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How to Create a Reading Culture in Your Church - Tim Challies

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 …

When I Don’t Desire God (Part 2)

If it’s true that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him, then the fight to be happy in God is the most important thing in life.

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This is the world in which we live

Men and women of our day are increasingly given to this idea: the only absolute is that there are no absolutes—the only truth is that there is no truth. The only intolerance is the intolerance of intolerance. All this gives popularity today to the approval of such things as abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, pornography, and all kinds of lewd behavior. It is all traced back to this point of departure: the rejection of the truth… We see it everywhere today. Humanism says man is the truth; pragmatism says whatever works is the truth; pluralism says everyone has a piece of the truth; relativism says each situation determines the truth; mysticism says intuition is the truth; skepticism says no one can know the truth; hedonism says whatever feels good is the truth; existentialism says self-determination is the truth; secularism says this present world is the truth; positivism says whatever man confesses is the truth. This is the world in which we live: the rejection of the truth. — Steven Lawson (from, The Moment of Truth: Its Rejection )

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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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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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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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Trump insists he will 'pay nothing for the release' of US pastor in Turkey - Premier

The president tweeted: "Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years. They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!"

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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

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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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Why the University of Miami's Chair for Atheism Confirms the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity

Two years ago, the University of Miami established the Appignani Foundation Chair for the Study of Atheism, Humanism, and Secular Ethics. It is the first of its kind, filled this year by a former “professor of metaphysics and the philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame.” Louis J. Appignani funded the position with a 2.2-million-dollar endowment, hoping to “legitimize the word ‘atheism’” in the public sphere by creating a foundation whose “founding principle asserts that the planet will only survive if ‘non-acceptance promoted by faith-based ideology’ is replaced by ‘rational scientific reasoning.’” The creation of this foundation, however, only confirms the existence of the God it seeks to replace.

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5 Ways #MeToo Will Impact Churches

The #MeToo Movement will be one of the historic markers of 2018. Its impact is felt in the entertainment industry, in politics, in businesses and, undoubtedly, in churches. While we have yet to understand fully the impact in local churches, we can anticipate changes that will come.

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Fact Check: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

First, we need to know what qualifies as an "extraordinary claim"? When challenging a claim based on how extraordinary it is, we need to ask why this claim is considered extraordinary. What makes a claim "extraordinary"? Where some claims "extraordinary" in the past but not "extraordinary" now? Are some claims "extraordinary" in some cultures, but not so in others? Extraordinary in comparison to what? In my experience, most individuals who make this claim seem to imply that anything that does not line up with the philosophy of naturalism is "extraordinary." The naturalists who hold to this view apparently do not realize that, if this is a presupposition to any claim they make, they have begged the question and committed a logical fallacy. Yet by this standard, any worldview could claim that anything contrary to its own presuppositions are "extraordinary." Without a solid definition of what counts as an "extraordinary claim," this becomes an almost meaningless statement.

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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.

20 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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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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03/28/15

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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How Do We Respect Others While Rejecting Their False Beliefs?

“As to the eating of food offered to idols [or you could say ‘bowing before Buddhist priests’] we know that ‘an idol [or a Buddhist priest and what he represents] has no real existence’ [that is, what he stands for has no real existence] and that ‘there is no God but one.’ . . . However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols [or with Buddhist temples and priests] eat food as really offered to an idol [that is, bow as really honoring what those priests stand for] and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.” (1 Corinthians 8:4, 7)

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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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'Truth Isn't Truth,' Giuliani Says in Defense of Trump

"Truth isn't truth," President Donald Trump's lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, proclaimed in defense of Trump's refusal to be questioned in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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The Comparatively Rich Archaeological Corroboration of the Old Testament

When I first began examining the claims of the Book of Mormon, I was an atheist who had just become interested in the person of Jesus. As a skeptic, I understood the importance of corroborative evidence when trying to determine if a witness statement is reliable. I began looking for corroboration related to both the Christian and Mormon scripture. I was immediately struck by the stark contrast between what has been discovered related to Old Testament history and what has been not been discovered related to the alleged history recorded in the Book of Mormon. There’s a reason for the absence of maps in the Mormon collection of scripture. There are no archaeological discoveries of any cities described in the book of Mormon. Worse yet, there aren’t any discoveries of any of the names of characters mentioned in the 1,000 year span of American continental history chronicled in the Book of Mormon (from 600BC to 400AD). I don’t expect archaeology to verify everything recorded in an ancient book , but I do expect it to verify something .

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3 Reasons You're Vital to the World of Ideas

My heart sank. This beautiful, earnest elementary school teacher really thought she had nothing to give to the defense of truth. But apologetics is for everyone. As Christians we believe we have access to general and revealed truth, and this truth is accessible to all. Explain the world accurately; that’s the goal. To explain the world as accurately as possible, and to reach that same world as persuasively as possible, we need the entire world, with the varying perspectives, data set, experiences, and gifts it brings to the table.

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Busted: The Book of Acts Agrees With the Skeptics!?

Many anti-Christian commentators argue that the gospels and other New Testament documents, contrary to Church teaching, could not have been written by direct eyewitnesses to the events they describe.  This is because, they argue, Jesus and his disciples were just simple, illiterate, Aramaic-speaking peasants who probably couldn’t write their own names, let alone a Greek gospel account.  The argument is weak, and we have countered it in other articles ( here and here ).

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William Lane Craig’s secret weapon is his amazing wife Jan

And it was also at that time that I began to see what an invaluable asset the Lord had given me in Jan. I remember I came home from classes one day, and found her at the kitchen table with all the catalogs and schedules and papers spread out in front of her and she said, “look! I’ve figured out how you can get two Masters degrees at the same time that it would normally take to get one! All you have to do is take overloads every semester, go to all full-time summer school and do all these other things, and you can do two MAs in the time it takes to do one!”

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Do Ancient Canaanite Remains Discredit the Bible?

This unconquered territory included the Philistine coastal plain north through the Sharon Plain and into present-day Lebanon. Joshua had not conquered these areas, so it was left to the Israelites to finish possessing the land. 13 God said the conquest of the Canaanite population would happen gradually (Exodus 23:29–30) until he would “blot them out” (verse 23; cf. 34:11). After the death of Joshua, the people continued to have some success in driving out the Canaanites (Judges 1:1–26), but then began a series of failed or abandoned military campaigns (verses 27–36). The Israelites also grew tired of warfare, and instead of driving out the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, they often just turned them into forced labor, and let the Canaanites live among them (Joshua 16:10, 17:13). The end result was that many of these Canaanite nations continued to exist alongside Israel, and God punished Israel by allowing these nations to “become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you” (Judges 2:3, 3:1-4; cf. Numbers 33:55–56; Psalm 106:34–39). This brings us then to a final question of why the Canaanite people had to be destroyed when Israel came into the land.

51 Max Lucado: Priests, pastors and pain - three words that shouldn't share the same sentence
52 Renewing Your Mind | Another Gospel | Aug 19, 2018
53 DAMN: Kendrick Lamar’s Radical Lament - The Veritas Forum
54 Another Archaeological Find Shows That The Bible Really Is History
55 How to Share the Gospel Without Being a Jerk
56 Conference: Recovering From Spiritual Abuse | Apologetics Index
57 WATCH: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey makes stunning admission about ‘left-leaning’ bias
58 The Deaf Shepherd: How Pastor Born With Hearing Loss Is Making a Difference in Michigan
59 New study finds growing demand for concealed handgun permits
60 What Does It Mean to Seek the Lord?
61 Colon Grown with Adult Stem Cells
62 Gecko: Designed to Climb
63 Bishop Morlino: 'Homosexual subculture' is source of 'devastation' in the Church
64 How to Survive World Religions 101
65 How Does It Glorify God to Predestine People to Hell?
66 What If My Pastor Avoids Genesis?
67 Let us boldly engage the world!
68 Brighton churches to have mass 531ft in air - Premier
69 Humans’ Poor Sense of Smell Is an Evolutionary Myth
70 Pastor arrested and accused of human trafficking - Premier
71 Can God's Existence be Demonstrated? (William Lane Craig)
72 “In Adam’s Fall We Sinned All”: Does Genesis 3 Teach the Fall of Man?
73 Fairy-Story Apologetics - Transpositions
74 Science and God
75 mmmmm donuts
76 The Christian Post
77 Bats: Equipped for the Hunt
78 Honest With God/Growth in Grace | Blog & Mablog
79 Evangelicals in Cuba: Controlled, Repressed, but Still Multiplying
80 Christian Students Fight for Their Place on Campus
81 Seven Tips for College Students
82 Other Religious Writings
83 Why Eternal Punishment is not Nonsensical
84 Massachusetts Republican beats trans driver’s license bill by forcing votes on all 73 genders
85 Renewing Your Mind | Struggle in American Churches | Aug 18, 2018
86 Carbon, the Miracle Element
87 The Bee Explains: What Is Social Justice?
88 An unfortunate misconception that seems rampant in the church
89 Dr. Brown Interviews Pastor Andy Stanley
90 Isaiah's Signature Uncovered in Jerusalem: Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah?
91 Hypocrisy and Dishonesty Rolled Into One: Richard Dawkins' 'Science in the Soul'
92 Ray Comfort is an Idiot
93 Male grad student sues female feminist professor, university for sexual harassment - The College Fix
94 Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Truth Search
95 Watch Trailer: 'Gosnell' Feature Film Exposes Abortion Industry
96 Discussing Greg Bahnsen and Van Til on Induction
97 Christianity Answers Life's Biggest Questions better than Atheism - Jesus is Not Fake News