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Why Does God Allow Natural Evil? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, December 9, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

I Thank God for My Doubts: A Personal Reflection

Sean McDowell, December 2, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   It might sound crazy, but I can honestly say that I thank God for my doubts. It’s not that I always appreciate having doubts. Sometimes doubts can be a burden. But even so, I realize something deeper about the… Read more »

Should Christians Practice Apologetics?

Matthew Tingblad, November 28, 2018

At Josh McDowell Ministry, we focus a great deal on Christian Apologetics. In other words, we work hard to defend Christianity, providing reasons to help people confidently believe in Jesus and the Christian message. In another one of my articles, I sought to defend the biblical case for apologetics. Peter,… Read more »

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, November 25, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Does Christian Hypocrisy Undermine the Reasonability of the Faith?

Sean McDowell, November 18, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Christian hypocrisy has done massive damage to the Christian faith. According to author and social critic Os Guinness, the challenge of hypocrisy is second only to the problem of suffering and evil, and is one of the main reasons… Read more »

Christianity: Putting It All Together

Sheri Bell, November 15, 2018

What’s the point of all this “Follow Jesus” stuff? Wow! With this blog post, we complete a full year of blogging about the evidence for Christianity — from its historical roots (Jesus really lived!), to why Jesus calls us into relationship with Him. The purpose of this year-long series has… Read more »

Does God Have a Secret Will for My Life? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, November 11, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

What’s Keeping You From Loving God?

Sheri Bell, November 9, 2018

If we don’t love God, we have a reason: our skewed view of God’s nature, our deciding we don’t “need” Him, or even that He doesn’t exist. The struggle is real to clearly see God’s nature — and to steadily move toward Him. In surfing the Internet recently, I ran… Read more »

Advice for Aspiring Authors

Sean McDowell, November 4, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Over the past 12 years, I have had the opportunity to write a number of different books for students and adults in the area of apologetics and relationships. As a result, aspiring authors have often asked my advice for… Read more »

If God is Love, Does Our Sin Matter?

Sheri Bell, November 2, 2018

If we view God as “always loving,” can we be nonchalant about our sin? MercyMe, one of my favorite contemporary Christian bands, is known for penning a number of songs about God’s grace covering sin. “Smile like you just got away with something,” croons the band. “Why? ‘Cause you just… Read more »

Clearing the Fog: Is Christianity Blind Faith?

Sean McDowell, October 28, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Many atheist critiques of Christianity claim that faith is blind, irrational, stupid. In his book The God Delusion, leading atheist Richard Dawkins asserts that faith opposes reason, and calls faith a “delusion,” which he describes as “persistent false belief held… Read more »

“But Why Do I Need Jesus?”

Sheri Bell, October 26, 2018

Every Christian needs to know why they need Jesus. Last week I spent a good bit of my time with a fabulous young person who was gracious, humble, and open — one of those special people who light up a room simply by entering it. During one of our frequent… Read more »

God’s Origin Story: Guest Blog

Sean McDowell, October 21, 2018

      Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Along with my regular posts at SeanMcDowell.org, I am now featuring some of my former students in the Biola Apologetics Program. This post is by my friend Timothy Fox, who helped me with both the Awana Advocates curriculum and the updated… Read more »

Who God Says Who YOU Are

Sheri Bell, October 17, 2018

It’s What God Says About You That Matters, Not What the World Says We’ve spent a lot of time in this blog series demonstrating why the Bible, and thus the Christian faith, can be historically vetted and believed. If we accept that the Bible is real, then we can accept… Read more »

Did Jesus Really Claim to be God? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, October 14, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Tips for Selflessness; Let’s Be Like Jesus

Sheri Bell, October 9, 2018

There was once a nymph named Narcissus, Who thought himself very delicious; So he stared like a fool At his face in a pool, And his folly today is still with us.* One of the reasons we’ve spent so many weeks blogging about the evidence for Christ and the historical… Read more »

Comics and Cosmic Origins: Guest Blog

Sean McDowell, October 7, 2018

      Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Along with my regular posts at SeanMcDowell.org, I am now featuring some of my former students in the Biola Apologetics Program. This post is by my friend Timothy Fox, who helped me with both the Awana Advocates curriculum and the updated and revised Evidence… Read more »

5 Reasons Christians Must Read the Bible

Sheri Bell, October 4, 2018

The Bible is your daily life playbook, not an outdated relic to be kept on a shelf. According to LifeWay Research, more than half of Americans have read little to none of the Bible. About 30 percent look up things in the Bible only when they need to. And less… Read more »

10 Biblical Reasons God Allows Suffering

Sean McDowell, September 30, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   The existence of human suffering is arguably the most common and difficult problem raised against the existence and goodness of God. It is a particularly thorny issue because people experience it both emotionally and logically. The problem of suffering has been… Read more »

Is History Knowable? Implications for Christianity

Sheri Bell, September 26, 2018

The accuracy of history is critical. Even for Christianity. We can look at this photo and make some subjective judgments. We might deduce that the child is somewhere cold. We might also suggest the child’s age, if not also his or her nationality, healthiness, and socioeconomic status. In effect, we’re… Read more »

How Can We Know Heaven Exists? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, September 23, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Effectively Dialogue With Skeptics: Part 2

Sheri Bell, September 20, 2018

“Prove Your God Exists!” Last week, in Part 1 of this topic, we talked about the importance of our having a right attitude when interacting with skeptics. I reminded you to let go of the “fight” mentality when challenged on your beliefs; to instead view these encounters as God-ordained opportunities to… Read more »

Is COEXIST a Biblical Command? Guest Blog

Sean McDowell, September 16, 2018

        Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Along with my regular blog here at seanmcdowell.org, I am now featuring occasional guest posts from some students in the Biola M.A. in Christian Apologetics that I personally had the privilege of teaching. This post is from my friend Tim… Read more »

Effectively Dialogue With Skeptics: Part 1

Sheri Bell, September 13, 2018

“Prove Your God Exists!” When we Christians hear that, most of us start sweating. As if the entire weight of proving the truth of Christianity rests on our puny shoulders! But we also start sweating because we feel our egos to be on the line. To be a Christian, we’re… Read more »

How Could A Loving God Send a Good Person to Hell? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, September 9, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Does Science Disprove Miracles?

Sheri Bell, September 4, 2018

Photo by Quino Al Science says the universe operates only within its natural laws. True or false? Science says that when a person dies, they stay dead. So how do Christians find it possible to believe that Jesus rose after His death on the cross? Because of the supernatural –… Read more »

What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith?

Sean McDowell, September 2, 2018

      Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   For the past three years I have been helping my father update his classic book Evidence that Demands a Verdict. There is no doubt that the evidence for Christianity has grown substantially since the book first released in… Read more »

The Power of Grace-Filled Parenting

Sheri Bell, September 1, 2018

Perhaps you know this first-hand: parenting children to make right moral choices can be really tough. You tell your kids the dos and don’ts — which you’ve put in place to guide and protect them — then watch in dismay when they choose to disobey. You sigh because you know… Read more »

Doubt: When It’s Beneficial for Christians

Sheri Bell, August 30, 2018

Photo by Steve Halama Doubt Can Be the Catalyst for Real Faith. Do “real” Christians have the freedom to doubt the existence of God, Jesus, and the truths of the Bible? Or should we feel guilty when our faith wobbles like Jell-O? Says Paul Tillich, “Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it… Read more »

Does Truth Even Matter? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, August 26, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Objective Truth: Christian Response to Postmodernism

Sheri Bell, August 24, 2018

Conveniently Ignoring Objective Truth. “If you are anything like me,” says noted Christian author and speaker Lisa Bevere, “you want to love the broken people around you.” But so often Christians are told they’re being judgmental and hateful if they don’t accept the false version of love that accepts everything… Read more »

Does God Just Want Me to Be Happy?

Sean McDowell, August 19, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Along with my regular blog here at seanmcdowell.org, I am now featuring occasional guest posts from some students in the Biola M.A. in Christian Apologetics that I personally had the privilege of teaching. This post is from my friend Ryan Pauly,… Read more »

Postmodernism: Faulty Truth, False Reality

Sheri Bell, August 16, 2018

Postmodernism robs society of objective truth and reason. Are we doomed? One of the most popular phrases today around the globe is “You have your truth, I have my truth, and nobody knows the truth.” If one looks at that statement objectively, however, it is immediately obvious that as a guiding… Read more »

What about Atrocities Committed In the Name of Christ? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, August 12, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Can We Know God Really Exists?

Sheri Bell, August 9, 2018

Is it possible to know if God really exists, or do we each get to decide His existence for ourselves? When it comes to God’s existence, some contemporary philosophers deny that we can know for sure. No one, they say, can really know, because His existence isn’t provable. God, they… Read more »

The Old Testament Is Embarrassing

Sean McDowell, August 5, 2018

  Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   This summer, I have been studying the book of Exodus. As I have been paying attention to the story of Moses and details of the Mosaic Law, it has become clear to me that the Old Testament is embarrassing…. Read more »

Relativism: Does It Contain Any Truth?

Sheri Bell, August 1, 2018

Does our personal version of “truth” (relativism) trump God’s objective truth? In our current “Truth is what I say it is” culture, we have to ask if the issue of truth really matters. I mean, we all seem to be doing okay in life with our own version of truth,… Read more »

What are the Best Questions for Spiritual Conversation? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, July 29, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Book Review: The End of Faith

Matthew Tingblad, July 28, 2018

    A few years ago, I worked through The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, a popular atheist thinker who argued against a theistic worldview. I chose to read the book because I believe that it is important for Christians (and anyone, for that matter) to engage with viewpoints other than our… Read more »

Do Alleged Contradictions Skew Bible Truth?

Sheri Bell, July 25, 2018

Bible scholars have a proven track record of resolving contradictions to harmonize the Bible. In this blog post we explore the claim by skeptics that the Bible contradicts itself. Are there differences among parts of the Bible? Yes. But are they contradictions? No. And we assert this because of two reasons:… Read more »

Interview: How Should Christians Think about Social Justice?

Sean McDowell, July 22, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   How Should Christians Think about Social Justice? SeanMcDowell.org This is one of the most important interviews I have posted in awhile. And I can think of no one more qualified than my friend and colleague Thaddeus Williams. He is the author… Read more »

Student Blogs on “Hide ‘n’ Seek”

Guest Blogger, July 21, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   Hide ‘n’ Seek: The Stolen Body Myth   When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,  telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night… Read more »

Did Moses Author the Pentateuch?

Sheri Bell, July 18, 2018

The Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament, is a core text for three world religions and the foundation  of the Christian Bible and the Jewish Scriptures. So it matters that the texts be viewed with authority. It is through these books, long believed to have been revealed… Read more »

There’s no God? How boring!

Sean McDowell, July 15, 2018

  Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   There’s No God? How Boring! SeanMcDowell.org Recently I showed my high school students the movie Expelled by Ben Stein, where he claims that intelligent design proponents have lost jobs, lost tenure and had their reputations smeared. One of the memorable scenes… Read more »

Student Blogs on “Blind Man’s Bluff”

Guest Blogger, July 14, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   Blind Man’s Bluff: The Wrong Tomb Myth The Resurrection of Jesus is the central point of the Christian faith. Those who do not believe in Christ often argue that the resurrection never happened. What if the women on Easter Sunday found the… Read more »

Was the Bible Exodus a Real Event?

Sheri Bell, July 12, 2018

Did the Israelites Flee Egypt for the Promised Land? In our last blog post we looked at whether there is definitive proof that Adam and Eve existed as real people. In this blog post we’ll look at what proof exists for the mass Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. No… Read more »

Did the Bible’s Adam Really Exist?

Sheri Bell, July 9, 2018

Does Adam’s historicity matter? The overarching theme running through all 66 books of the Bible is the story of God’s creative work, of humanity’s rebellion against God, and of God’s work to redeem fallen humanity. The straightforward way of reading the Bible is that Adam was a historical person. It… Read more »

Interview: How Does Christianity Fulfill our Deepest Aspirations?

Sean McDowell, July 8, 2018

  Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   How Does Christianity Fulfill our Deepest Aspiration? Author Interview.   My friend and Biola colleague Greg Ganssle has written a fascinating new book called Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations. Professor Ganssle takes a unique approach to the… Read more »

Student Blogs on “Playing Dead”

Guest Blogger, July 7, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   Playing Dead: The Swoon Myth   Popularized centuries ago, the swoon myth insists that after being brutally beaten, brutalized and crucified, Jesus… fainted, rather than died. If this myth were true, the central event of Christianity, the Resurrection of Christ, would be… Read more »

Student Blogs on “Truth or Coincidence”

Guest Blogger, June 30, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   Truth or Coincidence: The Coincidence Myth     Many predictions (Nostradamus, fortune-cookies, horoscopes, etc.) are purposefully vague, allowing people to apply them pretty much no matter what happens. Many people assume the predictions of Scripture are the same–made-up and only accurate by… Read more »

Are the Bible and Science at Odds?

Sheri Bell, June 27, 2018

Can Science and the Genesis Creation Story Co-Exist? Genesis 1 — the creation story — inspires some of the most heated, sensitive, and yet important controversies within the Church today. How we personally view Genesis 1 does impact how we, individually, view the rest of Scripture, science, and the nature of… Read more »

How Can I Be Sure of Heaven? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, June 24, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Student Blogs on “The Vending Machine God”

Guest Blogger, June 23, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   The Vending Machine God: The Christmas Myth  God wants us to love Him, not things. He wants us to seek Him, not answers to greedy prayers. When you live your life in communion with God, who gave His only Son to die for our… Read more »

Were Jesus’ Disciples Illiterate?

Sheri Bell, June 22, 2018

A question often asked by curious Christians and critics: “Since Jesus’ disciples spoke Aramaic, how could they write any New Testament books — in Greek, no less — if they couldn’t even read or write in their own language?” That sounds like a solid query … until you realize that… Read more »

Student Blogs on “One Among Many”

Guest Blogger, June 16, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   One Among Many: The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth     The Bible was written on Three continents in three languages on hundreds of controversial subjects. It contains flashes of inspired poetry as well as detailed history, captivating biography, letters, memoirs, and prophetic writings. Yet… Read more »

Do the Gospels Reliably Portray Jesus?

Sheri Bell, June 15, 2018

Can We Trust These Ancient Storytellers? Christians view the Bible as the true and inspired word of God, which it is. In the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—we learn details of the incredible ministry of Jesus. Not intended to be strict biographies, these detail-rich texts are interpretations by four individual authors, which… Read more »

Student Blogs on “Wimpy Jesus”

Guest Blogger, June 9, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   Wimpy Jesus: The Meek and Mild Myth     You are badly mistaken if you think that Jesus Christ was as weak, soft-spoken, or smooth-handed as some of our artists have made Him appear.   On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple… Read more »

Were Jesus’ Apostles Martyrs? Does it Matter?

Sheri Bell, June 8, 2018

What does historical evidence say? The willingness of the apostles to suffer and die as martyrs for their faith is one of the  most commonly cited arguments for the resurrection. Why, after all, would any person willingly choose to submit to a painful death for confession of the Christian faith?… Read more »

Christ, the Miracle Worker: Do His Miracles Matter?

Sheri Bell, June 6, 2018

Indeed. The miracles of Jesus Christ are an essential part of His story and an essential part of the Christian faith. Everyone in the ancient world at all familiar with Jesus regarded Him to be a miracle worker. Even His critics, including the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders, conceded His… Read more »

Student Blogs on “Prophet Jesus”

Guest Blogger, June 2, 2018

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   Prophet Jesus: The Good Teacher Myth Jesus has made it very clear that He is the Son of God–but some people dismiss this His Lordship and divinity, calling Him a “good teacher” instead. Jesus claimed to be God–either He is who He… Read more »

Was Jesus Really Without Sin?

Sheri Bell, May 30, 2018

It’s a critically important question. If the holy, morally perfect God were to become incarnate as a human being, one would reasonably expect that He would live a good and righteous life. We have solid reasons to think that Jesus Christ did fit this description. Let’s look at biblical references,… Read more »

Were Some Books Left out of the Bible? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, May 27, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Amazon Review

Rob Shiflet, May 24, 2018

My eyes were opened to a new way to explain why certain actions/choices are morally wrong to my child as we enter the tween years. I highly recommend this book for every parent, youth pastor and pastor.

Daryl Nuss, Executive Director/CEO of National Network of Youth Ministries

Rob Shiflet, May 24, 2018

I appreciate that the biblical principles and practical insight in Josh’s book, Set Free to Choose Right, have been forged on the anvil of real life experience. This book is a very helpful guide [in equipping young people] to embrace biblical convictions in today’s foggy environment.

Dr. Jay Strack, President and Founder of Youth Pastor Summit and Student Leadership University

Rob Shiflet, May 24, 2018

I believe in today’s world there is a battle for the hearts, minds, bodies, families and futures of our young people. Set Free fillets this issue down to the bone. This is a must read!

Amazon review

Rob Shiflet, May 24, 2018

I needed the message of this book right when I was reading it. My oldest child is almost 13 and we are entering a time of questioning everything. I appreciate that this book discusses the moral relativism so prevalent in our culture and gets to the heart of the matter…. Read more »

Was Jesus Really Birthed by a Virgin?

Sheri Bell, May 23, 2018

The Virgin Birth: Plausible, if God Exists The Apostles’ Creed, an early creed of the Christian faith, affirms that Jesus Christ “was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary.” If this belief is true, it means that Jesus’ entrance into human history isn’t just a tad different,… Read more »

Critical Tactic: Surfacing the Question Beneath the Question

Sean McDowell, May 13, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] One difficult lesson I have learned in apologetics and evangelism is to identify the question beneath the question. To be honest, I have spent considerable time answering questions I thought people were asking, but because I was operating under false assumptions, I missed… Read more »

Two Religions That Claim to be Christian

Sheri Bell, May 10, 2018

Can a religion claim to be “Christian” if it changes biblical truths about Christ and God? One of the things I find interesting about Christian history is how quickly Scripture can be corrupted. The early church, for example, had to fight off gnosticism, which, among other false ideas, taught that… Read more »

5 Reasons Our Culture Is Obsessed with Sex

Sean McDowell, May 6, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Western culture is obsessed with sex. Sex dominates our movies, music, television, advertising, conversations, social media and more. But the question many people fail to ask is: why? There are myriads of reasons for this. Some reasons are certainly more germane than… Read more »

Is Christianity Unique, or a Copycat Religion?

Sheri Bell, May 3, 2018

Christianity: Unique Among All Religions. Mythicists confidently assert, “Christianity is nothing more than a patchwork quilt of ancient pagan and mystery religions.” Bottom line: They believe that the early Church borrowed heavily from pagan deities already in existence at the time of Jesus. To make their case, they cite extensive lists of… Read more »

Can We Know Anything At All? Quick Video.

Sean McDowell, April 29, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Is Jesus’ Resurrection Fact? History Weighs in!

Sheri Bell, April 25, 2018

You, ultimately, get to decide if the resurrection is fact or fiction. Choose wisely. In this year-long blog series based on Josh and Sean McDowell’s extensively updated classic, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, we’re focused on proving to you that the Christian faith is rooted not in fairy tale, but on… Read more »

Why GQ Is Wrong. The Bible is a Must-Read.

Sean McDowell, April 23, 2018

GQ recently posted an article titled, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” It includes many classics such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. And it also includes the Bible. [Original post by Sean McDowell here.] It would be easy to criticize… Read more »

Making Apologetics Personal: A Quick Lesson from John 4

Sean McDowell, April 22, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   It’s no secret that I love apologetics. I love to read apologetics blogs, study apologetics books, and have apologetics conversations. But there is a constant temptation I have to battle that I believe is common among many apologists: the temptation to simply study… Read more »

Resurrection of Jesus: Pre-Resurrection Facts

Sheri Bell, April 18, 2018

The resurrection of Jesus is critical to the Christian faith; without it, we don’t have much of a foundation for believing that Jesus was and is God. #lightinthedarkness Yet the resurrection is one of the hot topics of Christianity. Skeptics argue it’s not provable. But is that true? Let’s look… Read more »

How Do We Communicate with Winsome Persuasion in our Hostile Culture?

Sean McDowell, April 15, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Tim Muehlhoff and Richard Langer are two of my colleagues at Biola University. Dr. Muehlhoff teaches Communications and Dr. Langer teaches Biblical Studies and Theology. They recently partnered up to tackle a vital issue for today—how do Christians communicate with winsome persuasion in a culture that seems… Read more »

Resurrection of Jesus: Code Critical

Sheri Bell, April 11, 2018

Does His Resurrection Really Matter? Heck, yeah! More than puppies, and chocolate, and glorious sunsets — or whatever it is that grabs your heart and stops you in your tracks. If Jesus didn’t rise, we have no foundation for our faith. And if we’re gullibly basing our lives on a… Read more »

Why Does God Allow Evil? Author Interview for Groundbreaking Book.

Sean McDowell, April 8, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Dr. Clay Jones is one of my colleagues in the Biola Apologetics M.A. program. Although he has been teaching and thinking about the problem of evil for decades, he has just released a new book: Why Does God Allow Evil? Here is my endorsement that… Read more »

Resurrection of Jesus: Hoax or Truth?

Sheri Bell, April 4, 2018

Why the Resurrection Matters. Christians believe the resurrection is true, and that historical accounts of it have provided adequate evidence to certify it as a real event. Why is the resurrection so important? Because without it, our faith has no basis. The apostle Paul suspends the weight of Christianity on… Read more »

Did Jesus Fulfill Old Testament Prophesy?

Sheri Bell, March 28, 2018

Only One Person Has Fulfilled All Old Testament Messianic Prophesy. Jesus! One reason the Bible’s Old Testament is so important to Christians is that it contains prophesy — over 300 predictions, in fact — that, like the threads of a tapestry, establish the Messianic credentials of Jesus. Put another way,… Read more »

Why Are There So Many Translations of the Bible? Quick Video

Sean McDowell, March 25, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

An Investigation: Is Jesus Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

Sheri Bell, March 21, 2018

Who is Jesus of Nazareth? While many have asked and offered to answer the question, “Who is Jesus of Nazareth?”, no one can escape the evidence that He was a historical person and that His life radically altered human history. As world-renowned historian Jaroslav Pelikan put it: “It is from… Read more »

The Absurdity of Moral Relativism: A Student’s Perspective

Sean McDowell, March 18, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   When I was a full-time high school teacher, one of my favorite assignments was to have my students develop a creative project to illustrate what would follow if moral relativism were true. Students wrote stories, composed songs, made short films, and more. My all-time… Read more »

How Do You Talk to Kids About God? Interview with Author Natasha Crain.

Sean McDowell, March 14, 2018

(Original post by Sean McDowell here.) With the popularity of her blog and books, Natasha Crain has exploded onto the scene as an important voice in the world of parenting and apologetics (and beyond!). Her story, which she briefly shares below, is both encouraging and motivating for those of us who deeply care… Read more »

An Investigation: The Lofty Claims of Jesus

Sheri Bell, March 14, 2018

Was Jesus Just a Man, or God? No doubt about it, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of the western culture for almost twenty centuries. Talk about staying power! Equally constant: the debate about who He is. Almost everyone who has heard of Jesus has… Read more »

How Do We Help the Next Generation Navigate Culture?

Sean McDowell, March 11, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   As a parent of three kids, I am frequently trying to help them best navigate cultural voices vying for their hearts and minds. This is why I am thrilled about the new book  A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next… Read more »

Does Historical Evidence Prove that Jesus Lived?

Sheri Bell, March 7, 2018

Evidence does, indeed, show that Jesus lived. The question is, will you believe it? At this point we’re not even addressing the question of whether Jesus was God in human form. There’s no point in doing so, if we don’t first show, through historical record, that Jesus did, in fact,… Read more »

7 Fascinating Facts that Make the Bible Unique

Sean McDowell, March 6, 2018

The Bible is a unique book. There is no other book that even stands in its category. (Original post by Sean McDowell at SeanMcDowell.org.) Below are seven factors that show how the Bible stands apart from all other books in history. We list many more facts in the updated Evidence that Demands… Read more »

Do Christian Kids Really Understand the Gospel?

Sean McDowell, March 4, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   The longer I interact with Christian young people, the more I wonder how many truly understand the gospel. Of course, many know the story of Jesus, but this is far different from grasping the nature of the gospel. Let me explain: One of the… Read more »

The Work of Textual Criticism

Matthew Tingblad, March 1, 2018

For those of you who have engaged with Christian apologetics, you probably understand that a common objection to the Bible is that it has been changed or corrupted over time. Our response is to point out the number of manuscripts we have of the Bible, the early date of many… Read more »

Spiritual but not Religious?

Matthew Tingblad, March 1, 2018

The spiritual landscape of America is changing. New Age Spirituality, also known as the “Spiritual but not Religious” movement (SBNR), has grown tremendously in North America. As a lot of Christians have focused heavily on rationalized, modernistic approaches to evangelism, there is a new voice emerging which is simply asking… Read more »

Is Christianity Intolerant?

Matthew Tingblad, March 1, 2018

This is one of the most loaded questions you could ever ask! Typically when the issue is brought forth, it comes bearing the pain of a hot-button issue such as homosexuality, the fair treatment of women, the exclusion of other religions, or something similar. Each of these important issues deserve… Read more »

Why the Lost Gospels Don’t Belong in the Bible

Sheri Bell, February 28, 2018

Scripture must meet exacting criteria to be included in the Bible. The “lost gospels” don’t make the cut. One argument used by critics to try to discredit God’s Word is by asserting that the Bible was developed via a power struggle. Namely, that what’s included in the Bible — and… Read more »

What about Those Who Have Never Heard of Jesus?

Sean McDowell, February 25, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

The Bible: How Big a Deal is Human Error?

Sheri Bell, February 21, 2018

Scribes are human; humans make mistakes. Does that mean the Bible’s accuracy is in question? The answer, in a word: No. It can’t be denied that both unintended error and intentional modification have occurred in biblical texts over time. But most of these can be identified, categorized, and properly understood in their… Read more »

Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait? Interview with Author Bryan Sands.

Sean McDowell, February 18, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   I recently received a book in the mail called Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait? by Bryan Sands. Given that my father launched the “Why Wait” sexual purity movement in the 1980s, when I was in my early teen years, I was curious to… Read more »

Ancient Manuscripts That Validate the Bible’s Old Testament

Sheri Bell, February 14, 2018

Modern Christians don’t have to defend the validity of the Bible! Historical manuscripts have already done so! In last week’s blog post we answered the question, “Did ancient scribes faithfully transcribe biblical texts?” Resoundingly, research shouts, “YES!” I hope one truth you’re learning, as we travel this series together, is… Read more »

8 Inconvenient Truths about Pornography

Sean McDowell, February 11, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   For the past few years, I have been speaking and writing about the dangers of pornography. Although I have read dozens of books about the effects of porn, I recently heard Matt Fradd discuss it on Unbelievable? radio and decided to pick… Read more »

No Longer Alone

Abigail Biggs, February 8, 2018

I was wondering if you could let Josh McDowell know how much his talk at Lancaster Day of Prayer meant to me. Hearing his life’s story struck a chord with me. So similar and so different. You see I came from an abusive Christian home. I was forced by family… Read more »

Did Scribes Faithfully Transmit Old Testament Manuscripts?

Sheri Bell, February 7, 2018

Historical Documentation Resoundingly Says, “Yes!” In a previous blog post in this series, we saw that the New Testament can rightly claim to be more reliable and accurate than another other ancient document in history. Can we also trust the authenticity of the Old Testament? Fortunately, we have really old… Read more »

How Do You Best Prepare Students for College? Interview with Author Jonathan Morrow.

Sean McDowell, February 4, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Jonathan Morrow is one of the top communicators for both students and adults on apologetics and cultural issues. He is adjunct professor of Apologetics at Biola University (with me!) and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school… Read more »

Archeology Helps to Confirm the Historicity of the Bible

Sheri Bell, January 31, 2018

Artifacts Help Scholars Validate Scripture! Archeology, a relative newcomer among the physical sciences, cannot “prove” the Bible is true. But archeology has provided exciting and dramatic confirmation of the Bible’s accuracy. Per Yale archeologist Millar Burrows, an expert on the Dead Sea scrolls who was a professor emeritus at Yale… Read more »

What is True Tolerance? Quick Video

Sean McDowell, January 28, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Set Free by Faith

Abigail Biggs, January 25, 2018

From our staff: “At a conference we met a missionary to Wales who shared this incredible story of how our ministry is making a difference in unlikely ways: “A prostitute in Wales had been given a copy of Josh’s book, More Than a Carpenter. She read it, was convicted of… Read more »

8 Ancient Manuscripts That Validate the Bible’s New Testament

Sheri Bell, January 24, 2018

Important early Scriptural manuscripts that make the case for the reliability of the Bible. The Bible we use today originates from really early historical documents. Scholars are able to assess the importance of a manuscript by how much of the Bible it includes, and by the date assigned to it…. Read more »

Is Jesus Merely a Myth? Interview with Author David Marshall

Sean McDowell, January 21, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] I first heard of David Marshall when I encountered his book responding to the claims of the New Atheists (which is excellent, by the way). Then I heard him do an excellent job defending the existence of Jesus in a radio debate with… Read more »

8 Tests for the Accuracy of the New Testament Accounts

Sheri Bell, January 17, 2018

Do the biographies of Jesus stand up to scrutiny? Eight tough tests say “YES!” As Christians, we’re told that the Bible is God’s Word. But how can we know that this old, historical book — the foundation of our faith — is, indeed, trustworthy? And that it has relevance for… Read more »

Unbelievable? Interview with Justin Brierley about His New Book

Sean McDowell, January 14, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Justin Brierley is the host of ” Unbelievable?” the UK-based apologetics radio/podcast show (which is one of my personal favorites!). I have had the privilege of being on the program twice to discuss the martyrdom of the apostles and talk about… Read more »

Opening Eyes

Abigail Biggs, January 11, 2018

From our staff: “Once, Josh and I were in Vancouver, B.C. for a  conference. Almost 2,500 Canadians came from all over the area (some drove 24 hours) to attend this conference titled “Hidden in Plain Sight.” Josh spoke at the opening and closing sessions, presented at a workshop, and spoke… Read more »

Testing the Historical Reliability of the New Testament

Sheri Bell, January 10, 2018

Vetted for Historical Reliability, the Bible Stands Strong. Welcome to our ninth blog post in this series focusing on the topic of apologetics! If you’d like to catch up from the start, here’s the link to the first blog we posted: Apologetics: Apologizing for Believing in God?. Apologetics — the… Read more »

Why Apologists Need to “Lower the Bar”

Sean McDowell, January 7, 2018

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]   There is a lot of talk about how we need to raise the bar in parenting, youth ministry, education and so on. This idea is that to create change we need to “raise the bar” of expectations. In other words, if we want people… Read more »

Does History Reliably Prove the Bible’s Gospels?

Sheri Bell, January 3, 2018

Historical Reliability Confirms the Gospels. The historical reliability of the Bible can be tested by the same criteria by which all historical documents are tested. The Christian faith, after all, is tied to specific historical events that can be confirmed through multiple sources. It is not, as one critics assert,… Read more »

How Do We Identify Our Biases?

Sean McDowell, December 31, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Student Blogs on “The Luke Skywalker God”

Guest Blogger, December 29, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Luke Skywalker God: The Impersonal Force Myth God is personally interested in you. He knows your name: “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”  Isaiah 49.16 “I love those who love me and those who seek me find me.” Proverbs… Read more »

Books for the Batboy

Abigail Biggs, December 28, 2017

From our staff: Recently, we held an Apologetics Seminar at a church in California. One of the people helping me for the weekend was Dan, the Missions Pastor at the church. He shared his story with me of how our ministry influenced his life: “I grew up in a religiously… Read more »

An Investigation: Who Decided What to Include in the Bible?

Sheri Bell, December 27, 2017

Did God or Man Chose the Bible’s Contents? In our last two blog posts in this series we talked about 1) aspects of the Bible that make it unique among world literature, and 2) the physical materials used by ancient scribes to produce copies of Scripture. Now let’s dive into… Read more »

Who Is the “Fool” that Denies God? Not Who You Think.

Sean McDowell, December 24, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] A few summers ago I was doing my “Atheist Encounter” at a large student Christian camp in the Midwest. While the interaction with the audience sometimes gets heated (since I role-play an atheist, after all) the students in this session were far testier… Read more »

An Investigation: Materials Used to Write the Bible

Sheri Bell, December 20, 2017

How did scribes record the ancient scriptures? Before the invention of the printing press, the only way to duplicate a manuscript was to spend hours (weeks? months? years?) laboriously copying it by hand. Note: It took one modern fellow four years, of writing up to 14 hours a day with fine-tipped… Read more »

Should Students Be Exposed to Arguments Against Christianity?

Sean McDowell, December 17, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Sheltering students from beliefs contrary to Christianity is a big mistake. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: Sheltering students from arguments for other religions, or against Christianity, is a bad strategy for developing them as disciples in the… Read more »

Answers within Reach

Abigail Biggs, December 14, 2017

Dear Josh: I wanted to write and tell you what an amazing impact your book, “More Than a Carpenter” has had on me and my youth ministry. It is a great resource for high school and college youth pastors and youth leaders. I am a youth leader at my local… Read more »

An Investigation: What Makes the Bible Unique?

Sheri Bell, December 13, 2017

The Bible’s unique features speak to its staying power. Have you read it yet? In this blog post we’ll look at the unique origin and nature of the Bible, the profound impact it has had on western civilization, and its responsibility for much of the progress of human history. We… Read more »

Freedom Through Obedience: A Lesson from Star Wars

Sean McDowell, December 10, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Personal autonomy has become the reigning virtue of our day. If it feels true to you, then it must be true for you. As SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy famously said, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence,… Read more »

Are Christianity and Science at War?

Sheri Bell, December 6, 2017

I’m guessing God is totally cool with science. Every time I see an amazing sunset, or the clockwork ebb and flow of a beach, or the birth of new life, I am thoroughly convinced that God, the Creator, exists. Because each of these visuals is simply mind-blowing in their intricate… Read more »

Atheists May Not Believe In God, But They Still Live in His World

Sean McDowell, December 3, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] A few years ago I hosted a student debate at my church. Three of my high school students debated three students from the local freethinking club on the historical Jesus, intelligent design, and morality. The church was packed! One of the freethinking students… Read more »

“Carpenter” in France

Abigail Biggs, November 30, 2017

“More than a Carpenter” has been given away on campus, at special Christmas and Easter events, at doctor’s appointments, and in various other situations, and we are so excited to see the interest people have shown, especially because it is definitely not the expected typical French response. “We gave about… Read more »

3 Arguments Critics Use to Judge Christianity

Sheri Bell, November 29, 2017

Christians, say critics, are primarily hypocritical, intolerant, and judging. That should bother us, dear Christ follower. As Paul makes clear in his letter to the Corinthians, Christianity is a historical religion tied to the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. These claims are testable, in that anyone can determine… Read more »

What is a Worldview?

Sean McDowell, November 26, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.  

5 Reasons Apologists Get a Bad Rep

Sheri Bell, November 22, 2017

No one appreciates a callous apologist! Last week we started our new blog series on apologetics, which we defined as the defense of Christianity, not our apology for believing in Christ. As we also stated last week, we must be cognizant of how we come across as we share our… Read more »

How Do We Make Theology Come Alive for Students?

Sean McDowell, November 19, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] How do we make theology engaging and interesting for students? While I certainly don’t claim to have it all figured out, and am always looking for some creative and new ideas, here are four lessons I have learned from roughly two decades of… Read more »

Indestructible Joy

Abigail Biggs, November 16, 2017

Josh:   I have a great story to tell, and will try to give you the very abbreviated version here. Around 2006 a business acquaintance, John, and I got acquainted on a more personal level, and went on a few dates. About a week into this ‘dating’ phase, I learned… Read more »

Apologetics: Apologizing for Believing in God?

Sheri Bell, November 15, 2017

Our directive: “Have a ready answer for what you believe.” Contrary to what the world thinks, Jesus did not ask His followers to believe with “blind” faith. Because He didn’t need to. He wasn’t a swindler, a magician, or a con artist. He was God. He spoke the truth, and… Read more »

If God Has Done Such Great Miracles, Why Don’t More People Believe?

Sean McDowell, November 12, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Some time ago I was speaking on the evidence for intelligent design at a family camp in Michigan. Immediately after my talk—in which I discussed the evidence for design from DNA, fine-tuning, and more—a woman approached me and asked, “The evidence is really… Read more »

Cordial Disagreement is the Highest Honor

Sean McDowell, November 5, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]   We live in a time when impatience, personal attacks, and shallow criticism characterize much of the cultural dialogue. I can hardly ever post a blog without receiving personal criticism from someone to my left or my right. My concern in this post is not how… Read more »

Easy-to-Understand Truth

Abigail Biggs, November 2, 2017

The first book I read by Josh McDowell was in May 2016.  It was The Witness.  Right after, I devoured Josh’s biography Undaunted.  This book completely inspired me!  Christians also need inspiration from time to time! I made a firm decision that I will use the book Undaunted to the maximum as… Read more »

Does the Bible Have Contradictions?

Sean McDowell, October 29, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Student Blogs on “The Cosmic Cop”

Guest Blogger, October 27, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Cosmic Cop: The Killjoy Myth Believe it or not, God does not want to spoil your fun. He wants you to experience a full and joyful life, the “eternal pleasures” that the psalmist talked about: “You have made known to me the path… Read more »

Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name

Sean McDowell, October 23, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell can be found here.) In the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, my father and I lay out some of the most recent and compelling historical evidence for the Christian faith. And yet before we present the evidence, we offer some reasons why many Christians dismiss apologetics entirely…. Read more »

Does the Earliest Gospel Proclaim the Deity of Jesus?

Sean McDowell, October 22, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Scholars generally agree that Mark was the first written Gospel.[1] As a result, critics often claim that the doctrine of the deity of Christ does not appear clearly in Mark but emerges later in the Gospel of John. While there are certainly explicit… Read more »

Clearing the Fog: “Christianity Doesn’t Need Evidence Because Faith is Blind”

Sean McDowell, October 20, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell can be found here.) Many atheist critiques of Christianity claim that faith is blind, irrational, stupid. In his book The God Delusion, leading atheist Richard Dawkins asserts that faith opposes reason, and calls faith a “delusion,” which he describes as “persistent false belief held in the face… Read more »

Inter-Generational Ministry

Abigail Biggs, October 19, 2017

From one of our staff: Once we were in Lafayette, LA, where Josh spoke at a conference. While there I had several people share how our ministry has impacted their life and the life of their families. One woman told me that her sons were heavily influenced by Josh (and… Read more »

How Do You Mirror the Greatest Person in History?

Sean McDowell, October 15, 2017

[Sean McDowell’s blog post originally appeared here.] Thaddeus Williams was a dorm mate of mine as an undergrad at Biola, and now we are both on faculty for our alma mater. Dr. Williams is also an author and frequent speaker at churches and conferences. He gave me the opportunity to endorse… Read more »

What is the Core Reason Kids Leave the Faith?

Sean McDowell, October 8, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] There has been a lot of discussion recently about why kids leave the faith. People have rightly drawn attention to the role of poor theology, the importance of kids owning their faith, the significance of intellectual issues such as the apparent tension between science and… Read more »

Answers on YouTube

Abigail Biggs, October 5, 2017

Hello there! I would just like to thank you for posting videos of Mr. McDowell on YouTube. My 7-year-old son loves to hear the Bible and asks wonderful questions. Recently he asked how we can know that the copy of Matthew we read is what Matthew wrote down. It was… Read more »

Unique Evidence for the New Testament: Interview with Lydia McGrew

Sean McDowell, October 1, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Lydia McGrew has written a fascinating book in defense of the reliability of the New Testament called Hidden in Plain View, which officially releases March 1. I first heard about it because she gave me the privilege of endorsing it along with William… Read more »

Was Jesus An Apologist?

Sean McDowell, September 29, 2017

(Original post by by Sean McDowell here.) A few years ago, I had a discussion with an influential theologian who claimed that Jesus was not an apologist. He pointed out that, except for 1 Peter 3:15, the New Testament appearances of apologia (“defense”) all come from the writing or ministry… Read more »

Is Biblical Teaching on Sex Hateful and Repressive?

Sean McDowell, September 29, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell here.)Let’s face it; we live in a world saturated with sex. Our movies, music, novels, politics, and even advertisements are dominated by sex. Essentially, the celebrated view of sex in our culture is: if it feels good, do it. According to the ideas propagated by the… Read more »

5 Earth-Shattering Events Linked to the Bible

Sean McDowell, September 28, 2017

(Original posted by Sean McDowell here) In the recent update to my father’s classic book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, we begin with a chapter on the uniqueness of the Bible. Unquestionably, in comparison to every book ever written, the Bible stands out as unique in a number of areas including authorship, literary… Read more »

​Apologetics Is Not Saying You’re Sorry

Sean McDowell, September 25, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell found here.) As a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, I (Sean) help prepare students to answer tough questions raised against the Christian faith. One day someone from outside the Biola academic community called our university to ask why we offer classes on apologizing for the… Read more »

Humorous Bible Translation Errors…and What They Mean for Biblical Reliability

Sean McDowell, September 25, 2017

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Jewish and Christian scribes took inordinate care in copying the Bible from one generation to the next. For a variety of reasons, we can have great confidence that our present Bibles have considerable fidelity to the original writings.[1] Hands down, the Bible is the most… Read more »

Do Miracles Still Happen Today?

Sean McDowell, September 24, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Teaching Teens

Abigail Biggs, September 21, 2017

Josh, Just wanted to say, I was a student of yours for years, and an intern for a summer. Ten years later you remembered who I was. Just thought I’d say thank you for remembering, and not being afraid to teach teenagers heavy apologetics on a level they could understand…. Read more »

Interview: Updated and Revised “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”

Sean McDowell, September 19, 2017

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. My friend Timothy Fox at Freethinking Ministries recently interviewed me regarding the updated version of Evidence That Demands A Verdict, which I had the opportunity to co-write with my father. He asked some great questions about the history of the book, its impact, and details regarding… Read more »

How Do We Cultivate the Art of Listening Well?

Sean McDowell, September 17, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Along with asking good questions, cultivating the art of listening well is one of the most important skills for Christians to develop today. And it is especially important for those who want to be effective apologists in our “argumentative” culture. Here are three… Read more »

A Word From Mrs. Clark

Guest Blogger, September 16, 2017

Mrs. Clark on her 7th Grade Bible Class: “Don’t Check Your Brains At the Door” As a 7th grade Bible teacher, I have the privilege of working with students each and every day as they grow in their faith, as they ask tough questions and as they deal with tough… Read more »

Richard Dawkins Really Does Believe in Design

Sean McDowell, September 10, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Richard Dawkins is perhaps the most well known atheist in the world. For the past few decades he has been one of the most vocal critics of religion (and especially Christianity) as being both dangerous and delusional. In his popular book The God… Read more »

Trinton, Daniel and Abbi Do the Math

Guest Blogger, September 9, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Hide ‘n Seek? The Stolen Body Myth This myth is about people saying Jesus’s body supposedly got stolen. But how could Jesus’ body get stolen – with the 16 guards, 4 on duty and the other 12 sleeping? They say the disciples played… Read more »

Always Hope

Abigail Biggs, September 7, 2017

Dear Josh, I just finished reading your book, Undaunted. Our lives have been inter-twined for a number of decades. I went to Talbot shortly after you did and we had the same typist for our thesis. I did mine on the same subject—so much so that it looked like I… Read more »

Book Review: Growing Young

Sean McDowell, September 3, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] We have all heard the grim news: Church attendance is declining across denominations and young people are disengaging the church.[1] In an effort to address this problem, the team at Fuller Youth Institute has released a new book: Growing Young: 6 Essential… Read more »

Sebastian and Julian: Would You Die for a Lie?

Guest Blogger, September 2, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Hide ‘n Seek? The Stolen Body Myth     The stolen body myth is about how some non-Christians believe the body of Jesus Christ was stolen by the disciples and later hidden. (Which is not a realistic theory to say the least). Jesus… Read more »

How Do We Determine the Truth of a Worldview?

Sean McDowell, August 27, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Abigail and Will: Theft Impossible

Guest Blogger, August 26, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Hide ‘n Seek? The Stolen Body Myth     “You know, Jesus really didn’t really rise from the dead. People just stole his body and claimed he rose from the dead.” This is what many people believe, but it was impossible to steal… Read more »

Does Jesus Promise Us Whatever We Ask For In Prayer?

Sean McDowell, August 25, 2017

[Original posted Sean McDowell here]   Not long ago I had the chance to preach at my home church on John 15:1-17, which is the well-known passage about the vine and the branches. The meaning of this passage is mostly straightforward and uncontroversial until you get to these words of Jesus:… Read more »

Appreciation for Decades of Ministry

Abigail Biggs, August 24, 2017

Josh, Turning 65 this year, I’m trying to make sure some of my heroes know how much they have impacted me. Since 1973, when one of my students at a Christian high school gave me a copy of More Than a Carpenter, I have undoubtedly invoked your name, shared your… Read more »

2 Lessons from Living on Skid Row

Sean McDowell, August 20, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Recently I had the opportunity of co-leading a trip of 30+ high school students to stay at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row for three days. The students served meals in the kitchen, played Bingo with Mission residents, cleaned, played with children,… Read more »

Karlene, Lizzie and Karissa: Blind Man’s Bluff

Guest Blogger, August 19, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Blind Man’s Bluff The Wrong Tomb Myth     The Wrong Tomb Myth states that the empty tomb was not Jesus’, and His body was in His real tomb, which had gotten mixed up with the empty tomb. This could seem logical, but… Read more »

Where Social Justice and Apologetics Intersect

Sean McDowell, August 13, 2017

  Recently I had the opportunity of leading 30+ high school students to live at the Urban Rescue Mission on Skid Row for 3 days. We helped serve meals, paint walls, play with kids, pray for people, and much more. To say the least, it was life changing. The trip… Read more »

Jake, Adam and Lexi: Really Dead, Really Alive

Guest Blogger, August 12, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Playing Dead The Swoon Myth   We as Christians know that Jesus was a real person and did have a real body because He rose from the dead and He let Thomas, His disciple, touch the wounds on His hand and the wound… Read more »

A Much-Needed Wake Up Call

Abigail Biggs, August 10, 2017

Dear Dr. McDowell, Well done Sir!!!!!! I have been sounding the trumpet on this topic [pornography] for the past 10 years.  We hit it hard in our confirmation program [at our church] (6th through 9th grade.). However, in recent years, I have been convicted that our efforts are coming too… Read more »

Why Being “Blessed” is Better than Being “Happy”

Sean McDowell, August 6, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Our culture is obsessed with happiness. From the movies we watch, the purchases we make, and our obsessive use of technology and social media, it is clear that many people today live for happiness. You might be thinking, “So what? Isn’t happiness a… Read more »

Lizzie and Wyatt: 39 Lashes and a Spear

Guest Blogger, August 5, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Playing Dead The Swoon Myth   The Swoon Theory is about Jesus possibly not fully dying and just playing dead during his crucifixion. However, we can with confidence state that this theory is false! First of all, we know that the centurion, whose… Read more »

Coaching Basketball and the Word

Abigail Biggs, August 1, 2017

Coleen knew she was taking a risk. Sharing her faith in the closed country in Central Asia where she was serving as a teacher and coach could get her thrown out of the country — or even arrested. In this region of the world, there is one dominant religion. Other… Read more »

Why Are Christians So Easily Offended? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, July 30, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Maddie and Marshall on the Crucifixion

Guest Blogger, July 28, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Playing Dead The Swoon Myth   The Swoon Myth is the thought that Jesus never really died. The myth states that Jesus merely passed out and the disciples took him from the grave. This is obviously false, not only did Mary Magdalene and… Read more »

Useable: See Yourself as God Sees You

Sheri Bell, July 26, 2017

Ladies, this is the last blog post in our series exploring our true identity. We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past 12 weeks! In this post we’ll talk about our being useable by God. To get there, we need to see ourselves the way God does: FORGIVEN. ACCEPTED. WANTED…. Read more »

Has the Church sought out Unbiblical Power to Further the Gospel?

Sean McDowell, July 23, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Apologist Sean McDowell interviews author Kyle Strobel on his new book. Kyle Strobel has been a friend of mine since we were classmates in the M.A. Philosophy program at Talbot in the early 2000s. Now we are both professors at Biola (he’s at… Read more »

“Thousands of People Watching”–Samantha and Reed on the Witnesses

Guest Blogger, July 22, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Changing Fact to Fiction The Myths and Legends Myth   RABBI HEALS A BLIND MAN! Can you imagine that as a headline in the Galilee daily news? Well, it may seem crazy, but we know it is %100 true! Honestly, it can sound… Read more »

Fully Loved: See Yourself as God Sees You

Sheri Bell, July 19, 2017

Ladies, in this, the eleventh blog post in our series exploring our true identity, I want to remind YOU that you are unconditionally, unceasingly, fully loved by God! You might hear these words and say, “Okay. Sure. Maybe. I guess.” But to really begin to walk in the assurance of… Read more »

Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!

Sean McDowell, July 16, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father, my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good… Read more »

Announcement: New Apologetics Curriculum for Students!

Sean McDowell, July 16, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Recently I had the chance to partner with Awana to create a yearlong, systematic, top-quality apologetics curriculum for students. It is the product of my work with students for the past two decades. My friend Tim Fox (Orthodox Fox) at Free Thinking Ministries was kind enough to… Read more »

Caden and Karlene on Real Miracles

Guest Blogger, July 15, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Changing Fact to Fiction The Myths and Legends Myth   This myth is saying that the miracles that were written in the Bible were just made up stories or myths or folklore. Well,  all those miracles really happened. People think that walking on… Read more »

Fully Forgiven: See Yourself as God Sees You

Sheri Bell, July 12, 2017

Ladies, in this, the tenth blog post in our series exploring our true identity, let’s remind ourselves that there is NOTHING we can do that will change God’s view of our incredible worth and value. Cindy, a 17-year-old wrote a letter to Josh once, saying: “I’m writing to you because… Read more »

The Story of Reality: Apologist Greg Koukl Discusses His New Book

Sean McDowell, July 9, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Although I first heard of Greg Koukl as an undergrad at Biola University in the mid 90s, we became good friends in the early 2000s as students in the M.A. Philosophy program at Talbot. Greg is one of the leading apologists of our… Read more »

Madison and Daniel on True Stories

Guest Blogger, July 8, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: Changing Fact to Fiction The Myths and Legends Myth     The Bible is pretty extraordinary and tells the best stories. The Bible states pure facts about God the Father and His Son Jesus who died on the cross for us. Over the… Read more »

GiveMoreThanACarpenter

Rob Shiflet, July 7, 2017

Transformation Process: See Yourself as God Sees You

Sheri Bell, July 5, 2017

Ladies, in this, the eighth blog post in our series exploring our true identity, let’s look at the topic of transformation. God uses other believers to help us to transform our self-image, so that we are able to see ourselves as God sees us. #fullyloved #fullyforgiven #fullyunderstood In 2 Corinthians… Read more »

5 Game-Changing Books to Read this Summer

Sean McDowell, July 2, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]   I love reading. And what better time is there to read than summer? While there are certainly plenty of good books to read, here are five of my personal favorites. While they tend to be in the category of apologetics and culture, these books… Read more »

Xiomara Debunks the “Variant Reading Myth”

Guest Blogger, July 1, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   In chapter 11 we learned about the Bible and how truly reliable it is. Some people might think it’s old so it can’t all be true, or that some things were lost… Read more »

3 Potential Threats to Watch Out for on Social Media

Abigail Biggs, July 1, 2017

3 Potential Threats to Watch Out for on Social Media by Brian Reed on Hootsuite   For marketers, investing in social media means exposure; exposure to new prospects, exposure to new followers and influencers, exposure for the brand, and exposure to a significant return on investment (ROI). All signs point… Read more »

Lovable, Valuable, Competent: See Yourself as God Sees You

JMM Team, June 28, 2017

Ladies, God says our “Do” is NOT our “Who”! Hallelujah! No matter our actions, God says we’re fully lovable, valuable, and competent! In this, the seventh blog post in our series exploring our true identity, let’s look at why some Christians are unable to make progress in their Christian walk…. Read more »

How Do You Watch Media with Wisdom and Discernment?

Sean McDowell, June 25, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.  

Paige and Samantha on the Proof of God’s Word

Guest Blogger, June 24, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   Some people say that the Bible is kind of like the telephone game.  They think that what we read now is not the exact same thing that was written thousands of years ago…. Read more »

How Do I Understand the Will of God?

Matthew Tingblad, June 22, 2017

A lot of people are confused about what God’s “will” actually is. For instance, can it be thwarted? The answer seems obvious: Not at all! Isaiah 14:27 proudly declares: “For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it… Read more »

Pesky Feelings: See Yourself as God Sees You

Sheri Bell, June 21, 2017

Ladies, in this, the sixth blog post in our series exploring our true identity, I want to touch on a REALLY touchy topic: our feelings. Oh, how much trouble these pesky critters cause us! (And, don’t worry if you’re a guy reading this … Josh says he deals with it as… Read more »

Kole on the Gold Standard

Guest Blogger, June 17, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   The Telephone Game is a team building activity where a group of people get in a line and a message is passed down the line. As the phrase is passed down the… Read more »

Societal Influences: See Yourself as God Sees You

Sheri Bell, June 14, 2017

Ladies, last week in our series exploring our true identity we talked about how our parent’s view of us seriously impacted our self-portrait as we grew up. This week, let’s look at three influences outside the home that may have amplified the negative messaging we heard at home—or, conversely, overrode the God-based confidence our parents tried… Read more »

Rebekah and Campbell: Bible is in a “league of its own”

Guest Blogger, June 10, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   Some people think the Bible is similar to the telephone game.  Like the telephone game, it is believed that the Bible is different than it was thousands of years ago. The original… Read more »

Parent Influence on Self-Worth: See Yourself As God Sees You

Sheri Bell, June 7, 2017

Ladies, in this, the fifth blog post in our series exploring our true identity, we’re going to look at a touchy subject: the influence family has on our self-worth. For good or bad, we inherit our initial perception of our identity from those who should love us the most: our… Read more »

Avery: “How’s THAT for precision?”

Guest Blogger, June 3, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   The Bible is the most reliable source in the world. It is translated into almost every language, too. The Bible is commonly thought to have errors just as the telephone game works…. Read more »

Make a Family Communication Plan

Abigail Biggs, June 1, 2017

If and when disaster strikes, your family may not be all in one spot. Plan ahead now and make sure everyone in your family knows how get in touch and let you know they’re okay, where you will all meet during an emergency, and how to get there. Further details… Read more »

Unmet Needs: See Yourself as God Sees You

JMM Team, May 31, 2017

Ladies, in this, the fourth blog post in our series exploring our true identity, we’re going to look at the 10 essential emotional needs we try to get met on a daily basis: Attention, Acceptance, Appreciation, Support, Encouragement, Affection, Respect, Security, Comfort, and Approval. How might we react to life if our emotional needs are routinely unmet? Perhaps… Read more »

GiveToMiddleEast

Rob Shiflet, May 27, 2017

Alex and Adam on the Reliability of the Bible

Guest Blogger, May 27, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   When you ask some people about the Bible, some might say, “it’s pretty cool, there’s some good stuff in it, but some of it can’t be true.” You may ask a teacher about the… Read more »

From Successful Businessman to Seminary Graduate

JMM Team, May 26, 2017

Mr. Z had it all — or so it seemed. A wealthy and successful businessman, he owned his own construction company in East Asia. As a young man, he was proud of the many goals he had accomplished — a thriving business, a large bank account, a close circle of… Read more »

Live in the Light: See Yourself As God Sees You

JMM Team, May 24, 2017

Ladies, in this, the third blog post in our series exploring our true identity, let’s look at whether you’re shining the proper light on your portrait—the self image of YOU that you carry around inside your head. As we’ve already noted, your TRUE identity comes from one single source: what God says about you.  At… Read more »

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Rob Shiflet, May 22, 2017

Angelina on Bible Discoveries

Guest Blogger, May 20, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth states that the Bible is just another book. This can be debunked because of many discoveries that show that the events are historically correct. People also don’t understand that every author in the Bible agree… Read more »

Is Science Opposed to Faith in God?

Matthew Tingblad, May 18, 2017

I remember quite vividly in class one day in the public school district when a substitute teacher came in to play a video. It was a film on the origin of the universe and the formation of life, with a naturalistic perspective. The video played the entire class period. We had… Read more »

Mistaken Identity: See Yourself as God Sees You

Sheri Bell, May 17, 2017

Ladies, in this, the second blog post in our series exploring our true identity, let’s look at whether you’re walking around with a mistaken identity. Say what??? Here’s what I mean: there is a very good chance, especially if you’re basing your self-identity and self-worth on the three cultural myths we covered last week,… Read more »

Elizabeth on God’s Ultimate Book

Guest Blogger, May 13, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth The Bible. One of the greatest books ever to be written. Some say it’s just one of those great books that you read once and put it on the shelf to collect dust. Just another book. That’s a… Read more »

Personal Identity: See Yourself as God Sees You

JMM Team, May 10, 2017

Ladies, in this, the first blog post in our series exploring our true identity, we have to ask: How do you see yourself? As God sees you—or as the world sees you? Are you basing your personal identity on your job title? Your marital status? Your dress size? The car you drive? The volume of “Likes”… Read more »

GiveToFuturePastors

Rob Shiflet, May 9, 2017

Grant: The Bible is for Daily Use

Guest Blogger, May 6, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth In this week’s myth it talked about the holy book, the Bible. One myth about the Bible is that it is just another good book in the world. I disagree strongly with that. People say they have a… Read more »

How Do We Understand and Reach Generation Z?

Sean McDowell, May 4, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] For the past few months I have been reading every study I can find on Generation Z, (those born between 1995-2010). With the help of a graduate student who did some research for me, I found over 350 pages of research on Gen… Read more »

Abigail on “The Bible and the Telephone Game”

JMM Team, April 30, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   Many times you hear that people think that only some of the Bible is true. Sometimes their reasoning for that is that the Bible is not the same as it was back… Read more »

Roman on the “Just-Another-Great-Book” Myth

Guest Blogger, April 29, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth A lot of people in this world think that the Bible is just another book on the shelf. They think it’s just like the Odyssey or Iliad, and even Shakespeare’s writings but not as important. This is very… Read more »

You never know where a book you give might travel

JMM Team, April 28, 2017

You never know where a book you give might travel — or who it might impact with the message of Jesus Christ. Every summer, thousands of people from North Africa and the Middle East cross the Mediterranean Sea by ferry to vacation in Europe. When it’s time to return home,… Read more »

GiveToEgypt

Rob Shiflet, April 26, 2017

Sammie on the Special Book

Guest Blogger, April 22, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth The Bible may be a book but it is not an ordinary book. Yes, all books have chapters, page numbers, and words and yes the Bible consists of these things but still it doesn’t make it an ordinary… Read more »

SetFreeJourney

JMM Team, April 20, 2017

Campbell on Treasuring the Bible

Guest Blogger, April 15, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth     The Bible is the most holy, true, and miraculous book ever known to man. Yet still, some people believe otherwise. Even though the Bible is full of many true miracles, some people consider it a fable,… Read more »

What is a Christian Worldview of Aging?

Sean McDowell, April 14, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written over 150 books and spoken to more young… Read more »

GiveToPortCities

Amanda DeWitt, April 11, 2017

Jaden on God’s Best Tool for Us

Guest Blogger, April 8, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth   The myth in this chapter is that the Holy Bible is just another great book among many. The Bible is the greatest book of all. One of many incredible ways to prove the Bible’s uniqueness is how… Read more »

give-to-port-cities

Rob Shiflet, April 7, 2017

The Problem of Natural Disasters

Matthew Tingblad, April 6, 2017

Many of us are familiar with the so-called Problem of Evil. If God is all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing, why is there evil in the world? This question is so important for any Christian to ask. Thankfully, thoughtful responses to this enigma have produced volumes of material. In a nutshell, we see evil in this world… Read more »

Does Science Disprove the Resurrection?

Sheri Bell, April 5, 2017

Apologetics Booklet Examines Factual Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. How does one go about finding a true answer to the question of whether Jesus did or didn’t rise from the dead? As we said when we started this blog series six weeks ago, a critical historian would check out the… Read more »

Karlene on the Bible That Gives Us Purpose

Guest Blogger, April 1, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth The One Among Many myth talks about how the Bible is just like all other great books in history, like Shakespeare, the Iliad, and the Odyssey. They couldn’t be more wrong. The Bible is not just another “great… Read more »

DDL

JMM Team, March 31, 2017

Resurrection Theories Debunked: Christ Rose!

Sheri Bell, March 31, 2017

Resurrection Theories Hold Merit? Apologetics Booklet Examines Factual Evidence of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   In this, our fifth of six blog posts exploring the validity of the resurrection of Christ, we invite you to consider the factual, historical evidence that gives believers certainty that Jesus did rise from the dead, just… Read more »

FreeMTAC

JMM Team, March 29, 2017

Samantha on God-Breathed Word of God

Guest Blogger, March 25, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” It explains many times in the Bible the importance of the Bible but most importantly — that nothing compares… Read more »

Empty Tomb: Details of Christ’s Resurrection

Sheri Bell, March 22, 2017

Apologetics Booklet Examines Factual Evidence of the Death and Rise of Jesus Christ.   In this, our fourth of six blog posts exploring the validity of the resurrection of Christ, we invite you to consider the factual, historical evidence that gives believers certainty that Jesus rose from death, leaving behind an empty tomb… Read more »

Sutton on The Greatest Book Ever

Guest Blogger, March 18, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth Psalms 119: 114 says, “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” This verse alone debunks one whole myth. The myth assumes that the Bible isn’t the greatest book, but simply… Read more »

What Is the Unique Worldview of Students Today?

Sean McDowell, March 17, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] As a high school student, I went to a two-week worldview experience in the mountains of Colorado Springs called Summit Ministries. I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Looking back now, over two decades later, I realize that… Read more »

Burial Details of the Resurrection of Christ

Sheri Bell, March 15, 2017

Apologetics Booklet Examines Factual Evidence of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.   In this, our third of six blog posts exploring the validity of the resurrection of Christ, we invite you to consider the factual, historical evidence that gives believers certainty that Jesus rose from the dead, just as He… Read more »

Emma on Why Bible is Not “Just Another Story”

Guest Blogger, March 11, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth This weeks chapter, One Among Many, explains how people think of the Bible as just another book. The writers use the example of a professor who keeps his dusty, unused Bible, just sitting along his shelves with some… Read more »

Crucifixion Details of the Resurrection of Christ

Sheri Bell, March 8, 2017

Apologetics Booklet Examines Factual Evidence of the Death and Rise of Jesus Christ.   In this, our second of six blog posts exploring the validity of the resurrection of Christ, we invite you to consider the factual, historical evidence that gives believers certainty that Jesus did rise from the dead, just as He promised!… Read more »

Isn’t there Slave Brutality in the Old Testament?

Matthew Tingblad, March 6, 2017

I got an email from a student asking about something his humanities professor said. Apparently, this professor told his class that the Bible says you can beat your slave within an inch of his life and remain innocent as long as he doesn’t die within 48 hours. The student was rather… Read more »

Lawerence on One Unfolding Story

Guest Blogger, March 4, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth   The just-another-great-book myth says the Bible is just another great book like the Iliad or Odyssey. This myth can be refuted. Books take a long time to write, even a lifetime.  The Bible was written over a… Read more »

Did Jesus Really Rise From Death?

Sheri Bell, March 1, 2017

Apologetics Booklet Examines Factual Evidence of the Death and Rise of Jesus Christ.   How does one go about finding a true answer to the question of whether Jesus did or didn’t rise from the dead? A critical historian would check out the validity of the records of witnesses, confirm Jesus’… Read more »

Reaching into Closed Countries One Conversation at a Time

JMM Team, February 28, 2017

Each year, thousands of people from the Middle East travel to European cities for work, vacation, shopping, medical purposes and more. It’s in this time of freedom from their home countries that our Gulf Partnership Outreach teams approach tens of thousands of people with the truth about Jesus — talking… Read more »

Abigail: Bible Written With God’s Help

Guest Blogger, February 25, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   One Among Many The Just-Another-Great-Book Myth People say the Bible is a great book that was written by just another author. Some think that it is a book of guessing of what is to come. But the Bible is a book of overwhelming… Read more »

Reaching the “Unreachable” with the Gospel

JMM Team, February 21, 2017

Omar* from the Middle East was one of the first to come to faith through the Gulf Partnership Outreach. Last summer he joined our outreach teams to help reach his fellow countrymen and was amazed at the opportunities he had to share the truth.  The Gulf Partnership Outreach grew out… Read more »

Comparing Religions

Abigail Biggs, February 14, 2017

Iskandar is a scientist and philosopher in the Middle East. He was comparing different religions and trying to find the only true religion. When he visited one of our staff, he received the More Than a Carpenter book. He studied it for a long time and he was surprised by the facts… Read more »

Elizabeth on “The Father Christmas Myth”

Guest Blogger, February 11, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   The Vending Machine God The Father Christmas Myth   “In Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, this chapter talks about a 7 year old boy asking for God to prove himself. The boy kneels next to his bed asking for 1… Read more »

Samantha on “The Killjoy Myth”

Guest Blogger, February 11, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Cosmic Cop The Killjoy Myth   “‘Wee woo wee woo…’ “The terrifying sound blasted from the intimidating cop car, or what some think is the sound of God turning on His punishment sirens. “The ‘cosmic cop,’ the ‘punishment police,’ the ‘killjoy king’–whatever He… Read more »

Far from Everywhere

Abigail Biggs, February 7, 2017

Rukshona was born in a remote mountainous village. She had never left her village and grew up in a very conservative culture and strict religious environment. The conditions for life were very difficult. They had no running water, no bathrooms. One day a mudslide came down on the village. Most… Read more »

What is the Best Evidence for Intelligent Design? Interview with Brian Johnson.

Sean McDowell, February 6, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]  Last year, when I was speaking at a church in South Dakota for a Heroic Truth Event, I met Brian Johnson. He invited me on his Podcast, and we had a great conversation about “hot” cultural issues today. Brian is one of the founders of… Read more »

Maddison on “The Killjoy Myth”

Guest Blogger, February 4, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   The Cosmic Cop The Killjoy Myth     “Is God a cosmic cop? Is He a police officer who never lets us have any fun? “God is a cosmic killjoy. The devil is just a guy who wanders the earth trying to make… Read more »

33rd Street Prison

Abigail Biggs, January 31, 2017

We went on a ministry trip to the 33rd Street prison in Orlando Florida. Some others who had gone to minister in this prison before informed us that nothing could be brought into the prison with us.  Even our car keys and drivers licenses had to be left with the… Read more »

5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training

Sean McDowell, January 30, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] The purpose and nature of apologetics is often misunderstood. Some people think it’s about arguing for the faith. Others think it’s about apologizing.   In reality, apologetics simply refers to the defense of what you believe to be true. Tweet But isn’t apologetics someone else’s… Read more »

Victoria on “The Killjoy Myth”

Guest Blogger, January 28, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   The Cosmic Cop The Killjoy Myth   “‘The Killjoy Myth’ claims that God steals the joy out of a Christian life. “This is false. God IS our joy. “Satan is the one who steals our joy. 1 Peter 5:8 states that he is… Read more »

Will It Take a Miracle to Stop Using Porn?

Guest Blogger, January 24, 2017

So, you think it will take a miracle for you to recover from your sexual brokenness fully? You have asked Him for that miracle many times and yet are still struggling. Maybe you have lost hope and resigned to a life of sexual sin. Ok … I saw you roll… Read more »

Books on the Subway

Abigail Biggs, January 24, 2017

Over 20 years ago in Russia, Stas and I, along with the Josh McDowell Ministry and hundreds of American volunteers, had the honor of planting seeds throughout the former Soviet Union. The doors of Russia had just opened. For the first time the Soviet people were free to hear the… Read more »

No One is Immune

Abigail Biggs, January 24, 2017

YouTube comment from Moody Founder’s week 2015 talk: Excellent! Everyone needs to hear this and I’m so thankful that he’s addressed this issue [pornography] so openly. I practiced as a marriage and family therapist for 12 years and the number ONE issue was this issue and we’re talking Christians.  I… Read more »

Trace on “The Killjoy Myth”

Guest Blogger, January 21, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   The Cosmic Cop The Killjoy Myth   “‘The Killjoy Myth’ states that God is like the ‘Fun Police.’ He doesn’t allow us to have any fun. “We think ‘God just wants to spoil it for us,’ as Don’t Check Your Brains at the… Read more »

Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place?

Matthew Tingblad, January 17, 2017

A common question that we hear is “how did we get the Bible?” This is a very good question. Perhaps an even better question would be “Why did the early church decide to indoctrinate a canon of New Testament books in the first place?” After all, they already had their Old… Read more »

CJ on “The Father Christmas Myth”

Guest Blogger, January 14, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   The Vending Machine God The Father Christmas Myth   “‘The Vending Machine God’ myth is a myth that states God will give you anything you ask for. He is a Father Christmas sort of figure, and he will give you anything you… Read more »

Elliott on “The Killjoy Myth”

Guest Blogger, January 11, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Cosmic Cop The Killjoy Myth “According to this myth, God is a ‘cosmic cop’ standing in the center of the universe punishing people. “People think that God is some authoritative figure striking people down with lightning if they do wrong. This myth is… Read more »

The FEMA App

Abigail Biggs, January 11, 2017

Weather the Storm: Download the FEMA App The FEMA app is your one-stop-shop with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters. Stay updated with weather-related alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service. Upload and share your disaster photos to help out emergency managers. Save a… Read more »

Make a Personal Evacuation Plan

Abigail Biggs, January 11, 2017

Emergencies generally come without warning. Prepare today so you are not left scrambling and confused in the event of a disaster.   Take a moment to look at Google Maps, and plan three separate routes home from work.   Take another moment to fill out FEMA’s Commuter Emergency Plan, print… Read more »

Can We Really Know If The Bible Is God’s Word?

Guest Blogger, January 10, 2017

By Craig T. Owens, originally posted here Have you ever been stumped by someone’s argument against Christianity or the Bible? Has anyone ever made fun of you because the Bible sounds like a fairy tale? Over 100 years ago Oswald Chambers described how our post-Christian world was beginning to treat… Read more »

Winter is a Killer: Simple Steps to Stay Safe

Abigail Biggs, January 10, 2017

Content courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “On average, weather-related vehicle crashes kill 6,253 people and injure more than 480,000 each year, according to the Department of Transportation. Most of these accidents occur when the roadways are wet, snowy or icy. When the weather takes a turn for… Read more »

Passing on the Calling

Abigail Biggs, January 10, 2017

My name is Bran.  I went to Belarus and Russia with Operation Carelift (and later GAiN) many times over.  The Lord used those trips in so many ways in my life.  He planted a love for the Russian people—especially her orphans—in my heart, as well as a love for missions…. Read more »

Abbi on “The Father Christmas Myth”

Guest Blogger, January 7, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:   The Vending Machine God The Father Christmas Myth   “‘The Vending Machine God’ is about people thinking that God will answer any question they have, or give them anything that they are wishing for. People believe if they try hard enough God… Read more »

A Timely Message

Abigail Biggs, January 3, 2017

David Limbaugh highlights Josh McDowell’s message about cultural ‘perfect storm’ I’ve always felt as if I’ve known renowned Christian apologist Josh McDowell through his many excellent books, but I finally got to meet him in the flesh, and what a blessing it was. As I mention in my latest book,… Read more »

If You See Something, Say Something.

Abigail Biggs, January 1, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring a campaign called “See Something, Say Something.” If it’s an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you’ve seen something suspicious or concerning, but you aren’t sure whether it’s a problem, don’t be silent about it. It’s not your job to determine whether or not the… Read more »

New Years Resolution 2017–Resolve to be Ready!

Abigail Biggs, January 1, 2017

This New Year, make a new resolution: View in FEMA Multimedia Library 10 resolutions you can make to ensure you are prepared for an emergency: 1. Assemble and update emergency supplies 2. Make an emergency kit for your pet(s) 3. Document and insure property 4. Safeguard documents 5. Have a communications plan 6. Access alerts and… Read more »

With Endless Information, Can We Know Anything At All?

Sean McDowell, January 1, 2017

  [Original Post by Sean McDowell  Recently I was speaking to a group of pastors, youth pastors, and other church workers in Idaho. One pastor asked a question that, in my experience, perfectly captures the thinking process of many students today. He said, “My younger brother, a Millennial, is constantly… Read more »

The Case for Dedicated Dads

Abigail Biggs, December 29, 2016

Fathers who get involved in their kids’ education have a big effect on the health, academic success, and happiness of their sons and daughters.   The Case for Dedicated Dads by Jessica Lahey for the Atlantic   One out of every three American children grows up without a biological father. These 24… Read more »

Do We Really Live In A “Post-Truth” World?

Sean McDowell, December 27, 2016

PHOTO CREDIT MIKE LICHT [Original Post by Sean McDowell  It’s official. The 2016 word of the year is “post-truth.” Last year it was an emoji. In 2014 the word was “vape.” And in 2013 it was “selfie.” With the truth twisting, emotional appeals, and personal attacks that characterized this past… Read more »

What Child Is This Anyway?

Guest Blogger, December 22, 2016

This season, don’t run from questions about the origins of Christmas. Use them to point people in the right direction. A couple of years ago as we were setting up for our Living Nativity, I was wrapping a towel around the doll we were going to use for the infant… Read more »

Ten Areas Where Pastors Need to Be Trained for the 21st Century

Abigail Biggs, December 22, 2016

The American culture has shifted dramatically in a relatively short period. From shifting social rules and cultural expectations to new, pervasive technologies, the pastors of today are facing a different world than their predecessors. Besides the obvious and always-necessary training in unchanging, Biblical truth, what tools and training do pastors… Read more »

Filling Our Three Deepest Needs in 2017

Sheri Bell, December 21, 2016

Are Our Deepest Needs Fillable?   As New Year’s Eve approaches, many of us feel the weight of expected self-reflection and new year resolutions. What’s going right in our lives? What needs to be tweaked? What’s definitely not working? Do we have the friends we want? The significant other we crave? The prestige and financial… Read more »

Cultural tolerance Wrap-Up: What Have We Learned?

Sheri Bell, December 20, 2016

As Christians, we are to reflect God’s light. With this, our thirtieth blog post on the topic of cultural tolerance, we conclude our series based on the book The Beauty of Intolerance. As Top Ten lists are so popular, let’s use that format to remind ourselves of some of the important things we’ve learned about… Read more »

Should Christians Be Tolerant or Intolerant? Interview with Josh McDowell

Sean McDowell, December 18, 2016

[Original post by Sean McDowell] SEAN: Dad, what is tolerance and how should it properly be defined? JOSH: A traditional definition has been to respect and honor another person’s beliefs and values without endorsing them or accepting them. In other words, tolerance involves loving someone with whom you may totally disagree…. Read more »

The Effects of Porn on Marriage

Abigail Biggs, December 15, 2016

The effects of porn on marriage are widespread and devastating.   Researcher Patrick Fagan, Ph.D. completed a major study of pornography and called it a “quiet family killer.” His study found that 56% of divorces had one partner with an obsessive interest in porn.       The Effects of… Read more »

Invisible to the World — not to God

JMM Team, December 15, 2016

Brother Kuan lives in a country in North Africa that is hostile to the gospel. He’s the only believer in a small village where all his relatives live. Every day he experiences ridicule and offense — even from his relatives — because he believes in Jesus Christ. Life is hard… Read more »

Youth Morality: Cultural Tolerance and the Classroom

Sheri Bell, December 14, 2016

Christian Youth Morality Affected More by the Classroom or Parents? It’s not that our kids are rejecting Christianity, it’s that they have been influenced to define it according to their cultural setting. They are putting together their own religious canon in a smorgasbord style. Led to believe that it is better… Read more »

Not For a Lie

Abigail Biggs, December 13, 2016

A gal I am working with—her name’s Jen—her husband Dave received Christ two months ago.  Wayne and I gave him More Than a Carpenter. When he got to the part where the disciples went to their death—he said “they would not do that for a lie.” God is doing Miracles… Read more »

9 Important Insights about Generation Z

Sean McDowell, December 8, 2016

Move over Millennials. A new generation is here. For the past decade, there has been considerable discussion about how to understand and reach Millennials. But now there is a new generation, roughly those born between 1995 and 2010, which are the newest focus. [Original Post by Sean McDowell] While the… Read more »

Truth is a Person—Not Simply An Idea

Sean McDowell, December 8, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] Truth matters. And in our moments of honesty, we all know this. Minimally, we all live as if truth matters. It’s unavoidable. Truth matters in religious matters too. All religions (including atheism) claim to present a true depiction of reality. And this includes Christianity. But… Read more »

Is It Okay to Have Doubts? Sean Interviews His Father Josh

Sean McDowell, December 8, 2016

This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written about 150 books and spoken to more young people live than anyone in history. But what… Read more »

8 Science-Backed Reasons Why Dads Deserve More Credit

Abigail Biggs, December 8, 2016

From birth to adulthood, a Father’s involvement makes a huge difference in a child’s world. People make jokes, advertisers make commercials, and studios make movies and TV shows that tell a discouraging, insulting story of useless, unnecessary Dads. Clearly, they haven’t been talking to researchers any time in the last… Read more »

Santa or Jesus: Cultural Tolerance and Christmas

Sheri Bell, December 7, 2016

Santa or Jesus the Reason for the Season?  Which gives the best present ever? As we head into the Christmas season, we have the opportunity to tell the world about the greatest gift ever: the authentic, selfless, other-focused love of Jesus. Let us not, then, be silenced by cultural tolerance, which declares that it’s… Read more »

Rejected by the World…Accepted by God

JMM Team, December 6, 2016

Mira lives in a closed country in Asia. Formerly, she faithfully practiced the majority religion of her country. “I read prayers five times a day and considered myself a very righteous person,” she shared. But beneath her religious façade, Mira struggled with anger. Occasionally, she would have fits of rage… Read more »

Gratefully Convinced

Abigail Biggs, December 6, 2016

I came from a point of total disbelief that the Word of God was actual truth. But nearly thirty years ago a minister shared tapes with me from a conference you gave in Idaho. I listened intently as you went over evidence in your quest. Hours of tape and I… Read more »

How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It?

Sean McDowell, December 5, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] What was unique about Christian practices and teachings in the first three centuries of the church? And how did such a minority faith—which was considered irrelevant, extreme, and at odd with the role “religion” is supposed to play in a pagan society—ultimately prevail? In his recent… Read more »

What are the Best Questions for Meaningful Spiritual Conversations?

Sean McDowell, December 1, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] I love having conversations with people about spiritual matters. If we treat people with kindness, charity, and show a genuine interest in how they see the world, most people are open to discussing religious matters. In fact, in my experience, many people are eager for… Read more »

Covering the Key Sexual Topics

Abigail Biggs, December 1, 2016

Remember, you do want them to hear it from YOU first though you may feel they seem too innocent right now. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a frank discussion with your kids about sex, someone else will—the average age of first exposure to Internet pornography is 11 years old [1]. If… Read more »

Loving: Cultural Tolerance and the Church

Sheri Bell, November 30, 2016

Is the Church loving, if it overlooks sin?  So last week I wrote about a university president who had to remind one of his students that if he felt guilt over a chapel message about loving others, the appropriate response was not to complain that the message made him squirm in his… Read more »

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JMM Team, November 28, 2016

A Harvard Psychiatrist Says 3 Things Are the Secret to Real Happiness

Abigail Biggs, November 24, 2016

A Secular Study follows Two Groups of Men for 75 Years …and while their findings might surprise some, Christians shouldn’t be surprised at all: your relationships are the most important part of your life. Your health and happiness are vitally linked to the connections you have to the people around you. Read… Read more »

Emotional Maturity Stunted by Cultural Tolerance?

Sheri Bell, November 23, 2016

Yes or No to Emotional Maturity … That is the Question Did you happen to catch the recent blog post by Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University? It’s titled This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University! The short piece is a great read and packs a powerful punch at cultural tolerance. In… Read more »

A Concert in Cincinnati

Abigail Biggs, November 22, 2016

On October 7, 1995, I was 14 years old, a freshman in high school. I was, for the most part, a good kid, but I also knew I wasn’t always good. I came from a family that attended church, but faith was not a big part of our lives. A… Read more »

How a 10-Year-Old Got Her Father to Quit His $100 Million a Year Job

Abigail Biggs, November 17, 2016

One Dad realizes that—though he can buy his little girl anything—all she really wants is time with him. Not many people see that many zeroes in a year—but that’s not the point. You could be king of the world, but your kids won’t care how much you make if you don’t… Read more »

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Rob Shiflet, November 16, 2016

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JMM Team, November 16, 2016

Biblical Scripture: Truth or Tale?

Sheri Bell, November 16, 2016

Can we Believe What We Read in Scripture? The idea that “what’s true for you isn’t necessarily true for me” can lead a person to the conclusion that the moral truths from the Bible are all just a matter of opinion. But this conclusion simply reveals our confusion over the concepts of truth… Read more »

The Lies and the Truth about Pornography

Guest Blogger, November 15, 2016

By Lynn Marie Cherry, author of Keep Walking: 40 Days to Hope and Freedom after Betrayal My husband was 7 years old when he and a buddy found a stack of magazines in the woods behind their neighborhood. Being curious boys, they took the magazines to their tree house and pornography… Read more »

6 Questions to Ask Before Adopting

Guest Blogger, November 15, 2016

[Original post here by Paul Pennington] Over the last decade, God has worked in amazing ways to raise awareness of His love for orphans among American Christians. This awareness had led to action, and thousands of orphans and foster children have been adopted into Christian families. Sadly, many of these families are now barely surviving. Hope for… Read more »

A Couple Changes

Abigail Biggs, November 15, 2016

Thank you Josh for being used by God! Forty-one years ago you spoke in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on the topic…Roaming through Romans.  It was a Campus Crusade fall conference.  I was invited by a student from the University of Pennsylvania.  That weekend after hearing you share how a person can become… Read more »

9 Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Read the Daily News

Abigail Biggs, November 10, 2016

Read your Bible first every day . . . but then read the news through gospel, Great Commission lenses. You’re a busy person. Work, family, and church responsibilities all pile on top of each other a vie for your attention. Taking the time to sit still and read the news—much… Read more »

Religious Freedom: Still an American Hallmark?

Sheri Bell, November 9, 2016

Religious Freedom + Cultural Tolerance = ? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of… Read more »

A Stark Contrast

Abigail Biggs, November 8, 2016

Blake Woodall Owned the Famous (or Infamous) Starck Club in Dallas in the 1980’s “We just did whatever we wanted to do.” When his club became a drug hotspot, Woodall left, trying unsuccessful ventures in business and religion. “You know the people in robes handing out books at the airport?… Read more »

The Power of Faith in an Uncertain World

Matthew Tingblad, November 5, 2016

Your mind is an immensely important player in your spiritual life. Through your mind, you have the power over which thoughts you choose to entertain. When we neglect this duty, we leave the door wide open for anything and everything to harass us from the inside-out. For this reason, one of… Read more »

The Financial Burden of Pornography Addiction

Guest Blogger, November 4, 2016

(Post written by Anne Smith, mother and healthcare professional) We are well aware that individuals addicted to pornography, and their loved ones, pay a high emotional price. An addiction to pornography takes a huge toll on a relationship, resulting in emotional isolation and a loss of time spent enjoying more productive… Read more »

A Few Thoughts on the Hatmaker Position on LGBTQ

Sean McDowell, November 3, 2016

[Post by Sean McDowell] [Article by Sean McDowell] For a variety of reasons, I [Sean] rarely respond publicly to other Christians. But in this case, I feel compelled to do so. Last week, in an effort to be compassionate and loving, popular Christian author Jen Hatmaker came out in support of… Read more »

A Generation of Skeptics Are Open to the Resurrection

Abigail Biggs, November 3, 2016

Evidence Even the Critics Will Accept What do you say to skeptics who refuse to accept that the Gospels were written by their traditional authors? Who insist that the accounts were written long after the eyewitnesses to Jesus’ ministry had all died? Even using only evidence that these critics will accept,… Read more »

Actions: Does My “Who” Determine My “Do”?

Sheri Bell, November 2, 2016

Our culturally tolerant society widely accepts the belief that our genetic disposition, lifestyle, and actions define who we are. In other words, Who I am = What I Do. Based on this narrative, who you are is inseparable from what you do and think and believe. Your identity is wrapped up in your conduct. So,… Read more »

Mask, Manuscript, Scroll

Abigail Biggs, October 30, 2016

Email from Josh – March 3, 2014 First time to use manuscripts, mask, and scroll in presentation.  In fifty years in ministry [this is the] most incredible response by all ages. It was so so much fun for me. It was all topped off by a lady about forty-five years… Read more »

7 Reasons America Has Not Been Reached for Christ

Abigail Biggs, October 27, 2016

“There are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America.” “Virtually every city in the United States has an abundance of Bible-believing faith communities. Millions upon millions of Christians attend these churches and, yet, this country is not reached for Christ yet. Why?”     7 Reasons America Has Not Been Reached… Read more »

The Bible: Just a Rule Book of “Thou Shalt Nots”?

Sheri Bell, October 26, 2016

A lot of people get hung up on what they see as the Bible’s negativity. The Bible gets a bum rap for being “negative,” for being a bunch of rules one has to follow, if God is to be good to us. God’s Word definitely contains “Thou shalt nots,” but God’s intention… Read more »

A Generation of Believers

Abigail Biggs, October 25, 2016

Russia, 2013. We just had the honor of hosting Sergei and Sveta Shashin, director of Russian Jesus Film, a ministry of Campus Crusade.  They are a result of the seeds/books that were planted throughout Russia in the early 90s.  At different times and places, both Sergei and Sveta received a… Read more »

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Rob Shiflet, October 20, 2016

Equip Your Kids to “Say No” to Porn

Abigail Biggs, October 20, 2016

Josh McDowell came across this article and wanted to share it with you. Original Post: jenwilkin.blogspot.com “The first time porn was served at the cafeteria lunch table, my son was eleven years old.” [Jen] “How should I prepare my child for if they see porn?” is the wrong question to ask,… Read more »

“Oh, my God!” Meaningless Expression or Power Words?

Sheri Bell, October 19, 2016

Speak God’s name with reverence. One thing missing in society today is a deep, soul-level reverence for God. We hear people utter God’s name, all day long, but they’re not actually talking to Him — or even about Him. “Oh, my God!” and “Jesus!” and “Oh, Lord!” become just meaningless expressions, convenient ways to respond to a funny… Read more »

Why Are Christians So Defensive?

Sean McDowell, October 17, 2016

PHOTO CREDIT STEPHANE LAVOIE [Original Post by Sean McDowell] In case you are wondering, this is not a post in which I am going to bash the church. Far from it. I love the church. But I am going to point out a “weakness” that we urgently need to address… Read more »

8 Online Etiquette Rules Every Tween Should Know

Abigail Biggs, October 13, 2016

Proper online etiquette isn’t just something to consider teaching your tweens, it’s crucial for solidifying their digital safety. Parents, have you ever heard of “subtweeting?” Are you aware that college administrators and potential employers sometimes look at candidates’ social media profiles? Do your kids know what to do when they… Read more »

The Need for Conviction in a Wishy-Washy World

Sheri Bell, October 12, 2016

How deep are your beliefs about God? Some kids are nearly undone by peer pressure. Especially if asked to publicly acknowledge their gratitude to Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. The word “sin,” in case you haven’t noticed, has become a word to avoid, thanks to the growing influence of cultural tolerance.  So how do we help our young people… Read more »

‘Trigger Warning’ – How Careful Do Recovering Addicts Need To Be With Stimuli?

Guest Blogger, October 11, 2016

(Post written by Anne Smith, mother and healthcare professional) Everything comes with a ‘trigger warning’ nowadays. Some people consider these a bit sissy – but for people struggling to overcome things like trauma and addiction, trigger-warnings can prevent exposure to media or situations which really could damage their health. With pornography… Read more »

Ten Fears of Church Leaders

Abigail Biggs, October 11, 2016

Pastors have fears, too. Pastors, elders, leaders; they’re not anxiety-proof. Below, find ten fears that plague our brothers in the pulpit, and the biblical comfort and encouragement to address them.   TEN FEARS OF CHURCH LEADERS (thomranier.com article) I have not hidden my love for pastors and other church leaders. And… Read more »

Holding on to the Truth

Abigail Biggs, October 11, 2016

I remember meeting you in a parking garage in Orlando during the  2012 YPS conference. I was on staff at Global Youth Ministry at the time and you walked up to the group I was in—I had seen you before and you looked familiar to me but I didn’t know… Read more »

New Intelligent Design Film Just Released! Creator Interview.

Sean McDowell, October 10, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] Illustra Media is the premier production company for the creation of video documentaries exploring the scientific evidence for intelligent design. Their movies include Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Darwin’s Dilemma, The Privileged Planet (my personal favorite), and many others. I use these videos regularly in my… Read more »

Allah or Jesus? Is God One? Interview with Nabeel Qureshi

Sean McDowell, October 10, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] Nabeel Qureshi is one of the leading apologists today on Islam. Raised in a devout Muslim home in the United States, Nabeel became a Christian in college. He records his faith journey in his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (2014). His second book, Answering Jihad,… Read more »

Advice to Nonresidential Fathers

Abigail Biggs, October 6, 2016

All Dads are vitally important parts of their kids’ lives. In our culture many Dads may no longer live under the same roof as their children—but their kids still need fathers. Here are six ways for nonresidential fathers to be the best Dads they can be for their kids, no… Read more »

Judge Not, When it Comes to Cultural Tolerance?

Sheri Bell, October 5, 2016

Did Jesus Say Judge Not? That is the Question. If cultural tolerance has a theme verse, it’s Matthew 7:11: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” That verse, by the way, is one of most commonly misused verses in the Bible. Christians and non-Christians alike often take it out of… Read more »

Millennials and the Bible: 3 Surprising Insights

Abigail Biggs, September 29, 2016

What do Millennials think about the Bible? Much has been made of the growing post-Christian sentiment among America’s youngest generation of adults. But how has this well-documented turn away from religion affected Millennials’ views of Christianity’s most sacred text? Has the “brand” of the Bible suffered or significantly shifted among young… Read more »

A Mother’s Devotions

Abigail Biggs, September 27, 2016

Hi, my name is Holly. I have two teenage sons. They are great boys but they are going through the typical stuff that teenagers have to face. My son Chase asked me one day “Mom how often do you read your Bible?” I said, “Son I may not pick up… Read more »

Forgiveness: The Most Powerful Apologetic

Sean McDowell, September 23, 2016

PHOTO CREDIT STUART TRACTE Forgiveness: The Most Powerful Apologetic Posted by Sean McDowell SeanMcDowell.org We apologists love to offer evidence for the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, and the resurrection of Jesus. These are powerful truths that have convinced many to personally trust Christ. Yet amidst our… Read more »

Porn and the Singleness Panic

Abigail Biggs, September 22, 2016

Why the state of marriage doesn’t mean we lower our standards. Young women raised in the church are given a number of directives for choosing their lifelong partner. Beyond simply finding a Christian, they are told–and rightly so–to seek a man who is active and sincere in his faith, who is… Read more »

Weathering the Cultural Storm

Micah Laremore, September 21, 2016

On Saturday I walked out on a warm Midwest night into one of the most peaceful neighborhoods you could imagine. The community was fenced in with many kids playing outside under the watchful eyes of their parents and grandparents. The night would have been serene if it wasn’t for the… Read more »

Flex Those Love Muscles, Dear Christian.

Sheri Bell, September 21, 2016

Anger Drains Your Love Power. Let it Go. We only have to look on Facebook to clearly see that many of us currently living on the planet have become extremely rude in one area: offering respect to others who don’t agree with us. Have you been “unfriended” by someone yet, for not accepting a truth that this “friend” angrily… Read more »

“Go Deep” with Your Kids

Abigail Biggs, September 15, 2016

“Being a dad is part art, part science, but mostly an act of faith.” The research is in—Dads matter. And while you can’t choose your children’s future for them, your involvement and influence make a huge difference. How do you make sense of the paradoxes of fatherhood? Go deep. Get… Read more »

The Puritans Had the Right View on Sex. Just sayin’.

Sheri Bell, September 14, 2016

The Puritans Liked Sex! In the last two blog posts of our cultural tolerance series, we looked at why God designed sex to be part of marriage. We talked about the sacredness of sex, and the emotional, physical, and psychological damage we do to ourselves by engaging in sex outside of… Read more »

When Forgiveness Seems too Hard

Abigail Biggs, September 13, 2016

He shifted from one Converse clad foot to the other and waited patiently for the other students to clear out from the classroom. I stood at my desk shuffling papers when I noticed that he remained. “Hi James. What’s up?” I asked. “Mrs. Lia, I just wanted to tell you… Read more »

How Can You Spot A Pornography Addiction?

Guest Blogger, September 9, 2016

(Post written by Anne Smith, mother and healthcare professional) Many seek sexual stimulation outside of the bounds of ‘normal’ intercourse. In most cases, people can keep this urge under control, but serious problems arise when people (especially young people) use porn as an educational rather than a recreational tool, and attempt to apply… Read more »

3 Reasons People Leave Your Church

Abigail Biggs, September 8, 2016

 Do you ever feel like your church has a revolving door? Pastors love to see new faces in the pews—except when it feels like new faces are all they see. Pastor Erik Reed gives three reasons why people may not stick with your church, and three ways to work on these issues…. Read more »

Sex is Sacred. We’ve Forgotten That.

Sheri Bell, September 7, 2016

Sex is a big deal. God says so. I recently Googled the Internet, looking for articles on dating. Specifically, I was searching to see what advice sources offered up as to when a young person should have sex. One article that Google offered suggested this: “The age-old question is, how long do I… Read more »

Undaunted Hope

Abigail Biggs, September 6, 2016

Hi, I just watched the movie Undaunted…the story of Josh McDowell. I had no idea what he had been through as a child. He had a drunken father that constantly beat his mother, a sister who committed suicide and a male helper at the farm house they had who sexually… Read more »

A Psychiatrist’s Letter to Young People about Fifty Shades of Grey

Abigail Biggs, September 1, 2016

There’s nothing grey about Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s all black. “Fifty Shades of Grey is being released for Valentine’s Day, so you’ll think it’s a romance. Don’t fall for it.” Dr. Miriam Grossman.         A Psychiatrist’s Letter to Young People about Fifty Shades of Grey    By Miriam Grossman, MD {Many of you have asked that I provide my… Read more »

Premarital Sex: How Should Christian Parents React?

Sheri Bell, August 31, 2016

Premarital Sex: Not True Love. Teri looked at her husband, Kenton, her face distraught. Just minutes before, their daughter had dropped the bombshell that she and her college boyfriend were having sex. When her parents had voiced their disapproval, Renee had burst into tears and run from the room. “What are… Read more »

Out of Darkness

Abigail Biggs, August 30, 2016

Dear Josh, How can we thank you for your faithful service to our Lord Jesus?  Your little paperback book, More Than a Carpenter was instrumental in bringing my dear brother back to Christ after he wandered into the New Age movement and Occult. After he watched the movie Jesus provided… Read more »

Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain

Abigail Biggs, August 25, 2016

Neuroimaging research shows excessive screen time damages the brain. The average child spends more than seven hours a day with a glowing screen in front of them. Parents may hesitate to place restrictions on their kid’s screen time, thinking that whatever problems may be caused by electronic overtime aren’t worth that… Read more »

Choose, Teens: God’s Way or Yours?

Sheri Bell, August 24, 2016

We All Must Choose: God’s Way or Ours America, under God’s protection, has long enjoyed special status in the world. In part because our nation was founded on a unique Bill of Rights. Rights that have, so far, guaranteed us religious freedom. If your family happens to be active church-goers,… Read more »

Hungry for the Word

Abigail Biggs, August 23, 2016

I went to [Europe] to hand out Bibles and Christian literature; one of the books being More Than a Carpenter. I don’t know how many people told me they had waited a whole year to get one again because their books were thrown away at Customs or by [offended people] in the boat. They’d… Read more »

A Gift that Changed a Life

Abigail Biggs, August 23, 2016

I read More Than a Carpenter in the 80’s and it became my favorite book.  I have bought many and given them away and I am still doing so.  My mother was a public school teacher and I told her about the book.  One year in the 80’s she wrapped… Read more »

If It Feels Right…

Abigail Biggs, August 18, 2016

 “I mean, I guess what makes something right is how I feel about it.” The youth of this generation are not especially immoral, certainly no more than the generations that came before, according to David Brooks of the New York Times. But, “what’s disheartening is how bad they are at… Read more »

The Bible: Why Our Youth Need to Know Its Truths

Sheri Bell, August 17, 2016

The Bible: Proven Truth. To be American is to embrace individual rights, right? Having been brought up to believe this, today’s young people are uncomfortable with the suggestion that there is only one universal truth. “You can believe that silliness,” they might reply. “But I’ll decide my own truth.” Because Christianity appears… Read more »

With your gifts, Ivan has been ministering in Russia for 25 years

JMM Team, August 16, 2016

“All of the current leaders of the church in Russia were raised in their faith by Josh McDowell books. At that point these books were the ONLY Christian books available in the Russian language, and now these people are sharing the gospel with the next generation.” – a ministry partner… Read more »

How Do We Listen To God?

JMM Team, August 13, 2016

In our world today and the busyness of life, it is difficult to find the time to go to a quiet place and focus on God. Let’s face it; we live in a world filled with noise. Almost everywhere we go, and with everything we do, our minds are overwhelmed… Read more »

10 Ways to Fight Pornography

Abigail Biggs, August 11, 2016

One of the best ways to protect your kids from pornography is to protect yourself. 10 Ways to Fight Pornography www.allprodad.com Tags : top 10 A recent study asked a group of kids how often their peers look at porn online. They responded that it was often. The study also… Read more »

Losing Our Way, When All Ways Lead to Self

Sheri Bell, August 10, 2016

Self-truth: When Anything Goes. Sure, there are lots of churches in America. But is American still a “Christian” nation? Look around, and it’s clear to see that most people have adopted the mindset of “I will decide for myself what’s right and wrong.” And as we’re seeing, when God’s moral truth… Read more »

Ask Him Anything

Abigail Biggs, August 9, 2016

Dear Josh, I would like to share a story that goes back … to 1985 when you visited our city to spend a week of teaching and ministry in Newcastle England. I was a student then and my memories of that week are still clear in my mind.  The teaching you… Read more »

Ready to hear some good news?

Matthew Tingblad, August 8, 2016

I’d like to share with you the second-closest time I almost got beat up. I was a college student walking through the main campus building when a student across the way shouts at me with an angry voice: “Hey You!” I point to myself with a puzzled look. “Yeah, you!… Read more »

Why Parenting Is More Important Than Schools

Abigail Biggs, August 4, 2016

A new study shows that parental involvement matters more for performance than schools, but that doesn’t mean going to PTA meetings “…parents, of all backgrounds, don’t need to buy expensive educational toys or digital devices for their kids in order to give them an edge. They don’t need to chauffeur their… Read more »

Real Evangelicals Believe These 4 Things.

Abigail Biggs, August 4, 2016

What is an Evangelical? (Photo: Reuters/Jay Paul) You’ve probably seen it in the polls—“this percent of Evangelicals support this candidate, or that legislation.” But with researchers defining “Evangelical” in various ways, the results can be as inconsistent as they are broad. The National Association of Evangelicals, along with a diverse group… Read more »

“Intolerant.” Teens Don’t Want the Label

Sheri Bell, August 3, 2016

The ‘Intolerant’ label hurts. But should it? OMG. It’s hard being a teen today, right? You worry about a million things, including what you look like, and how other people view you. “Do they like me?” you ask yourself. “Do they think I’m cool?” If you happen to be a Christian, you probably feel… Read more »

Christ and Chemistry

Abigail Biggs, August 2, 2016

I work as an administrator at a science museum in Russia. The purpose of our center is to communicate in a very simple way through games that science—specifically physics and chemistry—could be interesting.  There are nine guides working with me.  All of them are young people, mostly university students.  This… Read more »

Facebook: Where Millennials Get the News and Feed Their Cows

Abigail Biggs, July 28, 2016

Do you get your news and your cute kitten videos in the same place? A large segment of the population turns to Facebook to learn what’s going on in the world around them. Nick Pitts explores what this means for our increasingly polarized society, and how we can respond constructively… Read more »

The Bible: My Kids Don’t See Its Relevance

Sheri Bell, July 27, 2016

Is the Bible Worth Reading?  Mary looked up at her daughter Stephanie. “Hi, Sweetie. How was your first day of college?” “Awesome, Mom! One interesting thing happened.” “What’s that?” asked Mary. She stopped sorting laundry so she could give Stephanie her full attention. “Well, I learned that the university has a… Read more »

Pornography and Crime

Abigail Biggs, July 21, 2016

In March of 2011, the Kansas Legislature debated passing a bill requiring police to report any and all pornographic materials found during sexual crime investigations. Testifying in favor of the bill, Psychologist Mary Anne Layden laid out findings, including her own experience in treating sexual trauma victims and perpetrators, as… Read more »

Intolerance in the Name of Tolerance

Sheri Bell, July 20, 2016

Intolerance From Those Who Demand It.  Society would have us believe that God is a myth. That the Bible is a dusty, outdated book of stories that don’t apply to us today. That a universal truth can’t possibly exist, because every person’s viewpoint and lifestyle is valid and must be accepted.  Many… Read more »

Truth Never Void

JMM Team, July 19, 2016

For much of his life, Jallel knew little about Jesus. In fact, he considered himself an atheist. But at age 50, that began to change. In North Africa where he lives, Christ-centered resources like these are rare, restricted and sometimes even illegal. So it’s no surprise that he had never… Read more »

Last Minute Testimony

Abigail Biggs, July 19, 2016

Josh, Greetings in Christ! I was honored to attend your teaching Saturday night at Calvary Chapel Oceanside. I am so glad that the Lord had you change your message at the last minute. Because of the testimony of your life and what the Lord has done in it, my sixteen year… Read more »

Book Review: The God Delusion (Part 2)

Matthew Tingblad, July 18, 2016

To reach atheists, you need to understand them first. **Image Fair Use Last week, I began a book review of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, broken up into two parts. This book was a monumental work of atheist thought by arguably the best-known atheist of our time. The first part… Read more »

United by Love

Abigail Biggs, July 16, 2016

How diversity reflects the kingdom of God “Throughout all of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, we see God working to redeem a people for Himself, a people from every tribe and tongue and nation—colorful and diverse.” Are we reveling in the beautiful and staggering diversity of the people God created… Read more »

Respect and Relationships

JMM Team, July 15, 2016

Healthy family relationships are based on truth, which is established with trust and respect.  But these values are being redefined and challenged by our culture. Just in the last few years, the cultural definition of respect has altered drastically. It no longer means to highly regard or to honor someone… Read more »

“Hater!” What Every Parent Yearns to Hear. Not

Sheri Bell, July 13, 2016

“Hater!” is a hurtful label. “Dad!” called Chad. “Kim and I are leaving! See you later!” Todd appeared at the door of his wood shop, a stained paint brush in one hand. “Hey, kids. What’s on your agenda today?” Kim smiled. “We’re going to watch my brother run the relay in the… Read more »

Questions Welcome

Abigail Biggs, July 12, 2016

Several years ago, we heard Josh speak at the National Apologetics Conference. He told the story about when his (at the time) teenage son expressed doubts about God and Josh reacted with, “Great! Let’s talk about it!” That story helped us to effectively minister to our own son. One night,… Read more »

Book Review: The God Delusion (Part 1)

Matthew Tingblad, July 11, 2016

I will point out what I found surprising, humbling, redeeming, and insightful about this book. (Image Fair use**) Sean McDowell, Josh’s son and Christian apologist, has a popular talk he gives where he stands up in front of a church and puts on his “atheist glasses,” changing his worldview from… Read more »

Peace of Mind in an Unstable World

Guest Blogger, July 8, 2016

No matter what the future holds, you can have peace of mind and confidence when you know this. No matter what happens in the world or in our own individual lives, is there a place to turn for stability? Can we look toward the future with hope, regardless of life’s… Read more »

Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?

Guest Blogger, July 8, 2016

Ever ask, “God where are you?” What exactly can you count on God for? To what degree can we rely on God to be with us? Is He really someone we can turn to at all…in times of crisis as well as times of calm? By Marilyn Adamson on EveryStudent.com… Read more »

Intolerant: The Perfect Word for my Parents!

Sheri Bell, July 6, 2016

Are You Tossing Out the Word “Intolerant”? “Dad!” called Chad. “Mike and I are leaving! See you later!” Todd appeared at the door of his wood shop, a stained paint brush in one hand. “Hi, Mike,” he said, smiling warmly at the tall teen standing next to his son. “Where are… Read more »

New Faith and Old Tapes

Abigail Biggs, July 5, 2016

I came to the Lord in November, 1971 at the University of Kansas. Just afterward I got a letter from a previous girlfriend, who shared how horrible her life was going. I wrote back saying. “We need to get together at Christmas” (when we would both be back in Des… Read more »

How to Be a Sex-wise Parent in a World of Penn State Scandal Media Coverage

Abigail Biggs, June 30, 2016

Tips for Moms and Dads.   In today’s hyper-sexualized society, kids are going to have questions about what they see and hear. The Penn State scandal was years ago, but the news never seems to be short of similar cases. What do you say if the latest case comes on… Read more »

Tolerance Doesn’t Mean Tolerance

Sheri Bell, June 29, 2016

“Tolerance”: Differing Definitions. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Christian community is divided from modern culture when it comes to 1) what it means to be tolerant and intolerant; 2) who or what is to judge what is morally right and wrong; 3) what it means to accept without approving; 4)… Read more »

The Pink Backpack

Abigail Biggs, June 28, 2016

My name is AnnaLisa and this is a story about something that Josh did 30 years ago that changed my life. By the time I was in my second semester as a freshman at UCLA, Satan had convinced me of 2 things: My life was worthless.  I had entered college… Read more »

The Skills Every Man Should Teach His Kids

Abigail Biggs, June 23, 2016

Some are frivolous. Some are essential. All are abilities that your child will learn best from you. From telling  a good joke to making a paper airplane, from riding a bike to standing up to a bully, here’s one dad’s list of eleven things every dad should teach his kids…. Read more »

Why Don’t My Kids Embrace Biblical Truth?

Sheri Bell, June 22, 2016

Does Biblical Truth Still Matter? “Honey, when can we meet Tony?” “We were thinking Christmas break, Mom. But don’t worry about fixing up the guest room. We’ll share my room.” Terri’s eyes widened in shock. “Excuse me?” “Mom,” huffed Renee, “We’ve been having sex for months. We’re in love! Just… Read more »

Leaving the Church and Finding Faith

JMM Team, June 21, 2016

Atheism. It’s the greatest barrier to faith in Christ among young people in Europe today. And it’s fueling a crisis! Though this region of the world once had a rich spiritual heritage, today their youth are walking away from the church in droves. A mass exodus you might say. The… Read more »

Evangelism, Islam and Muslims

Matthew Tingblad, June 20, 2016

Several months ago, I took a taxi to a conference center that Josh McDowell was speaking at. I had the pleasure to ride with a Muslim taxi driver who was willing to dialogue with me about our differences of faith. As I stepped out of the cab, he gave me… Read more »

Fathers Are Like Keys

JMM Team, June 19, 2016

Happy Father’s Day! When you think about a key, what image comes to mind? Opening a secret door or a secure lock for all your valuables? But imagine your father like a set of keys.  Each one has a unique size and shape, and unique objective.  Some have been through… Read more »

Open Letter to Set Free Summit

Guest Blogger, June 17, 2016

Jessica Harris, Beggar’s Daughter Jessica Harris is a writer, speaker and author and presenter at Set Free Summit 2016. Original blog post can be found here. I just finished packing to head home and I’ve done so in an absolute daze. Seven years.  Seven years I have been doing this and… Read more »

Maintaining Relational Presence in a Technological World

Abigail Biggs, June 16, 2016

Are you distracted by technology? Are you constantly checking e-mail, updating Facebook or sending Tweets? Do you find yourself avidly texting friends absent friends, and ignoring the ones you’re with?  Do your small children walk around the house imitating you…on your cell phone? If so, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Rhett… Read more »

My Parents Judge Me for My Moral Choices!

Sheri Bell, June 15, 2016

Moral Choices: What is Right and Wrong? “You’ll love him, Mom,” Renee said on her visit home from her second year in college. “He’s so considerate, and smart, and really good looking.” Terri smiled. “That’s great honey. Does he go to church with you?” Renee shook her head. “Tony’s not… Read more »

True for You, But Not For Me: What is “Truth”?

Sheri Bell, June 8, 2016

If you are like most Christian parents, grandparents, or gatekeepers of young people (perhaps you’re a pastor, youth pastor, or Christian educator), you are no doubt perplexed by a younger generation of teens and twenty somethings who seem comfortable with a value system and set of beliefs that are often… Read more »

I’ve been experimenting and finally realized porn was an issue.

JMM Team, May 23, 2016

“I’ve been to psychologists and psychiatrists for the last 8 years. Have been diagnosed with depression, severe social anxiety, severe memory impairment, and a few others. Have tried Effexor, Ritalin, Xanax, and Paxil. Dropped out of two different colleges. Been fired twice. Used pot to calm my social anxiety. I’ve… Read more »

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Rob Shiflet, May 16, 2016

Accelerating the Gospel in East Asia

JMM Team, May 16, 2016

Today 9 out of 10 people in East Asia have never heard the gospel — but that is rapidly changing. Millions are coming to Christ each year.  Here are just a couple of notes we’ve received from students: Diana’s story: I am a seminary student who dedicate myself as a future… Read more »

Is God Racist?

Sheri Bell, May 16, 2016

Some say that God is a racist. A racist is one who believes that a certain human race is superior to any or all others, and that it is endowed with an intrinsic superiority, which makes the racial discrimination justified. Based on this definition, some say that God is a… Read more »

Fortune 500 Faith

JMM Team, May 10, 2016

I have been wanting to thank Josh personally for years for his part in helping me receive Jesus. I started my journey with Jesus when I was born again in May 1986.  I was just finishing up college and worked in a pizza parlor to help pay for my expenses…. Read more »

Is God Sexist?

Sheri Bell, May 9, 2016

As Christians, we view God through a completely different lens than the rest of the world. Nonbelievers portrayed God in many distorted ways, including misogynic (woman-hating), chauvinistic, patriarchal, and sexist. In doing so, they take Scripture completely out of context. Take the accusation of sexism, for example. God is not… Read more »

Sexual Addiction

Guest Blogger, May 4, 2016

The Way Out of the Web It starts with a single picture . . . a single sexual image that pops onto the computer screen . . . and before long, you’re ensnared, entrapped in a complex, all-consuming web of sexual addiction. You’re undeniably stuck—you look around and all you… Read more »

Is Some Truth Just Personal Preference?

Sheri Bell, May 2, 2016

You have probably heard someone say, “Well, that may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” Behind this phrase lies a deep-seated confusion between the concepts of truth and belief. Clearly, we are all entitled to our beliefs. But does that mean that we have our own… Read more »

“I need that book…!”

JMM Team, April 26, 2016

One of our Port Cities Project volunteers recently shared with us what a difference this project is making: “Last summer, a woman from the Middle East literally ran after one of our port cities teams that had run out of books, pleading, ‘I need that book that explains the message… Read more »

Is it Even Possible to Know Truth?

Sheri Bell, April 25, 2016

First, let’s start by defining truth. Typically, two definitions are offered to explain the same concept of truth. Webster defines truth as “fidelity to an original standard.” You and I can argue about which of our watches is correct. But to know for sure, we’d have to measure our watches… Read more »

Josh’s message was a ‘wake up call!’

JMM Team, April 19, 2016

“After Josh’s talk to parents [about the impact of Internet pornography], a lot of parents started to come to our family meetings and told us that Josh’s message was a ‘wake up call’ for them. The dads started to meet with their sons and daughters to discuss about their temptations and their… Read more »

Did God Create Intelligent Beings Other Than Humans?

Sheri Bell, April 18, 2016

Scientists say matter is spread over a space of at least 93 billion light-years across. There are probably more than 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, with countless planets. That blows the mind! And it may cause us to wonder, are we the only intelligent beings God created in… Read more »

You really saved my life (indirectly) so thank you so much!!!

JMM Team, April 14, 2016

I just want to say that your book Undaunted really helped me to move on in my life. I had an exact life that you had, though I’m still working on forgiving my abuser. It’s really not easy to do so. I already forgave my parents for what they did… Read more »

Why Did God Create Humans?

Sheri Bell, April 11, 2016

Did God create humans because he was needed someone to relate to? Was he bored and one day got really creative and produced a universe that included people? Some speculate that God wanted or needed human relationships, so created us to remove his own aloneness. One big problem with this… Read more »

Set Free Summit: Day 4 Recap

Guest Blogger, April 7, 2016

The Set Free Summit concludes today with a focus on restoration. We have recognized the problem of pornography and how pervasive it is in our culture throughout our world. Today, we discover how we can be restored and help others become restored through God’s Word. Dr. Ted Roberts: Is Real… Read more »

Set Free Summit: Day 3 Recap

Guest Blogger, April 7, 2016

It’s Day 3 of the Set Free Summit, and the theme is hope. Our presenters empowered us with practical tips, tools and approaches to help those affected by pornography. Whether we’re working with a woman who struggles, a betrayed wife, a parent trying to talk to their children about sexual temptation, or… Read more »

Set Free Summit: Day 2 Recap

Guest Blogger, April 7, 2016

Well, it’s been another incredible day at the Set Free Summit! Here’s a recap of today’s sessions: Session 4: Brain Science and Porn Donald L. Hilton, Dr. William Struthers, and Dr. Ted Roberts, three of the world’s leading experts on brain science and pornography, shared how porn affects a person’s nervous system. Here are… Read more »

Set Free Summit: Day 1 Recap

Guest Blogger, April 7, 2016

What a day! The Set Free Summit kicked off with an audience representing 19 countries and 350 different organizations. The purpose: to bring awareness to the pervasive problem of pornography and encourage the Church to fight for freedom. Three amazing speakers took the stage to share their stories and insights about porn’s destructive… Read more »

Josh McDowell: Call to Arms

JMM Team, April 7, 2016

Free Downloads May we rise up to be a part of the solution–starting with ourselves, then our families, our churches, our children’s schools, our countries, and then the world! “We need a Wilberforce, a Mother Theresa and a Bonhoeffer in the church today who have the courage to battle the devastation… Read more »

If God is So Loving, Why Can’t He Be More Tolerant of Sin?

Sheri Bell, April 4, 2016

We all know that God has a serious problem with sin, but if he is truly loving he should be more tolerant of our shortcomings, right? The reality is that God is merciful, but that isn’t quite the same as being tolerant. There is a reason God can’t stand sin…. Read more »

Applying the Hope of the Gospel to Porn Users

Guest Blogger, March 30, 2016

The Bible does not describe us merely as wayward, broken, or needing a moral boost but as those who are dead in sin (Eph. 2:1). Dead men and women do not just need recovery: they need resurrection. For the follower of Christ, the ultimate goal is not merely “quitting pornography,” but… Read more »

If God is So Loving, Why Can’t He Be More Tolerant of Sin?

Sheri Bell, March 28, 2016

We all know that God has a serious problem with sin, but if he is truly loving he should be more tolerant of our shortcomings, right? The reality is that God is merciful, but that isn’t quite the same as being tolerant.  Tweet There is a reason God can’t stand… Read more »

Who is Jesus?

Guest Blogger, March 26, 2016

Jo:  When we look at the life of Jesus and we look at what his life, what his teaching said about how to treat others, about how he feels about the world around him, it’s hard initially to understand it because we don’t always identify the context in which he’s… Read more »

Why is the Resurrection Important?

JMM Team, March 24, 2016

Christ’s resurrection is a historic necessity if our destiny means anything at all. “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still in condemnation for your sins. . . . And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are… Read more »

Prayer Guide for the Set Free Summit

JMM Team, March 22, 2016

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who prayed! The Set Free Summit was amazing–you can learn more about it HERE. Download the resources from Josh’s talk HERE.     2 More Weeks To Go! Prayer Guide – Mar 21-27 Set Free Global Summit on pervasive Internet pornography on April 4-7, 2016 in Greensboro,… Read more »

What Causes People to Sin Today?

Sheri Bell, March 21, 2016

To understand the cause of sin, we need to understand the condition of people who sin. And we need look no further than ourselves or our children. From infancy, it appears, we struggle for control to get what we want, when we want it, and in the way we want… Read more »

Join Josh in Intense Prayer

JMM Team, March 15, 2016

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who prayed! The Set Free Summit was amazing–you can learn more about it HERE. Download the resources from Josh’s talk HERE.         I need your prayers for one of the most significant weeks in my 54 years of ministry! Download Prayer Guide – Mar… Read more »

What is Evil Exactly?

Sheri Bell, March 14, 2016

Evil is the corruption of that which is good. Humanity first experienced evil when Adam and Eve chose to exercise their freewill and eat of the forbidden fruit. Evil is the corruption of free will, which God gave us in order that we might have the choice to believe he… Read more »

The Changing Pornography Landscape

Guest Blogger, March 9, 2016

Interview with Ron DeHaas, Founder and CEO, Covenant Eyes In 1992, Ron DeHaas lost his wife and children in a tragic car accident, leaving him with a new understanding of the importance of families—an understanding he carried with him after he remarried. In March 2000, seeing just how easy it was… Read more »

Where Did Evil Come From?

Sheri Bell, March 7, 2016

Evil had to come from somewhere, right? But from where? We know that God is perfectly good and holy, and that there is no evil in him. There is the capacity for evil in us, however, as God created humanity with the freedom of choice. Evil comes from an abuse… Read more »

The Occupational Hazards of Ministry

Guest Blogger, March 4, 2016

By Dr. Harry Schaumburg The Bible holds the office of elder in high esteem. Whoever desires to be a pastor has set his heart on a noble task because it involves the oversight of God’s people through ruling and teaching. To do the job requires not only knowledge and wisdom,… Read more »

7 Reasons the Bible is so Relevant

Guest Blogger, March 3, 2016

(ChristianPost Article) No one in the universe is more relevant than God, and so it makes sense that Scripture (comprised of 66 books) is the most relevant message ever presented. Without God, you and I would not be here. And without the Bible, we wouldn’t be able to discern which… Read more »

12 Organizations That Support Sexual Exploitation

Guest Blogger, March 2, 2016

What do the American Library Association, the Department of Justice, Snapchat, and HBO have in common? All were named to the 2016 Dirty Dozen list by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Now in its fourth year, this annual list highlights 12 corporations or organizations which profit from or support obscenity and… Read more »

Is Sex Dirty?

JMM Team, March 2, 2016

Sex is definitely not dirty. When God created the world, He looked at it and declared that everything was good. That included sex! God created sex as a good and enjoyable aspect of our lives. God isn’t down on sex. After all, He made it. God designed the gift of… Read more »

Can God Do Wrong, Such as Get Jealous?

Sheri Bell, February 29, 2016

The Bible says that God gets jealous over us. But we’re taught early on that getting jealous is wrong. So is God capable of doing wrong? No. Scripture promises us that “Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and… Read more »

Is God Male or Female?

Sheri Bell, February 22, 2016

To ask the question, “Is God male or female?” is like asking if God is left- or right-handed. Or if his first language is Spanish or English. The questions are irrelevant, because God is not confined by our humanity. God created us in his image, but he is unlike us… Read more »

How Should I Respond When Someone Compliments Me?

JMM Team, February 20, 2016

Often we go to two extremes, both as a result of pride. One extreme is false humility. We deny any positive quality or accomplishment by saying things like, “No, no, no. I’m just a worm.” That makes people sick. Everyone knows you are really saying, “Keep trying to convince me…. Read more »

Have You Hugged Your Kid Lately?

JMM Team, February 18, 2016

Lindsay Lohan When your young child reaches the teenage years it may seem he or she doesn’t want the physical and emotional affection of mom or dad. But perhaps more than any time in their life a teenager needs to experience the “unfailing love” of his or her parents. A… Read more »

What Does it Mean That God is a Trinity?

Sheri Bell, February 12, 2016

The idea that God is three in one is confusing to many people. God exists as three persons, yet he is one being. Each person of the Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—has a separate identity while yet possessing the full nature of God. Jesus is the divine Son of… Read more »

Taking a Stand in a Self-Destructing Culture

Guest Blogger, February 6, 2016

Update: Thank you to all the speakers and and attendees who made the Set Free Summit so amazing! Missed the event? DOWNLOAD Josh’s notes for free!   By Josh McDowell And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then… Read more »

The Father Connection—or Lack Thereof

JMM Team, February 4, 2016

Johns Hopkins Medical School commissioned two professors, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Duazunski to study 1,337 medical doctors who graduated from Johns Hopkins University. They wanted to determine a cause factor, for these five diseases: (1) hypertension; (2) coronary heart disease; (3) malignant tumors; (4) mental illness; and (5) suicide. There… Read more »

Distinguishing Between Right From Wrong

JMM Team, January 30, 2016

We are being taught that truth is relative to the individual — and that all values, beliefs and lifestyles are equal. Tolerance. Knowing right from wrong doesn’t matter. To say something is right or wrong is not being tolerant. But did you know that God does not call us to be… Read more »

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Rob Shiflet, January 28, 2016

How Can Anyone Believe the New Testament?

JMM Team, January 24, 2016

There seems to be some type of general consensus among many people that the New Testament documents were written many years after the events took place and hence do not contain reliable information. However, the fact of the matter is that the life of Jesus was written by eyewitnesses or… Read more »

Adultery of the Heart: How God Rescued Me from Porn Addiction

Guest Blogger, January 21, 2016

Blog Post written by Scott Woodard for Covenant Eyes, a Josh McDowell Ministry partner. Learn more at SetFreeSummit.org.   As a man who suffered with Internet pornography, I cannot look the other way anymore and deny the fact of how easy it is to type a simple word in a search engine and get… Read more »

Key findings in landmark pornography study released

JMM Team, January 19, 2016

Read key findings for TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS, PASTORS/CHURCH and ADULTS from landmark pornography study, “The Porn Phenomenon” The Barna Group, in partnership with Josh McDowell Ministry, has created a landmark study on the pervasive nature of Internet pornography and its impact on the church. Titled The Porn Phenomenon: The Explosive Growth… Read more »

What are the most up-to-date stats on pornography?

JMM Team, January 19, 2016

Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, in-depth studies on pornography are rare, and many are old. So where can you get the most up-to-date statistics? At the Set Free Summit! Josh McDowell Ministry and Covenant Eyes have commissioned the Barna Group to do a major study on pornography, called… Read more »

What’s the Difference Between Love and Infatuation?

JMM Team, January 16, 2016

Infatuation has been defined as “the emotional impulse of love, untested by time or circumstance.” Since infatuation can lead to real love, sometimes it is difficult to see the difference. The characteristics in the chart below show the differences between infatuation and real love. The Fairy Tale—Infatuation Fall into it… Read more »

Announcing the Release of “THE PORN PHENOMENON”

JMM Team, January 15, 2016

THE PORN PHENOMENON: A COMPREHENSIVE NEW SURVEY ON AMERICANS, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY Groundbreaking Study Reveals Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Pornography—Especially Among Teens and Young Adults When:     Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 – 10 AM Where:    (refreshments served) Omni Berkshire Hotel Vanderbilt Room (ground floor, rear lobby) 21 East 52nd Street (52nd… Read more »

Brain Chemicals and Porn Addiction: Science Shows How Porn Harms Us

Guest Blogger, January 14, 2016

Recent research is telling us a lot about the brain when it comes to watching porn. Over a decade ago, Dr. Judith Reisman called porn an “erototoxin,” theorizing that the brain itself might be damaged while watching porn. She speculated that future brain studies would reveal that the surge of neurochemicals… Read more »

Why Do Mom and Dad Talk about Getting a Divorce?

JMM Team, January 2, 2016

There are times when mom and dad may have problems getting along. One thing or another may cause this. The major stress points in a marriage are not kids as much as financial problems, lack of communication and lack of trust. When parents, or anyone for that matter, get under… Read more »

Why Your Resolution to Quit Porn Will Fail Miserably (and how to succeed instead)

Guest Blogger, December 31, 2015

About 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and 88% of all resolutions end in failure. Your resolution this year might be to “lose weight” or “get organized” or “quit smoking,” but regardless, there are good psychological reasons why most New Year’s resolutions fail. And when you’re resolved to stop… Read more »

Three Simple Words to Set You Free

Guest Blogger, December 31, 2015

It was a Tuesday morning, and I get a phone call from a college student who is a regular attender of my church. Answering the phone, I’m met with a voice filled with urgency. “Can we meet up today? I really need to talk with you.” After agreeing to meet,… Read more »

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Sheri Bell, December 28, 2015

When we think of God, we may imagine the powerful Creator sitting on his throne in heaven. We may think of him in human form as Jesus, Savior of the World. But do we view him as the Holy Spirit? Just who is God in the person of the Holy… Read more »

Can God Stop Loving Me?

JMM Team, December 26, 2015

Is there anything that could cause God to change His mind and stop loving me? We’ll let God speak for Himself on that one. Romans 5:8 tells you how much God loved you when you weren’t even a Christian: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while… Read more »

Why Marital Sex is Better Than Porn

Guest Blogger, December 24, 2015

The following is an excerpt from Covenant Eyes’ free e-book, The Porn Circuit: Understand Your Brain and Break Porn Habits in 90 Days. The pornified brain sounds a lot like Mick Jagger; it can’t get no satisfaction. On the surface it sounds absurd. Pornography offers endless opportunities for arousal. If a… Read more »

What is God Really Like?

Sheri Bell, December 21, 2015

When we look at the world around us, we get glimpses of God’s creative nature and his incomprehensible immenseness. But God also reveals himself to us in Scripture. Through the reliable written Word of God we gain deep insights into God’s infinite characteristics, his relational heart, and his holy nature…. Read more »

I Have Been Going Out With One Guy and Told Him I Wanted to Be Just Friends.

JMM Team, December 19, 2015

But he got mad when I went out with another guy. What did I do wrong? Some people enter dating with an attitude of “ownership.” They think that you belong to them and refuse to allow you to live your own life. They act as if you are their private property… Read more »

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Rob Shiflet, December 18, 2015

Talking to Your Daughter About Sex and Porn: A Stage-by-Stage Guide

Guest Blogger, December 17, 2015

When it comes to discussing sex and pornography, how soon is too soon? It’s a question many parents ask. They don’t want to overexpose their children or be guilty of stirring up temptation in their children’s lives. At the same time, they don’t want to risk missing their cue and… Read more »

If God Caused Everything, Then Who or What Caused God?!

Sheri Bell, December 14, 2015

One of the questions believers are asked is, “Who or what caused God?” The simplest answer is to reply, “If God could be caused to exist, then he would not be God!” God is eternal; he has life without beginning or end. Because God has always existed, he didn’t need… Read more »

Why Must My Parents Embarrass Me in Front of My Friends?

JMM Team, December 12, 2015

It doesn’t take much for a parent to ruin things, does it? Like hanging around pretending they are tidying up when your friends are over, but it’s obvious they are trying to listen in on the conversation. Or trying to be “cool” by talking about the latest music groups and… Read more »

The Importance of Intact Families

JMM Team, December 10, 2015

Of course we can’t be complete models of truth if we aren’t there as whole families for our kids. There is good reason Jesus said about marriage, “let no one split apart what God has joined together” (Mark 10:9). Broken homes have had such a devastating effect on everyone involved…. Read more »

What is the Personal Experience Argument for God’s Existence?

Sheri Bell, December 7, 2015

One way that we can know that God exists is through the personal experience we develop with him. Few of us have the dramatic conversion that Paul experienced. In fact, for a while after asking Jesus to be our savior, we may feel exactly the same. We can’t, at that… Read more »

My Parents Have Always Told Me that I Would Never Amount to Anything. Why Has This Affected Me So Much?

JMM Team, December 5, 2015

Your self-image is composed of conclusions you have reached about yourself. These conclusions follow this sequence: Stages Example You hear it. You think about it. An experience reinforces it. You feel it You believe it. “You’re stupid.” Am I stupid? You make a big mistake and your friends laugh at… Read more »

How to Confess Your Porn Addiction to Your Spouse

Guest Blogger, December 3, 2015

Every time I found out about Craig using porn, I either found it on the computer or I caught him in the act. All the while, whenever I asked him about his temptations or actions, he denied engaging it. Except for one time. Though his confession was painful to hear,… Read more »

What is the Moral Law Argument for God’s Existence?

Sheri Bell, November 30, 2015

Every human culture known to man has had a moral law. We find it in the records of past cultures as well as in all present societies. These laws protect life; they govern marriage and family relationships, condemn stealing, and encourage doing good to others. Accompanying these laws, however, are… Read more »

The Power of Love: The Missing Link

JMM Team, November 29, 2015

Not long ago, I (Josh) was speaking at a large church in the Midwest. The church had just completed a building project and moved into their large facility. As I approached the entrance, I noticed a huge banner hanging across the building. It read, “We preach the truth—and the truth… Read more »

How in the World Can I Be Like Jesus?

JMM Team, November 28, 2015

I can’t even swim, much less walk on water. God wants you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, in your character, that is, what you are like on the inside. There is no outward ideal when it comes to looks or abilities. But there is an inward ideal. It’s… Read more »

What is the Design Argument for God’s Existence?

Sheri Bell, November 23, 2015

The design argument is also known as the teleological argument. It is based on the premise that the universe demonstrates immense specified complexity, via an Intelligent Designer. Consider the flower beds at Disney World that clearly resemble Mickey Mouse. Certain flowers make up his eyes, others his nose, and others… Read more »

If My Friends and I Have a Disagreement, What’s the Right Way to Handle It?

JMM Team, November 21, 2015

When you have a disagreement, you have a choice. You can either resolve the conflict or dissolve the relationship. Here are some guidelines for resolving the conflict and keeping the fight fair: Desire openness. In a fair fight, the attitude of “I’m always right” is against the rules. Choose the right… Read more »

The Power of Love: Seeing is Believing

JMM Team, November 21, 2015

Teaching our kids the truth – what is right and what is wrong – within the context of relationships is vital. Our young people will most likely need to correct various behaviors and patterns as they grow and mature, i.e. – avoid pornography and resist sexual pressure – and they… Read more »

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Rob Shiflet, November 17, 2015

What is the First-Cause Argument for God’s Existence?

Sheri Bell, November 16, 2015

The first-cause argument, also known as the cosmological argument, is based on a 3-pronged premise: 1) that everything that exists has a cause; 2) that the universe began to exist; so 3) therefore the universe has a cause. The basis for this argument is that something cannot spring from nothing…. Read more »

Pocket Porn: Nearly a third of teens carry portable X-rated theaters

JMM Team, November 14, 2015

Jeff first saw porn when he was seven years old when he came upon a Playboy magazine. By fifth grade, the Internet became a main source of pornography for his young mind. As technology advanced, so did his obsession. But it was his iPod, and later his iPhone, that gave… Read more »

What Kinds of Proofs Are There That God Exists?

Sheri Bell, November 12, 2015

The majority of people in this world believe there is a God. And they cite our exquisitely crafted world as the basis for that belief. Scripture says, “Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20). Every tree, bird, babbling brook,… Read more »

My Friends Keep Teasing Me Because I Don’t Drink

JMM Team, November 9, 2015

My friends keep teasing me because I don’t drink. They ask me what I am afraid of. What can I tell them to make them back off? Tell them it’s not because of fear that you don’t drink. Tell them it’s because you are smart. Proverbs 22:3, 5 says, “The prudent… Read more »

What’s Your Cheerleader Button?

JMM Team, November 6, 2015

Written by Michael Johnson (MJ), co-founder and Dean of Dating at Future Marriage University and guest blogger at Covenant Eyes. Several years back, I got a call from a friend. He had slipped up again that week. He got caught in the porn trap. I could sense the helplessness and hopelessness… Read more »

Develop Kids’ Convictions by NOT Answering Questions

JMM Team, November 5, 2015

Josh McDowell and Son: Christian Parents can Help Children Develop Their Own Convictions on Faith by NOT Answering Questions.  “For Christian parents to pass on their faith to their children, they should NOT answer their children’s questions but respond with MORE questions to help their kids think through the issues… Read more »

Is It Wrong to Have Doubts About God?

Sheri Bell, November 4, 2015

God wants us to place our faith in him and believe that he has our best interest at heart. He wants our faith to be assured and become deepened by our convictions. Having some uncertainties at times is understandable, as we’re human. But seeking to know why you believe what… Read more »

5 Reasons Millennials Aren’t Leaving the Church

JMM Team, November 3, 2015

5 Reasons Millennials Aren’t Leaving the Church.  We’ve all heard the statistics about millennials leaving the church after high school or college and we don’t know if they’ll return. But…not all millennials have left the church…and in many churches, millennials are coming, or returning in significant numbers.  Here are five… Read more »

Why Our Children Don’t Think There are Moral Facts

JMM Team, October 30, 2015

Why Our Children Don’t Think There are Moral Facts. What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is NOT TRUE that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? (NY Times Article) George Washington, depicted… Read more »

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The Power of Love

JMM Team, October 28, 2015

It’s hard to accept the reality that our young people are even thinking about viewing pornography or getting involved sexually by engaging in oral sex, let alone doing having sexual intercourse. But what if that becomes a reality? How do we effectively change a young person’s actions? What do we… Read more »

10 Tips for Staying Porn-Free While Traveling

JMM Team, October 27, 2015

From the bathroom of our suite, I heard my wife scream out. She had flipped on the TV and just channeled down. The large flat-screen pulsated with hardcore pornography. Graphic sex was one click away at the resort we were staying at. We had been in our room for less… Read more »

Doesn’t Believing in God Require Faith?

Rob Shiflet, October 26, 2015

Let’s first agree on what faith is. The Bible doesn’t say, “Throw your mind away and believe in someone or something blindly.” Rather, it says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The two important words there are assurance and conviction,… Read more »

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I’ve tried saying “No.”

JMM Team, October 23, 2015

I’ve tried saying “no” to my friends, but I keep getting in trouble. What should I do? Swimming against the current requires a lot of strength. It is always easier to just go with the flow. For this reason, it is important that your closest friends flow the right direction…. Read more »

Mom and Dad are constantly lecturing me

JMM Team, October 21, 2015

My Mom and Dad are constantly lecturing me and they always begin with “Well, when I was your age…” Why can’t my parents understand what it’s like to be a teenager today? Do you want the good news first or the bad news?  Let’s get the bad news out of… Read more »

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Why Does God Seem Hidden From Us?

Sheri Bell, October 19, 2015

One of the challenges of first believing – and then trusting – in God is that he’s not a physical being. But that’s by design. The bible tells us that “God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). It also tells… Read more »

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