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Aborted babies are being used to heat UK hospitals. This is the culture of death – Telegraph Blogs

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found. Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.

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 .

The most consequential religious liberty case in a generation

I’m not saying that companies can’t choose to employ a conscience, I’m saying they have no Constitutionally-given right to do so, just like Philip Morris’ 1stA rights don’t allow it to go around saying, “Cigarettes are good for you!” Unlike a person, corporations have no souls–and certainly most of them act soulless. Hence, the state can and must–as in the Philip Morris example above–regulate the 1st A rights of corporations. If you as a business owner want the lower tax rates and the lowered liability of a corporation, then you as a business owner must accept the concomitant regulation corporations receive. For additional rights they get additional responsibilities. If Hobby Lobby’s owners don’t feel like they can practice their conscience then they must sell their shares, just as Jesus told the rich man.

Why Jesus Demands Your Life

Eric Mason gave this talk on "Why Jesus Demands Your Life" at our recent Resurgence  College Conference  at the end of 2011. Pastor Eric is the lead pastor of  Epiphany Fellowship , an Acts 29 church in Philadelphia, PA.

What I Saw When I Gave Up Mirrors for Lent

I haven't looked in a mirror since March 5, the day my pastor thumbed a black ashen cross on my forehead. I won't look at myself again until the trumpets sound under my country church steeple on Easter morning. I gave up my reflection for Lent because I'm tired. I'm tired of the self-degradation that we engage in as women. We tell ourselves that we're not enough—or let our bathroom scales tell us that we're too much. I'm tired of how we, as women, often see ourselves and each other as a series of parts and "thigh gaps," or lack thereof. I'm tired of the photoshopping and the airbrushing, and yet, I am guilty. I deftly wield Instagram's Amaro filter to magically take five years off my face.

Gheens Lectures

Thomas Kidd is Professor of History at Baylor University and is Senior Fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. His books include Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, published in 2011 by Basic Books, and God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, published in 2010, also with Basic Books. Other books include American Christians and Islam, published in 2008 by Princeton University Press, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, published by Yale University Press (2007), and The Great Awakening: A Brief History with Documents, with Bedford Books (2007). He earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Notre Dame, where he studied under George Marsden. He is currently writing a biography of George Whitefield, due out in fall 2014 with Yale University Press, and is also writing (with Barry Hankins) a history of Baptists in America. Kidd writes regularly for outlets including WORLD magazine and, where he coordinates the Anxious Bench blog.


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How to reach Hispanics around you without Rosetta Stone

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Latino population in the United States  was 53 million in 2012, making up 17 percent of the overall population — the largest minority group in the nation. So, whether you are Hispanic like me or you are from a different culture, eager to share the gospel with this rapidly growing group, how should we — theology students, church members, leaders and pastors — embrace the task before us?

It Doesn’t Hurt to Look, or Does It?

One way to answer this question is to consider the factors that predict relationship commitment. One is whether or not we perceive we have attractive alternatives to our existing relationship . When we believe that our prospect for attractive partners is abundant, we will be less committed to the relationship we already have. Interestingly, this phenomenon seems to hold true whether the alternatives are real and concrete, or whether the alternatives are only in our imagination. It doesn’t seem to matter if a potential partner is standing in front of us or if we’re viewing an attractive porn star on a computer. While porn actors are not really an option for most of us, spending time in their company can give us the impression that we live in a world with many available alternatives. And when we believe we have other attractive choices, we’re instinctively less committed to the partner we already have.

World Vision to recognize employees' same-sex marriages - Religion News Service

A lot of money has been given by my family and friends to world vision. My daughter’s birthday parties have been “fund raisers” for world vision. Kids like picking out gifts like baby chicks and lambs. I write this with a heavy heart but we will no longer support world vision. God’s Word says marriage is between a man and a woman. If the employees of world vision are to be Christ followers this makes no sense.

Living in the Past is Killing Your Future

Beth el's the place where Jacob had his amazing dream. He built an altar there and made a promise. Gilgal is the place where the Israelites camped God on their first night in the Promised Land. And Beersheba is where Abraham made a treaty with Abimelek and called on the Lord. His son Isaac dug a well and built an altar there.

D3 Youth Ministry Blog

I am neither a farmer nor the son of a farmer, but living in North Carolina for three years I’ve picked up on a few lessons from the locals. I tried my hand at it last spring for the first time with the hopes of fulfilling my Genesis 1 mandate to subdue the earth by way of planting tomatoes and lettuce. Three months later in August, I had successfully grown a 20×40 foot plot of weeds. One night last August, as I sat down at supper with my wife and 11-month-old son to enjoy the work of my hands, the harvest was not plentiful. We shared a homegrown salad featuring a two-inch carrot, tasteless vine tomatoes and store-bought romaine because mine didn’t make it. It hit me that I was not cut out to be a Genesis 1 land-cultivator, but needed to stick with my vocation as a Matthew 13 seed-sower.

Can Christian Theology Save the Family?

Christ offers the family hope.  God did not leave the family in defeat. In fact, he still had big plans for it. After the fall, God promised Eve that her offspring would conquer evil (Genesis 3:15). As Bavinck writes, "In the Son born from her, the woman and the man once again attain to their calling." Jesus Christ is the only human being to never sin against his Father in heaven and his family on earth. His death for our sins offers hope for forgiveness and reconciliation not only with our earthly families but also with God our Father. Although earthly marriages remain imperfect, they represent the love between Christ and his people more than anything else in creation. Bavinck concludes his book with these hope-filled words: "The history of the human race" also "ends with a wedding, the wedding of Christ and his church, of the heavenly Lord with his earthly Bride." In Christ, the family finds significance, purpose, and hope.

Flee youthful passions

Personally for me, as a pastor, I long to be the kind of man that sinners want to move toward, not away from.  Inevitably, for every one of us, there will come a moment when we have sinned so stupidly that our future is in peril, or when we have been sinned against so destructively that we fall into despair.  When that happens — not if it happens — to whom will we go?  Not to the fault-finders and finger-pointers.  Desperate people will go, if they have any courage left, to a pastor who is known for good news of great joy for all kinds of people.  They will go to a man who is known for being kind to everyone, a man who understands sowing and harvesting shalom for other people.  And if the pastors within the acquaintance of a person in serious trouble are not like that, if those pastors are known only for their trenchant criticisms — Oh, what a loss!

Missions, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

One of the most common objections to the doctrine of election is that people do not see the point of sharing the good news and working hard for the gospel if God has already chosen who will believe. But human logic sometimes runs in the opposite of biblical logic. The world says “Why speak if God has chosen.” The Bible would have us ask, “If God has not chosen some to believe, why bother speaking?” Paul remained in Corinth because God told him there were many people in that city (Acts 18:10). This is precisely the reason to keep on speaking—because God has chosen some; because God is sovereign; because God has elected; because some will believe.

The Distrustful Generation

Who are the "Millennial generation"? New data from two of the country's leading social research organizations provide an invaluable window into their thinking and experience. So far, the discussion of these findings has centered on the disastrous collapse of marriage, work, and religious practice among Millennials (ages 18 to 29). But the most dire social problem is that Millennials don't trust their neighbors. The deepest question our culture will be facing in the coming generation is not what to do about jobs or single parenthood, but whether we are still capable of loving our neighbors.

Can We Still Believe the Bible?

Craig Blomberg , Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, has written another outstanding volume. Blomberg is a committed evangelical, but not one with a closed mind. As he says in his preface about the environment of Denver Seminary (quoting Vernon Grounds, former president of the school), “Here is no unanchored liberalism—freedom to think without commitment. Here is no encrusted dogmatism—commitment without freedom to think. Here is a vibrant evangelicalism—commitment with freedom to think within the limits laid down by Scripture.” Blomberg’s writings have always emulated this philosophy. His research in the secondary literature is consistently of superb quality, and his discussions of problem passages and issues, especially in the Gospels, is always well informed. Rather than clutter the narrative with documentation, Blomberg has wisely used endnotes instead of footnotes (though I personally prefer footnotes, I understand that most readers see them as a distraction). This book has nearly 50 pages of endnotes, almost one fifth of the whole book. Blomberg knows his stuff.

Can Christians lose their salvation? - Christian Research Institute

Sincere believers are sharply divided on this question. Some say Christians can lose their salvation and subsequently must be born again and again if they fall away. Others contend that true believers cannot lose their salvation through sin, but they can apostatize or walk away from their salvation. Still others hold that salvation begins at the moment of conversion (not death) and continues for all eternity—I hold this view for several reasons.

Noah Was NOT a Righteous Man

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

3 Assumptions of Systematic Theology

These assumptions guide the systematic theologian as he goes about his task of considering the whole scope of Scripture and inquiring how it all fits together. At many seminaries, the systematic theology department is separate from the New Testament department and the Old Testament department. This is because the systematic theologian has a different focus than the Old Testament professor and the New Testament professor. Biblical scholars focus on how God has revealed Himself at various points over time, while the systematician takes that information, puts it all together, and shows how it fits into a meaningful whole. This is a daunting task, to be sure, and I am convinced that no one has ever done it perfectly.

Courage under fire: Ronald Speirs and Easy Company at the Battle of Foy

[...]At 0900 hours on 13 January Easy Company attacked along the western edge of Foy, along the road. The new year had brought heavy snow and the it blanketed the ground and had reduced temperatures to well below zero. 2nd Battalion commander, Captain Dick Winters, had two section of LMGs deployed on the edge of the woods facing Foy to give Easy Company covering fire while they crossed the 250 yards of open field between the forest and Foy’s buildings. There were just a few scattered trees and haystacks to give cover. As Easy Company advance the covering fire did its job, limiting the fire on the paratroopers to sporadic rifle shots. The approach on Foy made good pace under the cover of the LMG fire, but about 75 yards out from the edge of the village the skirmish line halted and the paratroopers hunkered down in the snow. Captain Winters stared in disbelief, wondering what was going on.

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Our Consuming and Crushing Snare

The fear of man so often ends with judging others because we begin assuming we know another's motives, thoughts, character, and intentions. Someone forgets to answer an email, so you assume you're not a priority and she is selfish—turns out she was on vacation. You pass someone in the hall and he doesn't wave, so you assume he doesn't like you or is rude—turns out he didn't see you. You invite someone to do something and she kindly declines, so you assume she's disappointed in you—turns out she simply doesn't want to attend or is sick or tied up. It really doesn't matter what the other person thinks or does? But our preoccupation with worrying about what others think of us drives us to sinfully judge.

Pastors, Preach the WHY Before the WHAT

This pastor doesn’t want to see people manipulated, but  inspired. According to this approach, the best way to get people to give of their time and energy to a cause is not by dangling carrots before their eyes or by guilting them into desired behavior. The best way is to spread a passion for the why  until church members are spreading the same passion themselves.

New Evidence for Inflation | Reasonable Faith

The team went to great lengths to ensure that the polarization pattern detected was not due to error in instrumentation or the influence of cosmic dust or galactic factors. They seem to have ruled out alternatives to gravitational waves as the source of the observed pattern. They did not discuss whether there might not be some other non-inflationary sort of model which could plausibly account for the primordial gravitational waves. I see that Paul Steinhardt, an inflation sceptic, has already admitted that if the results hold up, his model is untenable. Perhaps there are other models that could be devised, but the confirmation by experiment of a prediction made on theoretical grounds is powerful evidence for the truth of a theory.

What Rand Paul can learn from George W. Bush's daddy issues

Enjoy Dinner with Every Square Inch at TGCW14

If you'd like to attend, please  share your story  with us. Tell us about what you do every day, how you feel about what you do, and when you have felt that your work has been particularly meaningful. The selected stories will have the opportunity to be published in a series of posts on TGC during the month of June, as we lead up to the conference. Twenty-five women will be selected for this complimentary dinner and will receive books about faith and work.

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”I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”, by Frank Turek


The Bible contains figures of speech that are unfamiliar to modern readers.  Perhaps you have come across passages that say the same thing twice, or that seem to make contradictory statements.  Such verses exhibit a figure of speech called Parallelism, and in this message, Dr. Sproul explains how to interpret it.


Ending the war will involve repentance on all sides, [Wood] thinks. “I can’t make somebody else repent of what he is doing wrong. I can only repent of what I am doing wrong. If I do that publicly enough, maybe I will inspire others. The quest stops being about saving the church and exposing heresy. It starts being about serving the Creator, which is what it was always supposed to be.” (45)


Boyd says this book is his most autobiographical work to date (18), and his transparency is easily the best thing about it. He discusses his Pentecostal upbringing, youthful pornography addiction, and marriage troubles. If you wonder what it’s like being Greg Boyd, this is the book for you. His spiritual crisis and “conversion” is similar to Augustine’s experience of opening the Bible to a text in Romans, and I was moved by it (105). I do wonder, though, if Benefit of the Doubt might be an overreaction to Boyd’s Pentecostal background. I don’t know anyone who thinks doubt is immoral (11), and unless readers hail from this fideistic environment, they may not either.

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Woman gets $36,000 medical bill because hospital not covered by Obamacare gold plan

Alex Szablya just wants the best health care she can get for her children. So she got a gold plan, the highest level possible with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.  She picked a plan with Lifewise, an affiliate of Premera Blue Cross.

36 Why Talk About Abortion and Homosexuality So Much? - Stand to Reason Blog

Good points all. Phyte On, I think you nailed it; we can hardly point out the sin of homosexuality when our own lives are saturated with other blatant sins. Unless those sins become a shared platform for repentance with those involved in homosexuality, the hypocrisy will overshadow our efforts. It's time for a real revival for the church--calling sin what it is and being obedient to turn from those sins which so easily entangle us. If, indeed, it is the time of judgment from God, then we have no one to blame for our personal contribution to it but ourselves. He WILL separate the wheat from the chaff and He WILL gather the spotless bride from the peoples of this earth. We need to take very seriously His call to holiness and be willing to accept responsibility for our transgressions and eager to repent of them.

New Black Keys Song Alert: 'Fever'

It was only days ago that the Black Keys officially announced their new album, Turn Blue , would be releasing in May—and today, we've got the first single to prove it. "Fever" is a woozy, spooky chunk of rock and roll goodness that's more indebted to the band's excellent 2008 album Attack and Release than their most recent album, 2011's speedier, nimbler El Camino . Check it out here, and get pumped for Turn Blue 's May 13 release ...

How Do I Start a Breakup Conversation?

From your question, it seems like you’re feeling a tug towards vocational ministry, but have no idea what that vocation may be. To that end, I would forgo learning about ministry, and get your hands dirty doing it. If you have any semblance of an idea of something that sparks your interest, go and do that. Work for free in your church and get a barista job to pay rent. Be an intern. Beg a Young Life leader to let you help out. Basically, do anything you can do to amass experiences and gain a deeper understanding of how your best abilities may be intersecting with God’s plans.

Leader of gay student group: disagreeing with us makes us kill ourselves

“Their viewpoint kills people,” Jeffrey Cohen, vice president of GradQ, a homosexual advocacy group for graduate students, told the GSC.  “There’s a lot of research published in top psychology journals that have looked at university environments, both positive and negative. An event such as this would be a negative event, [and] in schools that have negative events there is a statistically significant increase in suicide.”  He said the last time a pro-marriage speaker visited the campus, someone told him “they wanted to kill themselves.”

Screwtape on How to Ruin The Gospel Coalition

Which leads me to another item of concern. Treat the influence of this Coalition on your patient as a deadly epidemic—by all means do not let it spread from him to others. Quarantine him immediately. The most damage will be done if he starts taking such foul ideas and using them to strengthen that hideous gathering the Enemy calls the church. I presume that he does not personally know any of the Enemy's servants involved in writing this propaganda. Use that to your advantage. Convince him he only needs the Coalition, that those people the Enemy has placed closest to him are most unnecessary. It may take time, but it can be done. Try to get him to see his fellow church members as less informed, less zealous, less useful than himself because of what he "knows" from reading the Coalition. Above all, isolate him from his pastor. Perhaps you can get him to believe he would be so much better off if one of the writers of the Coalition were his pastor. Discontent with their specific marching orders is very useful to us—many of the Enemy's soldiers are kept out of the battle because of it.

New study: fruit fly DNA reveals unexpected complexity

You know about ENCODE, the project that found 80 percent or more of the human genome is transcribed and appears functional. Now, along comes modENCODE: the ENCODE project for model organisms. Results from the fruit fly are in, and Indiana University shares the surprises (for evolutionary theory, that is): “Study of complete RNA collection of fruit fly uncovers unprecedented complexity.”

Q&A: Communion, Heaven is for Real, and Joel Osteen - Christian Research Institute

If someone can eat and drink damnation upon themselves according to 1 Corinthians 11:29, doesn’t this mean you can lose your salvation?

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good He Is

Your real worth is already carved in stone. It can’t be changed. It doesn’t go up or down with how well you do at school or how much other people like you at the moment. God defines your worth, and he says you are as valuable as the life of his Son, Jesus. When you are sure of that truth, several fantastic things happen.

The Danger of Trying On Atheism

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The Jesus of Faith or The Jesus of History?

I quickly want to mention two books. I advise reading The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition: By: Paul Rhodes Eddy, Gregory A. Boyd and Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony: by Richard Bauckham. Bauckham’s book is very significant in that he lays out some of the differences between ancient and modern historiography. After all, this issue plays a tremendous role in understanding the Gospels/New Testament (see more below). And by the way, The Jesus Legend is critical reponse to legend theorists. For those that want to see how silly it is to propose the theory that Jesus didn’t…

Fred Phelps' Atheist Son: “Fred's Ideas Have Not Died With Him."

I ask this of everyone: Let his death mean something. Let every mention of his name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities ...My father was a man of action and I implore us all to embrace that small portion of his faulty legacy by doing the same.

Pepsi Max’s Bus Stop Prank Is Amazing

We have no idea what this has to do with selling Pepsi, but this recent YouTube prank from the soda maker is pretty effective at getting people to at least watch. Using a sort of augmented reality flat screen monitor—mounted to the inside of a bus stop—unsuspecting commuters watch as aliens, meteors and live tigers roam the sidewalks of the UK ...


In our age, as in every other age, there are those who deny the existence of God. Recent years have witnessed the rise of a particularly militant form of atheism, represented in the writings of authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett. Although the “new atheism” is not all that different from the old atheism, Christians today must stand firm against the challenge of atheism.

Pres. Obama Sending More Special Forces to Find Joseph Kony

According to a Washington Post report, the White House is ramping up the search for warlord Joseph Kony. The United States is sending about 150 additional Special Forces to Uganda—along with military aircraft—to "provide information, advice and assistance" to African Union forces who have been hunting Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army for years. The horrific practices of Kony’s forces—which include abductions, the use of child soldiers and sexual violence—gained international attention in 2012 after the organization Invisible Children released their wildly popular “Kony 2012” viral video, outlining Kony’s crimes and advocating for his capture. The Washington Post report about the American troops emphasized, “While combat-equipped, they are prohibited from engaging LRA forces unless in self-defense” ...

The Love of God

You won't understand the love of God unless you understand that God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:4). If God was going to turn His back on Israel and abandon His covenant promise, He would have allowed Israel to pursue after their idols. He wouldn't have intervened by giving Israel into the hand of Midian for seven years.

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