D2D Conference New York Apologetics April 29th SGT
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Some Genius Remade Smashmouth’s ‘All Star’ Using Only Windows XP Sounds
There are people in this world who have some much time on their hands that they are capable of feats of creative brilliance that most of us couldn’t even fathom. One of those individuals is a man named James Nielssen, who fired up an old PC equipped with Windows XP, and remade the ‘90s pop song “All Star” using only sounds made by the operating system.
It’s the video you never knew you wanted and you can never unhear.
Productivity and Leadership in the 21st Century: A Live Interview with Tim Challies and Chris Larson Today at 2:30pm
Today 2:30pm ET, we will be joined by Tim Challies, pastor, blogger, and author of Do More Better, and Chris Larson, president and chief executive officer of Ligonier Ministries. Together, we will discuss a Christian understanding of productivity and leadership to help us better serve and glorify God in our vocations.
The Story Behind John Piper’s Most Famous Attack on the Prosperity Gospel
More than 1.2 million people have seen author and speaker John Piper's passionate strike at the prosperity gospel. Here's what happened that night.
Submit to the new sexual orthodoxy or risk losing everything
By now you may have already heard the news that the Washington State Supreme Court has rejected Barronelle Stutzman’s appeal. Here is the report from the Associated Press: The Washington Supr…
Never Abandon Hope
In God’s gracious design, the Christian life spirals upward in ever-increasing joy, peace, and hope despite all the trials we face.
There’s a Sequel to Marvel’s Thor Roommate Sitcom, and It’s Perfect
You may remember back in August, when Marvel released a mockumentary mini-sitcom about what Thor had been up to lately, and why he hadn’t joined the Avengers on their latest battle. Well, it turns out, he’s been taking some time off, and is living with a roommate named “Darryl.” Here's the original in case you missed it the first time.
Marvel has just released a follow-up, and things still not seem to be going very well between Thor and poor Darryl. Not only is Thor apparently having trouble making rent, but he has also taken to riding his mountain bike indoors and is demanding a servant.
If the MCU ever runs out of ideas, we’d totally see an Odd Couple-style, feature-length comedy between these two,
Here’s the Prison Beauty School That’s Changing the Lives of Inmates
Valley State Prison in California offers a seemingly unlikely program that has been changing the lives of inmates for more than two decades: A beauty school.
As this behind-the-scenes video shows, inmates are not only equipped with new social connections, but also have the opportunity to learn a skill and profession that can help them get back on their feet once they get out.
GoFundMe Just Launched an Awesome Campaign to Help Special Olympians
Starting on March 14, more than 2,700 athletes from around the world will compete at the Special Olympic Winter Games in Australia. But, the trip—and the 11-day event—aren’t cheap for athletes and teams.
However, thanks to a new campaign from the online fundraising site GoFundMe, you can help sponsor them.
Donations to GoFundMe.com/specialolympics support local delegations and help to fund the games. The site also features profiles on individual teams from around the world.
In a statement, GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon explained,
We are proud to partner with Special Olympics to help support these remarkable athletes and their communities.
GoFundMe's mission is to empower people to help people, and Special Olympics has been helping to empower people with intellectual disabilities for almost 50 years. It's an honor to share the stories of these competitors who have overcome obstacles.
REBOOT | Youth Apologetics
Our team of world-class apologists want you to have confidence in what you believe, and the chance to be honest about your doubts. Since its launch in 2013, REBOOT has welcomed hundreds of young people to its conferences, and we want you to be part of our story. Find out if we’re coming to a city near you!
How to Engage in Spiritual Conversations - Darrell L. Bock and Mary Jo Sharp
In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock and Mary Jo Sharp discuss defending the faith, focusing on spiritual conversations and tolerance.
Activist Group Spreads Falsehoods About South Dakota Science Education Bill
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
The Key to a Lifetime of Happiness
In two minutes, John Piper shares the key to a happy life, inherited from the happiest man he ever knew: tell somebody about Jesus.
Watch an Entirely Free, Seminary-Level Course with Carl Trueman on the Reformation
If you ever wanted to take a seminary course on the Reformation, or simply want to brush up on your church history, you can watch this free video course online taught by internationally respected scholar Carl Trueman.
SBTS Preview Day — April 21, 2017
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ISIS Just Killed 88 People in Pakistan at a Sufi Shrine
Dozens of people have been arrested after a horrific attack in Pakistan, where at least 88 people were killed. The ISIS terrorists targeted worshippers at a large Sufi shrine. Following the attack, authorities in Pakistan said that they believed the terrorists responsible were from Afghanistan. They soon closed a major border-crossing and shelled a nearby region of the country.
Fake News and Other Traps Damaging the Church
How does it help us that today’s church events are branded and marketed as if they were products to be consumed? If we need the stage design, the lights, the eye candy and the app to keep our attention on the Lord, then what is the point? We don’t consume God, He consumes us. There are at least eight references in the Bible to Him being a “consuming fire,” but do we allow His fire to burn us? Because that would mean allowing every part of us to be placed under His Lordship and held accountable to His Word. Fire doesn’t consume discriminately. God wants all of us, but as long as we go through the Christian walk expecting it to be about us and what God can do for us, we’re missing it.
Black, White, and Blue: How Christians Rate the Police
According to Pew’s research, black Protestants were more likely than any other religious group to believe these deaths of African Americans during police encounters were not just isolated incidents. About 8 in 10 black Protestants saw them as part of a broader problem between Africans Americans and law enforcement, while only about 5 in 10 white evangelicals, white mainline Protestants, and white Catholics felt the same.
Washington Supreme Court rules against Christian florist in same-sex marriage case
“The Washington Supreme Court's ruling shortchanges our nation's most fundamental freedom in favor of ideological conformity,” said ERLC president Russell Moore in response to the ruling. “Barronelle Stutzman followed her genuinely held beliefs without hostility toward any, and yet finds herself the target of a government that wants to steamroll her constitutional rights. The Court held that the government can force citizens to use their creative gifts and expressive speech to participate and endorse acts they believe to be immoral. This decision is a loss not only for Barronelle Stutzman but for every American who values liberty and civility over coercion by the government. My prayer is that this ruling would be overturned and that the U.S. Supreme Court would recognize the crucial importance of religious liberty.”
9 Big Myths About Forgiveness
If you go tell someone this (I haven’t heard this, but have heard something similar), first ask yourself why you need to let them know they unknowingly wronged you. Is it possible that saying, “You never knew I was angry with you, but I was because you were terrible … but I forgave you, so it’s cool!” is really one last attempt to get back at them for hurting you? You can forgive someone without ever telling them because forgiveness is about your freedom, not about theirs.
Gospel Worship: Holy Ambition for All the Peoples to Praise Christ
The Gospel of God’s mercy, in the coming of Christ as a servant, has this ultimate aim: that the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. This means that the aim of the gospel is worship. This worship is for all the peoples of the world. To that end God raises up pioneer missionaries — missionaries whose ambition is to join God in showing mercy to the peoples of the world that have no access to the gospel, and winning their worship of the risen Christ. And in support of those missionaries God calls his church — all of us — he calls you to find your own gospel ambition. There are the front-line soldiers. And there is the vast network of Merchant Marines. Both are celebrated in the Bible.
What Christians Should Know About Embryo Adoption
A hallmark of the evangelical church in America is the backing of a pro-life worldview. As such, abortion clinics and the politics that govern them are primary areas of focus in this important cause. However, there’s another front that often gets overlooked in the fight for life: the state of the thousands of children who remain cryogenically frozen as human embryos following in-vitro fertilization cycles.
My Home Has ‘Murder’ in Its Name
G rowing up in San Francisco, Russell Jeung didn’t have much love for Oakland, his struggling neighbor across the East Bay. Yet Jeung has made his home in Oakland for more than 20 years, with much of that time spent ministering in Murder Dubs, a neighborhood riven with poverty and violence. He first moved there during a graduate school ethnography project focused on Southeast Asian gangs.
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Did Jesus make a crucial historical blunder in the Gospel of Mark? One of the reasons cited by famed New Testament scholar and best-selling author Bart Ehrman for his transition from fundamentalist Christian to fundamentalist agnostic is that the gospel of Mark is riddled with factual and historical errors. A prominent example is that David […]
Study: The Academy Awards Is Also Ageist
The study found that of the 25 films nominated for Oscars this year, only two of those have main characters over the age of 60—both of which were portrayed by Michael Keaton. So, unless you’ve played Batman or Birdman and are Michael Keaton, award-show season may be looking bleak for you. It should be noted that the study was taking the character's age into account, not the actor's. For example, Denzel Washington is 61 but the character he's nominated for playing in Fences is only 53.
Can We Investigate the Universe Like A Crime Scene?
When a dead body is discovered, detectives must investigate the evidence to determine the most reasonable explanation. Did the deceased die naturally? Did he suffer some kind of accident? Did he commit suicide? Was he murdered? These are the four possible explanations at any death scene. Homicide detectives are concerned only with the last one. Of the four explanations, the first three do not require the involvement of anyone other than the victim. If his or her death was an accident, the result of some natural cause, or the result of a suicide, all the evidence we might find related to the victim’s passing will ultimately come from the very room where he or she died. Every death scene involves evidence of one kind or another, but intruders turn death scenes into crime scenes . For that reason, every death investigation begins as an intruder investigation. Without evidence of an intruder, deaths are likely to be the result of natural causes, an accident, or a suicide. One simple strategy in death cases, therefore, is to ask a foundational question: “Can I account for all the
How Do We Make Theology Come Alive for Students?
Second, use cultural examples . Students today are engrossed with the prevailing culture. The movies they watch, the music they listen to, and the technology they use are all influenced by our wider culture. Sometimes we need to critique culture and other times we need to show how Christ is within culture. But using cultural examples of theology not only makes theology interesting to students, it also helps them make connections from their theology to the “real” world. For instance, recently I was talking with my students about the biblical view of sex. And so I used an example from the movie Passengers, which I wrote about here .
Jumpstart Your Heart in Worship
Like any good gift from above, music — even church music — can become an idol if we cherish the gift more than the Giver. But the beauty of God’s gifts is that they point us beyond the gifts themselves to God’s glorious mercy and grace for sinners. Our songs should stir our hearts to worship in all seasons of life, just as the Psalms so beautifully express.
Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69
Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Tex. She was 69.
House votes to reverse Obama's Planned Parenthood rule
The House passed a resolution Thursday re-opening the door for states to block Planned Parenthood from receiving some federal funds.
The measure, which passed 230-188, would reverse a last-minute rule from the Obama administration that said conservative states can't block the women's health and abortion provider from receiving family planning dollars under the Title X program.
More than a dozen states have sought to block Title X funding from Planned Parenthood clinics. The funds can't be used for abortions under federal law, but conservatives say health providers offering abortions shouldn't receive any federal reimbursements because money is fungible.
We are simply voting today to affirm the rights of states to fund healthcare providers that best suit their needs without fear of reprisal from their own federal government, said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.
Black later said that the bill isn't an issue about abortion, but about state's rights.
Q & A with Dr. Craig: Red Letter Gospels
But in teaching his fellow Jews Jesus would naturally have spoken Aramaic. So what we have in the Gospels are Greek translations of what Jesus claimed and taught. Only rarely do we get glimpses of the original Aramaic words spoken by Jesus, as for example, Jesus’ words from the cross given in Mark: “At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’” (Mark 15.34).
Content in His Providence
Blaise Pascal, the famous French philosopher and mathematician, noted that human beings are creatures of profound paradox. We’re capable of both deep misery and tremendous grandeur, often at the same time. All we have to do is scan the headlines to see that this is the case. How often do celebrities who have done great good through philanthropy get caught up in scandals?
Are You on the Right Side of History?
Only justified Christians can seek true social justice without contorting it to keep themselves safe from judgment on their own sin. When we aim at social justice, we’re not squinting to shut out the sin that reaches up from our own hearts. Instead, we’re safe in the gospel of Jesus Christ to pursue true justice without calling down that justice on our own selves.
How to T.R.A.I.N. Christian Students (Rather than Teach Them) | Cold Case Christianity
That’s why I start by testing Christian students with role-playing . If at all possible, I try to have the host pastor introduce me as an atheist and give me two hours with the group during the first training session. In this first meeting, I present the case against theism calmly (but unflinchingly) to see if the students can make a case for what they believe. Sadly, they are usually unable to hold their own. These first sessions are nerve wracking for students who struggle to respond to my claims and begin to anxiously squirm under the weight of dozens of unanswered objections. They don’t fare well in this bar fight. When it’s over and I finally reveal I am actually a Christian who has come to help train them, the relief in the room is palpable. They are delighted to see I am a Christian (even though I am obviously aware of the many atheistic objections we face), and they are ready and eager to train. Like young officers, there’s a time when every Christian student must be tested. We can either seize the opportunity to test in the setting of our youth ministries, or we can pass on the opportunity and allow the first test to take place in college (when we aren’t available to our students).
Being So Stressed Out Might Be Killing You
I now have new perspective. Harming ourselves in this way is a kind of false humility we use to garner the world’s approval. But deep down all it really is, is pride. I believe God wants us to take care of our bodies. Our bodies are His temple and the more we take care of them, the healthier we will be to do His work. And yet so often as missionaries our bodies come in last. The result of this is that many are developing things like adrenal fatigue which can speed up how stress degrades things like your cardiovascular health, digestive system and your cellular regeneration.
Americans Warm Up to Every Religious Group Except Evangelicals
Evangelicals are the only religious group in the United States that has not developed a better reputation over the past few years. And Americans have become less likely to know an evangelical—more so than any other faith tradition.
'Day Without Immigrants' Protest Affects Businesses Nationwide
Aside from plans to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States and the recently stalled travel ban against specific Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration has also seen more border patrol agents activated to detain immigrants and threats to defund sanctuary cities that don't intend to comply with immigration agents .
The 'Telephone Game' Myth: Has the New Testament Been Changed Over Time?
It seems everyone has an opinion about Jesus. Some say he was a wise, moral man; some say he was a myth; some say he was God in the flesh.
Hillsong Is Opening a Church in Israel
"Let me to be the first to tell you this is happening. Hillsong church is going to add a room to our church family in ISRAEL. From Jerusalem to the ends of the earth and from the ends of the earth back to Israel. #prayforhillsongisrael #TelAviv."
3 Commitments All Healthy Couples Make
Most of us come into marriage with hang ups around the idea of meeting one another’s needs. As social beings made in the image of a relational God, we were designed to have our needs met in the context of safe, loving connections with Him and others. The marriage covenant is specifically designed to be a lifelong partnership in which we fulfill this design. Unfortunately, as citizens of this broken world, we all experience varying degrees of lack in getting our needs met, which leaves us with some level of “orphan” thinking in this area. An orphan mentality basically says: I can’t trust others to meet my needs. Therefore, I must meet my own needs or manipulate others to meet them or I can’t afford to meet the needs of others unless it immediately meets my needs in some way.
Pentecostalism: William Seymour
O f all the outstanding black American religious leaders in the twentieth century, one of the least recognized is William Seymour, the unsung pastor of the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles and catalyst of the worldwide Pentecostal movement. Only in the last few decades have scholars become aware of his importance, beginning perhaps with Yale University historian Sidney Ahlstrom, who said Seymour personified a black piety "which exerted its greatest direct influence on American religious history"—placing Seymour's impact ahead of figures like W. E. B. Dubois and Martin Luther King, Jr.
An Immigrant Mother of 4 Is Avoiding Deportation by Seeking Refuge in a Church
Reports say that nearly 100 demonstrators are currently outside First Unitarian Church's building showing support for Vizguerra. She is already something of a public figure through a radio show she hosts, and Vizguerra regularly advocates for immigrant issues. A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told IE that Vizguerra, who was issued “final deportation orders” in 2011, is a priority because of her misdemeanors.
Is Religion the Practice of Avoiding Truth?
A month or so ago, I came across an interesting challenge to Christianity. A skeptic told me that religion was an exercise in avoiding truth- a willful delusion. He observed that many Christians (and religious people, in general) tend to believe the claims of their "holy" books over what has been discovered about nature, history, or the very nature of reality. He noticed that many religious people have a precommitment to a particular understanding of the world and no amount of evidence provided will persuade them otherwise. He, as an intellectual, does not want to make this same mistake. In this post, I want to explore the possibility that he is making the same mistake based upon the philosophical foundations of the claim he makes for rejecting religion, and Christianity specifically.
The Spiritual Problem with 'Unfriend' Culture
It’s easy to hide behind our screens instead of pick up the phone. It’s easy to tweet my disagreement than to have a real life respectful conversation with someone who thinks differently. It seems as though honoring one another has been deleted from our online vocabulary. And the bigger problem is, we’ve started to translate our social media speak into how we actually speak to one another.
How Race Complicates the Latest LifeWay Debate
Not all black Southern Baptist leaders saw LifeWay’s decision through a racial lens. Kevin Smith, executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, wrote in an email to CT, “I did not take the LifeWay story to be about race/black culture,” but about the difference in expectations between LifeWay’s consumer base and Baraka’s fans. “Basic appealing to your market 101,” he said.
How to ERASE Logical Fallacies
I don’t want to be accused of Missing the Point, but there are a few fallacies that you tell us to avoid and fail to define. I found ten of them: 1) Missing the Point, 2) Appeal to Force, 3) Appeal to Ignorance, 4) Appeal to Authority, 5) Hasty Generalization, 6) False Cause, 7) Oversimplified Cause, 8) Slippery Slope, 9) False Analogy, and 10) Circular Reasoning. I listed the above fallacies in the order of which I noticed they were undefined. Now the Circular Reasoning and Begging the Question fallacies are two fallacies that are often confused with each other, but are not the same thing. I do realize some of the above listed undefined fallacies are self-explanatory, but I do think an explanation would still help your argument. This was a great article and I did understand your point, but I think defining the ten above fallacies will help your point. As a bonus fallacy, for fun: please define the No True Scotsman fallacy. Great article. God bless you. Have a good day.
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Catalyst Track: Divine Direction // Day Three
The writer to the Hebrews said, “Since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1–2 NASB).
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Washington’s Supreme Court Imposes Its Progressive Faith on a Christian Florist
But this is the sexual revolution we’re talking about, so it’s necessary for the court to make a statement declaring the government’s allegiances. Indeed, late in the opinion its author gave the game away. Picking up on the absurd and historically ignorant comparison of the modern gay-rights movement with the civil-rights movement in the segregationist South, the judge wrote, “This case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases in the 1960s were about access to sandwiches.”
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Americans Have Warmed Up to Different Religious Backgrounds, Except for Evangelicals
As might be expected, young Americans between 18-29 expressed warmer feelings towards Muslims than older Americans and also rated each group in a tighter range from 54 – 66. Meanwhile, older Americans (65-plus) rated their feelings towards different religious groups in much more polarized ranges with Protestants and Jews on the higher end of the spectrum, 75 and 74 respectively, and Muslims and Atheists at a cool 44 each.
The Sexual Exploitation Crisis in the Philippines You Need to Know About
So while change needs to come from the systemic macro level of Philippine law, economics and social welfare, it also needs to start at the most basic level of human connection and values. Relationships in families and communities need reconciliation. Children need greater knowledge of their rights and understanding of their value. Seeking mental health support must be accessible and de-stigmatized. Value systems fueling exploitation need to shift so that humans are loved instead of used and are taught that they have worth and value—no matter what their past looked like or how bleak their future might seem.
Quick Summary of IDHEFTBAA
Learn why answering the following 4 questions in the affirmative prove that Christianity is true in this quick overview of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. • Does Truth Exist? • Does God exist? • Are Miracles Possible? • Is The New Testament True?
How to Love When You Don’t Feel It
As the Christian villagers grabbed their pitchforks, it became more and more apparent that in their eyes, Lewis had transgressed the law of self-actualization: the law of being the true you. Psychology has indoctrinated our generation to think that self-expression is the highest good. If you don’t feel it, it isn’t authentic, and thus not real. This, combined with the definition that love is almost exclusively a warm feeling found deep within us, makes the notion that one should act loving despite not feeling it to be oppressive and a contaminate of love.
Making Friends in a New City Is the Worst
Months passed as I stared at the ceiling in my childhood bedroom in Minnesota, researched dozens of companies and applied for more than a hundred jobs. When one finally responded and offered me a full-time position—on the West Coast—I had already spent eight months building a new routine and reconstructing friendships in my hometown to ease the drudgery of my unfulfilling post-graduate career. At that point, I wondered: Should I leave my friends and stability here? Or should I take the biggest risk of my life, move across the country and start a job in an industry I don’t even know if I like?
The Prayer That Changed Everything for Chance the Rapper
While I think it's awesome that God is praised, his lyrics leave a lot to be desired. He sometimes uses the f-word in the same song that he is praising God in, to me that's mixing the sacred and profane and that's bordering on blasphemy. I'll be praying for the man and that God continues to work through him but will not pick up his album, a lot of his lyrics could potentially hinder someone in their walk and that's never a good thing. We are called to be set apart not talk about f---ing b---s and praising God in the same song, what is that? May God continue to mold him as He does the rest of us...
Where Is God When Things Keep Getting Worse?
I remember years of crying out to God, thinking my faith would get back on track when life got back to normal. But as the pain grew more intense, I realized I needed to find God in the present, and not wait for my circumstances to improve. God wanted me to find him sufficient in the midst of trouble rather than just demanding that he deliver me from it.
You Are My Joy: The Deep Reward in Discipling Others
How can he say that? Because this is precisely how Jesus himself would have it. This is what joy in Jesus does — it grows and expands to draw others in. “No greater joy” does not mean that Jesus himself is less than our greatest treasure, but that the way in which he is our greatest joy is not inward and sequestered from others, but that such joy ripens and extends and draws others in — that our joy becomes greater as we invest at depth in particular individuals for an extended period of time, and see God work to give the growth.
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Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree ( magna cum laude ) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.