"The Broken Beautiful" | Ellie Holcomb | OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
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Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay | Christian News on Christian Today
The emergence of Ms Ozanne, a formidable force, as a campaigner for gay equality within evangelicalism comes as the Church engages in conversations on sexuality. As a former conservative now on the side of the gay Christian lobby, her coming out will surprise many churchgoers and add to the growing pressure on mainstream evangelicalism on an issue that still arouses deep passions on either side. Conservative evangelicals remain deeply resistant to any accommodation to secular norms, and it has become a litmus test in many churches for an individual's Christian orthodoxy. The conservative group Reform has called for a boycott of the "conversations" in protest at what many fear is an agenda weighted towards change.
03. Isn't faith just for the stupid and gullible?
Nathan Betts (http://bit.ly/nathanbetts) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Isn't faith just for the stupid and gullible?". Wan...
Russell Wilson Says He Trusted Call That Doomed Seahawks; Thanks God After Painful Super Bowl Loss
Seconds away from what would've been his second consecutive Super Bowl win Sunday, Christian Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made a play against the New England Patriots that Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith thinks was triggered by "the worst play call I've seen in the history of football."
New Trailer for 'The Bible' Sequel 'A.D.' to Play During Super Bowl
New content from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's latest television series "A.D." is set to debut during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
What Every Christian Needs to Know about Islam (David Wood)
http://www.answeringmuslims.com With more than 1.6 billion adherents globally, Islam is the second largest religion in history. Despite such impressive numbe...
Amazing Rescue of A Baby Orangutan – He Receives Love and Care After Being Neglected
This baby orangutan, Budi, was rescued from serious neglect. For the first 10 months of his life, he was fed only condensed milk and was kept in a chicken cage. But he wasn't kept there long before receiving the care he needed.
654. Should Christians Say "I Have A Personal Relationship With God?"
Bobby clarifies whether or not this often used Christian phrase is wise to use.
Doctrine of Revelation Part 9: Responding to the Difficulties of Biblical Inerrancy
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10-Year-Old Twins Perform a Sam Smith Medley That Will Blow You Away
Abby and Sarah have been blessed with an incredible talent. Just listening to their interview will put a smile on your face -- not to mention their awesome performance live on the Ellen Show.
Heroic Father's Selfless Act Helps His Daughter Survive During Her Toughest Trials
Amy Purdy has more than just a loving father, he is an amazing dad as well. During life's toughest trials he was there for her. Stef Purdy is a hero and deserves to be recognized for his acts.
Following Jesus through Cancer: A Final Conversation with Steve Hayner
In an intimate conversation with Hayner this October, when Hayner transitioned out of the presidency of Columbia Theological Seminary, Labberton said, "It would be hard to think of anyone other than my brother who has more fully bracketed my life as a person, a pastor, a leader, a disciple, a friend. There's hardly been a decision since I was 18 where your friendship or example or encouragement or invitation hasn't helped clear the ground for me to take the next step."
Book Review: Ordinary, by Michael Horton
In Ordinary , Horton has given evangelicals a tool to cast the burden off their backs. God does not require us to be spiritual superheroes, just faithful. By way of minor critique, the book has an unnecessary Presbyterian bent about it, which in my Baptist mind means an unusual plug for infant baptism and talk of Israel as the church (170). I say unnecessary and unusual here because if the book is intended for a wider audience, chances are that readers may get a little confused when Horton explains that “the church” was practicing idolatry during the days of Isaiah and Jeremiah. But I’m just quibbling at this point. The book delivers a needed message, and I hope many will read it and find a renewed satisfaction in the gospel of Christ.
The Briefing 02-02-15
CUNY revocation of gender-specific prefixes signals extent of gender revolution’s impact on language
Why I Chose To No Longer Wear Leggings
And at that moment, I made a personal vow to myself and to my husband. I will no longer wear thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings in public. The only time I feel (for myself) it is acceptable to wear them, is if I am in the comfort of my own home or if I am wearing a shirt long enough to cover my rear end. I also want to set the best example of how to dress for my daughter. I want her to know, her value is not in the way her body looks or how she dresses, but in the character and personality God has given her. I have been following the vow I made to myself for the past couple of weeks now and though it may be difficult to find an outfit at times, my conscience is clear and I feel I am honoring God and my husband in the way I dress.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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There’s a spiritual battle waging inside your mind, a fight no one sees but you. What do you need to defeat this powerful foe? Find out in John MacArthur’s practical study Winning the Private War Against Temptation .
“You’ve Ruined My Life, Professor Craig!!” | Reasonable Faith
Philosophically, I agree with almost everything you say. Not in a “follower” sense, but in that I find what you say either convincingly true or I find I come to the same conclusions that you do with regards to particular ideas that I have reasoned through on my own. With that said, I am still an atheist. How is this possible? How could my favorite philosopher be a Christian, I agree with almost everything he says, yet I am an atheist? Well, it seems that you make an extremely strong case for the rationality of an “abstract” notion of God, but I cannot get myself to go the extra step further and believe any of the world religions (not that I believe this abstract God actually exists either, it just seems to be becoming more and more plausible to me). I definitely cannot get myself to be a Christian. Christianity just does not seem true to me. However, the deeper I dive into philosophy, the more the theistic worldview seems more plausible. The concepts or “language” of mathematics seems to “cry out” as you put it for an explanation, objective moral values seem to be real (but they can't be “real”, if atheism is true), the idea of "existence" nauseates me to no end (just the thought of anything, at all, existing, and especially existing without any reason, frightens me,), and I could go on and on.
The American Teenager in 2015
Though the segregation described in 1965 is supposed to be a thing of the past, some teens say their perception of racial progress changed following the lack of indictments for police officers involved in the killings of two black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, in 2014. “Before I was kind of aloof to it,” says Lonnie Hancock, a 16-year-old at East Side. “Now I feel like it kind of is more in your face that things aren’t exactly O.K.” At his school, students left their classrooms in Manhattan one day in December to march in protest of the justice system’s handling of the Garner case. It didn’t go unnoticed that the event sounded like something they might have learned in history class.
Science vs. religion? There’s actually more of a three-way split
Meet the “Post-Seculars” — the one in five Americans who seem to have gone unnoticed before in endless rounds of debates pitting science vs. religion.
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3 Ways to Encourage Peace Between Generations in Denominations
If you are going to have such divisions in your local church, that’s your business. But the denomination is not a battlefield for issues of style. Do not divide the family at that level over such things—and wise leaders in wise denominations know such things.
The Unfinished Business of Selma
But the film should also remind viewers that the march toward equality for all citizens did not end at Selma — there is still much road to be covered. As today’s leaders and organizations take steps to overturn disenfranchisement laws and other systems of inequality, the church must be marching alongside them, every step of the way.
Will Heaven Have Oceans?
My friend’s dismay assumes that the “sea” that will be “no more” in the new heaven and new earth is a vast body of physical water (all the oceans that blanket our present earth). That is understandable, since in Revelation, even amid its symbolic visions, “sea” should sometimes be understood “literally”—that is, physically. For example, God is to be worshiped because he created “heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (14:7; see also 5:13; 7:1-3; 10:2-8; 12:12). So it is not surprising that Revelation 21:1 has been understood as announcing that a large body of physical water, or all large bodies of physical water, or even physical water itself will not be present in the new earth. John Walvoord, for example, commented, “Most of the earth is now covered with water, but the new earth apparently will have no bodies of water except for the river mentioned in 22:2.”  John MacArthur goes further, interpreting the absence of “the sea” as implying the absence of all physical water (H
Letter From Hank - Christian Research Institute
P.S. Did you know that the Qur’an and Hadith are full of commands to subjugate or kill unbelievers? As Dr. David Wood notes in “Will the Real Islam Please Stand Up?” “Given an honest reading of the Qur’an and Hadith, a brutal theocracy is exactly what we would expect.” For valuable and timely insights into Islam and the need of Christians to better understand the theology driving ISIS and other jihadist movements, don’t miss Islam: What You Must Know—The Best of the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL . To say thanks for your gift, I’ll also send you the current and upcoming issue of the C HRISTIAN R ESEARCH J OURNAL , both with content you won’t want to miss.
No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court
“The City brief argued its case using a somewhat obscure twist to a recent Supreme Court decision to allowing a town council in upstate New York to have mostly Christian clergy to offer opening prayers because few other clergy of a different religion live in the area," wrote Tony Carnes, editor of A Journey Through NYC Religions, in breaking the news. "The city said that the New York City public schools can prohibit worship services ‘simply because all religions do not hold them.’” (CT covered that upstate case, Green v. Galloway , and offered an opinion from a constitutional law scholar here .)
Andy Bannister on Twitter
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Another Pastor Self-Congratulates for Endorsing “Gay Christianity”
Mitchell’s rhetoric reaches fresh heights of self-congratulation: “One day I will write a memoir, and a large portion of that memoir will be about this life-giving experience. The book is not to be written yet, because the final chapters are yet unwritten.” He speaks to the difficulty of the issue at hand: “I have been broken almost to the point where I despaired of life, but I have been encouraged.” Finally, he compares the struggle before him to the civil rights cause: “Could you be a church in Selma and not march, just handle your own community? I don’t think I can do that. We are on the front edge of a movement that means so much.”
“Each morning for years, Paul Tripp has served fresh-brewed wisdom and encouragement through his pithy, thought-provoking tweets, reminding us again and again of the all-sufficiency of Christ and his grace. New Morning Mercies offers more of the same (without the limitation of 140 characters)! These devotional readings will strengthen, nourish, and recalibrate your heart, and open your eyes to behold God’s fresh mercies at the dawn of each new day.”
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Star-Lord and Captain America Make a Heroic Agreement on Their Super Bowl Bet
A few weeks back, Seahawk’s super fan Chris Pratt (aka Guardians of the Galaxy ’s Star-Lord) and Patriots die-hard Chris Evan (Captain America of Marvel fame) made the ultimate superhero bet. The duo decided that a children’s hospital in the winning team’s city would get a visit from one of the movie heroes, dressed in the winning team’s gear. Following the Patriots dramatic victory, both actors took to Twitter and announced a heroic agreement : They would both be visiting two children’s hospitals dressed as the blockbuster stars.
American Bible Society Sells NYC Building for $300M, Moves Headquarters to Philadelphia
American Bible Society, one of the first non-profits in the U.S., is relocating from New York City to Philadelphia after having sold its national headquarters for $300 million, the ministry has announced.
A New Kind of Leader, Part 2
2. Blessed leaders are close to the flocks that God has called them to shepherd; they hurt when God’s people hurt. Blessed leaders minister grace to God’s people beyond the pulpit. A heart that lacks empathy and compassion is not the heart of shepherd. Jesus preached to big crowds, but he discipled 12 men and touched the wounds of hurting people. Pastor, if you are not touching the bleeding wounds of hurting people, you are not shepherding people. Call yourself a speaker, not a shepherd.
Life after a Medical Death Sentence
At the outset, Billings and his wife decided to be candid with those who asked about their experience. “There are risks with that kind of sharing, as cancer patients know,” Billings observes. “Our culture often suggests that we are ‘entitled’ to a long, fulfilling life, and if that doesn’t happen, there must be someone to sue, someone to blame.” Because Billings is both a theologian and an ordained minister, he looked to the Bible for markers to aid his journey through this strange land. The Book of Job helped him find his place in God’s story. The Psalms of lament provided the soundtrack for the journey. This stark combination provides a much needed dose of sobriety and depth, as anyone reeling from a cancer diagnosis will tend to be suspicious of the spiritual platitudes offered up by well-meaning believers as well as the victory dances of cancer survivors.
Catholics Honor Discovery Fellow Wesley J. Smith
The Cardinal John J. O'Connor award of Legatus, the national organization of lay Catholics, was given in Naples, Florida, on Saturday to Wesley J. Smith, Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute, for his tireless advocacy of "human exceptionalism" in bio-ethics, medical practice, and culture.
Church on Fire: Persecution in Niger
Christ never promised physical safety to those who would follow him. In fact, he promised something far better: his presence. When commissioning his disciples before ascending to his Father, Jesus told them, “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations . . . ” and left them with this promise: “I will be with you, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19a, 20). Sometimes the physical flame does touch our life, but Christ took the flame of God’s wrath and judgment that we might forever enjoy life. Christ was forsaken on the cross that we might eternally dwell in God’s presence.
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An Interview with Russ Ramsey about Behold The King of Glory
I met Russ Ramsey several months ago when he reached out in a desire to connect with like-minded writers in the Nashville area. We grabbed coffee and got to talking about writing as a Christian but also as a craftsman and it didn’t take long to realize we shared many of the same aspirations and convictions. Our conversations are always meandering and entirely livening. I come away with new ideas and a sharpened perspective. For that reason when he gave me a copy of his book, Behold the Lamb , I was excited. I never get excited about advent related books. They’re generally tired to me and offer little in the way of heart-gripping and soul-moving. That book was different. I read it last December in the days leading up to Christmas and it connected my should to the deep wonder of Christmas in a way that hadn’t happened in a long time. His narrative of the full biblical story in a scant few pages to tell the story of the coming lamb was beautiful.
Welcoming The Stream, an Important News Source on Science, Culture, and More
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
A Different Look at ‘Transparent’
The secrets and lies and impulses and sexual looseness of this TV show are enough to put the “dark” in “dark comedy.” The New York Times review admitted there was “nothing initially endearing” about the trans woman at the center of the show, played by Jeffery Tambor. And the kids were “just as enigmatic.” So why did so many get hooked? Why did I—a Christian called to focus on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…” (Phil. 4:8)—watch a family full of selfishness and brokenness and mistakes?
Mike Huckabee: Gay Marriage Is Not a Political Issue, It's a Biblical Issue
"This is not a political issue," Huckabee said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the Scriptures, it's really not my place to say, OK, I'm just going to evolve. It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that — I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years."
Christian Activist Denies Asking Colorado Bakery to Make 'God Hates Gays' Cake
A Christian activist who filed a complaint against a Colorado bakery for refusing to make two cakes protesting against homosexuality has denied asking for the confections to include the phrase "God hates gays."
Problem 6: Molecular Biology Has Failed to Yield a Grand
Finally, a study published in Science in 2005 tried to use genes to reconstruct the relationships of the animal phyla, but concluded that "[d]espite the amount of data and breadth of taxa analyzed, relationships among most [animal] phyla remained unresolved." The following year, the same authors published a scientific paper titled, "Bushes in the Tree of Life," which offered striking conclusions. The authors acknowledge that "a large fraction of single genes produce phylogenies of poor quality," observing that one study "omitted 35% of single genes from their data matrix, because those genes produced phylogenies at odds with conventional wisdom." The paper suggests that "certain critical parts of the [tree of life] may be difficult to resolve, regardless of the quantity of conventional data available." The paper even contends that "[t]he recurring discovery of persistently unresolved clades (bushes) should force a re-evaluation of several widely held assumptions of molecular systematics." 117
Tactical Faith Today
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God, Heisenberg and Fanny Packs: This Year’s Best Super Bowl Ads
Y ou’ve probably heard the stat: 30 seconds of air-time during this year’s Super Bowl costs advertisers $4.5 million. Companies save their biggest and best ads for the annual event, and along with a half time show (as well as a game of tackle football), viewers are treated to the craziest, riskiest, most-attention grabbing television commercials money can buy every Super Bowl Sunday.
Zondervan Super Sale on Classic Grudem Works
“I am convinced that there is an urgent need in the church today for much greater understanding of Christian doctrine, or systematic theology. . . . One day by God's grace we may have churches full of Christians who can discuss, apply, and live the doctrinal teachings of the Bible as readily as they can discuss the details of their own jobs or hobbies—or the fortunes of their favorite sports team or television program. It is not that Christians lack the ability to understand doctrine; it is just that they must have access to it in an understandable form. Once that happens, I think that many Christians will find that understanding (and living) the doctrines of Scripture is one of their great joys.”
Church Built Entirely From Ice in Romania Functions as a Sanctuary for All Denominations
A church made entirely from ice located at Balea Lac resort in the remote Fagaras mountains in Romania was recently blessed by priests who represent the various Christian denominations in that country.
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that we may get a heart of wisdom.
A Book About Sin to Make You Happy
This book is all about our pursuit of happiness and freedom. It doesn’t just give us dismal descriptions and analyses of the various pathologies of our sin disease. Killjoys beautifully reminds us what the cure (yes, the cure!) to our disease is and provides us with prescriptions and treatments for dealing with the remaining effects of this disease that all of us must fight as we wait for the cure’s full effect.
Should Christians Push Creation in Government Schools?
Today the theory of evolution is again under heavy attack by religious fundamentalists.
Although the theory of evolution cannot be said to have reached its final formulation,
or to be an infallible principle of science, it is nonetheless supported impressively
by the findings of many sciences. There may be some significant differences
among scientists concerning the mechanics of evolution; yet the evolution of
the species is supported so strongly by the weight of evidence that it is difficult
to reject it. Accordingly, we deplore the efforts by fundamentalists (especially
in the United States) to invade the science classrooms, requiring that creationist
theory be taught to students and requiring that it be included in biology textbooks.
This is a serious threat both to academic freedom and to the integrity of the
educational process. We believe that creationists surely should have the freedom
to express their viewpoint in society. Moreover, we do not deny the value of
examining theories of creation in educational courses on religion and the history
of ideas; but it is a sham to mask an article of religious faith as a scientific
truth and to inflict that doctrine on the scientific curriculum.
3 Critical Tips for Aligning Church Staff - The Malphurs Group
These three areas of aligning church staff is key if you want to run a successful ministry. What other tips do you have for aligning church staff? Which areas do you find most important? What other areas do you look for when aligning your staff? Let us know in the comments below.
David Oyelowo Says Hollywood Suffers From 'White Guilt.'
Those films are so hard to get made. People have often said to me, ‘Why has it taken so long?’ I mean, [King] was assassinated almost 50 years ago. There has been no film where Dr. King has been the center of his own narrative until now. That’s because up until '12 Years A Slave' and 'The Butler' did so well, both critically and at the box office, films like this were told through the eyes of white protagonists because there is a fear of white guilt. So you have a very nice white person who holds black people’s hands through their own narrative. We don’t want to see that pain again, so you don’t even go into what that pain was in an authentic way. Both of those things are patronizing to the audience. You can’t have people curating culture in this way when we need to see things in order to reform from them.
3 Things Non Morning People Can Do To Get Going
I am not a morning person. There, I admit it. As a man, Dad, and leader, I guess I should be. I’m just not. Over the years, it may have gotten a little easier, but I’m still a zombie in the morning. I often joke around the office that I quit every morning for the first 20 minutes after my alarm goes off.
FR —The question is basically about human-Neanderthal interbreeding and the claim that there’s approximately two to three percent Neanderthal DNA in the human genome due to an interbreeding event that happened 50-60,000 years ago when humans began to migrate around the world. There were presumably limited encounters that introduced Neanderthal genes into the human genome. That idea is becoming pretty much orthodoxy in anthropology, and I think there is a case for interbreeding that’s reasonably strong, scientifically speaking. However, there are certain things I see in the data that haven’t convinced me 100 percent that this interbreeding actually happened. I’m not going to get into a lot of details. But there are alternate ways you could interpret the statistical details that people use to conclude interbreeding; there are alternate ways to interpret it that don’t involve interbreeding that are published in the scientific literature that just don’t seem to get the same type of exposure as the claims of interbreeding. In addition to that, there is growing evidence from Neanderthal genetics that Neanderthals form very small, insular populations.
Bill Gates Joins Stephen Hawking in Fears of a Coming Threat from "Superintelligence"
I'm not surprised by the latest hype, the change of names for the same old sci-fi worries, and the rest of the almost manic superintelligence discussion today. As I've said before, it reminds me of the global warming debate circa 2005. AI is in a bubble, with worries about the future of smart machines all the rage. I am surprised, though, that many very prominent business, technology, and science personalities are so concerned.
7 Bible Verses About How Christians Should Treat Wealth and Earthly Possessions
It is important to realize that God doesn't condemn His people having earthly possessions, but He does condemn when earthly possessions become more important than our relationship with Him. It is important for us to not allow these possessions to consume us.