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, 16 October 2018 20:00

Update on Melinda’s Progress

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[See here for information about Melinda’s accident and here for links to previous updates.]

It’s been a while since our last update on Melinda’s progress, mostly because there’s not been much improvement in the 10 months since her accident on December 2. But that has changed...

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will ____________.” How you complete the above verses (Proverbs 3:5–6) will depend on which English version you memorized them from. They’re...

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Is God really God if He needs something? Tim responds.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:00

A Victory for Free Speech in the UK

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Free speech has been upheld in the UK this week. Back in 2014, when a Belfast bakery declined to make a cake with the inscription “Support Gay Marriage,” the owners of the bakery, Daniel and Amy McArthur, were sued by the customer, and the court ruled they had illegally discriminated aga...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 20:00

An App to Help You Read through the Bible

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In Greg’s commentary on today’s podcast, he argued that every Christian should read through the Bible once a year. I absolutely agree with this. It was the best advice I ever got in grad school (see “You Want to Be a Good Apologist?”), and I often reflect on how different my...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 20:00

Seven Pro-Life Action Steps

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Being pro-life is not merely an attitude. It’s a behavior—it’s something you do.

Last week, I spoke on the art of pro-life persuasion in San Diego. Towards the end of my presentation, I offered seven action steps pro-lifers could take to make a difference in the lives of the unborn...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:00

What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? (Video)

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It's become popular to claim that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was something other than homosexuality. What does the Bible say?

Read an extended explanation of this topic here

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 05:45

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

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Why does anything at all exist? William Lane Craig says,

This is the deepest question of philosophy: Why is there something rather than nothing? This mystery, which, according to Aristotle, lay at the very root of philosophy, is one which even thoughtful naturalists cannot avoid. [Atheist...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 16:09

Our View of Human Beings Matters

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Our view of human beings matters. Many of the culture wars being fought today are the result of two very different understandings of what it means to be human. Were we created by God, or did we evolve? Is human nature fixed or malleable? Is there a purpose for our bodies that we need to conform...

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The Ehrman Project was created several years ago to give bite-sized, introductory responses to arguments against the reliability of the Bible that have been popularized by Bart Ehrman. Scholars who have contributed to this project include Daniel Wallace, Darrell Bock, Ben Witherington, Alvin...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:00

Does God Endorse Polygamy? (Video)

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If God is opposed to polygamy, why does 2 Samuel 12:8 say that God gave David wives?

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 20:00

reTHINK Apologetics Conference Post-Event Homework

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The next season for Stand to Reason’s reTHINK Apologetics Student Conferences begins this weekend in Orange County, California. We’re beginning a new series with the topic “Has God Spoken?” As you might suspect from that title, we’re focusing on the Bible: the claim...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 20:00

We Won’t Miss Anything in the New Creation

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In the 1980s, a beer manufacturer ran a series of television commercials designed to appeal to outdoorsmen. Each featured friends in a breathtaking setting, enjoying one of their favorite pastimes like fly fishing or zipping through the Everglades on an airboat. In all of the commercials, when the...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 20:00

Our Verseless Bibles

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Let me offer you a warning that will vastly improve your ability to understand Scripture, if you heed it. It’s a insight for every person who has ever asked, “How does this verse apply to my life?” Here it is: There are no verses in the Bible. Nope. Not a one. At least, not in the...

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Do the discrepancies contained in the gospel accounts point to collaboration or corroboration?

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Recent studies indicate that only about 0.5% of the U.S. population identifies as transgender. Yet, every parent needs to be concerned about the effect transgenderism will have on their children.If the percentage of people who are transgender is so small, why do all parents need to be so concerned?...

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There are many prosperity preachers who teach that physical healing—in this life—is part of the atonement. For example, Kenneth Copeland states,

Sadly, many Christians have been falsely accusing God of being the cause of their troubles. They wrongly believe that trials and tribulations...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:06

Why Knowledge Requires More Than Science

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Epistemology is a branch of philosophy (not science) that deals with how knowledge is defined, what we know, and how we know it. Richard Dawkins summarizes one view of epistemology in the first chapter of his book The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True:

We come to know what is...

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Our ability to explain the gospel to people in our culture depends on our culture’s ability to understand the concept of justice. Because of this, over the years I’ve become concerned about a drift in the meaning of the word “justice”—even in Christian circles (see here...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 20:00

Was Paul a Universalist? (Video)

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Could Romans 5:18-19 be used to argue for universalism?

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:00

Explaining God’s Love to Muslims

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In explaining the difference between God’s love in Islam vs. Christianity, Eric Davis says, “The greatest difference between the Qur’an and the Bible comes down to the death of Christ for our sin.” As 1 John 4:10 explains, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 01:10

God Has a Purpose in Suffering

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Suffering is normal in a fallen world. The apostle Paul says, “The whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now” (Rom. 8:22). The world is broken. And we can see the effects of that brokenness all around us.

Sadly, many people—including...

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A California bill mandating a quota for women on corporate boards is ready to be signed into law. The Ventura County Star reports:

California could soon become the first state in the nation to require public companies based within the state to have at least one woman on their boards….

If...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 20:00

Learn How to Talk about Gender

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Do you want to improve your ability to speak intelligently about gender? My friend Brian Seagraves recently wrote a great little book called Gender: A Conversation Guide. It’s not merely a book about the subject of gender; it’s a guide that provides practical conversation tips to help...

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Alan explains why the Bible is more historically reliable than the Qur'an. 

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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