The Kalam Cosmological Argument
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and ai...
The Time is Now: Introduction
Advent is a time of preparation – a time when we reflect on the coming of the Lord in the Person of Christ. These daily studies takes us right through Decemb...
Should It Be Illegal To Pay For Sex?
Michael Ramsden speaking about sexuality on BBC Big Questions
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4 Misconceptions About Mental Illness and Faith
As Christians, we are called to be accepting of marginalized people, but many find this difficult to practice, particularly when it comes to people with mental illnesses. Why is it so hard? What people hear on the media and from society creates a culture of fear around mental illness. This fear is often disproportionate to the reality. God tells us in Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns
I lost count of how many times we were told be quiet and pay attention. It’s normal to do so – teachers have a set amount of time and we need to use it wisely. But in shadowing, throughout the day, you start to feel sorry for the students who are told over and over again to pay attention because you understand part of what they are reacting to is sitting and listening all day. It’s really hard to do, and not something we ask adults to do day in and out. Think back to a multi-day conference or long PD day you had and remember that feeling by the end of the day – that need to just disconnect, break free, go for a run, chat with a friend, or surf the web and catch up on emails. That is how students often feel in our classes, not because we are boring per se but because they have been sitting and listening most of the day already. They have had enough.
In the Market with Janet Parshall | Moody Radio
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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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The Pilgrim’s Progress (New Edition)
The place of Bunyan’s birth in Elstow was only a mile from the busy town of Bedford, where years later Bunyan would be imprisoned for over a decade for preaching the gospel. Like his father, Bunyan learned the simple trade of a tinker — a mender of pots and kettles — and came to be known as the “tinker turned preacher” when he began lay preaching in his late twenties. Bunyan’s skill and passion drew hundreds of listeners. Theologian John Owen, a contemporary of Bunyan, when asked by King Charles why he went to hear such an uneducated man preach, replied, “I would willingly exchange my learning for the tinker’s power of touching men’s hearts.”
Why God Will Not Die
Inevitable defeat is the plight of Sisyphus, but while Camus takes irreligion to be a condition for the acceptance of that defeat, Kolakowski sees religion as the acceptance itself. He maintains, in other words, that we cannot even recognize (much less accept) our inadequacy in the face of the human condition without accepting the reality of another, contrasting condition—his “order of the sacred”—in which our deficiencies are made good. I myself do not go that far. I do not assume that there necessarily exists an order “beyond that which is inherent in human history,” including the history of the cosmos as humans write it—only that such an order may exist. How can I know, either way? And, just as important, how soon can I know? The mystery need not be absolute or eternal for it to rule out the consolation of existential despair. Kolakowski, no less than Camus and the others, thus returns me to the closure question, and it matters to me that religion rather than irreligion conducts him to the outer limits of human experience. It matters because there, at that brink, religion and irreligion seem to meet, and in that meeting lie lessons about extending hospitality toward beliefs we do not share.
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We are so grateful for your support throughout last week’s appeal! Your gifts are providing us with a chance to continue broadcasting across the UK. We are now calling the Premier family to a day of prayer this Thursday. Join us to pray that God would grant us favour with the transmission provider and that our broadcasts would continue throughout 2015!
When Dad Doesn’t Disciple the Kids
This mom walks in a great deal of anxiety, particularly in more conservative environments that emphasize fathers leading spiritually in the home. She sees her children going to bed each night with no family time spent in the Scriptures or in prayer, with no conversations broached on the critical subjects that help kids transition to adulthood with the wisdom they need. She has gently raised the suggestion that Dad initiate these teaching moments, to be met with apathy or with short-lived token attempts. And because she has been taught that God wants men to lead such conversations in the home, she begins to believe she can only sit silently, not wanting to usurp authority, confused about what her role should be as mother and wife, praying that the Lord would change her husband’s heart.
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy
These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our hope is that God would use these meditations to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus and help you keep him at the center of your Christmas season.
Christian New Orleans Saints Player Benjamin Watson's Comments on Ferguson Goes Viral; Says Sin, Not Skin Is the Problem
A day after tempers flared with the controversial decision of a Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Christian New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson struck a poignant chord in the national conversation on race, racism and policing in America that has now gone viral.
How to Fight Lukewarmness
But how does a lukewarm person just “be zealous”? Isn’t that the problem — not being zealous? No! The problem is not perceiving the disease of which lukewarmness is a symptom. If you think all that you have is a cold, you may not think much of a fever. But if you find out that cancer is causing your fever, suddenly zeal is not a problem. Lukewarmness is a symptom of the cancer of unfaithful unbelief in the soul. If left untreated it will result in an unspeakably horrible experience: Jesus will spew you out of his mouth (Revelation 3:16). It is not the unfaithful who receive the eternal reward. The reward goes to “the one who conquers” (Revelation 3:21) — the one who fights and overcomes.
5 Reasons for Musicians and Church Leaders to Love Carolling the Story
2. Explore and immerse yourself in the abundance of historic church Christmas music.
These are the real “crossover” songs of Christian music—appearing in movies, musicals, television shows, commercials, novels, and radio charts; affecting the education of countless generations; sung more frequently and knowingly and passionately in the public square than any modern song likely ever will.
With traditional carols, there is a sense of familiarity, quality, depth, and relevance to the whole church body that a modern-based diet can almost never bring. Christmas music is the best place to see this contrast. The most widely known carols are written by the greatest composers in history, including Beethoven, Handel, Holst, and Mendelssohn. Others are a unique hybrid of folk music and church music traditions that have stood the test of time. The poems of Christina Rossetti, Phillips Brooks, as well as Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts arrest both the mind and heart.
Certainly congregations enjoy both innovation and the familiarity of tradition, new sounds and also the sounds they grew up hearing and singing.
Southern Seminary Christmas Concert
For the first time ever, Southern Seminary’s Department of Biblical Worship will collaborate with three local worship ministries: Sojourn Music, Sovereign Grace Music, and Highview Baptist Worship Ministry. The evening will also include music by international operatic tenor Philip Webb. With a wonderfully varied musical prism of expression and style, this concert is designed to exalt the incarnate Christ in the contour of the gospel through the Word and song.
My Wonderfully Confusing Call to Ministry
In the years after seminary, through Scripture and wise counsel, the Lord graciously guided my heart. I began to recognize that, while there are certainly specific callings within the realm of Christian life and polity, all Christians are called to live an intentionally gospel-saturated life. My father, a bi-vocational minister, reminded me that “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecc. 9:10). He encouraged me to devote my work in any job—even seemingly mundane tasks—to excellence and service to others for God’s glory. I also began to understand Acts 17:28 in a new light. Rather than keeping “ministry” in a specific silo or quadrant within the walls of my life, the Lord was giving me wisdom to understand that living, moving, breathing, eating, and all other activities find their end in him.
These truths freed me, as I began to grasp that my surrender to the Lord in high school was less of a vocational declaration and more of a defining mark of spiritual growth. The guilt that I sometimes felt didn’t come from Scripture or the Spirit, but from a perception of what I thought it meant to surrender to the Lord.
The Pastors.com Daily
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Forming a Society Worthy of Humans
Love—authentic human love—helps us understand this anthropological reality. Even conjugal love offers more than physicality. In this act of love, we offer our whole selves, including our ideals, dreams, and indeed our future to one another—none of which exists in material reality. Love, especially in the biblical sense, is not merely what one wants for oneself, but is a free decision that wills the good of the person one loves. And this transcendent act, this non-material dimension of human anthropology—when open to new life—normatively results in other human persons who are made from the dust of the earth and the breath of life.
Women in Youth Ministry Campference - The Youth Cartel
Which is why we want to invite you to celebrate being a woman in youth ministry at the Women in Youth Ministry Campference on April 27-29, 2015, at beautiful Lake Junaluska Conference Center, just west of Asheville, NC (“campference,” by the way = the best combination of camp + conference). We will gather with women from all denominations to share our lives in ministry.
Multiply Your Gift this Giving Tuesday
Your gift on Tuesday, December 2, will equip pastors with the resources they need to grow in faith and be more effective in sharing the gospel with others. You’ll multiply their ministry!
Chart Shows Why Social Security Will Be Broke in 10 Years
Social Security’s trustees projected in 1983 that the recently enacted Social Security reforms would keep the program active for at least the next 75 years, through 2058. However, according to research by Rachel Greszler, a senior policy analyst, and James M. Roberts, research fellow for economic freedom and growth at The Heritage Foundation, that approach date has accelerated.
The Briefing 12-01-14
1) Secular theology of modern politics mirrors structure of Christian worldview
What the New Atheism's Gender Gap Tells You
"It's definitely one of their strategies," said [Richard] Cimino. "There is this strong attempt to be kind of irreverent." This is a quality particular to "new atheism," he said, a term for Dawkins-style arguments against faith, which rely heavily on science and invocations of rationalism. "There's a sense that once you make fun of it, you can kind of demystify religion," he added.
Truth in Darkness: The Hunger Games as an Unexpected Resource for Apologists - Christian Research Institute
The Hunger Games and its sequels are page-turners, fast-paced and engaging, with characters who are interesting and complex. It is easy to see why the books are popular and why the first book has been made into a film. What’s good news for Christians is that these books are also very useful material for literary apologetics—though perhaps in unexpected ways.
7 Bible Verses That Are Very Helpful When Making a Tough Decision
When the times comes we will either choose the right path or suffer from the consequences. When you follow His words, you can never be sent in the wrong direction. Having faith to trust in God's wisdom is the key to making the right decisions.
A Thief in the Night: The Christian Ethic at the Heart of The Hobbit - Christian Research Institute
However, before this double-crossing can come about, Thorin and Bard, together with the Elf-king, find themselves all united against a common foe, namely the goblins and the wolves. Thorin’s martial wrath is terrible: “In the gloom the great dwarf gleamed like gold in a dying fire” (239). And Thorin’s fire is now truly dying—in at least three senses. First, his war aims are dying, for the goblins and wolves turn out to be unconquerable—until the eagles and Beorn save the day, those characters who, unlike dwarves and men and elves, are untainted by the dragon-spell. Second, Thorin is himself dying; he suffers a mortal wound in the battle. And third, Thorin’s greed is dying with him. In his final speech he says to Bilbo: “Farewell, good thief. I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go to where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you…If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” (243).
The Star of Bethlehem - Christian Research Institute
Matthew, in his gospel account of the life of Christ, recorded the appearance of a star that guided magi to Bethlehem so that they might pay tribute to the newborn King of the Jews. Through the years there have been many hypothetical explanations, whether natural, astronomical, or astrological, of the nature and behavior of this so-called star of Bethlehem. The appearance could have been a new bright star or comet or the movements of the planets relative to each other, the sun, and the moon. Perhaps what the magi saw was a nova or supernova bright enough to qualify as a real star (as we know them today) with astronomical and historical significance. A comet might have moved, over a few months’ time, from one constellation to another, more southerly, constellation. It is possible that major planets could have come into close proximity with each other, appearing as one, which would have created significant interest in professional observers of the night sky. Any one of these natural occurrences would have been noteworthy, and God certainly could have used them in His divine plan to announce to the world the birth of His Son and to guide a select group of astronomers to be His first worshipers.
Quitting While Ahead
Why some United Methodist evangelicals suggest a split, even though their side is winning.
7 Bible Verses That Will Remind Us How Essential It Is to Be Grateful
Even though we are believers, we often forget to thank God for all the beautiful things he has done for us. So we should take time out of our busy week to just sit down alone and thank God for surrounding our lives with blessings. It is too often we are given such beautiful things, and don't realize how grateful we should be. There are people in this world who are less fortunate than you may be, so it is always important to say "thank you."
Reasonable Faith $200,000 Matching Grant Challenge | Reasonable Faith
“I recently became a Christian a few weeks ago. I was a hard-core atheist. However, I read your book "Reasonable Faith" and Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ.” After reading these books, I put some more thought into the arguments, which you and Strobel presented. I came to the conclusion that Christianity is the truth. I am having a hard time telling my friends that I am a Christian, because I was a hard-core atheist and anti-religious. How would you recommend me coming out as a believer?”
Justin Bieber Spends Time With Carl Lentz' Family Before Thanksgiving?
"I can accept you as a human being and not approve of your actions. That's how we've been loved," Lentz told CBN of Bieber. "We love because we were first loved… With Justin, it's not my job to be his police officer. It's my job to be a friend to him, and that's all I am."
Goggin and Strobel argue that Beloved Dust is really a book about prayer—but not the kind you normally read. This is not a “how to” book about prayer, nor is it a guilt-inducing summary of the epic prayer lives of the great saints of old, nor is it even a biblical study of prayer. Rather, for the authors, prayer is the “ground of the Christian life” (xviii) and the primary expression of an authentic relationship with God. In other words, the Christian life is in large measure a praying life. Beloved Dust is meant to provide readers with a particular understanding of the Christian life that helps, in turn, to form in them a particular understanding of the life of prayer.
World AIDS Day: Bono's ONE Campaign, NIV Bible Publisher Team Up to Reach 1 Million American Christians
"Today, we can stop mother-to-child transmission of the disease. The numbers of people receiving life-saving anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) has been steadily climbing, and hit 13 million in 2013," they said. "This does not mean that the crisis is over, however. There are still too many people who lack access to even be tested, too many pregnant women with difficulty getting access to a clinic who fear for their unborn children. In sub-Saharan Africa, the most affected region, 24.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. We are all called upon to pray and take action to close the gap in HIV/AIDS treatment and help those currently suffering and living in fear for themselves and their loved ones. On World AIDS Day (December 1st) we try to remember and take action for those with HIV/AIDS. These reflections can be used on WAD, or throughout the year."
Michael Brown's Family Forced to Attend Church Service in Parking Lot After Vandals Burned Down Church
Michael Brown Sr. (L), the father of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches veteran civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton speak under a makeshift tent next to the Flood Christian Church during Sunday service in Ferguson, Missouri, November 30, 2014. The Flood Christian Church was burnt during recent unrest in Ferguson. Sharpton preached on Sunday to a congregation of some 2,500 worshippers at the St. Louis church where Michael Brown's funeral was held in August. The dead teen's parents were among the congregation.
Study: Young, Nonreligious Women Give More than Christians
While the change in patterns is clear, the reasons behind it are a bit more nuanced, according to Debra Mesch, director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the director of the study. One possible explanation is that young, female nones are finding avenues and inspiration for giving through social connections outside of religious congregations. A religiously affiliated woman might give to World Vision as a way to fight hunger if others in her church are doing the same; a young woman without religious ties might also give to a secular charity fighting hunger if her friends are part of a campaign for the same group.
Biologists Are Getting to Be Less Reticent About Using the Phrase "Design Principles"
Nothing about fitness, survival, adaptation, or the environment can make any organism do what it "should" do. It's much easier to roll over and die when blind, purposeless process are the only things around to "drive systems" along. Will a salmon evolve precision navigation systems because it "should" swim upstream to spawn? Of course not. The fish doesn't care. The river doesn't care. Nothing is cheering the salmon on to fight its way miles up against the current. It would just as soon float downstream and go extinct. Same with E. coli .
Incredible Advice on Staying Strong and Living as a Daughter of God
Nobody in the world will love you more than Jesus will. As soon as we realize that, we will learn all of our worries on him. Knowing that someone is always there is a feeling that cannot be replaced. As long as mothers stay strong and live as daughters of God, nothing can stop them. This message is definitely something that every mom should know. It is so powerful that you will not be able to shut it off until the end.
Christian University Drops Bill Cosby as Speaker, Replaces Him With Ben Carson
Weeks after standing by their decision to keep embattled comedian Bill Cosby as speaker for their 50th benefit dinner set for Dec. 5, administrators at the Christian Freed-Hardeman University in West Tennessee have decided to drop him from the event and replace him with renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Loving Mother Commits the Ultimate Sacrifice in Birth So Her Son Can Live
Declan Jay Bugal is the son of a mother who did everything in her power to keep him alive. Not only is this baby boy a miracle of God, but also the most beautiful tribute of a Mother's love.
TGC15 + Shane & Shane + 96 hours = Fantastic Deal
The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing our confession and theological vision for ministry, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.
This Man's Life Was Lost Until He Found Out Who Jesus Was – Do You Know Who Jesus Is?
JP Pokluda weights in on a very important question that many of us cannot answer. That question is "Who is Jesus?" After committing many sins in his college years, he goes to Church to figure out who this historical figure that died for our sins really is.
The Attack on Christmas
Christmas. Now, who would attack such a wonderful time of year? And why is it occurring more today than ever? What’s happened? Let’s explore the attack on Christmas, and on Christianity in general.
Ten Urgent Questions and Answers about Origins - Christian Research Institute
Of one thing I am certain. People want answers. Concise, well-researched answers to questions concerning the single most important apologetic issue—that of origins. Indeed, how you view your origins will ultimately determine how you live your life. Think Lady Gaga. If Gaga, like Madonna before her, is merely a material girl living in a material world, her choices are not free—they are fatalistically determined by such things as brain chemistry and genetics. Conversely, if she is created in the image of God, her life has eternal meaning and significance.
A Modern-Day Version of the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (VIDEO)
Seeing it acted out in modern times is very humbling. It may even help someone with making a decision in a similar situation. We are all human and we all make mistakes. There is not a better feeling in the world than being forgiven for something bad that you did. It is also important that we forgive others who encounter the same problem, and most of all, forgive ourselves. Forgive as God forgave you.
Quran Should be Read at Prince Charles' Coronation, Anglican Bishop Says
A senior Church of England bishop has said that Prince Charles' coronation service should include a reading from the Quran so that Muslims feel "embraced" by the nation – a proposal which is being criticized by some Christian groups in the U.K.
Becoming a "Seasoned" Apologist - Christian Research Institute
Effective apologetic evangelism also must be motivated by love for people. Jesus taught that the second greatest commandment is to “‘love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22:39). Love for others requires that we seek their highest good even if that involves telling them something they do not want to hear, for, despite what they may want, the truth is what they need. The truth, though freeing once it is accepted (see John 8:32), often can be painful to hear, especially for those whose lives are based on false beliefs and philosophies. We therefore must demonstrate to our neighbors that our love for them, though it requires us to speak the truth, is not dependent on their acceptance of the truth. In the words of apologist Dean Halverson, “through friendship we are building a bridge of trust that will be able to carry the weight of truth.” 6
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Defends Publicly Outing Former Girlfriend's Abortion
Mayweather, the 37-year-old undefeated boxer, is being sued by Jackson for defamation, assault, invasion of privacy and more, according to TMZ. The world witnessed things turn sour between the pair when Mayweather took to his social media account to Instagram documentation that Jackson, 29, aborted the pair's twin babies while making other claims about her now boyfriend, rapper Nelly.
Pope Francis Says ISIS Committing 'Grave Sin Against God'
Pope Francis said Sunday, the last day of his three-day Turkey trip, that the Islamic State, or ISIS, terror group is committing a "profoundly grave sin against God" by using violence.
5 Ways to Have Peace With God, Yourself and Others
5. Let God have control of your life. Proverbs 16:9 (AMP) says, "A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure." I used to have a plan for everything – including my husband, my kids and my ministry – and would sometimes get frustrated if things didn't go accordingly. In other words, I wanted the Lord to do things my way! However, God is smarter than we are, and He wants us to place our trust in His great plan for our lives.
Finals week, first things and unfavorable times
If anything, what finals week offers the seminary student is a barometer of how strong his or her priorities stand against a little pressure. If the only time you read and meditate on Scripture, pray in secret and love your family is when time allows, then there’s a good chance you don’t do those things very often. If finals week is enough to unsettle your priorities, you need to address the problem before the rest of your life happens. Finals week is not a favorable time. Life isn’t a very favorable time, either.