Why Moral Evil Does Not Disprove the Existence of God (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
Does moral evil disprove the existence of God or is evil further evidence of God's existence? Why would God allow moral evil in the first place?
Is using birth control a sin?
VIDEO: This is a crucial ethics questions that Christians must think through carefully.
Matthew West Speaks of God's Grace at National Prayer Breakfast, 'Importance of Praying for Leaders'
West said the experience showed him the importance of praying for the nation's leaders. He was invited to the breakfast by Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., who met the four-time Grammy nominated artist after he performed at the opening of the Museum of the Bible in November. The Prayer Breakfast, held at the Washington Hilton, celebrated its 66th year with over 3,500 people in attendance.
Psalm 133:1: Unity Is the Church’s Perfume
The church is crowned with love, clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and perfumed with Trinitarian unity.
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga, sympathetic to ID, in animated form
In April 2017, philosopher Alvin Plantinga received the Templeton Prize. To celebrate Plantinga's most influential ideas and arguments, the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame is producing a series of ten videos that explore his philosophical contributions.
When Christian Artists Learn Apologetics
During the first class of the morning at the small Christian college, our professor stopped the lecture and used his walking stick, curiously similar to a wizard’s staff, to step from behind the podium to the front of the class. He did this when he really wanted us to listen.
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Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions
Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.
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Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .
Opinion | Let’s Ban Porn
Except it doesn’t have to be. Trump’s grotesqueries have stirred up a feminist reaction that’s more moralistic and less gamely sex-positive than the Clinton-justifying variety, and there’s no necessary reason why its moralistic gaze can’t extend to our porn addiction. And indeed, I think the part of the #MeToo movement that’s interested in discussing sexual unhappiness and not just sexual harassment clearly wants to talk about pornography, even if it doesn’t quite realize that yet.
Argument from Desire and Abductive Reasoning
One way human beings clearly differ from the animals is in their inner existential longings. Many people describe experiencing an innermost yearning for a deeper meaning and purpose to life, and sometimes even a secret desire for God and eternal life. But why do people experience such longings? And do such existential yearnings reflect something more than mere human subjectivity?
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Two New Songs from Passion
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Don’t Give Up
So, look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), “fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:12), and finish your race (2 Timothy 4:7). When you have done the will of God, you will receive what is promised: his great and eternal reward (Hebrews 10:35-36). Measured by eternity, the hardships of this life will not be long, and “by your endurance you will gain your lives” (Luke 21:19).
Lord, Set Me Free from Fear
Father in heaven, whatever it takes, set us free from unbelieving fear by opening our eyes to reality. Do not allow us to remain silent or inactive. The freest people in the world are those who trust you most. We will not let you go until you bless us, because you are too glorious and souls are too precious for us to remain muted by fear. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Can we Trust the New Testament?
Dr. Daniel Wallace lectures at Hunter Street Baptist Church on the historical reliability of the New Testament text.
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Who Brought the Gospel to Korea? Koreans Did.
W e tend to think that Christianity entered foreign lands only due to missionary work. Not so in Korea. Until the late 19th century, the mountainous Korean Peninsula was governed tightly by a Confucian tradition and closed off to most foreigners. Missionaries found it difficult to penetrate the reclusive nation, focusing instead on Korea’s larger neighbors, China and Japan. Consequently, Koreans themselves played a more significant role in importing and later spreading Christianity to Korea. Three hundred years later, Christians make up more than a quarter of South Koreans and the country is responsible for one of the world’s largest missionary movements. What first caused Christianity to take hold in Korea?
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Apologetics315 Joins the Defenders Alliance
It has always been my vision that Apologetics315 would be a trusted hub for finding the best apologetics resources available. Now through joining up with the Defenders Media team, I’m happy to announce that Apologetics315 is moving onward and upward in fulfilling that vision.
Join the 40-Day Feast: How to Prepare Ahead for Easter
If we want to make the most of this annual opportunity, we’ll do more than just give something up. We’ll silence ourselves before the Sovereign who became a servant. We’ll fasten our eyes upon him as he teaches and heals and smiles and weeps — the only upright man in a world of cracked and curved impostors. We’ll stand in awe as we hear him plead in Gethsemane. We’ll marvel as he moves from the garden to the cross, silent as a sheep going to the slaughter. We’ll adore him as he lets the nails pierce his sinless skin until it is finished.
Are Your Christian Students Ready for College? | | Cold Case Christianity
Essential areas they need to be ready to engage in during college: How do I know God really exists? Is truth relative? Who was Jesus, and did he rise from the dead? Can you trust the Bible in the 21st century? How do I have helpful spiritual conversations? How can Jesus be the only way to God? If God is good, then why is there so much evil? I cover these and other practical questions like dating, sex, dealing with doubt, and how to resolve conflict with roommates as well. Because Christianity is true, it applies to every area of life. So I try to cover all the main questions that students have to engage during college.
20 Books every pastor should read — Southern Equip
Have you ever tried to pick a favorite hymn or Scripture passage when asked? Impossible, isn’t it? At least it is for me. I had similar feelings when my pastoral interns asked me to pick my top books every pastor should read. Too many to choose from and where does the list end? Nevertheless, they demanded this of me and I conceded.
Seven Simple Tips to Refresh Your Prayer Life
And then there are Paul’s invitations to the readers of his letters to pray for him. “Brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). And Romans 15:30–31, “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable.” For me to hear the greatest man who ever existed, I think, short of Jesus, to have him ask for prayer this way is so life-giving, so warm. It just makes me want to get on my knees and do that for somebody, because Paul, if he needed it — good night! — everybody we know needs prayer like that.
5 friends every pastor needs — Southern Equip
However, if you spend time with a non–seminary friend, you’ll be reminded that the pastorate is far from the only profession that steals sleep. For example, your businessman friend might tell you about the list of people corporate told him to lay off a couple weeks before Christmas. And not unlike some of the burdens you carry, he can’t seem to shake their faces or situations while sitting at the dinner table with his family. Or if you think that former denominational worker was difficult to deal with, wait until your banking friend tells you about the manipulative tactics a group of unbelievers came up with in their ongoing office wars.
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Plenty of the ‘Nones’ Actually Head Back to Church
Turns out, individuals who religiously identify as nothing in particular are just as likely to tilt toward returning to a Christian tradition as they are to become even more entrenched in having no religion. On the other hand, once an individual affirmatively denies a belief in a specific deity (i.e. describing themselves as agnostic or atheist), it’s rare for them to go back.
Fr. Jonathan Morris on Twitter
Folks, we need to hold CNN accountable for this piece. She is a senior aid of a murderous regime. Her brother killed her other brother. People are dying of hunger every day because of their dictatorship. https://twitter.com/cnni/status/962408419796901890 …
Full horrific injuries of student 'tortured to death' for 'theft' in North Korea
"I walk over to Otto and he is in this condition," said Mr Warmbier. "He has a shaved head, his eyes are darting around as big as saucers. He is blind, he is deaf he has a feeding tube. He is a complete vegetable.
Let me give you three questions to ask about your emotions when you’re trying to figure out how to deal with how you feel. When you’re angry or upset or frustrated — whatever you’re feeling — ask yourself:
Five Tips for Bible Memory
You can memorize whole books , or whole chapters (Romans 8 is a great starting point, or Philippians 3) or big chunks , or key sections. My preference over the years has become key sections (say four to seven verses, like Titus 3:1–7) that I come across as I’m moving through a Bible-reading plan. It’s often a section I find so densely rich that meditating on it for just a few minutes feels woefully inadequate. To enjoy more of its goodness, I need to put it to memory. (If you’re looking to get started on a few key sections to memorize, try Colossians 1:15–20, John 1:1–14, Hebrews 1:1–4, Philippians 2:5–11, or these short lists of “ gospel passages ” and “ gospel verses .”)
A lack of an Oxford comma cost dairy $5 million
(CNN) A group of Maine dairy delivery drivers will receive $5 million in a proposed settlement for unpaid overtime, according to court records filed on Thursday.
Eric Metaxas on Twitter
This is vile North Korean propaganda to hide the sadistic crimes of probably the most evil regime on the planet. Hitler did precisely the same in 1936 to hide the evils of Naziism; and Leni Riefenstahl used her artistic talents to help. Please don't be fooled. #Resist #Olympics https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/962346992759427074 …
Review: Nuraphones are the best headphones any of us have ever heard
The last month has thus been a real musical journey for me. With my eyes closed, I can picture what Whitney Houston is doing with her body to get her unique vocal sound. I can see the shape and depth of Simon Phillips' giant set of rack toms as he six-arms his way through a drum fill, the whole kit reverberating in sympathy with each hit. I can identify Steve Vai's reverb settings on each guitar part as they echo and bounce around the stereo space. A powerful bass voice like on Club For Five's "Brothers in Arms" cover feels like it's shaking your very chest. The spaciousness of the sound and stereo imaging make it incredibly rewarding to seek out great recordings and dive in with the lights off.
12 Christian Apologetics Quotes from Some of Today's Leading Apologists
Our reasons for believing Jesus existed and also that He was who He claimed to be—the God who came down—are the same reasons for believing any fact of history: the documentation is substantial and it passes all the tests of historical reliability. Scholars—both liberal and conservative—overwhelming agree that Jesus of Nazareth was a man of history and the Gospels, on the main, tell His story accurately…Show me any other person who appears in the historical record with such regularity who turned out, in the final analysis, to be a fiction. Why so many mentions regarding Jesus from such a wide variety of sources (Pliny, Tacitus, Lucian, Josephus, to name a few)? Because Jesus of Nazareth was a man of history, who made a profound impact on history. There’s no good reason to doubt that Jesus existed, or to think the real Jesus was completely different from the one depicted in the Story.
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I’ve Already Wasted My Life — Now What?
A listener named Bruce writes in: “Dear Pastor John, I haven’t read your book, Don’t Waste Your Life. The title is convicting enough. The fact is that I have already wasted it; or at least it feels that way. For decades I tried a variety of different ‘careers.’ None of them worked. I tried starting my own business for over 20 years while my wife worked. I earned a PhD, moved to a country where I didn’t speak the language (for my wife’s job) and had a breakdown. Several years later, my wife and I separated. I’m now 64, I live in a small mobile home, and I do work that any 18-year-old could do (those are my boss’s words). The company is good to me, my boss is a Christian, and I can earn a living; but each day feels like nothing more than an exercise in waking up in the morning, getting through the day, and going to bed at night. What advice can you give to someone who has already wasted his life?”
Southern Seminary on Twitter
The mission of SBTS is to be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God, to the Great Commission as our mandate, and to be a servant of the church.
Colson Center on Twitter
John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer catalog the sexual games many are playing in the sports world, from magazines to the Olympic village, and point out how it contradicts the movement against objectification and harassment. http://bit.ly/2nNaTbh pic.twitter.com/JbR2Mo08Mu
'The Middle' Star Atticus Shaffer Credits God for Success: 'I Could Not Have Gotten Here on My Own'
"I am definitely limited in term to physicality. I could never be a football player, a wrestler, a boxer ... but what God has given me in terms of being able to be creative, whether it be in my voice or being able to act or directing, I'm very blessed that I have those abilities," the 19-year-old actor told Lucas Miles, host of "The Lucas Miles Show," during a live taping at Biola University in La Mirada, California. "I could not have gotten here on my own."
Faithful Thinkers on Twitter
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Mark Meadows on Twitter
While some in the media look fondly upon North Korea during the Olympics, I can't help but recall this from 2 weeks ago--one of the most powerful moments I've ever witnessed.
Ji Seong-ho--once starved and tortured by the North Korean regime--now free. Remember his story. pic.twitter.com/6TxNxxrP0C
Tony Dungy on Twitter
Frank Reich was with me at the end of my tenure with the Colts. He has a creative offensive mind. He’s a great communicator and a high quality person. The Colts are in great hands. #Integrity pic.twitter.com/YT3s4fpwkc
Devin Nunes on Twitter
She is also reportedly the propaganda director for the communist party who handles ideological messaging. Thx mainstream media for promoting the regime! https://twitter.com/cnn/status/962408418941259776 …
Dana Loesch on Twitter
Who determined this? They’ve made no concessions, starve and torture their populace, threaten war, and all they have to do is send Kim Jong’s sister to the Olympics and that’s enough for media? This is insane. https://twitter.com/reuters/status/962683498229321728 …
What Is a Worldview?
Abortion. Euthanasia. Pornography. Same-sex marriage. Transgender rights. Embryonic research. Genetic enhancement. Christians surveying the cultural landscape in the West have a clear sense that things are headed in a destructive direction. While most believers can easily identify the symptoms of decline, few feel competent to diagnose and address the root causes. There are many complex factors behind these developments, but one invaluable tool for better understanding and engaging with our culture is the concept of worldview. The sociological quakes and moral fissures we observe in our day are largely due to what we might call “cultural plate tectonics”: shifts in underlying worldviews and the collisions between them.
J. Warner Wallace on Twitter
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Interview With A Former Skeptic: 3 Important Lessons
A few years ago my family befriended another young family in our neighborhood. Our kids were the same ages, and we all had a lot in common, so it was a natural and enjoyable friendship. There was one big difference though—we were Christians and they were skeptics. While I had many friendly apologetics conversations with Gavin, the father, he seemed to always have some good reason for doubt. When they finally moved away from our neighborhood in southern California, I remember thinking that he would never come to belief.
Noah Rothman on Twitter
A haunting passage that stuck with me from Kang Chol-hwan’s account of his time in the North Korean work camp Yadok. I’ve been thinking about it amid Western media’s fawning over of the performance DPRK’s hostages this weekend. pic.twitter.com/ltzDgcFXOi
J Warner Wallace Wants You to Have a 'Forensic Faith' (and so do I)
In my line of work in finding articles to feature here at The Poached Egg , all too often I run across an article written by some well-meaning Christian that is critical of apologetics and attempts to make a case for why we don’t need it or that it is even damaging to the cause of Christianity (i.e. glorifying Christ and making disciples). This is very baffling to me because I returned to the Christian faith by way of apologetics (although I didn’t know what it was at the time) after having abandoned it as a young man who had been raised in a faithful church by faithful Christian parents and I know many others with similar stories—not to mention that these arguments against apologetics are self-defeating because they are using apologetics to explain why we don’t need apologetics. Sheesh! Seriously, no matter how many of these articles (there have been books written on the topic as well) I read, I fail to understand how anyone could object to a Christian knowing why they should believe what they believe… and this is where Forensic Faith shines…
What Were Early Post-Flood People Like?
It has been over 6,000 years since God created Adam and Eve. Because of the Curse, we have suffered and changed greatly. We do not have detailed records concerning the abilities of man when God created Adam. However, the Romans were very accurate at recordkeeping and give us a glimpse at what a few men could do as little as two thousand years ago. Let’s take a look at some of the abilities of men at that time so that we can get a better idea of the fantastic abilities God bestowed on Adam and his descendants in the beginning.