2. Worst Objection to Kalam Cosmological Argument: Question-begging and Circular Reasoning
Biola University, 2010 - Perhaps the worst objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument you'll ever hear is on youtube (by youtube atheists) and the Interne...
Did God Command Genocide In the Bible?
For more resources visit: http://reasonablefaith.org On October 25, 2011 at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Richard Dawkins was invited by the Oxford student...
#SavePremier - The Christian voice is being drowned out
Premier Christian Radio is in imminent danger of losing its national digital broadcasting licence. Please sign the petition at www.savepremier.org.uk. It is ...
Jimmy Fallon Re-Created 'The Fresh Prince' Theme Song in the Best Way
If you watched "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" with Will Smith, then you are familiar with the famous theme song. People still sing the song today, as if the show is still being aired live -- it is that popular. Jimmy Fallon used this popular song and recreated it in the best way imaginable.
Rock 'N' Roll Icon Alice Cooper: 'I Teach Bible Study' (Video)
Veteran rock musician Alice Cooper shared recently that he volunteers as a substitute Sunday school teacher at his local church.
Beloved Texas Pastor, Wife and 5-Y-O Son Found Murdered; No Signs of Forced Entry
A community in Houston, Texas, was left in the throes of grief Monday after a beloved pastor, his wife, and 5-year-old son were discovered murdered in their home.
655. What Can't We Assume About Sin In Our Culture?
Bobby teaches how we must explain what sin is when evangelizing the culture.
Why It Matters That the Exodus Really Happened
And a new documentary will likely spur that debate. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus , a film more than a decade in the making, appeared in about 700 US theaters last week. Directed and produced by Timothy P. Mahoney, it explores a central issue at the heart of the debate over the Bible’s historical reliability: whether or not Moses led Israel out of bondage in Egypt, through the Red Sea on dry ground, and into the wilderness of Shur (Ex. 15:22). Mahoney is not an Old Testament scholar, an archeologist, or a theologian. Rather, he is a lay evangelical Christian who admits he sometimes doubts that the Exodus was a real historical event. He appears on screen as himself, asking a difficult question: Can I trust the biblical text that I hold in my hands?
Sabbatical Excerpt: Nabeel Qureshi on The Trinity
… The professor was teaching rarefied science, describing the subatomic world. At that level, things happen that make no sense to those of us who conceptualize the world at only a human level. Even the apparently simple idea of atoms is baffling when we think about it. It means that the chair I am sitting on is not actually a solid object, innocently supporting my weight. It is almost entirely empty space, occupied only in small part by particles moving at incomprehensible speeds. When we think about it, it seems wrong, but it’s just the way things are in our universe. There’s no use arguing about it.
The Briefing 02-03-15
1) Obama budget proposal reveals worldview and philosophy of government
There Are Two Kinds Of People Who Question The Bible | Think Christianly
Jonathan Morrow (D.Min) is the founder of Think Christianly. He is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell), and contributed the chapter "Introducing Spiritual Formation" to Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN.
Only 10% back 'three parent' babies – Premier Radio
Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, the UK's biggest research charity, said: "Over the past seven years, Britain has been engaged in an exemplary process for evaluating scientific, ethical and public opinion about mitochondrial donation, which has revealed broad support on all three fronts.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
How Much Sleep You Really Need -- According To Science
Some of us feel well-rested after a solid eight hours of sleep. For others, closer to nine feels best. For others still, a little less will do. How much sleep we prefer to get is highly subjective -- but how much sleep we need is a bit more concrete.
In China, a church-state showdown of biblical proportions
Gulou itself was established by Presbyterian missionaries in the 1880s. The cross atop the steeple was enormous, a fixture next to a well-known highway overpass. It is dear to members as a symbol of their faith, says a pastor who declined to be named. For months, Gulou’s leaders delayed the removal of the cross. Meanwhile, authorities attacked churches and, as of this writing, have stripped or desecrated more than 426 of them, including knocking one down while President Obama was visiting Beijing last fall. In many cases, tearful worshipers surrounded the churches and scuffled with police. Zhejiang itself has become ground zero in China’s growing clash between church and state.
Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society
Despite differences in views about a range of biomedical and physical science topics, both the public and scientists give relatively high marks to the nation’s scientific achievements and give distinctly lower marks to K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (known as STEM). Just 16% of AAAS scientists and 29% of adults in the general public considers K-12 STEM education in the U.S. to be the best or above average compared with other industrialized countries. Both groups see U.S. scientific achievements and medical treatment in a more positive light, by comparison.
Check out this clever ad posted by Netanyahu - Allen West Republic
Israel has been fighting the Arab terrorist, you and Obama can support the terrorist and they will still behead you. Does that sound like suicidal behavior? There is good and bad in all groups, no one had a choice in how or where they were born. I do not agree with genocide, which is still practised in Africa and the middle east as witnessed by the actions of ISIS. Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood who Obama has been supporting against Israel are terrorist along with the ISIS and have signed treaties with them.
Restoring All Things
Speakers for the conference will include Prison Fellowship President and CEO Jim Liske, Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview Fellow John Stonestreet, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, Heritage Foundation Vice President Jennifer Marshall, and WORLD News Group Vice President Warren Cole Smith. Best-selling authors Eric Metaxas ( Bonhoeffer ) and Rick Warren ( The Purpose Driven Life ) will also participate at the Dallas event on April 15, and award-winning Christian recording artist Andrew Peterson will perform at both the Atlanta and Dallas conferences.
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5 Minutes in Church History - A Weekly Christian Podcast with Stephen Nichols
5 Minutes in Church History, hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols, is a weekly podcast that provides an informal and informative look at church history. Join us each week as we take a brief break from the present to go exploring the past. Travel back in time as we look at the people, events, and even the places that have shaped the story of Christianity. Each podcast offers an easily digestible glimpse of how the eternal, unchangeable God has worked in the church over prior generations, and how this can encourage us today. This is our story—our family history. 5 Minutes in Church History is an outreach of Ligonier Ministries.
The Sympathetic Doomsday Cult Leader
Most of us have never been the leader of a doomsday cult, I presume (I haven't), and we generally don't hear their stories, instead believing that such a person is a megalomaniac, mentally unstable, or just plain evil. David, the leader at the center of this film, is certainly some—if not all—of those things. But there's something more to him: a deep desire to live the right life, to find meaning in the world and even, after a fashion, to serve God as best he can. David is not a good leader, but he is a true believer.
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The Humanist Hour #123: Bart Campolo, a Humanist Preacher with Passion
Here’s what I suspect to be the reason for this: while UU congregations were once *the* place for humanists and nontheists of various stripes to seek out community and progressive values, they are not perceived that way by the new and growing secular movement of right now. The UUA once espoused a more clearly humanist philosophy but has shifted to a place of promoting radical inclusiveness and a strong emphasis on pluralism. Mike Werner explores this in his book/essay on the subject, “Regaining Balance.” While I as a UU certainly feel that tolerance and inclusiveness are important, I think that Werner and other critics are correct that the public perception of Unitarian Universalism (for those who have actually heard of us) is that it is about beliefs in everything and nothing, that you can believe whatever you want, and objective truth is unimportant… that it is (Werner’s phrase) “radical anythingism.” Now, I don’t think this perception is entirely correct, because UUism still is driven by a humanistic, rational core of ideas, and many congregations remain strongly humanist in tone and content.
How “50 Shades of Grey” Harms Women & Jesus Saves Them
There is evil in every human heart; no church is perfect. Abuse can and does happen even in Christian homes and churches, but we must remember that when it does, no gospel-loving church celebrates it. No movie is made to sell it. Such sin is condemned and opposed and reported to authorities and then dealt with in the household of God. No, it is not the Scripture that harms women and subjugates them. It is a sexualized culture that has loosed men from their role as Christlike heads, and encouraged them to gratify their lusts with women without recourse.
How to Live a Better Life Story
The New York Times highlighted new research indicating that “writing—and then re-writing—your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.” One study, conducted among struggling first-year students at Duke University, was particularly suggestive: Students who pointed to their difficulties as evidence that they weren’t college material were encouraged to rewrite their stories. Instead, they’d reflect the reality that starting college is an adjustment, and that they’d probably be fine, eventually. Those who rewrote their stories were far less likely to drop out than struggling students who stuck with their old story.
How Martin Luther King Jr. Overcame ‘Christian’ White Supremacy
But the civil rights movement was, at core, also an ecclesial movement. King was, after all, “Rev. King,” and many of those marching with him, singing before him, listening to him, were Christian clergy and laity. To the churches, especially the churches of the South, the civil rights pioneers sent a similar message to the one they sent to the governmental powers. You have to choose: be a Christian (as defined by the Scripture and the small “c” catholic apostolic tradition) or be a white supremacist; you can’t be both. They were right here too.
'No-one born gay': Chaplain sacked over Facebook post
A Hobart school chaplain has been sacked for re-posting a comment on Facebook that described homosexuality as "not normal".
The Persecution of Gordon College, by David French, National Review
And so it is today. For the better part of the last two years, I’ve provided occasional legal counsel to President Lindsay and the college’s board, and I find that Gordon is the same thoughtful but difficult-to-categorize place I knew 20 years ago. The one thing you can safely assume about members of the Gordon community is that they’re doing their best to follow Christ. Beyond that, assumptions are dangerous.
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In Exod 20:11, the command for the people of God to remember the Sabbath day is grounded in God’s pattern of work and rest during the creation week. The people of God are to work for six solar days (Exod 20:9) and then rest on the seventh solar day (Exod 20:10). If, therefore, it can be maintained that God’s seventh day rest in Gen 2 extends beyond the scope of a single solar day, then the correspondence between the “day” of God’s rest and our “day” of observance would be analogical, not identical. In other words, if day seven is an unending day, still in progress, then our weekly recognition of that day is not temporally identical. As such, there is no reason to maintain that the same could not be true for the previous six days, especially if the internal, exegetical evidence from Genesis 1 and 2 supports this reality.
9Marks at Southern
The gospel tells the story of God, man, Christ, and a requisite response. It heralds the news about creation, fall, redemption, and a glorious consummation. And it is the only thing that will build a church. All that other stuff only builds a crowd.
No, You Don't Complete Me
Codependency happens when too much of your sense of validation or security comes from somebody else.
She said that both of us could step into the middle pillow any time we wanted because we’d agreed to be in a relationship. However, she said, at no point is it appro- priate to step on the other person’s pillow. What goes on in the other person’s soul is none of your business. All you’re responsible for is your soul, nobody else’s. Regarding the middle pillow, the question to ask is, “What do I want in a relationship?” If the pillow you two step on together works, that’s great. If not, move on or simply explain what you’d like life to feel like in the middle pillow and see if the other person wants that kind of relationship too. But never, she said, ever try to change each other. Know who you are and know what you want in a relationship, and give people the freedom to be themselves.
Denny Burk on Twitter
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Parents, Let Them Go
In February, thousands of students will join together online for CrossCon 2015 . They’ll hear several speakers tell them about God’s heart for the nations, and then a plea for them to carry the good news across the world. I am praying that many of them will rise to say that they can already sense God calling them to go to hard, unreached places. I know that even as the conference ends, many of them will be confronted with all the obstacles that must be overcome for this to happen. And for many of them, the one that looms largest is talking to mom and dad.
WORLD | Forced down the same-sex wedding aisle | Sarah Padbury | Jan. 14, 2015
Over the last few years, WORLD has reported on several Christian-owned businesses across the country approached by homosexual couples to provide services for their weddings. In all cases, the owners declined to work with the couples, stating their religious beliefs prevented participation in same-sex ceremonies. The couples sued, alleging discrimination. Here’s an update on where their cases stand as 2015 gets underway:
Christianity Is More Than Just Being a Good Person
Other real issues are addressed here. I see the spiritual journey involves seeking virtues God asks from us, such as sharing His love as taught by Jesus, as well as having a deeper understanding of our own faith. It's not always easy, and I often say I wrestle with religion. I've kind of gotten away from having to conform to other well-meaning and imperfect Christian, even though they often remain a good influence and it's a good idea to fellowship with them, but rather seek Gods message to us.
Many Christians have adopted the mindset that we should be skeptical of science. But to be skeptical does not mean to disregard. We should also be aware that the study of science is defined as the “the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation and theoretical explanation of phenomena.” The observation of the natural world that God created (Gen 1:1) and that Jesus upholds (Col 1:17) should only draw us closer to him and help us to understand him better.
Apologetics Curriculum - Apologetics Lessons for Youth and Adults
I remember searching high and low for a curriculum that’s easy to teach. Something that focuses on the essentials of the faith—not someone’s economic views or debates about the age of the earth. Something that wouldn’t scare people off with a lot of technical, philosophical terms. I needed something my group could really get. That’s why I finally created this:
Conference Scholarships Boyce/SBTS Campus Students
As a Boyce/SBTS student taking classes on campus, you have the opportunity to attend one of these conferences for free each semester. These are called “conference scholarships” and are renewed each semester a student is enrolled on-campus during the regular semester (this includes D.Min. students but excludes extension center and online students). The scholarships are limited in number and are first-come, first-serve.
20 Secret Tips Everyone Who Shops On Amazon Needs To Know
How It Works: Every new parent gets exhausted thinking about shopping, but Amazon Mom makes things easier with a 20% discount off of diaper subscriptions and a 15% discount off items on a baby registry. The program is free for Amazon Prime members, but parents looking to snag some cheap Pampers can sign up for a 30-day free trial that includes the discounts and two-day shipping.
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.
Unlocking the DNA Enigma - Christian Research Institute
Indeed, our uniform experience affirms that specified information—whether inscribed in hieroglyphics, written in a book, encoded in a radio signal, or produced in an RNA-world “ribozyme-engineering” experiment—always arises from an intelligent source, from a mind and not a strictly material process. So the discovery of the functionally specified, digital information in the DNA molecule provides strong grounds for inferring that intelligence played a role in the origin of the information in DNA and the first life. Indeed, whenever we find specified information and we know the causal story of how that information arose, we always find that it arose from an intelligent source. It follows that the best, most likely explanation for the origin of the information in DNA is that it too had an intelligent source.
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."
Within this context Lee and George argue marriage is one of these “basic goods,” a community with an objective structure that determines human practical rationality. On their view, marriage is a “union of a man and a woman formed by their commitment to share their lives—physically (including sexually), emotionally, and spiritually—in the kind of community that would be fulfilled by conceiving and rearing children together” (41). In the sexual union such a commitment is made real, for “sexual intercourse is a unitary action in which the male and the female complete one another and become biologically one, a single organism with respect to [procreation] (though, of course, not with respect to others)” (45). Interestingly, their account of marriage entails that permanence and exclusivity are properties of it, rather than what defines its essence. They recognize that how those properties are practiced in any society will vary, but the variability doesn’t itself necessarily alter the essential structure of marriage.
Prayer and Fast | Reasonable Faith
Mt 6:16-18 says that fasting should not be done for conspicuous show or attention. There should be a private prayer component in it. Some people incorrectly interpret this to mean you cannot tell anyone about your fast. This is both incorrect and impractical. Even Jesus, who fasted alone for 40 days, must have told people, otherwise we would have no knowledge of the event.
God's Gospel, God's Spirit, and God's Mission
J.D. and I are currently working on an eight-week Bible study that coincides with the book. Working on this project has been spiritually challenging and fruitful for a number of reasons, which I explain in more detail in a few weeks.
Proving Grace: Lee Strobel
“My son reached out to me and led me in a prayer in which I stripped away all facades and came into the presence of God only as his adopted son,” Strobel says. “That experience reconnected me with God in a way that was revolutionary. I became more passionate about telling the world about Jesus and more sensitive to those who are ostracized.”
NC Judges Could Decline to Officiate Gay Marriage Ceremonies Under Proposed Legislation
After North Carolina's gay marriage ban was overturned by a federal judge last October, conservative state lawmakers are backing a bill that would allow county judges and court officials to recuse themselves from performing marriage ceremonies if they hold religious objections to performing same-sex ceremonies.
Does God Care About Who Wins the Super Bowl?
Two weeks later, in the aftermath of their heartbreaking Super Bowl loss (and the infamous "worst play call in Super Bowl history"), it looked like God was with the New England Patriots rather than the Seahawks—or is talk like this complete folly?
Does the Bible Confuse You?
To experience victory over sin, we need a greater love for him than we have for ourselves, and his divine grace is the only thing that has the power to produce that kind of love in us. It will be a slow and arduous process, but God is patient with us even when we refuse to love him, and his faithfulness extends to the clouds! (Psalm 36:5)
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Breaking the Silence
“The Problem” that Kay references, of course, lies in the cultural clash between modern western notions of free speech and democracy, and an Islamic immigrant population that refuses to integrate and remains (at best) hostile to western attitudes. This is no isolated issue, and assuming that it is – assuming that most Muslims wish to assimilate into the West, as many commentators seem to – is utterly naive and will only exacerbate the problem. Most Muslims don’t share the West’s secularism, identity crisis, or weakness, and they don’t want to.
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.”
4 Bible Verses That Are Constantly Used Out of Context
All scripture can be misused in pursuit of one's goals, desires and intentions. The issue for me is if it is to be read only as God's record of events, or God's inspired words for all eternity. Not only is the record true,,,but how much of it does He continue to say to me thereby dismissing my need to understand the context. The example of Nicodemus in the Gospel of John, chapter 3. Jesus tells him that unless he is born again, he will not enter the kingdom of God. Must I be a pharisee to have Jesus insist on the same? Am I excused from the need because I am Gentile living in America and not Jewish living in Jerusalem. How much does God continues to say to the human race today is the matter for me, and what promises are applicable for me to lay hold of.
Pope Francis, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Sentenced to 1,000 Lashes for 'Insulting Islam' Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Another candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize this year is Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger who operated a blog called "Free Saudi Liberals." Badawi was arrested in 2012 on charges of apostasy, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashings and a fine of $266,060 for "insulting Islam" in his writings.
What Sex Trafficking and Gay Marriage Have in Common
The message of the gospel has always been countercultural, and the need for the gospel has always been urgent in every culture. At the same time, when you consider the pace at which the moral landscape around us is shifting in America right now, and the accompanying increase in opposition to the gospel, I do believe we’re living in a unique time. Consequently, it’s imperative for Christians today to know what we believe about various cultural issues (according to the gospel and the authority of God’s Word) and to have the courage to live according to those beliefs. Culture is always changing and will continue to change. But the beauty and resiliency of the gospel is seen in the way believers have consistently responded to changing tides in the culture for thousands of years. We must do the same in our day.
For Worst Reporting on Academic Freedom Bills This Year, Montana Leads the Competition
Instead, the Montana news stories quote extensively from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), a group whose main goal is to censor science, concealing from students any scientific evidence that challenges neo-Darwinian evolution: The supposed controversy doesn't exist among scientists, say advocates and educators.
"It's all bunk," said Glenn Branch, deputy director for the National Center for Science Education based in Oakland, Calif. " [Representative Clayton Fiscus of Billings] thinks that these whole fields are scientifically controversial, and that's not true." Of course if you only talk to "advocates and educators" who advocate for censorship when it comes to the controversy about evolution, then you might well think that there is no scientific controversy. In line with its sources at the NCSE, the story itself censors all mention of scientists, advocates, and educators who dissent from modern Darwinian theory and support the academic freedom to talk about its weaknesses. Indeed, the reporter didn't even attempt to contact us, the main group that advocates for academic freedom bills, here at Discovery Institute.