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"God and Cosmology" William Lane Craig and Sean Carroll - 2014 Greer Heard Forum

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Friday, February 21st, 2014, philosopher and theologian, Dr William Lane Craig, was invited by th...

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Advent Reflection: December 21

Group activity: Choose somebody with an accurate watch to be timekeeper, then get into groups of four or five to pray. In each group, one person sits in the middle, and the others stand around. Spend a minute in silence, listening to God for the person sitting. Then, for the next ten minutes, those standing pray for the person sitting, and share any words, Bible verses or pictures they have received. When the ten minutes is up, the timekeeper stops everybody and, in each group, a new person sits in the middle. Repeat the one minute of silence and the ten minutes of prayer until everybody has been prayed for. If possible, have somebody make notes of the words, pictures etc for each person.

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Obama Apologizes to Castro

Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks. Speaking to reporters at his final White House press briefing of 2014 Friday afternoon, Obama gave more details about his phone call with the communist leader of Cuba earlier this week before the announcement of a change in U.S. policy on the Caribbean island nation.

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Scientific method: Defend the integrity of physics

I believe Ellis and Silk do a disservice to their audience by arguing not against a real position advocated by real scientists, but against the ultimate anti-empirical straw man. There is a substantive debate to be had about the precise parameters and boundaries of science, but that debate is certainly not between physicists who embrace the standards of empiricism and evidence on the one side, and physicists who reject it on the other. There are two central issues that are driving this discussion to the forefront today, neither of which got any clear exposition from Ellis and Silk. The first is simply energy: Our current physical understanding indicates that more complete physical descriptions are generally associated with higher energies and shorter distances. It follows that the boundary between testable and untestable in fundamental physics largely hinges on how much energy (and luminosity) the state-of-the-art colliders can muster at any given time. It's also a simple fact that the most profound unsolved mystery in physics – quantum gravity – is associated with a measured energy scale that is much higher than any currently-conceivable collider technology could reach.

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The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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Cop Killings Brings Horror -- and Some Cheers

Across the street from the hospital where two Brooklyn police officers were brought after being murdered, there were carnations and a makeshift memorial: a cardboard box and a handmade sign in marker reading, "R.I.P. NYPD." Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol. Citizens were watching in shock from above on the subway station.

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Glory to God in the Lowest

One nameless angel had the honor of playing the lead, with a veritable angelic multitude behind him. But no tickets were sold, and the show was not announced ahead of time. You might call it the first ever flash mob, and the audience was simply a flock of unresponsive sheep and a lowly band of unsuspecting shepherds. But it was too good to keep quiet about. “All who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them” (Luke 2:18). Word got out, and the Gospel of Luke records the story.

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The Best Books to Read This Christmas (That You Won’t Find in a Christian Bookstore)

I n our house, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a good book or two—or ten. A recent writing project—my new anthology Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany (Paraclete Press)—sent me hunting for examples of fiction and poetry that often fall under the radar. So, in the spirit of every librarian who ever handed you a book unsolicited, here’s my list of the top ten books to read this Christmas, but with a twist: These are books that aren’t well-known or, if they are, aren’t typically identified as holiday fare. Either way, you’re unlikely to find them along the shelves of the average Christian bookstore. We’ll start with contemporary works and wrap up with some classics.

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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?”

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Moderator 'repents' and welcomes yearly churchgoers – Premier Premier

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has said he's changed his mind on people who only attend church at Christmas.

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Five Favorite Ministry Books I Read in 2014 - Prince on Preaching

My Southern Seminary colleague, Thomas R. Schreiner’s book, The King in His Beauty , is a resource that I consult on a weekly basis as I prepare to preach. I do not know of any higher praise I could personally give the book. It is written in an accessible style but is theologically rich. One thing that makes it so useful to preachers and biblical teachers is its book-by-book canonical arrangement and the fact it is a whole-Bible biblical theology with a coherent biblical-theological vision. Schreiner writes, “I intend to argue in this book that the ‘kingdom of God,” if the term is defined with sufficient flexibility, fits well as a central theme of the entire Bible” (xii). He understands the kingdom of God to designate: (1) the rule of God as King (2) human beings who are created in God’s image as his subjects, and (3) the universe as the place where his kingship is worked out. Schreiner’s attentiveness to the storyline of Scripture in light of a biblical book’s historical and canonical setting in redemptive history yields rich and lucid insights.

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Really Recommended Posts 12/19/14- Christmas Apologetics Edition

Merry Christmas everybody! It’s just around the corner and I wanted to share some apologetics posts related to Christmas and our Lord going into this week. We have some awesome topics and reading here, so be sure to check them all out and let me know what you think!

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God's Super Apostles by Doug Geivett and Holly Pivec - Apologetics Guy

Doug and Holly define NAR as “a movement within Protestant Christianity–and particularly rising out of independent charismatic churches–the seeks to restore the “lost” church offices of apostle and prophet. People in this movement believe that modern-day apostles and prophets must hold official offices in church government” (145).

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Michael Brown - Why We Do What We Do

The assembly was sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance and it had one goal only, namely, promoting homosexuality as perfectly normal and acceptable, even for Christians and people of faith. The mother, who always taught her son to be kind to others and not to bully, was shocked at the news and asked me what to do.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Means of Salvation | December 20, 2014

“Time past and time present are both together in time future,” wrote T.S. Elliot. His rhythmic words simply and eloquently describe the ordinary flow of history. But the letter to the Hebrews presents a very different perspective on God’s purposes and patterns in the flow of history. There, it would be true to say, the future determines the past and the present, rather than the other way round. To understand Hebrews — and thus to understand how the Bible as a whole works — we need to understand this riddle: The invisible is more substantial than the visible. The future comes before the past. The new is more fundamental than the old. What does all this mean? Simply put, it means that the story of the Lord Jesus, His person and work, is not a divine afterthought, a heavenly “plan b” hurriedly scrambled together when “plan a” went horribly wrong in Eden. No — the coming of Christ was in the plan before the Fall. Everything that precedes it chronologically actually follows it logically.

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Microview: "Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views" edited by James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy

From the above, it may seem like these views are radically diverse. You’d be correct to think so. James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy did a fantastic job putting together this volume with such diverse views. Questions of orthodoxy at times arise (particularly in regard to Wink’s perspective), but this makes it clear how much divergence there is related to this specific issue. The responses to the different views are each insightful and provide more material of interest to pursue.

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A Methane Explosion on Mars—Evidence for Life?

Much of the earth’s methane (natural gas) originates from biological activity. That is, most methane on earth comes from the biochemistry of living things. If life on earth arose naturally as most evolutionists think, then life ought to have arisen elsewhere in the universe. Hence scientists today increasingly look for signs of life elsewhere in the universe. Within the solar system, Mars appears most promising for life outside of the earth, so much attention has been given to the search for biogenic markers, such as methane, on Mars.

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Robin Schumacher's Critique of Stephen Hawking’s Three Arguments Against God

In his critique of Hawking’s position, science journalist Tim Radford recognizes this inconsistency and writes: “The laws of quantum and relativistic physics represent things to be wondered at but widely accepted: just like biblical miracles. M-theory invokes something different: a prime mover, a begetter, a creative force that is everywhere and nowhere. This force cannot be identified by instruments or examined by comprehensible mathematical prediction, and yet it contains all possibilities. It incorporates omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence, and it’s a big mystery. Remind you of Anybody?” [5]

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2014 reaches and end, and how did it go?

The Islamic world ended the year by butchering more of their own (and others) in unimaginable numbers. For thinking Christians and those with a Judeo-Christian worldview this seems beyond bizarre and apocalyptic. And what will plummeting oil prices do for global Islam?

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Answering Muslims: New York Shooter Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley Posted Quran Verse on Terrorizing Enemies of Allah

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley shot and killed two New York City police officers (Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos), who were sitting in their patrol car. Brinsley was clearly motivated by outrage towards the death of Eric Garner. However, there may be another factor here. Brinsley was an Arabic speaker and posted a Qur'an passage on "striking terror" into the hearts of the enemies of Allah. Qur'an 8:60 (quoted by Brinsley) reads: Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly. Here's more on the story: New York (CNN)—Two New York City police officers were shot and killed ambush-style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, Police Commissioner William Bratton said. The gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and opened fire several times, fatally wounding officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, authorities said at an evening press conference.