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The Bible and BLM; Life and Death

The Bible and BLM; Life and Death

Christianity, Post Christian
NOTICE: The Following is Religious Expression The Bible and Black Lives Matter; Life and Death By Brace E. Barber August 25, 2020 Everyone should agree with the statement that black lives (including all sexual orientations and alternations) matter. The value of life and God’s longing for each of us to live in eternity with him is what the Bible is all about. God created man in his image,[i] “he crowned them with glory and honor,”[ii] he is patient with us “not wanting anyone to perish,”[iii] and he “gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”[iv] Though everyone should agree that black lives matter, anyone who does so without a belief in God as their creator, has no basis for believing…
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The Very Scary A-Word

The Very Scary A-Word

Apologetics
By Brace E. Barber No. Not Atheist. Not Apostacy. Apologetics “Unimaginable! How can you suggest we never teach from the Bible? In a Church no less.” She exclaimed. “You can’t exclude the Holy Spirit and reading from Scripture.”               I instantly reviewed what I had said to see where there might be some confusion. “No. No.” I stammered. “I simply said that we should teach apologetics subjects to our youth.”               “Exactly!” She continued. “You want to eliminate relationships and acts of service. We can’t have our kids reading books and debating skeptics all the time. Where’s the heart? Where is the love?”               “Please. Hold on a second,” I begged. “I didn’t say that. I think relationships and service and knowledge of Scripture are critical. Our kids should know…
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Deceitful ‘Christian’ Logic

Deceitful ‘Christian’ Logic

Christianity, Nashville Apologetics
Brace E. Barber False Apologetics Pete Buttigieg seems to be a brilliant man, and yet he has picked a stance against the Bible - God's Word - God's Truth. Hey, if you are going to run for President of the United States, you've got to have an unwavering belief in yourself. I'd suggest picking a battle you can win. The guy may become President some day, not this time, but next time or the time after that. The battle he won't win is against God. Shake your fist at the sky, but too bad. There are enough Christians out there, the vast majority of Christians who can be convinced that the Bible doesn't say what it says. Pete can quote verses about the poor and the environment, and he may…
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Churches After Christ

Churches After Christ

Apologetics Speakers, Post Christian
By Brace E. Barber The Tipping Point is Approaching No one knows when the tipping point will occur, but the beginning of the end certainly looks like this. Christians seem to be happy that the faith is only losing a small percentage of believers every year in the US. There is no real movement to address the reasons people are leaving. At what point does a small percentage turn into 10% lost per year or 30% per year? Fortunately, after your place of worship closes it may have a bright future. Houses Of Worship Find New Life After Congregations Downsize When Lisa and Dan Macheca bought a century-old Methodist church in St. Louis back in 2004, they didn't think much about the cost of heating the place. Then the first…
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Satan’s Youth Group Design

Satan’s Youth Group Design

Apologetics, Atheism, Christian Apologetics, Youth Apologetics
If Satan were devising a plan to destroy the Christian Church Excerpted from the book: TESTED: A New Strategy for Keeping Kids in the Faith What Would Satan Do? If Satan were devising a plan to destroy the Christian Church, he would eliminate any awareness of the necessity of preparing our youth to withstand the false teachings of the culture he has been cultivating. He would have the Church avoid answering the hard questions for our kids. He would segregate Christianity to a place where Christians speak their own language, unintelligible to the secular world. He would convince them that it is hopeless to look at scientific and historic evidence for support of their faith. He would direct them towards teaching methods that fail to prepare their children to understand their…
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Have Christians Given Up?

Have Christians Given Up?

Apologetics, Atheism, Christianity, Evidence, Youth Apologetics
By Brace E. Barber March 14, 2019 Christian Apologetics Speaker The plane arrived in the early evening on cold day exactly seven days before the Championship. The players stepped off of the plane as the favorite to win the big game. Somehow their faces weren’t those of champions, they were downcast and distant. The look wasn’t that of determination. The players almost looked scared. After a week of game-preparation, the unimaginable happened. The players from both teams met in the middle of the field for the coin toss. Our team towered over the other boys in a way that made people wince at the tromping that they would give the opposing team. But instead of flipping the coin, the umpire waved his hands above his head and made the announcement…
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Christian Truth

Christian Truth

Christian Answers, Christian Apologetics, Nashville Apologetics, Youth Apologetics
Christian Truth How Scientists Have Armed Christians with Evidence By Brace E. Barber Apologetics Speakers June 29, 2018 Christianity's Truth Mission Christianity was sorely damaged by its own search for the truth starting in the Renaissance. It is as if Christian leaders commissioned the digging of a well and then drown in the flood that their work caused. This water that was the focus of their theology ended up nourishing everything that they detested. The Renaissance of the 15th through 17th centuries brought about a renewed focus on reason instead of faith. Scholars began to explore evidence for their beliefs and they put a premium on conclusions that were empirically provable. Over time, science played an ever increasing role in shaping the core beliefs of society. The Renaissance created the…
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Moody Radio Appearance by Brace Barber

Moody Radio Appearance by Brace Barber

Apologetics Speakers, Christian Answers, Christian Apologetics
Moody Radio hosts Solomon and Dawn engaged with Brace for a great discussion about solving the problem of youth leaving the faith after high school. The 24 minute segment covered why the majority of kids reject Christianity and how parents and churches can effectively prevent them from leaving. Brace's approach goes beyond simply stopping kids from leaving to preparing this next generation to impact the world for Jesus Christ. The program first aired on Moody Radio June 13, 2018. [audio mp3="http://bracebarber.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Solomon-and-Dawn-Brace-Barber-061318-TotalNoise-Reduced.mp3"][/audio]
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Clawing at Our Doors for our Sons and Daughters

Clawing at Our Doors for our Sons and Daughters

Apologetics, Christian Apologetics, Christian Revival, Youth Apologetics
Clawing at Our Doors for our Sons and Daughters How the Church is Following Lot's Lead By Brace E. Barber Christian Apologetics Speaker June 6, 2018 Do What You Like With Them The story of Lot offering his virgin daughters to the sex-crazed crowd of men to "do what you like with them," is highly disturbing to me. (Gen 19:8 NIV) As a father of three, including my little girl, I can't imagine facing a situation where I would offer her to be ravaged in this way. I can only think of protecting her at my own expense, no matter the situation. What would it be like to have a mob of men wildly beating on your door in the middle of the night threatening you and your guests? This…
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2 Christian Youth-Leadership Imperatives

2 Christian Youth-Leadership Imperatives

Christian Apologetics, Christian Revival, Youth Apologetics
2 Christian Youth-Leadership Imperatives Flourish or Flounder. Neither is Easy By Brace E. Barber May 10, 2018 Christian Apologetics Speaker There is one major content change and one major process change that will separate failing youth groups from flourishing youth groups over the next five years. The differences between the two will not even be close. Failing groups will lose members and atrophy while the others will grow in members and confidence. Those that grow will be lead by bold men and women who are confident in what they know and prepared to take on the world. Strong Christian Youth-Leadership is critical and it's called for. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NIV) 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying…
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