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Response to an Agnostic | Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc

I never really know when I start the day what questions, comments or challenges may come up but they are often interesting. This past week was no exception. On March 13 “Gary” posted a comment to Dr. Tom Howe’s blog, “Brian McLaren, ‘Is Jesus the Only Way to What?,’ Part 1” Gary’s opening line really caught my attention: As an agnostic, humanist, and naturalist, I am sure that you view me as the enemy. I … Continue reading →

Hegel's Deity: How Evolution Gave Us Postmodernism, Deconstructionism, and Political Correctness

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

"Physiology Is Rocking the Foundations of Evolutionary Biology": Another Peer-Reviewed Paper Takes Aim at Neo-Darwinism

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

This Unborn Baby Does Something That Made Everyone Smile!

You won't believe your eyes when you see what this baby can do. At just 14 weeks, this baby is already clapping its hands along to a song … and it is amazing!

Adorable Little Duckling is Struggling to Stay Awake and It is Extremely Cute!

It's not so often we see a video of a duckling sleeping on camera. In this case, this little guy is taking a nap on his owners stomach. We all know, it is impossible to resist a sleepy animal!

Jefferson Bethke Reminds Us That the Bible is Messy in This Powerful Spoken Word

The Bible is a messy book to read. If it were a movie it would more than likely be rated R. Jefferson Bethke touches on something so many Christians tend to avoid.

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1 Restoring All Things, Part 1

As Warren Smith and I flesh out in our new book, “Restoring of All Things,” Scripture offers a grand story of how God is, in Christ, redeeming and restoring the universe to its original, beautiful state—and how He is calling us to join Him in this work of restoration.

Indiana: The Holy War of the Left

Today’s Indianapolis Star  front page uses the headline approach usually reserved for war. Because that’s what this is: culture war, and the mainstream media, as a vital part of the progressive movement, is waging total war for a cause they believe is holy. I’m not exaggerating. To most of the media, there is no other side in the gay marriage debate, or on anything to do with gay rights. There is only Good and Evil. And so we have the spectacle of a moral panic that makes a party that is a chief beneficiary of the First Amendment — a newspaper — taking unprecedented steps to suppress a party that is the other chief beneficiary of the First Amendment: religious dissenters. In my experience, it is impossible to overstate how sacred this cause is to American elites, especially journalists.

Indiana’s RFRA

In the ignorant category you have Charles Barkley’s statement that “As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.” With all due respect to Mr. Barkley, I doubt he has read Indiana’s law or was aware that 19 other states already have similar laws or that he has considered any legal analysis of what the law actually permits.

Death Penalty Repeal Gains Support from Latino Evangelical Coalition

“As Christ followers, we are called to work toward justice for all. And as Latinos, we know too well that justice is not always even-handed. The death penalty is plagued by racial and economic disparities and risks executing an innocent person. Human beings are fallible and there is no room for fallibility in matters of life and death.” NaLEC said it is the first national association of evangelical congregations to take a position in favor of death penalty repeal.

What is Apologetics? Explaining Why the Gospel is True and Reasonable

Jesus did not deliver his message like a sermon in a typical church service. What would happen if someone asked a question in the middle of a sermon in your Sunday church service? It is inconceivable. Our concept of communication is one way. We train Christian leaders to preach the Bible to a quiet audience. But Jesus engaged people in a two-way dialogue. There are over 150 questions in the 4 Gospels…

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1) Criticism of Indiana religious liberty law piles on, showing priority of sexual revolution

R.C. Sproul on the Meaning of the Cross

R.C. Sproul considers the various ways the cross was viewed by people in the New Testament. From the message "Neo-Orthodoxy & the Canon of Scripture" in the teaching series "Hath God Said." Recorded in 1990.

8 Reasons We Need the Puritans

Clearly, the Puritans rested their counseling approach on Scripture. In many ways the Puritans are an excellent laboratory for studying biblical counseling, because they are not influenced by any secular models of psychology. Many of those today claiming to be strictly biblical in their counseling approach still evidence the heavy influence of Maslow or Rogers or Skinner or Ellis. But the Puritans had the field of “the cure of souls” virtually to themselves; they had no secular competition in the area of counseling. Thus we need to consider very seriously their counseling models.

Limited Time Mega $0.99 eBook Sale in Christianity and Apologetics (part 2)

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

The Briefing 03-30-15

1) Media skews Indiana’s religious liberty law as anti-gay, showing extent of moral revolution

Why Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope could agree on Indiana’s religious freedom law

In all the furor over Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, perhaps the answer to the culture war impasse won’t be found in Indianapolis but in Pawnee. Pawnee, of course, is the fictional town inhabited by long-running NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” which orbited around the often clashing visions of Parks director Ron Swanson and his crusading deputy Leslie Knope. The two could agree on little, but I think they could agree on Indiana’s RFRA as it originally passed, and so should we.

Why Christians Should Kiss the Courtship Debate Goodbye

I also don't necessarily see anything horribly wrong or sinful with dating within parameters. I think teenagers should feel free to "date" or "court" - whatever the correct "label" is - but have a firm understanding about the purpose of developing a romantic relationship is about - does it mean all of them are ready to take on the responsibility? Not at all, it's all about good discretion (which most young adults hardly have anyway). But I also believe in making mistakes and learning from them, which hopefully draw you closer to God. I feel like the author and some of the comments I've read have gotten so caught up in the semantics about this issue. It frustrates me when I read "well, we're courting" - aka, are you better than others? I guess according to the definitions I'm reading, I am "courting" as well, but just because you're courting over dating I don't think it makes you any "safer." Dating or courting, whatever the difference, relationships are to be wisely navigated with Godly wisdom, counsel, and understanding.

The Collegian − The Official Student Newspaper of Houston Baptist University Since 1963 | Lee Strobel launches new book at Dunham Theater

“Lee, a few others and I have been working on a major evangelism project here at the University,” Mittelberg said. “So, naturally, in the interest of doing evangelism, we presented the gospel here tonight, as well as encouraged believers to share their faith – hopefully using Lee Strobel’s powerful new book as a tool.”

WORLD | Terri + 10 | J.C. Derrick | April 4, 2015

Although experts and specialists have made significant advancements over the last decade, Whyte said most people who suffer a serious brain injury never see an expert. Once stabilized, many quickly transition to a nonspecialized nursing home, where a family practitioner or general internist will likely oversee their care. That leads to a high rate of misdiagnosis: “The fact that many patients, maybe a majority, get discharged directly from an acute care hospital to families or nursing homes—without passing through the hands of a specialist—is a problem,” Whyte said, pointing to two studies conducted years apart that found some 40 percent of all patients diagnosed as vegetative are minimally conscious.

The role of apologetics is essential

The role of apologetics is essential. We need to intellectually challenge the fashionable philosophies and ideologies of our day. Because Augustine came to faith as a result of apologetics, he was committed in turn to persuasively lead others to faith. He was convinced that God uses argument and evidence to help people turn from falsehood to truth. As a result at different times over the course of his life, Augustine fought various opponents to the Gospel. He was an intellectual boxer who adjusted his tactics and arguments depending on his opponent. We need a new generation of Augustines who are eager to explain the word of truth to today’s world.

WORLD | Terri + 10 | J.C. Derrick | April 4, 2015

Although experts and specialists have made significant advancements over the last decade, Whyte said most people who suffer a serious brain injury never see an expert. Once stabilized, many quickly transition to a nonspecialized nursing home, where a family practitioner or general internist will likely oversee their care. That leads to a high rate of misdiagnosis: “The fact that many patients, maybe a majority, get discharged directly from an acute care hospital to families or nursing homes—without passing through the hands of a specialist—is a problem,” Whyte said, pointing to two studies conducted years apart that found some 40 percent of all patients diagnosed as vegetative are minimally conscious.

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At the age of 14, Susie Davis’ life was drastically changed when a classmate walked into her schoolroom and then shot and killed the teacher. Even though Susie was a Christian, she lost her trust in God.  This tragic event began years of struggling with extreme fear and panic attacks. She believed that fear kept her safe, but it actually was a false sense of security.  When Susie finally understood that true safety is established in the arms of God, she was able to walk in freedom and forgive the shooter.  Today, Susie and her husband, Will, pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, help others find peace by putting their hope and trust in God.  


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34,000 Churches Break Ties with PCUSA over Same-Sex Marriage Approval

A coalition of 34,000 churches has decided to cut ties with the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) after the denomination voted to change the definition of marriage to include same-sex marriage in its constitution. 

The Case For Grace - Part 2 by Haven Today

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Federal Government Economist Calls Indiana Christians 'Nazis' - Breitbart

Since 1998, Elizabeth Ashack has worked as an economist for the US Department of Labor. Sunday, using her Twitter account, this government employee wrote “people in the red states vote for nazis to govern, and then call themselves Christian.” She quickly deleted the Tweet, which was directed at the new religious freed law passed in Indiana.

What's Next for the Same-Sex Marriage Advocates - Breitbart

Next, gay activists and their leftist allies told us that same-sex marriage would not threaten anyone; it was simply a matter of equal rights. “How will it affect anyone else if two men choose to get married?” they said. That, of course, was a lie. The same-sex marriage agenda includes with it the desire to force individual religious Americans to accept same-sex marriage. Hence the current attempt to leverage same-sex marriage into legislation forcing religious business owners to participate in activities, like same-sex weddings, that they consider sinful.

Disney to Make Live-Action Version of 'Mulan'

No release date or casting has been announced for the in-development project, but it can be added to the growing list of live-action takes on Disney’s vast catalog of beloved animated films. Cinderella recently debuted No. 1 at the box office and has so far earned over $330 million worldwide.

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Want Evidence of Hysterical Anti-Christian Bigotry? Look No Further than #BoycottIndiana, by David French, National Review

So what’s really going on here? A toxic combination of anti-Christian bigotry and sexual revolution radicalism. It is simply uninformed and bigoted to believe that Christians are somehow lurking in the shadows, ready to deny food, shelter, and basic services to their gay fellow citizens — blocked from such vicious actions only by the strong arm of the state. In my entire life as an Evangelical, I’ve never met a fellow Christian who wouldn’t gladly serve a gay customer. If there are exceptions to that nearly-universal rule, they are so marginal (and marginalized) in the Christian community that they’re irrelevant not only to Christendom but also to the body politic.

5 Resurrection Realities that Reorient Our Evangelism

Because of the resurrection, dead people get raised to life with words. Such is the miracle of preaching the gospel. Not only is gospel proclamation a fruit-bearing activity, it gives birth to faith that leads to eternal life. Evangelism is not vain, unproductive, empty, and fruitless. Why? Because Jesus rose from the dead, sits at the right hand of the Father, and is calling people himself right now through our verbal witness.

A Prison Pastor’s Advice for Parents

This is why in Scripture wisdom is personified and shown as active—in home and on the streets—not sitting around quietly in a church. In order to reach the uncommitted, unaware, uninterested masses with her teachings, Lady Wisdom cries out! In order to be heard above the hustle and bustle of daily life, she screams, shouts, begs, cautions, rebukes, reasons, threatens, and warns. All quite unladylike and unfashionable. But she cries out so that we won’t waste our life. Acceptance of wisdom is often equated with acceptance of God. As parents, we need to remember wisdom still calls and help our kids hear her voice. “My child, if fools try to influence you, don’t associate with them!” (Prov. 1:10).

Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Peter Boghossian and the New Atheist's Comparisons of Zeus, the Easter Bunny and Jesus

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Ed Schultz yells at guest Ryan Anderson, then cuts his mic

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New Evidence of War Crimes, Genocide against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

National news media is giving fresh attention to attacks on religious minorities in the Mideast. Newsweek’s April 3 Holy Week edition includes the cover story, “Targeting Christians: In the Middle East, believers are fleeing or being killed.” The report on the region’s atrocities notes, “These latest horrors build on the prejudice, discrimination and oppression that over the past few decades have steadily reduced the proportion of Christians in the Middle East from around 20 percent at the start of the 20th century to around 5 percent now. Less than 1 percent of the world’s more than 2 billion Christians live in the Middle East, and there are fears that number could dwindle even further.”

The Hysterical Reaction Against Indiana's Religious Freedom Bill

Protesters are demonstrating, the Obama administration is speaking out, the mainstream media is in an uproar, major companies are threatening boycotts, and even the NCAA is concerned that a new bill signed into law by Indiana governor Mike Pence could negatively impact the "inclusive" culture of college sports.

Sufjan Stevens Reflects on God and Death on ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Nearly all Stevens’ records operate around a central concept, and it's deeply saddening that the central theme of this one is the death of his mother. Grief soaks every ballad here—the emotion met perfectly with instrumentation and lyricism just subtle and honest enough to portray how heartbreaking this experience was to him. In past interviews, Stevens has referred to how he wasn't that close to his mother, and in track after track on this album, you can feel the pain of losing someone he already lost in large part years ago.

NJ Megachurch to Hide 100,000 Easter Eggs in State's Largest Ever Easter Egg Hunt

One of New Jersey's fastest growing Christian churches will be hosting the state's largest Easter egg hunt ever by hiding more than 100,000 eggs in its campuses in four counties for children and families on Easter Weekend.

Obama Reminded of Vow to Free Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini as Iran Nuke Talks Enter Final Day

As the high-profile nuclear deal negotiations between the U.S., Iran, and several other countries entered the final scheduled day of talks on Tuesday, the American Center for Law and Justice reminded President Barack Obama of his promise to do all he can to get Iran to release imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini.

Do You Believe in Confirmation Bias?

I find that critics sometimes shift the emphasis or focus of their writing when they approach Christian films—usually from formal to cultural criticism—and that this shift was usually to the detriment of Christian films. (Formal criticism looks at the film’s artistic merits; cultural criticism tends to focus on what a film does in the wider culture—reflects or communicates ideas, signals a trend, and so on.)

America’s Death Is Greatly Exaggerated

Are there severe problems with our liberal democracy? Yes. Is it lost or irrevocable? No. While the system has been strained, it is still a vibrant and functioning liberal democracy where power peaceably transitions every four to eight years. While there is clear evidence of decline in key areas, what was once created can be recreated or refashioned in light of new challenges and new times.

UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.

Gay Marriage Isn’t About Justice, It’s About Selma Envy

The answer is “social studies.” My generation engages in straw men, misinformation, and lies because, in every year of social studies class, we studied the civil-rights movement not as history, but as hagiography. We didn’t just learn what events happened on American soil, we were encouraged to mimic the segregation-defeating holy ones and merit for ourselves a place alongside them in glory. Combining that admonition with our general aversion to hard work, we concluded that the only thing necessary to be as righteous as the saints who fought racial injustice was to decry an injustice that no one else was. And we became so desperate to find that injustice, we lost our minds in the process.

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Shepherding God’s Flock

While it’s true that a church can exist without a plurality of qualified elders, it doesn’t follow that the question of leadership is inconsequential, nor that the health of a church will remain unaffected by how its leadership is structured and evaluated. When New Testament qualifications for shepherds are ignored for the expediency of a magnetic personality, or when biblical leadership structures are set aside in favor of tradition, we can only expect trouble to follow. But when qualified men are placed into the right roles and given the right responsibilities, they will prove to be a great blessing to the church. They might even be called “precious gifts of heaven.”  

How do you know you’re a Christian?

There is no prescription for how you’re supposed to feel when you decide to put your trust in Christ. When I was about nine years old I presented myself to my church for baptism. A well-meaning person in the congregation asked me later, “Well, how did it feel?” I didn’t know what to say, because I hadn’t felt much of anything.

Gay marriage and the eclipse of religious liberty

Can we really expect the sexual revolutionaries to be magnanimous toward those they regard as bigoted? Probably not. It’s probably even less likely now that the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in the DOMA case renders a similar moral judgment upon traditional marriage supporters. Why would anyone want to be magnanimous toward those who seek to “demean,” to “impose inequality” and a “stigma” on gay people, to deny gay people “equal dignity,” to treat them as “unworthy,” and to “humiliate” their children? That’s how the Supreme Court describes traditional marriage supporters. As that opinion moves into the cultural mainstream, it’s difficult to imagine why the majority would make accommodations for the consciences of those they regard as bigots.

Why You Aren’t Experiencing Joy

That’s why I spent more than a year diving into the more than 400 references to joy, happiness, merriment, delight, pleasure, dancing, rejoicing and more throughout the Scripture. I discovered joy is so much more than anyone taught me. Joy is a spectrum of emotions, responses, and reactions. Sometimes you feel like a joy; sometimes you don’t. But you can always act in joy even when your emotions shout otherwise.

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Bill Maher Criticizes 'Deeply Stupid' Far-Left After Elton John, LGBT Activists Call for Boycott of Dolce & Gabbana

HBO host Bill Maher is criticizing what he calls the "deeply stupid" far-left for attacking itself on several occasions. As an example he cited Elton John and LGBT activists calling for a boycott of Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's luxury fashion line because of their beliefs supporting the traditional family.

Ratio Christi (Portland State University)

Ratio Christi is an apologetics organization bringing intellect and reasoning for the case of Christ. They dialogue with peoples of all different religions and beliefs answering all of the tough questions that Christianity has to face. This year, (2014-15) is RC's first year on campus at Portland State and they are looking to spread the word about their organization as well as raise support for their efforts in making Jesus known to the students at PSU.

Willing incompatible worlds

You can’t have it both ways. It is impossible to will a world where religious liberty is protected while endorsing a jurisprudence that describes opposition to gay marriage as animus. One side’s vision of public morality will win out. Conservatives and Republicans who think that religious liberty can exist in a world with same-sex marriage should be disabused of such utopic foolishness after this week's shameful and dishonest attempts by the media to quash Indiana's religious freedom bill. That’s the future of the debate about religious liberty in America.

Why We Pray by William Phillip |

In chapter one, the author explains, “We pray because God is a speaking God. Prayer derives from who and what God is, and the great feature of the God of the Bible, the God of the Bible, the God of the Christian faith, is that he is a speaking God” (21-22). In this chapter, we’re taken on a tour de force through the creation story. Along the way, the author points man’s rebellion and the hope of Christ. Each chapter ends with reflection questions that are worth thinking through as they will help address areas in your life and what you’re learning as you read this book. Chapter two sets forth that, “the very essence of prayer is simply answering God in the call that comes to us in Jesus Christ. Prayer is responding to Jesus. We can pray because God is a speaking God, because we have been created to respond to him, and because through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed that we might again respond to him” (42). The rest of this chapter looks at the relationship of our adoption in Christ and how this doctrine affects our prayer lives. Chapter three considers the topic of a sovereign of God by looking at the logic of God’s sovereignty in salvation and in prayer.

51 Viral Photo of Child ‘Surrendering’ to Telephoto Lens Shows the Reality of the Syrian Crisis
52 "Days of Our Lives" Actress Jen Lilley expresses Christ's Love through her Role
53 The media freak-out hits CNBC, and Ryan Anderson answers the bell
54 Disney Is Making a Live Action Version of ‘Mulan’
55 Innovative Apologetics: Logic Grounded by God vs. Atheistic Emotional Assertions
57 Shooting down the claims that Easter has pagan origins
58 Sin
59 Why Are We So Lonely?
60 A.D. The Bible Continues - Igniting a Rebellion (Preview)
61 Awesome Police Officers Give Family a Car Seat Instead of a Ticket
62 Pope Francis Says Protecting the Environment Is 'Ultimate Pro-Life, Pro-Poor, Pro-Family' Issue That Bible Calls Christians to Engage In
63 The Final Days of Jesus: Tuesday
64 Jesus Turns the Tables
65 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
66 Over 100,000 Americans Call on US Navy to Reinstate Christian Chaplain Facing Discharge for Talking About His Faith
67 Second Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death by Islamic Extremists in Less Than a Month in Bangladesh
68 There's Still Power in the Blood
69 Helping Children Benefit from the Sermon
70 Straightforward Answers about Indiana’s RFRA Law
71 Christian charity says a quarter of debt due to benefit problems – Premier Radio
72 The End of Tolerance And Enforced Morality
73 How Not to Argue: A Lesson in Thought Experiments from Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson
74 Bringing the Forgotten Story of the Early Church to Life
75 Mike Tyson’s Crazy Old Abandoned Mansion Is Going to Become a Church
76 Innovative Apologetics: You Are Invited to Easter Service - Abundant Life: A Nondenominational Church Granbury Texas
79 Hypocritical Band Wilco Cancels Indiana Show Over New Law, But KEEPS Tour Stops in NINE Other RFRA States!
80 Wisdom and integrity: Miguel Núñez’s reformation vision for Latin America
81 Indiana & the Benedict Option
82 Video Lectures On R C Sproul's Holiness of God | HeadHeartHand Blog
83 Boyce graduate changing lives one sermon and one sandwich at a time
84 Truth Matters Conference: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Character Are Key Qualities of Being Christ's Ambassador
85 WORLD | Vaccines & Viruses: Shaming schools and students? | Daniel James Devine | March 31, 2015
86 Lee Strobel on Twitter
87 James White on Twitter
88 Star Trek: TNG Season 4 "The Mind's Eye" and "In Theory"
89 Philosophy the basis for all other knowledge
90 Germanwings Co-Pilot Lubitz Was Treated for 'Suicidal Tendencies' Before Receiving License, Sparks Discussion Over Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
91 #Christian Reason Today