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5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity

My guess is you’re reading this because you’re interested in spiritual matters. While much of the website is written to encourage Christians, I know that some of you visiting the site are not. If you are a “spiritual” person and are seeking to better understand world religions, then this post if for you.

Have A Logical Christmas

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Greek word “Logos” is used synonymously with Jesus in the text. It is interesting to note that logos, in Greek, means, “the principle of reason.” This is where we get the term “logic.” The Bible is clear that Jesus is God and seems to suggest that he is the grounding of logic and reason. This would make perfect sense of why the immaterial laws of logic impose themselves on the material world — or any possible world. God created the material world according to the logical laws he had in mind or that are grounded in his essence. This is the best explanation of why logic imposes itself on the material world. Just as  God is necessary in all possible worlds , so are the laws of logic which are essential to God’s very nature.

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BreakPoint: The Enduring Power of “A Christmas Carol”

I love it when Eric Metaxas writes these kind of articles. He does a wonderful job of pointing us to God’s beauty revealed through art. Whether it be in Rembrandt’s painting “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol,” or Handel’s “Messiah,” we are inspired by beauty. It is no accident that we aspire to create art and through it catch a glimpse of His glory.

Was Jesus Born of a Virgin?

The miracle of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ has perplexed many people, and has actually kept them from accepting the truth of Christianity. However, the Bible declares that God decided that his Son would have a miraculous entrance into humanity.

Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?

Second, the context of Isaiah 7:14 indicates that the best translation for almah must be “virgin” and not simply “young woman of marriageable age.” God is providing a sign for unbelieving King Ahaz. And it is hard to see how a “young woman of marriageable age” who conceives and bears a son would qualify as a sign from God. By definition, a sign must be something extraordinary. Otherwise, how does one know that it actually is a sign? A young woman bearing a child out of wedlock certainly would be notorious, but it would hardly be extraordinary in a way that would be worthy of God. He is not only perfectly righteous and holy, but He requires His own people to be holy precisely because He is Himself holy (Lev. 19:2). The whole point of Isaiah 7 seems to be that God’s sign would be an extraordinary (not notorious) child who would be brought into the world by way of an extraordinary (not notorious) birth. He would be human and divine—human, because He would be born of a woman, and divine, because He would be “God with us.” He could not, therefore, come into the world in the same way that every other child does.

What Makes Church Tick? Here's The How and Why

That means that Dreher already has an ideal version of culture in his views. His discussion about that seems unusually focused on sexuality and the nuclear family. And, while I agree that we should examine the American church's self-expressivist and romanticist views of marriage, it's as if Dreher is locked into some 1950's version of gender roles and nuclear family. (Why does he use gender-excluding pronouns throughout the book?).

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How to Share Your Story This Christmas: Counsel from Charles Spurgeon

Perhaps you say, “It will be a very short story.” Ah! It would be if you could write now. A little book might be the whole of your biography; but up there when your memory shall be enlarged, when your passion shall be purified, and your understanding clear, you will find that what was but a tract on earth will be a huge tome in heaven. You will tell a long story there of God’s sustaining, restraining, constraining grace. And I think that when you pause to let another tell his tale, and then another, and then another, you will at last, when you have been in heaven a thousand years, break out and exclaim, “O saints, I have something else to say.” Again they will tell their tales, and again you will interrupt them with “Oh, beloved, I have thought of another case of God’s delivering mercy.” And so you will go on, giving them themes for songs, finding them the material for the warp and woof of heavenly sonnets.

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Your Online Apologetic Debate Approach Isn't Christlike

I hate to have to say it so bluntly, and maybe you’re the exception to the rule, but honestly, I’ve hardly ever seen anyone on Facebook following Christ’s example in the  way they debate unbelievers. Our debate approach just isn’t Christlike.

Five Reasons You Can Trust the Story of Christmas Is True

Detectives create lists. As a cold-case detective, I’m no different. When investigating an event in the distant past (in my case, an unsolved murder), I collect evidence, make lists and do my best to reach the most reasonable inference. When I began to investigate Christianity at the age of thirty-five, I approached the gospels the same way I approached my cold-case files. Lists were an important part of the process. One New Testament claim was particularly interesting to me: the conception and birth of Jesus . When I first read through the gospels, the birth narratives seemed incredible and unreasonable. I’m not the only person to express such a concern. In an article posted in the Herald Scotland , Reverend Andrew Frater called the Nativity story a “fanciful, fairy tale” and called on Christians to “disentangle the truth from the tinsel”. Frater is a minister and a believer , and even he doesn’t believe in the virgin conception of Jesus. As an atheist, I was even more skeptical. I rejected supernatural claims altogether, and the first Biblical claim about Jesus was a supernatural one.

What Happens When We Divorce Faith from Reason?

Atheists, skeptics and critics attack Christianity saying that it is unreasonable. Faith, they say contradicts reason.  Many of us have heard their rhetoric, "Faith is a blind leap in the dark"; Faith requires one to check your brains at the door"; "Faith has been rendered meaningless in this age of science and reason."  Sadly more and more Christians sitting in our pews with doubts, week in and week out, have heard this rhetoric, and are slowly divorcing faith from reason.

5 Popular Misconceptions About the Christmas Story

We experience the story of Jesus’s birth in a variety of ways throughout the Christmas season. The story is presented through nativity scenes, TV shows, story books, paintings, and Christmas pageants. In fact, we encounter the Christmas story so often we’re convinced we know all the details of what happened that night. But many of the things we think we “know” about the Christmas story turn out to be incorrect. Here are five common misconceptions. 1. There Was a Star the Night Jesus Was Born It’s difficult to find a nativity scene (or Christmas play) without a star over the manger. Indeed, this might be the quintessential symbol of the birth of Jesus. The problem is there’s no indication the star hovered over the manger on the night Jesus was born. On the contrary, when the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds watching their flocks by night (Luke 2:8–11), they weren’t told to look for a star. They were told to look for something else: “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

16 The Best Music of 2017 | Think Christian

The 22-year-old Memphis native joins the psalmists and offers a rather biblical pattern on her masterful sophomore release. On songs that are huge yet intimate, she laments, confesses her doubts, then gives voice to whatever shred of hope she has left. In an age where our every emotion is strewn across social media for all to see, Baker has figured out the difference between honesty and truth, over-sharing and vulnerability. When she sings, “Maybe it’s all gonna turn out alright / And I know that it’s not, but I have to believe that it is,” we want to believe too. ( Aarik Danielsen )

The Rest of Justin Bieber’s Gospel Message | The Stream

Bieber posted a picture of a whiteboard with a handwritten message saying, “Do you feel you have [exhausted] all options? Do you feel helpless? Do you feel like you’re never good enough? What if I told you that there’s a god that’s willing to meet you WHEREVER you’re at! What if I told you he could take away your pain, shame, [guilt], and fears #Jesus.”

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Anti-Trump Hysteria and that Monstrous Disney Robot

Now Disneyland is probably the last place I’d ever go on earth, right after Mecca during the Hajj. The Hall of Presidents is high-level kitsch. So this is not the worst insult that our president will endure. But it is telling. In fact, it puts into flesh — well, rubber fake flesh — the profound pretense that leftists embarked on after the election. They could not accept that the voters rejected Clinton, and voted for Trump. That outcome was intrinsically invalid. We don’t have the right to make choices like that, do you understand? No more than conservative speakers have the right to appear on campus. Or writers critical of Islam have any claim to be on Twitter. Or conservative/Christian videos may generate income on Youtube.

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Kathy and I had too much to tell you in a Christmas card this year, so we’ve made a Christmas video for you as well! We hope you’ll take a minute to let us share how glad we are for your friendship. 

Into the Darkness He Came

Come. Come away from the complexities and confusion and clutteredness of Christmas. Come to the simple manger, come to the brutal cross, and come to the empty tomb. Come and receive again the good news of great joy that is now for all people and all peoples (Luke 2:10): the works of Satan and the power of death he wielded has been destroyed (1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14), sin’s slavery has been broken (Romans 6:17–18), and the free gift of eternal life is yours in Christ Jesus if you will believe in him (Romans 6:23; John 3:16).

The Wonder of Water at the Nanoscale | Evolution News

Denton briefly mentioned “proton wires” made of water molecules that efficiently transmit protons without the need for conformational changes (pp 173-174). This form of energy transfer, because it affects protein function, amounts to information transfer as well. It comes directly out of water’s hydrogen-bonding ability. Ball gives the example of Complex I, an essential enzyme in respiration. “Water wires” in this molecular machine are part of its proton pumping function. “Here, a transient proton-conducting water channel is formed by the cooperative hydration of three antiporter-like subunits within the membrane domain of the complex.” Another example has the delicacy of a Debussy Nocturne :

What Difference Does Christmas Make?

Ken Boa joins us on the 11th Day of Apologetics to discuss with us the importance of Christmas!


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Why Christmas Never Lives Up to the Buildup

I don’t know how you’re wired. I think of ten billion years, and I’m like, “I don’t care what it is. I’m going to be bored out of my mind.” I can’t even now do something more than a day or two before I’m like, “All right. What’s next?” Yet so deep is the inexhaustible well of God that for eternity our delight increases, our joy grows. This is what Christmas is all about. We look back upon the coming of Christ, and we rejoice in what’s true right now.

Who are the Magi (Wise men) Linked to Christmas? Author Mike Robinson reveals some little know facts about the New Testament wise men or magi. Who were they? Learn the facsinating answers.

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Why Should Christians Care About Logic?

I was at a Christmas party a few years ago and someone walked up to me and began talking to me about my views on God. At one point in the conversation he asked the age-old question, “Can God make a rock so heavy that he himself can’t lift it?” Among other things, I mentioned that omnipotence does not mean that God can do what is logically impossible. Then the conversation abruptly ended as he said, “You can’t use logic to talk about God. God is not bound by the logic of Man!” Then he nodded his head and tipped his chicken wing at me as if to say “Gotcha!” and walked away triumphantly before I had a chance to say a word. Was he right? Is God bound by logic? Can God do the logically impossible?

The Real Meaning of Christmas

One of the most remarkable stories of Christmas comes from one of the darkest moments of modern history. World War I ravaged a continent, leaving destruction and debris in its wake. The human cost, well in the millions, staggers us. But from the midst of this dark conflict comes the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914. The Western Front, only a few months into the war, was a deplorable scene of devastation. Perhaps as if to give the combatants one day to breathe again, a truce was called from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.

Do Evangelicals Need a Better Gospel?

There has been a lot of talk in recent days about “evangelical” and whether that’s a political or cultural label, a theological label, or inescapably both. I don’t presume to have the perfectly objective perspective. But let me lay out what I see from my corner, and then tell you the three things I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and fight for. First, I saw the pollsters tell us that 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, and a similar percentage in Alabama voted for Roy Moore. Oh boy. I knew a storm was coming. Second, I saw many younger Christians and Christians of color feel betrayed by these votes and begin to say, “Let’s be done with evangelicals.” Third, I heard older and often whiter evangelicals (like me?) responding, “Wait a second. There’s a difference between ‘evangelical’ as a theological label and ‘evangelical’ as a political or cultural movement. Please don’t draw too many conclusions from those who tell pollsters  they’re ‘evangelical.’ Many of them aren’t. Please don’t give up on the gospel.” And finally, I’ve heard the younger crowd reply, “Hold on.

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Four Ways the Earth Is Fine-Tuned for Life

The just so appearance of “fine-tuning” in our universe is rather uncontroversial amongst scientists and cosmologists. Even Paul Davies (who is agnostic when it comes to the notion of a Divine Designer) readily stipulates, “Everyone agrees that the universe looks as if it was designed for life.” The foundational, regional and locational conditions of our universe, solar system and planet are delicately balanced and finely calibrated. The slightest modification of these conditions would be disastrous for life. The delicate requirements for the existence of galaxies, star systems, and planets capable of supporting “intelligent observers” are incredibly fragile. In my book, God’s Crime Scene , I describe the nature of foundational , regional and locational conditions in the context of a crime scene I investigated many years ago. The evidence I observed in these layers led me to conclude an external suspect had tampered with the scene to cause a death . In a similar way, it appears the layered conditions of the universe have been “tampered with” to cause the emergence of life .

The Star Wars Movies, Ranked

Everyone’s doing it, but has everyone read more than 100 Star Wars books? I have! But that doesn’t make me the biggest Star Wars fan ever or anything, I just like to say it. I mean, I love Star Wars and may have named my son after Luke Skywalker, but still, I think wars over who is a bigger fan are silly. Also at least 40 of those books weren’t very good. Anyhow, here’s the real definitive ranking of the Star Wars movies*


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Today, on White House Wednesday, a conversation about this year in politics. Plus: a profile of a ministry to children in a Muslim neighborhood in Bethoncourt, France.

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42 Choose Kind. Go See Wonder. | Think Christian

If “choosing kindness” is the mantra of Wonder , it is also a recognition of the testament of Psalm 139 : “You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made, whether the world chooses to acknowledge our wonder or not. We are glorious, marvelous works of the Creator God. We are known full-well by that God and we are beloved. Regardless of the size, color, or shape of the packaging, regardless of how we come into this world and what form we take as we pass through it, there is a Creator God who is desperate for each of us to experience kindness. Choose kind. Go see Wonder .

What Grieving People Wish You Knew at Christmas

But for those who’ve recently lost someone they love, the holidays can seem more like something to survive than to enjoy. The traditions and events that can add so much joy and meaning to the season are punctuated with painful reminders of the person we love who is not here to share in it. Many have wished they could find a quiet place to hide until January 2.

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The Holy Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future

Have you ever heard Simeon highlighted as a leading example of Pentecostal experience? Yet there he is, in seasoned old age, with the Holy Spirit working through his faithful obedience to the law, his immersion in the Scriptures of Israel (seen in a song echoing themes from Isa. 40–55), and his trust in God’s enduring promises. Seeing the Holy Spirit’s work in Simeon reminds us that gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit—something we tend to forget in today’s cultural climate. Even this one episode is enough to challenge many of our assumptions about the Holy Spirit’s activity.

Mr. President, now is your chance to reclaim Christmas for America

It is a good thing that we embrace the tried and traditional salutation of old, but may we never lose sight of the profound truth it contains. It was the writer C.S. Lewis who summed up the miracle best, suggesting that on Christmas we remember that “the son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” This is no small claim — it's one that Christians believe is not only true but a truth that changes your life and mine.

Keep “Christmas in Christ”

We must ask ourselves, amidst the joyous colors and shapes that enter our eyes, among the redundant but renewing choruses that yearly find their way back to the radio waves and out to our ears, and even within every feeling and thought, have we kept the Christ in Christmas? It is so easy for us to do things in the name of Christ without considering His Word or will. Notwithstanding, even if we have, may we please be open to consider that if we do, we could be wrong ? Any time we keep Christ in anything, we are submitting to an idolatrous religion, that’s it. Please consider what is being said before cutting out any such thought. Our rebuttal just may be only for childhood sentimentalism without even knowing it. If you work to keep Christ in a song, your song has become an idol because the song is the end, not Christ. If you keep Christ in your home, you are working too hard and for the wrong cause. Please, allow me to explain.

Is The Doctrine Of The Incarnation Coherent?

By “Nature”, I mean the essence of a thing. A thing has a certain essence to it which makes it what it is. For example, the essence of a house cat is to be a 4 legged mammal of the feline genus and has the potential to be tamed. If it were a bipedal creature belonging to the homo genus and could not be tamed, it would not be a house cat. There are also attributes a house cat can have which aren’t essential to it being a house cat. For example, my cat Jellybean are the colors black and light grey. That is a property that she has. However, this not an essential property that she has. It’s an accidental property. That is to say, she could be white or orange and still be a house cat. Being black and grey is not an essential part to make a house cat a house cat. This is what philosophers distinguish as “Essential Properties” and “Accidental Properties”. The former is a set of properties (A, B, C, D,.) which are required for X to be X. If X does not possess properties those 4 properties than it isn’t an X. It’s something else. The latter is a set of properties that X just happens to possess but could lack and we could still consider it an X.

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