How Can We Know Heaven Exists?
What is the best evidence for Heaven? How can we know the afterlife is real? Sean briefly answers these questions.
Justice and Mercy No Matter the Cost
It will cost you to stand against prejudices in our day, but Jesus calls his church to fight for what’s right no matter the price.
Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer
Discover the story behind the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation.
Searching for God's Existence Apart from Scripture
Hank answers a question about whether or not it is acceptable to seek answers for God's existence outside of the Bible, and how to deal with skepticism. http://www.equip.org
116 Been Real: Lecrae, “White Evangelicalism,” and Hope
Perhaps one immediate takeaway would be for majority-culture folks to ask whether the “identity development work” applies to us in a peculiar way. When Lecrae read the first draft of this article, he commented that his experience has been that “white evangelicals” generally assume they are a-cultural and bring no cultural influence into the fleshing out of their faith. Which probably means that there is some majority-culture “identity development work” to be done. That is, let there be, at least, a (growing) awareness that our expressions of faith are inevitably shaped by culture. Every expression of faith, everywhere in the world, is embedded in and shaped by culture. Being oblivious to this does not help us with the difficult task of discerning when to be counter-cultural or not.
Proving the Existence of Apologetics
Shortly after my conversion, I became enamored with apologetics, like many Christians my age. I would drive twenty minutes to the nearest Christian bookstore to survey their shelves in the hope of finding a new volume to catch my eye.
CSI, NCIS, Cold Case, 48Hours, Dateline: Homicide investigations so preoccupy our collective imagination that they dominate headlines, book covers, and movie marquis across the nation. Few of us make the effort, however, to apply this common interest and skillset to the world around us. J. Warner Wallace trains children ages 8-12 how to be detectives and to examine Christianity so that they can make their own case for faith. With his expert training and keen eye for detail, Wallace introduces kids to the methods used by detectives to weigh the evidence at hand. By examining the Christianity, and specifically the Gospels of the Bible, Wallace makes a compelling case for the existence of Christianity.
Do You Look Like Your Father?
And therefore, God’s holy children, who take after him, do not minimize the seriousness of sin. They are never to call evil good (Isaiah 5:20). They are never to obscure the truth that God’s righteous judgment will come upon sinners who do not repent and trust Christ — a warning God clearly and repeatedly issues in Scripture. And they continually point others to the cross, the true cleft in the rock foreshadowed in Moses’s experience on Sinai.
The Importance of Apologetics
In Christianity, apologetics consists of a blend of theology, philosophy, and science coming together in a (hopefully) wise and winsome manner in order to form a case for the existence of the Judeo-Christian God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the reliability of the Bible as the Word of God, and how we ought to live should these things prove to be true.
6 Desires for ‘Dreamers’ Fix, from 50 Evangelical Leaders
“It is long past time for Congress to work together to find a workable solution for our broken immigration system—especially for the hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to our country by their parents,” said Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), in a written release. “Many of these Dreamers have stepped forward in good faith, and our government has a moral obligation to deliver on the promises made to these men and women and protect them from perpetual uncertainty.”
Should Christians Apologize for the Crusades? - The Imaginative Conservative
There is much to criticize in the actions of the Crusaders, and no doubt even in the motivations of many of them and their leaders. But this is merely to recognize that, being made up of human actions, the Crusades involved the actions of sinners—hence many sins. But to defend one’s ally against invasion, to seek to re-open holy sites to pilgrimage, and to defend one’s civilization against leaders of another civilization, bent on conquest, is no sin, but rather an act of pious bravery. It is especially odd that so many today are anxious to defend Muslim extremists who claim to be defending their civilization, while rejecting those who defended their own. That peace is a better tool than violence, that toleration and cooperation are crucial sources of stability and the makings of a decent life, are important points. But we who must face massive brutality ought not to focus only on the sins of our forebears. Rather, we should seek to respect and even capture the piety and courage of an era whose violent proclivities we fool ourselves into thinking no longer exist. We should seek, like Crusaders, to stand for our faith and defend our right to live out that faith, including by defending our co-religionists so woefully abandoned to intolerance and outright murder in the Middle East of today.
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Perilous Times Will Come
The Bible warns of troubling times that will come. are we there now?
The Fearless Pacifist: Menno Simons (1496–1561)
In 1526, he began to question the truthfulness of the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation (the idea that the bread and wine transform into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist). Simons thought this doubt might be the devil deluding him, so he reluctantly began to study the Bible. While he could nowhere find the doctrine of transubstantiation, he discovered the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Christ! He began sharing his discoveries with others from the pulpit, propelling him to a place of regional prominence as an evangelical preacher.
Q&A: Ministering to Gang Members Is God’s Work
His name is Jonathan Sanchez. I’ve never heard of anyone with such a horrific childhood. His growing up years included everything from foster care to child abuse to sexual molestation. His father was a gang leader and his mom was an addict. At the age of 10, he became affiliated with a gang and at the age of 11, he caught his first case—a gun case. He spent more than half of his life in prison. When he was imprisoned, nobody came to visit. He and I got connected after Jonathan’s sister-in-law reached out to me through my website. She said, “He’s getting out of a lockup. We’re trying to get him to a halfway house. Can you please help?”
Cheaters Never Prosper? Sure They Do in Origin-of-Life Papers | Evolution News
Today we’re going to look at some recent papers about the origin of life and make some perhaps surprising observations: (1) some of their ideas are demonstrably false, and (2) other ideas cannot possibly be true. Why do the journals let them get away with it? Here’s why: there is no such thing as a sensible materialistic theory for the origin of life, and the one-party rule in science gives them cover. In a world governed by materialism, the only criticisms allowed must also be materialistic. This guarantees absurdity will continue to rule the field.
‘You Can’t Just Tell Us What to Believe’
D uring the 1990s and early 2000s, my grandmother actively supported the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as well as her state’s amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. When I came out to her, she wanted to learn more. Upon first reading the story of someone who had grown up as a gay Christian and was committed to celibacy, she told me, “I’ve never heard an account like this before—from someone who involuntarily has these experiences but doesn’t pursue them.”
12 Things Your Professors Won't Tell You About God and Science
The mantras in today's university classrooms seem to be that science has proven Christianity false and that Christianity is anti-science. This could not be further from the truth of the situation. Science IS at odds with a worldview, and it may surprise you which worldview it is. Tap the link above to discover which one and how!
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Fear Not, I Am with You, I Am Your God
And now I am a father with sons. And I rejoice that I can do for them what my father did for me. So last Wednesday evening just before Benjamin left for boot camp in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, we all sat down in the living room and I said, “There is a special verse I want to send with you, because my father sent it with me. It served me well and it will serve you well. ‘Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’”
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Evangelical leaders call for help for Dreamers
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Evangelical leaders call for help for Dreamers
by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (yesterday)
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WASHINGTON (BP) -- A coalition of evangelical leaders organized by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has urged Congress to supply a remedy for undocumented immigrants brought by their parents to the United States. Image: iStock/license purchase required. Image: iStock/license purchase required. In a statement released today (Oct. 5), the 51 signers called for a legislative solution for the approximately 800,000 people affected by the Trump administration's Sept.
Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions
Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.
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The Point: Hey, That’s a Baby!
Indeed, that’s like saying “This is a homo sapien, not a human” or “This is a feline, not a cat.” The scientific term used for one does not preclude it also being the other, and the terminology used also doesn’t change the nature of the being that’s being discussed. ‘Fetus’ is a label used for scientific classification, but it doesn’t define (or even judge) the nature of the being it’s referencing, nor have any bearing on their humanity or status as a child.
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I Feel Sorry for Hugh Hefner. Here's Why.
As a result of not seeing or being taught how to have a balanced (and biblical) view of love and sex, he turned to Hollywood for his model. And the rest is history. No one knows for sure, but I deeply suspect that if he had grown up in a home filled with love and warmth, and appropriate boundaries, his story might have been very different. And a lot less people would have been hurt.
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4 Major Reasons Why People Become Atheists
4 Major Reasons Why People Become Atheists By Brian Chilton The psalmist David wrote, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There’s no God.’ They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1, CSB). The psalmist claims that it is irrational for one to deny God’s existence whether it be by atheism or by alternative worldviews. Atheism has become popular in recent years. But, the pressing question is, why? Normally, people become atheists for four major reasons. I was influenced by some of these reasons to become a theist-leaning-agnostic for a period of time. While the atheist will claim to be a “free-thinker,” he or she is often imprisoned by emotionalism rather than reason. 1. The person desires moral independence. Often the person who becomes an atheist or agnostic wishes to make one’s decisions without anyone telling them otherwise, including God. The person metaphorically wants one’s cake and to eat it, too. The person desires moral independence. One wants to have as much sex, take as many drugs, drink as much alcohol, make as much money (even if it hurts another), without any need for guilt.
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The Point: Hugh Hefner’s Real Legacy
But the cheap sex that Hefner envisioned is more costly than we realize. The little lives lost, the marriages destroyed, and the men enslaved to pornography in the wake of Hefner’s revolution prove it.
Yes, Christianity Is a Religion, Not Just a Relationship
We need some organization, and that’s not a bad thing. Ritual and religious practice can damage relationship, of course, but they can also facilitate it. As Paul argues in I Corinthians 11-12, church gatherings are meant to be orderly so that we can commit to coming together for better and not for worse, to engage in relationships with more spiritual heft and structure than just hanging out.
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What came before the Big Bang is not a science question | Uncommon Descent
The main reason some physicists obsess over the beginning of the universe is because so much evidence points to there being one. But what if our universe grooved within an ageless multiverse—like a patch of ground from which countless flowers bloom. In this model, each universe has a big bang and keeps its own time. In the most popular version, each universe might even have its own version of physics too. Infinite possibilities yield infinite results: Some say this theory explains life itself.
Friendship in Marriage
One month later, Scott and Britney bounded into our office. They had re-established their friendship and couldn't wait to tell us about the preceding four weeks. What had happened? For starters, Scott had gotten his guitar out of the attic. He'd forgotten how much he and Britney used to love singing together. And Britney bought Scott a vintage T-shirt. He used to collect them, and Britney remembered exactly what he liked. They discovered that a little boost of empathy could reignite their friendship.
Should Children Sit Through “Big Church”?
I hope there is a strong leader in your church because weak leaders will never be able to stand up against the onslaught of criticism that is going to come if you try to do what I am going to suggest. When I came to Bethlehem as a pastor in 1980, one of the first issues I had to deal with was about the children in worship. We didn’t have a lot of them, but they were starting to come. And the people all wanted to know, what are we going to do? Are we going to have children’s sermon in the middle, the little three-minute delay where the children walk to the front? Are we going to have children’s church and then they come back in, maybe, if they don’t disappear when they are 13? Or what are we going to do?
Religious Freedom Cases Stacking Up
In the ongoing legal battles over religious freedom, there are advances and setback. One win happened last month. When Amy Larson, a Christian photographer in Wisconsin who declines to photograph so-called same-sex weddings, saw what was happening to similar photographers across the country, she was concerned that her decision would violate local and state law. So, she decided she wasn't going to shoot any weddings.
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Renewing Your Mind | Theologians | Oct 7, 2017
Medieval Scholasticism is often seen as being speculative and of little practical value. Today, W. Robert Godfrey explains how this movement helped create an environment of thoughtful reflection and study that nurtured some of the greatest thinkers of the Middle Ages.
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MARTIN LUTHER: THE MAN WHO REDISCOVERED GOD AND CHANGED THE WORLD by Eric Metaxas | Bookolage
Eric Metaxas , author of a new biography, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. Though other biographies of Luther I’ve read are informative and enjoyable, this one excels probably because its author strikes me as having a personal reverence for and special connection to the book’s subject, and some of his own spirituality seems to be more or less inspired by and/or in tune with Luther’s. Fortunately for readers, Metaxas’s sincere respect substantiates and uplifts his prose, without sugarcoating or proselytizing, and they should feel welcomed by the ecumenism and open-doorness Metaxas exhibits. Also, his comfortable tone and fairly subtle theological opining make it no surprise that he is a scholar – and certainly a fan – of C.S. Lewis, that engaging, ever-clever savant of Christian apologia. In fact, Metaxas hosted a forum called Discussing Mere Christianity , which involved Alister McGrath, Douglas Gresham (Lewis’s stepson) and other prominent Christian thinkers.
Ministering in a Mass Shooting’s Wake
With no playbook about how to respond to a tragedy of this scale, Uth reached out to other megachurch leaders. First Baptist opened their doors for a prayer vigil that was attended by the governor and mayor. Uth told his congregation to actively solicit the victims’ needs so that the church could assist with them.
A.W. Tozer on Having the Proper View of God
"It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate...I think it might be demonstrated that almost every heresy that has afflicted the church through the years has arisen from believing about God things that are not true, or from overemphasizing certain true things so as to obscure things equally true." 1
Courage and Godspeed,
1. As quoted by Natasha Crain in Talking with Your Kids about God, p. 140.
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Let’s agree upfront that God wants you to have non-believers as friends. God wants you to love everyone, show kindness to everyone, and be able to help everyone. If you don’t have any non-Christian friends, you won’t be around anyone who needs to hear the Good News.