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Answering Muslims: Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto Beheaded by ISIS
The Islamic State has beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, a convert to Christianity with a wife and two children. As usual, the response of politicians and the media will be to defend Islam from criticism, thus ensuring that the beheadings never end.
Fox News—An online video released Saturday appears to show Islamic State executing Japanese journalist Kenji Goto -- the apparent end to a frantic past couple of days in which Japan officials tried negotiating to save Goto’s life.
The video shows a militant with a British accent beheading Goto, similar to other, recent execution videos released by the extremist group.
The hostage drama began last week after Islamic State threatened to kill Goto and fellow Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa in 72 hours unless Japan paid $200 million.
A purported militant message released Jan. 24 claimed Yukawa had been killed.
The militants later demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, who is on death row in Jordan for her role in a 2005 al Qaeda attack on hotels in Amman that killed 60 people.
Within hours, the militant group said it instead wanted al-Rishawi, 44, released in exchange for the life of hostage Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, a Jordanian fighter pilot.
The video released Saturday, via militant websites, bore the symbols of previous Islamic State group videos in which three American separately appear to have been executed. (Continue Reading.)
To understand the Islamic view of unbelievers, watch this:
WORLD | What's your favorite Super Bowl ad from recent years? | Marvin Olasky | Jan. 31, 2015
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Is belief in the Jesus of the Bible needed in order to be rightly related to God?
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Doctrine of Revelation Part 8: The Difficulties of Biblical Inerrancy
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10 Surprisingly Simple Tips for Talking with Cult Members – Part 3 - Apologetics Guy
Want to talk to your Mormon friend about the real Jesus? What about the Jehovah’s Witness who knocks on your door? When an opportunity arises, it might be God saying, “Here’s your chance. Take it.” In this series, I’m sharing 10 surprisingly simple tips for talking to cult members.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Solving the "Who Made God?" Problem
One popular argument for the existence of God is the cosmological argument and it goes like this:
1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause.
2. The universe began to exist.
3. Therefore the universe has a cause.
As Peter S. Williams points out here , many atheists attack a straw-man version of this argument that goes something like this:
1. Everything has a cause.
2. The universe is a thing.
3. Therefore the universe has a cause.
As you can see, the cosmological argument doesn't claim that "everything has a cause." When presented correctly, it states that "everything that begins to exist has a cause." However, this doesn't stop the atheist from many times asking the oft-repeated question, "If everything has a cause, then what caused God?"
Williams offers a solution to this problem. He suggests offering a version of the cosmological argument that goes like this:
1. Every dependent thing needs something to depend on.
2. The universe is a dependent thing.
3. Therefore the universe needs something to depend on (God). 
"This argument avoids the 'Who made God?' problem by replacing ‘every thing needs a cause’ with ‘every dependent thing needs something to depend upon’.
Part 3 – Worthy of double honor | Expository advocating
Does your church have the mentality that the pastor is there to be the professional and do the ministry and you are there simply to receive it week after week? That’s not how God arranged it. The pastor is indeed there to do ministry, but much of his ministry consists of equipping and building up God’s people to do ministry. As we noted above, nothing will give your pastor more joy than seeing you walk in the truth, and part of what that means is that you engage your heart and hands in the task of ministry. This isn’t simply to help your pastor do his job, it’s for the good of your soul and the health of the church.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Was Hitler a Christian?
I am currently reading through Frank Turek's new book Stealing from God and in it he addresses the often made claim that Adolf Hitler was a Christian.
"...please don't tell me Hitler was a Christian. David Silverman suggested that in our debate , and it's completely contrary to the facts. Hitler may have used religious language for political gain. But does anyone really think that Hitler was sincerely and consistently worshiping a Jew whose guiding principle was to love God and your neighbor as yourself? Whatever Hitler believed, it wasn't orthodox Christianity...Hitler called Christianity one of the great 'scourges' in history and wanted Germans to be the 'only people immunized against this disease.'"  For more on what Hitler thought of Christianity, see here .
Turek later makes a vital point:
"Hitler's words and actions couldn't be more different than the words and actions of Christ. As Ravi Zacharias has observed, the Crusades and the Inquisition were the illogical outworking of Christianity.
Have Grace for Fellow Christians on the Age of the Earth - Stand to Reason Blog
The Christian enjoys the peculiar fact that everything about the causal shape of reality and parts-in-common and parts-in-contrast, from the highest to the lowest reams of actuality – wherever the eye may focus – all reduce to ultimate foundational propositions (a phrase I acquired from Brad B at STR) as physicality alone fails to rise to the level of what can be called proof. Far from it in fact, and while many naturalists and skeptics don’t want to give more than a wave of the hand at the (troubling) question of temporal becoming as it relates to reality itself, and at how that (necessarily) ties into our interpretation of the causal shape of reality, and at how that ties into (necessarily) the apparent improbable course which our predictable rate of mutation seems indebted to, and at how that ties into (necessarily) the variety of life we find today, and at all of that mixed together in PN’s disjointed and hopeless reach for anything remotely analogous to seamlessness, there remains all sorts of assumptions, presuppositions, a priori commitments, and troubling metaphysical missteps which go unaccounted for if no-god.
Why You Can Be Confident We Have the Original Bible Texts | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
Earlier this week, I mentioned the
Newsweek cover article entitled " The
Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin " written by Kurt Eichenwald that set the
text of the New Testament in its cross-hairs. There, I showed why the translation
of the Bible we have today is not like a game of telephone, being translated
from a translation from a translation.
But Eichenwald doesn't argue that
multiple translations are the only problem in discovering the original text. He
also mentions the fact that we don't have the original writings of the New
Testament, but "hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on,
hundreds of times." 1 There is a bit of truth to this
claim. If the manuscripts from which we are translating the New Testament are
themselves corrupt or wrong, then it really doesn't matter how well we have
translated the text. We're simply translating an error. Let's examine this
critique and see if it holds up.
First, it is true that we don't have the
originals, or the first generation copies, or even the second generation.
While we don't know just how many times the text was copied prior to the
earliest copes we do have (called manuscripts), it is safe to say they are for
the most part dozens of times removed from the originals.
Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.
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 Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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Your Next Bible Will Be a Hologram
In this image, only the physical Bible and the desk are actually there. The rest of the text appears to float on top of the desk, providing enough room to engage in the kind of deep study that you might crave. Here I imagine that you, wearing holographic goggles, have tapped Psalm 27:1 in your print Bible. The goggles recognize the gesture, draw a box around the text in your Bible, and provide all sorts of supplementary material in which you’ve previously expressed interest: photos for some sort of illustration, various commentary and exegetical helps, and cross-references. The digital resources displayed on the desk are interactive, letting you tap and scroll much as you would on a tablet computer. It’s a tablet without a tablet.
Five Purposes for Suffering
The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. . . . He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
William Lane Craig: God Hears Your Super Bowl Prayers
Now that's a question about prayer in general. What good does it do to pray about anything if the outcome is not affected? I would say when God chooses which world to actualize, he takes into account the prayers that would be offered in that world. We shouldn't think prayer is about changing the mind of God. He's omniscient; he already knows the future, but prayer makes a difference in that it can affect what world God has chosen to create.
Canadian Justice: You Can’t Block Lawyers Over Their Alma Mater Banning Gay Sex
This decision isn’t about whether LGBT equality rights are more or less important that the religious freedoms of Evangelical Christians. It’s not a value judgment in that sense at all. It is first about whether the NSBS had the authority to do what it did. It is also about whether, even if it had that authority, the NSBS reasonably considered the implications of its actions on the religious freedoms of TWU and its students in a way that was consistent with Canadian legal values of inclusiveness, pluralism, and the respect for the rule of law.
Will Heaven Have Oceans?
My friend’s dismay assumes that the “sea” that will be “no more” in the new heaven and new earth is a vast body of physical water (all the oceans that blanket our present earth). That is understandable, since in Revelation, even amid its symbolic visions, “sea” should sometimes be understood “literally”—that is, physically. For example, God is to be worshiped because he created “heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (14:7; see also 5:13; 7:1-3; 10:2-8; 12:12). So it is not surprising that Revelation 21:1 has been understood as announcing that a large body of physical water, or all large bodies of physical water, or even physical water itself will not be present in the new earth. John Walvoord, for example, commented, “Most of the earth is now covered with water, but the new earth apparently will have no bodies of water except for the river mentioned in 22:2.”  John MacArthur goes further, interpreting the absence of “the sea” as implying the absence of all physical water (H
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The gospel tells the story of God, man, Christ, and a requisite response. It heralds the news about creation, fall, redemption, and a glorious consummation. And it is the only thing that will build a church. All that other stuff only builds a crowd.
Egyptian court rules Hamas armed wing a terror group
CAIRO, Egypt — An Egyptian court on Saturday ruled that Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was a terror organization, in a move that left the Islamist group reeling.
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What Women Want: More Opportunities to Serve
Thanks to a proliferation of Christian blogs, books, and conferences, today's evangelicals—women and men—are well-resourced and equipped. They are eager to channel their talents into ministry. Though many congregations offer training and direction in spiritual gifts, we need better follow-up to link members’ giftings with the work of the church. Without clear on-ramps to leadership, teaching, or other roles—or when those on-ramps pose problems for working members (off-hours training) or parents of young children (no childcare)—the church’s interested, willing servants fall through the cracks.
5 Places to Find Your Next Church Planter
Does your denomination want to plant a church in Florida? If your answer is no, I’m not even sure why you are still reading this. If the answer is yes, then what better environment to find a church planter than at a conference in Orlando? And they attract planters from FAR beyond Florida.
5 Lies American Culture Feeds Us Every Day
In my personal opinion I think #4 is an issue of balance. At the other spectrum is collectivism. With extreme individualism, we rely only on ourselves, with extreme collectivism, we rely only on others. Both can take our eyes off relying on God. That being said, Christians, including myself, have for too long seen Christianity as an individual sport, and not relied on accountability and honest relationships with other people in our Christian walk. At the same time, our individual time with God is vital, and it's important that God speak to us directly through his word. In the past, society erred on the other end, where someone interpreted the word for us. I don't think a blanket poo-pooing of individualism is helpful. Even Paul himself said that he worked with his own hands so that he would not be a burden to other people.
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Making Peace with Church
Darrell Johnson is currently the Senior Minister at the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Vancouver. He has been preaching the gospel since 1970, serving as Senior Pastor of a number of Presbyterian churches in California and of Union Church of Manila during the so-called “People Power Revolution.” From 2000 to 2009, he taught preaching, worship, pastoral theology, and biblical spirituality at Regent College.
TGC Spotlight 01.30.15
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Another Pastor Self-Congratulates for Endorsing “Gay Christianity”
Mitchell’s rhetoric reaches fresh heights of self-congratulation: “One day I will write a memoir, and a large portion of that memoir will be about this life-giving experience. The book is not to be written yet, because the final chapters are yet unwritten.” He speaks to the difficulty of the issue at hand: “I have been broken almost to the point where I despaired of life, but I have been encouraged.” Finally, he compares the struggle before him to the civil rights cause: “Could you be a church in Selma and not march, just handle your own community? I don’t think I can do that. We are on the front edge of a movement that means so much.”
A More Generous Calvinism?
Great article. You presented and supported your points very well. I would be interested in reading this book since I became a universalist by way of Calvinism. While I was a card carrying young Calvinist I began to doubt limited atonement because I couldn’t square it with the idea of God’s goodness. Well I went with the good so I could keep worshiping and abandoned limited atonement in favor of universal atonement. And with the goodness of God as a starting point and universal atonement in place, universal salvation logically followed. There were other facets to my transition but that’s the theological/philosophical side. Barth also helped like this: if Adam is seen as the universal archetype for all human kind, which the bible undoubtedly presents him as such, then we are to see every person as created for the very purpose of covenant. That means the action of creation is the very first act of love for the creature because it’s the first necessary step towards the goal of covenant. So how do you know God loves you? Well because you exist of course, and so on. The error of “all roads lead to God” is rendered completely unnecessary by the vision of a God whose love for people is in no way affected by their unbelief or wrong belief about him.
What about Satan and the Origin of Evil?
In reality, we suffer death and the Curse because Adam sinned ( Genesis 3 )
and we sinned in Adam ( Hebrews 7:9–10 ), and we continue to sin ( Romans 5:12 ). Adam did his part, but we must take responsibility for our part in
committing high treason against the Creator of the universe. It is faulty to
think that death and suffering are the result of Satan’s rebellion. Man had
dominion over the world, not Satan. When Satan rebelled, the world wasn’t
cursed; when Adam sinned, the ground was cursed, death entered the world,
and so on. This is why we needed a last Adam ( 1 Corinthians 15:45 ), not
a last Eve or a last Satan. This is why Christ came. The good news is that
for those in Christ, the punishment for sin (death) will have no sting ( 1 Corinthians 15:55 ).
4 Reasons Bloggers Who Attack Pastors Are Wrong
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15, 16 ESV)
Have We Lost the Message of the New Testament? - Apologetics Guy
Maybe you’ve got a friend or a co-worker who tends to be pretty skeptical of the Bible right from the get-go. For many like them, the issues surrounding the Bible can make it tough to read it for themselves and give it a fair hearing. For example, people who saw Bart Ehrman on the Cobert Report or read his books might come away doubting that the text of the New Testament is still intact after all these years.
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.
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Review: Why Trust Jesus? - Apologetics Guy
I first connected with Dave through an apologetics group on Facebook and he recently sent me a signed copy of his book for my review. If you’ve never heard of Dave, the foreword contributed by Norman Geisler and afterword by Josh McDowell might make you curious about his work. It certainly intrigued me. True to its title, this book speaks to the real question often lurking behind intellectual objections to Christianity: Why should I trust Jesus?
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Lessons on Truth-Telling from Journalism’s Biggest Fraud
Christians should take no part in deception, even when the facts intrude on our public or self-image. We should be on the forefront of the truth-telling business. Belief in a sovereign God is the belief that all truth ultimately points to Him, even when we cannot immediately see how that can be so. In the end, what motivates a commitment to telling even uncomfortable truths is the belief that God is both a God of truth and a God of love. Even when the facts hurt, they are meant only for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose.
The Goodness of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood
It was a distinct pleasure to travel to Calgary, Alberta last week to speak at a conference jointly held by Calvary Grace Church , a thriving urban church plant, and the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood . According to several sources, the conference on “The Goodness of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood,” may well have been the first of its kind in Canada. At the very least, this sort of event is a definite rarity in Northern America and Canada.
WORLD | ISIS kills second Japanese hostage | Leigh Jones | Jan. 31, 2015
The militant, who sounds like the same man who appeared in other videos featuring murdered Western hostages, made no mention of another hostage the group threatened to kill. Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh was captured in December after his plane crashed in a part of Syria under the terrorists’ control. Last week, the militants said they would spare the pilot’s life if the Jordanian government released an Iraqi female terrorist sentenced to die for her role in a 2005 attack in Jordan that killed 60 people. The group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, gave Jordanian officials 72 hours to agree to the deal.
WORLD | Can Tom Brady find what he’s looking for? | Michael Allen Rogers | Jan. 31, 2015
Today when we see something beautiful in this world, it very soon becomes new bait to our lust. We can scarcely open our eyes without seeing new dangers for our covetousness to feed on. Paul said, “I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Rom. 7:15). We all identify with that, daily striving against our own flesh. But at last, vulnerability to sinful weakness will be gone from all of us. In heavenly rest, our mental understanding will not be vexed with unresolved questions. There will no longer be such a thing as “unanswered” prayer. Nor will we blame God for misfortunes we experience, or question his mysterious providence. In heaven the weakest Christian will comprehend more theology than the most spiritual scholar of God’s Word knows today. Our present ignorance will give way to light, and we will be satisfied with all the ways of God. Think of the relief to us when human pride is extinguished. All the saints will see themselves as equals before God’s grace; human relations will be free from rivalry, strife, racism, competition, misunderstandings, and rudeness. Richard Baxter spoke of life as a person “in motion.
Mormon church backs LGBT rights but wants something, too
“We call on local, state and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches and other faith groups while also protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens in such areas as housing, employment and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants and transportation — protections which are not available in many parts of the country,” said church apostle Dallin H. Oaks.
Christian Apologetics (DVD)
Dr. Douglas Groothuis is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. This class covers arguments for the Christian Worldview while critiquing non-Christian accounts of reality.
WORLD | Weekend Reads: Religious violence and revival | Caleb Nelson | Jan. 31, 2015
Karen Armstrong has written a finely wrought book, packed with information and guaranteed to spark stimulating conversations. Fields of Blood: A History of Religion and Violence (Knopf, 2014) takes its name and much of its material from the Bible. Surveying civilizations ancient and modern, she finds that there is simply no direct connection between religion and violence. The most pacifistic of creeds must become violent when confronted with the actual needs of statecraft. Herself a skeptic of sorts, Armstrong nevertheless sees much value in religion, whose principal function is (according to her) to critique the violence of the state and present alternative ways of living without the use of overwhelming force. Of course, given the violence of human nature, a non-violent civilization is impossible. But violent religion generally stems not from the intolerance of religion, but from the human need to sacralize everyday activities and thereby render them meaningful.
3 Relationships That Keep First-Time Guests Attending Your Church
The first time we attended this church, the senior pastor held a meet-and-greet after the service. My wife and I attended it and got to meet him. He asked some questions to get to know me better, then prayed for me and finally invited me to meet him for lunch sometime so we could talk further. A couple of months later, he personally invited me to join a class that he was teaching on leadership.
Please Keep Our Friend Michael Medved, a Crucial Member of Our Discovery Institute Family, in Your Prayers
Michael Medved is a vital part of our Discovery Institute family. Stephen Meyer, John West, Bruce Chapman, Jonathan Wells, Paul Nelson, Casey Luskin, Jay Richards, George Gilder, and I have all been on his daily radio program. As much as anyone else in media, he understands the evolution debate and the case for intelligent design, and discusses the questions we write about here in his masterfully lucid way.
I read Sarfati’s book a few years ago. What immediately struck me is that he is clearly a pre-suppositionalist. He starts by assuming with ABSOLUTE CONVICTION that the Bible is true, and ends at the same place. He does not look at the EVIDENCE AS A WAY TO ADJUDICATE between world views and then see which world view MOST NATURALLY emerges, but rather assumes his world view is correct and proposes unsubstantiated assumptions to make his point. For example, while he is critical of the assumption that most scientists embrace, that being the constancy of radioactive decay, this in fact is what is observed today. The principle of uniformity would suggest that the present is the key to the past; the cause of an effect in the past will be similar to the cause of the same kind of effect in the present. This is the basis for all forensic science. Since we only see radioactivity in the present being constant, we assume this is the case in the past. Similarly, YECs must assume the speed of light is also not constant to make their worldview work. If the speed of light is constant, then the light traveling to us comes from millions of light years away, and in a 6000 year old universe it never should have reached us.
Great Commission Focus
Get ready for an action packed week as the Great Commission Focus is about Christians owning their mission field. This week will recalibrate your lens and equip you to answer this question “Who is my mission field?”
Can Orangutans Talk Like Humans
But whistling isn’t speech-like. Tilda’s repertoire is far more complex than Bonnie’s. And based on 6,000 hours of observation of Tilda and 110 other orangutans, Tilda seems to be the only orangutan that makes her signature clicks and warbles. Researchers analyzing Tilda’s prattling say that until Tilda spoke up, “Primates signals exhibiting very quick open-close cycles of the lips were only known in a couple of old world monkeys, not great apes, raising questions of continuity between these signals and human speech.”
Faithful Thinkers: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye: The Aftermath
Tonight Bill Nye and Ken Ham squared off on the topic "Is Creation a Viable Model for Origins In The Scientific Era?" Promoters of this debate have been promoting it as the "Debate of the Decade" and I had even heard the term "Scopes 2." Because I am a Christian and I disagree with Ken Ham's position on the age of the universe (I agree with Bill Nye, in that regard, but disagree with his worldview in general), it seems that I would be rooting for both or neither in the debate. Since I find that holding an incorrect view of reality (even within the confines of the correct general worldview) is damaging to defenses of the general worldview , I decided to watch this debate and offer my thoughts.
First, I want to state that I found that both participants were very respectful of one another so, it made the exchange easy to watch in that respect. What makes a debate more difficult to watch depends on the participants' ability to stay on topic and defend their contentions against critique. While I think that for the most part, they did stay on topic, there was a mix regarding their defense of particular parts of their contentions.