God So Loved, He Gave
The God who created a good and perfect world, but whose world turned from him, has brought restoration through gift. The Father loved the world and gave the Son, and the Father and the Son pour out the gift of the Spirit into the hearts of humanity, bringing about praise, hope, and a new creation. Those united to the Son by the Spirit then find their lives caught up with the glorious gift of God’s coming kingdom.
4 Problems with Free-Spirit Theology
Marguerite Porete was a French mystic born in the thirteenth century. She was part of the Beguines, a voluntary, informal, semi-monastic community not unlike the new monasticism popping up in some urban centers. Marguerite, though unknown to almost all contemporary Christians, was influential and controversial in her day. She was burned at the stake in Paris in 1310, and her views were later condemned at the Council of Vienne in 1312.
Cosmos Revives the Scientific Martyr Myth of Giordano Bruno
But there's one problem: Bruno's execution, troubling as it was, had virtually nothing to do with his Copernican views. He was condemned and burned in 1600, but it was not because he speculated that the Earth rotated around the sun along with the other planets. He was condemned because he denied the doctrine of the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, and transubstantiation, claimed that all would be saved, and taught that there was an infinite swarm of eternal worlds of which ours was only one. The latter idea he got from the ancient (materialist) philosopher Lucretius. Is it any surprise, then, that, as a defrocked Dominican friar denying essential tenets of Catholic doctrine and drawing strength from the closest thing to an atheist in the Roman world, he might have gotten in trouble with the Inquisition? Yet a documentary series about science and our knowledge of the universe fritters away valuable airtime on this Dominican mystic and heretic, while scarcely mentioning Copernicus, the Polish guy who actually wrote the book proposing a sun-centered universe.
If you're anything like me, you often find yourself repeating the same life activities over and over again. It's like the movie Groundhog Day - the same day keeps repeating itself over and over again.
Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology, New from R.C. Sproul and Reformation Trust
Many people react negatively to the word theology , believing that it involves dry, fruitless arguments about minute points of doctrine. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul argues, everyone is a theologian. Any time we think about a teaching of the Bible and strive to understand it, we are engaging in theology. Therefore, it is important that we put the Bible’s varied teachings together in a systematic fashion, using proper, time-tested methods of interpretation so as to arrive at a theology that is founded on truth.
The Subtle Danger of Mission Drift
It's clichéd, but the moments of greatest temptation occur when you least expect it. We've felt the tug of secularization most when we've been enjoying seasons of growth. It's so easy for success to cloud drift. But it's always there. As Christian leaders, we must daily commit ourselves to protecting and celebrating what matters most in the institutions God has entrusted to us.
Some Christians try to avoid theological controversies by passing them off with the phrase, “Well, that’s just your interpretation.” But hidden in this seemingly innocuous phrase is the notion that all opinions about the Bible are equally valid—that truth is relative. In this lesson, Dr. Sproul confronts this dangerous idea.
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Ezekiel 18 and God's Pleasure in Repentance and Judgment
Some expand God's refutation of a particular excuse offered by Israel into a Scripture-wide assertion that God has no over-arching decree, or, that God is not pleased in the execution of His holiness and justice. We see that the context does not support such an expansion, and there is no need to create such an unnecessary contradiction in Scripture.
How to Schedule a Women’s Midweek Study
Expectations are the big E on the eye chart. For a newcomer, knowing what to expect when she first encounters a women’s ministry event goes a long way in developing positive first impressions. Meet expectations, and you’ve won a friend. Failure to meet reasonable expectations like a warm welcome and clear communication sends the message that your visitor is not important. Neglecting a visitor’s needs hollers, “please don’t bother”—and she probably won’t.
Teaching Outside His Comfort Zone
The students. The staff turnover rate is really high because they can speak inappropriately and be disrespectful. But we have to find ways to reach these kids in the culture they're imbedded in. We can't hold grudges when they treat us badly; we have to forgive them. Even if they've disrespected us one day, we have to teach them the next day. For me, knowing that, in Christ, I'm a forgiven sinner really empowers me to be full of grace for them. It makes a huge difference in how I approach my work.
7 Reasons Why I Reject the Jesus Myth
The Jesus myth theory (the idea that there was no historical Jesus and that the Christ of the Gospels is based on pagan myths) has become quite popular in recent years. I have talked to numerous people who are very much convinced that it is true and believe those who accept a historical Jesus are foolish. I believe that Jesus was real and that he has nothing to do with pagan myths. Here are some reasons.
Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s Religion for the Scientific Mind
Through his understanding of the cosmos, Carl Sagan has forcefully, though unwittingly, offered mankind a dynamic new religion. Sagan’s religion, however, is not a traditional one. It does not involve worship of a Supreme Being, nor the performing of any particular ritual. Yet Sagan’s religion of science has penetrated deep into the modern cultural consciousness. In this compelling volume, Geisler confronts Sagan’s scientific religion with the truth of Christianity.
How to Talk to a Skeptic
There are plenty of books on apologetics out there and that is a good thing. But what we don’t need is more books just saying the same thing. Thankfully there are some recent books that are breathing fresh air into the subject of apologetics. One of them is How to Talk to a Skeptic .
The presence of false prophets in the first-century church is a fact that is clearly attested in the New Testament (Matt. 7:15; 24:11; 2 Tim. 4:3–4; 2 Peter 2:1–3; 1 John 4:1; Jude 4). Commands to test prophecy must be understood against that backdrop. Believers were commanded to discern between those who were true spokesmen for God and those who were dangerous counterfeits. The Thessalonians, in particular, needed to be wary of false prophets. Paul’s two epistles to them indicate that some within their congregation had already been misled—both with regard to Paul’s personal character (1 Thess. 2:1–12) and the eschatological future of the church (1 Thess. 4:13–5:11). Much of Paul’s instruction was in response to the erroneous teaching that was wreaking havoc within the Thessalonian church. Perhaps that is why some of the Thessalonians were tempted to despise all prophetic utterances, including those that were true. 
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The Noah Movie and Christians
How should Christians respond to the upcoming Noah movie? Christians tend to react to Bible movies by either fully embracing them or fully rejecting them (including the popular banning). First of all, we should not go into this assuming that Noah is going to be a faithful representation of the biblical text. This article from the Christian Post makes that clear.
What is the Difference Between Prayer and Magic?
One of the main differences is that prayer is not limited to petitions. Prayer can also be used for thanksgiving, confession or worship. Magic is always used as a supplication. Another difference is that magic is used to manipulate supernatural power. It is not really a request but rather a tapping into a force. Prayer takes place in the context of a relationship. Christians do not demand that God gives what is requested. It is understood that God will give us what is best.
But The Question of Canon , while not out of sync with previous evangelical writings, does make several contributions. First, Kruger organizes modern assumptions of the “extrinsic model” of canon formation so as to provide a nuanced, comprehensive critique. Second, he engages current non-evangelical and evangelical literature on canon so as to provide the most up-to-date apologetic resource on canon formation from an evangelical perspective. Third, Kruger occasionally offers new and stimulating arguments. For example, in discussing the way early Christians valued the written word, he appeals to the sophistication of early scribal handwriting and literary innovations, such as the widespread Christian use of the nomina sacra . I had not previously given sufficient weight to these factors in considering the early Christian approach to the written word.
Could The Universe Emerge Out of Nothing? - Christian Research Institute
Hank gives three reasons why it is utterly implausible to believe that the universe came from nothing. He demonstrates that if something exists without a cause, it must therefore be eternal and that is why God is the only plausible explanation of the existence of the universe.
Cosmos Reboot - Christian Research Institute
Hank reviews a newspaper article discussing the new television program Cosmos, which is a twenty-first century edition of the original 1980 series with Carl Sagan. Hank uses this article to point out the errors of cosmology apart from God.
The Osteenification of American Christianity - Christian Research Institute
Hank discusses his new book The Osteenification of American Christianity in which he unmasks Joel Osteen’s false teaching regarding health, prosperity, and the power of positive and negative confessions.