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Expositors Summit

Preaching is not an advisory role based in religious expertise but a prophetic function whereby God speaks to his people. For this reason the Expositors Summit is designed to strengthen and instruct preachers and students for the glorious task of expository ministry. You’re invited to join R. Albert Mohler Jr., John MacArthur and H.B. Charles Jr. for the explication of God’s Word and gospel fellowship.

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Trey Gowdy’s “free litigation advice” to this professor is AWESOME

That is a tired old argument that in no way reflects on anyone in the teaching profession. That is just not how the brain works. Just like not everyone has the ability to compete for a job in the NBA does not mean they do not compete in other ways. For example, most winning and successful coaches cannot compete, and never could compete at their sport. Does not mean these coaches, or teachers, are not competing.

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Why We're Dropping Comments (On Some Articles)

At their best, online comments sections sustain vibrant, respectful, and diverse conversations. That's true on some of our own blogs and channels, we're happy to say. But too often, our efforts to carefully and thoughtfully report on controversial subjects have been swamped by comments that do not reflect the mutual respect and civil conversation we want to promote.

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The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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The Behemoth

The Behemoth is a small magazine about a big God and his big world. From the editors of Christianity Today , this ad-free, biweekly publication aims to help people behold the glory of God all around them, in the worlds of science, history, theology, medicine, sociology, Bible, and personal narrative.

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Indian Villages Outlaw Christian Practices

In two villages, Gadiya and Parapur, Christians have been warned to leave town "or suffer the consequences," according to Rev. Vijayesh Lal, national director of the Religious Liberty Commission for the Evangelical Fellowship of India. Lal also reported that a Christian man in Kue Mari was ordered to pay a fine. Even though he paid it, his house was burned down. "Today, he is living under a plastic sheet with his family that includes three children and his elderly parents." Lal wrote.

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How Not to Argue: The Problem of ‘Folk Fallacies’

Argumentation is the act or process of forming reasons and of drawing conclusions and applying them to a case in discussion. Christians are required to argue (1 Peter 3:15), so we should learn to do it well. When it comes to learning how to argue, you can find no better model than Jesus. (Which is why I co-wrote a book titled, How to Argue Like Jesus ).

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Are “The Unbelievers” Unbelievable?

Dawkins originally offered evolution as an hypothesis that  explained the existence of complex life on Earth. It now seems that it can only explain the existence of complex life given billions and billions of Earth-like planets. Dawkins is creating a new hypothesis and assuming the additional evidence exists to confirm it. But our only evidence is the organised complexity and taxonomic diversity of life on Earth: that evidence supports design. Furthermore, the evidence of the laws of nature and the fine-tuning of our universe points us away from atheism and towards theism. Listening to science, and evaluating its results carefully and thoughtfully, need not take us down the path of “The Unbelievers”. Facts should change our beliefs, if we are rational. And the facts about our universe can only be explained by purpose and design.

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Book Review – The Wonder-Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles |

Many of us need to be woken up out of our slumber. The miracles of Jesus do this in three ways. First, the miracles of Jesus show us that Jesus is not a mere man but fully God and fully man. He is powerful to save the lost. Salvation is the greatest miracle of all since God does what only He can do to replace our hearts of stone with a new heart that has new desires, affections, and a new identity in Him. Only Jesus can do this. Make no mistake, that is the greatest miracle of all—that God makes the dead live. Secondly, the miracles of Jesus establish His divinity. Throughout the Gospel of John, the Apostle John is saying, “Look at the power of our God.” He is the Good Shepherd, the Door, and so much more. As John elaborates on who Jesus is, He does so with a view to proclaim what Jesus demands. The divinity of Jesus demands our whole life allegiance and worship. Jesus is Lord over all the universe. He is worthy of our worship, praise and our entire lives. Finally, the miracles of Jesus demand a response because they demonstrate that He is God. While many religions deny that claim, the Bible proclaims it unashamedly and God’s people ought to proclaim it as well.

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Just One of the Guys?

After the societal changes brought about by the women’s movement–the increase in our culture’s definition of choice and freedom–shouldn’t we be shocked that Anna Kendrick’s character felt abandoned in reaction to her love interest’s assertion, or that a feminist icon like Carrie Bradshaw would even entertain a fairy-tale notion? That Jenny Lewis would make a video, write a song, that confesses her inability to be just one of the guys because of a ticking biological clock and lack of an open mind? In our culture’s quest for feminine self-actualization, we often get lost in the idea that equality means sameness. But it would appear that, according to Lewis at least, there are biological and psychological mechanisms that keep us different no matter what.

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Intro to Holiness Code

Dr. James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty...

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The People Solution

Some people think that the only hope we have of a better world is dumping all religions and trusting human brainpower to bring peace and happiness to the world. (When you hear about people working to remove any mention of God from school or public life-like the Pledge of Allegiance-this is the thinking that drives them. They take the idea of “separation of church and state” to an extreme.)

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A Pretty Sharp Edge: Reflecting on Michael Behe's Vindication

Maybe the two mutations happened simultaneously, meaning together in the same molecule in one generation. It is possible. Maybe the mutations happened one at a time. We don't know. Parasites carrying single mutations on the path to resistance (meaning they have no resistance yet) are sickly, though, because those single mutations have damaged an essential function. They and their offspring might survive and reproduce long enough for a second mutation to occur, but it seems unlikely. Most of the time they will simply be out-competed by their non-mutant siblings.

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Acts 17: China on Pace to Become World's Largest Christian Country by 2030

Telegraph —Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied. Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution. Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation. "By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon," said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule. "It is going to be less than a generation. Not many people are prepared for this dramatic change." China's Protestant community, which had just one million members in 1949, has already overtaken those of countries more commonly associated with an evangelical boom.

17 The loss of pastoral credibility

In math class, you don’t get any marks for just writing the correct answer to a non-trivial problems. You have to show the steps that led to your answer. I think talking about why we believe, though, can be agitating to some people who are there in church to be comforted and to have feelings and emotions. So that’s probably why pastors don’t show their work, because it disrupts the comfort / happiness vibe. Still though, I think it would be a good idea for us (and I mean me, too!) to get better at hearing voices on the other side. The way I usually do this is by watching debates and reading debate books. I like there to be two sides interacting. I get annoyed when there is only one side. That’s why I prefer reading evidential apologetics to philosophical theology and I prefer philosophical theology to devotional reading (A.W. Tozer and G. K. Chesterton are the worst things to read in my view, and most men I know can’t stand reading them). The more testable something is, the easier it is on me. I don’t like to be preached at about things that can’t be tested.

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Cities have power to put people in jail for zoning violations

The above photos were offered as evidence at a June court hearing by the city of Orono that James Barth was violating city ordinance 78-1577, which governs exterior storage in residential zones. Barth, who lives on Togo Road, told a Hennepin County District judge that he had cleaned up his scrap wood, ladders and other odds and ends, but the photos — showing ladders and junk on the property — told a different story. A judge ordered Barth to serve five days in the workhouse.

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Practical Apologetics

It is no secret that even in the church’s sporadic sex education, which they advocate for abstinence before marriage.  Matthew 19:5 details the model in which God intended for a young person to leave their father and mother and start a family of their own.  When that happens, husband and wife become “one flesh”.  In this instance the lack of apologetics shines through as those who claim to follow Christ and also admit to having sex before marriage has risen to close to 80% according to recent surveys.  The truth of the matter is that abstinence education is not a dusty puritanical suggestion of days gone by, but rather practical advice to avoid the economic albatross of single parenthood.  It turns out, that God provides us with these structures within scripture for no other reason than for our benefit.  When we engage in these behaviors and the effect is our destruction, this is nothing more than an example of causation and nothing more.

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Ligonier.org

Before Dr Sproul continues with the descriptions of the persecution, he discusses the Trinity that is affirmed by orthodox churches and what is affirmed by other churches instead of the Trinity. Once again Dr. Sproul discusses the need for Jesus to go away in order that the other Helper come to His disciples. Dr. Sproul comments on the three areas the Holy Spirit will convict, of sin, of Righteousness and of Judgment. Dr. Sproul concludes with a review of a sermon of Luther on relics.

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Many Changes to the Laws of Physics Would be Life-Prohibiting

Another key physics principle that is critical for life is quantization. Values are defined as being ‘quantized’ if they can only take on discrete rather than continuous possibilities. Without quantized orbits electrons would be sucked into the nucleus and no chemistry would be possible. This quantization also leads to stable orbitals and consistent chemical properties. If electrons could orbit the nucleus anywhere such as is permissible for planets orbiting a star, then a given chemical element would have properties which are too variable for information storage of the type needed for intelligent life. Consider how the DNA in your genome would become cancerous within a day if its properties/information content were constantly varying. Also, consider how a breath of oxygen could conceivably become poisonous if its properties had no consistency.

22 William Lane Craig assesses the credibility of the Rapture doctrine

While I admire Dr. Craig greatly, apologetics is his real “bag”, and when he strays into areas of theology that are peripheral to his chief focus, he is susceptible, just as any other theologian, to making statements that are unguarded and not so well thought out. From what I understand, Dr. Craig does believe in a literal 7 year tribulation and he believes that the church will be present within that period. He would be classified as a post-tribulationist. If he believes the scriptures also describe a period of 1,000 years following the return of Christ, during which Christ will reign physically upon the earth and during which time the multitude of OT divine prophetic promises to Israel will be fulfilled, then his understanding of the timing of Christ’s return and resurrection of Church believers as being at the end of the Tribulation lands him in something of a quagmire. Here is what I mean: Paul specifically says that when he himself and other church believers will be resurrected, “ALL” believers will be changed and all at the same time (“a moment, the twinkling of an eye”), meaning both the dead and those still living (I Cor.

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Was Jesus’ Resurrection Based on Pagan Myths? (Part 3 - final)

First-century Jewish culture was an unlikely place for a myth of a crucified and resurrected god/man to arise. The Jews didn’t believe in resurrection before the end of the world. So to claim Jesus was resurrected in the middle of this narrative was considered impossible. This makes the eye witness testimony of the risen Christ even more believable, considering they were not expecting it. A Jew wouldn’t come up with the idea of rejecting an age-old belief that resurrection was to happen at the end of the world, on Judgment Day, when God resurrects the dead and judges them, in favor of resurrection happening to an isolated individual before the end.

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9 facts about Benaiah (beyond the snowy-day lion episode)

If you hang out with Bible geeks, you’ll eventually hear someone bring up Benaiah, the man in the Bible who killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day. That’s a pretty legendary feat—but it’s not the only crazy accomplishment Benaiah pulled off.

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Nancy Pelosi House meltdown: chases GOP congressman Tom Marino

In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Characteristics of a Healthy Church by J. Warner Wallace

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Catalyst: Devotions For Leaders Who Love The Church

Catalyst unifies change makers — equipping you with impactful content and experiences that transform thinking, provoke action and cultivate community. We’re challenging leaders who love the Church to break the bounds of an ordinary existence and find the courage to embrace and radiate bold change.

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Pascal's Wager: The Utility Argument Explained

Premise 1 seems to be logical, but it has actually garnered just as many objections as the second premise. Some have argued that one should not reduce belief in God to a “gamble” or some pragmatic choice. Others have argued that one cannot simply choose to believe and argued that the Wager results in Doxastic Voluntarism–the notion that one may simply change beliefs at will. In order to combat each objection in turn, one would have to show that it may be permissible to choose pragmatically even in religion. Jordan argues to this effect at length, but for the sake of argument I think it may be enough to just say that generally, we do make choices which we think will benefit us, and this is not an objectionable path of reasoning. Moreover, the Wager does not reduce to doxastic voluntarism, for one may indeed change one’s disposition toward something, but not at will. This is a complex argument, and I think we may set it aside for now because there is nothing in Premise 1 which would demand doxastic voluntarism.

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Sunday Quote!- The Gullibility of Religious Experience?

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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Question of the Week: Which apologetic method do you prefer?

In my experience with intellectual skeptics, when you argue with mere logic, there will be things that the skeptic realizes you are arguing only because you have faith. Once he realizes that, the argument is over. But start with faith as a premise, point out their own faith (e.g., “your desire to believe there is a God is your measure of faith”) and challenge them to act on it, and faith won’t become the conclusion… or it will take longer to reach the impasse. It allows the conversation to be more open. I might classify my preferred method as a derivative of Pascal’s Wager.