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President Obama: Jesus Calls Us to Reject Fear

This week, President Obama addressed the National Prayer Breakfast, and used the opportunity to essentially preach a sermon on fear—and why the Bible calls us to reject it. While acknowledging global violence, economic hardships and environmental concerns, he said that “Jesus is a good cure for fear.”: Lately I’ve been thinking and praying on verse from 2 Timothy, ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ … “Fear can feed our most selfish impulses and erode the bonds of community. It is a primal emotion–fear–one that we all experience, and it can be contagious, spreading through societies, and through nations, and if we let it consume us, the consequences of that fear can be worse than any outward threat. For me, and I know for so many of you, faith is the great cure for fear. Jesus is a good cure for fear. God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear, and what more important moment for that faith than right now? … What better time than these changing tumultuous times to have Jesus standing beside us, steadying our minds, cleansing our hearts, pointing us towards what matters. His love gives us the power to resist fear’s temptations. He gives us the courage to reach out to others across that divide rather than push people away. He gives us the courage to go against the conventional wisdom and stand up for what’s right even when it’s not popular – to stand up not just to our enemies, but sometimes stand up to our friends. He also discussed his recent visit to mosque, and the need for people of all faiths to reject fear and embrace peace. You can watch his entire address below.

Are Our Bodies the Product of "Unintelligent Design"?

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Conversations with Michael Denton: What Is Structuralism?

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth DVD

The Heart of the Matter: Berlinski and Denton on the Issue that Lies Behind the Evolution Debate

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Defending the Body: Neutrophils

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

ACLJ to the U.S. Government: Call it Genocide! | American Center for Law and Justice

ACLJ to the U.S. Government: Call it Genocide!

This NYC Subway Time-lapse Is the Most Relaxing Way to Kill 5 Minutes

If you want to put your five-minute respite to good use today, kick back and unwind to this time-lapse video of a New York York subway car making its daily commute. It's surprisingly relaxing.

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John Calvin's 4 Rules of Prayer

These rules may seem overwhelming—even unattainable—in the face of a holy, omniscient God. Calvin acknowledges that our prayers are fraught with weakness and failure. “No one has ever carried this out with the uprightness that was due,” he writes. But God tolerates “even our stammering and pardons our ignorance,” allowing us to gain familiarity with Him in prayer, though it be in “a babbling manner.” In short, we will never feel like worthy petitioners. Our checkered prayer life is often attacked by doubts, but such struggles show us our ongoing need for prayer itself as a “lifting up of the spirit” and continually drive us to Jesus Christ, who alone will “change the throne of dreadful glory into the throne of grace.” Calvin concludes that “Christ is the only way, and the one access, by which it is granted us to come to God.”

The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

Actress April Castillo Hernandez returns to the show to discuss a miraculous event that happened when she was 12. Listen...

Prayers for Christ’s Increase and Our Decrease

A mark of our increasing maturity as disciples is an increasing experience of joy in Jesus’s influence eclipsing our own, both internally and externally. And God delights in such humble joy, which is one reason Jesus said that no one born of women was greater than John the Baptist (Luke 7:28). So we should not only desire this increasing joy, but also specifically ask God for it and be willing to endure whatever it takes to produce it.

CNN's Hypocrisy Exposed

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A Better Way to Be Evangelical

A s the president of an institution with evangelical in its name, I’ve had many opportunities to reflect on the mixed legacy that comes with that word. If you don’t explain what you mean, others will fill in the meaning for you—and today, all too often, they will treat it as a synonym for “narrow-minded,” “fundamentalist,” “intolerant,” or even “hatemonger.” The hard truth is that those of us who have borne the label “evangelical” have not always put our best foot—or our best gospel—forward. We may have held to orthodoxy, but it has not necessarily been beautiful or full of grace.

The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible

I always go by that saying from Robert Frost: “No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader.” Not that you’re supposed to be moving yourself to tears in a sentimental way, but if writing is not coming from that deep place that moves you, or that you find really funny, then I don’t think it will work. Writing requires truth: truth first for the writer and then it will come across to the reader, whether it’s funny or sad. When I was writing the story of the passion, it just so happened it seemed that I was writing it during holy week, and it was like having a mini-revival.

How to Find Jesus in the Old Testament

First, Limbaugh notes the importance of progressive revelation for understanding how Christ is revealed in the Old Testament. “Progressive revelation” simply means the original audience (and even author) didn’t share the same perspective as New Testament readers. While the Old Testament does contain legitimate testimonies to the person and work of Christ, many of these passages can only be understood as pointing to Christ retrospectively. Though always present, an Old Testament text’s Christological significance only becomes clear in light of subsequent revelation. Progressive revelation is vital, then, since it allows us to affirm the Old Testament’s Christological significance without straining the text beyond what it can exegetically sustain. Limbaugh generally allows for Christ-centered passages to emerge with the help of later revelation. Thus he remains true to the concept of progressive revelation, which he describes early within The Emmaus Code . For a popular level book, this is a commendable feat.

Another Look at Pascal’s Wager | Christian Apologetics

Both of your statements are irrelevant because the issue in question is who benefits more in light of God’s existence or nonexistence. If God exists we then have the question of what faith is true. If God didn’t exist then there is no heaven to speak about. Secondly, if you spend your life believing in the Christian God and it turns out to be untrue you are actually prone to make better decisions based on moral principles fundamental to Christianity. That actually presents a conundrum because the moral principles fundamental to Christianity are derived from God so without God there are no moral principles.

A Strategy To Serve The Suffering In The Middle East

I asked him to tell me his story. Sadik shared that he was ethnically a Turkmen of the Shia tradition in Islam. When ISIS came to his town—killing everyone who did not believe according to their version of Sunni Islam—they fled. He had an opportunity to flee further to southern Iraq, where Shia believers are the majority. But he stayed because he was a teacher. I asked about his students, and he told me that they were all of the Yezidi religion, and that he had not been paid in months but he still felt obliged to teach them. Just amazing.

The Truth Behind ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

First of all, we must recognize the famous “Chapo Guzmán” is a brutal and bloodthirsty criminal. He loves power and wealth and is ready to order the murder of hundreds—perhaps thousands—to secure a position of greater power and financial profit. This man should never be viewed lightly. Thousands in Mexico and other countries of the Americas have suffered the consequences of his criminal fervor. El Chapo is neither hero nor benefactor; he doesn’t deserve to be dignified in a film, nor to see his exploits enshrined in a popular song. He should be punished for his crimes and stopped from doing further evil. And while even a man like El Chapo has access to God’s grace and an opportunity to repent from his sins, it’s important we form judgments on people based on what Scripture says.

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14 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

In the legacy of C.S. Lewis, the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal & public life.

Lamenting the loss of video-game worlds | Think Christian

When Jesus challenged His disciples not to store up treasures on earth , He was not saying that the present world and its artifacts don’t have value. He was warning against placing our hope in them. We live in an “already but not yet kingdom” — Jesus has already established His kingdom on earth through His life, death and resurrection, but He has not yet come again to fully and finally restore the earth to its pre-Fall glory. As we live in this tension, it is important that we make an effort to remember the good things we’ve lost. When we fail to do so, we’ve essentially done what we often accuse gamers of — escapism. And Christ calls us not to escape our present reality, but to long for it to be renewed.

Learning to Pastor from Leviticus

As members of the new covenant, we no longer offer burnt offerings in a tabernacle or temple. Christ’s finished work on the cross has done what the blood of bulls and goats could never do: cleanse us from iniquity and sin, and give us access to the presence of the living God (Heb. 10:4). But that doesn’t mean we’re done offering acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. Paul urges us to offer spiritual sacrifices with the whole of our lives in response to the glorious mercies unleashed on us in Christ (Rom. 12:1–2). This means Leviticus still has something to teach us.

Babies With Genes From 3 People Could Be Ethical, Panel Says

ROB STEIN, BYLINE: Well, Kelly, this is all aimed at trying to help certain women have healthy babies. And these are women who have defects in a tiny but really important kind of DNA known as mitochondrial DNA. And this DNA - defects in this DNA can cause some terrible diseases, so scientists want to do what you could sort of think of as a DNA transplant on eggs in the laboratory to help these women. What they would do is they would replace this defective DNA with healthy DNA from eggs donated by other women. And then these eggs would be fertilized in a laboratory with sperm, and that would allow women to have children that would have mostly all of their genes and all the genes that most people think are important - the genes from how we look, like how tall we are and what our eye color is and hair color is.

Joy of the Resurrection

Dr. Gary Habermas gives a sermon on the hope that is found in the resurrection. This lecture was given at Union Hill Baptist Church

Seal Will Play Pontius Pilate in Tyler Perry’s Televised Passion Play

Tyler Perry’s upcoming Passion musical has found its Pontius Pilate. Singer Seal has signed on to play the Roman official in the upcoming special that will air live on Fox on March 20. The Passion is a modern-day retelling of the story of Christ’s crucifixion, and will take place in New Orleans. Seal joins a cast that includes Telenovela’s Jencarlos Canela as Jesus, Trisha Yearwood as Mary and Chris Daughtry as Judas.

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South American football body seeks help from Pope - premier

Football in South America is asking the Vatican for help after it signed an agreement with the Holy See.


A Social Media Heart Check

Social media has attracted masses of us because we benefit from the connection, the information, and the inspiration. But for Christians, as many of us can attest, there are potential pitfalls as well. Though we desire to glorify the Lord and represent him well, the world of social media can upset those intentions, if we’re not careful. Wisdom would have us check our hearts regularly by keeping key questions in mind.

What Should a Church Look Like?

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The Inability of Naturalism to Explain Moral Knowledge

There are various positions taken amongst naturalists in metaethics, and these have implications for whether or not a particular naturalist would believe we can have moral knowledge. In this short paper, first I will survey options in metaethics that various naturalists have taken and draw out those implications. Though they may differ in their metaethical standpoints, all these theorists are united around a common ontological claim – real, intrinsic, moral facts do not exist. Yet, they also think we can (and often do) know much about morality. For example, following the fact-value split, we know not only that science (i.e., today’s orthodox science, which is naturalistic) gives us knowledge of the facts of reality, but we also know that ethics and religion give us opinions, preferences, and our own constructs. But in the second section, I will take up a broader question: can we really have knowledge on naturalism? If not, then it seems naturalism would be false, for there are many things it seems we do know, including in morality. If so, then naturalism should be rejected.

3 Ways I Share in the Pastor’s Study

But on a rainy Tuesday morning, when I’m folding laundry or commuting to work, he must study. And over the last 12 years of our marriage, I’ve come to realize that while I may be opening canned tomatoes, and he may be opening the letter to the Hebrews, I can and do have a share in his study. As a pastor’s wife—but also simply as a church member—his study is my privilege to participate in, particularly in three ways. 

Gospel Differences & Compositional Textbooks

Training in rhetoric was part of the educational process for aspiring authors in antiquity. That process included work using compositional textbooks, also referred to as rhetorical handbooks. Exercises in these trained the student to alter texts in the interest of paraphrasing. Not surprisingly, when reading ancient texts, including the Gospels, we observe their authors altering their source texts as trained. This practice resulted in differences in the way a story was reported. The differences are minor but of interest.

"The Knower and the Known" by Stephen Parrish, Part 2

In Part 1 of this review I outlined Parrish’s discussion of physicalism. Here, we have seen the structure of his substance dualism. It seems to me that Parrish’s deconstruction of physicalism is quite powerful. In particular, I noted that he makes a strong argument that physicalist theories ultimately boil down into either epiphenomenalism or mysterianism, neither of which is plausible. Moreover, his use of numerous examples and thought experiments throughout makes the work easier to comprehend while also providing a solid basis for grounding further discussions in philosophy of mind. Finally, the vast amount of research and documentation Parrish provides makes the work invaluable as a reference for physicalist writings alongside its clear value as a thorough critique of those same works.

Renewing Your Mind | The Donkey Who Carried A King | February 5, 2016

Davey was a young donkey who was bored and unhappy because he was never given anything to do. Then one day, some strangers came to the gate—and Davey's master picked him for a very special task. Davey carried the King, Jesus, into Jerusalem. A few days later, Davey saw some angry people making the King carry a heavy beam of wood. Davey could not understand it—until another donkey helped him see that the King was being a Servant on behalf of His people.

The Lonely Island Is Producing a New Sketch Comedy Show for Fox

Watch out, Saturday Night Live . The Lonely Island (the comedy trio of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone) has signed on to produce a new late night sketch comedy series with actor Paul Scheer for Fox that will air at 11:000 Saturday nights—a half hour before SNL starts on NBC. Party Over Here will star writer and actress Alison Rich (who used to work on SNL ), Jessica McKenna and Nicole Byer. In a statement, The Lonely Island explained, “When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of Empire . We failed miserably ... now it’s much more of a sketch comedy show.” The series premieres on March 12.

Really Recommended Posts 2/5/16- Male-Female Relationships, Dean Koontz, atheism, and more!

Another week, another round of posts for you to browse, dear readers. This week, we have Dean Koontz’s latest novel and literary apologetics, a scathing review of militant atheist Jerry Coyne’s book, male-female relations, the Jesus myth, and an analysis of an argument against the pro-life position.

A Genetic Pandora’s Box

Use this commentary and the links below to educate yourself and others on the consequences of genetic screening. Then be a spokesperson for the culture of life. And pray that this particular Pandora's box remains closed.

33 Elton John Plays Impromptu Train Station Concert

In true rockstar fashion, Elton John popped into the St Pancras train station in London, played a quick ditty on the piano, and then left. A group of lucky passersby grabbed some photos and video of the famed musician and enjoyed what might be his most unique show to date.

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

send to a friend #4  Posted by Debbie Vick  |  Friday, February 5, 2016 at 6:04 AM I am so glad you address this subject. I have always agreed in this way to love but not cover up sin. This lie has many Christians doing just that. They make the statement love the sinner but not the sin and then they do not want to offend them so they rather leave them in their dirty rotten self. I do not wish any one to go to hell but it will happen if we do not share the good news of Jesus Christ. God said it Himself He hates sin. That is why He sent His only begotten Son to this earth because He loved us and do not wish for any one to perish. Believe in the one and only true Savior Jesus. It was He alone that died for all our sins. His blood shed on the cross, died and was resurrected on the third day now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.

Signposts: The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel

When TV preachers tell us that they need private jets to communicate with God, what should that tell us about their theology? In this episode of Signposts  we consider what’s broken about the prosperity gospel, and why it matters.

37 The Briefing 02-05-16 |

Commercially there are many in the toy industry have already gone on record to say they don’t think Mattel’s rebranding or for that matter reshaping of Barbie is going to work. But that leads to a third issue that Christians need to note very carefully. Where should we derive our understanding of what it means to be male or female, man or woman, masculine or feminine? The very assumption, we should note, that toys are morally or culturally neutral leads many Christians to be unaware of the fact that many of our notions of femininity and masculinity are more derived from the culture around us than from Scripture. And even as we’re now living in a day in which so many want to say that gender doesn’t even exist, and that there are no meaningful distinctions between men and women, one of the most crucial responsibilities of Christians is to make certain that we are arguing from a position of biblical truth rather than from implied cultural authority. We’ve got to pushback against the culture that not only says Barbie is passé, but gender doesn’t matter. Of course gender matters, but we now have to make the argument in biblical terms, and we’ve got to make it forcefully.

Russell Moore on Twitter

Really disappointed in pro-life politicians, who counted on pro-life voters, now attacking pro-lifers for being too pro-life.

39 The Briefing 02-05-16 |

This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Thursday morning, January 8, 2015. The war on terror took on a savage new face…

I Will Not Allow My Daughter To Be A Victim Of Gender Equality

I cannot fully articulate just how damnably evil and cowardly it is to send women into war against their will. Whether or not such a war ever comes — and I believe it may, sooner or later — the very fact that we are prepared to do such a thing, that the law has mandated such a thing, is enough for me to pray that God finally smites our hideous, craven society, so that we can construct a new one from scratch. And if that ever happens, I’d like to hereby suggest that we banish from our new society any gutless, reprehensible, cowed little man who is now nodding with approval at the idea of forcibly shipping our daughters off to be blown apart. Men as unspeakably selfish and weak as that can be of no use in the rebuilding process.

Why kids — now more than ever — need to learn philosophy. Yes, philosophy.

If we fail to turn second-graders into Socrates, our kids may end up becoming expert at making a living, but they will be incompetent at creating a civil society.

Turkey: Church discovered in world's biggest underground city in Nevşehir with never-before-seen frescos

Researchers hope to continue excavating the site in the spring. When it was first discovered, the church was filled with earth, and pieces of the painting had to be collected separately. Lead researcher of the church and underground city, Semih İstanbulluoğlu, said: "The structure was found a short time ago. The frescoes on the walls will return to their original look after restoration and cleaning work."

My Harvard Jesus Moment

This walk has proved to be quite a journey. I've struggled with depression. I would yell, scream, cry at this God whom I had begun to love but didn't always like. But never once did I have to sacrifice my intellect for my faith, and he blessed me most keenly through my doubt. God revealed himself through Scripture, prayer, friendships, and the Christian tradition whenever I pursued him faithfully. I cannot say for certain where the journey ends, but I have committed to follow the way of Christ wherever it may lead. When confronted with the overwhelming body of evidence I encountered, when facing down the living God, it was the only rational course of action.


Books, Blogs, & Resources for Church Leaders – February 5, 2016

‘As An African-American, I Support Him 100 Percent’: Newsboys Lead Singer Michael Tait Endorses Ted Cruz

Singer-songwriter Michael Tait, the frontman for the Christian pop-rock band Newsboys, has officially endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president, citing the GOP hopeful’s principles, saying that, as an African-American, he supports him “100 percent.”

The Krispy Kreme Bacon Donut Dog Is Unlike Any Hot Dog You’ve Seen Before

Well, seriously, think about it for a minute. That bun is the equivalent of two KK glazed donuts, max. Those are 150 calories each. A regular hot dog might be 150 calories. Bacon is about 50 calories a slice, there’s not more than two on that thing, call it 100 calories. And two tablespoons of jam will also be around 100 calories. So altogether you’ve got maybe 650 calories. For reference, a Five Guys full size bacon cheeseburger is about 920 calories. A BK Whopper is around 700. A medium McDonald’s shake is 700. A Wendy’s single cheeseburger is 580. Three pieces of KFC original recipe is around 720. So, in the context of the kinds of things Americans eat on a regular basis, this is pretty much on the low side of average.

47 Grace to You Radio

With people’s thoughts turning to Valentine’s Day this month, it’s a good time to examine true, biblical love, and how to apply it to all your relationships. John MacArthur helps with that in his study The Greatest of These .

Answering the Abortion Question that Is Sure to Come

Re: Kyle. God Bless you Kyle. I am happy to know there is at least one Christian out there who is willing to help a desperate woman and not just condemn women that are desperate. I always think of Jesus reaction to the woman accused of adultery, and cannot help but wonder where was the man who committed adultery with her, when she was ‘caught in the act’? And why were the other ‘men’ so anxious to stone her to death? Thank God Jesus came along to drown their religious fervour with his righteousness and truth. That work of Jesus, should be a caution all those who want to condemn women for being pregnant. Remember that it takes two people to make a baby, not one person. Women have to bear a greater burden for sexual sins because they are the ones who carry the ‘evidence’ that the man does not have to carry. Instead of carry banners outside abortion clinics, Christians should be carrying an address where the women will be given a safe home and all her needs be taken care of throughout the pregnancy, and an additional guarantee that she and her child will be taken good care of, and that the child and its mother will be provided with sufficient funds to take care of their essential needs, such as food, housing, clothing and education.

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A Redemption Story — 17 Years in the Making

“God reminds me every year about this time—and every day—that I belong to Him,” Robinson said. “It’s like He has reached down to me and said, ‘Gene, if you were the only person in the world, I would save you. I love you. I would stop a Super Bowl for you.”

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