Science Confirms Climate Change!
Climate change is real—but what should we do about it? Trusting in man’s word or God’s Word will determine how we interpret the evidence and fix our response.
President Trump to offer priority to Christian refugees - Premier
United States president Donald Trump says America will offer priority to Christian refugees in the future.
A Time for Confidence: A Live Interview with Stephen Nichols Today at 3pm
Today at 3pm ET, we will be joined by Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College, Ligonier teaching fellow, and host of the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History. Together, we will discuss the challenges faced by Christians of every age, and the source and ground of our continued confidence—almighty God, the One whose kingdom is unshakable.
A Muslim Registry Is a Really Bad Idea
Katy Perry is right: Fear has no place in our country.
Lyrics Change Laws: How Music Might End Abortion
Changing laws that allow the killing of unborn babies will require the changing of many hearts first — and that often comes through songwriters and poets.
Split brain does NOT lead to split consciousness? | Uncommon Descent
A new research study contradicts the established view that so-called split-brain patients have a split consciousness. Instead, the researchers behind the study, led by UvA psychologist Yair Pinto, have found strong evidence showing that despite being characterised by little to no communication between the right and left brain hemispheres, split brain does not cause two independent conscious perceivers in one brain. Their results are published in the latest edition of the journal Brain.
5 Things Bothering Me About the Response to Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees | The Stream
Izzy Berdan, of Boston, center, wears an American flags as he raises his arm and chants slogans with other demonstrators during a rally against President Trump's order that restricts travel to the U.S., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Boston. Trump signed an executive order Friday that bans legal U.S. residents and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days and puts an indefinite hold on a program resettling Syrian refugees.
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Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria
To be sure, however, the ban is deeply problematic as applied to legal residents of the U.S. and to interpreters and other allies seeking refuge in the United States after demonstrated (and courageous) service to the United States. Twitter timelines are coming alive with stories of Iraqi interpreters who’ve saved American lives. Few have bled more in alliance with America than Iraq’s Kurds, but the order itself provides for the necessary case-by-case exemptions to the temporary blanket bans. It is vital that General John Kelly, the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, move expeditiously to protect those who’ve laid down their lives in the war against ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. Given his own wartime experience, I believe and hope that he will.
Sing Like Men
Man was created in the image of the triune Godhead, the eternally loving community of Father, Son, and Spirit. To exist in community is part of what it means to be human, and is a necessary component of the masculine fabric. And what makes counterfeit masculinity look so close to the real thing is that it often zooms in on the God-given mandate to “work and keep” (Genesis 2:15), ignoring that God also designed this work to be done best with a helper.
William Lane Craig vs Stephen Law | "Does God Exist?"| Westminster Central Hall, London
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The Ultimate Essence of Evil: The Majesty of God, the Triumph of Christ, and the Glory of Human Life
[Satan] said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
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Thirty Seconds Alone with God
First, Jesus was clear in warning the first century to guard themselves from the consuming desire for wealth. Love of money is a corrosive idolatry and an attentional misfire away from the heart of the gospel (Matthew 13:22). Our eternal attention has always been flitting to worldly things. So the church has never enjoyed exclusivity in the market of human attention. But Wu’s observation is important to see, especially as he traces the “attention merchant” tycoons who monetized the printing press, radio, television, and eventually the smartphone. They compete with the gospel for the human gaze.
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Bishop designs commemorative coins to mark Queen's sapphire jubilee - Premier
The Royal Mint will mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne with a range of coins including a design by the Bishop of St Asaph.
Bishop punched in face during Mass - Premier
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Is apologetics really necessary? - Christian Research Institute
First, the Bible informs us that apologetics is not just a nicety; it is a necessity for every believer. Writing in a world steeped in mystery cults, the apostle Peter admonished believers to “always be prepared to give an answer [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). As such, Paul vigorously defended the gospel (Acts 17:15–34; 18:4) and charged Timothy and Titus to do the same (2 Timothy 2:23–26; 4:2–5; Titus 1:9–14).
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Opinion | Exclusive: The letter Russell Moore will send Trump about the refugee order
Editor’s note: Russell Moore, who leads the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, will send the following letter on Monday morning to President Trump and copy House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Moore’s letter responds to Trump’s executive order on refugees.
What is it About Apologetics That We Do Not Understand?
Ever hear objections like these about apologetics? These are just a few of several that I will not answer in this posting. All I will say is that when an objection is made against apologetics, the person making the objection now has the burden of proof on them to defend that position. In other words they have to "give an answer back" as to why they believe their objection is true.
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4 Practical Questions for Applying Apologetics on Your Campus
You may have seen the 2014 movie God’s Not Dead , in which Christian college student Josh Wheaton boldly and unashamedly stands up for his faith in less than welcoming circumstances. The story of an average young adult boldly professing faith drew in and inspired Christian moviegoers, making the film a surprise box office hit. For many young adults, though, this story is a reality. With the questions and challenges posed in universities and work environments, many find themselves in similar situations. The starting point is finding answers, and then understanding how to engage others with the truth.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Era of Refugees
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.
Pure Actuality, Simplicity, Aseity, Necessity
The subject terms are defined below; either as a quote from Geisler or as a paraphrase from his God and Creation volume .
Pure Actuality: "that which is (existence) with no possibility to not exist or to be anything other than it is-existence, pure and simple." 1
Simplicity: that which is without parts, indivisible, absolutely one 2
Aseity: that which exists in and of itself, independent of anything else, self-existent 3
Necessity: that which cannot not exist 4
Strong biblical, theological, and historical foundations grant us the ability to predicate these attributes to God.
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1. Geisler, Norman. Systematic Theology: Volume 2. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2003. 32.
2. Ibid. 39.
3. Ibid. 58.
4. Ibid. 64.
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When Does Wanderlust Become Selfish?
One of the smartest people I’ve ever met is a missionary in Colombia, where he teaches at a seminary. By his own admission, he doesn't like it there. Life in Colombia can feel personally stifling for him, and it is hard on his family. He would much rather have stayed at Oxford University, where he did his doctorate work, because it was one of the few places where he’s ever felt deeply understood and where his gifts would be celebrated. Instead of staying at a place where he felt “at home,” however, he decided to move to South America because he is convinced that is where God has called him to be. He holds no romantic notions about the "adventure" of doing missions in the developing world or spending time in a new culture. When asked why he stays in Colombia, his answer is simple: “Because I’m called.”
Our Refugee Moment
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Does Fasting Even Matter Anymore?
As I've sensed these winds of change, the wilderness has produced in me a dependence on Him that was previously unknown. When we look to fulfill our dreams or accomplish a goal, it’s easy to forget that Jesus told us in John 15 that apart from Him we can do nothing. When we take away a basic need like food, a union with Christ is forged. We are saying, I need You more than my most basic human needs. This posture of humility creates a lean in our hearts. Where we no longer lean into our own understanding or ingenuity to produce, but rather lean unto His heart.
An Evangelical Christian Defends Trump's First Week in Office
So yes, I am very worried about the outrage over this executive order and the fury at Trump in general, because there seems to be more smoke and noise than what would be very helpful clarification. Trafficking in cliches about “love” over “hate” will not bring morality or sanity to our foreign or domestic policy. Who doesn’t prefer “love” over “hate”? The real question is what are the policies that we adopt, and how can they best reflect love and generosity, while still protecting our citizens. There is no substitute for that rational conversation. But the idea that borders are somehow “hateful” is so inane I find myself deeply concerned for my nation. If we cannot understand the fundamentals of what it means to be a sovereign nation, how can we ever see when nationalism actually veers into real jingoism? How can we see the difference between a healthy patriotism and a selfish tribalism? If saying “I love America” means “I hate other countries,” we have fallen into an Orwellian death spiral in which language is useless and power is the only language. That state is called “mere anarchy,” and in such conditions no one suffers more than the poor and the disenfranchised.
Sorting through the aftermath of the executive order heard round the world
President Trump’s Executive Order putting a halt on immigration from certain countries has been the story of the weekend. In many ways, the reporting and talking-headery have been difficult to sort out. If you want to make a start at understanding what has and hasn’t happened, I recommend reading these four items.
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Christianity Promotes Rational (and Evidential) Exploration | Cold Case Christianity
Anais Nin, the avant-garde author and diarist, once said, “When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.” I couldn’t agree more. As a detective and evidentialist, the last thing I want a jury to do is adopt a position blindly. Many people seem to think that Christians do this very thing, however, when they adopt the view that Christianity is true. This is largely due to the fact that the term, “faith” is largely misunderstood. For some (even for some Christians), faith is best defined as “believing in something that lacks supporting evidence.” But this is not the definition of faith that is presented on the pages of Christian Scripture. Instead, the Biblical notion of faith is more akin to “trusting in the best inference from the evidence” (more on this in my post on Friday).
The Power to Risk in the Cause of Christ
My experience now, after 32 years in the ministry of the Word, is that very little happens of any significance in an individual life or a church or a family or an organization that does not involve taking risks. And so I want things to happen in your life. I want you to be able to accomplish things that you never dreamed for the cause of Christ. And I promise you: you don’t have to be a big great person in order for God to use you to do extraordinary things for him. But you do need to take risks. So that’s what we’re going to talk about.
There’s a Difference Between Taking a Stand and ‘Causing Division'
The SPLC is a radical left organization. Putting it on a par with the Washington Post, which has its own liberal leaning, needs some reconsideration, I think. The sources to which we refer need to have some integrity, especially if you are trying to reach both sides of the national divide. The fact that America has many liberal, pro-abortion women willing to march is hardly surprising. The march in Washington DC had a degrading name. Many of the speakers degraded women in their own way. Many of these same women, so offended by the words of Trump, yet excused the actions of Clinton, both of them. The SPLC is highly questionable as a source here, for authentic violence and racism would be all over the news if offered by Trump supporters. It is not. This group has shown fondness for fake news.
5 Ways the Bible Supports Feminism
I believe a woman was created to be a helper to Man in the context of marriage. Today, the word "Feminism" is more about empowerment, equal rights, and social justice. There has been a long battle for equal rights; especially with employment and equal pay. Every woman deserves to be treated with respect and to have dignity. Radical feminism can be extreme to the point where it creates change; but often time with negative consequences. Feminism has come along way "baby"; but because it's definition has been redefined so much; it is often deemed as rebellious or outlandish or not-woman-like. Feminists are still harshly judged in much of the world. The bottom line is that women were created as precious and beautiful creations by God. They are not to be abused or considered less than man. God, our creator, knew what He was doing when He created Wo-man. For a man to think less of a woman; disrespect or abuse her; is despicable behavior and evil. God can use women (and has done so) in ways that He cannot use a man. God created women with gifts that men do not have. A Woman of God has feminine value that is to be appreciated.
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'Trump rage' and the Alt-Left's march of folly
It's been one week since I was in a taxi in Central London when the driver made an ill-advised turn onto Piccadilly. Then again, it wasn’t his fault that thousands of demonstrators clogged this main artery in one of the world’s great capital cities. At first the protestors kept to the opposite side of the road, but soon they engulfed the whole width of this fashionable boulevard, bringing traffic to stop.
Examining Jesus by the Historical Method: Enemy Attestation
“Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.” 
Wise Women Build: The March to True Dignity
The damage to our nation, to our children, to our public discourse is no longer subtle. The carnage is real and extremely daunting. But thankfully, we women are capable of more than just destruction. Proverbs 14:1 doesn’t just tell us that we have the ability to pull our houses down on our own heads; it also tells us that we are capable of building our houses. And similarly, a lot of women, building our houses in unison, are fully capable of building our broken nation back up.
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Why Christians Fall Prey to Fake News
Fake news isn’t new—nearly a decade ago, people started sharing reports of Barack Obama’s alleged Muslim faith as fact. Further, Christians have at times been responsible for spreading these false reports. (“I think it’s really important for your readers to know that I have been a member of the same church for almost 20 years, and I have never practiced Islam,” Obama told CT back in 2008.)
Archbishop of Wales takes parting shot at the government - Premier
The Archbishop of Wales has criticised the Westminster government, days before he retires from his role.
Islamic State 'planned to use chemical weapons' on Mosul's Christians - Premier
Evidence has been found which suggests Islamic State was planning to use chemical weapons against Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
A Psalm for the Refugee Crisis in America
The psalmist, King David, knows something about the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of government. He knows that the people of God will find themselves in situations over which they have little power. He also knows the temptation to respond to evil merely with anger and wrath. There is a season for appropriate anger, but anger has a way of soiling the soul very quickly (this is perhaps why Paul says it should be cut short within a day—Eph. 4:26). We comfort ourselves by insisting our anger is righteous, but I have to admit that the longer I harbor it, that little bit of righteousness in my anger becomes increasingly tainted with a great deal of self-righteousness. This can lead to nothing good.
Investigating Bart Ehrman’s Top Ten Troublesome Bible Verses
On the final page of the paperback edition of Misquoting Jesus , Bart Ehrman famously listed the “Top Ten Verses That Were Not Originally in the New Testament.” In an effort to discredit the reliability of the New Testament text, Ehrman offered this list to demonstrate the existence of many late insertions in the text. He found this reality troubling as a young man, and eventually walked away from his Christian faith as a result:
How to Play and Watch Sports as a Christian
Spiritual warfare marks the Christian life, and Prince shows how the New Testament’s many athletic metaphors highlight the temporal goals of sports to give a framework for the eternal goals of the gospel (49). Persevering in the face of hardship is a key truth about both sports and the Christian life; putting up with bad calls from referees is part of the game, just as injustices are part of life in a fallen world. But Prince is careful to repeatedly show that desires for sports must be subordinated to desires for Christ. Sports are useful in serving him, but “anyone who says ‘Christ is useful’ is worshiping self, not Christ” (53).
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"I'm marching to say thank you to my child's birth mother."
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8 Habits of Healthy Spiritual Leaders
Spiritual leadership is vitally important. People rise and fall to the level of our leadership. People are drawn into the Kingdom, and drawn into Christian service because of faithful, healthy spiritual leadership.
Scripture Memory Made Simple
I’ve found that whether one spends lots of time in Scripture memory, or just a little time, it is always an incredibly valuable thing to do. It’s easy to consider our short breaks in the day to be “our own time” to relax or surf the internet or watch TV. While these are by no means bad things, we should weigh the value of these activities against the great gift of time to learn God’s word. I can assure you, whether you can invest ten or fifteen minutes each day into Scripture memory, or longer (or shorter) than that, any effort we make is time well spent.
The Significance of the BGV Theorem
Let's continue to explore the question of whether or not our universe had an actual beginning. In two previous posts I have said that (1) if our universe had a beginning, then the cause of the universe must be transcendent , a characteristic of the Christian God, and (2) we may never have any observational or theoretical evidence about what happened in the first 10 -35 seconds of the universe.
However, there have still been a lot of ideas from theoretical physicists about what may have happened to bring the universe into being and what we can surmise from the equations and laws that we know describe our universe. One of the most often discussed papers dealing with our past was published by Arvind Borde, Alan H. Guth, and Alexander Vilenkin in 2003 1 and called the BGV theorem after the three authors. In this paper, the authors show that any universe which is on average expanding has a timeline that cannot be infinite into the past, it must have had a beginning when it started to expand. Since our universe is known to be expanding this theorem seems to require that it had a beginning.
Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes
Weigel’s article dehumanizes the unborn and insists it’s silly to change your mind about abortion after seeing a picture of your baby. But countless women who’ve chosen life thanks to an ultrasound can tell you otherwise.
How to Have Intimacy with God
Some pursue this in high liturgical environments designed to inspire an experience of transcendence and mystery. Others pursue it in contemporary worship events designed to inspire an experience of immanence. Others chase revivals, thinking that proximity to God’s power will result in proximity to God. If we truly trust God, such environments can encourage our intimacy with God. But none of them inherently possesses the power to conjure God’s nearness to us.