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Little Person, Huge Movie

“The Lord of the Rings” follows Frodo Baggins on his harrowing quest to destroy Sauron’s One Ring. “The Hobbit,” set 60 years prior, tracks Bilbo Baggins on his adventure to reclaim dwarven treasure. Both feature the Ring and its ghoulish keeper, Gollum. But the latter isn’t focused on the Dark Lord or his precious golden heirloom. Their tones, also, have very little in common. “The Hobbit,” Tolkien’s first literary success, started as a bedtime tale for his children. With talking spiders, singing orcs, dancing wolves, and a Grimm-worthy lineup of dwarves whose names rhyme, it’s a lighthearted frolic compared with the gritty gravity of “Rings.”

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WORLD | Merry Christmas | The Editors | Dec. 24, 2014

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:8-12, ESV).

6 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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‘God plus’ or bust; lose the incarnation, lose it all

That’s why June 3, 2011 was such a wake-up call for me. I was traveling the Middle East with seminarians and laypersons from around the United States, few of whom could be described as conservative evangelicals. Not the sort who’d be caught scribbling “Frequent The Gospel Coalition” site on a New Year’s resolution list, in other words. On this particular day, I was chatting with one of my new friends, a successful 57-year-old businessman from Atlanta. This gentleman—we’ll call him Bill—loosely identifies as a Christian. For him, Christianity is more about global philanthropy and mystical connection with the divine than it is about historical events.

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You Were Made for Christmas

Call it Christmas Hedonism, if you will. The Joy he came to bring in his own person as the God-man is the joy that aligns with, and fulfills, the great purpose of all creation. Christmas brings the electricity of joy that runs along the grid of all reality.

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Two Disgraced Women Who Changed the World

[A]n angel of the Lord appeared to (Joseph) in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a son; and he called his name Jesus. (1:20-25)

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Pitching such movies to Christians is a smart, obvious move. What is interesting on Grace Hill Media's website is the amount of secular cinema the agency markets to the faithful, movies like Walk the Line, The Notebook and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, containing what is construed as inspirational meaning.

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3 Ways to Guard Your Christmas Witness

Needless to say, we should labor to ensure we grasp and confess why “he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Heb. 2:17). The cradle leads to the cross, and we should be careful that when we speak of the former we get to the latter. The baby in the manger came to be the crucified Son of God; our treatment of the incarnation should reflect such joyful seriousness.  

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God's Not Dead: Atheistic Evolution Rests Upon Irrationalism and Blind Faith

 Because God is not only real, but necessary, the scientist who strives to analyze and evaluate evolution must utilize universal operating features of reason. This is the case since he is employing selected universal, immutable, and infinite features using his finite mind while he is not on a proper ontic ground to account for such and he lacks a proper epistemic position to discern truth. God is boundless in His knowledge, but humans are limited creatures who can never provide the infinitely-broad operational features necessarily utilized in all scientific research. One needs God as one’s ground for reason to account for all the implicit features of rational analysis. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for the analysis and communication of evolution? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in science; in principle materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground.

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

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Innovative Apologetics: Defeating Relativism and Exposing Self-referential Sentences

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Why We Shouldn't Just Think of Christmas in Sanitized Images

We must remember the infancy of Jesus this Christmas season. We must cherish in our hearts that he took on flesh and blood for us, that he bore our humanity in all of its fullness, even in the dependencies of a baby in a feeding box. But we must never allow this baby to be defined as nonthreatening. Indeed, the shadow of Bethlehem threatens the frenzied buying of our consumeristic Christmas season. We must remember that ultimately we will not coo over him in a cradle beneath us, but give an account to him as our sovereign Judge and give glory to him as our sovereign King. We must remember that our love for family and friends and Christmas includes our responsibility to plead with them to be found in Christ before the great and terrible day of the Lord.

17 The Skopos Observer

The Skopos Observer, by Skopos1: Press On Towards the Prize!

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Hopes and Fears

But there is another way in which the “fears of all the years” are met in Jesus on the night of his birth. The coming of Jesus is the coming of a rival to the throne of your life. Herod’s fears were met in Jesus because he dreaded all threats to his rule. He tried to snuff out the life of the baby king, but no human despot can thwart the sovereign plan of God. We know from the historian Josephus that Herod died an excruciating natural death while Jesus lived on.

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Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken: The Emptiness of Pure Endurance

This is where the trouble begins: The film doesn't exactly portray Zamperini, played by the superb Jack O'Connell, as average. Yes, he has humble beginnings—born of Italian immigrant parents, a target for bullies, prone to trouble making,  that are elucidated speedily through some well-placed flashbacks. But he's also clearly exceptional, fearless and superhuman in his ability to transcend pain, even torture. O'Connell endures tragedy after tragedy with a certain steeliness, jaw muscle clenched, his gaze frequently unflinching. He's also tender and selfless, whether he's taking beatings aimed at other inmates or mesmerizing his fellow soldiers with stories of his mother's Italian cooking when they're stranded for 47 days in the middle of the ocean.

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http://www.crossway.org/books/found-in-him-tpb/

“It’s hard for me to capture how thankful I am for this book. As Elyse is so skilled at doing, she has taken the doctrine of our union with Christ, which sits and collects dust on the shelves of most Christians’ theology and has little impact on their living, and displayed for us the beauty of its transformative power. When you don’t understand the essential provisions that have been made for you in your union with Christ, you sadly spend your life shopping for what is already yours in him. I will recommend and give away this book again and again and will celebrate with new enthusiasm that I have been found in him!” —Paul David Tripp , President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

21 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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How George Whitefield reshaped a famous Christmas carol

If Whitefield had avoided altering the poetry of Charles Wesley, perhaps more English speakers today would recognize the word “welkin,” or perhaps equally as likely, our churches would have passed over this Christmas carol long ago and let it fade into obscurity. We’ll never know, but God be praised for Wesley, Whitefield, and tunesmith Felix Mendelssohn, who have crafted a hymn of incarnation worthy to be declared from decades past through decades to come.

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When Eternity Played by the Calendar

Before you we gratefully come, celebrating the day when you, the Almighty, did not count omnipotence a thing to be grasped, when Eternity played by the calendar, when Infinity was checked by gravity, when Holiness mixed it up with sinners, when the Creator of intergalactic space became a body and moved into our neighborhood.

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Christmas and the End of the Curse of Racism - Prince on Preaching

Herod the Great saw the birth of Jesus Christ as a threat to his reign and he was right (Matthew 2). The same is true for all of the kingdoms we build including ones based on the shade of a person’s skin. This self-referential kingdom building is why every variety of the niche church mentality is so out of step with the gospel of Christ. When we segregate churches into rich, poor, cowboy, skater, cool guy, old-fashioned, and most tragically in America, into black and white niche churches, we are feeding a self-centered identity the gospel promises to end. Whatever Paul means by referring to the church, Jew and Gentile, as “one new man” and “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph 2:15, 19), at the very least, he means that reconciliation with God in Christ demands reconciliation across preferences and ethnicities with one another in Christ.

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God's Not Dead: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ: God in the Flesh

Jesus as the Son of Man and the Son of God has two natures found in one person—Christ is God the Great I AM in human flesh (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). The Bible reveals the dual nature of Christ and humanity’s salvation demands that be the case. It’s a mystery, but a mystery that in selected ways not only makes sense, but is necessary for redemption. Jesus, in the incarnation, did not lose His divinity. He did not lose His authority or His deity. He voluntarily came to the earth as a human baby to live perfectly as He fulfilled the Law—He took on our humanity in order to die in our place (Isaiah 53:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; and 1 Pet. 2:24). All the newfangled views of Christ fail to overturn such truths.

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The Awl

Sometimes a story, a poem — a poem-story — can capture some of what social and political analyses can’t. How might you say in a story — flowing in the banks meter and rhyme — that life is never simple? Human experience is always deep, always ambiguous, always multilayered. How would you say that a kid can be harmful and dangerous, on the one hand, and wounded and broken on the other? That he can be hated by some and loved by a few? That symbols of love can become weapons of anger? That assumptions of knowledge can cover realities of ignorance? That selfish Samaritans can become heroes of mercy? That racial divides can become bridges of compassion? Well, we probably can’t say it. Not sufficiently. Not deeply enough. But that’s why we write poems. We try.

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Peace on Earth!

As you grow in Jesus’ peace, you become a peacemaker just like him. When your family isn’t getting along at home, are you an agent for peace or do you make things worse? When your little brother starts bugging you, do you try to calm him or do you bug him just as badly? When your friends are acting hurtful or gossipy—and you are the victim-do you look for ways to work things out?

28 Reasonable Faith podcast: the real consequences of atheism

We are Atheists. We believe that the Universe is a great uncaused, random accident. All life in the Universe past and future are the results of random chance acting on itself. While we acknowledge concepts like morality, politeness, civility seem to exist, we know they do not. Our highly evolved brains imagine that these things have a cause or a use, and they have in the past, they’ve allowed life to continue on this planet for a short blip of time. But make no mistake: all our dreams, loves, opinions, and desires are figments of our primordial imagination. They are fleeting electrical signals that fire across our synapses for a moment in time. They served some purpose in the past. They got us here. That’s it. All human achievement and plans for the future are the result of some ancient, evolved brain and accompanying chemical reactions that once served a survival purpose. Ex: I’ll marry and nurture children because my genes demand reproduction, I’ll create because creativity served a survival advantage to my ancient ape ancestors, I’ll build cities and laws because this allowed my ape grandfather time and peace to reproduce and protect his genes.

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Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy

Richard Swinburne,  Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), 373pp. Pbk.  Richard Swinburne offers what may be his tour de force in Revelation: From Metaphor to Analogy . It is one of those rare books which forces one to think about and analyze every argument it contains. The work addresses claims of divine revelation. The book starts off with a section on “Meaning” which analyzes terminology, presupposition, analogy and metaphor, and genre. He argues that presuppositions are not contained in the message conveyed in spoken or written word. He writes, “In order to separate statement from presupposition, we must ask, whatever the speaker’s actual beliefs, are there any common beliefs of the culture presupposed in the utterance which can be siphoned off, leaving what the culture would naturally suppose to be its message intact?” (p. 30). This “siphoning” of meaning is necessary because “[a]lthough speakers may use declarative sentences for many different purposes… the paradigm job of such sentences is to convey information, to add to the hearer’s stock of beliefs” (p.

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Michael Beschloss on Twitter

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Ligonier.org

Jesus claimed to be the shepherd of God’s people, and the sheep do hear His voice. Words of this magnitude proclaimed in the midst of Pharisees are sure to be controversial. Of those who heard Jesus’ words that day, some readily accepted them as coming from God, while others attributed them to demonic influence. In this message, Dr. Sproul looks at Jesus as “The Good Shepherd,” teaches us the qualifications for a good shepherd, and likewise the kind of sheep which Christ tends.

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The Comfort Zone: Words of Comfort: Come to His mind.

You and I can only entertain one thought at a time. However, think for a moment about the infinitude of the thoughts of God. He doesn’t think as we do. He is omniscient—He knows all things. That means He never has an idea. If a concept suddenly came to Him, then He would be ignorant of the thought before it formed in His mind. However, God doesn’t have thoughts “come to His mind.” Because He is omniscient, His mind has all thoughts resident.

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Chris Rosebrough on Twitter

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35 6 Meditations on The Pre-Incarnation | HeadHeartHand Blog

Here are links to Rick Phillips’ edifying series of posts on Christ’s pre-incarnate appearances in the Old Testament.

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Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter

"Oh come let us adore him: Christ the Lord." The Messiah, who is Adonai. Wow! #MerryChristmas from #Apologetics Guy. pic.twitter.com/gK7Z565RME

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Renewing Your Mind | The Advent of Christ | December 25, 2014

The book of Haggai closes with a promise to Zerubbabel that his house would be exalted over all others, that his family would be a seal or signet that confirms and consummates all of the Lord's promises (Hag. 2:20–23). Ultimately we see that this is a prophecy of Jesus Christ, in whom all the promises of God are yes and amen (2 Cor. 1:20). We will now take a break from our study of the prophetic books for two days in order to consider some of the promises of the Lord related to the Messiah. Dr. R.C. Sproul will assist us in our study as we look at two lectures from his teaching series Promises .

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WORLD | The right time to think about babies | Chelsea Kolz Boes | Dec. 25, 2014

Christmas is the right time to think about babies. You can study a baby and realize that God, who made earth with His hands and slung stars into space with a word, came to our embarrassed planet and inhabited a tiny, vulnerable body. He had heavy, baby-sized eyelids fringed with lashes, and 10 fingers that could barely wrap around one of your own.

39 Is the Bible's definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence?

[I]n Mark 2 you see Jesus preaching in a house, and you know the story where they take the roof off and let the paralytic down through the roof. Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” And people get bugged because how can anyone forgive sins but God alone?Jesus understood what they were thinking and He said this: What’s harder to say, your sins are forgiven, or to rise, take up your pallet and go home?Now, I’ll tell you what would be harder for me to say : Arise, take up your pallet and go home. I can walk into any Bible study and say your sins are forgiven and nobody is going to know if I know what I am talking about or not. But if I lay hands on somebody in a wheelchair and I say, Take up your wheelchair and go home, and they sit there, I look pretty dumb because everyone knows nothing happened.But Jesus adds this. He says, “In order that you may know that the Son of Man has the power and authority to forgive sins, I say to you, arise, take up your pallet and go home.” And he got up and he got out. Notice the phrase “In order that you may know”.

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WORLD | ‘Because there was no place for them in the inn’ | Andrée Seu Peterson | Dec. 25, 2014

The implications for my Christian life are deep. Just because I pray for a parking place along a busy street in Philadelphia on some afternoon doesn’t mean I am going to receive one—any more than Joseph and Mary received a room in the inn. I’m sure that first century couple prayed for a room, like I pray for a parking place. It evidently did not shake Joseph and Mary’s faith that God let them (of all people!) be left out in the cold. This taking in stride is why the author himself feels no need to make more of the mention. There are no guarantees. Prayers of righteous people are always effective ( James 5:16 ) but not always in the way they expected.

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Dear Jesus

You may assume your children already know this, but what if they’ve been paying more attention to the “wisdom of the world” than to your words? If (and when) non-Christian friends ask your children who the center of Christmas is, are you confident your children would emphatically answer “Jesus”? Or would they hesitate and wonder if Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, or Charlie Brown is a better answer? And when it comes time to sing Christmas songs together, do your children know the words to “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls”—but stumble through “O Holy Night” and “Away in a Manger”?

45 Posts of Christmas Past - Stand to Reason Blog

Public Truth, Not Private Opinion – “Michael Horton explains why the nature of the gospel as a proclamation of historical truth both surprises and challenges us. Our culture defines reason as naturalism, and so it allows reasonable people to be religious only as long as they either confine their religious claims to the realm of private opinion (i.e., based on personal revelations or ideas that apply only to them), or focus on general revelation to which everyone can reason (e.g., advice for living well). Neither of these options threatens the sovereignty of naturalism. But, Horton says, the gospel is not something we could deduce on our own through reason (though we can certainly reason  about  it, once known), nor is it the kind of thing that could be true for me but not for you—‘the gospel transcends these rules, and refuses to play by them.’ Because it's a historical claim, it's not a private faith, but a public fact. And it requires a hearing of the truth to be known.”

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Premier Christian on Twitter

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Ligonier.org

“ Who do Christians think they are to tell Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims that they are not going to Heaven?” pluralists protest. When confronted with these kinds of questions the Christian needs to appeal to authority. In this case, it is the entrance into Heaven Himself. In “The Sheep Gate,” Dr. Sproul will explore this as he considers the parallels Jesus made between keeping sheep, and the entrance into heaven.

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What is the meaning and significance of Christmas for Christians?

Now, when you look at human experience, none of us is interested in finding out about the character of this Creator/Designer, because we are afraid that if we find out too much about him then we will have our freedom to do as we please constrained by the demands of a relationship with an all-powerful, all-good being. Just knowing that such a person exists and has a character distinct from our own is enough to cause us to flee from him so that we can stay autonomous from the obligations of the moral law that he expects us to follow.

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Hosea 4:6

This is one of the most commonly quoted verses in the Old Testament, but rarely is it quoted in full. This is not referring to general knowledge; people are not destroyed due to ignorance of book learning. Rather, people were destroyed through a lack of knowledge of God’s Law (v. 6). If a nation forsakes the Law of God, it has no knowledge of sin (see Rom. 7:7).

50 Worldview | HeadHeartHand Blog

I appreciate so much of what you write and preach! But I am afraid i was disturbed by this post. The fracking spectre is hanging like an ominous dark cloud over the South African Karoo, and its haunting beauty. This method of extracting natural gas from under the earth is threatening one third of the land God gave to my people; brown, white and black. They will never get it back. It will be spoiled forever. Its landscape will be marred, its people will be left forsaken and devastated with polluted ground water. The Karoo contains the fifth largest deposit of natural gas in the world. Just imagine what’s going to happen once Shell and others have moved their big trucks and equipment in? l feel for these poor folks, for they are powerless before big oil companies and the worlds insatiable lust for energy. Or perhaps I am totally misinformed! I would beg anyone to inform me better… for this thing makes me depressed! I would love to know that fracking is 100% safe, for I have loved the Karoo and its wonderful people so much ever since I was a child!

51 Is the story of the woman being stoned for adultery in John 7-8 authentic?
52 The Bible Among Other Myths
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54 John Calvin, C.H. Spurgeon and Apologetics |