When God Leaves Us Awestruck: Finding Words to Capture Wonder
We can never fully capture all that God is in words, but we can still marvel at him in our hearts.
With Dear Hate, Maren Morris Gets Biblical | Think Christian
Morris' ballad locates the true root of violence, both in the world at large and in our hearts.
NEEDTOBREATHE's Josh Lovelace Hopes to Bring Families Together With Solo Album (Video)
Since most family members each enjoy their own style of music, Lovelace said he wanted to make something for everyone. His own family, he said, always listened to music together growing up, and he wanted to create songs that families worldwide could enjoy without fear hearing inappropriate content. His first solo album is said to be a "love letter to the two generations before him, and the one that follows."
Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name
Apologists often do not speak with gentleness, love and respect. A few years ago, I had a public debate with a skeptic on the question of God and morality. As part of my preparation, I listened to many debates from Christians. Although I won’t mention any names, there were a handful of Christian debaters that honestly made me cringe at how they treated their opponents. One debater (the head of a well-known apologetics ministry that will remain anonymous) demeaned and personally attacked his opponent. I even showed the video to my wife and she was appalled at his antics and behavior. But it’s not just public figures that act this way. We probably all have an example of some overly eager apologist who was unnecessarily argumentative rather than loving. If this is you, PLEASE STOP because you are giving Christianity and apologetics an unnecessarily bad name. I often tell my students that if they can’t speak the truth in love, then don’t even bother to speak truth.
Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design - Kindle edition by Stephen C. Meyer. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
I'm not a Christian and I certainly don't believe in "creation science" which is often confused with intelligent design. I have spent my life studying science, and all of my degrees are in scientific and medical areas, but I've always been interested in spirituality. It's unfortunate that so many scientists are atheists. Perhaps they have no choice in the matter since they are generally wed to the very narrow perspectives of their scientific specialties. (Others, like Richard Dawkins, are wed to the industry of Atheism.) The Signature in the cell was the first book that I have read that explains in no uncertain terms why the genetic code would be impossible for nature to create by randomly combining primordial molecules. It is a technical book filled with technical facts and statistics that is so interesting that you forget that you are actually learning something. Although it doesn't talk about God or any form of religion or spiritual world, it is difficult to avoid the obvious conclusion that something outside of our material universe had something to do with the very first reproducing organism as well as multiple steps along the way to the evolution of the human species.
God Will Keep You Through Dementia
I will never forget Helen, a retired missionary, who could no longer be cared for at home due to her husband’s infirmities and who lived in a nursing home’s dementia unit. When I would go in to see her, I would often find her with several friends gathered around, listening to her tell stories of Africa. She would be laughing and slap her thigh when she got to the punch line. The entire group would laugh contagiously with her. What difference did it make that she only told three stories and did so over and over again? She enjoyed it and her friends did too.
Q & A: Is the Fine-Tuning Argument Mistaken?
Q&A: Is the Fine-Tuning Argument Mistaken? By Nate Sala “Whenever I bring up the fine tuning argument and the constants of the universe in a conversation with my husband, he asks if the constants could have been different. I never fully understood what he really wanted to know. But I googled a bit to try and figure out what he really wants to know, and it seems as if it has something to do with “top-down cosmology”. According to Stephen Hawking: ” it is inevitable that we find our Universe’s “fine-tuned” physical constants, as the current Universe “selects” only those past histories that led to the present conditions”. He seems to be saying that the constants aren’t fine tuned because it could not have been different. Therefore, no fine tuning argument. I don’t know how to answer him to this. I hope this makes sense :)” – Jana B. Thanks for the great question! I should say, I’m so glad to see you’re engaging your husband with substantive dialogue on God’s existence. We’ll keep praying for you and him! Jana, I think your question could be boiled down to this: In light of Stephen Hawking’s “top down cosmology”, are the physical constants the way they are necessarily, and thus not fine-tuned after all? The short answer is no, and I’ll explain.
Defend the City: A Call to Single Men
So it is with us in the war against sexual sin. You are a city under siege. The armies of lust are at the gate, with seething hatred in their hearts and satin lies on their tongues. They seek to steal your contentment by making you grasp for phantom pleasures. They yearn to kill your manhood by rendering you incapable of cherishing a woman who is not airbrushed or imaginary. And they long to destroy your very soul by leaving you more in love with lust than with Jesus (1 Peter 2:11).
The Point: The STD Crisis
The CDC reports that sexually-transmitted diseases in the U. S. are at an all-time high. Over two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported last year according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.
How to Train Your Dragons: Killing Pet Sins Before They Kill You
“Be careful,” it said. “He can do what he says. He can kill me. One fatal word from you and he will ! Then you’ll be without me for ever and ever. It’s not natural. How could you live? You’d be only a sort of ghost, not a real man as you are now. He doesn’t understand. He’s only a cold, bloodless abstract thing. It may be natural for him, but it isn’t for us. Yes, yes. I know there are no real pleasures now, only dreams. But aren’t they better than nothing? And I’ll be so good. I admit I’ve sometimes gone too far in the past, but I promise I won’t do it again. I’ll give you nothing but really nice dreams — all sweet and fresh and almost innocent. You might say, quite innocent . . . ”
Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World: Eric Metaxas: 9781101980019: Amazon.com: Books
On Tuesday of this week I woke up to find both my kindle and audio version of the mammoth book. Since Bonhoeffer I have read every Metaxas book and both travel to see him at some of those book launches and become a regular listener of the Eric Metaxas Show normally by Podcast on the website. Since I knew the book was coming, I clear most of my schedule so I could read/listen to the book. It twenty hours long or 450 page (plus footnotes etc). Eric is without doubt an excellent writer! Something I am not. For most of my life I worked in the Printing profession so I was glad to see the Eric gave the invention of the printing press it's proper due in why Martin Luther's reforms work where other before him fell short. Martin Luther is depending on who list one of the top 5 people on the last Millennium. I personally rank him 2nd to Johann Gutenburg who moveable type combined with the Printing Press was the Reformation and the biggest event of the last millennium. Being a son of the Protestant Reformation I have never understood how one could be "Roman Catholic". Eric does the huge task of taking us back to the world of 1500 and that in Europe the Pope was ruler over all the rulers in what was called the Holy Roman Empire.
The Monastery’s Lost Houselamp: Johannes Oecolampadius (1482–1531)
He left Basel for a time, but returned in 1522 when he assumed a post at the University of Basel. He was a scholarly and effective participant in various disputations — which was one of the ways that cities made their decisions — and as a result, the leaders of Basel decided to join forces with the Reformation. The Mass was abandoned in Basel by 1529.
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Explores the Painful Origins of Winnie-the-Pooh
He is speaking of Christopher Robin, the son of A. A. Milne, subject and first recipient of the stories of the Hundred Acre Wood. The newsreel narrator, like the adoring fans of Winnie the Pooh he describes, can perhaps be forgiven for not sensing the horrible cruelty in telling an unhappy child that he ought to be joyful. But then Christopher’s father, who knows all too well that the stories were forged as a desperate attempt to connect to his hurting, lonely child, drives the knife in just a little deeper: “You’re the luckiest boy in the world ...”
Article: Why Does God Seem Hidden? by Jonathan Morrow
I had the honor and privilege to contribute to the recently updated and revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students . You can find my article here .
Author and speaker Jonathan Morrow also contributed an article entitled "Why Does God Seem Hidden?" This is an important topic so I wanted to share Morrow's article here.
Why aren't God's existence and identity more obvious? Or, as a student once asked, "If God wants people to know he exists, why doesn't he just show up or write his name in the sky or something?" These are questions about the hiddenness of God. All struggle with the reality that God seems present and active at certain times but painfully distant and uninvolved at others. How can this be explained?
First, God is not as hidden as people sometimes believe. He is all-loving, desires to have a relationship with individuals, and has given humanity plenty of evidence in creation to indicate his existence (Ps 19:1-4; Rm 1:18-20). People, however, may choose to suppress this evidence (Rm 1:21-25) or else acknowledge it and turn to the true and living God (1 Th 1:9).
Line of Fire, 10-13-17: Dr. Brown Answers Your Questions
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Why the Efficiency of Biological Organisms Cannot Be Explained by Evolution | Cold Case Christianity
In a similar way, intelligent causation most reasonably accounts for the irreducibly complex nature of the bacterial flagellum, and alternative explanations relying on some evolutionary combination of chance, natural law or natural selection cannot. Dembski again: “Indeed, the other side has not even been able to imagine a putative evolutionary pathway, to say nothing of providing a detailed, step-by-step, fully articulated, testable evolutionary pathway to the flagellum.”
The Christian's Duty to Hold Firm
The nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for his declaration that “God is dead.” That brief dictum does not give the whole story. According to Nietzsche, the cause of the Deity’s demise was compassion. He said, “God is dead; He died of pity.” But before the God who was the God of Judeo-Christianity perished, Nietzsche said that there were a multitude of deities who existed, such as those who resided on Mount Olympus. That is, at one time there was a plurality of gods. All of the rest of the gods perished when one day the Jewish God, Yahweh, stood up in their assembly and said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Hearing this, according to Nietzsche’s satirical summary, all of the rest of the gods and goddesses died. They died of laughter.
Whatever Became of Repentance?
Repentance is the means by which we experience the forgiveness of sins, for one. This alone changes everything, of course. And thus it is also the means by which we can change the temperature of the angry debates in church, online, and in our culture. What if instead of stubbornly entrenching ourselves deeper in argument or accusations, we paused and said sincerely, “I’m sorry to say that I’ve contributed to this problem, and I have a lot to repent of.” Or “I have to admit that I’ve said some stupid and offensive things like the very thing I’m criticizing.” If we were to do that, yes, some would crucify us. This is the risk taken by followers of the crucified Lord, who teaches us to be meek and humble of heart. But often, this repentant posture disarms people and can turn caustic debate into humane conversation.
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This is why I love teaching my kids about the Reformation — Southern Equip
Yes, my kids need to know defending the Bible will cause them to clash with a culture that despises it, but it may also bring them into collision with many within the church. I want them to know that to be a Christian is to be a revolutionary, that good people disagree at key points, and that issues such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper—which many evangelicals regard as matters indifferent—are anything but matters indifferent. The Reformers certainly didn’t think so, and many of my Baptist forebears paid for dissenting opinions with their lives.
Evidence That Demands A Verdict Redux: An Interview with Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
Sean McDowell: The updated version of Evidence That Demands a Verdict still has some of the classic chapters on evidence for the resurrection, the deity of Christ, and the reliability of the Bible. But we’ve included responses to some of the most common objections against these claims that have arisen over the past couple decades. For instance, there’s a new chapter on the claim that Christianity is a copycat religion. We have also added a chapter responding to the claim that there are “lost” Gospels that should be in the Bible. We also included chapters on the evidence for the historical Adam, the exodus, and much more. And given his worldwide influence, we included an appendix responding to the claims of Bart Ehrman…
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
This significant contribution to the ongoing debates over roles and liberties consciously seeks to be governed by Scripture rather than by contemporary culture. Headship by men is a responsibility from God, not a privilege for their own advantage. Much of the confusion of our day is laid at the feet of men who have failed in their role by being either domineering or domesticated. Here is strong medicine for healthy balance with full respect for women and men in their intended roles.
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A Non-classical Proof for the Existence of God
Without the truth of Christianity, one would not have knowledge, truth, and logic. Using fresh apologetics, Robinson challenges the dogmas of atheism, relativism, and materialism as he demonstrates that only the existence of God explains reality, including: matter, knowledge, logic, morality, space, order, design, evidence, science, and personal identity. If you are tired of getting rebutted by unbelievers and atheists this podcast does NOT offer routine arguments that are:•Stale•Expected •Predictable•Publicly Repetitive•Anticipated by unbelieversTo be sure, Robinson recognizes that the aggressive New Atheists attempt to sweep away the truth of Christianity, but the listener quickly learns that only Christian theism can overcome skepticism and completely rinse away doubt.You come away with an innovative refutation of atheism as well as disproof of skepticism, relativism, naturalism, and universal doubt. But this new message offers innovative insights, path-leading arguments, and proofs for Christian truth. Great for the new apologist, student, or seasoned scholar looking for fresh approaches.
Renewing Your Mind | Securing Our Faith | Oct 13, 2017
For whom did Christ die? Today, R.C. Sproul considers the design, purpose, and scope of the atonement.
Is Anyone Born a Racist? Or Is It Learned?
This summer, the city of Charlottesville was the scene of an eruption of racial animosity — a sentiment that seems to continue simmering under the surface of a broader divide in our country. And it brings again to the forefront a question over whether racism is the product of nature or nurture. Are we born racists? Or is prejudice learned? This question came up recently for a listener named Ryan in Houston. “Pastor John, in the wake of recent events this summer in Charlottesville, President Obama shared this quote from Nelson Mandela on social media:
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The “Mind-Boggling” Trinity | Reasonable Faith
Finally, when we ask about the probability of a hypothesis, we must always ask, probable relative to what ? Even if we think that the prior probability of the doctrine of the Trinity is low, still its posterior probability, after the introduction of new evidence, may not be low at all. The evidence in this case is the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. He makes all the difference. The earliest Christians were Jews who were committed heart and soul to the doctrine that “The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6.4). Only the most forceful considerations would have led them to adjust Jewish monotheism to accommodate a plurality of divine persons. It was trying to make sense of who Jesus was that compelled them to recognize somehow the diversity of divine persons.
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Smashmouth Incrementalism, Part Dos | Blog & Mablog
I have been ardently pro-life from the moment I first knew what the issue was. My wife and I were instrumental in starting the crisis pregnancy center here in Moscow. When abortions were still being done here in town, I picketed the clinic that performed them, and I have been arrested at a clinic in Spokane. I have preached on it, and written on it over the course of many years. Right-to-life has been the cornerstone issue of my political involvement for all the decades of my adult life. Not to overstate the case, but . . . “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Gal. 6:17).
Chicago: Chance the Rapper Bought Out Screenings for 'Marshall' So You Can See It for Free
According to a press release (that appears to just be a screenshot of a note from Chance’s iPhone), he bought out all the tickets to the showing in two separate theaters in Chicago (although he hints that audiences at the 3pm showing may get a little something extra) so that anyone who wants to can just walk in and enjoy the movie.
There will come a time when mourners are ready to talk in more detail about their suffering. They may have questions that have plagued them since it began. In our conversations, we have the privilege to point them to Jesus, the Man of Sorrows. We can’t speculate why something has happened or even try to determine how it is going to turn out. But we can and ought to remind them that Jesus knows their pain and sorrow. He is the Suffering Servant (Isa. 53:3–12). And because of what He did for us, we can “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Remind them of who they are because of what Christ has done. Remind them that He is their refuge, shelter, and hope.
Zachary's Vlog, Days 45-47: South African Safari
From Johannesburg, Zachary heads out on a safari, visits Nelson Mandela's house, and gets a glimpse of South Africa's tumultuous history. Zachary's Vlog follows Larry Alex Taunton's son as he joins his Around the World in 80 Days expedition. Follow the journey at http://larryalextaunton.com/go/
The Briefing 10-13-17 - AlbertMohler.com
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The Briefing 10-13-17 - AlbertMohler.com
As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.
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Josh McDowell: That’s My Story (and I’m Sticking with It)
Obviously, if I had not encountered God’s love in that student group at Kellogg College and experienced it again through that pastor’s friendship and mentoring, I would have been content to hate Wayne Bailey for the rest of my life. But the truth had taken root in me as a result of those relationships. I’m convinced that all the evidence in the world, all the most powerful arguments and most convincing proofs, would never have gotten through to me if the transforming power of God’s love had not reached my heart through that student group and others, including the pastor at tiny Factorville Bible Church. In fact, my mind continued to rebel long after my heart knew what I must do.
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What Are Some Of The Problems With Philosophy-Free Theology?
“I only need the Bible, not man’s philosophy!”, “We don’t need to use philosophy since we have the Holy Spirit!”, “My beliefs are exegetically driven, yours are philosophical!” Many statements like the ones just mentioned sound reverential and benign to the religious ear, but these statements need to be refined. Often when one presses these types of statements for technical precision one will find in them the pervasive attitude of anti-intellectualism, more specifically, the unconscious implication that one can engage in good theological practices having divorced any antecedent philosophical commitments, or else, having no need to understand the underlying philosophical assumptions or implications that these religious doctrines are imbued with.
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Ravi Zacharias: Divine creation demands more of us
Divine creation of the universe is not less rational than the other alternatives, but it does demand more of us. If it’s true, it’s not just an abstract theory asking for our intellectual assent; it’s a Person asking for our whole selves. It’s an invitation to relationship, and relationships require sacrifice, commitment, and trust.
Why Do Atheists Care?
During my debate with Bill Nye “the Science Guy” on February 4, 2014, Bill was asked where matter came from. In his answer he said it was a great mystery, but he loved the “joy of discovery” as he pursued
such questions. In my responses to Bill’s answers, I asked him why the joy of discovery mattered to him. I explained that from Bill’s perspective, life is the result of natural processes and there is
no biblical God, so when he dies, he won’t even know he ever existed or knew anything. Then, when others who knew him die, they won’t know they ever knew him, either. Eventually, from his perspective
of naturalism, the whole universe will die and no one will ever know they ever existed. So what is the purpose of this “joy of discovery”? Really, the naturalistic view of life is ultimately purposeless
Am I Significant in the Universe, or Just an Accident?
Some who are unsympathetic to Christianity claim that if Earth is the only planet of its kind, life must have been an unlikely cosmic accident and can’t have been divinely planned. Others, equally unsympathetic, maintain that if there are other inhabited planets, Earth cannot be special or have been visited by God in the Incarnation (heads I win; tails you lose!).
FBI Finds 30 Pages of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents – Wants Six Weeks to Turn Over Docs - Judicial Watch
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch was informed yesterday by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the FBI has located 30 pages of documents related to the June 27, 2016, tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, and proposes non-exempt material be produced no later than November 30, 2017 ( Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02046)).
Life Begins at Conception, Says Department of Health and Human Services
The department’s new report draft confirms what pro-lifers have known for a long time: that life begins in the womb, not at birth.
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I Hate Porn
Porn is like a narcotic , it hijacks the brain , it redefines human sexuality, and in the meantime ruins lives, destroys families, and destabilizes ministries. And honestly it’s a problem that makes me tired — tired of the devastation Satan is causing to children, women, families, pastors, churches, and the world with this tragic evil.