Is Nature all There is?: Craig vs Shook
William Lane Craig debates atheist John Shook on the topic of nature. How does Shook know that there is no reality beyond nature? Could he justify his premis...
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Our Battle Against Religious Persecution Is Floundering
After 34 years in Congress, Frank Wolf, the renowned gadfly for human rights and religious liberty, retires in January. But this 75-year-old won’t be browsing Golfsmith for clubs. He’s more likely to fly back to East Africa, where witnessing severe famine in Ethiopia changed the course of his life in the early 1980s.
The Briefing 01-06-15
1) Legalization of gay ‘marriage’ in Florida reveals economic underpinnings
Amazon.com: Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (9780062071484): Stephen C. Meyer: Books
I just finished a word-for-word reading of this latest offering from Philosopher of Science Stephen C. Meyer. It's not necessary for me to summarize the book's content here, as that has been done by other thoughtful reviewers. Many accusations have been leveled at this book, which isn't surprising given the controversial nature of its implications. It seems that the word "pseudoscience" is being tossed around a lot. This is incredibly ironic, because the vast majority of the scientific discussion in Darwin's Doubt is based on scientific literature written by scientists who are not even proponents of intelligent design. Meyer does a tremendous job of outlining paper after paper after paper, and he includes the full citations so that any careful reader can check to make sure that nothing is misrepresented or taken out of context. This is exactly what philosophers of science are highly trained to do. (I don't think many of Meyer's detractors even comprehend what philosophy of science IS.) Philosophers of science do sweeping surveys of the work being done in a particular field, document areas of strong disagreement between the prominent scientists in that field, and locate weaknesses in the over-arching theory or theories.
Congratulations to John West as Biology of the Second Reich, "Best Documentary Short," Scores Big Recognition!
The Festival "looks to showcase entertaining domestic and international materials from talented independent filmmakers." How did an entry from the folks at Discovery Institute come to win? Because the independent filmmaking community in Hollywood has a soft spot for critiques of and alternatives to neo-Darwinian theory? No, probably not. It's just a superbly directed, written, and documented film that tells a story that's startling and that was virtually unknown until this very effective film came along.
Goodbye, Mars Hill: Mark Driscoll's Multisite Empire Will Sell Properties and Dissolve
Update (January 6): Eleven former Mars Hill congregations—nine in Washington, one in Oregon, and one in New Mexico—have adopted new names and began independant operations at the start of the year, according to the church's plan to shutter the multisite organization.
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ESPN will be available through a streaming service, no cable required
For $20 a month, viewers will also be able to watch CNN, the Food Network and the Cartoon Network through a new streaming service, called Sling TV. Dish Network, which is launching Sling, said the service will debut sometime later this month.
Tragedy, Tradition, and Opportunity in the Homosexuality Debate
But the change in public policy need not—and should not—settle the issue for the church. Instead all of us are being compelled to examine our beliefs and practices. This is a good thing. We deeply need a new approach to our neighbors and our churches’ own members, especially those who live with a same-sex attraction or orientation. To find this will require acknowledging the tragedy of our recent history, the continuity of Christian teaching, and the opportunity for a new kind of ministry.
The Janet Mefferd Show
What should Christians make of this widespread modern-day claim that new apostles and prophets walk among us? Dr. R. Douglas Geivett, professor of philosophy in the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, joins Janet to discuss his book, “A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement.” And how did intellectual suicide create the modern Islamist crisis? Robert R. Reilly, senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, stops by to discuss his book, “The Closing of the Muslim Mind.” And most of us have been led to believe that the Hollywood Blacklist was nothing more than a witch hunt — but is that true? We’ll get the real story from Allan Ryskind, editor at Human Events and author of “Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters, Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler.” That and more — join us! 1-800-343-9282.
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
Our 2015 National Conference 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.
The cover of Time Magazine asked this haunting question in bold red letters that hung over the startling image of a young mother breastfeeding her four-year-old. When the issue hit newsstands it re-ignited a longstanding mommy war in American culture. But it turns out this was the wrong question, pointing in the wrong direction. Here is a higher and more essential question faced by mothers: Is God God enough ?
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Jesus never promised us a wonderful marriage and a wonderful family if we followed Him. He promised us tribulation in this world but eternal blessing and awesome life in Him.
Another Court Denies Legal Rights for a Chimpanzee | WIRED
For the third time in less than a year, a historic bid for legal rights for chimpanzees has been denied. On Friday, a New York state appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that Kiko, a chimp owned by a couple in Niagara Falls, is not a legal person with a right to be free, or at least less-imprisoned.
AirAsia Crash Kills 41 Members of an Indonesian Church
One of the largest church networks in Indonesia, Mawar Sharon Church, lost 46 Members in the recent crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
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Police Building Criminal Case Against Bishop Heather Cook for Fatal Hit-And-Run; Church Says Her Fate Is Out of Their Hands
The Baltimore Police Department confirmed Monday that it's building a criminal case against Bishop Heather Cook, 58, the second-highest ranking official of the Episcopal Church of Maryland, after she crashed into a married father of two as he cycled along a local roadway then fled the scene as he lay dying two Saturdays ago.
Must All Regulative Principle Churches Look the Same?
One criticism of the regulative principle is that it doesn’t allow for much diversity among our churches. Some argue the regulative principle only produces one kind of church, and if we all subscribe to it our churches will look exactly the same.
God's Not Dead: The Atheist Who Maintains "I Believe only What I See" is Wrong
No accurate fact that an atheist can assert will contradict Christianity.
The God of the Bible has all the answers, and without God no one would have an
answer to any question. Jesus announced that He was “the truth.” He is the
truth, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. We know that we are not just
a random accident produced from a primordial and impersonal cosmic detonation.
An explosion does not have order. The universe does have order, thus we are no
accident. We call living things organisms. An organism presupposes organization
and structure. We cannot be the product of self-organizing stardust.
Being the Third Wheel is Underrated
I'm sorry but this was poorly written. As a single guy consistently dealing with what it means to be single in heavily marriage-obsessed evangelical culture, the advantage of hanging out with couples is not so that i can find love or so i can know how to be in a relatinoship, it is to experience community and the Body of Christ. the best examples have been couples who have invited me to their house to be in community with them. not to "observe" what the "ideal" christian life looks like. at the same time, im hurt by people who close off single christians from their now family oriented community. i dont consider marriage the highest pinnacle of my christian life but Christ is all and is in all
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Scientists Speculate Extraterrestrials May Have Completely Different Hair Than Humans
PALO ALTO, CA—Citing the near infinite number of celestial bodies in the known universe, an international panel of scientists at Stanford University released a report this week speculating that any extraterrestrials that exist may have hair entirely different from that of humans.
You Can Now Play ‘Oregon Trail’ and Hundreds of Other MS-DOS Games For Free Online
T he good folks at The Internet Archive—the same group that recently added a collection of 900 classic arcade games to its database—has figured out another way to allow you to waste even more time online. They’ve added nearly 2,400 classic MS-DOS games from the glory days of personal computing, including iconic favorites like The Oregon Trail, Master of Orion and Prince of Persia . You might as well just cancel your afternoon plans now ...
Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2014
The world's potentially oldest clay tablet containing a flood story was found in the British Museum archives and put on display last January. Discovered by the museum's cuneiform curator, Irving Finkel, the tablet makes note of a round ark and is one of several versions of the flood story that have been found in Mesopotamian excavations. Although this tablet from ancient Babylon, dated around 1750 BC, may be the oldest found containing the flood story, it's not necessarily the earliest version of the story.
The great nineteenth-century Princeton theologian Charles Hodge said, “The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.” The gospel is absolutely fundamental to everything we believe. It is at the very core of who we are as Christians. However, many professing Christians struggle to answer the question: What is the gospel? When I teach, I am astounded by how many of my students are unable to provide a biblically accurate explanation of what the gospel is, and, what’s more, what the gospel is not. If we don’t know what the gospel is, we are of all people the most to be pitied—for we not only can’t proclaim the gospel in evangelism so that sinners might be saved, but we in fact may not be saved ourselves.
Bill Nye, Nicholas Wade, and the Origin of Human Color Vision
In other words, calculations made based on standard evolutionary assumptions and mathematical models show that there is likely not enough time for the sequence of mutations necessary to produce the human eye protein to have occurred by random mutations (starting from the ancestral eye protein). Such independent mathematical assessments ought to cast doubt on our confidence that the human eye proteins arose by random mutation and selection. But because the researchers (and Wade) simply assume it must have happened that way -- and because they are unwilling to consider the possibility that it arose by design -- they conclude that these experiments favor their conclusion, when in fact they don't.
In 2015, Christianity May Be Making a Comeback
So the question becomes, where has Christianity been? Early in the 20th century, the Church embraced motion pictures, radio, then television and now the Internet and social media. But in the vast majority of cases today, they're not using those platforms to engage the greater culture, but instead living inside a bubble. After all, why tweet, when you can join a Christian alternative to Twitter? And don't go to eHarmony or Match.com if you're looking for a mate, use Christian Mingle. From the web, to publishing, to record labels, TV networks, universities and more, the last 50 years have seen a remarkable withdrawal from mainstream culture and a move back to a cloistered, protective bubble.
From the Mouth of God
While I’m sure Ferguson wouldn’t include under his indictment everyone who claims access to the spiritual gifts of prophesy and speaking in tongues, the warning is apt, and probably hits closer to home than some of us would like to admit. His admonition applies to all Christians, for “the Scriptures do not disclose their riches to lazy minds and hearts” (63). If we would know God, we must work hard to understand his Word. There are no shortcuts.
Man Gives His Evidence for an Unprovable God
Most of us are intimated by faith. We dismiss belief that something is greater than us. But, when you look at the beauty of life, there is a fingerprint of design all around us. Religion is not the way of life. It's not about right or wrong, or following a list of rules. It is the identity of Jesus, that gives rest to the soul. We often turn to God in desperate times, but the truth is, God has never left us. If you seek Him you will find Him.
Three Facts for Your Fret
It is a fact about creatures that we are derivative beings who can’t ultimately control the world around us. We have questions about whether we should do this or that, and about what might happen if we do this or that, which quickly turns into worries about how badly this or that might turn out. Before long, we’re in the storm of outright anxiety. It begins to bear down on us with hurricane-force winds — all the facts and would-be’s, the haywire of things gone sideways, and our incapacity to determine results. What are we supposed to do?
Problem 2: Unguided Chemical Processes Cannot Explain the Origin of the Genetic Code
To appreciate this problem, consider the origin of the first DVD and DVD player. DVDs are rich in information, but without the machinery of a DVD player to read the disk, process its information, and convert it into a picture and sound, the disk would be useless. But what if the instructions for building the first DVD player were only found encoded on a DVD? You could never play the DVD to learn how to build a DVD player. So how did the first disk and DVD player system arise? The answer is obvious: a goal directed process -- intelligent design -- is required to produce both the player and the disk at the same time.
The Long Tail: 'The Sublime and Beautiful' and 'The Pleasures of Being Out of Step'
Alissa’s note: Ken Morefield, a long-time contributor to Christianity Today Movies and a cinephile and critic for whom I have great respect, has graciously agreed to write a monthly post we’re calling “The Long Tail.” Each month, he'll look at a few films that are being primarily distributed to American audiences through DVDs or Internet streaming. We'll try to surface some movies that might otherwise fly under the radar. Look for a new column every first Tuesday of the month!
Managing Anxiety and Making Friends
Even on the quiet days, my anxiety can put a wall up around me, whispering (or shouting) how it’s not safe to go outside, how I’m better off alone. But I know God desires more for me. He wants me to have community, real friends. People I can lean on and people who can lean on me.
Turkey Allows New Church for First Time Since Ottoman Empire's End in 1923
The Islamic government of Turkey has authorized the construction of a new church, for the country's tiny Syriac community, for the first time since the establishment of the modern republic in 1923.
Bishop Heather Cook Phoned Church to Reveal 'Shock' Minutes After Hit-And-Run Incident; Wasn't Sure She Hit Cyclist
Episcopal Church of Maryland Bishop Heather Cook, 58, may have been too shocked to check if she really hit a cyclist in an incident that claimed the life of 41-year-old married father of two, Thomas Palermo, on a Baltimore roadway on Dec. 27, according to a conversation she had with a clergyman shortly after the tragedy occurred.
Stop Sharing That Facebook Copyright Thing
And goes on for meaningless paragraph after meaningless paragraph. It was useless in 2012 and it's useless now, as the hoax tends to pop up regularly like an unwanted Tinder match. As Facebook's Terms of Service clearly stipulate, you automatically own everything posted to Facebook, but give Facebook "a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License)." That agreement does not change when you post a Facebook status saying otherwise. So, don't post it. Don't copy and paste it. Don't fall for hoaxes and, if you don't like Facebook's Terms of Service then, by all means, get off of Facebook and go outside ...
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2015 Regional Conference
On March 13 & 14, 2015, Ligonier Ministries will be hosting our 2015 Regional Conference Pilgrim's in Progress in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, with Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas. They will talk about what our heavenly citizenship means for our earthly pilgrimage, our pursuit of truth, and our future hope, among other topics. I will be joining the conference live via streaming video for a special session of questions and answers.
Stained Glass Windows for Churches May Make Comeback With Younger Generations
"I believe they are indicating that large open glass windows are a good thing, but that there are some venues where traditional, ornate stained glass would be a great fit," said DeGroot to CP. "This may cause even contemporary churches to consider stained glass, especially in chapels or other venues that need something that speaks 'church.'"
Ancient Wisdom for a Sexualized World
The simple issue is a failure to understand and apply the gospel. I know that sounds cliché. You might even think it’s an oversimplification of real issues. But this is the root cause. Now it’s important to note that a failure to understand and apply the gospel manifests itself in a multitude of ways. The most consistent manifestations are issues related to sex and money. Yet when we dive deeper what we see most often aren’t really issues with sex and money, but a failure to understand our identity in Christ, the role God’s called us to in marriage, and the mutual godly submission the gospel should create. As the result, a husband will punt on his calling to sacrificially love and lead his wife like Christ did the church, and instead fall into the trap of selfish aggression or selfish passivity. Both extremes lead to a breakdown in what God intended the relationship to be and have implications for how the husband will see sex and money. Additionally, the wife, instead of being an expert in the strengths of her husband, will began to tear down, chiseling away and attacking with her words and actions.
Vicar of ATL Among 9 Episcopal Clergy Traveling to Cuba to Teach Seminary Classes
The Rev. Donna Mote, who's known as the Vicar of ATL for her work as an airport chaplain, is one among a nine-member delegation that will be in Cuba through Saturday to help prepare seminary students for their roles as comforters and counselors as they share the Gospel with believers and non-believers alike.
Financially Strapped Church Music Director With Baby Having Rare Brain Disease Jailed for Inability to Pay Expired Tag Court Fee
Although the U.S. Constitution states that impoverished citizens cannot be jailed because of their inability to pay fines and other debts, a church music director in Alabama and his wife were jailed because they were incapable of paying court costs that stemmed from expired license plate violations.
Christian Leaders to Join Tim Keller for 'Together LA' to Answer: 'What Does It Mean to Love Your City?'
LOS ANGELES – Organizers of a three-day conference plan to host leading pastors, ministry and community leaders, including Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York, as they discuss what it means to embrace Los Angeles and help meet its needs.
God's Not Dead: If Bacteria are so Fit, Why Evolve into Mozart?
Large body mass
creatures are much less fit than the tenacious organisms like bacteria and
cockroaches. The evolutionists do not have to deal with just a missing link;
the whole chain is gone. Only God and His revelation can give us a foundation
for science. The theory of survival of the fittest does not comport with the
reality of ultra-resilient cockroaches because they do not need to evolve into
higher forms. They do just fine without knowing Mickey Mouse or Plato. Bacteria
would not become more stout and produce more survivable offspring if they could
read poetry or applaud Tiger Woods. Bacteria do not have determination or
conviction. Even if they did, how could that resolve give them the innate force
to evolve? They would need purpose and the means to fulfill that purpose, a
teleological reason. This can only come when there is intelligence and purpose.
A universe composed of only matter and motion cannot produce teleology, hence unguided
evolution is a myth; it is fable for profligate adults. It not only does not
gel with the facts; it is impossible for it to be true.
Empty Cathedrals and the Myth of Religious Decline
The Great Decline may be a recent change, but our current level of religiosity isn’t new. In 2005, the level of religiosity was about the same as it was in 1945. We have since continued to see lower and lower levels of religiosity, but we’re not that much less religious than we were eight decades ago. The rise of religion in the 1950s has skewed our perception of the past — things have changed but not in a straight decline.
North Korea Close to Mounting Nuclear Warheads and Targeting the US, South Korea Warns
South Korean ministry of defense officials warned on Tuesday that North Korea could be close to obtaining the technology required to miniaturize nuclear warheads and mount them on ballistic missiles, which could potentially threaten the United States.
Family Sings 'Lord I Need You' as Their Grandmother's Birthday Gift
This family does something heartwarming for their beloved Lola's 85th birthday. Her favorite hymn is "Lord I Need You" and they surprise her by signing it as a family.
Germans Hold Mass Protests Against 'Islamisation' of Europe; Counter Rallies Accuse Them of 'Nazism'
A number of German cities this week have hosted mass protests against the "Islamisation" of Europe, with over 18,000 people attending an anti-immigration rally in Dresden on Monday. Counter rallies have also sprung up, however, claiming that the protesters are displaying racism and Nazism.
Paralyzed Bride Walks Down the Aisle After Doctors Said She Would Never Make It – Credits God for This Miracle
After being involved in a life-threatening car accident, Tami was told she was paralyzed, and would never walk again. After that injury it caused her to become very lazy and gain weight due to her inability to move along with stress. When she started to help herself by working out she broke her leg. But, with faith in God anything is possible!