WORLD | Pursuing earthly justice, coming up short | Laura Finch | Feb. 23, 2016
CRIME | Made famous by a Netflix true crime docudrama, lawyer Dean Strang reflects on eternal justice—the only kind anyone can count on
Intel’s Video of Digital Face-Mapping Art Is Insane
The tech company Intel has released this video to show the abilities of its face tracking technology, but instead of a typical boring product demo, they essentially turned a model’s face into a living canvas. The projected art honestly looks like the work of science fiction. Prepare yourself for a mind-bending two minutes.
Monday We Rallied in Charlotte Against the City's Transgender Bathroom Insanity | The Stream
The City Council of Charlotte, with the strong support of Mayor Jennifer Roberts, voted 7-4 last night to pass a so-called LGBT non-discrimination bill.
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Did the Apostles of Jesus Die as Martyrs?
One of the most common arguments for the resurrection is that the apostles would not die for a lie. Is this true? Sean sets the historical record straight.
This ‘Simpsons’ Debate Parody Says What We’ve All Been Thinking About the Presidential Race
Amid a politically charged season, there is one thing that causes more headaches than trying to understand anything Kanye West says. And that is the presidential debates. But leave it to The Simpsons to provide hilarious political commentary that resonates with the masses. And if that doesn't work, there's always Donald Trump break dancing.
What is Your Perspective on Syrian Refugees? - Christian Research Institute
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Terry Crews on His Former Porn Addiction: It Changes the Way You Think About People
Former NFL player and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star—and muscle man in basically every mid-2000s movie—Terry Crews recently released a video confessional to Facebook opening up about his addiction to pornography. After years and years of being a porn addict, Crews hit a low point. “If day turns into night and you’re still watching,” said Crews, “you probably got a problem.” For Crews, it was indeed a problem. The debilitating addiction forced him into rehab and nearly led to the end of his marriage.
"My problem with pornography is that it changes the way you think about people. People become objects. People become body parts. And things to be used, rather than people to be loved. You start to change the way you see people. You start to use people."
His point is not unfounded in the least. A study by The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany found that not only does the consumption of porn correlate with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but it might actually be contributing to the trend. And, according to Psychology Today, while studies are showing that porn-free relationships are stronger, with a lower rate of infidelity, the rate of people who believe porn doesn't negatively affect the watcher is alarming. Nearly 90 percent of men believed consumption of porn is acceptable—and just over 50 percent of women agree. But, as Crews experienced, the reality of porn in relationships is that it diminishes your view of people and deteriorates your ability to connect with them.
As he states in this video he calls "Dirty Little Secrets," Crews has made it his mission to help people who find themselves in the midst of a similar struggle. He encourages his followers to not suffer through porn addiction alone: "By not telling people, it becomes more powerful. But, when you tell and when you put it out there in the open ... it loses its power."
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Love Kindness - Barry H. Corey - Love Kindness Book
“Barry Corey is a kind man. He learned to be kind from his remarkable father. So Corey is well qualified—academically and spiritually—to write this book, a book that embodies the interesting approach of teaching different aspects of kindness through stories in his own life. For Corey, kindness is not niceness, adopting a position of compromise, or an expression of a desire to be received. Rather, it is having a firm center and soft edges, it is learning to be receivable, and it is learning to dialog with those with whom we disagree with kindness in the way of Jesus. The number of issues that divide us is multiplying each day. As a result, there never has been a time other than now when Love Kindness is so desperately needed. Get this book, read it, discuss it with your friends and those whom you oppose. You’ll be glad you did.”
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Was Jesus married? In an age of historical and biblical illiteracy it has become increasingly popular to perpetuate the notion that Jesus was married. The role of “Mrs. Jesus” in these fanciful depictions is most often played by Mary Magdalene. Most recently Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code (Doubleday, 2003) has received much […]
Hillary, Bernie, Donald, and Me
But this is not an article mainly about me. It’s about the 70 million Baby Boomers coming behind me. I’m the oldest (born in 1946; the youngest born in 1964). Ten thousand Americans turn 70 every day. And they will continue to do so for about nineteen years. Billions of dollars are spent every year trying to get us to waste the last chapter of our lives on leisure. I’m spending one afternoon to plead with the rising seventy-somethings: Don’t waste it.
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Why the Vatican Is Wrong About Evangelizing Jews
The worst example of the document’s attitude toward Scripture is its handling of the book of Hebrews—a letter that patiently explains why Judaism without faith in Jesus cannot save. The document makes only a passing reference to the letter, offering this unsubstantiated summary of its teaching: “At issue in the Epistle to the Hebrews is not the contrast of the old and new covenants as we understand them today, nor a contrast between the church and Judaism. Rather, the contrast is between the eternal heavenly priesthood of Christ and the transitory earthly priesthood.” Yet the issue in Hebrews is precisely the contrast between the old and new covenants (e.g., Heb. 8:6–13) and the contrast between the church and Judaism (e.g., Heb. 12:18–24). These contrasts are impossible to miss. The Vatican’s mischaracterization of the book’s contents is cruelly deceptive.
Date Your Wife
When I look into her eyes and remain attentive to the things she wants to tell me about her day, about her struggles, about her joys, it deepens the bond between us. Most men aren’t wired this way. I’m not. So it requires some effort and sacrifice. You can’t talk about yourself all the time. And you can’t look at your phone or the television or a book all the time. You need to look into your wife’s eyes, listen carefully, and ask follow-up questions that show her you really care. And then speak words of encouragement, compassion, truth, and love.
The Briefing 02-23-16 | AlbertMohler.com
The claim that humanity can only come into its own and overcome various invidious forms of discrimination by secular liberation is not new, but it is now mainstream. It is now so common to the cultures of Western societies that it need not be announced, and often is not noticed.
How to Respond to the “All Religions Basically Teach the Same Thing” Slogan | Think Christianly
With that in mind, the first thing to do when encountering this claim is simply ask a question—“That’s interesting; in what specific ways are all religions basically the same?” And then wait for a response. Fight the temptation to answer for them. Often, this will be enough to expose the superficial slogan so that you can have a more productive spiritual conversation.
1 Peter 3:1–6, Part 2: The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
What hope does a wife have of saving her unbelieving husband? In this lab, John Piper explains how fearlessness and purity might make all the difference for her husband’s faith. As is often the case in the Bible, the principles applied to wives here can and should be applied to all of us.
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Join IMB as we celebrate missionaries being sent
For the first time ever from Richmond, this Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m., we are going to simulcast that service so that you, your family, your small group or your church might be able to gather together and to celebrate with us IMB missionaries who are being sent out from churches that are cooperating together across the Southern Baptist convention to get the gospel to the nations.
Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel - Kindle edition by Russell D. Moore. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
I enjoyed reading an advanced copy of Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore. The book begins with a few chapters summarizing the increasing secularization in the United States (and even in the Bible belt itself), as evangelicals have shifted "from moral majority to prophetic minority." Moore then explains how the already, not-yet nature of the kingdom of God means that our priority, as individual Christians and as churches, should be the reconciliation of sinners to God not the subjugation of those who (sometimes vehemently) disagree with us. The next chapter does a great job explaining how the culture war, in a sense, is nothing new: Going all the way back to the days of Jesus, true Christianity has always been strange and freakish relative to the wider culture. Moore writes: The church is not to be walled up from the broader culture but to speak to it (2 Pet. 2:12), but that can only happen if, as sojourners and exiles, we have something distinctive to say (2 Pet. 2:11). We are called to "proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness," but we can only do so if we remember that we are "a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession" (2 Pet.
How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography
When our temptations are especially strong, no rationale for those boundaries will be enough. For example, God has his reasons for limiting sexual expression to heterosexual covenant union, but those reasons won’t give us power to fight temptations. Power doesn’t come from mere knowledge; it comes as we grow in the knowledge of God and respond to him with obedient trust. It comes only as we discover that in God’s presence—not from what the world or fleshly pleasure can offer—do we find fullness of joy and pleasures that never lose their capacity to satisfy (Ps. 16:11).
The Pro-Life Case for Paid Maternity Leave
We still see a split in the church, where progressive and social-justice-minded Christians rally for such policies, while conservative Christians rarely bring them up at all. Among fellow complementarians, I can’t help but think we fear any support for paid leave would be perceived an endorsement for mothers working outside of the home. Our discussions of women and work tend to focus (critically) on the woman advancing her career at the expense of her family, rather than the woman who has no choice but to work to support her family.
How Christians Ruin Dating
When I joined YWAM at the age of 22 I had to get permission from the leaders to date the guy that I was interested in. Then they were not allowing me to hang out with him and kept restricting us so the relationship fell apart. I had to be called to a meeting and interviewed why we broke up. Then many years passed and I couldn't find anyone in church although I was living in many places that time. I tried Christian dating for about 1.5 years, travelled across the world but the guy broke up with me after two weeks saying that I was just living too far. I am going to be 30 soon and don't consider myself ugly, however, I'm just tired of everything. I don't want another 10 years to be the same as the previous 10 years of my life. I've just left the church. I'm still Christian but I'm tired of the rules and lack of opportunities to date. I'm living abroad on my own and find it hard. When I was a student there were many international students around. Now when I'm working it is much harder to find a group to belong to and the church is just too big. You are a number, not a family. I've tried to find the right church in the last 4 years but have not been able to feel accepted and loved in any of them.
The Lure of Socialism, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute
Hank comments on an article by Thomas Sowell titled The Lure of Socialism . Sowell underscores the large number of Millennials who support Bernie Sanders and the socialism he preaches. Unfortunately, many Millennials do not know their history, and those who are old enough to remember the historical failures of socialism realize that a “free” college education is going to be paid for by someone.
Once Family-Friendly Lands' End Catalog Celebrates Abortion Radical Gloria Steinem | The Stream
“I do recognize that there are many women for whom bringing a baby into the world is a financial, logistical, physical, or psychological problem — one of my mother’s good friends, for example, had diabetes from a childhood illness, which meant that every baby she carried was a risk,” Feingold explained. “So yes, there are cases where carrying a child is a hardship, a serious hardship. But we can view such difficult pregnancies in two ways. We can either say, ‘Gee, that’s tough — let me help you by removing that THING from your uterus,’ or we can say, ‘Oh, boy, that’s really hard. Let me help you with meals, with clothing, with medical attention, with finding a better job,’ etc.”
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It may seem a bit pedantic, but words mean something. They have definitions. Words like green and gay, left and right, change and choice, right and wrong, up and down, good and evil, male and female, moral and immoral—all words mean something. As thinking human beings and thoughtful moral agents, we know what the definition of “is” is, and we also intuitively know something else very important: changing and manipulating the meaning of words is called lying and lies inevitably bear negative consequences. As we are told by the prophet Isaiah, “woe unto him who calls evil good and good evil, darkness light and light darkness, bitter sweet and sweet bitter…” Lying about words and with words – turning them upside down – is always wrong. As self-evident as it should be to all of us, I remind you today—Words mean something!
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Who is Bernie Sanders? | Think Christian
So would Jesus support Sanders? This is a difficult and complicated question for any candidate to face. As a person of faith, I have long searched for a candidate with the moral conviction of the right coupled with the heart of the left. I think Jesus would be in favor of this combination, as His ministry clearly juxtaposed strong moral standards with an extreme level of compassion. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Sanders has that balance quite right.
It Changed My Life
Brett says that the Colson Fellows Program “changed the trajectory of my life.” He recalls that Chuck Colson “challenged us and trained us to think differently. To ask God about the sphere of influence He placed us in and how we could make a Kingdom difference to help renew the culture.”
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Israel Houghton announces divorce - Premier Gospel
Grammy award winning worship leader has released a statement announcing his divorce to wife Meleasa. After 20 years of marriage, this news will certainly be a shock to most in the Christian & Gospel community. His official statement said the following.
Five More Questions with Nabeel Qureshi, a Former Muslim
For non-Christians, though, I would emphasize that people are not purely logical systems. Though their worldview might be built upon violent foundations, this does not mean they will become violent. Most people never investigate their worldview, let alone live consistently with it. When they do investigate it, though, it behooves us to be present and help them process what they find. When Muslims are finally confronted with the reality of Islam’s violent foundations, they will reach an important intersection in their lives and will pick one of three paths: apostasy, apathy or radicalization. Let us not shy away from being their friends — that way, we can walk with them before they reach that fork in the road. Only then will we have earned the right to speak into their decisions and lead them away from the path of radicalization.
Movies, Television, Planned Parenthood, and the Gift of Work
The Gift of Work. When God made mankind, He gave us work to do. According to the Christian worldview, work is a gift, not a punishment or a burden. The fall made it “futile,” but it is still a good gift from God. Contrast that view of work to the world’s view. Leisure, not work, is the greater good. The purpose of jobs in a secular, materialistic world is to earn as much as possible and retire from work as early as possible. The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen below 5 percent nationally, but the labor participation rate remains stubbornly low, between 60 and 65 percent. That percentage represents the number of people who can work who are actually working. It’s the lowest it has been since the 1970s. This article from Barron’s is a couple of years old, but it highlights in secular terms the importance of work, and how when work goes out of fashion, we all suffer.
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Unlike many charities, Feed the Hungry directly oversee the entire relief process, making sure your contributions get into the hands of those who need it most. Before a food distribution takes place, they secure guarantees from the appropriate government agencies, obtaining the rights to distribute food directly through local churches. Local pastors and churches understand best the people and conditions within their community! Under the direction and leadership of Feed The Hungry, distribution plans are created and implemented so the people receive the food as intended.
6 Ways Pastors Can Use Their Time Well
Some pastors struggle to be diligent in work since no one’s looking over their shoulder; others struggle to get enough rest since no one’s holding them accountable to take a break. You will burn out, your church will suffer, your body will deteriorate, and your family will disintegrate if you don’t adequately rest. Take at least one day off a week—a day during which you refrain from thinking about the church, the next week’s agenda, the members in need of a call, or the marriage that is struggling. Also, ensure that your salary and benefits package includes vacation time and study leave. Use every vacation day the church affords you. Don’t feel guilty! Enjoy them so that you can return refreshed and ready to give your entire body and soul—your best self—to the flock for yet another season.
On Dying and Reckoning with the Prosperity Gospel
Bowler recently spoke with Christianity Today ’s assistant editor Morgan Lee about how Americans define suffering, what she would embrace from prosperity gospel theology, and how she copes with the loss of control that suffering brings. “It’s very bizarre to be eclipsed by a disease you barely knew existed a couple months ago,” she said. “It’s been a really intense year.”
Must Christians Vote? Part I – Understanding Presidential Primaries and the Electoral College
In this article we’ll consider a key aspect of the context: the strange way that we choose both presidential nominees and presidents. Because this process is one of the most complicated and because it’s the process by which we choose a national-level executive, understanding how it works will be useful in answering the question of whether Christians in America must vote.
Q&A: Eunuchs, Socialism, and ISIS - Christian Research Institute
In Matthew 19:12, how do Jesus’ words concerning eunuchs tie into His teaching on marriage and divorce?
What is the criterion of embarrassment, and what are some examples of it?
The criterion of embarrassment is just one of the historical criteria used to select the parts of a piece of ancient literature that is likely to be historical. Other things in the source may have happened, but we can’t know them as history. If significant parts of a text are historical, it is possible to accept it as historical until there are specific reasons to say that some part of it is NOT historical.
Freedom of Expression in a Photoshop World
It is humility, after all, that goes hand in hand, and is the source, of true understatement. Understatement, as a figure of speech, has long had the technical title “tapeinosis,” which is Greek for humility. It is humble to understate something and allow your listener to experience the rare joy of discovering that something is more moving than was claimed. And it’s humble to understate things such that some listeners may never know the full force of it — because you are secure enough to have it go unacknowledged.
The Question of Conscience by R.C. Sproul | February 23, 2016
What exactly is the conscience? Many would describe it as a God-given inner-voice that lets us know when we are doing something wrong. Some modern thinkers have called it an evolutionary defect—a sort of a misinformed internal tyrant that we must learn to overcome. Whatever it is, we all have one. But are all consciences created equal? Do consciences inform us or do we inform them? Dr. Sproul gives us insight into these questions as he considers “The Question of Conscience.”
14 Ways for Christian Parents to Teach Kids about Atheism
12. [Older Kids] Watch debates between a Christian and an atheist. I recommend the debates between Turek and HItchens posted on this very site. They firmly established my thinking as a deist. Turek can convince you that some god must exist and Hitchens can stop you right there in your tracks. Read Lee Strobel’s “The Case For Christ” then read Robert Price’s “The Case Against The Case For Christ”. Read Paul Copan’s “Is God A Moral Monster” then read Thom Stark’s critical review “Is God A Moral Compromiser. I think the skeptics win hands down.
Katharine Tait: how daughter of historys famous atheist thinker turned Christian
Russell was married four times, having divorced the first three wives. He had a single daughter, Katharine, from his second wife. Katharine was raised in a somewhat sheltered life, at a private academy her parents had founded – Beacon Hill – specifically for the “promotion of free-thought.” The general model behind Beacon Hill (a model of education which Russell promoted elsewhere in his writings) was that children were to be introduced to a subject, presented all of the possible avenues to explore that subject and then left to make up their own mind. Or, at least, that was the theory. This is how Katharine describes it in practice:
Book Review: "Keeping Your Kids on God's Side" by Natasha Crain
As a Christian parent, one of the things most important to me is bringing my son up in faith in Christ. As a man with an MA in Christian Apologetics, I know that my child will face many challenges going forward, and that the Christian faith has the answers. The problem, it seems, is figuring out how to unite these two–apologetics and child-rearing–in a way that can be understood by children, without being domineering or scary. Natasha Crain’s book, Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side , is an answer to prayers about this important topic.
Design of Life: It's a Matter of Physical Evidence & Logic
Before Darwin, most of the educated world thought that the intricacies of biology pointed to a designer of life. And, as the medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas would say, “by this we mean God.” In the early 1800s an Anglican clergyman by the name of William Paley wrote a widely read book that probably made the strongest case to date for design in nature. Darwin himself is said to have been deeply influenced by Paley’s work. However, after thinking about what he saw on his trip on the H.M.S. Beagle, Darwin proposed his theory of evolution by random variation (mutation) and natural selection. Briefly, Darwin saw that variation exists in species and that not all animals that are born live to reproduce. So he reasoned that the organisms whose chance variation gave them an edge in the struggle to survive would leave more offspring who survived. If this process were repeated through many generations, Darwin thought, the species might change into something altogether different. Darwin and many scientists who followed him thought that his mechanism might mimic the appearance of design.
Reading List in Hand
At the top of my list—First Things, the journal founded by Richard John Neuhaus. Also, Public Discourse, a publication of the Witherspoon Institute, is a must read. Then there are Christian news publications like WORLD Magazine and Christianity Today. I can also recommend the new online news site, The Stream.org, co-founded and run by my friend Jay Richards.
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Triablogue: Godawa on Risen
" Risen: An Unpredictable Hollywood Detective Thriller – and a Christian Apologist’s Wet Dream " by Brian Godawa.
Dear New York Times editors: Did Harper Lee's faith have anything to do with her art?
Let's go back to the funeral rite. What kind of service was this? As I have mentioned many times here at GetReligion, I have always found it hard to cover funerals (or other services linked to major life events) without finding material in the scriptures, hymns and liturgical texts that offer insights, or simply colorful details, worthy of including in the story. Did Lee choose the hymns and some of the texts for her own funeral? If so, what might they reveal about her?
Challenge: The Bible Says Men Are Superior to Women - Stand to Reason Blog
There are definitely some unstated assumptions behind this challenge, so there’s much to say here. I recommend starting by thinking through those Bible verses to determine whether or not they’re speaking of a hierarchy of value. (I think there’s enough in the first verse alone to prove otherwise.) His views on the grounding of morality (see his last sentence) and the place of roles in determining value are also problematic. I’d like to hear your positive case, as well: What does the Bible actually teach about the value of men and women?
Instagram's Envy Effect
Really surprised at how many folks have taken offense to this article (though I am noticing that most of those who have have expressed it in a pretty combative way)... I've always taken this as just truth, plain and simple - we don't need social media to compare ourselves and feel less-than, but it certainly makes doing so a whole lot easier. We used to call those paragons of perfection "movie stars" - now we call them "Facebook friends." Very little difference. It's not about NOT being happy for friends, and it certainly isn't "crap" - it's being human, having shitty days and having to remind yourself that everyone else has them, too.
It’s Time to Boycott the Worship Industry
5. It’s time to boycott the worship industry because simply being a silently dissatisfied customer won’t fix anything. There are many of you: all ages, denominations, and cultural backgrounds. What we’ve done with worship makes you cringe. Your senses are dulled by the lack of artistry, the pervasive emotional manipulation. But you remain in churches controlled by the worship industry, maybe for your family’s sake, maybe because all your friends go there, maybe because you find a certain theological like-mindedness. But it’s time to speak up or move on. We must. Corporate worship is more important than programs for your family. It’s more important than your life group relationships. It’s theological at its very core, so the like-mindedness you sense may be shallower than you realize. We have to make ourselves heard. The industry’s chokehold is starving us of the vital nutrients we so desperately need, Word and Sacrament, and offering the empty carbs of commercial entertainment in its place. It’s killing us, and we’re consenting to the slow, agonizing death.
8 Biographies Everyone Should Read
In today's intellectual climate of specialization, I would like to see more biographies like the Metaxas book. What exactly is Bonhoeffer scholarship standards? If a Bonehoeffer scholar wrote a book about Bonehoeffer, it might not be accessible to the public. My question is--------why aren't there more writers like Metaxas who will make important figures understandable to the public? I read half of the Metaxas book (I had to give it back to my friend) and I found it to be weighty and researched. I especially enjoyed the part of Metaxas book about Bonehoeffer's time in America and his dilemma about what to do here. Maybe you could explain why it is not up to par or better----tell us what we should read that would match your scholarship standards.
Ben Carson Stuns Critics by Pulling the ‘Race Card’ on Obama
Carson, the only black 2016 presidential candidate, said that he was proud that the color-barrier was broken when Obama ascended to the White House in 2009, but emphasized that his experience in America has been much different from Obama’s.
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Ever been mocked by a coworker, classmate, or friend because you’re a Christian? When that happens, how should you respond? Find out as John MacArthur shows you what it looks like to live Unashamed of the gospel.
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Saeed Abedini: I Had No Voice in Prison, Was Tortured, but God Taught Me to Turn to Him
He continued: "And now I know that you all were my voice. I had no voice in prison. My prayer is that we will continue to be that voice for each other. We are one in prayer. It is the most powerful thing we do."
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