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Plunder Pirates launch trailer! #PLUNDERED
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Why the Historicity of Jesus Matters | Cold Case Christianity
Some believe Jesus falls in the latter category. Earlier this year, a story broke in Memphis, Tennessee when a teacher rejected Jesus as a reasonable source of wisdom and comfort. 10 year old Erin Shead was attending Lucy Elementary in Memphis. Her teacher assigned a simple project: write about someone you idolize. Erin chose God. “I look up to God,” she wrote. “I love him and Jesus, and Jesus is His earthly son. I also love Jesus.” Erin’s teacher objected to her choice and told her Jesus could not be the subject of her short project. She told Erin to start over again, and allowed her to pick Michael Jackson as the subject of her report. Erin’s mom brought the case before the School Board . The Board eventually agreed with the Shead’s and permitted Erin to write about Jesus. Why would anyone consider Michael Jackson but reject Jesus as a credible source of wisdom and admiration? While it is most likely due to a growing bias against theism in general, it may also be due to disbelief in Jesus as a true person from history.
From a 2011 Paper on Bacterial Flagella, Little Comfort for Darwinists
It seems to me the bigger story is the finding of a strongly conserved core occasionally tricked out with a few decorations. The authors mildly hint that there are renegades out there who would use the flagellum for nefarious purposes ("...the occasional misrepresentation of the motor as an invariant, ideal machine"), which probably leads them to emphasize the novelty. But this study should offer little comfort to Darwinists.
A Gecko-Inspired Invention Lets Humans Scale Walls Like Spider-Man
View gallery. E. Hawkes et al. Everyone's wished they had a superhuman ability at some point in their lives. And on the super power scale, the ability to scale glass walls like Spider-Man is right up there at the top — and it's already possible, as shown by a new invention described in a recently published study in the journal Interface .
Thanksgiving Part III
Here the amazing history surrounding Abraham Lincoln and Thanksgiving.
Challenge: Worshipping Gods Is Futile - Stand to Reason Blog
I wonder who is the arguer’s audience? If this is an atheist addressing other atheists, then of course they will all agree that worship is futile, as they are already in agreement that there is no god. But if this argument is meant to be addressed to Christians (or any other theists), then of course they will be found to be begging foundational questions, and thus a conversation beginning with this claim, if ruled by logic and reason, must step back to the question of the existence and nature of the god or gods being worshipped. As usual I suspect that the intent of the arguer is not to make a cohesive argument or defense of his beliefs, but rather to grieve those who acknowledge that which is repugnant to them.
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Who is the Antichrist? For centuries Christians have speculated about the identity of Antichrist. Likely candidates have included princes and popes of the past as well as potentates and presidents in the present. Rather than joining the sensationalistic game of pin–the–tail–on–the–Antichrist, Christians need only go to Scripture to find the answer. First, the apostle John […]
Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’
If your go-to image of a student is someone who’s free-spirited and open-minded, who loves having a pop at orthodoxies, then you urgently need to update your mind’s picture bank. Students are now pretty much the opposite of that. It’s hard to think of any other section of society that has undergone as epic a transformation as students have. From freewheelin’ to ban-happy, from askers of awkward questions to suppressors of offensive speech, in the space of a generation. My showdown with the debate-banning Stepfords at Oxford and the pre-crime promoters at Cambridge echoed other recent run-ins I’ve had with the intolerant students of the 21st century. I’ve been jeered at by students at the University of Cork for criticising gay marriage; cornered and branded a ‘denier’ by students at University College London for suggesting industrial development in Africa should take precedence over combating climate change; lambasted by students at Cambridge (again) for saying it’s bad to boycott Israeli goods. In each case, it wasn’t the fact the students disagreed with me that I found alarming — disagreement is great! — it was that they were so plainly shocked that I could have uttered such things, that I had failed to conform to what they assume to be right, that I had sought to contaminate their campuses and their fragile grey matter with offensive ideas.
Look at the Book
Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself.
His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Report: African-American Witnesses Support Wilson’s Claims But Are Afraid To Come Forward
The Washington Post also reported on Wednesday that its source claims that the level of THC, the intoxicating agent in marijuana, found in Brown’s body during the official autopsy was high enough to trigger hallucinations. Other forensic evidence such as shell casings and ballistics tests support Wilson’s general claims about what happened between him and Brown, the Post’s sources claim. Blood spatter analysis also indicated that Brown was moving towards Wilson at the time he was shot, according to the sources. Wilson has reportedly told investigators that he shot Brown as the teenager was running towards him. The Post’s sources said it is unclear from the blood spatter analysis how fast Brown may have been moving.
Grace to You
God has not hesitated to set aside His laws for the sake of mercy toward sinners. Otherwise none of them would be saved or even born, because He would have destroyed them right after they sinned. God’s plan was not to condemn all sinners but to save from its penalty those who believe in His Son. And if a righteous and just God displays that kind of love and mercy, how much more ought His children reflect the same quality of mercy?
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon.
Spurgeon’s Three R’s: A Useful Method for Evangelism
Ruin (Gen. 3:14-15). This is what man has done. “How did man get in this miserable condition?” Spurgeon asks. R. C. Sproul frames it another way, and his question is one I hear often in gospel conversations: “Saved from what?” In our post-postmodern culture, we must begin here with creation and the fall. Biblical illiteracy appears to be spreading, thus many have never considered that there is something desperately wrong in our world. Beginning here establishes the problem into which God has launched his rescue mission: Man has rebelled against his maker, broken his law, and now lives under a curse that will one day incur the white-hot, unmediated wrath of God. But in the second half of verse 15, we hear the faint promise of God’s solution, one that will grow louder as history advances and as the redemption story of the Bible unfolds. The seed of the woman will crush the head of the seed of the serpent. The serpent will bruise the heel of the woman’s offspring, but this promised one will deal the death blow to the snake, killing him as one must a serpent: a smashed head.
The Cross and the Molotov Cocktail
You’re right in saying that I’m adding atonement, and that doing so goes beyond your stated point. That was, after all, the point of my comment! The problem is precisely that you didn’t say anything about the atonement. For one thing, the crucifixion was an actual event, not a set of metaphors that can be picked and chosen and applied as we deem appropriate. We have to grapple with the entire reality of the crucifixion, not just one aspect of it. For that reason you can’t speak about solidarity with out also needing to deal with atonement, at least not if you want to speak truthfully about the cross. Certainly Jesus did suffer with the oppressed, and that is a great source of strength for those who are suffering. But to ignore the fact that there are more people suffering in Ferguson than just the black community is unjust. Imagine knowing that your spouse or child was on that police force, and was having Molotov cocktails thrown at them every night. You could argue that they should protest their department and not go in to work, but pretend they went to work any way.
No indictment in Ferguson case
Ferguson burning after grand jury announcement
Schools were closed, a police command center was in place and a St. Louis County grand jury was widely expected to continue its work Monday in determining the fate of the white Ferguson police officer who
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University Reformed Church Votes (Again) to Leave the RCA and Join the PCA
The classis committee called a special congregational meeting for last night. I was given 10 minutes to present our reasons for withdrawal. The committee then spoke for 10 minutes against the motion to withdraw. Following the two brief presentations, the congregation was given about 30 minutes to ask questions of either side. We then voted by secret ballot. The results of our vote in April do not matter to the classis. Last night’s vote is the one that counts.
Even with the outcome of the current case being what it is, you’d expect, “how can I pray?” “Help me understand the emotions you are dealing with”? “Help me to understand how you are processing this?” “I want to empathize, but I’m struggling!” Understand this, all of us interpret facts in light of our social experiences. Even Van Til believed that the Christian and the non-Christian have different ultimate standards, presuppositions that color the interpretation of every fact in every area of life. Because of the experience of many minorities with racism, when there is a scenario that mirrors and reeks of injustice, there is going to be a sensitivity to how “facts” are handled.
Gratitude Is Hard to Do
If you’re like me, you tend to dwell on what you’d like to have. I’d love to own a house. I’d like to have a permanent job. A book deal, maybe? I’m always looking to the next thing, the bigger or better thing. Wishing isn’t necessarily wrong. But wishing does necessarily preclude gratitude, because by definition I can’t be grateful for something I don’t have. And if wishing is all I do, I’ll never be grateful.
On the Wrong Side of History?
The wrong-side-of-history objection “presupposes a certain view of history, an inevitability of certain social trends that are going that way no matter what we do,” Don Carson explains in a new roundtable video with Tim Keller and John Piper. “But if we look at history another way—space and time are going to unravel as the Lord of history brings all things to pass—you bet I want to be on the right side of history.” As Keller puts it, “Since Jesus Christ is coming again, the only way to be on the right side of history is to belong to him.”
#Ferguson and the Cross
“For Christ Himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in Himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death” (Eph. 2:14–16, NLT).
The Pastors.com Daily
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How pornography works: It hijacks the male brain
At the same time, any understanding of how sin works its deceitful evil is a help to us, and understanding how pornography works in the male mind is a powerful knowledge. Pornography is a sin that robs God of his glory in the gift of sex and sexuality. We have long known that sin takes hostages. We now know another dimension of how this particular sin hijacks the male brain. Knowledge, as they say, is power.
Ferguson decision deserves deference: Our view
Ferguson decision deserves deference: Our view
No indictment does not mean there should be no change in Ferguson or the nation.
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We Are Not Enough in Awe of God
I want to challenge and inspire both. A believer should say, I am not enough in awe of God. Every breath genuinely is a gift. That’s not a cliché; that’s something I need to think about because science helps us understand how real that is. The way God designed the universe is a staggering thing, and I ought to be in awe. I ought to be praising God for this more than I probably am. And the same thing with the miracle stories I tell in the book. A believer should think, wow, I don’t know if I buy every one if these, but gee whiz, look at the welter of evidence just from people that Eric knows. I need to think about this. Maybe I ought to pray that God would speak to me in this way.
10 Things Every Thanksgiving Host Should Know
No one, and I repeat, no one, should cook a Thanksgiving meal alone. Ask each guest to bring something, and invite a few people over to help set the table, prep veggies, etc. It’s always more fun together, and people like to be included in the process. Feel free to be specific about what to bring, and give people clear tasks when they ask how they can help.
Grace to You
That fictional character knew how to make the most of every opportunity. In real life, the apostle Paul is calling for you to take advantage of opportunities by “making the most of your time” (Eph. 5:16). The Greek word translated “time” isn’t the Greek word chronos , which refers to time in terms of a clock or calendar. It’s the word kairos , which means “eras,” “epochs,” or “periods.” Making the most of your time is another way of saying you are to make the most of your opportunities—opportunities that can be grasped for God, for His glory.
Why You Should Still Care about Ferguson DESPITE the Facts
We will never experience true Christian unity when one ethnicity demands of another that we keep silent about our pain and travails. The way forward is not an appeal to the facts as a first resort. Rathewr, we should attempt to get inside each others skin as best as we can to feel what they feel, and understand it. Tragedies like Ferguson are like MRIs that reveal the hurt that still lingers. The chasm that exists between ethnicities can only be traversed if we move past facts and get into feelings.
God Always Heals
Type four, the trumpet sounds and the dead are raised in the twinkling of an eye, never to perish again. Corrupted bodies become incorruptible; sickness and affliction will never again befall them. The sterile smell of the operating room corridor is no more. Octogenarians formally bound to hospital rooms are given a new life and new youth that will never be stolen by the march of time. Every deaf ear is unblocked, every damaged limb is repaired, every blind eye sees. Autism, Down syndrome, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease are swallowed up in victory. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death ( 1 Cor. 15:26 ). Nobody cries, except with joy.
Interview - A Skeptic No More
I don’t pretend to be an expert in the sense that trained and credentialed theologians and Christian apologists are, but I have pored over the evidence and arguments they’ve adduced over the years, and come to the conclusion, after beginning as a skeptic, that this it is not even a close call. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He died for my sins — and yours. Jesus’ work on the cross is finished. He conquered sin and death so that we could live. I want to do my part to share that “Good News.”
3 Conversations You WILL Have With Your Young Child - Dad Matters
It could be because they’re often hard to understand. (Diction isn’t their strong suit.) Or, maybe, it’s because they have a hard time staying focused. (First they’re talking about their new best friend and then before you know it they’re in outer space zapping unicorn-shaped aliens with paintball-blasting whoopie cushions.)
The Ferguson Evidence
Andrew S- a lot of liberals, including me, can see that this was probably justifiable homicide. However, the problem goes way beyond this one case. Many police departments see themselves basically at war with their African-Americanand other non-white residents. (I have mentioned before how years ago I was spared a pot arrest by the Berkeley police, and afterwards dicovered that the Berkeley police had a policy of “warn whites, arrest blacks” for small amounts of pot.) There was a period of a few months in the 1980s when I was driving what appeared to be a lowriders car (1962 Chrysler Imperial). I was never hassled during the day (when the officer could see I was a white woman) but at night I was pulled over several times a week- but when the officer saw that I was white, he immediately let me go. When I was teaching in a very low income public school that had no fences, we had to tell the kids they had to eat lunch inside the building. If the kids ate outside (on the school grounds, totally legal) the police would hassle them, search them for drugs, be very physically rough with them.
A few thoughts on Ferguson
Denny, maybe I am “missing almost everything” here, but I’m a bit chagrined to find that almost no prominent Christian writers commenting on this issue have addressed the sin of prejudice – and I mean that in its most literal sense of judging before you have all the facts. When this all began, too many people saw a white cop shoot a black man and, knowing nothing about the details of what happened, immediately claimed it was racially motivated – that also was a sin (how would you feel if you were that police officer?). And then again last night, before any details about the grand jury testimony had been released, you had even Christianity Today writers like Laura Turner penning pieces saying a cop got away with murder! These errors too should be confronted – it makes me wonder if talking instead about white privilege is just taking the easy way out of the truly hard discussion.
What's the Big Deal With Race?
Interestingly, Aaron and Miriam’s accusations against Moses invoked the racial identity of his wife as evidence against his calling as a prophet of God. They cited her race as a way of delegitimizing Moses’ authority. But God’s response should tell us something. He summons the three siblings together at the Tent of Meeting and speaks to them, reaffirming his unique relationship with Moses and warning Miriam and Aaron. But not only that. We’re told that “the anger of the Lord was kindled against them” (Numbers 12:9). When God’s presence is removed from them, Miriam discovers she has been afflicted with leprosy and his skin is now “like snow.” We shouldn’t miss the irony here. Miriam, who had indicted her sister-in-law for her blackness is now judged. And her judgment takes expression in her whiteness. As John Piper has pointed out, it’s almost as if God says, “Oh, you think your skin color makes you superior? You think white is better? I’ll make you so white your skin will literally rot.”
A Girl Abandoned at Birth for Her Disabilities Was Saved by a Group of Selfless Strangers
Her birth defects needed medical attention and her parents could not afford to have them done. But, God sent his angels down to save her from this horrific situation. These beautiful people not only saved her, but also a group of kids who needed special attention. They admitted that these beautiful children of God have made them rich with love in a way they have never felt before.
'The Rob Bell Show' Premieres on OWN Days Before Christmas; Watch Preview of 'Rock Star' Pastor's New Self-Help Program
As The Christian Post previously reported, the former Mars Hill Bible Church founder and pastor had been working on developing a television show in 2011 called "Stronger," along with "Lost" producer Carlton Cuse. The intended network, ABC, never aired the program. The pair reportedly then pursued a faith-oriented talk show described as an extension of Bell's sermons, NOOMA videos, and teaching tours mixed with spiritual issues explored by Cuse in "Lost."
The Danger of an Exaggerated End-Time Mentality
Many believers had that attitude in the '60s and '70s, and rather than recognize that a great potential harvest was here, they thought, "The whole world is going mad!" And rather than stand against the flood tide of immorality that swept through our culture, all too many believers were waiting to be taken out, leaving it to the ungodly to write their revolution into law. We have been paying the price ever since.
The Briefing 11-25-14
1) Response to Ferguson grand jury’s decision a moral test for all America
Why Not Same-Sex Marriage
At this point in the debate over same-sex marriage, those who recognize the authority of Scripture are largely convinced that same-sex marriage (SSM) is immoral. On the other hand, proponents of SSM are convinced marriage is a social convention that can be redefined to match current theories of psychology and the nature of gender. In the middle a large number have likely tired of hearing arguments about the topic and do not believe either position will make much difference in the long run. In many cases, the emotional force behind arguments for the redefinition of marriage and attacks against those who publicly question the morality of SSM lead the otherwise unconvinced to take the path of least resistance and publicly affirm SSM despite any private concerns. Some on both sides of the debate have been convinced by arguments that are untrue, illogical, or both.
3 Ways to Practice Spiritual Disciplines Every Day
In working with the disciplines, we’re simply pursuing ways to be present before God. For some, slowing down or getting adequate sleep just might be the most helpful practice to place them in a position to be attentive. Wherever we are, it’s critical we don’t try to be heroic and overdo it. Spiritual formation is a long and slow work. Therefore, setting unattainable goals as an attempt to be super-spiritual is only a set up for failure.
Debate As a Christian Duty
F or many Christians, it seems a reasonable question to ask whether it is profitable for us to engage in public debates at all. Whoever changed his mind because of some public argument? Why wrangle about words? Logomachies just make my head hurt.
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A Loving Father Creates a Beautiful Timelapse Over 14 Years – Wow!
For 14 years straight, this loving father did something heartwarming for his daughter. Frans Hofmeester filmed several different footage timelapses each year as his daughter, Lotte, was growing up.
The Gospel According to Les Mis
I used to avoid musicals. Didn’t get the point of interrupting good acting with singing. That was until I heard Les Miserables for the first time. Les Mis is all singing and so by rights, I should dislike it as well. But what songs! When Valjean sings “Sweet Jesus what have I done/become a thief in the night/Become a dog on the run?” I begin to feel the stigma of living under the French parole system where one is always guilty and will ever be a criminal. When Javert the policeman tells Valjean that “I was born inside a jail/I born with scum like you/I am from the gutter too.” I can begin to see that both men are two sides of the same coin. The story of Valjean and Javert is the story of two men and how they react to unmitigated, undeserved grace. And in that sense it really is all of us. It is Gospel in miniature.
Homeless Man's Wish to Spend Thanksgiving With a Family Comes True, Thanks to a Loving Virginia Couple
Neal gets lonely around this time of the year, when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around. It is hard for him to enjoy these days because he is homeless and doesn't have a family to spend it with. God blessed him with love in his heart and it touches everyone who listens to his story. He got responses back about homes, jobs, and people inviting him over for the holidays. But, one military couple from Virginia that reaches out to him caught his eye. They invited him over for Thanksgiving, and he accepted.