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N.T. Wright lectures on the seven mutations caused by resurrection of Jesus

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What to pray for this week: God has formed us in our mothers’ wombs and has plans for us. Pray that the unborn would have nothing to fear in their mothers’ wombs and would experience God’s plans for them. Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! bit.ly/2CkG6ff pic.twitter.com/BiLqSX6i6s

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Arming Christian Students With the Truth

In my experience as a youth pastor, I learned the importance of providing intellectual tools and training. I watched my first graduating class of seniors walk away from Christianity in large percentages before I embraced a Case Making approach with my students. After observing the struggle these seniors experienced, I changed the way I prepared my students. I began to draw upon my experience as a police officer for guidance. Young officers are given and number of tools to help us do the job, but even more importantly, we are provided with the necessary training in how to use these tools. When it comes to equipping Christian students, the evidences for God’s existence, the reliability of the Bible, and the truth of the Christian worldview are the tools we must provide (sources like On Guard and Cold-Case Christianity may be helpful). Beyond this, however, young Christians need to know how to think about these evidences and communicate them to others…

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Seeing Is Not Always Believing: A Worldview Lesson from Sequoia Trees

To prove that sequoias were real, the tree was cut down and shipped in pieces to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair where it was reassembled for spectators. Would this be enough to convince skeptics? Nope. Amazingly, the tree was reassembled, and viewers still believed it was a hoax. In fact, it was referred to as the "California hoax." The physical remains of the tree itself was not enough to persuade people of its existence. But why?

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Dr. Brown Tackles Your Toughest Questions

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So often the best evidence for evolution become the evidence for intelligent design... Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) were long thought to be the unwanted byproducts of metabolism...Now they evince ID ROS:Harbingers of Evolution or Signals of Design? reasons.org/explore/blogs/… pic.twitter.com/6y1kkKJwEP

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Answering Atheist Objections

This is a famous objection. Notice again it does not target any specific argument, just the concept of God as a whole. There are several problems with this objection. First, it doesn’t argue for atheism at all. It doesn’t undercut the warrant for any of the premises of theistic arguments. What it does is attempt to establish that we do not know which kind of God is the real one. (Of course, this is not its intent: its intent is appeal to ridicule, where it is hoped the theist will quietly abandon his arguments instead of being forced to accept something so ludicrous as a Flying Spaghetti Monster.) Second, the concept is a derivative. That is to say, the objector takes the concept of God and gratuitously tacks on the attribute of its being “spaghetti,” “flying,” and a “monster” (whatever that may mean). Since the objector gets the idea of such a god from the traditional concept of God, we can say it’s really not that plausible after all that the FSM exists to the exclusion of the real God (explanation: view it like a bad remake of your favorite movie.

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A Superb New Website: Introducing Aquinas.Design | Evolution News

Phillip Johnson, a pioneer in the development of intelligent design science, wrote that Darwinism is as much a philosophical claim as it is a scientific theory. There are genuine and profoundly important scientific questions addressed in the Darwinism/ID debate, but underlying this debate is the Darwinian philosophical assertion — generally implicit but quite real — that nature is an uncreated machine. Atheist materialism is the metaphysical root of Darwinism, just as monotheism and (truncated) Aristotelian hylomorphism is the explicit philosophical root of the Scientific Enlightenment and the implicit root of much of modern science (e.g.,  quantum mechanics ).

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What is the Origin of Evil?

For more resources from Reasonable Faith visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In April 2016, Dr. William Lane Craig was invited to Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL to speak at their annual missions conference. While there, he spoke on the topic, "The Historicity of Jesus’ Resurrection" and followed that with a lengthy Q&A time. 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 short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos 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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Outside the historical evidence of the resurrection of Jesus, the highly improbable rise of Christianity, and the fine-tuning of the universe, there’s one simple question that hangs over the search for the real Jesus: Do miracles happen? Listen to Hinge 8: veritas.org/hinge-8 pic.twitter.com/JtNWRSaSgF

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When Your Worst Nightmare Comes True

Cameron Cole knows how he’d respond, because he got the worst news he could imagine on November 11, 2013. That’s when his wife called to tell him that their 3-year-old son, Cam, had died. Cole recounts his reaction and applies biblical wisdom and empathy for all of us in this fallen world with his new book, Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy , published by Crossway.

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Willow Creek church founder Bill Hybels faces new investigation after fresh harassment claims - Premier

An American megachurch has announced a new independent investigation into claims its founding pastor sexually harassed female colleagues and a congregation member, after fresh allegations emerged.

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Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Old Testament | Mikel Del Rosario | Your Apologetics Guy℠

A strong sense of historical skepticism prompts many archaeologists and historians to challenge the reliability of Old Testament narratives. As a result, even ordinary details surrounding biblical stories now raise questions in people’s minds:

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This Week in Christian History: 'Roe' Gets Baptized; Shakers Come to America; Martin Luther Foe Dies

Here are just a few things that happened this week, August 5-11, in Church history. They include the arrival of the Shakers in America, the death of one of Martin Luther's notable enemies, and the baptism of Norma McCorvey.

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A Chemist Discovers Philosophy

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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No Christians among 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in UK - Premier

In a statement, the charity said: "As Barnabas Fund recently reported, of the 7,060 Syrian refugees the UNHCR recommended to the UK in 2017 only 25 were Christians (0.35 per cent). However, the Home Office only accepted eleven of these - meaning that Christians made up only 0.23 per cent of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK last year."

23 His Stubborn Joy Brought Slavery Down: William Wilberforce (1759–1833)

The battle consumed almost forty-six years of his life (from 1787 to 1833). The defeats and setbacks along the way would have caused the ordinary politician to embrace a more popular cause. Though he never lost a parliamentary election from age twenty-one to seventy-four, the cause of abolishing the slave trade was defeated eleven times before its passage in 1807. And the battle for abolishing slavery itself did not gain the decisive victory until three days before he died in 1833. What were the roots of this man’s endurance in the cause of public righteousness?

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Genesis and ANE Accounts of Creation

They claim there are plenty of similarities between the ANE accounts and that found in Genesis, so there is nothing unique about the Bible and it certainly is not God’s inerrant word. How might we respond to such charges? While the discussion can be rather complex, let me try to offer a brief, introductory discussion on all this.

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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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Christian colleges experience higher satisfaction rates than other universities - Premier

A new National Student Survey found that 96 per cent of students at Christian colleges are content with their learning. However, the overall percentage of students who are satisfied with their course and institution has fallen for the second year in a row, with half of them with students unsatisfied.

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Confessions of a Christian Freethinker

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me to continue this work that God has laid on my heart.

28 Twelve Gospel Passages to Soak In

“The grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:6) is the shock that brings a dead soul to life, and the charge that keeps it living. The gospel is the gas that awakens and energizes the human heart, not mere truth — essential as truth is. Two plus two equals four — that’s true. It just doesn’t do much to jump-start and drive a languishing soul.

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Yes, our eyes will be drawn to what our hearts desire, but they also often hold sway. Our eyes are not neutral. They influence and even drive our hearts. If we feed them what is true, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, our eyes can grow our faith, heighten our love, and intensify our happiness. But where the eyes wander, the heart quickly follows — and falls. How many of us leave our eyes on too long a leash?

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Why the Historicity of Jesus Matters | Cold Case Christianity

You and I, as Christians, need to master the case for the historicity of Jesus. It matters. If Jesus really lived, he is a candidate for our attention, just like Ghandi, Emerson or Lennon. His words are more than clever fiction invented by an anonymous playwright or author. They are Jesus’ words of wisdom, captured for eternity. The historicity of Jesus matters because it allows us to talk about Jesus in a culture which only accepts real people as wise sages worthy of consideration. If we are allowed to talk about the way Ghandi’s wisdom impacted us on a personal level, we ought to be allowed to talk about how Jesus’ wisdom changed our lives. Jesus is a viable candidate because Jesus was a real person . That’s why the historicity of Jesus matters.

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But according to RC @RCSproul We cannot be saved by a "Holy God" unless we're CHOSEN before we are born to be saved or go to hell! That is the HERESY that Sproul and ALL calvinists (cult) believe. Thus, how can anyone repent and CHOOSE God? Hmmmm..... Sproul is suffering now.

33 No Maverick Cells in Me: My Deepest Hope During Cancer

You might think this would be small comfort — not being told that I was going to survive this cancer. But that is not the way it worked. What I needed at that moment was a comfort far more solid and lasting and unshakable than a few more years of life after cancer. I needed just what I got: “This is not wrath. You are destined for salvation. And that is true — absolutely true — whether you live or die!”

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Archaeologists Uncover Biblical Artifacts in Ancient Shiloh

“They're literally – it's under their fingernails and in their nose and in their mouth and their ears and they're exposing this ancient culture. It becomes one with you. It's sort of like we came out of the soil and as we dig into the soil, we connect with God and with each other, I think, in a very important way," he said.

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My secret for reading half of the Bible in just 30 minutes — Southern Equip

Regular reading is essential because of our nature as pilgrims and sojourners (1 Pet 2:11). Every day we are inundated with messages from the world that are simultaneously native and foreign to us as exiles. The messages are native to us because we are accustomed to them: satisfy your cravings with this food, this movie, this phone, this car, this home renovation, this dunk, this laugh. Yet they are foreign as we come increasingly to realize that these cravings cannot satisfy; only God can. We need regular engagement with the Word of God to remind ourselves what really is “true . . . lovely . . . and worthy of praise” (Phil 4:8), to reorient ourselves to the path, and to resist the voices of temporary pleasure.  I often remind my students that the ultimate goal of Bible reading is to enjoy fellowship with the Father, through the Son, by the Spirit. Finishing the day’s reading exercise is a helpful discipline, but it is subordinate to fellowship. Having this goal in mind can help you (and me!) from getting distracted, whether we read for four minutes or four hours (yes, this really is possible!).

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Week in Review: Warren Cole Smith looks at the headlines from a Christian worldview perspective. University stops selling baby parts, Religious liberty for all, Culture of death in the UK, and Larry Norman speaks. bit.ly/2M2Cm6P pic.twitter.com/VsGob96BFF

37 Was Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Copied from Krishna?

In this post, we’ll show you how comparing the story of Krishna with the biblical accounts of Jesus show that Jesus’ death and resurrection wasn’t copied from Hinduism. First, we’ll compare the story of Jesus’ death to the story of Krishna’s death. Was Jesus’ death copied from Krishna? Then, we’ll compare the idea of resurrection in each of these stories. Was Krishna really a crucified Savior?

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The Best Books for Your Spiritual Growth Based on Your Enneagram Type

Our goal as Christ-followers is to resemble Him more and more. But sometimes as we study His Word, apply His truth and do what He says, we get stuck. We need the divinely inspired perspective, insight and commentary of others to shed light when we’re not sure what to do next. Sometimes the perfect book with God-centered words read at just the right time can get us moving again.

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It will become harder and harder to avoid the “gay is good” message in the media. As John Stonestreet said, we need to train our children to ask questions about the ideas and characters they encounter. Help them discern truth from error. #AnneWithAnE bit.ly/2OhKr4i pic.twitter.com/YeWBf6WejT

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Why the West Is (Likely) Doomed

Additionally, Goldberg’s functional atheism plagues his defense of the Miracle. He lays much of the blame for society’s ills at the feet of Romanticism, not only holding Romanticism responsible for our indifference toward the Miracle but also asserting the two are fundamentally incompatible. Thus, even as he rightly exposes the problems with our attachment to Romanticism—for instance, its promotion of the primacy of feelings or excessive idealism—he fails to recognize that what he describes as humanity’s “romantic” quest for significance isn’t actually a liability. He claims “we cannot improve upon the core assumptions of the Miracle” (15). But on this point the Miracle, at least in Goldberg’s reckoning, is fundamentally in conflict with God’s good design of human beings, who were created with an intrinsic longing for meaning and transcendence.

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48 Matrimony No More: Why the End of Marriage in Eternity Is Good News

Let’s end where we began. If the age to come is not only an improvement over the worst of this world, but over the best , then the end of marriage is spectacularly good news. Do you see this? Marriage in this age, at its best, offers some of life’s most intense pleasures, and sweetest intimacies. If you have ever tasted these, or have ever dreamed of tasting them, then you can feel the astonishing force of the promise that marriage will be no more because it was too weak to carry God’s best eternal pleasures.

49 When Worship Lyrics Miss the Mark

It’s Sunday night, after a day of worship with the people of God. And musical worship is such an important part of our embodied life together. But I don’t think we’ve ever looked at the lyrics of a contemporary worship song in a question. We do today. “Hello, Pastor John! My name is Samuel, a young minister through music. My church’s worship team struggles with a new worship song — ‘What A Beautiful Name’ — a widely acclaimed song because of its musical orchestration and its reflection on God’s glory and the kingship of Christ. However, my worship team finds the lyrics of the second verse questionable: ‘You didn’t want heaven without us, so, Jesus, you brought heaven down.’ Our question is, Does saying, ‘You didn’t want heaven without us’ imply a man-centered gospel? The statement isn’t necessarily false, but the implications could be skewed. That’s our fear. Additionally, the word ‘so’ is used afterwards, implying that the following statement of ‘bringing heaven down’ was founded upon the first statement of not wanting heaven without us. Much like the word ‘therefore,’ ‘so’ implies heaven was brought down in response to God not wanting heaven without us.

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The First Question to Ask of an Ancient Holy Book: Is It Ancient? | Cold Case Christianity

The test of antiquity was incredibly important to me as a skeptic examining the claims of scripture for the first time. As I became interested in Christianity, my Mormon family encouraged me to examine Mormonism as well. I read the entire Book of Mormon before I completed the Old and New Testament. I wanted to determine the “antiquity” of the Gospels and the Book of Mormon before I could examine the question of “divinity”. I needed to know if the New Testament gospels were written early enough to have been written by eyewitnesses who were actually present to observe what was recorded in these accounts. Similarly, I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was an accurate account of the history of the American continent from 600BC to 400AD (as it claims). My first investigation was centered on the foundational question: Are these ancient holy books truly ancient?

51 Michelle Williams: Depression sucks but my faith in God is my way out - Premier
52 The Beauty of Womanhood
53 You’ll Never Wish You Did Less
54 Stopping disgraced bishop’s return to ministry would have been ‘ghastly’, retired judge claims - Premier
55 The Difference Between Real Faith and Fanaticism Disguised as Faith
56 Probe over Quaker charity donations to terror-linked group - Premier
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60 A massive intellectual leap of faith
61 For This Physicist, 'Overthrowing' Darwinism Is on the Table
62 President Trump's Christian Faith
63 John Piper Answers Question on Life's Purpose: 'What Is ... My Reason for Existence?'
64 3 Christian Urban Legends That Need to Die
65 If There’s a God Why are There Atheists? by R. C. Sproul
66 Developing An Apologetic That Works
67 What’s the worldview behind the question?
68 Al Mohler on the Hersey of Racial Superiority
69 Why Did People Start to Have Shorter Lives After the Flood?
70 Kingdom of David and Solomon Supported by Growing Evidence
71 Testimonies of Early Church Fathers In Favor of Sola Scriptura
72 3 Truths to Help Our Children Weather the Gender Storm
73 The Christian Post
74 Did the First Followers of Jesus Believe in an Empty Tomb?
75 Will Complementarianism Survive #MeToo? Russell Moore Explains
76 Harvest Billboards Showing Evangelist Greg Laurie With Bible Taken Down From Malls After Complaints
77 Are There 20 Commandments?
78 How Your Faith Can Withstand Intellectual Assault
79 6 Questions College Students Must Be Ready to Answer
80 TGC West Pre-Conference
81 Why I Don't Prefer the Phrase 'Criteria of Canonicity'
82 As Hate Rages, 'Duck Dynasty' Star's '30-Second Rule' Is Pretty Brilliant
83 Man who jumped out of freezer and died was cold-case suspect
84 Trump’s Ambassador To Germany Scores Another Victory Against Iran
85 Songs of the Seer: The Purpose of Revelation’s Hymns
86 Tyler Perry Reveals He Was Minister, Attended Seminary in Message at Lakewood Church
87 The return of nature worship
88 734. What Is Legalism?
89 Christian heartland opens window into fight for China’s soul
90 The Dark Side of Alexa and Siri for Your Kids
91 Lab-Grown Lungs Transplanted into Pigs | Evolution News
92 Misunderstood Bible Verses (Part 2) — The Alisa Childers Podcast #28
93 5 Things We Do Today Instead of Preaching the Word
94 The Truth About Easter: Is the Resurrection A Late Legend? | Cold Case Christianity
95 Sea Otters
96 Why the Great Commission is Great
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