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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I was recently confronted with a challenge about marriage at one of my events. The claim was that God permits same-sex marriage today because marriage is not clearly defined in Scripture. Adam and Eve were a monogamous heterosexual couple, but later in Scripture God allowed men to marry multiple...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

Why Does It Matter if God Is a Trinity?

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Last week, a student asked me about a challenge she received from a Muslim: Why does it matter if God is a Trinity? I’ve written before about how God’s Trinitarian nature affects prayer (I highly recommend the book quoted in that post, Delighting in the Trinity ), and here’s more...

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If you’ve followed Stand to Reason for a good amount of time, you’ve likely heard us talk about Greg’s material on decision making and the will of God. Here at Stand to Reason, we promote the wisdom model of making decisions (i.e., we learn God’s moral will and wisdom from...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 20:00

Was Jesus Really Tempted if He Could Not Sin?

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Alan helps clarify how it was possible for Jesus to truly experience temptation even though He never would have given into it. 

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:00

Teen Vogue’s View of Abortion Advocacy

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Listen to how Teen Vogue—Teen Vogue!describes abortion advocacy in this op-ed about “how the Lady Parts Justice League [a group of comedian activists] is taking down anti-abortion sentiment through a comedy tour.”

What makes Lady Parts Justice League critical in the current...

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We are continuing in our series on false ideas about God. You can read the first two parts here and here.

The Bible is full of examples of people engaging in idolatrous behavior. But the idolatry didn’t start there. Their outward idolatrous actions were preceded by inward idolatrous ideas....

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 20:00

When the Dystopian Tells Us the Way the World Is

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Netflix recently released the film Anon by writer-director Andrew Niccol. Niccol is known for at least four films. IMDB.com even says so:

  • Gattaca is about a dystopian world where society uses our DNA to determine where we live, how we live, and what we’ll do.  
  • The Truman Show is about a...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 20:00

Why Should You Take a Closer Look at Islam?

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In 2 Corinthians 5:18–20, the apostle Paul answers a key question that many Christians ask at some point: What’s God’s will for my life? First, he says we are ambassadors for Christ. We represent Jesus to others. That’s our identity. Second, Paul tells us our mission: to...

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Greg explains what Jesus meant by being unified with other believers and how we can remain unified despite our differences.

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Last week I wrote on the danger of false ideas about God. More specifically, I highlighted a powerful warning from A.W. Tozer. Simply stated: Wrong thinking about God leads to worshiping the wrong god—idol worship.

An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God, while idolatry is giving...

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I was recently asked for advice by someone whose sister is no longer claiming to be a Christian. This has caused a rift in their relationship, and she wanted to know what I would suggest. I figured I’d offer my thoughts “out loud” in case someone else is asking a similar question.

F...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 20:00

The Tragic Consequences of the IVF Industry

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The news in this UK Telegraph article, “1.7 Million Human Embryos Created for IVF Thrown Away,” is horrific:

Since August 1991 more than 3.5 million human embryos have been created, producing only 235,480 “gestational sacs” or evidence of successful implantation.

Of the...

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Alan shares 3 things to remember when discussing controversial issues with other Christians. 

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Some time ago, I heard a knock on my door and was pleasantly surprised to see two young Mormon missionaries. Their crisp white shirts, stark black ties, and distinctive name tags instantly gave them away. Having spent time dialoguing with Mormons in the past and studying their beliefs and...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 23:55

The Danger of False Ideas about God

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In the first chapter of The Knowledge of the Holy—aptly titled “Why We Must Think Rightly About God”—A. W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Our beliefs about God have consequences. Correct...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 02:06

R.C. Sproul and the Holiness of God

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R.C. Sproul spent much of his life thinking and teaching about the holiness of God. His book on this topic is one of the first books I recommend to anyone interested in apologetics because I think a glimpse of God’s holiness and our sin will resolve many questions about wrath, judgment, Hell,...

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Greg shares how to make Bible reading more than a chore.

 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Desiring God has an interview with Sam Allberry on “How to Navigate Conversations about Sexual Identity,” and I thought this point was particularly helpful:

One of the things I want to try and show, as far as possible, is that Jesus treats us all the same. The gospel puts us in the same...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:37

A Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Forgiveness of Sins

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This short documentary (below—about 14 minutes) by journalist Suroosh Alvi on what it’s like for a Muslim to go on a pilgrimage (“Hajj”) to Mecca is worth watching. A proper completion of the Hajj is thought to bring forgiveness of sins: “Whoever performs Hajj for...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 20:00

The Hardest Question to Answer

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I’ve been asked hundreds of questions about Islam, homosexuality, the problem of evil, abortion, the Bible, and many other topics. Some questions are easy, while others are hard. The most difficult question, though, is never about those topics. It’s about God.

The hardest question to...

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Alan shares how to continue a Gospel-centered conversation with a friend or family member who says, "Enough of that!"

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Some people are uncomfortable with the third use of the Columbo Tactic (using questions to help people see flaws and inconsistencies in their thinking). They might see it as being necessarily contentious, aggressive, and driven by a prideful desire to best the person with whom they’re talking....

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:00

The Law Is Good

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Some objections naturally arise from Paul’s argument in Romans 6–8 that “we were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ” and “have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound” (Rom. 7:4–6)—objections I received...

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Monday, 09 July 2018 20:00

Who Did Jesus Think He Was?

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Reasonable Faith has been releasing short, animated videos explaining apologetic arguments in an accessible, shareable way. Their newest video explores the question “Who did Jesus think He was?”

After you watch, check out some of their past videos and pass them on:

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As Christians, part of being more like Jesus means being loving and accepting. But what exactly did Jesus love and accept? Greg clarifies this often misunderstood point of Jesus' ministry.

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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