James' Recovery | A Salvation Army Story
James' life hit the lowest of low and he came to the Salvation Army in desperate need of help. Listen to his story and find out how the Salvation Army Rehabi...
The Classical Debates - Jay Smith vs. Dr. Shabir Ally
On Saturday September 27, 2014, Jay Smith and Dr. Shabir Ally debated on "Which is the Word of God? The Bible or the Qur'an?" Jay Smith is an Evangelist and ...
Vive la Difference!
Michael Kruger brings that last point home in an article over at the Gospel Coalition. Krueger cites several ancient Christian authors, who, in explaining their lifestyle to pagan rulers, wrote things like, “Christians share their meals, but not their sexual partners.”
Why seminary can never qualify anyone for ministry
A seminary is an academic institution and awards an academic degree because a student completed a prescribed course of study. Though we do everything possible to make it a spiritual pursuit and to tie it to a knowledge of Christ and a commitment to the local church, an intelligent Buddhist could fake his way through and graduate from a Baptist seminary. If a student chooses to go through the seminary and do only what is required of him academically, he may perform very well in classes and even graduate at the top of his class. Without true connection and accountability to a local body, however, that student is not qualified as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and would not be qualified to lead a church until he has been faithful in serving a church and submitting to the elders (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5). My prediction for such a student would be that he would wipe out in the real world of church life and ministry.
Fed Appeals Court Upholds Right of States to Ban Same-Sex Marriage; Supreme Court Can No Longer Ignore Issue, Says Russell Moore
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage by a 2-to-1 vote on Thursday. The ruling overturns lower-court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions unconstitutional.
Should I Interpret the Bible Literally?
The final question is: So what? As you try to interpret the Bible, how do you find out what it means for your life? Make sure in your Bible study that you find the practical principle. Read the text and find out what spiritual principle is there that applies to you. But remember that you can’t do that until you’ve gone through the other principles first—literal, historical, grammatical, and synthesis. You know what it means by what it says—now you come to how it applies to you.
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Does the Bible make a distinction between Israel and the Church? At the heart of a currently popular end–times theology is the belief that God has two distinct people—one of whom must be raptured before God can continue his plan with the other. Rather than teaching that God has two categories of people, Scripture reveals […]
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Grace to You
In John 8:31 Jesus issued an important statement to a group of people who were showing an interest in Him: "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine." Sadly, they rejected His words, proving themselves to be less than true disciples. Jesus went on to explain why: "He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God" (v. 47). They listened but didn't really hear. They were interested but not truly committed. They were hearers of the Word but not doers (James 1:22).
Planetary birth revealed in best image yet from world’s most powerful telescope
This video takes you 450 light-years away to HL Tauri in the constellation of Taurus and reveals the astonishing depth and detail that ALMA can now attain. The start of the sequence shows a wide view, including the Pleiades and Hyades naked eye star clusters. Zooming reveals detailed visible-light image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the final part shows the new ALMA image at millimeter wavelengths. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/NASA/ESA/N. Risinger)
Grace to You
“‘But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, “Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.” Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he’” (Matthew 11:9–11).
Church Membership ‘Back Home’ Is Not Enough
At the core of being a part of a church is regularly gathering together to worship God. That’s what churches are—assemblies that regularly meet together. If you have a church membership back home and are now at a college campus, you need to consider where you are going to be on Sundays. If you moved from California to go to school in Washington D.C., it’s pretty clear you won’t be flying back each Sunday for church. Hebrews 10:25 points to the necessity of regularly meeting together in the local church. In other words, your membership should be with the church you regularly attend.
Why a Lesbian Business Owner Is Standing Up for a Christian Printer’s Right to Refuse Making T-Shirts for a Gay Pride Event
As the battle rages on over whether Christian-owned businesses should be exempt from offering certain services to gay clients, a lesbian-owned T-shirt company based in New Jersey is taking a perspective that might surprise some conservative advocates.
Meet the First Republican to Throw His Hat in '16 Presidential Race
Carson, a famous pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative political star, will air an hour-long ad introducing himself to the American people this weekend, an aide to Carson confirms to ABC News. Carson said over the summer that he is “starting to think about” seeking the Republican presidential nomination, but has not made a formal announcement.
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Only the Gospel, Not Our Vocation, Can Truly Change Us
One day later, Ron stopped by my office. After some small talk and catching up a bit, Ron told me he now understood the gospel and wanted to become a Christian. I asked him if he was sure about making such an important commitment. Ron nodded. We got down on our knees, and Ron embraced Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Over the weeks and months that followed, I began to see evidence of the transforming power of the gospel in Ron’s life. Ron’s love for Christ and the fruit of the Spirit was increasingly evident. Ron’s commitment to his marriage strengthened. Though the very real day-to-day challenges of Ron’s work and workplace did not immediately change, Ron’s attitude toward his work profoundly changed. He now saw that work mattered, and he embraced his work with renewed passion and creativity. Because things were well at soul level, Ron was more focused at work. He brought a new calm and confidence to the workplace. He viewed his coworkers through the lens of common grace, affirming them and truly seeking their success and betterment. The gospel not only made Ron a more integral person, it also made him a better employee.
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord
Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
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Evangelical Christians often sing and preach about the blessed blood of Christ and the wonderful things it accomplishes for believers. To the uninformed ear, such language can convey the idea that Jesus’ blood had semi-magical qualities. Actually, Jesus’ blood was normal human blood, but the Bible refers to it in metaphorical terms to portray the many benefits that come to Christians because of Jesus’ death.
For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court
The decision deems it “dangerous and demeaning to the citizenry” if judges feel they are the only ones capably of fairly understanding same-sex marriage. Sutton goes on to say his “hands are tied” by a 1972 one-sentence Supreme Court ruling which “upheld the right of the people of a state to define marriage as they see it.”
Because the earth appears to be on a hopeless trajectory, NASA is actively and secretly developing an escape plan for humanity, but first they must find a livable planet. Thankfully a Dylan Thomas-quoting physicist, Professor Brand (Michael Caine), has discovered a mysterious wormhole near Saturn which provides a shortcut to unexplored galaxies and, potentially, habitable planets. Early expeditions through the wormhole (aptly titled the “Lazarus” missions) have not returned and no one knows what they may have discovered. A new mission is necessary, and the survival of the human race depends on it.
How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God
In order to answer this objection, we have to examine the nature of the unmoved mover a bit more carefully. That which is truly the uncaused or unmoved source of energy must be fully actualized ( actus purus in Aquinas’s pithy Latin), which means that it is not capable of further realization. But energy or matter is that which is capable of undergoing practically infinite change. Energy or matter is endlessly malleable and hence about as far from actus purus as can be imagined. A rather simple thought experiment shows that such primal physical elements cannot be the unmoved mover. Neither matter nor energy exists as such but always in a particular form or configuration. In regard to either, one could always ask, what color is it, at what velocity does it move, under what conditions does it exist? A given piece of matter is one color, but it could be any other color; energy is at one quantum level, but it could be at any other. Therefore, we are compelled to inquire about the cause that made it to exist this way rather than that. We can appeal, of course, to some other material cause, but then we are compelled to ask the same question about that cause, and having recourse indefinitely to similarly material movers won’t get us anywhere closer to an ultimate explanation.
6 Great Reasons To Study Doctrine
Fourth, doctrine leads to unity. I once attended a church where I heard a pastor use that old phrase, “Doctrine divides.” He told the church that the path to unity was to hold a very low and basic level of doctrine, because he was convinced that knowledge would breed arrogance and division. But he was dead wrong and that church splintered because of lack of unity—a lack of unity that flowed directly from a lack of sound doctrine. Churches are bound together by the beliefs they share. Of course there will be certain minor variances in a church on lesser matters, but the greater the shared beliefs on the essentials, and the greater the emphasis on the essentials, the greater the degree of unity. In Ephesians 4 Paul talks about the way God gives leaders to churches and says they are given, “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Pregnant Woman Hit By Tow Truck, Wakes From Coma to Give Birth; Unemployed Couple Says 'God Bless' to Donors
A Florida man is celebrating after his pregnant wife woke up from her two-week coma to give birth to their baby girl.
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Not Sentiment, Prejudice, or Tradition: Exploring the Nature of Marriage
Lee and George also argue that it is important not to confuse the marital norm of conjugality with the good to which the conjugal act is ordered, procreation. As they note, several judges in some high-profile marriage cases, have interpreted the arguments for male-female marriage as requiring procreation. But clearly no opposite-sex couple has ever been forbidden by any state to marry if their union cannot produce children or they are unwilling to have children. So, the judges reason, how can one deny same-sex couples legal marriage if they are just as incapable of procreating as some opposite-sex couples? The answer, Lee and George maintain, is simple: conjugal union is not an instrumental good, but an intrinsic good whose perfection is the begetting and raising of children. If the perfection is never actualized, for reasons of age, choice, or sterility, the nature of the act is not changed, just as the nature of the comatose man is not changed simply because the perfection of his rational powers cannot be actualized.
Searcher of Our Hearts
From a human, timed perspective, God fully knows the past, present, and future. Thus, third, he fully knows the past, which is as vivid to him as the present. Accordingly, God’s “forgetfulness” of our past sins refers to his commitment not to count them against us (Heb. 10:17). Fourth, he fully knows the present, from its loftiest realities (the number of the stars in the universe; Psa. 147:4) to its smallest details (the number of the hairs on one’s head and the death of a sparrow; Matt. 10:29-30). Fifth, God fully knows the future, even the free will decisions and actions of his creatures (for example, the future home of Israel in the promised land, the birth of Isaac to old Abram and barren Sarah; Gen. 15:16; 18:10).
Our 90-Year-Old Hero Has Been Busted for Feeding the Homeless Again
The mayor's response is ridiculous. I would like to see the study the city did to ensure that the new ordinances were necessary. I bet there has been no such study. If so, why not cite it? I wonder how many people became ill because of this man's ministry. Until they provide real evidence, I have to suspect that they have no real evidence that there needed to be stricter regulations. It seems that these "concerns for health" are just excuses for the real reason for limiting how people can serve the poor. It seems the city is to trying to rid the streets from as many homeless persons as possible without really taking care of the issue. Out of sight, out of mind. I would love to be wrong, but until they start showing real evidence, instead of simply saying the new rules promote better health, I will never assume that feeding the homeless as this man does is a bad idea. I agree that, as Christians, we need to comply with the law as much as possible, but when that law limits our care for those in need, I think our calling to serve the oppressed trumps man's law.
What I Wish Someone Would Have Said When I Was Drowning in Debt
My old church had a course in debt/spending control. Also, in order to take a certain class one must be debt free, But cost of living is not portioned properly. I know cheaper labor is here in the U.S. from illegal aliens & you see Microsoft, Facebook, Walmart as well in industries want that cheap labor. I lived a high cost state which was crazy with rent, taxes & other spending. And I made back then $7.75hr. Big banks are not helpful with overdraft fee's. The federal spending is making us poorer as QE takes time to kick in but just for a smidgen amount of time then your back in a recession. At least with God we'll see His judgement on those who steal from us. http://www.artdigitalcanvas.com/
My earliest calling as a Christian was to be a preacher and a teacher of the word of God. I’ve spent my life studying the Scriptures and look forward to this new opportunity to share God’s word—in fact, to share it in a way that reflects both a serious study of its history, background, and theology, and also my desire to allow the Scriptures to shape my life.
7 Tips to Engage Skeptics Like the Apostle Paul Did in the Bible - Part 1
So today, I’m beginning a new series of posts called “7 Tips on Engaging Skeptics Like Paul Did in Athens.” In this post, we’ll kick things off with a little background, so you know what Paul was walking into. Then, we’ll just take a look at two simple lessons we can learn from his encounter in Acts 17.
“It’s hard for me to capture how thankful I am for this book. As Elyse is so skilled at doing, she has taken the doctrine of our union with Christ, which sits and collects dust on the shelves of most Christians’ theology and has little impact on their living, and displayed for us the beauty of its transformative power. When you don’t understand the essential provisions that have been made for you in your union with Christ, you sadly spend your life shopping for what is already yours in him. I will recommend and give away this book again and again and will celebrate with new enthusiasm that I have been found in him!”
—Paul David Tripp , President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
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Reality TV Has Failed
And it could all end with one simple task: Stop watching it. If you stop tuning in, ratings will drop and they'll be forced to unplug the show or find something else to do with it. No viewers = no ads/investors = no show/merchandise. I've been pretty sick of reality TV since the early Survivor seasons and have gladly not had TV signal or cable for 3 years. Just stop caring about what someone else is doing, how crappy their lives are or how rich and well they're doing or who they're dating/marrying next or how destructive or good of a person they are... Just live the life that's in front of you. Interact with the people around you. Praise and lift each other up when there is honor to bestow and leave these "stars" to devour themselves. Unless you have a word of encouragement to share with them or they are doing some praise worthy work, stop feeding their downfalls. Change the channel.
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.
Interstellar: Is the Earth Rare, or Common?
, dealing with the prospect of colonizing worlds beyond our planet, we are pleased to inaugurate a new series at ENV, and welcome a new contributor. Daniel Bakken is an engineer who teaches astronomy at the college level, and an entrepreneur in compound semiconductor crystal growth. In a series of articles he will critically examine recent claims about exoplanets beyond our solar system, asking whether our own planet Earth is a rarity in the cosmos. Or as Carl Sagan and others have insisted, is the Earth common, raising expectations that intelligent life and alien civilizations may be widespread in the Milky Way and beyond?
Potential Presidential Candidate Ben Carson to be Featured in One Hour Documentary This Weekend
In a potential introduction to the 2016 presidential race, an hour-long documentary about retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will air over the weekend in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
Billy Graham Celebrates 96th Birthday With New Film Announcement: 'I Know I'm Going to Heaven, I'm Looking Forward to It'
Billy Graham is ringing in his 96th year with friends and family on Friday, and fellow faith leaders are sending an outpouring of well wishes to the famed evangelical preacher today.
Author Who Lived in Orphanage for 14 Years: God Sees You in Your Pain
Mitchell was working as a lifeguard at a Christian camp when a girl challenged his beliefs. "For kids like us, we don't buy this loving heavenly Father image. It does not fit our reality because if God is so loving and if God cares, then how come He left me in an orphanage for 14 years," He said of his previous mindset. Still Mitchell read the Bible in the hopes of impressing the girl.
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The gospel tells the story of God, man, Christ, and a requisite response. It heralds the news about creation, fall, redemption, and a glorious consummation. And it is the only thing that will build a church. All that other stuff only builds a crowd.
Cover Story: Obama’s Elephant Problem - The New Yorker
“I hope Obama finds some way to maneuver around this situation,” Liniers, the Argentine artist behind next week’s cover, “The Elephant in the Room,” says.
16 Prisoners Graduate from Seminary Program
The class of 2014 is so excited about what God has planned for them. The graduates know they will continue to be challenged every day, but they have gained self-confidence and discovered their God-given passion and purpose through their in-depth study of God’s Word.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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Knowing Scripture shows us that it is the privilege and duty of every believer to diligently study God’s Word. It reminds us that along with this privilege comes the responsibility to interpret the Bible correctly. Dr. R.C. Sproul teaches that interpreting Scripture, like all sciences, is governed by rules. He lays out the basic guidelines for correctly understanding, interpreting, and applying Scripture, using time-tested principles from Scripture to show how to find the true meaning of its contents. This series is a great study tool for both beginning and long-time Bible readers.
'It's OK to Have The Same Views as Your Grandparents,' America's Youngest State Lawmaker Saira Blair Tells Peers
College student and Republican Saira Blair, who became America's youngest state lawmaker Tuesday when she was elected to West Virginia's House of Delegates at age 18, urged her conservative peers Thursday to not be afraid to stand up for their values.
Domestic Neglect: Can You Hear the Silent Screams at Home?
Can we hear the silent screams in the home? The husband who snaps at his wife and children because of work pressures. Or ends up in the hospital from stress-induced heart disease. The mother drowning in anxiety about leaving her kids so many hours of the week. Children who scan the school assembly, hoping against hope that their mother or father will be there to see them receive an award. The spouse who slumps into bed alone while the partner does the same in a hotel 2,000 miles away. This is a type of violence—in the form of neglect—that families experience all across our land every day. And it rarely if ever makes the headlines, let alone sparks a national conversation. It’s a tragedy because it sabotages love in the first place God intends it to be expressed.
Students Seek Damages From UC Santa Barbara Professor for Defacing Pro-Life Display
A group of students at the University of California Santa Barbara have filed a complaint seeking damages against the academic institute and a professor who destroyed a pro-life display.
Court Rules No Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage
How can we say that the voters acted irrationally for sticking with the seen benefits of thousands of years of adherence to the traditional definition of marriage in the face of one year of experience with a new definition of marriage? A state still assessing how this has worked, whether in 2004 or 2014, is not showing irrationality, just a sense of stability and an interest in seeing how the new definition has worked elsewhere. Even today, the only thing anyone knows for sure about the long-term impact of redefining marriage is that they do not know. A Burkean sense of caution does not violate the 14th Amendment, least of all when measured by a timeline less than a dozen years long and when assessed by a system of government designed to foster step-by-step, not sudden winner-take-all, innovations to policy problems.