Was Jesus' Postmortem Appearance Hallucinations?
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - William Lane Craig answers if Jesus' appearance after his resurrection could have been hallucinations? Table of Contents: ht...
F/A-18C Breaks Speed of Sound
An F/A-18C breaks the speed of sound, leaving behind the tell tale and infamous "Sonic Boom". Model: F/A-18C Hornet Developed from: McDonnell Douglas Nationa...
F/A-18C Breaks Speed of Sound
An F/A-18C breaks the speed of sound, leaving behind the tell tale and infamous "Sonic Boom". Model: F/A-18C Hornet Developed from: McDonnell Douglas Nationa...
Hollywood Condemns Muhammad
http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2014/08/hollywood-condemns-muhammad.html Nearly 200 entertainers (including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and ma...
Christianity & Islam: The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In March 2002 Dr William Lane Craig began participating in a series of debates with Shabir Ally on t...
1/6/2015 Yes, Perry, Hebrew Has Multiple Words that Mean "Command"; and more.
Spent most of the hour today analyzing Perry Noble’s Christmas Eve sermon—which he seems to believe he was commanded to preach by God in some revelatory fash...
Why so many ‘Earth-like’ planets wind up being bogus
In 2009, NASA launched the Kepler observatory with the mission of discovering “potentially habitable Earth-like planets with liquid water.” So far, it has discovered 4,175 planets outside our solar system, but nearly all of them have turned out to be uninhabitable. There are numerous requisites for a planet to habitable, but perhaps the most crucial involves what’s known as the “Goldilocks zone.” It’s denotes the sweet spot, when a planet is just the right distance from its sun to keep water liquid. Hence: Goldilocks. As The Post’s Rachel Feltman put it : “Too close, and water heats up and boils off. Too far, and the planet is covered in permanent, solid ice.”
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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
My Husband’s Not Gay
Third, why are gay activists outraged by this? Shouldn’t people have the freedom to pursue the dictates of their own consciences? Why must they be shamed and marginalized until they submit to the norms of the gay rights movement? Must every person experiencing same-sex attraction act on those attractions or be shamed? Surely this is not the kind of society that we want to cultivate. If it is, it is a society that will not tolerate real live Christians. It will be a society in which any mention of Christianity will have to have a “not safe for children” label affixed to it. That is precisely the point that Robin Roberts makes at the end of the ABC News piece above. She is a reporter. Nevertheless, she warns viewers that a show like this one harms children.
“Without apology, the [un]Apologetic conferences are among my favorite events to participate in each year! Scott and his team always put together a great lineup of speakers, and we have some serious fun teaching about the evidence that backs up our Christian faith. By the time we leave, everyone is super-excited to share what they’ve learned with the people they know! I hope you’ll join us and the hundreds of others who will attend the next big [un]Apologetic event.”
On the Origin of Life, Salon Says "Creationists" Are Running Scared Due to "Brilliant New Science"
In 2011, Eugene Koonin, a senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health, starkly acknowledged that "the origin of life field is a failure -- we still do not have even a plausible coherent model, let alone a validated scenario, for the emergence of life on Earth." In his view, "A succession of exceedingly unlikely steps is essential for the origin of life, from the synthesis and accumulation of nucleotides to the origin of translation" making "the final outcome seem almost like a miracle."
Standards for Shepherds: Be Above Reproach
The Greek word translated above reproach (anepilēmptos) means “not able to be held.” The man who is above reproach cannot be arrested and held as if he were a criminal because there is nothing for which to accuse him. Obviously, it does not mean he is sinless. It means that his life is not marred by some obvious sinful defect in character which would preclude him setting the highest standard for godly conduct. He must be a model for the congregation to follow (1 Peter 5:3). He also must not give the enemies of the church reason to attack its reputation (Titus 2:8).
Howard Dean: Don't Call Paris Shooters 'Muslim Terrorists'
According to Dean, the disregard for the lives of others that these terrorists display "is not what the Koran says." Dean's denial of the obvious puts him in the company of many liberals, most notably including President Obama, who after the beheading of James Foley declared that ISIS "speaks for no religion." H/t MRC's Tim Graham.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched
What's surprising to me is the degree to which the young "unchurched" believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus, even though it is not having much impact in their lives. But, don't miss it—two thirds of those young people who do not attend church outside of weddings, funerals, and holidays believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead.
Charlie Hebdo’s Most Controversial Religious Covers, Explained
Perhaps the issue of the magazine that inspired the largest international reaction was published in 2012, and sports a cover depicting an orthodox Jewish man pushing a Muslim man in a wheelchair. The headline reads “Intouchables 2,” a spoof of the movie The Intouchables — at the time , France’s second biggest box-office hit—in which a rich white man who is paralyzed from the neck down hires a black ex-con from the projects to be his caretaker. But, as with the 2006 cover, the deeper controversy came on the next page with a satire of another movie, this time Innocence of Muslims , in which an ex-con paid people to act out scenes that had nothing to do with Islam before replacing the audio to create a terrible movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed. No one saw the movie at the time, but he posted a 14-minute video on YouTube and an anti-Muslim activist in Virginia translated it into Arabic and sent the link to activists in Egypt resulting in violent protests. The Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicts the prophet naked and in pornographic poses, and the French government urged the magazine not to publish the images .
'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian
But it wasn’t increased violence that primarily drove persecution to record levels in 2014, but rather increased “cultural marginalization,” according to Open Doors. In other words, the "more subtle 'squeeze' dimensions of persecution" which make "daily life ... harder and harder" for Christians. A substantial study by the Pew Research Center found that nearly 75 percent of the world’s population now lives in countries with high levels of social hostility involving religion. [CT compared how both groups rank the world's worst persecutors .]
To Quit or Not to Quit When Kingdom and Corporate Goals Conflict
So, yes, we may work for an advertising agency with diverse accounts and for a defense contractor that defends some lives by threatening others. If we want to avoid all contact with immoral people, we have to leave the world, which both Jesus and Paul forbid (John 17, 1 Cor. 5). Still, if we taste success, the pressure to compromise will mount. To prevent that, we need to question ourselves: Am I serving my King, or fitting in to promote my career or livelihood? When potential conflicts between business and kingdom goals arise, do I stand on principle, or do I do whatever it takes to keep my job? What motivates me? Fear of human opinion? Greed? Love for God and neighbor?
Don’t Waste Your Life Trying to Live Someone Else’s
David tells King Saul that he will fight the Philistine giant. Saul tells him the giant is a seasoned veteran of many battles and that he is just a boy: “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth” (1 Sam. 17:33). Then David explains, that he’s learned to protect his father’s sheep from lions and bears with his sling shot and staff. Saul agrees to let David fight but then he immediately offers his armor to David. The armor does not fit because it was designed for King Saul, not David.
Common Confusions About Arabs and Muslims
This is where the second common confusion comes into play. North Americans tend to regard religious identity as both private and personal. It is true that we still think in stereotypes: Poles and Italians are typically Roman Catholic, and Southerners are usually Protestant. Jewish families will sometimes disown a child who converts to Christianity. However, by and large, religion is regarded as a matter of choice, and it is kept out of public view. A person can have any religious identity and be an American. In much of the Muslim world, though, the opposite is true. Islam is part of their ethnic identity. To be a Turk, or a Persian, or a Malay, or a host of other Islamic people groups is to be a Muslim, and if you cease to be the latter you also cease to be the former. You don’t even have to be particularly observant as a Muslim, but you cannot leave Islam.
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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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To be a Christian is to be a disciple. Jesus said that anyone who would be a disciple of Christ must “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Nobody, however, does this perfectly. All Christians face struggles and obstacles in their walk with Christ. And yet, the New Testament calls disciples of Jesus to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Is Satan winning? Between the growing hostility to Christianity in America and the troubling reality of unbelief among thousands of unreached people groups abroad, it’s easy to feel as if the gospel is losing ground to the powers of sin and hell. And yet Jesus, in Matthew 28:18, said, “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” For that reason, God’s people, despite discouraging circumstances and the very real prospect of suffering, have the greatest reason for confidence and even joy. We serve an omnipotent God whose gospel kingdom is indomitable.
In the Image of Man They Created God; Male They Created Him | The Junia Project
Oh, this makes me so happy. Not the fighting, or our Sister RHE getting abused (yes, I chose that word purposefully Brother Owen), but the fact that there is such a level of “fed-upped-ness” over allowing worldly constructs, such as Patriarchy, Socioeconomics, “Free” Market Capitalism, Gay discrimination, Patriotism (as central part of religion-morphing its way into full separate religion) to invade the Church. The Church, the body of believers, the humans that are brothers and sisters who confess that the world is created by a God who is loving, and that God is best represented in human experience by the Cross, is not for sale. The Church is in the world, not of it. The world limits what a woman can be, who she can be, who her body belongs to, what her sexual responsibilities are, and where her voice can be heard-if at all, but in the Church, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no MALE or FEMALE, for we are all ONE in Christ Jesus.” Men don’t own women, women don’t own men. But we are all owned, by Christ.
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.
What Happens When We See Women Teach the Bible
However my life was forever changed when, in my early 20s, I attended the annual Passion conference , a popular worship and teaching gathering founded by pastor Louie Giglio. Beth Moore took the stage, and though I was only vaguely familiar with her at the time, I won't ever forget that moment. When she opened up her Bible, she taught the Word like I had never heard a woman teach it before. She spoke with power, competency, conviction, and most of all, anointing. I would never be the same again.
The Privilege of Persecution in Northern India
The pastor was hardly prepared for such trials. Unexpectedly called to the pastorate in 2008, Mohan began his ministry with little experience or training and no theological framework for suffering. The Christian community surrounding him was more influenced by prosperity preaching than by faithful biblical exposition.
the Newsweek Christmas rant on the Bible: naive, over-the-top–and basically right
As others have pointed out, Eichenwald’s rhetoric is inflammatory, and his grasp of the issues is second-hand–at points rather naive, at least from the point of view of those who have been around the block a few times on the issues he raises, and especially those who work with the Bible for a living.
Private acts and public interests
Theorists of public morality - from the ancient Greek philosophers and Roman jurists on - have noticed that apparently private acts of vice, when they multiply and become widespread, can imperil important public interests. This fact embarrasses philosophical efforts to draw a sharp line between "private" morality, which is not subject to law, and public actions that may rightly be subjected to legal regulation.
Considered as isolated acts, someone's recreational use of narcotics, for example, may affect the public weal negligibly, if at all. But an epidemic of drug abuse, though constituted by private acts of drug-taking, damages the common good in myriad ways. This does not by itself settle the question whether drug prohibition is a prudent or effective policy. It does, however, undermine the belief that the recreational use of drugs is a matter of purely private choice.
Much the same is true of pornography. Even in defending what he believed is a moral right to pornography, the late philosopher Ronald Dworkin identified the public interests damaged when pornography becomes freely available and widely circulated.
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As the Mis-shelving Follies Continue, Here's a Challenge for the Corporate Team at Barnes & Noble
Your business is selling books. That's a noble calling, especially in this day and age. We need a strong, dependable company like Barnes & Noble that can provide us with a great selection of books in a comfortable brick-and-mortar setting. But call it what it is, please! If it's a book about Wicca, then put it in the Witchcraft & Magic section. If it's a book about Martin Luther, then shelve it under Christianity. If it's a guide to building sheds, put it in House & Home, where we'd all expect to find it.
Here’s the Full Trailer for ‘Ant-Man’
A fter teasing fans with this microscopic teaser , Marvel has released the first full trailer for the upcoming Paul Rudd adaptation, Ant-Man . The surprisingly self-aware action-adventure hits theaters in July ...
Boys Ages 7 to 11 Were Asked to Slap A Girl – Their Reactions Will Shock You!
After introducing themselves, these little boys were introduced to a girl. They were asked several questions about the girl and what they like most about her. They even made funny faces at her. But, then they were asked to slap her. Watch and see what these boys do next:
7 Reasons Not to Worry
Very surprised to read the cruel comments so far. I do not think Mr. deYoung is at all minimizing the reality of (and need for good biblical counsel for those with) depression. But worry, especially the common daily anxieties he speaks of IS a sin because it is a distrust in God. I struggle with the sin of worry more so than the average person (in my opinion) but for years chalked it up to my “type A” personality, and therefore continually gave myself permission to worry. And the result was an exponential increase in anxiety and a deepening feeling of despair that rarely lifted. When I saw it for what it was- a complete lack of trust in the goodness and sovereignty of God- then I was for the first time able to see that there IS a remedy and life doesn’t have to be lived in constant fear and worry. Anxiety is powerless to change anything, but prayer is powerful. I learned to use my worry as a “trigger” of sorts to pray for whatever it is that is causing anxiety at the moment. How we can we live with praise for Jesus in our hearts and on our lips if wo
If the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in 2015, how will evangelicals respond? - On Faith & Culture
“A Supreme Court ruling might be the last word in legal terms,” Moore said, “but it is hardly the last word in cultural or spiritual terms.” Legal terms are what we’re interested in, so have at it. The legal decision will end most of the cultural ferment on the issue. As for spiritual terms? You mean RELIGIOUS terms, because there is NOTHING spiritual, let alone moral or holy, in antigay prejudice. After all, it only took your denomination 130 years to apologize for your support of slavery and Jim Crow. But grifters gotta grift. And most of the objects of your grift really don’t care all that much about it, except when the grifters rile them up. In another 10 or 20 years, most of the opposition to my marriage will be dead, and the young people simply won’t care. In 50 years, you’ll apologize. In 100 years, you’ll claim you were at the forefront of ending homohatred.
NASA closer than ever to finding Earth's 'twin'
The worlds were found with the help of NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission, a space telescope which has scoured more than 150,000 stars for planets beyond our solar system since its launch in 2009.
New 'My Husband's Not Gay' show causes uproar
New 'My Husband's Not Gay' show causes uproar
TLC prides itself on showcasing how people live, offering a look into a world we may not see too often. The newest special focuses on four Mormon men who are married but attracted to women.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1BusuF5
How I Almost Lost the Bible
Humanly speaking, had it not been for the first editor of Christianity Today , the theologian with a titanic brain and a journalist’s pen, I could have gone the other way. Henry showed me how to be both a scholar and a follower of Jesus. From that moment in my undergraduate days, I covenanted with God to help people like the 18-year-old version of myself—people who are on the boundary of leaving the church, and are looking for just one good reason to stay.
Feedback: When Did You Choose to Be Straight?
The interviewers in the video ask people on the street in Colorado Springs,
“Is being gay a choice?” and then follow up with “When did you choose to be
straight?” Based on their reactions, it appeared that many of the people had
never considered such an idea. Many responded to the second question and another
follow-up question by acknowledging that being gay might be just as “normal”
as being straight. However, none of the people in the video (one man is wearing
a cross necklace) even bring God into the argument. This should never be the
case for a Christian. To be a Christian is to be identified with Jesus Christ.
Jesus prayed that His followers would be sanctified by the truth of the Word
of God ( John 17:17 ). Therefore, we should be prepared to defend who and what
we are on the basis of God’s Word.
Archaeologists Say They’ve Uncovered the Site Where Jesus Was Tried
A rchaeologists in Jerusalem say they’ve identified the site of the trial of Jesus, which is now opened to the public. As The Washington Post explains, the discovery of the new location first began 15 years ago when a team at the Tower of David Museum began an expansion project: “But the story took a strange turn when archaeologists started peeling away layers under the floor in an old abandoned building adjacent to the museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.”
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Teacher Learns Which Superhero is This Little Boys Favorite – It Will Bring You to Tears!
We all have our favorite superhero. Sometimes it's a cartoon, action star, batman, superman, etc. But, there are other instances where our REAL superhero is the one who raised us. This little boy gives us a perfect example of that.
The Most Important Things to Do to Start Paying Off Your Debt
Personal finance is personal. Money is emotional. Changing our mindset and the orientation of our souls is just as important as cutting expenses or creating a spreadsheet. Don’t skip these essential steps no matter when you resolve to begin paying off debt.
Some Shortcomings of Modern Views on Gender Identity
That dominant narrative is arbitrarily selective and highly unstable. Indeed, its own logic gives no reason why we should single out gender identity as special. There are many people convinced that they are somebody or something which their bodies are not. There was the extreme case of Cat Man. For him, his humanity was something to be overcome by surgery. That society found him weird and egregious no doubt contributed to his sense of alienation, despair, and eventual suicide. Then there are people who have xenomelia and want perfectly healthy limbs amputated. Are parents who impose on their offspring the normativity of the species assigned to them at birth to be dismissed as unsupportive, unloving, and cruel? Are those who deny a child with xenomelia the right to have his arm amputated unfit to be parents? If my neighbor sincerely believes he is Napoleon trapped in the wrong body, does kindness and love mean that I have to affirm him in this belief? And if not, why not? And if bodies are out of bounds as evidence, what else can I use to make my case? I think these are legitimate questions to ask of the advocates pressing the transgender issue.
Reaching & Teaching Blog: 10 Reasons to Expect Great Things and Attempt Great Things
William Carey was a Baptist pastor in England toward the end of the 18th century. Reading Captain Cook’s journals, he was profoundly moved by the spiritual needs of the world. Specifically, he was burdened about the need to convert the peoples of India. However, Carey found that some of the other Baptist pastors in England believed that God would save the heathen in His own time without their help. Carey could not accept the decision to leave them in spiritual darkness. He challenged them through a sermon entitled, “Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things.” He led the way by sailing to India in 1792 and launched such a remarkable missionary effort that he became known as the father of modern missions. In that day when many English Baptists considered the work God had given to them to do at home to be sufficiently challenging, going to another continent to minister among peoples of different languages, worldviews, and religions was too great a challenge.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because that mentality is alive and well and sometimes resides within us.
Group Planning Legal Action Against DC for Banning Conversion Therapy for Gay Youth
An ex-gay organization is planning legal action against the District of Columbia for its recent banning of conversion therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts therapy, for minors.
For this reason we should welcome voices that help us re-angle the light of the multifaceted gospel to shine on our hearts in a fresh way. Jesus’s declaration that “it is finished” should echo off every corner of our lives in perpetuity. Medders, lead pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas, is a trustworthy guide in helping us meditate long and hard on what it means to, as his subtitle states, live a grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting life.
Heaven Will Never Be Boring
Have you ever worried that you might grow bored in heaven, that things may lose their luster or taste, that the whole novelty and intrigue of heaven might fade as do most things on earth? When you sing, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years . . . we’ve no less days to sing his praise than when we’d first begun,” do you wonder whether or not to be encouraged by such a statement?
Is Your Church Program Just a Diversion?
Great article. Could you imagine, if each person who claimed to be a Christian told 1 person, even once a week, about Jesus? At the grocery store, at the library or coffee shop. Just start with praising Jesus. A simple, isn't jesus great can get a conversation started. It can be the start of fixing all those other things listed in the article that people fill themselves with because they don't really have Jesus. Putting work to our faith. For faith without works is dead. James 2:17 and James 2:26
7-Year-Old Gives 'Blessing Bags' to the Homeless
Caiden Perez is your typical 7-year-old that loves playing with toys, but also loves to help others in his community. His original idea was to go out and bring them pizza, but came up with an even more helpful one that he can do first. He went out and handed them "blessing bag.". These bags contained things such as socks, toothpaste, and shampoo. Things they could use to better themselves everyday and what most people are fortunate to have.
How to prepare your kids for the pressure to be "cool"
[…]An important influence on me in my youth was a significant social unease. I was somewhat embarrassed to be from the Midwest, for it seemed terribly dull, narrow, and provincial. There was certainly nothing romantic or impressive about being from Cincinnati, Ohio and from a vague mixed German-English-Swiss background. Terribly middle class. Further, besides escape from a dull, and according to me unworthy, socially embarrassing past, I wanted to take part in, in fact to be comfortable in, the new, exciting, even glamorous, secular world into which I was moving. I am sure that similar motives have strongly influenced the lives of countless upwardly mobile young people in the last two centuries. Consider Voltaire, who moved into the glittery, aristocratic, sophisticated world of Paris, and who always felt embarrassed about his provincial and nonaristocratic origin; or the Jewish ghettos that so many assimilating Jews have fled, or the latest young arrival in New York, embarrassed about his fundamentalist parents. This kind of socialization pressure has pushed many away from belief in God and all that this belief is associated with for them.
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