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

imageIn the past, I’ve posted a number of scientific consistencies found in the Old Testament. While I think there are good reasons why God might not reveal advanced scientific details in Scripture, I do expect God’s Word to be scientifically consistent with the world we experience. One...

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In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace examines one aspect of the classic “Problem of Evil”. Why would an all-loving and all-powerful God allow anyone to suffer? Doesn’t He have the power to stop it? Doesn’t He care enough about us to stop it? Does pain and suffering...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:03

How to Make the Case Like a Case Maker

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image Every year at the CrossExamined Instructors Academy (CIA), dozens of students courageously offer their own “apologetics” presentations to those of us who had been assembled as evaluators, coaches and trainers. Prior to these talks, we take the time to help the students understand the...

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In this clip from a Q&A Session at the 2018 NRBtv Defending Truth Conference, J. Warner Wallace answers a question related to the Resurrection of Jesus. Other panelists include Ravi Zacharias, Frank Turek, and Stuart McAllister. For more information about NRBtv, please visit their website.

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image Every Spring, millions of people graduate from colleges and universities across America, and most of them are under the age of 25. This year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, institutions of higher education are expected to award 1.0 million associate’s degrees, 1.9...

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imageIf we hope to reverse the trend of Christian students leaving the Church during their college years, we’ll need to stop teaching and start training. I’ve proposed a way to do just that, and this week we’ve been examining a simple model (using T.R.A.I.N. as an acronym) to help...

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Bill Arnold on Faith Radio (The Early Morning Late Show) to talk about the kind of faith Jesus called us to embrace. Is it Biblical to cite evidence when making the case for Christianity? J. Warner talks about the nature of Biblical faith and...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 18:00

Involving Students in the Battlefield of Ideas

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imageThis week, I’ve been writing about a strategy designed to stop the departure of young Christians who leave the Church during their college years. As always, I’ve argued we should stop teaching and start training. We’ve been examining a simple model (using T.R.A.I.N. as an acronym)...

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In this video from a message delivered at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, J. Warner Wallace describes why Christians ought to have confidence when talking about the Gospel. J. Warner also provides a simple illustration to help Christians understand their responsibility as Case Makers. As...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 18:08

Where Is God During Natural Disasters?

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image Hurricanes every hurricane season. Massive earthquakes in Mexico and elsewhere. Volcanoes in several locations around the globe. Record-setting fires across the country. How could an all-loving, all-powerful God allow natural disasters such as these to destroy the lives of His children?

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 18:19

Arming Christian Students With the Truth

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imageWe’ve been examining a strategy to stem the tide of young Christians leaving the Church during their college years. I suggest we stop teaching and start training. I’ve outlined a simple model (using T.R.A.I.N. as an acronym) to help describe the difference between training and teaching....

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Chris Craft for the Chris Craft Show and talks about the need for every Christian to embrace their calling as Christian Case Makers. How can each of us make a contribution to the cause for Christ? Be sure to listen to Chris Craft’s...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 18:10

Requiring Young Christians to Raise the Bar

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imageThe Church is experiencing a crisis. Young Christians are leaving the Church in large numbers during their college years, and our efforts to address the problem have been inadequate. I suggest we stop teaching and start training. In yesterday’s post I outlined a simple model (using T.R.A.I.N....

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J. Warner Wallace answers questions about Christianity in his “Think Like a Detective” series on RightNow Media, the “Netflix of Christian Bible Studies”. In this video, J. Warner discusses one possible way of explaining the Resurrection of Jesus. Is it possible the...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 18:08

Why God Doesn’t Seem to Answer All Our Prayers

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image The first Thursday of May each year is the National Day of Prayer; an appropriate American celebration, given how many Americans pray regularly. A recent Pew Research Religious Landscape Study found that most of us – 55% – pray every day, and more than three quarters of us (75%) pray...

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imageI’ve written repeatedly about why the Church needs to stop teaching students about their faith. Young Christians are leaving the Church in tremendous numbers during their college years, and our efforts to teach them has been incapable of reducing this rate of attrition. That’s why...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 18:35

How Can We Share the Truth with Mormons? (Podcast)

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed on Viewpoint on Mormonism by Eric Johnson and Bill McKeever from Mormon Research Ministry. They discuss J. Warner’s chapter in Sharing the Good News with Mormons, a new book that will help Christians communicate the truth to their Mormon...

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imageThe authorship of the Gospels is a matter of considerable debate amongst skeptics and critics of the New Testament canon. Mark’s Gospel is an early record of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection, but Mark isn’t mentioned as an eyewitness in any of the Gospel accounts. How...

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J. Warner Wallace answers an important question as part of the Summit Worldview Ministries video series. Where the Gospel authors too biased to be trusted? Should the Gospels be considered unreliable, given that they were written by friends of Jesus? For more information about Summit Ministries and...

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image I’ve been tracking the decline of Christianity in America ever since serving as a youth pastor in the early 2000’s. Even back then I couldn’t help but notice the astonishing rate at which young Christians were leaving the Church. The polls have been consistent about this, and the...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:41

Why Unforgiving People Are So Unforgiving

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imageI was in the studio a few years ago with Frank Sontag for his KKLA radio program in Los Angeles. We were talking about Cold Case Christianity and the transformation I experienced when I first became a Christian. As an atheist, I embraced a moral code very similar to the Christians I knew. I...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 18:35

The Need for “Faith Training” (Podcast)

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace talks about training young Christians from his 2018 William Wilberforce Weekend talk. J. Warner sheds new light on why so many young people leave the faith and explains the need for training them in the faith, so they can meet the challenges they will inevitably...

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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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