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6 Apologetics Mistakes to Avoid

We shouldn’t present a Christianity that is haphazardly entered by a blind leap. We convince no one and defend nothing when our only response to a skeptic is “you just got to believe.” Now, I am not saying that all skepticism is rational or that everyone can be convinced. But, we should at least be able to present skeptics with substantive, rational reasons to believe in the God of the Bible. If they choose to reject those reasons, that is fine, at least we did more than asking them to “just have faith.”

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We don’t have to lose the next generation to culture. In this practical guide, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle explore questions including: 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 same-sex marriage and transgenderism? / How can leaders steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions? / and How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world?  With biblical clarity, this is the practical go-to manual to equip kids to rise above the culture.

3 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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Facing Our Legacy of Lynching

Once in town, I couldn’t find the Fourth Street Bridge. My husband dropped me at the local history museum and took our kids to play in a park. I awkwardly brought up the lynching with the man at the museum, who knew exactly what I was referring to. He gave me as much information as he had, making copies from local history books. I asked him if the museum would ever consider making an exhibit about Tucker, but the man shook his head sadly. “We just don’t have enough information” he said. “There isn’t even a single photo of Alonzo in existence.”

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4 Ways to Confront Your Own Biases

“You know that a price was paid to redeem you from following the empty ways handed on to you by your ancestors; it was not paid with things that perish (like silver and gold), but with the precious blood of the Anointed” 1 Peter 1:18-19.

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The Damsel and the Villain: 7-Minute Spoken Word

Jimmy Needham is a singer/songwriter and regular contributor to Desiring God. He serves on staff at Stonegate Church in Midlothian, Texas. He and his wife have two daughters and a son. Learn more at jimmyneedham.com .

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Apple Pledges $2 Million Donation to Anti-Racism Organizations

In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

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World-Changers Read All the Time. Here's How You Can Too

I do believe that the most innovative world-changers today are readers, as they have been for many previous generations. So, if we are reading more than ever, what sets apart these world-changers from everyone else? The answer to this question lies not in quantity of reading, but in the quality of what is read and how it is read. Here are a few ideas on how to read more transformatively, not only for your sake, but for the sake of your church, your neighborhood and the world.

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The Impact of Solar Eclipses for History | Evolution News

Joking aside, solar eclipses have been tremendously valuable for nailing down chronologies in ancient cultures. Because they can be post-dated to the second for any spot on the planet, they provide a “golden spike” for timelines whenever they have been recorded by eyewitness accounts. Some readers may have seen planetarium shows where the lecturer turns the clock back to a view of the sky and planets for any date in history. With a little geometry, it’s not difficult to indicate exactly when and where a historical eclipse was visible. The Greeks got pretty good at predicting eclipses, and even ancient Babylonians gained a crude understanding of the “Saros Cycle” that gives some expectation of when they are likely to occur because of the oscillating inclination of the moon’s orbit.

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5 Reactions to Donald Trump's 'Both Sides' Comments on Charlottesville Violence

President Donald Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday in which he said there was blame and decent people on "both sides" of the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that broke out into violence between white supremacists and counter protesters with Antifa, a communist-anarchist group that claims to be anti-fascist.

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Five Ways to Break Bad Habits

Whether it’s the bad habit of turning to the cupboard for satisfaction, falling into a trance in front of the television, or a deeper, more shameful habit that we dare not mention in the circle at the weekly Bible study, most of us could stand to break at least a habit or two. Many of us long for the freedom of breaking an unhealthy coping mechanism or secret pattern of sin. When we’re honest about it, most of our “bad habits” are more than quirky idiosyncrasies. They’re sins like gluttony, gossip, covetousness, and greed.

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Why it's satanic for Trump to blame Charlottesville on ‘many sides’ - Premier Christianity

President Trump apportioned blame "on many sides" after violence broke out at the Charlottesville white supremacist protest. Jonty Langely says the President's approach is more than severely misguided, it is satanic.

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What Happens When Your Life Isn't Matching Up With Your Faith?

Oswald Chambers puts it this way, “God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” If you notice some variation in the life of a brother or sister, you have been allowed to see it by God’s grace so that you may pray for them, and that you may know how to do so better than you were before. You are not seeing this so that you can feel superior to them, nor so that you can have something to hold against them. You have been given insight into an area in which they struggle so that you can pick up your sword and get into the battle with them.

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Why It's Important to Guard Against Your Presuppositions

When I was an atheist, I held many presuppositions that tainted the way I investigated the claims of Christianity. I was raised in the Star Trek generation (the original cast, mind you) by an atheist father who was a cop and detective for nearly thirty years before I got hired as a police officer. I was convinced by the growing secular culture that all of life’s mysteries would eventually be explained by science, and I was committed to the notion that we would ultimately find a natural answer for everything we once thought to be supernatural.

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Christian politicians defend jailed activists - Premier

It said: "As former heads of government, parliamentarians, lawyers and civil society leaders, we stand in solidarity with these three brave young men, we condemn yesterday's verdict by the court of appeal, we call for it to be reviewed and for these three political prisoners to be released, and we urge the international community to put pressure on the governments of the People's Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to respect the principles of "one country, two systems - and the Basic Law in Hong Kong.

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Trump evangelical adviser: it would be immoral to withdraw from president following Charlottesville criticism http://ow.ly/ftNW30evBHN  pic.twitter.com/bhoNmOgiCe

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My Visit to Iraq: In the Heart of Sadness, A Glimmer of Hope | RZIM

I traveled with my colleagues, Thomas Janzen and Sanj Kalra. We were accompanied by our chief of security and also by a board member, Chris Blattner. Yes, more and more we have to travel with security. The death threats and other threats abound. It is a sad world. I could give more detail here too, but I will hold back. Just know that there are those who seek to hurt us one way or the other. Some of the harshest and most cruel threats have come our way. It saddens but will never deter. I will keep going no matter what the attacks. It touches my heart that my six-year-old grandson prays that God would protect his papa from mean people. He asks why they would want to hurt me. I believe God will answer my little grandson’s prayer. Our Lord himself was attacked in every way. Can we expect any less? I have claimed Psalm 71 and Psalm 91 over my life.

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Lay Aside the Weight of Insincerity

And no one more is more impressive than Jesus. He’s the one we want everyone else to see. The glory of his grace is more clearly seen through our sins that he has paid for and forgiven, and the glory of his power is more clearly seen in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9–10). When we wax our jars, we are doing far more than concealing our defects; we are concealing Jesus’s glory.

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'House of Cards' Keeps Scraping the Bottom of Evil’s Barrel

This sense of predictability casts a shadow over the entire season, which begins with Frank’s campaign race against Republican newcomer, Will Conway. But any dramatic possibilities this competition might hold quickly evaporate as Frank and Claire settle into their familiar roles. In short, we already know how the race will end. We know that the couple will stop at nothing to consolidate their power, that they view the entire justice system as nothing more than an elaborate obstacle course, that votes will be rigged, and innocent blood will be shed. It’s not just that Frank’s ill-gotten victory over Conway is a foregone conclusion; it’s that we no longer care. Invulnerable characters are boring characters.

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What About Pagan Myths of Dying and Rising Gods?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org The week following Easter in 2015, Dr Craig flew to Dallas, Texas, where he spoke in a downtown bar for the Bible and Beer Consortium. This ministry holds outreach events in this large, dark Dallas bar on a regular basis. Apparently, the bar is only too happy to do so because of the large crowds the events attract. There were several hundred who came out to hear Dr Craig give a talk on the resurrection of Jesus as an event of history. It was a delightful time defending the heart of the Gospel, and Dr Craig really liked the way the BBC is taking the Gospel to where the people really are. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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Uncovering My Church's Ku Klux Klan Connections

It would have been easier if we had ignored the rumors about our church's early Klan connections, but not a lot had been easy in my first pastorate. Gentilly Baptist Church's heyday was forty years earlier, when the post-war boom had sent young families out to New Orleans's new neighborhoods. At the last stop on the Franklin Avenue streetcar line, our tiny wooden chapel was home to a congregation that grew into a bustling church with a Gothic revival sanctuary that seated 600.

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How Atheist Hate & Mockery Led a Richard Dawkins Fan, Richard Morgan, to Faith

Richard Morgan was born in a tiny village in North Wales. He went to college in Nottingham, and lived and taught, as a music teacher, in Nottingham and Manchester. He then moved to Toulouse, France in 1984. There he became an English teacher. What is striking about his conversion story is how he was converted to Christianity on Richard Dawkins’ website, a place where one wouldn’t expect to find such conversions (1).

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The Light at the End of Ourselves: Walking the Valley of Despair

When circumstances tempt you to despair of life itself, let it drive you toward a deeper hope in the gospel, greater dependence on Christ, and a stronger fight for faith in his future grace. One day, God will turn our mourning into dancing. He will. The darkness will be no more, and our faith will become sight. Hold firmly to the hope you have in Christ, strengthen your weary heart with the promises of God, and trust that the light will dawn again.

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Philippians 1:7–8: A Strange Evidence of Saving Faith

When God saves someone, he not only gives them a new love for himself, but a new love for his people. In this lab, Pastor John tells us how love for Christians is an evidence of true faith.

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Anti-Refugee Ideas Led Right to Charlottesville

But Americans actually decided the central question years before. In 1968, the federal government mandated that all vehicles sold in the United States come fitted with seatbelts, and around the same time most states passed laws requiring adults to wear them. Of course, seatbelt laws attract little attention. Because who, after all, could be against seat belts? Yet think about it: Decades before universal healthcare became a viable idea in the U.S., the government effectively took hold of the well-being choices of adult Americans. The argument for government-required seatbelts may be understandable, even defensible. It’s a substantially more nuanced situation. But in a real sense, the moment the government began to mandate specific health and safety decisions of competent adults, the healthcare debate ended.

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'Modest Is the Hottest' Isn't in the Bible

Not only is this insulting to men, as though we are merely creatures of instinct, like dogs that can’t control their incessant need to hump everything in sight, but I would argue that it  conditions  boys and young men for   the “struggle.” I have a 3-year-old son, and one on the way, and I don’t want them to grow up thinking they are incapable of controlling their sexuality. Of course they are going to “struggle” in the sense that they are males with a sex drive, and they will notice beautiful women and be attracted to them, but there’s no need to condition my little boys to notice every time a woman is dressed “immodestly,” as I was as a child, pointing out “inappropriately dressed” women at the beach in bikinis, or drawing attention to every hint of cleavage, bare midriffs or even tight pants. This only conditions a child’s mind to notice these things and view them as forbidden, rather than training them for self-control through the simple acknowledgement that humans are by nature sexual beings, and that the female form is beautiful, something to be appreciated and not objectified.

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Does the President Have 'Moral Authority' to Take Out Other Leaders?

God hasn’t given Donald Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un any more than God has given Kim Jong Un authority to take out Donald Trump. The authority God has given to world leaders is authority over those they are in authority over—not the whole world! Paul’s words in Romans 13 specifically talk about an authority-civilian relationship, and any suggestion that this can be used to justify initiating a nuclear (or even conventional) shooting match between the United States and North Korea is a wild abuse of the passage, Paul’s words and God’s intentions.

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Finally, Sam Lessin writing for the website, the Information tells us that he is very concerned about the future of truth. His immediate reference is to the fact that new computer software is going to make it very easy and for that matter very inexpensive for people to corrupt photographic and other forms of evidence. They’re going to be able to manipulate photos such that you’re not going to be able to trust what you see. As he tells us, this isn’t entirely new technology. It’s been found in terms of where you have government in the military and very expensive industrial installations, but the ability to do this on a desktop computer, or on a laptop, maybe even a smart phone, that’s relatively new. And as he says it’s very threatening. Lessin is concerned with how in this kind of media environment persons will learn whom they can trust and how they can get to credible information. There’s a lot of discussion these days about fake news. And of course now we understand that a part of that can come with fake photographs.

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BreakPoint: Whoa, Bethsaida!

One of the groups he singled out were the residents of Bethsaida, the home town of Peter, Andrew and Philip. “Woe to you, Bethsaida!” he declared. “For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.”

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Noah: An Example of Faith

The people that the writer of Hebrews is addressing were under great pressure to give up on Christ and go back to their traditional Jewish belief. But here the writer says to consider Noah, to look at what his faith brought him. Think of what it took for Noah to be righteous in his generation. He constructed an Ark for the saving of his household, and for years he endured a world consumed with wickedness, which required complete faith in God’s faithfulness because he knew God was going to destroy the world. Therefore,

42 Westminster Seminary Counseling Course | HeadHeartHand Blog

For those who are asking, here’s the syllabus for the D.Min. course I’m teaching at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia) this week.

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6 Apologetics Mistakes to Avoid

Every Christian is at some point involved in the task of defending the faith. We should always be prepared to “make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” ( 1 Pet. 3:15 ). Unfortunately, sometimes we can do more harm than good while trying to defend the faith or reach out to a skeptic. 

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: Greg's Top Ten Picks of the Week!

The heavens are beckoning us, telling us that this wonderful, mind-boggling cosmic display is indeed the work of the creator. And now, using rovers and satellites, we're venturing further out into the vastness of space than ever before.  In Star Struck , Christian astronomer David Bradstreet and writer Steve Rabey take readers on a guided tour of the biggest story ever, offering both intriguing science lessons and powerful spiritual insights. Combining a respect and admiration for mainstream astronomy with a zeal for uncovering new details about God’s celestial handiwork at its core, this book about stars, planets, asteroids, nebulae, comets, dark matter, and the other fingerprints of God will tell you that all of the worlds around you are God’s and this world is his home for you.

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New Online Courses Preview!

At SES we are working hard to make our courses more accessible to those who might not be able to attend the school in person. A new wave of online courses are coming soon! Expect to see some of the new courses rolling out this Fall Semester 2017!

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What Does It Mean to Seek the Lord?

But there is a sense in which God’s presence is not with us always. For this reason, the Bible repeatedly calls us to “seek the Lord . . . seek his presence continually.” God’s manifest, conscious, trusted presence is not our constant experience. There are seasons when we become neglectful of God and give him no thought and do not put trust in him and we find him “unmanifested” — that is, unperceived as great and beautiful and valuable by the eyes of our hearts.

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A Surprising Ingredient in Christian Contentment

Jesus taught a right ordering of our fears when he instructed his hearers not to fear the one who can only kill the body but instead to fear the one who has the power and authority to sentence you to hell (Matthew 10:28). Without taking anything away from the legitimate issues that people are facing, the biblical doctrine of sin relativizes every other issue and subordinates it to this one. There are over seven billion problems in the world, but none is more pressing than how we deal with the truth that wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

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The Media's Glaring Double Standards on Violence and Hate

The KKK, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are evil. I deplore what they stand for and denounce it—as a follower of Jesus, as a Jew, as an American, and as a human being. I pray that they would repent and find mercy from God, and to the extent that the media exposes their lies, I applaud the media.

51 http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/when-temptation-calls-just-hang-up1
52 New Proofs for God's Existence - Cosmological Argument
53 The TC Apologetics Daily
54 The Centuries-Old Habits of the Heart
55 James K.A. Smith and the limits of "orthodoxy"
56 Where Is God’s Love in Loss?
57 Curricula on Intelligent Design Are Urgently Needed -- And Here They Are! | Evolution News
58 Ligonier Ministries
59 Will We Have the Freedom to Sin In Heaven? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity
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63 EXIT: The Appeal of Suicide
64 Reformation Review: A look at the origins of the European Reformations
65 God Is the Best Explanation for the Origin of the Universe
66 BreakPoint on Twitter
67 ISIS Claims Responsibility for Barcelona Terror Attack Killing 13, Injuring 100
68 What the Alt-Right Tells Us About Christianity and Politics
69 Sean McDowell on Twitter
70 Freedom From the Web of Pornography - Westminster Theological Seminary
71 Mr. President, Right Now We Need a Unifier, Not Just a Fighter | The Stream
72 White Evangelicals Oppose Calls to Impeach Trump
73 History Lesson: Even Robert E. Lee Thought Confederate Monuments Were a Terrible Idea
74 You Are Better Having Loved and Lost
75 Stand to Reason on Twitter
76 What is Faith? Free Christian eBook
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78 God's Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner and Susie Wallace | Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway - Litfuse Publicity Group
79 Dueling "Prophetic" Singing
80 State Department’s Unusually Short Religious Freedom Update: ISIS Is Bad
81 5 Common Answers to Kids’ Questions about God That Can Do More Harm than Good
82 Resurrection by R.C. Sproul | August 17, 2017
83 Book Preview: Why Does God Allow Evil? by Clay Jones
84 Stand to Reason on Twitter
85 Perfect Eclipses: Coincidence or Conspiracy? | Evolution News
86 Al Gore's Carbon Footprint Hypocrisy
87 Greg Koukl - Dawkins' Contradiction
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89 Talking to Your Kids about Racism and Violence | Jim Daly
90 Fazale Rana on Twitter
91 Your Wedding Is Still Something Worth Wanting
92 BreakPoint on Twitter