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Apologetics 101: Someone Knocks at your Door

I have taken a couple Christian apologetics classes. Apologetics is a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the Christian Faith. Defending not just our doctrines (ex: why is salvation by grace alone?) but also defense in comparison to other religions (why do we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and not another prophet like the Islamic faith?).  It is a fascinating study; there is a lot of history, scripture and study of other religions involved. In my head, I had little arguments that I was ready to use…until someone knocked on my door.

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The Dirty Little Secret About Dating the Gospels

The later dating of the Gospels revolves around a historical event in Jerusalem. It was in 70 AD that the Romans destroyed the Jerusalem Temple. The Synoptic Gospels include a prediction by Jesus of the destruction of this temple. Since it is impossible for people to predict the future, the Gospels must have been written after the destruction in 70 AD. Some scholars will let Mark be slightly before the event, when it was obvious that something like this would probably be happening.

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This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 40, number 02 (2017). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to...

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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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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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Craig argues that our moral experience is on par with our physical experience. Our five senses tell us that the physical world is real, that you are really sitting there reading this blog post. In a similar way, your moral senses tell you what is good and what is evil. Now, we can’t get outside of our moral senses to test whether they’re giving us reliable information, but neither can we get outside of our physical senses to test whether they’re giving us reliable information. Should we, therefore, conclude that we can’t know what the physical world is like? Of course not. But then, why should we deny the existence of objective morality because we can’t get outside of our moral perceptions to test their reliability? I’ve noticed that most skeptics, in trying to knock down the epistemological justification of the second premise of the moral argument, they tend to make arguments that would undermine our 5 senses if the same logic was applied to them. For example, some will point out that different people have disagreements on whether a certain action is morally right or wrong (e.

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For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/ontolo... View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMCLg0 View the Fine Tuning Argument animation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIiI... View the Moral Argument animation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiAi... View Leibniz’ Contingency Argument video: https://youtu.be/FPCzEP0oD7I Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism 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.

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What Happens To Babies Who Die?

Where do babies go if they die? Do they go to Heaven or Hell?

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They are. A failure to see (blindness) the burdens (of a racial nature) that they needed help bearing. If I tell my friend tomorrow "I'm sorry I didn't see the trouble you were having in your marriage", are you going to bug me about not using the words "bear your burdens"

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Jesus said: "No one is good - except God alone." Therefore Ian fortunately if its not our goodness that motivates our kind acts to vulnerable humans even you & I who may follow unorganized religion can make a difference, & find Jesus is right there in the mess with the broken.

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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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"Singing from somewhere deep inside the pain, Franklin tapped into the #gospel music of Jackson and Ward, into the sanctified sermons of her father, into a lifelong belief in 1 Lord, 1 faith, 1 baptism, & came out triumphant & redeemed on the other side." christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/august…

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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.

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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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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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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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58 How to falsify a religion using scientific or historical evidence
59 Apologetics as a Spiritual Discipline
60 Facebook joins Twitter, Google and YouTube in deliberately purging conservative voices
61 John The Doubtist: Jesus' Surprising Response To A Doubting Prophet
62 God Sends You Back to School
63 I can’t believe in a God that would condone genocide
64 Good Missions Strategies. Bad Gospel.
65 The Incubator Bird: Nest Engineers
66 Five Principles to Respond to Claims That Jesus is a Copy-Cat (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity
67 The Christian Post
68 Tide Pod Vestments and Child Abuse | The Stream
69 8 Things Kids Should Know About Hell
70 When It's Right for Christians to Break the Law
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72 Netflix Pulls Reviews So That Viewers Can't Leave Response ⋆ WayneDupree.com
73 Robert P. George
74 The Necessity of Apologetics: A Plan to Implement
75 The Work of Textual Criticism
76 Democrats Are Fielding Even More Anti-Semitic Candidates For Congress
77 Does Cancer Disprove Intelligent Design? | Evolution News
78 Does Ancient Art from Pompeii Prove the Bible Supports Gay “Marriage”?
79 Satanic Temple Unveils Giant Goat-Headed Statue as Christians Protest at Arkansas Capitol
80 'We Showed No Care for the Little Ones': Pope Calls for Forgiveness, Action in Response to Sex Abuse Scandal
81 Christian charity intervenes in deadly Indian floods - Premier
82 Striking While the Irony is Hot | Blog & Mablog
83 The Difficult Call to Promote Peace and Unity in the Church
84 MaryJo Sharp on Instagram: “Start of a new year! @houstonbaptistuniversity #university #universitylife #school #schoolyear”
85 Michelle Qureshi Recalls Encounter With God in Exclusive Audio Clip From 'Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus'
86 Redrawing the Dinosaur Family Tree
87 Monday, August 20, 2018 — The Briefing
88 Review of Pinker’s <i>Enlightenment Now</i>
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91 The Catholic Abuse Scandal: Judgment in the House of God
92 A towering figure of Christian thought
93 OneRace Movement: A United Church Can Heal Racial Divisions
94 Media Conspiracy Theories About Devin Nunes Are Getting Out Of Control
95 'Truth Isn't Truth,' Giuliani Says in Defense of Trump
96 The Comparatively Rich Archaeological Corroboration of the Old Testament
97 3 Reasons You're Vital to the World of Ideas
98 Busted: The Book of Acts Agrees With the Skeptics!?