Embrace the Life God Has Given You (Two Minute Clip on Grief)
Grief must have its season, but it must never have the final word.
The kalam cosmological argument defended in a peer-reviewed science journal
Here’s the peer-reviewed article. It appears in a scientific journal focused on astrophysics. Here’s the abstract: Both cosmology and philosophy trace their roots to the wonder felt by …
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There is is a common problem among millennials — but it might not be what you think.
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The topic of the BBC interview -- the impeachment of Korean President Park Geun-hye -- was interesting. But Robert Kelly's children stole the show.
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Facebook, Politics and Christianity
God did not choose one candidate and He is not in one political party. Our God doesn’t fall within one political ideology or one government system, yet we find Him in the heart of politics. For His heart is for the people. We may disagree on abortion policies, but all Christians should agree on valuing life. We may disagree on taxes, but all Christians should agree resources should be well stewarded. We may disagree on foreign policy, but all Christians should agree peace should be sought out.
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To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW >>>
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Should Christian College Professors Have Tenure?
Thanks for this article Dr. Kidd. As a seminary student, I have a question for you. Could you explain a little more why you are ambivalent about tenure at seminaries? You say that it is important to keep theological orthodoxy at seminaries because they train the next generation of pastors, which I agree with. But if Christian colleges ought to take more precautions at the hiring and tenure-granting stages, shouldn’t seminaries do the same rather than get rid of tenure? The second-to-last paragraph seems to suggest Christian colleges can be less vigilant about orthodoxy than seminaries – which I do not think you are saying. So could you help me understand your distinction between colleges and seminaries a little more? Thanks.
What ‘Waiting’ Looks Like When You’ve Already Had Sex
I’ve been married to my husband, Jesse, for five years now. He and I fought really hard to remain pure until we were finally married. And it was so worth it. Some people mocked it, but I didn’t mind. I was secure in the belief that God created intimacy for my husband and him alone. I was content in waiting (even when it got really stinking hard).
How can I recognize a false teacher / false prophet?
The Gospel of Matthew
records Jesus' words regarding false prophets/teachers. We are told in
chapter 7 verses 16-20 that we will know them by their fruit. Bad trees
cannot produce good fruit, and good trees cannot produce bad fruit.
Spring Open House
Deciding to pursue a seminary degree will be one of the most rewarding and challenging educational decisions of your life. Bring your questions about Christianity and Seminary education to our Spring Open House on March 18th so you can learn what is required to make the most of your SES education. Lunch will be provided by SES, and students, alumni, and professors will be in attendance so that you can gain a clear understanding of the ministerial and academic excellence we expect from our students. We look forward to meeting you.
Thousands of Catholic teenagers gather at Wembley - Premier
Around 9,000 Catholic young people are gathering at Wembley Arena for the bi-annual Flame Congress.
Light Sails: In Fast Radio Bursts, Harvard Scientists Seek Evidence of Intelligent Design | Evolution News
Their forthcoming paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters is “Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails.” It applies what is manifestly (albeit not by that name) a design filter to evaluating a mysterious phenomenon in distant space. So-called fast radio bursts (FRBs) could be natural. Or they could be an artifact of non-human intelligence, an unknown technology in use to power enormous alien spacecraft in “sailing” across the stars. Distinguishing nature from artifact is the main point on the agenda of all intelligent design research, whether it’s called that or not.
The High Cost of Free Porn
The ultimate need of the Christian fighting pornography is not new or better tips, tricks, or tools — it is Christ. For the individual believer whose spiritual pulse has slowed to a crawl, Jesus is the answer; Jesus will rouse the sleeper and strengthen the weak. For the church whose vitality has dimmed, Jesus is the answer; a fresh understanding of the Son of God, obedient to the mission given him by the Father (John 6:38), will strengthen the hands of the elders and members of the congregation. For a movement lagging in missionary zeal, Jesus will restore hope and purpose.
The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts
You are likely familiar with some of the hundreds of resources you can go to for an in-depth look at how Scripture has been preserved. In a conversational setting, however, it is not always practical to bring these resources into the discussion and it is difficult to recite from memory the relevant information that you’ve studied. As a part of a focus on ‘ conversational apologetics ’ this article seeks to provide a way to confidently outline some important aspects of defending the Bible.
Lay Aside the Weight of Discouragement
A famous biblical example of discouragement is when the twelve spies returned after scoping out the Promised Land. They reported the land indeed “[flowed] with milk and honey,” but the inhabitants were “strong,” some were giants, and the cities “fortified and very large” (Numbers 13:27–28). Ten of the twelve spies said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are” (Numbers 13:31). This so discouraged the people that they refused to trust in God’s promises and power. As a result, they wandered in the wilderness forty more years. Only Joshua and Caleb, the two faithful spies, lived to see those fears defeated.
Richard Dawkins Really Does Believe in Design
Given Dawkins’s atheism, there is something odd about his lament, for it seems to require that Dawkins accept something about the nature of human beings that his atheism seems to reject. Dawkins harshly criticizes Wise for embracing a religious belief that results in Wise not treating himself and his talents, intelligence, and abilities in a way appropriate for their full flourishing. That is, given the opportunity to hone and nurture certain gifts—for example, intellectual skill—no one, including Wise, should waste them as a result of accepting a false belief. The person who violates, or helps violate, this norm, according to Dawkins, should be condemned and we should all bemoan this tragic moral neglect on the part of our fellow(s). But the issuing of that judgment on Wise by Dawkins makes sense only in light of Wise’s particular talents and the
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How Christ Fulfilled and Ended the Old Testament Regime
The establishment of civil law on the basis of an ethnically rooted people, who are ruled directly by God, has ceased. The people of God are no longer a unified political body or an ethnic group or a nation-state, but are exiles and sojourners among all ethnic groups and all states. Therefore, God’s will for states is not taken directly from the Old Testament theocratic order, but should now be re-established from place to place and from time to time by means that correspond to God’s sovereign rule over all peoples, and that correspond to the fact that genuine obedience, rooted as it is in faith in Christ, cannot be coerced by law. The state is therefore grounded in God, but not expressive of God’s immediate rule.
Nicole Kidman Explains ‘Seal Clapping’ at Oscars
“I don’t want to not be clapping, so therefore I’m clapping, but it was really difficult because I had this huge ring on, which was not my own but was absolutely gorgeous and I was terrified of damaging it.”
Gospel Depths: Why God Revealed the Depths of Salvation in Eternity Past
One week-night, when I was sitting in the house of God, I was not thinking much about the preacher’s sermon, for I did not believe it. The thought struck me, “How did you come to be a Christian?” I sought the Lord. “But how did you come to seek the Lord?” The truth flashed across my mind in a moment — I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him. I prayed, thought I, but then I asked myself, How came I to pray? I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so? Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, “I ascribe my change wholly to God.” ( Autobiography , 164–165)
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But Jesus tells us, “In this world you will have trouble.” But then he says, “But take heart. I have overcome the world.” He’s saying there’s another story being told, and if I didn’t believe that I would be an extremely bitter and angry man. Maria’s death underlined and solidified what I knew and believed, and made it more real. When there was nothing else to hold on to, I heard myself say, “God, I’m going to trust you and worship you, and that’s not because there’s an audience watching. I’m going to bless your name whether you give or take away.”
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Bishops warn of consequences of BBC not making Songs of Praise - Premier
A number of Church of England bishops have raised concern over the consequences of the BBC losing the right to make Songs of Praise.
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Turek vs Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist? | Christian Apologetics
On September 9, 2008, Frank Turek debated atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, at Virginia Commonwealth University. The topic was, "Does God Exist?" Hitchens was his usual charming and witty self (I , Frank, really like him and said as much), but he did not answer any of the eight arguments that were presented for the existence of God. Many in the audience acknowledged that he dodged nearly all of the questions. Watch the video and decide for yourself which arguments were strongest. Then read comments in the CrossExamined blog ( http://www.crossexamined.org/blog/?p=84 ) from a variety of viewers who wanted to weigh in with their opinions and arguments.
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The Reason Why Few Christians Are Willing to Be Christian Case Makers
Since writing Cold-Case Christianity , my speaking schedule has been extremely busy; I am blessed by opportunities to make the case for Christianity every weekend in churches across the nation. As a result, however, I get to see how many of my Christian brothers and sisters are interested in the evidence supporting their faith. I must tell you, the interest in Christian case making is thin , at best. In a typical church, about ten percent of the congregation is usually concerned enough about “apologetics” to attend a training session or conference. My fellow speakers and traveling case makers report the same interest wherever they go, and if you are among the few Christians who are actively studying or making the case, you know what I am talking about first-hand . Why are so few Christians willing to be Christian case makers? The one thing most of us lack is the very thing that made me successful as a cold-case detective: a desire to work hard and do whatever it takes to master the material.
Reza Aslan Eats Human Brains on CNN (the Cannibal News Network)
Reza Aslan, a professor of creative writing who masquerades as a scholar of religion, recently ate part of a human brain on his CNN program "Believer with Reza Aslan." As part of his interactions with the cannibal Aghori sect of Hinduism, Aslan had his face powdered with cremated human remains and drank alcohol from a human skull before consuming the human brain. David Wood discusses the issue.
Ask Anything with Albert Mohler — Tuesday, March 14 at 3pm ET
Ask Anything is an opportunity for you to ask Dr. Mohler questions related to ministry, theology, Christian worldview, and more.
Compassion Intl. Is Officially Leaving India
also reported that “15,000 of the 145,000 Indian children regularly receiving services through Compassion International have been severed from the programs. Beginning on Friday, the sponsors will be contacted individually, at the rate of 2,500 per day, and asked to transfer their sponsorships from Indian children to children from other countries.”
Petition accusing BBC of marginalising Christians reaches 6,000 signatures - Premier
A petition which accuses the BBC of an orchestrated attempt to Islamise the UK, has reached 6,000 signatures.
So many journalism questions remain, about current status of evangelism and missions in India
Ah, but that leads to yet another question: Maybe evangelism is illegal when done by foreigners, using foreign funds? But Compassion works with local churches and ministries. Thus, one needs to ask if evangelism is now illegal in India even when the work is done by local Christians (a faith that has been in India for many centuries, even to the time of the early apostles ). Native Christians can do safe, inside-the-sanctuary church things but they cannot do evangelism that leads to conversions?
What Christianity in China Is Really Like
Again, there are always exceptions, but most “registered” international churches meet at a Three-Self building when the Chinese congregation isn’t using the facility. A common scenario is for the Chinese church to use the building in the morning and the foreigners to roll in around 4 p.m. for their service. But even then, it’s not as if the international church is recognized in the same way the Chinese congregation is. Maybe “recognized” is a better word for international churches than “registered.” These congregations rarely use “church” in their name, opting to call themselves a “fellowship” instead. One pastor described it to me by saying it’s as if the government views the international gathering like a Sunday school of the local TSPM church. The church meets there in the morning, but they allow some foreigners to come in the afternoon—all under the same umbrella of that one, sanctioned TSPM church. Requests from the foreigners to move to a bigger space, change locations, add a second service, or host an outside event are met with disdain.
Man banned from churches in court order - Premier
A man, who was jailed after conducting a harassment campaign against a Christian couple, has been given a further punishment of being banned from every church in the UK.
Farewell, Jesus Junk? Christian Retail Finds a Deeper Purpose
When America’s biggest Christian chain, Family Christian Stores, announced last month that it would be shutting its doors, a small number of Christian bookstore cynics brought up similar critiques over the shallower content its stores promoted alongside Bibles and Christian classics. The speculated silver lining: Did Family Christian’s closure mean consumers were turning away from the celebrity books, inspirational titles, and “Jesus junk”?
Has Science Ever Caused you to Doubt Your Faith? | Bernard Palmer
Dr. Fuz Rana and Dr. Bernard Palmer Bernard trained as a doctor at Cambridge University and the London Hospital and later became the Senior Surgeon at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. In 2000 he and Dr Tom Holland established Christchurch Baldock as many felt North Herts had a need for a contemporary Bible teaching church with a focus on evangelism, families and young people. Bernard is the author of ‘Cure for Life’ which has now been translated into many languages and has helped many to understand the evidence supporting Jesus’ claims and what he taught. Bernard is married to Rosy, with whom he has four children. Follow RTB_Official for updates! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RTBofficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/RTB_official Instagram: http://instagram.com/rtb_official Website: http://www.reasons.org
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Park Geun-hye's impeachment 'good opportunity to renew' South Korea, says pastor - Premier
A South Korean pastor has said the impeachment of its first female president provides a "good opportunity to renew" the country after the corruption that's been going on there.
Facebook development based on Rick Warren's church - Premier
Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that his new vision for the future of Facebook is based on creating a community similar to that of a church.
Six Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day
In this segment, John Piper outlines six reasons why the Bible earns our effort. The Bible is God’s gift to us so that we can fulfill the purpose for which we were made. As humans, God calls every one of us to bring him glory as the one who made us with every part of our being — our minds, our hearts, and our actions. This can only happen by seeing the glory of God and enjoying him in it. For this to happen, we need to see God as he truly is.
Ligonier Ministries’ 2007 National Conference, Contending for the Truth, will equip believers to answer the false claims of postmodernism, naturalism, and our culture’s other atheistic theories. Dr. Sproul is joined by other Christian scholars, pastors, and leaders, including John MacArthur, …
BBC studios to stop making Songs of Praise - Premier
Mark Linsey, director of BBC Studios, which pitched to continue making the programme, said: "We are disappointed with the outcome. Songs Of Praise is a much-loved programme and we take great pride in how we've nurtured and developed the series over many years, which continues to delight audiences.
Female priest: It was wrong to push Bishop Philip North out of Sheffield - Premier
A female priest says that Rt Rev Philip North would have made a "supportive" and "passionate" Bishop of Sheffield after news emerged that he turned down the role on Thursday evening.