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YouTube star and Biola alumnus Zach King ('12), with the help of President Barry Corey, shows the amazing things you can do as a student at Biola.
What Sets Christianity Apart from Other Religions?
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Where did life come from? How did it begin? Did it come from an undirected, natural process or is it the result of a designing intelligence? In this 5-part v...
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The Word is Out – Premier Radio
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What Made David Great?
Everyone who knows the Bible knows that King David was a great man. And yet everyone familiar with the Bible also recognizes that David did a lot of not-so-great things. Of course, there was the sin with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband Uriah, and the subsequent cover-up. That was not exactly delighting in the law of the Lord (Ps. 1:2). But there was also the ill-advised census motivated by David’s pride, not to mention a series of lessons in how not to manage your household well. For being a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), David managed to follow his own heart quite a bit.
Science, God, and Life in the Universe
I hope you read Eric Metaxas’s excellent essay in the Wall Street Journal on science, God, and the origins of life. His article is straightforward: Science is showing us more and more how fine-tuned the universe has to be in order to support life. So fine-tuned, in fact, that life in the universe is extraordinarily, astronomically improbable.
If Atlanta Fire Chief’s termination isn’t a religious liberty case, then nothing is
The New York Times offers a lead editorial today supporting the termination of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. The editorial argues that Cochran’s Christian beliefs about homosexuality are “homophobic,” “virulent anti-gay views.” It denies that Cochran’s firing has anything to do with religious liberty, but only with Chief Cochran’s failure to get permission to publish the book, commenting on his suspension, and exposing the city to lawsuits.
Be Respectable and Hospitable
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Perry Noble is a heretic, no doubt about it. And the way he expresses himself in the video above is shameful. Having said that, I think the content is essentially correct. If people come to church looking for a relationship with the pastor and expect to have one on one time when they want it how they want it...well, no human pastor can meet that desire, nor should he. It belies a kind of dependency on human teachers that can and must be corrected. The pastor does need time with his family exclusively. He does need time when he cannot be reached and approached except for emergencies. I don't think drawing those lines represents a lack of hospitality. Maybe I have misunderstood the author of this article but if in his view hospitality means that there must be no boundaries around the pastor's home and family then that will mean broken families and burned out pastors.
Religion Book Review: The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel. Zondervan, $22.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-25917-6
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Everyone has a story, and bestselling author Strobel ( The Case for Christ ) uses his skills as a journalist to describe individual quests for grace—as well as his own personal journey.
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Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.
Mornings with Jesus Countdown
Just a little reminder that we all should dance… even if it’s just for the pre-church countdown.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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Grace to You Radio
Jesus said if you want to see the kingdom of God, you must be born again. So what does it mean to be born a second time—to be regenerated? Find out in John MacArthur’s new study, The Second Birth .
4 Suggestions to Deepen Your Small Group Prayer
Asking, “We have about 15 minutes left, anybody have a prayer request?” will inevitably solicit shallow and circumstantial requests of the “daily bread” variety. The way you’ve framed the time has devalued its very significance. Take the opportunity to remind the group what prayer is. Instead of saying, “Any prayer requests?” ask, “Now as we move from studying God’s Word to praising him through prayer, what are some things God’s Word has revealed to us?” Remind the group that prayer is communicating with the God of the universe through the access purchased for us by the costly sacrifice of the Son and enabled by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We can reflect back to God praise, adoration, thanksgiving, confession, and petition in light of his revelation. We are approaching a holy God through the mediation of his beloved Son, in whom we have union and fellowship. Help the group be awed by what they will embark upon so that the oft-neglected aspects of small group prayer—praise, adoration, confession, and thanksgiving—will become natural responses to what God has revealed.
No. 1 Best City For Jobs: Seattle, Washington - In Photos: The 10 Best And Worst Cities For Jobs In 2015
To determine the best and worst cities for jobs in 2015, personal finance site WalletHub looked at the 150 most populous cities across the U.S., measuring 16 metrics falling under the headings "job market" and "socioeconomic environment" for each. WalletHub used data from government agencies as well as information from Yelp, Indeed, and Gallup Healthways to consider factors for each metro include job opportunities, employment growth, monthly median starting salary, median annual income, time spent working and commuting, and housing affordability.
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon.
Pain and Evil amid the Wreckage of Eden
As Ravi and I had conversations on this topic, we found we were united in wanting to question all three of these assumptions. We wanted to write something that would be helpful for seekers and Christians alike, for those with intellectual questions and for those who are hurting. We wanted to help show that the intellectual and emotional challenges are deeply related, and that there aren’t just one or two Christian responses to suffering but rather the variety of responses one would expect from a God who loves each and every person and desires to meet us amid the great variety of circumstances and challenges we find ourselves in.
Ewan McGregor and Rodrigo Garcia On Jesus, Satan, and 'Last Days in the Desert'
Three of the four gospels tell this story: after his baptism by John, Jesus goes into the Judean Desert to fast and pray for forty days. As recounted in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Satan tempts Jesus during this time in three conversations, and Jesus resists. By the time he leaves, he is ready to start his public ministry.
Defiant Charlie Hebdo to print 3M copies of latest edition with Muhammad on cover
The decimated, but uncowed magazine upped its usual print run of 60,000 copies to 3 million for the magazine, due out Wednesday but released to the French newspaper Liberation . Fierce bidding on eBay had editions commanding as much as $500 following the outpouring of support for Charlie Hebdo, whose four top cartoonists were among the dozen killed. Editor-in-chief Gérard Biard said in a Tuesday radio interview the decision to run a cartoon if Muhammad holding a a “Je Suis Charlie” sign with the caption "Tout est pardonne," or "All is forgiven," and said the message was not that Muhammad was offering forgiveness, as some initially assumed.
The 20 Colleges With The Friendliest Students
Legend has it college is where you forge lifelong friendships, but that doesn't mean everyone at each school is naturally open, caring and uncompetitive. Even so, there are some schools where real friendliness thrives -- even during finals.
Trading Fear for Fear
To fear the Lord is to be like Moses and remove our shoes because we are standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:5). It is to be like the woman at the well who came face to face with the One who knew her so well. She encountered grace and left wonderstruck, running into the village to tell everyone, “He told me everything I ever did” (John 4:28–29). It is to be like the disciples who feared for their lives in the midst of a terrible storm at sea. But after seeing Jesus calm the storm with just his words, they stood in awe. “And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’” (Mark 4:41). As Mr. Beaver said of Aslan, “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
Resolute Collegiate Conference
Jesus deploys His disciples on a global mission. In fact, central to the mission is a call to discipleship. The objective is to make disciples of all peoples teaching them to obey all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). The question is: does your life include a passion for discipleship? Does your life mirror Paul’s when he says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1)? Paul was a man eager to follow Jesus and, in turn, to disciple others and you also are called by God and commissioned by Jesus to this great work of discipleship.
How I Almost Lost the Bible
I professed faith and was baptized at age 9. My father had been nervous baptizing me, saying that I should be buffeted about by the world more before being baptized. I remember him citing as support Edwards, who said that authentic child conversions are rare. He was right. On every level, I seemed to be a fine Christian young person. I even preached my first sermon at age 14 to a statewide Sunday school convention, but I had no business doing so.
I’m Glad Obama Skipped Paris, by Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
). I feel the same way about the president’s decision not to join dozens of world leaders in Paris last Sunday to march in favor of free speech and against Islamic-supremacist terror. I’m glad he stayed home. I’m glad he didn’t send Vice President Biden (whose main job is to attend such exhibitions), Secretary of State Kerry (whose main job escapes me), or Attorney General Holder (who was in Paris but still didn’t go).
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The Bible Petition
Evangelical Christians have long believed the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant —that it originated from God, is incapable of failing and is without error. However, today we are witnessing a departure from this historic view. Some evangelical professors are attempting to redefine inerrancy while entire evangelical denominations have recently rejected it. The purpose of this petition is to raise awareness of what’s happening and to share the free resources on this website. There are currently 30796 signatures and counting. You can see the names now or after completing the petition below.
'Super Mosquito' Resistant to Malaria Insecticide Found in Mali
“Growing resistance has been observed for some time,” said lead researcher and medical entomologist Gregory Lanzaro in the release. “Recently it has reached a level at some localities in Africa where it is resulting in the failure of the nets to provide meaningful control, and it is my opinion that this will increase.”
When Disappointment Is The Best Thing For Us
Now even as I say that, it's important to note that disappointment is a perfectly valid emotion, and so we need not tamp it down the moment it surfaces, or rebuke it in the name of Jesus. But it's equally important that we not get mired in our feelings of frustration because they are not so much a punishment as they are a signpost. The failure to find fulfillment in life’s pursuits is what turns our hearts to God over and over again, to the Living Water which alone can fill us to overflowing, like the woman at the well. So when we feel disappointed, it does not make sense for us to endlessly brood on what has gone wrong, any more than it makes sense for us to sit and pout for hours when our stomachs begin to growl. No, the proper response is to go and find something, or Someone, that can fill us up properly.
A Better Way to Talk About Adoption
However, there is something missing in our narrative of adoption and faith. As a church and a community welcoming children with broken pasts, we need to be aware of how we frame adoption in spiritual terms and how that can hurt children who are adopted, who grow up and continue to be the recipients of our misguided remarks, no matter how well-intentioned.
What We Can Learn from President George H.W. and Barbara Bush’s Marriage | Jim Daly
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“ Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God” (1 Chron. 22:19). All sin is idolatry because every sin is an exercise in trust of something or someone other than the one true God to satisfy, fulfill, or bless. It is not difficult to see how violations of commandments two through ten are automatic violations of commandment one. This truth reveals that the hottest “worship war” going is the one taking place daily in the sanctuary of our own hearts. But we must wage this war because none of us is a bystander to idol worship.
We arrived at Hudaibiya with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and we were fourteen hundred in number. There were fifty goats for them which could not be watered (by the small quantity of water in the local well). So, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) sat on the brink of the well. Either he prayed or spat into the well The water welled up. We drank and watered (the beasts as well). Then the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) called us to take the vow of allegiance, as he was sitting at the base of a tree. I was the first man to take the vow. Then other people took the vow. When half the number of people had done so, he said to me: You take the vow, Salama. I said: I was one of those who took the vow in the first instance. He said: (You may do) again. Then the Messenger. of Allah (ﷺ) saw that I was without weapons. He gave me a big or a small shield. Then he continued to administer vows to the people until it was the last batch of them. He said (to me): Won't you swear allegiance, Salama? I said: Messenger of Allah, I took the oath with the first batch of the people and then again when you were in the middle of the people.
When Our Spiritual Leaders Fall
That's is great council for Paul and his fellow congregation I would also add to help you and your church is love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace should be shown to the former pastor. Remember that although it maybe hard at the moment don't let the sin of bitterness set in. Pray for him, pray for the church, and forgive him from your hearts. We are sinful human beings but when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior we also were forgiven of all sin we have or ever will commit. Forgive as I have forgiven you, and love as I have loved you. -Jesus. True healing begins with forgiveness so ask God to help you and your fellow church members to rid you of it before it hurts you all even more. I don't know what happened but I would like to share a testimony from our church. A sinful moral act was done in our church by one of our pastors and they told him it would be best to take time off and be with the Lord for awhile. Well time had passed in not sure how much but our head pastor was teaching us about forgiveness and he brought this man back in front of the whole church and public ally forgave him.
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God Declared 'Owner' of Alabama Town Where City Leaders Say He's in Control
"Whereas, we acknowledge that through prayer, with His guidance and presence, that we will be able to trust that no problem will be too large or too small to overcome," The resolution added. "Whereas, we acknowledge that the city of Winfield is where it is today because of God's grace and mercy. Whereas, we acknowledge that at all times and in all circumstances, His will shall be done. Whereas, we acknowledge that God be the glory."
4 Things Complicating the Life of Every Twentysomething
I thankful for these posts about singleness and 20'somethings and the lessons learned and what good things to guide my life too. As I am both of those. And also because I can relate to something! For a long time relevant was posting about relationships and mainly, when we get on the subject, church will gear things toward those in relationships, dating, engaged, or married. And it makes me feel angry and irrelevant. And the people will say,"well when you do." as if it is a sure fact. I hope so, but that doesn't mean it will. Right now I'm mainly focused on topics the above article talked about. Worrying about the future, having meaningful friendships, learning and growing, independence and wishing I made enough to live on my own without having to keep moving etc and wanting to financially be able to provide 100% for myself. But I'm not there. And Trusting God, listening to Him, giving/accepting forgiveness and grace. The battle of the mind and all of that. I'm pleased that relevant offers a variety to cover all stages an individual might be at. Lately it's been reaffirming, helpful,
Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches) |
Few issues are as fraught with as many issues as evangelism is. Growing up it was popular to think of evangelism as only sharing a certain amount of content with a lost person. The other popular method of evangelism is friendship evangelism in which you befriended a person for awhile in the hopes that the friendship might make their reception of the gospel more favorable. While both of these and other methods have some merit at some point all evangelistic methods break down. Even if a particular method of evangelism works well other Christians may feel guilty or even shamed because they aren’t engaging in that method and or not having as much success in their evangelistic efforts. The truth is that evangelism is to be part and parcel of the Christian life lived not only inside the confines of the local church but also outside of it. This is why I was happy to read Evangelism: How The Whole Church Speaks of Jesus .
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Loving the Lost
It’s interesting that after coming to Christ and growing in knowledge, we often distance ourselves from former friends. We seem to have less time for the hurting and struggling. We’ve found the thing that meets the need in our lives, but keep our distance from those who need the very thing we’ve found. I don’t think this separation is intentional, but it happens, and in the end, our intentions don’t matter.
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Loving Family Leaves Their Home in the Suburbs for a Trailer Park to Help Others
A loving family who lived in what most people would call a 'perfect' home in the suburbs, leaves it all behind to answer God's calling. They sell their house to move into a trailer park and help those who are less fortunate and educated.
Before You Chase Your Dream, Do This
You could start catering occasional events. You could write one song and record a demo. You could write a short story or start a fiction blog. Just like we’re being transformed into God’s image in steps—from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18)—we don’t achieve the dream God’s given us all at once. It takes time. It takes steps. Start with what is in your hand right now. God can use that in mighty ways (Exodus 4:2).
Christian Cake Company's Refusal to Bake Pro-Gay Marriage Cake Compared to Slavery, Holocaust by Colorado Commissioner
A Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner has said that a Christian cake company's decision to invoke religious freedom rights to refuse to bake a pro-gay marriage cake is comparable to slavery and the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
‘Boy who came back from heaven’ recants story, rebukes LifeWay and other buyers/sellers of ‘heaven tourism’
In a welcome development, Alan Malarky, co-author and subject of the book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven – still sold by LifeWay at the time of posting – has courageously written an open letter in which he recants his story, rebukes ‘Lifeway and other sellers, buyers, and marketers of heaven tourism’, and affirms the sufficiency of Scripture. His letter has been published through the Pulpit and Pen website in the article, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” Recants Story, Rebukes Christian Retailers .