Does Science Disprove God? Author Explores the ‘Greatest Miracle of All Time’
Famed author Eric Metaxas believes that the universe is the "greatest miracle of all time" and that its complexities point to "something or someone beyond itself." Metaxas, a Christian whose new book "Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life" explores awe-inspiring, real-life events, described his...
John Stonestreet — Christian Worldview on Poverty - Voices - PovertyCure
John Stonestreet from "The Point" discusses the Christian worldview of human beings as made in the image of God, imago dei, and how that drives the Christian approach to poverty, charity, and international development missions..
Michael Buble Calls Dancing Fan on Stage and He Puts on a Show of His Own
During a concert, Michael Buble decided to do something to make a fan extremely happy. This special fan in the audience had been dancing all night long. So, Michael decided to put him on the main stage so everyone can see him.
Watch This Soldier's Reason for Defending His Country – You Will Be in Tears!
Of all the soldiers at Fort Bragg, none are more committed and take their job as seriously as Peter Kuch. This man was torn from his family because of a horrible war in Sudan. He made his way to America to serve and tell his story.
Man Leaves His Rock Band for Jesus After Speaking to God in the Most Amazing Way
Anthony Greve was part of a popular rock band 'Pop Evil', that was just about ready to become very popular. But, his road to stardom was not always glamorous. Anthony had become depressed and consumed by the devil.
The Stories We Tell
Three particular strengths of The Stories We Tell stand out. First, the book covers an astonishingly wide breadth of TV and film, giving it a fresh and gospel-centered relevance to almost everyone in your church. As Cosper points out, Christian clichés about the dangers of “secular entertainment” do little to actually change most churchgoers’ viewing habits. That means that practical, on-the-screen engagement is necessary to communicate what the good news means in all these stories. It’s easy to dismiss a Christian critique of a movie when the commentator is culturally illiterate; it’s much harder when, as in this case, an author is both “plugged in” to pop culture and theologically conversant.
The Briefing 02-11-15
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The Book That Deflated Darwin Day | Intercollegiate Review
New scientific challenges to orthodox Darwinian theory have continued to proliferate. In 2013 Stephen Meyer published Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design , which threw down the gauntlet on the question of the origin of biological information required to build animal body plans in the history of life. The intriguing thing about Meyer’s book was not the criticism it unleashed from the usual suspects but the praise it attracted from impartial scientists. Harvard geneticist George Church lauded it as “an opportunity for bridge-building rather than dismissive polarization—bridges across cultural divides in great need of professional, respectful dialogue.” Paleontologist Mark McMenamin, coauthor of a major book from Columbia University Press on animal origins, called it “a game changer for the study of evolution” that “points us in the right direction as we seek a new theory for the origin of animals.”
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Single, Satisfied, and Sent: Mission for the Not-Yet Married
Okay, he’s after all of us, but there are some unique dangers in singleness — especially in unwanted singleness. He loves to deceive and discourage single people in the church and derail our devotion and ministry. But God intends to use you, your faith, your time, and your singleness in radical ways right now, as you are.
Crucial Questions: 20 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul
To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Are These the Last Days?, What Is Repentance?, and What Is the Relationship between Church and State?
3 students shot to death in apartment near UNC Chapel Hill - CNN.com
(CNN) Was it a dispute over a parking space or something more sinister that prompted the shooting death of three students in an apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus?
Grace to You Radio
What do you need to be the same person in private that you are in public? The same person Monday through Saturday that you are in church on Sunday? John MacArthur shows you in his look at The Integrity Factor .
Debatable: Was President Obama Right About the Crusades?
We are right to deplore the cruelty meted out by crusading Christians, but should not ignore their plight. Christians lands had been captured. Surely, they thought, this could not stand. For an American, it would have been as if Al-Qaeda sacked Washington, D.C., following 9/11, set up shop for Bin Laden in the White House, and turned the Lincoln Memorial into a terrorist training center. It would be unthinkable, cowardly even, for no one to storm the city, liberate its captives, and return our nation’s capital to its rightful owners. We should never excuse the atrocities that occurred under the banner of the cross during the Crusades, but we should, at least, take pause to understand why they set out on what seems to us to be a fool’s errand.
What to Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile
There are mornings when I wake up feeling fragile. Vulnerable. It’s often vague. No single threat. No one weakness. Just an amorphous sense that something is going to go wrong and I will be responsible. It’s usually after a lot of criticism. Lots of expectations that have deadlines and that seem too big and too many.
Advice for a New Elder
You and the other elders are fighting together against the gates of hell. You need each other. And though you won’t be best friends with every elder, you should pursue personal time with them. Do breakfasts, lunches, or double dates together. Spend time with them, especially with ones you don’t “click with.” Do all you can to be a “Barnabas” for the other brothers; they will need your encouragement. Be the friend you desire others to be for you (Matt. 7:12). The relationships you build with your fellow brothers will sustain you in the mist of battle.
Woman Aborts Baby Because She Was Having a Boy and Wanted a Girl
To me, the experience was liberating, the emotions I felt when deciding what I should do, and after learning my fetus was male was something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Coming out of it a liberated woman though was more than worth it. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Strange Is Good with the Trinity
In any given church, you'll have people at different stages of their understanding of trinitarian prayer, which leads to some awkwardness. We've all heard prayers that start out, “Heavenly Father,” and then within a couple of sentences are saying, “Thank you for dying on the cross for us.” Or prayers that start, “Dear Jesus” and move on to “thank you for sending your Son to save us.” What's going on here? Probably not outright heresies (patripassianism in the first case, some sort of Jesus-modalism in the second). Probably the person praying has been mentally focused on one person of the Trinity initially, and has shifted his or her attention to another person a few seconds later, without bothering to adjust all the other parts of the prayer or to vocalize a transition. Anybody in the congregation who is more fluent with trinitarian theology will hear something that sounds alarming. But I doubt that the person praying would fail a simple theology test if you stopped them and administered one (which, by the way, please don't).
One Member of This Trinity is Not Pulling His Weight.
You’re just not pulling your weight. And to be honest, even in my boundless wisdom I’m not quite sure what it is you do around here. Take Jesus, for example: God-made flesh, my only son, prophet, died for the sins of humanity. And on top of all that, a carpenter! Now that’s quite a resume. Plus he’s got distinct strengths that complement my own. If a human being were to look upon my face, his mind would — have you seen Scanners ? — it would explode like in Scanners from the sheer incomprehensibility of my infinite nature. Jesus is the handsome, sympathetic face of this organization. Now don’t be petty; it’s not just nepotism. Those miracles — water into wine, stretching that tilapia and sourdough lunch to feed 5,000 — all him.
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Is your marriage a picture of the gospel?
A week later our friend called to say thank you for helping them move, but she said, “I really called to tell you some incredible news. My sister, Debi, was completely blown away by your relationship. This past week several times she would ask me if you guys are for real and finally she asked me what made the difference in your marriage. What do you have that makes you love each other like that? I saw my opportunity to tell her that it’s Jesus that makes the difference in your lives and I shared the gospel with her and she has trusted Christ!”
Reverse gendercide: Feminist boasts, ‘I aborted my baby because it was a boy’
) – When people think of sex-selective abortion, they usually envision a patriarchal culture that devalues female lives somewhere overseas. But a member of the extreme wing of the feminist movement confesses online that she terminated her own child because he was a boy, and “I couldn’t bring another monster into the world.”
On My Shelf: Life and Books with Lauren Chandler
I’ve been in Genesis 2 this week and marveled at God’s great care in creating and ordering the world. Jen Wilkin points out in her study of Genesis that, from the beginning, God has been a God who separates. He separated light from darkness, the waters above from the waters below, day from night, and so on. He calls his people out from the other cultures and customs to be holy as he is holy. I am so grateful that Christ’s holiness makes me holy. I know all my righteous acts are but filthy rags in God’s presence (Isa. 64:6). Still, he calls us, as followers of Christ, to be holy. To stand in stark contrast to the surrounding culture not by wearing different clothes or shutting ourselves into communes, but by trusting he knows what’s best for us—by freely obeying him. Our culture screams, “Figure out what’s best for you and do it.” And so many in our culture are miserable. But joy? It comes from obedience. Not a white-knuckled self-righteousness, but a life surrendered to Christ. A life that says, “I trust you, God, because y
How believing in the Bible can get you canned in today's America
First of all, we must draw a distinction between those that identify as LGBTQ and militant gay activists. When we were fired by HGTV for standing by our Biblical beliefs about marriage and life, countless men and women in the LGBTQ community reached out to us in support. We had, and continue to have, healthy conversations, even though we disagree. And isn’t that the point? We’re Americans—we can disagree and still get along. We don’t steal the rights of dissenters. That’s when all intellectual, spiritual, and civil progress stops.
4 Lies Culture Tells Us About Sex
Do you think our culture makes such a big deal about sex because we make everything sexual? Why is the morality of wearing yoga pants debated so much? Because we've sexualized what they display. Why is it all about that bass? What on earth does someone's bottom have to do with sex which was meant to bring new life into the world? All our little jokes and innuendos, from the "Your Mom"s to the "That's what she said"s. Everything is sexual. We have gone so far to make it a part of our identity. How often do you hear someone mention off-handedly that they're a heterosexual? Yet we refer to an entire group of people who think a certain way as "homosexuals." Since when do we identify ourselves entirely by what we do? We need to start thinking about what it is that makes us human and focusing more on those things rather than focusing on sex and things which are portrayed as sexual. Maybe if we brought less fuel to this topic the fire would quiet over a few decades.
Give Them Good Books
Believers around the world are glad to see me when they pick me up at the airport, but not purely because of the friendship we share. They know that I usually bring books they cannot get in their countries. “How many books were you able to bring?” “Which ones did you bring?” “Have you seen the latest book by my favorite pastor?” These questions typically flow in rapid succession. There is no Christian bookstore in many countries, or the shelves lack recent publications and sound evangelical resources. When we provide books that have affected our own Christian education, discipleship, and thinking to brothers and sisters around the world who lack them, it is a profound and influential blessing.
Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation When He Opposed Gay Marriage In 2008
The insider’s account provides the clearest look yet at Obama’s long-established flip-flop, one of the blemishes on his record as a progressive. The admission of Obama’s embrace of deception also calls into question the President’s stated embrace of a new kind of politics in 2008, when he promised to be unlike other politicians who change their views to match the political winds. “Having prided himself on forthrightness, though, Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position,” Axelrod writes. “He routinely stumbled over the question when it came up in debates or interviews.”
When ISIS Ran the American South
Public Spectacle Lynchings. Large crowds of white people, often numbering in the thousands and including elected officials and prominent citizens, gathered to witness pre-planned, heinous killings that featured prolonged torture, mutilation, dismemberment, and/or burning of the victim. White press justified and promoted these carnival-like events, with vendors selling food, printers producing postcards featuring photographs of the lynching and corpse, and the victim’s body parts collected as souvenirs. These killings were bold, public acts that implicated the entire community and sent a message that African Americans were sub-human, their subjugation was to be achieved through any means necessary, and whites who carried out lynchings would face no legal repercussions. In 1904, after Luther Holbert allegedly killed a local white landowner, he and a black woman believed to be his wife were captured by a mob and taken to Doddsville, Mississippi, to be lynched before hundreds of white spectators. Both victims were tied to a tree and forced to hold out their hands while members of the mob methodically chopped off their fingers and distributed them as souvenirs.
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The Gay Catholic Writer Who Changed My Life
Tushnet is a gay Catholic writer who embraces her church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality. By the time I learned about her, I’d been admitting to myself for a few years that I was gay, though I hadn’t told many other people yet. I was still too frightened and unsure of what kind of welcome (or lack thereof) I’d receive. You know those novels and movies about the yearning, aching twentysomethings who are trying to disentangle and sort out their erotic and religious longings, while dreading loneliness and rejection above all else? That was me. Imagine Charles Ryder from Brideshead Revisited , all angsty and insecure, but with a small-town-USA upbringing, and you’ll get the picture. I needed a lifeline. I was hungry to know I wasn’t alone.
Neanderthals disappeared from the Iberian Peninsula before than from the rest of Europe
Until now, there was no direct dating in Spain on the Neanderthal human remains which produced recent dates. "The few that provided dates before 43,000 and 45,000 years ago in all cases," points out Galv�n, who says that there are more contextual datings. "Those which offer recent dates are usually labelled as dubious or have very small amounts of lithic material that can tell us little," he observes. The study in Nature proposes that the point of departure was 40,000 years as "there is almost no evidence of these human groups in the Eurasian region," but it also recognises that the process of disappearance is "complex and manifests itself in a regionalised manner with peculiarities in the different places," adds Galv�n, who also worked on the Nature research.
Counsel the Word
Parents often feel anything but confident. They know they are shaping lives, but feel they are only learning as they go. They also know the Bible is supposed to guide them, but feel uncertain how a handful of verses help them with this years-long task. The temptation is to be intimidated by both the importance and the complexity of the task.
David Platt: My Prayer for the UNDAUNTED Simulcast on Feb. 27
David Platt shares his prayer for CROSS 2015. Register now to join us for FREE at live.CROSSforthenations.org on February 27, 2015 for a special simulcast event as we consider why we are undaunted by the darkness—near and far—given the certain victory we have in King Jesus.
RELEVANT Podcast Nickelback Challenge
I’ve also got some new details, and found out to fully a fund a single well, we should aim for raising $10K. Either way, the campaign has already been a huge success thanks to everyone’s generosity! No matter how much we raise, 100% of funds will go to clean water projects in the field, and we will all receive GPS coordinates, photos and information about the communities impacted.
The Drop Box film. Why it's complicated, why it matters, and why you should watch it.
It’s true. The topics of orphan care and adoption are incredibly complex. Anyone that says otherwise are naive or selling something. It’s complicated on their own and even more complicated in the same sentence. And even more complicated when you engage it on local, national, and international level. They might be undergirded by certain same principles but they can (and should) look different on the ground. There’s no one simple, generic solution. And whenever solutions are presented, eventually – surely enough – loopholes are found to be exploited or what’s relevant in one context and culture may not be as relevant – or even dangerous – in another context.
Meet the Mom Who Stopped Joseph Kony
In May 2010, Shannon Sedgwick Davis flew to South Africa to meet with the Elders, a nonprofit founded by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, and Jimmy Carter to bring peace to places of violence. She had been asked to join the Elders’ advisory board in 2007—an offer you don’t turn down, Davis said.
When Homosexuality Hits Home: What to Do When a Loved One Says They're Gay - Christian Research Institute
The heart-wrenching declaration that a loved one is a homosexual is increasingly being heard in Christian households across America. How can this be? What went wrong? Is there a cure? In this straightforward book, Joe Dallas offers practical counsel, step by step, on how to deal with the many conflicts and emotions parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters or any family member will experience when learning of a loved one’s homosexuality. Drawing from his own experience and from his many years of helping families work through this perplexing and unexpected situation, Joe offers scriptural and compassionate advice to both struggling gays and those who love them.
NJ Judge Bars Experts Who Believe Homosexuality Is Disorder in Lawsuit Against Gay Therapy Group
A New Jersey judge hearing a lawsuit made against a sexual orientation change therapy group has decided to bar the testimony of experts who consider homosexuality a mental disorder.
'Vehement Atheist' Charged with Executing 3 Muslim Students - Breitbart
Though no motive for the shooting has been confirmed, local media is reporting that social media sites connected to Hicks might offer a clue. Hicks is a self-described “anti-theist” who lashed out against all religions. Apparently he is associated in some way with United Atheists of America and uses social media to lash out at both “ radical Christians and radical Muslims .” He also describes himself as a fan of atheist author Richard Dawkins.
7 Educational Scriptures On Loving and Forgiving Our Enemies
It's important for us to read and understand God's word because in the Bible it tells us that we can't grasp it on our own. One area that is difficult for us to grasp is about loving and forgiving our enemies.
10 Confessions of a Flawed Pastor
Carlos, this is well-written and touches on several important points about both pastors and Christians in general. Just today I was feeling very frustrated with people and realizing at the same time that my feelings were way out of proportion to their actions. It's good to know that we can trust each other enough to admit it. Thank you for being one of my pastors at Catch the Fire. I often tell people that I am blessed to have pastors who admit their mistakes. This is a characteristic I admire in our leadership. Blessings to you always.
6 Things Egalitarian Marriage is Not | The Junia Project
I guess I don’t like boxes to check off about what to call or classify my marriage. When we were young Christians we bought into the whole “man over the woman” bit, but we soon learned that love builds up one another and blesses one another. We learned that we each have unique gifts and abilities and we worked great together as a team. My husband and I love the Lord, we love each other and respect one another. We bless each other in our unique gifts and talents, and because we love each other and treasure the relationship the Lord has given us, and we can live our lives serving the Lord, serving one another and others. 43 years of marriage, and I can say that life is good. *Don’t let others put you and your spouse in THEIR box.
Brooklyn Megachurch Pastor A.R. Bernard Loses Firstborn Son to Fatal Asthma Attack
Popular Brooklyn, New York megachurch pastor, A.R. Bernard is now grieving the loss off his firstborn son Alfonso R. Bernard Jr. who died last Wednesday after suffering an asthma attack. He was 39.
Dr. Ravi Zacharias VS Joel Osteen: Mormonism
www.rzim.org Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Joel Osteen give their views on Mormonism. Hear what they have to say.
What Is the Point of Prayer? | Reasonable Faith
You have a second, different objection to prayer: “ omniscience makes the concept of prayer all the more redundant as it means God already knows any information that might be communicated to him, and exactly what the best thing is to do about it, so prayer could not in any way influence his decisions .” This is an objection to the efficacy of prayer. What the objection overlooks is that God can take prayers (or the lack thereof) into account in His providential planning of the world. Knowing that Joe would freely pray in a certain set of circumstances, God may actualize a world in which Joe’s prayers are answered; but had God known that Joe would not pray, God may have actualized something else instead. Prayers, then, are not an effort to change God’s mind. Rather God takes account of prayers in choosing which world to actualize. Prayers thus make a counterfactual difference: if I were not to pray, then something else would have been the case instead. Knowledge of this sort is called “middle knowledge,” and there’s a lot on this website about this fascinating topic.
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
Great Commission Focus
Get ready for an action packed week as the Great Commission Focus is about Christians owning their mission field. This week will recalibrate your lens and equip you to answer this question “Who is my mission field?”
How Can Churches Engage Believers and Unbelievers Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
A lot of wisdom from Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, Jackie Hill-Perry, and Christopher Yuan, hosted by Radical :
A Loving Life
Thoughts from "A Loving Life," by author Paul Miller.
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God's Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.
New study: children of same-sex parents have twice as many emotional problems
This defiant rebuttal of the “no difference” hypothesis is sure to stir up a hornet’s next as the Supreme Court prepares to trawl through arguments for and against same-sex marriage. It will be impossible for critics to ignore it, as it is based on more data than any previous study — 512 children with same-sex parents drawn from the US National Health Interview Survey. The emotional problems included misbehaviour, worrying, depression, poor relationships with peers and inability to concentrate.
Together LA, Keller
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Rowan Williams on Stephen Fry's Attack on God: I Hope If He Met God, He'll Wait for a Reply
Former Anglican Archbishop Dr. Rowan Williams has responded to atheist actor Stephen Fry's recent criticism of God by saying that only a "stupid and insensitive person" would never protest suffering in the world. At the same time, Williams said that he hopes Fry would actually wait for God's reply, if he got a chance to speak with Him.
7 Warning Signs for Church Leaders Who May Be Close to Burnout
Every church leader has had the desire to quit (usually on Monday). However, when we are beginning to experience burnout, the desire to give up actually increases to the point we either begin to shop our name to other churches – or, consider quitting the ministry altogether.