Faith, Science & Philosophy: An Interview with William Lane Craig
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On March 21, 2013, Dr Craig spoke at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas on the topic of faith, scie...
Is There a Judgment? (J.P. Moreland)
http://www.jpmoreland.com/ J.P. is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He specializes in critiques of materia...
Did Mark Driscoll Repent? A Look at Biblical Repentance.
Chris Rosebrough (@PirateChristian) surveys the Bible and what it teaches about repentance. He then compares Mark Driscoll's apology letter regarding his rec...
Do Muslims Respect Jesus?
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Our Muslim friends often claim that Jesus is highly honored and respected in Islam. But then they tell us that Jesus' message...
Do Muslims Respect Jesus?
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Our Muslim friends often claim that Jesus is highly honored and respected in Islam. But then they tell us that Jesus' message...
9 Thoughts on Celebrity Pastors, Controversy, the New Calvinism, Etc.
9. Is the New Calvinism dead or dying? In a couple ways yes. In most ways no. “Yes” in so far as we are seeing that some of the networks in the movement probably don’t actually belong in the same movement and some of the popular voices in the movement may not really be singing from the same sheet of music. But a resounding “no” in so far as the commitment to and interest in these twelve features seems to me to be growing rather than receding. Where the New Calvinism is about propping up our puny empires and making pastors rich and famous let it die a thousand deaths and die quickly. Where the New Calvinism leads people to the Bible, points to good books, produces good resources, promotes a winsome evangelical Calvinism, strengthens the local church, exults in Christ, proclaims the gospel, and magnifies the glory of God, let it grow ten thousand fold. And if it grows and in some quarters becomes potent and popular, let us not have a whiff of triumphalism for its success, nor a hint of rooting for its demise.
The Strange Bedfellows of the Anti-Contraception Alliance
O n March 25, lawyers representing the owners of a large purveyor of craft supplies and a much smaller cabinetry business will appear before the Supreme Court in what has become the cornerstone case for opponents of the Affordable Care Act’s “contraception mandate.” Under the mandate, all employers—with the exception of religious organizations like churches—must include free birth control under their insurance plans. Catholic schools, hospitals, and social service agencies immediately raised a ruckus. Dozens of Catholic nonprofits filed lawsuits against the government, arguing that because their tradition forbids them from using birth control, paying for it—even indirectly through insurance—would violate their religious liberty.
How Can Christ Be the Only Way to God? | Reasonable Faith
Now it would, indeed, be fantastically improbable that by happenstance alone it just turns out that all those who never hear the Gospel and are lost are persons who would not have believed the Gospel even if they had heard it. But that is not the hypothesis. The hypothesis is that a provident God has so arranged the world. Given a God endowed with knowledge of how every person would freely respond to His grace in whatever circumstances God might place him, it is not at all implausible that God has ordered the world in the way described. Such a world would not look outwardly any different from a world in which the circumstances of a person's birth are a matter of happenstance. The particularist can agree that people generally adopt the religion of their culture and that if many of those born into non-Christian cultures had been born in a Christian society instead, they would have become nominally or culturally Christian. But that is not to say that they would have been saved. It’s a simple empirical fact that there are no distinguishing psychological or sociological traits between persons who become Christians and persons who do not.
bakslashr: That is the argument that Dr. Richards puts forth here. Nobody makes something moral bc they "say it is." Morality is not created by humans, it is merely recognized. Jay Richards points out that all people recognize morality regardless of their theistic or atheistic world view. Having considered that, does atheism or theism suit to explain that fact best? Jay Richards thinks (and we do as well) that atheism falls fatally short. Theism is the best explanation.
How to have a rich seminary journey
If seminarians will learn the habit of thinking about God’s truth as a means of enjoying him, then they will not waste their theological education, said John Piper during a special, pre-convocation chapel service, Jan. 23, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I Wrote This Blog Post on Church Time
In any event, the un-professionalizing of the pastorate runs both ways. One cannot expect a pastor to reasonably meet the high bar set by the Scriptures while trying to separate out “church time.” You probably don’t really want the pastor who’s always thinking about what’s on church time and what isn’t. So we might be working on a sermon at 3 A.M. Sunday morning, or working on a book at 9 A.M. on Wednesday. Or finishing a blog post at 5:39 P.M. on a Monday. (A little longer than I expected, but I plead the mercy of the court on account of the pop-in visit from a lady who needed her Samaritan Ministries claim form signed-off on by the pastor, which naturally involves conversation not pertaining to the business at hand. Because we’re human beings.)
Is God a Pluralist?
Taking our cue from Bavinck, it seems the question to ask is this: if there is a God, does he care about religion—the knowledge and service of God—the way most religions claim, or not? Is he indifferent to these things? Has he made his thoughts on the matter known via revelation of some sort? To my mind, it's not unreasonable to think that if he does exist, and he is a moral being, he might do such a thing. For instance, God might find a way to speak to us, to make known that there is one of him, as opposed to many, or to clarify that he is Creator, not part of creation. He might also go on to reveal his will for the way we relate to him, ruling out things like child sacrifice and sexual exploitation and so forth as unacceptable ways of worshiping him. Indeed, it may be that he has strong opinions on these things. On the face of it, it's at least as reasonable as the pluralist's assumption.
Counsel the Word
HEATH LAMBERT ( @HeathLambert ) is the assistant professor of Biblical Counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also serves as the Associate Dean of Applied Studies at Boyce College. Dr. Lambert currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), one of the largest biblical counseling organizations in the world with certified members in 18 countries. He is also a founding council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and is a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams and Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace .
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Giving Thanks for Mark Driscoll (and Congregational Polity)
I am not so much speaking here to established churches and pastors. I am thinking more of the students I help in a small way to train. I think there should be a part of us that observes this cluster of Driscoll-related events and thinks, “Wow. I naturally want what he has, but if he is telling us all that he’s had a hard road, I should probably not thirst for that.” And then perhaps we could study the theological area known to us as–super-exciting terminology alert–church government. Then we might add on a bit of historical study to boot. Then we might find ourselves saying, “You know, the whole congregational thing isn’t going to light anyone’s trendy methodological candle, but it just might lead me to be closer to my people than I otherwise might.”
Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith
In this systematic text, Douglas Groothuis makes a comprehensive apologetic case for Christian theism. He defends objective truth, presents the key arguments for God from natural theology and makes a case for the credibility of Jesus, the incarnation and the resurrection, assessing alternative views along the way. Key Words: apologetics, groothuis, biblical faith, 9780830839353, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith - Douglas Groothuis
7 Steps Down the Staircase of Dishonesty
We all know that sin generally leads to lies and dishonesty, and lying begets more lying. We see it in our kids; we see it in ourselves. But just how does lying lead to more lying?
The Divergent series suffers also from a lack of general artistry. The story is riddled with plot holes, anachronisms, and character inconsistencies that left me unable to suspend disbelief. For example, all the events of book one take place in the course of one month, and the reader is asked to accept that a 16-year-old girl raised in Abnegation (a completely selfless, reserved, non-violent faction) becomes an expert in hand-to-hand fighting and marksmanship, meets and falls desperately in love with a boy named Tobias (or Four, as he’s also called), and becomes the most important figure in a rising revolution. All in one month.
How I Stopped Being a Happiness Skeptic
At first, I figured the UN got the word wrong. I assumed what they were really celebrating was joy not happiness (a distinction we Christians love to make). After all, the campaign's poster dog, Macy, came out of a who-knows-what kind of hard-knock life, deemed "unadoptable," and relegated to "death row" at a shelter, before an angel of dog-mercy found her, fostered her, and then adopted her. Those kinds of stories—and the serene smile on Macy's face—are the kind of deep joy, not flitty, flighty happiness, as my friend Jennifer Grant would say. Macy's face reflects the joy that comes from a soul wandering through deserts and facing down death rows and coming through—battered but bettered. Blessed.
How to Stay Christian in Seminary
Seminary is not a decision to be made all at once and all by yourself. If God is stirring in you some burgeoning desire for vocational ministry, don't rush to change your current major or abandon your present job. Test the desire over some weeks, even months, sometimes even years. Make it a matter of regular prayer. Stay engaged in ministry in your local church and make your investment there go even deeper. See whether the aspiration for vocational ministry deepens and grows. Draw others in, especially your close friends who know you well and share your love for Jesus and his church. Seek their counsel. And look for confirmation from other adults, not just your friends, as you serve and minister in the church. Look for objective confirmation in others about the subjective calling God seems to be putting on your heart, and then look for God's open door in terms of timing and place. There's usually no need to rush the process. Move deliberately, but keep moving forward.
Utah evangelicals on ‘vanguard’ for American believers, Mohler says
Southern Baptists in Utah and other western states live at the forefront of a cultural change sweeping the nation at a rapid pace, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Feb. 25 at First Baptist Church of Provo, Utah.
The Church and Civil Marriage by Various | First Things
Paul affirms just this in Ephesians 5: The joining of
husband and wife, in their procreative blessing, is a derivative expression of
the work that Christ does in drawing the Church to himself through his own
sacrifice, and in so doing drawing all creation into God’s embrace. Paul calls
this a “mystery,” a profound divine truth now exposed to view. In Christ we now
know that the redemptive purposes of God are at work, somehow, in the created
lives of men and women as they marry and enter into the contours first laid out
in Genesis. As Jesus says, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them
male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [the
procreative basis of human existence and its generative continuity] and be
joined to his wife,and the two shall become one flesh.’
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined
together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10:69).
Inerrancy debate never goes away, Mohler says -
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Inerrancy is never a settled issue. The debate will never go away, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. "It comes part-and-parcel with the modern world. Modernity itself presents a set of issues that are going to have to be answered one way or another," Mohler said. "Thus, we'll land either in the affirmation of inerrancy or in some other place. I think inerrancy continues to be a defining issue for what evangelical integrity requires." Mohler, as a contributor to a new book, "Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy," defines and defends the doctrine of inerrancy as articulated in the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The Chicago Statement is the preeminent evangelical explanation and affirmation of the doctrine of inerrancy of the Scriptures. Nearly 300 evangelical scholars, including Carl F. H. Henry, J.I. Packer, Francis Schaeffer, R.C. Sproul, James Montgomery Boice and others signed the statement in 1978. In his contribution to Five Views, Mohler asserts inerrancy means "the Bible, as a whole, and in its part, contains nothing but God-breathed truth," Mohler said in an interview about the book.
What We Know about the New ‘Peanuts’ Movie
In this feature from USA Today , the team behind the upcoming Peanuts movie (which hits theaters in November), assured fans that the new film will be true to the spirit of the beloved comic strip. The son of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, producer Craig Schulz, defended the use of 3-D animation in the project, saying, “Our No. 1 goal was always to be authentic to his work and legacy” and that his father would have “embraced the technology." Producer Paul Feig also said the movie captures the “sweet optimism" of the franchise, and suggested it will not be overloaded with current cultural references: "Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we're in good hands." Rest assured Charlie Brown fans, there will be no twerking ...
Bill Gates Discusses God, Church, Charity and Faith
Though he said he agrees “with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths,” Gate’s own belief about God seems more nuanced: “But the mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there's no scientific explanation of how it came about. To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view [laughs]. I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know” ...
How to Alleviate Poverty - Stand to Reason Blog
Christ certainly took account for the poor and destitute that he came across, but that wasn't his PRIMARY purpose. Yet we magnify his example into something that it isn't, and that's because we fail to understand Christ's nature. As fully God, it would have been against and contrary to his nature and attributes to turn a blind eye to the poor, hurting, and destitute. So, of course he healed them, of course he fed them. How could he do otherwise?
Apologetics to Islam | Open Biola
Nabeel Qureshi unpacks the culture, history, major teachings, beliefs, and attitudes of the Islamic faith. Beyond providing an incredible amount of factual information, Qureshi uses his personal conversion from Islam to Christianity in order to demonstrate tangible considerations for understanding this people group. In this seven part series, listeners can expect to learn about the deepest roots of a major modern religion.
Deep Before Wide: A Vision for Returning Discipleship to the Church
Pope sat down with Mark Mellinger to discuss his vision for and experience with church-anchored discipleship over the past 25 years. "Discipleship is laboring in the lives of a few to give away your life and the gospel," explains the founding pastor of Atlanta's Perimeter Church and author of Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church (Zondervan, 2013) [ written interview | TGC13 workshop ]. "If you want to see lives change, you've got to do it life-on-life."
Resurgence Leadership #008: What Are the Scriptures? Part 1
In today’s episode of Resurgence Leadership , Pastor Mark explains what the Bible is, who wrote it, and why you can trust it. This message was recorded live in front of a room packed with college students at Mars Hill Church’s location near the University of Washington, but it applies to students, skeptics, and saints of all ages.
Many biblical accounts and narratives have been written off as fable or myth. How do we understand these stories in light of Redemptive history? How can we tell the difference between myths and history? Dr. Sproul shows us the key fundamental differences between the two as he explains more on the various literary forms found in Scripture.
Profiles of women in apologetics: Letitia Wong
I have always felt concerned because I meet many women who are not interested in apologetics, and especially not the evidential kind that Letitia likes. I really love the way that she has thought through her responsibilities as wife and mother, and realized that apologetics is needed for her to do her jobs. I know that she has been involved with organizing apologetics conferences, her pro-life podcast, and her blog. So clearly, she has a need to be good at defending her faith. I think that’s the right way to become interested in apologetics – you want to be able to talk to people about these things, and have an influence. That means having the knowledge, so that you are leading others, not just expressing your opinions.
New discovery confirms Big Bang, and is direct evidence for cosmic inflation
It scans the sky at microwave frequencies, where it picks up light energy from slightly after the Big Bang – around 380,000 years later. Scientists have been searching for tiny ripples in this light which would show it is being slightly stretched by gravitational waves.
The Briefing 03-18-14
1) St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Homosexuals don’t just demand participation, but celebration
Amy was featured on Anthropologie’s “Push Play Project/ Concert Series” (previous artist include Ingrid Michaelson and Lucius) with a performance at Anthropologie in Nashville. A self-described “serial writer,” – she was named one of Prairie Home Companion’s “Top 20 Songwriters Under 30” and a “Writer of the Week” on 1/13/14 by American Songwriter.com. In February 2014, she collaborated with the Nashville Ballet for “Attitude” featuring the songs of Johnny Cash performed by Sugar & The Hi-Lows (her duo with Trent Dabbs).
Women, Work, and Our Crisis of Identity
Several years ago, I spoke to a friend at a church event who had been influential as a lawyer for the cause and practice of religious freedom. She had been single for many years, but now was recently married and a first-time mother. As we caught up with each other, she confessed that her transition from being a lawyer to being a stay-at-home mother with an infant was a lot harder than she anticipated.
Jared Wilson on Writing and Pastoral Ministry
Every pastor should write, even if he does not pursue publication, because besides the weekly exercise of composing a sermon, writing in a journal, writing letters, writing pieces for a church blog or newsletter or other internal resources helps a pastor develop his own voice for the sermon and other teaching. Writing is a great impetus for learning and research, as well as critical thinking and creativity. It would be helpful for pastors to exercise those muscles regularly, even if they don't think of themselves as "writers" per se.
The Courage to Speak: Responsibility, Accountability, and Community - The Scriptorium Daily
It is true that we are responsible for our own moral failures, but one’s moral failures can have catastrophic results that often affect not only ourselves, but those around us. Yet so often we watch others within our sphere of influence dive headfirst into a moral wasteland because of our systemic disregard of our communal responsibility to be speakers of the truth to each other.
Universe gives birth to itself, transformed by unknown ‘force’
Just asking. I’m not trying to argue the science here, by the way. I’m simply saying that it is hard to discuss these issues — even in mainstream news publications — without seeing the bigger questions that will interest millions of readers.
3 questions with Nancy Pearcey
Christians often think we can avoid being “conformed to the world” (Rom 12:2) by avoiding worldly ideas. But as G. K. Chesterton said, ideas are more dangerous to the person who has not studied them. He has no mental filter, so a new idea will “fly to his head like wine to the head of a teetotaler.” And where do most people pick up those intoxicating ideas? From books, music, movies, advertising. That’s why Christians must learn how to “read” worldviews when they come to us not in words, where they’re easier to recognize, but in image, plot and characterization.
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Canadian Catholic School Being Pressured to Teach All Religions Are Equal
The Canadian Supreme Court is set to decide whether teachers at private religious schools in the province of Quebec will be allowed to share their faith with students, in a case concerning a Catholic high school that is being forced to teach students in an ethics and religious course that all religions are the same.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/canadian-catholic-school-being-pressured-to-teach-all-religions-are-equal-116042/#JRRVhCR5ZJQpL6kY.99
Canaanite Prize: Who will win this year?
Frank Schaeffer, son of a man of actual accomplishment the late Francis Schaeffer, has dominated this prize for decades. First, he was the angry young man living off his father’s legacy, then he converted to Orthodoxy and became more Orthodox than the Ecumenical Patriarch, now he is a kind of religious skeptic living off his ability to expose the “roots” of the religious right. Sadly, Frank is testing the shelf life of the Canaanite strategy so this year he must be term limited out of wining a prize that might someday be named for him.
Some Geniuses in Japan Just Invented the Pizza Burger
Behold, the food of kings: Japan’s “American-Style Pizza-Burger.” According to the Tokyo-based news site RocketNews24.com , the magnificent creation is a wondrous mix of “classic meat patty plus fried egg, veg, and cheese heaped on top of a traditional focaccia pizza base.” If you’re in Japan and happen to be craving a truly “American-style” hybrid feast that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, the pizza burger will only set you back about $7 and cost three years of your life expectancy. It's available now at the ironically named Freshness Burger fast food chain ...
Did Former FIFA VP Accept Brides to Give Qatar World Cup?
The Telegraph report suggests that Warner received $1.2 million (a payment that a bank in the Cayman Islands refused to process over legality concerns before it was handled by a bank in New York) from a company owned by Qatari FIFA VP Mohamed bin Hammam. The paper says that the FBI is now involved in an investigation related to payments. Though Qatar told the paper it did nothing wrong, Warner refused to comment to the news outlet ...
5 Reasons You Should Be a Christian Apologist
I am a Christian apologist. That is not my career (at least not yet). I was an apologist when I worked in a warehouse, when I was a pastor and now that I am an editor. I would like to argue that every Christian should be an apologist. He is why:
Fallibility and Female Prophets
It certainly was not unheard of for New Testament prophets to prophesy outside of the assembly, as in the case of Agabus (Acts 21:10–11). And even today, we who believe that women should not teach or exercise authority over men in the church nevertheless make every opportunity for gifted women to teach children and other women (Titus 2:3–4). Teaching in a children’s ministry or leading a women’s Bible study does not violate 1 Timothy 2:12, and nor does their prophesying. There is no reason that the Spirit could not have provided some women with the same gift of prophecy he gave to men, and yet limited its use to outside the gathered assembly. 
Answering Muslims: Muslim Convert Nicholas Michael Teausant (aka Ased Abdur-Raheem) Arrested for Attempting to Join Terrorist Group
After converting to Islam , Nicholas Michael Teausant (who goes by his Islamic name, Ased Abdur-Raheem) somehow got the idea that he is supposed to obey Allah's command in Qur'an 9:29 to "fight those who do not believe in Allah" (instead of completely ignoring the verse, as most Westernized Muslims do).
Like so many other converts to Islam who appear in the news due to terrorism charges, Teausant came from a Christian family. One day on Facebook, Teausant quoted a verse of the Qur'an that supports women's rights (the right of women to get brutally beaten by their husbands):
Teausant's father quoted the Bible to counter the oppressive Qur'anic command.
Brian also responded when he saw that his son had posted a disturbing image:
Teausant is a Muslim, however, so he wasn't persuaded by the Bible or by his father. Instead, he was planning to become the new face of terrorism in the Middle East.
Amazingly, Teausant is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard (though he hasn't been able to pass some required tests). One can only wonder why he wasn't kicked out long ago, especially when he posts comments defending terrorists:
(This is reminiscent of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, whose obvious jihadist sympathies weren't seriously questioned by his superiors, who were too worried about being labeled "racists" or "Islamophobes" to press him on his views.
• Interview with Phil Johnson RE: Driscoll's Repentance
• Mark Driscoll Preaching on the Repentance of Zacchaeus
• Great Sermon: How Identify True Repentance by Phil Johnson
Lent: Did God Turn His Back on Jesus?
The first argument is that Jesus quotes Psalm 22, where it talks about God forsaking him. The problem with this is that Jesus was not the first say these words. They were written by David. This Psalm entered into the worship of Israel and expressed the feelings of worshippers in times of distress. There is no reason to believe that David or any of the other Israelites who recited this Psalm were ever completely cut off from the presence of God.
Genesis to Revelation on Kindle
I really believe in this book. As I have said elsewhere , there is a need to increase biblical literacy in our churches. This is my contribution to the need. Genesis to Revelation is now available on Kindle . Make sure to check it out.
The OSTEENification of American Christianity (Audio Download) - Christian Research Institute
Osteenification is nothing short of the wholesale transformation of American Christianity. The fresh new face of “baptized” humanistic psychology—a new Babel reaching to the heavens, all the while promising “your best life now.” In short, Joel Osteen is the de facto high priest of a new brand of Christianity perfectly suited for a feel-good generation. And his claim to America’s largest church is just a small part of the story. With one billion impressions per month on Facebook and Twitter, he is the hip new personification of God-talk in America.
Rethink Mercy Conference—A Call to Gospel-Centered Mercy Ministry (Louisville, KY)
Conference Summary: The Gospel is not a message of social salvation, but it does have social implications. The church is not to adopt a social reform platform as its message, but the faithful church, wherever it is found, is itself a social reform movement precisely because it is populated by redeemed sinners who are called to faithfulness in following Christ. Those who attend the Rethink Mercy Conference will examine what God’s Word says about the primacy of the gospel and its implications for mercy ministry in the Church with R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and Dhati Lewis.
The book of Revelation describes a time period in the last days called the Millennium. In fact, it says that the Millennium is a period of one-thousand years. But when did the last days begin? Are we still waiting for the last days or are we in them now? Is the Millennium a future expectation for the church or are we currently in it? In this message, Dr. Sproul explains the different theological perspectives in the church that are known by their teaching about “The Millennium.”
Are Denominations Evidence Against the Truth of Christianity?
I have heard skeptics suggest that the multitude of denominations is a major obstacle to believing in the truth of Christianity. After all, there are thousands of groups all claiming they have the truth, none of which can get along. This must mean that Christianity is false.