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Remembering Nabeel Qureshi

By: Brian Chilton | September 18, 2017 The Christian community lost a wonderful man of God this past Saturday, September 16, 2017. Nabeel Qureshi entered his eternal home after a year-long battle w…

Husbands, Lead by Going Low

A man’s call to lead in the home is a summons to stoop low and bear the burden of responsibility for his family.

Watch This 66-Year-Old Man See in Color for the First Time in His Life

William Reed is a bodybuilder who was born colorblind. For his 66th birthday, his wife and kids all pitched in to buy him Enchroma glasses, which have special color correcting lenses that help colorblind people see in color.This video captures him trying them out for the first time, and is a reminder to those of us who can see color just how spectacular the view is.

Nabeel Qureshi: courage, commitment and compassionate witness - Premier Christianity

Nabeel Qureshi, a prominent Christian apologist who converted from Islam, passed away on Saturday aged 34. Justin Brierley knew him, and remembers his life and legacy.

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We Are Not Germs: The Case for Human Dignity

Both Christianity and humanism seek the healing of estranged relationships, and both honor the dignity of the human being. However, their bases for dignity are radically different. The Christian sees the horizontal, interpersonal relation as inseparable from the vertical relationship with God. To remain at the human, horizontal level is to neglect the path toward eternal human significance. To establish human dignity without acknowledging the God of creation, the humanist must act in an arbitrary and irrational fashion. If humans rose by chance from chaos, why should dignity be ascribed to them? Since the advent of the Christian faith, humanism has constantly incorporated Christian values and ethics while ripping the heart out of Christianity’s theological context. Yet that context is the only reason the values and ethics make sense. As a representative human, I resent the moral demands if someone tells me I “ought” to do this or that, without giving me any reason. Humanists have for no reason made dignity and value the “givens” of human experience. To be sure, our experience agrees with their assessment.

Case-Making 101: Prophecy and the Bible

We have been laying out a “Case for the Bible” over the past few posts and the evidence collection has been based on a question that many have posed: How do we know the Bible is the Word of God? You can be skeptical of the Bible as I once was but at some point, in light of the avalanche of evidence, you have to pause and ask yourself: Could it be true? If there is at least a 50/50 chance based on the evidence you’ve seen here that the Bible is the Word of God (and its more like 90/10) don’t you owe it to yourself to consider it?

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Many Mormons who leave Mormonism now come to readily affiliate with the new atheism. We provide reasons for not feeling compelled to proverbially “throw the baby out with the bath water.” Jesus is the most amazing person with the most audacious claims, and who has had the single greatest impact on human history and in our lives personally. Our historical knowledge of him is incredibly strong and there is no reason that one should fail to consider his unique claims simply because one feels “burned by religion.” We are thinkers who believe in Jesus, and we are believers who think any reasonable person should believe in him as well. For personal interaction with the authors, join the Facebook Group Leaving Mormonism . For social media, use the hashtag #LeavingMormonism.

Answering frequently asked questions about The Nashville Statement

Last week, I answered a range of questions about the Nashville Statement from the guys at the Apologetics Canada podcast . These brothers had really great queries—many that I have been asked from others over the last few weeks. The interview is only a little over twenty minutes, but we ended up covering a lot of ground. You can download the interview here or listen below:

Why Didn’t God Heal Nabeel Qureshi? | The Stream

How does a man facing his own premature death exude an uplifting combination of grace, love and truth? My friend Nabeel Qureshi, who has done that for more than a year, died at age 34 on Saturday. In case you don’t know, Nabeel was a former devout Muslim who became a powerful defender of Christianity after a seven-year process of evaluating the evidence for Christianity with his friend David Wood . His first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is an international best seller.

Whites Only? A Birmingham Letter for Wittenburg’s Door

That said, black souls are being lost without ever hearing the biblical gospel. Many from my childhood have never been confronted with the person and work of Jesus Christ. Even if they grew up in Grandma’s church, they most likely heard some form of “the prosperity gospel” — which is no gospel at all. I have talked with several black men who, since coming to faith, marvel in horror at how devoid of the gospel their neighborhoods are. Black communities starve theologically, perishing down the street from a healthy and fruitful gathering of saints.

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Has Christian Psychology Lost Its Place at Southern Seminary?

The Southern Seminary president declined to make any comment on Johnson’s employment, but repeated what he said in a meeting the day before: “I have tremendous respect for Dr. Eric Johnson. What I said to the faculty in private, I will say to you in public: I have no reason to doubt his character, his commitment to Christ, or his sincerity in signing our theological documents.”

Nabell Qureshi (1983-2017)

Nabell Qureshi (1983-2017) by Justin Taylor On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer. ISLAM WAS ALL Nabeel was born in California as a U.S. citizen to Pakistani immigrants who fled religious persecution at the hands of fellow Muslims. His parents were devout members of the peaceful Ahmadi sect of Islam, which differs from orthodox Islam on some minor doctrines but shares with it a belief in the six articles of faith: belief in tawheed [absolute monotheism] belief in the prophets belief in the books belief in the unseen belief in the day of judgment belief in the decree of Allah and holds to the five pillars of the faith reciting the shahada (witness of faith) praying the salaat (ritual prayer) paying the zakaat (alms) fasting performing hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Nabeel’s family was the most loving and tightly knit family that he knew. And it was entirely centered on Islam, which formed the framework and blueprint of his life. His mother taught him Urdu and Arabic before he learned English at the age of 4.

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Perspective | Why this Muslim-turned-Christian speaker resonated with so many before his death at 34

That was Nabeel Qureshi. He hated sitting still. He was a man with a mission, ready to run. Sadly, for us, he died Saturday at a young age of 34 after a year of battling stomach cancer. Nabeel, who was raised in a Muslim-American family and converted to Christianity after a fellow college student sparked his interest in Christianity, worked with me in Christian apologetics.

A.P.T.A.T.: A Strategy for Daily Bible Reading

How do we begin reading the Bible supernaturally? God is certainly not under our power to control or manipulate him into helping us. Nevertheless, by his own grace, God loves to help his children understand his word. So how are we to set out Bible reading so that we read and think in dependence on God’s supernatural help at every moment?

Apologist Ravi Zacharias Remembers His Young Protégé, Nabeel Qureshi

I invited him to join our team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) four and a half years ago. He placed one condition, and I placed one condition. His condition was that after he joined, he travel with me for one year, to observe and learn. I asked that after the year, he go to Oxford and do his doctorate to be better prepared to answer the toughest questions a Christian apologist faces and to do it with gentleness, respect, and learning. He agreed.

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Only Love Prevents Adultery: Letter to a Would-Be Adulteress

Adultery is a mature sin, a deliberate sin. You may “fall in love,” but you walk yourself into bed with that man. In all our years of ministry, I have never had one woman come to me and say, “I am so happy over this affair. It’s even better than I imagined!” And so as an older woman, I have one word for you: Don’t! Don’t go there. Don’t go there in your mind. Don’t go there in your heart. Don’t go there with your body.

16 Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels: J. Warner Wallace, Lee Strobel: 8601400564080: Books

Christian apologetics is a constantly growing and changing scene and although it's the one career path that will absolutely guarantee that you'll never be rich, but there's definitely no shortage of "C-list/B-list" apologists out there. These folks are usually uneducated "discernment ministry" types running their own basement/blog "ministries" and defending the faith against the attacks of skeptics, academics, heretics and YouTube atheists. But, there are also a few "A-List" folks who have respectable education, write books, teach at Christian Colleges/Seminaries, debate Bart Ehrman or Richard Dawkins (two resume-making debaters for Christian apologists) and put on Alaskan cruises devoted to apologetics and worship via buffet. Of the "A-List" apologists, William Lane Craig is one of the biggest, so it's no surprise that several in his circle, the newest of which is J. Warner Wallace, are climbing onto the "A-List" and getting exposure (and plenty of endorsements from the staff and friends of Biola). All that being said, when I started reading "Cold Case Christianity" by J. Warner Wallace, I already had an idea what to expect: Card-carrying evidentialist apologetics, mainly philosophical defense of Christianity, plenty of party-line towing with regards to the evidentialist apologists (i.

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Six Ways to Inspire Confident, Contagious Faith in Your Kids

As parents and teachers, we want to encourage our kids’ and students’ critical thinking by honoring their questions. For example, you might respond by saying, “Wow, I’m really impressed that you’ve thought of such a deep and important point. Let’s talk about that.” Or if they’re simply expressing doubt about a biblical claim, you might ask them, “What do you think is problematic about that?” If they continue to harbor doubt after you’ve provided them with good answers, give them space. This will show them that you respect their spiritual and intellectual autonomy. You might revisit the conversation from time to time and/or point them toward helpful people, pastors, books, or online resources. When you do talk, try to avoid making them feel as if they’re forced to agree with your conclusions to avoid upsetting you.

Does the Bible Teach Definite Atonement? - Westminster Theological Seminary

“To support the doctrine of definite atonement, I don’t think it’s as simple as providing a set of biblical texts. For example, as someone who believes in definite atonement, I could bring all the particularistic texts to the table and speak about Christ’s death for me, for his people, for us believers, and for the church. But then someone who believes in a general or universal atonement will bring to the table universalistic texts, and say,  Look at these . Christ died for many, for all, for the world. What normally happens then is a bit of textual tit-for-tat. You go back and forth, a bit like a game of Bible ping-pong. . . .”

#STRask - September 18, 2017 | Stand to Reason

On a recent podcast, Greg said revelation is progressive from the OT to the NT. How would you answer a LDS or even individual who believes in "progressive” revelation today?   How can we trust a book like Hebrews as canon if we aren't sure who authored it? Isn't eyewitness testimony a requirement of Scripture?    In the case of being physically attacked, is it okay for a believer to use self-defense, or is that not loving your neighbor?

22 Deep Loss, Heavy Hearts: The Passing of Nabeel Qureshi | RZIM

Our loss is deep and our hearts heavy. Yes, we dreaded this moment, but it is here. Our Lord understands. Even He wept over Lazarus, knowing all along that He would raise him. The pain of death is real. Even short farewells are painful. I have a flood of memories. I have posted an obituary on certain publications, at their request. It is amazing that a life so brief had an impact so big. That is rare and is a tribute to an amazing man. I will miss his voice on the phone saying, “Hello, uncle.” I will miss his memorable smile. Most importantly, I will miss watching him preach with an anointing that was rare. I will write more later. For now, I just wanted to say how saddened we are by the loss of a fellow apologist whose powerful messages changed tens of thousands that heard him.

Is Mark's Gospel An Early Memoir of Peter? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this blast from the past, J. Warner examines the Gospel of Mark for signs of Peter’s influence. Papias, the early church bishop, claimed Mark’s Gospel was written as he sat at the feet of Peter in Rome. According to Papias, Mark scribed Peter’s sermons and created the narrative we now have in our Bible. In this audio podcast, J. Warner applies Forensic Statement Analysis to Mark’s text to see if Peter’s fingerprints are present. (For more information, visit )

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25 Died: Nabeel Qureshi, Author of ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’

The 34-year-old convert from Islam was an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) until his diagnosis last summer. He spent months in aggressive treatment, including the removal of his stomach, all the while praying for a miracle to heal him.

Renewing Your Mind | God the Father | Sep 18, 2017

To address God as Father is an unspeakable privilege. Today, R.C. Sproul considers the biblical understanding of the fatherhood of God as he begins a series on the Apostles' Creed.

Did Adam and Eve Sin Before the Bite?

When Adam and Eve used their biceps and triceps and hand muscles to reach for the forbidden fruit and then used their jaw muscles to bite it, those outward acts of the muscles were evil precisely because they were expressions of a heart that had lost its taste for the superior satisfaction of God and had become dominated by desires for something more than God. That sinful condition of the heart preceded the muscles and their movement and the biting. That was the point that I was trying to make.

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Rapid Response: 'The Gospels Are Unreliable'

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone made the following claim: “Even if the events recorded in the Gospels came from eyewitness accounts, why should we trust what eyewitnesses tell us? Even modern-day witnesses are notoriously unreliable and are often wrong about what they claim to have seen. Why should we trust ancient eyewitness accounts?” How would you respond to such an objection? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

Fail Not to Obtain the Grace of God

And notice the connection between verse 1 and verse 13. Verse one calls us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us,” and verse 13 says, “Make straight paths for your feet.” In other words the aim of all this teaching about God’s discipline in our suffering is so that we will not give up the race — that we not fall exhausted in discouragement or take a detour into some easier path.

Outrage: 'Friday Night Lights' Is Leaving Netflix

The reason for the departure? Netflix received streaming licenses for most of its prized shows back when it was still in its nascent years in the early 2010s, when the value of streaming video was still difficult to determine. Netflix gambled big, and that gamble paid off, but the contracts for many of the shows are up this year and, what’s more, the people who own the shows are much more aware of their value. Word is, a lot of the shows will be headed over to Hulu, just like Julie Taylor eventually decided to join Matt in Chicago, despite the protestations of her parents.

Reasons To Believe : No Snowballs Out There, But Thank God for Snowballs Here

The three astronomers first point out that stars dimmer than the Sun are redder than the Sun. At red and near-infrared wavelengths, the difference between the amount of starlight reflected by ice or snow on a planet’s surface compared to liquid water or exposed land is much less than it is at yellow, green, or blue wavelengths. The team then performed calculations that showed for tidally locked planets the top-of-the-atmosphere ice/ocean albedo (albedo refers to the amount of light reflected away) contrast is even smaller. The three then performed additional calculations that established tidally locked planets—even those possessing extensive surface liquid water and functioning enduring silicate weathering—will “not be able to exist in a snowball state for an extended period of time.” 3 A snowball state is where all or most of a planet’s surface becomes covered in ice. The researchers finish their paper with the following conclusion, “We [astronomers] will not find habitable tidally locked exoplanets with an active carbon cycle in a snowball state.” 4 No long-lasting life is possible on a planet without a carbon cycle.

The Anti-Abortion Movement Needs to Rethink Shock-Based Messaging

There is a cost to this style of communication. Not only does it misinform the public and strip the dignity of victims, but it feeds into the very same objectifying and voyeuristic behaviours we’re fighting against in the first place. Pornified photos of victims does as much good for the anti-trafficking movement as mutilated fetus imagery does for anti-abortion groups. Both try to fight violence by using violent images. Both seek to protect human dignity in the most undignified and inhumane way. Both expose one injustice but create another.

Famous Last Words of Jesus, Muhammad, and Nabeel Qureshi

We can learn a lot about what's most important to a person by pondering his last words. In this video, David Wood discusses the parting thoughts of Jesus, Muhammad, and Nabeel Qureshi.

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Great Reality Inspires Great Writing

So what was the point? Let me get to it by taking you with me on a train of thought emerging over the last three years. What I have been focused on mainly is how to draw out, from the writings of the Bible, the reality that the authors are trying to communicate. And you can see immediately that all we have to do is flip this process of thinking around to discover how to put reality into writing — not just get meaning out.

Why Are You a Believer? A Review of Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Sadly, my own experience in the church confirms what Boghossian has described. Boghossian, and others like him, believe they need only show Christians how to examine evidence and the rest will take care of itself. Confident of the evidence supporting their view, they can’t imagine Christianity will survive a forensic investigation in the “age of reason.” But as someone who has examined the evidence of God’s existence and the reliability of the New Testament documents as a detective, I hold a similar, although opposite, view. If Christians will simply learn how to approach their beliefs evidentially and take the same forensic approach detectives take when examining an event from the past, the rest will take care of itself. I’m confident the claims of Christianity are supported by the evidence, and I believe a forensic faith will comfortably survive in the age of reason. Boghossian and I are engaged in a race of sorts. Both of us understand the importance of the evidence, and we are trying to reach the same group of accidental Christians. The only question is who will reach them first.

Zurich Revolutionary: Ulrich Zwingli

His final year at Glarus proved to be pivotal. It was at this time that Zwingli came to an evangelical understanding of the Scriptures. Erasmus published his Greek New Testament in that year, and Zwingli devoured it; it is said he memorized Paul’s epistles in the original language. This occurred a little more than a year before Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. Thanks to his study of the Scriptures, with no knowledge of Luther’s ideas, Zwingli began to preach the same message Luther would soon proclaim. He wrote: “Before anyone in the area had ever heard of Luther, I began to preach the gospel of Christ in 1516… . I started preaching the gospel before I had even heard Luther’s name… . Luther, whose name I did not know for at least another two years, had definitely not instructed me. I followed holy Scripture alone.”

Why Didn’t God Heal Nabeel Qureshi? | The Stream

I’m a Husband of a wonderful Christian woman (like Nabeel), Father of a 1 1/2 year old daughter (Like Nabeel), and Minister in the Kingdom (Like Nabeel). I’m also only a few years younger than him. When I first heard the news about his passing I felt a strike of conviction in my conscience, “This could have been me. This may be me.” As I question God’s providence in permitting this suffering, I myself have already been impacted by the conviction of the H.S. in the examination of my own life and sin. I’ve began to reprioritize my loyalties in ministry and want to be intentional out making the most of my life. My mind has been flooded with thoughts of relationships that need restored, personal sins that need challenged, and a renewed perspective on life. I’ve seriously reconsidered the well-being of my family and whether or not I’ve done enough to provide and protect them or whether or not I’m being the man of God they need me to be.

How Many Churches Does America Have? More Than Expected

Brauer did not include the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), America’s largest Protestant denomination, in the denominational section of his estimate, because Baptist congregations can be accidentally counted more than once due to affiliation with multiple denominations. The SBC’s latest Annual Church Profile tallied 47,200 churches, which could mean there are more SBC churches than Brauer’s largest included denomination, the UMC, which has 35,700 churches.

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Hurricane Relief Demonstrates Necessity of Private Sector

And that's why, when it all boils down, there's a lot we can all learn from the brave men and women who towed their fishing boats and kayaks down to a flooded city ready to save lives, and from the countless people of faith like Charles Mully who are sacrificing it all to make a difference.

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Thanks for sharing, and sorry to hear about Nabeel on one hand. On the other, I am glad he is on to his reward. May many be touched!

Middle Knowledge and Scriptural Inspiration Once More | Reasonable Faith

To begin with, I read QoW #541 differently than you do. The questioner Mark was trying to draw a distinction between the epistles and other canonical writings because of the occasional nature of the epistles. His argument was that the occasional nature of the epistles ought to lead us to think that they are not inspired. My answer to Mark was intended to show that this difference between the epistles and other New Testament documents is not a good reason to think that they are not equally inspired. Given a middle knowledge point of view, God can inspire the writing of occasional letters so that they are both verbally inspired and yet freely written, reflecting all the personal and historical peculiarities of their human authors.

Alt-Right’s Interest in Evolution Makes Sense. An Obsession with Taylor Swift? Much Less So | Evolution News

I heard a promotion on our local NPR station for a weekend report about the alt-right and their dual infatuation with Medieval Europe and pop star Taylor Swift. Gee, I wonder if they’ll also talk about neo-Nazis and their affection for evolutionary thinking. What do you think? The latter is a subject that historian Richard Weikart and I have discussed ( here , here , and here ) and that CSC associate director John West talked about the other day with World Magazine .

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