Does Life "Suck"? Watch Privileged Species with Dr. Michael Denton, Now Out on DVD, and Find Out
On one hand there is Denton, who talks in Privileged Species about how "The human form is something significant in the cosmic order," adding that that is a "scientific finding," not a subjective judgment but an objective one, as objective as the unique properties of carbon, oxygen, and water. And then there is Nye, who says, in effect, "Human life sucks." Unfortunately that is not Bill Nye's lone, idiosyncratic view but one widely shared in and broadcast by the scientific and media communities.
J. Warner Wallace is the author of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels and ALIVE: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection. For information about how to book J. Warner for your event, visit www.ColdCaseChristianity.com.
The Vatican Colloquium and the Future of Complementary
We are dealing here with realities that are beyond us. They point us to the wisdom and intelligence of God’s creative design. They show us that the Bible’s definitive word on men and women is this: complementary. Created for one another. Made for oneness. Fashioned for glory, glory magnified through union. The Vatican and dozens of religious traditions are not giving up on these truths. Evangelicals–at least some of them–are celebrating these realities.
Tragedy, Tradition, and Opportunity in the Homosexuality Debate
But the change in public policy need not—and should not—settle the issue for the church. Instead all of us are being compelled to examine our beliefs and practices. This is a good thing. We deeply need a new approach to our neighbors and our churches’ own members, especially those who live with a same-sex attraction or orientation. To find this will require acknowledging the tragedy of our recent history, the continuity of Christian teaching, and the opportunity for a new kind of ministry.
Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Tips for Sharing Your Faith #4 - Avoid Smokescreens and Dodges
There's an old saying that goes "Do not discuss politics or religion in general
company." 1 Within any conversation where the participants
are passionate about their views, it is likely that emotions can get in the way.
The talk gets heated and it degenerates to more seeking to wound the other person
or simply trying to protect oneself. This next tip is so important, because it seeks
to help you argue well. We will use a single topic to see how each dodge can play
out, but this is just for example. Hopefully, you can recognize these and apply
them to other discussions as well.
Let's say we are discussing why God is
necessary for objective moral values and duties. I've argued
here that objective morality requires God to ground its precepts.
I tweet this article and get several responses. Let's walk through our scenario
and see how to deal with each.
1. Be aware of smokescreens
Many times if you raise a point that the other person cannot or doesn't want
to answer, they will throw out a smokescreen. Smokescreens are questions or objections
that are meant to a) take the pressure off them by bringing up some new subject
or problem not related to the issue at hand or b) questions where the questioner
isn't really interested in hearing the answer.
The Bible at the Movies
Is it okay for a Muslim actor to play Jesus ? Can atheists and agnostics actually make good religious movies ? (Might they even make the best religious movies?) These are some questions that are being discussed lately. I think they're great questions, worthy of some serious thought. They make us ponder the nature of both faith and art, how they relate to one another, and who really owns the stories we think of as "ours." Also, they remind me of a great passage from Dorothy L. Sayers, which is always a good thing. (I've tried in vain to track down the exact quote; it'll probably pop up somewhere as soon as I hit "Publish.") When someone assumed that she always cast Christian actors in her religious dramas, Sayers countered that, no, she cast actors who looked the part and were capable of acting it well. Now there's a concept.
A 5-Step Method for Studying Scripture: John 15:1-8 - Stand to Reason Blog
Knowing that these are some of the last instructions Jesus gives to His disciples, we sense their urgency and importance. In the Old Testament, Israel is portrayed as a vineyard or vine (e.g. Ps. 80:8; Is. 5:7; Hos. 10:1) and God is the one who cares for the vine. The analogy demonstrates the dependency relationship. In the same way, Jesus identifies Himself as the vine that His followers are dependent upon. If they do not “abide in” Him, they cannot produce the fruit of good works that marks every believer.
Dick Cavett to Discuss New Book at Socrates in the City
Eric Metaxas is a #1 New York Times bestselling author known for mobilizing people to ask bigger questions and live more meaningful lives. His books have been translated into over 20 languages and his memorable keynote speech at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast has been viewed over half a million times. Metaxas is the author of several internationally acclaimed books including The New York Times bestsellers Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen and How They Can Change Your Life and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. He was a writer for VeggieTales and has written more than 30 popular children's books as well as published humor in The Yale Record, The Atlantic and The New York Times. He is the founder and host of Socrates in the City, a Manhattan event series of entertaining and thought provoking discussions featuring notable thinkers and writers. ABC News has called Metaxas "a photogenic, witty ambassador for faith" and he speaks to tens of thousands around the U.S. and internationally each year.
Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
[Originally published November 3, 2014, at 4:44 p.m., entitled "Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage"]
The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It
The Web—that thin veneer of human-readable design on top of the machine babble that constitutes the Internet—is dying. And the way it’s dying has farther-reaching implications than almost anything else in technology today.
The Case for Idolatry: Why Evangelical Christians Can Worship Idols
Not only that, but none of his references apply to idolatry as we know it today: putting something above God in our affections. Paul, as a Hellenistic Roman citizen, simply would not have had a category for that kind of thing. In his world, idolatry meant physically bowing down to tribal or household deities – statues and images made of bronze or wood or stone – and as such, the worship of power or money or sex or popularity had nothing to do with his prohibitions. (Some see an exception in the way he talks about coveting as idolatry in Ephesians 5:5 and Colossians 3:5, but these obviously reflect his desire, as a first century Jew, to honour the Ten Commandments.)
Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
[Originally published November 3, 2014, at 4:44 p.m., entitled "Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage"]
Grace to You
"All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. "And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them" (Heb. 11:13-16).
Can the Long-Extinct Woolly Mammoth Be Cloned?
Details from the mammoth autopsy will air in the Smithsonian Channel special called "How to Clone a Woolly Mammoth," on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. ( Warning: This story contains some spoilers about the Smithsonian Channel special.) [ See Images from the Woolly Mammoth Autopsy ]
Mothering in the Internet Age
The internet gives us access to a wide variety of knowledge, and that can be a gift from God. We should give thanks for the web’s wealth of information without making it a substitute for the relationships God has ordained to teach us to love. You need an older woman in your life to tell you that, contrary to what online voices communicate, you’re not really in control of your child’s life—God is. And that is good news.
How a French Atheist Becomes a Theologian
I grew up in a wonderfully loving family in France, near Paris. We were Catholic, a religious expression that seemed to arise more out of tradition and perhaps superstition than conviction. As soon as I was old enough to tell my parents I didn’t believe any of it, I stopped going to Mass. I pursued my own happiness on all fronts, benefiting from my parents’ loving dedication. It allowed me to do well at school, learn to play the piano, and get involved in many sports. I studied math, physics, and engineering in college, graduated from a respected engineering school, and landed a job as a computer scientist in finance. On the sports front, after I grew to be 6 feet 4 inches and discovered I could jump 3 feet high, I ended up playing volleyball in a national league, traveling the country every weekend for the games.
Pastors Launch Movement: 'We Will No Longer Serve As Agents Of The State In Marriage'
Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. We will no longer serve as agents of the state in marriage. We will no longer sign government-provided marriage certificates. We will ask couples to seek civil marriage separately from their church-related vows and blessings. We will preside only at those weddings that seek to establish a Christian marriage in accord with the principles articulated and lived out from the beginning of the Church’s life.
Renown Youth Conference
To be a Christian is to be a disciple. Jesus said that anyone who would be a disciple of Christ must “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Nobody, however, does this perfectly. All Christians face struggles and obstacles in their walk with Christ. And yet, the New Testament calls disciples of Jesus to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
‘Why my love for Jesus means I refuse to identify as gay’
A Christian who experiences same-sex attraction says he refuses to call himself ‘gay’ because he loves Jesus too much to identify as something “entirely contrary” to Him.
Woman Who Proclaimed Jesus During Islamic Prayer Service at National Cathedral: I Love Muslims
Christine Weick, the Christian woman who snuck into the invitation-only Islamic prayer service last Friday afternoon at the Washington National Cathedral, said that although she interrupted the service to proclaim the name of Jesus and tell worshippers inside to stay away from U.S. churches, she loves Muslims.
Come As You Are
As part of the David Crowder*Band, they were named one of the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, garnering nine Dove Awards, 22 Dove nominations and two GRAMMY® nominations. The band released their final collection of new music with the GRAMMY® nominated project, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). The record entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2 and gave the band their highest debut in their 12-year career.
The Pastors.com Daily
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NFL suspends Adrian Peterson without pay for season
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season on November 18 for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Peterson has been on the exempt/commissioner's permission list -- which kept him off the field, with pay -- since September after allegations he disciplined his 4-year-old son too harshly with a "switch" or thin stick. Initially charged with felony child abuse, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in November.
Colson Center on Twitter
Ancient Christians stood out from their Pagan neighbors. Especially when it came to sex: http://bit.ly/1xP9bEL pic.twitter.com/ANOIWC2uSs
Pope warns against the 'false sense of compassion' in euthanasia - Religion News Service
Francis has spoken out several times against the assisted suicide movement, which he considers to be a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” that views the sick and elderly as a drain on society.
What Is Hell?
Almost all the biblical teaching about hell comes from the lips of Jesus. It is this doctrine, perhaps more than any other, that strains even the Christian’s loyalty to the teaching of Christ. Modern Christians have pushed the limits of minimizing hell in an effort to sidestep or soften Jesus’ own teaching. The Bible describes hell as a place of outer darkness, a lake of fire, a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, a place of eternal separation from the blessings of God, a prison, a place of torment where the worm doesn’t turn or die. These graphic images of eternal punishment provoke the question, should we take these descriptions literally or are they merely symbols?
Crossway invites you to sign up and receive a daily email devotional to help you prepare your heart for Thanksgiving. Adapted from his latest book New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, these short devotions from Paul David Tripp only take 5 minutes to read, but will spur you to reflect on God’s Word all day long.
Josh McDowell on Twitter
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We're Headed Toward a Global Chocolate Shortage
Mars, Inc. and Swiss-based chocolate giant Barry Callebaut say demand is likely to outstrip production by one million metric tons by 2020, the Washington Post reports.
Long lauded for humility, Graham has confessed to many mistakes in his remarkable career. Yet as we’ll likely see with official tributes upon his death, nothing has tarnished his uniquely broad appeal. I would welcome additional clarification for his infamous interview with Robert Schuller, but his example of evangelism counters one strange interview about the uniqueness of Christ. He confused and even angered conservatives when he returned from his 1982 trip to the Soviet Union and noted the surprising religious freedom in the Communist country. But no one could object to his efforts to foster world peace and preach the gospel behind the Iron Curtain. Given the reputation of the late President Richard Nixon, Graham rightly regrets that he did not discern the depth of his close friend’s conspiratorial and paranoid tendencies, illustrated by lengthy Oval Office recordings of private meetings. Those recordings incited one of Graham’s most recent apologies, for disparaging remarks about Jews in the media. Because of his track record, many Jewish leaders forgave Graham for these remarks he does not remember offering.
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.... Be sure to view the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMCLg0 Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.... Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reas... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.
Living Faithfully in a Pluralistic Culture
Gerson tells us to commit, to care, to believe—acts that when driven by mere moralism will inevitably lead to failure, frustration, and exhaustion. If we want the freedom and courage to serve, not condemn others in a pluralistic culture, we need more than advice calling us to pursue the common good. We need the power to lay down our lives.
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Controversial economist Gruber has earned millions from taxpayers at federal, state levels
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a longtime Gruber critic, told Fox News on Monday that the economist has never been as transparent as he should have been in divulging his consulting contracts to lawmakers when he was testifying before them. “This is not saying the amount of money he made was wrong,” Grassley said, “but when he's testifying before Congress, there ought to be full disclosure of this so that you know if he's got a non-biased opinion -- or not.”
Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice
Overall, Protestants are divided over whether or not Catholics are fellow Christians . Most likely to agree Catholics are Christians: Argentines (81 percent), Paraguayans (80 percent), Puerto Ricans (76 percent), and Brazilians (74 percent). Least likely: Venezuelans (51 percent), Ecuadorians (52 percent), Peruvians (53 percent), Bolivians (54 percent), and Guatemalans (54 percent). Argentina was the only country where Protestants were more likely than Catholics to accept the other group as fellow Christians (by 11 percent points). Otherwise in most countries, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to accept the other group as Christians. The highest splits: Guatemala (23 percentage points), Honduras (19 percentage points), and El Salvador (18 percentage points). The Catholics least likely to accept Protestants as Christians: Mexicans (52 percent) and Ecuadorans (54 percent). Most likely: Brazilians (88 percent), Puerto Ricans (83 percent), Chileans (82 percent), and Hondurans (81 percent).
How to Share Your Faith Without It Being Awkward
But what can often go overlooked is how we are often put in direct relationship with people who may be unfamiliar with the love of Jesus. You have a ton of opportunities through how your work and live to share that love as well as your faith. It’s good to be reminded that you are in your position for a reason and you have been led you to specific people, to be a light in a specific place.
Monster Energy Shoots Down Viral Video Accusing Company of Using Satanic Imagery
"For those that say this is a country of freedom of religion, then I say let's play fair," she said. "Let us have a Bible study in their mosque. Let me pass out the Bible tracts at their mosque instead of having the police called out on me. Why can't Franklin Graham go into the biggest mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, and hold a prayer vigil on Easter Sunday there? They will not allow it because they are not tolerant of us. They wanted nothing to do with Christianity," Weick told CP.
Some of the praise lavished on the FC is that it can be inserted “hours before vaginal sex, so you don’t have to interrupt foreplay to be safe!” The FC, according to the presentation, is great for “Women, men, transgender folk,” and you can use if you are “gay” or “straight.”
Mike Adams - Abortion and Human Trafficking
For years, doctors have denied the humanity of the unborn so they can profit from the practice of performing abortions. Many of those who seek abortions on the basis of financial considerations share the same moral culpability. However, some are just scared and alone and honestly believe they cannot afford to have a child. Those are the people our church should be helping. To my knowledge, we are not.
Give Me the Doubly Offensive Jesus, Please
You see, the church is self-righteous when it condemns the inclusive call to sinners. And the world is self-righteous when it condemns the exclusive call to repentance. But the Gospels give us a Jesus who explodes self-righteousness in all its forms when He gives His body to be battered and bruised and hung on a tree.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been angry where you’ve lost control of yourself. I have. When this happens you are enormously vulnerable to do something you may regret for a long time. You’ve lost all of those resources that keep things in check. Anger can cause people to lose control over their actions—and unchecked anger could even lead to murder. Think of how road rage over this small little thing can lead to someone pulling out a gun. How vulnerable we all are when we lose control of ourselves. So, while anger is a good thing in the appropriate context, it’s such a powerful emotion that it could lead to some of the worst sins—either murdering someone or using slurs that degrade people.
7 Bible Verses That Are Helpful When Trying to Overcome Bitterness
As Christians, we know that we can at times we can have a bitter spirit. It can happen to any one of us if we are not careful. The root of the bitterness can grow a substantial amount before we overcome it with goodness.
Pope Francis: Man and Woman Are at the Root of Marriage and Family
The head of the Roman Catholic Church declared during a conference on Monday that marriage is by definition a union of man and woman, defying past claims by some that the Church was considering a change in its views on same-sex unions and sexuality.
Bill Nye the Intolerant Science Guy:
Nye then defines scientific literacy as demanding acceptance of evolution , and would remove from parents the freedom to teach their kids about problems with evolution: And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine. But don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems. Of course Darwin-skeptics don't "deny" that evolution occurs in some forms . And of course engineers don't use unguided evolution to build things -- they use intelligent design. And intelligent design is pretty useful in advancing scientific knowledge . Also, one recalls that engineers often find that nature, which supposedly wasn't designed, works better than our designed technology . But never mind all that. The point here is to highlight Nye's argument for intolerance, which has three parts: (1) Accepting evolution is the definition of scientific literacy, (2) People who "deny evolution" hinder the progress of society, and therefore (3) Parents should not teach their kids to doubt evolution.
Reasonable Faith $200,000 Matching Grant Challenge | Reasonable Faith
“I recently became a Christian a few weeks ago. I was a hard-core atheist. However, I read your book "Reasonable Faith" and Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ.” After reading these books, I put some more thought into the arguments, which you and Strobel presented. I came to the conclusion that Christianity is the truth. I am having a hard time telling my friends that I am a Christian, because I was a hard-core atheist and anti-religious. How would you recommend me coming out as a believer?”
California Photographer Looking to Bring 'Emoticon Bible' to the World
"Naturally, he asked 'How come'? One 16-year-old girl responded, 'If I can't read it on my IPhone, I don't read it.' Kamran asked, 'If I translated the Bible into Emoticons, would you read it?' With a curious smile upon her face, the teenager said, 'Yes!' Thus, the inspiration to translate the oldest book into the newest language - Emoticons - was immaculately conceived."
Bill Maher Attacks Mormonism, Calls Religion a 'Sex Cult' From the 19th Century
"This religion is based on a sex cult! It is plainly based on a 19th century sex cult. And if we didn't have Mormonism, we'd have to invent it for all the religious people who need something to look down on because they believe in something crazy — this would be it," he quipped.
Peter Kassig's Parents Speak Out; ISIS Victim's Mother and Father Say 'The One God of Many Names Will Prevail'
"Our hearts are battered, but they will mend. The world is broken, but it will be healed in the end," Paula Kassig, mother of Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig, told the public in a press conference at her church in Indianapolis. "And good will prevail as the one God of many names will prevail."
Nearly 36m people 'live as slaves'
Nearly 36 million people worldwide, or 0.5% of the world's population, live as slaves, a survey by anti-slavery campaign group Walk Free says.
7 Bible Verses Showing How Seeking God Brings More Value to Our Lives Than Anything Else
For the time being, all these things may be wonderful, but nothing lasts forever. God puts these things in our lives to test us and hopefully we will choose the right path, even if it takes time. He loves his sinners as much as he loves his non-sinners, as long as you're intention in the long run is to follow His way. Seeking after God brings more value to our lives than anything else on this earth.