This Mashup of the 'Blade Runner' and 'La La Land' Trailers Will Make You Wish It Was a Full Movie
YouTube wizard 'TheDoctorOfWill' has mashed up two recent Ryan Gosling blockbusters: Blade Runner 2049 and La La Land. One is a slow moving meditation on what it means to be a human in a land full of fake people who look real. The other is a sequel to a 1982 Harrison Ford movie. Admit it, if this was an entire, feature-length movie, you’d probably watch it.
Pete Davidson and Making Room for Depression in the Church | Think Christian
Can the Church learn something from the way SNL gave space to a cast member's mental illness?
What Was the Reformation All About?
500 years ago, a German monk named Martin Luther started a protest that exploded into a worldwide movement. So what was the Protestant Reformation all about? Discover the answer in this short video narrated by Dr. R.C. Sproul. Learn more at http://Ligonier.org/reformation
Young Christians are getting barraged with tough questions about the faith
Young Christians are getting barraged with tough questions about the faith at earlier rates than previous generations. As a result, many either compartmentalize their faith or abandon it entirely. If we want young people to hold firm to their faith in our increasingly secular culture, they need solid reasons.
3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School
“I just don’t believe what you believe anymore.” These are words that no Christian parent or youth leader ever wants to hear. After this bombshell hits and the shockwaves subside, we wonder if something could have been different. What happened to this student who was so active in church growing up? After all, they never missed youth group. Sadly, this scenario is not the exception. Approximately 50 percent of students will disengage from their faith after they leave home.
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Worldview and Apologetics in the News
A growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral
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A growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral
How Patriarchy in the Church Plays a Role in Abuse
This creates an environment where women supposedly need men in their life to assert dominance over them, which easily creates a culture of abuse acceptance. This also makes it difficult for men and boys who experience abuse to speak up, because abuse is forced submission, and submission is seen as “feminine.” For abused men and boys, speaking up in patriarchal settings is incredibly difficult and will likely cause them to experience ridicule due to the belief that “real men don’t experience abuse.” Some mainstream Christian leaders buck against femininity in the Church saying it should have a “masculine feel.” I believe this unequal, patriarchal approach feeds abuse culture, and that a very practical solution is to equally embrace the masculine and feminine aspects of the Bride of Christ.
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How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It?
Hurtado explains how Christianity was viewed by pagans in ancient Rome: “In the eyes of many of that time, early Christianity was odd, bizarre, and in some ways even dangerous. For one thing, it did not fit with what ‘religion’ was for people then. Indicative of this, Roman-era critics designated it as a perverse ‘superstition.’” 
Five common objections to church discipline — Southern Equip
However, this passivity does not hold up. James 5:19–20 and Jude 22–23 call Christians to “bring back” erring brothers and “save others snatching them out of the fire,” respectively. Therefore, the best manuscript evidence for Matthew 18 and the overarching teaching of the New Testament is that we pursue others—especially members of the church (who have entrusted themselves to the care of the church). It is unloving and unbiblical to say, “I can’t address the sins of another.”
Meal Above All Meals: Five Reasons We Enjoy Eating with Jesus
Has the Lord’s Supper become humdrum for you, something you do mindlessly, something you’ve simply done for years? Is it something that you do as you travel down the path of least resistance, something that is routinely passed to you so you figure you might as well?
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The Prosperity Gospel in Our Closet
For many of us, this point may be one we’ve had settled, in theory, for some time now. We know God is better than all the world offers. But if that’s where our delight in God ends, we’ve stopped short of how far the Bible goes. The staggering claim of the gospel is that God is not just better than anything the world has to offer — God is even better than anything God has to offer.
A Simple Plan for Time Alone with Jesus
Do you have a plan when you open the Bible? Maybe, like many, you just open it up and start reading. But our time alone with Jesus will usually go better if we have a plan — something simple that can guide us whether we have fifteen minutes, an hour, or a more extended amount of time.
Risk Your Kids for the Kingdom? On Taking Children to Unreached Peoples
It was a horrendous voyage. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. And when the boy came back, he said he didn’t ever want to go across the Atlantic again as long as he lived. And then his father was called back, and his mother said you’re going back. And here is what she wrote to him. And please keep in mind this is being written to an 11-year-old boy and listen to how different it is from how we talk to our children in our time. It’s as if she were addressing a grown-up. She’s talking to someone they want to bring along quickly because there’s work to do and survival is essential:
How the Offspring of Isaac Blesses the Sons of Ishmael
Ever since the day of Jesus Christ, when he did the great atoning work for sin in his death and resurrection, and purchased the promise of salvation for all who believe, the narrowing down has resulted in a broadening out. Not Ishmael but Isaac; not Esau but Jacob; not the nations but the Jews; not the Jews but the one Jew, the one offspring, the anointed one, the one God-man. And what did he do? “You were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). So, “Go,” he says, “make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). All of them! Tell them all to come. The door is open. The banquet hall has more room than you can imagine:
5 Tips for Young Apologists
It seems strange to be writing a blog with advice for young apologists. After all, I still think of myself as young! There are many 'seasoned' apologists I turn to for advice and direction that are much older and more experienced than me (don't worry, dad, I won't mention any names!). But since I'm turning 40 this May, I do have some insights for younger apologists that I have learned along the way
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.
Multiverse: Is Our Universe One of Many?
Scientists today increasingly talk and write about the multiverse. What is the multiverse? The multiverse is the belief that our universe is just one of many universes. Presumably, each universe exists parallel to and independent of one another. If this sounds like science fiction, philosophy, or religion, it is, because the multiverse could be classified in any one of those categories. Whatever the multiverse is, it definitely is not science. How can the multiverse be scientific (given that science is the study of the natural world using our five senses) when other universes, by definition, are beyond our ability to detect? If the multiverse is not science, why do so many scientists believe in it? The reasons have nothing to do with science but instead are the result of presuppositions and worldview.
If you could rescue EITHER embryos OR a 5-year-old, what would you do?
Second, there are differences between the embryos and the five-year-old girl that are or can be morally relevant to the decision concerning whom to rescue. For example, the five-year-old will suffer great terror and pain in the fire, but the embryos will not. Moreover, the family of the five-year-old presumably loves her and has developed bonds of attachment and affection with her that will mean much greater grief in the event of her death than in the event of the death of the embryos. While these concerns would not justify killing, they can play a legitimate role in determining how we may allocate scarce resources and, in some cases, whom we may or should rescue. Often, the (or at least a) morally correct decision cannot be made just on the numbers—a point that even utilitarians are willing to acknowledge. And so, for example, it is morally relevant in some cases where choices of whom to rescue must be made that a person we could save is (for example) our own son or daughter, even if saving him or her means that we cannot save, say, three of our neighbors’ children who end up perishing in the fire from which we saved our own child.
A Brief Overview of Buddhism | Cold Case Christianity
Every worldview has to be both internally and externally consistent. If you’ve got a friend who is interested in Buddhism, there are several important philosophical questions and Biblical distinctions you might want to explore as you discuss your beliefs. Buddhism is clearly incompatible with the Christian worldview, and as our culture embraces pluralism and tries to find similarities between every view of the world, there are a few questions and distinctions we can raise to help clarify and highlight the differences between Buddhism and Christianity. We’ll examine those philosophical and Biblical distinctions in the tomorrow’s post.
Report: Worldwide Pollution Kills 9 Million and Costs $4.6 Trillion
According to a major medical study—the first to try to quantify the effects of pollution—from The Lancet medical journal based on 2015, one in every six deaths could be because of disease from “toxic exposure.” And the price tag associated with that because of the death and welfare costs totals more than $4.6 trillion, which is about 6.2 percent of the world’s economy.
You’ve seen success ruin people. The young rock star gets everything she has ever wanted and then crashes and burns. The athlete signs a big contract and then parties away his future. A business grows bigger than anyone expected, and the owner becomes reckless with expansion plans.
Current Pro-Life Issues Christians Need to Remember
When you practice empathy and compassion with someone, there is not less of theses qualities to go around. There’s more. Love is the last thing we need to ration in this world. The refugee in Syria doesn’t benefit more if you conserve your kindness only for her and withhold it from your neighbor who’s getting through a divorce. Yes, perspective is critical. But I’m a firm believer that complaining is OK as long as we piss and moan with a little perspective. Hurt is hurt, and every time we honor our own struggle and the struggles of others by responding with empathy and compassion, the healing that results affects all of us.
There's a Big Difference Between Contentment and Settling
Because you’re not settling. You’re visiting. This is a season, a stage, the perfect place in time to help us take a step to the next. Life will never feel like it’s supposed to and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.
How Not to Treat Your Pastor
Our family is oddly close. We know it’s weird. We know we’re borderline obsessed with each other and feel each other’s pain in a way that most people don’t. We learned at an early age to become fiercely protective of each other. None of us learned how to have friends well, because all of our friendships were in some way tied to the performance of our parents as pastors.
Sacrifice Your Preferences on Sundays
But the local church is never the place to demand that our personal preferences be met. In fact, it’s precisely the opposite. It’s where we can obey Paul’s countercultural exhortation: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3–4).
10 Self-Refuting Statements You Must Know
Below are some common examples I have learned from reading, discussing, and studying. A few of these came to me by my friends on Twitter (see the bottom). It’s amazing how commonly people make claims that simply self-destruct. Taking some time to understand and recognize self-refuting statements will serve you well. In fact, you won't be able to truly evaluate the evidence
for Christianity without being able to recognize them. And after you grasp them, take the time to share them with someone else.
#MeToo: McKayla Maroney Says She Was Abused By a USA Gymnastics Team Doctor
Following the widespread accusations of rape, harassment and sexual abuse perpetrated by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano wrote on Twitter, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
Kevin Smith Is Donating All the Residuals From His Weinstein-Related Movies to Charity
Smith is unusually tied to Weinstein, since most of his early work came from the Weinstein-run Miramax. Smith swears he didn’t know about Weinstein’s actions, he says he’s sick about it and he’s putting his money where his mouth is. He’s donating all the residuals from any movies he’s made with a Weinstein connection to a nonprofit called Women in Film, which advances women’s equality in the film industry. As he gave in this, er, expletive-laden quote on the podcast Hollywood Babble-On :
Get Equipped: This Week's Top Ten Best Selling Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics!
Hello Readers, Thanks so much for visiting! Below this week’s top ten best selling Kindle deals in Christian Apologetics. These deals are your opportunity to get equipped and build your apologetics library at a fraction of the cost of hard copies. Mouse over thumbnail for prices; click through to order. Text links are listed below the thumbnails. Sales commissions from your purchases go towards supporting Ratio Christi and The Poached Egg, so please consider sharing this post on your social media pages so that others can get equipped by taking advantage of these great deals! — Greg
John Calvin and the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace
In his teaching on the subject of saving grace, Calvin merely followed the doctrine set forth in the Scriptures. The doctrine of efficacious grace is necessary because of the state of fallen man. Man is born dead in sin (cf. Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13), with his mind and heart corrupted (Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 8:7–8; 1 Cor. 2:14). He is a slave to sin (Rom. 6:20; Titus 3:3) and therefore unable to repent and come to God (Jer. 13:23; Matt. 7:18; John 6:44, 65). Because of this, man must be born again (John 3:5–7). Those whom God elected and for whom Christ died are brought to life by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12–13; 3:3–8; 5:21; Eph. 2:1, 5; Titus 3:5). God gives them faith and repentance (Acts 5:31; 11:18; 13:48; Eph. 2:8–9; Phil. 1:29; 2 Tim. 2:25–26), and they are justified.
Q & A: Is the Fine-Tuning Argument Mistaken?
“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.
The Han Solo Movie Will Officially Be Called 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
The Han Solo Movie Will Officially Be Called 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'
Why We Can Rejoice in Suffering
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
International Adoptions Drop to New Low as Evangelical Funding Spikes
The State Department also took steps in the last year to make international adoptions more nimble, designing an accrediting system that lets the department “develop country-specific criteria that correspond to identified problems in a particular country.” De-standardizing criteria means that if a problem isn’t widespread, or the solution wouldn’t work for every country, only service providers working in that specific country would be affected by any changes in regulations.
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Supporting the Opposite Gender in the Christian Workplace
“I’ve worked in Christian organizations for 20 years and there is a tendency to think that everyone’s doing everything right,” said Gray Scott. “[Everyone believes that] everyone’s trying to do the godly thing. … You end up having that discretion moment where you ask, ‘Is something going wrong? I’m not sure that it is. It can’t possibly be.’”
How Martin Luther Built a Brand That Changed the World
But the story doesn’t end there. Fast-forward to the Protestant Reformation, and there we find an innovative preacher and monk named Martin Luther who singlehandedly took the printing press from an economically perilous side-industry to one of the central economic forces of his day. With the press, Luther was the first to popularize theological works for the laity. He translated the Bible into the language of the people. He also mastered the art of writing in the vernacular of his day. And he mastered a style of shortform writing that exploded his popularity. In every area, Luther proved himself to be a publishing pioneer, and that incredible story is now told in an excellent book by historian Dr. Andrew Pettegree. I talked with him recently, and today our conversation is being released in the Ask Pastor John podcast series.
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The Red Sea in Front of Me: Reaching for God in Despair
In Christ we have been saved eternally and in his strength we await future acts of redemption from the Red Sea dead-ends we face in our lives. So, we must choose to trust and rest in the very place that God has us, waiting expectantly to see how he will show himself faithful. When we falter, lose our bearings, and try to fall back on our own strength, we can trust our Savior’s grace to strengthen our weak knees, forgive our wandering hearts, and teach us to rest in his saving arms.
Where Did the Reformation Really Begin?
As we have been telling the stories of 31 reformers this month through the Here We Stand series, we’ve discovered one insight — one “secret” — one timeless lesson that made this all possible 500 years ago, and makes it real every waking day of our twenty-first-century lives. One powerful thread unites these men and women as much as any other and is at the very heart of the Reformation: a personal encounter with God himself in his word.
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To the Glory of God Alone
Tigers exist, butterflies exist, mountains exist, forests exist, music exists, humans exist, the solas exist, everything exists for the glory of God. All rivers lead to this ocean, all creatures will bow and pay homage to their King.
Bart Ehrman on Jesus Mythicists
“It is fair to say that mythicists as a group, and as individuals, are not taken seriously by the vast majority of scholars in the field of New Testament, early Christianity, ancient history, and theology.” 1
The idea that Jesus did not exist is a modern notion. It has no ancient precedents. It was made up in the eighteenth century. One might as well call it a modern myth, the myth of the mythical Jesus." 2
Courage and Godspeed,
1. Bart D. Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist, p. 20; as quoted by Sean McDowell here.
Common Objection #32- "The hypothesis 'God rose Jesus from the dead' is miraculous. Therefore, it is the least probable."
Bart Ehrman on the Earliest Christian Claims about Jesus Common Objection #14- "Jesus' Disciples were Uneducated and Illiterate."
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Finds Hope Within Its Bleak Dystopia
One of the powers of cinema, and particularly the sci-fi genre, is its ability to hold up a mirror to our present era and ask us to consider its current trajectory. Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 , the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterful sci-fi neo-noir, presents a grim and graying vision of the near future. That future, however, is punctured with vivid images of hope. Amid the complex philosophical and theological questions it raises about the nature of humanity, existence, and the soul, a flicker of sincere goodness shines.