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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An article in the Journal of Medical Ethics argues there’s a good possibility that fetal human beings can feel pain earlier than the previously accepted 24 weeks. The Daily Mail reports from the UK:

Unborn babies may be able to feel pain before reaching 24 weeks, say scientists – meaning...

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In this fourth part of Tim’s “Why Apologetics?” series, he explains how apologetics does the work of pre-evangelism by responding to people’s ideas at the worldview level, removing obstacles to the gospel.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 19:00

Why Women Flocked to the Early Church

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In a talk by Michael Kruger on “The Dynamic Ministry of Women in Early Christianity,” Dr. Kruger explains why, contrary to the opposite charge people tend to make today, early Christianity was mocked for being too pro-women.

After going through the historical data we have about the...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 17:00

Golden Globe Awards Speech Defends Abortion

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I often hear abortion defended for two reasons: rape and the life of the mother being in jeopardy. It turns out these are two of the least common reasons why women have abortions in the United States. That’s not according to me, but according to the Guttmacher Institute, an organization...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 19:00

Talking to Jehovah’s Witnesses? Start Here

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It may come as a surprise, but some of the most popular articles on the Stand to Reason blog are on the topic of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In fact, in 2019, two of the top ten articles were on specific challenges from Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The reason for this isn’t complicated....

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 19:00

It May Be Human, but It’s Not a Person? (Video)

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Is there a legitimate dividing line between human persons and human non-persons? Greg explains why we need to be sure about the answer to this question.

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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If a non-Christian identifies as gay, how should a Christian respond to them? Should they attempt to convince them of Scripture’s sexual ethics? Or should the believer pursue some other goal? Is there any hope for the person who experiences unwanted same-sex attraction? Were they born that...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 19:00

The Top Ten Videos of 2019

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Did you miss any of these most-viewed videos of 2019? Here’s your chance to catch up! (Transcripts are included in the posts below, and you can find more videos on our YouTube channel.)

  1. Does God Promise to Heal Our Land?  
  2. Reaching Your LGBT Friends with Truth and Compassion  
  3. Where...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 19:00

Together We Can Make a Difference (Video)

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Greg reflects on the year behind us and invites you to partner with Stand to Reason one more time so we can end the year strong and launch into 2020 together.

Authors: STR...

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Thursday, 26 December 2019 19:00

The Top Ten Podcasts of 2019

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Below are the most-listened-to podcasts of 2019—ten of Greg’s long-running podcast, and, as a bonus, the top three episodes of our shorter podcast, #STRask (the podcast I do with Greg). Take a look at the topics, have a listen, and see what you think! (For more podcast archives, see here...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 19:00

The Top Ten Posts of 2019

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We’ve reached the end of the year, so it’s time for the annual roundup of top posts. Here are the 2019 posts that received the most views this year. Enjoy!

  1. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Were Not Refugees – “There is a thought-provoking image circulating the internet that depicts a...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 19:00

A Christmas Message from Stand to Reason (Video)

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Merry Christmas to you from Stand to Reason!

Authors: STR...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 02:19

Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Were Not Refugees

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There is a thought-provoking image circulating the internet that depicts a nativity scene unlike most we’re familiar with. It’s a picture of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, each in separate cages. This image is powerful, especially in light of the current political climate. But is it truthful?

T...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 19:00

Why and How You Should Mark Up Your Books

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“Marking up a book is not an act of mutilation but of love.” That’s Mortimer Adler’s claim from his article “How to Mark a Book.” I second his sentiment. I love to engage an author’s thoughts by marking up a book with my agreements, rebuttals, and personal...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 11:48

Does Human Life Begin When We Take Our First Breath?

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There are those who say human life begins when we take our first breath. Does the fact that unborn children don’t breathe air mean they aren’t yet live human beings? Does the Bible teach this in Genesis 2:7 when it talks about the “breath of life” in the account of the...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:09

How to Deal with Criticism

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I had just finished preaching the Sunday morning message and was making my way through the foyer to grab a coffee. On my way, a gentleman from the congregation tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Your message this morning was very confusing. I prefer spirit-filled teaching to your academic...

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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.

Auth...

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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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