How Do You Get into Heaven?
God graciously and fully justifies us by faith alone. But justifying faith always shows itself through the fruit of love.
ID’s Top Six — The Fine-Tuning of the Universe | Evolution News
Some scientists respond, “Well, there must be an enormous number of universes and each one is a little different. This one just happened to turn out right.”
Someone Made a Trailer for a ‘Wolverine vs. Black Panther’ Movie, and It’s Awesome
A YouTube genius who goes by “stryder HD” used footage from the recent teasers for Marvel’s Black Panther and various X-Men movies to create a trailer for a fictional film called Wolverine vs. Black Panther.It. Is. Awesome.This movie needs to happen. (Just a heads up, it contains some somewhat strong language.)
How to Pray Like Jesus
The single most important prayer we could ever pray is nothing less than what Jesus himself taught us: “Father, hallowed be your name.”
Star Trek: Discovery and Creation’s Diversity | Think Christian
The latest Star Trek entry reminds us that God’s creation extends beyond humans, to everything he has made.
Did Paul really write all his letters? | Tom Schreiner
VIDEO: At stake in this debate is the truthfulness of Scripture.
ID's Top Six — The Origin of Irreducibly Complex Molecular Machines | Evolution News
There is no known cause, other than intelligent design, that can produce machine-like structures with multiple interacting parts.
12-year old boy transitions to female (then changes his mind)
60 Minutes Australia reports on a 12-year old boy who was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and who decided to “transition” to become a female (watch above). With the help of his mother, …
Here Are Two Swords
A fuller reading of Scripture further complicates things. God prescribes death as the penalty for murder in Genesis 9:6 (“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image”). Exodus 22:2 instructs that a homeowner who strikes a thief in the night and kills him “is not guilty of bloodshed,” in contrast with a homeowner who strikes and kills the thief during the day. This is because, as Swiss scholastic theologian Francis Turretin remarks, the master of the house cannot be expected to know whether a thief in the darkness is there to kill or merely to steal. Under the Law of Moses, self-defense was an appropriate grounds on which to kill. Property-defense was not.
The Importance of Training to Recognize Enthymemes
The search for the tacit premise is excellent intellectual training . . . [for] most arguments are enthymemes, because almost all arguments entail unexpressed premises or assumptions. And in this broader sense the habit of searching for the tacit assumptions which are the silent determinants of one's htoughts takes on an extremely important aspect; it should be consciously cultivated.
Why Are Christians So Defensive?
It is human nature to get defensive when someone challenges us and we’re ill equipped to respond. If we really haven’t thought through how we know the Bible is true, why God allows evil and suffering, and how to reconcile science and faith, then when someone presses us to explain our beliefs, we have two options: admit we don’t know the answer, which takes humility, or get defensive. In reality, many Christians get defensive because they simply don’t have thoughtful answers to these big questions.
The Sex Abuse Revelations Aren’t About Politics
And they have been, to a degree. There can be no doubt now, if there ever was, that Hollywood is in bad shape, and let’s all hope the wave of bad men being rooted out of power leaves no stone unturned. But the problem with this idea is that it limits the extent of the scandal to Hollywood. This is not a Hollywood sex scandal we are witnessing. The truth is far worse.
Don’t Leave Your Husband for Her: Letter to a Would-Be Adulteress
Your lot has fallen in pleasant places (Psalm 16:6). Pray for eyes to see this. Recommit yourself to one-flesh love with your husband. Pray together that your hearts would be knit together through Christ. Make time to talk honestly with your husband about how your body works. Show him. Make time to preserve your marriage bed as a place of joy and comfort and pleasure. Have sexual intercourse often. This is God’s medicine for a healthy marriage. One-fleshness is certainly more than sex, but it is not less than sex. Your husband is not your roommate. Treating him as such is sin.
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Why Polytheism is false and Christianity True?
Conan a student at East Carolina University asked me the reasons why Polytheism is false and Christianity true.
Why Are So Many So Silent? The Insider Movement in America
And when we do associate with Christ, do we make it vague enough for the world to retweet? Is our “faith” gospel-less, cross-less, and Jesus-less? It is too politically correct to offend, too genteel to mention wrath or sin. It is spiritual without mentioning the Spirit, and creates a people of faith who never mention whom their faith is in. God is referenced as a distant deity that seems to have no distinguishable qualities or characteristics. The specifics of the gospel, it would seem, must remain a private matter.
Are the Gospels Eyewitness Accounts? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
“Christians like to call the Gospels ‘eyewitness accounts,’ but why should we take them seriously as ‘eyewitness’ testimony when the authors don’t say anything about being eyewitnesses and the accounts clearly contain descriptions of events (like the virgin conception, birth narratives, and private moments of Jesus) that the authors could not have personally seen?”
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Can the Word of God Really Ease My Pain?
I wanted to take the words and eat them, to let them nourish me. I was reminded of Jeremiah who said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). These words were the delight of my heart. They brought light to my eyes. My view of the world, my life, and my struggles were all changed in the light of Scripture. And in that light, my dark shadows disappeared.
Why Believing in Miracles is Not Illogical
About half of current religious "nones" who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention "science" as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said "I'm a scientist now, and I don't believe in miracles." Others reference "common sense," "logic" or a "lack of evidence" – or simply say they do not believe in God.
New Critique of Theistic Evolution: Interview with Author J.P. Moreland
J.P. MORELAND: At my age, I realize daily that I have less time than I used to and I want to make my time count. And as a Barna research study showed, one of the six top reasons people—especially young people—are leaving the church is that the church is not keep up with or teaching people how to interact with science. The sad thing is that Christian scholars are, in fact, doing just this, and the quality of Christian literature is getting better and better when it comes to showing that the Bible gets it right and both theistic and naturalistic evolution are rationally inferior to Intelligent Design theory theologically, philosophically and scientifically. But people don't know this, so a group of us decided to do the book Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Critique.
Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!
Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father , my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth.
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Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .
My Biggest Mistake as a Mother
What’s a weary, guilt-dogged, fear-stalked mom to do? We must do what Isaac Watts did: fly to God. We must trust God in our doing good. Trusting God doesn’t nullify doing good; rather, it empowers every good work. Trusting God douses our fears and turns our self-effort on its head. Trusting God infuses our doing good with peace, joy, and energizing hope. In fact, trusting God and doing good go hand in hand. We can’t have one without the other. Only when we trust God can we do our children any good.
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3 Reasons Why You Need Apologetics
Living in a secular age means living with our faith being contested. We are surrounded by people who believe and act differently from us. We must not take for granted the faith handed down by our parents. In fact, statistics show that those who merely have a faith that is passed down to them end up losing it if they never come to accept the faith’s claims for themselves. Here are three reasons apologetics is beneficial to Christians and non-Christians alike:
Why Does Gossip Feel So Good?
Welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast. Well, gossip is no small problem, even for Christians. Spreading damaging reports about others feels so good and comes so naturally to all of us. But why? Why is this impulse so natural? And how do we fight against this natural impulse to speak damaging things about other people behind their backs? That’s the question today from a listener to the podcast named Amber. “Hello, Pastor John — and thanks for this podcast! I’m wondering how God defines gossip. What’s the difference between gossip and simply sharing information about another person? And how do I avoid becoming a gossiper?”
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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.
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The Gospel Coalition 2018 Women's Conference
Different races, cultures, and demographics that God intended for his glory have become dividing lines for us, with God’s image-bearers not loving but warring against one another. To reject these wars and embrace the beauty of diversity, we must begin with embracing the glory of God, revealed in Christ his Son. In this workshop we will aim to unveil the lies that keep us from embracing diversity, and replace them with biblical truths that lead us to glorify the Creator of us all.
Why Does My New Testament Quote the Old Testament Incorrectly?
Have you ever been reading in the New Testament and read a passage where Paul or Matthew, or another writer, quotes from the Old Testament, and you turn to the passage in your Old Testament only to find that it doesn’t sound anything like that? I certainly have. For many years that puzzled me, and I have little doubt that it might puzzle you too. Perhaps you’ve just been told that it’s because they used the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) in Jesus’ day. While this is certainly true, a little more information might help you come to terms with some of the differences you find and how you can explain them to others.
How Do We Make Theology Come Alive for Students?
How do we make theology engaging and interesting for students? While I certainly don’t claim to have it all figured out, and am always looking for some creative and new ideas, here are four lessons I have learned from roughly two decades of teaching and speaking to students on theological issues.
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A Personal God is the Best Explanation for the Beginning of the Universe
Christians aren’t the only ones looking for the first “uncaused cause” of the universe. Everyone, theists and atheists alike, is looking for the cause of a universe that clearly had a beginning . If the cause of the universe was itself caused, then our search for the beginning of everything would continue, wouldn’t it? We’d be sifting through a series of previous causes toward infinity past, and we all recognize that a search of this nature is both futile and illogical. Believers, skeptics and seekers are in search of the uncaused “first cause”; some of us believe this first cause to be purely “natural’ while others believe this first cause to be supernatural.
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Sean McDowell: God can-and does-use apologetics
While it is true that reasoning alone can’t bring people to faith, God regularly uses reasoning to draw people to Himself…I could share many stories of students I have personally seen come to faith through apologetics. While it is important not to overstate the role of apologetics, we must also avoid the fallacy of completely dismissing its power. God can—and does—use apologetics to draw unbelieving students to Himself.
Actors aren’t the only ones who play roles, and many times we portray a character of someone we think we are supposed to be. In her new book, Shine , former actress Allison Allen calls believers to drop the brave act and step into the role of a lifetime—being your real self in Christ, no matter what the critics say. Allison has performed in the Broadway production of Grease , and she is a former Women of Faith dramatist. Currently, she is a Bible teacher and speaks at women’s conferences around the country.
Kindle Worship with Confession
In response, Jesus tells a story of a moneylender who forgives one person a large debt and another person a small debt. When Jesus asks Simon which person will love the moneylender more, he responds “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt” (Luke 7:43). Then Jesus delivers the point: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven — for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Luke 7:47). Whoever has been forgiven little, loves little. Whoever has been forgiven much, loves much.
Those Whom He Justified He Also Glorified
I think the reason that Paul omitted sanctification from his chain in Romans 8:29–30 — the reason he did not say, “Those whom he justified he also sanctified, and those whom he sanctified he also glorified” — is that Paul is thinking of glorification in a way that includes sanctification. So glorification is the work of God by which he makes his children both spiritually and physically glorious. It begins now as a process of becoming holy, and it ends at the resurrection when we receive our new and glorious bodies.
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Caveat: In my review of "Debating Christian Theism," a book edited by JP Moreland, I provided the following caveat: "This book is for anyone "highly" conversant with philosophy of religion or those that read, teach or write in the area of academic apologetics. That is, many of the essays are written at an "advanced" level. For the budding apologist who may be excited by one of the editors, JP Moreland, this book is likely not a good starting point. The same holds for The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology or the Blackwell Companion to Religion and Science (two other highly recommended books for the initiated). The advanced level of 'Debating Christian Theism' is more akin to a condensed version of the Blackwell Companion to Religion and Science. For graduate students and the initiated, this book starts and ends with a bang, and I highly recommend it as it can serve a primer when reading other materials produced by the authors." I would have said the same about the book you hold in your hands, but this deserves a little more clarification. I believe that two of my brothers in Christ, Darian Burns and S.
The Priceless Gift of Christian Unity
When I was asked to speak at a gathering of Bethlehem Baptist Church celebrating one hundred years of ministry between four pastors and their wives, I turned to Psalm 133. Two couples have served more than thirty years each, and the other two have served twenty each, for a total of one hundred years of fruitful labor. Their service is a priceless gift, and it is good for us to reflect, every once in a while, on unity and brotherhood in ministry.
The Promise and Failure of Antibiotics
Antibacterial resistance has burgeoned from a curious phenomenon noticed in penicillin’s early days into a full-blown global crisis, with experts warning that a return to the dark ages of medicine—where even common bugs will wreak havoc as the curative medications we rely on lose their efficacy—is just around the corner. Pushes to create newer, more potent drugs have accelerated the arms race between humans and the microbes that love to infect them. But even with some success in research and development, we are swiftly losing ground and—as with most other environmental disasters—the inescapable morbidity of these so-called superbugs is being heaped upon the poorest, sickest, and most vulnerable in our world.
The Mystery of the Gospel
The essential content of Christian preaching, Paul says, is the mystery of the gospel. He writes that the preaching of the Word of God is seen in “the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints” (Col. 1:26). A mystery? All around Asia Minor and the ancient world at this time, there were mystery religions and mystery cults, and there were some who thought, especially from the Roman perspective, that Christianity was just another one of them. After all, it had its mystery. And Paul said, “Guilty as charged.” Yet this is not a mystery of esoteric knowledge. This is not a gnosticism of elitist intellectuals. No, this is a mystery that was hidden by God until it could be publicly revealed in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, in His death, burial, and resurrection. This is a mystery!
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I’m Not Called to Keep My Kids from Danger
Ever since my husband and I became parents, we have risked losing our children—whether to physical death or to spiritual death, either of which can happen on any side of the ocean. Our kids are inevitably going to get hurt. Although we can’t protect them, we can prepare them, and one of the ways we do that is by modeling a life of joyful, worshipful service “outside the camp.”
Top 5 rookie pastor mistakes — Southern Equip
Though it may seem counterintuitive, the best strategy for any pastor assuming a new ministry is to lower expectations of the church but raise expectations of himself. In other words, instead of having a list of things the church must do, he should have a list of actions he must take. His efforts should focus on preaching well, loving his people, winning the lost, visiting people in their jobs and homes, and inviting members into his. People will more readily follow a man who works hard and loves them. There is no shortcut to credibility, but there is a direct route.
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'Adult' is Not a Verb: Helping Young People Spread Their Wings
As you’ll see from this blog John originally wrote for Breakpoint.org, posted on May 16th, he and Brett write about issues that concern you and me. Their interpretations, insights, and practical ideas and challenges will inform and encourage you. You may be motivated to action. At the very least, I picture many of you, my readers, using John’s post as a discussion starter with teens and young adults. Enjoy this and then I encourage you to share it. Let’s work together to inspire many people.
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Habits of Grace
David Mathis has more than accomplished his goal of writing an introduction to the spiritual disciplines. What I love most about the book is how Mathis presents the disciplines — or ‘means of grace’ as he prefers to describe them — as habits to be cultivated in order to enjoy Jesus. The biblical practices Mathis explains are not ends — that was the mistake of the Pharisees in Jesus’s day and of legalists in our time. Rather they are means by which we seek, savor, and enjoy Jesus Christ. May the Lord use this book to help you place yourself ‘in the way of allurement’ that results in an increase of your joy in Jesus.
Don Whitney, Professor, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary