Christianity and the Age of the World
William Lane Craig answers a question on the age of the world from a Christian point of view. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http:/...
God's Not Dead - Vince Vitale
Is God dead? Not in academia. As someone who teaches philosophy at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, Vince Vitale is well placed to know what the top scho...
William Lane Craig Q&A: What Does the Apostle Paul Say About Homosexuality in the New Testament?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org During his 2013 Australia Speaking Tour, Dr William Lane Craig spoke at Saint Barnabas Anglican Chur...
Trip Lee | Engaging in Culture | Part 1
Trip Lee shares from the Catalyst NEXT stage what Jesus says about following Christ while engaging in culture. http://www.catalystconference.com
The Briefing 01-15-15
1) Muslim call to prayer at Duke reveals vacuum of secularism must always give way
The Word is Out – Premier Radio
3. To enter the Competition an Entrant must TXT the word PREMIER to 66 777 (the “TXT Line”) during the opening times. Txts will be charged at the standard network rate. Entrants must also give their First Name and Post Code to be eligible for entry. The registration periods for the competition will be given out on air.
"The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" Recants Story, Rebukes Christian Retailers
“In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex–and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. ‘I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus,’ a friend told the stricken dad. But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly music that sounded just ‘terrible’ to a six-year-old. And, most amazing of all . . . Of meeting and talking to Jesus. ‘The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven’ is the true story of an ordinary boy’s most extraordinary journey. As you see heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.”
An Inspiring Song That is Perfect for The New Year
When you hear the lyrics to this new song that had just been written and performed, it will become your New Year's resolution. It's songs like this that inspire and encourage us for a fresh new start and outlook on another chapter in our lives. The first step to a year full of happiness is trusting in God.
A Voice that Unites
Olylowo’s depiction of Martin Luther King brings a real sense of human struggle and empathy to a movie where the violence and the contention can be powerfully felt by the audience. Dr. King’s primary struggle is over the ethics of continuing to fight when it physically harms the innocent and puts his family in constant and grave danger. For strength, he many times turns to his faith, often making his decisions after prayer. In fact, King’s faith is woven throughout the movie, with many scenes taking place in church and showing him speaking from behind the pulpit. When discussing his beliefs about humanity and equality, he shows that they have foundations in Scripture, and a handful of times verses are quoted for encouragement. Additionally, King makes a call to the clergy to personally stand up against violence, and many religious leaders come to march along with the protesters of Selma.
The Museum of Idolatry: Are you ready for the Word?
Did you know that Galatians 5:1 means Christ has set us free to "move it, move it"? Here are some of the lyrics to the above song:
Religious liberty, political engagement, and the future
The Moral Majority is no more, and it has left many students wondering whether we should just “duck back down the alley” and leave the politics to the pagans. I think that would be a mistake, and a serious one at that. Students would be well served by developing a theology of politics, and in particular how your future ministry will be shaped by how or if you engage, politically, with the society around you. Christians are not called to pull back into our enclaves. Furthermore, apathy about political engagement is not a Christian virtue — quite the opposite. God is intimately concerned with not only the church’s life and doctrine, but also how his sword is wielded for the good of a society (Romans 13.1-4). Government wields that sword. In other words, God cares not only for his people who have covenanted with him in Christ but also for those who care very little for him yet carry the sword of justice he has provided. This includes how government cares for the least of these, the poor, those who’ve fallen on hard times, and religious liberty.
Are Christian Films Coming of Age?
We've often talked on this site about the problems with modern Christian movies. It's a conversation that's been going on within Christianity for some time, and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Here , for instance, is a column by Terry Mattingly on the subject that ran over the weekend. The other day, though, I saw a movie trailer at the theater that made me wonder if Christian movies have finally started to get a handle on what should be setting them apart: not terrible production values or pie-in-the-sky fluff, but rather, real engagement with the problems of the world.
All the other trailers I'd seen that afternoon were for glitzy sci-fi or fantasy epics. This one appeared to deal with issues like crime, illness, and despair. It was also the most racially integrated trailer I saw that day. As you know, I’ve got nothing against sci-fi, and even believe that it can do a great job of showcasing important themes and ideas. But the realism of the smaller film suddenly struck me as a possible corrective to an entertainment industry that may have gone too far in the direction of all-fantasy all-the-time.
White House: Obama Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles
President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nation’s journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation’s defense forces, the White House’s press secretary said Jan. 12.
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.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Love the Church More Than Its Health
This is how we should love one another within a church, because this is how Christ has loved us. We don’t just embrace one another; we rest the weight of our identities upon one another. We share one another’s glories and sorrows. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Cor. 12:26). We consider one another better than ourselves, in the same manner that Christ has done with us (Phil. 2:1–11). Indeed, we have taken on the same family name, so we are now brothers and sisters (Matt. 12:50; Eph. 2:19; etc.). If you insult my brother, you insult me. If you defraud my sister, you defraud me. Nothing is business in the church. It’s all personal, because the gospel is personal. He died for you , Christian. He died for me . So that we might represent and look like him . (Yes, he remains the final focus of our love for one another, just as his love for us was given so that we might love the Father—the final focus of his love.) If all Christians should love like this, we who are pastors and elders most certainly should.
When will the safety of innocent civilians - of all faiths and none - be put before the human rights of maniacs? - Telegraph
Each and every one of us who are trying to build the We Society – those
Muslims who just want to make a good life for their families and now have to
put up with scared, sideways glances, the parents of Jewish toddlers who
must pass an armed guard on their way into kindergarten, all the defiant and
blasphemous makers of abominable snowmen – we simply have to screw our
courage to the sticking-place and insist that there is a British way of
life. We will resist those who take liberties with our liberty, and we will
take the mickey out of the enemies of fun and play. Understand that and tout
est pardonné. All is forgiven.
How One Of Gospel's Essential Songs Gave 'Selma' Its Soul
But Martin Luther King, Jr. could hardly claim "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" only for himself. It is the composition that changed gospel music, setting the terms for the miracles of personal transformation within performance that define the Golden Age of Gospel that Jackson, Clara Ward, Dorothy Love Coates and so many other profound artists inhabited. Written at a time when singers in storefront churches and on city streets were pouring urgency into gospel music, but when the songs that formed the genre's canon still avoided the gut that the blues had accessed, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," showed how music floating toward heaven could also be frank about the pain and pleasure of physical life. And the story of how the song was written, it turns out, is one that would make for a perfect Ava DuVernay vehicle.
World Mourns French Victims but Ignores Horrific Boko Haram Massacre of Nigerians, Catholic Archbishop Accuses
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jos has accused the western world of focusing on mourning last week's terror attack in France, while ignoring the ongoing massacre of Nigerians, including many Christians, at the hands of terror group Boko Haram. As many as 2,000 people are believed to have been killed and several churches were burned in one of the deadliest attacks last week in Baga.
Like the content you see at pastors.com? Why not receive it weekly in your inbox, plus bonus material too. It's free!
Music Inclines the Heart to Encounter God
When we go on the road and offer our music as a gift to others, we get to see their faces and reactions. The music stirs affections—affections that are often below the surface and left untapped. Music inclines people’s hearts to encounter themselves and God in fresh and startling ways that they might not have known possible. I think this is why the psalmist repeatedly beckons us to sing and make music to the Lord and why Paul tells the Ephesians to make music to the Lord with their hearts, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19).
How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage
Conversation about gay marriage is no longer seen as an automatic compromise on Biblical authority. Other big-time evangelical pastors like Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Atlanta and Bill Hybels of Willow Creek do not go as far as Meeks, but they are talking with congregants and other evangelical leaders about how to navigate the changes they are seeing in their pews. Hybels has been meeting privately for the past year with LGBTQ congregants to learn to better understand their stories. At the Southern Baptist Convention’s three-day, October bootcamp to train more than 1,300 evangelicals to double down against gay marriage, Stanley met together with both LGBT evangelical advocates and SBC leaders for a closed-door conversation about whether their different views on gay marriage put them outside the faith. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, has developed a friendship with LGBT activist Ted Trimpa and the Gill Foundation, and they are working together on topics like passing anti-human-trafficking legislation.
Yemeni terror suspects held at Gitmo released to live in nearby Oman
The Defense Department stresses that most detainees released under this administration "live quietly" in locations around the world. Asked about the latest transfers to Oman, a Defense spokesman said such a decision is only made after "detailed, specific conversations with the receiving country about the potential threat a detainee may pose after transfer and the measures the receiving country will take in order to sufficiently mitigate that threat.
The Fundamental Equation of Chemistry Is Itself Fine-Tuned
We should not only wonder why Planck's constant, which appears in the Schroedinger equation, has such a lucky value, but why are the motions of all particles governed by this partial differential equation? One of the most surprising things about our universe is the beautiful way in which mathematical equations can be used to elegantly model physical processes. In the case of macroscopic processes, such as diffusion or fluid flow, we can derive the equations from more basic processes, so that in these cases we feel we "understand" why the mathematics fits the physics.
Muslim Call to Prayer to be Chanted Every Friday at Duke University - Breitbart
In a new initiative to promote religious pluralism, Duke University will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every Friday on campus. The call to prayer—also known as “adhan”—will be chanted by the Duke Muslim Student Association.
4 Ways the Modern Church Looks Nothing Like the Early Church
2- There is plenty in scripture that speaks to the giving of money for the concept of salaries and buildings. In fact, it is so plastered throughout scripture I don't even remotely understand what this author means when he says. "it never mentions giving money toward a building" has he missed the numerous passages that gave detail about how the temple should be built and decorated with gold and fine wood, and craftsmanship? When the poor widow gives all that she has, what do you suppose that money would go towards? Would it simply be given back to her? The Bible talks on countless occasions about providing for the priests, caring for the apostles, etc. When Ananias and Sapphira pretend to give all their money, what do you suppose that money went towards? There is plenty in church history that shows us money was used to support the buildings of worship, and the ministries of the teachers. this is a big topic.. but easily proven. Obviously one of the tasks of the money was to provide for the needy, of that there is no argument.
Summit Ministries presents...
"Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon you and give you light." Ephesians 5:14
Morning Roundup 1/15/15
You wake up ten minutes later than you had hoped and anxiety already starts to creep in: what if I’m late? What about traffic? What’s the weather like? You pass by the mirror and worry that your face has more wrinkles than it used to. You rush downstairs and because you are in a hurry you let the kids eat whatever they want, so then you start to worry if sugar really does cause cancer. As you get the kids ready you realize one of your boys didn’t do his homework-again. You worry if he’s ever going to get his head screwed on straight, and as you drop the kids off you worry that they may fall in with the wrong crowd or fall off the monkey bars.
Sunday Morning Segregation: Most Worshipers Feel Their Church Has Enough Diversity
The phone survey of 2,000 Americans was conducted September 19 to October 5, 2014. The calling utilized random digit dialing. Sixty percent of completes were among landlines and 40 percent among cell phones. Maximum quotas and slight weights were used for gender, region, age, ethnicity, and education to more accurately reflect the population. Responders were screened to only include Christians who attend a religious service on religious holidays or more often. The completed sample is 994 surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 3.5 percent
Surprising Answers for 15 Questions About Your Dog
Possibly, but dogs are great actors. A study asked dog owners to place a treat in front of their dogs, tell them not to eat it, and then walk away. In some trials, the dogs were scolded regardless of whether they had eaten the treat or not; in other trials, they were not scolded at all. The results showed that the dogs always looked guilty when scolded, but dogs that weren’t reprimanded for bad behavior made no face at all. The expression seemed to be a way to appease their owners. So when your pet flashes you those big puppy eyes, they may just be faking it to get out of trouble.
7 Bible Verses About Conflict and How To Deal With It
The truth is, we are going to have conflict whether we like it or not. It is a part of life that we can't control in full. The key to dealing with conflict is to follow God's word and respond obediently. It may be easier said than done, but we must not lose the faith. If conflict is ignored there is a strong chance that it will continue. There are so many different ways conflict can be cause in your life and the world. It can be stirred up by a hot tempered heart, a greedy heart, hated heart, or even angry heart.
10 Valuable Lessons Babies Teach Us About Life (VIDEO)
In life we look to the elderly for life advice. But, that may not always be your best option. Sure they have a ton of wisdom and good advice, but there are other places we can find wisdom as well. A baby has a ton of wisdom as well.
Copyright © 2014 Apologetics.com. All Rights Reserved.
Apologetics.com is organized under IRS 501c(3). All donations are tax deductible.
9 Things You Should Know About Boko Haram
While the world’s attention has been focused on terrorist attacks by radical Islamist groups in Europe, Iraq, and Syria, another series of attacks in Africa has largely gone unnoticed. Here are nine things you should know about Boko Haram, the militant group waging a campaign of terror while attempting to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria.
The New Yorker on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Atlanta Mayor Branded 'Antichrist,' 'Muslim' for Firing Christian Fire Chief; 'I Have Crazy People Calling My House,' Says Mayor Reed
"If you read the emails, the comments are way out of bounds. They've gone way beyond a normal conversation," he explained. "Now I ran for office and I got elected to this job. I certainly take my share of criticism and heat, but I've got a wife and daughter at home. I have crazy people calling my house, hanging up the phone, calling me the Antichrist, saying I'm some form of Muslim. And while I respect Muslims and other faiths, I'm not [a Muslim] and these people are just taking it a bit too far."
How to Pep Up Your Marriage | Jim Daly
Did you get married to work a job, to do laundry, or to pay bills? Most people don’t. Yet, many marriages wind up in exactly that kind of “ho-hum” condition. At some point after the euphoria of the wedding ceremony, life settles into a daily grind of routine activity. Careers are chased, children are born, a larger home is purchased with two new cars in the garage.
The Things of Earth Will Grow Strangely Bright
Very few books address with equal seriousness the biblical teaching that, on the one hand, “God richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17), so “nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4), and, on the other hand, “There is nothing on earth that I desire besides you, [O God]” (Psalms 73:25), and “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians. 3:8).
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
Family Christian Entertainment 'To Be the Disney' of Faith-Based Films As '90 Minutes In Heaven' Enters Production
"Movies try to be all things to all people and so one of the things we want to so it be authentic," he said. "This movie is designed to say, "How would an evangelical look at this?' If we hit that target, we believe it will spread out because they're evangelical and use word of mouth. It will be Christians going to church, Christians who are growing in their faith, but it will also appeal to a broader market. [However,] if nobody shows up but Christians, then that's fine with us."
Ricky Dillard Reveals Status of Medical Condition
"It's unmerited, undeserved, unearned and unsettling at times, but it is because of grace, that I am here. It isn't because I'm the greatest singer or the most talented musician," Dillard told The Christian Post earlier this year. "I am a man that looks to be a successful ambassador for the kingdom of God. I believe because my agenda has always been to lift Him and help others...He allows me to still be able to work at this level...and I am thankful."
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.
Renown Youth Conference
To be a Christian is to be a disciple. Jesus said that anyone who would be a disciple of Christ must “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Nobody, however, does this perfectly. All Christians face struggles and obstacles in their walk with Christ. And yet, the New Testament calls disciples of Jesus to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
It was my privilege to attend the superbly organized Canadian RZIM Summer School at Trinity Western University this July. The conference brought together a team of gifted and diverse presenters and enthusiastic attendees who spanned a wide age range, dominated by students and recent graduates. God took this mix of people and spoke to them through His Word, worship, prayer and fellowship on how we might better understand our times and our calling. The topics were extremely relevant. I particularly appreciated the personal stories of how God worked in the lives of the presenters. Despite the dense and rich content, there was time for reflection, prayer, and opportunity for developing friendships. Overall, this was one of the most significant and cohesive conferences that I have ever been to.
Report Slams Common Core for Not Understanding How Kindergartners Learn
There were no early childhood experts on the committees that wrote the standards. In 2010, after the Common Core was published, over 500 early childhood experts and professionals signed a statement saying that the standards "conflict with compelling new research in cognitive science, neuroscience, child development, and early childhood education about how young children learn, what they need to learn, and how best to teach them in kindergarten and the early grades."
A Better Way to Talk About Adoption
While I think you bring up interesting and valid points, the solution is not to talk about the gospel less, but about sin more. Christians are all headed in the same direction - Christlikeness - which is all about thinking and acting more like Jesus. Christians do what Christ does. Christ adopted them, so they adopt. They do this imperfectly (just as they do everything imperfectly). The solution isn't to marginalize the gospel, but to start being honest and real about our sin and how we so imperfectly reflect the gospel...and how the gospel continues to cleanse us and make us more like Christ everyday.
Is there a Christian revival starting in France?
The massive rallies in France, underwritten by the Catholic Church, against the recent same-sex marriage bill stunned the world: Isn't France the poster child for sexually-easygoing secularism? Perhaps more than a million people took to the streets, and disproportionately young ones, too. (Compare Britain's "whatever" response to its own same-sex marriage act, passed around the same time.) But they forgot that a century of militant secularism didn't kill the Old Faith — it merely drove it underground. And perhaps by privatizing faith, the secularists unwittingly strengthened it; after all, the catacombs have always been good to Christianity. Many commentators on both sides have described the protests as a kind of "conservative May 68," after the generation-defining student protests that would go on to seize the levers of power. Infamously, an unwritten rule of French politics for the past 50 years has been that mass protests will kill a government bill even if it has a majority in Parliament and in the polls. Many fret (and some relish) that the government making an exception just for social conservatives only radicalized them further.
A People of Love
To be reconciled means that, while we were enemies of God and divorced from him, he pursued us to win our hearts. It is unlike any other relationship we have, because we usually have to do something to earn love. As the truth of God’s great affection for us reaches deeply into our lives, we become a people of love and relationship. We extend more forgiveness, mercy, and grace as we become aware of God’s gifts to us. Who can you not forgive when you realize how much God has forgiven you?
When Prayer Comes Out of the Closet
Prayer begins in secret, but God doesn’t mean for it to stay in the closet. Prayer is for all of life, and especially for our life together in community. When we follow the lead of the Scriptures, we not only practice prayer in private, but take its spirit of dependence and trust into the rest of the day, and into times of prayer together with fellow believers.
On Being an Ordinary Christian
But then there are the people who agree with my diagnosis. Or who even somehow communicate that they had already come to that conclusion. I have counseled people in my church who really wanted one of the other guys, but had to settle for me. I have been invited to speak at conferences or churches where I have learned—or just been told—that I am plan b or plan c. We really wanted those other guys, but they were all too busy doing other important stuff, so we’re settling for you. And the public has said it as well. I’ve written books, and the books have sold, but not in noteworthy quantities. It’s not that I expected a book on spiritual discernment or a book on Christians and technology to go shooting onto the New York Times list of bestsellers, but, you know, like every other author, I couldn’t help but dream a little.
Border Crossing: A Humbled, Tumbled New Year’s Nativity
Although our family’s bedraggled nativity set would be safer upstairs in its box, that lofty home would conflict with the story. In the bustle and scuffle of family life, it reminds us that in the traffic of a servant’s life on someone else's turf, our figurative mangers may get toppled, too. We can forego power, comfort, and dignity for the sake of others and move meekly toward the stranger and outsider, just as Jesus did.
Is Plastic Surgery a Sin? Brazilian Model on Near Death Experience After Botched Thigh Injections: 'I Knew I Wasn't Worthy to Enter Heaven'
"I'd give everything to turn back time and do things differently … I'm ashamed of the holes in my legs, the scars that will be there for the rest of my life. But they are also a trophy that I got through this alive … All this I'm going through is punishment for my stupid vanity," she said. "Now, thanks to God, I'm able to tell other women that vanity isn't everything. If all this serves as an example to warn others of the dangers of these things, to save other women from a premature death, then that was the reason I had to go through it."
Archbishop: poor being "left behind" – Premier Premier
The Archbishop of York says the poor are being "left behind" and whole cities in the UK are being "cast aside".