Does God Exist? William Lane Craig vs Austin Dacey
William Lane Craig debates Austin Dacey at Purdue University Three and a half thousand people gathered in the Elliott Hall of Music on the campus of Purdue U...
Mind-Blowing SIX Song Country Mashup!
** If you enjoyed my Mashup, please check out my original recordings at www.GregoryTodd.com (and if you wanna pass them on to Luke, Blake, FGL, Cole, Parmale...
Can the World Have Morals Without a God?
William Lane Craig on the world's morality. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/
Unacceptable Answers for Your Thinking Teens
I spent Dec. 29–31 at the Youth Alive conference in St. Louis. About 300 students from Missouri youth groups were in attendance. It’s been more than a week since the conference, but I’m still recovering as I was a room sponsor for my home church, was on the Questions and Answers panel, taught a breakout session and played bass in the band. I’d like to share with you something I learned at this conference.
Nakedness Equals Shame
Throughout the pages of Scripture, when God speaks of bringing judgment against the guilty, He does it by exposing their sin and stripping them of their clothes. A prime example of this comes from the book of the prophet Amos. Amos gives the Lord’s list of transgressions by Moab, Judah, Israel, and so on, then gives God’s response: “Behold, I am weighed down by you, as a cart full of sheaves is weighed down.” This is God’s rebuke of His people. He then says: “Therefore flight shall perish from the swift, the strong shall not strengthen his power, nor shall the mighty deliver himself; he shall not stand who handles the bow, the swift of foot shall not escape.” God was foretelling the conditions when He visited His judgment on His people. Then He says, “The most courageous men of might shall flee naked in that day” (2:13–16). As another example, the book of Revelation connects the judgments of God on the wicked to nakedness (Rev. 3:17; 16:15; 17:16).
Andrae Crouch dies aged 72 – Premier Premier
Legendary gospel musician Andrae Crouch has died at a hospital in Los Angeles following a heart attack last week, his publicist has confirmed.
The Holy Mystery Through God's Grace Dr RC Sproul takes us through the dark night of the soul. This is a truly magnificent journey from the Castle of despair, the testing struggle of pain, loss and isolation when we are 'surprised by suffering'. This is more than a resource it is the comfort of Christ through the encouragement and exposition of a faithful and obedient servant of Christ. I cannot recommend this series highly enough, it is a thoughtful and timely reminder of peace that passes all understanding found in Christ Jesus. This series will be a blessing to you and all who listen to it. It is not a wish projection it is an honest, prayerful, and faithful address into our difficult struggle with the problem of pain. RC is akin to Evangelist found within Bunyon's 'Pilgrims Progress' If we cannot see the Wicket Gate, He points to the light of Christ and affirms the Holy Mystery, the Truth that in time we will witness the defeat of suffering forever. You will be enriched by this faithful journey. Soli Deo Gloria Adrian Wait - England
Give Me That Old Time Architecture
But there is a catch: many of the churches that most resemble what millennials say they want are empty. I think there are two reasons for this. First, as my friends at Summit Ministries point out, millennials don’t always follow through when it comes time to get out of bed on Sunday morning. And second, many classic-looking churches no longer teach classic doctrine. And why get out of bed if you’re not going to be challenged with anything new?
Isn't Science More Rational than Faith?
Dawkins is right to praise the sciences for their ability to give clear, reliable answers to some important questions, such as “how is genetic information transmitted?” So far, so good. But look at another question: “What is the meaning of life?” This is clearly an important question. But can science answer it? Dawkins’ answer is that science discloses no meaning to life – and therefore that there is no meaning to life. But is he right?
How and why to use whom in a sentence - The Oatmeal
This is a grammar comic about the proper usage of who versus whom.
Religion is a “medieval form of unreason”: Salman Rushdie responds to Paris attacks
“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms,” he wrote. “This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today.”
A Teenager’s View on Social Media
Plus, it’s simple in Tumblr to just change your URL if anyone finds you. Your name isn't attached to that profile at all so without that URL it is pretty difficult to find you again, especially for the typical parent snooping around. This really helps make the site a place where people can post and support others posts. There is a lot of interaction on this website in the form of reblogs because people just simply have feeds of only things they care about (and are then more likely to support with a like/reblog). I wouldn't say a lot of “socializing” — at least in the way we've defined it in our social media society—occurs on the site, but people can really easily meet others worldwide who hold similar interests. This makes it a very alluring site to join for many teenagers, even just to make new friends.
Anthony Bradley talks about God’s sovereignty and how we can
demonstrate the unity Jesus prayed…
In our passion to glorify God, magnify His grace, and exalt His Son, Jesus Christ, it is our mission to serve the local church by assisting in globally educating God's people in the principles of biblical evangelism; exhorting them to fulfill the Great Commission; and equipping them with every necessary resource along the way. We do this primarily through the teaching and preaching of God's Word, strategic conferences, academic and practical training opportunities, networking platforms, and the production and dissemination of various printed and audio/visual media.
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.
Islam in Europe
THE brutal murder of 12 people at the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris today appears to have been carried out by militant Islamists. If so, many will again question the compatability of Islam with secular-minded, liberal European values. Mistrust of religion is not confined to Islam, but Europeans regard it as more threatening to their national cultures than other faiths (or indeed atheism), according to a 2013 poll by the Bertelsmann Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Germany. The threat of Islamic terrorism is rising, to judge not just by today's slaughter but also by other attacks and a recent upward trend in arrests for religiously-inspired terrorism reported by Europol, the European Union's law-enforcement arm. Perceptions can easily run ahead of reality, however. There were still more arrests for other types of terrorism (motivated by separatism, for example) in Europe in 2013, the last year for which pan-European data are available. And European publics wildly overestimate the proportion of their populations that is Muslim: an Ipsos-Mori poll in 2014 found that on average French respondents thought 31% of their compatriots were Muslim, against an actual figure closer to 8%.
Why the Church Needs Intergenerational Friendships
Representatives of each age group can also reflect God’s nature in different ways. The young show strength and vigor and optimism. The middle-aged, familial care and seasoned experience. The elderly, wisdom and sobriety in the shadow of death. Just as we need every tribe and nation to display the manifold glory of God, so too we need every age if we are to see and celebrate his full nature.
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.
4 Ways to Win the Battle Against Busyness
1. Sleep. Psalm 127:2 says, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” The sign that you are God’s “beloved” is that you are able to sleep. It is not your busyness that indicates closeness to God, but your ability to rest in the midst of a restless culture. Many times, our inability to sleep comes from the myth that we need to hold everything together. We need to learn that while we are sleeping, God is building the city. A lack of sleep doesn’t just lead to physical problems; it quickly fosters a spirit of cynicism that ruins our spiritual life. It’s no good burning the candle at both ends if it sours our view of God, deprives us of our joy, and ends our life prematurely. As a mentor of mine once told me, “Sometimes the most holy thing you can do is to just take a nap.”
New York Times Reports On Muslim Proselytizing During Charlie Hebdo Attack, Then Deletes It
When Islamic terrorists expressly tell their victims why they’re being attacked, our mainstream media will do anything to cover it up. They’ll change the subject, they’ll blame the victims… they’ll even stealth-edit* their own copy.
'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 .]
The Power and Privilege of God’s Children
Here’s where we see why Jesus practiced so well what he preached about prayer and finding a “closet.” He had no inadequacies to make up for, and no doubts about his trueness, but he desperately desired fellowship with his Father. And so, again and again, he prayed alone. “After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. . . . [H]e was there alone” (Matthew 14:23; also Mark 6:46). Not just once, but as a regular habit, he “would withdraw to desolate places and pray” (Luke 5:16). “Rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35).
“The Los Angeles Theology Conference is an exciting new venture. It not only provides high-level theological discussion for people on the West Coast. At the same time it also makes a signal contribution to revitalizing interest in the kind of classical theological themes that are essential to the future of the church. Its proceedings promise to be a standard point of reference in the years to come.”
—George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
A Christmas Gift that Keeps Giving: Lawrence Krauss on Eric Metaxas on Science, on God
Bakken : This is misdirection. We are trying to grapple with the question of this universe's fine-tuning, and pointing to the design of biological systems doesn't address the point at all. Davies made this statement in the context of the physical laws of the universe, and its life-allowing properties, so he isn't being misinterpreted by Metaxas. Again, I am struck by the weakness of Dr. Krauss's response here. He certainly is smart enough to know he isn't answering the question posed by Metaxas, a question that is in Dr. Krauss's own field of expertise. In fact, the design in biology, even if it is natural, only adds to the mystery of why the only universe we have direct knowledge of has the properties of fine-tuning that can allow these processes. Just saying we wouldn't be here to notice it, as Dr. Krauss implies, isn't an answer either.
Trading Fear for Fear
To fear the Lord is to be like Moses and remove our shoes because we are standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:5). It is to be like the woman at the well who came face to face with the One who knew her so well. She encountered grace and left wonderstruck, running into the village to tell everyone, “He told me everything I ever did” (John 4:28–29). It is to be like the disciples who feared for their lives in the midst of a terrible storm at sea. But after seeing Jesus calm the storm with just his words, they stood in awe. “And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’” (Mark 4:41). As Mr. Beaver said of Aslan, “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
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Public Schools Aren’t the Enemy
The author's point was in promoting a "repairing" of relationship between Christians and public schools, as though there shouldn't be the influx of families, a movement really, of Christian families willing to find the best mode of individualized education and discipleship for their children. Home education is a conduit allowing this. By law discipleship is not allowed in public schools. Religion may be discussed, the Bible may be studied as literature, but it is compartmentalized and restricted in a way that a parent is not. We have the most vested interests in our kids as parents, and it's our job to train them in the way they should go regardless. Sending kids to school as "salt and light" is an argument usually used to assuage someone's discomfort with homeschoolers, as though they are at a disadvantage somehow. It is also not a foreign idea that bad company can corrupt good character whatever the avenue. Many missionaries are homeschoolers bringing the gospel to the corners of the earth. And we each have our own mission field right where we are, which I think is the important point to remember.
Advice to Young Pastors from Bryan Chapell, Miguel Núñez, and Darrell Bock
I would say study what drives culture. Pay attention to the values it has and what it promotes (both good and bad). Exegete commercials, music, movies, TV, and literature people are talking about in the public square for the values they portray and the aspirations they set. Have a little bit of sociology about you as well as being a theologian. It’s crucial in doing this that you look for the good in culture as well as the bad. It is too easy to rail against culture. Christians are better known for what they are against than what they are for. That needs reversing. In its best moments, culture does aspire to things that reflect being made in God’s image. Note those and engage with those topics (good and bad), as this is where the people you’re called to pursue in mission are. Show how the gospel connects the dots for the core needs of the soul. This emphasis is where I have been for some time. The one thing that has changed in 20 years (even 10) is that before I could appeal to the Bible confident that for many it was a respected place to go for answers. Now the Bible itself is widely questioned as a source for life and wisdom.
Christian Scholarship and the Distinguishing Virtue of Humility
A little bit of eschatology might also do us well. We have it on good authority that there will be work in the new heavens and new earth. Of course, this work will be liberated from the toil and burden of the curse. But those of us called to scholarship and the pursuit of knowledge have a mystery awaiting us. While our capacity to know God and delight in him will expand throughout the infinite ages to come (a glorious thought if ever there was one), we will no longer suffer ignorance. Perhaps we can understand a bit of what the apostle Paul meant when he reflected, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12). Being known fully now, even when we know only in part. Anticipating a coming fullness of knowledge, centered on God himself. What could be more wonderful, and humbling, than that?
David Oyelowo: 'Selma Was a Spiritual Endeavor For Me'
So he walked to Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, which is just a few hundred yards away from where we were shooting that scene and asked them if they had a pulpit we could borrow. They said, “Well, you can't have the one that's in the actual church, but we found this pulpit in the basement two days ago. You can use that one.”
And then we found out it was the actual pulpit Dr. King gave that actual speech from. Wow!
The exact same pulpit. And it had been found two days before! These events we're showing in the film happened 50 years ago. At any time in those intervening years could that pulpit have been found.
Things like that happened so many times. It was like God was winking at us. A lot of the people on the set were people of faith—they were either Christians or they'd been raised that way, and so it was very easy to talk about faith. Obviously, we were portraying people of faith, and there were several scenes, especially more difficult ones, where we would all pray together before going into those scenes. Which scenes those? Why did you decide to pray during them?
There are a couple of speeches I give in church in the film.
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7 Bible Verses That Are Perfectly Used When Praying for Your Children
When our children are first born and come home to use, they depend on us to do everything for them. We consistently pray for their well being, as well as their will to succeed. As they grow old, we must keep them in our prayers and release them to the Lord.
7 Pop Hits You Didn’t Know Andraé Crouch Helped Create
In reality, he was an ambassador for gospel music at a time when it desperately needed one. CCM was seen as, at best, a tax write-off for most music outlets—a curiosity. But Crouch had a keen ear for pop music that he rooted in the gospel music that was his legacy, and it made for some truly addicting music. He fused unlikely genres and found something that was fresh, unique and deeply inspiring. He brought guitars and drums into worship music back when some churches were uncomfortable with overheard projectors. He was dangerous like that, and people loved him for it.
Can We Be Good without God? | Reasonable Faith
But wait! It would, indeed, be arrogant and ignorant to claim that people cannot be good without belief in God. But that was not the question. The question was: can we be good without God? When we ask that question, we are posing in a provocative way the meta-ethical question of the objectivity of moral values. Are the values we hold dear and guide our lives by mere social conventions akin to driving on the left versus right side of the road or mere expressions of personal preference akin to having a taste for certain foods or not? Or are they valid independently of our apprehension of them, and if so, what is their foundation? Moreover, if morality is just a human convention, then why should we act morally, especially when it conflicts with self-interest? Or are we in some way held accountable for our moral decisions and actions?
Marriage is under siege in our time, and Christian unions are not going unscathed. Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin believes that love letters written by Christian husbands and wives of the past can help strengthen the ties that bind believing spouses today. In this anthology, he brings together letters from one or both parties in twelve significant relationships from church history. The contents range from courtship communications to proposals of marriage to final words before dying, but most have to do with the ups and downs of married life. In the end, The Christian Lover is a celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women who were deeply in love with both God and one another.
NC City Forced to Remove 'Christian' Praying Soldier Veterans' Memorial; Unable to Pay $2 Million to Battle Secular Group
A North Carolina town has finally thrown in the towel on a years-long court battle by agreeing to remove a veterans' memorial statue from its central park that featured a praying soldier kneeling before a cross and a Christian flag.
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5 Reasons Not to Use Gender-Based Jokes in the Pulpit | The Junia Project
I am grateful to see that this conversation is taking place. Thank you for this post. I would like to add that this is just as important (if not more so) for youth pastors. I used to lead middle school girls at my old church, and I remember getting really upset during the sermon one day because the new male youth pastor decided to use the word “girl” to describe someone in a story being weak, as in, “He was acting like a little girl!” It got big laughs from the crowd, but as a woman sitting there next to my strong but impressionable middle school girls, I was offended and angry. I know from experience that what we teach our children in the church sticks with them, whether consciously or not, and these kind of jokes (along with all the other ways we treat young girls in the church), can be really harmful and only reinforce the notion that women are weaker and less than men.
Jim Elliot Died Today
Fifty-nine years ago today, Jim Elliot and four other Christian missionaries were speared to death on a beach along the Curaray River in the remote jungles of Ecuador. Their murderers were Huaorani (sometimes called Auca) Indians, men from the very people group that Elliot and his friends had been seeking for months to evangelize.
Wife Shares The Most Amazing News to Her Husband in a Photo Booth
This wife, Jessica, came up with a brilliant way to share great news with her husband. She had just got the news that she was pregnant. Instead of just telling her husband outright, she came up with this awesome plan.
Standards for Shepherds: Sexual Fidelity
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The bit about restoration teams on standby like tow trucks waiting for the next accident for stuck out to me. I've mentioned before that I attended a church where the first pastor left because he was committing adultery. His replacement soon after committed adultery as well. Such a restoration team was called in to do damage control. If you were to ask people what and how this happened, they would likely say things like " he fell in a weak moment", or "the enemy knew how to take him out, it was dastardly spiritual warfare against a man of God", or they would even rationalize it by saying something like " anyone can succumb to temptation". All of these thoughts can be true, but it makes me wonder what else is going on that this is not an occasional sad problem in ministerial circles but such a rampant issue? In the situation referred to earlier, one thing I am aware of is that the church had developed somewhat of an openness to supernatural movings of God such as personal words.
Time-travel thriller asks whether our actions are foreordained, or a matter of choice.
Can You Marry the Wrong Person?
Yes, you can marry the wrong person. A trip to Fireproof boot camp or marriage retreat will not heal every marriage. When will the Christian (let's go ahead and add evangelical) church stop condescending to and ostracizing fellow Christians who have bravely admitted this truth to one another and divorced? It seems so many people in the church seem to think divorced Christians are disillutioned quitters who didn't do their homework during premarital counseling. Divorce is the painful last resort for most Christians. So many people in the church prefer to judge and subsequently snub the very brothers and sisters in Christ who need support, friendship and healing.
Radical Islam or Authentic Islam?, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute
Hank shares his thoughts on yesterday’s tragic killings in France. Quoting from Sura 5, Hank affirms that the Qur’an is clear, and to say it teaches peace is just plain revisionism. Although many Muslims promote living in peace, what happened in Paris is not Muslim extremism, but rather authentic Islam, because authentic Muslims must totally submit to the will of Allah and his Prophet.
2,000 Killed by Boko Haram, Corpses 'Strewn on Streets,' Churches Burned
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is believed to have killed close to 2,000 people in an attack on the city of Baga and surrounding villages in Borno state. Christian leaders have confirmed that several churches have also been burned in the attack.
Where Are The Young, Restless, and Reformed Now? - An Interview With Collin Hansen
Dave Harvey regularly discusses issues of pastoral calling with key evangelical pastors and leaders. In this episode of the Am I Called podcast, Dave interviews Collin Hansen.
Bush blasts off
In the spring of 1978, as he traveled the country contemplating the presidential campaign he’d long itched to run, a retired Republican politician named George H.W. Bush dashed off a quick letter to his second son, Jeb. “We are not doing any of the things that one should be doing if he wanted to attract columnists’ attention,” the former congressman, U.N. ambassador and CIA director wrote. “But nevertheless, there seems to be a credibility to my effort that is reassuring.”
An Anointed Trend? Christian Women and Essential Oils
My pastor’s wife recently posted an opinion on Facebook that led to dozens of comments on both sides of the issue. It wasn’t a theological position or even a stance in the so-called Mommy Wars. Instead, she confessed that she wasn’t going to jump on the “essential oils bandwagon.”
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
9 Actions You Must Take to Reach Your Biggest Goals (Part 2)
The only thing free in life is salvation, because Jesus paid for our sins to be forgiven when He died on the cross. All you have to do is accept that gift by faith. You can’t work for it, earn it, deserve it. You just say God, thank you for sending your Son to die for me on the cross to pay for all my sins. It’s already been paid for. It’s a free gift. It cost Jesus his life. But for everything else you want to accomplish, there’s a price tag.
The Mayor of Atlanta Declares War on Religious Freedom
And then there was this patently absurd argument: "Every single employee under the fire chief's command deserves the certainty that he or she is a valued member of the team and that fairness and respect guide employment decisions. ... If we had made the decision to retain Chief Cochran ... folks in the first rescue department who may have been discriminated against in some future occasion would have had a valid case in my mind. But after the fire chief so clearly stated his position on a number of issues, I thought that it created a potential liability for the city."
'Piss Christ' Photo Removed by AP After Journalist Points Out Double Standard for Not Publishing Offensive Charlie Hebdo Islam Cartoon
The Associated Press removed a photo of an art piece called "Piss Christ" from its website Wednesday after a journalist pointed out the company's double standard. AP has refused to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons mocking Muhammad that led to Hebdo's murder due to its policy of not publishing "deliberately provocative images."