Pharrell Williams - Happy (Despicable Me 2 - Lyric Video)
Purchase the "Happy" single on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/HappyiTunes Despicable Me 2 Official Soundtrack - Download on iTunes: http://bit.ly/DM2iTunes Pharr...
The Fine Tuning of the Universe
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/finetuning Be sure to view the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMC...
Double Standards and False Tolerance
http://www.answeringmuslims.com All genuine hate speech should be condemned. When we lower our standards for certain groups, we are not treating them as equals.
How the Muslim Concept of God Fails
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org William Lane Craig was invited by the undergraduate Christian Union at Imperial College, London to g...
Christopher Hitchens makes a shocking confession
These are the last two minutes of Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens's documentary, Collision. Christopher's final comment is stunningly unexpected and ...
Robert Madu | Catalyst West 2014
You can catch Robert Madu at Catalyst Dallas 2015! Join us January 22-23, 2015, for two days of awesome. http://catalystconference.com/dallas/ Click here to ...
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Fun Ways to Pep Up Your Marriage
And I think that really the women can often be the instigators. Now I'm not saying guys are off the hook, but I don't think it's up to the guys to plan the dates all the time. We've done stuff like with other couples. The girls and I got together and we said, okay, we're gonna do a mystery date for our guys. So, the first thing we did is, we went to dinner and then we got a roll of tokens for each of the guys. And we went and we played videogames and did Skee Ball and all of that kind of stuff. And then we went to a fancy pants place for dinner. And we all were in the same car and we all did this together. It took us no time to plan it. It took us very little money, but it was so much fun to be with other couples. And it's fun to be with your spouse with other people around. You get to see a different side of them. That's your encouragement crew.
How to Take a Stand While Turning the Other Cheek
There is a great temptation to take pride in our ideas for their own sake, but whatever true knowledge we have does not come from us, and it is not for our own self-aggrandizement. This is the lesson and caution of the Pharisees, who had the truth, but misused it. Jesus condemned the Pharisees because of this: “They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them” (Matthew 23:4). The Pharisees used ideas to serve themselves, not others. We should resist this temptation.
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The First Book You Need to Read in 2015 | Cold Case Christianity
What if your best reasons to doubt God actually proved He exists? Frank examines claims critics of Christianity (and theism) typically offer to make the case against God’s existence, and shows how these aspects of reality actually require God’s existence in the first place. Frank’s book is brilliantly concise, including six chapters examining C – Causality, R – Reason, I – Information & Intentionality, M – Morality, E – Evil, and S – Science. As always, Frank presents the material in a memorable way, demonstrating how “…in order to construct any valid argument for atheism, the atheist has to steal tools from God’s universe because no such tools exist in the world of atheism.” Frank’s arguments are pointed and supported by many illustrations and examples. He demonstrates how theism forms the foundation for reason, morality and science, and how it best explains the causality, information and evil we see in our universe. These aspects of our existence are typically offered by skeptics as evidence against theism, but as Frank often says in his talks and presentations, “Atheists must sit in God’s lap in order to try to slap Him in the face.
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.
This year, I resolve to ban laptops from my classroom
This is not just vague worrying on my part. There’s now good research on the topic. Take, for instance, a recent study by two psychologists, Pam Mueller at Princeton University and Daniel Oppenheimer at UCLA. Mueller and Oppenheimer asked 67 undergraduates to watch videos of lectures. Half the students were randomly assigned to watch the lectures while taking notes on a laptop, while the other students were asked to watch the lectures while taking notes with paper and pen. Afterward, the students were all given an exam. The students who took notes longhand scored much higher on conceptual questions than did the students who used a laptop.
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.
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.
Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class
Anyone distracted in class doesn’t just lose out on the content of the discussion but creates a sense of permission that opting out is OK, and, worse, a haze of second-hand distraction for their peers. In an environment like this, students need support for the better angels of their nature (or at least the more intellectual angels), and they need defenses against the powerful short-term incentives to put off complex, frustrating tasks. That support and those defenses don’t just happen, and they are not limited to the individual’s choices. They are provided by social structure, and that structure is disproportionately provided by the professor, especially during the first weeks of class.
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My Boring Christian Testimony
Everything important to know in life, I embraced by age 3 or 4. God my Creator, Jesus my Savior, the Spirit my Helper, the Bible my rule. To someone who didn’t come from a Christian home or grow up in the church, this probably sounds lovely. But it took me most of my life to appreciate just how extraordinary was the grace I had received in ordinary circumstances.
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
La iglesia hispanohablante se encuentra en lo que parece ser los inicios de un avivamiento. El Siglo XXI presenta oportunidades sin precedentes, y a la vez trae consigo sus propias dificultades. Tiempos como estos requieren una renovada confianza en el evangelio que de una vez para siempre fue dado a los santos, como está revelado en las Escrituras. A través de tres plenarias, tres paneles de discusión y un servicio de adoración en conjunto, en esta primera conferencia en español de The Gospel Coalition (Coalición por el Evangelio), estaremos animándonos unos a otros a que nuestros iglesias y ministerios tengan siempre en su norte a la persona de Jesús.
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2014 Best and Worst Faith-Based Movies in Hollywood
One day before the New Year, Christian moviegoers can reflect on 2014's plethora of faith-based movies in Hollywood, from Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" to the latest release, Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken."
Taking Aim at the Seven Deadly Sins
Like all sin, the Puritan divine John Owen argues in Overcoming Sin and Temptation, these seven arise from our confused attempts to secure happiness apart from God. Each one of our sins, in other words, is a case of misdirected, disordered love. This perspective was developed by later thinkers like Aquinas and Dante, but it is also a window into the biblical category of idolatry, for idols in Scripture aren’t merely or mainly images of wood and stone, but substitutes for God himself, paramours we pursue with adulterous hearts when we’ve forsaken our divine lover. Seeing our sins as foolish and fatal attempts to find satisfaction apart from God should provoke both sorrow and hope in our hearts. Sorrow, when we realize our sins aren’t mere peccadilloes, but grievous offenses against the lover of our souls. But also hope, when we see that the thirst we sought to quench in broken cisterns is actually a yearning that God alone can satisfy.
Planned Parenthood Aborted 327,653 Babies in 2013, Received Over $528 Million in Federal Tax Dollars
America's largest abortion corporation, Planned Parenthood, recently released its 2013 annual report that shows the organization conducted more abortions than it did the previous year, despite the fact that the abortion industry as a whole is seeing a steady decline in the number of abortions.
Dave Barry's Year in Review 2014
PATRICK FARRELL: This photo of a little boy taken in January on Ile de la Tortue, an island off the northwest coast of Haiti, appeals to me because it tries to capture light and shadow — and the dichotomy of modern Haiti — in a 4-year-old child's face. Emerson Opstaint lost his father at sea after Remy Opstaint sailed from Ile de la Tortue to seek a better life for his family. He was among hundreds who risked deadly sea voyages this year from the island. Gorgeous and desolate, the rustic island's sun-bleached shores are strewn with the skeletons of wooden sailboats. Looking back on 2014, a year that ended with my mother's death, this photo means even more to me. She believed that children were the world's most precious natural resource — and hope for the future. That's what I see in Emerson's face.
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Tech Etiquette: 21 Do’s and Don’ts for 2015
22. Cross a busy road while neither looking left or right for traffic, but keep eyes fixed intently on cell phone. When driver honks horn to warn you of your reckless idiocy, look up with a mixture of bemused surprise and irritation at having been interrupted from texting. (Happened to me yesterday; I was the driver, not the texter).
When I Don't Desire God
It's liberating because it endorses our inborn desire for joy. And it's devastating because it reveals that we don't desire God the way we should. What do you do when you discover the good news that God wants you to be content in him, but then find that you aren't?
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.
Jeremy Lin Reveals How He Plans to Bring Back Joy in God Amid Basketball Struggles
"My entire life has been a collection of miracles and instances where God has taken a 'bad' situation and turned it into a good one. And who knows…maybe God is preparing a miracle out of all this," Lin wrote. "When I focus on who God is and how much He loves me, I am able to live with joy and freedom from life's pressures or the results of basketball games. I hope that as I go through this 'valley' I can encourage you to turn to God and put your hope in Him!!"
Noble rescinds the Ten Commandments for 2015
Man cannot recognize grace with out knowing the law. How can you know you are a sinner if you don’t know what the commandments are. A tribal man does not know what is wrong with eating a human. To him it Is meat and if its a different color than him it could be a monkey for all he knows. But give him knowledge and law and he will recognize sin and open his heart to love the law by his own grace. There is a difference between not killing and not eliminating. To Many people live in a fruit cake world where they don’t know how to recognize what real grace is. Some don’t steal because ita a law some don’t steal because they love love their neighbor and wish to give to him and not take away. Noble is trying to produce a different play from the original author to make it interesting and entertain more people. This is not entertaining for God. Stick to the whole bible not just what interest you. Look at a life of marriage. It a union of law and love. You don’t cheat on you wife because its illegal but because she is your life and don’t want to give it up for no one.
'Christians in North Korea Face Unimaginable Pressure in Every Sphere of Life,' Says Open Doors USA President
The controversy between Sony Pictures and North Korea has brought the dictator-ruled nation back into the spotlight, and in an editorial released Thursday, the CEO of Open Doors USA describes Christians' torturous living conditions in the oppressed nation.
Roman Catholic Theology and Practice
The spheres of nature and grace are thus in irreversible theological continuity, as “nature” in Catholicism incorporates both creation and sin, in contrast to the Reformed distinction between creation, sin, and redemption. This differing understanding of sin’s effect means grace finds in “Roman” nature a receptive attitude (enabling Catholicism’s humanistic optimism), as against a Reformed doctrine whereby entrenched sin leaves us unaware of our reprobate state. This stark anthropological difference underpins even Catholicism’s veneration of Mary. The Roman Catholic epistemological openness, its trust in man’s abilities, and its overall reliance on the possibility of human cooperation all converge in the articulated theology regarding the biblically sober figure of Mary. In this respect, Mariology expresses the quintessential characteristics of the Roman Catholic nature-grace motif.
20 Albums We’re Excited about in 2015
2 014 wasn't a bad year in music. We know this. But it's hard not to look at the embarrassment of riches coming down the river and not feel like Christmas has really only just gotten started. A big part of the fun of listening to music is finding that band you never expected to release an instant classic (this time last year, The War on Drugs didn't even make our most-anticipated albums of 2014. This week, they topped the list of our favorite albums ). But there's also something exciting about promising, exciting talents coming back for another round. Here are the ones we're most pumped about.
Two Orange Dwarf Stars To Reach The Solar System Might Wipe Out Human Race
Report says that the Earth can be affected in three ways. First, the gravity can attract comets into the inner solar system and the passing comets might harshly affect Earth's atmosphere due to the powerful ultraviolet radiation that the comets might cause. Second, a small number of the alleged stars might explode like supernova while passing through the Oort Cloud. Finally, the study says that the effect of the supernova remnants could cause long-term global cooling. The global cooling was also suspected to have wiped out the dinosaurs in the past and it is possible that's such incident might wipe out the human race millions of years from now.
Taylor Swift Surprised a Bunch of Her Fans with Some Impressively Thoughtful Gifts
C onsidering she’s arguably the world’s biggest pop star, Taylor Swift sure doesn’t mind spending time reaching out to fans. Swift recently posted this video of her “Swiftmas” escapades, in which she closely followed some of her fans on social media, and put together Christmas care-package surprises just for them. As you would expect, their reactions are pretty great ...
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
Is Ebola Virus Spreading Among ISIS Militants? Reports Claim Jihadists Seeking Cure at Mosul Hospital
The World Health Organization is investigating reports that ISIS militants have contracted the deadly Ebola virus and are seeking help at a hospital in Mosul in Iraq. The virus, which has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa, is believed to have been brought to the city by jihadists from several different countries.
Apologetics Curriculum - Apologetics Lessons for Youth and Adults
I remember searching high and low for a curriculum that’s easy to teach. Something that focuses on the essentials of the faith—not someone’s economic views or debates about the age of the earth. Something that wouldn’t scare people off with a lot of technical, philosophical terms. I needed something my group could really get. That’s why I finally created this:
Fluffy Puppy Just Wants Some Hugs From Its Owner
This fluffy adorable puppy is ready to snuggle with his owner. After lounging around all day, she decides it is time to hug her best friend.
'A.D.' Brings Jesus to Us on TV This Easter – Listen to This Powerful Rendition From for KING and COUNTRY
The new epic series "A.D." does an incredible job of bringing Jesus into our living rooms. for KING and COUNTRY sing a powerful rendition of "By Our Love" which reminds us that through love that Jesus changed the world.
Federal Student Loan Debt Tops $800 Billion
"Loan forgiveness and loan repayment programs," says the Congressional Research Service, "typically are intended to support one or more of the following goals: Provide a financial incentive to encourage individuals to enter public service. Provide a financial incentive to encourage individuals to enter a particular profession, occupation, or occupational specialty. Provide a financial incentive to encourage individuals to remain employed in a high-need profession or occupation — often in certain locations or at certain facilities. Provide debt relief to borrowers who, after repaying their student loans as a proportion of their income for an extended period of time, have not completely repaid their entire student loan debt."
ISIS Releases Parenting Guide Instructing Mothers to Indoctrinate Babies on Jihad, Radical Extremism
The Islamic State has released a new guide informing mothers within the caliphate how they should properly raise their babies to be fully prepared to fight in the Muslim extremist jihad.
RELEVANT Podcast: The Full Cast
B ring in the New Year with the entire podcast crew as we all come together in our brand new studio for one of the most fun (and chaotic) episodes we’ve ever recorded. While this is unlike typical episodes (you’ll notice the absence of a featured guest), we wanted to start 2015 off in style. So grab your favorite beverage, throw a log on the fire, jump in the car for a long drive and enjoy listening to what happens when all 7 podcasters find themselves under the same roof. Spoiler alert: prepare to laugh. A lot.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Reached Over 9 Million for Christ in 2014
In a review of its 2014 efforts, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reveals that it has shared the Gospel with close to 9.5 million people around the world through its outreaches. More than 1.6 million of those people have made a decision for Christ, reports the BGEA.
A Rare Media Defense of Human Exceptionalism
The media and the academy love anti-human exceptionalists. Why? I believe the unremitting assault on unique human value -- animal rights, nature rights, transhumanism, bioethics -- aims to break the spine of Judeo-Christian moral philosophy (not the faiths principally, but yes, in the end them too). That, in turn, is toward the end of destroying perceived moralism and opening the door to treating the most weak and vulnerable among us as objects.
Michael Keaton Stars in Movie About Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal; Reveals Catholic School Helped Shape Him as a Person
Actor Michael Keaton has said in an interview that his upcoming movie " Spotlight ," about the Catholic sex abuse scandal in Massachusetts, threatened to make him "angry and depressed" due to the dark subject matter. Keaton also revealed that he grew up going to Roman Catholic school, and said that it had a positive impact on his life and helped shape him as a person.
A Story About Faith - How to Illustrate Biblical Faith - Apologetics Guy
Great article Mikel! Over the past 6 months I’ve thought about why I believe what I do and where my faith in Jesus comes from. Sometimes, honestly speaking, I have even doubted. The thing though that consistently comes back to me is all the things Christ has done for me. From saving my marriage from inevitable divorce to healing our then 9 month old daughter from an unknown illness (at one time thought to be liver cancer) to everything else in-between. It’s not the blind leap that has built my faith but the answers I have received along the way when I truly sought the face of God. It’s knowing Him, the relationship with Him, the evidence of Him, that has built my faith. This is why I believe what I believe.
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Being the Third Wheel is Underrated
Whether you realize it or not, your friends are paying attention and want what’s best for you. They’re not just going to root for you when you’re making important choices, but they’re going to keep you accountable when you try to compromise or make some bad shortcuts. The best way to keep yourself from settling with a mundane job or a lackluster relationship is to surround yourself with people who will lovingly smack some sense into you—and sometimes couples make a good team to point out potential red flags.
Doug Groothuis: How Jazz Can Shape Apologetics - DEFEND Mag
What, then, could this emphasis on mastering material and improvising (in both senses above) have to do with apologetics? Just as jazz musicians, apologists need to “know their charts” by having spent much “time in the woodshed.” That is, they need to master the standard apologetic arguments on the nature of truth and faith, the arguments for God’s existence (natural theology), the reliability of the Bible, the deity and resurrection of Christ, the case against rival worldviews (atheism, pantheism, polytheism, Buddhism, Islam) and much more. However, knowing the arguments (the charts) is not the same as offering the arguments in various interpersonal settings. These include one-on-one, in a small group, in a larger group, in a lecture, in a sermon, on line, in a postal card, and more. This demands inventiveness, being prepared “in the moment” to size up the scene, seize the moment, and jam accordingly. Apologetic witness should never be stilted or clichéd, just as jazz is never hidebound to one way of playing a tune. As Phillip Brooks said of preaching long ago, apologetics is “truth through personality.
Taylor Swift Gives Back to Her Fans In The Sweetest Way
Something that became know as #TayLurking, where she studies every fan's like, job, and location, was used intentionally to give back to her fans. By using this hashtag, she was able to get all the information she needed to take the next step in her process. She sent out a single Santa emoji to their social media accounts. Then she went out to get gifts that each one of her fans would LOVE. In this video, you get to see Taylor Swift wrap each present individually and send it out so her fans. On Christmas day these fans looked under their tree and saw a package that stood out from the others. It was from their favorite artist!
Fake peer review fells two more papers - Retraction Watch
The publisher has requested that the article “Rebamipide plus proton pump inhibitor versus proton pump inhibitor alone in treatment of endoscopic submucosal dissection-induced gastric ulcer: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” 1 be retracted. A review, based on which the editorial decision had been made, was found to be falsified. Using a fictitious account, a review was submitted under the name of a known scientist without their knowledge. Consequently, the Editor supervising the review process was misled into accepting the paper based upon a review he assumed was performed by a well-known expert in the field. This represents a violation of the peer-review process and publishing ethics standards.
Homeless Man Gets the Ultimate Makeover Surprise – This Will Touch Your Heart!
This man, Thomas, has gone viral after his video of giving back to the homeless people in his community. He was given money to buy something for himself and went out and bought stuff for others. Now he is getting another surprise … wait until you see what it is!