William Lane Craig Q&A: What Is Hell? Is Hell Compatible with a Loving God?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org What is hell? Is hell compatible with an all-loving God? This is a question that Dr William Lane Cra...
Let's Stop Singing These 10 Worship Songs - OnFaith
Some of the most popular songs churches use each Sunday aren’t worth singing.
CAIR Reacts to Megyn Kelly's Epic Smackdown!
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Recently, Megyn Kelly and Brooke Goldstein thoroughly exposed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on "The Kelly ...
A Muslim Comes to Faith
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Frank Turek Explains How Bill Maher Steals From God
Bill Maher call God a tyrant for what Bill considers to be evil and unacceptable behavior. But where does Bill get his ideas of evil from? Frank shows how Bi...
The Cost of Conversion
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So You’ve Failed Your New Year’s Resolution
One of the reasons we fall so hard when we fall back into our old selves is because of how we view our new selves. While our testimonies give glory to God for all of the changes in our lives, we tend to secretly give ourselves that glory. We show off our AA chips and say, "Look at what I've done. I'm 5 years sober." Then we beat ourselves up at the first sign of relapse.
At BioLogos, Stephen Meyer Clarifies the Disagreement Separating Intelligent Design from Theistic Evolution
I have especially appreciated how the reviews in this recent series have unexpectedly clarified the nature of disagreement between proponents of the theory of intelligent design (ID) and the proponents of theistic evolution (or evolutionary creation) associated with BioLogos. I -- and many others -- have long assumed that the debate between our two groups was mainly a scientific debate about the adequacy of contemporary evolutionary theory. Surprisingly, the reviews collectively have shown that the main disagreement between ID proponents and BioLogos is not scientific, but rather philosophical and methodological.
Stand to Reason Blog
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Briefing 01-20-15
1) President’s State of the Union valuable learning opportunity for families
Have We Lost the Message of the New Testament?
Maybe you’ve got a friend or a co-worker who tends to be pretty skeptical of the Bible right from the get-go. For many like them, the issues surrounding the Bible can make it tough to read it for themselves and give it a fair hearing. For example, people who saw Bart Ehrman on the Cobert Report or read his books might come away doubting that the text of the New Testament is still intact after all these years.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Article: Do Atheists Lack Belief in God? by Greg Koukl
"Some atheists think they escape the burden of proof by claiming they lack belief rather than have a belief there is no God. Yes, there is a difference between non-belief and unbelief, but there is no refuge here for the atheist."
Exclusive: Potential Alibi Witness for Convicted Murderer in ‘Serial’ Breaks Silence With New Affidavit
The former classmate of Adnan Syed’s who could hold the key to unraveling his conviction in the murder of Hae Min Lee has written a new affidavit reasserting that she was with Syed at the exact time the state argued that he killed his ex-girlfriend in 1999, and alleging that the original prosecutor in the case essentially convinced her not to participate in the appeals process.
Barbie Has Some Royal Competition In Nigeria
The Queens of Africa dolls are based on Nigeria's three largest groups — Nneka is Igbo, Wuraola is Yuruba, and Azeezah is Hausa — and each has traits that are meant to empower the girls who play with them. On the company's website , there's even a photo of the three dolls holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign. (Okoya has also created books that pair with each of the dolls, so those traits are doubly reinforced.)
In the Market with Janet Parshall | Moody Radio
Moody Radio produces and delivers compelling programming filled with solid biblical insight and creative expressions of faith that helps you take the next step in your relationship with Christ. We desire to be the place where you turn—for truth, direction and hope. Through the power of the Word, you will hear and experience more of the life God intends for you in every moment, in every situation.
Episode 1: Is There a God?
Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?
Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know (Part 1 of 2)
Linda Smith, president of Shared Hope International, discusses the trafficking of minors in the United States, how listeners can fight it and how parents can protect their children. Joining the conversation is a young woman named "Lacy" who shares her story as a former child trafficking victim and how she escaped the industry with the help of Shared Hope International. (Part 1 of 2)
Five Benefits of Faithful Preaching
In the church, preaching is that holy half hour each week when the assembly of the redeemed closes her collective mouth, opens her ear and heart, and listens to the uninterrupted voice of her Husband, through his appointed mouthpiece, fallible though the messenger be. This weekend, see if you can rise above your familiarity with your regular preacher, and be ready to expect some amazing things when Christ’s herald steps to the pulpit and is faithful to his word, laying out the kindling for the fire of his Spirit.
The Art of War
Jesus loved the Word of God with his heart (being satisfied by it), his mind (understanding it), and his will (obeying it). If that was true of Jesus, I really want it to be true of me.
Michael Brown - "I Am Charlie" Vs. "I Am a Jew"
As opposed to the massive, worldwide show of solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo journalists who were murdered by Islamic terrorists in Paris this month, there was no such show of solidarity when four religious Jews were slaughtered by Islamic terrorists as they prayed in their synagogue in Jerusalem last November. Why?
It is true that there was the occasional “I am a Jew” sign during the Paris demonstrations against the attacks (this was in memory of the Jews killed in the kosher deli in Paris). But such signs were like a needle in a haystack, while worldwide, “I am Charlie” was everywhere and “I am a Jew” virtually nowhere.
This is not to downplay for a moment the absolutely horrific nature of the Charlie Hebdo slaughter or to minimize the trauma it brought to France. These were professional journalists and staff, and to gun down 12 of them in broad daylight in the heart of Paris was shocking beyond words.
It is good that millions have rallied against this and it is good that much of the world is finally waking up to the threat of radical Islam.
And it is good that, despite the controversial nature of Charlie Hebdo cartoons – they were certainly even more offensive when attacking Christianity than when attacking Islam – the average person on the street is now saying, “When you attacked them, you attacked me.
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7 Bible Verses That Are Perfectly Used When Praying for Your Children
When our children are first born and come home to use, they depend on us to do everything for them. We consistently pray for their well being, as well as their will to succeed. As they grow old, we must keep them in our prayers and release them to the Lord.
The Southeast Asia Reformed Network Has Only Just Begun
The Southeast Asia Reformed Network is just beginning. A major goal of the conference wasn’t just to equip and refresh the saints who labor in the harvest field, but to connect them with one another. On the last day we broke into country or regional groups to discuss how to promote more gospel-centered teaching and a biblical worldview in our workplaces and languages. We brainstormed ideas for training seminars, publishing, prayer groups, and more. We exchanged e-mail addresses and noted the names of those desiring to help in various capacities.
New trick found for how cells stay organized
Organization is key to an efficient workplace, and cells are no exception to this rule. New evidence from Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that, in addition to membranes, cells have another way to keep their contents and activities separate: with ribbons of spinning proteins. A summary of their findings appears in the journal eLife .
If God Is in Control, Why Does Bad Stuff Keep Happening?
We live in a world where you can’t simply look at the evidence and say, “There you are, there is a good God, everything’s OK.” That’s why the good news of Jesus is that in the middle of this confusing world, with so much beauty but also so much sorrow, what God has done in Jesus launches a project, which says “Yes, the sorrow is real, but God has dealt with it and is dealing with it. The beauty and power of creation are real. God is going to do the new thing, for which those are signposts.”
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Selma and the Sufferings of Christ
I went to go see the movie Selma with my wife yesterday and, as I predicted, I was wrecked. I do not cry often, nor especially in films, but along with the stories of the martyrs, the history of the struggle against slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation move on my heart. I wept as I have not wept in years. The kind of tears that wrench your gut and stick in your throat for hours. As I went home that evening, just thinking of the various injustices and degradations depicted threaten to bring on another torrent. I was exhausted with the grief and, yes, the heaviness of hope.
Fellowship of the Ring
I go to a church that encourages Bible study, and our meetings on Sunday are teaching meetings. We have a small worship band and we sing a few songs, but the basis is on teaching the Bible. Interestingly, we've never had a problem with men in our church, including HS and college-age men---we've always had plenty. People of both sexes are starving for the truths of the Gospel. If you have to drum up artificial techniques or PT stunts to get people in the door, there's something wrong. Our church has more than 5,000 members and we have never employed a marketing or public relations team. If we ever have to, the message will have been watered down and it will be time to leave.
Why Do Black Lives Matter?
“Black lives matter.” “All lives matter.” These slogans may forever summarize the deep tensions in American life in 2014. Catalyzed by the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and two New York Police officers who were murdered while sitting in a police car, Americans are in the midst of a crisis of human dignity. Are we still able to articulate why anyone’s life matters? We can loudly protest that “Black lives matter” but it will mean nothing in the long run if we cannot explain why black lives matter.
Man Gives His Evidence for an Unprovable God
Most of us are intimated by faith. We dismiss belief that something is greater than us. But, when you look at the beauty of life, there is a fingerprint of design all around us. Religion is not the way of life. It's not about right or wrong, or following a list of rules. It is the identity of Jesus, that gives rest to the soul. We often turn to God in desperate times, but the truth is, God has never left us. If you seek Him you will find Him.
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Ask Pastor John
Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
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.
Obama to Visit Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini's Hometown; Wife Naghmeh Pleads With President to Meet With Her
President Barack Obama is set to visit Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday, the hometown of pastor Saeed Abedini, who's serving eight years in prison in Iran for his faith. Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, has pleaded with Obama to meet with her so that she can ask him for her husband's release.
At the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, we strive to educate and inspire Christians to live out their faith in all areas of life. Your life is not separated into sacred and secular. Instead you can, and should, live out your faith in everything—schoolwork, extracurricular activities, jobs, and even social events.
Newborn Was Miraculously Saved by One Family's Hope in Christ
Doctors informed one family that there was no hope for their baby. But, even with a slim chance and a bad heart condition, this strong family did not give up. Through the power of prayer and divine intervention something miraculous happened.
Christians Celebrate Supreme Court Approval of Religious Prison Beards
The court sided 9-0 with Arkansas prisoner Gregory Holt (also called Abdul Maalik Muhammad), who claimed a right to maintain a half-inch beard as a part of his religious practice as a Muslim. The justices did not find evidence that a beard that short would pose a substantial security threat, as the state's Department of Corrections argued. Its lack of accommodations was ruled a violation of inmates’ religious freedom.
Harmony on Earth
To summarize, even if the problem of segregation is purely economic, the solution of integration has offered unclear results at best. But what if the problem is not merely economic? What if, in line with Ethel Lawrence, we began not by simply valuing integration for the economic equality it is believed to produce, but because it is a more faithful conceptualization of God’s Kingdom? What if we recognized that as image bearers of a loving, creative, and relational God—that knowing more of others would actually allow us to know more of God? What if exposure to different people (backgrounds, experiences, cultures and so on) provided a full palette of social expressions by which to identify myself, allowing me to reconstitute my identity in a healthy, more faithful manner?
'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.
Some Seahawks Fans Walked Out of the Stadium Certain Their Team Had Lost; But Russell Wilson Kept Going Thanks to His Faith
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had no doubt on Sunday that his team would emerge victorious in their NFC Championship game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. A number of the 68,538 fans that packed the CenturyLink Field, however, didn't think he would and walked out minutes before the team's miraculous comeback.
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Why Faithful Foodies Might Consider Less Meat
I didn’t know that’s what I was until recently when the term was introduced at a TEDx Talk by Brian Kateman. “ Reducetarian ,” Kateman explains, “describes a community of individuals who are committed to reducing their consumption of meat and can encourage others to…simply eat less meat.” Although I remain skeptical about labels and trends (and, even more, rooting our identity in them), Kateman argues that “labels to describe our eating choices matter a great deal. They determine how seriously we are taken, how our messages our understood, and our feeling of belonging.”
Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage
If belief in scripture, regardless of the title given to those who believe it, is merely a cultural phenomena, then, pray tell, what moved people at the end of the Middle Ages to seek out and pay exorbitant prices for copies of the Scripture, of people copying the pulpit Bibles, of people willing to make any sacrifice to get to know the Bible and then making every effort to conform to its teachings as best they understood them? There is such a thing as manipulation even in sexual mores, so what if someone planned to bring about the moral breakdown of American society in order to destroy the great stronghold of the Christian Faith in the modern era? In fact, it has taken very careful, even meticulous, planning to bring to pass what we see occurring. Bella Dodd, former chairperson of the Communist Party USA in the thirties and forties said they planned to infiltrate the ministry of the Roman Catholics as well as the Protestants in order to create moral confusion and the resulting problems associated with such. Today we behold folks practicing things that would have been unthinkable except in the criminal element of society long ago.
What Is Justice?
In the Bible, justice is about much more than fairness or catching and punishing “bad guys.” Biblical, or restorative, justice centers focus on restoring everyone affected by wrongdoing—including the offender, the victim, and the community around them. It’s based on shalom, a Hebrew term encompassing peace, wholeness, righteousness, and harmony.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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What Bible Verse Did Texas Gov. Rick Perry Underline for His Successor in Texas' Most Coveted Bible?
In keeping up with a long-standing Texas gubernatorial tradition on Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry passed down Texas' historic governors' Bible to his successor, and underlined text from Matthew 20:25-28 to help guide Gov.-elect Greg Abbott to success in his tenure as Texas' new executive.
Ain't Nobody Got It Easy
About this song “Ain’t Nobody Got It Easy,” Drew says, “In the course of a few hours last year at home in Nashville, I encountered a homeless man who was predictably distraught and a very wealthy friend, who was enduring distress and problems. This truth that “Ain’t Nobody Got It Easy” has been one that has taken root in my soul during the making of Medicine. No matter the circumstances of someone’s life, everyone is fighting some sort of battle. Not to belittle the terrifying reality of economic, social, or health desperations, but it is just as easy to judge up as it is to judge down. Stereotypes in both directions are dehumanizing.”
Is Brittany Maynard’s Husband Fighting the Wrong Battle?
Because of what might arguably be described as a cavalier attitude toward young women, their eggs, and their reproductive health, a great deal of important information is never recorded as part of their medical records. I often wonder how many women receiving a cancer diagnosis have in their history the fact they sold or donated their eggs. How many women struggling to conceive today were egg donors during college, for example? Since the egg donor is not considered a patient, often her primary care physician doesn’t know to ask or to include this information in her health history. Women may not even think that the fact that they donated their eggs is relevant to include in their medical histories and thus may not inform their physicians.
Willie Robertson Reveals 'Duck Dynasty' Musical Is 'About Redemption'
News of the musical based on the Robertson family broke last year, but Willie and Korie offered additional information about the Broadway-style production while speaking to Fox News on Monday. While the musical will not star the Robertsons themselves, the production is based on Willie and Korie's book chronicling their rise to fame, "The Duck Commander Family."
Conference Scholarships Boyce/SBTS Campus Students
As a Boyce/SBTS student taking classes on campus, you have the opportunity to attend one of these conferences for free each semester. These are called “conference scholarships” and are renewed each semester a student is enrolled on-campus during the regular semester (this includes D.Min. students but excludes extension center and online students). The scholarships are limited in number and are first-come, first-serve.
Pro-Abortion Group Trashes Joni Ernst as “Window Dressing:” Can’t be Pro-Woman Since She’s Pro-Life
Tonight, pro-life Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will deliver the GOP response to pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s State of the Union. She has yet to begin her speech and already pro-abortion groups are attacking her as Republican “window dressing.”
Should Christians Use Sex Toys? Porn Pastor Answers in 'Best Sex Life Now' Series
"So many Christians look at sex as a chore, but sex is supposed to be fun! It's God's way of keeping intimacy and romance in a marriage," Craig Gross, who is known for handing out Bibles at porn shows, said in a released statement. "A lot of couples feel stuck in a rut sexually, but by encouraging open communication about their love life, couples can have mind-blowing sex for their whole lives – like God intended."
The moral revolution threatens religious liberty
We are living in challenging times. Religious liberty is not merely a political issue; it is a theological issue. Ministers of the gospel, therefore, must give careful and rigorous biblical and theological reflection to this topic. Christians cannot ignore these controversies raging in the public square for the simple reason that our Lord commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves. The urgency of these issues underlines the importance of the mission entrusted to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Furthermore, it points to our greatest challenge: producing a generation of moral revolutionaries who will not only cherish religious liberty but deploy it.
How Should We Respond to Reports that a Fragment of Mark Dates to the First Century?
How should we respond to something like this? I think it’s appropriate to be hopeful . As an evangelical, I believe the best historical evidence points to the New Testament gospels composed in the first century: Mark (mid- to late 50s), Matthew (50s or 60s), Luke (c. 58-60), John (mid- or late 80s or early 90s). If this discovery doesn’t pan out, it doesn’t effect our dating of the gospels because the dating of the autographs (the originals) is not dependent upon the dating of manuscripts (the copies). If it does pan out—especially if it can be dated with confidence to the 80s—it would be a major discovery, because the oldest of anything is always noteworthy.
God's Not Dead: No Need for Evolution: God’s Fingerprints are Everywhere
Sir Fred Hoyle dispels unguided evolution by
setting forth the following: “The laws of nuclear physics have been
deliberately designed with regard to the consequences they produce inside
stars. If this is so, apparently random quirks have become part of a deep-laid
scheme.” He called creation a “put up job.” The Lord’s fingerprints are
imprinted on every part of the universe, from the tiniest atom to the largest
galaxy. I enjoy examining the proof of God’s design and engineering. But in actuality,
everything is evidence of God having created time, space, and matter. There is
nothing in the world that is not evidence for a Creator. The believer is not
merely to defend the faith with probabilities. It is impossible for God not to
be the Creator. We have a perfect certainty that God hurled and fashioned this
universe together for His glory. We must stand on God’s word and say to the
world: God lives, and He is not silent.
Fine Tuning and Physical Necessity | Reasonable Faith
Evidence aside, you imply (but haven't explicitly stated) that such necessity would be disconfirming of theism. This is inferred by the way you dichotomize necessity from design. However, I don't see why the necessity of physical reality could not be merged with design. Wouldn't a grand unified theory (if it could show that the natural laws and their values COULD NOT have been any different) just bring up an even more important question...that is, 'why does a life permitting universe HAVE to exist?' Would this question be incoherent in the light of proven physical necessity? Otherwise, it seems to me that a proof for the necessity of the physical laws would be strongly confirming of theism (i.e., necessity by design), especially in the absence of a multi-verse.