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 appreciate the work Neil Shenvi has done to understand and explain critical theory and how it has permeated many of the conversations in our culture, particularly about race. I appreciate him because he has shown himself to be fair, recognizing the truth about evil episodes in the history of our...

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I’m not trying to convince the world to adopt biblical sexual ethics, especially as they pertain to the LGBT movement. I’m trying to equip believers to stand firm on the truth and not capitulate to secular culture’s pressure to change the church’s view.

That’s what I...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 19:00

Together We Will Strengthen, Hold Fast, and Engage

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Greg explains the special gift we have ready for you when you give to the work of Stand to Reasonthis December and invites you to join us as we work to build confidence for every Christian, clear thinking for every challenge, and courage and grace for every encounter.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 19:00

Three Things I Learned at ETS/EPS

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Since I started working for Stand to Reason, I’ve had the opportunity to attend the Evangelical Theological Society’s (ETS) annual meeting. This meeting runs alongside the Evangelical Philosophical Society’s (EPS) annual meeting. These meetings are in a different city each year...

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One thing that convinces me that the pro-life position is true is, interestingly enough, the behavior of pro-choicers. Obviously, pro-lifers believe that abortion takes the lives of “precious unborn human persons.” But ironically, the behavior of pro-choicers also reveals that, deep...

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In a post titled “Is the God of the Bible a Genocidal Maniac?” Michael Kruger’s third point is crucial for anyone who’s trying to make sense of God’s judgment of the Canaanites:

Third, God uses a variety of instruments to accomplish his judgment. Sure, God could just...

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Lately, a single verse keeps resounding in my mind. It’s Revelation 3:2: “Wake up. Strengthen what remains and is about to die.” It was Jesus’ admonition to the church in Sardis, yet when I read it I ache for the church today, right now, right here among us—the...

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Monday, 18 November 2019 19:00

Spiritual Warfare Is Real

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Angels and demons exist. I’ll admit that even though I believe that, I tend to downplay their reality. Daniel 10, however, offers us a glimpse of spiritual warfare that helps us glean some insights into their activity and their real-life impact.

Daniel experiences a vision and then prays and...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 19:00

Anti-Intellectualism in the Church (Video)

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In this third part of the “Why Apologetics?” series, Tim talks about the value of developing the mind through apologetics as a way of pushing back against anti-intellectualism in the church.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 01:13

The Sons Are Exempt from the Law

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I’ve written in the past about how followers of Christ should view the Mosaic Law (see here and here), and it struck me as I was reading Matthew 17:24–27 that this is a moment when Jesus addresses the new relationship between His faithful followers and the Law. Here’s what it says:...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:24

What Is the Kingdom of Heaven?

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Some Bible terminology can seem strange to our modern ears. We are so removed from the original time and place of its writing that understanding its meaning can require some work. I think this is true about the phrase “the kingdom of heaven.”

The kingdom of heaven is a central theme...

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 19:00

Are We All Atheists?

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Here’s a simple and clear response from William Lane Craig to the increasingly common charge from atheists, “We’re both atheists about most gods. I just believe in one fewer God than you do.”

Authors: Amy K. Hall...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 19:00

Why Studying Apologetics Makes Me Worship

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John Stonestreet’s reflection on what it was like to see biblical locations in person on his recent trip to Israel reminds me why I love studying apologetics:

Seeing these places, where the events of the Bible actually took place—not in some dream-time or fictional world, but right here,...

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A new series based on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy had a very successful premiere on British television and HBO this week. Since this story is back in the public eye, I think it’s worth revisiting a post about the trilogy I wrote when the film version of The Golden Compass...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 19:00

Does Your Belief in Demons Affect How You Live?

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Do you believe in demons? If you’re a Christian, most likely you do. But does your belief in demons affect how you live? Does it change your prayer? Does it make any difference?

C.S. Lewis wrote, “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One...

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Sunday, 03 November 2019 19:00

The Role of Hadith Literature in Islam (Video)

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Alan explains hadith literature and its role as a source of authority in the lives of Muslims.

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:00

How Relativism Leads to Intolerance and Rage

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Writing about LGBT activists’ recent campaign against a church, Nathanael Blake comments on why we’ve been seeing a decrease in tolerance and an increase in rage. The culprit, he says, is the subjective nature of gender identity claims coupled with our culture’s relativism—a...

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To celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther sparking the Reformation with his 95 Theses, Ligonier Ministries’ documentary Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer will be available for free on YouTube through Friday. (After that time, you can find it on Amazon.) The documentary is...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 20:00

How Porn Kills Healthy Sexual Relationships

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Neuroscience is clear: porn affects your brain. But it does more than that. It also affects your heart. That is, it changes how we relate to other people.

Being human is about being in relationship. We were made to be in relationship with each other and our Maker. Sadly, pornography affects the ways...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:00

Don’t Ignore Paul’s Warnings about Suffering

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In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he says he constantly thanks God for their acceptance of the gospel, noting that it led to their suffering:

For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:00

Two Serious Doubts about Modern Darwinian Theory

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In this video for PragerU, Stephen Meyer gives a quick summary of “two serious doubts about modern Darwinian theory”:

The Cambrian Explosion: The sudden appearance of new animals which evolutionary theory has failed to explain.

The DNA enigma: The implausibility of random mutations...

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It isn’t often I agree with Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John, but recently I found myself approving of their comments.

DeGeneres was criticized for attending a football game with former President George W. Bush. She’s a lesbian and was hanging out with someone who probably upholds a...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 20:00

Christians Are Commanded to Be Apologists (Video)

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In the second part of the “Why Apologetics?” series, Tim shows us where the Bible says Christians are commanded to be apologists.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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In an article titled “I Asked Thousands of Biologists When Life Begins. The Answer Wasn’t Popular,” Steve Jacobs summarizes research he did for his dissertation on the abortion debate:

I surveyed thousands of Americans using Amazon’s MTurk service. I found that most Americans...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 20:00

How Porn Affects Your Brain

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Your brain is amazing.

Weighing in at three pounds, your brain contains roughly 90 billion nerve cells—called neurons—with trillions of cell connections—called synapses. When connected together, these synapses form back roads, highways, and superhighways in your brain that signals...

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