Google - Year in Search 2014
In 2014 we searched trillions of times. What do these searches say about us? Explore the Year in Search http://www.google.com/2014 and follow the conversatio...
What Is Islam?
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Taking all sects into account, Islam is the world's second largest religion (after Christianity) with more than 1.6 billion a...
Third Day - Soul On Fire (Official Lyric Video)
Music video by Third Day performing Soul On Fire (Official Lyric Video). (C) 2015 Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
What is the Best Evidence that God Created the Universe?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2011 Dr William Lane Craig spoke at the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) in Hungary. While they ...
Jesus Owns Muhammad
http://www.answeringmuslims.com According to the Qur'an, Christians must judge by the Gospel. But the Gospel says that Jesus owns everything. Since Jesus own...
The Forum Strategies for Integrating Apologetics Into Your Local Church
As a pastor of a local church, Carey Waldie and his team have observed a great need for apologetic teachings in the local church. They have integrated these ...
Faithful Thinkers: Is Faith Emotional or Logical?
So many people, both religious and non-religious, believe that faith is purely emotional, and in most contexts people imply the word "blind" before "faith". While few others believe that faith is logical- that it is firmly grounded on something. Lately, I've been reading the book " Emotional Intelligence " by psychologist Daniel Goleman and a few thoughts came to mind regarding this seeming dichotomy between faith being based on emotion versus being based on reason. Before I go into that connection or disconnection, though, I want to establish what I mean by "faith".
Faith in Time
I hear people all the time say that they "have faith". It seems to inspire them and those around them, but it often leaves me confused. Sure, someone can say that they "have faith". But when I hear this, I am compelled to ask a few questions:
"What do you have faith in?"
"What makes you believe that thing is worth placing your faith in it?"
"Why do you need to put 'faith' in something anyway?"
Without answers to these questions, faith is empty, contentless, blind: merely a verbal platitude but ultimately vacuous.
Belief in God and Reason
unreasonable—simply an illusionary, subjective experience. Freud asserted that people of faith are fearful of reason when it scrutinizes religion. He said, “Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor.” I do not doubt that some believers in every generation have been insecure and dishonest about the claims of their religion. But when I have spoken with skeptics, scoffers, atheists, and agnostics, I have found some of them (as well as some Christians too) dissembling and guilty of epistemic felonies, high crimes, and principal offenses. These intellectual outlaws not only despise the scrutiny of reason and revelation, but generally throw mere bombast and then take off as they run when the heat of truth is brought to bear on their worldview. In hundreds of conversations with anti-theists, some would not discuss the truth of worldviews for longer than two minutes. They become quite uncomfortable and want to flee as quickly as possible. Not only do some atheists despise reasoning, they cannot even make reason reasonable.
Top 10 Politics Stories of 2014
Religious freedom, gay marriage, abortion, common core, immigration, "Obamacare," and the midterm elections led much of The Christian Post's politics coverage in 2014. Here, ranked by CP editors, are the top 10 Christian Post politics stories of the year.
Countless thousands of spiritually hungry, earnest seekers after truth are led astray each day by prosperity preachers, messengers of millennial madness, and New Age gurus, to name only a few. Yet your special Christmas gift today can help provide multitudes of Bible Answer Man listeners and CRI readers with genuinely biblical truths that set people free.
A Most Reasonable Happiness | HeadHeartHand Blog
When Jesus pronounced eight happinesses on the way of holiness in Matthew 5, He didn’t just declare it, He explained it. And it certainly needed explanation because it didn’t look like a very happy way of life. That’s why he added a “because” or a “for” to every beatitude. He wanted to further reason with us and persuade us into the way of holiness.
Morality of Particles?: Why Physicalism Fails to Account for Objective Morality
In order for morality to make sense, we need at least two things: value and duty. Imagine for a moment what our morality would look like if one of these things were missing. Let’s suppose that we had no moral value. In this case, our duty would become arbitrary. If I were commanded not to torture a little baby for fun, it would not be because that act is evil (since value is missing) but because someone is simply prohibiting me from doing so. The difference between torturing a baby for fun and caring for a baby with love would be the same as driving on the left or right side of the road. We know such a thing to be absurd from our moral experience.
Michael Strauss lectures on scientific evidence for a Creator at UT Dallas
I received tenure in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in the summer of 2010. Most of the time at OU I have taught introductory physics classes to physics majors, engineers, and life science majors. In these classes I have used a number of interactive techniques to facilitate student participation and learning. I have been privileged to win a few awards for my teaching. In 1999, the Associated Students selected me as the Outstanding Professor in the College of Arts and Science, and in 2000 I was awarded the BP AMOCO Foundation Good Teaching Award. In 2002, I was given the Regents Award for Superior Teaching. I received the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurine Mabrey Presidential Professorship in 2006 which is given to “faculty members who excel in all their professional activities and who relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor.”
The Word Became Flesh
But the story of Christmas is that the Word, as John 1 states, became flesh. The fullness of God dwelt in bodily form. Jesus was fully human -- with a belly button, underarms, and a spleen -- just like you and me. And it’s a good thing too. Why?
Challenge Response: Sexual Orientation Never Changes - Stand to Reason Blog
To be clear, I'm a Christian with a traditional understanding of sexual ethics. I guess I'm just used to having this discussion with people who make better arguments than the simplistic one Alan replied to. I think that one of the reasons the traditional ethic has lost credibility is that it has too often been tied to a narrative of "orientation change." When that sort of change doesn't pan out for people (and it often doesn't pan out), people tend to give up on the traditional ethic altogether. I think that means we need to offer narratives about chastity that don't revolve around orientation change. This is one of the key ideas behind the "celibate gay Christian" movement.
Cold Case Christianity: best posts, podcasts and videos of 2014
9. The Problem with the Problem of Evil
J. Warner talks about the challenge we face, as Christian Case Makers, when trying to respond to the problem of evil. If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? Jim talks about the need for a cumulative response and explains why the problem of evil may be a bigger problem for atheists than for Christians.
CS Lewis: What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?
you shall see me appearing at the end of all history as the judge of the universe.’ But that claim, in fact, does not rest on this one dramatic moment. When you look into his conversation you will find this sort of claim running throughout the whole thing. For instance, He went about saying to people, ‘I forgive your sins’. Now it is quite natural for a man to forgive something you do to him. Thus if somebody cheats me out of five pounds it is quite possible and reasonable for me to say, ‘Well, I forgive him, we will say no more about it.’ What on earth would you say if somebody had done you out of five pounds and I said, ‘That is all right, I forgive him? Then there is a curious thing, which seems to slip out almost by accident. On one occasion this Man is sitting looking down on Jerusalem from the hill about it and suddenly in comes an extraordinary remark — ‘I keep on sending you prophets and wise men.’ Nobody comments on it. And yet, quite suddenly, almost incidentally, He is claiming to be the power that all through the centuries is sending wise men and leaders into the world. Here is another curious remark: in almost every religion there are unpleasant observances like fasting.
The Atheist's Dilemma
I tried to face down an overwhelming body of evidence, as well as the living God.
Grace to You Radio
How can you become more like Christ in 2015? What steps do you need to take to accomplish that goal? Find out as John MacArthur looks at the nature of spiritual growth in Reaching for the Prize .
Resolved: To Read the Bible
But not every text functions to build our faith in the same way, and has the same effect for every one of God’s children in the new covenant. It is a wonderful thing to read all the way through the Bible. It is something that pastors and teachers in the church should strongly consider doing on an annual basis, to let all the Scriptural data pass before their eyes for continually informing their public theological claims. But this is not a yoke to be set on every Christian every year. Though it would be a good thing for every Christian to try at some point, or at least to have some multi-year plan in place to eventually get you through the whole Bible in some cycle.
Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2014
The world's potentially oldest clay tablet containing a flood story was found in the British Museum archives and put on display last January. Discovered by the museum's cuneiform curator, Irving Finkel, the tablet makes note of a round ark and is one of several versions of the flood story that have been found in Mesopotamian excavations. Although this tablet from ancient Babylon, dated around 1750 BC, may be the oldest found containing the flood story, it's not necessarily the earliest version of the story.
C. S. Lewis on Twitter
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." ~ #CSLewis | #HappyNewYear | pic.twitter.com/mubZ7rTqD9
You don’t need a big resolution to change your life, because your life isn’t established in big moments. Your life is established in 10,000 little moments, and Jesus Christ is present and active in all those moments. In these small, seemingly insignificant moments, he’s delivering every redemptive promise he has made to you. In these 10,000 little moments, the Lord is working to rescue you from you and transform you into his likeness.
4 Things the Church Learned in 2014
Great article. It's been a big year for the Church and the world can see the growing pains it is experiencing. One lesson I would add to this list is the struggle to prioritize primary gospel issues vs secondary issues. I'm thinking specifically about the fiasco that happened when World Vision announced that it employed homosexual Christians and tons of churches pulled their funding and denounced the organization's mission altogether. The church has a long way to go in terms of deciding how they will address issues like this moving forward. The response of many churches in this case showed a lack of prioritization: putting condemnation of sin above sharing the gospel with ALL by marginalizing a constantly increasing segment of the population.
CrossExamined.org - Your source for Christian Apologetics | We are a Christian Apologetic Ministry founded in 2006
CrossExamined.org is a Christian Apologetics non-profit ministry started in 2006. Our team conducts dynamic I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist seminars on college campuses, churches, and high schools. Led by Frank Turek and other Christian apologists, CrossExamined.org exists to address the problem that 3-out-of-4 Christian youth leave the church while in college, many because they are intellectually skeptical. In addition to I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist, CrossExamined.org presenters address other topics faced by young people today.
4 ways to read more books in 2015. - Jon Acuff
I decided late last year to read a book a week (not counting book club books) I read 62 books this year. 55 personal choice books and 7 for my book club. I get an hour for lunch at work so that was my main reading time, but I also read in the evenings. I tried for a bit to read during dinner (live alone) instead of watch tv, but I got out of that habit, but need to start that up again. The second book I started reading was ‘Atlas Shrugged’. I was on vacation from work and thought since I had more time I could get through all 1,000 pages in a week. I made it to 70 and quit. It was killing my soul and my love of reading. I decided that my challenge was going to be enjoyable and not soul killing. There were a few books that I was really looking forward to them ending. I probably quit about 5 books I think. I read a lot more non-fiction than I usually do and really expanded ‘new to me’ authors. What helped me was deciding that it wasn’t going to be a race. I wanted to enjoy my time reading and not speed through it. I also didn’t want 4 books going on at once.
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Top 10 most read post of 2014
"I travel and speak in a lot of churches, conferences, and countries, preaching and teaching about missions or taking teams on mission trips. I lead orientation for mission agencies and serve on their boards. In the process of all of this I talk to a lot of people who are passionate about missions. Some of them are relatively young and in college, seminary, or ministry, others are middle-aged or nearing retirement. I hear a lot of “reasons” that disappointed people believe exclude them from serving in missions. Here’s a collection of the top-ten most-cited reasons why some say they cannot answer a missionary call, and my usual counsel..."
10 Encouraging Bible Verses to Review Before Kicking Off the New Year
With another year coming to an end and a new beginning only hours away, it is important to reflect on things that have brought us down in the previous year and ways we can better ourselves for the new year. It is important to trust in God and know that He will always lead us in the best direction.
"Happy (CUP Style)" by Cornerstone Worship LIVE
Recorded live at Cornerstone Ministries on December 24, 2014 during one of the Christmas Eve programs called "Glorious." For more information, please visit cornerstoneworshiplive.net .
Our Top Posts of 2014: Mark Driscoll, Conscious Uncoupling, and More
“Like most of us, I have friends who opt for Christian community instead of church. And like the writers of this piece, I think church—not just community—is hugely important in the Christian life. I love this, from Caryn and Marlena's piece: ‘When we sing in church, we join voices—all of us, the happy, the sad, the rich, the broke, the healthy, the sick, the faithful, the doubters, the straight-and-narrow-ers, the wanderers, the popular, the lonely—and profess words we'd never otherwise say together.’" —Jennifer Grant
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014
World Vision's reversal, Kay Warren on son's suicide, 33 Christian leaders under 33, and more.
Immersion | Impact 360 Institute
Immersion is a 2 week transformational worldview and leadership experience for high school students where they will learn what they believe, why they believe it, and how to live it out in the real world. This summer, own your faith.
9Marks at Southern
The gospel tells the story of God, man, Christ, and a requisite response. It heralds the news about creation, fall, redemption, and a glorious consummation. And it is the only thing that will build a church. All that other stuff only builds a crowd.
Live Stream - Tactical Faith
Tactical Faith will be live streaming from January 4th to the 9th of 2015.
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7 Timeless Christian Movies That You Should See (If You Haven't Already)
Making faith based movies can be a risky decision when it comes to funding and cost. If you are a Christian then you certainly have watched some great films growing up. Most faith based films have good intentions and send a positive message through their film.
“This book surprised me at how it both comforted and
convicted me. And in the midst of a difficult circumstance it
inspired me to look for God's hand of providence. I can't think of
anyone who wouldn't benefit from its call to purity, faith and
Christ-centered hope. John Piper's God-given gifts as a teacher and
pastor are on full display in these pages. Reading this book will
serve your soul.”
—Joshua Harris , Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep
Defend The Faith 2015
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The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
Adorable Little Girl Has Some Life Advice for You – You Will Be Laughing for Hours!
This adorable girl is confident enough to take on the world. When sitting in her car seat, her daddy asks if she wants help because she's having trouble unbuckling her seatbelt. But, she tells him "worry about yourself" in the cutest way. Then tells him to hurry and drive, and not to worry about her. Watching this come out of her mouth is PRICELESS. From start to finish, you will have a HUGE smile on your face. Her dad handles the situation very well considering the trouble she is having.
Billy Graham Applies Faith to New Years' Day; Evangelical Pastor Urges Christians to Give Thanks
Billy Graham cited the religious significance behind New Years before reminding Christians to give thanks to God on Dec. 30.
Little Boy is Overjoyed After Hearing The News That He Will Have a Brother
Since Ethan was 2 years old, he always wanted to be a big brother. But, for something like that, it is much easier said then done. Until one very special day...
Faith and values in 2014: 10 telling numbers - Religion News Service
[…] (RNS) Scores of studies and surveys in 2014 revealed myriad, quirky ways we live out our faith and values. But the most intriguing findings were not always the headliners. Here are 10 telling numbers about religion and society that caught our eye.One in 3 Americans want a divorce between clergy and civil marriages. They say it’s time for clergy to quit saying “By the power vested in me by the state … ”Suck it up, polar bear. Just 5 percent of Americans say climate change is their top issue, and religion is a major marker of divided views. White evangelical Protestants were the least likely to believe that climate change is a fact and that human activity is among the causes.Amen to online. Almost half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they saw someone sharing “something about their faith” on the Internet in the last week.Fifty percent of white evangelicals see themselves as victims of significant discrimination. […]
Three Florida Counties Put an End to Courthouse Weddings to Avoid Performing Gay Marriage Ceramonies
Federal Judge Robert Hinkle, who struck down the state's gay marriage ban in an August court case originating in Washington County, is set to clarify whether or not his decision applies to just Washington County or the whole state of Florida when the ban is lifted on Jan. 6. But regardless of what Hinkle rules, the three counties' new policies of not performing courthouse weddings will still take effect.
Southern Raised Performs a Beautiful Version of 'What A Day That Will Be'
This beautiful version of "What A Day That Will Be" will put a big smile on your face. A bluegrass band, Southern Raised, sings a unique and soothing version of a popular Christian song.
Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll Launches New Website
Mark Driscoll, who resigned as the lead pastor of a Seattle-based megachurch in October due to a controversy surrounding his leadership style, has launched MarkDriscoll.org, which looks similar to the website of Mars Hill Church that is going to dissolve at the start of the new year.
Community Lecture Series Presents: "The 'Old' New Atheism?"
In this free public lecture, Dr. Joshua Reichard will explore a brief history of atheism and demonstrate that while the "new atheism" movement claims to represent human progress, atheists have coexisted with theists for millennia. Belief and disbelief have coexisted, in spite of scientific and intellectual advances in human culture. Thus, the question remains: in the end, is such belief more a matter of the human intellect or the human heart?
Are the Gospels Full of Contradictions? - Kindle edition by Jonathan Morrow. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
"Anyone who thinks apologetics is no longer important doesn't know the world students live in and the questions they ask (and are being asked). But Jonathan Morrow knows students. He knows what they need to know, and that's why this book is so helpful. In it, you will find clear, concise answers that Christians, especially students, need when (not if) the truthfulness of their faith is challenged." - John Stonestreet, Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and co-host of BreakPoint radio
Pastor and Employee Engage in Vicious Gunfight at Florida Church With 16 Children on the Premises
Detectives were reportedly seen serving a search warrant at the home of Parangan Tuesday night. There's no confirmation of anything being found in the house at this time. However, he has been charged with aggravated assault with intent to kill and will be booked into Osceola County jail after he's released from the hospital.
Dr. Harris is currently an Associate Professor of New Testament at TEDS. She was an adjunct professor at TEDS from 2001 to 2006. She has taught extensively at retreats, conferences, and adult Sunday school classes, and also teaches Bible and theology classes in various overseas contexts. Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Harris was the managing editor of the Hoover Digest, a quarterly academic journal covering public policy, economics, and foreign affairs, published by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. For the first five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, she coordinated a program, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, that brought young diplomats from former Soviet-satellite countries to Stanford for four-month study programs. As an undergraduate, she double-majored in International Relations and French Studies. Prior to coming to Trinity, she was also extensively involved in campus ministry.
Left Behind in the Mainline: Witnessing Within The Episcopal Church
Longstanding American churches known as mainline Protestant denominations have garnered many headlines for their increasing liberal theological stances. In response to this theological drift, large numbers of people and congregations have opted to leave these mainline churches for more biblically orthodox pastures.