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The Incarnation: Its Relevance

Christ prostrated Himself to the earth because we needed rescue–that’s humbling. God lowered Himself to gather to Himself His rebellious children. Even the earthly body of Christ was lowly. It was as crude as the tabernacle in the desert compared with the pyramids of Egypt or the ziggurats of Babylon. Christ willingly compromised His reputation by becoming a man (Phil. 2:7). Paradoxically, in Christ’s humility, God also reveals His other-worldly glory. Phillips explains: “Jesus saw the event of His greatest earthly humiliation–the apex of His servant obedience–as His true glorification on earth. ‘The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified’ (John 12:23).” Calvin boldly states that the richness of God’s glory “is invisible until it shines forth in Christ…the majesty of the Father is hidden until it shews itself impressed” on Christ’s image.”

The Briefing 12-12-14

1) Vast theological and moral chasm within Anglican Communion shows a church losing its center

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A Fresh Look at Calvinism

One year ago the team at Desiring God released “ The Calvinist ” as a visual companion to a poem written by John Piper that bears the same name. The prayer for this resource has been, both then and now, that the greatness and tenderness of a sovereign God would be deeply felt in all aspects of our lives.

The Briefing 12-12-14

1) Vast theological and moral chasm within Anglican Communion shows a church losing its center

ISIS savages behead four children: Christian leader

Four Christian children were beheaded by ISIS militants in Iraq for refusing to denounce Jesus and convert to Islam, according to the leader of the Anglican church in Baghdad.

The Painful Lessons of Mars Hill

Great article i appreciate Clems insights. The issue to me seems to be rapid expansion beyond the means provided.The goal is to call people into Christ and to call and empower them to follow in their everyday lives. In response to the questions asked in this article: "what if the elders had demanded character above charisama?" the answer...mars hill would have never made it out of seattle. 2. The question of legacy and what the city thinks...who cares what the city thinks, our mission is not to win popularity with a city, we are to bring light to it. Jesus was rejected in just about every city He went to, and most of the apsotles as I recall, were murdered in citites. That does not exclude us from bringing gospel and justice to the city, but it does prevent us from seeking popularity. On the issue of business modles in the church. I do not have a problems with business models per say as long as they are applied within the kingdom agenda.


The evangelical college’s counselor believes she cannot change her sexual orientation, but others say that…

FDNY drops physical test requirement amid low female hiring rate

The Fire Department has stopped requiring probationary firefighters to pass a job-related physical-skills test before getting hired — a move that critics derided as a lowering of standards.

Dwindling African tribe may have been most populous group on planet

The researchers uncovered declines in population in all four groups, likely tied into periods of dry climate in Africa. But the Khoisan suffered the least, perhaps because their huge ancestral population was buffered from droughts that winnowed other groups, such as the Yoruba and the African ancestors of Europeans and Asians, because the Khoisan lived farther south in Africa where rainfall actually increased. The Khoisan then began a more drastic decline in the past 20,000 years or so, with a major blow when the Bantu farmers spread through Africa 4000 years ago. “This shows us how much climate can influence populations,” says genomicist Webb Miller of Pennsylvania State University, University Park, a co-author.

New Reality Show: Undercover Pastor Tries to Convince Prostitutes to Quit—in 8 Minutes

T he cable network A&E will air a new reality show built on a pretty intriguing premise. According to EW , 8 Minutes features “a pastor (who is a former vice police officer), “surprising escorts in hotel rooms and offering to rescue them from a life of trading sex for cash. In each episode, Brown has eight minutes to make his case.” But, his ministry, in which he and his church set up the covert meetings to stage interventions with local sex workers, had been going on before reality TV producers came calling. Executive producer Tom Forman told EW , “Brown told his congregation that for 20 years he’s had to arrest these women when what he’s really wanted to do is help them. It launched a drive within his church to run these undercover operations. We read that and thought somebody should put a camera on this, it’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever heard” ...

When rape matters, and when it doesn't: Column

At the top of the list of publicized rapes is Rolling Stone 's reported gang rape in a University of Virginia fraternity house on Sept. 28, 2012. Sabrina Rubin Erdely's piece, " A Rape On Campus ," described an hours-long gang rape in a darkened room, with the victim lying on broken glass, all as part of a pledge initiation. One could hardly imagine a worse case of patriarchal and male privilege than this sort of thing, and the reported response of the victim's "friends" afterward was almost as bad — a concern that reporting the rapes might mean that they wouldn't be invited to frat parties in the future. The scene Erdely described amid a campus populated by "toned, tanned and overwhelmingly blond students" was almost a caricature of feminist complaints about college men and the Greek system.


The apostle Paul declared that “what we preach” was “folly” in the eyes of many in his time (1 Cor. 1:21). Such is always the world’s response to the gospel. But in our day, it seems that the method behind Paul’s message—preaching—is itself an object of ridicule, even within the evangelical church. In an age of short attention spans and entertainment “consumers,” many churches are yielding to pressure to set aside preaching in their worship services in favor of more “relevant” methodologies.

Samaritans Purse Delivered Presents to 60,000 Kids Displaced By ISIS

U p to 1 million residents of Iraq and Syria have been displaced in recent months following the spread of the brutal militant group known as ISIS. But, this week, 60,000 children who were forced to flee their homes got to receive a little holiday cheer —in the form of Operation Christmas Child boxes. Along with some toys, school supplies and personal notes, each shoebox also contains assorted hygiene items and was assembled by volunteers in Europe, the United States and Canada, organized by the group Samaritan’s Purse. On December 10, the boxes were loaded onto a jet to be delivered to a refugee camp in northern Iraq that is home to tens of thousands of kids. The project’s director told Christian Headlines , “They are doing the best that they can in a tent community, a tent city. These shoeboxes will just be additional forms of encouragement. These conditions are difficult. We are unable to change their permanent condition, but we are able to provide a moment of hope and a reminder that these children are loved” ...

Exult In The Saviour's Birth

Advent is a season of expectant waiting, reflection, and hope-filled wonder. It's also a time when the foundations of our faith are set to melodies that prompt our hearts to sing. To celebrate Advent, The Gospel Coalition is excited to introduce a new hymn, "Exult in the Saviour's Birth," written by D. A. Carson and Matt Boswell.

Apologia Podcast

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Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton on Reading the Bible, Making a Modern 'Exodus'

I'm really intrigued by the family dynamic of the story. The whole movie was set up as being about choosing your family, or being rejected by family. There's a really big emphasis on the question: “Are these your people, or not?” There's the death of the firstborn sons, and of course there's the brotherly relationship. This all feels really close to what the story of Exodus is about, which is God choosing his people and leading them out of slavery. How much did this come up for you as you were preparing for your roles in the film?

Do Pets Go to Heaven?

But I worry that the question of pets in heaven could distort our understanding of eternal life as described in Scripture and Christian tradition. If we are not careful, we could cross the line into a sentimentality that shrinks our eschatological expectation. Our human idea of heaven might be walking an adored dog in the forest, but there is no indication that is anything like God's plan. The question of whether our pets go to heaven requires an examination of the natures of animals, of humans, and of God. Animals have their lives in God. In Psalm 104 we read that animals look to God for their food and that when he withdraws his spirit, they return to the dust. God marks the dropping of every sparrow.

John Yoo - Ignoring Risks to National Security

These attacks on the intelligence agencies come from the very same politicians who urged the CIA to go on offense. In May 2002, Feinstein herself declared, “I have no question in my mind that had it not been for 9-11 — and I’d do anything if it hadn’t happened — that it would have been business as usual.” She made clear her understanding that the CIA would take unprecedented steps. “It took that attack, I think, to kind of shiver our timbers enough to let us know that the threat is profound, that we have to do some things that historically we have not wanted to do to protect ourselves.” In early 2003, Democratic senator Jay Rockefeller declared that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9-11 attacks, “will be grilled by us.” He went on: “I’m sure we’ll be proper with him, but I’m sure we’ll be very, very tough with him.”

Moses at the Movies

The first 50 minutes or so are taken from the Bible, and show the plague of the firstborn, the Hebrews marching across the desert (in two-strip Technicolor, a very new format at that time), the parting of the Red Sea, the giving of the Ten Commandments and the divine wrath that falls upon the Hebrews when they worship the golden calf. The film then segues to the "present day" and a story about two brothers who were raised in a religious home, one of whom rebels against his mother's faith and ends up suffering for it.

Friends of TGC: Join a Global Gospel Vision

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.

Nine North Korean Orphans That Attempted to Flee With Help of Christian Missionary May Have Been Killed

The North Korea Freedom Federation hosted a press conference earlier this week calling for world governments to take action against North Korea's human rights abuses, after reports emerged that the nine orphans who had attempted to flee in 2013 with the help of a Christian missionary might've been killed.


The Christmas season is often one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, and it’s easy to lose sight of what makes it special. Helping us refocus on what’s truly important, well-known pastor and author John Piper leads readers through twenty-four short meditations on Advent. The devotionals—drawn from Piper’s extensive preaching and teaching ministry—lead readers to ponder afresh the birth of Jesus, Israel’s long-awaited Messiah and the Savior of the world. Reflecting on several Scriptural texts, this accessible volume aims to direct individuals, families, and churches to the most glorious dawning of indestructible joy the world has ever seen: the incarnation of the Son of God.

"A Time to Speak" December 16th (LIVE Streaming Event)

"A Time to Speak" December 16th (LIVE Streaming Event)

PNAS Paper Admits Understanding the Origin of Cellular Features Is a

One remarkable example of how history continues to influence today's cell biology is the near universal use of ATP synthase as a mechanism for energy generation. Embedded in the surface membranes of bacteria and organellar membranes of eukaryotes, this complex molecular machine uses the potential energy of a proton gradient to generate a rotational force that converts ADP to ATP, much like a turbine converts the potential energy of a water gradient into electricity. However, the proton gradient does not come for free: cells first use energy derived from metabolism to pump protons out of membrane-bound compartments, creating the gradient necessary for reentry through ATP synthase. Even assuming that ATP production is an essential requirement for the origin of life, it is by no means clear that the path chosen for ADP-to-ATP conversion is the only possibility.

Is God’s Existence Evident to Every Sincere Seeker? | Reasonable Faith

As for the four examples of other things whose existence is not evident to every sincere seeker, the last two are just silly, and there is every reason to think that the existence of Bigfoot and Santa Claus should not be self-evident. By contrast, the first two examples, especially the first, deserve to be taken very seriously. A Muslim might well claim that Allah will make his existence evident to anyone who sincerely seeks him. I don’t find that claim at all implausible, given that Allah exists. The problem is, we have good reasons to think that the God described in the Qur’an does not exist. We have good reasons to think that the God revealed by Jesus of Nazareth does exist. So in contrast with the four examples, we have good reason to believe that (1´) is true and no comparably good reasons to think that the claims offered on behalf of Allah, Brahman, Bigfoot, or Santa Claus are true.

Popular Science Disproves Virgin Birth with #SCIENCE!!!

First of all, contrary to popular opinion, Christians don’t dispute the fact that that virgins don’t usually give birth. In fact, we believe that just as much as everybody else. We know how sex works–it’s part of how we keep managing to have kids. What’s more, I’m pretty sure people in the 1st Century believed that sort of thing too. Joseph was going to put Mary away quietly when he found out she was pregnant; apparently he didn’t need a 6th grade biology lesson to understand the usual way of things. This why when we talk about Jesus’ virgin birth we tend to use a special word for it:


Crossway is an international not-for-profit Christian ministry publishing gospel-centered, Bible-centered Christian books, the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, and other gospel literature. Since 1938 Crossway has published and distributed more than 2 billion books, Bibles, and gospel tracts in over 50 languages.

The Works of Jonathan Edwards (26 vols.)

Jonathan Edwards, theologian and prominent religious leader of eighteenth-century New England, left his impression on theological thinking not only in this country but throughout the entire Protestant world. There has been no collected edition of Edwards' works since the early nineteenth century, and as recently as a generation ago scholars were likely to describe Edwards as an anachronism and to classify him as a preacher of gore and hellfire. In our own time, many have begun to perceive the majesty and force of Jonathan Edwards' personality, and new investigation has revealed in his thinking a prophetic challenging of assumptions America has long entertained but has only lately been obliged to reexamine. This Yale edition of Edwards' works—a compilation of five decades worth of study and scholarship—will benefit pastors, theologians, laypersons, and anyone interested in Jonathan Edwards, his works, and his impact on American Christian thought.

'Selma' Named Top Film of 2014 by AAFCA; Slated for Christmas Day Release

The three Selma-to-Montgomery marches took place between March 7 and March 25, 1965 and were organized by local African-Americans who advocated equal voting rights. Their attempts to walk the 54-mile highway from Selma to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery proved successful as the movement led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: New Book Provides Evidence: "Exodus God And The King of Kings: The Case For God, Moses, And The Exodus"

Israel to Formerly Be Defined as State of the Jewish People? Christians Debate Affect on Minorities

Some minority Christians in Israel have expressed concern for the proposed "Jewish State" bill that is set to define the country as the "nation-state of the Jewish people." Other commentators have said, however, that it would be incorrect to assume the bill will infringe on the rights of minorities, and instead can be seen as a move to back Israel's right to exist.

Sinners Are Also Sufferers

I don’t think it’s that people really desire to keep sinning, it’s that they don’t know how to break the chain of sin that leads to their suffering. If that makes any sense. I lived that verse until it was almost the end of me. Only with God was it possible to finally open my eyes enough to look at my self inflicted pain that I was causing through my own sin. It’s an issue of bondage and it can be awful.

Four Questions Skeptics Answer About Christians

These questions were asked by Sean McDowell, PhD, Biola, in a friendly group setting with some skeptics recently:

Matt and Lauren Chandler to Christian Singles: Be Honest in Dating Relationships; Focus on God, Not Getting Married

Texas pastor Matt Chandler and his wife, Lauren, advised Christian singles in their weekly video series to be honest as they date and trust God to help find the balance between covering up the past and revealing too much, too soon.

Musical Trio Sings a Beautiful Christmas Hymn Acappella – This Will Fill Your Spirit!

Not only do these three beautiful women join to gather to bring you the true meaning and singing spirit of Christmas, but also sing the song Acappella. It's hard enough to hit the notes to this song, but singing solo with no music is even harder. This uplifting trio with Mackenzie Davis, Grayson Propst , Danielle Wilson will lift your spirit right in time for Christmas.

Christian Gift Ideas: 8 Great Books that Rocked My World - Apologetics Guy

Why this rocks:  It’s accessible, super-practical advice that anyone can get—from the high school kid on your list to the working adult.  This revolutionized my casual conversations with skeptics. Koukl’s tactics give believers the confidence to get out there are start talking to their friends about the faith. It’s one of the books I personally give as gifts to my Christian friends. I even made this required reading for my apologetics students at Western Seminary and William Jessup University!

'Gold Rush' Star Todd Hoffman on Keeping the Faith When Losing It All

Hoffman is known for his faith and his passion for taking care of his miners. However, during the jungle excursion, his right-hand man finally had enough and left the crew. It was devastating to Hoffman and the rest of the men. But the lead miner decided not to give up and is willing to do whatever it takes to get back on his feet. He knows that he has God on his side to help through the trying times.

Islamic State's reign of terror named top religion story of 2014 by Religion Newswriters Association

1.  The self-styled Islamic State expands a reign of terror into Iraq and Syria, driving out the Iraqi army from Mosul and exiling ancient Christian communities, Yazidis and other religious minorities on threat of death. The United Nations, Christians and many Muslim groups strongly condemn the videotaped beheadings of American journalist James Foley and other hostages as inhumane and un-Islamic.

'I Wouldn't Pay to See It;' New Moses Movie Exodus Slammed for Poor Acting, Writing and Crocodile Plague

Ridley Scott's epic film "Exodus: Gods and Kings," based loosely on the story of the biblical Moses, was already under fire for the casting of white actors in lead roles in recent weeks. Now, critics who have seen the film have roundly ridiculed, and in some cases dismissed it as offensive in several scathing reviews.

Erotic liberty v. religious liberty: How the sexual revolution is eclipsing the First Freedom

Employees and executives in many corporations and American institutions already face this threat. They must either endorse the new moral regime or get out of the way. Christian humanitarian organizations face being cut off from access to ministry, unless they endorse the new sexual morality and operate by its precepts. Students in public schools face the denial of religious liberty rights, free association rights, and religious liberty rights as speech, thought, and conduct are increasingly defined in accordance with the new sexual morality. Christian couples may well face severe headwinds as they attempt to adopt children. As the revolution continues, they may find a host of secular family experts threatening to invade the sanctity of family life by asserting a moral authority contrary to that of the parents.

SPECIAL OFFER: Order ‘The Special Guest’ and Support Angel Tree

Lee Allen, author of the popular book  The Special Guest: A Christmas Story , and his wife Donna Campbell Allen (the illustrator for The Special Guest ) are sponsoring Angel Tree this Christmas season. The Allens‘ goal is to raise $100,000 through a promotion called the “12 Days Before Christmas: $100K Challenge.”

When God Doesn't Zap Away Our Sin

But more commonly God’s grace is not manifested in the instant obliteration of a sin. Instead, his grace is manifested in a newfound desire to destroy that sin. God does not zap away our sin, but gives us a new hatred for it and a new desire to do the hard work of battling it. He does not sovereignly remove it in a moment, but extends grace so we can battle it for a lifetime. He extends grace so we can see continuous, incremental success, knowing our weakness and crying out for his strength. He gives what we need, even if it isn’t quite what we want.

University of Maine official thinks candy canes are prohibited religious symbols

The University of Maine is in damage-control mode after the head of auxiliary services told his staff “not to decorate any public areas with Christmas or any other religious themed decorations” like Christmas trees, wreaths, Christmas presents or candy canes, the Bangor Daily News says.

7 Timeless Christian Movies That You Should See (If You Haven't Already)

Making faith based movies can be a risky decision when it comes to funding and cost. If you are a Christian then you certainly have watched some great films growing up. Most faith based films have good intentions and send a positive message through their film.

High Stakes Sharing: Reaching Out to Family, a guest post by Nancy Grisham

Just last week, I featured a new resource from the Billy Graham Center called "Speaking the Story," which helps Christians share the gospel with family and friends at Christmas time. Nancy's topic today is central to this idea. Working through the relational dynamics that go along with family get-togethers can be challenging, especially when you're trying to share the gospel.

Alabama Church Holds Service Inside Buffalo Wild Wings

The church meeting will be called The Stream and it will take place shortly before the Buffalo Wild Wings location opens for business. It will not feature a worship band, but will include other practices normally seen in traditional services.

Christian War Hero Louis Zamperini Wanted 'Unbroken' Movie to Speak to Everyone, Not Only Christians, Says Angelina Jolie (Video)

World War II Hero Louis Zamperini wanted Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" to reach everyone and not just Christians, as he hoped that ultimately his remarkable life story would deliver the message of Christ to people of all faiths.

Woodlands Church on Twitter

We are so grateful & proud of our selfless congregation, who donated & assembled 176 kids bikes yesterday evening.

New Justice Department study reveals that about 1 in 52.6 college women have been victims of rape/sexual assault - AEI

The Department of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics) released a report yesterday titled “ Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013 .”  The report was based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) of women ages 18-24 for both reported and unreported cases of rape and sexual assault. Rape and sexual assault are defined by the NCVS to include: a) completed and attempted rape, b) completed and attempted sexual assault, and c) threats of rape or sexual assault, so the study provides a pretty comprehensive analysis of rape and sexual assault among young women. The report includes both: a) students (enrolled in college, university, trade school, or vocational school) and b) nonstudents for the 18 to 24 age group, which allows for a comparison of “ campus rape/sexual assault” and offenses that take place for that age group among nonstudents. Here are some of the report’s findings:

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52 National Treasure Alert: Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere Was Just Dug Up in Boston
53 Holiday Traditions, Under Construction
54 Nation's Largest Pentecostal Denominations Affirm That 'Black Lives Matter;' Call for Christian Solidarity Despite Personal Opinions
56 Why Are Millennials More Pro-Life Than Their Parents' Generation?
57 Scholarship
58 Pope Francis Confirms That All Dogs, Do in Fact, Go to Heaven
60 My Thoughts on Exodus: Gods and Kings
61 The Christmas Faith-Defending Challenge | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
62 Book Review: "Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment" by Gregg R. Allison
65 11 Resolutions Everyone Should Consider Making Next Year
66 Howell Harris and the Evangelical Revival in Wales
67 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
68 Better toilets will save the church, says TV newsreader – Premier Premier
69 Did the early church invent the divinity of Jesus over a long period of time?
70 TGC Spotlight 12.12.14
71 RELEVANT Podcast: Propaganda
72 Focus on the Family on Twitter
73 Study: Porn Influences, Harms Men's Real-Life Sexual Experiences
74 Why the Virgin Birth Is Essential
75 The Christian Post on Twitter
76 US Dept of Education to Schools: Let Students Choose if They Are Boy or Girl, Even for Sex Education Classes
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78 Stealing From God (paperback)
79 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL - Travel
80 Catalyst on Twitter
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82 WORLD | Canadian education minister revokes approval for Christian law school | J.C. Derrick | Dec. 12, 2014
83 WORLD | Athletes and influence | Barnabas Piper | Dec. 12, 2014
84 Five Most Common Ways Churches Determine Pastors' Salaries
85 WORLD | Thinking biblically about torture | Nick Eicher | Dec. 12, 2014
86 Authors of 1 in 5 rape study explain how their work is being misrepresented
87 The Real Issue: Four Challenges to the Apologetic Life
88 Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Why We Should Expect God to be a Trinity
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