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Practical Principles of Biblical Interpretation
It has often been charged that the Bible can’t be trusted because people can make it say anything they want it to say. This charge would be true if the Bible were not the objective Word of God, if it were simply a wax nose, able to be shaped, twisted, and distorted to teach one’s own precepts. The charge would be true if it were not an offense to God the Holy Spirit to read into sacred Scripture what is not there. However, the idea that the Bible can teach anything we want it to is not true if we approach the Scriptures humbly, trying to hear what the Bible says for itself.
Strange Fire Redux, Part 1
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Pastor John...I was actually a late comer to the Strange Fire debate. What I mean is, that while I heard about the conference last year, I did not really pay attention to it. I then saw that my wife was reading the book Jesus Calling. I came across Justin Peters' presentation at the conference via YouTube. His powerful lectures, led me to listen to the entire conference. Prior to listening to the conference, I would call myself a 'moderate continuationalist.' Now, having seen the overwhelming Biblical proof and love for truth that was displayed by all the participants, I have a more Biblical approach to these matters, and identify with the cessationist crowd. Thank you for speaking the truth. I was able to share with my wife the dangers and problems with 'Jesus Calling' and she has since disregarded this book.
The Briefing 10-13-14
1) Second US Ebola case reminder humanity has not mastered plague, despite medical advances
Excuse Me, My Baby Is the Wrong Color
When we were discussing this news item, Shane Morris, one of our Colson Center writers, wryly observed, “Grandma always says, ‘If it’s the wrong color, you can return it,’ when she gives us sweaters. Hearing that said of a baby girl makes me not want to live on this planet anymore.”
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Renowned Chemist Says Evolutionists Do Not Understand the Origin of Life
First of all this guy doesn’t understand evolution because he’s not a biologist. Of all the scientists who signed the dissent paper, almost none were biologists. Second, he’s dissing the wrong theory about life’s origins. Evolution does not address that issue. Third, to say he or any other scientist doesn’t know how life originated is not an indictment against science. Science is all about finding answers. Sometimes it gets it wrong. But it always corrects itself. Jumping to the conclusion that God did it just because you don’t understand it is abdicating your scientific responsibilities. Finally, it is not necessary to observe something in progress for it to have been discovered. Some things act so slowly that observation is not possible. Does that mean they can’t have happened? Of course not. There are countless clues to how evolution proceeded, in the First of all this guy doesn’t understand evolution because he’s not a biologist. Of all the scientists who signed the dissent paper, almost none were biologists. Second, he’s dissing the wrong theory about life’s origins.
Neuroscience: Brains of Norway
While pursuing their studies, the two scientists have become a phenomenon. Tall and good-looking, they operate like a single brain in two athletic bodies in their generously funded lab in Trondheim, Norway — a remote corner of northern Europe just 350 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. They publish together and receive prizes as a single unit — most recently, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which they won this week with their former supervisor, neuroscientist John O’Keefe at University College London. In 2007, while still only in their mid-40s, they won a competition by the Kavli Foundation of Oxnard, California, to build and direct one of only 17 Kavli Institutes around the world. The Mosers are now minor celebrities in their home country, and their institute has become a magnet for other big thinkers in neuroscience. “It is definitely intellectually stimulating to be around them,” says neurobiologist Nachum Ulanovsky from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, who visited the Trondheim institute for the first time in September.
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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.
Soros to Host Fundraiser for ‘Independent’ Kansas Senate Candidate
Kansas Senate hopeful Greg Orman insists that he is not beholden to the Democratic Party, but a major Democratic donor is hosting a fundraiser for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.
Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?
What in the world is this discussion about? It seems to be framed as a discussion, not about any specific proposition, but about whether the field is going in the right direction. The reform side focuses on high-level concepts and doesn't make a strong evidentiary case. We have to read 11 paragraphs before we start to get a concrete sense of the distinction they are trying to make. The "all is well" side (1) concedes the value of every non-traditional mode of causation invoked by the "reform" side, while at the same time (2) claiming that there is no novelty in the EES position, which is all word-play, for all evolutionary truths come from his highness, Charles Darwin and (3) claiming that the advocates of EES haven't made their case (e.g., the final slapdown about how Darwin worked for 40 years on earthworms before publishing, with the clear implication that the EES advocates should get back to work like good scientists instead of blowing smoke).
Meanwhile, there are prominent evolutionary biologists (e.g., Lynch, Charlesworth, Coyne) who believe that alternatives to the gene-centric view are bunk, and have said so in print.
10 ways to thrive in the face of pastoral challenges
Third, live a godly, holy life before the people . Godly living is simply right, but it also has the practical value of earning the trust and confidence of the congregation. Once when I was a pastor, I had to make a very difficult decision that I knew would be misunderstood and questioned. Some weeks later a couple in the church came to me and told me that they weren’t sure they could stay in the church because they disagreed with the decision I had made. I asked them a pointed question: “Do you believe that I was at least trying to do the right thing and to honor the Lord?” Without hesitation they responded, “Of course. We never doubted that you were doing what you believed to be right. We just think you missed it.” I confessed to them that since the matter was not clearly spelled out in Scripture they just might be right. I might get to heaven and discover that I missed it. But at the very least, God would not rebuke me for not seeking and desiring to do His will. “If you trust my heart,” I told them, “then you are free to question my decisions, and we still have no problem. As long as you feel that I am seeking God, we can work together, even when we disagree.
Why I’m Not Always Opposed to Religious Tourism
That said, some trips actually do bring help and relief that can only be conducted by outsiders. We need to be honest about those, too. My friend attends a church committed to only sending short-term missionaries to one particular country at a time. They go on a regular basis, not only to develop a long-term relationship with the locals and to establish credibility with them, but also to train up leaders in that community. They train leaders so that when the church does pull out of that country, the country will be stronger for it. They want the nationals to rely on their own resources and to know how to continue sustainable development. This kind of trip takes dedication, discernment, commitment, and sacrifice.
Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White
Sojourners President and Founder Jim Wallis, one of several faith leaders who are heading to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to march for justice, is challenging Christians to put their faith ahead of their race when it comes to issues concerning racial relations.
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Training for the End of the World as We Know It
Preppers have their own language. They carry “BOBs,” or “bug-out bags,” knapsacks stuffed with provisions necessary to “get out of dodge” when “TSHTF” (the shit hits the fan). “TEOTWAWKI” is instantly recognizable as shorthand for “the end of the world as we know it.” But that “end” means something different to everyone. They’re not all anticipating a rapture. Preoccupations range from super-viruses like Ebola to natural disasters (solar flares, hurricanes) to man-made catastrophes (an ISIS attack, socioeconomic collapse leading to utter mayhem).
Why Is the Ascension So Important?
The ascended Christ guarantees that you can know you are forgiven, accepted, and delighted in by God the Father. He is our advocate who intercedes constantly for us. Keller explains: “So when the Bible says that Jesus stands as our advocate and representative before the throne of the universe, it is a way to say that he is ascended and not just levitated. It doesn’t matter what you have been or what you have done. It doesn’t matter how flawed and foolish you are. When the eyes of God the Father look at you, they see the ascended Jesus; when they listen to you, they hear him. When God looks and listens to you, he sees and hears infinite beauty . . . He sees Jesus not sitting at the right hand but standing on his behalf, advocating for him.”
Expositors Summit Pre-Conference
The African-American church has a rich history of faithful preaching from God’s Word. This tradition has seen preachers bring the Word to life in ways that are life-changing for their listeners, in ways that connect God’s story with their story. “Tell Your Story” will focus on that process, the process of getting the text right and getting the text across. How can expositors preach biblically faithful sermons that meaningfully connect within the African-American context? Join pastors Thabiti Anyabwile, H.B. Charles, Jr., Victor Sholar, and Kevin Smith as they provide instruction and encouragement on this topic.
Mike Adams - Ten at Fifty
This month, I turn fifty years old, which is surprising to me. At twenty-five, I never thought I would see thirty. I also never expected this period of life to be the best – but it is by a long shot. Perhaps that is best explained by the fact that, over the years, I have made some very serious mistakes that have taught me some very important lessons.
Filmmaker Seeks to Expose IRS in Political Documentary
“Our crew was made up of very talented people who didn’t necessarily have our political world view, but they weren’t hostile to it,” said Bergman. “The whole film crew lived on the bus … and the camaraderie, stories and jokes—it was like being in college again.”
2015 National Conference
God's people must cry out for His revival and a restoration of the light. Ligonier Ministries is seeking to help people do just that. On February 19–21, 2015, we will be hosting our annual national conference in Orlando. Alistair Begg, Rosaria Butterfield, Tim Challies, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Peter Jones, Steven Lawson, Russell Moore, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. will join me in considering our theme, "After Darkness, Light." We will explore our need to be revived and restored to a high view of God, His law, His people, and His plan for the world.
There is no doubt that the fighting and acrimony turns people off, and that is enough reason to knock off the fighting and acrimony. But the problem may go even deeper. The very disgreement about an issue like origins can be taken as a lack of clarity in the revelation that we, as Christians, all accept. And there is an expectation that there shouldn’t be any such lack of clarity, if the revelation were genuine. So the disagreements are themselves taken as indications that Christians are not in possession of genuine divine revelation. Now this is a bad argument, and just a little reflection will reveal that it is bad. But without that reflection it can seem better than it is, and those who are leaving the church because of disagreements about origins are not likely to have reflected adequately about whether they should expect disagreements about origins. I’m worried that it is an implicit and unreflective endorsement of arguments like this that is mostly responsible for “driving young people away.” If so, then the disagreements can be as civil as pleasant as anyone would like, but the exodus would continue.
Letting Go of Perfection and Dealing with Reality–Illumination Guest: Aukelien van Abbema
This is an excellent article. I have heard so many people put unrealistic expectations on relationships. I know guys that struggle with pornography who believe that marriage will solve their lust problems. I know several women who believe that being married will somehow thrust them into like a fairytale and they are going to be treated like a princess. When they enter their relationships, they are disappointed. The lust is still there and complicating things. The woman finds out that men aren’t knights in shining armor riding a white horse. The reality is that we all struggle with junk in our lives. When we get into relationships, we introduce the other person’s struggles into our lives and introduce our struggles into their lives. We should use that opportunity to help each other overcome struggles, thus building a stronger, more intimate relationship.
Abortion Is a Social Good. So Stand Up and Say It.
Several years after I had the abortion, I had a third child. Part of me thinks the shadow aborted child stayed with me and created a space for the last one to be born. Does this mean I was plagued by abortion “regret,” as pro-life activists claim, or haunted by my decision? Of course not. I never felt like I had done something awful. The truth is, I hardly thought about it after I did it, because I was too busy working and raising two small children. Like Pollitt said about the pro-lifers, I recognize that the fetus and the mother have a complicated relationship without being able to fully articulate what that is. The aborted fetus hung around as a concept, nothing at all like the living children I already had. Having an abortion left me with a sense of what a great power it is to be able to give life but also a sense that I can trust myself to use it carefully.
Start Your Week with a Pep Talk from Kid President and Grover
I n honor of Soul Pancake’s Socktober campaign—an online challenge for viewers to donate new socks to homeless shelters—Kid President teamed with Sesame Street ’s Grover for a brand new pep talk. Start your Monday with some inspiration to go out there and make the world a better place: “Sometimes life is tough, but so are you ... Do not give up!” Wise words Kid President ...
Tim Keller Talks Evangelism; Says Preachers Need to Persuade, Relate to Nonbelievers
Nonbelievers who hear the Gospel are either convicted or turn away from the church based on the evangelistic methods they are exposed to, said Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
The Redwoods and the Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
In his book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment , Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs (d. 1646) poses the question, “How can a Christian enjoy deep contentment while having little in this life?” That is, little by way of material possessions and other advantages of the world. Why is the proverb true: “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice” (Proverbs 16:8)?
Freedom in the Busy
We are busier than ever. In today's technology-saturated world, the rhythm of our lives is go-go-go. Electric lights and screens keep us awake well after the sun goes down. The chirping devices in our pockets ask for our attention 24/7. Our jobs are demanding, whether we’re climbing corporate ladders, taking care of toddlers, or serving coffee to the noon rush-hour crowd. The influx of information and pressures of modern life undercut the rest we need in our souls. When will the break come? How can we find freedom and clarity? And where is God in the busy? Or, maybe the harder question—where are we ?
When we consider the predicament that the evangelical church of the twenty-first century faces in America, the first thing we need to understand is the very designation “evangelical church” is itself a redundancy. If a church is not evangelical, it is not an authentic church. The redundancy is similar to the language that we hear by which people are described as “born-again Christians.” If a person is born again of the Spirit of God, that person is, to be sure, a Christian. If a person is not regenerated by the Holy Spirit, he may profess to be a Christian, but he is not an authentic Christian. There are many groups that claim to be churches that long ago repudiated the evangel , that is, the gospel. Without the gospel, a gathering of people, though they claim otherwise, cannot be an authentic church.
Nature Admits Scientists Suppress Criticisms of Neo-Darwinism to Avoid Lending Support to Intelligent Design
If you think that intelligent design isn't making an impact on evolutionary science, think again. The latest issue of Nature has a point-counterpoint on the question " Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? " Answering "Yes, urgently" are Kevin Laland (professor of behavioral and evolutionary biology at the University of St. Andrews), Tobias Uller, Marc Feldman, Kim Sterelny, Gerd B. Müller, Armin Moczek, Eva Jablonka, and John Odling-Smee -- some of whom were members of the infamous "Altenberg 16." In that context, they began to conceive of what they call the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis ("EES"). That is essentially a new evolutionary synthesis that rejects some of the core tenets of neo-Darwinism (like the views that natural selection is the dominant force guiding evolution, or that there is a "tree of life"). Their article contains a stunningly forthright admission: some scientists avoid making criticisms of neo-Darwinian evolution lest they give the appearance of supporting ID: The number of biologists calling for change in how evolution is conceptualized is growing rapidly.
What Should Evangelicals Make of the Rome Synod on the Family? | Moore to the Point
The Apostle Paul tells the Church at Corinth that he is not advocating that they stop eating or associating with “the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world” (1 Cor. 5:9). He is, he writes, saying that they should not associate with those who do so unrepentantly and yet “bear the name of brother” (1 Cor. 5:11). Paul, as did Jesus, makes a fundamental distinction between those who are part of the community of the kingdom, the church, and those who are yet on the outside. “For what have I to do with judging outsiders?” the Apostle asks. “Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?”
A Man Given a Few Weeks To Live Thought He Would Miss Christmas and a Wedding – Until This Happened!
60-year-old Frank Henderson have given to others his whole life and they have never felt they had the chance to repay him. Until he made a bucket list, and was given a short time to live due to cancer.
If you haven’t read the book and you’re now wondering whether you should read it first, stop here, scroll down to the content warning at the end, and if you are up for that, then absolutely see the movie first. It is bloody and pretty brilliant; it is frightening and twisty and very well acted, and Fincher’s filmmaking is better than Flynn’s prose, though her screenplay adaptation is quite good. The acting is solid; it is darkly entertaining; it does everything a movie is supposed to do, and it does it well.
International Donors' Pledge of $5.4 Billion to Rebuild Gaza Risky?
At an international conference in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday donors pledged $5.4 billion for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, which recently suffered devastation in its conflict with Israel. But an obvious question was not addressed: will there be any supervision to ensure that the money reaches the people and not Hamas?
In Alabama, the religiously 'unaffiliated' now surpasses this major religious group
White mainline Protestants made up 13 percent of respondents, the survey said, ranking it fourth. The mainline Protestant category includes such denominations as the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the American Baptist Churches U.S.A., the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church.
WORLD | Alaska next to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples | The Editors | Oct. 13, 2014
Same-sex couples in Alaska began applying for marriage licenses today after an Alaska judge overturned the state’s marriage amendment yesterday. Alaska was the first state in the union to approve an amendment to its constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Report: Islamic State Sells Yazidi Girls for $1,000, Yazidi Boys Forced to Train to Become ISIS Militants
A new report released Sunday provides more details on how Islamic State militants are inhumanly treating their captives of religious minority groups, more specifically the Yazidis. The report finds that militants are forcing preteens, teenagers and grown women into forced marriages and sex slavery, while forcing detained Yazidi men to convert to Islam and young Yazidi boys to train to become ISIS fighters.
'Republican Cuts Kill,' Liberal Video Accuses; NIH Director, Evangelical Dr. Francis Collins Says Budget Cuts Hampered Discovery of Ebola Vaccine
America's response to the deadly Ebola virus took a political turn on the weekend when progressive policy organization, The Agenda Project Action Fund, blamed the current outbreak of the virus on budget cuts supported by Republicans. Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins, an evangelical, also declared on Friday that budget cuts hurt the agency and seriously hampered the development of an Ebola vaccine.
Christian Company Ordered To Take Diversity Classes After Refusal To Print Gay Pride Shirts - CBS Cleveland
A Lexington human rights commission has ruled that a t-shirt company unlawfully discriminated against a gay organization in its refusal to print the group’s Lexington Pride Festival shirts – and has ordered the company employees to undergo diversity training. (Photo credit: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Renewing Your Mind | The Priest with Dirty Clothes | October 13, 2014
In justification, our faith is not righteousness, so it is not the evidentiary basis or grounds upon which God declares us as righteous. Faith is the Lord's chosen means of transferring the grounds for His declaration to our account. Justification by faith involves a double transfer or a double imputation: one negative and one positive. When we are justified by grace alone through faith in Christ alone, our sin is not credited to our account (vv. 6–8). God negatively imputes or removes sin from our legal record, although this does not mean the Lord is ignorant of our sin or overlooks it. Even while we are ungodly in practice, the Lord does not hold us legally accountable for our sin when we trust in Christ alone (v. 5). Justification is positional, not existential. In other words, justification does not effect an inward transformation, and God does not wait until our works meet His perfect standard before He declares us righteous. Transformation takes place—we are given new hearts and a new disposition to obey the Lord—but this is regeneration and sanctification, not justification.
Got Empty Church Pews? 'Mass Mob' Brings 1,000 Congregants to Pack Houses of Worship
Inspired by the concept of "flash mobs," an organization based in Buffalo, New York, has opted to perform "Mass Mobs" wherein large numbers of people agree to meet at a given local Catholic congregation.
Chinese Pastor Arrested During Government Crackdown 'Grateful to God' for Jail Opportunity
A Chinese pastor, one of several in recent months to be arrested in a massive government crackdown on Christians, said that he is "grateful" to God for giving him the opportunity to go to jail. Forty-year-old Huang Yizi is facing up to seven years in prison for speaking out against the government's demolitions of churches.
The Solemnization of Matrimony
By nuanced I’m basically saying with a big word that I’m not sure how to say what I want to say. Anyways, to your other points it sounds like you want to have Christians retain the influence they do have by backing off on some things, or just back off so the retaliation from opposition groups is not as fierce. I don’t particularly care about opposition or my position in the society at large. I’m happy if there is a large Christian influence on the culture, but if there isn’t the choice is to still follow Christ. I think I understand the whole “we’re a priveledged group so we don’t see the injustices that we cause by living out our normal priveledged lives” thing. Although to be honest I believe that the way the Bible says to live is the best way to live. If the laws support that great. If not that’s ok, we live in a democracy. So in a way if Christians have the priveledge I think it’s great that we’re a little paternalistic. My view is not that I’m right, but I’m pretty sure you could be right about your situation as well.
The History We’d Prefer to Forget
While the Colorado debate has surfaced all sorts of educational issues, including concerns about implementing Common Core standards, the discussion about what it means to remember and how we pass those memories on to the next generation has important application for all of us.
Apologetics: Why it’s Important for Every Christian
In fact, apologetics will mean you are less likely to be defensive. The person who has the answers and is secure in his faith has no need to get upset. It is the person who doesn’t take the time to study apologetics or who thinks it is unnecessary who gets flustered when confronted. This has led to many examples I have seen of frustrated youth leaders telling questioning students to just trust them or just have (blind) faith. It also leaves them unprepared when an atheist says to them, “There is no evidence for God!” If you are prepared you can instead say, “Really? I can think of several!” At that point they have to ask you what they are and you are off and running. Then their objections can be turned from conversation stoppers to conversation starters. Often you don’t even need to defend them heavily; just mentioning them by name is enough to make the atheist reconsider.
Don't Say 'Boys and Girls,' Use 'Gender Inclusive' Words Like 'Purple Penguins,' Nebraska Teachers Told
A school district in Nebraska has given to its middle-school teachers a document which advises them to use "gender inclusive" expressions such as "purple penguins" instead of "gendered" ones such as "boys and girls."