The Horrible Familiarity of Stranger Things | Think Christian
There is a need in Stranger Things season two to be saved, somehow, by something bigger than ourselves.
Uh, So Scientists Just Found a Weird, Hidden Structure in the Pyramids
Well, this is weird. Scientists in Egypt recently used a high-tech scanning technology to get an idea of what’s inside The Great Pyramid of Giza and found something unexpected: A previously hidden chamber deep inside the structure. The president of the nonprofit Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute—the group that led the project—told The Los Angeles Times, “What we are sure about is that this big void is there. But we need to understand better.” The construction of the pyramids has long fascinated historians, who still don’t fully understand what’s inside of the massive structures. This video gives a closer look at
Watch These Kids Lose It Over Jimmy Kimmel's Annual Halloween Prank
For the seventh year now, Jimmy Kimmel Live! has invited parents across the U.S. to send in videos of themselves telling their kids that they ate all of their Halloween candy.These kids are not having it. Check out the full video.
Case-Making 101: Is the Bible written by eyewitnesses of the events?
Eyewitness Accounts: Many people think the Bible is just like other “holy books” telling mythological stories or giving philosophical advice. Not true! Upon close examination one will find that the Bible with its 66 different books is written by at least 40 authors who were either eyewitnesses of the accounts or who record eyewitness testimony. These authors came and went over a period of about 1500 years yet they are so cohesive in their subject matter and theme to the point that the 66 books flow as one. In addition the Bible’s content and preservation is unmatched in ancient literature.
Seek Out Strangers This Sunday
When Christ’s body extends Christ’s love to strangers, it is a gospel miracle, a small but real reflection of Jesus’s own welcome to us: “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7). Our hearts can rejoice to follow such commands when we view our gatherings as an opportunity to serve others rather than be served. This Sunday, be the hands of Jesus by reaching out and welcoming others. Pray and ask God for eyes to see whom you might welcome at church, whom you might linger with in conversation, and whom you might invite over to your home for a meal.
Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers
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.
Hungry and Hungover: How Our Emptiness Tells the Truth
And once you start down that way, once you really start investigating, the most probable explanation is that you were made for another world — a world won for you by a God who came down from heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, who was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, who suffered and was buried, who rose again in accordance with the Scriptures, who ascended to heaven and is coming again to judge the living and the dead, and whose kingdom will never end.
The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage
Just 70 years ago, social mobility and protection from poverty were largely a factor of employment. Those who had full-time work of any kind were seldom poor. Fifty years ago, education marked the gulf separating the haves from the have-nots . For the last 20 years or more, though, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors and their children rise above, remain, or descend into poverty. The research is astounding.
Worldview and Apologetics in the News
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Spiritual Warfare and Pastoral Ministry: ‘We’re going into battle’
We’ve been raised in a system of scientific approach to life: If you can’t see it, taste it, and test it it doesn’t exist. So naturalism, I think, hinders us, and it also aids demonic activity because I don’t think it’s any less real. It’s just under the cover of darkness in a way that’s less evident in third world countries that are more animistic. They’re more open to the reality of demons. They see demonic manifestations on a regular basis in many places. They’re much more involved in witchcraft, the occult, astrology. And we reject those things.
An Open Letter to Dan Brown
Before getting into the heart of this letter, as a non-fiction author myself, I am amazed at your gift for writing fiction. It's incredible to see how you get the reader involved, how you hold the reader's interest, how you paint such detailed word pictures, how you build to such intense, page-turning climaxes. And, as one who appreciates careful research, I love the work you put into your books. As you once explained, your publisher wants good books, not fast books.
Martin Luther King's Link to Martin Luther's 95 Theses
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Luther’s story is that it need never have happened. Martin Luther was not a man born — or later inclined — to tilt at papal windmills. In fact, until about 1520 he was as vigorous a champion of the church as anyone who had ever lived. He desired desperately to help Rome elude the fate it ended up experiencing. In fact, in a case of extreme irony — so much so that one might think of Oedipus — he became the very man who brought about everything he had hoped to avoid. As his story illustrates, it was a sublime and ridiculous decoction of forces that created the perfect storm that burst over the European continent, creating what we now call the Reformation and the future. We can only wonder what might have been avoided had the distracted Pope Leo been sensitive to his role in history and taken the German monk’s earnest suggestions to heart. It was Rome’s mystifying inflexibility that drove Luther to bolder and bolder public positions, eventually putting him beyond rapprochement and setting him along a path that will forever be debated either as heretical and ignominious or as orthodox and glorious.
Can A Witness Be Trusted If He Can't Be Cross-Examined? | Cold Case Christianity
If, in the year 2070, Bugliosi applied the same high standard he requires of the gospel accounts to the records of his own famous trial, he would be hard-pressed to trust the truth of his own personal history. If we are prepared to reject any claim about the past for which we don’t have a living “cross-examinable” eyewitness, we had better be ready to jettison all of history, including all the history surrounding the Manson case. The criminal standard here is excessively high. While it might aggressively protect the rights of a defendant, it would unnecessarily disqualify accurate accounts from the past. We simply must do our best to establish the reliability of historical eyewitness accounts, without rejecting them out of hand once the original eyewitnesses are no longer available to us. There is much we can learn about eyewitness reliability from the courtroom (I’ve tried to discuss this process in my book ). If we can establish the reliability of the gospel writers, we can trust what they have to say about Jesus, even though they are no longer available for cross-examination.
What If Tomorrow Is Even Harder Than Today?
These promises are ours because we have a Savior who conquered sin and death and evil. When Jesus, the True Israelite, felt the duress of forty days in the wilderness — alone, with no food, and assaulted by the tempter — his faith in his Father’s provision never wavered. Satan mocked him, targeting what he thought could be Jesus’s breaking point, saying, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). But in that moment, Jesus told the devil, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). Where Adam failed, the Second Adam did not.
Why Sexual Metaphors of Jesus and His Bride Embarrass Us
A podcast listener named Hannah writes in to ask this: “Pastor John, I often hear people and pastors say that sex between husband and wife is a picture of the love between Christ and his church. When this comparison is given, I almost always see people or the pastor speaking blush as well as the audience as if it is an awkward and unexpected comparison. I believe this picture of sex and Christ with his church to be true, but I am one of many who has a hard time wrapping my mind around it and would have a hard time describing it to someone else. I have two questions regarding this. (1) How is sex between a husband and wife a practical example of Christ and his church? (2) Why is this truth something many are so uncomfortable with?”
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Battling the Unbelief of Misplaced Shame
Paul makes very clear here that the battle against misplaced shame is a battle against unbelief. “I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed and I am sure of his keeping power.” We fight against feelings of shame in Christ and the gospel and the Christian ethic by battling unbelief in the promises of God. Do we believe that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation? Do we believe that Christ’s power is made perfect in our weakness? The battle against misplaced shame is the battle against unbelief in the promises of God.
The Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature
Dr. Balajied Nongrum holds a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science from the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad. Having completed his MA in Philosophy & Religion, he went on to pursue a master’s degree in Science and Religion from Biola University, US. As a Speaker and Trainer with RZIM Life Focus Society, Balajied has spoken widely and addressed subjects such as ethics, philosophy, culture, science, and religion. When sharing the love of Christ in schools, colleges, universities, and on the radio, his efforts have always been undergirded by apologetics. Some of his passions are defending his faith and talking on the uniqueness of Christ. He has had the privilege on special occasions to speak at the All India Medical Institute of Sciences (AIIMS), National Institute of Technology (NIT), North Eastern Hills University (NEHU), North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST), and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). His talks “Battle of Origins: Creation or Evolution,” “In Pursuit of Justice,” and “The Matrix of Life” continue to motivate his listeners.
Actor Harry Dreyfuss: When I Was 18, Kevin Spacey Groped Me
As the allegations against Harvey Weinstein came rolling in, and so many women I know posted their stories of sexual abuse during the #MeToo campaign, I came to see how important it is to add my voice to the people who are demanding a better world. A world in which powerful men are no longer allowed to feel safe to do this, or far worse. In retrospect, what disgusts me about Kevin was how safe he did feel. He knew he could fondle me in a room with my father and that I wouldn’t say a word. He knew I wouldn’t have had the guts. And I didn’t.
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A Life Without God Is A Life Of Fantasy
There’s a popular secular claim that most of us are aware of and that is the claim that religion is a crutch. Religion, secularists say, is something that the weak minded use to make sense out of life. That those who follow a religion are too lazy or self-delusioned to ask the hard questions of life. They assert the claim that theists are people of a much lower IQ and are simply not educated on the sciences of life. That due to this lack of intellect, theists just use God to fill in the blank as it pertains to explaining the world around them. Somehow, the idea of God seems to make theists comfortable and that the promise of some sort of afterlife provides an even greater security. Those who peddle the claim that religion is a crutch believe that if you disassociate yourself from religion, you remove your crutch in life. With the crutch removed, you are then free to live in what the secularists might call reality . This reality is a place where God is not needed. It is a place where science, no matter how deficient, explains everything or has the possibility of explaining everything.
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Christianity is a crutch...you may need it someday
In a recent USA Today OpEd , Harvard epidemiologist, Tyler VanderWeele, presented the growing body of evidence that religious participation is – quite literally – good for you. Multiple studies have shown that regular church attendance is beneficial for one’s mental and physical health. In the colorful language of the article, religion is a “miracle drug.”
Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?
Evolution supposedly progresses by the death of the less fit and the reproduction of the most fit. So, if this the case, why should we help the old, sick, infirm, and disabled? Shouldn’t they be eliminated as less fit? After all, in the world of evolution the strong survive, and tough for you if you’re born weak or less fit. According to an evolutionist’s own worldview, how can death, disease, suffering, cancer, and disabilities really be “bad”? In nature, the weak and ill die off and the strong survive, passing on their good genes to the next generation—this is how evolution supposedly progresses. Death and weakness from disease and mutations is a must for “bad” genes to die out. So by what standard do evolutionists call these things bad? Certainly not by their own standard! To claim a standard for good and bad, they have to borrow from a different worldview—the biblical one—to define what good and bad even are.
The Moral Truths of ‘Suburbicon’
While a series of atrocities unfolds within their home, the Lodge family draws no neighborly attention. For the Mayers, however, their quiet family life (truly—they have almost no dialogue) is increasingly scrutinized and surveilled on the basis of their racial difference alone. White residents keep a paranoid vigil outside the Mayers’ home on the family’s first night in Suburbicon. By the film’s end, fences ostensibly built to keep these black neighbors out of view become the last line of defense for the African American family. When a riot breaks out, the fence becomes a dam holding back violent white rage—an outpouring of the interior lives of fear-driven residents who’ve lost their mooring to reality.
Rapid Response: 'The Gospels Have Been Altered'
In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone made the following claim: “I can’t believe what the Gospels say because they were altered over the years.” How would you respond to such an objection? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:
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Do I Have to Agree With My Pastors?
This is an extreme example, but I believe you don’t have to agree with your pastors on everything. I believe, as long as your pastor adheres to the foundations of what it means to be a pastor and if you sense God has directed you to a particular church, you can feel peace about going there. (If you’re unclear about the foundations of being a pastor, Titus 1:5-9 has a good list for you. You could easily summarize it like this, though: Your pastor should love God, earnestly search Scriptures and display the Fruit of the Spirit in their lives.)
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ANTHEM: Strategies for Fighting Lust
These are six tested and proven strategies for fighting lust. I have in mind men and women. For men it’s obvious. The need for warfare against the bombardment of visual temptation to fixate on sexual images is urgent. For women it is less obvious, but just as great if we broaden the scope of temptation to food or figure or relational fantasies. When I say “lust” I mean the realm of thought, imagination, and desire that leads to sexual misconduct. So here is one set of strategies in the war against wrong desires. I put it in the form of an acronym, A N T H E M.
Zakir Naik Shocked Christians When He Said This!
Dr. Zakir Naik has been preaching for years, but Christians NEVER thought he would go this far! One of Zakir Naik's favorite topics is "Muhammad in the Bible." Dr. Naik claims that when Jesus spoke about the Comforter in John 14:16 , he was referring to Muhammad. But there's a problem for Dr. Naik here. Jesus said, in John 16:7, that if he goes away, he will send the Comforter. So Jesus is the one who sends the Comforter. Since Muslims believe that Allah sent Muhammad, this would make Jesus Allah! See how Zakir Naik proves that Jesus is God in this new video by David Wood! 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
Q & A with Dr. Craig: Fine Tuning and Different Laws of Nature
Q: Hi Dr. Craig, I have been watching your excursus on natural theology and am up to the part about teleology. You mention an objection to the argument, that we could have other natural laws and it could be more probable than not, with other sets of laws, that life permitting universes do exist just by chance. You say we just don't know the answer here.
KIC 8462852: One Strange Little Star
In addition to finding transiting exoplanets, Kepler found many previously unknown variable stars. As their name suggests, variable stars are stars that vary in brightness. Some variable stars change brightness over a wide range, while others have very subtle light changes. Though many variable stars have regular periods of variation, some are irregular. The periods can be short or long. There are several ways that a star can vary. Some variable stars pulsate—they get larger and smaller, and their temperatures change throughout their cycles. The brightness of a star depends upon its size and temperature, so the brightness of a pulsating star changes over its period. Some stars vary because of many dark spots on their surfaces. These star spots probably are similar to sunspots, except that they are far larger and more numerous than spots on the sun, allowing their presence to noticeably change their overall brightness. The number of spots on stars can change, leading to variability. Additionally, as stars rotate, the amount of spot coverage that we see changes, leading to variability.
Current Pro-Life Issues Christians Need to Remember
When you practice empathy and compassion with someone, there is not less of theses qualities to go around. There’s more. Love is the last thing we need to ration in this world. The refugee in Syria doesn’t benefit more if you conserve your kindness only for her and withhold it from your neighbor who’s getting through a divorce. Yes, perspective is critical. But I’m a firm believer that complaining is OK as long as we piss and moan with a little perspective. Hurt is hurt, and every time we honor our own struggle and the struggles of others by responding with empathy and compassion, the healing that results affects all of us.
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Pastor, don’t forget to guard your church
When Paul speaks to the Ephesian elders at Miletus in Acts 20, his words show that he carries this same sense of responsibility before the Lord to convey God’s word to perishing souls. He tells them that he is “innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” In watchman-like fashion, Paul recognized that all men everywhere need to repent, so all need to hear the whole counsel of God. Therefore, he preached this message whenever and wherever he could. Because of this, he was not responsible for what people did with the Gospel once they heard it, but he was responsible to get it to them.
Is Recreational Marijuana Use a Sin?
Last November, citizens of Colorado voted on Amendment 64 , an amendment to their state's constitution that would allow the “personal use and regulation of marijuana” for adults 21 and over, as well as commercial cultivation, manufacture, and sale, effectively regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. The first stores selling marijuana for recreational use officially opened on January 1, 2014.
While the new legislation applies only to Colorado (Washington state passed a similar measure, though marijuana is still illegal in all other states and at the federal level), Americans across the nation are beginning to examine questions related to the use of marijuana. For Christians, one of the most pertinent questions is whether the recreational use of marijuana is sinful.
Although many Christians consider the answer to the question to be rather straightforward, it can be helpful to examine the reasoning process that allows us to determine how biblical principles can be applied to this issue.
What does the Bible say about marijuana?
Like abortion, nuclear weapons, and many other modern controversies, the Bible does not specifically mention marijuana.
How America Became Conversion Nation
Mullen’s new book, The Chance of Salvation , is a history of conversion in 19th-century America. Relying on numerous conversion stories, literature promoting conversion, and polemics against conversion, Mullen has crafted a religious synthesis akin to Sidney Mead’s The Lively Experiment (1963) or Sydney Ahlstrom’s Religious History of the American People (1972). As a work of synthesis, the book is less concerned with the specific nuances of each religious tradition and more concerned with what all the traditions held in common. And one essential commonality, according to Mullen, was conversion. The fact that there was such “variety of conversions” in the United States actually helped create a shared understanding of religion—that religion is something you choose, as opposed to something you inherit. This freedom to choose, however, implied an obligation. The book speaks of “obligatory religious choice” or the “burden to choose.” As Mullen states it: “…in the United States, people not only may pick their religion, they must .
Teaching My Children the Sanctity of Life
What we often miss, though, is that the sanctity of human life isn't just about valuing people at the beginning and end of their lives, but also every day in between. For example, how do we typically honor the sanctity of human life in our everyday dealings with those around us? Does it even factor in to how we think about and treat others? C.S. Lewis reminds us that it should in his essay "The Weight of Glory":
Evidently Arguments are not Evidence...He Argues
I’ve noticed many atheists use circular reasoning when they explain why they believe what they do. They go from no evidence, to no faith, to no evidence again. I’ve spoken to many atheists in person and online, and this is how it goes:
11 Insane Pieces of Jesus-Themed Home Decor You Can Buy on Amazon
We’ve spent hours browsing the depths of Amazon’s offerings to identify the most tasteful and unique Jesus/religious-themed items that every home needs.
Free eBook: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
Desiring God has a wealth of resources on their website. One I would like to highlight is an eBook by Tony Reinke ( @tonyreinke ) titled ...
The Martyr’s Oath, an Interview with Johnnie Moore on the Persecuted Church
I do not believe you can fully experience the Christian life unless you are being persecuted or are close to those who are. So much of the New Testament is written to the persecuted or about the persecuted, and Jesus was himself killed for his teaching. I believe that so many of us miss so much of faith that can only be found through the persecuted church. There are hidden lessons only available to those who suffer or those walking with those who are suffering.
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5 Dating Questions for Single Women
A man might look at you as more than just a baby machine, but does he love children? Does he consider children a blessing, as Scripture says (Ps. 127:3-5)? Does he want to be a good dad (Eph. 6:4)? The only way a man can be a good father is by being unselfish. If he is into his buddies, his hobbies, his activities, and the like, he will be a terrible father. Why? Because once a man decides to walk with Jesus as a faithful church member, to love his wife as Christ loves the church, to raise his kids as pastor-dad, and to work his job wholeheartedly unto the Lord, he will have little time for much of anything else. Yet he will be happy if the deepest desires of his heart are the things that are taking his time and energy. If you want to be a mom who stays home with the children for example, then you must have a man who will be a great daddy and longs for that role. Further, since your daughters will marry men like their daddy, and your sons will grow up to be men like their daddy, make sure to marry a man whom you want imitated for generations.