Chip Ingram: Strong Families in a Broken World
In this sermon series, Chip Ingram of Living on the Edge Ministries presents God's prescription for a strong family from Deuteronomy c...
Paula White Urges Followers to Sow 'First Fruits' Offering of Up to 1 Month's Pay or Suffer 'Consequences'
"It is the basis or underlying support for your success in 2018. It is GOD'S PRINCIPLE OF FIRST FRUITS. All Firsts belong to God. When you honor this principle it provides the foundation and structure for God's blessings and promises in your life, it unlocks deep dimensions of spiritual truths that literally transform your life! When you apply this everything comes in divine alignment for His plan and promises for you. When you don't honor it, whether through ignorance or direct disobedience there are consequences," White warns.
The Only Sin You Can Defeat
Jesus covers every last sin when you trust him. But you must fight hard, knowing that he has secured victory over every last offense.
Is Religion the Practice of Avoiding Truth?
A month or so ago, I came across an interesting challenge to Christianity. A skeptic told me that religion was an exercise in avoiding truth- a willful delusion. He observed that many Christians (and religious people, in general) tend to believe the claims of their "holy" books over what has been discovered about nature, history, or the very nature of reality. He noticed that many religious people have a precommitment to a particular understanding of the world and no amount of evidence provided will persuade them otherwise. He, as an intellectual, does not want to make this same mistake. In this post, I want to explore the possibility that he is making the same mistake based upon the philosophical foundations of the claim he makes for rejecting religion, and Christianity specifically.
The Importance of Apologetics
In Christianity, apologetics consists of a blend of theology, philosophy, and science coming together in a (hopefully) wise and winsome manner in order to form a case for the existence of the Judeo-Christian God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the reliability of the Bible as the Word of God, and how we ought to live should these things prove to be true.
6 Cracks in a Secular Worldview
“You think what I believe is crazy, right?” I said to a Jewish-atheist friend.
His girlfriend kindly intervened, “No, he doesn’t think that!”
“Yes he does,” I said. “I believe that the whole of human history hinges around a first-century Palestinian Jew who died on a cross and was raised from the dead. That’s crazy, right?” My atheist friend agreed. “But the problem is,” I responded, “I think you believe crazy things, too.”
When our friends hear the claims of Jesus, they wonder why we’d believe such fantastical things when there is a perfectly rational, coherent view of the world available to us. But if we look at the secular ground on which we supposedly all stand, we’ll realize it’s more like pack ice floating away from land.
And there are cracks in the ice. Here are six of them.
1. Lack of Foundation for Science and Existence
Belief in a personal Creator God may seem crazy, but it’s the foundation on which science was built. The scientific method was developed by Christians because they believed in a rational Creator who ran the universe according to rational principles.
C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
The greatest thing that leads to humility is to live in the love of God. — Dr. Jerry Root, #CSLI Senior Fellow pic.twitter.com/Ihr5eDr7wJ
Go public with your goals in life! Announce your intention, the change you want to make in your life, what you’re asking God to do. Clarify what you really want, and then state it publicly. You need to tell everybody, because a secret faith is a shallow faith.
Books - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .
2 Corinthians 9:6–11: God Gives to Create Cheerful Givers
In this lab, John Piper shows us from the text that God is able to make all grace — not some grace — abound to you so that you may overflow in cheerful giving.
Grow in Faith with Daily Christian Living Articles
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Proving the Existence of Apologetics
Shortly after my conversion, I became enamored with apologetics, like many Christians my age. I would drive twenty minutes to the nearest Christian bookstore to survey their shelves in the hope of finding a new volume to catch my eye.
Testing the Historical Reliability of the New Testament
Welcome to our ninth blog post in this series focusing on the topic of apologetics! If you’d like to catch up from the start, here’s the link to the first blog we posted: Apologetics: Apologizing for Believing in God? .
On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision - Kindle edition by William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
I can't remember now what I expected before I started reading this book. I knew the name William Lane Craig, and I think I was expecting it to be a little more cerebral than I would enjoy. And I didn't know what material the book would present, but had a similar negative uninformed prejudice. I was absolutely delightfully wrong. The book is very readable, and does a great job of covering many of the essential apologetics arguments, from the existence of God to the resurrection of Jesus. There are some slow parts, but also some personal parts. I would be among those who might choose to skip over the logic diagrams. Nevertheless, I would definitely and strongly recommend this.
Of course, it’s important and right to consistently acknowledge the Lord and not to take credit and glory for the gifts that God has provided or the opportunities you have, but it’s another thing to deflect all encouragement so that we appear humble. And so we must ask: In our efforts to deflect all acknowledgments to God for what we do, are we exercising true humility or are we operating from a disposition of false humility?
FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation
A renewed law enforcement focus follows a promise to Congress late last year from top Trump Justice Department officials that law enforcement would revisit some of the investigations and legal issues closed during the Obama years that conservatives felt were given short shrift. It also follows months of relentless criticism on Twitter from President Trump, who has repeatedly questioned why no criminal charges were ever filed against the “crooked” Clintons and their fund-raising machine.
Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions
Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.
Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: You're Smarter than You Think You Are
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.
Learning to Say Hello Again
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.
5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training in 2018
1. Apologetics Will Help You Serve the Church. As my friend Tom Gilson wrote in his article for A New Kind of Apologist, one key feature of apologetics is to be a servant for the church. There is a huge need for some Christians in the church to have formal training on how to best answer some of the toughest questions about God, the Bible, evil and more. I often encourage my Biola M.A. students to offer to serve their pastor by doing research for sermons, being available to counsel young people with difficult questions, and being willing to offer apologetics classes for people in the church. The first reason to get formal apologetics training is to better serve the local church. Just as every church needs a teaching pastor, worship leader, and children’s director, every church needs a trained apologist .
EPSOCIETY.ORG on Twitter
Not on Twitter? Sign up, tune into the things you care about, and get updates as they happen.
Q & A with Dr. Craig: What Interested You in the Kalām Cosmological Argument?
Q: Dr. Craig, I have finished reading your book, The Kalam Cosmological Argument , and I found it to be both fascinating historically as well as thought provoking philosophically. You have spent a considerable amount of time and scholarship devoted to modernizing this ancient argument for God, and it is truly one of the most compelling and formidable arguments in favor of God's existence. That being said, what first drew you to the intensive study of the Kalam cosmological argument? There are dozens of arguments that have been presented throughout history regarding the ontology of God, so what made this particular argument appealing to you as both a philosopher and a theologian?
These Vending Machines Provide Free Food to the Homeless
In the United Kingdom city of Nottingham, a nonprofit called Action Hunger has installed a vending machine at a local shopping center that gives away things like granola bars, sandwiches, fruit and toothbrushes for free. The items are only accessible to people who are homeless. ( h/t Fast Company )
Serpents, Seeds, and a Savior
It reminds me that my hope and the well-being of our marriage do not rest in my husband’s strength or mine, or in our determined efforts to do this well. Our hope is in that holy Seed, wounded for us, who took our shame as his own, gave himself up for us, and clothed our nakedness with garments of his own righteousness, acquired by the shedding of his blood.
4 keys to preaching more engaging sermons — Southern Equip
How long should a sermon be? As a preaching professor and a pastor, I’ve asked and been asked that question a hundred times. Today, after 35 years in ministry, I have a definitive answer: You can preach as long as you hold their attention.
Be Devoted to Prayer
I think most of us would agree on some kinds of praying that would not be called “being devoted to prayer.” Praying only as crises enter your life would not be a pattern of devotion to prayer. Praying only at meal times is a pattern, but does it correspond to Paul exhorting the church to “be devoted to prayer”? A short “Now I lay me down to sleep” prayer at the end of the day is probably not “being devoted to prayer.” Hit and miss “Help me, Lord” in the car as you need a parking place is not “being devoted to prayer.” All those are good. But I think we would agree that Paul expects something more and different from followers of Christ when he says, “Be devoted to prayer.”
WORLD on Twitter
Sensible teacher: Joel Belz, WORLD's founder, remembers R.C. Sproul, ‘this era’s great reformer’ https://world.wng.org/2018/01/sensible_teacher … @Ligonier @johnmacarthur pic.twitter.com/4erlYdrJjo
BreakPoint on Twitter
Pray that #ProLife leaders will take to heart the encouragement of Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” #ManhattanDeclaration @CMDANational
Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life!
Why Pastors Ought to Be Apologists | Cold Case Christianity
If you scan the pages of Scripture looking for a list of “offices” (leadership positions within the Church), you’re likely to find eight roles described in the New Testament: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers (Ephesians 4:11), elders, deacons and bishops (1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Titus 1:6-9). One thing you’ll never find in any Biblical list of leadership positions is the office of “apologist”. Why is this position missing from the Scriptural lists? Wouldn’t it be wise for every church to have a trained and qualified Christian Case Maker ? I can tell you from personal experience: as I travel around the country, very few church leaders seem to be interested in apologetics, and even fewer have studied in this area. In fact, many seminaries don’t even offer courses in apologetics as part of their Master’s in Divinity programs (the standard degree sought by pastors). The reason the role of apologist is missing from New Testament leadership lists is not because it isn’t important enough to be represented as a separate office within the Church. Just the opposite is true.
Sean McDowell on Twitter
Silicon Valley's drug-fueled, secret sex parties-One more reason to hate the hookup culture @NancyRPearcey #Apologetics http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/06/silicon-valleys-drug-fueled-secret-sex-parties-one-more-reason-to-hate-hookup-culture.html …
Worldview and Apologetics in the News
He Just Died of Cancer at 36. Here’s Why He Fought Assisted Suicide
Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter
Found a cool new @Starbucks Reserve at McKinney and Olive. Lovey day to chill around uptown Dallas. Now back to my reading! #coffee #phdlife pic.twitter.com/5m7otmYGVk
The J. Warner Wallace Dateline Collection | Cold Case Christianity
“Around Dateline, we had a phrase to describe J Warner Wallace: ‘The Evidence Whisperer.’ He would come up with some unlikely bit of long neglected flotsam, realize it was key evidence, and work it until he’d wrung out every possible lead. Jim helped bring cases to court, and our stories to life. And when I discovered he enjoys debating religious questions with an inquisitive guy like me? Well that was true joy. Mind you, we agree about almost nothing. But in this book he makes his case as always with verve and charm …just like my friend Jim.” – Keith Morrison , News Correspondent, Dateline (NBC)
Tabletalk Magazine on Twitter
There is freedom, great freedom to receive encouragement as a blessing and to thank God for the work He has done in your life. http://bit.ly/2qxIc60
The Spiritual Battle with Weight Loss
And so what was happening to me is, if you gain a half a pound a month you don’t notice it, but that is six pounds a year and in five years you could put on 30 pounds. And that is all the result of the pleasure of food having too much control over the way you think about a good evening or a good day or a good week. And so I have had to confess that — confess patterns of gluttony — and completely change my relationship to food in order to eat what I should eat for the maintenance of my physical body. The result of that is a loss of about 40 pounds. For me it was not about weight — though that was an issue — as much as living in a more appropriate way.
Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter
A painting reveals the painter’s character, and God’s creation reveals who He is. Join Pastor Mark at the Grand Canyon and learn the answer to the question, “Why are we drawn to God’s creation?” http://bit.ly/2BrybrU pic.twitter.com/LsS0PmwruL
Apologetics Press - Una Asna y Su Pollino
Segundo, en cuanto a la acusaci�n que Mateo escribi� dos asnos, en vez de uno porque supuestamente entendi� mal la profec�a de Zacar�as, se debe notar primero que la profec�a de Zacar�as realmente menciona dos asnos (incluso cuando se declara que solamente uno transporta al Rey de Jerusal�n). El profeta escribi�: �He aqu� tu rey vendr� a ti, justo y salvador, humilde, y cabalgando sobre un asno, sobre un pollino hijo de asna� (Zacar�as 9:9). En este vers�culo, Zacar�as us� paralelismo po�tico hebreo (un balance de pensamiento entre dos partes consecutivas en la poes�a). Los t�rminos asno , pollino e hijo designan al mismo animal�el asno joven que el Rey (Jes�s) cabalgar�a a Su entrada en Jerusal�n (Marcos 11:7). Interesantemente, incluso cuando el pollino era el animal de importancia principal, Zacar�as mencion� que este asno era el hijo de una asna. Se puede suponer que Zacar�as estaba simplemente declarando algo obvio cuando mencion� la existencia de la madre, sin embargo, cuando se considera el evangelio de Mateo, aparece la asna que Zacar�as 9:9 apenas menciona. El pollino y la asna fueron tra�dos a Cristo en el Monte de los Olivos, y ambos hicieron el viaje a Jerusal�n.
The Gospel Turns the ‘Try Harder’ Mentality on Its Head
Likewise, this New Year’s, if we find ourselves thinking that our own strength is sufficient to carry us to places of greater faith in God or dependency on him, we’re sorely confused.
Premier Christian on Twitter
Morning. @craigwakeling is up and ready for another #BigBreakfast show. Are you? Plenty being discussed and prizes to be won. We're also talking about your charity shop bargains.
The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
Let’s keep encouraging people to get into the Bible. But let’s make sure they know how difficult, demanding, and extraordinarily rewarding it will be. http://thegspl.co/2F581xc
The 8 People Americans Trust More Than Their Local Pastor
Despite hitting another record low in Gallup assessment, clergy are still seen as more honest and ethical than 13 other professions.
The Heart of Christian Husbanding
Living in the impoverished and war-torn island-nation south of India also has taught Fernando that a husband doesn’t need money to make his wife happy. What she wants most isn’t something he can buy, but it is something that’s very costly to give: himself. She doesn’t want his shell, but his attention, his energy, his creativity and awareness and engagement — and especially when it’s most difficult.
Has President Trump Lost His Mind or Has CNN Lost Its Bearings?
Hour after hour, with unrelenting intensity, CNN reporters bring the grim news. It appears that President Trump has lost his mind. This is a serious report about a serious story, without any bias or malice. It's looking really grim.
BreakPoint on Twitter
You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history.
Why ‘Falling Out of Love’ Never Justifies Divorce
Happy Friday. Thanks for listening to the podcast! Today, Pastor John joins us over the telephone for a question from a perplexed father who writes in anonymously. “Pastor John, my adult son wants to get a divorce from his wife. They have been married for two years and have a one-year-old son and a newborn baby girl of ten days old. I’m totally perplexed by the timing. I don’t understand why he feels unhappy, but he claims he is ‘no longer in love’ with his wife anymore. What would you say to someone who has ‘fallen out of love’ with their spouse, and why that’s no grounds for divorce?”
Be True to Yourself
In fact, the relief of finally being honest, even if what we are being honest about is wrong, can feel emancipating. We’ve all experienced or witnessed this. When someone who has been secretly struggling with homosexuality finally comes out and embraces it, it often feels wonderful and freeing. Or when someone who has professed faith in Christ secretly stops believing the reality of Christianity, it can be a great relief to finally admit it and stop pretending. Or when a spouse has secretly been committing adultery, it can feel liberating to bring it out into the open, even if they are not repentant. What each of these people experiences is a sense of being true to themselves, even if what they actually believe isn’t true and right.
Clay Jones on Twitter
Join @LeeStrobel , @CraigHazen , @gregkoukl and me in Houston this coming Sunday and Monday night for two nights of apologetics teaching! https://www.biola.edu/on-the-road/houston-2018 …
BreakPoint on Twitter
Many “pro-choice” advocates accuse those who defend the unborn as forgetting the mother. So in your zeal to protect the unborn child, pray for the mother, who probably faces many pressures and problems. #ProLife #LTIupdate #inspirelifenow http://bit.ly/2CkG6ff pic.twitter.com/qYTF4JRuZa
Christian rape campaigner says John Worboys' release is an 'injustice' - Premier
A Christian who campaigns on behalf of rape victims has criticised the Parole Board's decision to release a serial sex offender from prison, calling it an "injustice".