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Answering Muslims: Theresa Corbin: A Muslim Feminist?

Whenever there's a series of particularly violent jihadist attacks, CNN rushes to defend Islam , typically by telling us over and over again what a wonderful religion it is. I suppose the administrators at CNN mean well. They're probably thinking to themselves, "We need to protect peaceful Muslims from being associated with these violent extremists, and the best way to do that is to tell our readers and viewers that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, human rights, freedom, and democracy." What CNN ends up doing in their rush to defend Islam, however, amounts to proselytizing for Islam. Some of the articles sound as if they're actually trying to convert people. Moreover, since CNN obviously doesn't bother to check the facts in the articles they post (doing so might be thought "racist" or "Islamophobic"), the network is being used to spread outright deception. Let's look at an example. CNN's latest attempt to convince us that Islam is the ideal choice for Western readers is Theresa Corbin's "I'm a Feminist, and I Converted to Islam." Maybe we should go through some of the article.

2 Sunday Quote!- Ancient Apologetics and the Disinterest of the Modern Age

After getting a recommendation from… I don’t remember whom/which book, I picked up  Apologetics in the Roman Empire  to explore some of the early controversies with apologetics from the perspectives of Pagans, Jews, and Christians. The book is a collection of essays centered around these apologetic controversies. I was struck however, by the editors’ note on the disinterest of the modern age in these works as actual apologetics. After tracing the use of ancient apologetics from the earliest period through the Reformation and into our times, the editors note that these ancient works have fallen out of most people’s interest:

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School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback

Then came my next mistake of the day: reading what Facebook commenters had to say about the article. “It’s about time we put God back in school.” “No coincidence: schools got violent when we took God out of them!” Likes all around. These self-proclaiming Christian people were apparently totally comfortable with the idea that we are powerful enough to remove God from the world he created. Fine with this blasphemy that we can take God out of schools, just like we can take Christ out of Christmas.

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Stop Apologizing for God

He is not like us, and assuming he should be like us discloses our terrible ignorance (Psalm 50:21). “We are tempted to project our humanity onto God,” Dyck explained in a recent interview. “We assume that God’s wrath is akin to us throwing a childish fit. Of course, God’s wrath, as explained in the Bible, is a perfect and holy wrath, different from our sinful anger as night is from day. So when God kills someone in the Bible we can’t accept that because we imagine how wrong it would be for us to kill someone. But we fail to account for the fact that God has every right to take a life, because he gave it in the first place. As a culture we work hard to establish parity, equality among people, and that is very good, but then we project that toward the heavens and say: God, you have to play by the same rules we do.”

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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How to Keep Hoping Even When it Feels Pointless

Beautifully articulated article about the anguish and highlights hope really as a discipline. I'm not sure how it makes me feel to think God might keep me here so gle lonely and often hurting and confused about being so only because it keeps me closer to him or keeps me praying for him. I wonder if that's because I don't give enough though to how I effect his heart? The battle of praying but always wondering if Gods saying no is a very real one I often pray and then pray it a different way and another way hoping one of them will get an answer - so far none of them have. Yet still I pray I wonder if that's ridiculous but hey sometimes the very nature of faith and hope are that they are ridiculous. I'm reading a book at the moment called The Circle Maker such a good book but very challenging for me and raises so many questions about prayer and how we pray. I recommend it.

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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Self-Promotion and Our Fear of Obscurity

There is a misconception that love for God should somehow spontaneously erupt in the life of the Christian. And yet, we all actively create scenarios that make us happy. We spend calculated time planning dinner parties and weekend getaways and vacations, actively planning things that we know will make us happy. But somehow we just assume our love for God should sprout from nowhere. It takes effort. It takes time to see him. If we don’t see him with the eyes of our heart, we can’t authentically fear him; if we don’t fear him, then we will be overcome by all the fears and worries of this world and miss out on our chief purpose on this planet — to glorify and enjoy him. If we don’t see him, we will end up making the aim of our life our own renown, rather than his.

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God’s School of Waiting

Stamps eternity on our eyeballs. When we bring urgent petitions before the Lord, we wait with expectation, and the city of man in which we live fades in importance as we begin to realize that the city of God is primary. As Jonathan Edwards prayed, “O Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” Waiting helps to do that. It prioritizes the eternal over the temporal in accord with 2 Corinthians 4:18: “as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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The Softer Face of Calvinism

I see a lot of misrepresentations of Reformed theology, among people both inside and outside the Reformed tradition. Many people think Reformed theology coalesces around five points or around the soteriological “doctrines of grace” rather than around historic confessions. And I see a lot of Calvinists who aren’t confessional, when in fact the Reformed tradition very much is. If you truly are a Calvinist, then you should be interested in Reformed confessions, I think. And when we look at the confessional tradition, it seems Reformed theology is broader than the more narrow five-point Calvinism.

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Suffering in seminary: ‘A demonstration of God’s resurrection power’

“Crises are gifts from a loving Father for the purpose of reminding us of our weakness,” Pierre, now also dean of students, said in a recent interview. “Rather than think about a crisis as a setback to preparation for ministry, seminary students should see it as a leap forward in preparation for ministry because God prepares us primarily by meeting us in our brokenness as a demonstration of his resurrection power.”

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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Corporate Worship Is Better Than Your Quiet Time

It’s Sunday morning. You finally made it through the one lane of traffic not quarantined by the orange cones that descended overnight like locusts. You carefully maneuver the parking labyrinth as your child kicks the back of your car seat. By the time your small tribe disembarks the fun bus, you consider the hike to the lobby and wonder if you should ration food for the journey. You temporarily sign over your parental rights to the twitchy-eyed nursery staff, and sneak a contraband coffee cup into the worship center. As you slide into to a back pew and let out a sigh, you think to yourself, Finally, I’m ready for some God-and-me time! Right?

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After ‘Exodus’ Lead Actor Calls Moses ‘Schizophrenic’ and ‘Barbaric,’ Doubts Loom About Movie’s Biblical Message

Christian writer Brian Godawa told the Hollywood Reporter that it’s “ accurate to portray Moses as an imperfect hero, so Christians won’t take issue with that. But to be so extreme as to call him one of the most barbaric people in history, that sounds like he’s going out of his way to distance himself from the very people you’d think he wants to appeal to.”

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Medicine for the Missionary

They feel only gladness when the Master says, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). They leap like lambs over the truth that God has taken the impossible weight of new creation off their shoulders and put it on his own. Without begrudging, they say, “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5).

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Short-Term Missions Application

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Ligonier.org

In this section Dr. Sproul discusses that John only mentions Mary coming to give attention to the body of Jesus and explains how we know there were more than just Mary from the text. He goes on to explain other seeming inconsistencies between John's gospel and the others. Dr. Sproul relates the events after Peter is told about the empty tomb and focuses in on the grave clothes, then the exchange Mary has with two angels and Jesus outside the tomb and finally Jesus concern over physical contact.

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Premier poll – Premier Radio

Every two weeks we'll be posing some hard hitting questions that we want you to answer.

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Resolute Collegiate Conference

Jesus deploys His disciples on a global mission. In fact, central to the mission is a call to discipleship. The objective is to make disciples of all peoples teaching them to obey all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). The question is: does your life include a passion for discipleship? Does your life mirror Paul’s when he says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1)? Paul was a man eager to follow Jesus and, in turn, to disciple others and you also are called by God and commissioned by Jesus to this great work of discipleship.

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Confession Leads to Reconciliation Leads to Community

Soong-Chan : I personally seek to model not only repentance but a changed heart and a changed life through repentance. I am reminded of our friend, the late Richard Twiss, to whom we dedicate our book, who called us not only to repent of our sins, but more importantly to walk alongside him in his struggles as a Native American Christian. Confession can lead to reconciliation which leads to a community that walks and serves together. I hope to model that kind of reconciled community in my personal relationships. In how I model a life of humility and repentance by advocating for my brothers and sisters. I hope this book calls us to not only engage in the act of a needed public confession for the sins of the church, but also changed hearts and lives as Christians and as the church, that changes how we engage others

23 Does archaeological evidence confirm names, dates and places in the Bible?

Herodium is a man-made mountain in the Judean wilderness rising over 2,475 feet above sea level. In 23 BC Herod the Great built a palace fortress here on top of a natural hill. Seven stories of living rooms, storage areas, cisterns, a bathhouse, and a courtyard filled with bushes and flowering plants were constructed. The whole complex was surrounded and partly buried by a sloping fill of earth and gravel. Herod’s tomb and sarcophagus were discovered at the base of Herodium by archaeologist Ehud Netzer in 2007.

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Applying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Different Scenarios

How could a law protecting religious liberty that passed a Democratic-controlled Congress (97-2 vote in the Senate) and was signed by President Clinton in 1993 be so controversial today? How could this Religious Freedom Restoration Act and similar state laws be compared to Jim Crow and racial segregation?

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The prayers of a worship leader

As a worship leader, your role is to call your church to the entire scope of worship practices: corporate, family and personal. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) Don’t let the idea of worship end with liturgy. If we underestimate corporate worship, we do our people a disservice by not honoring the sacredness of our gatherings.  If over estimate the corporate experience, our people will not be taught the invaluable experience of walking  in communion with God in the inextricable practices of family and personal worship.

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Faithful Thinkers: The Fear of Atheism

Last week an apologist friend of mine posted a fairly common atheist challenge to a private Facebook group. The specific version is this: "Why are you so AFRAID of atheism? What is it about thinking you have a big daddy in the sky that you need to believe in that you just can't let go of? Aren't you arguing because REALLY you are AFRAID it is all just a big lie and you know that all your cherished religious beliefs are false?" This challenge has three individual questions that need to be addressed on their own. Let's look at the first one. Why are you so AFRAID of atheism? When I first saw this question I wasn't sure why it was asked. The reason is that it assumes that the theist IS afraid of atheism. Many could put forth reasons for why atheism is nothing to fear. The chief one would be that if God does not exist, then there will be no one to account to after death for the lives we lived. If there is no one to account to, then why not live like you want? Atheism offers a freedom to follow our desires without fear of eternal consequences. As long as we are acting within the confines of the cultural laws, we don't even have to fear consequences while we're alive.

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Really Recommended Posts 10/24/14- Reconciling in Christ, Walking Dead, and more!

Hello friends! I have another set of links for you to peruse. As always, let me know what you think of the links and if you enjoyed them, leave a comment on those blogs! Thanks for stopping in and reading!

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Apologetics Articles I Wrote

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Ligonier.org

Semper reformanda has been hijacked. It is one of the more abused, misused, and misunderstood slogans of our day. Progressives have captured and mutilated the seventeenth-century motto and have demanded that our theology, our churches, and our confessions be always changing in order to conform to our ever-changing culture. However, semper reformanda doesn’t mean what they think it means.

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Innovative Apologetics: Driscoll on Neil deGrasse Tyson's Deception

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Julius B. Gay Lectures with Dr. John Perkins

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Matthew Vines and Michael Brown debate homosexuality and the Bible on Moody radio

In addition, Vines is trying to argue that 1) the Bible authors were not aware of “long-term”, “faithful” gay relationships and 2) their failure to explicitly disqualify these “long-term”, “stable” gay sexual relationships means that the Bible actually condones them. A friend of mine pointed out that this is a textbook case of the argument from silence, where someone asserts that because something is not explicitly condemned, then it must be OK. Carried through to its logical end, that would mean that things like identity theft are OK, because they are not mentioned explicitly. Brown asserted that there was a blanket prohibition on homosexual acts. He is arguing from what we know. Vines says that “long-term”, “faithful” homosexual relationships are not mentioned, and are therefore OK. He is arguing from what we don’t know. And he is trying to reverse the burden of proof so that he doesn’t have to show evidence for his view. Brown wouldn’t take the bait. The fact of the matter is that no one for the last 2000 years of church history have taken Vines’ view.

33 Woman who claims to be a Christian denounces premarital chastity

Here’s the plan for this post. We’re going to take a look at a post by a woman who claims to be a Christian. In that post, she offers some reasons why premarital chastity is wrong. Then we’ll take a look at what the Bible says. Then we’ll take a look at what the research says. Then I explain what this trend among Christian women means for marriage-minded men.

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Top 5 myths that old feminists pass on to young women

Why do these reckless claims have so much appeal and staying power? For one thing, there is a lot of statistical illiteracy among journalists, feminist academics and political leaders. There is also an admirable human tendency to be protective of women—stories of female exploitation are readily believed, and vocal skeptics risk appearing indifferent to women’s suffering. Finally, armies of advocates depend on “killer stats” to galvanize their cause. But killer stats obliterate distinctions between more and less serious problems and send scarce resources in the wrong directions. They also promote bigotry. The idea that American men are annually enslaving more than 100,000 girls, sending millions of women to emergency rooms, sustaining a rape culture and cheating women out of their rightful salary creates rancor in true believers and disdain in those who would otherwise be sympathetic allies.

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Your Character Is Just As Important to Your Apologetics As Your Logic

Athenagoras was highlighting a very important truth: apologetics is not all about rational argumentation. It is also about a Christ-like life that stands just as much in contrast to the lives of the heathen as a sound argument. He also encourages us that even if we don’t know the answer to every challenge brought against the Christian faith, the best response is not always an argument to begin with. Sometimes the best response is Christ-like love, forgiveness, compassion and good works. This should hearten every believer that doesn’t feel that he can always give an answer to those who question his faith. We can all live godly lives of character and good works. That will go a long way toward giving an apologetic that will add much power to our logical arguments.

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Was the Message of the New Testament Corrupted?

Why do some people tend to approach the New Testament with skepticism? For some, issues surrounding the Bible can hinder them from even reading the text of Scripture and taking its claims seriously. For example, many who have seen Dr. Bart Ehrman on television or read his popular books often come away doubting that the message of the New Testament has been faithfully preserved.

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Christina Hoff Sommers: helping boys succeed in school

I do think that women need to realize that boys have to be encouraged to do the different things that boys do, if we want boys to be engaged. The good things that boys do in society are not free – they need to be encouraged and not dismissed. Playing a wargame or an adventurous boardgame with a boy is good. Firing real guns with a boy is good. Playing adventurous role-playing games with a boy is good. Going to a war museum or on a camping trip with a boy is good. Watching patriotic war movies or adventurous movies with a boy is good. Reading military history and military biographies is good. Reading classical adventure novels with a boy is good. Listening to adventurous music with a boy is good. Even watching the news with a boy is good.

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Empowerment

For knowledge workers to be able to function most fully and efficiently, they need to be equipped with the knowledge and empowered to use it. They need to be empowered to learn from their knowledge and grow and lead with and because of it. Millennials understand this, as do other generations. What they sense at a deeper level I believe is the second nature way by which they collaborate in the midst of constantly evolving technology and social media.

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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Doodle (VII)

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Doodle (VII)