Greer Heard Forum: Robin Collins - "God and the Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Discovery"
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Friday, February 21st, 2014, philosopher and theologian, Dr William Lane Craig, was invited by th...
Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Baby.
Lyrics (: (Spoken) I've heard people say that Too much of anything is not good for you, baby Oh no But I don't know about that There's many times that we've ...
"NFL 2015" — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL
"...and then you invented dirt lumps." More of what COULD have been said in the NFL. Like on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/badlipreading Follow on Twitte...
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...
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?...
A Muslim Comes to Faith
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The Moral Argument
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[Torrey 2009] Francis Chan: The Joy of Suffering - Biola University Chapel
Torrey Conference 2009 - Session #7. Francis Chan, Founding Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, speaks on "The Joy of Suffering" (Philippians 3:8-11). Ch...
The Evidence for Christianity
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org While Dr William Lane Craig was on his Australian speaking tour, he spoke at EV Church on the topic,...
Proving Grace: Lee Strobel
“My son reached out to me and led me in a prayer in which I stripped away all facades and came into the presence of God only as his adopted son,” Strobel says. “That experience reconnected me with God in a way that was revolutionary. I became more passionate about telling the world about Jesus and more sensitive to those who are ostracized.”
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The Briefing 01-23-15
Congress drops abortion bill, providing lesson in pervasive sinfulness of humanity
Is the Cold-Case Christianity Approach a Gimmick Or A Valuable Filter?
“…after hearing you speak and seeing how you interacted with my numerous questions and objections, I have a much better appreciation for what you’re saying. It now occurs to me the CCC approach is not a gimmick to recycle apologetics and spin it in a new way (which is kind of what I thought, initially). Instead, you really do filter life through a ‘cold case grid’ that allows you to arrive at conclusions that are well supported by the data; you are not saying that a CC approach ‘proves’ things in some previously unknown way, but that such an approach is a fruitful lens through which we can ’test the spirits’ that we encounter in pretty much every aspect of our lives.”
AP News - Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake
DENVER (AP) — A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?
Renewing Your Mind | War of the Worldviews | January 23, 2015
We not only measure moments in time, but we measure periods that take place in terms of ages, eras, and epochs. In our own generation, we have seen various transitions of the human cultures in which we find ourselves situated, hurled against the backdrop of time (as Martin Heidegger indicated in his epic book Being and Time ). We say that times are changing. That doesn’t mean that time itself changes. There are still sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, twenty-four hours in a day. But cultures are constantly shifting in their patterns, in their values, and in their commitments. In my life I have witnessed dramatic changes to the culture in which I find myself. I can think of where I was and what I was doing when I heard of the announcement of the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news on the radio of the United States testing its first atomic bomb (before Hiroshima and Nagasaki). I remember where I was and what I was doing at the end of World War II, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Russian launch of Sputnik into space, and the news of man’s first walk on the moon.
Apologetics Lesson for Youth - Truth Is Not Ice Cream - Apologetics Guy
Sadly, I’ve seen this first-hand. And I’ve seen it affect students. Some things are just wrong. But even this points to a Moral Lawgiver who’s real whether we like it or not. I’d love to see more believers equipped with the tools to defend objective truth—something the Scriptures assume, but something our culture’s pretty skeptical about.
Drawing Of Middle-Earth On Coffee Cup Is One That Even Gollum Would Think Is Preeecccioouuss
Liam Kenny, an artist from Liverpool, United Kingdom, drew a meticulous map of Middle-earth on a Starbucks coffee cup -- complete with tea bag tinting that Gandalf himself would likely tip his hat to.
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.
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Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea
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The Trouble With Finding 'The One'
Enjoy them with the eyes and heart of Christ for the beautiful creation they are and trust the Lord to take it where He will. “I will walk about in freedom for I have sought your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45). Your shared peppermint latte might not be the first step toward a trip down the aisle, but it may bring freedom and an expansion of the heart to love others as Jesus desires.
The 'Doomsday Clock' moves forward: We're at 3 minutes to midnight
As of Thursday, the clock was set at three minutes to midnight. Since January 2012, the hands of the clock had been set at five minutes to midnight. The minute hand moved forward, for the first time in three years, due to rising nuclear concerns and increasingly dire climate science findings.
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: The word of God tells us over and over, “Seek and you will find; seek earnestly. God rewards those who seek Him earnestly. Study the Word earnestly and you will be richly rewarded.
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.
Resolute Collegiate Conference
Jesus deploys His disciples on a global mission. In fact, central to the mission is a call to discipleship. The objective is to make disciples of all peoples teaching them to obey all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). The question is: does your life include a passion for discipleship? Does your life mirror Paul’s when he says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1)? Paul was a man eager to follow Jesus and, in turn, to disciple others and you also are called by God and commissioned by Jesus to this great work of discipleship.
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.
“Good morning. I just wanted to say thank you for starting Dope Church. At first I didn’t understand why, but now I do. I know you are the reason I was able to break free from Satan’s hold on me. I was so lost AND felt trapped in Fife. Because of you doing what you do I found God. I can never explain how truly grateful I am. There are so many others like there who need you, Dope Church. Maybe someday I can help save some of the people there too. I love you and your family. May God bless you always. Have a great day. Thank you again. – Sonia"
George Will: The harm incurred by a mushrooming welfare state
Transfers of benefits to individuals through social welfare programs have increased from less than 1 federal dollar in 4 (24 percent) in 1963 to almost 3 out of 5 (59 percent) in 2013. In that half-century, entitlement payments were, Eberstadt says, America’s “fastest growing source of personal income,” growing twice as fast as all other real per capita personal income. It is probable that this year a majority of Americans will seek and receive payments.
Nine Profits of Praying with Company
Praying together is one of the single most significant things we can do to cultivate unity in the church. There is a unity that is a given to those who are partners in Christ and share spiritual life in him. Acts 1:14 says it was “with one accord” that the first Christians “were devoting themselves to prayer.” Already we have “the unity of the Spirit,” and yet we are to be “eager to maintain” it (Ephesians 4:3). So praying together is both an effect of the unity we share in Christ, and it is a cause for deeper and richer unity. It is not only a sign that unity already exists among the brothers, but also a catalyst for more.
9 Key Trends in the UK Church
It is all too easy to assume that the church in the United States and the UK are facing identical challenges, and that the problems prevalent in the United States are also prevalent in the UK. For example, I think that some of the alleged problems of “New Calvinism” in the United States are emerging because leaders from an Arminian revivalist background have discovered Reformed soteriology. That is not the case in the UK to the same degree. I was reminded of this difference when a couple of leaders contrasted the ministry focus in the United States and the UK. In the United States they were asked to minister to Reformed church leaders who wanted to know more about the gifts of the Spirit because cessationism is not taught in the New Testament. In the UK the same leaders were urging some charismatics to abandon unbiblical excesses in their practice. We need to understand the needs and challenges of the church in its specific context and culture. Not every sneeze in the United States church means we need to look for the resulting cold in the UK. Nor should we assume that U.
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Do Little Girls Outgrow the Twirl?
Eugenie Bouchard, a Canadian women’s tennis player ranked #8 in the world, laid an impressive beating on her opponent in the Australian Open this week, 6–0, 6–3. But the news coming out of the match wasn’t focused so much on her game as on the on-court interview afterward.
The Life-changing "Drop Box"
In the first minute of the new documentary, The Drop Box , a Korean boy looks past the camera and quietly says, “Before the baby box rings, it’s sort of like Heaven. It just feels good and nice. The children here are just together having fun, but when the baby box rings, it changes from the place where angels are walking around. The atmosphere of the house just changes abruptly – like a car accelerating out of nowhere. It’s horrifying. So at that very moment, it becomes a war – a war in Heaven.”
Prepare for the Super Bowl with this Incredible Bad Lip Reading NFL Video
T he team behind YouTube’s incredible bad lip reading series has released their latest video looking back on the 2015 NFL season, and it is hilarious. If you need to clear you football pallet of cheating scandals before the Super Bowl next week, this clip may do the trick ...
11 Church Phrases That Freaked Me Out as a Kid
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Reflections on Roe: When Margaret Sanger Spoke to the KKK
Sanger called it “one of the weirdest experiences I had in lecturing,” apparently because of the highly secretive way she was transported and escorted: “My letter of instruction told me what train to take, to walk from the station two blocks straight ahead, then two to the left. I would see a sedan parked in front of a restaurant.” This might have seemed a little scary to a woman traveling alone, but Planned Parenthood’s founder was undeterred, doing exactly what the klanswomen had ordered: “I obeyed orders implicitly, walked the blocks, saw the car, found the restaurant, went in and ordered come cocoa, stayed my allotted ten minutes, then approached the car hesitatingly and spoke to the driver. I received no reply. She might have been totally deaf as far as I was concerned. Mustering up my courage, I climbed in the back and settled back. Without a turn of the head, a smile, or a word to let me know I was right, she stepped on the self-starter. For fifteen minutes we wound around the streets. It must have been towards six in the afternoon. We took this lonely lane and that through the woods, and an hour later pulled up in a vacant space near a body of water beside a large, unpainted, barnish building.
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Downton Abbey — What Are Americans Really Watching?
Political life is also largely absent, addressed mainly as it directly affects the Crawleys and their estate. This amounts to a second great omission. The epoch in which Downton Abbey is set was a time of tremendous political strife and upheaval in Britain. The Earl of Grantham would likely have been quite distressed by the rise of the Liberal Party’s David Lloyd George as Prime Minister. The right of women to vote was a recent development, and the political waters were roiled by high unemployment and a faltering British economy. The signs of the Empire’s disappearance were there for all to see, even if most among the elites did their best to deny the evidence. The great landed estates were draining their lordly title holders of precious capital, and the economic arrangements that allowed the nobility to live off of their estates would never return. That is why so many English lords looked for rich American women to marry. Some of these developments are addressed in the series, but not with the depth of concern that shook the British noble houses into crisis.
‘The largest human rights march in the world’: Hundreds of thousands join D.C. March for Life
After Christie’s somber speech, the mood turned more lighthearted as the focus shifted to the march’s younger attendees. The crowd cheered as March for Life organizers announced the winners of the annual student contest, themed “Every Selfie has a Story.” They then introduced this year’s march leaders, the entire student body and faculty of Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. The entire school -- 400 people in total, filled eight buses and drove 24 hours straight to carry the banner at the front of the march. Senior Julia Johnson said, “As a school, we are humbled and honored to have been selected to hold the banner for this year’s March for Life.”
Pornography and Sexual Trafficking. . . One And The Same. . .
Since we began researching and talking about the issue of pornography, we’ve seen the value of telling the truth about the connection between pornography and sexual trafficking. This is a truth that our kids need to hear. We must connect the dots for them. Sexual trafficking is an issue that the emerging generations care deeply about. Still, pornography use is pervasive among this very group, shaping them (more accurately misshaping them) in powerful ways. Not only must we seek justice in response to sexual trafficking, but we must seek justice by seeing how pornography use makes us complicit in sexual trafficking. If we seek to fight sexual trafficking yet engage in it ourselves, we are divided, dis-integrated selves. We are doing wrong.
Evangelicalism, Inc., and the silencing of critics
Those who call into question such methods (and in reality, there are only a handful, since discernment ministries operate on less than a shoestring, while the objects of their reports command gigantic and virtually unlimited budgets) are vilified, mocked, ignored and defamed at every opportunity. Mostly, the Big Leaders smartly ignore critics, but sometimes they just can’t help themselves and one can speculate that when they do answer, it’s because they are feeling some heat from constituents in the pews.
Why Women Turn to Terrorism
Research conducted by terrorism expert Anne Speckhard shows that female terrorists are compelled by many of the same causes as their male counterparts, including conflict-induced trauma, revenge or nationalism, or community outrage. Other drives include feelings of oppression, marginalization, or negative self-identity. Some women turn to violence as a result of their own victimization, with many having witnessed their husbands’ deaths and the abuse and abduction of their children.
Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence on My Spiritual Journey
The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites.
3 Types of Fundamentalists and Evangelicals After 1956
First, such a methodological treatment of fundamentalism should have some effect on how American religious historians understand the movement . Very few historians of American fundamentalism are aware of the subtle changes that fundamentalism has undergone through this century. Many historians tend to define a fundamentalist by certain doctrinal distinctives such as a belief in biblical inerrancy or dispensational eschatology. To interpret American fundamentalism solely through a doctrinal grid is to miss some of the social and ecclesiastical issues (separation, social concern, etc.) that have shaped the movement. While most fundamentalists and evangelicals have been united on certain creedal convictions, disagreements over minor doctrinal issues and the social and ecclesiastical implications of the Christian faith have historically created a great deal of diversity.
Stealing From God (paperback)
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I fear that personal holiness is not a priority within the church — even among its leaders — as it was in the days of the Puritans. Many ministers are often nowadays more concerned with visual growth and success than with cultivating personal purity. That was certainly not the case with John Owen. Rather than devoting much time to developing innovative amusements for the worship hour, Owen made private communion with God a top priority. He understood why the apostle Paul wrote: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom. 12:2). The Word of God is the means employed by the Holy Spirit to transform us into the image of Christ, so if preaching and evangelism are to be effective, private communion with God in His Word must be more important than discovering the latest ministry technique. Owen wrote that “whatever else be done in churches, if the pastors of them, or those who are so esteemed, are not exemplary in gospel obedience and holiness, religion will not be carried on and improved among the people” ( Works , vol.
The Role of ‘Spiritual Wisdom and Understanding’ in Our Vocations
Traditionally, Christians have understood this phrase to refer to the guidance necessary when making such momentous personal decisions as the choice of a marriage partner, the selection of a vocation, the consideration of a move to another country, or the like—in short, to what we have called the particular aspects of God’s law in our lives, his guidance or calling. This is undoubtedly part of what Paul has in mind, but can we exclude the general aspects of God’s law, the universal normative principles that govern cultural and societal pursuits such as journalism, education, advertising, international relations? In these areas, too, the Bible does not give more than general parameters. Must we not seek to know and honor the area-specific will of God there too? To ask the question is to answer it. The implicit division between private and public life that many Christians make in applying Paul’s words is quite arbitrary. It is in fact based on an unwarranted dualism in their worldview.
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.
Makoto Fujimura- Wine and Word
There we were Andrew, Jordan and me sipping wine at Flying Trout & Waters winery chitchatting with the owner/winemaker, Ashley Trout, when Andrew alerts me that he just heard the words, “Makoto Fujimura” across the room. And I stop mid sip, cutting off whatever important conversation I’d been in and to the woman across the way hand sealing bottles with wax, I asked,
WORLD | The youthful state of the pro-life movement | Nick Eicher | Jan. 23, 2015
Tens of thousands of pro-lifers descended on the nation’s capitol in Thursday’s March for Life that marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade , the Supreme Court decision that gave a woman the right to pay an abortionist to kill her unborn child in any state, at any time, for any reason or no reason. In remembering that decision, John Stonestreet of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview and I talked this week about the progress the pro-life movement has made since then. He said the availability of ultrasounds and the advancing science of embryology have helped tremendously.
50: The Best the March for Life Movement Can Ever Hope For?
The last time pro-life politicians had this much political power, states passed record restrictions on abortion. But new rulings suggest a stopping point.
The Legal Ingredients to Forced Baking 2.0
So, let’s examine the facts of the case. A Christian with an uncharitable, harsh, and derogatory message about the gay community wants such values reflected on a cake that someone else would contract to create. The baker (we’re not told whether this person is a liberal or a conservative, a Christian or not) believes that this message is out of line with her values. So she declined her services. The customer filed a complaint, alleging that Silva is in violation of her state’s non-discrimination code. Silva’s plight is identical to that of other bakers, florists, and photographers who were asked and declined to use their creative talents for the purposes of a same-sex wedding celebration. In the first case, the ruling went after the baker because he discriminated against the gay couple when he said no to their same-sex wedding. How is this not the same kind of discrimination if the complainants state that their religion opposes gay marriage, and they want their cakes to represent that doctrine?
With an exploration of the meaning of covenant and specific covenants from the Old Testament through Christ, Dr. Sproul shows how God fulfills His plan of redemption in and through His people. Dr. Sproul addresses questions such as these:
The Virgin Birth - Did the Church Make Up Jesus' Virgin Birth? - Apologetics Guy
What would you say if someone asked you if the story of Jesus’ virgin birth was real, or if it was copied from other religions? In this post, you see how to think through a few challenges to the historicity of the Virgin Birth. First, we’ll answer the question “Was the Virgin Birth copied from myths?” Then, we’ll think through the idea that the first Christians just made the whole thing up.
What If We Treated the Constitution with the Same Reverence as the Rules of the NFL? - The Rush Limbaugh Show
But, at the same time, wouldn't it be great if there were even half the concern for the nation's rule book being obeyed and being enforced. And when it's violated people being outraged and action being taken against the perpetrator, and, of course, I'm talking about the Constitution, and I'm talking about the body of law that exists in this country. It's funny, the scrutiny that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and the Patriots are getting, and the worry and the hand-wringing over the integrity of the game, the National Football League.
Rapper Trip Lee, Self-Described 'Boring' Guy, Talks Finding Inspiration in Malcolm Gladwell, CS Lewis, and Jay-Z
You know, I'm looking at a Malcolm Gladwell book sitting in front of me. Malcolm Gladwell is an incredible writer and he's inspired my writing in that — and this isn't to say that I agree with everything Malcolm Gladwell says or his conclusions. But you'll be reading his book and you'll just be enjoying the story he's telling and not even realize the points he's making. I think a lot of Christians' books can be basically just like sermons on paper and not very engaging to read. There's a C.S. Lewis book in front of me. He's a writer who's influenced me a lot, not that my writing style is like his. But the kind of precision and simplicity ... the beauty of the arguments he makes to persuade people. Just the beauty of (his) writing.
Evangelical Textual Criticism: What is the Oldest Manuscript of the New Testament?
For years the answer to this question was easy: P52, a manuscript identified and housed in Manchester , handsomely dated to the early 2nd century. C.H. Roberts wrote in the original publication of this fragment
'On the whole we may accept with some confidence the first half of the second century as the period in which P. Ryl. Gk. 457 was most probably written—a judgment I should be much more loth to pronounce were it not supported by Sir Frederic Kenyon, Dr. W. Schubart and Dr. H. I. Bell who have seen photographs of the text and whose experience and authority in these matters are unrivalled' (C.H. Roberts, An Unpublished Fragment of the Fourth Gospel in the John Rylands Library [Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1935], 16).
A lot has happened since then in the study of Greek palaeography and with the increase in readily available collections of digital images and refined classification one would assume that the experts are able to form an even more informed opinion now than they were in the 1930s. A 2012 article by Orsini and Clarysse provides exactly this re-evaluation.
Disciple-Making on Their Turf
Once upon a time, evangelism happened on the church’s own soil. She stood at the center of society. Most unbelieving Westerners had grown up in or around her, and felt some measure of comfort or nostalgia coming to a church building.