651. What Is The Story Of The Bible?
Bobby shares from a big-picture perspective what the story of the Bible is about.
What I Wish I Knew | Catalyst One Day
Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel discuss what they wish they knew about leadership when they were first starting out. We would like to invite you to join us ...
Barney Fife The Preamble To The Constitution
If you want to see a funny video and the Preamble of the Constitution this is the right spot. My teacher played this video and i almost died laughing.Please ...
Gays ignore Obama's comment about their 'lifestyle choice' | Christian Examiner Newspapers
"I'm hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision but I will tell you, people's hearts have opened up on this issue," he continued. "I think people know that treating folks unfairly—even if you disagree with their lifestyle choice—the fact of the matter is they're not bothering you. Let them live their lives and under the law, they should be treated equally."
There Is Plenty of Evidence for God
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In the full podcast, Dr. Craig discusses two debates he had with the late Dr, Victor Stenger which i...
Passion, Calling and Other Words We Need to Redefine
Wow, this really resonated with me. I think we get so bogged down in what the world's definitions of things are that we forget the much larger purpose God has for us. And by larger, I don't necessarily mean that we're all meant to be a Mother Teresa. Rather, I think it's more about who God created you to be, whether that's Mother Teresa or that really great janitor at the local elementary school who makes the kids feel loved and safe. Because that may be the only love and safety those kids get. I'm definitely going to refer to your definitions often!
William Tyndale's Portrait
Featured prominently in my study, as though looking over my right shoulder, is a reproduction of a stunning portrait of the great Bible translator William Tyndale . Painted in oil on canvas, the original work is from the brush of an unknown artist. It was produced in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century and now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London. As the subject of the portrait, Tyndale is seated, dressed all in black, and surrounded by a subdued dark-brown background. His face and hands seem to glow from the light of a candle that is hidden from view.
Ask Pastor Matt: "If Christianity is True, Why Are So Many Christians Depressed?"
There are sinful causes of depression but there are also non-sinful causes. For example, I have had conversations with devoted Christians who were raised in emotionally abusive, yet tight homes. They are taught, both by the family and, oddly enough, by the church, that anger and criticism are sins. So, they take the abuse. Swallow the anger. Feel guilty about hating it and lapse into depression. Painfully, these people often do not develop a full fledged identity of their own. They do not even have an identity outside of the dysfunctional system. Also, the staggering number of young people I have counseled who have been sexually assaulted and taught to keep it quiet or ignore also frequently, and with good reason, find themselves severally depressed because, among other things, they have swallowed their anger rather than express it. The church needs to a better job at separating people from actions and calling evil evil even if it comes from a loved one. Blessings.
The Briefing 01-28-15
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To the Church in America Today
Piper: “We have come to take all the relatively minor benefits of following Jesus and elevated them above the massive, real pleasures of knowing him, loving him, and dying and being with him forever. Everything’s out of proportion in typical American Christianity.”
Could “Good” and “Evil” Exist without God? - Stand to Reason Blog
Good and evil, like mathematics, like logic..... like all abstractions, find anti-realism removing Platonism from the table and - therein - leaving all our truth predicates and sentences and so on in but a few places. All of them interesting. None of them problematic for Theism. All of them catastrophic for materialism / philosophical naturalism.
9 Things You Should Know About Auschwitz and Nazi Extermination Camps
5. At various concentration and extermination camps, the Nazis conducted medical experiments on their prisoners, which included placing subjects in pressure chambers, testing drugs on them, freezing them, attempting to change eye color by injecting chemicals into children's eyes, and various amputations and other surgeries that were often conducted without anesthesia. The most notorious of these Nazi physicians was Dr. Josef Mengele, who worked in Auschwitz. According to one witness, Mengele sewed together a set of twins named Guido and Ina, who were about 4 years old, from the back in an attempt to create Siamese twins. Their parents were able to get some morphine and kill them to end their suffering.
Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever
Like a pyramid scheme, the health-and-wealth gospel feeds on the down and out. My friend Vallerian Mganga tells me that in Kenya, the health-and-wealth message is the only version of Christianity most people ever hear. My father-in-law, who mentors prisoners, tells me that he runs into this teaching routinely in the prison system. Why? Because the health-and-wealth gospel preys on people desperate for relief.
When He Picks Up the Grocery Bags, I Thought No Big Deal. When He Opens Them, Everything in My World Changed
*Hey Faithit peeps, The Drop Box film is a big part of our story. When we launched the original trailer last January it went viral and it’s our most-viewed story since launch. So, we’d kinda like to ask another favor … will you help us spread the word about the ACTUAL movie, you know, in theaters. If you’re with us, share this on your Facebook page (using the big blue share button), email it to your friends or just shout the URL from the rooftops! If that’s your thing.
Climate Change Deniers Are Completely Insane
I’m wondering if you have the guts to address something and actually force your right wing readers to think for themselves. I’m getting really tired of seeing these idiots on Facebook who every time it gets cold or snows start gloating about how it “proves” there is no climate change. You’ve never outed yourself as a climate denier, and I know you like to consider yourself a logical person, so I’m hoping this is one area where you differ from your cohorts. These morons need to be put in their place. Colder temperatures and blizzards ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE SCIENTIFIC MODEL FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. This is why I could never be a republican. I can’t be a part of a group of anti-science climate deniers who would kill this planet if they were given free reign. Prove you’re really “controversial,” Matt, and call your people to task here.
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The Eighth Decade of Life and the Ultimate Purpose of God
Turning 69 earlier this month, which soberingly means entering my seventieth year and eighth decade, makes me tremble with joyful eagerness not to waste my life. As the year and the decade turn, I have been thinking about Jesus’s final words, “Teach [all the nations] to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Not just to know what I commanded, but to observe it — obey it, do it. The last command of the Lord was, “Teach the nations in such a way that they obey me.”
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To experience victory over sin, we need a greater love for him than we have for ourselves, and his divine grace is the only thing that has the power to produce that kind of love in us. It will be a slow and arduous process, but God is patient with us even when we refuse to love him, and his faithfulness extends to the clouds! (Psalm 36:5)
3 Muslim-Christian Crossroads
There are three main intersections where Christian and Muslim thought crosses paths and where we might meet for heart-level discussion. At each intersection, our two faiths diverge. What if we could take Muslim friends to one of those intersections and show them how to take the path to Jesus, rather than the road away from him? Those three intersections are law, logic, and legacy.
The Presence of God
Third, I’m tempted to say the last chapter is worth the price of the book, but you need to do the heavy lifting of working through the previous ones for the payoff. Here Lister works out the implications for living with God’s presence in its rightful place. The church isn’t simply entrusted with proclaiming the gospel but is itself an instrument through which he accomplishes his mission. If that’s true, then sanctification, worship, evangelism, and missions are not as individualistic in nature as many of our churches seem to functionally assume. The whole body of Christ mediates his presence in the world by proclaiming the gospel and experiencing its blessings. So as the gospel goes to all nations, with churches being established in those areas where there were once no churches, the presence of God becomes manifest in ways that accomplish what he originally set out to do in creating us. As I contemplated these lofty ideas, I realized the implications for life and ministry are endless.
This Governor’s ‘Charles Darwin Day’ Proclamation Honors the ‘Theory of Evolution’
An atheist’s request for the state of Delaware to celebrate “Charles Darwin Day” has been approved, with Democratic Gov. Jack Markell issuing a proclamation naming Feb. 12, 2015, as the day of commemoration.
WORLD | Cake baking and journalistic story baking | Marvin Olasky | Jan. 27, 2015
But Jack’s account of what he asked for is very different. In an email to WORLD, he wrote that he requested two cakes in the shape of an open Bible. He asked that the first cake show on one page, “God hates sin—Psalm 45:7,” and on the facing page, “Homosexuality is a detestable sin—Leviticus 18:22.” He requested that the second cake have on one page, “God loves sinners,” and on the facing page, “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us—Romans 5:8.”
6 Things Your Church Should be Doing, but Probably Isn’t
Always blaming churches. ***NEWFLASH*** Relevant - The people ARE the church, it starts with the individual. Finding fault, pointing fingers, and simply providing third party suggestions does absolutely nothing for the Kingdom of God. It starts with you and I, and every individual. I'm sick of churchy people talking about what should be done, and blaming the church while they themselves do absolutely nothing. Most of the time, congregations are lazy and refuse to participate in ministry. The fact is that you are the church, and you refuse to live out your faith as the Bible commands. Quit saying what the "Church" should do, and get off your high horse, realize you are the church, and go out and actually do it. #PracticeWhatYouPreach, #PutUpOrShutUp, #AllTalkNoAction, #BlameGame
Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better
While many rant about meddling in-laws, Jessica raves about hers. She praises her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law for helping strengthen her marriage. And despite our skepticism over the fame and overexposure of reality TV, Jessica says the platform gave her the confidence to share her faith on a large scale.
My Baby’s Heart Stopped Beating
When my husband and I found out we were expecting, we weren’t surprised. Sure, I had the shocked moment of staring at the test, hands shaking, eyes wide, motherhood looming over me. But even though Phillip and I had only been married for a month, I’d grown up hearing my dad joke about his and my mom’s efficiency (I was born ten months after they were married). Not to mention, I grew up in a church community where children follow marriage as inexorably as night follows day. Two of my friends and their husbands who were married earlier than me last year just welcomed newborns a week apart.
Arnold was the number one Marine and honor graduate of his Officer Candidate School (OCS) class and garnered respect from all he led and served. He loved the Marines and he loved to fly. He loved his country and was ready to go whenever the nation called. Twelve days earlier, Saddam Hussein's forces invaded Kuwait sparking international condemnation and economic sanctions, and he wondered if his future would include combat in the Persian Gulf. Trained as an attack helicopter pilot, he was an expert at providing assault support for Marines on the ground. Marine Cobra pilots are more like airborne grunts than your stereotypical “flyboy." They are close to the ground, close to the ground-pounders, and close to the enemy. When they shoot, or get shot at, it's up close and personal.
May Jesus’s Name Be Known Through Me
Jesus came on mission, lived on mission, died on mission, and left his disciples — including all of us who follow him today — on mission. Conversion is about commission, not just salvation, because we’re not saved to be saved, but saved to be sent. Redemption is a life-saving rescue, but it also involves a profound rewiring and repurposing. We are saved to go out into the world for the glory of our Jesus — to make him known as our Lord, Savior, and greatest Treasure.
This book highlights 16 key Bible verses that stand as “turning points” in the biblical story line—enabling us to see God’s incredible plan to redeem his people and glorify his name from Genesis to Revelation. Whether it’s the creation of humanity, the establishment of the covenants, or the coming of the Messiah, this book will help Christians see how God’s Word tells a single story about his sovereignty, glory, and grace.
What Was God Doing Before Creation?
I then went on to explain that because God has always existed, then it is meaningless
to ask, “What was God doing all that time before He created?” No matter how
far you were to go back in time, you would still have an infinite amount of
time before He created! So even if the universe were billions or trillions or
quadrillions of years old, you could still ask the same question.
10 Years of TGC Teaching
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The Mark Lamprecht Ledger
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God's Not Dead: God Exists: Knowledge and a Discussion on the Gettier Problem
Herein is the problem resulting from the lack of omniscience: one cannot know at a particular moment that one’s belief is true knowledge and not just JTB. In contrast, God is omniscient, He knows all things; men lack omniscience, so real JTB cannot be solely based on empirical observations, one must know some truths based on God’s nature and His revelation. This is a presupposition that furnishes the ground for true truth arrived in a non-erroneous manner. So truth is located in God’s unflawed, utterly precise omniscience.
yes, I find this all a little insulting. I get it that you aren’t in to women pastors – but come on! If you are really going to look to church planting in the bible look to Paul (he used women all the time in church planting). Jesus wasn’t really so much of a church planter – so taking his all male disciples as a recipe for church planting is a little silly. If you don’t have women as an integral part of your church and church plant, you don’t have a church, sorry. The church is the whole body of christ, and if you ‘planting team’ does not represent the body, it does not represent the church. And I am not talking about the pretty and supportive wife who is there to ..what? be dated?? make dinner for everyone? (Reminds me of stories of Grace Driscoll cleaning up what was basically a “frat boy” party in her basement – doing the dishes for ‘men’ that couldn’t be arsed to clean up their own mess). Your lack of consideration of women here is terrible, it really is. Honestly think about what you have said here.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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6 Thoughts for Pastors on Personal Finances - Eric Geiger
Because a pastor’s finances can be different from another person’s finances, I have often asked older and wiser pastors for counsel on managing personal finances. According to the apostle Paul, managing the home is no small matter for a pastor, and this includes our personal stewardship. “If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?” (1 Tim. 3:5).
Early Manuscripts of Biblical Writings? What's at Stake?
In the current flurry of excitement over the putative 1st-century fragment of Mark, there are obvious agendas at work. That both Dan Wallace and Craig Evans mentioned the item in debates and settings appealing to Christian apologetics clearly reflects one agenda: to emphasize the extent of evidence available for judging the early transmission and textual integrity of NT writings. But this particular agenda was formed in response to another, and equally suspicious purpose and agenda, reflected, e.g., by some rhetorical flourishes by some other scholars (e.g., Bart Ehrman, et al.), in which it is asserted that the chronological distance between extant copies of NT writings and the time of likely composition is such as to make it almost impossible to say whether extant copies resemble with any great faithfulness what the authors actually wrote. This sort of claim, too, is a kind of apologetics, in the service of scoring points in a religion-debate, in an effort to unsettle those (esp. traditional Christians) who revere the NT writings as scriptures.
Public Chastity, Private Chaos
A mericans’ public and private lives are on a collision course. Our social system—the one we publicly engage daily—still unwittingly encourages and rewards chaste behavior (though perhaps not speech). Privately, our lives bespeak an emerging chaos, regardless of what we personally hold to be good or true or ideal. In other words, American life is becoming sexually bipolar.
So Long New York: American Bible Society Heads to Philly
American Bible Society president and CEO Roy Peterson announced the move in a joint press conference with Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter on Wednesday morning. “On behalf of the City of Philadelphia, we’re honored to welcome American Bible Society to its new home,” Nutter said.
Competing for God’s Glory on the Gridiron
If the only thing our players have learned from us as coaches is how to play the game well, we’ve done them a disservice. To truly love our players is to teach them how to play the game of football for God’s fame. If we can teach them how to compete to the glory of God on the gridiron, they’ll be able to apply those same principles to every circumstance for the rest of their lives.
Duck Dynasty Wife: The More Christians on Reality TV, the Better
I don’t think so, not in that sense. I know Candace Cameron Bure , she kind of got chastised for saying she’s a submissive wife. The world views submissive as a negative thing, and we view it as a positive thing. The only difference between the world’s view of the word submissive and a Christian’s view is—if your husband has to say, “Be submissive,” it’s totally missing the point. Being a submissive wife, you don’t think about it. You do things out of love. I respect my husband, and I do things that he would want me to do. The same that he would do for me. He would not do something if he thought, “Jessica wouldn’t like this.” Those are things that are negative in the world, more self-gratifying, and we don’t view life like that. It’s not a take, take, take world for Christians.
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Kenny G Thinks He Gave Starbucks the Idea for the Frappuccino, and Who Are We to Argue?
At the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee. And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called “blended” that was a sweet drink, and people were lined up around the block. And I would always call Howard and say, “Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever.” And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback. So I’d like to think that I was partially responsible for that.
God’s Glory, Artistic Beauty, and Joyful Longings
Herman Bavinck is one theologian who seems to have mastered the holistic Christian worldview as well as anyone, and it makes for glorious reading. I’m struck by how he weds the beauty of man-made art and the beauty of creation to show them both to be expressions of God’s glory, and then ties all that beauty to our joy, and then follows through to show how the piercing human longing for the re-creation of all things is there in the enjoyment of the created beauty .
Charles Townes, RIP: Nobel Laureate Who Endorsed Intelligent Design in Cosmology
Some contemporary New Atheists, such as Lawrence Krauss in his current quarrel with Eric Metaxas , would have the public believe that mainstream physicists reject ID. But of course this is wrong. There have been, and continue to be, prominent and credible physicists like Townes who affirm intelligent design in their field as a scientific, not religious, theory. I suspect that Dr. Townes's legacy will continue to be appreciated in many ways and for many years to come.
Report: A City of 2 Million People Is Surrounded by Boko Haram Militants
A fter killing at least 40 people in their latest series of raids on villages in northern Nigeria this week, Boko Haram militants appear to have Maiduguri and it’s 2 million residents surrounded. From CBC News : “In Maiduguri, some 200 kilometers north of Michika, people fleeing militant attacks in neighboring Borno state say that Boko Haram fighters warned they are preparing ‘a big grave’ for them in Maiduguri and that ‘there will be no mercy.’” Though Nigerian military forces were able to fight off Boko Haram militants this weekend in Maiduguri, there are reports that the city is now surrounded and several roads in have been taken over Boko Haram. Authorities fear that the terrorist group my be planning a massive attack soon ...
Evaluating Bryan Chapell’s Approach to Christ-Centered Preaching |
Consequently, Chapells’s approach to biblical theology in preaching could cause some to have a flattened reading of Scripture. The primacy of Fallen Condition Focus gives man centrality in biblical interpretation and tends toward an individualized view of the gospel and salvation, obscuring that the gospel message is the message of the kingdom (Mk 1:15; Luke 4:43). Chapell’s Fallen Condition Focus, though a helpful exegetical tool, when used as the interpretive and sermonic starting point could lead to a neglect of canonical intertextuality and reduce the perceived exigency of whole-Bible Scripture saturation. One of the problems with contemporary interpretation and preaching is the dominance of this question as a starting point: “How does this text testify of me?” The preacher’s responsibility is not simply to apply the biblical story to the lives of his hearers but to apply the lives of his hearers to the biblical story and call them to find themselves in the story of Jesus. Beginning with the fallen condition of the hearer feeds the individualism that many already bring to the text.
How a Pro-Life Bill Could Lead to More Abortions
I would love to live in a world where the news that a child has Down syndrome simply led to increased medical and social support for a woman throughout her pregnancy and throughout the course of her child’s life. To see that world come into being, we need cultural change. We also need women to be entrusted with accurate and current information about the challenges and joys of life for children and adults with Down syndrome. Pro-information laws get this information to women, and hopefully help them choose life. The recent pro-life legislation in Indiana insures such information will be withheld from women and could result in even more abortions as an ironic result.
Good News, Millennials: You Don't Have to Save the Church
We find ourselves facing into “millennial anxiety” as well as concern about the “rise of the nones” (those who do not identify with any religious tradition, a cohort that is apparently growing in the West). Like some reverse Paul Revere, many ride through the fiber optics of the Internet and into church basements shouting, “The millennials are leaving! Watch out for the rise of the nones!” Simply put, millennial anxiety—a concern shared by both mainline and evangelical churches—is the fear that those between ages 18 and 25 have little interest in the church, and that the church has failed to convince them to stay.
My Interview with Ed Welch of CCEF
This past fall, RTS Charlotte launched its new degree program in biblical counseling. We are very excited about how God will use this new program to bless the church with men and woman who have been trained to apply God’s word more effectively in a one-on-one context. You read more about the program here .
Have You Been Salty Lately?
That story stood out to me for its lack of drama. It was about an ordinary process of salt-spreading, close to home and in the rhythm of a normal day. It was about salt we’re all capable of spreading, salt we too often selfishly hoard for ourselves. We need these stories, these salty stories, these stories of seasoning our ordinary days and interactions with speech full of grace.
What Introverts Wish the Church Understood About Them
Compelling article. At the root of any particular form of participation in the church, regardless of being an introvert or extrovert, shouldn't it be Spirit compelled? Moses didn't want to be chosen but was called and was obedient. Samuel on the other hand jumped up with a "Me, Lord! Send me!" So it seems that conviction rather than confidence should be at the core of our participation. For church leaders asking or choosing members to fill specific roles, this article definitely is a great reminder to perceive qualities of an individual with Spirit lead discernment.