God Wants Your Delight — Not Just Your Decision
You give glory to whatever captures your heart most. And whatever makes you most happy reveals what really has your heart.
Do I have to call myself a Calvinist? | Tom Schreiner
VIDEO: We aren't as concerned with the word "Calvinism" as we are with being faithful to Scripture.
Taylor Swift’s False Reputation | Think Christian
On Reputation, Taylor Swift embraces a vision of womanhood defined by sensuality and bitterness.
Accidental Courtesy and the Difficult Call to Love One’s Enemies | Think Christian
Daryl Davis' outreach to the KKK represents biblical love in a radical, complicated way.
Chance the Rapper Has Some Issues With Batman's Extrajudicial Justice on 'SNL'
Chance the Rapper's SNL hosting gig went even better than expected, raising the question of whether or not there's anything this guy can't do. It might be SNL's best episode of the season, and almost every sketch was worth watching (Chance's turn as a clueless hockey reporter was good enough to suggest that if he ever tires of music, he could have a real career in the movies) but maybe the highlight was this parody of a charitable gala at Bruce Wayne's manor, in which the Dark Knight of Gotham City is forced to reckon with some of his implicit biases. (Note: There is some
Living by Faith in Future Grace
Though our faith is founded on past acts of redeeming grace, the way faith works now is by looking to the boundless fountain of future grace.
Watch Tori Kelly’s Incredible Cover of Hillsong United’s ‘So Will I (100 Billion X)’
Grammy-nominated pop singer Tori Kelly has teamed up with the Bible app YouVersion to record an incredible cover of the Hillsong United song “So Will I (100 Billion X).”As YouVersion explains in the video description, she also recorded “an exclusive four-day YouVersion Bible Plan called ‘A Heart of Worship.’”You can check out the Bible reading plan here.
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Did Jesus Really Fulfill All the Prophecies About God's Messiah?
“Again, there are things that had to happen in a certain time frame before the second temple was destroyed,” Brown replied. “If those have not happened, then there can be no other potential candidate…. “[I]t’s not as if Yeshua did certain tactical things that had to happen and now has been absent for two thousand years. Instead, we see certain things unfolding just as expected, with his kingdom continuing to advance. Look at how many people came to worship the one true God in the twentieth century alone. This tells me the pace is accelerating. So the fulfillment of the first stage, as well as the ongoing fulfillment of those things that had to be ongoing, tells me that the final stage is clear.
Christian Youths Leaving the Church: What Are We to Do?
According to Barna, 67% of Christians struggle with doubt 1 . “Over 33% of young adults said they feel like they can’t ask life’s most pressing questions in church and 23% said they had “significant intellectual doubts” about their faith.” Multiple independent surveys show that a large number of Christian youth falling away from their faith. This mass exodus appears to, at least in part, correlate with young adults entering their college life. Kids leave home and enter the world where their beliefs are going to be challenged at every step. An increasingly hostile world is imposing itself on our youth and has a far more dramatic impact on young Christians than most parents.
18 Reasons Christian Leaders Should Be Apologists
1. Just as theology flows naturally from worship and confession, apologetics is the natural outcome of evangelism. At some point the Christian moves from proclaiming the Gospel to persuading the unbeliever; once this move takes place, the Christian has moved from evangelism to apologetics. In any case, the unbeliever will soon ask “why should I take anything you say seriously?” The Christian will have to state some reason for the hope that is within him; so his answer had better be good.
The Truth about Suicide
We also feel conflicted because if it had been a murder we could rage against the murderer. But in this case, the murderer is the loved one, so we grieve him and rage against him at the same time, leaving us conflicted and exhausted. This anger is normal, and we shouldn’t try to shut it down. But we have to beware more self-destructive responses to a loss. Some grievers turn to alcohol or drug use, while others may actually try to reenact their loved one’s steps. They may stand holding a gun looking in the mirror or on a balcony ledge, trying to figure out what was going on in their mind. We need to be careful of these self-destructive responses and have our community keep an eye on us.
Book Review: Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace
Strengths of the Book
From the very beginning of the book and throughout, Wallace's mastery of illustrations is on display. Using actual stories from cases he has worked [the names changed of course], he uses what he has learned in the field to demonstrate to the reader how to objectively and rationally examine the evidence for God and the NT. The result is a book that many times reads more like a crime novel than an apologetics work.
This reviewer was also very impressed with Wallace's ability to explain what could be considered difficult topics to some in very plain language that virtually anyone can understand. As someone who teaches apologetics, I know that many believers are sometimes intimated by the terms used in many of the typical arguments; however, not only does Wallace explain concepts such as abductive reasoning, circumstantial evidence and the nature of truth in easy-to-understand language, he further demonstrates to the reader that they already do this kind of thinking without even realizing it! The brilliance of this is that the reader realizes that they don't have to learn a completely new way of thinking to evaluate the Christian worldview, but just apply what they already know to it's claims.
Prayer in the Midst of Tragedy and Pain with Matt Arnold
Prayer in the Midst of Tragedy and Pain with Matt Arnold
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Christmas Gone Viral - Full Movie (2017) HD
Each year one-third of the entire world population observes Christmas. Two billion people celebrate that a Child was born in a manger 2,000 years ago. They decorate their homes inside and out, put up Christmas lights, and exchange gifts. They send cards expressing the joy of the occasion, and sing popular Christmas carols, such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Yet comparatively few truly understand the meaning of that famous hymn—that Jesus was “born that man no more may die.” “Christmas Gone Viral” is a unique and fascinating explanation of that wonderful truth. Special Christmas Offer: 10 DVDs for $15 (or $4.99 each), available at: http://store.livingwaters.com/christm... "’Christmas Gone Viral’ is an excellent way to present the Gospel!" —Alex Kendrick (Director, War Room & Courageous) "Hallmark, the Nutcracker, and Burl Ives will not bring you a fraction of the joy (and conviction, and tears) that Ray Comfort’s ‘Christmas Gone Viral’ will. Watch it with friends, family, and a box of tissues. Watch it with friends, family, and a box of tissues. Then go and witness to someone about the birth of the newborn King.
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A Universe From God: The True Origin of the Cosmos - Kindle edition by Robert Clifton Robinson. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
This book has been an invaluable institution toward completing my Master’s work at a Christian University. The author is a Christian American author and apologist. His pastoral experience spans over 14 years and two churches. He is the president and CEO of Teach the World Ministries. Robinson conveys that our Christian faith is supported by empirical and compelling evidence. This evidence is conveyed through scripture, scientific theory, and statements from famous scientists, physicists, etc. I would highly recommend this book to atheists questioning Christianity. It is an unparalleled. Reference for those seeking to apologize for Christianity. It is comprehensible to the non-scientist. Robinson takes a strong stance as to scripture being unrefuted, even in the presence of the laws of science and physics. He draws parallels between astronomy and scripture. He offers the view that the six days’ creation period described in Genesis could have consisted of billion-year increments. He describes “entropy,” a thermodynamic dynamic meaning the rate of heat loss associated with the degree of randomness or disorder in creation, as well as other trending topics.
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Blessed Even in the Worst: How to Give Thanks in Every Circumstance
To be blessed is to be joined to Christ so securely that we have an ever-increasing sense that we are being kept by and for God. Because we are recipients of lavish grace, we can be honest with God and other people about our sin. Because the Lord is giving us peace, we can face the future confident that there is therefore now no condemnation for us because we are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). We can shout it for the world to hear, post it for the social media world to read, and nail it to every wall in our home: we are truly, deeply, eternally blessed in Christ.
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Are There Different Degrees of Reward in Heaven? | Cold Case Christianity
For it (the kingdom of heaven) is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away and dug in the ground, and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. And the one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me; see, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.’ The one also who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted to me two talents; see, I have gained two more talents.
Does God Decree Events He Doesn’t Want to Happen?
Now, Ethan is simply making explicit the fact that sometimes the Bible talks about God desiring something that, in fact, he does not decree to happen. For example, he refers to 1 Timothy 2:4. This is a very famous text. Paul says, “[God] desires all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Yet in 2 Timothy Paul says, “[The Lord’s servant should be] correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25–26).
The Point: What Constitution?
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Case for Christ for Kids (Case for... Series for Kids) - Kindle edition by Lee Strobel, Rob Suggs, Robert Elmer. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Answers questions about Christ that even adults struggle to answer.You meet skeptics every day. They ask questions like: Was Jesus really born in a stable? Did his friends tell the truth? Did he really come back from the dead? Here’s a book written in kid-friendly language that gives you all the answers. Packed full of well-researched, reliable, and eye-opening investigations of some of the biggest questions you have, The Case for Christ for Kids brings Christ to life by addressing the miracles, ministry, family, and existence of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Perhaps you’ve had a quiet time — when you get alone with God and read the Bible — where a verse that you’ve read a hundred times suddenly jumps out at you, and you think, “I’ve never seen that before!” Or suddenly you see a new way to apply it, and at the end of the day, you find out it was exactly what you needed for that day. That’s a rhema . God’s Spirit took a general word to everybody and applied it to you in a personal and practical way.
26 Powerful Reasons Why Scholars Know Jesus Existed
If Jesus really were a non-existent figure of history it would be expected that some anti-Christian group would have made this known at some point. In fact the most hostile group towards Jesus and early Christianity were the Jews, yet they affirmed Jesus’ existence by trying to accuse the disciples of stealing Jesus’ body from the tomb ( Matthew 28:13 , Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho , 108; Tertullian’s On Spectacles , 30)).
You Don't Understand the Old Testament
And that’s okay. The OT writings are thousands of years old. They consist of various literary genres like history, poetry, and prophecy. And what about all of those weird laws? Why do Christians like to cite restrictions against homosexuality but ignore the ones against eating shellfish and wear polyester? (You’ve never heard that before, right?)
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A new set of stamps is being issued to commemorate the 70th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, including images of their wedding and honeymoon.
We Don't Hold the Truth, The Truth Holds Us
Arrogance in action: That’s how a lot of people view Christianity these days. “ Who are you to claim you’ve got the one truth for everyone?” Their charge against us would be right — if we really thought our truth was true for everyone. Then we would be arrogant indeed. But we don’t. In fact, when we say, “I know the truth,” we’re taking a stance of humility.
When sceptics convert: 3 former atheists walking the path of CS Lewis
When Oxford academic CS Lewis wrote about his adult conversion from atheism to Christianity in Surprised by Joy (HarperCollins) in 1955 it became an apologetics classic, one still read by Christians and seekers to this day.
Unhinging the Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence Mantra
As it is Easter season, skeptic Michael Shermer has an article in appearing in Scientific American entitled, "What Would It Take to Prove the Resurrection?" Shermer writes that as a skeptic, there are propositions he can accept as true, such as the number of pages in a magazine, the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the origin of the universe by a big bang. Unsurprisingly however, Shermer can think of nothing that would count as enough evidence for the resurrection for that particular proposition to be considered true. He claims this is due to the "principle of proportionality," something that "demands extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims. Of the approximately 100 billion people who have lived before us, all have died and none have returned, so the claim that one (or more) of them rose from the dead is about as extraordinary as one will ever find." 1
HOW TO ANNOY A FRENCHMAN!
Heading back from a philosophy conference, Frenchman Guillaume Bignon wanted to sit in the front seat so that his long legs wouldn't interfere with his typing. Fortunately for him, sitting in the front seat comes with ALL of the standard front seat privileges, including some dope rhymes featuring hip-hop master David Wood!
The Most Repeated Command in the Bible
It’s not any of the prohibitions or warnings. It’s not about sex, or money, or power. The most repeated command in the Bible will probably surprise you: Be happy. God tells us more than anything else, in different ways, to “praise the Lord,” “do not be afraid,” “rejoice,” and “give thanks” — all of which are commands, in essence, to be happy.
Friendship in Marriage
One month later, Scott and Britney bounded into our office. They had re-established their friendship and couldn't wait to tell us about the preceding four weeks. What had happened? For starters, Scott had gotten his guitar out of the attic. He'd forgotten how much he and Britney used to love singing together. And Britney bought Scott a vintage T-shirt. He used to collect them, and Britney remembered exactly what he liked. They discovered that a little boost of empathy could reignite their friendship.
Health Update: New Way Forward
In this vlog Hank Hanegraaff jumps into the studio with two special guests to give an update on his battle with cancer after going into the hospital earlier this week. -------------------------- Connect with Hank Hanegraaff and the Christian Research Institute (CRI): Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/2sYxTs0 CRI’s website: http://www.equip.org/ ----------------------- Hank Hanegraaff serves as president of the Christian Research Institute, host of the syndicated Bible Answer Man broadcast and “Hank Unplugged Podcast”, and is a bestselling author of more than 20 books.
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Why the Mike Pence Rule is as Christian as it is Wise | The Stream
Years ago as a young executive I started mentoring more junior executives to help them move forward in their careers. Around that time I watched the Clarence Thomas hearings. I saw a man whose life was led in such a pure way that nobody could be found who ever even heard him say a bad word (something that could not be said of me) then be humiliated and vilified based on the entirely uncorroborated accusations of a woman who claimed he propositioned her even as her other comments seemed to indicate she had wanted a relationship. I watched it closely. Listening to people, telling who is lying and who is telling the truth has long been a key skill to me. Listening to them and the evidence it was crystal clear to me that she was lying and misrepresenting the evidence. None of which prevented the maligning of Clarence Thomas. Watching that I saw quite clearly that “there but for the grace of God go I” meaning that my career could easily be destroyed by the entirely innocent relationships I formed mentoring and working. I thought deeply about it. I arrived at my own decision on the behaviors I should engage in – which turned out to be very similar to Pence’s principles.
8 Proverbs for Apologists When Talking with Unbelievers
Thankfully, Scripture has much to say about how to engage with them! The book of Proverbs is especially helpful in this regard. This book of the Bible contains several practical guidelines for Christian apologists to follow. Below are 8 proverbs to remember when you dialogue with an unbeliever. Let’s dive in!
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Can There Be One Right Religion?
It’s possible that most of Christianity is true but a few details got changed over time. Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet, they just don’t believe he was the son of God. So could more than one religion be 100% true? No. But that doesn’t mean more than one religion has many things right, just not all of it. All the quotes we have from Jesus are other people’s memories and summaries. I don’t see how you can say with any confidence “take it up with Jesus, it was his claim”.
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4 Reasons You Should Visit the Museum of the Bible
At the age of 10 I read E. L. Konigsburg beloved novel, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler , a story in which two young siblings run away from home and hide away for several days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Ever since, I’ve wondered what museum I’d choose to live in if I were to embark on such an adventure. Now that I’m too old and risk-adverse to try it, I’ve finally found my answer: the Museum of the Bible.
The Museum of a the Bible (MOTB) is a new 430,000-square-foot museum located near the National Mall and the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. that officially opened to the public yesterday. Even if, like the kids in Konigsburg’s novel, you could hide out in the museum for days you still wouldn’t be able to see everything it has to offer; the museum’s curators estimate it’d take nine days to explore every exhibit and artifact. But even if you only have a few hours to spare, here are four reasons why the MOTB is worth your time.
1. The MOTB sets a new standard for evangelical cultural engagement.
There are two types of evangelicals in America: those who embrace the kitschy and cheesy artifacts of Christian culture—WWJD? bracelets, Testamints, prayer of Jabez scented candles—and those who smugly look down on those who enjoy such kitsch.
Things Not Seen
The Bible is full of stories not just so we have something to read to our children at night, but to help us understand what it is like to walk with God in a broken world. Jon Boom revives the age-old tradition of using biblically informed fictional additions to creatively retell the Bible’s most familiar stories. He also intersperses pastoral insights as a skilled soul physician. This book will stir and encourage your faith.
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Renewing Your Mind | How a Marrow Grew | Nov 20, 2017
How is an eighteenth-century Scottish controversy relevant for Christians living in the twenty-first century? Today, Sinclair Ferguson begins his new series, The Whole Christ, and introduces us to The Marrow of Modern Divinity.
SES President Named as one of the 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America
Dear SES Family and Friends,
Newsmax has issued its annual list of the “100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America,” and I am delighted to inform you that SES’s president, Dr. Richard Land, is 42 nd on the list. Other long-time friends and supporters of SES are also named. Billy and Franklin Graham (#1 and #2), James Dobson (#18), Ravi Zacharias (#31), Josh McDowell (#43), Michael Brown (#58), Kay Arthur (#61), Jay Sekulow (#62), and Lee Strobel (#63). I know you join me in praising God that He has seen fit to use SES to help facilitate the ministries of these fellow brothers and sisters in Christ for the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior.
Have a great Thanksgiving.
Director of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations
Evidence For Resurrection Leads Atheist Lecturer & Writer To Christ
Philip Vander Elst, a former atheist, is a freelance writer and lecturer. He graduated from Oxford in 1973 with a degree in politics and philosophy, and has since spent most of his professional life in politics and journalism. He says that he loves “the world of books, ideas and debate,” and that two questions have always interested him, “Is there a God? And, if there is, what is the connection between God and freedom?” Vander Elst now works at Areopagus Ministries.
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