Simple Suggestions to Challenge Young Christians Toward Spiritual Maturity – Christian Article

As a youth bi-vocational youth pastor, I quickly learned the difference between teaching and training, especially when it comes to preparing the next generation of Christians to grow in their confidence and spiritual maturity. While teaching provides an opportunity to learn truth, training directs this effort toward a tangible challenge. Boxers and athletes train, for example, because they know a calendared fight or sporting event is just around the corner. We train when we prepare for a calendared challenge. While…

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Quick Shot: “There is no such thing as sin” – Christian Article

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot: “I don’t need an imaginary God to forgive me of my ‘sins’. There is…

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Why We Ought Not Treat Kids… Like Kids – Christian Article

I started attending church in the second grade. I spent most of my childhood and teen years in youth ministry. I went to a few different churches during that time and saw different variations in youth ministry. As I got older, I also began volunteering on the junior high and high school worship teams, so I got a behind the scenes look at how things worked. On top of that, my father served in youth ministry  and I would tag…

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What Does the Bible Say About the Nature and Power of Angelic Beings? – Christian Article

There are good reasons to believe in the existence of angelic beings, but our reasoning powers cannot reveal everything there is to know about these beings. God’s special revelation (in the Bible) provides us with the information unavailable elsewhere. The Apostle Paul, for example, acknowledged the existence of angelic beings and wrote about the power and influence they have in the world around us. While we are sometimes tempted to focus on the material forces we can see, Paul reminded…

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The Case for the Reliability of the New Testament (Free Bible Insert) – Christian Article

I’ve written quite a bit about the reliability of the New Testament eyewitness accounts in Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels and at ColdCaseChristianity.com. I believe there are many good reasons to accept the Gospels as eyewitness accounts, and I’ve focused on four characteristics of reliable eyewitness testimony to demonstrate the trustworthy nature of the Gospels. In an effort to summarize the case for the New Testament in a different way, I’d like to offer…

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Is It Reasonable to Believe in Angelic Beings? – Christian Article

As a young man, I was intrigued by television and movie accounts of extra-terrestrial life. I was a huge Star Wars, Star Trek and E.T. fan. I’m not the only one interested in the possibility of non-human, intelligent, conscious beings in the universe. In fact, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (S.E.T.I.) Institute (at www.seti.org) continues to search the cosmos for signs of alien intelligence. As it turns out, the Bible confirms the existence of extra-terrestrial life in the universe. They’re…

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I’m Not a Christian For Any of These Good Reasons – Christian Article

I just finished a great weekend teaching in the Montreal area (and eating more than my share of smoked meat poutine). Jeff Simunic, Xavier Avila and Joe Nemeth of Westview Bible Church hosted several events for students, church members and people in the Montreal community. These guys are doing a great job in an important mission field. After one of the student sessions, a young woman approached me and asked how (and why) I became a Christian. I gave her…

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The Difference Between “Natural Talents” and “Spiritual Gifts” – Christian Article

In the many years before I was a Christian, I used to hear believers talk about their “spiritual gifts”. They would describe their ability to sing or teach or perform a certain task, and for the life of me, these abilities merely sounded like “natural talents”. I came to the conclusion those wacky Christians just had a language all their own and a strong desire to see everything as a gift from God (when it could more easily be described…

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How “Danger” Turns Teaching Into Training – Christian Article

To work as a police officer at my agency, applicants go through several steps. If the applicant passes the written, physical, and psychological test, in addition to the interview and background investigation, we hire them and send them to a 7-month academy. If the recruit does well in the academy and manages to graduate, they are placed on patrol for field training, where a series of seven field training officers train them for seven consecutive months. If the trainee is…

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A Simple Detective Skill to Help You Determine If God Exists – Christian Article

I’ve been investigating homicides in Los Angeles County for many years. If you’re a fan of murder mysteries and homicide shows, I’d like to share a simple investigative technique that may open your eyes to more than the identity of a killer. It may also help you determine if God exists. Detectives know that not every death scene is a crime scene. People die naturally, accidentally, by way of suicide or as the result of a homicide, and it’s not…

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Four Distinct Advantages of a Theistic Worldview – Christian Article

I am a Christian because Christianity is true. I didn’t become a believer to solve a problem, to make a better life, or guarantee a place in heaven. I’m not a Christian because it “works” for me. I still struggle to submit my prideful will to what God calls me to do. Christianity is not easy. There are times when I think it would be easier to do it the old way; easier to cut a corner or take a…

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Resisting the Desire to Simply Follow the Rules – Christian Article

As a police officer, I recognize the fact that the world is a dangerous place. All around us are a variety of people and situations ready to hurt or take advantage of us. I bet you take steps in your daily life to protect yourself from danger. It may be as simple as wearing your seatbelt or washing your hands. The good and bad experiences we go through influence the way we act. We all develop “defense tactics” or ways…

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What Does Christianity Teach About the Resurrection of Our Bodies? – Christian Article

Christians recognize the Resurrection of Jesus as the foremost claim of Christianity. The Apostle Paul said the Resurrection was of “first importance” because it established another important truth for you and me as human beings. The Resurrection of Jesus demonstrated the power and intention of God to resurrect all of us someday. When Jesus rose from the dead, he demonstrated not only the power of God to raise Jesus, but also the power of God to provide all of us…

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Are There Any Good Reasons to Believe in Heaven (Even Without the Evidence from Scripture)? – Christian Article

Humans have been thinking about the notion of an afterlife from the earliest of times. Some of the most popular books and movies have been written around this topic, even though few of them have been consistent with the teaching of Christian Scripture. But even without the guidance of the New Testament authors, there are good reasons to believe we will live beyond the grave. The evidence related to the existence of God and the “soulish” nature of humans ought…

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Quick Shot: “The Bible condones genocide” – Christian Article

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot: “The Bible condones genocide.” Response #1:“What do you mean by ‘genocide’? Are you saying…

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What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory? – Christian Article

My mother was a cultural Catholic for many years, and although she was quick to identify herself with Catholicism, she had a limited knowledge of the Church’s teaching. Worse yet, she wasn’t yet a robust Bible reader. When I eventually became a Christian, I found myself examining several claims of Catholicism to see if they were true. Catholics believe in purgatory, “a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely…

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Quick Shot: “You can’t trust the Bible because it was written by humans” – Christian Article

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, “You can’t trust the Bible because it was written by humans.” Response #1:“Can you trust Charles…

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Quick Shot: “It’s narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God” – Christian Article

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot: “It’s narrow-minded to think Jesus is the only way to God.” Response #1:“Christians don’t…

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How Do I Share What I Believe? The Relationship Between Low Expectations and Lackluster Evangelism – Christian Article

I have a good friend (I’ll call him Bob) who I’ve known for over fifteen years. We’ve worked with one another, we’ve eaten many meals together, and our families are friendly. I’ve shared my faith with Bob and he’s fully aware of what I believe about God and about Jesus. He’s an uninterested atheist, however, and as I’ve watched our relationship develop, I’ve come to realize Bob’s disinterest is having an impact on the way I behave as a Christian.…

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From Where Does Value Come? – Christian Article

One of my uncles had a comic book collection; he left it at my grandmother’s house. As a kid, I frequently visited my grandmother’s house and enjoyed pouring over those old issues. My uncle had a great collection full of classic comics by all the great comic book creators. The collection seemed massive. I read every one of those old issues over and over. My parents bought me a few comic books growing up, but when I was old enough…

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Quick Shot: “Truth cannot be known with any certainty” – Christian Article

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, “You can’t be certain about Christianity because truth cannot be known with any certainty.” Response #1:“Are…

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Two Hidden Science Facts in the Passion Week – Christian Article

Why should we trust the gospel accounts related to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and how might we evaluate their reliability? As I first examined the Gospels, I found two pieces of hidden science lending credibility to the eyewitness accounts. The Gospel authors included two incredulous observations, even though they didn’t completely understand what they had seen (or what had been seen by others) at the time of the initial writings. Only years later, as our understanding of biology…

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What is the Meaning of the Cross? – Christian Article

When I first became interested in examining the Gospels as eyewitness accounts, I really had no interest in Jesus as God. I was willing to survey and consider the wisdom of Jesus as an ancient sage, but nothing more. Once I was convinced these Gospel accounts were reliable, however, I knew I had to reconsider my naturalistic presuppositions. If Jesus truly rose from the grave, He was more than a wise sage. In those early months of my investigation, I…

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Every Easter Sermon Is Built on the Reliability of the Gospel Eyewitnesses – Christian Article

Christian leaders have been preaching Easter messages for over two thousand years. In fact, the first Christian leaders were eyewitnesses of the Resurrection and their message was, in large part, simply their eyewitness testimony. In the years immediately following the Resurrection of Jesus, the apostles preached in a variety of geographic locations and cultural situations. Wherever they went, they shared the case for the Resurrection. The eyewitnesses built their case directly upon their own personal experiences with the Risen Christ.…

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Why Jesus Died So Quickly on the Cross – Christian Article

Of the many non-Christian explanations for the Resurrection, the “Swoon Theory” is amongst the most popular. If Jesus didn’t really die on the cross, His alleged “resurrection” is really nothing more than a remarkable “resuscitation”. Those who doubt Jesus’ death often point to the short amount of time Jesus spent on the cross prior to dying. Victims of crucifixion typically died slowly as a result of their pain, exposure to the environment, and lack of food or water. But Jesus…

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