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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Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:00

Marriage Points to the Gospel

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This is a beautiful little video about marriage and the Gospel.

(HT: Justin Taylor)

Authors: Amy K. Hall...

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The SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics is happening on October 13–14 in Charlotte, NC, and this year Greg will be speaking on the topic “Jesus: Man or Myth?” along with J. Warner Wallace, J.P. Moreland, Gary Habermas, Frank Turek, and many more. (I’ll be...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 01:29

A Gospel without Final Judgment Is Not the Gospel

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There is a tendency in our presentation of the Gospel to stick with what makes people feel good. God loves you. He gave His life for you. He wants to be in a relationship with you. These are wholly true. But they are not the whole Gospel.

There is a part of the Gospel that many shy away from. We...

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Slate posted an article the other week about bills that ban abortions after an embryo’s heartbeat is detected. It was a dishonest article that distorted the science and placed too great an emphasis on fringe religious belief.

The author argued that “Many scientists would say they...

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Tim shares advise to those who want to become apologists of Christianity.

 

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:00

A Realistic Look at Suffering

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I’ve written a lot about suffering on this blog. It’s dangerous for Christians to ignore this topic while things are going their way. We’re all going to face suffering, and if we’re not ready for it—if we haven’t carefully considered the theology involved, if...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

A Warning to Apologists about Sin

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John Piper says something provocative in a sermon about the woman at the well:

Now watch the universal reflex of a person trying to avoid conviction. She has to admit in verse 19 that Jesus has extraordinary insight (“You’re a prophet!”), but instead of dealing with her guilt, she...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:00

Perhaps the Biggest Threat to Our Kids’ Faith

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Certainly, the host of intellectual challenges our young people face are a threat to their faith. But how often does the typical evangelical kid face the arguments of an atheist or a skeptic? Don’t misread me. Of course we must equip our kids with good apologetics and the ability to deal with...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 20:00

The Case for Christ Movie

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I saw The Case for Christ last weekend with my wife and girls, and I have to say, they did it right. It was pitch perfect. No false moves, nothing embarrassing, perfectly cast, meticulously acted, skillfully written, and the dialogue was completely believable and authentic, even the most...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 20:00

Is Christianity Based on Threats? (Video)

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Greg responds to the claim that Christianity uses scare tactics in order to convert people.

 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:00

The Value of Disappointment

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Zach Barnhart’s “God Loves Us Enough to Disappoint Us” is a good meditation for Good Friday. The disciples of Jesus also suffered great disappointment the day Jesus, the center of all their hopes, died on the cross, but we know how that turned out in the end.

I have been...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 06:29

A Universe from Nothing?

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Could the universe have come from nothing? To most people, the question sounds absurd. From nothing, nothing comes. But some contemporary scientists have argued that something can come from nothing.

For example, in his book A Universe from Nothing,cosmologist Lawrence Krauss writes,

Some...

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I’ve taught on Islam for over a decade and am often asked a couple of question by non-Christians: “Was a Muslim invited to your event to provide a counterpoint to your presentation? Did you allow them to attend, present, and clarify what you taught?” People seem to think...

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For me, the most compelling evidence for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the testimony of the disciples, since “…men will not suffer martyrdom for myths they make up themselves.” Here is the way I put it in “Four Facts” in The Story of Reality:

What would...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 20:00

Will Time Continue Eternally? (Video)

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Tim responds to the idea that time came into existence with the Big Bang, and whether or not it will continue forever.

 

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 12:59

Tips for Memorizing a Book of the Bible

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On today’s podcast, I gave tips for memorizing a book of the Bible. Yes, it’s possible, even if you’re not a memorization genius! Start with one of the shorter books—Jude, Philippians, 2 Timothy, etc.—or pick a set of chapters in your favorite book (preferably, start...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:54

How Christianity Changed the World

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Impact 360 has a new video responding (briefly) to the question “What good is Christianity?” For more on the difference Christianity has made, here are a few posts:

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:24

How Did Christianity Affect Our View of Slavery?

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Did Christianity really undermine slavery? If so, why did it exist for so long in Western Civilization? Tim Keller touched on this topic in an interview on Mere Fidelity about his book Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical:

[Richard Bauckham] makes the case that Christianity is a...

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An important, even indispensable, source of belief is testimony. It’s undeniable that we come to many, if not most, of our beliefs through testimony. Alvin Plantinga highlights its importance: “Testimony is the source of an enormously large proportion of our most important...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 20:00

Introducing Become an Ambassador Wallpaper Downloads

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1 Corinthians tells us we’re ambassadors for Christ, and at STR, we try to build up this role all Christians fill by pointing to some qualities ambassadors should exhibit. Greg wrote the Ambassador’s Creed about those traits. It’s a lifelong learning experience to be a good...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:00

How Much Would You Pay for Integrity?

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Life presents us with all sorts of ways to cut corners—you see a mistake in your favor on a bank statement, you get home from the store and discover an item wasn’t paid for, a friend asks if you want in on a very profitable deal that isn’t exactlyabove board, your customer offers...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:00

Another Planned Parenthood Video

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Normal people are capable of great evil. That’s all I could think as I watched this latest video exposing Planned Parenthood. (You can read about the first 10 videos here.)

Watch the new video below or read Timothy Brahm’s “Five Takeaways from the New Undercover Video from Center...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:00

Always Ask What They Mean by “God”

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When people tell me they don’t believe God exists, I have a specific question for them: What do you mean by “God”? That is, I want to know what the God they’re denying is like.

If we want to deny the existence of unicorns, we need to have a concept of what a unicorn is like...

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I really appreciate a point that Preston Sprinkle made when I interviewed him on the Stand to Reason broadcast recently. Even if you set aside the (at least) five biblical texts that prohibit same-sex relations, you can still make a solid case against pro-gay theology by simply looking at...

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Greg explains how to rephrase the question that stops Christians in their tracks.

 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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