Father and Son dancing during the Final Four to 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams
Father and Son dancing during the Final Four to 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams
CHF and AiG
Children's Hunger Fund and Answers in Genesis celebrate their new joint initiatives to help suffering families around the world.
#DylanBrokeUpTheBeatles - Abbey Road in 15 Seconds
In honor of the Beatles breakup on April 10, 1970, I decided to cover the entire second side of their last album Abbey Road with different instruments for 15...
Nobody Expects the Rainbow Inquisition
Perhaps non-believers are taking a cue from believers, who believe their beliefs should inform their work. We seem to be alright with this idea until it results in effects we don't like and aren't ready to accept. So we act like victims and complain, while speaking out of both sides of our mouths. It's past time to stand on the firm foundation of Truth, who hires and partners with Himself. "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?...Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?....Therefore, come out of their midst and separate, says the Lord..." 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 originally referred to BUSINESS partnerships, then later was applied to marriage (for which separation isn't automatically advised). In the early church, the numbers grew day by day. New believers, needing to know how to live wisely and biblically, were told to set themselves apart. This was advised for their own good, as well as for the good of relationships with non-believers. God, who created non-believers, knows best how to love them.
Jesus' Wife Fragment - Stand to Reason Blog
In the fall of 2012, Harvard historian Karen King announced she'd been given a fragment of a manuscript that mentioned Jesus' wife. It's in the news again because studies have indicated it's not a modern forgery. But whether or not it was a forgery isn't the main issue. The date of the manuscript is what's relevant, and even in 2012 when the announcement was made, it was considered to be a few centuries after Jesus – and long after the New Testament documents were written. So it presented no authoritative rival to those documents about Jesus. The recent studies date it to 669-859 CE. And the analysis suggests that the original might date back to the third century, around the same time as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary. Still long after the eyewitness testimonies were written about Jesus. All this fragment may tell us is what some people thought or wrote about Jesus centuries after His life on earth; whereas the Gospels were written by eyewitnesses not long after Jesus.
How a Man Loves a Woman
“How do I love my wife well?” Young husbands frequently ask me this question, and it is a great one to ask. They are often faced with a laundry list of good tips: prioritize date nights, lead family prayer times, organize evening devotionals, take walks together, buy her flowers, write poetry, help around the house, etc.
Jonathan McLatchie: advice to young aspiring apologists
Jonathan has been a Christian since 1996, having had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. He has become interested in Christian apologetics over the last 4 or 5 years. He holds an honors degree in Forensic Biology, and a Masters (M.Res) degree in Evolutionary Biology. He is a proponent of the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID), about which he has written extensively on Evolution News & Views and Uncommon Descent, in addition to being involved with the Centre for Intelligent Design UK. He is also a contributor to various apologetics websites, including CrossExamined.org, AllAboutGod.com, and GotQuestions.org. He has participated in a number of summer internships: those have been with the Discovery Institute in Seattle, with AllAboutGod in Colorado Springs, and with Frank Turek in Charlotte. He is also a graduate of the CrossExamined Instructor Academy (CIA) and the Discovery Institute’s student summer seminar program. Outside of his academic interests, he is also a tournament chess player, with a FIDE (International Chess Federation) rating of 1855.
The Briefing 04-11-13
2) Remembering the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act and how politics really work
China denies church 'demolition campaign' but says Christianity's growth 'excessive' - Telegraph
However, in a recent speech the provincial official in charge of religious
affairs hinted at Communist Party discomfort at how fast congregations were
growing in what is already considered China’s most Christian region. More
than one million of Wenzhou’s nine million residents are thought to be
practicing Protestants, according to some estimates.
See This Priest's Amazing Surprise That Stunned a Wedding and Left the Bride in Tears (VIDEO)
SonLight Music Ministry had just finished what sounded like a beautiful rendition of "Be Thou My Vision" when Father Ray Kelly again took the mic at the wedding of Chris and Leah O'Kane. But instead of closing the ceremony as planned, the priest unleashed a big surprise for the couple that's destined for the pantheon of wedding viral videos.
Republicans relish hearings for new HHS leader ahead of midterm
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Sexual Atheism: Christian Dating Data Reveals a Deeper Spiritual Malaise
If you let the paint mentally dry on the statistic above and the perception about God it reflects for a moment, perhaps my contention of sexual atheism won’t seem so far-fetched. No amount of hand-wringing at the many-headed hydra of the entertainment world or raucous deploring of immoral political philosophies invading our nation can explain this one.
Krauthammer: The left’s intolerance veers toward totalitarianism
The whole thing is so stupid as to be unworthy of exegesis. There is no logic. What’s at play is sheer ideological prejudice — and the enforcement of the new totalitarian norm that declares, unilaterally, certain issues to be closed.
FREE: Spurgeon Gems eBook
Spurgeon Gems is a collection of quotations from Spurgeon’s sermons, preached during the years 1880 through 1892. The 280 quotations mostly consist of a few sentences up to a paragraph and are arranged into 34 relevant topics. Few if any preachers of the Word ever have preached the Gospel of the grace of God with greater clarity. These excerpts serve as an introduction to the writings of Spurgeon, a refreshing reminder of the glories of the Lord, and a summary of the doctrines proclaimed by this outstanding man of God.
Free Book of the Month: April
“Steve Moyise’s Jesus and Scripture begins with concise assessments of how Jesus used and understood Old Testament Scripture in the four respective New Testament Gospels.This excellent book strikes the right balance and brings clarity to a subject that is often discussed in convoluted and confusing ways. Its value for students is obvious, but veteran scholars will also find it very helpful”
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Foundations of Grace
Understanding the doctrines of grace will give you a clearer picture of God’s sovereignty. From the lawgiver Moses to the apostle John, and from the early church fathers to modern defenders of the faith, there has marched onto the stage of human history a long line of godly men, a triumphant parade of spiritual stalwarts who have upheld the doctrines of grace. In this book, the first in the three-volume A Long Line of Godly Men series, Dr. Steven J. Lawson takes you on a heart-stirring survey of the Scriptures to show that the Bible in its entirety teaches the doctrines of grace.
#Christian Reason Today
#Christian Reason Today, by Arthur Khachatryan: The Christian apologetics e-paper highlighting the best of reasons for the Christian faith.
Devastating Arguments Against Christianity (Courtesy of the Internet)
The Truth: In their comprehensive Encyclopedia of Wars , Phillips and Axelrod document the recorded history of warfare. Of the 1,763 wars presented, a mere 7% involved a religious cause. When Islam is subtracted from the equation, that number drops to 3.2%.
The Pastors.com Daily
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What Equality in Christ Means for Men - The Junia Project
She writes in her conclusion: “The fact that the Twelve Apostles were all male cannot be used to bar women from leadership ministries for several reasons. Jesus called the Twelve before the New Covenant had been inaugurated and before the Holy Spirit had come on all believers. He chose the Twelve to help with his ministry to Israel within a certain cultural context. The fact that Judas was one of the Twelve means that Jesus must have chosen at least some of the Twelve for reasons other than church leadership. The “Male Apostle” argument cannot be taken to mean that woman cannot be pastors or evangelists, etc. It might be taken to mean that women cannot be apostles; however, the example of Junia as an apostle makes even this argument untenable. Moreover Jesus never stated that only men could be leaders. Jesus’ only instructions about church leadership are that those who lead in the Christian community should be servants not rulers. The fact that Jesus’ Twelve Apostles were all male is not a valid premise to exclude godly and gifted women from any kind of ministry function or role in the Church.
How to be on mission in the city
If your city is built on knowledge, it must come to see the emptiness of its own knowledge in light of the folly of the cross of Christ, “who became to us wisdom from God” (1 Cor. 1:30). If your city is built on power, it must come to see the weakness of its own power in light of the all-powerful one who willingly gave himself up for our sakes, not counting equality with God something to be grasped (Phil. 2:6–11). When the inhabitants of a city turn from their idols to worship the God of the gospel, the city’s story finds its completeness.
Tired of Waiting (Part 2)
Waiting is not a punishment; it's mercy. If God wasn't merciful, there would be no waiting. He would meet out His justice immediately and all of us would be condemned. Waiting is a sign of God's mercy (2 Peter 3:9), so be thankful instead of irritated.
Mother Makes Ultimate Sacrifice, Dies After Refusing Cancer Treatment That Might Have Harmed Unborn Baby (VIDEO)
However, only one month into her pregnancy, doctors found that Elizabeth's cancer had returned. They removed tumors from her back, but they didn't know if the cancer had spread. She would need a full-body MRI to find out, but that process could damage their unborn baby.
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand
Embarrassment is easy too. Suppose you’re out in the lobby after church and a group of you are chatting about “her.” No one has talked to “her,” but you all talking about her–what’s wrong in her marriage, what’s wrong with her kids, what’s wrong with her house. You aren’t strategizing how to help her. You’re just talking about her. And then you realize she’s been looking for her coat right behind you the whole time. She’s heard the whole thing. And as she bolts out of church crying, you feel just terrible. You are so embarrassed. Now, it may be that you are really struck in your conscience and you are moved to ask for forgiveness. But it could be that you are just embarrassed at being caught. You feel terrible, not so much with having gossiped, but that she heard you gossiping. You wonder what she thinks of you now and if she will tell others about this incident. Sure, you feel terrible, but it’s out of love for your reputation, not out of hatred for sin. You’re simply embarrassed, and that’s not repentance.
Sex After Christianity
Fourth, I am not going mince words about a ‘culture war.’ Though I will simplify it in this way: to the extent that is a cultural debate about the fabric of the society it is a war. Now while you and others have attempted to apply the term perjoratively to conservatives. I think it is a descriptor of what is happening as opposed to the cause of what has been happening. Afterall, when youth stormed college campus, place of academic debate. They made they shifted the environment from one of academic debate — to academic violent assault. When the homosexuals assaulted the professional conference of the APA that act of violence was war like and apparently they did so more than once. When they threatened mebers they changed the matter into a physical war environment. So I am not inclined give much sympathy to the complaint. When the court rooms of throughout the US were flooded with homosexuals stagnating cases of life and death by their act of force — I would say they have acted in a warlike manner. When women, wearing combat boots assail the streets burning bras, designed to support a women’s breasts, I wpould say women were rejecting the support of others ideologically as well as literally.
A Response to Richard Dawkins
This is the crux of the issue for Dawkins and other anti-religion activists -- that not only do we not need religion or God for morality, but we would have a considerably more moral world without them.
Churches need to be more intentional
The average Christian in the pew is not reading books by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, but their neighbors and coworkers are. I think congregations are putting pressure on churches to equip them better, educate them more and give them opportunities to grow in this area. Churches that have relied in the past on a lifestyle evangelistic approach that lacks intentionality need to be a little more intentional in reaching people and bringing answers to their questions. I’m all for lifestyle evangelism, but I’m also in favor of intentionality, where we seek out opportunities for spiritual conversations and are equipped to explain the gospel and why we believe it.
The Gospel of Jesus' Wife - A Simple Response - Apologetics Guy
So what can you say to a skeptical friend who asks you, “ Did Jesus have a wife? ” Seems like I’ve been hearing this question off and on for a while now. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a possibility: “Isn’t it possible that Jesus had a wife?” I usually agree, which sometimes surprises people and grabs their attention. I say, “Sure. Anything’s possible. But the question is, are there any good reasons to believe that the historical Jesus of Nazareth really had a wife?” If you want to be confident in conversations about this fragment, here’s what I suggest.
Did Matthew Think He Was Writing Scripture?
While this apostolic self-awareness may be easy to show for authors like Paul, what about the gospels which, technically speaking, are formally anonymous? Do their authors exhibit awareness that they were writing something like Scripture? To explore this further, let us just consider just one of our gospels, namely the Gospel of Matthew.
Challenging Eyewitnesses of the Resurrection
"Regarding eyewitness being good evidence. True, the further we go back in history, the more we have to rely on eyewitness testimony. However, the likelihood of an event occurring significantly affects the credibility of the eyewitness. If there was an eyewitness to a car crash, the car crash event itself does not diminish credibility, because those happen all the time. But if there was an eyewitness to extraterrestrials, or ghosts, or godzilla, or someone rising from the dead, it significantly diminishes the credibility of the eyewitness testimony because the possibility that the eyewitness was mistaken or lying increases. Do you see the difference?"
This Powerful Church Video Inspires You to Smash the Lies in Your Life (VIDEO)
Far too often, people put limits on what their lives could become, whether it comes in the form of teasing, destructive criticism or lies that we tell ourselves. It's a flaw that's woven throughout the human condition. This inspiring video from Elevation Church embodies those lies as panes of glass, but we have a power likened to stones.
Drawing the distinction between accident and design
We demand answers to such questions as, “Did she fall or was she pushed?” “Did someone die accidentally or commit suicide?” “Was this song conceived independently or was it plagiarized?” “Did someone just get lucky on the stock market or was there insider trading?” Not only do we demand answers to such questions, but entire industries are devoted to drawing the distinction between accident and design.
Hollywood has Gone Religious? Find Out Why Hollywood is Putting the Bible on the Big Screen (Video)
The Bible has all the super heroes one can ask for, a huge audience of adoring followers, and has done really well financially in film and television. It is no wonder Hollywood is jumping at the opportunity to do more.
Biker Pastor Who Received Heart Transplant Officiates Wedding for Donor's Sister - See This Beautiful Story (VIDEO)
The heart beating inside James Murphy of Irving, Tex. is not his own. In 2012, with his health failing, he received a heart transplant from Ricky Mata, a father of four who had died from a sudden brain injury. Mata's family reached out to meet the new owner of his heart and became fast friends with Murphy, the pastor of a local biker church.
William Lane Craig Doesn't Live In Your Neighborhood
One of the most important lessons that I learned from my time in a band, is that the primary ministry happens when the band is gone. Let me explain what I mean. There are Christian bands that jump on stage, rock a couple of songs, and then share the Gospel before launching into the rest of their set. The trouble is that the venue is rarely conducive to such a presentation. The sound system is not set up for a speech, but for music. People are cheering, milling around, crowded and sweaty. Of course, there are people in the crowd who would react negatively if the band chopped out this portion, but the truth is that it is rarely effective. Obviously, there are exceptions, but I am simply speaking generally. The other reason it is problematic is that after the band signs a few autographs and takes some pictures, they load up and leave town. Even if someone is genuinely moved by the Gospel presentation, the band is not there to do any follow up. It is the local impact of the people who buy the albums, memorize the words, and wear the t-shirts, that is really powerful. They are there to develop lasting relationships when the band is off doing a tour in Africa.
Family Ministry: Are You Engaging in the Cosmic Battle for Your Child's Soul?
Cosmic combat occurs most Friday mornings at a coffee shop a few blocks from my home. If you happen to be ordering your mocha latte during this episode of intergalactic warfare, you might not even notice. Neither arms nor armor can be seen at the epicenter of this celestial struggle. No lightsabers are visible, and no voices are raised. At the nexus of the battle, there is only a man of not-quite-average height in one chair, a bubbly brown-haired girl in another, and a Bible and a couple of ceramic mugs on the table between them.
Bill O'Reilly Says 'Judeo-Christian' Values Should Be Taught in Public Schools
O'Reilly explained his views during an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "TODAY" show Thursday, saying, "Kids need to know what Judeo-Christian tradition is, because that's what all of our laws are based on. That's what the country's philosophy is based on. ... And because that's what forged the Constitution."
Is ‘Sovereign’ the Best Descriptor for God?
English Bible translations don't often employ the word sovereign to describe God. The most frequent place is in the NIV rendering of Ezekiel, which uses the phrase "the Sovereign LORD" more than 200 times . But the Hebrew for that phrase is more accurately translated "LORD Yahweh" or "King Yahweh." Most English Bibles oddly follow the tradition of translating the personal name of God as "LORD" in all capital letters, which means they have to find another word to translate what would normally be "Lord," lest they translate it "Lord LORD." Thus, we get "the Sovereign LORD," an accurate paraphrase but not an exact translation. (Notably, the ESV renders the phrase "the Lord GOD.")
Hypocrisy: A characteristic of humanity
The charge of hypocrisy doesn’t place the Christian out of step with the biblical description of humanity. The world is broken, and faith is not a quick fix. If the Bible is true, you would expect hypocrisy to still plague those who believe. But hypocrisy isn’t solely a characteristic of believers. It’s a characteristic of humanity. And rather than nullifying faith, hypocrisy is simply a confirmation of the fact that we need a savior. To judge someone who believes, we must either deny your own humanity, or hold others to judgmental standards that we ourselves don’t follow.
The Importance of Truth
Even more worrying is the fact that many people in the churches no longer believe in objective truth either. The church is meant to be the “pillar and ground of the truth” as Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 3:15. Yet far too many churches today are awash with relativism, scepticism and uncertainty about even the basic Christian doctrines.
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Christians Form Human Shield Around Church to Block Demolition By Atheist Communist Party Officials in China
Thousands of Christians in Wenzhou, China assembled this week to defend a church in what is known as the 'Jerusalem of the East,' after Communist Party officials claimed it was "illegal" and moved to demolish it.
How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God?
Recently I have been doing some work on the Gospel of John and first-century Jewish monotheism. Anyone who explores the high Christology in John is forced to ask how it would have (or could have) emerged within a monotheistic context. How could early Jews have believed in the one true God of Israel, and also have believed that Jesus was divine?
Apologetics Movement 'Has Only Just Begun,' says Alex McFarland
"The fact that people would come from 35 states to hear essentially a two-day theology lecture, it shows a couple of things: Number one, how hungry people are spiritually. And number two, I think, how concerned people are about the spiritual condition of our nation. But number three, how willing people are to learn and become equipped to defend the faith," McFarland told CP.
C.S. Lewis: Atoms, Biochemistry, and Brains
If minds are wholly dependent on brains, and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds should have any more significance than the sound of the wind in the trees.
The Bad Story that is Atheism
We all love a good story. They awaken our longings for drama and connect us to a deeper reality that is true. Right? Wrong, according to the atheist philosopher Alex Rosenberg. We’ve been duped by stories. They make us feel better. They help us get along. But they do not guide us to the truth of what is. Nor do not awaken us to aspire to what ought to be.
The most virtuous in this world are not too virtuous to need God's grace
Even the best of deeds can be self-serving, and we all need that grace of God to enter His presence. The most virtuous in this world are not too virtuous to need God's grace, and no one is so virtuous as to reserve the right to be the sole definer of goodness. That is God's prerogative. Claiming complete innocence in the eyes of God is unjustifiable.
Is God in Time?
Response: We must first realize how to define time. Time is not a state of being, as in something that one is in or out of. Neither man nor God is “in time” in the same sense as being in a shower or in a car. Rather, time is a measurement of change. “15 minutes” is only relevant when it measures a certain amount of movement of the earth in relation to the sun. So time measures change, and if there was a thing that never changed, it would be timeless. The concept “four” does not get older and has no before and after.
God of the Ordinary
When you speak with Catholics about popular evangelical culture you find they have a mixture of amusement, bewilderment, and repulsion. From their perspective, there is a profound lack of God-centeredness. Given the prominence of reverence, tradition, and austerity in Catholic liturgy, you can understand how they would reach such a conclusion. When sacred value is assigned to tangible items like statues, stained glass, and holy water fonts, the absence of all such concrete symbols naturally leads Catholics to conclude that sacredness is likewise absent. Simply contrast the rich complexity and texture of most Catholic parishes with the minimalist style of many evangelical churches, particularly of some megachurches where you're unlikely to find even a simple cross. Then you can better understand why evangelical culture leaves many Catholics feeling like God is absent.
What is a Religious Belief?
Clouser's definition is neither too broad nor too narrow, is applicable to every known religious tradition, and is logically forceful. Still, I don't suspect materialists to bend to its logic and admit that they too have a religious belief. When pressed on this point many materialists tend to resort to special pleading or wrangling over the semantics of using the term "religious." But as Clouser says, "If you insist that whatever you believe to be divine isn't religious for you, you'll have to admit that for those of us who hold such a belief and admit its religious character, your belief is going to appear to be religious for reasons that are far from arbitrary." In other words, call the belief what you want—it certainly looks and functions like a religious belief.
Tennessee Boy Recites First Amendment Rights After Being Told to Put Away His Bible (VIDEO)
Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a 9-year-old boy he was not allowed to read his Bible at school after he recited his first amendment rights, claiming if they let him they ran the risk of being shut down by the state.