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

Cold Case Christianity - Apologetic Report

J. Warner Wallace responds to a common objection to the Resurrection of Jesus: The disciples of Jesus, based on their despair and desire to see Jesus after His execution, simply hallucinated their visions of His resurrection. Is it reasonable to believe that the Resurrection appearances were...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:07

Why It’s Important to Welcome Singles In Your Church

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image If you’re familiar with my work, you know the importance I place on reaching young people in the church. And when you think about the unmarried believers in your church, I bet you’re likely to think of them as the younger Christians in your midst. But that’s no longer necessarily...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 18:25

Wouldn’t a Loving God Make Sure Everyone Gets to Heaven?

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image The concept of Hell is daunting for many Christians. It’s not pleasant to think our unbelieving loved ones might spend eternity separated from God, regretting their decision forever. Several religious traditions seek to avoid the problem by offering a second chance to those who reject...

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In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner begins to discuss the practices and principles of good investigations and applies these techniques to the Christian worldview. How do detectives investigate cases, and what can be learned from their approach to document evidence?...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:22

Why Would God Send Good People to Hell?

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image I’ve been blogging recently on the existence and nature of Hell and, unsurprisingly, I’ve received tremendous response from Christians and non-Christians alike (much of it hostile). The topic polarizes believers and unbelievers. Many Christians struggle to correlate God’s mercy...

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J. Warner Wallace responds to a common objection to the Resurrection of Jesus: The disciples of Jesus lied about the resurrection. Is it reasonable to believe that the disciples conspired to invent the story of the resurrection? J. Warner examines five attributes of successful conspiracies to see...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:56

Is The Bible Relevant Today?

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image I have a drawer in my desk that’s filled with manuals and instruction guides. Every time I purchase a new device (whether it’s an electric garden tool or a smart phone), I store the original instruction manual in this drawer. I occasionally return to these guides when I have a problem...

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image The notion of Hell is incredibly controversial, even among Christians. Many believers struggle to reconcile the mercy and grace of God with the existence of Hell and have tried to redefine Hell in an effort to remove what they perceive as offensive. For some, Hell seems too inequitable to be...

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In this podcast, J. Warner converses with author and church planter, Peyton Jones, about the relationship between Christian case making (apologetics) and evangelism. What role does apologetics play in reaching the un-reached? Can taking an evidential approach toward the Christian worldview actually...

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image I was interviewed recently on a large Los Angeles radio station about the existence of Hell. One caller objected to the duration of punishment in Hell. From his perspective, the idea our temporal, finite sin on earth warrants an eternal punishment of infinite torment in Hell was troubling, at the...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 18:50

Did Jesus Really Die on the Cross? (Video)

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J. Warner Wallace responds to a common objection to the Resurrection of Jesus: If Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross, the Resurrection could be explained as a simple resuscitation. Are there good evidential reasons to believe Jesus died on the cross? J. Warner examines some hidden...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 18:52

How to Avoid An “Atheist Ambush” in University

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image If you’re a Christian, you already know the sad truth. Someone in your family (a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, or nephew) has already walked away, in spite of all the years you spent raising them in the church. I believe we can change this alarming trajectory, but we have to...

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image Some struggle to understand how a loving God could create a place like Hell. Others, while understanding and accepting the relationship between mercy and justice, freedom and consequence, victory and punishment, still imagine a better way. If God is all-loving, why doesn’t He simply...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:47

When Is Enough Evidence… Enough? (Podcast)

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In this blast from the past, J. Warner responds listener email questioning the adequacy of circumstantial evidence. Can we really trust circumstantial evidence or must we also have direct evidence to determine the truth of a matter? How does this apply to defending the Christian Worldview? When do...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:31

There’s a Difference Between Evidence and Proof

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image Several years ago I presented a talk at the Apologetics Canada Conference in which I examined the reaction Bart Ehrman had related to the textual variants he found in the Biblical text. As he pursued his education over the years and poured over the manuscripts of the Bible, he evaluated the...

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J. Warner Wallace describes our common obligation as Christians to be able to defend what we believe. In fact, being a Christian is the equivalent of being a Christian Case Maker. Have you embraced your duty? Are you ready to represent Christ in the pubic square? All believers must train themselves...

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image Christianity is distinct in the nature of its claims and the value it places on reason, intelligence, and evidence. Some religious systems are based purely on the doctrinal, proverbial statements of their founders. The wisdom statements of Buddha, for example, lay the foundation for Buddhism....

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image Of all the topics I read about on Christian Case Making (apologetics) blogs, I seldom find anyone writing about leadership. But this aspect of the Christian life, while it is often overlooked, is critical to our success as Case Makers. When we think about what’s required to be a good...

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In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner continues his comprehensive description of the difference between teaching and training by discussing the importance of good mentorship. Are you mentoring anyone as a Christian? Do you have a mentor to whom you can look for answers...

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image Are you prepared to answer every challenge that might be offered about the historicity of the Gospels? Do you even know every challenge that might be offered? How do you respond when someone offers a challenge for which you don’t have immediate access to the all the pertinent data?...

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J. Warner Wallace discusses the definition of “forensic faith” in this interview with Jon Morrison. Why is it so important for Christians to develop a reasonable, responsive faith that is grounded in the evidence? What is perhaps the best consequence of developing a forensic faith? This...

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image My friend John Stonestreet often says, “Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims.” No truer statement has ever been made, because no time in American history has presented young Christians with more ideological risk. You already know this if someone in your family is...

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I’m often asked to make the case for the reliability of the Gospels in spite of the presence of scribal variants throughout the text. Remember that criminal courts do not require eyewitnesses to be inerrant to be considered reliable. In order to illustrate the trustworthiness of the text, I typically offer the following hypothetical. First,

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace presents a plenary session at the 2016 Reasons to Believe AMP Conference. What are the rules of evidence and how can these rules help us to make the case for Christianity? J. Warner explores several key characteristics of evidence that will help you become a better

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 01:15

Dumping the Term: “Christian Apologist”

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Most of us who have taken the time to defend what we believe as Christians are familiar with the term, “apologetics”. It comes from a Greek word used by Christian authors: ἀπολογία (apologia). This word appears seventeen times in the New Testament, as either a noun or a verb. Most

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