Three More Problematic Findings About the Cambrian Explosion
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
This Video of a Working Jetpack Shows That the Future Is Now
Sure, we may not have hoverboards, flying cars or robot assistants, but in 2015, we’ve finally got personal jetpacks. The company JetPack Aviation has released this new product demo video showing a test flight of their “JB-9” personal jetpack, and though it’s still a little underwhelming (it’s not exactly the Rocketeer), the jetpack still clearly a step in the right direction. The future is now!
Is the entire Mizzou Protest Based on Lies?
Is the entire Mizzou protest based on lies?
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Mizzou Shows Why We Should Burn Down the Universities
Capitulation to student protests at Mizzou and Yale show how universities now exist to instill political conformity rather than to teach.
The Pro-Life Movement Is About More Than the Unborn
Chris Christie is right about embracing a holistic view of pro-life.
Candace Cameron Bure Defends Starbucks Red Cup
Candace Cameron Bure speaks out against Christians who are offended by Starbucks' holiday red cup.
National Science Standards Reflect a Growing Anxiety on the Part of Evolution Advocates
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Atheists Deserve a Better Spokesman than Neil deGrasse Tyson
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Here’s the Trailer for ‘Finding Dory’
If there’s one studio you can trust to not ruin beloved animated franchises, it’s Disney-Pixar. Watch, and know that Finding Dory is in good hands. The movie hits theaters this summer.
C.S. Lewis on Religion and Science | Hope's Reason
An incredible video that brings to life C.S. Lewis' teaching on religion and science.
Is Philippians 3:8 Justification for Profanity? - Christian Research Institute
A caller asks if the word “rubbish” used by Paul in Philippians 3:8 justifies the use of foul language. http://www.equip.org, 1-888-7000-CRI
God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe Book Review
Cold-Case Christianity became my favorite Christian
apologetics book because it examined the evidence for the truth of the Christian
gospels from the perspective of a cold-case criminal investigator. Wallace, a
cold case detective and former atheist, uses the rules of evidence and logic to
examine whether the Bible's gospel books are true accounts of a historical Jesus
Christ. His latest book,
God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe ,
examines the evidence for the origin of the universe to determine if the
universe can be explained from a purely naturalistic perspective or whether it
requires a supernatural explanation. Four lines of evidence are considered; cosmological
evidence, biological evidence, mental evidence (consciousness) and moral evidence.
Where the action is: Frank Turek speaks to U of M college students
So, Bible-believing Christians are doing lots of things in the world these days, and some are more useful than others. In my opinion, the most significant thing that a Christian can do is produce original research that leads to the development or improvement of arguments for the truth of Christianity. So, Douglas Axe’s work showing that protein sequences that have biological function was significant. However, that kind of contribution going to be out of reach for most of us, because who has 6 years to waste on a PhD? But there is a next best thing, and that’s sending scholars to the universities to speak to the college students.
Another important piece of advice to seminarians
One of the most common objections to this advice is “I’m just too busy.” I have heard it from lots of young seminarians. I understand this objection. By the end of my seminary time I was working three part-time jobs, a full time Ph.D. student, father of two with one more on the way, and serving as a writer and editor. I knew business. However, I can tell you that God never let me get burned out, overwhelmed, or stressed out. I don’t say this to be prideful; rather, I say this to boast in my Lord and his faithfulness.
Are You a Proficiently Reliant Pastor?
A ministry filled with biblical truth is a ministry worth having. If you don’t know the Word and aren’t willing to work at it, then you should find another vocation. Spare the church and spare yourself.
Midweek Apologetics Hit and Misc.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
3 Ways Women in Ministry Can Humbly Submit to Church Leaders
Imagine an elder came to you and asked, “What can the elders do to support ministry among women in the church?” What would you say? It’s wise to be ready with answers that address the deepest needs. You may have a need for a bigger meeting space or ladies’ brunch budget, but the most urgent need concerns the spiritual food being served up. I’ve seen serious ministry among women done in the humblest of settings without any budget to speak of. The reason such ministry is effective is because the Holy Spirit unites his profitable, God-breathed Word with faith. That’s the kind of ministry both you and your elders can pray and labor for by God’s grace.
How We Define the Nature of God Determines How We Define the Problem of Evil | Cold Case Christianity
If we define God simply as an all-powerful and all-loving Being, the problem of evil seems reasonable. But if we embrace a correct, more expansive definition of God as all-powerful, all-loving , all-present and all-knowing, we begin to understand how such a Being might allow us to suffer evil. God knows we are more than merely temporal creatures. In His infinite wisdom, He has our long term well-being, as eternal creatures, firmly in mind. How we define the nature of God determines how we define the problem of evil. To better understand the interconnected relationship between the seven considerations I’ve mentioned, please refer to God’s Crime Scene , Chapter Eight – The Evidence of Evil: Can God and Evil Coexist?
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The five Solas are a great bedrock of our stance and are uncontested. I must agree that many biblical scholars are prepared to give a clearer and perhaps more precise interpretation than your average unlearned layperson. Interpreting Scripture requires contextual analysis that your average layperson may not be able to perform; as well, a Bible scholar must revert to the original biblical languages for better precision. That doesn't mean that your average layperson is incapable of understanding all of God's Word; but, he/she needs guidance to implement sound hermeneutical principles for personal study and edification. There needs to be a revival, across all denominations, of ministers/laypersons/brethren that implement sound hermeneutical principles in a spirit of humility, recognizing the awesome responsibility of rightly dividing God's Word.
Ted Cruz wins Fox Business #GOPDebate, Fiorina and Rubio outperform
I spend the night reading and re-tweeting on Twitter – sorry to everyone for the huge number of tweets. What was striking to me was the juvenile nature of the Democrat tweets. Many of them came from professional comedians or Hollywood celebrities… but others came from liberal politicians, and even people from liberal think tanks. Yet not ONE tweet from the left was anything of substance. It was all just dismissive mocking. Literally. Not one serious tweet. It’s not surprising that they are so supportive of a clueless clown who added $10 trillion dollars to the national debt, and point that achievement as a great success. Oh well, that’s why we have elections. I would be happy with any of Jindal, Cruz or Rubio right now. I would even take Fiorina in a pinch.
Renewing Your Mind | Who Is Jesus? | November 11, 2015
The prologue to John's gospel provides enough explicit evidence by which the church can rest its case that Jesus is "truly God." Consider the opening words: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Later in the prologue, John makes the startling point—perhaps the most unbelievable verse for any first-century Jew to believe—that "the Word became flesh." The word "was" in verse 1 should be contrasted with "became" in verse 14. The Word (Logos) did not "become" in the sense of coming into existence. Rather, the Word simply "was." Other passages in John's gospel only serve to confirm and buttress this truth (John 3:13; 6:62; 8:57-58; 17:5; 20:28). Moreover, when Isaiah saw "the King, the Lord of hosts" (Isa. 6:5), John quotes a large section from Isaiah 6, and then asserts that Isaiah "said these things because he saw [Jesus'] glory and spoke of him" (John 12:41). In Isaiah, we are told that God gives His glory to no one else but Himself, yet in John 17:5, Jesus asks the Father to glorify Him in His Father's presence "with the glory that [He] had with [His Father] before the world existed" (John 17:5).
What is the relationship between Christianity and science? - An Overview of 4 Views
The independence model provides the easiest solution to conflicts perceived between science and Christianity. It simply states that there can be no conflict because the two aren’t even discussing the same realms of truth. What it gains in simplicity, it loses in clarity, however. We are left wondering how we are to take it that matters of faith simply have nothing to say about, for example, the bare existence of the universe. If it is true that science and Christianity do not overlap and speak of entirely different realms of knowledge, what do we do with the Christian claim that the universe was created? Is it not actually about the material universe but rather some kind of spiritual truth that we don’t yet know? Moreover, the independence model seems to assume a view of the world in which there are two buckets: spiritual and material, and those buckets are entirely independent of each other. That is, if I am considering something, it is either spiritual or material, but it cannot be both. This seems to be an overly simplistic view of the universe and one which is difficult to square with the apparent unity between the spiritual and physical within much of the Judeo-Christian worldview.
While Conservative Christians Cry About Cups, Starbucks Extends Amazing Benefit to Veterans
Christians and other individuals of spiritual faith have rights, “specifically” given in the Constitution. I truly don’t care what Starbucks does or does not do with respect to the Christmas holidays. I personally don’t like Starbucks products nor do I frequent their establishments. My original post was in reference to the author of the article who felt the need to ridicule those who ARE attacked every Christmas season by censorship, hate speech, the removal of Nativity scenes, Jesus, Christmas carols and other “traditional” aspects of the holiday, from the public arena. The Constitution does not delineate or infer that the pursuit or celebration of religious faith be limited to private or personal locations. The problem is that non-believers, liberals, progressives, “intolerants” such as atheists, muslims, etc.think it “correct” to demean,and attack anything and everything that does not coincide with their self-prescribed “standards.” Fortunately, the “founding fathers” of this nation provided for such “intolerance and condemnation” through the Constitution.
The follow up to #Equality, Modern Educayshun delves into the potential dangers of our increasingly reactionary culture bred by social media and political correctness. Written and Directed by Neel Kolhatkar Instagram & Twitter @neelkolhatkar Produced by Conceptional Media - https://www.facebook.com/Conceptional... Assistant Director Adam Krowitz Cast Neel Kolhatkar Cait Burley (Insta cait.bonnie) Caspar Hardaker Romy Bartz Jonathan Lo Jess Sobanski
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He stilled violent seas, healed the sick, brought the dead to life. But what’s the significance of Jesus’ miracles? And what do they have to do with how you minister today? Get a life-changing look at the living, ruling Savior in John MacArthur’s study, Jesus Over All .
The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything
Actress April Castillo Hernandez returns to the show to discuss a miraculous event that happened when she was 12.
Christmas Is Not for Cranks
I have been encouraging people to think of the whole Merry Christmas thing in a more liturgical sense. When someone says “Happy Holidays”, simply reply “And a Merry Christmas to you” A simple two part greeting with sincerity, not smugness. I have been surprised how many people will say Happy Holidays then when I respond with Merry Christmas, they will go ahead and say Merry Christmas back. I’ve let them know it’s okay and my guess is that many employees are told they can say Merry Christmas if the customer says it first. In some ways, I almost wish we could come up with a different greeting anyway-for so many people it’s not a “merry” Christmas anyway-or even a “happy” holiday. It’s sad and stressful and anything but merry or happy. And blessed or joyous doesn’t always work either. I keep hoping and praying a new tradition will start with a different greeting that keeps Christ in Christmas but isn’t all about being happy, happy, joy, joy and offers hope and encouragement instead.
‘The biggest sham’: Sheriffs fume at mass release of 6,000 federal inmates
“I think it’s a larger feeling of unease related to a lack of a plan as it relates to criminal justice, criminal reform and criminal release and I think that’s what you’re really sensing here,” Jonathan Thompson told FoxNews.com. “There are many sheriffs feeling as though the administration will go through the motions of asking the questions but really not care what the opinion or expert advice of law enforcement is.”
Give Truth with Your Year-End #GivingTuesday Gift
This year-end, join with us for #GivingTuesday —or #GivingTruthDay as we’re calling it — on Tuesday, December 1 and share the greatest of all gifts — the Truth of Jesus — with people worldwide who need to hear the good news.
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Why Doubt Can Give You Hope
Interesting article. I don't quite get all of it though. Strobel makes doubt and disbelief sound like very different things, but looking up dictionary definitions of "doubt" and "disbelief" it seems the two words are synonymous or at the very least that doubt is a spectrum of which disbelief is a part of. It seems to me that there is not too much of a difference between "strongly doubting" something (e.g. a Christian tenet) and "disbelieving" it. Does Strobel see doubt as a spectrum of how uncertain someone is? It seems like Strobel logically separates the concepts of doubting and disbelieving in a black-and-white manner. This seems inconsistent and contrary to how doubt actually works. He wholeheartedly affirms doubt yet condemns disbelief strongly. At what point does doubt become disbelief and worthy of condemnation? If Strobel affirms that doubting Christian tenets isn't bad or wrong, I assume he would agree that there are legitimate intellectual reasons that people doubt said tenets. At what point do legitimate intellectual reasons that people doubt Christian tenets go too far and become disbelief? It seems that setting a specific point is completely arbitrary.
Oh Boy, Dunkin' Donuts Just Released Their New Holiday Cup
Just when the madness surrounding Starbucks’ minimalist "holiday" cup (which has even become part of the presidential race ) started to die down, Dunkin' Donuts released an image of their seasonal cup. And the audacity is dumbfounding. Shockingly, the disposable beverage container doesn't display the words “Christmas,” “Jesus” or even a single Bible verse. Instead, it features pine branches surrounding the word “Joy.” What is that even supposed to mean?! Instead of any overtly religious reference, the company opted for a subtle design choice that makes no explicit endorsement of a single belief system. Things are going too far now.
God's Not Dead 2: Official Trailer
Watch the trailer for the new movie, God's Not Dead 2, which will be in theaters April 1, 2016! Want more info about the film? Visit http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com
What Does It Mean to Receive Jesus into My Life?
This relationship has always existed and never had a beginning. It’s hard to conceive. Little children will ask you: Where did Jesus come from? Where did God come from? How did they get started? And there is no answer to how they got started, because they didn’t get started. This is the most mind-boggling reality that is. God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one God, one divine essence, one divine nature in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit, existing in a relationship of infinite purity and joy always — world without end or beginning. That is who he sent.
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It’s Not Our Job to Choose Who Deserves Help
Secondly, seek to understand the systemic reasons for poverty and how people end up being marginalized and shut out of the system (and thus demoralized and engaging in destructive behavior). For those of us from privileged backgrounds, seek to understand your privilege, so you can then understand poverty better. Recognize it is much easier for someone with resources to get help with an addiction or hide the problem. This is a blind-spot for most people from affluent and educated backgrounds, but it's absolutely crucial that we engage in this kind of hard thinking, or we will end up doing more damage.
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Martin Luther's 10 Sickest Burns
Thanks to this insult generator meme —which randomly spits out one of hundreds of stinging quips found in Luther’s writings—the reformer’s sickest burns recently went viral. We’ve parsed through the list to find 10 of the best (or, rather, worst) insults Martin Luther ever penned to honor the church father's 532nd birthday.
This Veterans Day, Meet the Soldiers of Church History
Saints—whether among the living or among those who have passed into the next life—are people who live lives faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some denominations have formal procedures for designating certain Christians as saints and reserve the title for only a few. In the Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions, saints are those whose faith was so exemplary that they become guides for how to live as Christians. In the Catholic tradition, before a saint can be added to the canon, they must be nominated, then investigated by a “devil’s advocate” (officially known as the Promoter of Faith) who tries to find fault in their lives. This process of canonization, therefore, has the added benefit of reminding us that every saint has a past, and every sinner, a future.
Five Strategies for Daily Bible Reading
I have found that amid the pace of life, Bible reading (like so many other things) tends to eclipsed unless it is structured into our daily schedule. I used to try to do it first thing when I wake up, but there is a glaring problem with this strategy: I drink coffee. This means that my brain is not at its best when I first wake up. Also, having kids who wake up at different times makes my morning routine less predictable. So I have switched to taking the first few minutes when I first walk into my office. I wait to turn on the computer, and I close the door. If I know there will be a lot of people wanting to talk, I go to the park or a quiet spot in the sanctuary.
Reaching Postmodern “Leavers” - Christian Research Institute
Disheartened by the dwindling numbers, they switched tactics, investing money in huge on-campus advertising campaigns to generate a “warm market” of students. Despite such efforts, numbers continued to fall. Shortly after Kallenberg’s departure from the ministry in 1989, the percentage of conversions fell to an abysmal 2 percent. All along, Kallenberg and the other campus evangelists were sharing the same message. The results, however, were changing dramatically. So what was happening? For Kallenberg, the mystery cleared when he enrolled in graduate school and began studying philosophy. A major shift had taken place in the field, he discovered, that was now beginning to affect the culture. Suddenly Kallenberg understood why it felt like the “ground was shifting under (his) feet.” The old ways of thinking were crumbling, and Christian faith was regarded differently in the new milieu. Kallenberg didn’t realize it right away, but he was experiencing the impact of what we commonly call postmodernism.
How Much Should I Care About Ethical Food?
I've been reading a lot lately about eating ethically, and I've been trying to be more conscious about it, but sometimes it just feels like a losing battle. I feel like I often just don't have the time, energy or budget to make sure I know where my food is coming from. I feel kind of guilty when I don't put forth the effort, but in some ways, I'm tempted to just give up on the whole idea and go back to not worrying so much about it. So my question is: how should I handle this? Is eating ethically really that big of a deal?
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How Not to Talk About Politics
Getting mad over political differences lets people know you care more about being right than being a good friend. The best way to do this is to take someone’s individual position on a political issue—that in no way affects your day-to-day life—extremely personally. It’s even better if every time someone criticizes a candidate you plan on possibly voting for, you view it as criticism against yourself. It’s both irrational and ineffective: a perfect storm of friendship-ruining!
Are Christians Commanded to Change the Culture?
Secularists understand that if they can capture people’s hearts and minds by instilling in them the foundation that man’s opinion determines what is true and what is right, then such people will build a secular worldview. Secularists do not just believe that people have a right to believe what they choose, but rather that there are no absolute standards of right and truth. They believe that right and truth are matters of opinion. And they argue that when Bible-believers insist that there is an absolute standard that comes to us from an authority higher than man, from God the Creator of all, those who stand in opposition to God’s standards are somehow being persecuted or having their rights violated. (See “ Gay Marriage as a Civil Right—Are Wrongs Rights? ” for more about this.)
We Are His House
And the text concludes by saying we are his house — we are his people, we are partakers of a heavenly calling — “if we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” The evidence that we are part of the household of God is that we don’t throw away our hope — Hebrews 10:35 says, “Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” — we don’t drift into indifference and unbelief.
How to Help Those in Need (Without Turning Them into Beggars)
Along these lines, I was talking with a Nicaraguan banker who has gone into microlending ministry, giving small loans for peasant people to help them strengthen their businesses. When we were talking about how he works with the church in Nicaragua, he told me that there are whole sections of his country where they cannot do microlending at all: areas where there are concentrations of US church partnerships with Nicaraguan churches.
In Rare Interview, Donald Trump's Wife Melania Praises Fourth GOP Debate
Melania Trump, wife of 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, praised the fourth GOP presidential debate held at the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as "fair and elegant" in a rare interview Tuesday night.
The Problem with T-Shirts
I'm not sure how they came up with twenty eight days, seems like an odd number to me, but suffice it to say, people need to hear vision on a regular basis, in order to stay motivated.
There isn't any great leader who isn't thinking about vision a lot. Problem is, most of us are thinking about it more than we are talking about it. And if vision is that important, we need to be constantly asking ourselves what the vision is, and how are we doing at communicating it?
What often happens in organizations is, once a vision sentence is crafted, it goes on a piece of paper in a notebook, rears its head at orientation and a couple of times a year in a speech the leader gives and that's about it. Occasionally it makes its way onto a mug or a T-shirt.
Nothing inspires cynicism in an organization faster than a T-shirt.
Vision doesn't belong on inanimate objects. Our job as leaders is to breathe life into the vision, fill the words with meaning that stir people in the deepest parts of their souls, the parts that long for significance and transformation. Our job as leaders is to come up with creative, compelling and repetitive ways to talk about the vision.
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How Indonesia’s 'Religious Harmony' Law Has Closed 1,000 Churches
“The parliament is dominated by opposition parties, some of which are Islamist and can make it difficult for the president to function,” it stated. “However, just as Jokowi has managed to win their support for passing important bills, it is not impossible for him to make his way to adopt a strict policy in the area of law and order. After all, every incident of blocking of worship services, violent attacks, and closure of churches is a blatant violation of law.”
ISIS' Graphic New Video Shows Militant Chopping Off Hands
Aggressively enforcing their interpretation of Shariah law, Islamic State militants have released a new video showing two alleged thieves in Western Syria blindfolded, bound, and flanked by members of the terror group as each has a hand chopped off with a meat cleaver.
Starbucks 'hate Jesus' claims Evangelist in furious rant at red cups - premier
Starbucks' launch of its festive red cups has prompted an internet evangelist to launch a furious rant at the coffee chain accusing them of hating Jesus.
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Mizzou Students Revolted Over Four 'Racist' Incidents. There's No Evidence Three of Them Happened.
The First N-Word Incident. On September 12, student government president Payton Head alleged that a red pickup truck of young white people slowed and began screaming the n-word at him. Head posted the story on social media along with a litany of supposed slurs experienced by various groups of Americans (“Many of you are so privileged that you’ll never know what it feels like to be a hijab-wearing Muslim woman…You don’t have to think about being transgender and worrying about finding a restroom…”). He then told the press, “this story is not just something that happens here. It’s not a Mizzou issue. It’s a societal issue.” He added, “This happened to me, but it happens all the time, not only here, but everywhere.” According to the campus police, the incident happened near campus, not on it, and the Columbia Police Department did not receive a report on the incident from Head. In other words, other than Head’s social media post, there’s no evidence the incident occurred.
Veterans Day: 5 Facts You Didn't Know About This Federal Holiday
On the 11th day of November every year Americans observe Veterans Day, a federal holiday that honors the millions of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Jim Wallis Denounces Federal Court Decision Against Obama Immigration Plan
A sign is displayed in support of Angela Navarro, an undocumented Honduran-born immigrant with a deportation order, who moved into West Kensington Ministry Church with her family - her husband and two U.S. born children, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 18, 2014. Navarro, who has "always lived in fear" of deportation said on Tuesday she moved into a Philadelphia church as part of a national civil disobedience action aimed at pressing President Obama on immigration reform. Navarro is the ninth undocumented immigrant who has taken refuge in a church recently as part of what activists are calling the New Sanctuary Movement. Organizers offer sanctuary in churches because federal guidelines prohibit arrests in sensitive areas unless there is a threat to public safety or national security.
Why Catholic nuns' ObamaCare case should be a slam dunk at the Supreme Court
It further specifies, "This certification is an instrument under which the plan is operated." In other words, the form is not just a notice that the Little Sisters object to providing contraception coverage, it is a document that triggers and authorizes the government to do so in their place. It does not help the Little Sisters out of their moral dilemma. Just as it wouldn't save the bank robber's brother if he told a court, "I object to robbery of course. But my sister doesn't, so knowing that my brother needed my car for a bank robbery, I told my sister to give my brother the keys." A moral defense like this is entirely self-refuting. The opt-out form says, in so many words, "I have grave objections to these intrinsically evil acts, we therefore authorize someone else to do them in our place."