3 religious hurdles Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' must overcome - On Faith & Culture
The big budget Bible film hits American theaters on Friday, but it faces a few significant hurdles to winning over religious audiences.
Do Your Kids 'Get' Christmas?
Well, that’s the version many kids get from well-intentioned Christian teachers, videos and Sunday school curriculum. The problem is, it’s not the story of Scripture. It’s more like what sociologist Christian Smith once called “moralistic therapeutic deism,” or the idea that Christianity can be summed up as “God wants you to try a little harder to do a little better…just like those great people in the Bible.”
Why Do We Need Apologetics? Day 2
Instead of addressing teens’ questions, most church youth groups focus on fun and food. The goal seems to be to create emotional attachment using loud music, silly skits, slapstick games — and pizza. But the force of sheer emotional experience will not equip teens to address the ideas they will encounter when they leave home and face the world on their own.
A response to Judith Jarvis Thompson's violinist argument for abortion rights
Thompson seems to make a distinction between consent to pregnancy and consent to sex (as Beckwith and others point out). But it seems that pregnancy is the designed result of sex, even though it may not be the desired result. It would seem that our sex organs have the purpose of being ordered towards procreation. Applying this to the violinist then: What if I engaged in an activity, say, spelunking, that regularly created rare kidney diseases in violinists? Say that every time I dropped 50 ft into the cave, a violinist was almost sure to develop the disease that only I had the blood type to correct or fix. If I did so, should I not be hooked up to him, voluntarily or not? Say that there was protection, some kind of spelunking helmet. Say that it was not 100% effective. If my helmet ripped, should I be attached to the violinist? Or say I tried to “pull up” before I hit 50 ft. Unfortunately, it felt so good to decend that I pulled up a little too late and my right foot passed the 50 ft mark. Should I be attached to the violinist? I don’t see why not. Indeed, say that the statistical evidence was that the first two people that ever spelunked together would eventually cause 6 billion violinists to come down with rare kidney diseases, I dare say the Society of Music Lovers, and almost everyone else for that matter, would call for abstaining from spelunking unless you agreed to take care of the violinists until they got better.
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Who wrote Revelation? In the same way that buildings contain clues that unveil the identity of their architects, so too books contain clues that unveil the identity of their authors. In the case of Revelation, three possibilities have been put forward, but only one fits the design. First is a notion that can be dismissed […]
Why We Chose the Ebola Fighters as Person of the Year 2014
The death in Dallas of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil, and the infection of two nurses who treated him, shook our faith in the ability of U.S. hospitals to handle this kind of disease. From there the road to full freak-out was a short one. An Ohio middle school closed because an employee had flown on the same plane as one of Duncan’s nurses. Not the same flight, just the same plane. A Texas college rejected applicants from Nigeria, since that country had some “confirmed Ebola cases.” A Maine schoolteacher had to take a three-week leave because she went to a teachers’ conference in Dallas. Fear, too, was global. When a nurse in Spain contracted Ebola from a priest, Spanish authorities killed her dog as a precaution, while #VamosAMorirTodos (We’re all going to die) trended on Twitter. Guests at a hotel in Macedonia were trapped in their rooms for days after a British guest got sick and died. Turned out to have nothing to do with Ebola.
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.
Person of the Year 2014: Read the Ebola Doctors' Stories
It became much more personal for me, because one of the relatives of the [first person to be killed in the outbreak] in Lofa County had taken a taxi to Monrovia. And she slept in the Chicken Soup Factory [neighborhood]. I grew up there. My mom is there, all of my relatives are there. I said, “We’ve got to get our boots on the ground. We’ve got to go to Chicken Soup Factory.” And they said to me, “This is the task force. We construct policies and strategy.” And I said, “O.K., I’m going to go down to the county [level] where we can discuss boots on the ground.” I led a team to Chicken Soup Factory. The index case had already left. But there were contacts like the taxi driver. I talked to him. He was frightened. He said, “I tried to help this old lady. If I do have the disease, I am going to spread it.” We told the townspeople to keep an eye on him. [We said], “Don’t stigmatize him. Don’t let him on the street.” Our contacts officer would go and take his temperature every day. And after 21 days, he did not come down with the disease.
Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality
May I make two requests? Love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.
What Sociopaths Reveal to Us About the Existence of God
As philosopher Norman Geisler has noted , the validity of Trueblood's argument is based in terms of its rationality. It argues that to reject the moral law is irrational or meaningless and unless we assume the universe is irrational, we must accept that there is an objective moral law and, thereby, an objective Moral Law Giver.
The easiest defense against this argument is to simply deny the possibility of rationality and meaning. A skeptic could claim that the universe truly is irrational and meaningless, and that sociopaths who would murder us in our beds are no more immoral—objectively speaking—than anyone else. That’s a theoretical possibility. But it is a probabilistic or livable option? If there were no God, we wouldn’t think twice about the actions of sociopaths; their conscious-less violence would be morally neutral and no cause for concern.
Isn’t it more probable, though, that in a world with God we’d see the amazing transformation of people like David Wood?
And what happened to Wood? He's now married, has four children, and serves with the ministry Acts 17 Apologetics .
Pride, Despair, and Sovereign Grace
There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. . . . If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.
The Role of Singing in the Life of the Church
Of course, the antidote is not to ignore those around us with little concern for how we affect them. Indeed it is God’s will that we should look out for others and endeavor to worship him only in ways that build them up (1 Cor. 14:19). But Christlike concern for my neighbor is a million miles away from a slavish fear of man—a fear that is ultimately idolatrous and self-serving, not God-honoring and others-serving. So, given that it is God’s purpose that we should praise him “with a whole heart” (Ps. 9:1; 86:12; 111:1; 138:1; Eph. 5:19), it is imperative that we regularly remind both ourselves and each other that God truly deserves our praise (Ps. 7:17; 18:3; 147:1), that he repeatedly demands our praise (e.g. Ps. 47), and that he deeply desires our praise.
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.
How to Get Long-Term Impact from Your Short-Term Trips
Be Intentional with Training: The Holy Spirit is the ultimate author of change, and he has used short-term trips to change many participants’ lives. That is a beautiful thing. But we should be intentional about supporting the change process through our approaches, laying the basis for more and more people to take long-term action. Pre-trip training and post-field debriefing are an essential part of that process. Training can guide participants as they craft healthy expectations for their trip, learn how to effectively bless the people they visit, and consider their role in God’s work in the world . Further, robust training communicates that the trip itself is not the defining piece of what makes a visit effective.
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2015 National Conference
God's people must cry out for His revival and a restoration of the light. Ligonier Ministries is seeking to help people do just that. On February 19–21, 2015, we will be hosting our annual national conference in Orlando. Alistair Begg, Rosaria Butterfield, Tim Challies, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Peter Jones, Steven Lawson, Russell Moore, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. will join me in considering our theme, "After Darkness, Light." We will explore our need to be revived and restored to a high view of God, His law, His people, and His plan for the world.
The American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East - FRRME America
FRRME America was established in 2009 by a dedicated group of U.S. citizens who had known and worked with Canon Andrew White and who had supported his efforts on behalf of FRRME in Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S. chapter was created to promote and foster reconciliation; provide support to Christian churches in the Middle East, particularly St. George’s Baghdad; provide relief efforts; advance the rights of women, children and religious minorities; and to seek an end to sectarian violence in the region. For more information, click HERE .
3 Things to Do When You’re Having a Really Terrible Week
When I have moments of fear that I will die young and leave behind my daughter and husband to fend for themselves, it’s way more than just a thought—there’s something in my heart that hasn’t fully acknowledged the ability and desires of the Father to sufficiently care for me. Moments of insecurity and jealousy aren’t just about insecurity and jealousy—they’re about me not understanding that the Father’s love for me is all that matters. And my most regular issue as someone dealing with disease—thinking that maybe, just maybe, I haven’t done enough to earn my healing—is not about healing at all. It’s about Jesus and the revelation that all He was and all He is is completely enough for anything that I have ever faced or will ever face again.
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The One Thing to Tell Pregnant Moms: ‘Congratulations’
One of the foundational elements of a Christian worldview declares that humans are made in the image of God. And because of this truth, all life is precious, worth saving, worth dying for, worth celebrating. Sadly, our society, even members of the church—even I—can forget that. I've rolled my eyes when others announced their third, fifth...eighth pregnancies. When newlyweds become pregnant, I've thought, “Good grief! Honeymoon baby? They didn't waste any time did they?”
Jesus Changes Everything
Podcasts like “The Briefing” by Al Mohler and “Let My People Think” by Ravi Zacharias play important roles in the life of the believer— instructing us on how we should think about this world and current events with a distinctly Christian worldview. Jesus Changes Everything is a welcome addition to this genre. Dr. Sproul Jr. has a masterful way of helping people think through theological concepts and the implications of our actions and the actions of others on the commands we have been given on how we should live as children of the King in this fallen age. I highly recommend this podcast as a daily primer which is able to help us put on the lenses of a Christian, enabling us to walk and talk in accord with the commands of our Lord.
A Buffalo Wild Wing in Alabama Will Now Host Church Services
He told AL.com that the idea is to reach a new audience who feel more comfortable hanging out at a wing joint than a traditional church: “We believe there's a population that would attend a service there that wouldn't go to a church. We hope it's going to be a more inviting atmosphere … We want it to be a dialogue, questions and discussion about a topic: Why God? Why the church? Why the Bible? Why should I care about these things?” The wall separating church and wing is finally beginning to crumble ...
Chimps Aren't People—for Now
The ruling is the latest setback for the animal rights group, Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) , in its battle to grant Tommy a writ of habeas corpus. Attorney Steven Wise, founder of the NhRP, has argued that chimpanzees qualify for legal personhood because they are autonomous, intelligent, and self-aware. “Both as a matter of liberty and a matter of equality, you can’t say that an autonomous person doesn’t have any rights simply because he is a chimpanzee,” Wise told Wired . “He is remarkably like us, and he suffers like us.”
Applied Apologetics on Twitter
check out #apologetics post "The Advancement of Modern Logic & the Need for God" http://goddoesexistuknowit.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-advancement-of-modern-logic-and-god.html … #logic pic.twitter.com/NhMIw4HsHw
Unseen CS Lewis letter defines his notion of joy
Before he began work on the memoir, however, Lewis tells Ellis in this letter that “everything is going well”, but goes on to explain that he does not mean “joy” by this. “In fact I meant by ‘things going well’ just that security – or illusion of security – which you also regard as unhealthy. Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony,” he writes.
7 Prominent Christian Thinkers Who Wrestled With Doubt
Along with his legacy of being a reformer and a father of Protestantism, Martin Luther is also remembered for a less grand—and a much more relatable—trait: Doubt. Luther’s primary doubts about faith didn’t necessarily rest on the question of God’s existence, but His character.
This Beautiful Baby Girl Was Left to Die in A Plastic Bag, But God Sent an Angel to Save Her!
Doctors believe this beautiful girl was just a few hours old when she was abandoned outside, but God sent a Good Samaritan to rescue her. You won't believe her reaction when she is in the ambulance being saved. She is all smiles and laughter, even in a heart-wrenching situation like she was put in. A dogs scent was her savior when she was found.
Revival and money?
“The ‘true riches’ [of Luke 16:11] obviously have nothing to do with money. To have spiritual power to overcome the awfulness of the post-Christian world — that is true riches. The church is constantly saying, ‘Where’s our power? Where’s our power?’ Jesus’ statement here gives us at least part of the answer. We must use money with a view to what counts in eternity. If a child cannot take his father’s money, go to the store, purchase what is requested and return home with the change, it does not make sense for the father to increase his allowance. So since . . . the money we handle is not our own, if we do not bring it under the lordship of Christ, we will not be given the greater wealth of spiritual power.”
Colorado Professor Forces Students to Say Anti-American Pledge; University to Investigate
A professor at a university in Colorado has garnered controversy after it was reported that he forced students to say an anti-American satirical version of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Washington Florist Who Declined to Make Arrangements for Gay Wedding May Lose Her Business, Personal Assets
A lawsuit is moving forward against a Washington State florist who refused to supply floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony based on her religious objection, which could put her at risk of serious financial loss and the loss of her business.
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus With a Toddler – Watch Them Sing Jingle Bells
A father and his daughter team up for a dynamic unforgettable version of "Jingle Bells." This one is a Christian version of the song that celebrates the birth of Jesus.
A Real Advent - The Scriptorium Daily
Yesterday was the First Sunday of Advent. It is the church’s opportunity to focus on the significance of the coming of the Son of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Why not spend some time meditating on the gift of the Christ child as the Savior of all humankind? Why not set aside our Christmas-themed drinks and music and instead focus on the love of God for all people and the miracle of the incarnation? It’s a trite saying, but nonetheless true: we need to “put the ‘Christ’ back into Christmas.” But to properly do that, we should begin by putting him in Advent, too. There are many ways to do this but two seem particularly simple. First, purchase a traditional advent wreath and use it each day to mark the days of Lent. Not one of those elaborate countdown to Christmas calendars with chocolate goodies behind little doors but a simple wreath with four purple (or blue) and one white candle. Purchase or download a family Advent guide (there are some good ones online) that guides you through the weeks of Advent. Make the lighting of the Advent candle a special event each night, perhaps before dinner or as part of family devotions.
Dispatches from Nepal
Nepal is the size of Arkansas but with 10 times the population. More than 28 million of its people are considered unreached. It suffers from the spiritual darkness of either Hinduism, with millions of deities, or the self-deifying religion of Buddhism. But Heitland expresses hope: “The gospel is going out; the church in Nepal is on the move! Since 2007 alone, the number of Christians has increased exponentially to more than 2.5 million believers in more than 8,500 churches. Christianity is exploding in Nepal.”
Help! My Friends Are Driving Me Crazy Online.
What is annoying to some people is not to others. Some people enjoy news/politics and religion and find constant baby pictures annoying. I'm sure my friends kid is great and all but I don't really need to see 10 pictures posted every day of them eating and sleeping etc.... I do have one friend who everyday posts 10 pictures of her 2 year old on Facebook and I have to say those are the posts that annoy me the most. While a political or newsworthy post will catch my attention. Yet I'm sure there is some relative of my friend who loves the baby pics. So I think we should be very careful saying this is okay on FB but this isn't.... I have seen before people try to save this isn't what FB is for..... says who?
Doctors Said This Newborn Had a Slim Chance of Living – Then He Was Touched by the Hand of Grace
Renner was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Hydrops which caused his body to swell up with fluid. Doctors informed the woman that she will most likely have a stillborn baby. But, she never gave up on her baby and sang to him every night. At 35 weeks, Renner was born and took his first gasp of air. The two parents were in tears of joy!
A place to go on Christmas Day – Premier Radio
If you know of any activities happening on Christmas Day at your church or in your community, let us know and we will publicise them on our Premier Christian Radio afternoon show, Premier Drive.
Anglican Communion May Experience Schism, Says Archbishop
The 80-million strong global church body known as the Anglican Communion may be ripped apart by recent debates over homosexuality and female ordination, according to its leader.
Greg Laurie: Bible's 'Judge Not' Verse Misunderstood; Judging Is Necessary in End Times
Harvest Ministries Pastor Greg Laurie explained in a Sunday sermon entitled the "The Nonbeliever's Favorite Verse" , that Matthew 7:1 exhortation to "judge not" does not mean that Christians should not try to judge the actions and intentions of others, rather, Christians must exercise judgment because there will be many false teachers as the End Times draw near.
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
Police Officer Catches Woman Shoplifting Eggs to Feed Her Family and Buys Them for Her Instead of Making an Arrest
In stark departure from the police brutality being highlighted in the national media, a Tarrant, Alabama, police officer is now the toast of the Internet after he decided to pay for the eggs he caught a desperate mother shoplifting to feed her children instead of arresting her on Saturday.
Paradise Postponed...and Postponed - Christian Research Institute
A review of scientific literature shows that the rate of mental illness among Jehovah’s Witnesses is considerably above average. Statistical information varies partly because the extant research has been conducted on different populations at different time periods. Several major factors stand out as harmful to Witness mental health. Not only do persons with emotional problems tend to join the Witnesses, but also the Watchtower teachings and its subculture adversely affect the mental health of those involved.
Prisoners' Families Need Love and Support at the Holidays - US News
Christmas is the perfect opportunity to extend our circle of love and empathy beyond our immediate family and close friends. You and I need not look far to find someone for whom Christmas seems not to be coming. Every year my wife and I deliver gifts to prisoners’ children through Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program, and it’s a highlight of our Advent celebrations. Other organizations do great work reaching out as well, and all rely on the time and generosity of volunteers. If you know a prisoner’s family personally, go out of your way to let them know they are welcome at your church’s worship services. Offer to watch an incarcerated parent’s children so that their caregiver can have a day off or time to run holiday errands. Buy them a tank of gas so children can visit their parent at prison. Care for them in the same way you would care for any family with a deep need, without holding them responsible for their loved one’s mistakes.
Beautiful Time-Lapse That Reminds Us of How Wonderful the World God Created Truly Is (VIDEO)
Watch and see how he captures the Dominican Republic while traveling the world. The ambiance of nature and the sound is absolutely stunning. It will sooth you and ease your mind. God has created so many beautiful things for us to see. It is a blessing to have someone like Dmitry go out and film these stunning sceneries.
5 Unforgettable Moments in Sports This Year, Told by Retweets
Any sports fan would agree that these were five of the biggest sports moments to take place this year. It includes one, in each of the 5 major sports we follow in the U.S. Thanks to social media, especially Twitter, we were able to get the players reaction to each of these memorable moments.
New Research: Americans Want to Keep Christ in Christmas
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays" the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf, and other such traditions, many have felt as though we've been committing treason against the reason for the season.
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Five Things I’ve Learned from Kids with Autism
God has blessed me with the work he has given me to do because of all that I have gained through these young lives. Join me! When you spend time with children, both those with and without disabilities, you’ll see their unique needs and gifts. In our American culture, it is easy to see the needs of children with disabilities like autism, and much harder to see the gifts. But God has said he made them to image him! So take the time to see and truly appreciate the gifts that God has given and celebrate these lives who were made for his glory and for our good.
God's Not Dead: If Bacteria are so Fit, Why Evolve into Mozart?
Large body mass
creatures are much less fit than the tenacious organisms like bacteria and
cockroaches. The evolutionists do not have to deal with just a missing link;
the whole chain is gone. Only God and His revelation can give us a foundation
for science. The theory of survival of the fittest does not comport with the
reality of ultra-resilient cockroaches because they do not need to evolve into
higher forms. They do just fine without knowing Mickey Mouse or Plato. Bacteria
would not become more stout and produce more survivable offspring if they could
read poetry or applaud Tiger Woods. Bacteria do not have determination or
conviction. Even if they did, how could that resolve give them the innate force
to evolve? They would need purpose and the means to fulfill that purpose, a
teleological reason. This can only come when there is intelligence and purpose.
A universe composed of only matter and motion cannot produce teleology, hence unguided
evolution is a myth; it is fable for profligate adults. It not only does not
gel with the facts; it is impossible for it to be true.
The Strange Oprahfication of Rob Bell
I’ve tried for a few days now to come up with the right word for my reaction to this piece , by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, on Rob Bell. So far the best I can do is: strange . So much of Bell’s new life in California comes off as strange, from his casual rejection of church attendance to his remark that Oprah Winfrey, his new professional partner, has taught him “more about Jesus than anyone.” Without intending malice or slander, I have to suggest that Bell is sounding less like a preacher of Christianity (even a liberal one) and more like the newest member of an affluent, West Coast cult.