10 Live Worship Songs That Will Vastly Improve Your Week
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Missing the Goal: Realistic Mutation Rates Stop Evolutionary Algorithms
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Fear of Intelligent Design Prevents Some Biologists from Accepting ENCODE's Results
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
‘Transsexual Jesus’ play to be aired at Belfast festival
A play which portrays Jesus as a transsexual has faced strong criticism, ahead of its launch at a publicly-funded LGBT festival in Northern Ireland.
WORLD | My All-American scores but misses the point | Bob Brown | Nov. 17, 2015
My All American tells the true story of Freddie Steinmark’s short but remarkable life. Considered too small even by 1960s standards to play Division I football,
Abortionist Admits the Brutality of Abortion: “It’s Violence, It’s a Person, It’s Killing”
Behind closed doors, abortion advocates are admitting the truth: Abortion is the violent killing of a human life. A undercover video recorded by the Center f
Time-lapse Video Shows Girl Aging 16 Years in Under Five Minutes
An artist from the Netherlands (who, by the way, is not named Richard Linklater) has been taking short videos of his daughter every week for the last 16 years, starting shortly after she was born. Now, he’s compiled them all into a single, moving clip, which shows her growing up in just under five minutes. Time flies.
Stand to Reason | 5 Tools to Equip Your Kids – Watch the Live Event Here
Tonight is my live event: “5 Tools to Help Equip Your Kids with the Truth,” 6:30–7:30 (PT). If you'd like to ask questions during that hour, join the event on Google+ . Otherwise, you can watch the whole thing live right here tonight (and anytime afterward).
Drawing from the Deep Well of John Owen
Returning to our beginning, Barrett and Haykin had a difficult task with Owen on the Christian Life . Their preface states their intention to not retrace the paths already so well carved by Ferguson. By and large, the doctrines they do cover are well done. Many more positive things could be said. Yet Ferguson’s work set a very high bar, and provided a unique dilemma for the Owen volume in this series. It would’ve been very challenging for Owen on the Christian Life to have covered the same points and improved on Ferguson’s analysis. The downside to not trying, however, is that several key doctrines in Owen’s Christian life were hurried through or left unaddressed. Barrett and Haykin suggest that their work was meant to complement Ferguson’s, to “look at Owen from another angle” (17). And that’s what we have here—another look at Owen. One which might not be fully represented in the title, or always predictable, but is nonetheless worthy of attention from scholars, students, and saints of all kinds.
Ryan Gosling Will Star in the New ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel
With all of the ill-advised remakes and sequels in the works, here’s one that actually sounds pretty promising. Ryan Gosling has confirmed to Collider that he will star in an upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner . Details about the plot are still not totally clear, but Harrison Ford is reportedly reprising his role as replicant hunter Rick Deckard. If the wardrobe for the original is any indication, we’re convinced that Ryan Gosling is choosing roles solely on the merits of how cool the jackets are that his character will get to wear.
ISIS Attacks in Paris
Friday’s attack in Paris, when ISIS terrorists attacked a concert hall, a soccer stadium, and a neighborhood known for its cafes, killing at least 129 people and wounding another 350, was the second wave of terror launched against the City of Light just this year. Back in January, terrorists attacked the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, killing a dozen people.
Women, Emotions, and Apologetics: A Response to "Apologetically Blonde"
I recently came upon Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics , a book I’d been meaning to read for some time. I decided to take a break from the unpacking I was doing to do a little browsing as my son crawled around on my lap. I turned to the index to discover an article entitled: “Apologetically Blonde: The Struggle of Women to Defend Their Faith and What They Should Do about It” by Toni Allen (full citation below- all references to this text). As I browsed the article I knew I needed to write a response, because–with apologies to Toni Allen–I felt much of it was misguided.
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Actually, God Does Want You to Be Happy
Of course, God’s desire for us to be happy doesn’t mean we won’t have times that we’re not. He takes us through seasons of suffering and difficulty, because He does desire more for us than only happiness; or what we think is happiness. He wants to refine our character, help us heal from the past and develop into our emotional and spiritual potential. This process often feels painful, and He doesn’t ask us to just pretend like everything’s OK and smile through it.
Grace to You Radio
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 .
What ISIS Really Wants
The United States and its allies have reacted to the Islamic State belatedly and in an apparent daze. The group’s ambitions and rough strategic blueprints were evident in its pronouncements and in social-media chatter as far back as 2011, when it was just one of many terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and hadn’t yet committed mass atrocities. Adnani, the spokesman, told followers then that the group’s ambition was to “restore the Islamic caliphate,” and he evoked the apocalypse, saying, “There are but a few days left.” Baghdadi had already styled himself “commander of the faithful,” a title ordinarily reserved for caliphs, in 2011. In April 2013, Adnani declared the movement “ready to redraw the world upon the Prophetic methodology of the caliphate.” In August 2013, he said, “Our goal is to establish an Islamic state that doesn’t recognize borders, on the Prophetic methodology.” By then, the group had taken Raqqa, a Syrian provincial capital of perhaps 500,000 people, and was drawing in substantial numbers of foreign fighters who’d heard its message.
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.
When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For
Countless childhood surgeries. Yearlong stints in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from classmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The unexpected death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Betrayal. A husband who leaves.
What Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II
"This growing cry to turn away people fleeing for their lives brings to mind the SS St. Louis, the ship of Jewish refugees turned away from Florida in 1939," Milbank writes. "It’s perhaps the ugliest moment in a primary fight that has been sullied by bigotry from the start. It’s no exaggeration to call this un-American."
Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On the Church
Jim, Calvinism teaches that the Holy Spirit irresistibly pulls us to the Father not because of our merit, but because of God’s unmerited favor. Anyone who understands that obviously would not suggest that salvation is a personal choice. To believe that “God loves everyone” has no biblical basis, and would make him horrific in condemning any of them, but he does. This is evidenced is Christ’s story about the selfish rich man in torment, crying out for the poor beggar Lazarus to bring him some water, and to warn his brothers against the torment. Having condemned all Calvinists I would presume that you are an Arminian, and believe that through some work of your heart, mind our courage, YOU CHOOSE CHRIST. To me, that is unbiblical and prideful.
Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Read More
Obama “Hopeful” Immigration Will Drown Conservatism
Free-market variety is contrary to a common purpose, Obama said Jan. 21. “Our media is all segmented now so that instead of just watching three stations, we got 600,” he said in an Idaho speech. “You got the [single] conservative station and the liberal stations. So everybody is only listening to what they already agree with. And then you’ve got political gerrymandering… so there are a lot of institutional forces that make it seem like we have nothing in common,” he said.
Love the Refugee With the Compassion Christ Has Shown You
The four million refugees who have fled Syria are among the most love-starved people in the world. They have been forced to flee their homes. They have left family members behind, often in graves. They have left their communities. They have nothing, and where ever they go no one wants them. In Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and most places in the West, many Syrian refugees are mostly unwanted. What a testimony it would be if the church embraced them with open arms.
4 Questions That Will Deepen Your Understanding of God
Questions alone do not have the power to deepen our relationship with God. However, they are often the way in which God invites us to discover some things about Him or ourselves that he will then use to move us into a deeper relationship with him. A prayerfully curious and humble faith that is willing to live into the answers one day at a time will over time become a deep faith that sustains us even in the most trying of times.
‘This is Looney Tunes’: Media Mocked Glenn Beck’s Caliphate Prediction
“The caliphate is not a conspiracy,” Beck said on his radio program in 2011. “It’s the words of Hamas; it’s the words of the Muslim Brotherhood; it’s the words of [then-Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. … It’s ridiculous to call it a conspiracy theory.”
Why Do People Become Islamic Extremists?
What makes someone become an Islamic extremist? Is it poverty? Lack of education? A search for meaning? Haroon Ullah, a senior State Department advisor and a foreign policy professor at Georgetown University, shares what he discovered while living in Pakistan. You can support Prager University by clicking https://www.prageruniversity.com/dona... Free videos are great, but to continue producing high-quality content, even small contributions are greater. Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can feel even better about it! Click http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1763901 and a percentage of every Amazon purchase will be donated to PragerU. Same great products. Same low price. Charity made simple. Visit us directly! http://www.prageruniversity.com LIKE us! https://www.facebook.com/prageru Follow us! https://twitter.com/prageru If you are an educator and are interested in using material like this in your classroom, click https://www.prageruniversity.com/educ...
Voddie Baucham - Danger of a Youth Ministry Sub-Culture
Voddie Baucham, From The Divided Film DVD, The Danger of a Youth Ministry Sub-Culture in the Church. "There is a crisis. Christian youth are rapidly leaving evangelical churches for the world. This well-recognized disaster has been the topic of significant discussion in recent years for both church leaders and modern news media. DIVIDED follows young Christian filmmaker Philip LeClerc on a revealing journey as he seeks answers to what has led his generation away from the church. Traveling across the country conducting research and interviewing church kids, youth ministry experts, evangelists, statisticians, social commentators, and pastors, Philip discovers the shockingly sinister roots of modern, age-segregated church programs, and equally shocking evidence that the pattern in the Bible for training future generations is at odds with modern church practices. He also discovers a growing number of churches that are abandoning age-segregated Sunday school and youth ministry to embrace the discipleship model that God prescribes in His Word."
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Has ‘Authenticity’ Trumped Holiness?
Evangelicalism—both on the individual and institutional level—is trying hard to purge itself of a polished veneer that smacked of hypocrisy. But by focusing on brokenness as proof of our “realness” and “authenticity,” have evangelicals turned “being screwed up” into a badge of honor, its own sort of works righteousness? Has authenticity become a higher calling than, say, holiness?
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.
ISIS Genocide Victims Do Not Include Christians, the State Department Is Poised to Rule
Christians have been executed by the thousands. Christian women and girls are vulnerable to sexual enslavement. Many of their clergy have been assassinated and their churches and ancient monasteries demolished or desecrated. They have been systematically stripped of all their wealth, and those too elderly or sick to flee ISIS-controlled territory have been forcibly converted to Islam or killed, such as an 80-year-old woman who was burned to death for refusing to abide by ISIS religious rules. Pope Francis pronounced their suffering “genocide” in July. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a broad array of other churches have done so as well. Analysis from an office of the Holocaust Museum apparently relied on by the State Department asserts that ISIS protects Christians in exchange for jizya , an Islamic tax for “People of the Book,” but the assertion is simply not grounded in fact.
We Are All Parisians Now: A Christian Response to Global Terror and Radical Islam
First, we should not hate. That’s what our human nature wants to do. We feel pain for those on the other side of the ocean. We feel anger toward an evil that we cannot control. We remember what it feels like to live in a nation under attack. And some of us may even worry about people we know who live in France. All these emotions, especially together, can lead our souls to some troubling places. But the truth is, we are people who live with hope and who live with a mission. We cannot hate a people and reach a people at the same time. As we pray, we must pray for our own hearts to be protected from hate.
We know, one of your biggest frustrations in life is stepping on those little Lego pieces that just never make it back into the box. So, finally, Lego is doing something about it. A French advertising company, Brand Station, is creating "protective Lego slippers." The genius footwear features a squared-off toe so that they are interchangeable between right and left feet, because if you can't be bothered to pick up your Legos, you certainly can't bother about which shoe is which. And, here's the best part: these Lego-resistant slippers are backless clog style, so you don't have to sacrifice your feet or your fashion. This news is 100 percent true. Discuss
Time With God Shouldn’t Be a Chore
If being outside makes your soul come alive, set aside intentional time to connect with God in the great outdoors. The One who called the earth into existence is the same God who died on the crossbars of a tree to save us. The whole earth is full of God’s glory (Isaiah 6:3)—so go and encounter Him there. Sit by a river and meditate on Scripture. Go on a hike and let the beauty of the earth remind you of God’s beauty.
Why Suffering Paperback book released
Suffering? How on earth could God allow it? New Paperback version available here http://bit.ly/1q3u0ob (in USA) http://bit.ly/1Mz4a7K (in UK) Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of such evil? In Why Suffering?, world-renowned defender of Christianity Ravi Zacharias and Oxford University philosopher Vince Vitale carefully walk you through a variety of responses that considered cumulatively provide a clear, comprehensive, and convincing case that God is both loving and all-powerful. Why Suffering? is written with great respect for the complexity of the issue, recognizing that many who read it will be in the trenches of deep suffering themselves.
God Doesn’t Care How Big Your Platform Is
God’s type of greatness doesn’t appear powerful in the world’s eyes, and it’s certainly not sexy. But it’s the kind of greatness that Jesus lived out when He walked the earth—the truest kind of greatness there is. So instead of looking to our phones and our screens for what greatness we might be able to create for ourselves, let’s seek true greatness in our own lives: serving and loving those around us, right where we are.
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The Village Church - Podcast Show by The Village Church - Matt Chandler on iTunes
Hosted by Matt Chandler and Josh Patterson, The Village Church Podcast Show offers a fun and insightful look at ministry, theology and culture from the perspective of The Village staff. Lasting about half an hour, our podcast airs twice a month and features special guests—often friends and staff members of the church.
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.
Who Would Dare to Love ISIS? (A Letter from the People of the Cross)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/teammightyla Website: http://mighty.la (Full Site Coming 2016) Twitter/Instagram: @teammightyla Now available as a download for your church. http://www.sermonspice.com/product/62... Updated with Spanish, French, Indonesian, Albanian, Portuguese, German, and Polish subtitles. More languages to come. Turn on by clicking the setting icon that looks like a gear and chose your language there. International Christian Concern posted this video on their facebook and it hit 1 million views in 3 days! Behind the Scenes Interview about the video and Mighty: http://www.nationalreview.com/article... ISIS members beheaded 21 Egyptian christians in a video titled, A Message Signed by Blood to the Nation of the Cross. They insulted christians worldwide. And now this is our response. As the world responds to the Islamic State with hatred and vengeance, there is one group that is responding differently. They are not allies with ISIS but enemies. And they have been slain by the thousands in the hands of ISIS. ISIS calls them The Nation of the Cross - The ones they have killed are bringing a message of forgiveness and hope.
Map: What a year of Islamic State terror looks like
After its separation from al-Qaeda in early 2014, the Islamic State focused on expanding its territory only in Syria and Iraq. The group caught the world’s attention when it took over Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, more than five months after it split with al-Qaeda. In November, the Islamic State started claiming responsibility for attacks outside Syria and Iraq. The first of many high-profile attacks it carried out or claimed to have inspired outside its region came in January 2015, when gunmen attacked tourists in Tunisia. Since then, attacks claimed by the Islamic State have increased rapidly.
When God Leaves You Waiting
The waiting room where God performs heart surgery is normally not a physical place, but a lingering season that follows a disappointment. These situations often leave us with only a few tough options. We can focus on regret, run away from our problems by ignoring them, or we can look forward to the resurrection that is going to take place in our lives.
Awareness Is Not Enough
To avoid discouraging those who sincerely desire to be involved but don’t know where to begin, Yang coined a useful diagnostic spectrum: People begin in apathy toward global needs and justice issues; as they learn about great needs around the world, they move to awareness; from there, they shift to activism, taking actions to make others aware of needs; and finally, they launch into advocacy, fighting for “the least of these” around the world.
Four Key Ways We Enjoy God in Our Work
When we do our work, conscious of being created by God, dependent on God, gifted by God for certain work, motivated by God, being eager to do it as to God, then we can say that our very work is an embodiment or an incarnation of the very glory of God that delights us. And thus, we find our work delightful — delightful precisely in proportion to the way it reflects the glory of God in which we delight. In other words, all the aspects of our working: our thinking, the working of our muscles, the working of our nerves, the working of our eyes and ears, the emotional capacities we have to relate to people, and on and on and on. All the aspects of our working are designed by God to show the glory of God. And we love the glory of God. We delight in the glory of God. And when all of that comes into play in God-honoring work, we enjoy that work because we experience this work as the very embodiment of the glory of God. How else could it be if God is creating all those possibilities for us as a demonstration of his glory?
7 crucial reasons why a pastor’s spiritual life matters to his church
Pastor, your spiritual health matters to your church. Your pursuit of Christ impacts your people. You know this, of course, but does your daily schedule reflect it? When you allocate time and energy toward the spiritual disciplines, do you do so with a view toward what is at stake? God’s sovereign purposes are not dependent on your maturity, of course, but the New Testament often speaks of the significance of a pastor’s spirituality to the health of his congregation. Consider the following seven reasons motivation for the pursuit of godliness and guides to praying for your own growth.
Change Is Possible
Christ loved you and gave himself up for you . “Walk in love just as Christ loved you .” The command comes with life-changing truth. “Christ loved you.” At the moment when there is a chance to love and some voice says, “You are not a loving person,” you can say, “Christ’s love for me makes me a new kind of person. His command to love is just as surely possible for me as his promise of love is true for me.”
What Can Be Done About ISIS?
So. No. ISIS isn't trying to weed out Christianity. That is a byproduct of their stated goal, not the end goal itself. And, may I also ask, how do we expect Muslims to stand with us when we refuse to acknowledge their suffering at the hands of ISIS too? When we turn an issue like this into an "us" vs. "them" battle (us being Christians, them being ISIS), we play into the hands of the terrorists because we divide ourselves from others rather than unifying in peace. May all of those suffering at the hands of ISIS - be they Christian, Muslim, Yazidi, or anything else - be protected by the hand of God, and may we wage peace on their behalf.
Is the Islamic Conception of God Morally Inadequate? | Reasonable Faith
Now don't you think this is an inadequate conception of God? What would you think of a parent who said to his children, "If you measure up to my standards and do as I say, then I will love you"? Some of you have had parents like that, who didn't love you unconditionally, and you know the emotional scars you bear as a result. As the greatest conceivable being, the most perfect being, the source of all goodness and love, God's love must be unconditional and impartial. Therefore, the Islamic conception of God seems to me to be morally deficient. I therefore cannot rationally accept it.
What Do You Tell Your Kids About ISIS?
Thanks for sharing your parenting perspective. I do disagree, though, that “They don’t love God or want to honor him.” At least at an ideological level, everything ISIS does is supposed to be for the glory and honor of Allah. ISIS is not a secular group bent on doing evil. They are a highly religious group, bent on purging the world of sin as defined in their own twisted view of Islam. That’s completely different than a group that’s simply out on a political agenda. I think that, with kids old enough to understand, they need to be taught that a perverted view of theology IS driving this group. They are, in some ways, much more passionately “acting on” their faith than many Christians are. We tell our children that, to help explain why it absolutely does matter WHAT you believe, not just that you believe it with fervor.
Frank Turek Gives Best Explanation On Differences Between Religions
"All other religions are about Do do do do do. Christianity is about Done done done done done--Jesus did the work for us."
Dear College Students, Read These Books
I should mention a few disclaimers. First, there’s no substitute for Scripture. College is an ideal time for devouring God’s Word. Encouraging students to read Scripture for themselves—to become biblically literate—is supremely important. (A daily devotional can be a helpful companion; Don Carson’s For the Love of God and Nancy Guthrie’s Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament are two great options. For further study help I’d suggest Rob Plummer’s 40 Questions About Interpeting the Bible , Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word , and the ESV Study Bible . Oops, I’m already recommending books. . . .) Second, people respond differently to different books. If a student you’re meeting with doesn’t resonate with one of the books, that’s fine. Just move on to another. Third, I don’t agree with everything in these books, nor is any one a magic bullet on its own. Finally, this list presupposes a Western context and reflects mostly contemporary works. I have in mind students like myself back in the day who are more likely to pick up books by recent and current authors.
There’s a Kickstarter Campaign to Bring Back ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000'
I mean, look at the influence it’s had... Everyone riffs on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Hell, there are ten to twelve people who are still, unironically, riffing on MySpace and Friendster. In a world where riffing has become as common as our national pastime, baseball. It makes sense: like baseball, everyone knows how to play, but sometimes it feels good to just sit back and watch the original movie riffing team take a whack at it.
ERLC announces 'Gospel for Life' book series
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ERLC announces 'Gospel for Life' book series
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NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Thursday (March 26) in a news release its plan to publish the "Gospel for Life" book series through a partnership with B&H Publishing Group. The book series will feature issue-specific volumes from noted Baptist leaders that address hot-button ethical issues facing Christians in today's culture, according to the release.
Franklin Graham’s Call to End Muslim Immigration Could Backfire
More churches only want to work with Christian refugees. But limits on Muslims could hurt Mideast Christians too.
When Does Life Begin?
There are clearly significant differences in the way that the scientific community
views the beginning of life. There is no obvious consensus among scientists
about when human life begins. So, can science really help us answer
this question? Perhaps science, by its nature, is not capable of dealing directly
with this problem. Scott Gilbert, PhD, professor of biology at Swarthmore College,
notes, “If one does not believe in a ‘soul,’ then one need not believe in a
moment of ensoulment. The moments of fertilization, gastrulation, neurulation,
and birth, are then milestones in the gradual acquisition of what it is to be
human. While one may have a particular belief in when the embryo becomes
human, it is difficult to justify such a belief solely by science.” 10
What about Satan and the Origin of Evil?
In reality, we suffer death and the Curse because Adam sinned ( Genesis 3 )
and we sinned in Adam ( Hebrews 7:9–10 ), and we continue to sin ( Romans 5:12 ). Adam did his part, but we must take responsibility for our part in
committing high treason against the Creator of the universe. It is faulty to
think that death and suffering are the result of Satan’s rebellion. Man had
dominion over the world, not Satan. When Satan rebelled, the world wasn’t
cursed; when Adam sinned, the ground was cursed, death entered the world,
and so on. This is why we needed a last Adam ( 1 Corinthians 15:45 ), not
a last Eve or a last Satan. This is why Christ came. The good news is that
for those in Christ, the punishment for sin (death) will have no sting ( 1 Corinthians 15:55 ).
Obama, Phil Robertson and how we talk about the militants of ISIS | Think Christian
I’ve never held up Robertson as a complex theologian or insightful international relations expert. But I think it’s interesting to set his remarks alongside those of Obama’s in order to think through the nature of our public discourse when it comes to religion and politics. In substance, the main difference between Robertson’s remarks and Obama’s is that no possibility of conversion is held in Obama’s phrasing; his strategy is to contain and then eradicate ISIS. But did commentators rush to compare the president to a terrorist, argue that he had terrible theology or contend that his strategy is a mirror image of ISIS? They did not. Why?
Thirteen Practical Steps to Kill Sin
This does not mean we should become complacent about sin. It means we must fight it daily. We are commanded to constantly kill the sin that remains in our lives: “if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. . . . Put to death therefore what is earthly in you” (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5). This is not optional. This is mortal combat: Sin dies or we die. Not that we ever become perfect in this age, but we go on killing sins as they attack us from day to day. We do not settle in with sin. We fight and we kill.