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I’m Not a Christian For Any of These Good Reasons | Cold Case Christianity

I don’t think any of these reasons are bad, necessarily. I think it’s perfectly legitimate for students to become Christians because they were raised in the Church, have many Christian friends, desire a relationship with God, want to go to Heaven or are looking for transformation. But although these reasons might motivate students to start their journey, I hope these aren’t the only reasons they’re still here . I’m not sure any of these motivations will suffice when push comes to shove, times get tough or students face the challenges of university life. In the end, truth matters more than anything else. I’m not looking for a useful delusion, a convenient social network, or an empty promise. I just want to know what’s true. I think the students I met in Montreal resonated with this approach to Christianity. They are already members of the Church, have friends in the group, understand the importance of a relationship with God and the promise of Heaven. Now they want to know if any of this stuff is true . It’s our job, as Christian Case Makers, to provide them with the answer.

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True Compassion Will Cost Us: Refugees, Widows, Orphans

Our seam-bursting schedules scream for attention. Work deadlines demand, school assignments summon, and social engagements expand our already overburdened loads. Even if we really wanted to, how could we possibly make time to care for someone in need? Can we really make a difference in that struggling teen’s life? Do we compromise the safety of our own family if we invite that stranger into our home for dinner? Can we make any difference in the lives of refugees, even as they feel the new threat to their sojourning among us?

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

Did Old Testament Men treat their wives like property? What does the text say? http://www.str.org/blog/did-old-testament-men-treat-their-wives-property# … . @amy_k_hall #dignity pic.twitter.com/JjMkRevork

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Women, We’re Co-Workers, Not Competitors

But the Mommy Wars should find no stronghold in the hearts of Christian women, since we know that our righteousness comes from Christ, not us. When we face judgment about our decisions, the grace of God enables us to listen without fearing condemnation. Knowing we’re far more sinful than others think and far more loved than we can imagine, our defensive walls come down, and our character armor comes off. For we know that Christ alone is our hero.

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How Studying the Great Books Enhances Apologetics

For instance, some of the pagan (lowercase “p,” meaning not Jewish or Christian) arguments for a rational mind behind the cosmos have endured extraordinarily well, due to their strength and the fact that they transcend scientific progress. When we point to the features of the cosmos and mankind that seem to suggest a transcendent mind, we’re standing on the shoulders of great thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Copernicus, Augustine, Aquinas, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Boyle, Planck,  and Einstein. Note that not all of these were monotheists, yet in their observations of the world and of mankind, they all had sharp insights about the rationality of nature that are strongly resonant with orthodox Christian theism. We are deeply indebted to them.

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Logic Primers from Apologetics 315

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We Need Black History Month

As a white Christian in America, I have wrestled with what it means to orient on Black History Month. I remember well my unsympathetic heart as a teenager growing up in the South — not only uninformed, but unrighteous — leading me to roll my eyes and say, “So, when’s White History Month?” Such is not the spirit of Christ, nor is it walking by his Spirit to suspect the worst of non-blacks who rush to join the annual celebration. Nor is it Christian — not in this nation or any other place on the planet — to keep silent with our children about the realities of ethnicity in view of Christ. If we don’t cast a positive vision for our children about the glories of God-designed ethnic diversity, we leave their inherent ethnocentrism to swell and take root.

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Frederick Douglass's Crusade against 'Soul-Destroying Religion'

I was not more than thirteen years old, when I felt the need of God, as a father and protector. My religious nature was awakened by the preaching of a white Methodist minister, named Hanson. He thought that all men, great and small, bond and free, were sinners in the sight of God; that they were, by nature, rebels against His government; and that they must repent of their sins, and be reconciled to God, through Christ. … I was, for weeks, a poor, broken-hearted mourner, traveling through the darkness and misery of doubts and fears. I finally found that change of heart which comes by "casting all one's care" upon God, and by having faith in Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer, Friend, and Savior of those who diligently seek him.

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Today’s Progressive Christians are the Best Christians in History. Just Ask Them! | The Stream

I appreciate the message here but the way it is presented is not only being lost on some people, it’s overly snarky tone is down right childish. All of your points as to why progressive Christians have so severely twisted our faith are dead on, I just wish you’d present with a bit less sarcasm (which is crazy even for me to say, I’m sarcastic 24/7). Your message is just going to come off as “better than thou” to those who might disagree with your bullet points, unless that is your goal and you aren’t interested in showing them the light. Do you really want them to feel stupid or do you want them to look at this in a different way that helps identify the hypocrisy in their thinking? In general, this entire website could be a source of wisdom, hope, and truth in a sea of fake news and political agenda-driven entertainment if everyone just toned down the sarcasm and presented the truth like it is. It’s like when your dad looks at your essay for school and says “you can do better than this”.

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Gospel Depths: Why God Revealed the Depths of Salvation in Eternity Past

One week-night, when I was sitting in the house of God, I was not thinking much about the preacher’s sermon, for I did not believe it. The thought struck me, “How did you come to be a Christian?” I sought the Lord. “But how did you come to seek the Lord?” The truth flashed across my mind in a moment — I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him. I prayed, thought I, but then I asked myself, How came I to pray? I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so? Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, “I ascribe my change wholly to God.” ( Autobiography , 164–165)

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Evangelical Leaders support Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court appointment

As evangelical leaders, there are core social principles at the center of our view of human flourishing. Among the most relevant to the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction are the protection of the unborn, the strengthening of religious liberty, and a dedication to human flourishing — which we believe can only be accomplished by a biblical definition of marriage and family.

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Your Weakness Is Not Meaningless

If you’re like most people, you don’t feel loved by your limitations. You feel confined, stunted, trapped, and exposed by them. You feel discouraged by how weak you are and how many things you can’t do well or at all. You might even be tempted to resent God for equipping you with what looks like a stingy allotment of abilities.

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Ben Witherington of @AsburySeminary to Speak at Beeson Divinity’s Biblical Studies Lectures Feb. 7-8 http://ow.ly/QHCh308Aw5A  @tacticalfaith pic.twitter.com/X5H0Fc5HsZ

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A Parable of First-Century Bioterrorism

“The disciples ask, ‘How can this be the kingdom of heaven if evil still exists?’ To which Jesus gives this parable, saying, ‘Expect opposition while you pray for redemption.’” — Brad Wheeler

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Women, We’re Co-Workers, Not Competitors

But the Mommy Wars should find no stronghold in the hearts of Christian women, since we know that our righteousness comes from Christ, not us. When we face judgment about our decisions, the grace of God enables us to listen without fearing condemnation. Knowing we’re far more sinful than others think and far more loved than we can imagine, our defensive walls come down, and our character armor comes off. For we know that Christ alone is our hero.

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The Appeal of Common Christianity

Within church history, it seems some Christian traditions or denominations like to emphasize those beliefs that make their particular group distinctive. These unique features or beliefs often reflect an attempt to answer or resolve a challenging or paradoxical aspect of Christian theology (such as God’s sovereignty versus human freedom, views of the sacraments or ordinances such as baptism, perspectives on end times issues like the millennium, or the debate over the appropriate day of worship in terms of Sabbath, Saturday, versus the Lord’s Day, Sunday). It is understandable that churches or denominations would promote what makes them stand out from the rest of Christendom. After all, people are often attracted by these distinctive doctrinal elements.

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They Devoted Themselves to Prayer

They devoted themselves to prayer because they had devoted themselves to the Lord Jesus. They wanted to reflect Him, and they desired to serve Him. His resurrection and ascension lifted their praise to the Father’s throne. Luke gives us a taste of their prayer when Peter and John were released after they healed a lame beggar: ” ‘Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus’ ” (Acts 4:29–30). They persevered in prayer because they knew that God heard them. They knew that God’s sovereign will had been accomplished at the Cross. Their prayer, like Peter’s preaching, had been transformed by their understanding of the Cross.

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Trillia Newbell—known author on faith, family & diversity is a featured speaker at Wilberforce Weekend on May 19-21. http://bit.ly/2jxuDzx  pic.twitter.com/fVDGFNNxH3

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In major cities, religious organizations provide over half of the emergency shelter beds for homeless people http://religionnews.com/2017/02/01/homeless-find-rest-in-faith-based-shelters-more-than-others/ … pic.twitter.com/e6EvNnHutk

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Catalyst Track: Nothing to Prove // Day One

What if I told you today you could stop trying so hard and simply rest? What if I told you today you could start enjoying yourself and your life without performing or striving for another minute? What if I told you that you don’t measure up? And that it’s okay. In fact, it’s necessary.

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Left Behind: From Root to Ripened Fruit - Christian Research Institute

Prior to the nineteenth century, all Christians—including all premillennialists— believed the rapture or the resurrection of believers and the visible bodily return of Christ were simultaneous events. By the twenty-first century, however, Christian beliefs had experienced a radical transformation. Due in part to the popularity of the Left Behind novels—now a big-budget apocalyptic action-thriller movie—multiplied millions are convinced that Jesus will come back secretly and silently to rapture His church. Not long after the church’s glorious rapture, however, a numberless multitude of Jews, who have been systematically herded back into Palestine, will be slaughtered in a bloodbath vastly exceeding the horrors of the Holocaust. Then approximately seven years following the rapture, Christ will come again with His church to establish a thousand-year semi-golden age replete with temple sacrifices. According to Dr. Tim LaHaye, although the Rapture doctrine was not a major focus of our Lord except in John 14:1–3, the pretribulational rapture is clearly taught in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18. We must determine whether dispensationalists beginning with John Nelson Darby have rightly interpreted the Word of Truth through faithful exegesis or whether they have wrongly divided the Word of Truth through faulty eisegesis.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Trek to the Palace | Feb 1, 2017

Though no two Christians have identical spiritual biographies, there are often points of similarity in the stories and experiences of believers. As Christiana, Mercy, and the children follow the same route that Christian walked earlier, they continue to encounter many of the same people and landmarks on their way to the Palace Beautiful. By describing numerous changes and developments that have taken place since Christian's journey, Bunyan conveys important insights about the life of a pilgrim.

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Can I Be Faithful to God and Popular at School?

So, my simple challenge to John and thousands like him is: Don’t try to be cool. And don’t try to be uncool — that is not the goal. Neither is. Try to be free from the herd mentality, and be a radical servant. Focus not on what you are not going to do or not going to be, but focus on what you are going to be — the things you are going to do for the good of others. He who would be great, cool, Jesus said, must be the servant of all, like Jesus who died for others that they might live. What would that look like at your high school, church, neighborhood? It would turn your whole focus around. How can I serve somebody today? Not, How can I get somebody to like me today? What a crazy, radical, wonderful, revolution. And I just say: John, lead the way in this.

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The Briefing 02-01-2017 - AlbertMohler.com

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Evangelical Leaders support Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court appointment

As evangelical leaders, there are core social principles at the center of our view of human flourishing. Among the most relevant to the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction are the protection of the unborn, the strengthening of religious liberty, and a dedication to human flourishing — which we believe can only be accomplished by a biblical definition of marriage and family.

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If you’re serious about finding the answer to that question, I want to invite you to come study with us at the Colson Center as a Colson Fellows. For nine months, you’ll read the best books, participate in teleconferences with the best thinkers, and attend three residencies with the best teachers of Christian worldview: people like Jim Daly, Joni Eareckson Tada, Glenn Sunshine, and many more. And folks, I just got back from one of this year’s residencies in Orlando: It was spectacular.

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The Briefing 02-01-2017 - AlbertMohler.com

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The Briefing 02-01-2017 - AlbertMohler.com

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映画化の決定により重版を重ねた「沈黙」(新潮文庫)は200万部を突破、その普遍的なメッセージが、今も読み継がれています。スコセッシ監督が原作と出会ってから28年、読んだ瞬間に映画化を希望した「夢の企画」である本作は、第89回アカデミー賞®で撮影賞(ロドリゴ・プリエト)にノミネートされ、そのメッセージが、時を越えて全世界に発信されている。 公開から10日、観客動員が30万人を超えた『沈黙-サイレンス-』の大ヒットを記念し、アンドリュー・ガーフィールド、アダム・ドライバー、リーアム・ニーソンらハリウッド俳優たちと肩を並べ、圧倒的な存在感で重要なキャラクターを演じた日本人キャスト3人が舞台挨拶を行った。

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Last Friday was a great day for pro-lifers and a great reminder of why we treat all of our opponents with respect. http://bit.ly/2kOQgIz  pic.twitter.com/RHP2UoyRJR

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The New Atheism's Leap of Faith

The new atheism has been in the picture for about 15 years now. It came on the scene thanks to books like Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion , Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation, among others. Though there truly is nothing new in the atheistic belief system itself or the arguments they are presenting, since most of them are naturalists, what seems to be new, is that these preachers of atheism have become much more dogmatic in their stance. Many of them are even preaching doom and gloom if we do not eradicate religion and belief in God. Most of them focus in on one thing, and that is that they frankly want to know the truth instead of buying into myths and legends, and then they conclude, this is what everyone ought to be doing.

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How do we know what we have in our Bibles today is the same as the originals?

Last week we looked at the evidence for the reliability of the New Testament in terms of the early Church’s canonization . We also looked at reasons why Christians reject the Apocrypha and gnostic gospels with an emphasis on the dating of those writings. With that in mind it is important to look at what scholars consider when reviewing ancient documents:

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This Dude Bought Plane Tickets for His 80 Falcons

Evidently, in parts of the Middle East where people are really into falconry flying with your falcons isn't all that uncommon, but still, that is a lot of falcons. Samuel Jackson, we believe a movie sequel is in order.

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The Impotence of Darwinism: A Christian Scientist Looks at the Evidence

What Darwin proposed in 1859 was simply that all organisms are related by common descent. This process of descent or evolution was carried out by natural selection acting on variation found in populations. There was no guidance, no purpose, and no design in nature. The modern Neo-Darwinian variety of evolution identifies the source of variation as genetic mutation, changes in the DNA structure of organisms. Therefore, evolution is described as the common descent of all organisms by mutation and natural selection, and is assumed to be able to explain everything we see in the biological realm.

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Research: Getting Up and Moving Around Actually Makes You Happier

People using the app reported feeling happier when they had been moving in the past quarter-hour than when they had been just sitting or lying down, even if their physical activity was not a part of a work-out or particularly intense. Participants who showed that they moved more often, even if it only meant casual strolls, were not only happier but more satisfied with life, too.

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Are There Gaps in the Genesis Genealogies?

The problem with this argument is that just because some gaps exist in some genealogies does not mean that they must occur in the Genesis genealogies. This is illogical. It commits a fallacy known as affirming the consequent. The argument goes like this: “If there are gaps in the Genesis genealogies, then we might find gaps in other genealogies. We find gaps in other genealogies; therefore, there must be gaps in the Genesis genealogies.” The consequent in this argument is “we might find gaps in other genealogies.” It does not follow that since this part of the argument is true, that the first statement (antecedent) is also true. Here is another argument in the exact same form to demonstrate why this conclusion is false. “If it is raining then the grass is wet. The grass is wet, therefore it must be raining.” The reason that this is false is because there are other reasons why the grass may be wet. It might have dew on it or a sprinkler may be running. It might be raining, but we did not prove it by checking the grass. The same is true with the genealogies. Just because some genealogies have gaps does not prove that the Genesis genealogies have them.

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GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union

The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation's largest teachers union.

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Am I Significant in the Universe, or Just an Accident?

Some who are unsympathetic to Christianity claim that if Earth is the only planet of its kind, life must have been an unlikely cosmic accident and can’t have been divinely planned. Others, equally unsympathetic, maintain that if there are other inhabited planets, Earth cannot be special or have been visited by God in the Incarnation (heads I win; tails you lose!).

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The New Podcast from the ‘Serial’ Team Is a Creepy Mystery

Production of S-Town began when a man reached out to This American Life bitterly complaining about his small Alabama town. He wanted a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who had allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. Brian agreed to look into it. But then someone else ended up dead, and another story began to unfold — about a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and the mysteries of one man’s life.

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Boy Scouts: When Something Sacred is Lost

Boy Scouts, for the large majority of the twentieth century was a benchmark American organization. By that I mean that it was an organization which stood for the essence of American values. An organization which focused on the development of young men to serve as noble American leaders in government, the military, church, society, and most importantly, the American family. It is no understatement to say that Boy Scouts was the “gold standard” for the leadership development of young men in America in the twentieth century. In terms of metrics, there is simply no other organization which can touch it. Over forty American astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, have been Eagle Scouts (the highest rank attained in Boy Scouts). From President Gerald Ford to movie director, Steven Spielberg, Boy Scouts have influenced America in massively transformative ways. Nine Eagle Scouts have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Left for College a Christian, Returned an Atheist

My new book Forsaken God?: Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten , releases February 9. I have a section on Generation to Generation where I discuss the tragedy of losing the next generation for God, especially college age kids, and what we can do to keep them sold out for Jesus. I also share in Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter how I ignored the warning signs when my daughter was taught about Darwinism and evolution in High School.

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Nearly 2,000 People Broke a Really Random Guinness World Record Together

We're gonna go ahead and guess you probably weren't part of breaking one of the most random Guinness World Records out there but 1,941 people in Argentina were. Locals and tourists came together to break the record of 'the most amount of people floating in a continuous line' previously set by China in 2014 with 650 people.

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Why the Land of Milk and Honey Is Now a Desert

In the biblical view of history after the Flood, how is it possible that the dry Middle East of today was once fertile, as we read in the Genesis account of the well-watered plains of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13:10)? What climate patterns made it possible for today’s Sahara to have been a lush land full of hippopotami and other river life (as local cave drawings depict)?

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