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Advent Reflection: December 7

Hand out two pieces of paper to each person in the group. Say the Lord’s Prayer together. When it comes to the line ‘forgive us our sins’, take a moment of quiet to each write on one of the pieces of paper the things for which you are asking God’s forgiveness. Then gather the papers in a large saucepan, light a match and let the papers burn. If you have an open fireplace, burn that the papers there. As you say the line ‘as we forgive those who sin against us’, take Your second piece of paper and write down the names of those you need to forgive. Ask for God’s help to forgive these people, and again gather the papers and burn them. Then continue saying the rest of the Lord’s Prayer together.

The Difference between Congregational Worship and a Concert

It’s an interesting guess at what might occur with some people, but hardly accurate when generalizing for the masses. I agree that if the music is at such a volume that you can’t hear the message that follows, we need to tone it down a little. However to say that when any change in music expectation occurs, the body becomes inactive is simply not true. Music is like a universal language. It generates emotion on a level that words cannot create on their own. A song or tone played can express an emotion that is felt by anyone of any background from any country regardless of race or language barriers. It is a part of us. And how do you define expectation? By the person who has sat in church since the 1930’s? (what church? for that matter.) or the person who is visiting for the first time, or a new christian who has never heard a hymn of any type? It is not accurate to assume that a change in a song renders worshipers unable to worship and inactive. Those who come to worship, worship regardless of what happens during a song, or whether a microphone cuts out during a message or whether there is a baby crying so loud that it drowns out the speaker.

3 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.

LSU Football on Twitter

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Is “Allah” God?

Historically, Arabic-speaking Christianity begins in the New Testament. On the day of Pentecost when the Spirit falls on those present and they begin proclaiming in different languages “the mighty works of God,” the final people group listed is the Arabs (Acts 2:11). Arabic Christianity eventually took root among many of the Arab tribes in Syria-Palestine and flourished throughout Mesopotamia until the advent of Islam. Even after Islam emerges, many of the Arabs held tenaciously to their Christian faith and continue to do so today. However, prior to the Arabization that took place under Islam, all of the Arabic-speaking Christians in the region would have used languages other than Arabic in their liturgies. This is due to the unfortunate absence of an Arabic translation of the Scriptures until well into the Muslim era. Thus, these Arabic-speaking Christians would have prayed primarily using Greek or Syriac (i.e., a dialect of Aramaic). But like their Arabic-speaking Jewish neighbors, they would have referred to God as “Allah” in their native language.

Pride, Despair, and Sovereign Grace

There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. . . . If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.

Two Enemies of Determination

I have never met a truly aimless guy. I have met many guys that lack determination. I know because they ask to meet up for coffee. Now, certainly I have met with hundreds of guys that are disciplined, driven, and focused. They are coming with well-thought questions to concrete obstacles in their path. But for the other guys, I am approached more like a genie than a pastor or counselor. They are not coming with questions, but wishes.


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What One Racially Divided Family Can Do

Despite the seemingly manifest truth that even Christian blacks and Christian whites are as divided as the rest of America, the gospel says something strange. It says the wall between us is no more real than the Berlin Wall that was torn down 25 years ago. The wall between us in the church was torn down some 2,000 years ago. It may not feel like it; it may not look like it, but the reality is every black Christian is a brother or sister to every white Christian. We are no longer strangers to one another, but are family.

The Unremarkable Call to Love Our Gay Neighbors

Perhaps, then, the most helpful feature of Glenn T. Stanton’s book Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace & Truth (Moody Publishers) is simply that it exists. Stanton is director for family formation studies at Focus on the Family. The Southern Poverty Law Center (which supports gay rights) lists the Colorado Springs organization as one of a dozen major groups that allegedly “help drive the Religious Right’s anti-gay crusade.” It’s noteworthy, then, to encounter a Focus on the Family scholar—someone known for debating LGBT advocates across the country—who authored a book calling Christians to love, befriend, and respect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.

Michael Beschloss on Twitter

History lesson RT " @BeschlossDC : After Pearl Harbor, Eleanor Roosevelt talks to Americans by radio, tonight 1941: ”

Stepping into 'The Red Tent'

Yet the label of religious commentary is one that Diamant has resisted. She wasn’t looking to add another chapter to the Bible, or even to stay faithful to the events as depicted in Genesis. “It’s not midrash. It’s a novel,” she replied later in response to questioning. “When it came out, there was lots of comparison to the Bible, and concerns about my corrupting the text. But I have freedom as a novelist . . . My responsibility is to tell a good story.”


There is a change in Paul's direction in this section to the wrath of God and its application against ungodly and unrighteous men who suppress the truth in righteousness. God's work of creation has been made manifest to everyone leaving all without excuse.

Cain’s Wife—Who Was She?

Genesis is the record of the God who was there as history happened. It is the Word of One who knows everything and who is a reliable Witness from the past. Thus, when we use Genesis as a basis for understanding history, we can make sense of evidence which would otherwise be a real mystery. You see, if evolution is true, science has an even bigger problem than Cain’s wife to explain—namely, how could man ever evolve by mutations (mistakes) in the first place, since that process would have made everyone’s children deformed? The mere fact that people can produce offspring that are not largely deformed is a testimony to creation, not evolution.

15 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

The College Football Playoff Committee vs. the BCS

Most college football fans are happy that the sport has adopted a 4-team playoff.  The method of selecting those four teams, however, is another matter.  This past offseason, McLaughlin & Associates asked self-described college football fans this question:  “As you may know, college football will have a 4-team playoff starting next season.  Would you rather have those 4 teams be selected by a committee of 13 people, or by the BCS selection process, which involves 167 poll voters and 6 computer rankings?”  By the overwhelming tally of 60 to 23 percent , college football fans said they would rather entrust the BCS selection process than a committee. 

The Real Santa Claus

Today, St. Nicholas is mostly known as a paunchy old geezer who spends one night each year breaking into people’s houses and stealing cookies before escaping to an Arctic hideaway where elves do his work for him.

Philip Kitcher on separating ethics from religion - Faitheist

[…] The first part of our conversation—on his disagreements with “New Atheism,” how secular humanism is similar to religion and how it is different, and what Humanists can learn from religion—appears below. Check back tomorrow for the second part of our discussion, where Kitcher explores how to disentangle ethics from religion, the connection between Humanist values and community, and why doubt is just the beginning of Humanism. (Update: it’s now online.) […]

Louisiana Election Results 2014: Senate Map by Parish, Live Midterm Voting Updates

Louisiana Senate Election Runoff Results by Parish

The frightening side of Advent: Bonhoeffer’s Christmas sermons

For many Christians like me, Christmas is a time of comfort, of peace, and of abundance.  We’re fortunate if that is the case.  But what if Christmas is intended to be an annual reminder of our need for a Savior to break into our darkness, our “homelessness,” and for us to be convicted of our lack of offensive faith?  What if Advent, the season leading up to the celebration of the Incarnation, ought not make us sentimental and satisfied but rather challenge us to live out our sentness as bold heralds of Christ’s coming?

Getting Away with Evil

Psalm 73 doesn’t say exactly what was bugging Asaph when he wrote this sad song. It’s clear, however, that he and a horde of other people were watching some bad dudes get away with monstrous evil. As Asaph and the rest of the crowds witnessed these events, they uttered some stomach-turning words: “Does God realize what is go­ing on?” They might as well have yelled, “Get a clue, God! Where are you?”

22 What happens to your children when they arrive at university?

When many of the flower children and new-left activists of the ’60s became professors and university administrators in the ’70s and ’80s, they did not entirely overthrow the idea of liberal-arts education. Many proclaimed themselves its loyal partisans.Now, it is true that many think it their mission to create soldiers in the battle for “social change” – aspiring ACLU lawyers, Planned Parenthood volunteers, and “community organizers.” But others resist the idea that learning should be instrumentalized. They profess allegiance to the idea that the point of liberal education is to enrich and even liberate the student-learner. That’s what is supposed to be “liberal” about liberal-arts learning – it is supposed to convey the knowledge and impart the intellectual skills and habits of mind that are liberating.Still, there is a chasm between the idea of liberal-arts education as classically conceived, and the conception promoted by some (mercifully, not all) in positions of influence in academic departments today. Many of today’s academic humanists and social scientists have a different view of what students need liberation from .

Edward Feser: Working the net

@Ed Feser, @IrishThomist, @Scott There's a debate between Arif Ahmed and Keith Ward that I think you guys might find fascinating and I'd certainly be interested in your perspective as a Thomist. I say this because the way it's framed strikes me as a Empiricist v. Rationalist type argument (using those terms in the 18th century sense), but you all seem to have a mutually inclusive synthesis of both without the shortcomings of either. As I'm still a novice in Philosophy forgive me if this an obvious statement to make.


The key to Strayed's recovery is not so much the trail as the memories of her mother she recovers while walking alone for months. Strayed's mother was a strong, joyful woman who advocated a life of gratefulness despite her life's hardships (including marrying Strayed's father, an abusive alcoholic). She's also the reason for Strayed's only religiously-oriented conversation in the film, after receiving the sort of news that makes you seriously doubt that any god could exist who is also good.

Jupiter deflects comets and asteroids that might otherwise hit Earth

People who are not curious about science sort of take these blessings for granted and push away the God who is responsible for the clever life-permitting design of our habitat. In contrast, theists are curious and excited about what science tells us about the Creator. Theists care about science, but naturalists have to sort of keep experimental science at arm’s length – away from the presuppositions and assumptions that allow them to have autonomy to live life without respect, accountability and gratitude. Naturalists take refuge in the relief provided by speculative science and science fiction. They like to listen to their leaders speculate about speculative theories, and willingly buy up books by snarky speculators who think that nothing is really something (Krauss), or who think that the cosmic fine-tuning is not real (Stenger), or who think that silicon-based life is a viable scenario (Rosenberg), etc. But theists prefer actual science. Truth matters to us, and we willingly adjust our behavior to fit the scientific facts.

26 How many explanations are there for the existence of our universe? - Christian Research Institute

Second, the universe sprang from nothing. This proposition flies in the face of both the laws of cause and effect and energy conservation. As has been well said, “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could.” Or, to put it another way, there simply are no free lunches. The conditions that hold true in this universe prevent any possibility of matter springing out of nothing.Third, the universe eternally existed. The law of entropy, which predicts that a universe that has eternally existed would have died an “eternity ago” of heat loss, devastates this hypothesis.

Ryan Pletcher on Twitter

Blessed to be working with @LeeStrobel today. The book “Case for Christ” helped bring me back to Jesus and God.

Why Can’t I Find Real Community in the Church? - Prince on Preaching

“I just don’t feel like this church has the kind of fellowship we need. We’ve just never felt ‘at home’ here.” I’ve always been dumbfounded by statements such as these the few times they’ve been expressed to me from families or individuals who have decided to leave the church. They are almost always accompanied by comparisons to some other church in the family’s background—the ideal church that forms the standard by which all other churches are to be compared. I usually respond by pointing out all the various testimonies of others in the congregation who communicate what seems to be the exact opposite experience—statements such as, “I’ve never felt so welcomed and loved in my whole life! I’m growing immensely here!” How could two different people reach such radically different conclusions about the same particular community of faith during the same particular period of time?

Resurrection—No Doubt About It

If someone rejects the Bible’s authority, that person must still contend with the fact that multiple, reliable historical documents make these amazing claims. And based on evidence within the Bible itself, there is no reason to reject those claims. Even most secular historians have come to accept the evidence used in defense of Christ’s Resurrection, though they strive to reach a different conclusion about its significance.

Brad Edwards on Twitter

“ @JBradEdwards : By the BCS formula (as well as it can be replicated), top six would be 1 FSU, 2 Bama, 3 Oregon, 4 OSU, 5 TCU, 6 Baylor” same

Washington Post changes 'we should automatically believe rape allegations' headline after Twitter furor

An opinion piece in the Washington Post brought on so much scorn on Twitter that they changed the headline in a matter of hours. Professional idiot and occasional Democratic strategist* Zerlina Maxwell’s piece was entitled “No matter what Jackie said, we should automatically believe rape claims,” but after tons of Twitter mockery, the headline was changed from “automatically” to “generally.”

32 #7 Carbon-14 in Fossils, Coal, and Diamonds

Carbon-14 (or radiocarbon) is a radioactive form of carbon that scientists use to date fossils. But it decays so quickly—with a half-life of only 5,730 years—that none is expected to remain in fossils after only a few hundred thousand years. Yet carbon-14 has been detected in “ancient” fossils—supposedly up to hundreds of millions of years old—ever since the earliest days of radiocarbon dating. 1

33 The Great Comfort of God's Wrath - Christian Research Institute

In the first book in his best-selling series, Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch describes God in a way that many people in the postmodern milieu find appealing. During an “uncommon dialogue” in which Walsch purports to take dictation from God Himself, God exposes the alleged myth of divine anger: “If you choose to believe in a God who somehow needs something—and has such hurt feelings if He doesn’t get it that He punishes those from whom He expected to receive it—then you choose to believe in a God much smaller than I” (p. 65).

34 Intense Conversations—How Would You Reply?

[B] : Well first, it is not I who judges, but the God of the Bible has already stated that there is no other god besides Him. So it is the God of the Bible who discredits all other alleged “gods.” Second, if you understand much about this alleged ultimate reality, it says all is one, so there really is no distinction between good and bad as good and bad are both complimentary aspects of the same idea. This is often presented as the yin and yang concept and symbol and describes the universe as dualistic. Truth and falsity are also one and the same and have no real distinction. Furthermore, this ultimate reality is impersonal, and being impersonal, there is no way that this alleged ultimate reality would communicate with personal beings. So no one could really know anything about it for certain!

Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

Meeting with leaders from Grace Community Baptist Church in Hyderabad as we prepare for Sunday's outreach! #RaviHyd

36 How to Write a Letter to the Editor - Christian Research Institute

Despite this inauspicious beginning, I have written dozens of letters to various editors fairly steadily since I became a Christian in 1976. I have written on numerous topics, but most of my letters have an apologetic or ethical force. Constantly trying to set the world straight can be wearisome; nonetheless, about 70 percent of my letters have been published, mostly in non-Christian newspapers and magazines where I focus my efforts for the sake of apologetics and evangelism. These include the New York Times Magazine , the Seattle Times , the Rocky Mountain News , and U.S. News and World Report . Two of my letters were read on National Public Radio in 2003. These letters provide opportunities to comment publicly on matters of great importance, and I continue to write them even when I am busy with writing articles, reviews, and books. One need not be a professional writer or an academic in order to write a convincing and worthwhile letter to the editor. In fact, this is an outstanding way for any Christian with a good idea or argument to present it in print to thousands or hundreds of thousands of people (see Matt.

Sunday Quote!- Sola Scriptura and Reading the Bible

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

Innovative Apologetics: Bill Nye in His Book "Undeniable" Says The Truth of Divine Creation Harms Kids

Pope sends message to Iraqi Christians – Premier Premier

Pope Francis has thanked Iraqi Christians for giving witness to Christ in the region.

Faith and Works | Reasonable Faith

You might say that there are objective moral values and they need to be followed regardless of the fact that they do affect our salvation or not. Bible and Jesus also teach us to do good deeds. I agree with these assertions but the question still lingers for a person like me and many others (people who are primarily concerned with the bottom line result) that why do we have to take moral commandments/values so seriously when ultimately they are not going to count in our 'scoring sheet' in the hereafter. Of course there are objective moral values and Bible & Jesus Christ teach us to be good human beings. But Bible/Jesus Christ teach us lot of good things and no Christian can claim to fully adhere to these teachings. This is what evangelical Christianity teaches us that whatever good we do, we cannot merit God's salvation which is an unmerited gift and comes with faith alone.

Young people sold 'dream' before being trafficked, says Cardinal – Premier Premier

Young people in Africa are being promised a job as a Premier League footballer in the UK before being trafficked into slavery, the Archbishop of Westminster has said.

Renewing Your Mind | God's Legal Declaration | December 6, 2014

Justification is God’s declaration that sinners are in a right and acceptable relationship with Him based solely on the person and work of Jesus Christ, the benefits of which are received by faith alone. It is the fact that those who were once enemies of God are now, through faith in Christ, friends and beloved. According to the Bible, this justification comes to those who believe through the blood of Christ. It comes to those who are “weak” and “ungodly.” “Weak” speaks to our inability to save ourselves. It is the connotation that we are without strength and power. “Ungodly” speaks to our activity in opposition to the ways of God. It is the designation of sinners as impious, refusing to worship the God who created them, while living and loving contrary to His holy character and commands. Remarkably, Jesus Christ died for the weak and ungodly.

Christian rape survivor: Give jury more guidance – Premier Premier

A Christian rape survivor is calling for jurors in sexual assault trials to be given more guidance about what constitutes rape.

10 Things That Apologists Should Know Something About |

Areas of interest should be embraced. Having said that, I believe there are certain things that apologists should know at least something about. This is not about being an expert in everything but having a basic concept and having some idea of where to find out more information. I will not explain each concept but will simply list them and leave them to you for further research. They are in no particular order.

45 The Heart of Christmas - Devotional - Day 7 - Christian Research Institute

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. (Micah 5:2) In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1–7)

"Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?" A look at four views in Christian Theology

I also fall between Saucy and Storms, and agree that one likely reason we see less evidence of miracles today is that God focuses them on Kingdom growth. I’ve often heard that miracles are more evident on the mission field, especially in the most unevangelized areas. This would match their occurrence in Acts, where by far the majority are associated with statements to the effect that Kingdom growth was a result of the miracle. This is also reflected by John’s statements in John 20:30-31 about why he recorded those miracles of Jesus. To me, miracles in Scripture are much more associated with bringing people into the Kingdom, than making those who are there more comfortable (which seems to be how we think of them today).

Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

Great to have @SanjKalra & @kalrakid29 w/ me in India! Pray for Sanj as he speaks in Hyderabad @pearlcityhyd #RaviHyd

WORLD | GOP easily adds another Senate seat | J.C. Derrick | Dec. 6, 2014

Three-term U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy crushed three-term Sen. Mary Landrieu on Saturday, seizing a seat Democrats have held since 1883. Republicans also swept a pair of U.S. House runoff elections in the Bayou State—including the seat Cassidy just vacated—giving the GOP a 246-188 majority and matching  a Truman-era high-water mark . 

49 How to apologize effectively: responsibility, restitution, repentance

To me, the only thing that needs an apology is breaking a moral rule – you can’t beat someone up for just making a mistake. Whenever someone breaks a moral rule with me, like disrespecting me or being selfish, then I pick out a book for them to read and ask them to read it and then write something about how what they learned in the book applies to what they did to me. I don’t pick very long books! But I do this for a very important reason.

50 Does the Bible say that you should forgive someone who does not repent?

Next, it is clear that God does not forgive without repentance. This doctrine is taught in a number of texts. For example, in Luke 13:3 Jesus says, “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” In Mark 1:15 John the Baptist commands that we must “repent and believe the Gospel.” The connection between repentance and forgiveness of sins (i.e. “salvation”) is seen throughout the Scriptures. For example, in Acts 2:38 repentance is directly connected as a condition for the remission of sins. For additional examples of this connection see Matthew 11:20-24; Luke 24:45-49; Acts 3:19; 8:22; 17:30-31; Romans 2:4-5; II Corinthians 7:10; II Tim. 2:25-26.

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