Investigation into church Muslim service – Premier Premier
It is 'quite clear' that an Islamic prayer should not have taken place in a church in London, the Diocese of Southwark has said.
Jean Vanier Wins Templeton Prize
A living saint honored for his work with the mentally disabled
Book review of Frank Turek's "Stealing from God"
This book review was posted at Apologetics 315. It says: From the very onset of the book, it is clear that Turek has the so-called “new atheists” in his crosshairs and his main contention is that “...
Why Doesn't God Provide More Proof He Exists? | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
It's an objection that has been thrown around for years; if God exists, why doesn't he make himself more obvious? Certainly a miracle would convince the hardened atheist, right? Not necessarily.
In this short video, Lenny tackles the question head on and shows that sometimes more proof is not better and maybe the problem lies with those who just don't want to see the evidence in front of them.
Christian charity: Villages "blown away" in cyclone – Premier Premier
Entire villages have "literally been blown away" by a cyclone that tore through a group of islands in the South Pacific, a Christian aid charity has said.
Indian nun 'gang raped' by robbers – Premier Premier
A 72-year-old nun has been gang-raped by a group of men who were trying to steal from her convent in India.
Is your marriage a picture of the gospel?
A week later our friend called to say thank you for helping them move, but she said, “I really called to tell you some incredible news. My sister, Debi, was completely blown away by your relationship. This past week several times she would ask me if you guys are for real and finally she asked me what made the difference in your marriage. What do you have that makes you love each other like that? I saw my opportunity to tell her that it’s Jesus that makes the difference in your lives and I shared the gospel with her and she has trusted Christ!”
Senator Obama's 2008 Message to Iran Undermines Condemnation of GOP Letter - Breitbart
Perhaps Biden’s loophole in making his 36-year representation is that the message Senator Obama allegedly sent was not in written form. It was a verbal message delivered to Tehran’s leadership by Ambassador William G. Miller, who assured an enemy who was at war with us that a President Obama would be much more amicable to deal with.
What scares the new atheists | John Gray
To be sure, evangelical unbelievers adamantly deny that liberalism needs any support from theism. If they are philosophers, they will wheel out their rusty intellectual equipment and assert that those who think liberalism relies on ideas and beliefs inherited from religion are guilty of a genetic fallacy. Canonical liberal thinkers such as John Locke and Immanuel Kant may have been steeped in theism; but ideas are not falsified because they originate in errors. The far-reaching claims these thinkers have made for liberal values can be detached from their theistic beginnings; a liberal morality that applies to all human beings can be formulated without any mention of religion. Or so we are continually being told. The trouble is that it’s hard to make any sense of the idea of a universal morality without invoking an understanding of what it is to be human that has been borrowed from theism. The belief that the human species is a moral agent struggling to realise its inherent possibilities – the narrative of redemption that sustains secular humanists everywhere – is a hollowed-out version of a theistic myth.
Why Children Need Chores
I don't yet have kids of my own, but if I do, I will certainly give them a list of chores to do. This article isn't saying that giving kids chores is better than resume building for college admissions or internships. As the middle child, my other two siblings focused exclusively on academics as our parents had wanted us to. I valued academics, but found the responsibility of chores and physical labor a personal sense of satisfaction. There's a great quote from Bruce Almighty I love. Morgan Freeman says to Jim Carrey's character, "People underestimate the value of manual labor. There's freedom in it." Not one to grasp at strings, but my siblings are both liberals, are less content than me, and don't do the simple things like return shopping carts or plan out their day well. My point is, chores build character and add meaning to the idea that life is about work and balance. Its not just about doing what's best for you like getting into college, but being the best YOU for everyone. :)
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.
What Does It Look Like to be a Christian Feminist?
I agree that it doesn't have to be synonymous, but for many it is. For that reason, I would actually like a different word for a description. I am also very careful, because I don't like the church being divided, due to color or gender. (I'm not saying you were). I too believe God wants us to stand for women's equality. However, I would still rather (and thank the Lord I don't have to), go back to discrimination if it meant that way is the only way to follow christ. For this reason, I will never vote for any candidate who supports abortion. I believe there are some issues, political, that I will vote on just one issue (because I vote the bible, not the person or party). That one issue of abortion, the death of an innocent unborn child that has a soul and a life, does influence my opinion of feminism. It probably always will. And that is due to the fact that it was a large rallying cry of the feminist movement. I would encourage this new generation to find a word that can encompass a born again Christian who has submitted to the Holy Spirit, made Christ Lord and Savior, who stands for the scripture, Galatians 3:28, ".
Couch Potatoes Rejoice: Strenuous Exercise May Be Unhealthy
A recent study in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, found that exercising strenuously four to seven days a week conferred an increased risk of vascular disease, compared with two to three days a week of strenuous exercise. Accompanying the study, published in Circulation’s Feb. 24 edition, is an editorial entitled, “Physical Activity: Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing?”
4 Secrets of a Fruitful Ministry
Maybe you’ve been dormant in your ministry for some time. My prayer is that you’ll give yourself to Christ, saying, “Lord, I want to work on these four things: cultivating my roots, eliminating the weeds, cooperating with Your pruning, and waiting for the harvest. God, I trust You with what I’ve planted, and I trust what I have sown will inevitably reap a harvest for You.”
Guilty as charged
We press on with the full confidence that what might appear to be simple is truly profound. We stand on the truth of God’s Word. We shudder at the outrageous suggestion that we need to get out of “Bibleworld.” We are guilty as charged in our stalwart allegiance to the revealed Word. May we dig deeper into it daily knowing we can never begin to understand it fully. May we read, study, and meditate upon it with great expectancy as we prayerfully anticipate its instruction to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. We would be wise to “park ourselves 2,000 years in the past” in order to study Scripture — all of which is “breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” according to the God-breathed words to Paul. But we won’t stay there. Anchored to what was given to us in the past as a priceless treasure, we are equipped to face the present and future. God, help us.
Premier Christian Radio – Premier Radio
Michael Cleere enjoys the distinction of presenting three very different programmes over six days of the week on Premier Christian Radio: Night Light from Monday to Thursday, That Friday Feeling and Worship at Home on Sundays. The only day he hasn't managed to conquer is Saturday, but it's only a matter of time.
Frank Turek on Twitter
Tune in at 10:05 am ET as we discuss "How Are Atheists Stealing Science from God?" Go to http://www.afr.net/ pic.twitter.com/w0iFaOE4MC
What Not to Ask Someone Suffering
People ask me all the time what to say and what to do for people who are grieving the death of someone they love. And I’m glad they ask. I’m glad they want to know what is really helpful and meaningful, and what is completely unhelpful and actually hurtful. And I wish I could tell you that I always know myself what to say. But sometimes words fail me. And I wish I could tell you that I never say the wrong thing. But I do. In fact, a few days ago, I made the mistake I often tell other people not to make.
The Integrity of Words and Our Confession of Faith
Sadly, the landscape is littered with theological institutions that have poorly taught and have been poorly led. Theological liberalism has destroyed scores of seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions for the education of the ministry. Many of these schools are now extinct, even as the churches they served have been evacuated. Others linger on, committed to the mission of revising the Christian faith in order to make peace with the spirit of the age. These schools intentionally and boldly deny the pattern of sound words in order to devise new words for a new age — producing a new faith. As J. Gresham Machen rightly observed almost a century ago, we do not really face two rival versions of Christianity. We face Christianity on the one hand and, on the other hand, some other religion that selectively uses Christian words, but is not Christianity.
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History, Evangelicals, and Protestantism
McKnight puts his finger on one of the key problems faced by those evangelicals who tend towards a no-creed-but-the-Bible approach: It is not quite Protestantism as the Reformers conceived of it. They delighted in the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds. The Protestantism they founded has since had a rich history of confessions. The very existence of these witnesses to the fact that classical Protestants understand that Christianity is not reinvented every Sunday when the minister opens his Bible and begins to preach. That being the case, it is critical that in educating the rising generation within the Church, there is proper acknowledgment of the role of history in the formation of Christianity and a proper appreciation for the richness of the Christian heritage. Indeed, I would expand McKnight's comment to include not only the Patristic era but also the Middle Ages. An evangelical narrative and an approach to theology which tends to sever the theological present from the theological past, or which seeks to find continuity in a constructed and selective ‘trail of blood,' fails to offer its people a proper understanding of why Protestantism thinks the way it does and what riches there are available to it.
Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors
Many animals, including humans, acquired essential 'foreign' genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according to new research. The study challenges conventional views that animal evolution relies solely on genes passed down through ancestral lines, suggesting that, at least in some lineages, the process is still ongoing.
John Lennox is a Christian apologist for RZIM and Professor of Mathematics at University of Oxford. For more information about John, visit his website: www.johnlennox.org
The office of deacon: Character
It would be difficult to imagine a leadership role where this is more true than that of a deacon. A deacon’s example is his means of leadership. Since a deacon isn’t required to teach, his service is how he leads. He doesn’t lead with his mouth, but with his hands. And so the quality of a deacon’s life must be exemplary. He must be elder-like in his character.
Study: There are too many studies
There are too many studies — and it took another study to prove it.
David Bazan, a Musical Counterfeit Detective
D avid Bazan made a name for himself in the ’90s with a band called Pedro the Lion, which juggled Jesus, critically lauded rock ’n’ roll, and biting social criticism. When Pedro got its start in 1995, there were a good number of Bazan has an especially strong sense of spiritual authenticity, which makes his critique so poignant. bands doing the first two—and doing them well—but Bazan’s scathing critique set him apart. Bazan swung his indie-rock lead pipe hard, raining down punishing blows on political power grabs, redneck antics, beauty myths, corporate greed, militarism, vapid consumerism, and every other shiny idol within reach, including— especially— evangelical Christian hypocrisy. He sang story-songs about the soul-numbing compromises of a corporate office worker, adultery, domestic abuse, and murder—not your usual “Christian” music themes. Bazan recorded and performed great-sounding music, and he made devoted fans of listeners like me who held tight to a resilient religious heritage but refused to smile politely at blatant hypocrisy.
Take, for example, the song “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” from Winners Never Quit.
Crossway on Twitter
Pastors’ wives bear relational burdens and outright attacks that most of us cannot imagine. http://cway.to/1F2NqVp pic.twitter.com/AUIju545vf
Angels' Joe Smith threw baseball's best pitch — in 2010
Angels reliever Joe Smith was stunned to learn that a 24-year-old from Biola University chose a 93-mph fastball Smith threw for Cleveland in 2010 as the single finest pitch of the last seven years.
The Place of Life and Humanity in the Cosmos: Free Public Lecture by Biologist Michael Denton
Join us on March 26 on the campus of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, as geneticist and author Dr. Michael Denton explores scientific evidence showing how both the universe and the Earth are exquisitely fine-tuned to make human life and the life of other organisms possible. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating.
Passion: Even So Come (Deluxe Edition) [Live] by Passion
After a decade-long stint leading a student ministry at Baylor University in Texas, Louie Giglio and his wife Shelley moved to Atlanta in 1995 and started the Passion conferences, a national collegiate ministry that used live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God. Yearly Passion events served as the movement's centerpieces: multi-day, festival-styled gatherings whose attendance grew exponentially from a couple of thousand when Passion held its first get-together...
Ex-FOIA official calls Hillary's email justification 'laughable'
WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton knows is a pro when it comes to Freedom of Information Act law — which is why she devised a private email system to get around it, says the official who was the US government’s top expert on the law.
A Formulation and Defense of the Doctrine of the Trinity | Reasonable Faith
Conventional wisdom has it that in affirming that God is three persons, Church Fathers like Tertullian meant at most three individuals, not three persons in the modern, psychological sense of three centers of self-consciousness. I shall return to this issue when we look at the creedal formulation of Trinitarian doctrine, but for now I may note that an examination of Tertullian’s statements suggests that such a claim is greatly exaggerated. In a remarkable passage aimed at illustrating the doctrine of the Son as the immanent Logos in the Father’s mind, Tertullian invites his reader, who, he says, is created in the image and likeness of God, to consider the role of reason in the reader’s own self-reflective thinking. “Observe, then, that when you are silently conversing with yourself, this very process is carried on within you by your reason, which meets you with a word at every movement of your thought, at every impulse of your conception” (5). Tertullian envisions one’s own reason as a sort of dialogue partner when one is engaged in self-reflective thought.
WORLD | Poor whites need Jesus and justice too | Anthony Bradley | March 14, 2015
Even though lower-class whites comprise the largest percentage of America’s welfare recipients and the largest percentage of those living below the poverty line, evangelicals remain largely focused on poverty among African-Americans and Hispanics. The imagery conjured by “social justice” and “mercy-ministry” rhetoric is a collage of underprivileged African-American and Hispanic kids living in “da hood.” When evangelicals are challenged to relocate to poor areas for the sake of the being “missional,” small towns and rural areas with high concentrations of lower-class whites, like Springfield, Mo., or Troy, N.Y., do not normally make the list. While Christian colleges and seminaries across America are teeming with “urban ministry” programs, there is only one large, accredited seminary in America that has a degree program targeted specifically for rural ministry: Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., a seminary founded and supported by the United Methodist Church.
What Is the Value of Human Life?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On April 4, 2009 William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitchens participated in a debate about the existence of God at Biola University. At the conclusion of the debate, students from Biola were allowed to ask questions of Dr Craig and Mr Hitchens. In this clip, Dr Craig and Mr Hitchens continue their discourse on whether or not this life is all there is and what difference it has upon religious action. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...
Dear Pastors: Your Preaching is Not in Vain.
Everyone is prone to discouragement. No matter our vocation, we all face the temptation to feel like what we are doing does not matter. I can remember working in the military and wondering how much my work really supported the mission. I recall working in Insurance Compliance and debating in my mind as to how in the world all of these reports and analysis really did anything. These are natural and common questions.
This high-tech church has a drone
When asked if there were any drawbacks to all of this high-tech hoopla in the house of the Lord, Boyd said, “We started out in a middle school, and were at the mercy of their internet [connection]. When we went to live streaming, it wasn’t always consistent.” But now with the new venue, things are usually smooth. Boyd also pointed out that the church is under the mercy of a self-imposed hurdle, “The downside is that the bar is raised so high, we have to meet that.” She said that the church gives people “that wow impression,” and now it’s a challenge to maintain that.
What do ancient non-Christian sources tell us about the historical Jesus?
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A lot of people like to express their contempt for God and sound edgy by saying Jesus never existed. Statements such as this reveal more about the person saying it than doing anything to undermine the solid historicity of the person of Jesus Christ. It shows their ignorance of evidence and the methods normally used to establish the degrees of certainty that can be had concerning historical claims. Using the logical method of collecting evidence that corroborates with the premise that Jesus was a real person one can arrive conclude with certainty that he was. Here is some of the historical evidence from non-christian sources. This combined with the biblical accounts and the fact that his follower exist in large numbers all over the world make the case water tight.
WORLD | Acronym absurdity | Andrée Seu Peterson | March 21, 2015
In science there is a rule known as “death by qualification.” It is the idea that a theory about something loses its cogency when it gets whittled away by too many exceptions and contrary facts and when you constantly have to tack on new explanations to try to account for inconvenient evidence (evolution theory, for instance). The LGBTQQIAP movement will soon need a wheelbarrow for its alphabet. What started as a self-styled civil rights movement in the grand old tradition of social gains for African-Americans and women has metastasized into a free-for-all with no common denominator but the uninhibited acting out of all impulses and no cohesive agenda but the agenda to rebel against God in any way conceivable.
The Catalyst App
Catalyst unifies change makers — equipping you with impactful content and experiences that transform thinking, provoke action and cultivate community. We’re challenging leaders who love the Church to break the bounds of an ordinary existence and find the courage to embrace and radiate bold change.
WORLD | Today is Pi Day | Marvin Olasky | March 14, 2015
While many media focus on next Tuesday’s St. Patrick’s Day, mathematicians concerned with higher things than green milkshakes and a green-colored river in Chicago are today celebrating a once-in-a-century event: an extra-special Pi Day.
Click here to support Medical Expenses Liver Cancer by Beth Hetterick
My Stepfather, Pastor Steve Kreins, has been fighting Liver Cancer for three years and is in his final stage. The doctors gave him only a few months to live when hisOncologist made a referral to a Phase 1 Clinical Trial. The University of Texas Southwestern Cancer Center just accepted him for the trials which look very promising at this time! The major expense not covered for he and Mom are the lodging and travel expenses. They need to be in Dallas two weeks each month for his chemotherapy and monitoring. Pops Pastors First Church of God in Waco and for 35 years has given to others, Please join me in supporting him at this time of need. He starts the trials March 23rd and we pray that the Lord will heal him as he goes through this new open door. Thank you for considering how you can help and please pray. Beth
Glory to the Holy One: The Making of Highland Hymn
A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of “Highland Hymn” from Dr. R.C. Sproul’s new sacred music project, Glory to the Holy One. Visit http://GloryToTheHolyOne.com .
Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
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22 Benefits of Meditating on Scripture
Meditation stresses the heinousness of sin. It “musters up all weapons, and gathers all forces of arguments for to presse our sins, and lay them heavy upon the heart,” wrote Fenner. Thomas Hooker said, “Meditation sharpens the sting and strength of corruption, that it pierceth more prevailingly.” It is a “strong antidote against sin” and “a cure of covetousness.”
You Can’t Get Western Morality from Science - Stand to Reason Blog
To be sure, evangelical unbelievers adamantly deny that liberalism needs any support from theism…. Canonical liberal thinkers such as John Locke and Immanuel Kant may have been steeped in theism; but ideas are not falsified because they originate in errors. The far-reaching claims these thinkers have made for liberal values can be detached from their theistic beginnings; a liberal morality that applies to all human beings can be formulated without any mention of religion. Or so we are continually being told. The trouble is that it’s hard to make any sense of the idea of a universal morality without invoking an understanding of what it is to be human that has been borrowed from theism. The belief that the human species is a moral agent struggling to realise its inherent possibilities – the narrative of redemption that sustains secular humanists everywhere – is a hollowed-out version of a theistic myth. The idea that the human species is striving to achieve any purpose or goal – a universal state of freedom or justice, say – presupposes a pre-Darwinian, teleological way of thinking that has no place in science.
A Doctor's View on Hormonal Contraception
Intrauterine devices (IUDs), both hormonal and copper, have seen a resurgence in use in the last ten years after a rocky history of life threatening infections and complications, including infertility, several decades ago. The newer materials and devices have been in extensive use in Europe and that data resulted in a change in FDA approval for safety for use in women with no previous pregnancies These devices have become some of the most popular and effective methods available, with contraceptive effects lasting up to ten years if desired. Both hormonal IUDs and copper IUDs cause an inflammatory change in the reproductive tract that affects sperm, egg and endometrial lining, resulting in low likelihood of fertilization, or in the case of hormonal suppression, low likelihood of ovulation. Compared to the past, these IUDs cause far fewer infections and carry low risk of infertility. Still, some women experience increased cramps with periods and erratic bleeding patterns.
Helping Churches Stay Financially Healthy
The vision of Christianity Today is "the church grown up into the fullness of Christ," and one step in helping the life and growth of the church is providing information to help churches stay financially healthy. With this vision in mind, Christianity Today is releasing the new book, Church Finance , by Michael E. Batts and Richard R. Hammar, this month.
Bonhoeffer: Präst - Martyr – Spion Seminarium med Eric Metaxas och Eskil Franck
Inför den svenska bokreleasen av New York Times-bästsäljaren ”Bonhoeffer: Präst - Martyr – Spion”, bjuder Libris, Svenska Evangeliska Alliansen och Teologiska Högskolan in till ett seminarium med författaren Eric Metaxas och Forum för levande historias tidigare överintendent Eskil Franck.
Andy Bannister on Twitter
Big crowd in for "Is God a Delusion?" Had great fun team-tagging with @ProfJohnLennox . pic.twitter.com/BaVd6129H3
Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
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Time to Think: 14 Christian Apologetics Quotes
I have found in the toughest times of life I sometimes do not experience the presence of God. God seems to be distant. But what I come back to is that Christianity is true. There are reasons to believe it. In my ministry, my career, I have tried to study every major worldview, reading primary sources, writing, debating, and having conversations. That was a process. It didn’t happen all at once. I didn’t attain a high level of certainty the minute I became a Christian. That had to develop through questioning, through investigating, through conversations. But I am a living example of someone who knows too much to walk away. Especially in the last year I have experienced some rather acute crises and suffering…But as bad as it gets and as angry as I can get at the Lord, I can’t deny that the Gospel is true. The Gospel has a firm and unyielding hold on me and I’m a Christian by the grace of God.
Spiritual Growth Through Eating God's Food, Pt 1 | Open Biola
Dr. Robert Saucy discusses the importance of the Word of God to spiritual formation. He explains this through the analogy of food. In the same way that nutritious food produces proper and healthy growth of the body, Dr. Saucy explains, the Word of God nourishes and grows the spirit. By the same analogy, the unhealthy food of sin damages spiritual life. Dr. Saucy emphasizes the power of words to affect people's spirits.
Death in the City was Schaeffer's third book and is foundational to his thinking. Written against the backdrop of the sixties countercultural upheaval, it reads today with the same ring of truth regarding personal, moral, spiritual, and intellectual concerns. Especially in light of 9/11, Schaeffer seems disturbingly prophetic. The death that Schaeffer writes about is more than just physical death—it is the moral and spiritual death that subtly suffocates truth and meaning and beauty out of the city and the wider culture.
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The Way Home – Episode 9 featuring Lee Strobel
Today I talk to Lee about this crisis of faith, about his journey to Christ, and the incident with Chicago Cubs’ rookie outfielder Ernie Banks that made him a lifelong Cubs fan.