But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:56

Can Reason Lead Us To A Relationship With God?

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By Al Serrato   Most atheists feel confident that they have “reason” on their side. As a result, many are surprised when a Christian apologist takes an evidentialist, or reason-based, approach to matters of “faith.” Not long ago, the issue arose in a conversation I...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:20

Finding Purpose in Faith

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By Al Serrato   Many skeptics maintain unquestioned faith that science will solve the world’s problems. Seeing the evidence of chaos throughout the world, often the product of religiously-inspired violence, they conclude that religion is somehow the problem. Authors like Christopher...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 09:03

7 Insights from Traveling to Israel

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Last week I had the chance of visiting the beautiful land of Israel. My wife and I went with Israel Collective, an organization dedicated to peace-making in Israel. We saw remarkable sites, met unique people (Israelis, Palestinians, Druze), heard powerful lectures, and ate some of the best food I...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:44

Should We Let Science Influence Our Doctrine Of Creation?

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By Evan Minton Science is an amazing thing! It’s enabled us to transcend so many of our previously existing barriers, from being able to walk on the moon to being able to carry on a live conversation with someone on the opposite side of the planet, from helping us know what makes fevers run...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 04:45

Questions about Mass Shootings w/ J. Warner Wallace

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In the wake of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church mass shooting in Texas, many questions arise, and our national conversation about gun violence intensifies. We grieve with these families and cannot ignore the evil done by the perpetrator. Detective J. Warner Wallace answers some questions...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 02:29

¿Quién Escribió El Evangelio De Juan?

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Por Brian Chilton Durante las últimas semanas, hemos investigado a los autores de los Evangelios y el libro de Hechos. En este artículo, examinamos la evidencia del Evangelio de Juan. ¿Quién escribió el Cuarto Evangelio? Como hemos visto en artículos...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 02:58

Can Religion Be Tested for Truth?

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By Luke Nix Most of the time, I’m not too fond of using the term “religion”. I normally prefer to use “worldview” because it is more clear about what all a belief-system entails. However, for this post, I will use the term common for the question posed in the title:...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 02:07

IS AN EVIDENCE BASED BELIEF ON SHAKY GROUNDS?

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By Evan Minton   “If you were talked into your belief, you can be talked out of it”. This is what I read from one theologian in a book a while back. I cannot remember who said it, but that was a direct quote from the book. I think it came from one of the volumes of...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 02:01

Talking with Your Kids about God w/ Natasha Crain

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Christian parenting is hard work–and it’s getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith but fear that today’s increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 08:45

Why We Should Get To Know the Bible

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By Al Serrato   Is there a way to use the Bible to get someone interested in knowing more about the Bible? I’ve thought about this question for many years. As I learned more about the Word, and spoke more with people who called themselves Christian but knew little or nothing about...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 08:26

Are You Thinking Like an Atheist?

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By Adam Tucker As anyone who attends the Southern Evangelical Seminary National Conference on Christian Apologetics knows, SES does its best to offer well-rounded apologetics training that meets the needs of the novice while also challenging those who are more advanced. Our goal is to challenge the...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:40

Belief In God Is Not a Feeling

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By Al Serrato “Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.” Obi-Wan’s admonition to Luke Skywalker sums up what some skeptics probably think about Christianity. If it were real, they would be able to “feel it” in some tangible way, and perhaps also be able...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 05:48

Job, Suffering, and a Game of Chess

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By Luke Nix   The Ultimate Game of Chess As a Christian, I come across many challenges to my worldview. Some challenges come from those in other worldviews; others come from other Christians. One of the most common challenges from outside is to God’s existence. One argument observes all...

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Frank interviews the acclaimed biographer of the bestselling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Eric Metaxas about his new book on Martin Luther where he paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose...

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The reliable Gospel eyewitness accounts aren’t the only ancient description of Jesus. There are also non-Christian descriptions of Jesus from the late 1st to 5th Century. What do the non-Biblical accounts say about Jesus and how are we to assess them? It’s been my experience that two...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 11:41

Got Karma? Misses and Misuses

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By Marcia Montenegro   The Hindu word “karma” is used more and more often with a Western twist in meaning. Often people say it to mean “luck” (good or bad) or even as a gleeful expression of revenge. I myself once held a belief in karma when I was following Eastern and...

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By Evan Minton In any debate or argument, it’s very important that you understand the terminology that your opponent is using and that your opponent understands the terminology that you’re using. If you don’t define your terms, you’ll just end up talking past each other and...

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Between novels, movies and television series, some of the most popular story lines involve extra-terrestrial beings living on exotic planets somewhere in the universe. The notion of alien life in the cosmos has captured our creative imagination and our scientific focus. If you’re like me,...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:03

Dan Brown’s Origin: No God Required?

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By Timothy Fox “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?” These are the two big questions Dan Brown explores in his latest novel, Origin (Doubleday, 2017). (Minor spoilers ahead.) This is the fifth book in the series starring Harvard professor, Robert...

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By Natasha Crain I recently encountered a movement underway on social media called “Normalize Atheism.” According to the website of the same name, the movement started a couple of years ago, but it seems to have picked up more speed recently. The basic idea is that atheists post a...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 10:06

What Christianity Teaches About Service

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By Al Serrato I attended an awards assembly recently with my teenage son. He had written an essay on the value of military service, so the speeches and theme this night had to do with the traditions of service. And though this assembly was conducted at a Christian school, none of the comments made...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 09:46

How Can Apologists Best Use Twitter? 6 Ideas

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When my father first released Evidence that Demands a Verdict in 1972 there was very little popular apologetics materials available, and so it was an instant success. But now with the recently updated edition, and the growth in the apologetics industry over the past few decades,...

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In this fascinating interview, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace shares some insights with us about what New Testament textual criticism is and why is important for us as Christians to understand the process. He explains why we should trust the content of the New Testament from a scholarly perspective and why...

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Recently I was reading sociologist Mark Regnerus’s insightful new book Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy. His premise is that the Pill and ubiquity of pornography have caused sex to be more widely available, which drives the cost of sex down and...

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By Luke Nix Introduction For nearly all my life, I’ve had a fascination with the physical sciences. Meteorology and astronomy were two of them that always caught and kept my attention as a kid. In my teens was when I started to focus more on information technology, and in my twenties I was...

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