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10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

When Ellen and I were first married ministry was not our 20-year plan, the Navy was. We had it all planned out; we were to spend the next 20 years with me being gone for 15. The Navy explained to my sweet new bride how grueling it would be, that I would be gone often and that even when I was around my mind would be elsewhere. Knowing that my particular career path in the Navy would be a marriage destroyer I pursued a discharge for the pursuit of higher education. With the promise of a difficult future behind us we embarked upon an easier dream where everyone would love us and things would be calm: pastoral service.

Why Do We Have a Bible?

I like some of his approach. The history of the Bible — like all history — is filled with alternate views and generally when someone teaches or expounds upon the subject — as a whole or in part — their ideas are built on personal presuppositions. While it is true that the Bible developed (or emerged) in the midst of disaster and devastation, as Wright puts it, it seems to be that and more. From the opening pages of Genesis — where it may be a rebuttal to Babylonian and/or other Near Eastern accounts of a polytheistic and chaotic creation — to the book of Revelation (New Testament), this book also claims to contain — and to BE — revelation from God that pertains not just to one group of people (the people of Israel, ancient and modern), but to the whole world. This revelation MAY, as Wright asserts, give hope for a future of economic justice — and peace for all. But it does not provide that hope, ultimately, within the framework of human-operated government. Indeed, the Bible is very negative on the subject of human ability to overcome — “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” ….

Ancient shrimp-like animals had 'modern' hearts and blood vessels

In 520 million-year-old fossil deposits resembling an 'invertebrate version of Pompeii,' researchers have found an ancestor of modern crustaceans revealing the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail. The organ system is surprisingly complex and adds to the notion that sophisticated body plans had already evolved more than half a billion years ago.

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Jesus may be more popular than Mao in China

Results of an online survey suggest that Jesus and Christianity are more popular than Chairman Mao and Communism, on China’s version of Twitter.   

'Homo' is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases

Andalusian researchers, led by the University of Granada, have discovered a curious characteristic of the members of the human lineage, classed as the genus Homo: they are the only primates where, throughout their 2.5-million year history, the size of their teeth has decreased in tandem with the increase in their brain size.

9 Groundbreaking Scientists Who Happened to Be Christians

However, what is frequently lost in all this is that the history of science is rich with believing Christians, for whom the process of discovery did not jeopardize their faith, but enforced it. These people are reminders that science is not a threat to be feared, but a journey we can embrace with confidence, knowing that all truth can only be revealed as God's truth. In that spirit of exploration, here are just a few of the many scientists who have done groundbreaking work—and just so happened to be Christians.

We must offer truth like we would offer food to a starving man

Christianity is about the truth. When we minimize or downplay truth, we no longer have biblical Christianity. People today are dying for a lack of truth. We must offer truth to people like we would offer food to a starving man. But some will reject the truth and be offended by our offering of it.

Can we know what Jesus really said? Myths, legends and truths in the Bible

2. Much of the reasoning that attacks the authenticity of the gospels is driven by a modernist, naturalist bias. For example, the gospels include accounts of miracles and healing; but naturalists argue that miracles are impossible and must have been invented. In the gospels, Jesus predicts the fall of Jerusalem; it’s argued by some that he couldn’t have known about the event beforehand, and so the gospels must be written after AD70 when it happened, and made to look as if Jesus had predicted it. But if this was so, why wouldn’t they have included more details of the fall of Jerusalem into the story? In fact, this issue is used by some to suggest that the gospels must have been written before AD70. But more generally, why assume that anything supernatural is impossible and must be invented? Isn’t this performing analyses after drawing the conclusion? If there is a God and he came to Earth, wouldn’t he be able to manipulate the natural world at will?

How Could John, a Poor, Uneducated Fisherman, Write the Gospel of John?

A fellow Christian Case Maker I met at Frank Turek’s CrossExamined Academy is teaching a church group about the reliability of the New Testament. A question was raised about the Apostle John: “How could John, an uneducated fisherman, have written such a literate and theologically rich gospel account?” After all, John was just a fisherman; was he educated enough to accomplish something this sophisticated? Irenaeus, certainly thought so. This historic Bishop of Lugdunum, was the student of Polycarp and Ignatius (two men who were taught directly by the Apostle John). Irenaeus identified the Apostle John as the author of the fourth Gospel, reflecting the historic understanding of the earliest Christians. In spite of this, many skeptics are eager to dismiss the authorship of John (often in an attempt to further discredit the supernatural New Testament claims related to Jesus) by doubting John’s level of education and degree of literacy. There are, however several good reasons to resist the notion that John, the son of Zebedee, was too illiterate to have written the fourth Gospel:

You Might Be a Hyper-Skeptic of Christianity If . . .

After producing the TQA blog for 5 years, we have had hundreds of skeptics comment on our blog posts. With so many skeptics, I’ve seen patterns of behavior that have led me to refer to some of the skeptical commenters as hyper-skeptics . A hyper-skeptic is someone who will not ever consider any evidences, arguments, or reasoning given for Christianity.

Conversational Apologetics

The trouble with most theologians,” said one writer, “is that they go down deeper, stay down longer and come up murkier than anyone else I know.” Maybe, as you read this, that sentiment expresses your own feelings about apologetics. However, apologetics is not about injecting a dose of confusion into the Christian Gospel to try and make it sound more profound. It is about communicating the profundity of the Gospel so that it removes the confusion surrounding it.

Shoot First, Then Ask: 3 Tips on How NOT to Talk With Someone About Jesus

Some of us realize we are that “someone else,” but screw things up because we’re not scared enough—or rather, we have a zeal, but it’s not a zeal in accordance with knowledge. We mean well, mostly, but for some reason, when we try to share Jesus, friendships end, restraining orders get filed and we end up wondering where it all went wrong.

Do College Students Care About Truth?

Over the last ten years I have done outreach on a major college campus (The Ohio State University which has 56,000 students). I have had hundreds of spiritual conversations with students and direct an apologetics ministry called Ratio Christi Student Apologetics Alliance. It is no secret that many apologists have written books on the Truth question. In other words, the statement “we are living in postmodern times” has almost become cliche in today’s society. Hence, because of the impact of post-modernism, many seem to assume that college students are not interested in objective truth. So the supposed fallout is that people are not asking whether Christianity is true. Given my experience on the campus, I will respond to this issue. So the good news is that I am truly speaking from personal experience.

Unbelief and its consequences

In a fit of anger, Moses instead strikes the rock and the water gushes forth. God responds to this action by telling Moses, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” ( Numbers 20:12 )

Bard College Declares War on Admissions Rigmarole

I once tutored a student who could write an A+ essay, and then get a D on her multiple-choice tests. In working with that student, I learned that these two different exercises required entirely different skills. I learned that not all students test well—an unfortunate trait in this age of testing frenzy. The SAT and ACT rule supreme over the futures of prospective college students across the U.S. Want to attend an Ivy League? The tests will determine your fate.

Convince Me There's A God: Archaeology 4

The problem with that line of thinking, I discovered, was what to do about the histories of other ancient nations that gave credibility to many of the historical records in the Old Testament? Were the historians of other countries who served other gods somehow joined in the Jewish conspiracy to promote the one God of Israel? That didn’t seem logical to me, so I looked deeper into several archaeological discoveries to see if I could find the truth. Could archaeology have the answer to my challenge to “Convince me there’s a God?”

Rob Bell, Oprah Winfrey, and the Missing Jesus

But, one thing it probably does not mean is that your book is a bold and  faithful exposition of evangelical Christian beliefs. On the contrary, Oprah stands as the religious antithesis to biblical Christianity.  She is not about Christianity at all, but is about spirituality . She, and millions of Americans, are simply looking for an existential experience with the divine that can bring meaning and purpose to their life.

The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout

Many philosophical and apologetic arguments are difficult to commit to memory. Some arguments consist of five thorough points. Sometimes these arguments are difficult to bring out especially when you are speaking to someone about the faith. However, there is one such argument that is short enough that it is easy to remember, sweet enough to get people thinking, and stout enough to hold up even to the most ardent objector. This argument is called the Kalaam Cosmological Argument. It was originally developed by a Muslim in the late 11th century by the name of Abu Hamid Muhammed ibn Muhammed al-Ghazali. He is known by his shortened name Al-Ghazali. In recent days, the Kalaam Cosmological Argument has been revived and brought to the public sphere by Christian apologist William Lane Craig. Craig has written extensively on this argument and one of his resources will be used in this article. The argument consists of three premises:

Q+A: Christianity and Circular Reasoning

Can you point me to a good article on circular reasoning in regards to using the Bible as evidence of God and the truth of Christianity? Also, are atheists using circular reasoning when they argue that science is true because science tested it? For example, “that study was peer-reviewed!” Hope you can follow me.

History of the Alphabet (Language of Coins: 3/16) -- Ancient History Encyclopedia

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WORLD | Canadian law society backs school’s religious freedom | J.C. Derrick | April 11, 2014

Although more decisions lay ahead, Friday’s vote in TWU’s home province was unquestionably its biggest remaining hurdle. Buckingham said the western provinces, from which Trinity Western draws most of its students, have all given approval, and the school already has mobility agreements so students approved in one province will be able to practice law anywhere in Canada.

BreakPoint This Week: Irreplaceable — The Traditional Family

 PRINT  RSS EMAIL John Stonestreet interviews Focus on the Family President, Jim Daly, about an exciting film project to answer the question: what is family? Listen Now | Download The social science is conclusive: Children from stable, traditional, intact families with a father and mother who love each other and their children produce the best results, sociologically, and for each individual. During this week's broadcast, John Stonestreet welcomes special guest Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, to discuss the new film and curriculum, "Irreplaceable," which powerfully illustrates this truth. "BreakPoint This Week" is hosted by John Stonestreet, co-host of the BreakPoint daily radio commentary as well as The Point.

When Fear Attacks

Without exception, regardless of our situation, following Jesus requires all of us to repeatedly exercise courage, because the Lᴏʀᴅ frequently calls us to face or do things we’re afraid of. In this, Joshua, the son of Nun, is an example for us. His call was to lead Israel in battle after battle, decade after decade, facing strong army after strong army in order to occupy the land the Lᴏʀᴅ had promised. Through the imagined reminiscence of one of Joshua’s soldiers, let’s ponder what it means to learn the life-long habit of exercising “strong and courageous” faith (Joshua 1:9).

Truthbomb Apologetics

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

I Don’t Mock Zeus Because He’s Fake

As an Evangelical I am a stanch Atheist in regard to all other gods. Oden is lore, Zeus is fiction and while Osiris looks like “Beast” from Teen Titans (which is awesome) he lacks standing support. But here is what is also true; I have no angst, spite or distain for those gods. I feel zero need to discuss how petty, juvenile, cruel or ridiculous they may be. In fact my “Pissed-O-Meter” doesn’t…

Philosophy News | Against world literature

“World literature” is a fraught term, tied as it is to the economic structures of a globalized world. For it or against it: Let’s have that debate. But first: What is it?…

Really Recommended Posts 4/11/14- submission, creationism, and apologetics!

I’m really itching for a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Seriously, can the snow please melt? Anyway, this week I’m presenting for your reading pleasure a slew of high quality posts on the (non-)tasks of the apologist, submission, “street epistemology,” presuppositionalism, and young earth creationism. How’s  that  for a lineup? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I love to read what you think. Have a link to share? Drop it here  with your own thoughts on it , and I may include it next time!

This ‘Mad Men’-Mocking ‘Simpsons’ Promo Is Pretty Great

If you watch Mad Men, you're familiar with their baffling, context-free "Next Week On" promos that close out every episode. And while the Simpsons may not be the sharp cultural satire staple it once was, it at least knew how to put together this 30-second promo making fun of Mad Men ’s much-hyped (and very serious) comeback. Can’t you just feel the dramatic tension rising? ...

Did the NSA Know About Heartbleed?

In case you've been living under a rock, the Heartbleed bug has swiftly torn down the illusion that our online security is airtight. Nearly a third of all secure websites were swiftly and unequivocally deemed insecure, forcing just about everyone who's been online in any capacity over the past few years to change a few (if not all) of their passwords. But now comes word that while the bug—dubbed "Heartbleed"—may be new to us, the National Security Agency may have known about it for years. And according to anonymous sources, instead of warning the public, they may have been using it to gather intel.