheapest solution.

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Are There 'Limits' to God's Power? What Can God Not Do?

Christians claim God is “all-powerful.” Does this mean He can accomplish anything ? Skeptics often test this notion by offering the following challenge: “Can the all-powerful Christian God create a stone so heavy he cannot lift it?” The question highlights an apparent dilemma: If God cannot create such a stone, or cannot lift what He has created, He is not all-powerful. Does this apparent paradox prove an all-powerful Being cannot exist in the first place?

48 Even When the Worst Happens

But up until now we’ve only sung half of Philippians 1:21: “To me to live is Christ, and to die is gain .” Christ will never be truly sweet to us while we’re alive here on earth unless we believe that life will get better with him after we die. Again, Paul says, “My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” If we try to live for Christ now without wanting to be with Christ, we’re probably not really living for Christ. We’re probably living for ourselves.

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Emperor Penguins: Equipped for Life at the “Bottom” of the World

Back at the rookery, her mate waits along with the rest of the males. A couple months ago in June, she left him there to guard the single egg she laid and rolled atop his feet, a difficult and dangerous transfer. The life inside the egg would die within mere minutes of contact with the freezing ice. On top of the father’s feet and underneath a fold of skin, the egg is incubated at 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees C), even through subzero temperatures outside. When blizzards blow, the group works together to stay alive. Huddling tightly together, penguins take turns standing on the outside of the pack and then shuffling to the center to warm up. The male stands with the egg on his feet for two brutal winter months. Since the male cannot eat without abandoning the egg, he loses nearly half of his body weight during this time.

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Opinion: Please Take Away My Kids' Cellphones At School

It has been a depressing week of back-to-school stories. But NPR's Jennifer Ludden has found one to be happy about: cellphones will soon be locked up at her kids' school.

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54 Is Substitutionary Atonement Unbiblical and Unjust?
55 Avoid: The First Step to Defeating Lust
56 Renewing Your Mind | Struggle in American Churches | Aug 18, 2018
57 Facebook Bans Activist Mommy Again for 'Hate Speech,' Claims It Was 'Mistake'
58 Are you ready for marriage? 10 questions to find out how prepared you are
59 “In Adam’s Fall We Sinned All”: Does Genesis 3 Teach the Fall of Man?
60 Fairy-Story Apologetics - Transpositions
61 Science and God
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64 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily
65 Bats: Equipped for the Hunt
66 Honest With God/Growth in Grace | Blog & Mablog
67 These Screenshots Show Google Shadowbans Conservative Content
68 Evangelicals in Cuba: Controlled, Repressed, but Still Multiplying
69 Christian Students Fight for Their Place on Campus
70 Seven Tips for College Students
71 Other Religious Writings
72 Why Eternal Punishment is not Nonsensical
73 Massachusetts Republican beats trans driver’s license bill by forcing votes on all 73 genders
74 Carbon, the Miracle Element
75 The Bee Explains: What Is Social Justice?
76 An unfortunate misconception that seems rampant in the church
77 Dr. Brown Interviews Pastor Andy Stanley
78 Byzantine manuscript, missing for 27 years, to be returned to Greece
79 How to ERASE Logical Fallacies
80 Study: Babies Drawn to Faces Before They’re Born
81 Isaiah's Signature Uncovered in Jerusalem: Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah?
82 Hypocrisy and Dishonesty Rolled Into One: Richard Dawkins' 'Science in the Soul'
83 Ray Comfort is an Idiot
84 Male grad student sues female feminist professor, university for sexual harassment - The College Fix
85 Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Truth Search
86 Discussing Greg Bahnsen and Van Til on Induction
87 Christianity Answers Life's Biggest Questions better than Atheism - Jesus is Not Fake News
88 AskDrBrown - Proclaiming truth to culture. Declaring salvation to Israel. Igniting passion in the church.
89 Is God Real? Examining Atheistic Explanations for the Laws of Logic as "Brute Realities" | Cold Case Christianity
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91 Darrell Bock on the Jesus Seminar – MP3 Audio
92 Andrew Cuomo Organizes Flag Burning To Win Progressive Support
93 The Christian Post
94 Who Wrote the Gospels and When Did They Write Them?
95 A Cinematic Theology of the Cross: Despair and Hope in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed - Christ and Pop Culture