Dr. Denton, Call Your Office: Is Earth's Position a Lucky Accident?
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Incredibly Talented 4-Year-Old and Her Mother Dance on The Ellen Show – WOW They Are Awesome!
It seems very hard to steal the spotlight from Beyonce when she performs live. But, this mother-daughter duo of Tianne and Heaven King come very close. You won't believe how great they perform together!
This Boy Was Very Lonely Until One Man Approached Him Made Him Smile With This!
In this video, this boy is very down. He seems to be having trouble connecting with others around him. It's very easy to become lonely in a crowd, especially if they are a different age. Watch how this boy finds friendship and community in a surprising community.
Did an Ivy League Dean Really Welcome ISIS Fighters to Host a Training Camp on His Campus?
A recently released undercover investigative video purports to show a dean at Cornell University telling a prospective Moroccan student that the school would welcome student groups to invite ISIS fighters to conduct training camps for students on campus, but the school has since decried the video as misleading.
Is science the only way to know anything about anything?
Scientism says that science is the source of all our knowledge. Does this make sense or are there other sources for what we can know?
"Good Persons, Good Aims, and the Problem of Evil," A Lecture by Linda Zagzebski
Philosopher of religion, Dr. Linda Zagzebski, gave a lecture at the Contemporary Moral Theory and the Problem of Evil Conference held at the University of Notre Dame. In this lecture, Dr. Zagzebsk...
15 Suggested Readings on the Resurrection of Jesus
If the God of Israel has acted to save his people through Christ, but Israel is not participating in that salvation, how then can this God be considered righteous? Unlocking Romans is an intriguing study of Paul’s letter that is directed in large extent toward answering this question in order to illuminate the righteousness of God the book of Romans reveals. J. R. Daniel Kirk explains that this God is best understood not in abstractions, but in the particularity of Israel’s story. This story contextualizes the identity of God and the quality of Gods righteousness. The answer here, Kirk claims, comes mainly in terms of resurrection. Even if only the most obvious references in Romans are considered – and Kirk certainly delves more deeply than the obvious – the theme of resurrection still appears not only in every section of the letter, but also at climactic moments of Paul’s argument. The network of connections among Jesus resurrection, Israel’s Scriptures, and redefining the people of God, serves to affirm Gods fidelity to Israel. This, in turn, demonstrates Paul’s gospel message to be a witness to the revelation of the righteousness of God.
Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research. The study shows that two genes that confer resistance against a particularly strong class of antibiotics can be shared easily among a family of bacteria responsible for a significant portion of hospital-associated infections.
LifeWay pulls 'heaven visitation resources'
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LifeWay pulls 'heaven visitation resources'
by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (2 days ago)
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NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper, which is being made into a movie slated for release this fall.
Love's Unveiling - Day 4: In the Garden
Love's Unveiling - Day 4: In the Garden, Matthew 26: 42 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM's Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. "These devotions include a key verse from Matthew's gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as history is reaching its climax. We are invited not just to watch this drama but to respond ourselves. Writing the series I was again reminded that what Matthew writes cannot be laid aside casually. If his gospel is true, a response is demanded of us. What will I do with this claim? How will I respond to this death. We meet a number of very different characters. Matthew is deliberately detailed in his narration of the events surrounding Jesus's betrayal, trial execution and resurrection." — Amy Orr-Ewing The series is called "Love's Unveiling —The Message of Easter," reflecting the extravagant love and grace poured out for each one of us.
Living for the New Heaven and New Earth
Finally, as the apostle John teaches us in Revelation 22:20, we should pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” We earnestly pray for the return of Christ. It is easy to get caught up in things of the world. But to see our Lord and Savior is the greatest longing of our hearts. The new heaven and new earth is our ultimate home, and what a joy it will be when we arrive there.
How To Break Free From Skepticism With One Simple Question | Think Christianly
Jonathan Morrow (D.Min) is the founder of Think Christianly. He is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell), and contributed the chapter "Introducing Spiritual Formation" to Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN.
Think of Yourself Less
I joked with some people whether being asked to give this talk on pride is an example of typecasting. I am very qualified to speak on pride because I am so proud. I hate my pride, but what I take even more seriously is how God hates it so much more.
Every Tom Hanks Movie in 7 Minutes (with Tom Hanks and James Corden)
James Corden and Tom Hanks act out snippets from Tom's illustrious film career, from Big to the Toy Story movies. Subscribe To "The Late Late Show" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1xeBkr6 Watch Full Episodes HERE: http://bit.ly/1ENyPw4 "The Late Late Show" on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/19PIHLC "The Late Late Show" on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Iv0q6k "The Late Late Show" on Google+: http://bit.ly/1N8a4OU
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Four Lessons from a Calvinist Slave
Equiano’s God searches out his path and his lying down and is acquainted with all his ways (Psalms 139:3). What comfort, confidence, zeal, and hope must he have had in his daily walk with such a belief. No other view of providence would do in the trenches of a slave’s daily warfare. There are no Arminians in the foxhole of Middle Passage. No, the only God who would do in such trauma instantly punished the foul-mouthed sailor by commanding a particle of dirt. In like manner, this same God is able to free Equiano, upon request, or relieve his misery if he so pleases.
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Escape the Zero-Sum Ministry Priorities Game
These priorities are just the tip of the iceberg. No one person can do all of them. Clearly, we need the diversity of gifts and callings in the body of Christ to fulfill these mandates. So how do we, as leaders, choose what to do as a particular local church? What criteria do we use? Must we pit orphan care against church planting or human trafficking against evangelism? When we allocate resources—people, time, and money—are we doomed to a zero-sum game?
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Conrad Black: The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist
Yet neither he, nor his fellow vocal atheistic militants, such as Singer, David Hawking, Jonathan Glover and Richard Rorty, all formidable academics, can dispute that without some notion of a divine intelligence and its influence on the culture of the world through the various religions (though the principal religions are not interchangeably benign or influential) there would be no serious ethical conceptions. Communities untouched by religious influences have been unalloyed barbarism, whatever the ethical shortcomings of some of those who carried the evangelizing mission among them. Without God, “good” and “evil” are just pallid formulations of like and dislike. As Professor Lennox reminded me, Dostoyevsky, scarcely a naive and superstitiously credulous adherent to ecclesiastical flimflam, said “without God, everything is permissible.”
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Indiana Gov. Pence signs religious objections bill into law
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people.
Fully Human in a Broken World
Sweeping vistas and gorgeous views do more than take our breath away. They point to a wildly creative design—and designer. A moment in the sun can be as healing as a good conversation with an old friend. A breath of fresh air does wonders for the immune system. But when natural disasters or overflowing landfills flit across our screens, how do we react? A blind eye is the easiest route. An anxious heart the next. Maybe a cynical shake of the head is the last resort. But what if there were another way, one sprinkled with hope and spurred on by the love of God?
Why the Supreme Court’s pregnancy ruling is a significant win for pro-lifers
In the context of abortion and reproductive justice, many pro-lifers are refusing to choose between a prenatal child and her mother. The patriarchal social structures that women are forced to endure in the American workplace are anything but pro-life, and Wednesday’s ruling may finally signal that a bit of relief is on the way.
The Unexpected Defenders: Meet the Women Apologists
But as she continued talking to her coach and reading works of apologetics—including N. T. Wright’s defense of the Resurrection—Ordway confessed faith in Christ. Now she finds herself in another new country, directing the master in apologetics (MAA) program at Houston Baptist University (HBU), a small liberal arts college in the heart of the nation’s energy capital. There, she is among a burgeoning group of women who are reshaping apologetics in the West.
I’m Kimmy Schmidt, Minus the ‘Unbreakable’
Though I never lived in an underground bunker, I grew up sequestered from mainstream society. We didn’t own a TV, and I couldn’t to listen to secular music—even most Christian music was banned. I wasn’t allowed to have friends outside the church or do anything that interfered with our intense church meeting schedule. Like Kimmy, I was thrilled to finally experience life outside a cult. I couldn’t wait to do everything I’d missed out on. At long last I was gonna be normal ! But as Kimmy’s new roommate informs her: “Escaping it is not the same as making it.”
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.
From Steven Wise, TED Conference Hears that Chimps and Bonobos Are "Slaves"
Steven Wise, who addressed the TED Conference in Vancouver, explained that personhood was a legal concept which applied to companies, religious sites, and even parts of nature such as rivers, and so should be granted to some animals. "Personhood is not a biological concept, it is a public policy concept," Wise told AFP. "The legal system decides it; human being is not synonymous with person..."
Oh, Why Didn't I Say That? Why does God allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?
These 2 shows in the series address the most often asked question about God: If a good, all-powerful God actually exists, then why does he allow bad things to happen to good people? Join Frank Turek as he shows you practical ways to engage people who ask this question. Among the topics addressed include:
8 Things Christians Need to Do More on Social Media
I would push back though about number 6 however. While this might not be the intention of the article, I feel like 'stirring the pot' in many Christian contexts I've been in has been code for politicizing things, or participating in what might be seen as primarily political conversations (posting articles revolving around feministic thought, perspectives towards taxation, health care, free speech, race relations and dynamics, etc.) and I've seen it as a way of trying to shut down Christ followers from participating in thing Jesus would have very well cared deeply about, but being 'overly political', much of modern American church culture disengages from simply for being 'political'. I don't think that is a helpful message.
Are We Missing Something Important About Prayer?
In moving beyond the ACTS approach to prayer, I also realized how self-centered my own prayer life had been. When I prayed for others in need, I tended to pray that they be “fixed”—for those who had lost a loved one, for the poor in my midst, for the persecuted Christians around the world, and so on. I was right to offer “supplications” on their behalf. I still do so. But these are bigger problems—and losses—than a “quick fix” can amend. We need to unite our supplications to lament, joining the cry of the suffering: “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1)
Finding the Mosaic in the Mess: The Reality of Urban Ministry
When cultural differences collide, things can get messy. But the beauty of the gospel is how it brings unity in the midst of what often seems to be chaos. As Paul is writing to the first century churches, most often located in important cities of the day, he constantly brings them back to the unity that belongs to them in Christ—despite all the differences they may see and experience when the church gathers as a body.
4 Reasons Why God Wills Work
But the provision of our needs depends on our gainful employment in this age. The coming of Christ does not mean that we can now return to paradise and pick fruit in someone else's garden. That's the mistake made at Thessalonica. So Paul wrote them and said, “Even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If anyone will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living” (2 Thess. 3:10-12). God has not completely removed the curse in this age. He has softened it with a promise. The curse says: If you want to eat, you must sweat (Gen. 3:19). The promise says: If you sweat, you shall eat (Prov. 12:11).
This book highlights 16 key Bible verses that stand as “turning points” in the biblical storyline—enabling us to see God’s incredible plan to redeem his people and glorify his name from Genesis to Revelation. Whether it’s exploring the creation of humanity, the establishment of the covenants, or the coming of the Messiah, this book will help Christians see how God’s Word tells a single story about his sovereignty, glory, and grace.
The Pastor’s Family
I am grateful to Cara for her helpful candor. For instance, she relieves pastors’ wives of the notion that they need to be theological giants. If someone were to ask, “How is your soteriology formed by your convictions about the doctrine of predestination?” Cara would reply, “No hablo seminary.” She likes Austen (Jane); Brian likes Carson (Don). Please don’t misunderstand her motives or attitude. She is not being cavalier; she’s just asking that pastors’ wives be received for their gifts rather than being expected to be clones of their husbands. “It’s important for women to be in the Bible,” she insists. “Learn the overall picture of the Bible. Know the gospel.” But a pastor’s wife should never be afraid to say, “I don’t know. Let’s go talk to my husband” (85).
How Man Solves the Problem of Being a Multi-Cellular Organism
The embryo migrates and then nestles into the lining of the mother's uterus, becoming connected to her body through the placenta and the umbilical cord. At this stage the new human being is unable to live outside of its mother's uterus because, unlike the single-celled organism, it cannot provide itself with the chemicals it needs to live. This placental connection allows the developing embryo to receive what it needs in the way of important chemicals. Over the following weeks the cells of the embryo grow and develop into the different organ systems of the body. It is then called a fetus .
“ You’re kidding. You have to be kidding.” These were my wonderful words of comfort when my husband called me from the hospital with the news that he had appendicitis and was being scheduled for an emergency appendectomy. Selfishly, I was thinking there had to be a way that he could just suck it up and save his appendix problems for next month or something. The timing was ridiculous. My only hope was that he was pulling my leg.
Judge OKs California School's Requirement That Employees Have a Pastor for a Reference
A court has ruled in favor of a private Christian school in California that required employees to have a pastor for a reference.
‘Downton Abbey’ Is Coming to an End
The drama! The intrigue! The fancy attire! This Christmas, it is all coming to an end. Producers have announced that the sixth season of the wildly popular British drama Downton Abbey will be its final episodes, with a series finale planned for Christmas 2015. In a statement, Executive Producer Julian Fellowes said that he has been just as surprised about the direction of the show as fans, admitting, “People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea." The final season kicks off this fall in the UK ...
Baker Publishing Grab Bag: Mar 26/15 | Christian e-Book Deals
Gospel eBooks was the 1st website to provide alerts for free & discount Christian e-books. We monitor the prices in the Kindle store and then let you know about the best deals before they expire. We're here to save you time and money by providing you great e-books that you actually want to read, at a fraction of the cost.
Cautionary tale: Why you should arrive early at the airport
Cautionary tale: Why you should arrive early at the airport
Question: I had a United Airlines ticket from Houston to Miami. My flight was to leave on a Sunday at 7:20 a.m. When I got to the airport, I tried to use the kiosk to check in, since I had only a carry-on.
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7 Powerful Bible Verses That Can Help Us Practice Our Gift Of Edification
The misuse of words and actions toward another person can destroy them spiritually, mentally and emotionally. We do not know what that person has been through, so we should not judge. In the Church, which is built on the foundation of Christ's love, we learn to treat one another with love and respect. Therefore, being a hurtful person to someone who attends Church or is a follower of Christ is not right, especially if they treat you with respect.
Defending the Workplace Baby Bump
To a number of pro-life organizations, this case presented a clear pro-life issue. The PDA passed in 1978 with support from both pro-choice feminist and pro-life groups. At many places in the Congressional Record, members voting for the law noted that women who faced losing their jobs if they were pregnant could feel a powerful economic incentive to have abortions. The PDA’s chief Senate sponsor, Democrat Harrison Williams, argued that the measure could reduce the “tragedy of needless, and unwanted abortions;” then-Senator Joe Biden warned that without the law women “will be encouraged to choose abortion as a means of surviving economically.”
Man sets world record with beard, toothpicks
The 40-year-old Philadelphia native — who last shaved 42 months ago for a friend's wedding — has watched his round, auburn beard become a global force in the facial hair landscape since the autumn of 2013, when he won "Best in Show" at the National Beard Championship and the category "full beard natural" at the biannual World Beard and Moustache Championship in Germany.
In what do you place your hope of life after death? Life after death has been a concern for most people throughout the history of mankind; however, the biblical argument of it goes well beyond speculative reason. In this message, Dr. Sproul reminds us of the proper place to ground our hope for life after death as he looks at Jesus as “The Resurrection and the Life.”
Heather Had Two Mommies
That’s what Heather Barwick wrote in an open letter to the gay community recently published at The Federalist. Heather says she loves her mother and her partner, but is speaking out now against gay “marriage.” Why? Because the slogans she grew up with, like “children with same-sex parents aren’t missing out,” or “Two moms or two dads can love kids just as well as a mom and a dad,” didn’t hold true when she became a mom herself. Her children needed their father, and that’s when she saw “the beauty and wisdom in traditional marriage and parenting.”
The Three Key Components That Lead Atheists and Agnostics to Reject God’s Existence
The “nones” account for 20 percent of the population , but the latter group is more theologically diverse than some critics might realize. Unaffiliated Americans might not attend church or adopt a label, but that doesn’t mean they are atheists. In fact, both Barna and the Pew Research Center have found that only four percent of the population is atheist or agnostic.
Calling a Truce in the ‘Culture Wars’
What matters more to us—that we successfully put others in their place, or that we are known to love well? That we win culture wars with carefully constructed arguments and political power plays, or that we win hearts with humility, truth, and love? God have mercy on us if we do not love well because all that matters to us is being right and winning arguments. Truth and love can go together. Truth and love must go together.
Ask Pastor John
Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe | Rutgers University
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In February 2015, Dr William Lane Craig visited Rutgers University in New Jersey at the invitation of the campus Christian group Ratio Christi. He gave an evening lecture on the subject “The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe” to a packed auditorium of several hundred students. Although some pushback was anticipated, the audience, which was composed of both believers and nonbelievers, proved to be very open, and a wonderful time of interaction for an hour and a half afterwards took place. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...
Group Delusions Aside, Sentient Robots Aren't on the Way
"Machine rights"? I have to confess, when I read articles like this I have an almost visceral reaction. It amounts to a full-blown, ongoing perplexity and fascination with the capacity of otherwise intelligent people to engage in serious-sounding group delusion. To pick this apart is a little like explaining to someone why his interest horoscopes is probably untethered to any genuine scientific knowledge about the planets, the relevant laws governing their motion, and so on. I'm tempted to say, "Yes, that's right, the robots are becoming intelligent so quickly that they may soon take control. In fact, here they come now! Run for cover!"
The Best Way to Become Like Jesus? Let Jesus Fill Your Vision
That full, unveiled, physical sight of the glorified Jesus will be so majestically effacing it will transform our very bodies around us. The sight of him now by the Spirit makes us more like him spiritually; the sight of him, then, face to face, will finally make us—body and soul—as he is. Contemplating Christ now is thus rather like seeing the morning star at the break of day: both enchanting and full of hope. It is light for now with the promise of so much more to ...