Major to Minor: "Every Breath You Take" by Chase Holfelder
As part of my ongoing series in which I take songs in a major (happy) key and transpose them to a minor (sad) key, here is my interpretation of "Every Breath...
Donald's Recovery | A Salvation Army Story
Donald's lack of interest in life caused him deep misery and unfulfillment. But by the Grace of God he was saved. The Salvation Army rehabilitates lives. By ...
Amazing Things at Biola with Zach King ('12)
YouTube star and Biola alumnus Zach King ('12), with the help of President Barry Corey, shows the amazing things you can do as a student at Biola.
608. How Were The New Testament Books Picked?
Bobby unpacks how the books of the New Testament were chosen.
What Properties Does the Creator of the Universe Have?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On March 3rd, 2014 Dr William Lane Craig gave a lecture on the Kalam Cosmological Argument at Georgi...
Update | Catalyst Dallas 2015
Director of Catalyst, Tyler Reagin, fills you in on a few things you should know about Catalyst Dallas 2015! Join us January 22-23, 2015, at Gateway Church! ...
609. What's With Ezra 10?
Bobby looks at a passage of scripture that has left some perplexed.
The Briefing 11-10-14
Loretta Lynch, a Nominee for Attorney General, Is Praised for Substance, Not Flash
Advent: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy
There’s nothing wrong with a little aesthetic, nostalgic Christmas romance. God made us sentimental beings to increase our enjoyment of and gratitude for his many past graces. But if the romance and nostalgia become the substance, the pursuit of our Christmas celebrations, then they become deceptive — mirages of joy that disappear as soon as we reach for their illusive promise.
What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
Romans 2:11-16 speaks about those who have never heard the Law of God and how they will be judged according to the law that is written in their hearts. The Law written in their hearts is the knowledge of right and wrong. Perhaps God's judgment of those without a proper knowledge of Him is included there where it says that they will be judged according to their own consciences that "bear witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them." All I know is that God will do what is right, and the only way to have your sins forgiven is through Jesus .
Suicide Bomber Kills 48 Students in Nigeria, Boko Haram Involvement Suspected
A suicide bomber has killed at least 48 students in an explosion at a high school assembly in the northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum on Monday. Terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the attack, police have said.
The Briefing 11-10-14
Loretta Lynch, a Nominee for Attorney General, Is Praised for Substance, Not Flash
The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith
The kicker for me, ultimately, is the problem of evil, or as I would put it more personally, the problem of indignity and horror. Yes, MAYBE God has a “morally sufficient reason” for allowing horror and commanding horrific acts, but he’s certainly under no real obligation to let us know what it is (who’s going to make him, eh?), and smacks Job for even daring to ask. Also, if horrific acts can have potential moral justification in the hereafter, how are we supposed to judge here on earth whether an action is actually wrong? (Can truly “wrong” actions even exist, if everything that happens is necessary to bring about a higher good?) I can’t use my conscience, because my conscience says that allowing such horrific things to occur in this world, when you have the easy ability to stop them, is WRONG. If there is a single moral standard that applies universally across all responsible agents, then it is just as wrong for God to stand by and watch evil being done as it would be for us to do so. Also my conscience says that sending people to an eternal punishment of suffering (of ANY kind, I don’t just mean literal flames and whatnot) is pointless and wrong, so if my conscience IS given me by God such that I can actually know moral truths, I cannot honestly say that either Hell and any of the other atrocities committed/commanded by the Biblical deity are the epitome of goodness and love.
Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Glenn Beck has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Glenn Beck Program. His radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is heard on over 400 stations and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54.
The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults
Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.
The seminary community gathers to worship in Alumni Memorial Chapel on Tuesday and Thursday at 10a.m.
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.
5 Common Small Group Myths (And the Truth to Help Transform Your Group)
What you believe about why you are in a small group will dictate how you behave in that group. It’s important for a church to be clear why small groups exist. Do they exist to connect, shepherd, and reach unbelievers or to support one another? Are they some combination of those different things? What you believe about your small group will dictate how you approach potential problems when they arise. For example, if you buy a house knowing it will be a fixer-upper, then you approach that faux wood paneling in the family room as an opportunity to upgrade and improve. Whereas if you buy your dream house and find out the basement floods, you’re pretty disappointed and discouraged. Similarly, be clear from the beginning about the vision and values of your church small groups.
Renown Youth Conference
To be a Christian is to be a disciple. Jesus said that anyone who would be a disciple of Christ must “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Nobody, however, does this perfectly. All Christians face struggles and obstacles in their walk with Christ. And yet, the New Testament calls disciples of Jesus to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Obamacare Architect: We Passed the Law Thanks to the ‘Stupidity of the American Voter’
One of the architects of Obamacare said the law was written in a deliberately “tortured” way and relied on the “stupidity of the American voter” to ensure its passage.
The Zimzum of Love
We really need to step back and consider what’s happened. A former pastor who gained notoriety by teaching the Bible has developed an entire marriage philosophy from an obscure word used by a Jewish rabbi. The results are not new insights but an old problem ascribed to the people of Athens: “Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new” (Acts 17:21).
Religion and Electronic Media
Fully 20% of Americans said they had shared their religious faith on social networking websites or apps (such as Facebook and Twitter) in the past week, and 46% said they had seen someone else share “something about their religious faith” online. The percentage of Americans who shared their own faith online is similar to the proportions who said they watched a religious TV program (23%), listened to religious talk radio (20%) or listened to Christian rock music (19%). Even more (40%) said they shared something about their religious faith “offline, in a real-life setting.” By way of comparison, in Pew Research telephone surveys conducted in 2014, 35% of Americans have reported attending religious services at least once a week.
Life's history in iron
One mechanism for abiological iron deposition is a reaction in the atmosphere that creates hydrogen peroxide (a well-known powerful oxidant), which can then oxidize ferrous iron in seawater. Researchers modeled how much hydrogen peroxide could have been produced in the Eoarchean atmosphere of the Earth in order to see if this process could have played a major role in creating ancient iron formations.
Meditation That Honors God
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I'm glad to see a Biblical look at meditation (though I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg).
Lately, I've been reading about a meditation practice that was held by the Catholic church, Martin Luther, and possibly, Jonathon Edwards called Lectio Divina. I haven't read anything that points to this form of meditation as being derived from Scripture, or practiced by the Apostles, which makes me wary of it (especially as it's starting to become popular in my own church). I'd love to know if MacArthur (or any other Biblically-sound teacher) has dealt with this issue before, and where I could find those resources.
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The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
UK High Court Allows Mother to Euthanize Severely Disabled Daughter; Joni Eareckson Tada Says Judge's Decision 'Terrifying'
The decision by a United Kingdom High Court judge to allow a British mother to legally euthanize her 12-year-old daughter, who was suffering from a host of non-life threatening disabling disorders, is drawing strong criticism from many disability advocates who say the decision sets a dangerous precedent that will allow guardians of other disabled people to do the same.
Asking God for Revival and Reformation in the Bay Area
All of the above combine to make ministry very difficult. For some who minister here, financial survivability is a real issue. For some established churches, the trendiness of the Bay Area makes you "yesterday's church” quickly. For larger ministries, there is a constant pressure to keep ahead of the curve, so many ministries feel a need to keep evolving upward, or to hire a "star.” And of course, all ministries here face the constant challenge of seeking to be faithful to the gospel in the face of the surrounding cultural pressures. Some aspects of the gospel message are more controversial here than in other places. For churches or ministries that lack a foundation in gospel-centrality, it is almost inevitable to fall into either cultural accommodation or cultural retreat.
Bible's Most Popular Verse Is 'Be Anxious For Nothing', Says Amazon
"I see the verse as an encouragement that God wants them to be free of anxiety and has provided a way of finding freedom from anxiety but that's going to take some practice: learning how to spend some time with God, learning how to surrender our worries and our fears to Him, learning how to let go of some of our pressures, maybe redeveloping certain lifestyle patterns, learning how to meditate and pray… learning how to do meditative prayer with Christ is very key here so that we can also do another nice verse that Peter says in 1 Peter 5:7 'cast your anxiety on the Lord," he detailed to CP.
Southern Seminary Christmas Concert
For the first time ever, Southern Seminary’s Department of Biblical Worship will collaborate with three local worship ministries: Sojourn Music, Sovereign Grace Music, and Highview Baptist Worship Ministry. The evening will also include music by international operatic tenor Philip Webb. With a wonderfully varied musical prism of expression and style, this concert is designed to exalt the incarnate Christ in the contour of the gospel through the Word and song.
Couple fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding on their farm
But the government of the state of New York sees things differently. The Giffords, who own the bucolic Liberty Ridge Farm in upstate New York, were ordered to pay a total of $13,000 — a $10,000 fine to the state and another $1,500 to each member of a lesbian couple to compensate them for “mental anguish.’’ All because the Giffords, devout Christians, refused to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony on the property on which they live, work and have raised a daughter, 17, and a son, 21.
The Calvinist on the Bestseller List
Given the dramatic and oft-noted rise of the religious "nones," Marilynne Robinson's sterling reputation and popularity as a novelist and essayist—not merely among Christians, but among critics and readers of every faith and no faith—is something of a surprise. Robinson's rigorous intellect is wedded to a profound appreciation of the human soul; her creative vision takes shape in relation to her Christian faith.
Ivy League students ask Rick Perry for anal sex during campus visit
“This particular question occurring in the background of Perry's moral opposition to anal sex, was motivated by the fact that if Perry has any moral boundaries that have not been carefully selected by a team of campaign managers to appeal to specific constituencies, he has almost certainly had to violate those moral boundaries for campaign contributions. You can see the irony, right?” Packer said in an email to Campus Reform .
WORLD | Kenneth Bae’s family thanks God for his freedom | Nov. 10, 2014
UPDATE: Shortly after Kenneth Bae stepped off the plane that brought him from North Korea back to freedom in the United States, his family gathered around him, joined hands, and bowed their heads in prayer.
Three Months After Michael Brown's Death in Ferguson, Missouri
African Americans historically have had to deal with being sub-dominant, under-privileged, and viewed as the most dangerous racial demographic of the United States. Couple all this with systemic racism in many of the local and national institutions, and you get a people that is just tired of being tired. Michael Brown’s death, while tragic in itself, was, for many black people (and many white people) the straw that broke the camel's back. They decided they were done trying to play nice and be heard.
Victoria Osteen, Kay Warren to Appear in New TV Special by Roma Downey, Mark Burnett
Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Texas, and Kay Warren, co-founder of California's Saddleback Church, will appear in a new TV special produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett that will be aired next month as a prelude to a new drama series on women from the Old Testament.
Prominent Evangelical Pastor Myles Munroe and Wife Ruth Among 9 Killed in Fiery Bahamas Jet Crash
"Like the Old Testament prophet Elijah, he was taken away from us in a Chariot of fire. He was indeed an Apostle and Prophet to many. Reportedly he had recently told a pastor friend from Africa that he felt his work as he'd known it was nearing completion. He'd been actually setting things in order within his ministry to make a creative shift and secure his powerful legacy. At times like these, I don't try to figure things out, I just know that all things ultimately figure into a larger and higher purpose that we may never fully understand in this present limited reality. All things ultimately work in concert for and toward an ultimate good! The clock and calendar can prove, disprove, approve and improve anything. Time is always on our side. Honor and respect it regardless," he added.
Reasonable Faith $200,000 Matching Grant Challenge | Reasonable Faith
“I recently became a Christian a few weeks ago. I was a hard-core atheist. However, I read your book "Reasonable Faith" and Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ.” After reading these books, I put some more thought into the arguments, which you and Strobel presented. I came to the conclusion that Christianity is the truth. I am having a hard time telling my friends that I am a Christian, because I was a hard-core atheist and anti-religious. How would you recommend me coming out as a believer?”
Does James teach salvation by works? - Christian Research Institute
Critics of the Bible have long argued that the book of James contradicts the rest of Scripture in teaching “that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). Upon closer examination, however, the book of James, like the rest of Scripture, confirms that we are saved not by what we do but by what Jesus Christ has done.
Deployed Soldier Watches His Daughter's Birth on an iPad – Then Gets a Surprise From His Commander
Thanks to the modern gift of technology, this National Guard Sergeant recently shared a precious moment with his family. Then his commander gave him the surprise of a lifetime. He was able to surprise them in person!
Daily Truth Times
Daily Truth Times, by Tony Patterson: Faith. Boldness. Truth.
"Is Faith a False Epistemology?"- Debate Review: Tim McGrew vs. Peter Boghossian
Boghossian notes his movement of “street epistemology” is not about evangelizing for atheism but rather a call to people to think more rationally. He says he wanted to write a book which was aimed at the kind of conversations people have on the street. Developed theology, he says, is “purposeful obfuscation” which has no respect for. Brierly asked Boghossian what, in his view, would believers reaction be when challenged on their thinking, to which Boghossian answered that people would be “disabused of… superstitions” and must be more careful with how they use the word “faith.” He sees people leaving their faith as a consequence of reasoning. His book, he says, is a way to equip people to dialogue about faith without being uncivil.
We Are Not Enough in Awe of God
I want to challenge and inspire both. A believer should say, I am not enough in awe of God. Every breath genuinely is a gift. That’s not a cliché; that’s something I need to think about because science helps us understand how real that is. The way God designed the universe is a staggering thing, and I ought to be in awe. I ought to be praising God for this more than I probably am. And the same thing with the miracle stories I tell in the book. A believer should think, wow, I don’t know if I buy every one if these, but gee whiz, look at the welter of evidence just from people that Eric knows. I need to think about this. Maybe I ought to pray that God would speak to me in this way.
Answering Muslims: William Lane Craig vs. Jamal Badawi: "The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity"
William Lane Craig is, in my opinion, the best Christian debater in history. Though he often faces off against the world's most respected atheist scholars (when, unlike Richard Dawkins, they don't run from him), he occasionally debates Muslims as well. Here's his classic exchange with Jamal Badawi on the concept of God in Islam and Christianity. I watched this debate many years ago at Mike Licona's house with my friend Nabeel Qureshi (when Nabeel was still a Muslim).
Over 1 Millions Germans Mark 25th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall, End of Cold War
Over one million Germans and people from around the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, associated also with the end of the Cold War. Seven thousand illuminated helium balloons that traced the outline of the wall that once divided the city were released into the night sky to symbolize the demonstrations in 1989.
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
Plane Crash Kills Myles Munroe, Bahamas' Best-Known Pastor
En route to the international leadership conference he was hosting today, the Bahamas' best-known pastor, Myles Munroe, died with his wife and seven others in a plane crash Sunday.
'Do You Believe' Trailer Released, 'God's Not Dead' Follow Up Offers Star-Studded Cast on a Faith-Filled Journey
Meanwhile, "Do You Believe?" arrives less than a year after "God's Not Dead" became the highest-grossing independent faith film of 2013, taking filmmakers by surprise since the film had a budget of just over $2 million. The film earned a whopping $9.2 million in its first week on just 780 screens, a feat producer Michael Scott cited as a message from moviegoers.
TGC Spotlight 11.07.14
The study also finds that Americans who say they attend religious services frequently are more likely to say they engage in electronic forms of religious activity than those who attend services less often. For example, among adults who say they attend religious services at least once a week, 31 percent report sharing their faith online in the previous week, compared with just 8 percent of those who seldom or never attend religious services.
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Adults Act Out an Adorable Story Written and Narrated by Little Children
These adults act out stories written and narrated by children. It is taken from a comedy series by Bored Shorts TV's "Kid Snippets." You will be laughing and saying "aww" from time to time.
Reacting to People Who Have an Ax to Grind with Faith
Can I be completely transparent for a minute? I am a Christian, and I often find myself angered or saddened by the types of comments that some Christians post in response to an article or other comment made in contrast to their personal stances on faith. I see Christians comments on Facebook in response to a pro-gay rights articles and they basically boil down to responding with hate speech. I know that this topic expands well beyond the sphere of gay rights into other social theaters, and this article speaks more in terms of physical face-to-face conversation, but I find myself constantly reading things Christians write and I think "what on earth are these people so afraid of?" I hear stuff that Christians say and wonder, "Did you not hear the news? Christ is risen!" To me, it seems that Christians who rub non-Christians the wrong way are those who force half-baked Biblical interpretations onto others. I feel that if we as believers would take these practices mentioned in this article and give them application in our lives, we would begin to mend fences and bear the image of Christ in a more deeper and truer way.
God's Not Dead: No Need for Evolution: God’s Fingerprints are Everywhere
Sir Fred Hoyle dispels unguided evolution by
setting forth the following: “The laws of nuclear physics have been
deliberately designed with regard to the consequences they produce inside
stars. If this is so, apparently random quirks have become part of a deep-laid
scheme.” He called creation a “put up job.” The Lord’s fingerprints are
imprinted on every part of the universe, from the tiniest atom to the largest
galaxy. I enjoy examining the proof of God’s design and engineering. But in actuality,
everything is evidence of God having created time, space, and matter. There is
nothing in the world that is not evidence for a Creator. The believer is not
merely to defend the faith with probabilities. It is impossible for God not to
be the Creator. We have a perfect certainty that God hurled and fashioned this
universe together for His glory. We must stand on God’s word and say to the
world: God lives, and He is not silent.
Faith Speaking Understanding
Part two, “Faith Showing Understanding,” gets to the meat of the book. Here Vanhoozer comes to his distinctive proposal for the role of doctrine in discipleship. Contrary to prevailing winds in popular evangelicalism that would sideline doctrine as ancillary, Vanhoozer thinks doctrine is central to the Great Commission of the church: to make disciples. But what does it mean to make disciples? “To make disciples is to teach people how to keep the faith”—not only in thought but in deed as well (xii). We are to be doers of the Word, not hearers only (James 1:22).
Hope for More Diverse Conference Lineups
Diversity for diversity’s sake—the kind of tokenism mentality that leads organizers to ask a person of color at the last-minute to come say an opening prayer for their all-white event—does not truly value our voices, nor does it benefit the church. But when organizers are intentional about including diverse perspectives, something entirely different happens. When we as the Body of Christ ask underlining questions about our own Christian family and the value of our sisters and brothers who are different than us, we enter into a conversation on the credibility of the gospel to change lives and impact human relationships.
He Couldn't Afford Flowers So He Did This Instead – This Video Will Touch Your Heart!
This video is a reminder of how important it is to love one another. A man used a flower that he created to remind people that they are loved no matter what. Without purchasing a flower, he was able to create his own flower and hand it to people.
ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Wounded in Airstrikes; His Aide Killed
A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the center of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made.
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