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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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:12

Christians Don’t Live in Fear

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I’ve been having a conversation on our Facebook page with a man who objects to my post “Christians Don’t View Jesus as a Means to an End.” He insists Christians are motivated only by the “carrots and sticks” of Heaven and Hell, despite my explanation.

I think the...

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Some questions cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” response. That is, there is some ambiguity in the question that demands more clarification.

A question like this came up in a recent discussion between Greg Koukl and an atheist named Doug on the Stand to Reason...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:00

Is Faith Just Wishful Thinking? (Video)

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What is faith according to the Bible? Are science and faith at odds? Tim explains in this clip from the 2018 reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:05

Christians Don’t View Jesus as a Means to an End

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An atheist who called the podcast a few weeks ago wanted to reduce Christianity to the avoidance of Hell, saying it’s merely a “carrots and sticks” religion. There may be people out there who view their Christianity that way, but if there are, they’ve missed the point of...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:54

More Reasons Not to Abort Babies That Are Going to Die

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Many people who are convinced abortion is wrong hesitate when it comes to the question of aborting babies that have been diagnosed with a lethal disease or abnormality. The moral reasoning against abortion in these cases doesn’t change (the fact that a human being will die in the future...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 19:00

Australians’ Non-Confrontational Disposition

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Relativism, although not nearly as cutting edge of a topic as it used to be, is still a massive problem. I’ve been teaching in Victoria, Australia this past week. My friend (and local pastor) here has been telling me that Australians have a very non-confrontational disposition. Relativism, he...

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Greg explains the importance of listening and encourages Christians to remember that the one who makes the claim bears the burden.

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 08:11

An Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus

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Reasonable Faith has two new videos addressing the question “Did Jesus rise from the dead?” Part One makes a case for three historical facts that point to the physical, historical resurrection of Jesus. Part Two gives arguments against four alternative, naturalistic theories popularly...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 06:58

A Manual for Creating Atheists Who Create Straw Men

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It’s important to read books you don’t agree with. There are many reasons for doing this. For instance, it forces us to think critically. When we only surround ourselves with voices that are all saying the same thing, we can drift towards intellectual paralysis. It may also get us to...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 19:00

Christian Ambassadors Learn About Islam (Video)

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Alan shares one of the first steps in sharing the Gospel with your Muslim friends.

This is an excerpt from A Closer Look at Islam.

 

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:00

Screwtape on Internet Distractions

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Who amongst us has not wasted time on the internet when we’re trying to avoid whatever it is we ought to be doing? I was reading C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters this week, and it convicted me.

If you’re not familiar with The Screwtape Letters, the letters are written from the...

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I’ve received some emails from atheists regarding a recent post by the “Friendly Atheist,” Hemant Mehta, so I thought it might be worth writing a response here.

Mehta’s post is titled “A Christian Bible Camp Brought in a Fake ‘Atheist’ So Kids Could Stump Him...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 19:00

An Apologetic against Dating in High School

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High school students love to say they’re dating “to get to know each other better” and “to see if we’re compatible.”

If my kids offer that excuse, I’d like to respond with this hypothetical but honest explanation.

Here’s a short excerpt:

If no one is...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:00

What Is Science? Define Your Terms (Video)

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Alan encourages Christians to understand the two definitions of science in order to avoid confusion in conversation.

Other videos in this series:

Arguments Don't Have to Be Argumentative

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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The Nazis were so very civilized. This may be why their evil is so utterly terrifying. There’s nothing quite as chilling as seeing a seemingly ordinary man working at a desk, devising bureaucratic plans to send millions to their deaths. One feels a unique kind of horror when witnessing a...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 19:00

Why Evidence Will Not Convince Some Atheists

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The famous atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say to God if he found himself standing before Him after his death. Russell replied, “I probably would ask, ‘Sir, why did you not give me better evidence?’”

For Russell, it all came down to the...

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Greg explains the first step in a tactical approach to sharing your Christian convictions with others. Look out for more Mentoring Moments from Greg in the coming weeks! 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:07

Why Is the Old Covenant Obsolete?

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I’ve been reading Andy Stanley’s new book, Irresistible: Reclaiming the New That Jesus Unleashed for the World. His main contention in the book is that pastors ought to “unhitch [their] teaching of what it means to follow Jesus from all things old covenant” because the Old...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 19:00

Must God Prove He Exists?

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On occasion, I’ve heard a skeptic or atheist make the following comment (or something similar to this): “If God levitates this car, I’ll believe He exists.” After staring at the car (which never moves an inch) for a few moments, he triumphantly declares, “See, nothing...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:00

Arguments Don't Have to Be Argumentative (Video)

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Alan explains how to argue cordially and effectively. 

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 07:57

The Nazareth Inscription

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The Los Angeles Review of Books has an article by Kyle Harper titled “The Emperor and the Empty Tomb: An Ancient Inscription, an Eccentric Scholar, and the Human Need to Touch the Past.” It tells the story of the antiquities collector who quietly kept a marble tablet with a very...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 19:00

Women in Apologetics Annual Conference This Weekend

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This Friday and Saturday is the second annual Women in Apologetics Conference at Biola University. If you’re in Southern California, I hope you’ll consider attending. (If you’re not in Southern California, you can register to livestream the conference’s plenary sessions.)...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 19:00

Four Simple Ways to Grow Spiritually

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The new year brings with it New Year’s resolutions. Many people will look to better themselves physically. They might flood to the gym, start new diets, and quit unhealthy habits, all in pursuit of this goal.

I have some similar physical goals. But my goals aren’t merely focused on the...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 19:00

Focus on Gardening (Video)

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Greg encourages Christians for whom evangelism seems overwhelming to focus on small opportunities of influence rather than "sealing the deal." Look forward to more Mentoring Moments from Greg in the coming weeks. 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 06:52

Why We Care about Truth

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The truth isn’t always what we want it to be. Sometimes beliefs that don’t match up with truth are much more convenient, or more palatable, or more popular. It takes work to conform your beliefs to reality. It requires examining what you’ve always believed and evaluating other...

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