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.”
Happy Death Day’s Scars of Redemption | Think Christian
Scars, in both horror and the Christian life, can be a reminder of how we were saved.
Lost in Ozark | Think Christian
Netflix's Ozark imagines a world without God, where humans are left to save themselves.
Internet of Cells: The Next Revolution? | Evolution News
Cells are connected in surprising ways that molecular biologists are just now beginning to understand.
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.
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4 Reasons Why You Should Believe in Heaven
Heaven is where God is truly God, where the Lamb’s work on the cross will be celebrated on the throne, where our life will be intoxicated with divinely intended pleasures and joys, where death and evil will no longer be a threat, where humans from all of history and all of creation will enter into a global fellowship, and where we shall all live in the joys of love, justice, and peace. There is much to be said about each of these points, but this space was reserved for me to park but one car: the case for heaven.
Why the New Pew Report Ought to Energize Us As Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity
Surprising: The Least Educated Are More Likely to Be Atheists
The media sometimes portrays atheists as the thoughtful, intelligent and informed people of America. Atheists groups try to reinforce this depiction. David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, responded to the Pew report by claiming, “More people (atheists) know the facts, and more people realize they are not alone.” But the statistics show that most atheists are not highly educated. According to the Pew survey, the largest group of atheists (57%) have less than a bachelor’s degree (26% have a high school diploma or less). Only 26% have completed a four year degree program and only 16% have a post-graduate degree. Make no mistake about it, Christian statistics are similarly poor, but here’s my point: many Christians tend to shrink from engaging their openly non-believing friends because they feel intellectually intimidated. But the largest group of atheists are just like the largest group of Christians – neither majority possesses a graduate degree. We are far more alike than we are different in this regard.
Does an Objective Moral Compass Point to God?
Here is where I think Wielenberg has a good point. We as theists seem to hold to the existence of God as being a necessary, substantive, and brute fact. When he says that theists hold to the existence of God as being an example of this kind of fact, he is speaking in an ontological sense, not an epistemological one. Certainly we can come to know the fact that God exists through explanations and other facts, but the truth of the fact of God’s existence is not dependent on other facts, thus making it a brute fact. So why does Wielenberg point this out? Well, his argumentative purpose in pointing to types of brute facts to which theists are committed is to show that the theist cannot consistently reject his (that is, Wielenberg’s) proposed means of accommodating objective morality in an atheistic worldview simply by rejecting the tenability of the existence of brute facts. With this in mind, Wielenberg sees no guiding principle as to which facts are brute and which ones require further explanation. They need to be examined on a case-by-case basis. If we accept his analysis of brute facts as correct, then it seems we need to give some sort of reason as to why ethical facts are facts in need of further explanation and cannot be considered brute.
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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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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3 Kinds of Marriages
(3). A face-to-face marriage is one in which, in addition to the shoulder-to-shoulder work, the couple gets a lot of face-to-face time for conversation, friendship, and intimacy. By God’s grace, we realized our need to focus on our friendship and not be glorified roommates. We began working hard on our marriage and our friendship and got our priorities straight. In the process, we learned valuable lessons about how men and women relate.
Does Quantum Gravity Avoid the Need for a Cosmic Creator?
Many people use quantum gravity as a loophole for avoiding the conclusion that a Creator must have intervened from beyond space and time to create the universe. (There are excellent theoretical rebuttals to such speculations that I will report on in future articles.) A recent breakthrough shows the possibility of observational testing in this area. Thanks to new observations of distant quasars and blazers at short wavelengths, astronomers have placed strong constraints on quantum gravity speculations.
Dear Cinderella Mamas
If you are at home, and serving your husband and your children doesn’t fulfill you, perhaps it’s because you’re expecting them to fulfill the insatiable yearning that will only be satisfied in heaven. If that’s the case, then nothing will be enough, regardless of whether you are at home with a supportive and affirming husband, or in the workplace receiving accolades. You’ll be discontent with your children, no matter how obedient they are. You’ll be discontent with your business growth, no matter how booming it is. If your fulfillment source is misplaced, you’ll be discontent either way. And this place of discontentment will tempt you to make reactive, self-centered decisions.
Are Single Years a Gift from God?
Many of us have adopted a view of singleness and marriage that is not God’s. When it seems like those around us treat the single years as a waiting room for marriage, and when we ourselves feel them as a curse, God himself still calls them a gift. So the most important question God asks his discontent single children is simply this: “Do you trust me?”
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Supreme Court Will Decide If California Pregnancy Centers Must Promote Abortion
The Supreme Court said it will limit its consideration of the California case to the question of free speech, and is therefore not expected to address claims of religious freedom violations. NIFLA had initially petitioned the court for both First Amendment claims. (The biggest religious freedom case in Washington next year is expected to be Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission , the Christian baker fighting for the right to decline to bake for gay weddings.)
1 John 1:5–10: Fake Christians Walk in Darkness
What does it mean to walk in the light in 1 John 1:5–10? Does it mean we are perfect? What does it mean to walk in darkness (1 John 1:6)?
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Russell Moore on Roy Moore Scandal: Christians Must Condemn 'Adults Creeping on Teenage Girls'
Ethicist Russell Moore has warned that Christians cannot pretend to be against moral relativism if they are unwilling to speak out against adults preying on teenage girls, referring to the ongoing scandal surrounding Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
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Practical Apologetics: Annihilating Abortion Arguments
“We have yet to beat our drums for birth control in the way we beat them for polio vaccine, we are still unable to put babies in the class of dangerous epidemics, even though this is the exact truth.” (Dr. Mary S. Calderone, Sex Information and Education Council of the United States
How Do I Motivate Students Who Don't Seem to Care?
Have a long-term perspective . Often times youth leaders beat themselves up for “failing” to motivate certain students. But here’s the reality: there may be nothing you can do to motivate certain students whose hearts are not open to spiritual things . I had a student who graduated from my class who went to the local JC. His goal in my class was to get the minimal passing grade (If I remember correctly, he got a C-). And yet the year after graduation he came back to sit in my class and to encourage other students to pay attention. Why? He was challenged in his faith by professors and started taking his beliefs more seriously than ever. I asked him what I could have done differently to motivate him in high school, and I will never forget what he said: “Nothing. I wasn’t ready spiritually. But I did learn more than you probably realized.” Even if a student seems apathetic, you might be surprised how much he or she is actually learning. Don’t give up!
Hidden Benefits of a Church-Based Apologetics Ministry
"Apologetics? What are you apologizing for?", "Is that a class that husbands are supposed to take?", "What is that?" These are questions I hear frequently whenever I mention the study of apologetics. It probably comes as no surprise the word "apologetics" is foreign to most people, not only the general public but also those who are a part of the Christian church. Even evangelicals, who define themselves by their passion to follow Jesus' command to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations"(Matt. 28:17) usually look quizzically at me whenever I begin discussing the need for apologetics, even though apologetics is an essential part of making disciples. Why would this be?
What Constitutes True Revival?
PART ONE (The Principles of True Revival and Reformation in 7 Points) Cofer, Henriques, Tinsley
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.
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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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37 Percent Alabama Evangelicals Say 'More Likely' to Support Roy Moore After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Thirty-seven percent of self-identified evangelicals in Alabama now say they are "more likely" to support Moore in light of the allegations, whereas 28 percent say they are "less likely" to vote for him; to the remaining 34 percent, the allegations made "no difference," a JMC Analytics poll , conducted between Nov. 9 and 11, found.
Begin to Hope Again
But the hope at the heart of reality does guarantee something: change is not only possible, but surely coming. Jesus’s empty tomb stands as a solid, immovable witness that brokenness is beaten. With the God of hope running the world, the risen Christ at his right hand, and their mighty Spirit living inside you, no brokenness can stand forever. One day, our hope will reach its fulfillment in the coming of the Son and the dawning of eternity, and he will speak the final word that exiles brokenness from the earth. No more splintered countries, no more icy marriages, no more floundering ministries, no more depressed saints.
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6 Things You Can Tell Your Kids When Trying to Explain Pain and Suffering in Our World | Cold Case Christianity
Remind Your Kids That Some Evil Is Hard to Explain Because We Aren’t God
God’s knowledge is vastly greater than ours , and His eternal plan may be beyond our comprehension. Remind your kids that if we understood God’s larger plans, we might understand the role of evil in our lives. French Dominican priest, Jacques-Marie-Louis Monsabré once said, “If God would concede me His omnipotence for twenty-four hours, you would see how many changes I would make in the world. But if He gave me His wisdom too, I would leave things as they are.”
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Two Things That Should Be Obvious
Second, character cannot be compartmentalized. Of course, there is forgiveness. Of course, some offenses are worse than others. Of course, we do not demand perfection from athletes, politicians, or movie stars (or from pastors for that matter). But let us not be so eager to defend our team—whether that’s Team Democrat or Team Republican or Team Hollywood or Team Whatever—that we start defending the indefensible. Sin is sin. When repented of, it can be forgiven in Christ. When unacknowledged, it wreaks havoc in the soul.
Remarkable Coincidences in Photosynthesis | Evolution News
On a new episode of ID the Future , we listen in on a few minutes from a lecture given by Center for Science & Culture Senior Fellow Michael Denton. We’ve all heard of the importance of photosynthesis as an oxygen-creating process. In this segment, Denton explains the “remarkable set of coincidences” that makes the creation of oxygen through photosynthesis possible. Listen to the podcast here .
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The Thankful Exchange
It wasn't until I merged lives with Gail, my wife of 53 years, that I saw the thankful exchange in heavy duty action. Having learned the discipline of aggressive thanksgiving from her mother, there was rarely a week in my young wife's life when she did not write or connect with at least 20 people to express her gratitude about something. I came to see that this exercise was part of her daily spiritual disciplines. It was as if she awakened each morning and asked, "Who can I elevate today by spotlighting something generous they've done?"
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3 Muslim misconceptions about Christians
To engage Muslims with the gospel, you must delineate these two entities. And you’ll probably have to, in many situations, put your patriotism aside. If you want to be an advocate for American policies, you likely will not gain much of an audience for the gospel. There is a place for discussion of both, but we each have only enough bandwidth to represent a certain number of issues, and to me (as a representative of the church) it is simply not worth it to sacrifice a gospel platform for the sake of defending American political decisions. I was recently told by a Turkish Muslim that “all of the problems in the world are caused by America.” Do I agree with him? No. But is this where I want to stand my ground? No. For the sake of the gospel, our patriotism must die when we serve in Muslim countries.