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.
7 Tom Petty Songs That Prove He Was One of Our Best Storytellers
When it came to exploring the downside of the American Dream, few did it better than Tom Petty.
Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer
Discover the story behind the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation.
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Playground Apologetics: Apologetics Tactics for Busy Moms
Earlier this week I found myself caught in the morning line of cars leaving my neighborhood’s elementary school. I live with my husband and 3-year-old son in a suburb of San Antonio. We’re in south Texas and our “Mayberry” (as many call it) is incredibly conservative – and not just politically. We have a lot of churches. When I say “a lot,” I mean that we could put you in a blindfold at most any intersection in the city, give you a stone to throw, and you’d probably hit one. It’s Narnia, for sure. Or a bubble. Whatever you’d like to call it. So, you can imagine my surprise on Tuesday as I pulled up behind a big SUV boldly emblazoned with a lightbulb-shaped sticker and the words “skeptic kids.” There went my bubble.
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.
Real Evil...Really - Southern by His Grace
I was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, born again at a very young age, married a beautiful and likeminded woman, moved to Tennessee, and raised two children in the Southern traditions of loving God and neighbor, exercising manners, and being stewards of the land and its bounty.
After becoming involved in youth ministry in our local church, the need of teaching people "what they believe and why they believe it" became painfully apparent, especially in my immediate context (rural Southern churches). We began an apologetics/theology ministry there but have since moved on.
After serving in church leadership and being called to faithfulness and duty to protect our congregation from a rogue pastor under church discipline of his previous church, my experiences in this biblical process shape much of what I believe about how churches in the South have become weak and why nominal Christianity is prevalent.
I love the Church and Southern culture so you can expect to read about apologetics and theology as well as church and culture here, written southern style, by the grace of God.
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.
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Souls Need Songs: How God Shapes Us Through Singing
God thinks singing is so important that he commissioned groups in Israel to ministries of music. For example, the Korahites’ sole job description was to sing to the Lord. In 2 Chronicles 20:19, they “stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.” The Korahites’ singing wasn’t just for show; their ministry had a purpose. Singing serves to refresh and reorient our souls in ways that other forms of instruction simply don’t. Singing helps us love God not only with our minds, but also with our hearts and souls and strength (Mark 12:30).
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.
To COEXIST Is A Biblical Command
The message of Jesus Christ is radically different from the final teachings of Muhammad! In fact, the idea of COEXIST is a biblical command! Jesus summarized the entire purpose of human existence in two simple and easy to remember commands in Matthew 5:44; 22:37-39:
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.
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A virus has been spreading across America. Chances are you’ve already been infected without even realizing it. The virus is made up of dangerous ideas—worldviews that don’t reflect Jesus and biblical living. According to a recent Barna study, less than one in five practicing Christians have a biblical worldview. Idea viruses—stemming from secularism, Marxism, postmodernism, new spirituality, and Islam—are rampant in our churches today. But don’t give up—there is hope! The Secret Battle of Ideas about God is a manual for winning the battle of ideas that is raging for our hearts and minds. Join Jeff Myers on a fascinating journey exploring today’s worldviews and what they say about life’s biggest questions. What he discovers will astound you; strengthen your faith; and inspire a newfound sense of love, healing, purpose, peace, and hope in your life. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW >>>
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?
Manhood and Womanhood Before Sin
It leaves open this question: Within the equality of personhood and the equality of dignity might there not be some special responsibilities that man has because he is man and that woman has because she is woman? In showing mutual respect and care, might there not be some special ways that a man is to respect a woman and special ways that a woman is to respect a man? Does equality of personhood and mutuality of respect demand sameness of responsibilities or even equal access to all responsibilities? Or did God intend from the beginning that our equality be expressed differently in the way we relate to each other as man and woman?
What Can A Christian Learn From Cold Case Principles? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed the important similarities between Cold Case Homicide investigations and the examining the claims of Christianity. (For more information related to Bobby’s great ministry, visit: http://oneminuteapologist.com/ )
J Warner Wallace Wants You to Have a 'Forensic Faith' (and so do I)
In my line of work in finding articles to feature here at The Poached Egg , all too often I run across an article written by some well-meaning Christian that is critical of apologetics and attempts to make a case for why we don’t need it or that it is even damaging to the cause of Christianity (i.e. glorifying Christ and making disciples). This is very baffling to me because I returned to the Christian faith by way of apologetics (although I didn’t know what it was at the time) after having abandoned it as a young man who had been raised in a faithful church by faithful Christian parents and I know many others with similar stories—not to mention that these arguments against apologetics are self-defeating because they are using apologetics to explain why we don’t need apologetics. Sheesh! Seriously, no matter how many of these articles (there have been books written on the topic as well) I read, I fail to understand how anyone could object to a Christian knowing why they should believe what they believe… and this is where Forensic Faith shines…
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5 Misconceptions About Feminism in the Church
I once had a conversation with a male acquaintance of mine in which I told him that one of the things that I do via my blog is base my devotionals solely on the women of the Bible. His response was, “Why just the women? That doesn’t seem fair …” Needless to say, I had to school him about a lot of the issues of representation that exist. I find that this tends to be a prevailing attitude towards feminism as well—that it’s not fair because it only seeks to benefit women. But gender roles and patriarchy not only negatively impact women, they negatively impact men as well. Hence phenomena such as: toxic masculinity, a father’s role in their child’s life not being considered as important as a mother’s, men being afraid that asking for help makes them look weak, leading to high rates of suicide and men not being able to express a full range of emotions, including sensitivity.
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?”
‘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!
C.S. Lewis: Truth and Christianity
The great difficulty is to get modern audiences to realize that you are preaching Christianity soley and simply because you happen to think it true; they always suppose you are preaching it because you like it or think it good for society or something of that sort. Now a clearly maintained distinction between what the Faith actually says and what you would like it to have said or what you understand or what you personally find helpful or think probable, forces your audience to realize that you are tied to your data just as the scientist is tied by the results of the experiments; that you are not just saying what you like. This immediately helps them realize that what is being discussed is a question about objective fact — not gas about ideals and points of view.
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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.’”
Sen. Cruz: Today’s Announcement is a Significant Victory for Religious Liberty | Ted Cruz | U.S. Senator for Texas
“Today the administration ended a policy that was repugnant to our country’s tradition of religious freedom,” Sen. Cruz said. “For the Little Sisters of the Poor and others facing similar persecution for their religious faith, today’s announcement is a significant victory. Like many of the previous administration's controversial policies, the contraception mandate was an invention of the executive branch. It is therefore both fitting and proper that the executive branch reversed course when the mandate’s faults became too glaring to overlook.”
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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.
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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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.
Matrimony No More: Why the End of Marriage in Eternity Is Good News
Let’s end where we began. If the age to come is not only an improvement over the worst of this world, but over the best , then the end of marriage is spectacularly good news. Do you see this? Marriage in this age, at its best, offers some of life’s most intense pleasures, and sweetest intimacies. If you have ever tasted these, or have ever dreamed of tasting them, then you can feel the astonishing force of the promise that marriage will be no more because it was too weak to carry God’s best eternal pleasures.
Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation
“Thank God for the world changing Reformation recovering the truth of the all sufficient cross of Christ! As Michael Reeves points out in his inspiring text, prior to the Reformation religion was disguising the problem rather than solving it. Five hundred years later people from around the world with open Bibles celebrate the rediscovery of light that dispelled their overwhelming darkness.”
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The Phoenix of Florence: Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562)
Vermigli died in Zurich on November 12, 1562, in the presence of his wife and friends. This Florentine humanist and Reformed scholar, who was equal in stature to Calvin and Bullinger, would be remembered for his commitment to Scripture and passion for gospel renewal. In the words of Theodore Beza, he was a “phoenix born from the ashes of Savonarola.” Even the painting of Vermigli hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in London testifies to his biblical conviction. In it, Vermigli’s penetrating eyes look to the distance beyond the gilded frame as he points to a singular book in his hand: the Bible.
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Is Genre Important in Bible Reading?
One of the most outstanding beauties we see in the Bible is that it is not bound to one genre. The Bible is not a collection of aphorisms; it is not merely a legal textbook; it doesn’t only give historical accounts — but in poetry, historical narrative, law, prophecy, theological discourse, personal correspondence, and many other genres, we find the peculiar glory of God’s inspired authors shining forth in every genre of the Bible.
After Mass Shootings, Americans Turn to Four Bible Verses Most
Bible Gateway analyzed search patterns surrounding Sunday night’s concert shooting as well as 18 other major incidents of violence over the past decade, including Virginia Tech in 2007, Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, San Bernardino in 2015, and Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in 2016. Among the site’s 150 million-plus visitors a year, the four verses that saw distinct spikes in readership around those shootings were:
Atheists Again Get Pastors’ Best Benefit Ruled Unconstitutional
Wisconsin district judge Barbara Crabb first ruled against the housing allowance in 2013, finding that the second part of Section 107 of the IRS tax code provides “a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise.” Her ruling “sen[t] shockwaves through the religious community,” the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability stated at the time.
Hope for Hard Marriages
Podcast listener Angel writes in: “Pastor John, I grew up Christian, and I always planned to marry a good Christian man that brought me closer to God, held me accountable, and shared the same beliefs. I’ll skip all of the details on how I got to this point. I ended up marrying someone that claimed to be Christian, but who lives a lifestyle contrary to one founded on Christian values and beliefs. I’m at a loss. He doesn’t want a divorce, and I don’t want to live in sin. I know Paul teaches that we are to stay with our unbelieving spouse, but were those God’s words? I don’t believe that divorce is pleasing to God, but I don’t know that my marriage is either.”