Dr. Michael Ward HBU Apologetics
Dr Michael Ward, Professor of Apologetics, explains the unique cultural and imaginative apologetics approach in HBU's Master of Arts in Cultural Apologetics ...
Horus Ruins Christmas
Hey, did you know that the life of Jesus was stolen from the Egyptian God Horus? Oh, you know stuff about Horus? Well, I mean it was stolen from Mithras. Oh,...
5 Christmas Myths: BUSTED!!!
It’s Christmas time! And you know what that means? A WEtv Christmas special! This year we’re busting myths left and right. We take five popular myths about C...
Did Simon Peter Invent the Resurrection?
Taken from a debate between William Lane Craig and John Shelby Spong We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/...
M. A. in Cultural Apologetics - HBU
Dr Holly Ordway, director of HBU's Master of Arts in Cultural Apologetics, explains the distinctive interdisciplinary nature of the MAA. Learn more about the...
"Health for the Holidays" - Tips for Getting Some Real Rest
Expecting to be exhausted this holiday break but not sure how to recharge? Biola University professors, Behzad Varamini and Joanne Jung, discuss how to get t...
Heina Dadabhoy: From Islam to Atheism
Heina's site: http://freethoughtblogs.com/heinous/ David's site: http://www.answeringmuslims.com Heina Dadabhoy was raised as a Muslim, but she eventually be...
Dr. Michael Ward HBU Apologetics
Dr Michael Ward, Professor of Apologetics, explains the unique cultural and imaginative apologetics approach in HBU's Master of Arts in Cultural Apologetics ...
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The Philosophy of Childhood (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
The philosophy of childhood has recently come to be recognized as
an area of inquiry analogous to the philosophy of science, the
philosophy of history, the philosophy of religion, and the many other
“philosophy of” subjects that are already considered
legitimate areas of philosophical study. In addition, philosophical
study of related topics (such as parental rights, duties and
responsibilities) has flourished in recent years. The philosophy of
childhood takes up philosophically interesting questions about
childhood, changing conceptions over time about childhood and
attitudes toward children; theories of cognitive and moral
development; children's interests and children's rights, the goods of
childhood; children and autonomy; the moral status of children and the
place of children in society. As an academic subject, the philosophy
of childhood has sometimes been included within the philosophy of
education (e.g., Siegel, 2009). Recently, however, philosophers have
begun to offer college and university courses specifically in the
philosophy of childhood. And philosophical literature on childhood,
parenting and families is increasing in both quantity and quality.
Christmas Past: Ignatius
So what did Ignatius have to say about all this? In one of his letters he delivers that great line: “Stop your ears!” Don’t even listen to the heretics. Jesus did not appear to be born of flesh, He did not appear to be the Word made flesh. He was really and truly flesh. Ignatius puts it this way, “Mary then did truly conceive a body which had God inhabiting it. And God the Word was truly born of the Virgin. He who forms all men in the womb, was himself really in the womb, and made from a body of the seed of the Virgin.” Jesus was really and truly born. He really and truly lived. Ignatius adds, “He wore a crown of thorns and a purple robe; he was condemned; he was crucified in reality, and not in appearance, not in imagination, not in deceit. He really died, was buried, and rose from the dead.”
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Prayers as bin lorry crashes into shoppers – Premier Premier
A minister from a church in Glasgow City Centre says he's praying for the families of people who have died after a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians.
Pope Francis: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites
Pope: Vatican bureaucracy has 'spiritual Alzheimer's'
In Christmas greeting, Francis issues a blistering critique of the bureaucracy that serves him.
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How to Use the Back of a Napkin to Prove to a Jehovah’s Witness That Jesus Is God
This is theologically sound, and quite logical, but I would be very surprised if it ever bore fruit with a JW. They don’t come into the cult because they’re interested in sound theology, or for logical reasons. They’re either brought up as a JW or enter because they have a great need to belong and to feel “safe” with an authority that will tell them exactly what to do. I have spent hours and hours talking with JWs in my living room, meeting with them week after week, and I can tell you that the minute you try to challenge one of their beliefs head-on, they get their dukes up. Their minds shut down, and I honestly don’t think they hear your well-reasoned Scriptural arguments. They just wait for you to stop talking so they can give the canned answer they’ve been taught at their Wednesday night training sessions. They actually train through mock arguments, and they LOVE them. I don’t think they’re unreachable, though. Their Kingdom Hall meetings actively discourage them from thinking, and they’re taught to regurgitate prepared answers and arguments.
Going Home for Christmas? Honor Mom and Dad
Do you think your parents messed up your childhood? My wife and I shared our testimonies in our wedding, and both sets of parents heard us as repudiating how they had raised us. Looking back, while our intentions were good, there was a better way to deliver the message without making our parents feel like we hated them. Consider verbally thanking them. Look them in the eyes this Christmas and offer specific reasons you are thankful for them. A quick survey of the Bible will find that not being thankful is tied to unbelief.
Read the Entire Bible in 2015
As we welcome a new year, it is natural to reflect on years past and plan for the one ahead. Often our plans take the shape of resolutions. We resolve to lose weight, to find a better job, to go back to school, to manage our time better, to volunteer more and so on. While these kinds of resolutions are good, I wonder if this year we might commit ourselves to something deeper, something more beautiful. Now is the perfect time to commit to reading through the Bible in a year. Here are five reasons why you should consider dedicating 365 days to this pursuit:
Christianity Today's 2015 Book Awards
It’s like that with our current crop of book awards, which pursue paths both old and new. One of the victory nods goes to a new study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You’ve perhaps heard a thing or two about him. And like always, we honor plenty of volumes touching on the Bible, the church, and perennial matters of faith. But hopefully, we’ll also inspire at least some readers to acquaint themselves with abolitionists Hannah More and Sarah Grimke, or the philosopher Charles Taylor (and his penetrating look at our “secular age”).
To My Porn-Watching Dad, From Your Daughter
I want to let you know first of all that I love you and forgive you for what this has done in my life. I also wanted to let you know exactly what your porn use has done to my life. You may think that this effects only you, or even your and mom’s relationships. But it has had a profound impact on me and all of my siblings as well.
Weeping with the Mothers of Bethlehem
The date of the Christmas pageant was the second anniversary of the Newtown school massacre. Two precious children the same age as my daughter lost their lives; their mothers lost a lifetime of future Christmas pageant memories. As I read the news of anniversary remembrances and prayed for them, my Twitter feed began to fill with news of an ISIS sympathizer taking hostages inside a downtown Sydney cafe. For 16 terrifying hours he kept customers and workers captive with guns and threats of bombs, eventually killing the manager and a customer (a mother of three young children) before being killed by police. Later in the week I awoke to news that Pakistani Taliban invaded a school in Peshawar and slaughtered more than 130 children, ranging from ages 10 and 16. Meanwhile, residents of one of the wealthiest counties in America were hiding in their homes as police hunted for an armed man who shot and killed his ex-wife and her extended family, including his 14-year-old niece, in cold blood.
Christmas Is the Greatest Mystery
Until that first Christmas, he had been, from eternity past, the divine Son and second person of the Godhead. He was God’s glad agent in creation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2), and from the beginning of time, he had upheld the universe at every moment (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3).
Archaeologists Have Discovered an Entry Way to King Herod’s Palace
Along with the hidden palace entrance, according to NBC News the team found a series of “hidden tunnels that were used by Jewish guerrillas during a second-century revolt against the Romans.” As with many activities in the region, the dig has proved somewhat controversial, as Palestinian leaders have contested the rights of Israeli teams to excavate areas in the West Bank ...
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.
In this timely book, Pastor Ray Ortlund makes the case that gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. In too many of our churches, it is the beauty of a gospel culture that is the missing piece of the puzzle. But when the gospel is allowed to exert its full power, a church becomes radiant with the glory of Christ.
Leading Evolutionary Scientists Admit We Have No Evolutionary Explanation of Human Language
FOXP2 is a transcription factor that up- or down-regulates DNA in many different tissue types (brain, lung, gut lining) at different times during development as well as throughout life. This broad functional effect makes evolutionary analysis difficult. In particular, the exact mechanisms by which FOXP2 mutations disrupt speech remain uncertain, variously posited as disruptions in motor articulation/serialization in speech, vocal learning generally, or broader difficulties with procedural serialization. This is critical because FOXP2 mutations may disrupt only the input/output systems of language, sparing the more internal computations of human language syntax or semantics; or it may be that FOXP2 affects general cognitive processing, such as general serial ordering of procedures. Second, it is not clear whether the amino acid changes distinguishing FOXP2 in humans and nonhumans represent adaptations "for" language, since their functional effects remain unclear. One of the two protein-coding changes along the lineage to modern humans is also associated with the order Carnivora. Since FOXP2 also targets the gut lining, this evolutionary step may have had little to do directly with language but instead with digestion modifications driven by forest-to-savannah habit and so dietary change.
The Story of Pain and Hope Behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
On Christmas day, 1863, Longfellow—a 57-year-old widowed father of six children, the oldest of which had been nearly paralyzed as his country fought a war against itself—wrote a poem seeking to capture the dynamic and dissonance in his own heart and the world he observes around him. He hears the Christmas bells and the singing of “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14) but observes the world of injustice and violence that seemed to mock the truth of this statement. The theme of listening recurs throughout the poem, leading to a settledness of confident hope even in the midst of bleak despair.
‘Serial,’ ‘The Wire,’ and The Darkness Inside Us All
And so do you and I. If he’s guilty (and to show all my cards, today, I am completely agnostic on the matter—though I don’t think there’s evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt”), then we see in his life the heights and depths of the human condition. His lovability and charm are remnants of the good that his life—like yours and mine—was meant for when God said, “Let us create man in our image.” His murderous darkness—again, like yours and mine—reminds us of how far we’ve fallen.
So obviously, if you know the plot, you're aware that this is probably not a great film for children, owing to the torture and the internment camps and the starvation and pain. But for a film with all those elements, it was clearly created in such a way that most audiences, even sensitive ones, could watch it. Somehow you get the sense of the great physical violence inflicted on Zamperini without seeing most of it happen; the film leans on the aftereffects. You get lots of wounds and bruises and scabs and scars without seeing them happen, though you'll flinch from anticipation. Also, a lot of the film happens in a concentration camp, and with a truly sadistic commander causing the harm, which is not pleasant at all.
'Let It Be': Mary's Radical Declaration of Consent
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
Temptation, Jesus, Sin, and Same Sex Attraction - Prince on Preaching
Jesus was unsuccessfully tempted in the wilderness by the devil upon the launch of his public ministry (Matt 4, Luke 4) and the Hebrews sermon stresses that as our high priest Jesus is able to sympathize with us because he is one who “in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” The sermon in Hebrews had already asserted, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Heb 2:18). At Gethsemane Jesus overcame temptation to shrink back from the task ahead when he fell on his face and cried out, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matt 26:36-39). The Hebrews sermon avers that Jesus “learned obedience through what he suffered” (Heb 5:8). The language throughout Hebrews 1-4 seems to be chosen precisely because of the way it connects with the experience of the listeners.
China Condemns Cyber Attacks, but Not North Korea
China, North Korea's lone major ally, said Monday it condemns any form of cyber attack, but agreed with the North Korean government that there's no evidence to prove Pyongyang's involvement in the hacking of Sony Pictures, which has led the company to cancel the planned release of the film, "The Interview."
Dr. Evil Takes Over 'Saturday Night Live,' Bashes North Korea and Sony Pictures
Mike Myers' infamous villain persona took over the set of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, interrupting the opening sketch to bring a message to North Korea and Sony Pictures.
Jesus and 'Jingle Bell Rock'
I put my hand to my mouth to cover my smile, but he is pondering the answer and doesn’t notice. As much as I enjoy indulging William’s imagination, I am also starting to sympathize with the Reformation sects that refused to celebrate Christmas. Apparently, even in the sixteenth century, this holiday seemed disconnected enough from its spiritual underpinnings for some Christians to abandon it altogether. At times I am tempted to do the same. For years now, I’ve had an internal battle waging over the nature of Christmas, and bringing kids into the picture has only made it feel more complicated.
O Subtle Star of Bethlehem
But a growing consensus confirms that the Star of Bethlehem was not a bright object, like a supernova or a comet, as others have argued. "The gospel story is one in which King Herod was taken by surprise," said Gingerich. "So it wasn’t that there was suddenly a brilliant new star sitting there that anybody could have seen [but] something more subtle."
Vicar of Baghdad: The Love of the Refugee Child Jesus Is All That's Left for the Christians in Iraq This Christmas
"Here in their refugee camp, the Christians with no Christmas like us in the West have placed a refugee tent for Jesus and there in the camp is a tent for another person who was also a poor refugee who had nothing," White stated. "As we delight in what we can give to people this Christmas let us not forget what this Christmas is really all about the time when this refugee child comes to all of us as the one who leads us to God and offers us the most wonderful gift possible this Christmas. Christmas is all about relationship with our ultimate creator."
Stealing From God (paperback)
) will show you how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God in trying to make their case for atheism. If that sounds contradictory, it’s because it is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. In an engaging and memorable way,
Atheists Publish Secular '10 Commandments' List in Book Following Global Contest
A couple of atheist authors have published a secular version of the 10 Commandments in a book they co-wrote, following a global contest that received 2,800 submissions from 18 different countries and offered a $10,000 reward.
WORLD | Unbroken | Jamie Dean | Dec. 27, 2014
In a press conference after a screening in New York City, Jolie said she couldn’t include every part of Zamperini’s life in the film, and she rebuffed the suggestion she made his faith generic: “I don’t think it’s generic at all. I think it’s universal.” Jolie conceded the movie is “not specific to one faith” but said Zamperini “wanted the message to reach everyone.”
ISIS 'More Dangerous Than People Realize,' Says Author Who Traveled to Iraq, Syria
A German author who recently traveled to the Middle East has declared that the Islamic State terrorist organization is "more dangerous than people realize."
10-Year-Old Kaitlyn Maher Sings a Powerful Cover of 'Find You On My Knees'
Many of you may have heard this little girl sing before. She has done covers of many other famous Christian songs that we have heard before. This powerful version of "Find You On My Knees" will really speak to your heart. This 10 year old has a gift from God that is breathtaking. In the beginning of the video, she is having an adorable conversation with her younger brother. This starts the video out perfectly because you see her sense of humor come to life.
NYPD Officers Shot and Killed; Victim Revealed as Christian Chaplain in Training; President of Chaplain Task Force Says Officer Viewed Job as Ministry
Mourners take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were fatally shot in the Brooklyn borough of New York December 21, 2014. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his time in office on Sunday following the fatal shooting of two police officers, in an attack intended as retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men. Police said the daylight Saturday shooting was the work of a 28-year-old black man who traveled from Baltimore that day after shooting and wounding his girlfriend, having warned on social media that he planned to be "putting wings on pigs," using an anti-police slur.
Flowers Change Color on Wife's Grave, Miracle Brings Husband to Jesus
Not only does Vinto see the change in the color, it has significant meaning as well. When he left the flowers at the grave, they were red, But, when he returned they had turned purple, which is his wife's favorite color. This miracle brought him back to Jesus. He feels that this is His way of communicating with Vinto, bringing him back to church. It worked perfectly for this man.
'American Church Is Addicted to Personal Peace, Comfort, and Affluence,' Says US Pastor in Iraq Hoping to Engage Islamic State
Devlin: We hope to accomplish two things Murad and I ... We're going to, number one, assess the humanitarian situation over there. I'm bringing over some pharmaceuticals and some medical supplies to Erbil and with us when we leave tomorrow. … Samaritan's Purse sent over a 747 cargo plane back in August and I know some other organizations have flown in supplies to Erbil. The Federal Aviation Administration a couple of weeks ago now has blocked any further airplanes that are registered in America, the FAA is no longer allowing them to fly into Erbil because of the danger. So when we get there we want to assess the situation — what are the needs and then how are things getting in? Then, when I come back, I'm going to talk to Samaritan's Purse, Convoy of Hope, World Vision, Feed the Children, etcetera, you know all humanitarian organizations that are huge that I have relationships with.
Surprised by a Letter
The letter, which sold for a hefty sum at an auction, was penned three years before Lewis’ memoire, “Surprised by Joy,” where he defines joy as the “longing for the longing” to know for what, and for Whom we were made. Come to ThePointRadio.org and I’ll link you to the rest of Lewis’ letter.
Roma Downey Announces For King & Country Song Featured in 'A.D.'
"We are very excited to share our new A.D. music video with Christian Post viewers. Through For KING and COUNTRY's powerful rendition of "By our love" reminds us this is the way Jesus changes the world," said Downey to The Christian Post. "During our Christmas celebration we rejoice in how God incarnated His compassion for all humanity and he launched a revolution of love that has transformed the lives of billions of people."
We live in a day in which there is a famine in the land for the hearing of God's Word. In response to this spiritual drought, the ministries of OnePassion and Ligonier are devoted to calling those who stand in pulpits to the high standard of biblical preaching. If we are to see a new reformation in this day, there must first be a reformation of the pulpit. Only then can the church experience transcendent worship, authentic godliness, and true evangelism.
Let 11-Year-Old Bjork Tell You the True Meaning of Christmas
E veryone gather around. It's time for the annual recitation of the Christmas story, and who better to handle the honors than an 11-year-old Bjork , backed by the prodigious talents of the Reykjavík Children’s Music School orchestra? Admittedly, it is all in Icelandic, but this is a story to listen to with your heart, not your ears. Come to think of it, that's a good rule for listening to pretty much anything Bjork does. The video has recently surfaced over on Icelandic TV station RUV's website , and it's just in time for Christmas, about 17 years before her breakthrough, Debut ...
What is the Threshold for Considering a Group Reached?
I find it interesting that you chose to mention C. Peter Wagner and Ed Dayton as the chief proponents of reaching the hidden peoples and not Ralph D. Winter, founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission. The 2% Evangelical threshold helps us to mobilize people to places where there is still little to no access to the Gospel. Since there are over 7,000 distinct ethno-linguistic people groups, totaling 2.89 billion people, who fit this criteria there remains a dramatic need to define them specifically as the unreached peoples and also to give distinct and sustained focus on reaching them until so that at least access becomes a greater reality. Over 3,000 of these groups still have no Bible, no known believers, and no church among them. This means they have no access to the Gospel. As Winter said over forty years ago, the unfinished task of world evangelization remains the unreached peoples. They remain our greatest priority in cross cultural missions today.
The Uneven Inspiration of 'Unbroken'
The result is visually sumptuous narrative that clicks, but never quite as well as it should. It's moving and frequently engaging, featuring some exquisite performances (Jack O'Connell, in the main role, is one to watch. We predict big things for his future) and handsome direction. And yet the movie feels too pat and calculated, as if subjected to dozens of focus groups. Zamperini's virtues—courage, determination and sacrifice—are on full display, and they are a marvel to behold. But the edges, nicks and guts of those virtues are missing; they lack dimension.
YouVersion Bible App Reveals Most Popular Verses of 2014; 'Do Not Conform to This World' Tops the List
Bible app YouVersion released its list of the top 10 most bookmarked, highlighted and shared scriptures and topping the list for 2014 is Romans 12:2, a verse urging Christians to be non-conformists.
Tactical Faith Today
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Handicapped Man Does Something Heartfelt – Makes Neighbors' Home Wheelchair Accessible
TD Bank funded an 18-year-old man named Mike $30,000 to help have his dream come true in just 24 hours. #MakeTodayMatter is the campaign that is making this dream possible.
North Korea Threatens 'Bold Counteraction' on Pentagon, US Mainland in Wake of Sony's 'The Interview' Controversy
The North Korean government issued a statement on Sunday threatening the White House, Pentagon and entire U.S. mainland of "bold counteraction" over accusations that the government of Kim Jong Un is responsible for the hack on Sony Pictures that forced the film studio to cancel the release of "The Interview."
The Gift of Christmas Was Predicted With the Gift of Prophecy | Cold Case Christianity
As we approach Christmas Day, the impact of Jesus’ gift is sometimes lost in the clutter of the cultural holiday. It’s a great time to revisit the manner in which Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. The gift of His birth, life, and death were predicted by the Old Testament prophets and documented by the New Testament authors. This fulfilled prophecy is further evidence of the Divine nature of the New Testament.
Orangutan Ruled a ‘Non-Human Person’
You may recall the news story surrounding Tommy the chimp in December of last year; the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) sued the chimp’s owner for freedom on the behalf of the chimp. The U.S. court tossed the suit.