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‘Religion poisons everything’ (Christopher Hitchens) Religion appears to be the root cause of many of the problems we see in the world around us today. It not only seems to inspire normal people to do terrible things, like the terrorist attacks we see happening in Europe, but it has also been used to justify all kinds of abhorrent behaviour, from sexism and racism, to slavery and genocide. This intolerance is bad enough, but some would say that the worst thing about religion is that it encourages irrational thought, as well as an anti-scientific attitude. It is no wonder so many people appeal to the sentiments of John Lennon’s song, ‘Imagine’, which asks to us think of a better world that is free from religion.

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‘Religion poisons everything’ (Christopher Hitchens) Religion appears to be the root cause of many of the problems we see in the world around us today. It not only seems to inspire normal people to do terrible things, like the terrorist attacks we see happening in Europe, but it has also been used to justify all kinds of abhorrent behaviour, from sexism and racism, to slavery and genocide. This intolerance is bad enough, but some would say that the worst thing about religion is that it encourages irrational thought, as well as an anti-scientific attitude. It is no wonder so many people appeal to the sentiments of John Lennon’s song, ‘Imagine’, which asks to us think of a better world that is free from religion.

How We Know the Bible Is True: The Beauty of Scripture as the Ground of Its Truth

Satan believes the Scriptures are God’s very words. But the difference between us and him is that he doesn’t treasure that truth.

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The Pastor, the People, and the Pursuit of Joy

Your joy in God multiplies exponentially as you seek the good of your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.

Book Review: The Case For Life

Introduction I have been quite excited to read Scott Klusendorf's "The Case For Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture" ( pa...

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Jesus Died for More Than Forgiveness (Four-Minute Clip on Why Jesus Died)

Jesus died so that we could find our ultimate delight in God. To prefer anything else over him is the ultimate essence of evil.

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Many people wish the abortion debate would just go away. They’re tired of the controversy and name-calling played out almost daily on social media. They’re turned off by harsh rhetoric and careless labels, not to mention constant political bickering.

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Don’t Force Your Spouse Into Gender Stereotypes

My husband and I sometimes fail to comply with the gender stereotypes presented to us by society. For example, one evening a few years back, he practiced the piano while I installed our new dishwasher. He didn’t offer to help and I didn’t ask. He deeply appreciates my willingness to take on home-improvement projects and feels no compulsion to rescue me or take over. Frankly, he’s relieved.

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I believe deeply that "all truth is God’s truth." That historic affirmation means that when we discover and grasp truth in the world and in life we move closer to its divine Author. This approach relies on the Christian idea of God’s two revelatory books - the metaphorical book of nature and the literal book of Scripture. As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. My writings and lectures at RTB focus on showing how the great doctrinal truths of the faith (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason. This approach reflects the historic Christian apologetics statement - "faith seeking understanding." I work to help myself and others fulfill Peter's words in 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. • Biography • Resources • Upcoming Events • Promotional Items Kenneth Richard Samples began voraciously studying Christian philosophy and theology when his thirst for purpose found relief in the Bible.

The Gathering Storm: Religious Liberty in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution -

These are days that will require courage, conviction, and clarity of vision. We are in a fight for the most basic liberties God has given humanity, every single one of us, made in his image. Religious liberty is being redefined as mere freedom of worship, but it will not long survive if it is reduced to a private sphere with no public voice. The very freedom to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at stake, and thus so is the liberty of every American. Human rights and human dignity are temporary abstractions if they are severed from their reality as gifts of the Creator. The eclipse of Christian truth will lead inevitably to a tragic loss of human dignity. If we lose religious liberty, all other liberties will be lost, one by one.

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Moral Relativism Is Dead

Many Christian preachers, apologists, evangelists, and writers have taken heed of the declining numbers, but decades of pitting “Christian worldview” against “moral relativism” left habits that are hard to break. You’ll still hear Christians assume that the reason for so much rampant immorality in our culture is because people reject objective right and wrong. Many still assume that discussions over morals are likely to end with, “Well, that’s your truth, but I have mine.” Make no mistake: Disputes over morality are as strong as they have ever been. But if we view these disputes through the lens of “moral relativism,” it’s not only our understanding of our culture that will suffer. Our evangelistic witness will also be severely blunted.

3 Lies Students Believe About Freedom That Will Ruin Their Lives - Jonathan Morrow

“In the “modern” condition, feeling will come to exercise almost total mastery over the individual. This is because people in that condition will have to constantly decide what they want to do, and feeling will be all they have to go on. Here lies the secret to understanding contemporary Western life and its peculiar proneness to gross immoralities and addictions. People are overwhelmed with decisions and can only make those decisions on the basis of feelings.”

The Big Lie Everyone Believes About Having Kids

About a week before I found out that I was pregnant with my first child, one of my college roommates and best friends asked me to be the maid of honor in her wedding. I was so touched and gave her an enthusiastic yes. Then I learned my due date. It was literally the day of her wedding, which unfortunately, was 1,000 miles away. She was gracious and understood, of course, but that experience was a crash course in a truth that I have learned over and over again since: Having a baby changes friendships. For better or for worse, it just does.

Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller

Because the PCA conflicts with the seminary’s denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), on women and LGBT clergy, leaders agreed not to award Keller the prize and thus affirm his differing stance. However, the school has still scheduled the Redeemer Presbyterian pastor to speak on mission at an annual conference hosted by its Kuyper Center for Public Theology in April.

Are God and Faith Anti-Science and Anti-Reason? John Lennox

Irrational? Immoral? Intolerant? Dangerous? – Why Religion? A day exploring the question, “Is all religion bad?” The day will equip you to engage in a personal and meaningful way with those who think religion is harmful. “Is there any room for belief in God in our modern scientific world? Don’t we understand enough about the universe to know there is no creator behind it? In this talk, Prof John Lennox will make the case that it is theism, rather than atheism, that sits most comfortably with science.”

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Evangelical Leaders Challenge Trump’s ‘America First’ Budget

The leaders of America’s top evangelical aid groups and denominations urged Congress today to reject proposed cuts to foreign aid in a letter signed by more than 100 prominent Christians, including 2 of the 6 clergy who prayed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

What Is the Unique Worldview of Students Today? Interview with Dr. Jeff Myers.

MYERS: I think it’s a huge, huge mistake when people say that. Apologetics and worldview training are more important than ever—and students seem to engage with them more than ever. It is different, though. They need to know how their thoughts and feelings fit with how God created reality. They won’t engage unless it affects them personally. They won’t engage unless they can imagine how they can be credible talking with their friends. They won’t engage unless they feel safe—that the adults in their lives really care and won’t be scared off when they hear about what they’re really dealing with. They won’t engage unless they have a chance to talk and ask questions as well as process new information.

Asking the Right Questions: My Visit to Brown University and MIT | Evolution News

Response : To better understand the questions, imagine the cousin of a state lottery commissioner winning the lottery twenty years in a row. The police then visit the commissioner and accuse him of wrongdoing, since the odds of a given person winning that many times is so fantastically low. The commissioner responds that we could be living in a multiverse with countless numbers of lotteries happening on planets in different universes at the same time. We just happen to live in the right universe where his cousin won so many times. In addition, if he had not won that often, we would not be having this conversation. Clearly, the police would not be satisfied with that explanation. In the same way, the fact that so many parameters are correct for the specific goal of supporting intelligent life points to design. Moreover, every theory proposed to justify the multiverse has itself to be fine-tuned to generate the correct variety of universes. The fine-tuning cannot be escaped.

Fear and Shame Shouldn’t Keep You From God

It would do our souls a great and glorious good to meditate on this parable when we’re overcome with fear and shame, too nervous to return to God after a season of being gone. Rest in knowing your Heavenly Father is waiting each and every day to embrace you with joy, not burden you with guilt and condemnation.

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Love is more than attraction and more than arousal. It’s also more than sentimentality, like so many of today’s songs suggest. By this standard, is love dead when the emotion is gone? No — not at all — because love is an action and a behavior.

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We need to understand that when you take a complicated issue like paid maternity leave or paternity leave, there can be authentic and cogent arguments made on either side of the controversy. You can have those who argue for it, those who argue against it, and if they’re honest they recognize that there are at least some points that are of value to be made by the other side. But regardless of this, you have to understand number one: the agenda behind this kind of required paid parental leave, it is very much a part of redefining the experience of the family so that work becomes the predominant issue from which some kind of leave is supposed to be the exception. What it rules out largely is the understanding of valuing a parent who would be full-time in the home with the child, otherwise most commonly known as a mother. But also there is the reality of economics, that is to say if there is to be such a requirement as paid parental leave, it will cost a great deal of money. Someone is going to pay that money and that becomes a part of the equation. Again, there can be arguments made on either side, but they should at least be educated and informed arguments.

Why Indiana Jones is a Cool Archaeologist, but a Horrible Philosopher - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

If Bible believing Christians adopt the philosophical viewpoint of Kant and “Indy,” it would have devastating consequences on their faith. It is, however, is the viewpoint of Israeli archaeologist Amon Ben Tor. Ben Tor is representative of most archaeologists working in Israel and the Levant, and articulates a view of facts and values that is in directly line with Immanuel Kant [& Dr. Jones].

Seeking correction No. 2: Will some please explain Christianity to the AP photo desk?

Second, one thing I've wondered as a long-time reader of getreligion as well as a listener to Terry's interviews on Issues, Etc. is whether these kind of basic factual errors are unique to the religion beat or is it a symptom of general ignorance and lack of professional competence? It seems like with many stories where I know something about the subject, whether religious or not, there are statements of fact that strike me as wrong. Is there a lot of general sloppiness in journalism made by writers who think they know more than they do or is this a problem specific to religious stories?

The Necessity of God's Existence: Ontological Arguments Worth Considering

One of the more difficult of the apologetics arguments to understand is that known as the ontological argument. The ontological argument finds root in Anselm of Canterbury’s famed declaration, “ God is that, than which noting greater can be conceived.”[1] This is the say, God is the greatest of all possible beings. God, properly understood, is maximally great. Nothing could be greater than God. Thus, Anselm argues that if it is possible to conceive of the greatest possible beings, then that greatest possible being must exist. There is much to unpack in this argument. However, I would like to focus on arguments that provide reasons to believe that God is a necessary being.

Why Princeton’s snub of Tim Keller should outrage progressives

As the cultural tides shift, the church is also transforming on these matters.  Will progressive Christians gain more cultural and religious influence, will they embody the Golden Rule and make space at the table for conservatives (as they once asked conservatives to do for them)? Or will they treat conservatives the way conservatives have treated them for years?

Do Not Be Anxious About Tomorrow

Many of us forget that we have been given the greatest peace in existence. Some of us who do realize that may feel frustrated that we can’t seem to access it. Like many other blessings we have been given through his Spirit, we must learn to open our hearts to it. We must quiet the louder parts of ourselves and grow (albeit clumsily) into it. We must first and foremost remind ourselves of what we have been given. Meditating upon this promise of peace brings it more and more to life within us.

The Excuses We Make for Sin

These kinds of situations are precisely the best ones for fostering in your patient a deliberate accusation against God for his own sin. In fact, Paul, that cursed apostle, can actually be twisted to our use. His words about no man being tempted beyond his ability and God always providing a way of escape can be very useful to our plots. One of my own patients, whose soul is now swirling in agony in a bottle on my shelf, used to indulge lustful fantasies in his mind day after day. After a few minutes of drinking from my draught, he would catch himself and resolve to “do better next time.” He might even pat himself on the back for his “noble resistance.” But he’d never repent of the little sin.

Where Social Justice and Apologetics Intersect

Second , what provides purpose and meaning for many is a variety of ongoing critical problems in the way people are being treated by others. Slavery and human trafficking are occurring at a greater rate than at any time in human history, and young Westerners know this. Poverty, malnutrition, lack of clean drinking water, abuse and exploitation of women and children, denial of property rights, government corruption that leads to squalor and destitution—all of these are occurring in our messy fallen world and being made increasingly visible in the flat world of modern technology. Racism is alive and well, not just in twentieth-century Germany or South Africa, but today in our own cities and towns. Issues that rightly fall into the category of social justice—justice in the realm of social relationships—are at the center of the individual and corporate consciousness of young people today.

31 Princeton Theological Seminary reverses decision to honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller

(RNS) Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best-known conservative Christian thinkers, Princeton Theological Seminary has reversed course and said Keller will not receive the honor.

Darwin’s Deathbed Conversion—a Legend?

It has been widely held among many sincere and well-meaning Christians that Charles Darwin on his deathbed not only renounced evolution, but also accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. The tale of this deathbed conversion has been passed down over the years as fact. This “event” has even been used as “evidence” that evolution is false. The overzealous have, at times, boldly proclaimed, “See—even Darwin knew that this theory was not true!”

The Goal of Apologetics: Come and See

All skeptics enter into theological discussions with myriad interests, backgrounds, and wounds. To truly address their question, one must truly hear their question. That is, one must listen with the goal of understanding, not just the goal of responding. This requires as much love as learning, as much empathy as answers. In Nathanael’s case, his question regarding Jesus’ hometown has at least two aspects: cultural and theological.

The Point: Paper-Thin Propaganda

Brawny paper towels has launched a new “Strength Has No Gender” campaign. The packaging features a flannel-clad woman in place of the brand’s iconic lumberjack. It goes along with a commercial that highlights female pioneers in science, civil rights, suffrage, aviation, and the like, all “breaking barriers.”

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Cracking The Movie Code On The Case For Christ

It was a September Sunday morning in 2015 when my friend Lee Strobel raised the idea of adapting his best-selling, non-fiction book, The Case for Christ , into a movie.  We were chewing the fat together at Mission Hills Church in Littleton, CO, following the service at which he had just spoken.  It had been a few years since we had last seen each other and I had gone to hear him give the weekend message for old time’s sake.  When he broached the film, I wagged my head enthusiastically and said “absolutely.”  Truth is, I’d be happy just digging a ditch with Lee Strobel – let alone make a movie about him.

How Kirk Franklin Is Reviving Hip-Hop

“He’s a very kind young man, and we talked a long time about music and art. He told me at that time he really had the heart to have gospel in his music,” Franklin says. “I just wanted to try and build a friendship and be a brother he could call on and be there for him. You know it’s so hard for people to trust nowadays. I wanted him to see that I was someone who is more concerned about building a friendship than trying to gain anything else.”

Objections to Apologetics: Just Evangelize

Some see a sharp divide between apologetics and evangelism. Here, I’m using evangelism to mean people “gossiping the Gospel,” sharing the good news. Abraham Kuyper referred to it as “witnessing.” Why do apologetics? It’s the Gospel that saves, isn’t it? Just share the simple good news. That’s all we need to do. Why get caught up in all these other questions about Christianity? Just stick to telling them about Jesus. That’s what the unbeliever needs, not all these other issues.

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This Kickstarter Is Raising Money to Create a ‘Goodnewspaper’

While it’d be easy to write off something so seemingly blissful as ignorant, the Goodnewspaper will be anything but unaware. Instead of turning a blind eye to tragedy, Harvey is aiming to create a space for goodness to exist amidst despair, “fighting against a world full of hate by celebrating the people, ideas and movements that are changing the world.” Check it out:

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Canal Walk The Canal Walk is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which was dug in the early 1800s, in an effort to facilitate interstate commerce. Today, the refurbished Canal Walk (stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street) serves the downtown community as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers and sightseers (while the canal itself includes a steady stream of pedal boats, which may be rented west of the Indiana State Museum).   Children's Museum Located just minutes from downtown, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis features five floors of fun and interactive learning that have the power to transform the lives of children and families across the arts, world cultures, sciences, and humanities.   Eagle Creek Park & Marina One of the nation's largest city parks, Eagle Creek Park covers over 3,900 acres of land on the northwest side of town. As the park's trails beckon to hikers and birders, its 1,400-acre lake--a frequent host of U.S. Rowing's National Championship--welcomes fishermen and sailors. As well as picnic areas and a swimming beach, the park offers rentals for canoes, kayaks, Hobie Cats, sailboats, pontoon boats, wind-surfing and pedal boats--as well as lessons for the aforementioned.

The Devil Knows How to Discourage You

But God knows this about us, and his many commands that we “magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30), “come into his presence with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:2), “sing to [him] with thanksgiving” (Psalm 147:7), pray “with thanksgiving” (Philippians 4:6), eat “with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:3), indeed, “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) are not intended as guilt-ridden reminders of how ungrateful we are. Rather, these commands are prescriptions written by the Good Physician to help us escape from chronic bouts of discouragement.

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Tories election expenses fine: Christian political groups react - Premier

Christians from both sides of the political divide are calling for the electoral commission to have greater powers after the Conservative party received a £70,000 fine for "numerous failings" in reporting expenses.

Christian couples urged not to neglect date night - Premier

New figures which reveal only a small proportion of couples have a regular date night have prompted a warning that time together is an important part of building healthy and happy relationship.

Justin Bieber kicks off show with 'Jesus loves you' - Premier

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How Singleness Can Testify to the Gospel of Grace | Stand to Reason

By foregoing marriage now, singleness is a way of both anticipating this reality and testifying to its goodness. It’s a way of saying this future reality is so certain that we can live according to it now. If marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency. It’s a way of declaring to a world obsessed with sexual and romantic intimacy that these things are not ultimate, and that in Christ we possess what is.

Book Preview: Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Forensic Faith is not only a book, it’s also a video curriculum! This eight-week Forensic Faith Curriculum Kit is a companion to the Forensic Faith book. It takes participants through the investigative techniques that J. Warner Wallace learned from his decades as a homicide detective. Designed to be used in small groups in a variety of settings, the Forensic Faith interactive Participant’s Guide, Leader’s Guide and DVD will help participants in all seasons of faith become better “Christian Case Makers.” 

Ten Principles for Personal Productivity

Many chops fell a huge tree. Man, this is so crucial because of how quickly we get discouraged after a thousand chops and the tree is not down yet. I just finished listening to Robinson Crusoe. You might say: What in the world? What is John Piper listening to a teenage novel? I had never heard some of these classics, so I am listening to them. Robinson Crusoe, marooned on an island, all by himself, wants to escape, needs a boat. Mainland is 45 miles away. There might be cannibals over there. He is not sure he wants to go, but he needs a boat. He has got nothing else to do, so he is going to make a boat. He finds a tree. This tree is five feet, ten inches, across at the bottom. He has an axe. It takes him 22 days to chop this tree down, 14 more days to chop the branches off, a year and a half to finish the boat with an axe. I’d chop on a tree for a day, two days. I say: This tree is not coming down. I am done with this tree. I am going to work on some little tree. So there is the key. Many chops fell a big tree. Do you want to do something great? Don’t quit. Keep chopping.

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