Why are Christian movies so painfully bad?
Old Fashioned isn't trying to tell its own story. It's trying to discredit someone else's.
Share the Trailer: Scientism in the Age of Obama
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "Where You Are" by Leeland
Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life.
Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever.
Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!
Answering Eleven Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus
“One theory which would go against this conclusion [that the rise of Christianity is best explained by Jesus’ bodily resurrection] was very popular a few years ago but is now widely discredited. Some sociologists suggested that the disciples had been suffering from ‘cognitive dissonance’, the phenomenon whereby people who believe something strongly go on saying it all the more shrilly when faced with contrary evidence. Failing to take the negative signs on board, they go deeper and deeper into denial, and can only sustain their position by shouting louder and trying to persuade others to join them. Whatever the likely occurrence of this in other circumstances, there is simply no chance of it being the right explanation for the rise of the early church. Nobody was expecting anyone, least of all a Messiah, to rise from the dead. A crucified Messiah was a failed Messiah. When Simeon ben Koshiba was killed by the Romans in AD 135, nobody went around afterwards saying he really was the Messiah after all, however much they had wanted to believe that he had been. God’s kingdom was something that had to happen in real life, not in some fantasy-land.
Matt Smethurst on Twitter
“The people of the cross.”
21 of them—21 of us—have been promoted to glory. May God give their families great grace. pic.twitter.com/yaGzmE8vAV
Boko Haram: 200,000 Christians at Risk of Massacre in Nigeria
Boko Haram forces appear poised to attack Maiduguri, a city of 2 million in northeast Nigeria -- meaning that 200,000 Christians could be at risk of slaughter by the Islamist terror group, say U.S. intelligence officials and experts on Nigeria.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
God Didn’t Design Us for Busy
In past years I lived in fear of never being good/popular/worthy/successful/accomplished enough. I thought that working around the clock and never taking a break was something to be praised. Oh, friend, those days were so hard. And so unproductive in the big picture. I believed that the number in my bank account and the number of followers I had on social media somehow equated to my worth—and in order to increase those numbers, I had to increase my work hours and decrease rest. But where was that really getting me? God designed good work coupled with good rest. He did not design the extremes of busy and lazy. And he gives us a way out of both.
Video purports to show ISIS militants beheading 21 Christians
One of the militants, pointing a knife at the camera, calls the hostages "people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church" before the executions. The video, posted to YouTube with a title card that reads Al Hayat Media Center, the name of ISIS' media wing, has not yet been independently verified. An early caption reads that it was filmed in "Wilayat Tarabulus" on the Mediterranean Sea, suggesting that the beheadings took place west of Tripoli. Another caption identifies the title of the video as “A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross.”
ISIS Releases Video Purportedly Showing Beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians
"This undeniably means that the group now views Christian populations as not only targets but also part of the bigger 'Crusader plot,' not separate from the US-led coalition or aggressors," a Flashpoint report said. "The group's message is highly intimidating and it somewhat challenges the Western nations to intervene and save the Christians as it intervened to save the Yazidis and others."
Does Science Argue for or against God?
Why are we here? Literally. The latest science says we shouldn’t be. It says that the chance life exists at all is less than zero. So, is science the greatest threat to the idea of Intelligent Design or is science its greatest advocate? Best-selling author and lecturer, Eric Metaxas, poses this intriguing question and comes up with a very unexpected and challenging answer. The text of this course was adapted from a Wall Street Journal piece written by Eric Metaxas on December 25, 2014. http://www.wsj.com/articles/eric-meta... You can support Prager University by clicking https://www.prageruniversity.com/dona... Free videos are great, but to continue producing high-quality content, even small contributions are greater. Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can feel even better about it! Click http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1763901 and a percentage of every Amazon purchase will be donated to PragerU. Same great products. Same low price. Charity made simple. Visit us directly! http://www.prageruniversity.com LIKE us! https://www.facebook.com/prageru Follow us! https://twitter.
Nabeel Qureshi on Twitter
We need a call to action, not more sentiment. Our brothers are dying. This world needs the Gospel. What will you do? pic.twitter.com/7lnJIFvPXX
The Ratio Christi at UCI Daily
The Ratio Christi at UCI Daily, by Ratio Christi at UCI: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Prayers at the Museum of Modern Art
Gober’s creative journey to the sinks began when he was supporting his early artistic career through carpentry, welding, and casting—skills he had learned in sculpture classes. Growing tired of working for other people, he decided to make things he could sell. “And immediately, without belaboring it, dollhouses popped into my head.” As he built them, “it was really becoming clear to me that these weren’t dollhouses—what I was interested in was the symbol of the house.”
Like the content you see at pastors.com? Why not receive it weekly in your inbox, plus bonus material too. It's free!
It’s Not You, It’s God: Nine Lessons for Breakups
The joy is not in knowing that Jesus had it hard, too. Not much comfort there. The joy is in knowing that the one who suffered in your place died and rose again to end suffering for his saints. God saved the world and defeated death through his suffering, and your suffering in the midst of your walk with Jesus — in this case, in a breakup — unites you to that victory, the greatest victory ever won. For those who hope in Jesus, all pain — unexpected cancer, unfair criticism, an unwanted break up — was given an expiration date and repurposed until then to unite us in love to our suffering Savior.
Nine Lies in the Not-Yet-Married Life
But as much as God loves marriage, he didn’t design it to bear the burden of our eternal purpose and happiness. From the beginning, it’s been a means of experiencing and expressing a far greater union — union with God, through his Son, by his Spirit. Paul says the key to experiencing the freedom purchased for us at the cross is walking in the newness of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), turning away from the desires of the flesh and filling ourselves with new fruits — love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self–control (Galatians 5:22). The free and full life is found in Christ and played out in Christ-likeness, summed up in these nine prizes of the Christian life.
“All Christians believe in the Trinity, but most Christians, if we’re honest, don’t like to think about the Trinity that much. The doctrine seems abstract, dry, and distant from everyday life. This book will change that for you. Joe Thorn points us to the joy of a God who is Father, Son, and Spirit, showing us how this truth should prompt us to worship, pray, and trust. He applies this great doctrine without putting us out of its mystery. This book can better equip you to praise the God from whom all blessings flow.”
—Russell D. Moore , President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Tempted and Tried
10 Questions on Dating with Matt Chandler
I have often times recommended someone hold off dating until the season that they were in with the Lord has changed. I told a young man last year that, because of where he was in his relationship with the Lord, he should hold off pursuing a girlfriend until he had given himself back over to growing in his relationship with the Lord. It wasn’t just that he was in the desert or just stagnant, but that he had really, I believe, been walking in sin. He wasn’t in God’s word, he wasn’t praying, he was hit or miss in the weekly gathering, and he was hit or miss in his home group. Guys were pursuing him and he was avoiding them. He had a relational conflict with some guys, and he was refusing to connect with them and reconcile. I recommended to him that this would be a really foolish time to date, and it would end in heartbreak, either his heart or the heart of some poor girl at our church.
Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith
Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.
Why “50 Shades” is not the same as biblical submission
Related to this is the issue of abuse. Like I said, I haven’t read 50 Shades , but from what I’ve read about it there is abuse involved between the central characters of the story. Biblical submission does not condone or allow any form of abuse. In scripture, no human authority is an ultimate authority. The only ultimate authority is God. When we are confronted with a human authority that contradicts God’s authority, we are required to recognize and submit to God’s ultimate authority. That is why the apostles defied the human authorities when those authorities forbade them from preaching the gospel. In defiance, the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men” ( Acts 5:29 ).
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
ISIS Releases Video Purporting To Show Beheading Of 21 Egyptian Christians In Libya
CAIRO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Islamic State released a video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya, violence likely to deepen Cairo's concerns over security threats from militants thriving in the neighboring country's chaos.
Southern Seminary on Twitter
"If our gospel witness doesn't have supernatural power, it is merely superficial conversation," Al Jackson #gcf pic.twitter.com/hkirWGZbCv
What Are “Kinds” in Genesis?
The first thing that needs to be addressed is: “What is a kind?” Often, people
are confused into thinking that a “species” is a “kind.” But this isn’t necessarily
so. A species is a man-made term used in the modern classification system.
And frankly, the word species is difficult to define, whether one is
a creationist or not! There is more on this word and its definition and relationship
to “kinds” later in this chapter. The Bible uses the term “kind.” The Bible’s
first use of this word (Hebrew: min ) is found in Genesis 1 when God creates
plants and animals “according to their kinds.” It is used again in Genesis 6
and 8 when God instructs Noah to take two of every kind of land-dwelling, air-breathing
animal onto the ark and also in God’s command for the animals to reproduce after
the Flood. A plain reading of the text infers that plants and animals were created
to reproduce within the boundaries of their kind. Evidence to support this concept
is clearly seen (or rather not seen) in our world today, as there are no reports
of dats (dog + cat) or hows (horse + cow)! So a good rule of thumb is that if
two things can breed together, then they are of the same created kind.
What Is Your Doing Saying?
The old adage, “actions speak louder than words,” is true because, as another adage says, “words are cheap.” So, when it comes to our faith, if our words and actions are saying different things we must look to our actions for the truth.
Problem 8: Differences Between Vertebrate Embryos Contradict the Predictions of Common Ancestry
But most embryologists who acknowledge that vertebrate embyros start development differently will still claim embryos pass through a highly similar stage midway through development, called the "phylotypic" or "pharyngula" stage. These theorists propose an "hourglass model" of development, where it is claimed that similarities between embryos during this midpoint stage provide evidence for common ancestry. One critical biologist explains how this concept is viewed: "It is almost as though the phylotypic stage is regarded as a biological concept for which no proof is needed." 133
Traditional Marriage is More Exciting than 50 Shades of Grey - Juicy Ecumenism
Oh, Papa Minch, you are so funny. No Christians are insisting that our interpretation of religion should be the law of the land, including people who believe differently than you do. That’s a straw man and you know it, or else he is very confused. You really should get out more and actually meet some Christians. I’ve been in evangelical churches both as a laymen in the pew and a pastor of a church for 62 years and never knew anyone who wanted what Papa is charging us with. We do believe in traditional morals that are found in every major religion and believe that their decline is destructive and corrupting. When people believe it is a good thing that women submitting to men’s sexual dominance in order to fulfill sick and degraded desires, you know how sad, mixed up and empty people are who keep searching for something to fill their aching souls. T
From the Mailbag:
Dr. Baggett, I’ve read your co-[written] book with Dr. Walls on the moral argument and have found it to be very helpful for solidifying my belief in God. I understand that by definition, we should trust our moral intuitions and due to that, we can rule out portraits of God that violate those baseline intuitions (e.g. God commanding rape). I see possible and probable interpr...
What Google Searches Tell Us about Sex
Pop American culture glamorizes the ecstatic possibilities of most sexual encounters (with the exception, so I am told, of Lena Dunham’s Girls), whether that sex happens as a one-night stand or in the midst of a committed relationship. Even evangelical culture can lead Christians to think the first sexual experience will be physically ecstatic, as long as it doesn’t happen until the wedding night. But most of the popular conversation doesn’t revolve around the kind of sex described by the questions people are asking on Google about body odors and the size of various body parts. Most of the popular conversation doesn’t revolve around the fact that although sex is both thrilling and ecstatic—that drama emerges only as two ordinary, vulnerable bodies come together and practice giving to and receiving from one another over time.
Josh McDowell on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
The Netherlander Euthanasia Contagion
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
Sunday Quote!- Sending the "Other" to Hell
Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!
Does the Euthyphro Dilemma Disprove God? (Part 2)
Next, this criticism is only half true, but nevertheless pointless. While it is true that we can distinguish good as a concept, but mere distinguishing a concept does not demonstrate ontological or moral grounding. I can think of the idea of applying good to an object, but this does not prove that actual goodness is independent of God. As an example, merely because I can think of grayness independent of any actual gray object does not mean gray can actually exist without there being a gray object somewhere in existence. Likewise, I can pretend to think of good and apply it to created things in my mind, but I have not explained where good and evil arise from in a non-transcendent, material world. Goodness is not merely a conceptual property like a platonic ideal of good, but rather an actual thing that an object has. I can say “Bob did a good thing by helping someone in trouble. therefore Bob is a good man.” This is not evidence that goodness can be applied independent of God, for what makes helping someone a good thing to do? I knew helping someone is a good thing before I ever applied it to Bob.
Christian & atheist debate the purpose of suffering // Unbelievable?
Christian thinker Vince Vitale and atheist thinker Julian Baggini debate suffering with Justin Brierley. For the full debate visit http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... For more faith debates and unbelievable? resources http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier
Four ways that the progress of experimental science conflicts with atheism
There has only been one creation of the universe, and the universe will never reverse its expansion, so that it could oscillate eternally. That view is popular, perhaps in part because many people watched videos of Carl Sagan speculating about it in public school classrooms, but all it was was idle naturalistic speculation, (Sagan was a naturalist, and held out hope that science would vindicate naturalism), and has been contradicted by good experimental science. You should be familiar with the 3 evidences for the Big Bang (redshift, light element abundances (helium/hydrogen) and the cosmic microwave background radiation. There are others, (radioactive element abundances, second law of thermodynamics, stellar lifecycle), but those are the big three. Point out how the experimental evidence for the Big Bang has piled up, making the problem even worse for the eternal-universe naturalists.
Everything I Know About Worship I Learned from a Whore
I’ve had a handful of rather unusual teachers in my life. A shrimp of a man who’d been excommunicated from the Amish community for owning a stereo—he taught me how to shingle a roof. A wheelchair-bound country music singer and songwriter who penned one of George Strait’s hits—he taught me the fine art of woodwork. An ex-con with a string of DWI’s—he taught me the ins and outs of the work I did in the oilfield. You never know at whose feet you might learn something. I certainly never dreamed that I’d learn all about what Christian worship is from a prostitute.
Kerry Shook on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Atheists Steal Rights From God - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
We even find perfect evidence in the bible of the “evolution” of morality. The ancient Israelites observed an ethic of slaughtering men, women and children in battle as a sacrificial offering to Yahweh. This ethic was repeated and defended using the bible when early American settlers drove Native Americans off of their land and murdered them to the point of near extinction. The rationalization for these atrocities is that we had to slaughter and drive out these heathens so god’s manifest destiny for America could succeed. Sound familiar to the Canaanite genocides in the book of Joshua? And Frank, least you cry foul and demand that “is” doesn’t mean “ought” you should walk down the hall at AFA and have a talk with your friend Brian Fischer. Yes, the Brian Fischer of AFA’s Focal Point radio show who likens the genocide perpetrated against the American indians as god being fed up and “dumping the slop bucket” and starting over. In case it escapes you, this is called propaganda. You know, the rationalizations people come up with to justify their evil.
A Woman of A Sorrowful Spirit: 1 Samuel 1-2
Rev. Steven Carter, Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, speaks at chapel on February 11, 2015
"Eternity Falls" by Kevin Outerbridge - Faith, Extremism, and Cyberpunk
Perhaps the most poignant aspect of Eternity Falls are the conversations between Macey and Virgil about religious extremism. They both have backgrounds in combating terrorism, but their past experience led them in opposite directions and Virgil has come to conclude that facing death is the only way for humans to possibly turn to God. Virgil seeks to destroy the “Miracle Treatment” and thus make it so that everyone will once again die natural deaths, confronted with that moment when “eternity falls.” Macey, however, points out that God has used the extended lives of many of these people to bring them to the faith through their own realization of the pointlessness of an endless life of leisure.
Fifty Shades of Something
It’s a Fifty Shades world this week, and we just live in it. Not sure how close attention you’ve been paying to the ‘debate’ surrounding the film, but it’s a fascinating one, touching as it does on a number of our current hot potatoes, most notably sex and gender. Everyone seems to agree that the astronomical number of books (and tickets) sold indicates something larger going on, though no one seems to agree on what that is. Some say the success of the franchise reveals a deep faultline in 21st century bedrooms between Should and Is, between what’s acceptable to want and what is actually wanted, the ideal of egalitarian tenderness vs the reality of what gets certain motors running, etc. Others say we’re witnessing a new vanguard of female agency and sexual assertiveness. Others still claim the exact opposite. (Those looking for a considerably more winsome attempt to explore contemporary sexual politics might take a gander at the new HBO show Togetherness , which has been tackling the marital dimension in an admirably frank way).
How about Søren Kierkegaard: I choose to love you. Of course, if you do not make some sort of choice, you cannot know whether you really exist … or whether I exist for that matter. And if you do not exist, I have no basis on which to choose to love you; therefore I cannot. Which makes me wonder whether I exist.
Argumentation and Logic Exercise | Reasonable Faith
My question pertains to your work in Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview . In Argumentation and Logic I was confused by argument B in the first exercise set pg 39.
Dr. Sproul re-emphasizes the justification provided by Christ is through faith alone. Paul's discussion focuses on whether Abraham was justified by faith before or after the act of circumcision. The meaning behind circumcision as a sign is investigated with the covenantal relationship of being a Jew to that of baptism of an infant.
Southern Seminary launches Global Campus ‘to reach the nations’
“Our mission is, and will always be, the same: to train, to educate, and to prepare God-called ministers for more faithful service in the churches and on the mission fields of the world,” Mohler said. “We want to make certain that the reach of Southern Seminary’s theological education is not bounded by physical distinctions that new technologies have allowed us to overcome.”
Premier Christian on Twitter
Download the brand new 'Premier Radio' app now on Apple & Android to win a pair of tickets to our next event! pic.twitter.com/w1JEAp5AXd
Prayers after Copenhagen terror attacks – Premier Premier
Prayers will be said at Sunday church services across Denmark later, a day after a lone terrorist killed two people.
Win Left Behind on Blu-ray – Premier Radio
Premier consists of Premier Christian Media Trust registered as a charity (no. 287610) and as a company limited by guarantee (no. 01743091) with two fully-owned trading subsidiaries: Premier Christian Communications Ltd (no. 02816074) and Christian Communication Partnership Ltd (no. 03422292). All three companies are registered in England & Wales with a registered office address of 22 Chapter Street, London, SW1P 4NP.
Poll finds Christians want politicians with 'long-term vision' – Premier Premier
Nine in ten practising Christians in the UK say that they are more likely to vote for a parliamentary candidate who communicates a positive long-term vision for society, than one who focuses on short-term concerns.
WORLD | Second shooting follows Denmark terror attack | Lynde Langdon | Feb. 14, 2015
UPDATE (10:10 p.m. EST): Hours after a terror attack at an event exploring blasphemy and art, a second shooting rocked Copenhagen, Denmark. Police are not yet sure whether the shootings, the most recent of which wounded three people near a synagogue downtown, are related.
Following Jesus When You Want to Give Up
To be honest, I was shocked to hear him say that. The reason I wouldn’t drink is because I made a promise to my parents that I would not have even a sip of alcohol throughout my high school career; nor would I let someone who had consumed any alcohol into my car. But I had never thought how my choices could influence someone else, let alone the captain of the football team! While this story worked out for good, I could tell you stories of when I failed to live up to what I believed too. I have made poor decisions at time that I know reflect poorly on me, my family, and my creator. But this experience taught me a profound truth—we can have a powerful impact on people’s lives even when we don’t realize it. Trust me: people are watching your life. If you decide to live for Jesus you will make a difference—even if you don’t realize it.
Anachronistic Assumptions and the Documentary Hypothesis
I think it was in the Spring of 1961 that a professor of psychology (he was working on his Ph.D.at Washington Univ. in St. Louis) introduced the work of Ralph Elliott, The Message of Genesis, a Southern Baptist Seminary professor who set forth the higher (so-called) critical theory of the authorship of Genesis (among other things). It did not sound right, and about 5 yrs. later I wrote to a professor at New Orleans Baptist Seminary, one Dr. Samuel Mikelaski (sp?) who recommended along with other sources, Dr. Oswald T. Allis’ The Five Books of Moses. I shall never forget want to roll on the floor with howls of laughter, when I came to Dr. Allis’ reducto absurdum. He applied the theory to a History of Scotland, where the author was known and who had used various titles and names for a Lord of that nation. They served to indicate that the work had four authors. There is more, of course, to the argument, but the fact is that the so-called higher critical theory of Welhausen (sp?) is neither higher, nor critical; it would best be labeled lower doubtful and deliberate misunderstandings.