'Hillsong — Let Hope Rise' Movie Release Date Set for May as New Distributor Is Announced (Exclusive)
Australian megachurch Hillsong will see the premiere of its first ever film, "Hillsong – Let Hope Rise," released in May following news that Relativity Studios will distribute the project. "Hillsong — Let Hope Rise" chronicles the journey of Australian worship band Hillsong United, which began in 1998 as a pastime for youth at church and has since grown into a global sensation.
Become a Gospel Shaped Church
By God’s grace in another 10 years we’ll scan the globe and find that such gospel-shaped churches are no longer rare.
Is Moral Fact a Fiction? | More Than Cake
ME: Very interesting article. It raises a question the average student may ask, “who gave the UN authority to declare moral facts?” More than 20 years ago at Penn State I had a fellow-student tell me that Hitler was only wrong from our modern perspective, but he could not judge if Hitler was absolutely wrong for all cultures and all times. In his view, what Hitler did was not “wrong” his actions were simply not culturally acceptable. ISIS, as another example, is a collection of people who find rape, slavery and torture acceptable, and possibly encouraged, in their religious-worldview. In their view, the UDHR is just a moral opinion of a wrongheaded and corrupt and godless culture. So how does one decide who is right? Who decided the UN had universal authority of moral facts for all cultures and all peoples of the world?
91-Year-Old Finally Lands Her Dream Job as a Tech Designer – Incredible Story!
It's almost impossible to imagine a 91-year-old lady working at Silicon Valley. But, for one designer firm, they were thinking differently. Barbra Beskind is 91 years young and living out her dreams as a tech designer at one of the top designing firms in Silicon Valley.
Love is Love and Other Tautologies | Choosing Hats
The double standard in play here is frightening, and self-destructive. You don’t really mean “love has no labels.” It just sounds good if you don’t think about it. You don’t really think that siblings love each other the same way you love your wife. You don’t think that you love your best friend the same way you love your kids. You don’t want your best friend to love your wife the same way you do – or to love your kids the same way you love your wife. Nor do you want Grandma, Cousin Billy, or Sal at the body shop to do the same thing. You actually do make distinctions. You use labels, too. They are called “distinctions”, and you not only cannot, but have to, make them about nearly everything, in contradistinction from everything else. Throwing in “race” – which is an actual false distinction, only muddles the entire issue. Throwing in “age” in this context is not only muddled, but dangerous .
This Toddler's Reaction to a Weatherman's Joy Will Make Your Snow Day Feel Warmer
Weatherman Jim Cantore was very excited when the snowstorm came down and he was reporting it. Even more excited was this adorable little toddler watching him. Watching this baby imitate him will make being stuck in all this snow and yucky stuff so much better!
Russell Brand on the problem of porn | Think Christian
It’s not every day that a celebrity known for shocking behavior, tight pants and over-the-top comedy crafts a homily on the catastrophe that is modern-day porn culture. The fact that Russell Brand…
Colbert Catechism covers Lent and Pope Francis | Think Christian
Perhaps to help us bide time until he takes over as host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert recently made a video (embedded below) for the Catholic magazine America that showcased the same comic-religious…
Short Answers to Big Questions: Week 6
This video is episode 6 of the “ Short Answers to Big Questions ” series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media.
Short Answers to Big Questions: Week 5
This video is episode 5 of the “Short Answers to Big Questions” series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media.
A Misanthropic Mom
If we are to remember paganism from the time when most humans did in fact live closer to nature then they do now, it is notable that Artemis was a rather mean goddess. Demeter was kindly on the whole but she was Mother Bread not Mother Nature. I can't remember what Gaia was like but to Greeks Earth-god rituals tended to be darker then Sky-god rituals.
But if I Preach Christ in Every Text … |
I do not mean to be the apologist for that fastidious disposition apparent in some hearers, who require that every sermon shall have Christ for its immediate scene, and denominate everything else legal preaching. His sacred name ought not to be unnaturally forced into our discourses, nor the Holy Scriptures turned into allegory for the sake of introducing it; but, in order to preach Christ, there is no need of this. If all Scripture doctrines and duties bear a relation to him, we have only to keep that relation in view, and to urge practical religion upon those principles. If I leave out Christ in the sermon and allege that the subject did not admit of his being introduced, I fear it will only prove that my thoughts have not been cast in an evangelical mold. I might as well say there is a village which has no road to the metropolis, as that there is a Scripture doctrine or duty which has no relation to the person and work of Christ.
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What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?
I probed a little deeper, “How does Christ exercise that sovereignty over you? How do you get your marching orders from Him? It’s apparently not from the Bible.” Charlie thought for a moment, “I get it from the church.” I said, “Okay, which church? The Methodist Church, the Episcopalian Church, the Roman Catholic Church, or the Presbyterian Church?” He answered, “The Presbyterian Church.” I then asked, “The Presbyterian Church in Wichita, the Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, or the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia—which church?” He answered, “The General Assembly.” I replied, “Which General Assembly?” He finally admitted, “Well, I’ve got some problems that I haven’t worked out yet.” I said, “You certainly do have problems that you haven’t worked out yet. You want to affirm the Lordship of Christ, but your Lord is impotent. He has no way of conveying any mandate to you whatsoever, because you stand above the recorded mandates of Christ in Scripture. You set yourself over them in critical judgment.
The Christian Faith Is An Evidential Faith | Cold Case Christianity
The Christian life is a rational and reasonable life that is rooted and grounded in the evidence of the Resurrection and the truth of the Bible. Christians are saved by placing their trust in Jesus, but Christians become a powerful force in their world when they commit themselves to being “case makers” for what they believe. Christians can be “case makers” precisely because the Christian faith is an evidential faith. When we, as Christians, argue for the truth of the Christian Worldview, we are not sharing an opinion. There either is a God, or there is not. Jesus is that God, or He is not. Salvation comes through Christ alone (as Jesus Himself maintained), or it does not. This is not a matter of opinion, personal preference or wishful thinking. The Christian faith is grounded in evidence that can be assessed and evaluated. The Christian faith is an evidential faith.
How Texas Became a Conservative Evangelical Powerhouse
In the Republic of Texas, they did the same. Over time, schools and communal organizations, informed by Protestantism, took over the functions of teaching and enforcing social norms, all the while developing a symbiotic relationship with the churches. In this context, individualism blossomed, and Texans saw themselves as strong advocates for liberty—“liberty of conscience, liberty from tyranny, and liberty from religious authority”—and viewed government as a potential threat to each of these. As a result, although religious Texans trusted Democrats to maintain the all-important racial status quo, most supported the New Deal with “considerable misgivings,” worrying about the government “gaining too much influence over peoples’ lives.”
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SETI Whisperers Betray Their Dependence on Intelligent Design
A concern shared by many people today is over whether or not it's wise to send messages into deep space. If aliens receive our missives, how do we know they're friendly and won't take an unhealthy interest in our planet? Any number of science fiction films describe the catastrophic results of an unfriendly visit by extraterrestrials. Maybe they will come to serve man -- in a soufflé. Lately, these and other anxieties have been the subject of lively chatter on sites like BBC News , Live Science , and Universe Today .
Why the Universe Is the Way It Is: Hugh Ross (paperback)
The search for answers to these questions takes us on a thrilling adventure of discovery. The same God who created the universe gave humans the intellect and curiosity to explore it. Ross leads the exploration by showing how cutting-edge research and key biblical principles agree. This faith-building page-turner is equally useful for personal and group study, deep reflection and serious debate. Why The Universe Is the Way It Is opens our minds - and our eyes- to a stunning new view of the Creator.
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‘It was him’ Boston bomber’s lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother
The Drop Box Film: In Theaters March 3-5, 2015
The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. But The Drop Box movie is also a story of hope —a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.
Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads (And Why You Shouldn’t Either)
If you fall within the Gen-Y era like us, chances are you’ve given a bunch of thought as to how you would raise your own children in this day and age (assuming you don’t have children already). Especially with technology, so much has changed since our childhoods in the 90s. Here’s one question: Would you introduce the technological wonder/heroin that is the iPod and iPad to your kids?
Pastor Impregnates 20 Members of His Congregation and Claims the Holy Spirit Told Him to Do it
A self-styled 53-year-old pastor from Nigeria who impregnated more than 20 members of his congregation, including several married women and young girls, claiming that the Holy Spirit told him to have sex with them has been arrested for sexual abuse.
‘Please Pray’: Popular Christian Singer Stuns Fans With Open Letter Revealing Personal Struggle
In a brief open letter to fans posted to the Casting Crowns official Facebook page on Thursday, Mark Hall, the lead vocalist for the popular Christian band, revealed that doctors recently found a solid mass in his right kidney and that they are “90 percent sure it’s cancer.”
Philip Webb is a long-time member of Grace Community Church and has ministered in radio rallies and shepherds’ conferences all over the world since 1986. He serves as an artist in residence for The Master’s College and is an adjunct professor for The Master’s Seminary, Southern Seminary, and Pepperdine University. Philip is currently pursuing his master’s degree in church music at Southern Seminary.
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'First human' discovered in Ethiopia
The fossil is of the left side of the lower jaw, along with five teeth. The back molar teeth are smaller than those of other hominins living in the area and are one of the features that distinguish humans from more primitive ancestors, according to Professor William Kimbel, director of Arizona State University's Institute of Human Origins.
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UK twins turn heads: One is white, the other black - CNN.com
(CNN) Here's a pair of twins no one will have trouble telling apart: One is white, and one is black.
Made For Another World
Lewis continues, "Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same."
The Lent Project
The mood of Lent can be beautifully captured through the arts, which are often cathartic expressions of longing, suffering, loneliness, love, death and rebirth. Art is a great chronicler both of the drama of human history and the aches of the human heart. In this spirit, the Biola University Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts presents the Lent Project: a 54-day aesthetic meditation on Christ’s life, death and resurrection. Each day will offer a guided reflection--though Scripture, words, poetry, music, film or visual art--to help us focus in on the beauty of Christ’s story. May you enjoy, share and be edified by this resource as we collectively reflect on the suffering and triumph of history’s great savior: Messiah Jesus Christ, the King.
Is Legalism Killing Your Joy In Ministry?
Legalism is a ministry killjoy. It destroys the natural joy that comes from serving others in ministry like nothing else I’ve seen. I’ve seen more ministries ruined by legalism than anything else.
Dear Rob Bell: The Church Isn’t Giving an Inch on Gay Marriage
But–excuse my own attempt at brevity–you’re dead wrong on the church and gay marriage. The church isn’t giving an inch on this issue. Sure, there are scattered congregations who are moving in this direction. But in terms of tens and tens of thousands of local churches from a wide array of denominations filled with people of all races and backgrounds who simply love God’s inerrant Word, we aren’t moving an inch. We’re not scared; we’re not intimidated; we’re not even impressed. We’ve seen this all before.
Peeps-Flavored Milk Will Ruin Your Child’s Sense of What Milk’s Supposed to Taste Like
Just in time for Easter, Prairie Farms has unveiled three new milks — all flavored with Peeps. Because why eat the marshmallow candy when you can drink a liquid version? When it comes to convenience, this is as useful as Go-Gurt.
Dear Rules, I Love You
A second theme is repentance. Maybe you're a bit discouraged while you read through Psalm 119—and not just because it’s so long. After all, it can be spiritually distressing to read verse after verse basically about how much this psalmist loves rules. By the time you get to v. 164 and read “seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules” you might start thinking about the Pharisee in Luke 18 pretentiously “thanking” God for how absolutely fabulous he is at obeying all the rules. That kind of tone can be disheartening on an average weekday, particularly if you have not been particularly fabulous at rule-keeping lately.
God's Not Dead: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: Demonstrated and Integrated with Assured Proof
Scholars researching the resurrection of Christ should not presume the entitlements of the all-knowing God. Man is fallen. People have sinned. Acquiescing to the actuality of sin is requirement for real conversion—one must repent from sin and trust in Christ. The accurate researcher must consent to his finitude and its limitations. He must understand himself in light of who God is and what He has revealed. Nevertheless, many academics scrap both. Too often writers tackling the subject of Christ and His resurrection approach the subject with naturalistic presuppositions. Naturalism denies the fallen nature of man and effectively makes human reason the controlling authority, the rational zenith used to analyze the truth of God’s word. The positions are then reversed, for the reason that God is then at best an unnecessary idea. He is vulgarly dismissed as a superfluous invasion into naturalism's domain.
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What scares the new atheists | John Gray
To be sure, evangelical unbelievers adamantly deny that liberalism needs any support from theism. If they are philosophers, they will wheel out their rusty intellectual equipment and assert that those who think liberalism relies on ideas and beliefs inherited from religion are guilty of a genetic fallacy. Canonical liberal thinkers such as John Locke and Immanuel Kant may have been steeped in theism; but ideas are not falsified because they originate in errors. The far-reaching claims these thinkers have made for liberal values can be detached from their theistic beginnings; a liberal morality that applies to all human beings can be formulated without any mention of religion. Or so we are continually being told. The trouble is that it’s hard to make any sense of the idea of a universal morality without invoking an understanding of what it is to be human that has been borrowed from theism. The belief that the human species is a moral agent struggling to realise its inherent possibilities – the narrative of redemption that sustains secular humanists everywhere – is a hollowed-out version of a theistic myth.
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Lighten Your Load
The writer of the book of Hebrews urged his listeners: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). While many types of burdens can weigh us down, it is helpful to consider three types of unbelief that hinder our Christian race. Unbelief regarding past sin, present temptation, and future joy can overload our hearts—encumbering, distracting, and discouraging us.
NFL's Benjamin Watson Urges ISIS Victims, Christians to 'Stand Firm' With Jesus in the Face of Death; Says Rise of Persecution Indicates Christ's 'Imminent Return'
Outspoken Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson recently issued a powerful Facebook post writing about the Islamic State and the rise of Christian persecution throughout the world, asserting that all Christians should be ready to die for upholding their faith in Jesus Christ.
Alabama Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Halting Issuance of Same-Sex 'Marriage' Licenses
I state this in a very sincere manner. This is for the New Atheist culture. I have spoken to 103 different Atheist’s and have gotten so many different perspectives, some of them quite cruel, that its important for me to know why. If the New Atheist lives by the definition ‘there is no such being as God’ why do you people consistently argue in the negative about God. God to you doesn’t exist. Many have said there is no agenda. Most often however the Atheist reveals in discussion the agenda. They claim oppression, a Minority group who’s intent is to remove God from the public domain as it “offends” the Atheist. It seems the Atheist believes that they can accomplish the same things as the LG movement to accept Atheism as freedom from oppression. It’s important to realize this is not a minority issue, because no rights have been taken from you. You can believe as you like, you can avoid places that symbolize religious beliefs. You can even speak out against God in the United States and make any claim you desire. However, you are not an oppressed minority group, not even close.
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3 Youth Group Lessons I've Had to Unlearn
1. Your Classmates/Peers/Friends/Teachers are Going to Persecute You for Your Faith.
Every person grows up in a different world. The thing about the world is that it is subjective and relative for each person. Maybe you didn't grow up with people attacking your faith but I did. I had several teachers try to give me lower grades based on comments about faith added to papers I wrote. The comments were relative to the topic in the paper, and added to the thesis. Comments from teachers like, "If you're a christian you're a racist," literally came out of my teachers' mouths. Not all of them, but having the perspective coming out of youth group, having been taught that "people" will persecute you for your faith is simply factual. Youth group never taught me that all people would, but that persecution would come. Isn't that biblical? We're not of the world and so the world hates us? I'd like to see how you can back this point biblically.
11 Facts About the Ambidextrous
9. Ambis can be quick to anger , according to a study from Merrimack College, which suggests a higher interlinking of brain hemispheres found in ambidextrous and lefties. A follow-up study found that the increased hemisphere connections correlate to increased awkwardness, clumsiness and moodiness.
These problems aren’t going away as long as people continue to justify the consumption of porn. Once upon a time, porn wasn’t so common. It wasn’t an issue that affected millions and millions of people, much less an entire society. It wasn’t a topic that needed to be discussed. Well, wake up call:
This idea appears in two separate Gospels, spoken out of the mouth of the Savior, and yet can you guess where a majority of my anxiety stems from as a young leader? Tell me if this is true of you; somewhere along the way your fear of monsters, and strangers, and even rollercoasters gave way to failure, dislike, and rejection. You don’t even have to be a naturally anxious person to know that cold feeling you get when you know you’re facing one of these things. I’m finding that the very fear we are warned against feeling is the thing we face most often, and it’s for a reason. The enemy knows exactly what anxiety can do to our hearts.
Faith, Form, and Fashion
For his part, in “God, Plurality, and Theological Method: A Response to Kevin Vanhoozer’s Remythologizing Theology” in Southeastern Theological Review 4/1 (Summer 2013), Franke sharply criticizes Vanhoozer’s approach in RT on a number of fronts. For one, he “chafes” at what he takes “to be the pretensions of either/or metaphysical assertions about God” (42). Franke also believes Vanhoozer is insufficiently attentive to the diverse, pluralistic nature of God’s revelation in human communities (45–46) as well as to the “potential limitations this places on creaturely media for the construction of theology or theological systems” (44). Unsurprisingly, then, Franke’s concerns are something of the inverse of Vanhoozer’s (not to mention Helm’s concerning Vanhoozer); if Vanhoozer is worried culture will trump Scripture, Franke is worried Vanhoozer isn’t giving God’s diverse, highly accommodated work in culture its due.
The Archaeological Quest for the Earliest Christians
In part one of this series , I debunked the idea that the Christian fear of making objects or images grew out of the Second Commandment of the Hebrew Bible. In this post, I challenge the idea that Christians left so few archaeological traces behind because they couldn’t afford to make them. While the church’s mission to the poor and disenfranchised may be one of Christianity’s most ethically admirable stances today, in antiquity, not all of Jesus’ followers were part of a shiftless underclass.
Under the editorial oversight of pastor John MacArthur, this anthology of essays in defense of inerrancy features contributions from a host of respected twentieth century evangelical leaders. The Scripture Cannot Be Broken stands as a clarion call to all who love the Bible and want to see Christ’s church thrive in our increasingly secular world. It is a call to stand alongside our spiritual forefathers with wisdom, clarity, and courage—resolute in our confidence that Scripture is the very Word of God.
Quit The Blame Game
There’s something about leaders who fight for change by not placing blame, but stewarding the influence they DO have to create positive change. What if we decided to quit the blame game, and instead chose to dig in our heels and do the hard work of creating change? If we made that decision together, who knows what this Community of Change Makers could be known for?
God, Science & the Big Questions: Leading Christian Thinkers Respond to the New Atheism
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Join John Lennox, William Lane Craig, JP Moreland, and Hugh Hewitt for this fast-paced, wide-ranging and supremely stimulating discussion among some of the finest thinkers in the Christian world. Nothing is off the table as they discuss science vs. Christianity, arguments for God, the decline of Darwinism, radical Islam and the Gospel, responding to skeptics, the problem of consciousness, mathematics and the cosmos, the nature of knowledge, and much, much more. Originally broadcast live from Biola University on Friday, January 30th, 2015. 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...
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Opportunities to Show Love at an Aluminum Sheet Mill
Most of my employees do not know the Lord. They often lie to me—and sometimes they even lie about me. This happens to me and to my seven direct reports. Five of them are pretty strong believers, so I get to disciple them and exhort them that how we respond to these behaviors and attitudes creates opportunities to share the love of Christ, which may lead to opportunities to share the gospel of Christ. We can make a lasting impact on people far beyond the business work that we do.
Netanyahu, Persia, Purim and Esther | The Stream
Netanyahu specifically mentioned Esther, Persia, Haman and the Feast of Purim. Here is what happened in the story. Haman, a wealthy high official, had tricked the king of Persia, Ahasuerus (many scholars think this was Artaxerxes II) into issuing a special order. According to Persian law, once such an order was issued, it could not be rescinded. The order required that all the scattered Jews throughout the empire (including Canaan, the location of modern Israel) be attacked and wiped out on a certain day.