Mantis and Mosquito: Bug Physics
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Man Does Not Live by Man Skills Alone
The Art of Manliness offers the ultimate one-stop shop for tips on staying in shape, dressing sharply, unleashing your inner handyman, and many other street-level skills that every man supposedly needs. Articles feature step-by-step instructions on how to tie your neck tie with a four-in-hand knot, how to shave like your grandpa, how to give a man-hug, to how to teach your kid to ride a bike, and everything in between. But reading this work made me sad, and I’ll tell you why: I learned many of these things (at least the more practical ones) from my dad. He taught me how to polish my shoes. He taught me to look in a man’s eyes when I shook his hand. He taught me the value of hard work. He taught me how to grill a good steak. I wonder if the reason The Art of Manliness is so popular is that fathers just aren’t passing these things down to their sons anymore.
Truthbomb Apologetics: B.O.M.B. Book Review- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Mulsim Encounters Chrisitanity by Nabeel Qureshi
"If you can imagine God's mystery and wisdom, His power, depth, and perfection, His divine mandates and prophecies, all synergistically inhabiting the physical pages of a book, vivifying it with the very essence of God, you will begin to understand how and why Muslims revere the Quran...For Muslims, the Quran is the closet thing to an incarnation of Allah, and it is the very best proof they provide to demonstrate the truth of Islam. The best parallel in Christianity is Jesus himself, the Word made flesh, and his resurrection. That is how central the Quran is to Islamic theology." [p. 228]
Heaven, How I Got Here
If you’re like me, your amazement at the gospel can be hindered by overfamiliarity. Reading this book helped me cut away distracting layers to provide a vivid glimpse of God’s grace in Christ. I felt like I was the thief hanging on that hill, and I thought about the Savior’s deep emotions and compassion in a way I never had previously. In short, this book helped bring back the awe of the gospel by bringing me within feet of the cross.
Canaanite Destruction Not Genocide but Capital Punishment
However, the Israelites did not drive the Canaanites out (Judges 1:28), but instead worshiped their gods and followed their practices (Judg. 3:5-6; 2 Kgs. 17:7). As a result Israel “did evil” (Judg. 10:6, 1 Kg. 14:22) and set up “Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree” (2 Kgs. 17:10). There were “male shrine prostitutes” (1 Kg 14:22); they committed acts of “lewdness,” adultery, and incest (Jer. 5:7, 29:23; Hos. 4:13-14; Ezk. 22:10-11; Amos 2:7); and even Solomon set up altars for all his foreign wives and set up an altar to Molech (1 Kgs. 11:5, 7-8). In time the Israelites sacrificed their sons and daughters (2 Kgs. 16:3, 17:17; 2 Chron. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 32:35; Ezk. 20:26, 31). Then when the Lord threatened them with destruction, instead of repenting they concluded that their fall to Babylon was because they had stopped burning incense to “the Queen of Heaven,” Inanna/Ishtar (Jer. 44:18). So the Lord said that Israel became “like Sodom to me” (Jer. 23:14).
The Place of Life and Humanity in the Cosmos: Free Public Lecture by Biologist Michael Denton
Join us on March 26 on the campus of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, as geneticist and author Dr. Michael Denton explores scientific evidence showing how both the universe and the Earth are exquisitely fine-tuned to make human life and the life of other organisms possible. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating.
The Briefing 03-09-15
1) 50th anniversary of Selma march points to importance of Christian worldview to civil rights
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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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There's No Stopping Chef Curry
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry beat four defenders then nailed a 3-pointer during the third quarter against the Clippers.
Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition
For the first time in Los Angeles—The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display. This special exhibition explores the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts written and hidden in caves 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947. The exhibition also features sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half never seen before in the U.S., including parts of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.
4 Reasons People Are Reluctant to Visit Your Church and What to Do About It
Many unchurched people told me that they felt like the church was a “members only” organization. Because they didn’t know the “inside” terminology, songs, or rituals, they felt foolish and felt the members were watching them in judgment. The #1 emotion unbelievers feel when they visit a worship service is fear! They are honestly scared to death of what might happen. And that means they raise their defenses, so communicating with them becomes very difficult. When I heard this second excuse from unbelievers, we determined to do whatever it takes to make visitors feel welcomed and wanted without feeling watched. There’s a simple word for this: Politeness! It’s thinking more of others than we do of ourselves. Being seeker sensitive is NOT compromising what you believe. It is just treating non-believers the way Jesus would!
4 Divides the Church Needs to Cross
I had a similar experience at my grandfather's funeral. It was at his old rural Southern Baptist church. They had a Revive in '05 sign hanging in the sanctuary and I had that instant judgmental impulse - They're so out of touch. They're not reaching anyone with their hyper-Conservative theology, lack of historical understanding, blah blah blah...I think it's the only time I felt like God slapped the crap out of me. haha Instant shame, repentance and a deep recognition that everyone has a place even if I don't understand it. That church was dear to God and I was way out of line. It was a bit of a watershed moment for me. One of those crystal clear moments where I can say something changed instantly.
Jonah and the Art of Being Broken
Guilt and remorse are weighty things, but they are not enough to break the prideful heart. We are broken only by the steadfast love of Yahweh and the weight of his glory. The broken and contrite heart is the work of the Holy Spirit. For his prophet Jonah, Yahweh’s mercy came crashing in by means of a fierce storm, a ravenous fish, and the fish’s vomit—grace upon grace upon grace.
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.
5 Reasons Children's Ministry Matters SO Much
For so many families in today’s world, life revolves around the kids. If you have kids, your calendar is probably full of events related to them. And it’s certainly not a bad thing that you love your kids and make them important. If you’re a parent, think through these questions:
When Winter Lasts Too Long
During prolonged winter seasons, our strength and resources are exhausted and we are left with nothing but Jesus. But Jesus is all we need, for in him is his life, love, and limitless power. The words of the apostle Paul have never meant more to me: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong“ (2 Cor. 12:8–12, NIV).
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Michael Brown - Why Gay Is Not the New Black
Repeating what has been a rallying cry of gay activism for years, the cover of the December 16, 2008 issue of The Advocate announced, “Gay is the New Black: The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle.” Last week, on May 19th, headlines across the nation announced, “NAACP endorses gay marriage as ‘civil right.’” So, is gay the new black?
Today's Program | Midday Connection | Moody Radio
Lori Neff is the senior producer, social media/event coordinator and occasional co-host for the award-winning national radio program, Midday Connection . Lori grew up in a small town in Ohio, spending more time outside in nature than inside. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and is currently studying counseling and Spiritual Direction. Her interests include art (looking at it and creating it), literature, humanitarian aid efforts, animal welfare efforts, gardening, coffee, daydreaming, learning, spending time with her husband and snuggling with their cats.
Many Unaccompanied Minors No Longer Alone, But Still In Limbo
Jose is one of almost 60,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America now living with family and friends in the United States. Most of the youths are awaiting court hearings to determine whether or not they can stay in the country. Many are also going to school and trying to get settled in new homes and new communities.
The Message of the Cross Makes All the Difference
Yesterday, we launched a new message series at Grace Hills all about The CROSS . I’m not sure I’ve ever felt the power of God overwhelm me for a message as much as the first in this series, and I think I know why. Paul said it this way:
Your Job Is Not Your Identity
Without a job, all I did was search for one, which meant that my measure of worth and abilities was still dependent on getting approval from a job. But you don’t need a job in order to do something or to use your talents. I have friends developing apps, creating art and building communities. No one is paying them. Maybe one day they will get something in return, but for now, they are doing it because that is what they feel called to do.
This army of police droids is the product of Tetravaal, a robotics company. The bots are designed and programmed by super-nerd Deon Wilson (Dev Patel), an idealist who really does want to do the right thing. Meanwhile, fellow nerd Vincent (Hugh Jackman in a bad haircut that would make Wolverine slash his face off) has created another robotic beast, Moose, that he believes is superior to Deon’s battle bots. Why? Because Vincent’s creation is controlled by a human at the helm, while Deon’s are controlled by mere software.
Rachel Held Evans defends exit from evangelicalism, calls Christians to celebrate sacraments - On Faith & Culture
To all Christians : Repent of your rude comments. Jesus says the world will know you are My disciples by the love that you have for one another. He also says not to mindlessly call someone a fool. My heart broke reading some of these comments. Read your Bibles and start using your life to bring glory to God rather than to prop yourself up. There are some very good points in this article although I’m not sure I agree with all of it. For example, women have to be very careful when speaking about positions of leadership (see the letters of Timothy and Titus). Their submission to the leadership of men is symbolic of Christ’s submission to the Father and the church’s submission to Christ. Does this mean they are less capable people? Of course not. If anything, it shows a stronger understanding of their faith. Does this mean they have to mindlessly let men control them as if they are robots? Nope. There is a way to do it biblically that honors both men and women and shows reverence for God and His word. And the letter of 1st John says that of you are truly annointed by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation, you will not continue in a lifestyle of habitual sin (1 John chapters 2&3).
Amazing Things at Biola with President Barry Corey and Zach King ('12)
YouTube star and Biola alumnus Zach King ('12), with the help of President Barry Corey, shows the amazing things you can do as a student at Biola.
Why Evolutionary Theory Cannot Survive Itself
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
Poll: Fox News most trusted network
Fox News has the most trusted network and cable news coverage in the United States, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. But network TV is much less trustworthy than it was in the days of Walter Cronkite, American voters say.
بعد أن نجت من يد داعش، مريم تلقن العالم درساً في الغفران وتشكر الله بالترنيم
شاهد مريم تحكي قصة تهجيرها من قراقوش العراق على يد #داعش، مريم تغفر وترنم شكراً لله على حمايته After surviving ISIS, Myriam thanks God and teaches the world a lesson on forgiveness. Watch Myriam as she shares her story of being displaced from Qaraqoush, Iraq by #ISIS, and forgives and sings a song of gratitude to God for His protection. للمتابعة على الفيسبوك Join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=... #PrayForMyriam #صلوا_لأجل_مريم
"Who Should Raise Your Children?" When G. K. Chesterton Debated Bertrand Russell on the Ideal Family
I thought this was kind of an odd article. Funny thing though about then and now: Not really as far as raising children up to be good little people; I don’t think much will ever change in the benefits of a good family, both mother and father being present in the home. Now I don’t consider myself the brightest bulb on the tree, and you wouldn’t either, but what’s striking to me is that, educationally, there are probably as many people who are functionally illiterate then as there is now. And with so much value placed on education, and that really starts from birth and nurturing in the home, I think there are some fairly interesting things in this overall discussion.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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6 Reasons Why Sexual Predators Target Churches
Church offers religious roles or language that abusers can manipulate to accomplish their ugly purposes. Child abusers often use church-based roles in order to provide rationale and cover for their abuse. An offender may take on a role like Sunday school teacher, nursery worker, youth minister, camp supervisor, or pastor in order to gain the position he or she needs to access children. He may “also use religious language to confuse a child’s understanding of God, sin, or faith. An offender might tell a child that he is loving the child when in fact he is abusing him. The child might have a sense that he is sinning in some way, especially if he hears from his parents or the church that sex outside of marriage is sin. But when a Sunday school teacher or pastor or priest tells him something like, ‘God told me to do this, so you must obey me,’ or ‘This is not sin, but love,’ the child will not only be confused but will be inclined not to second-guess a religious authority figure.” Religious roles and language can provide all the cover an abuser needs.
The Problem of Beauty
If we’re the product of accidental forces of nature, as some argue, then that means beauty is just a neurological response to some kind of stimuli. Maybe it gained us some kind of evolutionary advantage at some point, goes the argument. But that would suggest the same about love, or justice, or hope—they are just neurological responses to stimuli. In fact, you could say the same thing about science and reason. All of those things could be reduced to that. But I’m with Jesus on this one. Beauty sometimes whispers, “Look at this. It’s a clue. It leads somewhere.”
On Being a Jesus Feminist | The Junia Project
has a passion for sharing God’s love with the world, including speaking out on issues of women in ministry.Beth believes that the Gospel is good news for all people, male or female, black or white, rich or poor.She is currently a student at Luther Seminary.Beth will graduate in May 2015 with her Master’s of Divinity, after which she hopes to serve God’s people as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.She currently lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband, J.W., and baby son, Luke. Click on Beth's name to check out her blog @ https://emwartick.wordpress.com/
Mike Adams - Banning Homogenized Idiots
I’ve often said that we should ban the rainbow flag from campus because it’s offensive to conservative Christians, orthodox Jews, and immoderate Muslims (read: Muslims). But I’m only kidding when I say it. I’m simply trying to poke fun at campus administrators who often claim they want to ban offensive speech without considering that much their own speech is offensive to others.
WORLD | The kids are not all right | Daniel James Devine | March 21, 2015
Critics of Sullins’ study claim it can’t tell us anything meaningful about same-sex parenting because it includes children of divorce, who are themselves more likely to suffer from emotional, behavioral, and academic problems. In order to fairly represent gay parents, critics seem to suggest, surveys should only include children who did not experience divorce and were raised from infancy by stable gay couples. In other words, the childhoods Lopez and Barwick experienced should be tossed out of the data pool.
How Should We Understand the Gospel? - D A Carson
Keith Whitfield sits down with D.A. Carson to talk about how people should understand the Gospel.
Is Porn Killing Men's Desire for Marriage?
Like a single, non-Christian guy said to me recently, "Why should I get married? Women are so desperate these days; I can get laid whenever I want." The celibate Christian man is having a similar experience; he's just getting it from porn. Then he goes to church on Sunday morning and sees a number of naturally attractive bachelorettes waiting to be asked out, but he doesn't notice them. And no wonder — his visual palate has been warped by thousands of images of silicone-enhanced fantasy girls who always say yes when he wants a sexual encounter. The world of normal beauty seems boring, bland.
Tactical Faith Today
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John Lennox is a Christian apologist for RZIM and Professor of Mathematics at University of Oxford. For more information about John, visit his website: www.johnlennox.org
Supreme Court throws out ruling on Obamacare contraception mandate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived the University of Notre Dame's religious objections to the requirement for contraception coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government.
Married to Someone who Finds my Studies an Annoyance | Reasonable Faith
I love my major and I love my wife, but they don't seem to overlap very well, as my studies are normally more time intensive than hers and also she see's my talking about it more as an annoyance than anything. I guess why I am writing you is because I am getting so spiritually burnt out and need advice on how to ignite/maintain my relationship with God and keep a healthy relationship with my wife and if having an aspiration of being an apologist is worth it. Not only does everyone else not see why I have picked the path I have because they see philosophy as impractical and I won't be able to support a family with such an aspiration, but the path itself is difficult as I do not have many other fellow Christians in my classes and so I am being practically scorned in all directions. I often ask myself if it is worth it and if I should find some other path that would be more conducive to married life and family life that her and I hope to start in the foreseen future.
8 Underrated ‘Christian’ Movies
In 1956, five Christian missionaries were killed shortly after making contact with a remotely located tribe in Ecuador. Years later, the son of one of the men killed in the encounter moved to the jungle where his father was killed and spent each summer of his childhood there. End of the Spear recounts the unique friendship that developed between Nate Saint—the son of the missionary pilot killed in the ‘50s—and one of the men responsible for the attack, who would eventually become a Christian himself. The release of the 2005 film wasn’t without some controversy because of the subject matter, but its fascinating, real-life story makes it one of the most interesting faith-based movies produced in the last 10 years.
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.
Do the three Persons of the Trinity truly exist? In this message entitled “One in Essence, Three in Person,” Dr. Sproul helps us understand some of the language that was used by the early church as they sought to carefully explain the doctrine of the Trinity.
Call for Pitches: Spectator Sports
We’re currently looking for feature articles on the theme of “Spectator Sports” for an upcoming issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine . We pay $50 for each magazine feature accepted and published. Send a one-paragraph pitch to Erin@FillingMyPatchOfSky.com .