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

Probe Ministries - Apologetic Report

Dr. Michael Gleghorn makes a case for why Christian doctrine and apologetics are important for spiritual growth and maturity.

imageJust prior to beginning college, I committed my life to Christ. Naturally, as a new believer wanting to grow in my faith, I embarked upon a program of daily Bible reading....

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 11:25

Celebrating Christmas Wrongly?

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Today is Christmas. Happy Jesus’ Birthday!

But not everyone is on board with celebrating Christmas. I was recently in an online conversation with someone who asserts that “true” Christians would never celebrate the birth of the Savior because the scripture doesn’t command us...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 12:57

Truth You Can Sing About – Part 3

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Probe radio producer Steven Davis provides spiritual truth in five Christmas carols, backed by new music written and performed by his son Jon Clive Davis.

Coventry Carol

imageSongs about Jesus’ birth have been close friends with Christmas for generations, but when’s the last time you thought...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:57

Lessons From a Hospital Bed

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image In the last several months, both of my severely arthritic hips were replaced. In addition to the wonderful blessing that I am out of pain, the surgeries and recoveries were full of lessons pointing me to spiritual truths I am so very thankful for:

For a long time, I needed help getting in and out...

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Looking across the seven-year period from 2007 to 2014, we find that the percentage of Evangelicals holding a biblical worldview is continuing to decline, and the percentage of Mainline and Catholics holding such a worldview is declining at an even faster rate.

Overall, 13.3% of Americans between...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 08:10

“Why Are Children Born Blind?”

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I have asked the question of why children are born blind. I get no satisfaction from any of any religious explanation. The fact of the matter is that the Almighty can see but these little children cannot. It is cold comfort to hide behind some doctrine when an innocent child will spend his or her...

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“Were you guys at the ‘Gosnell’ showing?” asked the older gentleman at the urinal next to me. “Have you ever been in a theater where nobody speaks as they leave the movie?” Two very unusual events had just occurred: the reaction he mentioned and men talking at...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 01:27

Vanguard November 2018

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Vanguard: Fall 2018 News for Our Donors

Relieved! How You Delivered a Wisconsin Teenager From Anxiety

Paul Rutherford

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Murren, pictured above, poses for a silly selfie

Free for the summer, Murren wanted nothing more than a little rest from her studies and to leave Wisconsin to go have fun with her...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 04:44

Social Media, You and Your Family

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image Probe Ministries will be hosting a presentation by Kerby Anderson on “Social Media, You and Your Family” on October 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hope Center in Plano, Texas. All attendees will receive a free copy of the new book Arts, Media, and Culture: A Biblical Point of View.

For...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:52

Measuring Pluralism: A Difficult Task

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Steve Cable examines the data concerning American Christians’ beliefs about pluralism, the belief that all religions are true and valid ways to know about God, the world, and salvation.

We are in the process of examining two related Pew Research surveys taken by about 35,000 people, once in...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 07:14

What Do You Regret?

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image Years ago I encountered a word of wisdom: “At the end of our lives, what we will regret is far more about what we didn’t do, than what we did.” And then recently, in a conversation about what “youngers” want to learn from “olders,” a colleague said he...

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In my past few posts, I have been focusing on data from the monumental surveys taken by Pew Research in 2007{1} and 2014(2}. These surveys of about 35,000 Americans allow us to get more accurate data on American beliefs and drill down with greater confidence into specific subsets of...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 12:22

Islam and Terrorism

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imageKerby Anderson provides various perspectives on the link between Islam and terrorism, including how Americans and Christians can think about its encroachment on our culture.

Clash of Civilizations

In this article we will be looking at Islam and terrorism. Before we look at the rise of Muslim...

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Friday, 29 June 2018 13:35

From Fears to Tears

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In a previous blog post, I’m Scared, Lord, I wrote about my apprehensions concerning my upcoming hip replacement surgery. My doctor was cheerfully confident that I would not experience the post-operative pain I was afraid of, but I was all-too-aware of my potential complications. As a polio...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:02

Influential Intellectuals

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Kerby Anderson examines four famous intellectuals—Rousseau, Marx, Russell and Sartre, looking for reasons they are worth following and not finding much.

imageOver the last two centuries, a few intellectuals have had a profound impact on Western Culture. British historian Paul Johnson writes about...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:46

Religious Beliefs and Advanced Degrees

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Steve Cable examines how people with advanced degrees match up to the populations as a whole in their denominational affiliation and basic religious beliefs.

Religious Beliefs and Advanced Degrees

A colleague asked me, “Do you have any recent research—insights—into the religious...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 06:55

I’m Scared, Lord

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My daughter-in-love recently sent me a video of my son introducing their new Golden Retriever puppy to a swimming pool in which he coaxes little Judah, “Don’t be scared! Bohlins don’t get scared!”

. . . While I’ve been working on this blog post about being scared. Well...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 02:03

Mister Rogers and the Hunger for God

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image “You’ve made this day a special day by just your being you. There is no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” —Mister Rogers, to every person as we watched his show.

With the news that a documentary about Fred Rogers (Public...

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As we have seen in previousblogs, the percentage of young adults who identify as Nones has been increasing rapidly over the last two decades. During the same time, Christian groups have seen a decline in the percentage of young adults who identify with them. But looking back at their childhood...

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Something wonderful and heretofore-unseen happened in March 2018 in the formerly Communist country of Belarus, part of the Soviet Union until 1990. The capital city of Minsk was the site of a public debate between two scientists: Dr. Mikhail Gelfand, an atheist biology professor at Russia’s...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 08:12

Why Every Christian Student Needs Mind Games

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You’ve probably heard or read that the vast majority of young Christians are leaving the church after they graduate from high school. But they don’t have to “graduate from God” after they get their diploma.

There are several reasons young adults leave the church, and many of...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:12

What It’s Like to Live with a Disability

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image As a polio survivor since I was an infant, living with a disability has been my “normal.” But, like most polio survivors, I just gritted through the limitations and inconveniences, trying to keep up with everyone else.

I’ve been thankful for the opportunities to speak to children...

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In a prior blog post, we looked at how Muslims in the Eastern Hemisphere reported their adherence to the five pillars of Islamic religious practice. We saw that the percentage who reported faithfully applying four of the five pillars was low, especially given the importance of these pillars in enhancing one’s chance of entering paradise.

In

Sunday, 24 July 2016 17:01

The Self-Understanding of Jesus

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Michael Gleghorn examines some sayings and deeds of Jesus, accepted by many critical scholars as historically authentic to see what they imply about Jesus’ self-understanding.

Jesus and the Scholars

You might be surprised to learn that today many New Testament scholars don’t believe that the historical Jesus ever claimed to be the Son of

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 19:15

Basic Religious Practice of Worldwide Muslims

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Between October 2011 and November 2012, Pew Research Center conducted a major survey of Muslims involving more than 30,000 face-to-face interviews in 26 countries across North Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Since Probe has been evaluating similar surveys about the beliefs and practices of Christians and other faiths in America,

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