The Word of God Is at Work in You
Walking by the Spirit is a continual depending, praying, trusting, acting, and thanking God all out of faith.
The Integration of Science and Faith with Dr. Jeff Zweerink
Dr. Jeff Zweerink, a research scholar at Reasons to Believe, joined me this week to talk about the integration of science and faith. He is an astrophysicist studying the multiverse theory, dark ene…
Your Joy Depends on Election
God’s gift of salvation does not depend on anything that we do or are in ourselves. It depends on God’s own sovereign, gracious freedom.
Love the Single Chapter of Your Life
The purpose of singleness is that we be made as happy as anyone possibly can be — through undistracted devotion to Jesus.
Video: Are God and Faith Anti-Science and Anti-Reason? by John Lennox
In March 2017, the Zacharias Trust hosted it’s second “Why Series” based on the topic of religion. During the day attendees got to ask ...
The Point: LGBTube
Last week YouTube announced they’re reviewing complaints about their “restricted mode,” which allows parents to control the videos their kids watch. The complaints came from lesbian, LGBT-identifying video bloggers who said this mode blocked many of their videos.
What are some of the dangers of apologetics? | carm
Now, I do not need to expand on each of these ten things. They are self-explanatory. Our goal as Christians is to present our faith and its defense with gentleness and respect. This isn't always easy to do, especially in light of some of the severe hostility that we face as Christians. Nevertheless, let's take a look at what Scripture says regarding our interaction with those who are against Christianity.
Five Things Christian Apologetics Must Have
I was raised in a Christian home, always active in an evangelical church, and was even on a first name basis with my youth pastor. However, I was not “apologetically” prepared for my first year in college. It started after freshman orientation when my advisor met with us and said, “Look, you’re getting a liberal arts degree so you have to take one class in religion and philosophy. Get it over with now. Don’t wait until the end.”
Christianity 'on the rise' in Yemen - Premier
He said: "Now the foreigners are mostly gone, we actually had to take the lead ourselves. At first it seemed the house church movement would fall apart, but gradually, local Christians started taking responsibility and took up leadership positions. They may not have been highly trained, but they share the knowledge they have and support each other."
How Apologetics Serves Evangelism in Our Post Christian Culture
Thinking this morning about where our culture has been and where it is going, I could not help pondering about the church’s effectiveness in this post Christian culture in reaching those without Christ. Our culture has taken on a different face, very quickly, as a result of a judicial fiat decision. Should we do anything differently in our evangelism? Has anything really changed?
WORLD on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
The Collected Works of John Piper
Uniting for the first time the entirety of John Piper’s published writings from 1970 to 2015, this 14-volume collection, published by Crossway Books and edited by David Mathis and Justin Taylor, features the latest editions of fifty of Piper’s books along with hundreds of articles and chapters, compiled into one beautifully designed resource.
Iowa State Students Required to Write about 9/11 Attacks from al-Qaeda Perspective
Students in an Iowa State International Studies class were recently given an interesting assignment: they were required to write about the 9-11 attacks from the perspective of al-Qaeda jihadis. In this video, David Wood completes the assignment. For more on jihad, watch these videos: "Three Stages of Jihad": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERou_... "The Jihad Triangle": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjvfa... "Understanding Vehicular Jihad": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oFzQ...
Click here to support DFW Life Church Planting Campaign by Mike Robinson Apologetics
Vision & Purpose Statements Purpose Statement DFW Life Church is committed to helping people know God as disciples, in order to love and disciple others, and change the world (Mark 12:30-31; Jer. 29:11; 1 John 4:7-11; 2 Cor. 5:18-21). Vision DFW Life Church endeavors to be a discipleship-oriented congregation taking the Gospel to the world; equipping, defending, planting, reproducing, and sending God’s people to make disciples of all nations—to love God and to love others (Mt 28:19-20; 2 Tim 2:2; 1 Pet 3:15). Unique Vision - Church Planting Fulfill a Great Need in Dallas Fort Worth & the World [We need $9600 for a Full Years Rent: only $800 a month for the building] Hi – this is Pastor Mike Robinson. I had the privilege to work on college campuses as an evangelist and minister for many years--I also had the honor of serving as pastor for Christ Covenant Church for 17 years and Abundant Life Church in Granbury for the last 2 years. It has been a joy to serve Christ, plant churches, and raise up new leaders. Additionally, I have been blessed to be able to author numerous books on biblical truths, apologetics, theology, cults, and the Bible.
‘Get Out’ Locks Our Gaze on Racism's Horror
Indeed, laughter and screaming are frequently indistinguishable in black comedy and satire, comic sensibilities that are very familiar to horror fans. Think of the moral force of Jonathan Swift’s icy satire, “A Modest Proposal,” which famously recommended that poor Irish families supplement their meager incomes by selling their children as a particularly exotic form of cuisine to the nation’s wealthiest citizens. Though it may seem like a long way from Swift to a contemporary horror film, I’d argue that few stories address the subject of racism with the force and moral urgency of Get Out .
BreakPoint on Twitter
When it comes to gender issues, Christians today usually find ourselves in a corrective or even a defensive posture. http://bit.ly/2ojmRLd pic.twitter.com/BZXKNZ7Vqn
BreakPoint on Twitter
Join us for a free informational webinar hosted by Dr. Bill Brown on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 pm EDT. http://bit.ly/2oIazbU pic.twitter.com/77DEZPMHB2
Imprisoned Pakistani Christians Offered Release If They Convert to Islam
"Taking advantage of their presence at ATC-1 Lahore, Deputy District Public Prosecutor Syed Anees Shah gathers the accused outside the courtroom and asks them to embrace Islam," Joseph Franci, a rights activist helping to provide legal aid to the jailed Christians, told the Express. "He asks them if they embrace Islam, he can guarantee them their acquittal in this case."
The Other Billy Graham Rules
But most reports have neglected to mention that there’s not just one Billy Graham rule. There are four. They deal with money, sex, power, and lies and were part of something known as the Modesto Manifesto . Set up in the 1940s, the rules were meant to keep Graham and his organization away from the pitfalls that have taken down American celebrity preachers since the days of Henry Ward Beecher and Aimee Semple McPherson .
A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World: John Stonestreet, Brett Kunkle: 9781434711014: Amazon.com: Books
I wish John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle had written A Practical Guide to Culture years ago. As a parent and youth pastor, I was often concerned about the impact the culture might have on my children and students, and I wasn’t always sure how to address the challenges. John and Brett have written a hopeful, engaging book that will prepare parents, educators, and youth leaders to equip young minds. This isn’t just a survey of culture; it’s an active, purposeful, and thoughtful action plan. If you want your students and children to represent Christ in a fallen world as they thrive in their Christian walk, A Practical Guide to Culture is an essential guide.
Cornelius Hunter on Evolution
"Being an evolutionist means there is no bad news. If new species appear abruptly in the fossil record, that just means evolution operates in spurts. If species then persist for eons with little modification, that just means evolution takes long breaks. If clever mechanisms are discovered in biology, that just means evolution is smarter than we imagined. If strikingly similar designs are found in distant species, that just means evolution repeats itself. If significant differences are found in allied species, that just means evolution sometimes introduces new designs rapidly. If no likely mechanism can be found for the large-scale change evolution requires, that just means evolution is mysterious. If adaptation responds to environmental signals, that just means evolution has more foresight than was thought. If major predictions of evolution are found to be false, that just means evolution is more complex than we thought."
You can find Hunter's entire piece here.
You can checkout Hunter's blog here.
Courage and Godspeed,
1. Joshua Gidney, "Quote of the Month: Cornelius Hunter on the Unfalsifiability of Evolution," March 26, 2017.
Trust God Through Your Tears
This is what I wish someone had told me then. In all our suffering, we have two alternatives: we can cry in sinful disdain over the work that God is doing in and through us, or we can lament deeply with hope in the joy that is set before us. The weeping itself is not the issue — that is probably the most God-glorifying response. But if our weeping comes simply from angered pride, or the shattered shards of our sin nature, we’ve moved away from lamenting the way things are to resenting that things are not the way we wanted them to be.
Bill Clinton Calls Mike Pence's Strict Marital Practices 'Excessive' | The Babylon Bee
U.S.—In a candid new interview, former President Bill Clinton commented Friday on the recent revelation that Vice President Mike Pence refuses to dine alone with women who are not his wife, saying the strict guidelines are “ridiculous” and “excessive.”
TGC – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southern Seminary invites you to join us for breakfast, coffee, and conversation with doctoral studies faculty on Wednesday morning. If you are interested in doctoral level programs in research or applied degrees, we are eager for you to come and learn more about Southern’s 125 year tradition of offering excellence in doctoral studies. The breakfast will be hosted at the Marriott Indianapolis from 7:30am-8:30 in Ballroom E. Tickets are available at the SBTS exhibit booth, or you can RSVP by clicking in the button below.
FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
Commun.it is the Easiest way to drive traffic, increase fan engagement, grow followers & likes and save time on social media
The World’s Strongest Coffee Has Come to America
Hailing from South Africa, “ Black Insomnia Coffee ,” can now be purchased on Amazon. As they terrifyingly explain in a press release , “According to Mayo Clinic, ‘Up to 400 mg [equivalent to 6 mg/kg body weight in a 65-kg person] of caffeine a day, appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four [6 oz] cups of brewed coffee”. Thus, having just one 6 oz cup of Black Insomnia almost fulfills the recommended maximum intake.”
Counting the Cost: Was Murdered UN Congo Worker a Martyr?
“On behalf of the Congolese diaspora community in the United States that I represent, I am saddened by this news,” stated Fidele Lumeya, executive director of the Congolese American Council for Peace and Development. “Michael took a most perilous mission to investigate the ongoing killings, showing deep respect for the dignity of humankind and the women and children of Central Congo. His work in the Congo is a legacy of who we are as human beings, as Mennonites, and Christian disciples.”
The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything
The listener favorite shares some miraculous stories of healing around the world. Listen...
Church of England says progress being made in handling abuse cases - Premier
The Church of England has released a progress report one year on from the release of the Elliot Review outlining how the Church is improving its response to allegations of abuse.
Prof tries to get conservatives fired over FB argument
A Texas State University history professor called the employers of at least two conservatives, one a current student, to accuse them of "hate speech" in retribution over a political disagreement on Facebook.
Jon Favreau Wants Beyoncé in His Live Action ‘Lion King’ Movie
Live action remakes of beloved Disney classics have proven to be a safe bet for the House of Mouse, so they’re probably able to make Beyoncé a pretty attractive offer. That said, this is the one of the few negotiations on the planet in which Disney could be seen as the underdog. Bey’s at the top of the food chain!
4 Ways to Invite God into Your Planning Meetings
I try to designate time in meetings to reflect on our motives. Each team will have to discover the best way to do this together. Not every ministry team setting provides a safe place to share; when one team member calls into question another’s motives, it feels like an accusation. Still, I’ve found it helpful to spend time discerning motives, whether or not we share them. In many ways, it’s my role as a leader to discover my motives, to model transparency on the team, and to invite others to learn their own hidden motives. With our motives identified, we can invite God to shape them and challenge them if necessary.
5 things we learned this week - Premier
An Easter lunch shopping basket costs 11% less than last year, with all items except for hot cross buns dropping in price, according to an annual survey. Good Housekeeping's annual Easter shopping basket price index found consumers can feed eight people for lunch, including serving a leg of lamb, prosecco and chocolate, for £21.07 or £2.63 per head, if they are prepared to shop around. Last year's cheapest basket cost £2.96 per head. Lidl was the cheapest supermarket for buying the entire list based on prices effective from April 14, costing £23.22, followed by Aldi (£23.43), Tesco (£29.89), Iceland (£33.17) and Waitrose (£39.18).
Martin Scorsese Wants to Make More Spiritual Movies
Iconic filmmaker and current RELEVANT cover star Martin Scorsese has always been interested in movies that tease out spiritual themes, but his fascination with Christianity has rarely been as front and center as it was with last year’s Silence.
Attention: You Can Play Ms. Pac-Man Right in Google Maps
To play, just open up the Google Maps app on your phone, and click the icon that looks like Pac-Man in the corner of the screen.
Truck driver seen 'swerving on road' before deadly church bus crash - Premier
Police have confirmed that they received phone calls about a pickup truck driving erratically shortly before a crash that killed 13 church members returning from a retreat in Texas.
Prince Charles meets head of Romanian Orthodox Church - Premier
Prince Charles has met Patriarch Daniel, head of the Romanian Orthodox Church during a visit to Bucharest as part of a royal tour.
Is How We Live More Important Than What We Believe?
Today I’m starting a blog series called, “Bad Secular Wisdom.” If you’re not familiar with the term, a blog series is where an author writes multiple posts on a related subject. I’m not normally a fan of such series because I think they get old fast, but in this case there are so many interesting and important topics for Christian parents that fall under the umbrella of “Bad Secular Wisdom,” I’m excited to do it. I’ll be posting once per month in the series, with remaining posts on other subjects.
Saddleback Church on Twitter
"We never let Jesus get in the way of what we think is a better way"
Twitter erupts over Mike Pence's Billy Graham comment - Premier
A Twitter row has broken out over whether Mike Pence's following of the 'Billy Graham Rule' is chivalrous or chauvinistic.
Worldview and Apologetics in the News
Site of Jesus' tomb re-opens following painstaking restoration in Jerusalem
Check Your Privilege Obsession
That term privilege , once the property of academics and social researchers, has become ubiquitous and culture-shaping. In The Perils of Privilege: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage , Phoebe Maltz Bovy discusses how “privilege” is the primary framework for how we talk about social justice today—from conversation-stopper phrases hurled like grenades online (“check your privilege,” “your privilege is showing”) to the new genre of “privilege aware” confessions. Privilege once described a small group of elites born into extreme wealth and power, but today it encompasses essentially any unearned advantage—white privilege, male privilege, ableist privilege, heterosexual privilege, cis privilege, youth privilege, even thin privilege. Bovy shows how this framework has burrowed its way into higher education, the media, and contemporary conversations about feminism, race, and politics.
RELEVANT on Twitter
Research: Chip Gaines is the most popular celebrity among Christians. (Because Christians apparently love shiplap.) http://ow.ly/N8E230arxu8 pic.twitter.com/DVbgFfwnHD
Lament Like a Christian Hedonist: How Joy in God Bears Real Pain
God has his own perspective. And that perspective is a divine perspective — eternal and omniscient. Our perspective is necessarily far more limited. Not only are we limited to our own two eyes, but we also have further limitations from the damage of our sin. So it ought not surprise us that many of the greatest realities in this universe are mysterious to us, little as we are. And God loves us enough to remind us of just how little we can see now.
Desiring God on Twitter
Your singleness is a gift because it allows undistracted devotion to Jesus. Learn to love this chapter of your life. pic.twitter.com/4TtfuGtFEG
Interpretation of the Bible by John Gerstner | April 1, 2017
In this classic one-hundred-message series, Dr. John Gerstner provides an in-depth overview of systematic theology. He explores what God has clearly revealed in Scripture about Himself, mankind, the fall, redemption, the church, and many other essential doctrines of the Christian faith.
Will God Call Me to a Career I Don’t Enjoy?
And so I return to my original reconstruction of the question, which I think applies globally: Would God ever call a person to a lifelong work in which he does not enable the person to have joy? And I think the answer to that is this: God intends to give his people joy and thankfulness and a sense of usefulness whatever he calls them to. Paul knew how to be content in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11). This is the essence of the Christian life: finding contentment in Christ and turning every circumstance and all of our work into living worship.
What Feminism Owes to the Protestant Reformation
In her essay “Reformation,” Robinson remarks that the history of the Reformation is “very largely a history of books and publication.” In particular, it is the history of very learned people (yes, men) working tremendously hard to make the Bible available in the vernacular. “It is hard now to imagine a world in which virtually everything of importance—law, humane learning, science, and religion—was carried on in a language known only by an educated minority,” she writes. And yet this educated minority included translators like William Tyndale and others who steadily and generously worked to share their intellectual privilege. Robinson identifies the movement known as Lollardy—associated with John Wycliffe—as a forerunner to the Reformation. In the 14th century, Wycliffe made a Middle English translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible which so-called “poor priests” carried (illegally) through the countryside, preaching the gospel to peasants: “Blessid be ye, that now hungren, for ye shulen be fulfillid. Blessid be ye, that now wepen, for ye shulen leiye.
Jesus Didn’t Need the Approval of Others
While we often don’t view His ministry in this way, Jesus gives us a perfect example for how to avoid the need for approval. We ought to pay attention to, meditate on, and seek to follow his lead, as we do for other areas of living.
The glorious truth is that in Christ we have been freed from the dominion of sloth. No longer does the addiction to comfort rule over us. No! We are free in Christ. We don’t sleep all day trying to find joy. That’s suicide. We don’t live in a zombie-like fog, just shuffling toward the next day off, the next vacation, the next escape. No! We are freed to enjoy Jesus now, in daily sacrifice.
Premier Christian on Twitter
Premier Christian Radio, where faith comes to life! | On AM/MW, DAB, Freeview 725, Online, & on mobile
WORLD on Twitter
ICYMI: WORLD Magazine’s cover stories on forgotten victims: How the transgender push hurts those it purportedly helps https://twitter.com/WORLD_mag/status/847449773854539783 …