Pope Francis Blasts Muhammad! (David Wood)
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Following the recent Charlie Hebdo Massacre in Paris, Pope Francis condemned Muhammad . . . without even realizing it. Accord...
C.S Lewis's surviving BBC radio address
The lone surviving reel of audio with Lewis's voice on it. He deals with prayer and evolution (Evolution on the second installment). Recorded during WW ll th...
The Moral Argument
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/moral View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMCLg0 View the Fin...
02. Islam and Christianity: Is it the same God?
Dr. Andy Bannister (http://bit.ly/andybannister) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Islam and Christianity: Is it the same God?...
Lessons I learned in seminary
As I prepare to enter my final semester of seminary, and have pondered what lessons I might share with those considering that call or just starting their seminary journey, I was struck by how my perspective on ministry has changed over these last few years. Like many new theological students, I was thrilled to begin my formal training, excited to learn under men like Tom Schreiner, Jim Hamilton, and Russell Moore. I loved theology and was ready to dig into the nuances of complex doctrines like the hypostatic union and compatibilistic free will. I wanted to prepare for ministry, and as such, I wanted to know my Bible backwards and forwards, to know when the Greek text makes a difference in our understanding, to know the history of the church, to learn the art of preaching. These are all wonderful, and I would say necessary, pursuits for those called to pastoral ministry. But for those considering that call and those just beginning their seminary journey, consider the emphasis Paul places in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. “Life” and “doctrine” both matter, but the emphasis is on “life,” on the man’s character, and only secondarily on his skill.
Does Paul Condemn Philosophy?
Philosophy is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life… a discipline comprising as its core logic, aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology” (Merriam-Webster). Some have taken a negative outlook on philosophy. It has been noted that even some secular universities are dumping their classic philosophy programs (see the show “Why are Secular Universities Closing Philosophical Programs?” on Redeeming Truth Radio found here ). However, one’s claim that “philosophy is meaningless” is in itself a philosophical claim. But what about Christians? Some Christians have criticized the use of philosophy due to Paul’s statement against philosophy in Colossians 2:8. Yet, Christianity teaches is knowledgeable, is based on truth, defines the nature and meaning of life, holds great logic, teaches aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. Paul himself gives lessons in most of the previously mentioned systems. So, does Paul refute himself? Or is there a problem with the way many interpret Colossians 2:8? So, the question must be asked: does Paul really criticize the use of philosophy? In this article, Paul’s statement in Colossians 2:8 will be exegetically examined and in its proper context and the article will answer whether Paul really condemns philosophy after all.
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This is Living (feat. Lecrae)
I'm not feeling this music video, they keep singing "this is living now" and have clips of people long boarding, goofing off, shopping etc. Living for Christ isn't about having fun, I'm not saying that we're supposed to be miserable, but we're called to give up everything and pick up our cross. Maybe I'm being to uptight, but that's just my take on it.
House Passes Bill to Completely Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions
During 2013, in the same ignore-the-law mode, the Obama Administration interpreted a provision of Obamacare to authorize the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to collect health care premiums from members of Congress and their staffs, along with subsidies from the legislative branch bureaucracy, for purchase of private health insurance plans that cover elective abortions. The OPM (under instructions from the White House) has gone forward with this plan despite a longstanding law (the Smith Amendment, after sponsor Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ) that explicitly prohibits OPM from spending one penny on administrative expenses connected with the purchase of any federal employee health plan that includes any coverage of abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest). The Smith Amendment is the law that continues to prohibit inclusion of abortion coverage in the health plans of over 8 million federal employees and dependents. Yet, according to research conducted by the office of Congressman Smith, of 70 plans now available to members of Congress and congressional staff, 59 cover elective abortions.
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The 'Boy Who Came Back from Heaven' Retracts Story
The book's cover lists Kevin and Alex as joint authors, but the copyright notice is in Kevin's name alone, and it is clearly Kevin who tells the story. Also on the book's cover, in large type, are the words 'a true story.' But as we shall see, there is considerable evidence that Kevin Malarkey has embellished, exaggerated, and even fabricated the supposed visions and experiences he attributes to Alex.
Kevin Malarkey has overlaid his son's testimony with so much that is unbiblical that the book considered as a whole is dangerously misleading. Alex himself posted a similar assessment of his father's narrative at a webpage publicizing the book, but the comment was quickly deleted. Beth Malarkey reposted Alex's comment at her own blog, saying, 'Alex voiced accurately what the book was about but he was silenced.' Like Alex, she emphatically disavows many of the claims that are made in her husband's book, adding this: 'Buyer beware. There is only one absolute infallible and 'true' book: God's Word! It does not need fancied up or packaged for sale.
We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know
One biblical principle of justice is that the more knowledge we have that our action is wrong, the more guilty we are, and the more deserving of punishment (Luke 12:47–48). The point of this blog post is that we know what we are doing — all America knows. We are killing children. Pro-choice and Pro-life people both know this.
4 Reasons to Stop Obsessing About Heaven
Do you feel the tension? We must not minimize the comfort and glory of heaven, but we also must not so praise our condition there that we minimize the return of Christ and our resurrection. The apostle John shows us how to put this together. In John 14:1–3, Jesus promises to “go and prepare a place” for us. Too many Christians stop there and miss that John later completes this thought. In Revelation 21:1–3, John sees that place, “the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” so that “God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.” Jesus does temporarily take us to be with him. But in the end, Jesus comes to earth to live with us. He is Immanuel, “which means ‘God with us’” (Matt. 1:23). Let’s stop reading that name backwards.
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'I'm not going to kill a healthy baby because I'm sick' - CNN.com
"They told me what would likely happen to Paisley, that you know, she most likely wouldn't make it and I just knew. It wasn't a choice to me. It was like this is what needs to be done. She's first. I'm not going to kill a healthy baby because I'm sick. There's nothing wrong with her. Her life is just as important as mine if not more important. I mean as a mother my job is to protect my kids."
These Are the Most Godless Cities in America
The most Bible-minded respondents say they read the Bible in the last week and believe strongly that it is accurate. The top city for biblical stricture was Birmingham, Ala., followed by Chattanooga, Tenn. All the 10 most-Bible-minded cities are, naturally, somewhere in the Bible Belt.
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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.
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Save the Date(s)! Update on TGC Women’s Initiatives
3. SAVE THE DATE ALERT: Our next women’s conference (#TGCW16) will take place June 16 to 18, 2016 (Thursday to Saturday), in the beautiful downtown Indianapolis convention center. Many hotels and restaurants are nearby, and the center has great capacity. Besides all that, many of you have told us it was time for a change! We think you are right. The most important thing, though, is what we’ll be doing there: gathering around the Word of God. It’s another TGC conference for women but not all about women. Formal announcements and details are forthcoming, but we’re delighted to tell you that our plenary speakers will teach through the book of 1 Peter in a conference we’re titling “Resurrection Life: In a World of Suffering.”
Serving Patients In a Broken World
I try to take care of every patient in the same way. When I care for a patient I want to provide him or her with the same level of care regardless of circumstances. Sometimes I have patients who are concerned with being a bother, and I don’t want anyone to ever feel like I am inconvenienced by them. One of the primary ways I love my patients is by helping them know that I am eager to serve them, because that’s what I am there to do.
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One of the best treatments on this subject, in the context of the wine used in the Lord’s Supper, can be found in the writings of A.A. Hodge, who said “The contents of the cup were wine. This is known to have been the juice of the grape, not in its original state as freshly expressed, but as prepared in the form of wine for permanent use among the Jews. Wine, according to the absolutely unanimous, unexceptional testimony of every scholar and missionary, is in its essence fermented grape juice; Nothing else is wine. The use of wine is precisely what is commanded by Christ in his example and his authoritative institution of this holy ordinance. Whosoever puts away true and real wine, or fermented grape-juice, on moral grounds, from the Lord's Supper, sets himself up as more moral than the Son of God who reigns over his conscience, and the Saviour who redeemed him.
Man Saves Hundreds of Abandoned Babies – Official Trailer for 'The Drop Box Heart'
A man went down to film the pastor who saves the babies who are placed in the drop box. In the process of doing this, he had a spiritual transformation he never expected would happen. While filming the story of the pastor who spreads love like Jesus, a man decided to use his life and love like Jesus as well. God uses a boys disabilities to change a heart and save lives.
Mummy mask papyrus may reveal oldest-known gospel
A team of researchers made a surprising find when examining a papyrus-wrapped mummy mask -- they found what they believe to be the oldest-known copy of a gospel in existence. The researchers found a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that dates back to about 90 A.D., Live Science reports . Previously, the oldest surviving copies of Biblical gospel texts date back to 101 to 200 A.D.
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Sometimes, it takes a small nonviolent army to make a film. Luckily, we made a video to help explain Who’s Who on a Film Crew.
9 Myths about Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade
Forty-two years ago, the Supreme Court concluded that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy included a right to terminate her pregnancy. After the sweeping decision was handed down, not only were the abortion laws of all fifty states rendered null and void, it was clear that no legal prohibition against abortion before viability would stand. And it would soon become clear that prohibitions after viability were unenforceable. Abortion on demand would be the law of the land.
Thursday is for Thinkers: Not Caring About Diversity is Not an Option
We all need to reflect on our own apathy and ask the question: Do we really care? And then, we must die to ourselves, break free of our self-absorption and learn about others. This will not only impact our own hearts and souls but also the Church. Your congregations may change whether or not you desire it and whether or not you are pursuing it. You will want to be ready. But let that readiness be motivated out of a God-glorifying excitement for the diverse kingdom—that is already present in heaven and throughout the earth—to be displayed and enjoyed within our local churches.
TGC International Outreach 2014 Annual Report
Bill Walsh is director of International Outreach for The Gospel Coalition. He worked for Desiring God Ministries for 13 years. Starting in 2006, he and a small team built a global network of partners for the cause of Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. This initiative joined TGC in 2012. He lives with his wife, Cindi, in Minneapolis and has two adult children, Beau and Regan. Bill photoblogs at billwalsh.photography . You can follow him on Twitter .
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.
Three-million-yr-old ancestor had human-like hands
Until now, Australopithecus africanus, which lived two to three million years ago in what is now South Africa, were not believed to have made tools -- the first evidence of which dates back to 2.6 million years ago -- but their hands suggest otherwise, according to a study in the journal Science.
Why You Should Trust Jesus' Unbreakable and Infallible Bible
Andrew Wilson: I think it would depend why they had doubts. In my experience, lots of Christians from evangelicals are worried about what the Bible says about sexual ethics, not because they’ve come across a problem with the text (like “Jesus never said this” or “Paul never meant that”), but because they know people for whom what the Bible says can be painful. If that’s the problem, then no amount of exegetical or historical argument is likely to help; the issue is much more about the cost of discipleship (which is what I usually talk about on this one – following Jesus is a death to self, a life of tribulation and difficulty and persecution, which will sometimes mean loved ones abandoning or attacking you).
In a TV World, NFL is King
I was raised to love football, which is really just another way of saying my obsession with it isn’t my fault. I was a young boy during the days of the Orange Crush, and I was glued to my TV set when John Elway led what is now simply known as “the drive.” He was equal parts Paul Bunyan, Johnny Unitas, and—dare I say it?—Mile-High Messiah.
China Says Its Gender Imbalance "Most Serious" in the World
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese health authorities on Wednesday described the gender imbalance among newborns as "the most serious and prolonged" in the world, a direct ramification of the country's strict one-child policy.
Adorable Seal Makes an Unlikely New Friend at The Beach – Get Ready to Smile!
This loving seal just made a new best friend and it is absolutely adorable. Unlikely new friend, but so adorable to see. A seal meets a dog and instantly they become best friends!
Veteran Suffering From PTSD Finds Purpose Serving the Homeless
He figured out his purpose in life as soon as he decided to serve others. Now, he drives around and looks for homeless people that he can give clothes, blankets, and hats because he was once in their shoes, and knows how it feels to be homeless. Roger tries to find veterans mainly, but helps whoever he can. Watching him care for others will warm your heart and being you to tears at the same time. God bless this man for caring for those we usually ignore.
Obama To Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'A Top Priority'
“We're grateful that President Obama took the time to meet with Naghmeh and speak with her and the children,” said Jordan Sekulow , Executive Director of the ACLJ, which represents Naghmeh and her two children. “Pastor Saeed has been wrongly imprisoned for nearly two and a half years. He has been separated from his wife and children. The pain experienced by the Abedini family is impossible to imagine. The meeting between President Obama and the Abedini family is a very welcomed development. It demonstrates the President's concern and compassion for this family. It also underscores the importance of Pastor Saeed's case, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran merely because of his Christian faith. The face-to-face meeting elevates Pastor Saeed's plight on the world stage - and should send a powerful message to the Iranians - it is time to release Pastor Saeed so he can return home to his family.”
The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity
Interesting article. I feel like there are two major types of Christians when it comes to fear. We have an older generation who lived "fear-based" Christianity for decades. Some of them continue to live in that world (don't dance, drink, and vote Republican). Some of those are fed up and have left church. The second group of Christians are younger and grew up with faith in direct opposition to our parent's "fear-based" Christianity. But, we don't worship at the same religious idols as our parents. Our idol is self-justification. We believe God is good and loving and so should be ok with all the choices we make. God isn't "in charge" of our life and direct our steps. He gets to ride shotgun and make suggestions. We've been trained since birth to believe that life revolves around us and that we can probably have anything we desire. We firmly believe God should be ok with that. I think we need to find a way to challenge the self-serving idols of us who are 35 and younger. Thanks for your thoughts. Good stuff. www.davidthorne.me
What Maternity Leave Policies Have to Do With Christian Witness
Both of my children were born while I was in graduate school at Duke University. My first was born in May. I stayed home with her over the summer, returning to my graduate work in the fall. The timing seemed perfect. My second child came in March, during a dissertation fellowship, a year when I happened to have no teaching responsibilities. Even when I took time off to care for my newborn son, I didn’t lose any fellowship funding. At the time, I didn’t realize how unusual this was. Away from the privilege of Duke, even in the white-collar realm of Christian higher education, we see a surprising lack of paid maternity leave.
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Five New Ways To Handle Stage Fright
I am one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches -- and I'm a speaker myself on storytelling, body language, persuasion, and influence. A passionate teacher, I am committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. I have been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. I have coached people to give Congressional testimony, to prepare TED talks, and to take on the investment community. I have worked widely with political and educational leaders. And I have spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world. My acclaimed book on public speaking, Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking, was published by Harvard in 2003 and reprinted in paperback in 2005 as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. My book on authentic communications, Trust Me, was published by Jossey-Bass in January 2009. My latest book, Power Cues, deals with the science of influence, leadership and body language and was published by Harvard in May 2014.
Biologic Institute's Groundbreaking Peer-Reviewed Science Has Now Demonstrated the Implausibility of Evolving New Proteins
Let's return now to the 2014 paper by Reeves, Gauger, and Axe. They experimentally found that at least two mutations would be necessary to convert the most likely co-option candidates in this enzyme family to function like BioF 2 . But other mutations would be necessary as well -- at least one to duplicate the enzyme and another to overexpress it. This suggests at least four mutations would be required for this conversion. Given that, as we just saw, some of these mutations (such as duplication) would initially impose a disadvantage, the math says it would take some 10 15 years for the necessary mutations to arise to co-opt a protein to function like BioF 2 -- over 100,000 times longer than the age of the earth! They thus conclude: Based on these results, we conclude that conversion to BioF2 function would require at least two changes in the starting gene and probably more, since most double mutations do not work for two promising starting genes. The most favorable recruitment scenario would therefore require three genetic changes after the duplication event: two to achieve low-level BioF2 activity and one to boost that activity by overexpression.
GOP abandons anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives on Roe anniversary - Religion News Service
The sudden reversal stunned abortion foes, who had expected to celebrate House passage of the bill as they gathered for their annual demonstration against the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing abortion.
Focus on the Family Sides With Colorado Baker Who Refused to Bake 'God Hates Gays' Cake
A spokesman for a conservative Christian organization that lobbies for traditional marriage has come out in support of a bakery that refused to make a cake for a customer who requested that it include the phrase: "God hates Gays."
Who Do You Say I Am? – A Mormon and an Evangelical Discuss Jesus
And just to touch on your response to how our views on the doctrine of the Trinity affect how we conduct our lives, I think Mormon sensibility (and practice in regular worship) is weighted heavily towards focusing on what Jesus said as the Savior of the world versus understanding the exact doctrinal nature of the physics of God. The grace of God is no respecter of persons in terms of whether we are poor, rich, black or white, male or female, educated or uneducated, so I feel that all Christians (including Mormons) should share a similar hierarchy of values. Meaning, following the commandment to love God with all our heart, might, and mind is higher in the hierarchy than to be able to recite the historical background and content of the Nicene Creed.
Why Does Amazon Keep Changing the Price of the Bible?
A ccording to a price-tracking site called camelcamelcamel (and highlighted by qz.com ), Amazon has changed the price of the King James Version of the Bible over 100 times since May of 2010. What on earth? In the past five years, it's been listed as low as $8.99 and as high as $16.99. Amazon spokesman Scott Stanzel wouldn't dish on the exact process that goes into determining when and how a item's price changes, but Amazon does change prices on up to 80 million items a day. So, the Bible's not exactly unique in having its rate adjustments, but some of the circumstances around it all are a little interesting.
Bobby Jindal Invites Other 49 Governors to Attend National Prayer Rally: 'We Need an Appeal to Heaven for Heaven's Intervention'
Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the governors of the 49 other U.S. states inviting them to participate in the national prayer gathering that he has organized in Baton Rouge this Saturday.
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The Worst Ever (Mis)Quotation Of The Bible? | HeadHeartHand Blog
The audacity of using a verse in God’s Word to promote exactly the opposite of what God intended that verse to teach is shockingly breathtaking. You’d think Osteen could find a verse or two that would be less obviously perverted and manipulated to support his deceit. But no, he takes one of the most “spiritual” verses in the Bible and mutates it into the most carnal agenda imaginable.
What are we to make of the stunning words of Hebrews 6:4–6 with their fearful warning against apostasy, a falling away from the faith and from the Lord? They have often been a source of puzzlement and dread to Christian believers across the centuries. A connection has frequently been drawn between this passage and other pronouncements in the New Testament that speak of unpardonable sin: the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28–30; Matt. 12:31–32) and the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16–17). Differences are to be noted, but also striking similarities. I have known people who were convinced that they had committed this sin and for whom the candle of hope had flickered and died away.
House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions
"And then in our own country, we have turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the lives of 56 million unborn children. These are lives that were lost that did not have to be lost. I know there is a law that says they have the right to make that decision. It may be legal but I don't think it's right. As far as giving a gift to the half or million — or million — half a million or so people who are in Washington today for the pro-life march. This is not a gift from the Republican Party to these people; this is a gift from the Creator himself on reproduction."
The Abortion Debate Needs More Grace
I think the heart of the article is not saying all abortion protesting is wrong. What it is saying is that condemnation is wrong, that's why the image is fitting. However, I have been on the streets praying for people, seeing people saved and healed and run into non-condemnation picketers outside of an abortion clinic, all they do is hold signs, they weren't reaching out. And I think sometimes, due to people like Westboro baptist, these young girls perceive the non-condemnation sign holders the same. Did Jesus ever hold a sign against the moral atrocities of his time? No. Instead he hung out with those who committed the atrocities, was their friend, and showed them the kingdom of God. Signs are ok I guess, but this article suggests the harder route. The more uncomfortable route. Yet, I believe, it is the more effective route.
Your Deepest Identity
On February 6, 2006, Stephen Harper stood before the Governor General of Canada and recited the oath of office: “I, Stephen Harper, do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will truly and faithfully, and to the best of my skill and knowledge, execute the powers and trust reposed in me as Prime Minister, so help me God.”