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What are the historical arguments for the empty tomb narrative?

I wanted to go over this article by William Lane Craig which includes a discussion of the empty tomb, along with the other minimal facts that support the resurrection. The word resurrection means b…

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How do we engage other people in spiritual conversation? What are some helpful and non-threatening Qs to ask? Sean briefly answers these questions and more.

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Elderly Couple Held Hands, 4 Great Grandkids Screamed as They Drowned in Harvey Floodwaters

The family of an elderly couple who drowned with their four great-grandchildren in raging floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, revealed they died holding hands as the children screamed for help trapped inside a sinking van Sunday.

How do I share God with someone who rejects Christ? (Video)

Here is a question that I received at a recent Q&A at Hume Lake Christian Camp. If you are interested in me speaking at your church or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page…

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Heroic, heroic hippos.

Lady Gaga Breaks Down Revealing She's Alone Despite Fame, as Her Former Christian Teacher Warned (Video)

Lady Gaga's former teacher, evangelist Chris White, once warned the pop star that she would be left feeling empty from her fame. In a new preview for her upcoming "Five Foot Two" documentary, the singer tearfully reveals that she is in fact alone despite her fame.

Is origin of life a fluke, physics… or just not a science question at present? | Uncommon Descent

Laurent Boiteau Prebiotic Chemistry: From Simple Amphiphiles to Protocell Models, page 3: Spontaneous self-assembly occurs when certain compounds associate through noncovalent hydrogen bonds, electrostatic forces, and nonpolar interactions that stabilize orderly arrangements of small and large molecules. The argument that chemical reactions in a primordial soup would not act upon pure chance, and that chemistry is not a matter of “random chance and coincidence , finds its refutation by the fact that the information stored in DNA is not constrained by chemistry. Yockey shows that the rules of any communication system are not derivable from the laws of physics. He continues : “there is nothing in the physicochemical world that remotely resembles reactions being determined by a sequence and codes between sequences.” In other words, nothing in nonliving physics or chemistry obeys symbolic instructions.

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Author, columnist, and cultural commentator Larry Alex Taunton is circumnavigating the globe and chronicling his journey along the way. Check out his posts , and subscribe so you don’t miss an update!

The Reasons Why Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven

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In the months and years to come, the mission of CBMW will include distributing The Nashville Statement and developing resources to equip pastors and churches to stand firm for the Bible’s teaching on marriage and sexuality. One way you can be involved is to join us in prayer for the Lord’s blessing on our efforts, as well as to make a financial gift in support of this very important work.

1 Timothy 5:18 Is Important In Apologetics

For example, the passage has significant implications for the canon of scripture, the dating of the Synoptics and Acts, whether Paul agreed with concepts affirmed in Luke's gospel (the virgin birth, the empty tomb, etc.), and how widely accepted the beliefs in question were (e.g., since Paul expects his audience to accept what he's saying without further explanation). And much of what I just mentioned is applicable to some extent even if Pauline authorship of 1 Timothy is rejected and the document is dated later than Paul's lifetime. For example, if the passage reflects widespread acceptance of the virgin birth, then that's significant even if Paul wasn't involved. In fact, if the initial audience was much wider than one individual (Timothy), as it presumably would be under a pseudonymous authorship scenario, then the implications of the passage are more significant accordingly. I've sometimes cited Michael Kruger's work in support of the conclusion that 1 Timothy 5:18 is citing Luke's gospel as scripture. In a book published late last year, he provides a lengthier case for that conclusion.

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Focus on the Family shared that Daly had a high school football coach much like Kennedy, one that Daly called "his first true mentor." The Christian ministry also said that it was this coach who invited Daly to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Envy Never Hunts Our Hearts Alone

It’s all too easy to get angry when we see God bestow blessings on others — a high-paying raise, a dependable husband, a beautiful wife, obedient children, a smart mind, that spiritual gift you always wanted, or the ability to serve the church better than you ever thought you could. It’s also too easy to rejoice at others’s loss because it opens up an avenue for our “success” — whatever that may be.

Icelandic Baptist Pastor: Don't Eliminate Down Syndrome

Iceland’s National Lutheran Church regularly takes to big media platforms to condemn violence in sports such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), but in the wake of this news article concerning Down syndrome in Iceland, the silence was deafening. The few priests in the national church who want to stand for truth may take issue with its approach to abortion, but most likely experience pressure not to speak out.


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11 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 — The Briefing

The recovery and renewal of the church in this generation will come only when from pulpit to pulpit the herald preaches as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.

12 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 — The Briefing

The recovery and renewal of the church in this generation will come only when from pulpit to pulpit the herald preaches as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.

Packing To Go Around the World in 80 Days

When you're traveling to 23 countries and 6 continents in 80 days, what do you pack? Larry Alex Taunton reviews some of what's going in his bag. Follow the #ATW80 journey:

Why the Nashville Statement now, and what about article 10?

As The Nashville Statement began to trend today on Twitter, we began to see a lot of support gathering for the statement. We also began to see a great deal of criticism and more than a few questions. All of this was to be expected. This will be an ongoing conversation going forward, and we will be engaging the substantive issues at stake in the days ahead in this space. But I wanted to take an opportunity to address three items that have come up today—two mundane points and one substantive.

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From Jerusalem, Special Episode of ID the Future with Physicist Lee Spetner | Evolution News

He explains why evolution is not even a theory, and why loss of information and antibiotic resistant bacteria are no evidence for evolution. Spetner responds to claims by evolutionist Jerry Coyne, notes the consequences of Darwin’s dependence on Thomas Malthus, and more.

No, Removing Monuments Isn't 'Erasing History'

Confederate statues, however, represent the South’s ugly racist past built on an oppressive system that many erroneously believed was morally sound and God-ordained. These beliefs were the foundation for the Confederacy, and unfortunately, they persist today as different strains of the same virus as evidenced by the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. Even if one argues that Confederate statues are meant to honor the South and not slavery, that argument falls flat when we consider that many of the statues throughout the South were erected not in the immediate wake of the Civil War, but decades later as the Klan rose to power to intimidate local citizens of color.

Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: Greg's Top Ten Picks of the Week (Plus 2 FREE)!

Truth used to be based on reason. No more. What we feel is now the truest source of reality. Despite our obsession with the emotive and the experiential, we still face anxiety, despair, and purposelessness. How did we get here? And where do we find a remedy? In this modern classic, Francis A. Schaeffer traces trends in twentieth-century thought and unpacks how key ideas have shaped our society. Wide-ranging in his analysis, Schaeffer examines philosophy, science, art and popular culture to identify dualism, fragmentation and the decline of reason. Schaeffer's work takes on a newfound relevance today in his prescient anticipation of the contemporary postmodern ethos. His critique demonstrates Christianity's promise for a new century, one in as much need as ever of purpose and hope.

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Groceries Are Starting to Run Low in Houston. What Now?

While the world has been thrilled and inspired by stories of heroism and rescue in the wake of Hurricane Harvey over the past few days, Texans who have been impacted by the flood are forced to consider the longer game. To whit, as the streets are underwater and transportation in and out of affected areas is difficult or impossible, how are people going to eat ?

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Establishing the Reliability of the Old Testament: The Ardent Testimony of the Ancients

In Cold Case Christianity , I discussed the careful transmission of Biblical texts by tracing the New Testament “Chain of Custody” from the apostles to the Council of Laodicea. While it’s much more difficult to trace the lineage of Old Testament authors, it’s easy to examine the testimony of New Testament authorities and Church Fathers who trusted the Old Testament as authoritative. These leaders understood the meticulous process of transmission used by ancient Jewish scribes (a process since tested by manuscript discoveries ). They were confident the Old Testament was accurate and had been reliably transmitted. They also considered these texts to be God-given scripture :

Was Our Oldest Itty-Bitty Ancestor All Mouth?

Only 1.3 millimeters long and less than a millimeter wide and high, Saccorhytus looks like a very wrinkled elliptical bag. Though rounded, the placement of its conical body appendages, pores, chevron-like folds, and mouth reveal it is bilaterally symmetrical. Surrounding its comparatively large mouth is a crown of conical openings, which scientists think might have served to expel water gulped with its food. Its body covering appears to have been a flexible one, allowing it to wriggle about as it ate. In addition to cones radiating from around its mouth, it has spines and two sets of pores. Scientists think some of the pores might have been sensory organs, but others might represent the attachment points for setae with which it could have intermittently anchored itself in seabed sediment.

Lust, Love, and the Gospel According to Kendrick Lamar

. If “Lust” broods and boils in one corner of the ring, “Love” patiently waits for its turn in the other. “Love” serves as a haven as Lamar respectfully and honestly raps about his girlfriend (“I don’t wan’ pressure you none/I want your blessing today”) and speaks of a love that quenches and is satisfied by her presence  (“All feeling go out, this feeling don’t drought/This party won’t end”). “Love” is one of few Kendrick Lamar songs virtually free from profanity which provides a sharp contrast to “Lust” as something pure and untainted. The essence of the song implies that something has been fulfilled and even prompts Kendrick to sing which he rarely does on any of his albums. “Love” is simple, unassuming, and genuinely easy listening. Contentment is laced into its fabric; the lightness is not just heard, but felt.


Frank interviews Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and author of the viral essay, "This Is Not a Day Care. It's a University!," about his new book where he takes a hard look at what's happening around the country--including the demand for "safe spaces" and trigger warnings at universities like Yale, Brandeis, and Oberlin--and digs in his heels against the sad and dangerous infantilization of the American spirit.

Thinking of Our Friends in Houston | Evolution News

Needless to say, we are thinking of you all, and are grateful for what we’ve heard so far as to your safety. Your friends at Discovery Institute want to express our concern and our urgent hope that you are comfortable and secure, in your person and your property. With other residents of the Houston area, you are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this intensely trying time.

Men, on the Brink of Suicide: There Is Hope!

After spending a decade on the phones counseling depressed, down, and suicidal people, I have come to the conclusion that the thought of suicide (in some form) is a thought many men have pondered.

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History is a Problem for Those Who Doubt Jesus Was Real

There are plenty of people who deny the existence of God or the resurrection of Jesus. They may hold that there was a sage teacher of morality named Jesus who lived in the first century who was eventually executed by the Romans. Usually, the story goes that his followers taught others about his exploits, embellishing them with legendary acts and miraculous flourishes until we have the accounts of his life we read in the Bible today. These claims have been with us for centuries.

C.S. Lewis' 'The Problem of Pain' Is More Relevant Than Ever

It’s not until we have a firm grasp on the true love of God and learn to remind ourselves often that God’s love does not prevent us from suffering, that we can offer that hope to a hurting world in a way that also acknowledges that pain and suffering are real. Being dismissive of one’s experiences and feelings by using God’s love as a kind of muzzle to the expression of deep hurt, cheapens what real hope offers—which is believing someone’s story, but encouraging them that there are more chapters to go. That this isn’t the end.

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How Do We Know The Gospels Were Written In the First Century?

Frank explains in simple term why we know that the N.T. documents must have been written in the first century.

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The Danger of Easy Theism

Not long ago, Oprah Winfrey interviewed distance swimmer, Diana Nyad , and inadvertently started an online firestorm over their comments related to atheism and theism. During the show, Nyad identified herself an atheist and said, “I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity. All the billions of people who have lived before us, who have loved and hurt and suffered. So to me, my definition of God is humanity and is the love of humanity.” After hearing this, Oprah responded, “Well, I don’t call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.” Nyad attempted to reaffirm her lack of belief in a Divine Being, but Oprah seemed to miss the point, attempting instead to rope her into some form of theism on the basis of Nyad’s admitted awe of God’s creation. Later in the show, Nyad spoke of her belief in the soul, in spite of her atheistic worldview: “We all have souls and I feel their (humanity’s) collective souls.

A New Theory for the Moon’s Origin

One might object that the four gas giant planets were so massive that collisions with them played no significant role in the formation of their satellites. Or that their huge masses constrained their satellites to have orbits out of the ecliptic. But what of the other three terrestrial (earth-like) planets, Mercury, Venus, and Mars? As previously mentioned, Mercury and Venus have no natural satellites. Mars has two tiny satellites, but they likely are captured asteroids. Evolutionary scientists invoke a completely different scenario for the origin of the many other natural satellites in the solar system. Supposedly, only the earth’s moon formed by glancing collisions with the planet it orbits. Why did the earth alone undergo this unique process (at least 20 times)? Doesn’t that appear to be a long chain of improbable events? Isn’t it more reasonable to believe that the moon and its origin is unique because the moon was made to fulfill many specific purposes?

Gene Editing Will Soon Be a Reality—Now What?

We love our son. And it’s not as if we love him even though he has Down syndrome. No, we would miss that extra chromosome if he were to wake up tomorrow without it. It’s part of what makes him who he is. The idea that so many in our world seem to view people like him negatively saddens me. And as I think about the bright future that John told me about, I fear it may not come to pass. After all, it’s clear that a lot of people seem to think they are better off if their kids don’t have Down syndrome. It’s also clear that many well-intentioned people see those with Down syndrome as in need of fixing. Perhaps the great strides that we’ve made won’t last.

Book Preview: Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

About the Authors Josh McDowell As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling and overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love. After his conversion, Josh committed his life to telling a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. After studying at Kellogg College, Josh completed his college degree at Wheaton College and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, graduating magna cum laude with a Masters of Divinity. Working with Campus Crusade for Christ and founding the youth outreach, Josh McDowell Ministry, Josh has shared the gospel with more than 25 million people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-authored of 147 books. Sean McDowell Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, especially young people, to make the case for the Christian faith.

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James I and Charles I by Michael Reeves | August 30, 2017

Having been introduced to Richards Sibbes, we will now look at the bigger picture of what’s going on in England about halfway through his life, at the end of Elizabeth’s long reign (1558-1603). At this time, to be English was to be Protestant and to be Catholic was to be treacherous. The growing national sentiment was anti-Catholic, with Catholicism and its practices increasingly fading out of England. Indeed, while Elizabeth’s reign made the nation Protestant, it could not guarantee that its subjects were actually evangelical. Also, as we have seen, the last decade of Elizabeth’s reign (1590s) was hard for the reform-minded Puritans. They now waited for the Calvinist James VI of Scotland to take the throne as James I of England. That is where we pick up the story in this lesson.

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