"NFL 2015" — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL
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Yemen rebels eject pro-Western government, Russian troops seize Donetsk airport
Everything is fine! Obama said what a great job he was doing during his State of the Union speech, right? Let's start with Yemen and the Associated Press: Yemen's U.S.-backed president quit Thursda...
Morality without God
Being good without God?
How to Evaluate Alleged Bible “Contradictions”
In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner describes several important principles to consider when evaluating alleged Bible “contradi...
Part 2 – Worthy of double honor | Expository advocating
There are different ways to do it. Maybe you could read the sermon text at the breakfast table before you go to church, or maybe sometime on Saturday will work better for you. There are a number of ways your pastor will be encouraged by this: he’ll be encouraged by your asking what he’ll preach, and your telling him that you’re asking because you like to read the passage in preparation for worship. He’ll be encouraged when you ask him after church how to understand something you saw in the text that he didn’t have time to address in the sermon. He’ll be encouraged to see the Spirit of God drawing you to the Word of God – getting to hear that you’re reading the Bible will be like the farmer seeing fruit on those vines he’s been tending – what a joy to know that the people you serve are reading the Bible! He’ll be encouraged if you tell him you had trouble seeing the relevance of the passage, or understanding it, and then were helped by his sermon. He’ll be encouraged to hear that his sermon made you want to go back and read the passage more carefully, or to meditate on it more. He’ll be encouraged when you tell him that his preaching has helped you to become a better Bible reader.
An Elephant in the Resurrection Skeptic’s Room
Skeptic Richard Carrier writes, “Many things could be said which cast doubt on the story of the Resurrection of Jesus by God…since I cannot rationally bring myself to believe this story, I cannot rationally bring myself to be a Christian.” His collection of essays, entitled “ Why I Don’t Buy the Resurrection ,” elaborates on the reasons for his rejection of Christianity’s central tenant. 1 As a volunteer apologist for RTB, I recently responded to an email requesting a rebuttal of Carrier’s arguments. His arguments aren’t new, but as I read his essays and drafted a response I felt uneasy. Was I overlooking something important?
Truthbomb Apologetics: What is Biblical Faith?
So John Loftus claims that Christians don't get to define the word "faith" for atheists. According to Loftus , atheists get to define the word however they want. However it appears here that American Atheists get to dictate how atheism is defined. The question that immediately follows from this is, "Why do atheists get to define atheism, but theists don't get to define what faith means?" Especially when one considers that the current popular definition of atheism[atheists simply "lack belief in a god"] contradicts the manner in which the word has been used historically! That seems like a double-standard to me. I don't suppose I should look forward to Loftus chastising his fellow atheists for insisting that the word atheism have only one meaning. After all Mr. Loftus, "isn't how we define the word 'atheism'...part of the debate itself?"
Authors like Richard Dawkins have popularized the belief that "faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
An Open Letter to All the People Writing (And Sharing) Open Letters About What’s Wrong with The Church
I would love to see our generation become the one that cheers most loudly for the Church. The generation that sees her flaws but believes the best about Her. The generation that praises Her heart and Husband! The generation that says my faithfulness to the Church mirrors my faithfulness to Jesus Christ. The generation that loves not just the sexy church but also the struggling church. The generation that champions the Church. The generation that stops complaining and starts changing-our hearts, our churches and our culture.
My Journey Away from Contemporary Worship Music
Great article. I was born in 1991 so i grew up hearing a mix of some old hyms and all that Delirious style music in church and I loved them all. I am not a musician or studying music or involved in the worship team in my church I’m just the soundman, but I have to say I disagree with you about songs being theologically rich. To me worship is all about you own heart, emotions, life and walk with God as a christian, and I personally could sing the most repetitious basically simple song for hours if it connects me with God and touches my life and i feel His presence during my worship. I believe no matter the song or the style, if you personally understand what you are singing, you believe what you are singing and you feel God move then it doesnt matter if its an ancient hymn or a modern contemporary song. Now i do personally love all the songs from the late 80s and the 90s because thats the music I grew up with in church but i do also love some of the more modern Jesus Culture ones and those styles too. Yes some new songs get sung over and over simply because they are new and the lose any meaning they had but so can some old hymns, but worship is a personal thing between you and God so even if the congragation are just going through the motions if that song touches one person where they are at and God speaks to them or touches them then that song is doing what all praise and worship is meant to do….
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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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 New England Patriots’ Prevention of Fumbles Is Nearly Impossible
As you can see, the Patriots won their Super Bowls having a below-average rate of fumbles lost given today’s average of 105 plays per fumble lost. But in 2007, something happened to propel them to a much better rate. (You’ll remember, that just so happened to be the same year they went 16–0 in the regular season.) But even looking at these numbers, it’s clear how insane the 187 number is: They are almost running 100 more plays without a single fumble as compared with the 2002–2006 period when they won two of their three Super Bowls.
'Keep Your Religion in the Closet' Says NYT Editorialist
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The Smartest Guy Ever to Be President Isn't Quite As Smart As He Thinks - Commentary Magazine
Barack Obama is really, really smart. I know, because he told me so during his State of the Union address. Our president is especially smart on foreign policy. I know because Mr. Obama told me that, too. “I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership,” the president said . “We lead best when … we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents. That’s exactly what we’re doing right now. And around the globe, it is making a difference.”
Latest Speculation on 49ers OC Search
The San Francisco 49ers are in the market for a new offensive coordinator. Former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin are considered two of the top candidates.
The 10 Most and Least ‘Bible-Minded’ Cities in America: Did Yours Make the List?
The American Bible Society has the answer with the release of its latest report that ranks 100 U.S. cities based on residents’ devotion to reading the Bible and their overall opinion of the Christian scriptures.
SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy
After 25 years selling quirky products, the company behind the in-flight catalog SkyMall filed for bankruptcy protection, a victim of evolving rules and technology that now lets airline passengers keep their smartphones and tablets powered up during flight.
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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.
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.
The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress
Walden is also the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which held a hearing Wednesday on its own plan to protect the open Internet. Walden and others say it would be a mistake for the FCC to reclassify broadband as a communications service, like the federally regulated telephone companies.
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Kenneth Miller Steps on Darwin's Achilles Heel
In my last three posts ( here , here , and here ) I showed that Miller's claims concerning the evolution of the chloroquine-transporting protein PfCRT of malaria were at best contrary to strong experimental evidence and at worst simply wrong. That section occupied less than a third of his essay. Now I'll move on to the remaining two-thirds. Mercifully, that can be dealt with more briefly here, because in previous writings I have already answered almost all the objections he raises. For most of that final portion Miller simply calls on the prominent biologists Sean Carroll and Joseph Thornton for help. My answers to Carroll's old arguments are here and here .
Bleacher Report on Twitter
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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.
Inside the Stunning Mosques of Shiraz, Iran
Nasir al-Mulk mosque, just next door, is remarkable for the stained glass windows lining its indoor prayer hall. Visit early in the morning and you’ll see sunlight streaming through the colored glass, painting kaleidoscopic patterns onto the supporting columns. Completed in 1888, Nasir al-Mulk is also known as the Pink Mosque due to the pink tiles lining its interior.
Understand the Same-Sex Marriage Issue - Stand to Reason Blog
Phillip, if a big problem with same-sex marriage is that children will be denied a mother or a father, then of course it's relevant how children do without a mother or a father. And since this has been studied for much longer than same-sex marriage, the issue has had time to build a track record. I think it's perfectly reasonable to trust them and use them in arguments more than studies about same-sex marriage (which I do), which have not had the benefit of time, and which have been seriously challenged on both sides for various reasons. You'll notice I didn't limit my comment to pro -same-sex-marriage studies. I'm including studies that find problems with same-sex marriage, as well. Studies on children without mothers or fathers get right to the heart of the issue and don't have political baggage to overcome. People are more likely to listen and less likely to dismiss.
5 Best Books for Seminarians
Yeah, that just happened. My kids would get this answer right. If I were to ask them about the most important book in world, about the book that is worth reading above all the others, they would say the Bible. It’s funny, though, that seminarians can tend to forget this along the way. It can make it a text for cold-hearted study rather than a treasure to stir our souls. It can become an assignment instead of an encounter. Don’t let that happen. Read the Bible, and read it slow, everyday.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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Fazale Rana on Twitter
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Comparing the Odds: The Seahawks Game Versus...Evolution?
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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.
TGC Spotlight 01.23.15
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In Intellectual Neutral | Reasonable Faith
Sometimes people try to justify their lack of intellectual engagement by asserting that they prefer having a "simple faith." But here I think we must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith. A childlike faith is a whole-souled trust in God as one's loving Heavenly Father, and Jesus commends such a faith to us. But a childish faith is an immature, unreflective faith, and such a faith is not commended to us. On the contrary, Paul says, "Do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature" (1 Cor. 14.20 RSV). If a "simple" faith means an unreflective, ignorant faith, then we should want none of it. In my own life, I can testify that, after many years of study, my worship of God is deeper precisely because of, and not in spite of, my philosophical and theological studies. In every area I have intensely researched—creation, the resurrection, divine omniscience, divine eternity, divine aseity—my appreciation of God's truth and my awe of His personhood have become more profound. I am excited about future study because of the deeper appreciation I am sure it will bring me of God's personhood and work.
ERLC, Focus unveil 2016 Evangelicals for Life
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ERLC, Focus unveil 2016 Evangelicals for Life
by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 23, 2015 (yesterday)
ERLC President Russell Moore prays to close the Evangelicals for Life event Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. Joining him in prayer are (from left) Kelly Rosati of Focus on the Family, Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Phillip Bethancourt of the ERLC.
The 10 Most Influential Churches of the Last Century
A tenth trend is noted for its transforming influence on church culture as much as its influence on new methods and new programs. After World War II, the parents who were responsible for winning World War II gave birth to the generation known as the Baby Boomers. These children were influenced by television, wealth, and changing expectations of cultures. The churches struggled to incorporate the growing numbers of Baby Boomers into their traditional church culture. The young didn’t think like their parents, did not dress like their parents, did not sing like them, did not eat like them, nor did they dream like them. Some Baby Boomers were initially focused on “California Dreaming,” and they were representative of the multiple thousands of young people who rebelled against what they called the recessive middle class and became hippies in California.
Postmodernism, Open Theism, and Philosophy
In addition to that, however, Scripture is often under-determinative with respect to certain doctrines. For example the Bible affirms both divine sovereignty and human freedom, but it doesn't explain how you put these together. Certain Reformed thinkers will put these together by affirming universal divine causal determinism and compatibilism. They'll say that God is sovereign because he universally causally determines all that happens, and that human beings are free because being causally determined is compatible with being free in the sense of one's actions being voluntary. So that would be an example of trying to use philosophy to provide a theory of how to reconcile divine sovereignty and human freedom in Scripture. But there are other models available. For example there's the Molinist model which affirms divine sovereignty and human freedom, but it will reconcile these in a quite different way by affirming libertarian freedom – we are not causally determined by God in everything we do – but what it affirms is a distinction between God's strongly actualizing states of affairs and God's weakly actualizing states of affairs.
Clip: National Prayer Breakfast
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If You Don’t Develop These 2 Traits, You’ll Never Be Successful
C. E. Stowers
The Reverend Clarence E. Stowers, Jr. was born on December 2, 1966 to Dr. Clarence (deceased) and Margaret Stowers, Sr. in Evanston, Illinois. He began his spiritual pilgrimage at Mars Hill under the leadership of Dr. Clarence E. Stowers, Sr. He accepted his call to preach the gospel in 1991 and was licensed and ordained at Mars Hill. In May of 1999, he succeeded his father as the pastor of the historic Mars Hill Baptist Church of Chicago.
Mars Hill has experienced phenomenal ministry growth under his visionary pastoral leadership. Since his ministry there, more than 1500 souls have been saved and united with the church. In 2004, Mars Hill was awarded the Church Health Award from Rick Warren and Saddleback Church. Mars Hill is an innovative, multicultural, and soon-to-be multi-site church. With membership now exceeding 2200, it is one of the fastest growing churches in the Midwest. Pastor Stowers shares his life and ministry with his gifted wife, Lady Shauntai Stowers and three children, Myles, Joshua and Lauren.
Jephthah, Human Sacrifice, and God: What should we make of Judges 11:29-40?
All that you say makes sense. Unnecessary and far reaching extrapolations often do not help an otherwise sound argument, and that is how it struck me. So both of your points above are likely correct. Your argument does not hinge on it. At the same time, regardless of the “necessity” of the victory, it was God’s plan to deliver Israel at that moment from that enemy through that man. He wasn’t the first nor last of God’s chosen instruments to later do questionable things. As you point out, it is not God’s goal everyday to prevent any and all evil from happening. We have free will and evil is permitted to occur; but God has a plan. The story is a great one preserved for us though. It is an excellent quandry for the philosopher to ponder; “should I keep my incredibly stupid oath to God”? As human sacrifice was not uncommon, and Jephthah was on the outskirts of Hebrew society, he may not have known God’s stance on the practice. Nonetheless, he likely did not make rash oaths after that incidence.
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Miscarriage, and Our Love Affair With Euphemism
I think it’s important that Christians do the same and summon up the courage to call things by their proper names. We have to stop relying so heavily upon spiritual euphemisms to describe the hardest elements of our life, and recognize that a spirit of avoidance is not always the same as the spirit of peace. We need to say the words “miscarriage,” “mental illness,” and “drug addiction”, not for the shock value those words hold, but so that we can deal with them directly, and without shame. If we do not, and instead content ourselves only with speaking euphemistically, we leave people dreadfully unprepared for the reality of life, even a life with Christ.
All Paths Do Lead to God - Stand to Reason Blog
This approach gives an accurate sense of why the cross is important and why Jesus is actually necessary, showing God as merciful, not petty. The biblical message is not if you don't believe in Jesus you go to Hell. Rather the message is, "If you don't receive a pardon for your crimes, you'll be punished as you should be." The former approach confuses the doctor with the disease. If you refuse the doctor's medicine for your disease, the blame belongs to the disease, not the doctor. The obituary doesn't read, "Cause of Death: He didn't go to the doctor."
The Sanctity of Life | Open Biola
Drs. Scott Rae, Tim Muehlhoff, and Tamara Anderson discuss the sanctity of life as it relates to the issue of abortion. Dr. Rae addresses the climate of the discussion as it currently stands and why taking a biblical approach to abortion is so important. Next, Dr. Muelhoff considers what role graphic images can play in the abortion discussion. Finally, Dr. Anderson reminds her listeners to love and have compassion for those who have been affected by abortion.
Solid Reasons on Twitter
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Churches, Promote Your Worship Dude
It is my sense, however, that some churches don’t know what to do with their worship guy/leader/director. In some cases, this is understandable. There aren’t always a ton of musically inclined people in our evangelical congregations. This is increasingly true in part because beautiful music has fallen on hard times in our context. Most people frankly aren’t interested in the Western aesthetic tradition. They have no ear for complex and rich musical productions. The church, writ large, doesn’t take the arts super-seriously.
WORLD | The serpent’s egg | Andrée Seu Peterson | Feb. 7, 2015
Algeria’s independence from France in 1962 coincided with a marked expansion of the French economy, for which laborers were sought. From the ’60s to the ’70s (where I come in, backpack in tow) the number of foyers (in hostels) had mushroomed, and now it was not only France fostering the maintaining of cultural and national identity but the North African nations as the biggest advocates. A demand for accommodation to Muslim religion arose. The seminal mosque was a prayer room in a hostel, overseen by a “worker imam.”
Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Three Unpopular Reasons
In our “self-esteem-motivated” culture, this is very unpopular to say, but there really are no “good” people. So when bad things happen to us, it’s often at the hands of others. This is a hard truth, but if we take a brutally-honest look at humanity, historically we’ve fallen short of goodness in countless ways. For example, history shows that the most heinous crimes committed on mankind, despite what we want to believe, are by ordinary men. In World War II, for example, regular police officers were asked to kill Jews, male/female, young/old, by gunshots to the head as the victims lay defenseless on the ground. Officers were offered a chance to decline this “job,” yet only a handful opted out. Those who did were treated as cowards or traitors. Remember, Hitler was not able to murder millions single-handedly! Hundreds participated in the executions at German Nazi concentration camps, like Auschwitz, from 1940–1945. These exterminators were shopkeepers, dentists, businessmen—people just like you and me!
5 Great Habits for Spiritual Entrepreneurs from Forbes Magazine
Contrary to the approaches of plenty of other ministry leaders, I celebrate spiritual entrepreneurship and believe it’s closely related to the apostolic gifts demonstrated by the church’s earliest missionaries.
Will Christians be allowed to serve as judges in California?
Going back to the Louie Giglio debacle, could it be that it is time for evangelical ministers, be it Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Franklin Graham, et al, if Hillary Clinton is elected President in 2016, to “respectfully decline” from any part in the inauguration, but possibly suggest, “Have you tried the United Church of Christ (President Obama’s church in Chicago, in particular) or the Unitarian Universalist fellowship down the street? They’ll pretty much say whatever you want, Madam President.” (thus making the whole idea of a blessing from God a big “pshaw” to most people). And speaking of Brendan Eich, could it also be time for the very “one” who is the “‘only one’ who can save a particular company from immediate liquidation (yeah, I’m exaggerating, but that’s probably they would tell the person they wanted to hire),” if he or she is a believer, and knows the company’s stand on certain issues, to “respectfully decline” (better than telling them “no way in hell,
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Trinity
Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the Hebrew Scriptures: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The earliest Christians, however, had to cope with the implications of the coming of Jesus Christ and of the presumed presence and power of God among them—i.e., the Holy Spirit, whose coming was connected with the celebration of the Pentecost. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were associated in such New Testament passages as the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19); and in the apostolic benediction: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). Thus, the New Testament established the basis for the doctrine of the Trinity.
WORLD | Does your city measure up to Indianapolis? | Russ Pulliam | Jan. 24, 2015
Photo courtesy of Patrick Henry CollegeJay Hein Jay Hein , who is head of the Indianapolis-based Sagamore Institute and previously served as director of the Bush administration’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, said it is a challenge to discern this kind of ministry in any city: “The humility and life-on-life qualities that make faith-based groups effective also keep them out of the news headlines. They are interested in making a difference, not building their profiles.”
WORLD | Among outrageous pop stars, Ed Sheeran is weirdly normal | Jeff Koch | Jan. 24, 2015
Twenty-three-year-old singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran stands out from this year’s Grammy frenzy. It’s not his nomination for the coveted best-album award nor his blockbuster sales numbers, though Sheeran finds himself on top of an elite group. Spotify recently named him the most listened-to artist in the world, with 860 million downloads, according to The Independent.
Why Yemen’s Collapse Dooms Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy
Isaac Stone Fish is Asia editor at Foreign Policy, where he edits, reports, and writes stories from across the region. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Isaac wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea, a country he has visited twice. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Isaac spent seven years living in China prior to joining FP; he has traveled widely in the region and in China. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and PRI, among others.