Psalm 127:1–2: God Gives His Beloved Sleep
Jesus is not a fanatic CEO that needs you to render him anxious toil. He is a King that loves to give his beloved sleep.
Goofy Singing Evanescence's 'Bring Me to Life' Never Gets Old
Sometimes you just need some internet randomness to get you through your afternoon.
Today, that bit of randomness comes in the form of a 2014 video titled, “Goofy Sings Evanescence's 'Bring Me to Life.'”
It never gets old. Enjoy your Thursday afternoon, everyone.
Why Generation Z is less Christian than ever -- and why that's good news
Many Christian teens are simply unprepared for the world that is waiting for them. With the best of intentions, we bubble wrap our kids and create Disney World–like environments for them in our churches, and then wonder why they have no resilience in faith or life. Students are entertained but not prepared. They’ve had a lot of fun but are not ready to lead. When the pressure to conform is turned up, Christian teenagers tend to wilt if they do not have the confidence that only comes from knowing why they believe what they believe. As one teenager told me, “following Jesus today is hard because sometimes you feel like the only one.”
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The Work of Textual Criticism
For those of you who have engaged with Christian apologetics, you probably understand that a common objection to the Bible is that it has been changed or corrupted over time. Our response is to point out the number of manuscripts we have of the Bible, the early date of many of the manuscripts, and give a brief explanation of how this helps us to reconstruct the original text of the Bible through a process referred to as “Textual Criticism.”
My Email Exchange with Yahoo News! | Eric Metaxas
Q. You wrote in your book “If You Can Keep It” about the need for virtuous citizens, and you defined virtue as the willingness to sacrifice personal interests for the common good. This seems central to how different people interpret Trump, and to why many white evangelical Trump voters feel the need to defend him as president, because criticizing him feels like acknowledging that voting for him was actually an act of self-preservation that hurt the rest of the country. What do you think of that? Have you engaged much with John Fea’s critique of your book? He makes a persuasive argument that you have airbrushed the American founding into an airbrushed version that exaggerates the role of Christianity as the sole source of virtue (not one of several), that exaggerates the extent to which there was religious liberty at the founding (Seamus Hasson’s “Right to Be Wrong” is best I’ve read on this topic), and treats the American experiment as more of a miracle detached from anything before it than it was. Fea writes that America built on the democratic principles at play in British life, which is something of a subtle point, but an interesting one which tempers exuberance over American exceptionalism as some kind of divinely ordered miracle.
In Defense of Christian Apologetics
In this age of easily accessible books, television shows, blogs, and YouTube videos, Christian apologetics (or the giving of a well-reasoned defense of the Christian faith) has evolved from something that was once considered solely for academics (and nerds) to something that is both widely admired and studied by individuals of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds.
This is Us and Biblical Manhood | Think Christian
This Is Us exposes the lie that the most significant accomplishment for a man revolves around his sexual escapades or his career success. A father and husband’s significance is found in sacrifice, especially for the sake of his family. That is biblical manhood. When Jack’s life abruptly ended, his wife and kids didn’t treasure the material gifts he had provided. What lived on in their memories were the everyday interactions of sacrifice and love that they experienced with a caring husband and father. Ephesians encourages husbands to follow Christ’s example of caring for his church, giving up his own life for it. Time and again on This is Us , that is exactly what Jack does for his family.
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What is the Most Recent Manuscript Count for the New Testament?
Scholars use different sources, such as the Leuven Database or the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts . It is extremely laborious to track down the number of both classical and biblical manuscripts. We had a team of researchers and scholars help us with this endeavor. Still, for a variety of reasons, these numbers are educated guesses. 
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William Lane Craig explains why he is not a Catholic
Bishop Robert Barron and William Lane Craig discuss evangelism, faith and science, secularism, and more. Moderated by Professor Stephen Davis and Professor Edward Feser. Venue: The Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs. William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Jan have two grown children. At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994. He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
“God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us, and he has given us the work of making peace between himself and others. What we mean is that God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace. We were sent to speak for Christ, and God is begging you to listen to our message. We speak for Christ and sincerely ask you to make peace with God”
A Case for the Bible 101: Manuscript Evidence Part 1, A Few Important Facts
If you put 10 people in a room and gave them a subject to write about what would you expect the outcome to be? Would you expect them to have the same theme, ideas, storyline, and conclusions? Would they have the same personal beliefs and views on the topic and write with the same convictions? The odds fall strongly in favor of no, but that is not what we see in the Bible:
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You Can Ban All the Symbols but Without God There Wouldn't Be a Classroom
So, while school officials and teachers reason with one another about religious symbols that point to the existence of God, let's remind them that their ability to freely evaluate their options requires the existence of God. As they freely (and increasingly) remove these symbols of God from the classroom, let's remind them that their ability to do so required God's gift of free agency. They can ban all the symbols they want, but without God, there wouldn't be any ability to reason, nor any need for classrooms.
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YOU Can Make a Difference as WE Make a Difference Together
American Christians have been conditioned by our cultural surroundings in many ways, and none is more prominent than our shift from communal thinking to individual thinking.
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Presidential Biographies: John Quincy Adams #6
Most obviously, JQA was the son of President John Adams. He greatly admired his father, though as I observed in the look at John Adams, his father was something of an absentee father. Some of the personality traits of the father passed to the son, and at times JQA seemed aloof and uncaring of the problems of even those close to him. One example is that when he was engaged to his wife, Louisa, he wrote urging her to break off the engagement if she felt it would be better for her. I suspect that Louisa did not take the letter as kindly as it may have been intended. In any case, even in his early life, he traveled to Europe to study abroad. Later, he became the United States Foreign Minister to Russia. He was supremely successful in this role and Louisa certainly contributed to some of this success. One example of the difficulty facing him in this role would be to look at the budget. The French Minister to Russia had a budget of about 300,000 per annum, while JQA’s own budget was $9,000. Despite this, JQA formed close ties with the Czar and managed to leverage this advantage for the sake of the young United States.
Evidence of Exodus
Is there any tangible, non-Biblical support for the story of the Exodus? Or has archaeology proven such a thing never happened? Many critics claim there is no evidence of large slave populations in Egypt, or bones of Israelites in the desert near Sinai, from the necessary time periods. As usual, those claims have no basis in fact, and there is substantial archaeological evidence which fits nicely with the Biblical narrative.
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How Passion Primes the Case for Christianity
As a cold-case detective and part of a three generation law enforcement family, I’ve got a secret I’d like to share with you: the majority of criminal (and civil) cases are won or lost well before the opening statements or closing arguments. Most cases are decided at jury selection . You can have a great case but lose miserably if you don’t have the right jury. That’s why prosecutors and defense attorneys specialize (or hire specialists) in jury selection. Both sides are looking for jurors who aren’t biased against some important aspect of their case; better yet, each side wants a jury inclined to agree with their position, even before they start the trial. A lot of effort is expended trying to figure out which twelve people (from the larger jury pool) should be selected. Case makers use surveys and questionnaires to ask important questions of each juror as they try their best to sort through the candidates. No one wants to present a criminal case to a group that hasn’t been carefully screened, questioned and examined. If case makers fail to assemble the right jury, their efforts to articulate and argue the case will be meaningless.
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Announcing a Stream Series: Earth 2: Planet Hillary
Challenge accepted. Here begins a weekly series of reports from that “Earth 2,” which split off from our reality on Election Day 2016. The time is ten years in the future, 2028. Here again, there is just one portal between the worlds. But it’s not in Berlin. Instead it’s a tunnel under the East River that separates New York’s Upper East Side from Donald Trump’s native Queens. As part of an exchange program, each year Earth 2.0 accepts a family of visitors from our earth.
Because amazement is such a wonderful experience, we seek situations that provoke it in us. This pursuit keeps the National Park Service full of annual visitors. It drives the travel industry. It keeps us going to the silver screen to be immersed in worlds unlike our own. We want to be amazed, but we don’t know how to amaze ourselves.
The Necessity of Apologetics: A Plan to Implement
Paul tells Timothy, “Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15, ESV). This truth seems obvious. However, there is a temptation today to just buy a pre-packaged teaching kit, throw on a video, do some discussion questions, and call it a day without extensive study. There are some serious problems with ignoring the Bible’s command to study and instead, taking a shortcut. First, it is in direct disobedience to the command of Scripture. Second, to be a good shepherd of your students, you need to have a working knowledge of apologetics, because they are looking to you for answers. If you are not ready for their questions, that will hurt your ministry to them. This doesn’t mean you have to know everything, but it does mean that you have a general knowledge so your students can have confidence in your understanding of apologetics and how it has gripped your heart. Third, pastors are to equip the saints (Eph 4:12) and the saints are to be prepared make a defense to anyone who asks them for a reason for the hope that is in them (1 Pet 3:15).
The Comparatively Rich Archaeological Corroboration of the Old Testament | Cold Case Christianity
The historical record of the Old Testament is not alone in the history it records. There are other ancient records affirming the overarching generalities and specific details of the Old Testament. There are no such corroborative ancient records providing similar verification for the history of the Book of Mormon. It is the singular lonely voice related to the historical narrative it describes. While archaeology continues to corroborate the Old and New Testament, archaeology only exposes the erroneous nature of the Mormon record .
Why Shouldn't We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel Attributed to John? | Cold Case Christianity
Where (and Why) Does It Differ from the Reliable Accounts?
The Apocryphon of John is concerned primarily with an account of the creation of the world. The text was discovered in the Nag Hammadi library as the first document in a series of Sethian Gnostic texts and it includes the most detailed Sethian creation mythology. The role and position of Jesus in the Godhead is very different from orthodox canonical descriptions as a result of the presuppositions of Sethians who wrote this text. Sethian believers appear to have accepted the historicity of Jesus but attempted to place Him within their preconceived Sethian beliefs.
Every Woman’s Silent Struggle: Fighting Lust with Sisters in Christ
Through the stories these women told, I noticed certain trends. Since God-given male and female roles differ, it follows that we also gravitate toward different types of sexual addiction. Because female attraction functions less visibly than male attraction, it’s easier for women to dismiss sexual sin. If lust is only described through men’s eyes, we won’t recognize it through our own.
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Are Earth-like Planets Common?
It seems that every few months newspaper and magazine headlines will declare something like "Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet." Such headlines probably lead the reader to imagine a planet with an environment much like we see on Star Trek or Star Wars where we could land our spaceship, take off our spacesuit, and frolic around the countryside. But what do scientists mean when they say that they have discovered an "Earth-like" planet? How likely is it to find a planet that can support higher life forms (defined as anything more complex than bacteria)? Are planets like the earth common or rare? Let's explore the answers to these questions.
When scientists say that an Earth-like planet may have been discovered, they actually mean one of three things. Either (1) the planet is in such an orbit around its central star that allows the temperature on the planet to possibly harbor liquid water, or (2) the planet is about the same size as the earth, or (3) the planet is solid and rocky rather than gaseous. Of course any one of these criteria, or even all three, does not actually give us a true Earth-like planet.
Free Christian Apologetics Resources - Capturing Christianity
Over the years I’ve discovered loads of amazing free Christian Apologetics resources. The following is a curated list of some of the best material I have found. To be clear, these are resources that I personally deem high quality. I do not intend this list to be either representative or exhaustive. Also, I will be updating regularly; make sure to bookmark and check back frequently. Finally, if you know of good resources not listed here, do not hesitate to recommend them in a comment!
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Carolyn Bibbs has worked in an inner-city Memphis neighborhood for two decades, but it doesn’t seem like things are improving. In fact, Memphis is poorer and more dangerous than ever. Here’s why she—and others like her—keep going. http://thegspl.co/2HreDGH
Mythos, Logos, And Revelation
I am a former Engineer from Baltimore, MD. I grew up in church and I was never an atheist, however, I also never cared about what it meant for God to have authority in my life. I believed he existed while living as if I were He. I have always been an intellectual and the very first time I began to question God’s existence and Christianity was back in the early 2000s when Peter Joseph’s Zeitgeist film began to make its rounds. I want to note that I was encouraged to watch that film by one of my College Professors! I was encouraged to watch it because “it held the truth about the fallacious nature of Christianity”. God’s grace and mercy allowed me to immediately see the flaws in EVERY argument made in that film. My next thought was that I should probably read the bible and see what it says since this film seems utterly futile. It was through seeking those answers within scripture that I was introduced to the God of scripture for the first time. Through my mind, God took ahold of my heart. The words or logos (logic) of scripture became so illuminated to me that I could clearly see Jesus be the true logos (word) of God in flesh.
Kirk Cousins Is More than Just a Nice Guy
By all accounts, Kirk Cousins is a nice guy .
He compliments safeties and linebackers after they hit him. He apologizes to his offensive linemen for taking too long to get the ball out, and compliments them for securing the pocket for so long, despite his indecisiveness. He keeps the names and photos of local media members in his locker—not to memorialize a record of wrongs, but so that he’ll remember their names when he sees them.
It’s true: Cousins is a nice guy. But that’s not the whole story.
If kindness were hereditary, Cousins would’ve been fortunate. His dad, Don Cousins, has been in the ministry for more than four decades, a career that began in November 1975 when Bill Hybels recruited him for planting Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago.
But before long, the Cousins family moved to Holland, Michigan, and young Kirk realized his family’s faith needed to become his own.
“The Christian middle and high school I went to in Michigan really challenged me,” Cousins told me in a phone interview last week. “I learned that I needed to go from being a ‘Christian’ because I was raised as one to being a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ, to follow Jesus with all my heart.
Facts vs Faith
There is a common indictment made by skeptics and critics of religion, that Christianity is based on faith while science is based on facts. These skeptics view faith as a vice because, in their opinion, faith is not based on evidence and blindly accepts religious dogma. The biologist Richard Dawkins has said, "Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence," and "Faith, being belief that isn’t based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion." The biologist Jerry Coyne writes, "Indeed, by relying on faith rather than evidence, religion renders itself incapable of finding truth."
Scott Klusendorf: Pro-Life and Whole-Life
Today we present John Stonestreet’s interview with leading pro-life apologist Scott Klusendorf. John and Scott take a look at the growing “whole-life” vs. “pro-life” controversy. Scott argues forcefully that while many issues such as the death penalty, war, homelessness are indeed “life issues” that need Christian witness, it’s perfectly legitimate for pro-life Christians to focus on the extreme evils of abortion and euthanasia.
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3 Reasons to Give up Apologetics
The first time I approached a church about teaching apologetics, I received an all too common response from the pastor: “We teach the Bible, we don’t need that.” As I listened to his sermon, I couldn’t help but see the irony in his appeals to missionary work. He said, “They will know you by your fruits”, a clear message from Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount. So the pastor wanted his congregation to go out and win hearts and minds for Christ… without providing any reasons!? Apologetics is clearly a piece of the endeavor but putting the term ‘apologetics’ on the mission appears to complicate the ask.
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