Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom
Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom.
Military Voices - 1914 - The Carol of Christmas [Official Video]
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Flash Mob sings Amazing Grace at Rivertown Mall
Amazing Grace sung by a few thousand as a flash mob in Rivertown Mall in Grandville Michigan. Also see it on Facebook at: Photos in Motion Video Production S...
James White vs Abdullah Kunde - Can God Become A Man?
Debate filmed 17/09/2011 at UNSW, Sydney, Australia.
Aren't Christians motivated by fear of hell?
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - Aren't Christians living a "good life" just because they want to go to heaven? Aren't they living this way so they won't go ...
[Dr. Craig Evans] First Century Fragment of Mark
The 2014 Apologetics Canada Conference was held at Northview Church in Abbotsford, BC and Willingdon Church in Vancouver, BC Canada on March 7-8. The confere...
Do Extraordinary Events Require Extraordinary Evidence?
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - Dr. William Lane Craig answers a common reply that extraordinary events require extraordinary evidence. Related: Do Miracles...
Debate: Crucifixion or Crucifiction? The Arguments of Ahmed Deedat Examined in Debate
One of the most famous presentations made by the late Ahmed Deedat was his talk, "Crucifixion or Crucifiction?" In this debate from Durban, South Africa, Dee...
Debate: The Christology of John vs. the Qur'an: Juma Masjid, Durban, South Africa
James White and Yusuf Ismail debate the Christology of the Gospel of John, and then the Christology of the Qur'an, in an historic debate in the famous Grey S...
Before There Was Billy Graham, There Was…
I think that George Whitefield and Billy Graham are very, very similar. In the Anglo-American world, they are the two most important evangelists since the Reformation. They both have a unique gifting in preaching that is close to unparalleled. They were both very good at using modern media techniques to get the word out about their gospel message. Both of them are strongly non-denominational or inter-denominational in their emphasis on the New Birth. For both of them, there’s a way in which the only question that they really care about is whether you’ve been born again or not.
SBJT 18.2 : George Whitefield (Complete)
SBJT 18.2 : George Whitefield (Complete)
Why Torture Is a Complete Failure
I was not surprised that the recent Senate report found that torture failed to result in any actionable intelligence. In other words, the enhanced interrogation techniques did not save innocent lives by thwarting terror plots. As a war crimes prosecutor, I heard the line that abusive treatment worked and saved lives, but remained skeptical since I was never given any details. Now, the official majority finding of the Senate Committee confirmed my suspicions.
Love Jesus? Love His Bride
Our self-serving culture makes many unwilling to do the hard work of loving difficult people. We’re so used to just “unfriending” them. But learning to tolerate, forgive, and embrace those who hurt us is a crucial part of life—nowhere more than in the church, the institution that Christ calls His Bride.
In Bioethics, Infanticide Is Now
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According to Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith, the number one reason students reject the faith in college is intellectual skepticism. Naturally, many parents are concerned that their children will reject the Christian view of ethics, sexuality and human sacredness during their years in college. Unfortunately, many Christian students are ill-equipped to respond to the arguments they will hear in the classroom disparaging Christian history and doctrine.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Is Our Universe Simply the Winner of a Universe Lottery?
One formulation of the design argument for God's existence is as follows:
1. The fine-tuning of the universe is due to either physical necessity, chance, or design.
2. It is not due to physical necessity or chance.
3. Therefore, it is due to design.
Sometimes skeptics will offer a lottery example in order to justify the chance alternative. In his book On Guard , William Lane Craig illustrates how this claim might sound:
"In a lottery where all the tickets are sold, it's fantastically improbable that any one person should win, yet somebody has to win! It would be unjustified for the winner, whoever he may be, to say, 'The odds against my winning were twenty million to one. And yet I won! The lottery must have been rigged!'
In the same way, they say, some universe out of the range of possible universes has to exist. The winner of the universe lottery would also be unjustified to think that because his universe exists, this must have been the result of design, not chance. All the universes are equally improbable, but one of them, by chance, has to win.
The Darkness of Christmas
Whenever we talk about Christmas we think about happy, joyous times, and that is most certainly the case for many. In the years since our first loss, we’ve had Christmases of joy and Christmases of sorrow. We know the feelings of both. But for others, Christmas can carry a dark cloud of sadness, a sadness that never seems to let up and is only exacerbated by the happiness swirling around you. For some, Christmas is a reminder of the darkness of painful circumstances. It carries no tidings of great joy. Maybe you are facing your first Christmas without your spouse or parents. Maybe you are reminded every Christmas season of your longings for a spouse. The loneliness can make celebrating the holidays too much to bear. Maybe your table is missing a beloved child who is wayward, and things never seem the same without him. Maybe your parents are divorced and you shuffle between two houses on Christmas day, while your friends spend family time together. Christmas feels isolating and meaningless when all is not as it should be.
The Briefing 12-16-14
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J Warner Wallace: Its time for the Church to return to its roots
. It appears most of the Church is undiscipled, at least in terms of their ability to defend what they believe. It’s time for the Church to return to its roots…to return to a form of Christian discipleship celebrating the life of the mind as the foundation for all other aspects of the Christian life. Ideas have consequences and no Christian behavior or response is possible without a rational foundation in the Scripture. When we are properly discipled, we understand the reasonable foundation for our beliefs and are ready to engage the world as Paul did in the first century. It’s time to start using the word “disciple” as a verb.
Gavin Calver leaves YFC for EA – Premier Premier
The National Director of Christian charity Youth for Christ has announced he's leaving the organisation to take up a role with the Evangelical Alliance.
Thoughts on Ferguson
There is indeed an epidemic of violence against black men. However, that violence, more often than not, occurs at the hands of other black men. In fact, black men are several times more likely to be murdered at the hands of another black man than they are to be killed by the police. For instance, in the FBI homicide stats from 2012 , there were 2,648 blacks murdered. Of those, 2,412 were murdered by members of their own ethnic group. Thus, if I am going to speak out about anything, it will be black-on-black crime; not blue-on-black. I want to apply the gospel and its implications in a way that addresses the real issue. If a few black men being killed by cops requires a national “dialogue,” what in the world does the overwhelming number of black-on-black murders require? If the police do not see black men through the proper gospel-centered, image-of-God lens, what does the black-on-black murder rate say about the way we see ourselves?
6 Things People Get Wrong About the Bible's Christmas Story
Since most people thought that the Nativity was set in a stable, it made sense that there were animals present: donkeys, oxen, sheep, and of course the camels that those three "kings" rode in on, to name a few. But other than some sheep in the fields, not one of those animals is ever mentioned in the Biblical story. It turns out that the transformation of the Christ Child's makeshift maternity ward into a menagerie started when early Christians wanted to fill the scene with more animal symbolism than a C.S. Lewis story. (The plethora of roles in the Christmas play for children who can't be trusted with speaking parts was an unintentional bonus.)
Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Service By All Of Them (WATCH THE SHOCKING VIDEO) - Walid Shoebat
“Sexual preference” is (as an example), doing it with the lights on, or dressed as Disney characters. When you can tell me at what point you tried homosexuality, like (for example) chocolate ice cream, and decided you didn’t like it, you can talk to me about my ‘preference’. It’s not like a religion, because it’s not something I choose to believe; it’s like being right-handed, which I cannot change. And please don’t play the paranoid victim card; if I needed a cake and walked up to a bakery with big prominent “We live our lives 100% according to the Bible”, I would 1) steer clear, and 2) not believe a word of it. Christian bakeries are not being targeted; nice gay couples are going into bakeries, asking for a cake (A cake! Not a religious blessing! Not a baptism!) only to discover the owners are bigots. And until you can prove that all these “Christian” bakers also refuse cakes to divorcees and fathers who refuse to sell their daughters into slavery, don’t pretend this is anything but selective interpretation of the Bible to support their own bigotry.
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Top: Jimmy Hardin, an associate professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, co-directed a team in Israel that found archaeological evidence from the time of kings David and Solomon. In his MSU laboratory, Hardin examines an Egyptian figurine dating to the 10th or 11th century BC. (Photo by Megan Bean) Below: A Mississippi State University team found this bulla, or ancient clay seal, on a dig site in southern Israel last summer. It offers evidence of government activity in the 10th century B.C., a time when many scholars said a kingdom could not exist in the region. (Photo by University of Wisconsin/Nathaniel Greene)
Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender
Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a "genderbread" person for lessons in gender identity.
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 84 children in 'horrifying' massacre
• The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban) has claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was in revenge for an anti-terrorist military offensive.
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What Does the X in Xmas Mean?
The idea of X as an abbreviation for the name of Christ came into use in our culture with no intent to show any disrespect for Jesus. The church has used the symbol of the fish historically because it is an acronym. Fish in Greek (ichthus) involved the use of the first letters for the Greek phrase “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” So the early Christians would take the first letter of those words and put those letters together to spell the Greek word for fish. That’s how the symbol of the fish became the universal symbol of Christendom. There’s a long and sacred history of the use of X to symbolize the name of Christ, and from its origin, it has meant no disrespect.
Obama Quotes Nonexistent Bible Verse During Speech About Immigration
President Obama referred to the Bible on Tuesday as he was speaking about immigration reform in Nashville, but he confused some of the lines and even threw in a proverb that appears nowhere in the religious text.
A Violent Christmas
Now when [the wise men] had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called my son."
How to Help the Hurting
Related to the above, unless you have one within reach , don’t offer to go get them a Kleenex, or anything like that. Now if they appear visibly self-conscious of the fact that they are getting gooey–then offer to get them one. Otherwise, let them cry. Offering to go get them a Kleenex can send the message, “You’re getting kind of messy right now; let me help you fix it!” Just let people cry. If I know people are going to be emotional around me, then I have a box of Kleenex within their reach so that they can get one if they want. I’ve seen some so upset that they didn’t care that their nose was running and that L’Oreal was streaming down their faces. They were just glad to be heard by someone who cared.
Christmas Made Simpler
Because of these major travel plans for our rowdy group of six, many things in the month of December have been simplified. And I’m finding it very freeing. Although I normally love the tradition of cutting down our tree and decorating it, this year we just have lighted greenery on our piano and a few Christmas decorations scattered around the house. Decorating took half the time and half the expense! Smaller and simpler gifts are being bought that can easily be packed in our suitcases. In fact, I was nearly done shopping by the start of December!
Christmas Traditions: For Progress and Joy in the Faith
If you are just beginning to develop your own traditions, decide on some foods you will prepare only at Christmas. Maybe there are foods you grew up eating. If not, choose something you love! Our favorites are five special types of cookies my mother made year to year. And we always have a Swedish smorgasbord on Christmas Eve, in honor of Ray’s ethnic heritage, complete with fruit soup and rice pudding (but we draw the line at lutefisk—sorry, Dad). The traditional food is shared with words about the faith passed down in Ray’s family, and the faith that blossomed in mine as my parents grew to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
It’s Not All About the Weekend
Pastor-elder, be a student of effective and gifted pastors, but please do not rob Jesus of his glory by trying to copy someone else’s preaching or leadership style. The Lord Jesus created you to be unique! There is no one else in the universe who can be you. So let God the Holy Spirit form you into the best you that you can be. When you try to be like another leader, you rob Jesus of the glory of shaping you into the leader he desires you to be. In an instant, we can download a great pastor’s sermons or attend a conference with a lineup of pastoral all-stars and have access to excellent leaders and what they’ve done in their ministries. This is a blessing. But it can become a curse if we don’t allow Jesus to take us to a place of utter desperation that causes us to rely on him so he can innovate through us. Desperation births innovation.
‘Being Authentic’ is More Than Just Being Honest
Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), who is considered the father of existentialism, speaks of people who is unconsciously fleeing from the opportunity to live an authentic life. - The Sickness Unto Death, is a book written by Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard in 1849 under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus. A work of Christian existentialism. - In The Sickness Unto Death, Kierkegaard personifies an attitude with the average citizen (spissborger). This is an individual who is unconsciously fleeing from the opportunity to live an authentic life. This average citizen often appears as "morally superior" to others, but really this is an unreflected individual. The individual are being swallowed up by social norms and others expectations, without even being aware of this. The result is that the individual becomes alienated (fremmedgjort) both from himselves and the society. - An individual's values must be the result of an "existential awareness". The important thing is to preserve the independence and responsibility in interacting with other people, and it's precisely this ability the character never did develop (Matthew 22:39).
3 Deadly Behaviors That Can Kill Your Marriage ... And How I’m Learning to Avoid Them - Dad Matters
A Deadly Pattern of Rudeness If I had a dollar for every joke I’ve heard about guys leaving the toilet seat up, I’d be writing this from my second home in the Caymans.The reason it’s a common punch line is … it’s a common annoying habit some of us guys have. Leaving your clothes on the floor, not emptying the wastebasket when it’s full, playing video games or watching TV when your spouse is trying to communicate with you, or giving your wife an insult disguised as humor are other common examples of habits that may seem small, but can cause a large degree of frustration.Mitch says that the first step to changing such bad habits is to accept that what you are doing isn’t acceptable. Then, you need to do something about it, and make a concerted effort to stop the chronically annoying habit.
We live in a capitalist world in which people are weighted and measured by the kind of cars they drive and clothes they wear and home they own. And I think as a father and husband, there’s a side to me that wants to get my family something really nice to communicate that I care for them deeply and that I’ve listened to them and taken the hints. I’m aware of what they’re telling me. But on the other hand I think it’s very easy to be caught up in a merchandise culture and forget that the thing we truly care deeply about is our family. It’s not the things that they can give us; it’s them. We want their love and to enjoy that relationship. Greed is a big problem and I’m not surprised that Thorin’s greed would have application in ours lives.
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Pass The Mic: Vincent Bacote
Jemar sits down with Dr Vincent Bacote to discuss Public Theology, Abraham Kuyper, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and integrating our Christian faith into all of life.
2015 Winter Conference at Reformation Bible College
I am pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on inerrancy on January 26, 2015. During my time in seminary and the early days of my ministry, I saw first hand Abraham Kuyper's observation that biblical criticism has become biblical vandalism. Sadly, we are seeing such vandalism even in our evangelical churches today.
The 2014 Christ and Pop Culture 25: #20 to 16
The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the last year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in and outside of the church, to show the way God uses Christians to shine a light on the world, and the ways God’s common grace spills out into the most surprising places.
This Little Girl Reminds Us About Who Protects and Loves Us the Most in This Short Precious Prayer!
It is a reminder to us all to thank the Lord everyday for all that he has blessed us with. Most of us forget to do this. But, it is important that we spend time alone and speak with the Lord whenever we can. Short, sweet and to the point is this girls prayer. She tells us why she loves Jesus so much! SHARE it with ALL!
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.
How to Ruin a Moses Movie
In the future, this movie should be taught in film schools to show all the ways a movie based on a Bible story can go wrong. Here are a few of the lessons Scott's film can teach future generations of filmmakers about how to ruin a movie about Moses.
Kony 2012's Invisible Children Makes Major Cuts for One Final Year Fighting the LRA
Before the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and "Gangnam Style," there was "Kony 2012." The controversial campaign targeting Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) which has long plagued Uganda, remains an advocacy game-changer and a virality record holder. But the organization behind it, Invisible Children, will significantly downsize this month and likely shutter most operations by end of 2015.
Atlanta-Area Thieves Use Prayer to Steal Cash, Credit Cards From Distracted Supermarket Shoppers
The police alert states that a team of two women are carrying out a prayer distraction scam on unsuspecting shoppers at local stores in the tri-county area. The scam entails one of the women distracting a shopper by sparking up a conversation that ultimately leads to the targeted victim bowing her head as the woman leads in prayer, while the partner sneaks up and swipes the shopper's credit cards, cash and other valuable personal items that are sitting in the cart as the shopper is distracted.
Gay Christianity: Toward a Theological and Pastoral Response
We cannot undersell this text, as we are sorely tempted to do today. It is formative. We might be tempted internally and externally to sin. But that’s not who we are. That is not our identity. We have overcome our sinful identities because of Christ crucified and risen. If this is not true, if Christianity is not transformative, then the gospel is just spiritual Tylenol. We swallow it on a daily basis to feel a little better, but it offers no long-term aid. It cannot heal. It cannot renew. But this is not what the gospel is. It is the word of life that brings out the obedience of faith.
Man Gives His Evidence for an Unprovable God
Most of us are intimated by faith. We dismiss belief that something is greater than us. But, when you look at the beauty of life, there is a fingerprint of design all around us. Religion is not the way of life. It's not about right or wrong, or following a list of rules. It is the identity of Jesus, that gives rest to the soul. We often turn to God in desperate times, but the truth is, God has never left us. If you seek Him you will find Him.
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.
A Santa run, Chanukah, and carols from Headington, Charles Nove - BBC Radio Oxford
are unhappy the Church of England has appointed a bishop to look after churches opposed to women bishops, before they've even appointed one. Charles also looks ahead to Chanukah as Oxford's Jewish community prepare to light candles on the Menorah outside Balliol College, and our countdown to Christmas continues with carols from Windmill Primary School in Headington.
3 Reasons Why I Stand with the Protestors
Some Christians oppose the marches and the activists. They have argued and continue to think that Christians should not be involved in protest. They tell us that Christians should only focus on “the gospel” and “spiritual themes.” This, they say, is most true of pastors. They are quick to say, “Ferguson is not the right case to use for justice.” But even when a plain case appears on the screen—like John Crawford shot in Wal-Mart, or Eric Garner choked to death, or Tamir Rice shot while playing—they can’t find it in themselves to say “Here’s the case!” Their failure proves their insincerity. They act as if the gospel has nothing to say to the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized and the mistreated—and that’s why their “gospel” remains a cruel delusion to those who need it in such trying times.
Franklin Graham: Christians Should Never Deny Jesus Christ to Spare Their Own Lives
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Christians should never deny Jesus Christ in order to spare their lives from slaughter by terrorists, such as ISIS, and further asserts that doing so would be a betrayal against martyrs who stood strong for their faith, despite persecution.
Save the Date
This article has a lot of great info in it. Only problem is the ridiculous sub-title "fixing what the Church got wrong about dating." This website, although they occasional publish good articles, is way to frequent an offender when it comes too slandering the Church. "The Church" is the universal Church. It is the Bride of Christ. It didn't get anything wrong. You can't take one person's experience and say "'the Church' did this or that." No, the Church didn't do anything wrong. The Church teaches God's Word. Of course, there are individual leaders who give bad advice. Most of the advice is based on cultural trends and changes dramatically over time and across geography. There are Christian authors who publish ridiculous books like "I kissed dating goodbye." I knew that book was ridiculous when I read it at 14 years old. But let's stop blaming things on the Church. She didn't do anything. She's not responsible for individual's mistakes. I'm SO tired of 20 something guys talking about what's wrong with the Church because they read a Francis Chan book and now they've got it all figured out.
Pastor Saeed Abedini Pens Moving Christmas Letter From Prison to Family, Believers: 'These Days Are Very Cold Here'
"These days are very cold here. My small space beside the window is without glass making most nights unbearable to sleep. The treatment by fellow prisoners is also quite cold and sometimes hostile. Some of my fellow prisoners don't like me because I am a convert and a pastor. They look at me with shame as someone who has betrayed his former religion," writes Abedini in the opening of his letter.
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