Top Videos
157. What Do Jehovah's Witnesses Believe? With Richard Howe

Special Guest Dr. Richard Howe returns and we ask him the question "What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe?"

God Delusion Debate 9: Dawkins says Everything Complex needs a Creator

50 Reasons Muhammad Was Not a Prophet (in Under Five Minutes)

http://www.answeringmuslims.com Here's a quick list of our "50 Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet," with links to all 50 reasons.

Sharia: Threat to American Freedom

AFLC Co-Founders and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise gave a presentation in Cincinnati to a standing-room-only crowd entitled, "Sharia: Thre...

What is Apologetics?

Visit the post for more.

[View All Videos]

Top News
1
A Formulation and Defense of the Doctrine of the Trinity | Reasonable Faith

Conventional wisdom has it that in affirming that God is three persons, Church Fathers like Tertullian meant at most three individuals, not three persons in the modern, psychological sense of three centers of self-consciousness. I shall return to this issue when we look at the creedal formulation of Trinitarian doctrine, but for now I may note that an examination of Tertullian’s statements suggests that such a claim is greatly exaggerated. In a remarkable passage aimed at illustrating the doctrine of the Son as the immanent Logos in the Father’s mind, Tertullian invites his reader, who, he says, is created in the image and likeness of God, to consider the role of reason in the reader’s own self-reflective thinking. “Observe, then, that when you are silently conversing with yourself, this very process is carried on within you by your reason, which meets you with a word at every movement of your thought, at every impulse of your conception” (5). Tertullian envisions one’s own reason as a sort of dialogue partner when one is engaged in self-reflective thought.

2 Think you're immune to video-game violence? Think again

Of course, few would argue that video games laced with violence — Grand Theft Auto , say — send a message of respect and morality to users. But whether the opposite is true is a topic that's hotly contested. After all, thousands have played violent games and not gone on to steal motor vehicles, join organized crime gangs or physically assault other people. Yet there have been well over 100 studies done that document the rise in hostility and aggression in people who regularly play violent video games.

3
Christian Apologetics Conference to Tackle Anti-Christian Worldviews, Age of Universe, Perfect Cultural Storm

The Southern Evangelical Seminary is partnering with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries to deliver what promises to be an exciting series of presentations by many prominent apologists during the 20th annual Christian Apologetics conference in Charlotte, N.C., starting Friday. Dr. Richard Land, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will be inaugurated as the fourth president of Southern Evangelical Seminary prior to the conference Thursday evening.

4
The long and winding road: collected wisdom on maturing in seminary

“That’s a tragedy and it puts inhumane expectations on pastors who are limited to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just like you are — and who you don’t want to neglect their families to be with you all the time, too. So I would not deny the immense riches that have come to me from one-on-one meetings. ... Those are sweet. We should pursue that; pray that God would open those up for us in significant portions of our lives. And yet every time you hear a man behind a pulpit open up his heart, and especially the Word of God, you are being discipled. When godly men place structures in place — those structures didn’t just randomly happen — so that they would be for the edification of the saints. … I think you can grow a long way through the programs your church lays out and through the ordinary means of grace in the church.”

5
To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (Hardcover)

In a society fascinated by spirituality but committed to religious pluralism, the Christian worldview faces sophisticated and aggressive opposition. A prior commitment to diversity, with its requisite openness and relativistic outlook, has meant for skeptics, critics and even many Christians that whatever Christianity is, it cannot be exclusively true or salvific. What is needed in this syncretistic era is an authoritative, comprehensive Christian response. Point by point, argument by argument, the Christian faith must be effectively presented and defended.  To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview  offers such a response. Editors Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland have gathered together in this book essays covering all major aspects of apologetics, including

6
Fear and Loathing in Worship Leading

I’ll be honest, I was scared out of my wits when I first started leading worship. Although I had played rock and roll shows in clubs, festivals and venues around the world, Saturday night had me bound in fits of panic as I contemplated what was facing me the next morning. I knew what the issue was, and it wasn’t the music. I knew how to play my instrument, arrange a song, lead a band, and sing in-tune, sort of. The thing that had me nervously pacing the floors at midnight Saturday was what happened in between the songs. What we call transitions. Or what we might call the actual LEADING part of worship leading.

7
Doug Giles - If Christians Are Going to Complain About The Movie Noah, Then Create Something Better

Which leads me to dig the knife further and ask the church the tough question of why haven’t we championed serious involvement in the arts by our congregants, versus just hissing from the lattices of our stained glass windows? I have actually heard pastors condemn those who wanted to pursue a career in Hollywood and yet, I can’t think of a more needy place for serious and excellent Christian involvement than the arts.

8
We’re Praying for Blaze Christian Fellowship

After some time, Pastor Carlos’ mom and dad placed their faith in Jesus Christ, and Pastor Carlos eventually followed their example and surrendered his life to Jesus too. Through a series of providential events, Pastor Carlos began serving as a youth pastor for a church in the area. But it wasn’t until he suffered a horrific motocross accident, which required eight surgeries and nearly two years of rehabilitation, that God planted a dream in Pastor Carlos’ heart for what is now Blaze Christian Fellowship.

9
FBI removes Southern Poverty Law Center from hate crime resource list

In the fall of 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins, armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition, entered FRC headquarters not far from FBI headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. Corkins shot the front desk security guard and tried to gain entrance to the upper floors where he intended to kill FRC employees. Though wounded, the front desk security guard subdued Corkins, who became the first person ever convicted under the Washington, D.C., domestic terrorism law. Corkins said he got the idea of killing FRC employees from reading the SPLC hate list and made use of a map of the FRC office found on the SPLC website.

10
Be Bold Enough to Follow The Truth As Far as It Takes You

Weirdo fundamentalist John the Baptist was imprisoned. We know that the Romans did not have a reputation for putting up with large Jewish followings for very long. It’s possible that John’s leadership was so attractive, his baptism ministry and his prophetic truth so popular among the spiritually hungry, that the regional magistrates thought of him as a threat. Whenever any Jew seemed to get too big for their britches, the Romans would hang them on a cross.

11
Our Mission in Exile

The church’s new mission reorients the exilic challenge. The New Testament church is not a cultural lifeboat for a specific civilization, as the Israelites in exile were. In Babylon, God’s people were not keeping alive just God’s message and ways, but the remnant of a whole foreign civilization, temporarily sustaining it as best they could until it was time to return and replant it in its native soil. For us, however, there will be no return and no replanting until the world ends. We must keep alive God’s message and ways, but we cannot think of ourselves as a separate civilization. Because the church has a mission within every human civilization, we must build godly lives within our home civilization rather than trying to cultivate a separate one. That means working hard to contribute to the well-being and flourishing of our civilization. Otherwise, we’re not loving our neighbors.

12
100 Percent Faithful

Jesus has never failed to keep a promise. We can rest assured that every promise in Scripture is made by the One who keeps his word 100 percent. And Jesus rising from the dead is our proof. That’s a great reason to trust!

13
Moving On Up

You may or may not know that there is a ranking of Biblioblogs on the internet. They keep track of the hits and rank them accordingly. In the previous ranking, Hope’s Reason made it to 118. I was actually very impressed with that. Yesterday, the latest results were reported . I was shocked to find out that I have moved from 118 to 55. I am almost in the top 50. I want to thank you, my wonderful readers, who have supported me. God bless you all!

14
April

Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our April issue).

15
Do atheists have a lower divorce rate than Christians?

I’ve never been in a church where they explained the hormones that are released during sex that cause you to bond to the person you’re having sex with. You would have to look in books or listen to lectures in order to understand the problem with having sex with someone you are not committed to – how it causes you to hold back your emotions for fear of a break-up. The church doesn’t have much to say about the social effects of single motherhood by choice or the effects of gay parenting on children. Nor do they have any positive vision to offer men about how they can serve God by marrying carefully.

16
FBI removes Southern Poverty Law Center from hate crime resource list

In the fall of 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins, armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition, entered FRC headquarters not far from FBI headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. Corkins shot the front desk security guard and tried to gain entrance to the upper floors where he intended to kill FRC employees. Though wounded, the front desk security guard subdued Corkins, who became the first person ever convicted under the Washington, D.C., domestic terrorism law. Corkins said he got the idea of killing FRC employees from reading the SPLC hate list and made use of a map of the FRC office found on the SPLC website.

17
4 Top Reasons That People Reject Christianity

Obviously there are many people who are not Christians. These non-Christians can be divided into two groups: those who have not considered Christianity and those who have rejected Christianity. Here I am going to deal with the rejecters. I am not suggesting these four reasons explain everyone’s decision, but they are the top four. They are not in any particular order.

18
Answering Muslims: Devout Muslim Invites Sam Shamoun to Murder Me!

I think the part that hit me the most and got me rethinking everything I believe is when he said he is going to spit in your face. I can't really explain it, but at that point the lights went on for me. All this time I have been waiting for a verse in the Bible that mentions Muhammad like the Qur'an says I should be able to find, when what I really needed was to hear a good solid (liquid?) threat.

19
How Do You Prepare for Sunday?

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I went out to eat on a date. On a whim, we decided to go see a movie as well. Just like that. No preparation, we just decided and went. The lack of preparation had absolutely no bearing on how much we enjoyed the movie. After all, we just wanted to be entertained.