Why the genome must be a product of intelligent design
Watch the human genome fold itself in four dimensions:
By removing and then adding this protein, called cohesin, researchers made specific DNA loops that disappear and then reappear, they report this month in Cell. But cohesin really only affects looping that brings genes on the same chromosome int
You Owe Everything to Grace
Apart from God, we are utterly helpless. But in his great mercy and grace, he rescues even the worst of sinners.
Wonder Woman and Biblical Womanhood | Think Christian
God views women as strong warriors, not sidekicks or afterthoughts.
MUSLIM, Mass Murder, and Q&A
On today's edition of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank mentions that great reviews of MUSLIM are coming in. Hank also discusses the mass shooting last night in Las Vegas, and the claim of ISIS that the shooter, Stephen Paddock was a recent convert to Islam, and was acting as one of their soldiers.
Hank also answers the following questions:
As a Christian I know that when I suffer, I "suffer for the Lord." How should I classify the
suffering I had before I became a Christian?
What is Paul talking about when he discusses the remnant and the elect in Romans 11?
With all the current discussion about gender, I'm wondering, does God have a gender?
The Apologetics of Jesus
Something had gone terribly wrong. The Messiah had arrived but the Kingdom, which would be characterized by liberty, freedom, and the just rule of God, had not arrived. Instead, John the Baptist found himself in prison awaiting execution. Confused and discouraged, John sent his disciples to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" (Lk. 7:20). Jesus responds by pointing to the testimony of His miracles: “Go back and report to John what you hear and see. The lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” (Lk. 7:22-23). When asked by John if He was indeed the Messiah, Jesus defends His claim by pointing to the testimony of His miracles. Miracles represent another component in the apologetics of Jesus.
Willow Creek Chooses Co-Ed Pastors to Succeed Bill Hybels
“When we saw this shaping up, we had to ask ourselves, ‘Can our congregation have a lead pastor that’s a woman?,’” said Hybels, speaking from Willow Creek’s central campus in South Barrington, Illinois, one of seven locations in the Chicago region that draw a collective total of 25,000 worshippers each weekend. “And because this is a deeply held value in our church, we said, ‘No problem.’”
Demolish Atheism with Ontology
http://amzn.to/2yqvciD Frequently summoned as justification for atheism and skepticism, modern science actually offers reasons to affirm Christian theism. More than that, without the truth of Christianity, one could not even do science. Using fresh ontological 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--learn how to demonstrate that the whole material cosmos requires God. The proof, truth, and evidence are everywhere.If you are tired of getting rebutted by unbelievers and atheists this study 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.The reader comes away with an innovative refutation of atheism as well as disproof of skepticism, relativism, naturalism, and universal doubt.
The forgotten Christians of Nigeria -- faithful while enduring incredible persecution
That said, Nigerian Christians are remarkable. Tough, charismatic, and possessed of an irrepressible joy, no one could ever conquer a people of such spirit. Not the Boko Haram, not the Fulani Herdsmen, not a corrupt government, and not the liberal policies that the West has tried to force upon them. The unrelenting pressure of violence, corruption, and pestilence have combined to produce a pearl of a people.
The Evidence Still Demands a Verdict | Cold Case Christianity
I have two big hopes. First, to re-launch Evidence for a new generation. God has used this book remarkably over the past four decades, and my hope is to continue that influence into the future. Despite what critics have been claiming, young people do still care about truth. There is a generation of students who need to know that their faith is well grounded, and there are many non-believers who will respond positively to Christianity, if they can have their questions answered.
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It’s Past Time to Rethink Modern Sexual Morality
And for powerful people in particular, the ask so often has fruitful results — sometimes out of genuine desire, sometimes out of fear, and sometimes out of a sense of intimidated resignation — that the ask quickly blurs into expectation, and expectations can yield demands. But the pressure of course doesn’t simply come from those with corporate or political clout. Power is defined by more than wealth or fame. People who seek companionship and love feel sexual pressure to initiate or preserve relationships. Sometimes people want to simply fit in with the dominant culture, to feel included rather than excluded.
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Should Teens Own Smartphones?
It definitely fed my FOMO (fear of missing out). It fed into some insecurity. Even though my friends never made me feel weird for not having a smartphone, it was an expectation, so they were surprised when they discovered I didn’t have one. There were times when I was the outlier. And not only with friends but also with my generation at large. I’d be walking through the mall or waiting in line or stopped on the sidewalk, and I would look around, fully present and disconnected — and stare at a sea of teens glued to smartphones. I was an exception, and that felt uncomfortable.
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Bought the book yesterday, and I'm already 182 pages in. A literal page turner.
I like this better than Bonhoeffer (and that was something)!
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4 Lessons for Christians from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal
It’s tempting to mock the movie industry for such blatant hypocrisy. They frequently preach to us about their superior values; meanwhile, they were overlooking abuse in their midst. But instead of gloating we should consider what we as Christians might learn from the horrific, decades-long cover-up. Numerous lessons could be learned, but here are four specific takeaways we should consider:
The Courage to Be Ordinary: Help for Average Christian Leaders
Most ministry is rightly done in obscurity. My best stories are those that few will ever know. As hard as that is, I think that’s very appropriate. For in those cases, my Father sees, understands, appreciates, and affirms. And that’s enough. One day God will say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21), and give me the “unfading crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:4). Sometimes he gives me a foretaste of that through the affirmation and praise from others, but most of my ministry will be in obscurity.
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 . . . ”
Good News for Christians
This is why Jesus gave us the great commission (ie: Matthew 28:16-20). And it is why growing in our understanding and worldview is so vital. Because “if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” (1 Peter 3:15) Understanding the Christian worldview is important to being prepared to share our faith. And when we share our faith and live in obedience to Him; we fulfill our purpose of glorifying God. The truly good news for Christians is that we have the indwelling Holy Spirit to drive our desire to grow in our Christ-likeness and to give us discernment. And our understanding of the Christian worldview is certainly one barometer of our growth!
Idolatry at the Office: Confessions of a Workaholic
More importantly, our work does not please God when we labor for people’s applause. The trappings of worldly accomplishments may swell our pride, but when we pursue them to inflate our own egos, they are like filthy rags to the one who made heaven and earth (Isaiah 64:6). Only when we abide in Christ do we accomplish anything that honors God, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). However noble our efforts may appear to the world, we labor in vain when we strive apart from God (Psalm 127:1–2).
A Look at the Apologetics of Paul
In this post, I want to examine some of the methods and apologetic approaches that Paul used in reaching his culture for the Gospel. There has been a lot of debate on the topic of apologetic methodology. Which approach should we take in following Paul’s example? Presuppositional or Evidential? We need to look at various approaches Paul used before declaring there is only one approach to use in our present culture. I have noted elsewhere about the educational background of Paul.
Seven Tips for Good Christian Case Making Conversations (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity
As an investigator, I made a living conducting interviews. In fact, my agency repeatedly utilized me when they needed someone to confess to a crime. I love talking to people, particularly when the conversation is difficult to navigate. Spiritual conversations can also be difficult on occasion, and if you’ve ever tried to talk to your unbelieving friends or family, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Let me share seven things I’ve learned in over twenty-five years of interviewing. These tips were field tested in suspect interviews and jury presentations. They have direct application if you are trying to determine what people believe so you can share the truth of your Christian beliefs:
The Most Misinterpreted Verse About Faith in the Bible
This includes silly, unrealistic wishes, like wanting to drive on roads paid for by other citizens who choose not to use them. Or chocolate at ready reach, without the consequence of weight gain.
Four Implications of Martin Luther’s Theology
It is profitable for us to know these things, lest we should be swallowed up with sorrow or fall to despair when we see that our adversaries do cruelly persecute, excommunicate and kill us. But let us think with ourselves, after the example of Paul that we must glory in the cross which we bear, not for our sins, but for Christ’s sake. If we consider only in ourselves the sufferings which we endure, they are not only grievous but intolerable; but when we may say: “Thy sufferings (O Christ) abound in us”; or, as it is said in Psalm xliv: “For thy sake we are killed all the day,” then these sufferings are not only easy, but also sweet, according to this saying: “My burden is easy, and my yoke is sweet” (Matt. xi.30).
Living Faithfully in Difficult Times
Living Faithfully in Difficult Times by Melinda Penner I recently listened to a sermon about how Christians can live faithfully in times of opposition, preached by Tim Keller several years ago at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. The lesson is drawn from the book of Habakkuk. It’s encouraging to reflect on the fact that God’s followers in biblical times lived in societies that opposed them and made it difficult to faithfully follow God. And all of us have times in our lives that are hard to live through. I know sometimes I need more courage for both kinds of difficult times, and I found the lessons Keller drew from Habakkuk 2:1–4 to be encouraging. We need to develop skills to live faithfully in the circumstances of this world, and I thought there were some practical lessons in this sermon. We are to live patiently, perspectively, obediently, God-centrically, and joyfully. Patiently God tells Habakkuk that he will wait for God to answer. But waiting in this context isn’t a passive thing; it’s active. Waiting biblically means deliberately humbling ourselves before God and being patient for His timing.
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A 7-Point Biblical Theology of Mission - Westminster Theological Seminary
When Jesus is born, Simeon announces that salvation has dawned for Jew and Gentile (Luke 2:27–32). In his early ministry, Jesus anticipates this in his interactions with Nicodemus, a Jew, a Samaritan woman, and various Gentiles with whom he comes into contact (e.g. John 3–4). However, up until his death and resurrection, Jesus’ ministry is primarily focused on Israel and not the Gentiles. When he commissions his own disciples for their mission, he tells them to avoid the Gentiles and Samaritans and instead to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. 10:5). When he meets a Canaanite woman in the district of Tyre and Sidon (beyond the Promised Land), who asks him to cast out a demon from her daughter, he repeats the point that he was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. 15:24). Only after he has inaugurated the new covenant of grace in his death and resurrection does Jesus encourage the shift in mission from centripetal to centrifugal. As the Father sent him, so now his disciples are sent (John 20:21); as the Father has given him all authority in heaven and earth, so now he commands his disciples to go and disciple the nations (Matt.
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Why Did God Write A Book?
I am not a concordist. I am an accommodationist. I believe God did not intend to teach the Israelites Cosmology. In fact, the more I think about the idea of God conveying absolutely perfect scientific information in scripture, the less sense it actually makes. Here’s why I say it doesn’t make sense. I go back to that one question: “Why did God decide to write a book?” Was God really interested in teaching the ancient Israelites how the cosmos functioned? Was that really on His list of priorities? Did it matter to him whether they believed the Earth is a sphere or is flat? Did it matter to Him whether or not they believed the sky was solid? What was God’s purpose for writing a book? I think 3 reasons given above make perfect sense, but it makes no sense to think teaching them accurate cosmology and physiology was even on His to-do list.
The Faith-Work Gap for Professional Women
For a movement as complex as evangelicalism, the reasons for these findings are likewise complex. Unlike other surveyors, Barna identifies evangelicals by adherence to nine theological criteria rather than church attendance or survey participants’ self-identification as evangelical. Among Barna’s criteria is “a strong belief that the Bible is accurate in all the principles it teaches.” Many evangelicals believe that Scripture forbids women from having authority over men in the home (Eph. 5:22–24) and the church (1 Tim. 2:11–12). This certainly informs church leadership; according to Barna, evangelicals were the group least likely to be accepting of a female pastor (39%). But Roxanne Stone, editor in chief at Barna, notes that evangelicals’ “view of leadership within the church is expanded into their view of societal leadership more broadly.” So while the Bible doesn’t forbid women from leadership in society—and might actually encourage it, given the examples of Deborah, Esther, and the Proverbs 31 woman—their beliefs about women leaders in the church color their perception of all women leaders.
Why the Reformation Remains Relevant After 500 Years
Second, grace alone and faith alone. Romans 4:14 states, “If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null” — nullified, just like grace was — “and the promise is void.” Here’s the key: “It depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace” (Romans 4:16). In other words, if God’s blessings of new life and no wrath are free gifts of grace, the only way a human may enjoy them is by receiving the gift, not doing. Faith, not law keeping, is key. If you add to faith as a means of receiving new birth and justification, you nullify grace. Paul says in Romans 4:16 that faith alone and grace alone stand and fall together.
Finitude and Freedom in Blade Runner 2049 - Christian Research Institute
Here we see the importance of the existentialist theme of freedom. Existentialism holds that for human beings, “existence precedes essence.” This means that what we are (our “essence”) is determined by how we choose to live (our “existence”). Human beings, unlike other things, have the freedom to choose what we will be. A machine, for example, is just what it is. Its essence is determined by its creator, and it cannot do anything other than what it is made to do. Like K and the other new model replicants, machines simply obey. Toasters can’t do anything but make toast. Human beings, on the other hand, have the freedom to choose. This is true, even from a Christian perspective. We affirm that we were created by God and called to obey His plan for our lives, but we also believe that God has given us the freedom to choose whether to obey Him or not. Indeed, as Christian philosopher (and proto-existentialist) Blaise Pascal emphasized, human beings must choose, because not choosing to follow Christ is effectively the same as choosing not to follow Christ.
Why Didn't Mary Recognize the Resurrected Jesus? | Cold Case Christianity
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark , Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying . As she wept , she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
The Significance of Lecrae Leaving White Evangelicalism
I spoke out very frequently throughout 2016 in many different ways and it affected me. I went from a show that may have had 3,000 there to 300 but that was the cost. But those 300 people were people who I knew loved Lecrae, the black man, the Christian, all of who Lecrae was, not the caricature that had been drawn up for them.
Is Christianity a crutch?
I have lost count of how many times I have heard that Christianity is a crutch for weak-minded people who cannot make it in life without faith. That may be, but we are not the only ones who need to lean on something. Do you know how many people use alcohol and drugs as a “crutch” to get them through life, or how many cannot walk into a room without clutching onto a cigarette? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 22 million Americans are addicted to drug abuse and alcohol. Those sorts of crutches tend to snap and leave the patient in a worse state.
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GK Chesterton the Apologist
When we think of Chesterton today, we think of Father Brown, the quintessential priest-detective. But, like Conan Doyle, who believed his more serious writings were more important than his Sherlock Holmes stories, Chesterton’s central thrust (even in the persona of Father Brown) was elsewhere. At heart, Chesterton was a controversalist, or, better, an apologist. What he really wanted to achieve was to bring his contemporaries (and us!) back to sanity by showing the truth of classic Christian orthodoxy.
Answering Islam 13: Has the Quran Been Perfectly Preserved?
Support our videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 Here's Episode 13 of "Answering Islam," where David Wood answers the question: "Has the Quran Been Perfectly Preserved?" For the rest of the videos in this series, visit this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDsMn...
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on CS Lewis
In the last decade a slew of Narnia movies were released in theaters and, though C. S. Lewis has been gone more than 50 years, his books are still as popular as ever. He’s the famous atheist-turned-Christian, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of C. S. Lewis—and why he still matters today.
Go to God in Prayer: How Not to Be a Mule
That is not the way God wants his animals to come to him for blessing. One of these days it is going to be too late for that mule. He’s going to get clobbered with hail and struck by lightening and when he comes running the barn door is going to be shut. Therefore, don’t be like the mule, but instead let everyone who is godly come to God in prayer at a time when he may be found.
Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Günter Bechly | Evolution News
This is a big deal, and a reminder of a key dynamic in the debate about ID. What the public hears about that debate is often highly misleading. That’s for a number of reasons, including media distortion, dishonest attributions of “creationism” to ID proponents, and a refusal by most professional scientists who oppose ID to respond to the theory on its scientific merits.
Why Shouldn't We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Matthew? | Cold Case Christianity
The Gospel of Matthew is a reliable New Testament record of the life and ministry of Jesus, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to the ex-tax collector formerly known as Levi. Other slightly less ancient texts also claim to have been written by the same man who wrote the gospel we accept as canon. But are these non-biblical texts reliable? Were they really written by Matthew? There are four characteristics of reliable eyewitness testimony , and the first attribute requires that an alleged eyewitness account be old enough to actually be written by someone who was present to see what he or she reports . None of the following texts described in this article were written early enough to have been written by the Apostle Matthew, and like other late non-canonical texts , these errant documents were rejected by early Church leaders. In spite of this, these ancient fabrications were constructed around nuggets of truth. Although they were written by authors who altered the story of Jesus to suit the purposes of their religious communities, much can still be learned
The Resurrection Answers Three Big Questions
“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings—or it is the most remarkable fact of history.” My father has often shared these words to me in person, and he’s written them in his books. The older I get, the more I realize they’re unmistakably true. There’s no middle ground with the resurrection of Jesus. Either it is a colossal fabrication or the most important event in history.
Teaching Your Children To Be Apologists
My introduction to apologetics began when I was new in my walk as a Christian over twenty-eight years ago. Since that time, there have been countless conversations between my husband and me examining various teachings and belief systems that contradict our biblical faith. These conversations went hand in hand with studies we conducted because of challenges to our faith, the desire to minister to others, and the desire to be better informed. Our children could not have possibly avoided overhearing many of these conversations any more than my husband could have avoided hearing that “ old country ” music that his father played in their home while he was growing up. While I guessed that some of our biblical arguments would be assimilated by our children, I was not content to leave it to that. We worked to equip them intentionally.
The Best Place to Give Up Grumbling
Shouldn’t there be a stark contrast in the lives of those who do know God? Shouldn’t our lives display a joyful and humble awareness of how outrageously good God has been to us? This isn’t a call for chipper, bland, slap-a-smile-on positivity. Nobody buys that. Neither is this a call to ignore life’s realities. We have real reasons for sorrow, and we experience real pain.
“I Am Who I Am”
Put yourself forward a few years to the day when every human being will give an account of himself before the living God. God will say to millions of people, “Now it is my understanding that you said often during your life that you believed in me. You affirmed my existence. Is that right?” “Yes.” “And is it not true that in your life the more honor and importance and virtue and power and beauty a person had, the more regard he was paid and the more respect he was shown and the more admiration he received? Is that not the case?” “Yes.” “Then why is it that I had such an insignificant place in your life since you say you believed in me? Why didn’t you feel more admiration for me and seek my wisdom more often and spend time in fellowship with me and strive to know the way I wanted you to make all your everyday decisions? Why did you treat me as though I were like hydrogen?”
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.
Study shows Christian persecution is on the rise - Premier Christian Radio
The report concluded: "At a time in the West where there is increasing media focus on the rights of people regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality - to name but a few - it is ironic that in many sections of the media there should be such limited coverage of the massive persecution experienced by so many Christians." Listen to John Pontifex from Aid to the Church in Need, speaking with Premier's Eno Adeogun:
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.