What are the arguments for the historicity of the empty tomb story?
I wanted to go over this article by William Lane Craig which includes a discussion of the empty tomb, along with the other minimal facts that support the resurrection. The word resurrection means b...
Who is To Blame for the Rise of ISIS — Bush or Obama?
President Barack Obama indirectly blamed the foreign policy of his predecessor, President George W. Bush, for the rise of the barbaric and brutal Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq.
When You See What This Baby is Laughing At, You Will Crack Up!
There is nothing more adorable than hearing a young child laugh. It can instantly bring a smile to your own face, and instantly put you in a good mood. This baby finds the strangest thing funny, and it is hilarious!
From Playing Jesus to Playing the Devil? 'The Bible's' Diogo Morgado Poses as Villain in Exclusive Pic From 'The Messengers'
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's "Bible" series star Diogo Morgado is now starring in a new television series "The Messengers" where he is taking on a much different role.
A Veteran Who Lost His Arm and Leg Show Off His Dance Moves in Front of the World!
To kick off a new premier episode of "Dancing With The Stars" this veteran conquers the impossible. Noah Galloway risked his life to serve our country, and tragically lost his left arm and leg. But, holds nothing back when he is presented with the challenge to dance in a competition in front of the world.
When the Son of Man ascended to the Ancient of Days, He was seated at God’s right hand and given all authority in heaven and earth. In this session, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will explain the significance of the ascension of Christ, explaining how Christ has been exalted. He will explore what it means to confess that Christ is now putting all enemies under His feet.
DeYoung, Duncan, Mohler: What's New About the New Calvinism
TGC council members Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, and Albert Mohler discuss the eclectic movement of new Calvinism, including the need for enthusiasts to identify and settle in a particular ecclesial home. In this video: Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, Albert Mohler Permalink: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resourc...
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PC(USA) redefines marriage under growing demand for theological compromise
There are seasons when some ministers spend more time away from their family than usual. The minister’s wife often carries a heavier load during this time and might enjoy an extra pair of hands for housework, an extra friend for fellowship, or an extra babysitter so she can have some time alone. How can you help?
God and Country, Crucified: Why It's Time to Exchange our Civil Religions for a Cross
The bi-weekly Chapel service on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Chapel is livestreamed every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am during the semester. Join us at sbts.edu . Today's message from 2 Chronicles 7:1-22 was delivered by Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Another Successful Prediction of Intelligent Design: Cell Paper Reports Functions for Synonymous Codons
[W]e present four lines of evidence in support of the finding that codon optimality has a broad and powerful influence on mRNA stability in yeast cells. First, global analysis of RNA decay rates reveals that mRNA half-life correlates with optimal codon content. Many stable mRNAs demonstrate a strong preference toward the inclusion of optimal codons within their coding regions, whereas many unstable mRNAs harbor non-optimal codons. Second, we demonstrate that substitution of optimal codons with synonymous, nonoptimal codons results in a dramatic destabilization of the mRNA and that the converse replacement leads to a significant increase in mRNA stability. Third, we experimentally demonstrate an impact of codon optimality on ribosome translocation, indicating that the effect on mRNA decay occurs through modulation of mRNA translation elongation. These findings indicate that transcript-specific translation elongation rate, as dictated by codon usage, is an important determinant of mRNA stability. Fourth, we observe tightly coordinated optimal codon content in genes encoding proteins with common physiological function.
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Questioning The Bible | A new book by Jonathan Morrow
Pray for wisdom. Think clearly. Pick up your Bible. Read through the 11 major challenges presented in these pages. Be ready.
Woman raised by lesbian moms comes out against gay marriage
Heather Barwick, a 31-year-old mother-of-four from South Carolina, says she is against gay marriage because she missed out on having her father around when she was growing up
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
TGC's 2015 National Conference, Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth, seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. We hope you can join us April 13–15 in Orlando, Florida.
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Why San Francisco's City Church is Wrong About Sex
Although the City Church letter appeals to Jesus’ mission to outcasts as a basis for jettisoning a male-female requirement for marriage, it is difficult to claim that the Jesus we encounter in Scripture would have countenanced homosexual sex in the context of a “marriage.” Jesus appealed to the two-sexes requirement for marriage (and thus for all sexual activity) given in Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 as the foundation upon which all sexual ethics must be based, including the limitation of two persons to a sexual union. Just as Jesus did not reach out to exploitative tax-collectors in order to justify their exploitation of the poor, so too Jesus did not reach out to sexual sinners in order to provide a platform for impenitent sexuality. He reached out to both groups in order to call them to repentance so that they might inherit the very Kingdom of God that he was proclaiming. That is true love, not the impersonation of love now being peddled by City Church leadership.
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David Wilkerson's Warning for The Assembly of God: Sadly unheeded!
No, it wasn’t an actual nuclear bomb on 9/11, however, it was the equivalent of a small one going off, ask a decent, knowledable engineer. Prophecies have to be interpreted and backed with scripture. Also, the four horseman of the apocalypse were released on that day coming through the two large mountains. See the end of the Old Testament and read, carefully and slowly. God has been speaking to me and it is in line with what I found today on the internet with other prophets. It is too late for our nation to repent as a nation, only individual repentance. Our sins have reached the heavens. It is incorrect to state that all other nations are more sinful. Our sin is greater than other nations and we have been exporting our perverted, money culture for too long now. Preachers in this country will not stop being sexist, racist, money grabbers (teaching false gospel of prosperity). The preachers are only politicians of country club churches where we go to feel better. America and its churches are in worse shape than we even realize. We are completely numb to sin, we respect nothing and no one, even God and God’s house and our Jewish roots.
What if Singleness Is My Fairy Tale?
His Word tells me that I have everything I need for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called me to his own glory and excellence. Everything. As I learn to balance dating and ministry, dating and jobs, dating and friends, concentrating on God and who he has made me to be, I hope to slowly realize and ultimately believe that singleness has been the best plan to accomplish his purposes for me. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly and fall on their faces before the one who lived in perfect obedience to the Father. All the hairs on my head are numbered. I don’t need to be afraid or anxious or disappointed; I am more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. For he saved me and called me to live a holy life, not necessarily a married life. He did this, not because I deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show me his grace through Jesus.
3 Ways the Church Can Build Better Community
We are talking in church context, so I assume and hope that all churches and small groups have a particular goal or vision to pursue. Of course communities should be purposeful rather than a collective of human beings with like interests or conceptions. Now it'll naturally form that way, but a godly community has a garden variety of anything thinkable. My Intervarsity chapter at San Jose State has spoken word artists, engineers, nerds, athletes, coffee drinkers, coffee abstainers, international students, singers, rappers, heavy eaters, great cooks, and of course a melting pot of races. However we all share one thing and believe it or not it's not we are all Christian. Of course 95% of us are, but we definitely have nonbelievers or "seekers." The thing we share is our vision and that's the pursue and know Jesus better so he can use people to spark renewal at SJSU. It's wonderful to see all these different kinds of humans come together and put their aspirations aside for the betterment of others and the pursuit of the gospel and are willing to invest energy and time into people's lives.
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Choose Your Own Sexual Ethics Adventure
What’s really important—what, in Anderson’s view, is really moral—is that one’s sex life is shaped by our own sense of ethics. Given all this, perhaps it’s not so surprising that Anderson so easily falls into the trap of setting up her own values as a substitute source of authority. If one’s own viewpoint is one’s greatest source of guidance, naturally, to her, her viewpoint is going to look like the best one around. The book’s takeaway is a bit of a Catch 22: If the goal is to create a sexual ethic for ourselves, why consider someone else’s guidelines at all?
No, Jon Stewart, Senate Republicans Aren't the Ones Blocking the Sex Trafficking Bill, by Brendan Bordelon, National Review
National Review ’s Joel Gehrke explains that Reid is attempting “an experiment in obstruction” after successfully staring down Republicans over executive amnesty and funding the Department of Homeland Security. “Can Harry Reid force Republicans to back down on the Hyde Amendment, setting a precedent that one of the top legislative victories for pro-life activists is too controversial to put into routine bills?” he writes. “If the minority leader can do that, then who controls the Senate, really?”
This Bullied Girl’s Response Will Astonish You | Jim Daly
My son Luke was bullied in middle school for being very thin and small for his age! This often happened when standing in line in the cafeteria for school lunch: name-calling, slight shoving, teasing...when the teacher was not looking. He never told me about it, but he did mention it to his older brother who told me. I was livid, as any parent should be. However, the next morning when I planned to go talk to his assistant principal about this upsetting matter, Luke pleaded with me not to go, saying the other kids might find out and the harassment would only get worse, because he would then be called a "mama's boy' and sissy in addition to other things. He wanted so much to be accepted and well liked, despite his small stature. This was over 15 years ago when bullying was not as prevalent as it seems to be today. I did, however, talk to the teacher and assistant principal, yet the bullying did not cease. Not long afterwards my son took his own life at age 13. Yes, bullying is a real problem and must be stopped. Its consequences are far-reaching and can be permanent.
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The Lord will restore your beloved son to you on the last day and no one will be able to take your joy from you.
The Lost World of Adam and Eve
We’ve bundled together certain things that don’t necessarily need to be. Issues like the image of God, the origin of sin, the historical Adam, and human origins are all important. They clearly overlap, but people have assumed that if you believe in a historical Adam, for example, you believe in a particular view of material human origins [a literal 6-day creation]. Or if you believe in original sin, you believe in a historical Adam. What I’ve found is you can deal with them individually, without jumbling them. You can affirm a historical Adam, but that doesn’t have quite the implications for biological human origins that are often assumed.
The Two Cups
Have you ever had to do something that you knew would be painful, but totally worth it in the end? Jesus had to do something like this, but so much harder than anything we will ever face. After eating the Passover meal, Jesus went out to pray in a garden. He knew what was ahead of him and was ready to go through with it, but that didn’t mean it was easy. In order for Jesus to accomplish his rescue mission, he knew that he would have to take the penalty for our disobedience to God. This meant that he would become the target for all of God’s wrath—God’s holy anger toward sin. To bless us with the cup of the new covenant, Jesus would take the painful cup of wrath. Every sinner deserves to be punished for sin, but Jesus would step in and take our place instead.
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How to Be a Better Preacher than 99% of Pastors (The "How To" Show: Ep. 11)
Have you ever wanted to know how to not stink at rightly dividing the word of truth but couldn't figure it out? The "How To" Show is here to help.
PCUSA Makes Marriage a 'Unique Commitment'
Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man. Christian marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.
The Future of Progressive Evangelicalism Is…?
If you are wondering what the future of “progressive” evangelicalism is, you are not alone. For years, we’ve heard that there is a “new way to be Christian.” We’ve been told that the church has it all wrong and that conservative evangelicalism will surely die out like the dinosaurs. But to the present, this has not proven true (see this great piece by Joe Carter). Conservative evangelical churches are taking many cultural hits, to be sure. The culture is pressing in hard against God’s people. But the church is not caving. It is unmoving.
Moms Need Theology Too
So moms, theology isn’t just for pastors, teachers, and professors; it’s for you too. And it’s not for another stage of life. It’s vital for you right here, right now, in the trenches of your daily life as a mom.
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
The ’90s Albums Every Youth Group Rocked
Yeah, I'm totally stuck in the 80s and 90s with Christian music. Not gonna lie. I cover a lot of the tracks from these albums at church on Sundays. When you're the worship pastor, you can show people the light of the glory of the Era that WAS. Sadly, not so anymore...... mad props to those who mentioned This Beautiful Mess, Commonwealth, Beyond Belief, and Rich Mullins.
Pedagogies for the Public Square | Comment Magazine
Agenda setters have a responsibility for shaping culture as stewards of their respective environments. The professor has a mandate from her institution, and an additional responsibility to serve the broader scholarly community. Within that mandate, she has an obligation to model the values and attitudes that teach students to respect each other as they learn the processes of deliberation. The agenda setter in the public square has a similar mandate, regardless of the source of their agenda setting power. Think, for example, of a political media pundit. As a professional, he has a mandate from his company that largely determines the topics on which he reports; but within that mandate, he also has an obligation to model for the public how to constructively engage and build upon opposition. Both types of agenda setters have positions of power, and both are most effective when they use those positions to model the values and attitudes that facilitate constructive engagement. The pedagogies of the political science classroom might have something to teach our pundits.
Every Mother’s Greatest Resource
As I sit on the sidelines, I realize anew that much of motherhood is about watching and praying. There is so little I can do to protect my children from the harmful realities of life. I cannot prevent skinned knees, unkind words, broken hearts, or painful losses. I can tend to the wounds and comfort the ache, but for the most part I am an observer on the sidelines, cheering them on as they play the game.
Is There a Diversity Dividend?
Before I make the profit-motive case for diversity, let me be crystal clear: I’m not talking about moral diversity—the idea that all moralities are equal and valid. Neither am I talking about the kind of multiculturalism that calls us to accept everyone’s beliefs and practices regardless of whether they align with biblical values. I’m talking primarily about racial diversity, but much of what I say will also apply to the kind of cultural and ethnic diversity that does not contradict scriptural standards.
Why a Bad Supreme Court Decision May Require Civil Disobedience | The Stream
Civil disobedience has a long and noble history in Western culture, and we will need a primer on it if, as seems likely, the Supreme Court rules against natural marriage in June.
Journal of Theological Studies articles on-line - Biblical Studies
The biblicalstudies.org.uk website now hosts over 950 public domain articles from the old series of the Journal of Theological Studies . All of these are now available for free download in pdf. Digitising them has taken some time as it was first necessary to find the date of decease of each author. Those articles whose authors died before 1945 are now considered Public domain, plus anonymous articles published before 1945. I hope that they prove of interest.
Church Will Stop Intentionally Drenching Homeless People Sleeping on Property
Following some bad press—and a visit from the local building inspector who filed a code violation notice—the system is being uninstalled. The church’s Bishop William Justice issued an apology statement that admitted drenching the homeless people with out warning was “ill-conceived.” However, the statement defended their intentions, saying they got the idea from buildings in the city’s Financial District that use it as “a safety, security and cleanliness measure to avoid the situation where needles, feces and other dangerous items were regularly being left in these hidden doorways.” The Bishop said that the church is a major “supporter of services for the homeless in San Francisco” and that their drenching program was “not to remove those persons, but to encourage them to relocate to other areas of the Cathedral, which are protected and safer.” They added, “It actually has had the opposite effect from what it was intended to do, and for this we are very sorry" ...
WORLD | Al Mohler on keeping the Southern Baptist faith | Warren Cole Smith | March 19, 2015
I arrived in the 1980s. I was starry-eyed. I loved the school. I had been sent here by my pastor and by my state college professors who loved the school or products of the school. There was so much here to love when I arrived as a student. This was a very happy place. There were wonderful things going on here, wonderful scholars. The problem is, they were theologically marching off the map. It wasn’t that I arrived at an unhappy place. I loved it here. It’s that what I heard in the classroom I knew just wasn’t right. … When I came back as president in 1993, I was a part of a much larger movement to recapture the whole SBC. I had the opportunity to articulate much of that vision and to make very clear what I believed needed to take place, not just in the seminaries, but in this seminary. I was elected to do that, and it was a very difficult process, but the Lord allowed it to be successful. Now, 20-plus years later, we’ve been able to build the seminary that I wish I had the opportunity to attend.
Lyle Schaller, Preeminent Church Consultant, Dies at 91
Few of those he influenced identified him with the institutions that claimed his leadership. Many knew him as the consultant who came to their towns and churches to listen and recommend—averaging about 150 on-site church consultations per year. I don’t know if the Guinness Book of World Records includes an award for the most parishes consulted, but Lyle Schaller would no doubt hold the record with thousands and thousands of visits to local congregations. At these churches, he took a repeated approach of gathering statistics and interviewing church leaders, youth, ministers’ spouses, non-leader congregants, and pastors from nearby churches. At the end of each consultation, he reported his 360-degree view, analysis and list of practical suggestions for congregational health and growth. Along the way, he pretty much avoided conflicted churches, at least he declined those obviously in a fight; he identified himself as a consultant and not as a conflict mediator.
How Is the Authority of the New Testament Being Attacked Today (and What Can We Do About It)?
I recently spent some time in Chattanooga speaking to various groups about the authority of Scripture. I spoke to college students from RUF at the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) and Covenant College about “Five Misconceptions about the Origins of the New Testament.”
What Does it Mean to Have an Abundant Life? Some Thoughts on Prosperity
The powerful passage of Hebrews 11 highlights people of great faith and blessing, but also tells us that many believers were tortured, mocked, scourged, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in two, destitute, mistreated and homeless. The writer says the world was not worthy of these saints. They were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised. Does that sound like abundant life? Is that prosperity? And yet, we find that these struggling people spoke of a deep-seeded joy.
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God Loves Good Wine
I think this paradox in nature — stressed vines produce good wines — is also a parable for how God produces rich, complex, intense faith in his children. Because when it comes to faith, God loves good wine.
Christian Homeschool Kids Who Spent Two Months in State Custody to Return Home on Trial Basis
"This meeting gave us the opportunity, which we did not have in court — and that was for us to be able to speak. And all the people around us, who have worked with us and the kids and see what is going on, they were able to speak, and we don't have that kind of voice in the courtroom," Stanley said. "[The state] still has custody. They have a bunch of services they placed on us at that point. If we wouldn't have gotten any children back (Tuesday), our chances of winning in court were just next to nothing because of the way the judge and the attorney for the kids are so against us, as far as the way they treated us the whole time."
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07. Why choose Jesus and not Buddha or Muhammad?
Nathan Betts ( http://bit.ly/nathanbetts ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Why choose Jesus and not Buddha or Muhammad?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out "Is Jesus the Only Savior?" by James Edwards ( http://bit.ly/1BXw4HZ ). This video is episode 7 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/
Identity Politics: Israeli Election Squeezes Arab Christians
The tension illustrates the struggle of Arab Israeli Christians to craft a national identity between the increasing clamor of Zionism and Islamism. The result, according to evangelical leaders: a “ghetto mentality” among Christians and fewer opportunities for public witness and ministry.