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.
Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth For a Skeptical World
Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth For a Skeptical World Because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. Not long after I became a Christian and started living …
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.
Fr. James Martin is Creating Chaos in Catholic Circles
James Martin preens as a victim when Catholics complain, but pitches himself to the rich and aggressive LGBT lobby as their champion inside the church.
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.
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.
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Apologetics 101: Having an Argument for the Existence of God
Contrary to what Melissa Cain Travis implies above, you don’t need to respond to Coworker Joe by a full-on presentation of the Kalam Cosmological Argument. Instead, it is perfectly acceptable to humbly ask questions. For example, you could ask Coworker Joe, “So why do you think the Bible has changed over time?” That takes the pressure off you to defend Christianity, and puts the pressure on him to defend his claims. Or you could say, “I’m going to look into that. Let me get back to you tomorrow.” And then you could go home search Google—a wonderful resource—to learn more. You would quickly find that the Bible has remained pretty much the same over the past 2000 years, and that it is preserved in its original languages Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Then, the next day, you could tell Joe what you learned and ask him what he thinks.
Best of BAM: Hank Unplugged with Raymond Ibrahim - Part 1
On today's special edition of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present another episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast, in which Hank talked with middle east and Islam research specialist Raymond Ibrahim.
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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Why Didn’t God Heal Nabeel Qureshi? | The Stream
I dont wanna be insensative to Nabeel he was incredible man of God i highly respect and who’s books i own, but there is validity to what your are saying. And until many believers start to be more aware of they’re health and what they put into their bodies then many are subject to sickeness and may sleep before there time. Big Pharma and most of the medical industry had failed us and people must understand Cancer is a big business. There are many alternatives proven to be effective much more then most allopathic treatments. I just pray God gives us the wisdom to study medicinal herbal nutritional healing, there is much information out there. Many clinics like ” The Gerson therapy, Dr Burzynski The Hippocrates institute ” and the list goes on. Many have been very successful at healing stage 4 Cancer. Im not judging Nabeel’s decisions or Gods purposes i say all this in Love, i lost both my parents at a young age and have been deeply affected, they as well put much faith and reliled on the medical industry too much which has once again failed miserably. Chemotherapy doesnt work, and it destroys all good cells.
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"Because Islam is so much in the sights of the world right now, an articulate and attractive personality like Nabeel was often given a fair hearing. He was also a medical doctor and well studied in theology and philosophy, academic credentials that earned him respect. He was well versed in the faith in which he was raised," Zacharias wrote. "Nabeel held dear the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Old and New Testaments and carried the message of salvation. He said that for years as a young man, he labored and struggled to gain 'righteousness before God' only to find out that righteousness was already found in the cross through Jesus."
Reasons To Believe : Five Ways Historic Christianity Relates Faith to Reason
In defining the relationship between faith and reason, historic Christianity draws upon both Scripture and sustained logical analysis. Here are five ways that historic Christianity relates faith to reason:
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Does the Bible REALLY teach reincarnation? Reincarnation, literally, “rebirth in another body,” has long been considered to be a universal law of life in the Eastern world. Tragically, today in the West, it is now also believed to be backed by the Bible. The words of Jeremiah, John, and Jesus are typically cited as irrefutable […]
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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Religious Life on the High Seas
As a scholar, I don’t have time to read a lot of devotional literature, so every [piece of] literature I read, I read devotionally. I take lessons from everything I learn, and so I really developed a high degree of admiration for these men who persisted in religious practices. They faced enormous peer pressure or cajoling between the decks of the ship and often got reputations as Bible thumpers and things like that. I was really struck by their persistence of faith in an environment that could be very hostile to faith. I admired those who had the gumption to be faithful Christians and yet still have this calling of maritime work.
Renewing Your Mind | The Person of Christ | Sep 19, 2017
Who is Jesus? Today, R.C. Sproul explains the uniqueness of Christ as summarized in the Apostles' Creed.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 — The Briefing
As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.
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.”
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?
Apologetics: How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels?
If these claims are correct, early Christians did not link the four New Testament Gospels to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John because these individuals actually wrote the Gospels. The Gospels were, according to Bart Ehrman and many others, originally anonymous. According to this reconstruction, early Christians forged apostolic links in the second century in order to make these documents seem more authoritative. Ehrman’s proof for this supposition is the “wide variety” of different titles found among the Gospel manuscripts.
The Cautionary Tale of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
Drawing on a wide range of interviews, newspaper reports, and court documents, Wigger expertly documents the larger-than-life transgressions that eventually brought the Bakkers and PTL tumbling down. Where to begin a summary accounting? Perhaps with the sex? Jim Bakker’s December 1980 encounter with a young woman named Jessica Hahn in a Florida hotel room—one which she describes to this day as non-consensual, though she prefers not to call it rape—would prove central to his and PTL’s undoing. But as Wigger shows, it was just the tip of the iceberg. Throughout Bakker’s time at the helm of PTL he had sex with at least six of his male employees. These, too, were exploitative relationships, in which Bakker deployed the power of his position to secure others’ silence. Tammy Faye was not abusive, but may well have had dalliances of her own, including with the musician Gary Paxton. While the two denied any sexual involvement, many in PTL’s inner circles assumed they had an affair.
Before You Were Born, We Prayed for You
The heart behind our prayerfulness in this expectant season of motherhood is humble dependence on God. We cannot see the future. We cannot do all things. We cannot know what our baby will be like. But we can recognize our insufficiency and lack, our inability to control our child’s outcomes and ultimately turn his or her soul to Christ. We can worship and praise the Almighty God who’s able to do all things, and so, as David did, we lift our eyes to him in trust:
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Of Old Testament Haircuts and New Testament Head Coverings
The opening pages of the Bible teach that woman was created in God’s image (the crucial dividing line between mankind and beast). But after the fall of man, the history of God’s people gives us much to scrutinize on this question. The exploitation of Hagar in Genesis 16 and the rapes of Dinah in Genesis 34 and an unnamed concubine in Judges 19 offer snapshots of a fallen humanity that regularly views women as expendable sexual objects.
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When Did Jesus Begin Performing Miracles and Can We Trust the Accounts? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity
In this podcast, J. Warner examines Islamic and ancient apocryphal stories of Jesus as a child. Did Jesus perform public miracles as a boy? J. Warner also examines the historicity of the Raising of Lazarus and answers listener email related to evangelism and the boyhood miracles of Jesus.
Bob Tiede | Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!
Jesus also asked dozens of questions even though he knew the answers . Why? While there could be other reasons, it seems to me that he wanted to elicit faith in people and to help them arrive at a personal knowledge of the truth. When it comes to helping people arrive at a biblical worldview, Jesus knew questions were often far more powerful than statements. In fact, he knew the most important question of all is, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)
Presidential Biographies: Educating Myself and Giving Arbitrary Grades
Anyway, I heave been burning through the science fiction reading list that I’ve been doing for a couple years and realized I was rapidly running out of ideas for what to read next. I am, of course, going to keep reading science fiction and fantasy, but I wanted to do something different. I tried looking up some lists of classics, but I’d either already read too many of them or they included “modern classics” alongside things like Pride and Prejudice or Crime and Punishment . No thank you. So, while I keep searching for a list of classics worthy of the name, I decided to educate myself. I realize that even though I studied history in college and got more than my heaping helping of history, I still know very little about the history of the United States. So to alleviate that, I figured I’d start reading through biographies of Presidents of the United States. So then new quest is launched: read one biography of every President of the United States, in order! I’d totally have an awesome picture with all the Presidents on it, but I couldn’t find one in the limited time I took searching.
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Philippians 1:12–14: Prosperity Preachers
In this lab, Pastor John laments that prosperity gospels rob people of the opportunity to show the world that Christ is worth suffering and dying for.
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Playground Apologetics Tactics Question 2: 'How did you arrive at that conclusion?'
Welcome back, Mama Bears! We are enjoying sharing this series with you. Currently we are moving through Greg Koukl’s three questions for guiding apologetics conversations. They are:
Sorry to Tell You, But Jesus is Not Returning on September 23 | The Stream
Interesting article… but my understanding was that nobody was suggesting that the Second Coming would be September 23rd. I’m wondering where you heard or read that? For the last 3 or 4 years the Christians who have been giving serious consideration to the astronomical alignment on that date as matching a literal reading of Revelation 12:1-6, have argued that Rev. 12 is an illustration of the Church being Raptured, a completely separate event and unrelated to the Second Coming. This is not a new belief either, there are a dozen very famous or well known theologians from the last 150 years who have held the same belief, including H.A. Ironside, William Blackstone and G.H. Pember. The male child in Rev. 12 who is ‘caught up’ to Heaven, is argued to be the Church or Body of Christ, the Greek word being ‘harpazo’, a word which was never once used to describe the Ascension of Yeshua. Personally, I don’t know if the Rapture of the Church is on 9/23 or not. But I also l don’t see fair consideration being given to the Christians who believe there could be something to this, as none of their critics have countered any of the points which have been made to support their position.
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PODCAST: How to deflect an attack from the enemy.
Frank shares great advice on how to defend ourselves from "the enemy" just as Jesus did in the desert and other very interesting converging points in the tapestry of scripture between the Old and the New Testament.
BreakPoint: Where Is God in the Storms?
And finally, our visceral reaction to the tragedy and suffering caused by natural disasters, far from disproving an all-powerful, all-loving God, is actually strong evidence for His existence. C. S. Lewis admitted in “Mere Christianity” that as an atheist, he thought the injustice in the world was an airtight argument against Christianity. But then he wondered: “How had I gotten this idea of just and unjust?”
Qualifications of a House Church
Hank answers a question about how to discern the signs of a good house church. http://www.equip.org
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.
It’s unbelievable how short their memory was! In Egypt, God sent 10 plagues on the Egyptians just to rescue his people, and the children of Israel forgot it just days later when they were at the Red Sea saying, “We’re all going to die!” They forgot what God had done. Then God did a miracle and opened the Red Sea. They walked through to the other side and immediately forgot that miracle and cried, “We’re going to die of thirst!” God miraculously provided water. The Israelites forgot that and complained, “We’re going to die because we have no food!” They were always forgetting.
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.
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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. . . .”
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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?