Baby Drop Off - The Drop Box Film (Official Teaser)
Pastor Lee Jong-rak built a box to save unwanted babies in South Korea. To date, this little compartment has received over 600 children who would have been o...
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...
The Origin of Life: Evolution vs. Design [Full Debate]
Michael Ruse and Fuz Rana square off to debate the question "Are natural processes sufficient to explain the origin and the complexity of the cell?" Moderate...
Larry Tomczak Responds to Ellen DeGeneres
In this video Larry Tomczak responds to Ellen DeGeneres
Does Mathematics Point to God? William Lane Craig vs Daniel Came
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On January 10th, Dr Craig participated in a discussion on the idea, "Do Mathematics Point to God?" o...
Qur'an Error: Was Mary Both the Mother of Jesus and the Sister of Aaron?
http://www.answeringmuslims.com/ According to the Qur'an, Mary the mother of Jesus is also the sister of Aaron. Yet Mary and Aaron lived more than a thousand...
2. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus - Facing the Facts
Is the Bible's account of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt a myth, or are most archaeologists wrong about there being no evidence of an Egyptian sojourn and Exodus?
03. Isn't faith just for the stupid and gullible?
Nathan Betts (http://bit.ly/nathanbetts) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Isn't faith just for the stupid and gullible?". Wan...
Did the Earliest Followers of Jesus Believe in His Deity? James White debates Shabir Ally
Did the Earliest Followers of Jesus Believe in His Deity? Christian apologist James White debates Muslim apologist Shabir Ally concerning this question at University of Pretoria, South Africa. Th...
Is belief in the Jesus of the Bible needed in order to be rightly related to God?
Here's a good introductory lecture on the topic by Chad Gross, who blogs at Truthbomb Apologetics. You can see the footnotes for his article on his blog. For those who don't want to watch the video...
The Heart of a Leader with Eric Mason and Paul Tripp
What is the heart of a leader? Is it something you’re born with? Something you can develop? Strategies and systems are important, but above all those things,...
Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: The Applicability of Mathematics by William Lane Craig
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The Challenge of Sharing Your Faith Online | Cold Case Christianity
In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Podcast, J. Warner examines the challenge of sharing your faith online and provides five simple guidelines to help you be more effective when making a case for what you believe with social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (For more information, visit www.ColdCaseChristianity.com )
Russell Wilson and Pete Carrol with Dude Perfect
I'm not a Seahawks fan, but I like Russell Wilson and Pete Carrol better for doing this. Greatness.
The Briefing 01-29-15
1) Opposition to sex-selective abortion ban absolute marginalization of baby for sake of choice
Prominent Atheist Professor of Law and Philosophy Thomas Nagel Calls Intelligent Design Scientific and Constitutional to Mention in Science Classes
Prof. Nagel applies this principle to the evolution/intelligent design debate. Assuming, for purposes of argument, even though he himself is an atheist, to label the intelligence "God," he says "the purposes and intentions of God, if there is a god, and the nature of his will, are not possible subjects of a scientific theory or scientific explanation. But that does not imply that there cannot be scientific evidence for or against the intervention of such a non-law-governed cause in the natural order" (p. 190). In other words, Sherlock Holmes can use chemistry to figure out that an intelligence — a person — did the act that killed the victim, even if he can't use chemistry to figure out that the person who did it was Professor Moriarty, or to figure out why Moriarty did the crime.
10 Surprisingly Simple Tips for Talking with Cult Members - Part 2 - Apologetics Guy
I think tip 6 is a key thing to do when conversing with cult members. This is the “technique” that Paul did with the pagans on Mars Hill. To find common ground lets them know that you’re willing to work WITH them, and that you’re trying to see their perspective as well. Many of these members are so used to hearing the typical proof text “infobombs” that are [unwisely] lobbed at them from Christians. If we could just come down to their level and “hear them out”, we’ll likely earn their respect, and hey, they might even consider our hermeneutics after such a display of being relatable.
The Briefing 01-29-15
1) Opposition to sex-selective abortion ban absolute marginalization of baby for sake of choice
Breaking News, World News & Multimedia
The author of dozens of books whose work met with immense commercial success if little critical esteem, Mr. McKuen was once described as “the unofficial poet laureate of America.”
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
TGC's 2015 National Conference, Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth, 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. We hope you can join us April 13–15 in Orlando, Florida
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Bill Gates on dangers of artificial intelligence: ‘I don’t understand why some people are not concerned’
"I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence," Gates wrote. "First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned."
The Love That Is Neither Easy Nor Natural
If you think that Christianity is easy, then maybe you are not loving people very well. Perhaps you are not living closely to other believers. Perhaps you are not frequently applying the gospel. Perhaps the person and work of Jesus is not the model and motivation for your love. When we examine the Bible and what God requires of us as Christians we see that it is neither easy nor natural. It is hard work that would be impossible without grace. Go ahead, dig in; get your hands dirty—there are plenty of opportunities.
Conservatives to Palin: We’re over you.
Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead.
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Fossil found by fisherman may reveal new type of ancient human - CNN.com
(CNN) A fossilized human jawbone discovered by a Taiwanese fisherman, sold to an antique shop, then recovered by researchers may reveal a new kind of prehistoric man.
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.
The Day I Became a Man
It may seem prosaic to say it, but I consider this the moment I became a man. I don’t say that in some testosterone fueled attempt to reclaim masculine Christianity. I’m of the opinion that Christianity is more of a divine thing than a masculine one. Plus, the strongest person I know in the world happens to be a woman, so I hardly believe that internal fortitude is encoded on the Y chromosome alone. But the moment I became a man wasn’t when I got married, nor was it when we had our first child, nor our second. Any idiot can do that, and many idiots do. No, I counted myself a man when I realized that life was hard and unfair, but that faith was made for “hard” and “unfair.” Faith shows its true power and full worth in such moments.
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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.
Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods
To me it is extremely obvious that the seven days should not be taken literally. There are multiple contradictory creation stories in the Bible if we read them as literal accounts. I would suggest the fact that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are set right next to each other in their present context is perfectly clear evidence that the original compiler had no intention of a conflated reading. Genesis 1 begins with the world (which already exists, but that’s another topic) covered in the waters of the deep. Then God’s creation creates habitable space out of it by separating it out. This is somewhat analogous to the flood plains of Mesopotamia, where the waters recede and new life begins after the flood season. In 2.5ff, the picture is entirely different. The world begins as a dry barren wasteland, and God starts a flow of water to cover the ground. This is much more like the situation in Israel, where the land is dry and barren until a spring is discovered or a well is dug. In either case, the creation narratives have different purposes and emphasize different things. They conceive of the world completely differently, but since they aren’t intended to be read as literal accounts of ordinary factual sequential historical events, there is no contradiction, and they are entirely true, just not in the way that rigid modernists want to be able to read and declare something as true.
How the iPad Went From Massive to 'Meh' in 5 Short Years | WIRED
Still, the genius of the iPad, and the reason for its massive popularity, was that Apple realized it didn’t have to make a device that people needed. It just had to make something they would want. Later in his piece, which published the weekend after Jobs’ 2010 keynote, Brooker distilled the brilliant mundanity of the iPad down to its essence. “It looks ideal for idly browsing the web while watching telly. And I suspect that’s what it’ll largely be used for,” he said. “Millions of people watch TV while checking their emails: it’s a perfect match for them.”
No Spin: Endogenous Retroviral Sequences Are Important for Brain Function, and Aren't Junk
Researchers have long been aware endogenous retroviruses constitute around 5 percent of our DNA. For many years, they were considered junk DNA of no real use, a side effect of our evolutionary journey.
In the current study, Johan Jakobsson and his colleagues show that retroviruses seem to play a central role in the basic functions of the brain, more specifically in the regulation of which genes are to be expressed, and when. The findings indicate that, over the course of evolution, the viruses took an increasingly firm hold on the steering wheel in our cellular machinery. ...
"We have been able to observe that these viruses are activated specifically in the brain cells and have an important regulatory role. We believe that the role of retroviruses can contribute to explaining why brain cells in particular are so dynamic and multifaceted in their function. It may also be the case that the viruses' more or less complex functions in various species can help us to understand why we are so different," says Jakobsson, head of the research team for molecular neurogenetics at Lund University.
Elders in the Life of the Church
It’s important to heed the wisdom of these seasoned pastors, especially if you’re convinced by the case for elder plurality and serve in a church with a different leadership structure. As Newton and Schmucker point out, the process of transitioning to a plurality of elders can take at least 18 months to three years—perhaps longer. One must lay the biblical groundwork, then, before shifting the leadership structure. “Only when a church begins to think biblically will elder leadership seem plausible,” they observe (184). “Radical changes in church polity might not find a welcome reception, so proceed judiciously” (212). In other words, you can win the vote for eldership and still lose your congregation’s confidence.
Time-Tested Tactics for Fighting Temptation
See the constant way by which the Lord Jesus doth answer, expel, and conquer every kind of Temptation, [namely] by resisting it by the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. The Scripture is a weapon mighty through God, and if we be diligent it is always ready at hand, for our use and defense, when all our actions and conflicts are regulated by a command, the promise will ever be ready to assist, and protect us. See the powerful Effect of a pertinent application of a Scripture in our management of the Spiritual War, in repelling and resisting of Temptation, James 4:7. . . . The Sword of the Spirit is an holy weapon, that he dares not conflict with, if Satan assault thee, and find thee well armed and furnished with the Scripture, he will soon depart, and let his Temptation fall, only by at present, watching for a fitter season, for that or any other Temptation whereby he may do thee a mischief. (62)
What Do I Get If I’m Good?
A paper published in Science last September reported on a survey aimed at gauging morality in a natural environment—all conducted via text messages, allowing participants to partake in the midst of their daily lives. The intent was to engage in applicable, realistic moral scenarios. Recipients of a good deed became more likely to commit a moral act later that day, whereas those who committed a moral act earlier in the day became more likely to commit an immoral act later. Even though researchers posit that the effect of this sort of contagion is minimal on the pursuit and achievement of morality, the mentality behind it speaks to our approach to morality: not as something holistically good, but as a quantified transaction.
TK: First, I’ve seen that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. It’s not merely mental assent—it is a radical, inside-out work of God that’s made to last. There’s no other explanation for the story (and this is just one of many witnesses to this truth that I’ve met) of a Muslim sheik in the Horn of Africa who beat his sons for becoming Christians but who later became a Christian. The persecutor is now the pastor of the church in what had previously been a one-hundred-percent-Muslim village. The second thing is that Christ is in us, with us, and for us. This explains the peace in the heart of Gulzar, whom I met in Pakistan. His house had been looted by Muslim mob action and his church burned to the ground. Yet he was confidently quoting Scripture to me, saying, “Let not your heart be troubled… . I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2), a place that no one can burn down. It’s the explanation for the extraordinary joyful boldness of a brother in North Africa who, on the day he was baptized, sent a group message to everyone in his phone contact list saying, “Walit Masihi!” (I have become a Christian).
What Introverts Wish the Church Understood About Them
Although I thought this article had a lot of truth, I was particularly concerned with the use of the psychology terms in this article. As a psychology student I see it far to often where terms are used incorrectly or too loosely and it does matter. For example, Anti-social is used incorrectly in this article, the term that she should be referring to is non-social. Anti-social means that someone is incapable of interacting with others in a normal manner and they lack empathy (These are just a couple traits of someone who is anti-social). Non-social means that sometimes people don't want to or like to interact with others and I think that's what she meant. I don't mean to be a stickler but the proper use of terms is important. Besides that I agree with what she has to say about the roles of introverts in the church.
Seahawks Assistant Coach: ‘Jesus is Better Than the Super Bowl’
“Don’t get me wrong,” Sylvester said. “Rocky is a competitive man. I’ve only seen a handful of other people who’ve worked as hard as Rocky has . . . but if the Seahawks don’t win, Rock would say, ‘To God be the glory. He’s still on the throne, and he’s still the only one who matters,’” because Seto knows his back-to-back Super Bowls berths would never have happened without his Christian faith.
h fret not yourself over the one who i prospers in his way,
Science Doesn't Say Anything, Scientists Do (DVD)
Living things don't say "Made by Yahweh" on them; neither do they say "evolved from the first one-celled creature without intelligent intervention." So how do we know where they came from? Someone has to gather data and make an interpretation to draw a scientific conclusion. As Frank shows in this absolutely eye-opening two part series, many scientific conclusions are often tainted by the scientist's philosophical presuppostions, erroneous interpretation of the data or outright dishonesty. And you thought science was always objective-- think again! Frank exposes these problems with evolutionary theory. A must see!
David Suzuki’s Anti-Human "Blue Dot" Campaign
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Your Pastor
How can I say this so that it is more palatable to the author's tender sensibility? If my pastor were to respond similarly to the author when I attempted to affirm the impact of his message by saying "Good sermon" - or if he chastised me when I made myself vulnerable by candidly admitting "We're church-shopping" (or "We're not diving in head-first this time because have been hurt by churches in the past"), "I'm not being fed" (or "I am hungry for God - can you help me?"), or the most raw, “We just don’t feel connected” (or "We feel so alone here" or even "How can I fit in?"), I am sure that I would never feel comfortable opening up to the pastor again, or perhaps I'd pull away from that congregation, feeling disenfranchised. The first two complaints speak to a whiny sensitivity to semantics on the part of a pastor dealing with a lay person grappling with unfamiliar terminology - and the last two seem like a guy who would prefer his congregants not bring him any bad news. Good, bad, infuriating or annoying - this sort of feedback is invaluable. Can you imagine a doctor, a politician
Free from the Love of Money
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. (vv. 6–11)
The Great Commission as a Means of Grace
Disciplemaking is as massive as the Great Commission and as minute as the menial details of everyday life. The Christian life not only connects our little lives with God’s global purposes, but it also translates the bigness of his mission into the smallness of our daily decisions and actions. Disciplemaking is a major way — and the only way expressly mentioned in the Commission — in which our minor, local lives connect to God’s major, global plan.
What Does It Mean to Say a Bible Translation Is Faithful?
Although not as versatile as some words (such as run ), the word faithful can mean different things in different contexts. It can refer to “loyalty,” the quality of always acting in the best interests of someone else. It can also refer to “consistency” or “predictability,” always acting according to certain principles or in a certain manner (like the Yellowstone geyser, Old Faithful). Or it can refer to “strength,” “stability,” and “reliability,” as exemplified by a foundation, a bridge, or a person like “Stonewall” Jackson.
Problem 5: Abrupt Appearance of Species in the Fossil Record Does Not Support Darwinian Evolution
Today, some 150 years later, out of thousands of species known from the fossil record, only a small fraction are claimed to be candidates for Darwin's intermediate forms. Fossil evidence of evolutionary intermediates is generally lacking, as the late evolutionary paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould admitted: "The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution." 68
"Oceans of Kansas," Unexpected Fossils, and Young Earth Creationism
Recently, I reviewed the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham . In that debate, Bill Nye challenged Ken Ham to come up with just one fossil that was in the wrong place in the fossil sequence. In that review, I mentioned polystrate fossils as one possibility for the YEC rejoinder. Strictly speaking, these fossils are not “out of sequence” in a formal sense and so do not qualify as such evidence. Are there other possibilities? Michael J. Everhart’s fascinating look at the natural history of the Western Interior Sea brings up another possibility which may draw some looking for out-of-sequence fossils. After an introductory narrative about how a mosasaur (pictured on the cover of the book getting chomped by a shark) fossil could end up broken up in the middle of the sea, he wrote:
The Cathedral and the Movie Theater
That next day, Sunday, I took the crosstown bus again and entered a large old cathedral on Park Avenue. It was Advent. I hadn’t grown up in a congregation that followed the church calendar, and I had only been slinking back into churches within the past few months, so the reverent old traditions fascinated me. I watched the pastor light the candle and thought about the giddy anticipation the community felt as they prepared to celebrate Christ’s birth. I had begun to think of church, too, as participation in a story. Just as I had after Her , I walked out feeling grateful.
A New Kind of Leader, Part I
I have been asking myself, “What kind of leader does God want me to be?” Sometimes I feel that the image of the American evangelical pastor is one of a CEO instead of a shepherd of people. I certainly understand the importance of vision-casting, systems and process, and organization; however, Jesus was more of a shepherd than a CEO. Jesus just didn’t preach to people and write books. He discipled 12 men and ate with sinners. Jesus touched the unclean and had the sweat of other people on his hands. I want to love and serve people like Jesus, the Great Shepherd.
WORLD | Completing instead of competing | Chelsea Kolz Boes | Jan. 29, 2015
With those words, our storybook began. Jonathan and I were sitting in the cushiony blueness of the downtown library, pages of our own illustrations scattered across our table. On this pre-engagement summer day, we were tackling one of our first joint creative projects: a children’s book featuring two kids on a seesaw who, consciously or not, represented us. And like us, they were writing a story together.
Religious liberty and persecution: a global perspective
These stories are not surprising when you consider the words of Christ in the Gospels. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus told his disciples. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:10-12). On a later occasion, when he sent these disciples out like “sheep in the midst of wolves,” he promised them that persecution would come. “Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.” He concludes, “You will be hated ... for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:16-18, 22). Even a cursory reading of Gospel passages like these reveals that the more we become like Jesus in this world, the more we will experience what he experienced. Just as it was costly for him to counter culture, it will be costly for us.
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,
Weatherman Handles Malfunctioning Green Screen Like a Pro
P hoenix weatherman Cory McCloskey is ready for any challenge you throw at him, even if it’s his green screen malfunctioning by displaying temperatures so hot that they would melt skyscrapers. McCloskey turns a computer on the fritz into the improv hour, and the good citizens of Phoenix just get to enjoy the show ...
In the Room
On this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Gregg Allison. He’s Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We’re discussing his new book “Roman Catholic Theology and Practice”. Most of you who listen to the podcast are Protestant, but with over 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, this is a topic we need to think clearly about. In our conversation we cover a brief history of the Catholic church, how the Catholic Church differs from the Protestant Evangelical Church and how we can best love and minister to those who are Catholic. Order his new book on Amazon now http://rdmptn.org/GreggAllison.
John R. Sampey and a Legacy of Christ-Centered Bible Study
“When the advocates insisted that the lessons be pupil-centered, I countered by insisting that the lessons should be Christ-centered. I sought to make Jesus Christ the center of each cycle… For 46 years I sought to exalt the redemptive element of the Bible. And how many noble men of the Lesson Committee joined meputting Christ Jesus and His salvation in the center of our lesson system!”
Dealing with ‘Gender Disappointment’
Like many moms, I joke that I have a love-hate relationship with pregnancy. I love feeling my baby kick and the idea of life growing inside of me, but my body tends to hate being pregnant. When I found out in September that I would be having another baby, I braced myself. But this time, it was different. I ended up feeling even worse than when I was pregnant with my twin boys. With my violent sickness and new pregnancy cravings, we concluded that this baby had to be a girl.
Norton Hall Band - Nothing But The Blood
Norton Hall Band - Nothing But The Blood
Website Will Turn Your Tweets into Poetry
A glorious new website will turn any Twitter feed into works of incredible poetry. Poetweet is super simple: Just enter the name of any Twitter handle, select the type of poem you would like the tweets to be converted into and wait a few moments while some robotic literary genius crafts them into a surreal work of prose. Say goodbye to at least an hour of productivity today ...
Watch Jack White Reunite the Raconteurs
W hile we patiently wait and dream for a White Stripes reunion that will probably never happen, Jack White delivered the next best thing at his Nashville concert on Wednesday night: a surprise reunion of his dusty, boot-stomping rock and roll band, the Raconteurs. And as if that wasn't enough, the band brought out country music legend Loretta Lynn to team up for 'Portland, Oregon' and the second song Lynn ever wrote, 'Whispering Sea,' which Lynn said she hasn't sung in decades. Check out the Raconteurs playing "Salute Your Solution" below, and hear the songs with Lynn here ...