Interviews show top football players love the Bible App | YouVersion
Sunday, February 1, will be the the biggest day of the year in American sports. And although the top two teams in American football will face off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase , hear some of the greatest players in American football tell why they love the Bible App:
God, Science & the Big Questions: Leading Christian Thinkers Respond to the New Atheism
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Why Can't Morals Be Grounded In Society?
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Apologetic No No’s when Engaging a Muslim
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Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "Closer" by Shawn McDonald
Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life.
Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever.
Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!
Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off
How did life begin? This question has perplexed humanity for centuries. Some people believe that it came along by natural processes. Others believe that a divine Designer is behind it all. These two options go head-to-head, tested against the latest scientific research in the book "Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off" ( hardcover , Kindle , Supplemental Site ) by astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross and biochemist Dr. Fazale Rana. The book is divided into three sections, seventeen chapters, and 298 pages (including notes and appendices). This review provides a chapter-by-chapter summary of the contents of the book, but it must not be accepted as a replacement for reading the book, itself. The review will conclude with my thoughts and recommendation.
Drs. Ross and Rana take the position that the origin of life is by divine design. To scientifically test their hypothesis, they present their model, competing models, and the latest research; they then compare the predictions of the models to the research to build their case. Before examining the current state of origins research, it is a good idea to take a quick look at the events that led to the current state.
We Should Be Weeping
The quickest and most consistent way to grieve over our sin is by seeing Jesus for who he is and the worthy life he calls us to live. God has a standard for the redeemed to live by and we fail . . . often (Philippians 1:27). But godly grief must give way to repentance, which glories in God, the giver of grace, as we live under the gospel of salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10). As we fight to see Jesus, we do so in hopes that our heart will be transformed, and by that, we put sin to death (2 Corinthains 3:18).
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‘What You Saw Here Today Was Naked, Blind Antisemitism:’ NYC Councilman Slams Palestine Activists Who Disrupted Auschwitz Commemoration Debate (VIDEO)
Your ignorance betrays you!. Pray tell, how many hundreds and thousands of Palestinians has Israel killed “in the name a few ineffective projectiles which you call deadly rockets[?]” The rockets–about 4000 of them, hardly a “few”– were ineffective because they were intercepted and destroyed before they could kill hundreds of Israelis. The Palestinians were shooting these “few” rockets very deliberately into heavily populated areas, while Israel took great care to warn Palestinian civilians of impending fire. (The argument, by the way, that Gaza is so densely congested that there is no area for the Palestinian civilians to escape to and that Hamas has no choice but to fire from civilian areas, is a complete lie! There non-civilian open areas in Gaza that Hamas, if it chose, could have fired its rockets from.) I recognize that what I say will not have much impact on your opinion, as ignorant and prejudicial your opinion is, but it gives me a great of satisfaction to refute somebody like you who puts a title of Dr. in front of his name.
Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State
After IS said publicly that Kenji and Yukawa were being held hostage, the parents of both men apologized to Japan’s public on television for the trouble they caused. “The initial reaction here in Japan was that these two went and got themselves in trouble by going where they should not have gone and have made a problem for the country,” said another Tokyo-based pastor. “The reports from his pastor and others that Goto is a Christian and is motivated by giving children in war zones a voice did a lot to gain at least him favor in the eyes of the public that at least he was not just an adventure seeker.”
Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests
I think your right. I am a private person with a small personal space “bubble”. I avoid the greeting at all costs. Some days it’s difficult to smile and act like I’m awake :). And have you ever turned to shake hands and everyone is busy shaking someone else’s hand? Awkward. Or three people are trying to shake hands at the same time? I like the idea of greeters, but as was mention before church business and hugs from ” friends” keeps them from the more important task at hand. Whatever happened to ushers? They always took care of new people, made sure they had a good seat, and heavans could they not politely introduce the families a person might be sitting next to? New or not it sure would make for a friendlier and more familiar environment. “And do you know the Smiths?” Most adults can take any direction they like from there. A simple hello to a full on “my name is Sally, what is your name again?” And so on. As a child our ushers were always the friendly faces of our community. It doesn’t have to be the elderly gentlemen many of us associate with ushers.
Do we really mean ‘never again’?
From the Jewish point of view, European anti-Semitism is a sideshow. The story of European Jewry is over. It died at Auschwitz. Europe’s place as the center and fulcrum of the Jewish world has been inherited by Israel. Not only is it the first independent Jewish commonwealth in 2,000 years. It is, also for the first time in 2,000 years, the largest Jewish community on the planet.
By Grace, We Are Free in Christ
In John 8:34 Jesus underlined the bondage in which we are held by nature. On the other hand, He spoke about the freedom into which He brings sinners by grace: “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Does God Care Who Wins?
We quickly devolve into silliness when forced to imagine God wearing a particular nation’s jersey during the World Cup, or a Seahawks jersey this Sunday — or that he is somehow predisposed toward one major institution or another at the conclusion of March Madness. Yet even if God operated in this cartoonish way, even if we could put all the “righteous” on one team or another, God has a history of allowing his people to lose on the field so they can somehow win in the deeper, soul-centered arenas of life. His view of what constitutes a “win” or a “loss” couldn’t be more contrary to what we typically are fed as American viewers and participants of sport and life. (See the life of Joseph in Genesis 37–50, for instance.)
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Why Black Churches Are Keeping Millennials
The black church’s unique history and culture help to explain why it is keeping millennials while other traditions are losing them. In the Antebellum Era, the black church was a place of “communal and spiritual encouragement” for slaves, says University of Albany professor Roxanne Jones Booth. And during Jim Crow, the church was one of the few institutions that let blacks lead.
Discipleship Works—What a Lot of People Miss About Our Role in Our Discipleship
When we are surrendered to God’s hand and will, we are in a posture that accepts intentional spiritual change. God opposes the proud, but will exalt the humble. When we are submissive to the Lord, he involves us in a work that is much greater than any we could accomplish on our own. Our surrender opens up the door of opportunity.
Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith
Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.
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When to Doubt a Scientific Consensus | The Stream
In 1992, former Vice President Al Gore reassured his listeners, “Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled.” In the real 1992, however, Gallup “reported that 53% of scientists actively involved in global climate research did not believe global warming had occurred; 30% weren’t sure; and only 17% believed global warming had begun. Even a Greenpeace poll showed 47% of climatologists didn’t think a runaway greenhouse effect was imminent; only 36% thought it possible and a mere 13% thought it probable.” Seventeen years later, in 2009, Gore apparently determined that he needed to revise his own revisionist history, asserting that the scientific debate over human-induced climate change had raged until as late as 1999, but now there was true consensus. Of course, 2009 is when Climategate broke, reminding us that what had smelled funny before might indeed be a little rotten.
Is Faith in God Reasonable? | Open Biola
What hath Jerusalem to do with Athens? Or what hath faith to do with reason? Drs. William Lane Craig and Alex Rosenberg debate this all important and pervasive question concerning the reasonableness of faith in God. The nature of the question in this debate is no mere academic matter. The question of God is the most important question. One’s answer to it will impact nearly all other beliefs one holds from common notions of morality to politics and from our interest and investigation of our world to what we take to be our purpose(s) in life. Is “faith” foolish? By this, should it be understood to be blind? Or is it reasonable and, if so, by what measure and to whom is it foolishness?
For many, Mark Twain is right on the mark when he said that “Faith is believing something you know ain’t true.” Yet the great thinkers of Judaism and Christianity like Philo, Moses Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin considered faith to be an extraordinarily important virtue (moral and/or intellectual)! Indeed, it is not only the condition by which salvation is appropriated in these Abrahamic faith traditions (which are taken by insiders to actually be knowledge traditions), but it is the basis for movements from Mother Teresa’s compassion and our concern for the poor to Isaac Newton’s inspiration in science in light of God’s creation of the world and man being made in God’s image.
Star-Studded Images From the Hubble Space Telescope
Twenty-five years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit—an event NASA has called “the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo’s telescope.” Since then, speeding around the Earth at 17,500 miles an hour, Hubble has given scientists an in-depth look at outer space. It has helped researchers find moons around Pluto, see detailed images of nebulae (interstellar clouds of gas and dust that are hundreds of light-years away) and calculate that the universe is 13.7 billion years old. Astronomers have published more than 11,000 scientific papers thanks to data from the telescope. And its future is looking bright: Dr. John Grunsfeld, an astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, has visited the telescope several times to service and upgrade it. He says that its newest cameras enable scientists to better see where new stars are being born and where planets are forming. “It’s like popcorn—stars are born, they grow up, then they blow up and die,” he says. “The universe is much more beautiful than anyone imagined before Hubble existed.
Does God Care Who Wins the Super Bowl? Pastor Joel Osteen Responds
As the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are geared up to battle for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Arizona, megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen was asked whether God cares who wins the NFL championship.
Cross Training: An Evening with Chris Broussard
On the evening of Thursday, February 5th, at 7 PM, join us at the Mariners Church in Irvine, CA for an exciting, entertaining conversation about the role that faith, integrity and character play in the lives and careers of some of the most prominent figures in our culture today: athletes and the people that cover them. Here is your chance to hear the unique stories of a Major League Baseball player, a Gold Medal-winning Olympic Athlete, and a professional soccer star.
Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme
Much has been written of late about what the Apostle Paul really meant when he spoke of justification by faith, not the works of the law. This short study by Stephen Westerholm carefully examines proposals on the subject by Krister Stendahl , E. P. Sanders , Heikki Räisänen, N. T. Wright , James D. G. Dunn , and Douglas A. Campbell . In doing so, Westerholm notes weaknesses in traditional understandings that have provoked the more recent proposals, but he also points out areas in which the latter fail to do justice to the apostle.
Part 3 – Worthy of double honor | Expository advocating
Does your church have the mentality that the pastor is there to be the professional and do the ministry and you are there simply to receive it week after week? That’s not how God arranged it. The pastor is indeed there to do ministry, but much of his ministry consists of equipping and building up God’s people to do ministry. As we noted above, nothing will give your pastor more joy than seeing you walk in the truth, and part of what that means is that you engage your heart and hands in the task of ministry. This isn’t simply to help your pastor do his job, it’s for the good of your soul and the health of the church.
An “evangelical” church in Nashville embraces gay marriage
The Westminster Confession of Faith’s (a Presbyterian standard) treatment of sacraments: Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ, and his benefits; and to confirm our interest in him: as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the church, and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to his Word. There is, in every sacrament, a spiritual relation, or sacramental union, between the sign and the thing signified: whence it comes to pass, that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other. The grace which is exhibited in or by the sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them; neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer it: but upon the work of the Spirit, and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers. There be only two sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the gospel; that is to say, baptism, and the Supper of the Lord: neither of which may be dispensed by any, but by a minister of the Word lawfully ordained.
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“The two most important questions for anyone to answer concern Jesus the Christ. Who exactly is he? And how do I relate properly to him? Gilbert addresses these questions effectively in this important book. From the moment at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked his disciples about the opinions concerning his identity until now, no other question has had such eternal consequences. This perceptive volume is written with the touch of the Spirit of God in revealing Jesus the Christ.”
—Paige Patterson , President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Sproul starts the lesson in verse 21 explaining how the righteousness of God is apart from the law, but that the desired righteousness can be obtained through faith in Jesus Christ. Dr. Sproul then defines faith – what it is and is not. In discussing expiation we discover that Christ has satisfied God’s wrath.
The Wheel of Time "Winter's Heart" and "Crossroads of Twilight" - A Christian Reflection
Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, “The Wheel of Time,” has much to reflect upon from a Christian perspective. Here, I’ll be examining books nine and ten, “Winter’s Heart” and “The Crossroads of Twilight.” There are SPOILERS from both books here. Please do not share spoilers from later books for the sake of readers.
Really Recommended Posts 1/30/15- early Christianity, Neanderthals, and the church!
Another week, another set of great reads for you, dear readers. As always, let me know what you think! Be sure to let the authors of the posts know as well.
How Do Christians Respond to Superstitions like Groundhog Day?
It appears that the Germans are responsible for coupling an animal (a hedgehog or badger) seeing its shadow with the Candlemas Day tradition. When they came to the New World, they carried these traditions with them. Since the state of Pennsylvania was settled largely by Germans, soon the prolific groundhog became associated with Candlemas Day to replace the European hedgehog or badger. The earliest American reference to weather-prognosticating groundhogs in association with this holi-day is a diary entry in February of 1841 which reads, “Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quar-ters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate."
With Romney out, Scott Walker leads Iowa poll with 16%, Bush at 9%
This is good news for Walker, but it’s disturbing to me that Huckabee (big government tax-and-spend moderate) and Paul (Peter Pan isolationist pot-legalizer) are that high up in the poll. Ben Carson is looking good, though. I like that the leftist establishment candidates (Bush, Christie and Romney) all had high unfavorable ratings. That’s a good sign.
Alumni Academy: What Is Biblical Theolgy? Sexual Orientation: A Case Study in Biblical Theology with Dr. Denny Burk
Alumni Academy: What Is Biblical Theolgy? Sexual Orientation: A Case Study in Biblical Theology with Dr. Denny Burk
Is God a cosmic fan in the sky or disinterested observer? Or neither?
Even though Americans may be confused about these things, the Bible isn’t. The Bible reveals a sovereign God who reigns supreme over all. He is not a cosmic fan in the sky when it comes to football games. Nevertheless, he does control all things. But that doesn’t mean that the winners are blessed while the losers are not. Sometimes quite the opposite is true.
Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: The Bible Among The Myths
Chapter 2: The Bible and Myth: A Problem of Definition
Many people want to classify the Bible as myth. However many definitions for "myth" exist. If one is to place the Bible in a mythical category, it must be determined which one. Oswalt takes the reader through many different definitions that can all be classified into two primary types: historical-philosophical and phenomenological. The first defines myths by truth value or function value of the story, while the second focuses merely on ascribing human characteristics to nature to explain it. Oswalt compares the purposes and philosophies of the different definitions. He explains that some of the definitions are so broad that they include stories that are not accepted as myths, while others are so restrictive that they exclude stories that are accepted as myths, but they all capture some elements of myths, so it is difficult to determine which one is the best. Oswalt, though, believes that landing on a single definition is not necessary to determine if the Bible truly is myth. Rather it can be determined if necessary characteristics that are common to all the definitions can be identified and shown to be either present or not in the Bible.
Book Review - “Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case” by Frank Turek
This is a book that will generate discussion among believers and unbelievers alike. Frank is definitely capable of supporting his claims presented in this book in a public forum and I definitely look forward to potential debates in the future. It is people like Frank that do the intellectual hard-work for the church, and help One Dollar Apologists like myself deepen their understanding. Christian apologetics is vitally important for the expansion of the church in today’s secular society. These types of books are tools that help defuse the potency of atheistic claims against Christian theism. Equipped with the knowledge of this book, we’re better prepared to explain why atheism is false and easily point out the false assumptions atheism makes to articulate its case. This book is a wonderful apologetics book that is uniquely capable of delivering a message about the inadequacy of atheism.
IS kill Japanese Christian hostage – Premier Premier
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Died: Steve Hayner, Former President of InterVarsity and Columbia Seminary
Known by many throughout the world with love, affection, and gratitude, Steve was a person of many honors and degrees who refused to categorize others or himself by achievements. His goal was to always live to and for an audience of One, and his hope was to live life with wide open arms and relational integrity. His life was imbued with joy and freedom, which touched and changed many people along the way.
Republicans propose increasing 529 college savings plans
The Democrats already want higher education to be out of reach – that’s why they keep increasing subsidies. So, eliminating college savings plans is in line with this goal of putting higher education out of reach. It’s another way to cause people to have fewer children, something that Democrats are very passionate about. After all, if you can’t pay for higher education for four kids, you’ll only have two. Democrats have this terrible fear of over-population, and it drives a lot of their policies, including abortion.
A long time ago science was usually a hobby; rarely a profession. In fact, many naturalists were clergymen. They intently studied the Word of God and nature, knowing that both are treasure troves of
God’s boundless glory. These wonders would make even King Solomon reel in awe. “Consider the lilies of the field [or butterflies for that matter] . . . even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like
one of these” (Matt. 6:28–29, bracketed portion added). “Great are the works of the Lord, pondered by all who have pleasure in them” (Psalm 111:2). The next time you see a butterfly flutter onto a flower,
be still, ponder, and worship its Creator.
My 2014 Reading- A list and some reflections
Hello, new year! Hello, readers! I thought I’d share you with my list of books read in 2014 and offer some comments on a few select works. The list will be at the end because it’s long!
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Interview with Kathy Tyers - Enclave Publishing
Please welcome Kathy Tyers! Kathy’s first science fiction novel was published in 1987, and she has been at it ever since. She has been accused on two counts of writing Star Wars novels (and pleads guilty on both counts), but she also likes being known for her original “Firebird” series. Volumes 1-3– Firebird, Fusion Fire , and Crown of Fire –are also published as The Annotated Firebird. Volume 4 is Wind and Shadow , and the award-winning, messianic Daystar rounds out the series.
How many times did the cock crow?
In this case Matthew does not tell us how many times the rooster crowed, he simply tells us that the rooster crowed. In recounting past events or telling stories we don’t all emphasise the same details. In this instance, Mark simply provides a little more detail than Matthew does. Because Matthew and Mark do not provide identical stories this does not mean that they are contradictory. What these differences go to show is that Mark or Matthew did not copy this narrative from the other, hence we can have more confidence that they are reporting actual history. Either way they are corroborating each others events without collusion. Therefore, in this case Matthew and Mark provide complementary accounts.
A New Kind of Racial Profiling |
What really struck me though was the tactic the editor was trying to use to suppress the article. It is as though he was suggesting a person does not have the prerogative to say what the Bible says on an issue unless they are the best exemplar of what they are proclaiming from the biblical text. If I followed that advice, I would never preach another sermon. Years ago, our church became convicted that we should reflect the reality our spiritual adoption by adopting and serving orphans around the world. We began preaching about adoption, praying for orphans, and pooling money to help people longing to adopt. About six years later, our congregation is full of children who are no longer orphans. We did not wait until we embodied an adoption culture to speak of its necessity. No, it was the call from the word of God brought about the change.
Sectarian fears ahead of Glasgow Old Firm – Premier Premier
There are fears rival football fans in Glasgow could be caught up in sectarian clashes today as the city's two major football clubs meet for the first time in almost three years.
Is Religion the Main Cause of Wars?
When I first heard these statistics quoted during Horner’s seminar, I felt skeptical – and for two reasons: first, the small percentage of religious wars depends on the larger sample which Phillips and Axelrod (2004) selected for study. Thus, the percentage is only accurate insofar as the sample is representative of all the wars humans have ever waged throughout history. Second, it is notoriously difficult to distinguish religious from non-religious causes. That’s because sociological, political, cultural, and economic causes often interact with religious ones, making them hard to separate. Admittedly, I have not rigorously checked the authors’ criteria for classifying wars, so I will not press my skepticism too much on this point. But I have to say that 7% is still a remarkably low percentage, whatever qualms one might have with the authors’ methods of classification. It’s definitely not the outcome that the New Atheists were expecting!
Faithful Thinkers: Lawrence Krauss, Astrobiology, and God
The other day Eric Metaxas wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled " Science Increasingly Makes The Case For God ." Anti-theist astrophysicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss took notice and wrote a response " No, Astrobiology Has Not Made The Case For God " that attempts to undermine Metaxas' conclusions. Today I will address several of Dr. Krauss' arguments in his piece from scientific, philosophical, and theological perspectives.
Krauss takes issue with the teleological argument- the fine-tuning of environmental conditions and the fundamental constants of the universe for the origin of life. His issue is with the probabilities. He summarizes the argument as multiplying independent probabilities of every necessary event to reach a probability so low that it is indistinguishable from zero, thus chance is eliminated (from the three options of chance, necessity, or design to explain life's existence). Krauss argues that the probabilities of each event that leads to life's origin that are calculated are not independent of one another. His concern is that each event is calculated independent of all necessarily preceding events.
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