629. How Does Feminism View Men?
Dianna Newman describes how feminism devalues the role of men in society.
How to be Ultra Spiritual (funny) - with JP Sears
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Jon Tyson | Your Church is Only As Good As Its Disciples
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Dr. Lane Tipton - ST223 Doctrine of Christ
Dr. Lane Tipton, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, describes his class "Doctrine of Christ" and how it fits into Systematic Theology and the entire...
WORLD | Obama on Cuba: Isolation has not worked | Leigh Jones | Dec. 17, 2014
Under the new policy, Americans will be able to travel more freely to Cuba and use debit and credit cards on the island. Cuban-Americans will be allowed to send more money to relatives, a bid to help boost the nation’s economy and help foster business efforts. The U.S. also will ease sanctions on exports to Cuba, including building materials for private residential construction, goods for use by private sector Cuban entrepreneurs, and agricultural equipment for small farmers.
Engaging Race Face to Face
While it might seem easiest not to engage this topic, or while some might expect the current discussion to quickly fade, Lecrae helps us see that there is a healthy, necessary way to move forward. The broad webcast isn’t the final word. But rather, as Lecrae explains in this six-minute video from last year, “There needs to be small, intimate settings of people coming together to wrestle through this, to ask the hard questions, pushing and pulling to have a better understanding of where we stand.”
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The Moment of Truth: Its Reception
During the trial of Jesus, Pontius Pilate asked a question that has resounded through the ages: “What is truth?” That is the key question for today, when the idea of absolute truth is increasingly and soundly rejected in our culture. To help us understand what is at stake, we are examining the conversation between Jesus and Pilate in John 18. In the first post, we looked at the rejection of God’s truth as that which lies behind all sorts of evil in society today, and in the second post, we looked at the reality of truth. This post will look at the reception of truth. Let us review our passage:
The Briefing 12-17-14
1) Deliberate targeting of Pakistani children clear rejection of just war theory
Christianity on Campus: Time for Our Voice to Be Heard
Working for two campus-related ministries and being the mom of a college student, I read a lot of research, hear a lot of reports and am all too aware of how precariously close we are to having the voice of truth, reason and Christianity silenced on campus. It’s time for the body of Christ to speak up. The college campus is key in how the Christian worldview will be heard in the marketplace. And it will take all of us–from campus ministries, to churches and parachurch ministries, to parents and grandparents—to amplify that voice. It’s time for clarity, empowerment and resonance.
But Imagination Redeemed transforms our perspective by showing that every page of Scripture prompts us to use our imaginations, and this is one essential way the Spirit uses Scripture to form us as Christ followers. We don’t passively sit under Scripture. We are being trained to use our imaginations actively in right ways. Veith and Ristuccia contrast the reading or hearing of Scripture with the viewing of images on a screen; when the images are supplied to us, rather than constructed in our minds responsively, we are passive and don’t learn to use our imaginations actively.
Triablogue: Yes, Apologetics Makes A Difference
Jason, I agree with your post completely. The David Wood video was very moving. I would simply add--and it should be noted that this is an "addition" and not a contradiction--that apologetics helps in other ways besides leading to conversions. Apologetics helps the people of God as they see the truthfulness of Christian claims vindicated in the arena of debate. I think particularly of Apollos in Acts 18. It is said that "he greatly helped those who had believed through grace..." And how did he do this? The next verse answers: "for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ." (Acts 18.27-28). Even if none of Apollos' opponents turned in conversion the fact that he helped the church is reason enough why we need apologetics. Thank you for your work in standing in the tradition of Apollos and helping the church!
6 Times Stephen Colbert Got Serious About Faith
I am an Atheist who is the world's biggest Stephen Colbert fan. It's interesting because as an Atheist, I watched the interviews with Mr. Ehrman and Mr. Zimbardo and what I saw was a completely different interview than what was described in this article. You see what you want to see. Those who are Evangelical Christians will see the interviews as they are described in this article. I think if you are a more moderate Christian (like Stephen) you will probably see it more like a civil debate between two people where both people make good points for their side of the argument. If you are a militant Atheist you may see it as the complete opposite of what's described in this article. I am not a militant Atheist. I am a comedy fan, which is why I love Stephen. I saw it as a man playing a character who is pretending to be willfully ignorant about what the guest is talking about and has told the guest as much prior to the interview. I saw a guest who is trying to disabuse the character Stephen of his ignorance. Stephen wants the guest to have fun and the audience to laugh. When he is doing his show, his main goal is to try to be funny, not to try to score a victory for Christianity.
Episode 1: Is There a God?
Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?
Evangelical Colleges: Unlikely Allies in #BlackLivesMatter
Responses to the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18 year-old Michael Brown have mostly been split down party lines. But on evangelical Christian college campuses across America, demonstrations and protests have sprung up that would seem to defy conventional wisdom about the religious right.
One Sentence That Pastors and Church Staff Hate to Hear
The United Church of Canada requires each congregation to have team called Ministry Personnel, whose mandate is to be a support for all personnel – ministers, musicians, office staff. They also interpret to those staff issues of the congregation. Ministry Personnel Committee members are to be objective, and ideally have some HR background. If any member has an axe to grind with one of the staff, the church board or council can remove them from the committee – and therein lies the rub – most don’t want to do that. However, complaints have to be in writing and signed or they cannot be considered – and the person against whom the complaint is made is entitled to see the letters and know who is complaining. Most congregations are good at managing that, some not so much. In my last congregation, the chair of the committee when I arrived had been in HR with the government and was a strong support – if he heard things he would come to talk and we together worked out a way to deal with the issues informally. Then the committee changed, and got two co-chairs, who proceeded to stage an ambush at a meeting….
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Viva Cigars! Easing of Cuba Trade Embargo Would Be 'Huge'
An easing of trade restrictions between the United States and Cuba could produce losers as well as winner in the cigar industry. Cabrera predicted a threat to cigar sales from the Dominican Republic into the United States, for example, though he said any downturn would be temporary. Aside from the Dominican Republic, major cigar-producing nations include Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador and others.
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Sorry Again, John 3:16: The World's 10 Most Popular Bible Verses of 2014
Philippians made out well this year. The New Testament letter authored by the Apostle Paul contained 3 of the top 10 Bible verses that were most bookmarked, highlighted, and shared with YouVersion’s Bible app in 2014, according to an end-of-year analysis released today [infographic below].
Editor’s Choice: The Best of 2014
Next year The Gospel Coalition turns 10 years old, and our staff has begun sifting through old notes and videos compiled since our Council first met on May 17, 2005. That first meeting kicked off with Tim Keller teaching from Luke 5:12-13 as he talked about the need for evangelical leaders who would be critical of their culture and yet creative in communicating the gospel to it. Don Carson offered a history of evangelicalism since World War II that observed the relative strengths of today's church, especially with regard to publishing. But he also indentified race relations, homosexuality, and polarization as weaknesses Christians must band together to address with a prophetic voice centered on the gospel.
Cave find suggests when humans figured out fire
Cave find suggests when humans figured out fire
As early human milestones go, it's as big as they get: the "invention" of fire. Or more precisely, the mastering of fire. Now archaeologists studying an ancient cave in Israel say they've figured out when
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The Gospel in Puerto Rico
Our island is mired in an unprecedented economic crisis. This has led to a surge in violence, corruption, and general unease among the population. Because of our socio-political circumstances, families are migrating to the United States in large numbers. How can this encourage me today? After 30 years of saturation in prosperity theology and “word of faith” teaching, we finally have the right setting and the attention of Christians to teach the basic tenets of the faith. If something motivates me today it is how many brothers truly hunger for sound teaching.
The Miracle of Angel Tree
At a time of year that can be full of sorrow for parents separated from their children, Angel Tree allows moms and dads to reach out from behind prison bars with a message of love for their families. As friends like you enable them to have a moment of connection, wounded hearts begin to heal from the pain and shame of the past.
MARCO RUBIO: Cuba Deal Part Of Obama's 'Long Record Of Coddling Dictators And Tyrants'
“Today’s announcement initiating a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Cuba is just the latest in a long line of failed attempts by President Obama to appease rogue regimes at all cost. “Like all Americans, I rejoice at the fact that Alan Gross will be able to return to his family after five years in captivity. Although he is supposedly being released on humanitarian grounds, his inclusion in a swap involving intelligence agents furthers the Cuban narrative about his work in Cuba. In contrast, the Cuban Five were spies operating against our nation on American soil. They were indicted and prosecuted in a court of law for the crimes of espionage and were linked to the murder of the humanitarian pilots of Brothers to the Rescue. There should be no equivalence between the two, and Gross should have been released unconditionally. “The President’s decision to reward the Castro regime and begin the path toward the normalization of relations with Cuba is inexplicable. Cuba’s record is clear. Just as when President Eisenhower severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Castro family still controls the country, the economy and all levers of power.
Go Overboard Celebrating Christmas
Some of you have heard that the Puritans hated Christmas, that they were the original scrooges and grinches. But this, as is often the case, is grossly unfair to them. One of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly, George Gillespie, a staunch opponent of the church year being used to bind the conscience, said this: "The keeping of some festival days is set up instead of the thankful commemoration of God's inestimable benefits, howbeit the festivity of Christmas have hitherto served more to Bachanalian lasciviousness than to the remembrance of the birth of Christ." In other words, a person might object to pepper spraying fellow shoppers on Black Friday without rejecting the blessing of Thanksgiving. He can object to a Mardi Gras orgy without objecting to the celebration of Christ's resurrection. He can turn away from a drunken office party without denying the Incarnation. And there was, for the Puritans, the matter of compulsion also.
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The Dangers of Door-to-Door Evangelism
At the time, I did not possess any theories about the most effective or most biblical method of evangelism. I gravitated toward friendship evangelism because it better suited my personality and because, well, it “felt” right. Like many other Americans, I’ve always hated the “hard sell” and have quickly (if politely) closed the door or hung up the phone whenever a solicitor has tried to sell me something. If I was going to share the message of grace with my fellow students, I did not want it to sound like a sales pitch. I wanted it to rise up organically from our friendship, or at least from a sense of shared interests and passions.
I Am Not Sorry the CIA Waterboarded
I am not sorry Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the operational mastermind of 9/11, was waterboarded 183 times. KSM also murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl in 2002. He boasted about it: “I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew,” he said after his capture.
TGC Staff Cite Best Books from 2014
The fact that hundreds of thousands of books are published annually didn’t keep us from intrepidly citing our favorites in 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , or 2013 . Year-end lists are fun—and hopefully beneficial, too—so let’s continue the tradition. Some TGC staff members have identified several books (potential Christmas gifts!), all published in 2014, which we found to be particularly edifying or enjoyable. Our comments briefly explain why we appreciated them and how they might benefit you.
David and Jonathan’s Love Was Pure, Not Erotic
3. Homosexual orientation, therefore, does not yield an enhanced Christian spirituality. We are hearing this increasingly today. I want to go on record as making clear, for whatever it is worth (and that is very little indeed), that David and Jonathan–as just one example–did not have a trace of homosexual desire between them. There is nothing in Scripture that remotely indicates that there was any eroticism in their friendship. Their love for one another was great; their bond was intense and extreme. But nothing in 1 Samuel 18 indicates even an inkling of sexual interest for either man.
"'Gospel-centeredness' has become the new, vogue term for pastors and churches. Greg Gilbert does a masterful job in this book explaining what that gospel actually is. He shows us that many well-meaning churches have distorted the gospel through false teaching, and others have abandoned the gospel because of embarrassment or simply neglect. This is a profound analysis of the gospel, expressed in a poignant, relevant way. I am very grateful for Greg’s prophetic call to return to the straightforward message of the cross."
—J. D. Greear , Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Jesus, Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You
An Interview with Thomas Kidd on George Whitefield
I recently sat down with Thomas Kidd, professor of history at Baylor University and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, to talk about his new biography of George Whitefield , recently published by Yale University Press.
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To be a Christian is to be a disciple. Jesus said that anyone who would be a disciple of Christ must “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Nobody, however, does this perfectly. All Christians face struggles and obstacles in their walk with Christ. And yet, the New Testament calls disciples of Jesus to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Bilbo’s Last Goodbye
One of the great effects, both of Tolkien’s stories and Jackson’s retellings, is the expansion of the human soul. We have such a proclivity to settle into such small things over time. We were made for more than vicarious living through social media and ESPN. There is real adventure to be had in God’s fantastic world, real evil to fight, real moral complexities to navigate, real sorrows to bear, real redemption to celebrate. Tolkien created Middle-earth not as an escape from the real world, but as a retreat to see our reality all the clearer and come back more wide awake to our world.
Moses Without the Supernatural — Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”
Critics are piling on. Film critics tend to be rather eccentric sorts and some of them seem almost impossible to please. As a general rule, critical acclaim and popularity with the public are not directly related. Some of the concerns are quite legitimate, however. Public Radio International published a review noting that “Hollywood Has a Race Problem.” Virtually all of the leading roles are played by white actors, even though the ancient Egyptians were certainly not caucasian. As PRI noted, “Ramses, the Egyptian pharaoh who enslaved the Jews in the Old Testament, is played by a white actor. In fact, the entire lead cast of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is white. Moses is white. Moses’ mother is white. The Egyptian prince is white. The African queen is white, too.”
How Social Media Warps Christmas and Makes Us Forget the True Meaning of the Holidays
It's a wonderful time of the year that we can all enjoy. Being cozy and warm during the cold winter day. Watching movies together as a family and most of all visiting family from all over. But, it is also the time of the year when we start to use our bank accounts frequently. Sometimes we may even go as far as putting a price tag on the people we love most. This is where problems occur most, along with stress.
Russell Moore on Vatican Trip: World's Religious Leaders Optimistic About Their Fight Against the Sexual Revolution
WASHINGTON — Leaders from most of the world's major religious groups who gathered at the Vatican last month for a conference on marriage left optimistic that they can win their fight against the forces of the sexual revolution emanating from the West, Dr. Russell Moore said.
Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Pens Beautiful, Tragic Christmas Letter From Cell
These conditions have made this upcoming Christmas season very hard, cold and shattering for me. It appears that I am alone with no one left beside me. These cold and brittle conditions have made me wonder why God chose the hardest time of the year to become flesh and why He came to the earth in the weakest human condition (as a baby). Why did God choose the hardest place to be born in the cold weather? ... Dear sisters and brothers, the fact of the Gospel is that it is not only the story of Jesus, but it is the key of how we are to live and serve like Jesus. Today, we, like Him, should come out of our safe comfort zone in order to proclaim the Word of Life and Salvation though faith in Jesus Christ and the penalty of sin that He paid on the cross and to proclaim His resurrection. We should be able to tolerate the cold, the difficulties and the shame in order to serve God. We should be able to enter into the pain of the cold dark world ... It might be necessary to come out of the comfort of our lives and leave the loving embrace of our family to enter the manger of the lives of others, such as it has been for me for the third consecutive Christmas.
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?”
New Study Reveals DNA Organization in the Nucleus; Plus Highly Recommended Video
OK, this is really cool. We knew the nucleus had to be organized into compartments with particular chromosomes taking up particular regions. Now, using an elegant new technique, Rao et al. in a collaboration between the Center for Genome Architecture at Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have mapped which bits of DNA are close to each other, or nearest neighbors in the nucleus. The research, reported on in The Scientist , was published in the journal Cell .
NBC's 'The Sing Off' to Feature Prison Outreach Timothy's Gift With Christian Singer Melissa Green
"The Sing Off" competition show produced by Mark Burnett premieres Wednesday night on NBC and will feature groups of acapella singers competing for a chance to win $50,000. Melissa Green, a worship pastor and former member of the Christian contemporary group Avalon, will be competing on the show with the prison outreach group Timothy's Gift.
How Jesus' Servant Heart, Humble Love Came to Oaxacan Migrant Farm Workers Through Clean Feet
MANEADERO, Mexico – Just under a two-hour drive south of the Tijuana, Mexico border, Christmas gifts and a strong message that Jesus came to serve the poor, were delivered by a group of Christians on a recent weekend missions trip that included washing the feet of Oaxacan migrant farm workers living in sparse homes inside a colonia.
The Church Is Slime (in a Good Way!)
For several years the three of us have been connecting with churches rooted in the neighborhood. Everywhere we go, we find the Spirit working miracles of transformation through their shared life together in the parish. The consistent storyline is so encouraging. When these faith communities begin connecting together, in and for their neighborhood, they learn to depend on God for strength to love, forgive and show grace like never before. We’ve also been inspired by the way these groups reach outward in love and care toward the neighborhood at large. The gospel becomes so much more tangible and compelling when the local church is actually a part of the community, connected to the struggles of the people and even the land itself.
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.
Even Unbelievers Are True Believers | Cold Case Christianity
At the numerous criminal trials where I have played a role, I’ve encountered many professional unbelievers. They’re known as defense attorneys. While the detectives and prosecutors believe the defendant is a murderer, the defense team works diligently as though he is not. From the perspective of the jury, it may appear the defense is filled with unbelievers (people who reject the guilt of the defendant), but I’ve discovered this isn’t always the case. As it turns out, even unbelievers believe in something, and in this case it isn’t always the innocence of their client. In my experience as a homicide detective, I’ve discovered three kinds of defense attorneys and all of them are “true believers”:
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DC City Council Picking Fight Against Supreme Court Over Hobby Lobby Decision
Washington, D.C., passed a bill that attempts to counter a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for closely-held businesses to be exempted from the federal birth control mandate.
9 Quotes Used to Motivate Your Day and Help You Succeed in the Future
Sometimes we may need some help to find our motivation to keep striving. This video has a great selection of quotes and music that will kick-start your inner engine and conquer our day!
3 Christmas Pitfalls for Parents
If you are tempted to make wild changes to your Christmas giving (scrapping all presents), pause. Realize you can’t shock children into godliness. If you’re looking to make a change in your children’s hearts this year, start by examining and humbling your own. Though they learn by watching us, they may not begin to long for holiness and Christ-centered celebration for years. Don’t give up on demonstrating and calling them to worship.
Bringing True Joy to the World
“The deepest enemy to Christianity is not atheism; it's sentimentality,” says renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas. It’s taken me a long time to understand what he means. But I think I’m beginning to get it. If the mere smell of gingerbread can bring joy to the world, then what do we need Jesus for?
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.
Top Theater Chains Cancel Showings of ‘The Interview’ After Hacker Threats
T he mysterious saga of the Sony hacks took a foreboding turn earlier this week when anonymous hackers threatened a 9/11-type attack on theaters screening The Interview —Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy about reporters visiting North Korea. It seems theaters are taking the threats seriously, with America’s five biggest theater chains (Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment ) all dropping the movie . Several smaller chains have also dropped the film, which was set to release Christmas day and had a budget of $44 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter , Sony still plans to release the film on time, but it remains to be seen whether any theaters will play it ...