Older Dog Takes His Little Doggie Pal for a Walk – This Will Make You Smile!
When these puppies go for a walk in dog park, something amazing happens. An old lab has to keep his eye on his dachshund puppy each and every time they go out. What happens next, I don't think anyone was expecting.
Science Confirms Climate Change!
Climate change is real—but what should we do about it? Trusting in man’s word or God’s Word will determine how we interpret the evidence and fix our response.
The Revolution in Anglo-American Philosophy | Reasonable Faith
1. Many Christian faculty need to be encouraged to engage intellectually, not just with their chosen discipline, but with their Christian faith. It may seem strange to have to encourage Christian academics to do this. You’d think that as persons who have chosen the life of the mind as their vocation, they would be naturally intellectually curious and so desirous of understanding and exploring Christian theology and apologetics. But I have found that this is not at all the case. I am astonished at what a weak grasp many Christian professors seem to have of Christian doctrine and how impotent they are when called upon to give a defense for the hope that is in them. It’s shocking to me to discover how many Christian academics seem content to possess a profound knowledge of their area of specialization and yet have little better than a Sunday School education when it comes to their Christian faith, on which they have staked their lives and eternal destiny. I’ve been stunned by conversations with Christian professors which reveal that they have little grasp of basic Christian doctrines such as the Trinity, the two natures of Christ, or the attributes of God.
The Rise of the American Jihadist with Dr. David Wood - Christian Research Institute
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank welcomes Dr. David Wood to discuss his two articles in the C HRISTIAN R ESEARCH J OURNAL titled, “Will the Real Islam Please Stand Up?” and “The Rise of the American Jihadist.” Hank and Dr. Wood answer the objection of a Muslim who wrote in to CRI regarding surah 5:33, as well as interpreting the Qur’an in context, the lack of consistency to the teachings of Allah among many Muslims, and the Charlie Hebdob incident in Paris. David Wood also answers a question about whether or not the Muslim attack in Paris was staged, or part of a conspiracy.
Keeping Watch with Jesus
Jesus’ deep sorrow in this verse takes on special significance when we see it through a prisoner’s eyes. As He sat in the Garden of Gethsemane with some of His closest friends, Jesus was waiting to go through a judicial process. He was about to be arrested, imprisoned, tried, and eventually executed. He would be separated from those He loved. His so-called friends would pretend they never knew Him. He would be mocked, shamed, and rejected by society.
Thinking Biblically About the Worlds Religions
Humans have even been called homo religiosis because of their basic religious tendencies and nature. Anthropological and sociological findings confirm that religion has been a universal phenomenon throughout human history. 6 Even avowed atheists often seek existential answers to life’s ultimate questions, sometimes in an amazingly “religious” manner (the philosophies of atheistic existentialism and Marxism provide good examples). General revelation explains the powerful phenomenon of spirituality and illuminates why many of the world’s religions agree in some specific areas, particularly concerning core ethical issues…
Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington: Hear John West on "Scientism in the Age of Obama"
Speaking of political scientist John West's newly expanded book Darwin's Doubt , West will be taking to the skies and roads next month to tell audiences in Seattle, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, about "Scientism in the Age of Obama." Our colleague Dr. West, Center for Science & Culture associate director, will speak at three prominent events coming up soon.
Lee Strobel on Twitter
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END IT :: Shine a Light on Slavery
This February 27th, join us and other Freedom Fighters from around the world as we SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY. Tell your world that slavery still exists and you won’t stand for it. This is OUR TIME. This is OUR MOMENT. We believe slavery can end in our lifetime…together we can END IT!
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Becoming American: Immigrants Tweet Their Stories
We will be inviting guests to add their voices to our nation's immigration story during a live Twitter chat. We will be joined by a diverse group — from entrepreneurs and engineers to performers and professors — to hear their stories of becoming American. You can join on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
The Table of the Nations, The Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Ethnic Diversity and the Radical Vision of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
4 Ways Jesus’s Second Coming Changes Us Now
Depictions of Jesus’s return often have him coming through the clouds or riding on top of them, but Jesus says that he’ll be coming back “in the clouds” (Mark 13:26). This is an important distinction, because it points back to the glory of the God in the Old Testament. Frequently, when God appeared to his people, it was in the form of a powerful cloud—when God led his people out of Egypt (Ex. 13:21), when he gave them the Law (Ex. 24:16), when the temple was dedicated (2 Chron. 5:14). This “glory cloud” was a sign that God was coming to dwell with his people, to undo all of the terror and pain caused by the fall. Jesus says in Mark 13:26 that his return means the permanent return of the glory of God. It is a promise that all of the pain and suffering in our lives can’t last forever. Or, as Cornelius Plantinga says, “The return of Christ is good news for people whose lives are filled with bad news.”
Renown Youth Conference
To be a Christian is to be a disciple. Jesus said that anyone who would be a disciple of Christ must “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Nobody, however, does this perfectly. All Christians face struggles and obstacles in their walk with Christ. And yet, the New Testament calls disciples of Jesus to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
The Lent Project
The mood of Lent can be beautifully captured through the arts, which are often cathartic expressions of longing, suffering, loneliness, love, death and rebirth. Art is a great chronicler both of the drama of human history and the aches of the human heart. In this spirit, the Biola University Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts presents the Lent Project: a 54-day aesthetic meditation on Christ’s life, death and resurrection. Each day will offer a guided reflection--though Scripture, words, poetry, music, film or visual art--to help us focus in on the beauty of Christ’s story. May you enjoy, share and be edified by this resource as we collectively reflect on the suffering and triumph of history’s great savior: Messiah Jesus Christ, the King.
Culture's Big Lie About Marriage
At the end of the day, marriage is not about me, it’s about we. It’s about learning to choose another person over ourselves—because by choosing them, we are choosing to become greater in humility, strength, forgiveness and love. Marriage isn’t about becoming happier. It’s about becoming better . But ironically, in becoming better, we often find that we’ve also become happier.
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What We Can Learn About Preaching from 'Parks and Recreation'
It is easy to preach in a way that, like Parks and Rec , simply seeks to reinforce the assumptions of those who already agree with us. We can rail against people who aren't in the room, or at least that we don't think are in the room, simply to get the "Amen" from our people. We can caricature our detractors' positions in the grossest terms, in order to help reassure ourselves that those who oppose us out there are stupid or peculiarly wicked. But that's not preaching.
No One Showed Up To A Little Boy With Autism's Birthday, So His Mom Asked Facebook For Help
No One Showed Up To A Little Boy With Autism’s Birthday, So His Mom Asked Facebook For Help
Why Racial Reconciliation Is a Gospel Issue
Gospel-centered racial reconciliation in the Bible as I understand it, particularly in the New Testament, is not the same thing as ethnic diversity. I think gospel-centered racial reconciliation can produce ethnic diversity given that the context is appropriate and we foster that work. But there are churches in certain parts of the United States and certain parts of the world where there is no ethnic diversity—everybody’s homogenous—so I would argue that it is still possible for those churches to be about the business of gospel-centered racial reconciliation even if there is not a chance of that church being multi-ethnic because of where it is located. For example, churches in a context where they are all white or all black with no hope of diversity can still pray for the nations, they can look for ways to partner with churches in the surrounding area or in other parts of the nation or the world. They can think of places to take mission trips to contexts that are not homogenous, that are not a part of one’s own ethnic identity. There are numerous ways the gospel can go forward and racial reconciliation can be promoted to the point where this genuine, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led racial reconciliation happens, as opposed to just getting together once a year during a Dr.
Are We Missing Something Important About Prayer?
In moving beyond the ACTS approach to prayer, I also realized how self-centered my own prayer life had been. When I prayed for others in need, I tended to pray that they be “fixed”—for those who had lost a loved one, for the poor in my midst, for the persecuted Christians around the world, and so on. I was right to offer “supplications” on their behalf. I still do so. But these are bigger problems—and losses—than a “quick fix” can amend. We need to unite our supplications to lament, joining the cry of the suffering: “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1)
Is Satan winning? Between the growing hostility to Christianity in America and the troubling reality of unbelief among thousands of unreached people groups abroad, it’s easy to feel as if the gospel is losing ground to the powers of sin and hell. And yet Jesus, in Matthew 28:18, said, “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” For that reason, God’s people, despite discouraging circumstances and the very real prospect of suffering, have the greatest reason for confidence and even joy. We serve an omnipotent God whose gospel kingdom is indomitable.
It’s Not Just Black & White
But it is not just the Christian world where people find “black” and “white”
twins incredible—it is also shocking to the secular world. They are surprised
because they ignore the Bible’s account that we all came from one race (begun
by the first man and woman, Adam and Eve) and dispersed as a result of the Tower
of Babel, which led to the formation of people groups (Asians, Caucasians, and so on).
They assume, instead, that human groups are deeply divided by significant variations
over tens or hundreds of thousands of years and that different people groups
originated from different “ancestral apes.”
Ask Pastor John
Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
“My one rule is, if I have a meal happening and I’m approached, then I’m like a wild beast protecting my kill,” Offerman says. “I say, ‘Please let me finish my meal and then I’ll be happy to shake hands or take a picture.’ It’s a weird thing. We’re in everybody’s pockets constantly now. If you happen to see Nick Kroll at the airport, you can pull out your gadget and see anything he’s ever done. It gives people a sense of propriety. They say, ‘Hey, you’re in my world. I own part of you.’”
Report: ISIS Just Kidnapped a Group of at Least 90 Christians, Including Children
T he British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that ISIS militants have abducted at least 90 people after raiding an Assyrian Christian village . (Different reports vary on how many dozens were abducted in the raids, but Reuters says it was “at least 90.”) Children are said to be among the group kidnapped. Reports indicate that the raid specifically targeted areas where Christian minorities lived. The region of northeastern Syria is also an important strategic location, and has seen fighting between ISIS militants and the Kurdish military, as well as airstrikes from the U.S. led coalition ...
Reasonable Faith Testimonial | Peter | 2014
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Russell Moore: I felt a call to ministry early on and preached my first sermon at my home church in Biloxi, Miss., when I was twelve. I then drifted from that calling toward a career in politics. When I was working on Capitol Hill as a very young man, I picked up in the Library of Congress a copy of a Free Will Baptist manual on weddings, funerals, and so forth. After I returned home I wondered, “Why did I want this?” The Lord used that to rekindle my sense of His call to ministry. I never imagined how God would merge these callings together.
5 Black Women in History Every Egalitarian Should Know | The Junia Project
Sojourner was born a slave and had an exceptionally dismal life, being sold several times and badly mistreated. Later in life she managed to escape along with her youngest child and soon after became a devout Christian. In 1843 she began traveling and preaching; always advocating for abolition. Truth developed into a gifted speaker who proclaimed the gospel message boldly, and was also known for her outspokenness on women’s rights. Her extemporaneous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?“, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, causing her to become one of the most celebrated and controversial itinerant preachers of her era.
Counsel the Word
Parents often feel anything but confident. They know they are shaping lives, but feel they are only learning as they go. They also know the Bible is supposed to guide them, but feel uncertain how a handful of verses help them with this years-long task. The temptation is to be intimidated by both the importance and the complexity of the task.
I think at the heart of these questions about Scripture—whether about the canonicity or biblical inerrancy—is our view of biblical inspiration. Within Christianity the basic idea is that the Holy Spirit inspired Scripture. Now we have to present this idea in measured tones. We should not picture the apostles or the prophets (for the Old Testament) going into a trance and writing out things like zombies. The Scriptures still reflect the humanness of the authors, their education level, their vocabulary, their knowledge. Rather, the Holy Spirit superintended the writing. He inspired the authors, caused them to write, and kept them within measure.
It is easy to laugh at such gibberish on the grounds that it is as absurd as it is self-regarding. Yet that would be a mistake. First, there is the long-established inability of such groups to laugh at themselves. Indeed, the new libertinism often makes the old Puritanism look comparatively self-effacing and gently playful. Those who publicly roll their eyes at this latest lunacy can no doubt expect to be buried under a deluge of the moralizing in which the ethical guardians of contemporary sexual ethics routinely engage. These days one must first count the social media cost before putting one’s hand to the sardonic plow. Second, there are surely grounds for congratulating folks at Wesleyan on their consistent honesty in the cause of sexual liberation. Liberation, that is, of sex from any intrinsic moral significance. As Luther said to Erasmus in very different circumstances: You and you alone have placed your finger on the hinge on which everything turns. If very few of the sexual acts of today’s identity politics are procreative, that has certainly not inhibited their proponents’ impressive ability to give birth to endless categories of sexual preference.
The Leadership Crucible
Moses knew about the leadership crucible. When God heard the cries of his people who were oppressed and enslaved in Egypt, he appeared to Moses and announced his intention to deliver them. God himself—the Great I AM––said that he would deliver his people from Pharaoh. I’m sure Moses was thankful and relieved until God said, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt” (Ex. 3:11, ESV). Did you catch that? God said he would deliver his people, but he was sending Moses to do it. This is the leadership crucible!
This book highlights 16 key Bible verses that stand as “turning points” in the biblical storyline—enabling us to see God’s incredible plan to redeem his people and glorify his name from Genesis to Revelation. Whether it’s exploring the creation of humanity, the establishment of the covenants, or the coming of the Messiah, this book will help Christians see how God’s Word tells a single story about his sovereignty, glory, and grace.
What Is the Point of Prayer? | Reasonable Faith
You have a second, different objection to prayer: “ omniscience makes the concept of prayer all the more redundant as it means God already knows any information that might be communicated to him, and exactly what the best thing is to do about it, so prayer could not in any way influence his decisions .” This is an objection to the efficacy of prayer. What the objection overlooks is that God can take prayers (or the lack thereof) into account in His providential planning of the world. Knowing that Joe would freely pray in a certain set of circumstances, God may actualize a world in which Joe’s prayers are answered; but had God known that Joe would not pray, God may have actualized something else instead. Prayers, then, are not an effort to change God’s mind. Rather God takes account of prayers in choosing which world to actualize. Prayers thus make a counterfactual difference: if I were not to pray, then something else would have been the case instead. Knowledge of this sort is called “middle knowledge,” and there’s a lot on this website about this fascinating topic.
Kentucky Baptist Convention RISK 2015 » Kentucky Baptist Convention
By churches, for churches, to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ.
How Memorization Feeds Your Imagination
When we have the entire Bible available as an app on our smartphones, it seems an unnecessary waste of time and effort to memorize specific verses or the grand narrative of the story. By relying on technology to do our remembering for us, we have forgotten the moral aspect of memorization. “A trained memory wasn’t just about gaining easy access to information,” says Jonathan Foer, referring to the ancient world, “it was about strengthening one’s personal ethics and becoming a more complete person.” Foer adds that the thinking of the ancients was that only through memorization could ideas truly be incorporated into one’s psyche and their values absorbed. “Indeed, the single most common theme in the lives of the saints—besides their superhuman goodness—is their often extraordinary memories,” Foer notes.
Q&A With Matt Chandler: The First 7 Years of My Marriage Were Tough; Loving Relationships Take Discipline
Chandler: My roots – I was converted to Christ in a Baptist church and was trained in a Baptist school and they talk a lot about it. They're not the only ones but that's where I learned it, about the sufficiency of Scripture and that God is revealing both Himself to us in the Scriptures as well as wooing us with how He designed things to work. So the Song of Solomon or the Song of Songs was put in the middle of five books in the Old Testament called the wisdom literature and it was given to us for a reason. And so to avoid it because of discomfort doesn't seem wise in a grouping of books that are entitled the wisdom literature. So to say, Hey it's apparently looking out at kind of the cultural sign posts that we don't quite understand: how relationships work. We don't quite understand how sex fits into how we are to think and respond to culture at large, the opposite sex in particular. And so to avoid the book seems kind of foolish when it appears that it's one of the ways God wants to communicate to us in the scriptures about how these things operate.
Does Science Deserve Credit for Moral Progress?
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
Scientism in the Age of Obama
In the expanded paperback edition of “Darwin Day in America,” political scientist John G. West explores the misuse of science in American culture during the Obama years in a brand new chapter titled “Scientism in the Age of Obama--and Beyond.” For more information, visit www.darwindayinamerica.com.
It's Time for Busy Ladies to Give It a Rest
Overwhelmed begins with a disbelieving scene: sociologist and time expert John Robinson exams a time journal Schulte has meticulously kept for a year and half. Schulte sees an over-busy and burdened schedule without even a minute to spare on herself; Robinson sees hours upon hours of what he deems leisure time. “Women have… at least 30 hours of leisure time each week,” he states, the implication being that they simply don’t know how to find or use it. He points to two hours Schulte spent waiting on a tow truck when her car broke down and calls it leisure time. The same for the 20 minutes she spent listening to the radio one morning while struggling to get out of bed. As infuriating as this may seem, when your life is inevitably bound to be busy and overscheduled, those periods matter.
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
The Coptic Church and Chalcedon
No matter the confusion surrounding he Coptic Church, what is clear is that a half-way Christ cannot save. We need a Mediator who can lay a hand on us both. There is no room for a Nestorianism that threatens the unity of God’s work or a Eutychianism that threatens the fully human dimension of Christ’s work. At its best, all our doctrinal defining and theological wrangling is meant to preserve the simple, eminently biblical truth that Jesus Christ is both God and man, and as such, is uniquely and solely capable of saving the chosen ones of Adam’s helpless race.
Serving Others for Lent
For many Christians, Lent is a period of fasting—a chance to give up something they might otherwise enjoy as a reminder of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. Some choose to forgo sweets, or beef, or alcohol, while others use the time to take a break from technology and social media. Still others use the period as a time to become more disciplined in personal devotions or physical activity.
God Dwells Among Us
I was quite unconvinced at many points by Beale and Kim’s handling of biblical categories such as priesthood and sacrifice. The biblical warrant for the connection they draw between priesthood and witness to the wider world (e.g., 132–134) seems especially tenuous, and their case for such an important plank in their argument was weak. At such points, one might wonder whether they are trying to get the category of the priest to fulfill the role that more properly belongs to the prophet (the role of the priest is never adequately defined within the book). A more extensive discussion of the role of king and prophet, for instance, wouldn’t need to come at the expense of the centrality of the temple motif. Kings are the builders of temples, according to the plans provided by prophets; the temple is the royal palace of God, the prophet is the member of his council, the priest is his household servant, and the king is his vice-regent.
Hawk Nelson Exclusive: Jon Steingard Talks New Song 'Live Like You're Loved;' Debuts Video
"The song, like much of the new album, was inspired by growing up and learning the do's and don'ts of Christianity and how to be a good Christian," said the singer, who was raised in the church as a pastor's son. "All those are good, but I missed the part of the do's and don'ts [that] are coming from a place of where this is what the Bible says is good for you. But we get confused, because we learn this is how we please God and earn relationship with Him. I just had an epiphany ... all this running around and trying to do everything exactly right, these are not the things that bring us closer to God. Our relationship with God is already secured with what was done on the cross. What if we went into life with confidence of knowing we are already loved? So that's what this song is all about."
Rob Bell, Gay Marriage, and the Movie Tombstone
It seems that Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey are pretty good friends these days. Bell has appeared on Oprah’s show numerous times, and just recently appeared, along with his wife Kristen, on her “Super Soul Sunday” episode over Valentine’s Day weekend. Their appearance was designed to promote their new book, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage (HarperOne: 2014).
The Drone Scare in France Is Everyday Life in Pakistan
"When children hear the drones, they get really scared, and they can hear them all the time so they're always fearful that the drone is going to attack them," an unidentified man reported. "Because of the noise, we're psychologically disturbed, women, men, and children. ... Twenty-four hours, a person is in stress and there is pain in his head." A journalists who photographs drone strike craters agreed that children are perpetually terrorized. "If you bang a door," Noor Behram said, "they'll scream and drop like something bad is going to happen."
"Swarm" Science: Why the Myth of Artificial Intelligence Threatens Scientific Discovery
Hence when Chris Andersen wrote in 2007 that Big Data and super computing (and machine learning or i.e., induction) meant the "End of Theory," he echoed the popular Silicon Valley worldview that machines are evolving a human -- and eventually a superhuman -- intelligence, and he simultaneously imperiled scientific discovery. Why? Because (a) machines aren't gaining abductive inference powers, and so aren't getting smart in the relevant manner to underwrite "end of theory" arguments, and (b) ignoring the necessity of scientists to use their minds to understand and explain "data" is essentially gutting the central driving force of scientific change.