Beauty That Outlasts Looks
Your physical beauty will fade sooner than you hope. But the beauty God loves isn’t based on outward appearance.
Hey, Remember When Wolverine Became a Christian on the 'X-Men' '90s Cartoon?
Nightcrawler instructed Wolverine on the Problem of Evil on a Saturday morning cartoon. Gambit, to no one's surprise rejects the light of God's love.
Big Government and Environmentalists Are Causing Massive Fires in Western States
Forest management policy has become calcified and centralized over the last half century, but some serious ideas can turn things around.
Who Made Truth? Kids Can Prove God Exists: How Kids and Teens Can Know God Exists Using Easy Logic and Presuppositions - Kindle edition by Mike Robinson. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
A unique and easy way for your Kids and teens to learn how to prove Christian truth. Do you want to reach America’s largest mission field? Look in your home or Sunday School classroom: Young People! And with this new book they can learn to defend the Christian worldview. A fresh and simple way for your kids and youth to learn how to prove Christian truth. Research demonstrates that our child’s moral development is largely set before the age of thirteen. Find out the simple ways to nurture the intellectual and theological aspects of your child through biblical and philosophical truth. Help raise the next generation of apologists. Excellent for all kids 7-16 years old--or even adults. Your youth can know that God must exist.
Cold-Case Christianity for Kids by J. Warner and Susie Wallace
Children between 8 and 12 are at the critical age when they start to ask if Christianity is true. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows the thrill of high-stakes investigation and presents the case for Jesus in a compelling way while training kids “how to think, not just what to think” as they examine their faith intelligently.
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Apologetics in Service of the Gospel
How are apologetics and evangelism related, then? When it comes to outreach, apologetics is not, in my view, necessary for evangelism, but it is often incredibly helpful. Apologetics is often characterized as pre-evangelism. Sometimes, hearing a straightforward Gospel message is all some people need. Other times, people must journey a long road in order to arrive at a place where they surrender to Christ in faith. On this road, there are often questions of an apologetic nature, some of which can be quite pressing. These questions often act as a kind of intellectual roadblock for faith. And, for many, these questions require a thoughtful answer…
Why Shouldn't We Trust the Non-Canonical "Gospel of the Savior"? | Cold Case Christianity
How Does It Corroborate the Life of Jesus?
Much of The Gospel of the Savior is lost or damaged, but what remains is strikingly similar to the canonical Gospels in many ways. Jesus is referred to as the “Savior” and as “Lord”, and the text recognizes that Jesus had a number of apostles and disciples. Andrew, John and Jude are mentioned by name. The “Savior” talks about the “cross” repeatedly and the fact that He will die for his friends. Much of the canonical teaching of Jesus is assumed by The Gospel of the Savior , and many phrases from the canonical Gospels of Mark, Matthew and John are either referenced or inferred (examples from The Gospel of the Savior : “But I do not remain alone, for my Father is with me, I and my Father are a single one,” “I am the Good Shepherd,” “You will flee, all of you, and leave me alone,” “For it is written, I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.” In addition, The Gospel of the Savior includes references to the narrative portions of the canonical Gospels (including a quote from the passion narrative: “get up, let’s go, the betrayer is at hand.
Strong Women Laugh at the Days to Come
But we also live in a feminist, follow-your-dreams, do-it-yourself culture, which tells us to conquer weakness and pursue the ideal, all while relying on the fictitious power of self. And though we as Christian women may reject these worldly concepts, they can all too easily creep into our thoughts when we find ourselves in fear-provoking, happiness-interrupting circumstances.
Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Church in Culture
Francis Schaeffer’s view of the church in modern culture is multifaceted yet cuts straight to the point. He does not mince words or play clever evangelical games. He believes one major problem with Christians is that they see things in bits and pieces. They have failed to see that modern man’s despair has come to fruition because of a shift in worldview. He contends that Christians should begin to think in terms of the big picture. They should have a view of spiritual reality that is authentic and covers all areas of life. Indeed, the Lordship of Christ covers all life and all life equally.
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Thank God, We Have the Meats
For a millennium and a half, God’s covenant people on earth saw his created world in categories of clean and unclean, holy and common. God was showing the separation between his holiness and humanity’s sin, and preparing the way for his Son. He had something to teach us that was drastically more important than the freedom to eat all animals. Then in the fullness of time, God sent his own Son, born under that first covenant (Galatians 4:4), and with the coming of history’s apex, and the new covenant, Jesus himself, shocking as it would have been at the time, “declared all foods clean.”
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Common Objection #34- "Jesus never claimed to be God!"
"The Jews answered him [Jesus], 'Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?' Jesus answered, 'I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.' The Jews said to him, 'Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.' Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?' Jesus answered, 'If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.' But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.' So the Jews said to him, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.
Was Christ’s Death A Sacrifice?
This, I responded, misses the point of what Jesus did: because his body was human, he experienced the pain and suffering that the crucifixion brought with it, in the way that any flesh and blood human would. There are many things that may result in the eventual gain that is exceedingly painful. You wouldn’t tell a mother who is about to deliver that her “sacrifice” and pain are any less real because she will be getting a healthy child “in return.” The mother’s suffering doesn’t “cause” the child to be born; it simply accompanies it, a feature as it were of the nature of things. But willingly enduring pain or suffering, in the service of others, is worthy of recognition and praise. What she endures still constitutes a sacrifice for her, even if she too gains in the process.
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Kirk Cousins Is More than Just a Nice Guy
By all accounts, Kirk Cousins is a nice guy .
He compliments safeties and linebackers after they hit him. He apologizes to his offensive linemen for taking too long to get the ball out, and compliments them for securing the pocket for so long, despite his indecisiveness. He keeps the names and photos of local media members in his locker—not to memorialize a record of wrongs, but so that he’ll remember their names when he sees them.
It’s true: Cousins is a nice guy. But that’s not the whole story.
If kindness were hereditary, Cousins would’ve been very fortunate. His dad, Don Cousins, has been in the ministry for more than four decades, a career that began in November 1975 when Bill Hybels recruited him for the planting of Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago.
But before long, the Cousins family moved to Holland, Michigan, and young Kirk realized his family’s faith needed to become his own.
“The Christian middle and high school I went to in Michigan really challenged me,” Cousins told me in a phone interview last week. “I learned that I needed to go from being a ‘Christian’ because I was raised as one to being a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ, to follow Jesus with all my heart.
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Renewing Your Mind | Preparation, Distortion, Poison | Nov 22, 2017
There is nothing we can do to qualify ourselves to receive saving grace. Today, Sinclair Ferguson discusses the distortions that are created by rejecting this truth.
How Do You Structure Your Prayer Life?
After that came our missionaries and the church as a whole — all the members. Then I would pray for our ministries, then the city, then unreached peoples, and so on. You get the idea of what “concentric circles” means. We all know that on any given day you may be so clobbered and overwhelmed by some desperate need in your family or in your church or in your city that that need consumes virtually all the time. I’m not presenting any idealized picture of this happening without exception every day. Just usually.
How To Get Children Interested In Reading Scripture
Pastor and author David Murray asked that same question several years back – and he did something about it. Murray authored “Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids (Crossway),” in which he presents a simplified way to read the Bible with a plan tailored just for children.
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Church Plants Need Shepherds, Not Entrepreneurs
When I was first assessed as a church planter, people often asked if I thought of myself as an entrepreneurial type. I believe it was a fair question.
It was fair in part because of my background. Imagine the question asked with eyebrows raised: You think you’re an entrepreneur? At that point I’d never started anything in my life besides a long sequence of degree programs. My full-time work had been as a small cog in a large university wheel that didn’t need me to keep rolling.
Like most grad students, I was all too happy to keep reading and writing and teaching in the narrow lane of my chosen field, talking only to the few people already interested or the slightly larger crowd assigned to pay attention. Whatever a typical church planter may be, I didn’t fit the mold.
But that common question made sense, given my background, because of a common assumption that lies just beneath its surface. I believe we often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts.
Is that a fair assumption? Should church planters be entrepreneurs?
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Of course, the answer to that question depends on what we mean by “entrepreneur.
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Top 10 Misquoted Lines from C.S. Lewis
Part of “doing the right thing” should be checking sources of quotations. For this particular expression, there are several similar sayings, but nothing in Lewis. “Do the right thing when no one is looking.” is part of the title of a blog post from 2015 from Vickie Milazzo, who is the president of an organization that does legal nurse consulting. In a 2003 book from Charles Marshall entitled Shattering the Glass Slipper , you find two statements where no credit is given to another author: “Integrity is doing the right thing when you don’t have to—when no one else is looking or will ever know—when there will be no congratulations or recognition for having done so.” Then a little later he succinctly writes, “Integrity is doing the right thing no matter what it costs you.” Seven years earlier a speech was given by J. C. Watts at the 1996 Republican National Convention. A transcript of it reports he said, “I’ve got a pretty simple definition of character. It’s simply doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.
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Ethics lawyer: Conyers summoned me to his office while wearing underwear
A high-profile ethics lawyer based in Washington, D.C., says Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersReport: Conyers settled wrongful dismissal complaint over 'sexual advances' Gun reformers search for the next bump stock Overnight Regulation: Senate tax bill to include ObamaCare mandate repeal | Sessions sidesteps questions on WH influence on AT&T merger | Dems seek more transparency on student borrower rule MORE Jr. summoned her to his office where the Michigan Democrat was in his underwear during her time as minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee.
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Today, POTUS argued that the prosecutor who convicted the killers of 4 little girls in a Birmingham church is "soft on crime" as a reason to vote for a child molester.
Your move, Evangelicals.
Quantum Gravity and the Beginning of the Universe
General relativity is one of the most tested and confirmed scientific theories and requires that there be an absolute beginning to all space, matter, time, and energy. We have an excellent understanding of what has happened since the Big Bang – except for the first tiny fraction of a second. In this first miniscule amount of time, it is believed that all the fundamental forces are unified into one grand force. The problem is that we haven’t been able to figure out how this happens with gravity. We can unify electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces using quantum mechanics, but we can’t get gravity and quantum mechanics to mesh. We also don’t expect to be able to get observations to help us do this because the energy required to simulate this era of the universe is way too high for any current or foreseeable particle accelerator to study. At this point, there is no possibility of direct observational verification of the quantum gravity era. Does this fact that we haven’t figured out what happened in the first 10 -43 seconds of the universe
Are Conflicting Beliefs Tied to the Brain?
The first implication relates to the understanding of a person: a person is not a brain, and it is, therefore, a category mistake to ascribe psychological powers (for example, perceiving, thinking, reasoning, believing, judgment, understanding, and remembering) to a brain. 8 Scripture teaches that it is persons “who suppress the truth” of what is evident to them about the attributes of the Creator, and it is persons, not brains, who do not “like to retain God in their knowledge” ( Romans 1:18–20, 28 ). From that follows two logical truths. On the one hand, a person who has been informed about something can say that he did not believe what he was told, but he can never say he did not know. And on the other hand, knowing something logically excludes the possibility of being ignorant, and that implies that no person will ever be able to blame his brain for his unbelief. We can, therefore, understand that people are held responsible for their beliefs and, by implication, why they are answerable for them. By contrast, a brain network or structure or system is neither answerable nor responsible for anything at all; it cannot be praised or blamed for its beliefs for it does not have any.
How to Pray for Your Love Life (When You Don’t Have One)
So what steps are you taking to pray through your struggles and overcome them? How often are you inviting God into those dark places of your life and heart and accepting His healing in your life? What areas from your past still have a grip on you? How are you praying through your insecurities and allowing God’s identity to shape and transform you? You need to be praying for love, but sometimes the best way to do that starts from the inside-out.
Today’s Church Needs the ‘Timeless Spirit’ of Pietism
First emerging as a reform movement within the Lutheran Church of the late 1600s, Pietism quickly spread to other churches, eventually influencing the Puritan, Baptist, Methodist, and Brethren traditions. Despite its reach, Pietism doesn’t leave a clear structural trail. “Suspicious of faith becoming too institutional or too intellectual,” Gehrz and Pattie explain, “Pietists did not generate the denominational structures or doctrinal documents that would have set up their movement for long-term survival.” Describing Pietism as yeast, they see it as a “timeless spirit” or “ethos” that brings out the potential of various traditions while leaving behind little trace of itself.
Why Your Children Do NOT Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions
This weekend, a blog was released titled “ Why Your Children do NOT Need Apologetics .” In it, apologetics was characterized as a fear-based recitation of doctrines which “denies the realities of human experience.” I suspect that it was written in response to the blog and podcast that Rebekah and I did the last week critiquing their Easter article. The article we critiqued was written by a children’s pastor, and it discouraged teaching children about the literal death and resurrection of Jesus, or the concept of original sin. (You can see our podcast response with extensive summary notes here .) We definitely didn’t mince words in the podcast, but neither did we throw any punches.
Ten Years Ago Today
Ten years ago, one life changed, one life began, yet God remained the same — sovereign, loving, and directing the steps of a father and child. This Thanksgiving isn’t just a time for gratitude, it’s a time of remembrance. I remember the men who were on those helicopters and never came back. I remember the man I was. I remember my lack of faith. Then I’ll look across the table and see my daughter’s face, and I’ll remember that the Lord is good, and his mercy endures forever.
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Colleges Care About Diversity, Except When They Don't
The bottom-line question for black parents and black people in general is: Which is better, a black student’s being admitted to an elite college and winding up in the bottom of his class or flunking out or being admitted to a less prestigious college and performing just as well as his white peers and graduating? I would opt for the latter.
The True Story of Thanksgiving
But for the Christian, the deepest roots of our thanksgiving go back to the Old World, way back before the Pilgrims, to a story as old as creation, with a two-millennia-old climax. It’s a story that keeps going right on into the present and gives meaning to our little lives, even when we’re a half a globe removed from history’s ground zero at a place called Golgotha.
Who Has the Burden of Proof When Discussing God?
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
'The Good Place' Has Been Renewed for Season 3
The story follows a group of friends through the afterlife, but to say almost anything else would be to spoil any number of delightful twists and surprises the show has unleashed over its first two seasons. If you’re not watching it, you should be. And if you are watching it, you know what good news the season three announcement is.
MUSLIM LIVES MATTER
Muslim lives matter, and the most important thing you can do to protect Muslim lives is to expose Muhammad and the Qur'an. On November 21, 2017, a terrorist killed more than 50 worshipers in a mosque in Mubi, Nigeria. Since Muslim-on-Muslim violence goes all the way back to the first generation of Muslims, it's time to protect Muslims by refuting Muhammad's teachings. PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net
Book Signing with Eric Metaxas
Eric Metaxas is an author, speaker and radio show host whose works have been featured in The Wall Street Journal , The New York Times and The New Yorker . His books are distributed around the world, as they have been translated into more than 25 languages. Metaxas has been a commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC, and hosts a national syndicated radio show called The Eric Metaxas Show . He is also a senior fellow and lecturer at the King’s College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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