Frank the Hippie Pope and Bart the Patriarch Sing Love Songs
Frank and Bart are having a hard time getting past the main thing that stops them from being united. But Frank doesn't think that'll be a problem.
A Look at 2014 - Summit Ministries
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Christopher Hitchens makes a shocking confession
These are the last two minutes of Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens's documentary, Collision. Christopher's final comment is stunningly unexpected and ...
Merry Christmas from Prison Fellowship
During this Christmas season, we rejoice in another wonderful year at Prison Fellowship. With the help of our dedicated supporters and volunteers, our in-prison programs have served men and women in nearly 500 jails and prisons across the country, and our Angel Tree program has reached hundreds of thousands of children with an incarcerated parent.
Best of 2014: Tabletalk Magazine
“ This question of whether a person can lose his salvation is not an abstract question. It touches us at the very core of our Christian lives, not only with regard to our concerns for our own perseverance, but also with regard to our concern for our family and friends, particularly those who seemed, for all outward appearances, to have made a genuine profession of faith…”
How Do You Make a Biblical Case for the Trinity? - Stand to Reason Blog
None of this "reasoning" comes close to making the case that the three divine persons of the Holy trinity are of the same substance, which was the conclusion of the Council of nicaea. We need the church to clarify and fill out correct theology.
#5 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Whale Hips, Another Icon of Darwinian Evolution, Takes a Hit
Male genitalia evolve rapidly, probably as a result of sexual selection. Whether this pattern extends to the internal infrastructure that influences genital movements remains unknown. Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) offer a unique opportunity to test this hypothesis: since evolving from land-dwelling ancestors, they lost external hind limbs and evolved a highly reduced pelvis which seems to serve no other function except to anchor muscles that maneuver the penis. Here we create a novel morphometric pipeline to analyze the size and shape evolution of pelvic bones from 130 individuals (29 species) in the context of inferred mating system. We present two main findings: 1) males from species with relatively intense sexual selection (inferred by relative testes size) have evolved relatively large penises and pelvic bones compared to their body size, and 2) pelvic bone shape diverges more quickly in species pairs that have diverged in inferred mating system. Neither pattern was observed in the anterior-most pair of vertebral ribs, which served as a negative control. This study provides evidence that sexual selection can affect internal anatomy that controls male genitalia.
Is the Most Powerful Conservative in America Losing His Edge?
As Erickson sees it, the conservative movement and the Republican Party are two different things, and the former is more important. For 50 years, the conservative movement has alternately abetted and tormented the Republican Party. It has provided an intellectual framework and activist passion to the GOP, but—from the John Birch Society of the 1960s to the Tea Party of today—it has trained its fire just as often within the party as without, fueling primary battles and a spirit of with-us-or-against-us absolutism. Sometimes it has even won, as with the nomination of Barry Goldwater, which did not go so well, and that of Ronald Reagan (although some conservatives began complaining about Reagan almost immediately after he was elected). Party mandarins have long regarded those on the far right as useful idiots who helped win elections but could not be allowed near the levers of power.
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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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Malcolm Gladwell: "David and Goliath"
Eric Metaxas and best-selling phenomenon Malcolm Gladwell discuss Gladwell's latest book, David and Goliath, along the way touching on acromegaly, getting busted at immigration, the "practical" side of "grace", Chuck Colson, "stop and frisk", the ill-effects of attending a prestigious college, his own changed view of the power of faith, and much more.
5 Things Jonathan Edwards Teaches Us about the Christian Life
Toward the end of his life, Edwards was kicked out of his church by a vote of ten to one—by professing Christians, upstanding church members. This, and other trials he encountered during his life, lead me to conclude that the lofty vision of Christian living that he has left to us is not naïve idealism. He felt the pain not only of rejection, but of rejection by close friends and family members who were part of his church. And yet, having his eyes opened to present pain did not close his eyes to future glory.
Owning Your Faults and Loving Your Spouse
Gary: And so, the key issue is, somebody has to take initiative to make things better. If both of you just continue to drift, it's gonna get worse. But if one of you decides, I'm gonna do everything I can to try to make this marriage what I hoped it would be, I'm not gonna stop with simply having read a book or simply having tried three things. I will go to conferences. I will read books. I will go to a counselor. I will do everything I can to try to influence this relationship in a positive way. And when you do that, even if you fail, even if your spouse eventually leaves you, you will be able to look yourself in the mirror, look God in the face and know that you have done everything you could have done. That's a good place to be.
Exclusive: Jay, Key Witness from 'Serial' Tells His Story for First Time, Part 1 - The Intercept
It was at least a week before she died, when he found out she was either cheating on him or leaving him. We were in the car, we were riding, smoking. He just started opening up. It’s in the evening after school, we never hung out in the morning. Just normal conversation like, ‘I think she’s fucking around. I’m gonna kill that bitch, man.’ Nothing real pointed or anything, not like, ‘I know his name,’ or ‘I caught her.’ But I just thought he was just shooting off like everyone else shoots off when they’re mad at their girlfriend. He never said anything like, ‘Hey, what gauge gun should I use?’ or ‘How many minutes am I supposed to hold somebody under the water for?’ or, ‘Is there a statute of limitation on murder?’ I thought he was just blowing off steam and bullshitting. I thought at worst he’d throw a rock through her window or something. Normal high school ‘I’m mad at her and I’ll scratch her car’ sort of stuff.
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon.
Why You Should Read Bavinck
Finally, you might be worried that it's theologically above your pay grade; even the brief descriptions of his strengths may strike you as intimidating. I'll admit, Bavinck isn't for the beginner. But for all who consider themselves students of theology—certainly seminarians and Bible students—you should be prepared to challenge yourself regularly. Straining to read above your current level of understanding is one of the only ways to grow. And Bavinck is a wise, thorough, surprisingly accessible teacher even if he does engage at the highest levels.
For the still unconvinced, pick up this abridged, one-volume edition of the Dogmatics that is far more approachable.
A Christmas Present from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible (Part 1)
I know full well ‘unbeliever’ is a Biblical term. I asked specifically what you meant by it. By the way, I was raised in the church, in a Bible believing family as conservative as the day is long. A pastor’s son, born again and baptized after what I believed to be the Holy Spirit working in my heart. I’ve read the Bible my entire life and was raised in its every influence and I’ve walked and talked with the Lord and relied upon him for the vast majority of my waking days. What happened to me was not my doing. I simply lived, observed life, read, earned degrees, worked, raised a family, and went to church. One Sunday morning one of our young pastors fresh from seminary taught a class about the construction of the Biblical Canon, how it was formed, when and how the books were written and came to be. All my life I had simply subscribed to the Scofield Bible and my upbringing that Moses had written most of the OT, that the disciples were alive and well when the Gospels were written but now my knowledge had been increased and thus my sorrow because it followed that one night I was explaining God’s plan of salvation to my children along with the usual Bible story as I tucked them into bed and suddenly it struck me as ridiculous and unbelievable and strange and bizarre.
The Time Is Ripe for Radical Generosity
Today we are quick to pray for revival in our land. May we, in this vapor of a life, be joyfully pinched and hampered as we lay up treasure in heaven, our true home purchased for us by Christ at the cross. As we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, God just may use us and the greatest wealth transfer in history to—once again—turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6).
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How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Christian Analysis Defeats the Skepticism of Bart Ehrman: How Jesus Became God in the Flesh
"There is no conflict between religion and science; Only the conflict between two sciences, that of the 4th century BCE and the science of 2014." Joseph Campbell. Your thesis irresponsibly confuses evolution and human progress with God-- with a fallacious Post Hoc ergo Propter hoc rationale. Since there is vast scientific proof of the former and none of the latter, we can readily dismiss it as just more sciolistic confirmation bias. A third grade understanding of the tens of thousand of years of human progress from the paleolithic, Iron age, Bronze age to the high Neolithic more than proves the evolution of human reason from the Hunter gatherers to Planting societies, to the stargazing Zigurat builders and the early foundations of the "good society". Sadly, what you are arguing requires an astonishing campaign of ignorance, or denial of history, science, and logic -- again negating the very point of your thesis. Belief in god presupposes nescience, not reason. Ironically, by arguing for the opposite you undermine your entire premise: Reason is not born of god, but of MAN and we have the entire anthropological record of man to prove it.
A Positive, Testable Case for Intelligent Design
Thanks for submitting your comment. I can’t help but note that your comment appears to be trying to deflect the issue. My article here offers detailed arguments for a positive, testable case for intelligent design (ID), and in response to your first comment I explained why Theobald’s paper does not demonstrate universal common ancestry. You wrote back disputing my use of the term “null hypothesis.” I’ll respond to your criticism in short order, but one thing is quite clear: You didn’t reply to most of what I said about Theobald’s paper, nor have you responded to any of my arguments regarding the positive, testable case for design. My article is a discussion of a larger issue of a positive case for design, but your comments about whether Theobald used a “null hypothesis” have no impact on my arguments.
Let’s talk a little bit about null hypotheses. Regarding Theobald’s use of a null hypothesis, you write:
He used Bayesian statistical methods to compare two hypotheses and thus does not have a null hypothesis. Null hypotheses are used in frequentist statistical methods developed by RA Fisher, whom you probably know was a founder of both modern statistics and evolutionary genetics.
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Locating Atonement: The Los Angeles Theology Conference 2015
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What Was the Best News of 2014?
“Immigrants are becoming Christians and starting new churches in large numbers. Our evangelical denominations are growing. Financial stewardship is on the rise. And most of our evangelical pastors are morally faithful and doctrinally orthodox. The good news is that there is plenty of good news about the Good News.” ~Leith Anderson , president, National Association of Evangelicals
Crafting a Life Vision Statement
Let’s walk through five questions to craft a vision statement for your life. To help you with this exercise, I will use my life’s vision statement as a template for you to follow. Take time to think about your own answers. As you respond to the questions, also ask yourself, “Is this what God would want for my life? Is this why God made me and put me here?”
Rick Warren to Deliver Mars Hill Church's Final Sermon via Video; Seattle-based Megachurch Closes its Doors at Year's End
Saddleback Church's Pastor Rick Warren is scheduled to give the congregation at the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, hosted at a dozen regional locations, its last sermon via video this Sunday, as the megachurch, founded and once led by Pastor Mark Driscoll, officially dissolves.
Is your church functionally liberal?
Because of this conservative evangelicals constantly battle “culture wars” that are almost always circular and pointless. They are unable to appropriate culture, in the way catholic Christianity is, and use this as an expression of the universal faith with no compromise to the creeds and dogmas of the church. The idolatry of the scriptures as found in protestantism does not represent the traditions of Christianity. It actually represents the Islamification of Christianity – exchanging the sacramental world view for that based only on a book. The term “biblical Christianity” is not old or traditional. It is a modern invention. Likewise, Christians (and Jews for that matter) are not “people of the book” as Muslims mistakenly thought, they are people of communion with God and one another.
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Now Is a Good Time to Test Our Prophecies
To be sure, the Spirit does not always lay things out in a way that makes complete sense at first, and it is only over a period of time that many words can be fully understood. Plus, some prophecies take decades to unfold, and so what might seem false for the short term is proven true for the long term.
Don’t Get Too Familiar with the Bible
Beware the deceptive wiles of familiarity — that sweet but double-edged virtue that makes you feel at home in the word of God. Familiarity of the tender variety persists in reminding you of the gospel and deepening your communion with Christ. But if you’re not careful, cold-hearted familiarity will betray you with kisses, poison your wineglass, and watch impassively while your life slips steadily away. You might not even realize it’s happening.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Responds to Controversial Christmas Tweets, Issues Warning for Upcoming New Year's Messages
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to address controversy surrounding several tweets he published on Christmas Day, which some called anti-Christian and offensive to Muslims and Jews.
'Duck Dynasty' Producer Regrets Not Speaking Up During Phil Robertson Controversy
"Duck Dynasty" executive producer Deirdre Gurney opened up about star Phil Robertson's controversial comments from 2013 in a new roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter and stated that she wanted to speak out about the situation but knew she had to trust Robertson to handle the situation.
Michael Kruger’s Christmas Eve take-down of Newsweek’s preposterous cover story attacking the Bible
[…] Of course, this is not the first media article critiquing the Bible that has been short on the facts. However, what is stunning about this particular article is that Kurt Eichenwald begins by scolding evangelical Christians for being unaware of the facts about the Bible, and the[n] proceeds to demonstrate a jaw-dropping ignorance of the fact[s] about the Bible. Continue reading ? […]
Joy Is Free, But Not Cheap
With the help of gifted artists, we try in this video . It’s a celebration. It’s a thank you. It’s an explanation. It’s an invitation. I never thought of myself as a great narrator. But I do have great news. I hope you enjoy this overflow of joy from Desiring God.
How pro-life apologetics helps strengthen your evangelism
Beyond the obvious obligation we have as thinking human beings to clarify the status, and defend the value, of innocent, unborn human life, engaging in the pro-life project is also a way to make the case for the truth of Christianity in general. It stands to reason that if the scientific, philosophical, and moral arguments we offer in defense of the humanity of the unborn also happen to align exactly with the biblical notion of what it means to be a human being made “in the image of God,” then the Bible might also have something to say about other things of importance.
'I Don't Think God Exists' Says Ryan Bell, Who Preached Jesus for 20 Years; Now Wants More 'Reality' After Atheist Experiment
Former pastor of the Hollywood Adventist Church in California, Ryan J. Bell, who launched an experiment to live without God one year ago, has concluded that "I don't think God exists" and says he's now working hard to get closer to "reality."
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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].
Let's Bring Back The 12 Days Of Christmas
Children enjoy it more
You know how much children love opening up gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Now imagine that they get 12 days of extra time with parents, gifts, cookie making and cookie eating. My children recently discovered that some people only have one day of Christmas and they thought it was the saddest thing they’d ever heard. Also, though, I’m sure you’ve experienced one of those Christmases where the child is so inundated with gifts that he or she just loses it. Either the child is overwhelmed by the goods or just tears through each gift without properly appreciating it. If the child is only getting one or two gifts a day, he or she gets to enjoy it for a full day before opening up the next gift.
Bible Verses That Give Insight Into the Importance of Accountability
If we are not accountable for our actions, than it is very possible that we live lesser lives. We wouldn't try as hard in school because in the end it wouldn't matter. Having a strong relationship with the Lord does not shield us from needing accountability. We do not want to be deceived by Satan, but we must decide ourselves on the subject. We all need that one person we can tell anything too and it doesn't make them mad at us. We need to be able to speak the truth in love.
Confidence for an Uncertain Future
As we enter into the New Year, a lot of people may be suffering from the fear of want – fearing they will lose their job – afraid that they will lose their health and can't work – fearing they'll lose their home - fearing their debts will outstrip their income – fearing their business will fail and they'll have to declare Chapter 11.
How to Change Your Mind
The first practical help I ever received in the mastery of the English Bible was from a layman. We were fellow-attendants at a certain Christian conference or convention and thrown together a good deal for several days, and I saw something in his Christian life to which I was a comparative stranger—peace, a rest, a joy, a kind of spiritual poise I knew little about. One day I ventured to ask him how he had become possessed of the experience, when he replied, "By reading the epistle to the Ephesians." I was surprised, for I had read it without such results, and therefore asked him to explain the manner of his reading, when he related the following: He had gone into the country to spend the Sabbath with his family on one occasion, taking with him a pocket copy of Ephesians, and in the afternoon, going out into the woods and lying down under a tree, he began to read it; he read it through at a single reading, and finding his interest aroused, read it through again in the same way, and, his interest increasing, again and again. I think he added that he read it some twelve or fifteen times, "and when I arose to go into the house," said he, "I was in possession of Ephesians, or better yet, it was in possession of me, and I had been 'lifted up to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus‚' in an experimental sense in which that had not been true in me before, and will never cease to be true in me again.
Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Christian Organization Says Sex Slavery Can Happen to Anyone; Some Girls Hold Master's Degrees
A Christian organization that runs a restorative shelter program in the U.S. for women recovering from domestic human trafficking has pointed out ahead of National Human Trafficking Prevention month in January that anyone can be pulled into sex trafficking — its shelter has girls with master's degrees, and those that come from affluent families. The Samaritan Women organization urges churches to offer hands-on engagement and respond not with judgment, but with compassion toward victims.
Millions of Indian Christians Forced to Choose Between Faith and Government Benefits for 'Untouchables'
Millions of Christians in India from the lowest caste system, known as "dalit," are being forced to choose between their faith and receiving government benefits available only to "untouchables," a report has said.
Amid the chaos of people, planning, administrating, studying and shepherding, the Christian leader's greatest need is still the gospel. We want to spend a few days together considering what it really looks like when leaders prioritize the gospel in every dimension of life and ministry. Join us and be renewed!
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#6 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Phys.org Says the Argument for Suboptimal Design of the Eye
Vision starts with the absorption of light by the retinal photoreceptors -- cones and rods. However, due to the 'inverted' structure of the retina, the incident light must propagate through reflecting and scattering cellular layers before reaching the photoreceptors. It has been recently suggested that Müller cells function as optical fibres in the retina, transferring light illuminating the retinal surface onto the cone photoreceptors. Here we show that Müller cells are wavelength-dependent wave-guides, concentrating the green-red part of the visible spectrum onto cones and allowing the blue-purple part to leak onto nearby rods. This phenomenon is observed in the isolated retina and explained by a computational model, for the guinea pig and the human parafoveal retina. Therefore, light propagation by Müller cells through the retina can be considered as an integral part of the first step in the visual process, increasing photon absorption by cones while minimally affecting rod-mediated vision.
(Amichai M. Labin, Shadi K. Safuri, Erez N. Ribak, and Ido Perlman, " Müller cells separate between wavelengths to improve day vision with minimal effect upon night vision ," Nature Communications , DOI: 10.