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Kierkegaard and Christian Faith responds directly to the
perennial and problematic concern of how to read Kierkegaard.
Specifically, this volume presses the question of whether the
existentialist philosopher, who so troubled the waters of
nineteenth-century Danish Christendom, is a "Christian thinker for our
time." The chapters crisscross the disciplines of philosophy, theology,
literature, and ethics, and are as rich in argument as they are diverse
in style. Collectively the chapters demonstrate a principled agreement
that Kierkegaard continues to be relevant, even imperative. Kierkegaard and Christian Faith reveals just how Kierkegaard's work both defines and reconfigures what is meant by "Christian thinker."
an autobiographical prologue by Kathleen Norris, this volume gathers
the chapters in pairs around crucial themes: the use of philosophy
(Merold Westphal and C. Stephen Evans), revelation and authority
(Richard Bauckham and Paul J. Griffiths), Christian character (Sylvia
Walsh and Ralph C. Wood), the relationship between the church and the
world (Jennifer A. Herdt and Paul Martens), and moral questions of
forgiveness and love (Simon D. Podmore and Cyril O'Regan). The volume
underscores the centrality of Christianity to Kierkegaard's life and
thought, and rightly positions Kierkegaard as a profound challenge to
Christianity as it is understood and practiced today.
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Denzel Washington: A Woman Once Prophesied I Would Preach to Millions
Actor Denzel Washington was recently a guest on Access Hollywood, and told a really interesting story about an encounter he had after flunking out of college. One day, while in his mother’s beauty salon, a woman told him something and then wrote him a note. Here's how Washington told the story:
It was March 27th, 1975. I started acting four months later. She said, “You know young man, you are going to travel the world and speak or preach to millions of people …
She said that, and then she wrote “prophecy.” Then my mother wrote “preacher.” Then I wrote my name—and it was on a blue envelope; I still have it. So when she left, I said to my mother, “Who was that lady?” She said, “Well, she’s one of the oldest church members in town, and she’s known to have the gift of prophecy.”
This was supposed to be my life. She actually called it … It’s nothing I did. It’s by the grace of God.
He added, “Now I’m not here to tell you I did all of the right things,” while laughing and motioning that his life has had ups and downs.
Washington is known for being vocal about his faith. He was recently a guest on T.D. Jakes’ talk show, and explained, "Who have you lifted up? Who have you made better? Today. That’s what I’m about. … I’m in the service business. I’m here to serve God. I’m here to serve my family."
Back in 2015, he was a commencement speaker at Dillard University and told students, “Put God first in everything you do … Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift. … I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”
Will Arnett Prank Called a Toy Store as Lego Batman
And it's just as funny, weird and uncomfortable as it sounds.
As you probably know Will Arnett is reprising his Batman character from The Lego Movie in a new stand-alone movie aptly called The Lego Batman Movie, which hits theaters today. As a part of promoting the film, the comedian teamed up with a BBC radio show to pull off the prank.
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Watch Ted Cruz debate Bernie Sanders on health care policy and repealing Obamacare
This debate happened on CNN earlier in the week. Thankfully, I was out traveling, so I actually had a TV to watch this in my hotel room. Here is the full video: It’s 90 minutes long. No comme…
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#4: Are Christians Judgmental? [Podcast] - Jonathan Morrow
In this episode of Your Worldview Minute, we’ll be talking about how to respond when people say that Christians shouldn’t be judgmental. What did Jesus mean (and not mean) when he tells us not to judge? What was Jesus against? As you will see, context matters!
Trends in Apologetics: Women in Apologetics
The short answer is yes. An example is the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA). ISWA is a loosely-connected group of Christian women who are theologically, philosophically, and apologetically inclined, and have a passion for encouraging and equipping other women in the church who are interested in learning how to think more deeply and intelligently about their faith.) There website is Women in Apologetics .
Watch Chance the Rapper’s Worshipful Grammy Performance
Tonight, Chance the Rapper took home Grammy’s for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance, but he was also responsible for one of the night’s most memorable performances .
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4 Reasons Friends with Benefits Is a Really Bad Idea
I think it's like playing relationship Russian roulette, just because you have a chance of one to five it does not mean it is a good idea overall. Human diversity (and are we diverse nowadays!) entails that it will "work" for some, but not necessarilly for everyone. I have been into such a relationship, tried to play it cool, enjoyed the company and connection, but it just did not work for the reasons mentioned above, they describe quite accurately my experience. Six months of drained energy, focus, productivity, emotions.
10 Ways Christians Misuse Faith
2. Yet at the same time, we do need to draw a line between God's Word which is eternal truth and secular truth, if we don't we may be in danger of falling into society and not being set apart from the world. We can't mix down, water down or make God's word more palitable so that we can fit in, in fact i think our call should be to raise the standards of life, after all isn't it Christ who is the Fountain of Life and hasn't He given us the gift of life? Here I feel that if we focus on our own personal walk with God and the moment by moment transformations of glory we will learn so much more about the eternal truth than relying on secular truth - just my two pennies worth.
Are You Serious Enough About Happiness?
These verses are not against joy, but against folly. Those who have experienced deep joy have discovered a strange thing: that, in its poignancy, it is closer to sorrow than it is to mirth. The deepest joy carries with it a pain and a longing that truly make the heart better, whereas the laughter of fools in the house of mirth undoubtedly makes the heart worse. Deep seriousness is not at all an enemy to joy, only to folly. The thoughtful consideration of the end of all men is also likely to produce sobriety, a quality in which the professing church today seems lacking. (39)
5 Practical Ways to Support Immigrants and Refugees Today
This means to move beyond our fear of national security, beyond the arguments, and find a refugee, a minority, an immigrant to love. It's highly unlikely that you will fight for someone you've never had a relationship with. Get to know someone vastly different from you. Hear their stories and perspective. Choose to not fear what you don't know or don't understand and challenge those in your church or around you to respond with open arms to welcome refugees. These choices don't have to be so polarized. You can want to protect your nation, and still not want refugees to be banned.
Don't Let Social Media Debates Ruin Your Actual Relationships
Effective communication requires determination. It isn't always easy, and it doesn't always come naturally. If we don't make a conscious effort to become better communicators, it's likely not to happen. Let's face it, we are fallen creatures in a fallen world. At times we will mess things up, sometimes really badly. However, if we don't press on, we'll never improve. As the author of Hebrews urges us, let us persevere and not lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3) We press on, not that we may become eloquent speakers of great renown, but that we may follow in Christ's footsteps—speaking not for ourselves, but for God whom we represent.
Couldn’t God Have Used Evolution?
I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how anyone, for a moment, can
doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical
trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures. The very conception of the
Messiah, or Christ, is inextricably interwoven with Jewish history;
the identification of Jesus of Nazareth with that Messiah rests upon
the interpretation of the passages of the Hebrew Scriptures which
have no evidential value unless they possess the historical character
assigned to them. If the covenant with Abraham was not made; if
circumcision and sacrifices were not ordained by Jahveh; if the ‘ten
words’ were not written by God’s hand on the stone tables; if Abraham
is more or less a mythical hero, such as Theseus; the Story of the
Deluge a fiction; that of the Fall a legend; and that of the Creation
the dream of a seer; if all these definite and detailed narratives of
apparently real events have no more value as history than have the
stories of the regal period of Rome—what is to be said about the
Messianic doctrine, which is so much less clearly enunciated: And
9 Voices on Justice and Faith You Should Follow on Twitter
With over 317 million active accounts, it can be hard to know who to follow or how to pick out the gems from people who just retweet celebrities. In honor of Black History Month, we've highlighted a few leaders you need to be following in the space of justice, racial reconciliation and faith.
CBS Is Making a Sitcom Called ‘Living Biblically’
The network CBS has ordered a pilot for a new sitcom called Living Biblically , that, literally, is about living exactly as the Bible mandates. The show—which is being produced by The Big Bang Theory ’s Johnny Galecki—is based on the book A Year of Living Biblically , in which journalist A.J. Jacobs chronicles his life of following every command of the Bible “as literally as possible.” The show’s actually been in development for a few years.
The Real Abuse at the Heart of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
I have never been with a Dom who was not sexually abused by a woman. They also said they didn't feel they were abused as well. I can say my experience was so fun... For a while. Nine of these men could actually love me. They cared in their own way for me. That isn't the same thing as loving me, but honestly some of vanilla relationship people couldn't live me either. Just so you know subs set rules, so play and have lots of control of the Dom if he is honorable.
The biggest danger in these books is a sudden turn that young people think they are are supposed to be like this. I have 2 daughters of college age who have gone out of dates and their first romantic encounters were crazy. Guys trying to come them, spank them, trying to do anal sex with them, no conversation just start choking or whatever. In real life you talk explicitly about this. If they can't just make live to you at first line run fit the hills. I should mention I am not shy about conversation with my daughter's on this. This is not biblical and all that stuff but it's real life. They knew to remove themselves out of the situation ASAP and to tell these guys no.
Wonder and the Gift of Not Knowing Things - The Veritas Forum
I am a Christian and a physics professor, and I want to talk to you about things I do not know. Now this might come as a surprise. When one thinks about groups of people who readily acknowledge that they don’t know things, Christians and physicists are probably not two groups that jump straight to the top of the list! But if you scratch the surface, people like me will tell you that there is much we don’t know, and, in fact, far from being something to sweep under the rug, these things help motivate our work and faith and give our lives purpose.
The Bible’s Clarity Should Be Evident in Our Lives
I read and re-read the Gospels, and then the whole New Testament. I was without instruction in almost any of the historical, cultural, political, or theological issues of the text. I was by no means sure there was a god, nor was I sure that this text and its apparent claims were true or relevant to some possible divine being. It simply seemed to me that a literate person should be acquainted with the Bible, and so it all began.
You Don’t Have to Get Married to Be Happy
You don’t have to get married be happy, but you do need to fall in love. When Jesus was asked about the most important command in the Bible, he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27). To find the love your soul longs for, you give your heart first to God, not to a husband or wife. The best way to pursue the marriage you want today is to pursue God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
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Get Your Heart Happy in God
Mary is the one who received praise from the lips of the Savior that day. Her “ministry” of serving the guests was not as important as sitting at the feet of Christ to worship, to listen, to soak in his perfect word, to enjoy him. Like George Müller, the first and greatest thing for Mary was to get her heart happy in God. And Jesus commended her for it. She had chosen the good portion, he said. She had chosen the best part. She had chosen the one thing necessary in life (Luke 10:42).
It Takes a Platform to Influence a Culture | Cold Case Christianity
There are a number of popular cultural icons who are Christians. I can think of several Christian athletes, for example. These folks already have the spotlight; they have the ear of our culture. They are in positions of power and influence most Christian apologists would love to occupy. But what would these men or women say on the issue of religious pluralism? Abortion? Hell? Same Sex Marriage? Are these well-known Christians clear thinkers who have reasoned through the arguments and understand the tactical challenges related to spiritual communication? Maybe not. For the most part, our cultural Christian heroes are respected more for their character than their thinking. They are revered more for the way they live their lives or perform within their disciplines (or sports) than the way the express their views. It’s time for the apologetics community to reach out to popular Christians and help them become great thinkers and communicators.
Archbishop leads funeral of murdered 7-year-old - Premier
The Archbishop of York will lead the funeral of Katie Rough, the seven year old girl who was killed in York last month.
The Benedict Option: A Conversation with Rod Dreher - AlbertMohler.com
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Priest arrested after TV channel airs poison plot claim - Premier
A priest arrested with cyanide in his suitcase in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is suspected of plotting to poison a senior cleric, prosecutors have said.
Is Pain Punishment for My Sin?
So, let me begin by defining the difference with a cup full of biblical passages — just two. And they are massively important. When I speak of God’s judgment upon his enemies, I am referring to the misery that he brings upon them, not for any purifying or restoring or rehabilitating purposes, but solely to express his holy justice, his retribution, not restitution. And it is purely on the basis precisely of what the enemies deserve. It is not to demonstrate mercy. It is to demonstrate righteousness and justice. For example, Revelation 16:5–6, “I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, ‘Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!’” So, there is the mark of pure retributive justice. It comes upon the sinner solely because of what they deserve, not because of any good that the punishment will do them.
Christian food banks 'unintentionally excluding' people of other faiths - Premier
"Foodbanks are an expression of the Christian message of wanting to help people who are in a condition of desperate need," he said. "When we do it to the least we're doing it to Jesus therefore we would want to encourage Christians and churches that work with foodbanks to think about the products they are donating so we can make sure no one in their local community would face hunger and be in this terrible situation where they have to rely on emergency food aid."
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Abbreviated Christianity and Christian Case Making
At some point in my life about 18 years ago, I decided to surrender my presuppositions and follow the evidence where it led. It didn’t happen in a day, but over a period of months as I slowly investigated the claims of the gospel writers. I eventually came to call myself a “Christian”. But the process that brought me into the Christian family of believers, the methodical investigation of the evidence, soon became a part of my life as a believer. It wasn’t long before I found myself sharing what I learned with the people in my world. I retraced my own investigative steps for anyone who would sit still long enough to listen. I think I drove my atheist friends crazy with this behavior; they had known me as a vocal (and rather angry) skeptic for many years. I’m sure I also tested the patience of my wife; the Christian evidences were all I talked about for many years. It wasn’t enough that I was now a Christian after 35 years of unbelief. I was determined to defend what I believed and share the evidence with others. I was becoming a “Christian Case Maker”.
The Briefing 02-13-17 - AlbertMohler.com
Here there is something else that is also very, very important from a worldview perspective. As nations have become more wealthy, their birthrates go down. The more money people have, even as they could now afford more children, the cost of raising those children is offset by other lifestyle goals, and this means that in those countries that become more wealthy, the birth rate goes down. Meanwhile in poor nations, the birthrate continues to be high and in some nations actually growing higher. But we also need to note that as those nations that grew wealthy also had a decreasing birthrate, that decreasing birthrate is going to threaten the economic vitality. There won’t be enough people working and there won’t be enough people paying into social security systems to fund the aging population. So as the societies became more wealthy, their birth rate dropped, but the dropping birthrate also means that the societies are going to find it very difficult to remain as wealthy.
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Is Jesus Knocking at the Heart of the Unbeliever?
We have all heard evangelists quote from Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20). Usually the evangelist applies this text as an appeal to the unconverted, saying: “Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. If you open the door, then He will come in.” In the original saying, however, Jesus directed His remarks to the church. It was not an evangelistic appeal.
Why Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban
More than 500 conservative evangelical pastors and leaders representing all 50 states are urging President Donald Trump to reverse his temporary ban on refugee resettlement and his “dramatic reduction” of the total America will accept this fiscal year.
Like a Fish Out of Water: Why I'm Skeptical of the Evolutionary Paradigm
“Mainstream” scientists view biological evolution as the organizing principle in biology. In fact, Russian geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously wrote, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” 1 So, when I question evolutionary explanations, I become an outsider. I am outside the fish bowl, looking in. Because I’m a biochemist, my critics accuse me of being either dishonest or incompetent. Why else would I question the “fact” of evolution in the face of the overwhelming evidence for common descent? They claim that theological—not scientific motivations fuel my skepticism.
Farewell to TV’s Most Powerful Single Ladies
However, a comparative analysis of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Girls does more than illustrate feminism’s impact on primetime. When reading it as a story of contrasting approaches, we encounter a larger question: What tactics for shaping—or as Christians often say, “engaging”—culture have the most impact? In a moment when so little is civil in our civil discourse and polarization is the theme of each morning’s front page, a look over our collective shoulders suggests that a “culture war” footing rooted in bold confrontation (more in line with Dunham’s approach) has rarely been as effective as a patient, steady charm offensive (à la Moore).
America Is Not the Future of the Church
That's a terrific point, and very well said. Totally agree. We have a certain level of energy to devote to any given day, and we so often use that energy on the arguing and shallow stuff rather than diving deeper. Of course, it's much easier to stay in the shallow end. It's not unreasonable to see people doing it. The deep end of faith is often an experience at the extreme ends: You have the peace that passes all understanding, but you also have the dying of the self. It's terrifying, and likely why many folks hide in the shallow arguing instead.
How the Order of the Beatitudes Could Change Your Life
The order of the beatitudes, then, shows us how to make progress in the Christian life. If you want the fruits of forgiveness, purity, and peace in your life, then begin with the roots of becoming poor in spirit, mourning over your sins, and meekly submitting to God’s will.
Top 5 Books For Ethics and Politics
Questions of the Day
Who are you to judge someone else?
Who's ethical system are we to abide by (if anyone's)?
Isn't it wrong to legislate a specific morality?
Isn't morality relative to each individual, anyway?
These are questions that we often find in today's politically charged culture. One side says that morality is objective and should be legislated, while the other side says morality is relative and government should stay out of it. There is also in-fighting on both sides and a whole range of views between the two extremes. Many skeptics get caught up in all the different views that Christians hold and use that as a reason to not believe the Christian worldview and the ethical implications of it. How do we think logically about this and how do we discuss it in a calm but persuasive manner. I have put together my Top 5 Recommended Books to prepare you for these discussions in every encounters, whether you plan to engage others or merely listen and analyze. For your convenience I have linked to my chapter-by-chapter reviews of the books and provided a short reason why I chose the books for this list, but if you really want the details and wish to engage the content of the books, you will need to pick up a copy.
Here’s an Encouraging Update on the Toddler Adopted By Aid Worker Featured in Viral Photo
About a year ago, a photograph taken in Nigeria went viral, showing a heartbreaking image of an emaciated toddler who had been abandoned by his parents. Anja Ringgren Loven, who is featured in the photo giving the young boy water, ended up adopting the child. The boy, like many children in the region, had been outcast by his family because they believed he was a witch.
Why You Should Avoid the Gospel of Comfort
As Christians, the same thing can happen to us. We can focus so much on the blessings that we forget about the God that provided them. With God out of mind, we can begin to compromise our convictions. These compromises may start small, but can grow and spread into different areas of our lives. For David it started with a glance, which lead to adultery, then to murder. However, there is always hope if we decide to change and turn back to God as we see in David’s life.
Pride Is Poisoning Your Happiness
The gospel reminds us that it took the Son of God dying in our place in order to save us from sin, death, and hell. The god of self is weak god, unable even to save itself from destruction. It’s difficult to be prideful when the gospel tells us that we are sinful and wicked, even from birth (Psalm 51:5). Pride is insanity for those who know that they are unable to save themselves and must be helped by another.
Doubts persecution against Christians will ease under Somalia's new president - Premier
Just two days after his election, doubts are already being raised over whether persecution against Christians in Somalia will improve under the country's new president.
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St Paul's Cathedral launches appeal to keep bells ringing - Premier
The bells of St Paul's Cathedral need renovation costing an estimated £360,000 to stop them from falling silent.
Archdiocese seeks to curb divisive priest's Twitter 'trolling' - Premier
In a statement to NJ.com, an Archdiocese representative Jim Goodness said: "Certainly, a priest doesn't give up his civil liberties when he is ordained, and he maintains the same right to freedom of expression as anyone else in the United States," Goodness said. "That said, we are concerned about Father West's comments and actions, and will be addressing them according to the protocols of the Church."
Unanimous Federal Appeals Court Decision Rejects Immigration Executive Order
The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States. Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.