God's Not Dead - Vince Vitale
Is God dead? Not in academia. As someone who teaches philosophy at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, Vince Vitale is well placed to know what the top scho...
Naturalism Requires Faith
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - William Lane Craig shows (in his debate with John Shook) that the naturalist has only faith in naturalism. Related: Does Sci...
What Justification Is There for Atheism?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On April 18th, 2012 William Lane Craig and Klemens Kappel debated the topic "Does God Exist?" in Cop...
Were Alexander the Great and Aesop Muslims?
http://www.answeringmuslims.com If history tells us anything, it tells us that Alexander the Great and Aesop (of Aesop's Fables) were not Muslims. But accord...
Stop Being Preachy. Just Preach.
These Christians all share something in common—self-righteousness. Preachy Christians often turn people off not onto faith in Christ. If we’re honest, we all have a bit of this in us, but with these people, it’s amplified. We hesitate to talk about Jesus because we don’t want to be associated with them. We’re concerned it would turn others off. But preachy self-righteousness isn’t just a turn off—it’s the opposite of the gospel.
I Reject Christianity Because _______________
Nickles gets it exactly backwards. God is by nature good; if God isn't good, he isn't really God. Or to be more precise: if there's no good God, there's no God at all. I agree that there's horrific evil and suffering in the world, which can strain our faith in God to the limits, but as a Christian I have to reject the assumption that it's senseless. It may appear senseless to us, but we don't have God's comprehensive perspective on events. If there is an all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful God, then he must have good reasons for permitting the evil and suffering that exists—whether or not we ourselves can discern those reasons. The Bible gives us some insight into God's reasons for permitting evil and suffering, even if it doesn't answer all our questions.
Once Confused, Now Complementarian
I sat wide-eyed across the table from my new friend Courtney in our college cafeteria. I had just told her I was interested in a guy who sat near me in my freshman biology class. My plan was to go to him and inform him about my interest in dating. Courtney was convincing me to think otherwise — I was confused and didn’t understand why it mattered.
Why the Church isn’t Reaching my Unchurched Friends
Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts and insights. I guess I'll have to say, as a pastor, one way I see a difference on Sunday from the rest of the week, is the smiles of innocence on Sunday when everything is “fine” in appearance but watching the exact opposite when following a person's Facebook presence during the week. That's just one example. And then there's the stories I'm told continually about a deacon or Sunday school teacher who leads well on Sunday but is a tryant in the work place. Stuff like that. But you're right. We aren't reaching them. And we aren't speaking the truth in love as we should. I'm doing what I can, by God's grace and for His glory, to change that in my little circle of His world. Thanks.
Nine Practical Pointers for Plodders
You will not make perfect plans. You will not work your plans perfectly. You’ll find a bog of ambiguity that you’ll need to step through carefully. There will be detours and delays. There will be equipment failures. You will spin your wheels. There will be unexpected phone calls and undesired emails. Social media will keep poking you for attention. Your indwelling sin and others’ indwelling sin will throw you curveballs. There will be some swings and misses. Your creativity won’t flow like you want it to when you want it to. And when you actually get to the project that you’ve scheduled time for at the time you scheduled it for, you won’t feel like doing it.
Click here to support Help Support Doug and Becky Groothuis by Sarah Geis
Dear friends, Rebecca Groothuis is 59 years old, an erstwhile musician, the author of two books (Good News for Women, and Women Caught in the Conflict), and the editor of one (Discovering Biblical Equality). When Becky wrote, she elegantly, cleverly, and grammatically crafted her prose, all the while clearly conveying her arguments through sharp wit and logical prowess. She used her unusually wise intellect to edit and improve Doug's many books, as well. The last few months have been extraordinarily painful for Doug and Becky. Becky has had physical autoimmune and other health problems for many years, but that all pales in comparison to this new battle. In the last year she has experienced frightening and dramatic changes in her cognitive functioning. Her decline has happened rapidly, impairing her ability to read or write. As of March 10th, 2014 she has been diagnosed with dementia, although we do not yet know what kind. The most frightening part is this: W hen she arrives home from the hospital, she will need 24-hour care of some variety. This page has been created for two purposes.
Why We Need the Book of James in the New Testament Canon
To be absolutely honest about it, thirty-some years ago I had just finished do what I thought of my new ‘job’ which was reading the Bible, (isn’t that what Christians are supposed to do?) when I heard it said what Luthers opinion was of James, and based on that I read James. I didn’t say ‘re-read’ because in looking back, and I’ve counseled on this issue quite a bit in the last thirty-some years, my first pass through the Bible cannot in any way be identified as ‘reading.’ I always put James at the top of the ‘must read’ list for new Christians, and that’s because in addition to it being a short book, it doesn’t immediately give the babe in Christian what I think of as culture shock.
I’m currently preaching through the book of Romans. That’s right, ROMANS! Crazy, I know. I swore I wouldn’t even attempt to preach through Romans till I was at least 50 years old but I decided to do it now because it was reading through Romans last fall that rescued me from a season of doubt and discouragement.
‘Non-Shepherding’ Pastors: Option or Oxymoron?
"These duties are wed in Scripture," notes Bryan Chapell, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, and former president of Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. He points to Paul's instructive words: "Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well" (1 Thess. 2:8). Like Greear, though, Chapell admits there will be different "gifts" and "degrees of calling" when it comes to shepherding and proclamation.
Culture or counterculture?
When one culture has served its purpose but is no longer useful as a vehicle for communicating the grandeur of Jesus, that is when we need a new counterculture to challenge the status quo and replace it with a rediscovery of the Lord of glory, as he is defined by the Bible alone. Such a movement will be spoken against. It will need to keep itself too under the judgment of God’s Word, to stay fresh. But a deliberate rejection of everything unworthy of the real Jesus, with an obedient reaching for everything consistent with his true stature, might just stand a chance of changing the course of our history.
Connecting with our 2014 National Conference
During the conference we will be sharing updates, quotes, and pictures on social media using the official conference hashtag #lmnc. Please follow along and join the conversation.
Why Should Christians Study the Bible?
Many people believe that theological study holds little value. They say, “I don’t need theology; I just need to know Jesus.” Yet theology is unavoidable for every Christian. It is our attempt to understand the truth that God has revealed to us—something every Christian does. So it is not a question of whether we are going to engage in theology; it is a question of whether our theology is sound or unsound. It is important to study and learn because God has taken great pains to reveal Himself to His people. He gave us a book, one that is not meant to sit on a shelf pressing dried flowers, but to be read, searched, digested, studied, and chiefly to be understood.
2014 National Conference — Day 1
In the second message of the day, Albert Mohler considered Jesus’ prayer in John 17 and explained the tension that the church is in the world, but not of the world. The only biblical option for the church is to engage the culture of the world with the confidence and knowledge that our Lord and Master has overcome the world for us.
Arcade Fire Talks to Missionaries
The truth is, our family is kinda weird (mostly in a good way). And they can sometimes have a hard time relating to other people, especially when they think those people are the weird ones. Nothing brings this point home more than watching a non-Christian friend talk about his or her experience with your church. It can be painful, and we may become defensive when a friend shares his or her perspective about our family. But it can also be revealing and edifying. That was my experience when I heard Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire, singing about missionaries to Haiti and their troubling theology of culture on the band's latest album, Reflektor .
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
My wife became a Christian the first time she heard the gospel. It didn’t take years, or even months or weeks of soul-searching. It didn’t take a great pilgrimage or a critical analysis of the Bible’s trustworthiness or inerrancy. A very practical person who had been raised without reference to religion, she heard the gospel at the age of eighteen, understood that it made sense of the world and her life, and responded in faith. Since that time she hasn’t seriously considered reconsidering.
Resurgence Roundup, 3/14/14
The weekly Resurgence Roundup brings together some of the most interesting content we’ve found online, as it pertains to the church and the people God has called us to reach. Keep in mind, we don’t endorse or agree with everything you’ll see included in the roundup.
Craig, Carroll and the Limits of Cosmology
There’s much to admire about Sean Carroll. Obviously, he has an extraordinary intellect. His remarkable communication skills, and his infectious enthusiasm for physics, were clearly evidenced in his debate with William Lane Craig. Carroll has graciously, yet carefully, distanced himself from New Atheists. He does not regard theists as “the enemy” and acknowledges that he might learn something from religious traditions. Yet he remains firm in his atheism. After his debate with Craig he wrote:
Single vs. Married Pastors: Take It from a Guy Who’s Done Both
I am happy to be married. And it was a joy to serve the church as a single man. Too often this debate forces us to choose sides. But the Bible doesn't rank them; it honors both sides. The church should as well. As a man who now has lived in both worlds, I would urge churches and search committees to evaluate men for pastoral ministry based on their character, gifts, and maturity, not on their marital status.
The murder of Kitty Genovese left a moral stain on the city of New York. In the aftermath of the incident, local police expressed how easy it would have been to intervene. "A phone call would have done it," a detective said. Lieutenant Bernard Jacobs, who led the investigation, commented, "We can understand the reticence of people to become involved in an area of violence...but why didn't someone call us that night?" 1
TGC IO Update: ESV Global Study Bible Distribution
We believe God has uniquely blessed us with a global network of likeminded churches and missions who are able to get these Bibles to church leaders—leaders who often lack access to solid biblical teaching and training. As you'll see below, the distribution was tremendous. We invite you to join us in praising God and praying for kingdom fruit in the lives of the recipients and their congregations.
Carroll, Craig, Causes and Explanations
Carroll has written that “As far as we know, [the universe] may simply exist and evolve according to the laws of nature”. Again, this is quite obviously a poor argument. The existence and nature of our universe is extraordinarily surprising. This is particularly so from a naturalistic perspective. Given naturalism, there is absolutely no reason to expect that the universe should be capable of being described by laws of nature, especially laws expressible in the language of mathematics. Furthermore, given naturalism there is no reason why the universe has this particular set of laws; rather than some other set out of possibly infinitely many alternatives. So it is deeply surprising that our universe is governed by laws that produce such intricate, beautiful and majestic order. Our own existence is more surprising still; the fact that our universe allows not only life, but a community of conscious, moral observers is striking.
Who is Afraid of Q?
You may or may not be aware that there is something called the synoptic problem. The problem is that the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) have certain similarities that go beyond just separate accounts of the same events. In many cases it is the same word for word. What is the reason for this?
A notorious figure listed in the book of Revelation is called “The Beast.” So who is the beast identified in the book of Revelation? Has he already come or should we still expect him? In this message, Dr. Sproul matches the biblical portrait of the beast with a man who fits the description right down to the name.
Atonement Atrocities, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute
Hank shares his thoughts on Joel Osteen’s unbiblical view of Christ’s atonement. As Christians we believe that the redemptive work of Christ was completed upon the cross, yet Osteen erroneously contends that Jesus finished the work of redemption in hell.
This is a wonderful book that laypeople and scholars alike will benefit from reading. At a time when the foundations of our freedom strain under the weight of both religious and secular forms of fanaticism, Loconte points us back to the simple yet powerful idea that Locke expressed so eloquently: “The toleration of those that differ from others in matters of religion is so agreeable to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to the genuine reason of mankind, that it seems monstrous for men to be so blind as not to perceive the necessity and advantage of it.” Monstrous as it may seem, religious and irreligious people are once again growing blind to the rights of their neighbors. This book will help reopen eyes.
As Christians, we believe that the Bible is true, and we trust that we can take it literally. But what does it mean to read poetry literally? How are we to understand the literal meaning of Christ’s parables, or the metaphors in the book of Revelation? In this lesson, Dr. R.C. Sproul explores the meaning of Literal Interpretation.
Answering Muslims: Pat Condell: A Society of Cowards
In a courageous (but thoroughly unrealistic) effort to show the world that Islam doesn't promote violence over cartoons, Muslim parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz recently decided to Tweet a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad:
Not surprisingly, some of his fellow Muslims are now threatening to brutally murder him over his Tweet.
The Guardian—A Muslim Liberal Democrat candidate has revealed he tweeted a cartoon of Muhammad and Jesus because of his desire to speak freely without fearing a charge of blasphemy, even though it prompted death threats and calls for him to stand down.
Maajid Nawaz, who is running to be an MP in Hampstead and Kilburn, said he tweeted the image and stated he did not feel it threatened him in order to defend his religion "against those who have hijacked it because they shout the loudest".
Writing in the Guardian, the politician said his intention was "not to speak for any Muslim but myself" but he hoped it would send a message that Muslims are able to see things they dislike and remain calm and pluralist.
"My intention was to carve out a space to be heard without constantly fearing the blasphemy charge, on pain of death," he wrote.