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

Stand to Reason - Apologetic Report
Monday, 15 January 2018 19:00

Full of Facts, Empty of Knowledge and Virtue

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Each new day seems to fulfill Neil Postman’s prediction that we are Amusing Ourselves to Death. While he feared society would medicate itself with the television entertainment industry, I can’t help but think how today, with the internet and the gadgets that connect us to it, his...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:00

Does Christianity Brainwash the Vulnerable? (Video)

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Greg refutes the challenge that those who turn to Christ during a difficult time in life have somehow been taken advantage of.

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Friday, 12 January 2018 08:50

Nature Discriminates against Same-Sex Marriage

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The definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman is not the result of bigotry; it’s the result of the unchangeable facts of biology. Marriage existed before government (and certainly before government attempted to define it). It’s the natural result of the fact that the...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:00

Why Is There So Much Wasted Space in the Universe?

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If this universe was designed, why is there so much lifeless “wasted space”? John Piper reflects on the reason for the mind-boggling size of the universe in A Peculiar Glory:

“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1). This is why God made them—to put his...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 23:57

Downplaying God’s Wrath

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There are aspects of God’s nature that make people uncomfortable. God’s wrath is one of them. In fact, fewer and fewer churches nowadays will openly preach about the wrath of God. The topic is taboo to our modern sensibilities. While some ignore the biblical teaching of God’s...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 19:00

Why It’s Hard for Muslims to Convert

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Recently, I was asked how most Muslims become Muslim and why it’s difficult for them to convert to another religion. It seems several factors are at play.

First, most Muslims are born in a Muslim country and/or a Muslim family and simply adopt Islam as their religion by default. What that...

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Greg shares how struggling and doubt can lead to growth in the life of a Christian.

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:00

An Encouragement to Remain Faithful

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In “The Early Christians Were Odd, Too,” Michael Kruger describes how four aspects of early Christianity offended the Romans. Despite this offense, the church flourished and grew; and, Kruger says, this should be an encouragement to us to remain faithful:

There were many things about...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 19:00

Discount for 2018 AMP Conference

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Reasons to Believe’s AMP Conference is coming up on February 23–24 in San Dimas, CA, and they’ve generously given us a discount again this year. Just enter the promotional code “AMPPartner” when you select your tickets to get 20% off registration.

AMP features multiple...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 19:00

Ambassador Wallpaper Download: Be Clear

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First Corinthians tells us we’re ambassadors for Christ, and Greg wrote the Ambassador’s Creed to help us adhere to the traits essential to being a good ambassador. To encourage you to keep growing in the right direction, we’ve been releasing a digital wallpaper download each...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 19:00

Does Faith Require God to Be Hidden? (Video)

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There's a notion going around that in order for us to have real faith, God must remain hidden. Greg uses biblical support to respond to this claim.

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 19:00

The Top Ten Posts of 2017

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Below are the ten posts from 2017 that had the most views. The collection itself is an interesting commentary on what our culture is currently searching for online. (I didn’t include two film reviews since the films are no longer current, but for those who are interested, see also...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:00

Focus on What Matters

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I always give Christians two pieces of advice if they want to talk Muslims. First, focus your message on what really matters: the Gospel. After all, we’re commanded to tell people about the message of reconciliation as ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:18–20). Muslims believe Jesus is a...

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“Intelligent design is just a God-of-the-gaps argument,” exclaimed a prominent theistic evolutionist. We had just met, but I was shocked at what I was hearing. This kind of ignorance might be excusable from a person on the street, but not from an accomplished theistic evolution advocate...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 19:00

Why Is Jesus Different? (Video)

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Greg explains how and why Jesus stands apart from other religious leaders.

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 19:00

Joy to This Painful World

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Perhaps 2017 has been a difficult year for you—heartache, loss, death. Perhaps your pain today is so great that you can’t help but weep. And yet, even in the midst of our pain, today we sing with all our hearts, “Joy to the World!” What joy! What hope! What strength in God!...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 07:40

How Muslims Miss Christmas

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Muslims are going to miss Christmas this year. I don’t mean they won’t celebrate on December 25. Rather, they’ll miss what Christmas is all about—when the Word (the second person of the Trinity) took on humanity.

Remember, Muslims do believe in Jesus. They believe He’s...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:00

Does Defending Christianity Discredit Christianity?

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A friend recently asked me to comment on something he read in The Sickness Unto Death written by philosopher Søren Kierkegaard under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus. In the quotation, Kierkegaard seems to attack the discipline of apologetics—that is, defense of the Christian faith....

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 19:00

Two Tactics to Rule Them All

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I’ve noticed something. There are a lot of bad ideas out there. You’ve probably noticed it too. I’ve also noticed something else. Most of these bad ideas can be exposed with one of two tactics: Taking the Roof Off or the Suicide Tactic.

Taking the Roof Off is a tactic based on the...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 19:00

Why We’re Not Under the Mosaic Law

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In a post where I touched on the change from Saturday to Sunday as the day of worship, I was challenged in the comments to explain “who mandated this change” and give Bible references to back it up. Matthew 5:17 was offered as evidence against a Sabbath day change. Here’s what the...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 19:00

Why Is There So Much Evil? (Video)

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Alan shares some thoughts regarding three realms of brokenness that produce evil in the world.

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 06:58

An Update on Melinda’s Condition

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[For previous updates, see here.]

Melinda is still in critical condition but is stable with occasional complications that the medical team deals with as they come up—completely routine for this kind of injury.

Stable is good as her brain heals, so no news is truly good news at this point. Melin...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:00

Awards for The Story of Reality

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We have good news about Greg’s bookThe Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important That Happens in Between! Both The Gospel Coalition and Christianity Today have named it the winner of the apologetics/evangelism category in their annual book awards. (Even more...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 19:00

What Creation Reveals about God

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There are many truths about God that can be known. These truths are revealed truths. That is, they are revealed to us by God. After all, only God can tell us what He is like. And He tells us what He is like in two ways: special revelation and general revelation. He communicates through His word...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:40

Compassion Means to Suffer With

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My children have been learning Latin, and it’s been intriguing to learn the origin of many English words. For example, the word “compassion” comes from the Latin word compassionor compassioniswhich means “to suffer with.” That struck me as an odd contrast to the name...

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