What Would You Say to a Christian Who Denies the Inerrancy of Scripture?

What would you say to a professing Christian who denies the inerrancy of Scripture? Dr. John MacArthur explains how to engage a professing Christian who denies the inerrancy of Scripture.
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Why Are There So Many False Doctrines?

False ideas and false doctrines surround us on every side. In this Q& A video from one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey explains why the error is so prevalent and how Christians should respond to it. Just ask Ligonier to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions.
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What's the Best Way to Help People at Your Church Learn Church History?

From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey gives advice to pastors who want to teach their congregations about church history. 
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An Introduction to Christ in The Old Testament

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Google Clarifies on Android Updates For Huawei Phones

There has been a lot of speculations and news regarding Huawei and the US Government over the past couple of days. Much like any other hot topic, it comes with a fair amount of assumptions, misinformation, and miscommunication.
Huawei has risen to being the second largest smartphone maker in the world which is also the spot it enjoys in Pakistan currently.
For the convenience of everyone, after intensive research, we have collected statements available to the public online and put together a quick guide on some of the concerns, questions, and misconceptions customers have regarding their Huawei devices.

Your Huawei Device Will Not Stop Working

There has been a lot of confusion amongst owners of Huawei phones that their phones will stop working however that is simply not true. Your phone will continue to operate just like it normally does like any other phone. It will also continue to be serviced by Huawei. In a public statement, the company mentioned:
"Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.”

Your Phone Will Receive Its Usual Updates

The good news is that all phones that have been released by Huawei, be it purchased or in store will continue to receive security updates for Android and regular Google app updates from the Google Play Store.
Here is Google’s statement: “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices”.
So there you have it. As Google’s official statement suggests, Huawei’s current devices will have complete access to the Play Store and get security updates from Android.

Huawei is One of the Biggest Android Partners

When you purchase a Huawei product, you must know you are buying from one of the largest Android partners with the most innovative technology. Huawei promises to continue providing support for all its devices for the whole lifetime of that phone.
It’s also worth noticing Huawei stops at nothing with plans for launching new phones. The Honor 20 was recently launched globally while a new Y series phone from Huawei is also all set for a release soon. This means that Huawei is confident in its products and willing to support the end-user whatever the outcome of the current issue at hand be.

"13 Reasons Why" Linked to Uptick in US Adolescent Suicides | Study

AFP | Another study about "13 Reasons Why," which follows the story of a high school girl who takes her own life, has found that suicides among US youths rose significantly in the months following the popular Netflix show´s release.
The latest paper, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday, estimated a 13 percent spike in suicides among 10- to 19-year-olds between April and June of 2017, with a higher proportion among females.
It drew on the same data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as another paper with similar findings published a month ago in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
That study estimated an additional 195 suicide deaths -- an increase of nearly 29 percent -- among 10- to 17-year-olds in the nine months after the show´s release.
The new research was conducted by a team led by Thomas Niederkrotenthaler of the Medical University of Vienna´s Center for Public Health.
"The associations identified here must be interpreted with a substantial degree of caution, but they do appear to demonstrate an increase in suicides that is consistent with potential contagion by media," they wrote.
The team looked at suicides from 1999 to 2017 to establish a model that controlled for variables such as seasonal variations, like known spring peaks in adolescent suicides.
Since Netflix does not publicly share its viewership data, the researchers established a proxy to estimate its popularity via the buzz the show generated on social media platforms Twitter and Instagram, which is especially popular among US youths.
The show was released on March 31, 2017, and generated some 11 million tweets within the first three weeks alone, before tailing off.
"Because of the absence of social media attention after June 2017, we defined the exposure window as April to June," the researchers wrote.
The estimated 13.3 percent increase in deaths corresponds to 94 more suicides for the age category that would otherwise be expected over the time period.
The proportion was higher among girls, which the authors attributed to the show´s focus on the suicide of 17-year-old student Hannah Baker.
No similar increase in suicide was seen among the other age groups.
The authors cautioned that the research´s reliance on so-called "ecological data" -- that is to say, estimates based on proxy measures -- was a limitation, noting "it was not possible to ascertain whether the excess suicide decedents had actually watched ´13 Reasons Why.´"
Netflix said in a statement: "Experts agree that there´s no single reason people take their own lives - and that rates for teenagers have tragically been increasing for years." The company added that it was difficult to extract causality for spikes, including increases seen among girls in November 2016 and March 2017, which both predated the show.
A study commissioned by Netflix and carried out by Northwestern University last year found that a majority of teens said the show helped them understand depression better and empathize with victims of bullying.