Why Doubt The Objectivity of Moral Values?
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How to Keep Your Marriage Strong
Very good and practical reminders! This is partly why we (the Church) must work harder in teaching singles about marriage and how to make a wise decision about a mate. Then we must do a better job with pre-marital preparation. Above all we need a more mature understanding of love and the role it plays in marriage. I tell people that marriage is not about being in love but an agreement to love. When this is understood, feelings of love will be experienced in the order that leads to the kind of companionship intended for marriage. But all of this presupposes a need for personal preparation for the relationship of marriage. Focus on being the kind of person that the person you're looking for is looking for. I put my own list of 5 together as my wife and I reflected on 30 years of marriage. (If interested, "5 commitments for a good marriage" http://thinkpoint.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/5-commitments-for-a-good-marr... )
Grace to You
Not only does Jesus here sweep away the rubbish of the rabbinic, traditional view of murder, His total indictment blasts away any notion of self-justification so common to everyone. The way the Jews thought in Jesus’ time is identical to people’s prevalent thinking today. Even believers can feel proud that they are “not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers” (Luke 18:11)—and we could add “murderers.” Jesus in that parable and in this passage says we are all potentially capable of the worst sins, even murder, because of the sometimes evil attitudes of our hearts.
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6 Reasons Millennial Christians Will Change Everything
It is refreshing to see an article such as this in rotation in today's media. It is quite possible that this article points to the present reality that is in the lives of millenials all over the world. I think that an easily made misunderstanding that can occur when we read this, is that the author is trying to make the millenial generation out to be superheroes and superheroines. Rather, it is much more entune with the observation that the millenial generation has immense amounts of God-given potential for good works that glorify Him, God the Father, and which helps other people- I believe this is true for all of God's people, not just one specific generation of His people.
Bringing the Church Back to Life
That statement is technically true, but it's kind of missing the point of this article. If you study church history it is easy to see times where the church had all but lost its effectiveness, and at times even bordered on accepting heresy as true doctrine. I believe the author is saying that, unfortunately, the Holy Spirit could completely leave some churches today and business would continue as usual with nobody noticing a difference. In a lot of ways the practices of the modern church are missing the mark: idolizing specific events, tradition, and preferences, lack of evangelism/discipleship, lack of love for the world and one another. When the church fails to live for Jesus like it is supposed to, there will be no life in it.
Love to the Uttermost
Love to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week is designed for Lent 2014. The readings begin on Palm Sunday, end on Easter Sunday, and aim to focus our attention on Jesus he displays his love to the uttermost (John 13:1). These meditations on the self-giving love of Christ are all excerpted from the preaching and writing ministry of John Piper.
Ascension Presbyterian Church
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Know What You Believe. Know Why You Believe It - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As I sat in my room I remember thinking, “I have believed there was a God for as long as I can remember, but why do I believe it?” I had grown up in the church, going every Sunday and being highly involved in our youth group. I had known God existed and had read and studied the Bible for years. I committed my life to Christ at a young age and He had transformed my life and given me a purpose. But as I sat there, I knew that if someone asked me to give them a reason for why I believed God existed I would, besides giving the typical Sunday school answer, have nothing to say.
Pastafarianism Is Now an Actual Religion in Poland
For the unaware, Pastafarianism is a parody religion, invented to poke fun at other religions. The general idea is that there is as much proof for a deity they call the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" as there is for a loving, Triune God (or any other deity), so they "worship" an imaginary, spaghetti-like thing and conclude their prayers with "Ramen" instead of "Amen," which is admittedly clever.
The Works of John Owen
The Works of John Owen, Volume 10
The Death of Christ
In March 1642 John Owen’s first literary production was published; it dealt with the Atonement, a subject to which he was to return in several of his later works. This first treatise, entitled A Display of Arminianism is a simple comparison of the tenets of that system with the teaching of scripture. He later went on to pen what is arguably the definitive work on the extent of the atonement, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. Both are included here, along with two other related works: The Death of Christ (a reply to Richard Baxter) and A Dissertation on Divine Justice.
"Our Professors Hate You. But Then We Go on Your Website."
Right, you want to know whether anyone actually agrees with us. Here's what's happening. I'm actually very optimistic because Thomas Kuhn, the famous historian of science, said scientific revolutions don't happen when the old guard suddenly changes their mind. They happen one funeral at a time. And what we have found is we're attracting an awful lot of young talent. We had an experience a couple years ago where some of the Discovery scientists were traveling with one of our supporters. So that night, we were at this cowboy steakhouse feeding the troops. So I jumped in and offered the Discovery Institute credit card to pay for the Discovery Institute scientists, and this young waitress came back with the bill and the credit card. And she looked left and looked right and lowered her voice and said, "Can you tell me what the Discovery Institute is?" Well, I said, we're a scientific think tank, and we're investigating the evidence for intelligent design and challenging standard Darwin. She says, "I thought so!" She said, "Our professors hate you." And then she motioned to three other waiters and waitresses.
When Did the Idea That Jesus Never Existed Originate? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Bauer’s early writings tried to show that historical criticism could recover the main truth of the Bible from the mass of its historical difficulties: that human self-consciousness is divine, and the Absolute Spirit can become one with the human spirit. Bauer was the first systematically to argue that Jesus did not exist. Not only do the Gospels have no historical value, but all the letters written under the name of Paul, which could provide evidence for Jesus’existence, were much later fictions. Roman and Jewish witnesses to Jesus were late, secondary, or forged.
Three Paradoxes of Atheism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Historically, one of the most attractive features of atheism has been its claim to stark realism. No matter how unappealing a godless universe may turn out to be, atheists claim to be committed to adhering to the truth at all costs. However, in this essay I would like to show that at the very heart of atheism are several extremely unexpected paradoxes, areas in which atheism is shown to be in tension with a commitment to realism and a life consistent with truth. I'll work out these paradoxes in three areas: truth-seeking, moral reflection, and moral motivation.
Is Jesus Real? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christmas is a time that many children consider the question, “Is Santa Real?” I can still remember the day that all my doubts were confirmed when my mom broke the news to me. “Andy,” she said, “it’s time to tell you the truth. Santa Claus isn’t real…” I was devastated but relieved. I had my suspicions for some time considering that we didn’t even have a chimney.
The Peculiar Allure of 'Mad Men'
Beyond our failures, though, some of us also know the power of redemption. We know what it’s like to, not by our own power, do good and be good—or at least be viewed as good. In this, viewers continue to root for Draper and his redemption. We continue to long for hope—after all, there was hope for us. He’s certainly shown hints of it, particularly in his desire to be a good father—although his failure to do so last season was one of the series' most devastating moments yet.
Christianity is for the heart and mind - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For years, Christians have thought that sensual temptation is the biggest danger for the college-goer, but that is secondary. The biggest problem for the Christian in college is that they are made to feel stupid for believing in Jesus. Church, we must prepare our young people to face the intellectual challenges that the world is bringing upon them. Christianity is for the heart and mind.
Retiring the clich'; "If you can talk someone into heaven, then you can talk them out" - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Yesterday, I read two different articles on the upswing of apologetics in Christian ministry. The fact that apologetics is getting any press at all is both exciting and telling as our culture continues its decline into a more secular worldview. What struck me, however, was that in both someone cautioned the use of apologetics in witnessing by quoting the old trope, "If you can talk someone into heaven, then you can talk them out of it." Like most clichés, at first blush this sounds like a truism we need to take to heart, but I'd like to examine it further because I think there's something fundamentally wrong with the idea.
How do you change a belief? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As I wrote yesterday , Christians are called to evangelize, and to be faithful in that calling the Christian must engage in the medium of ideas. We must, as the Apostle Paul wrote, "destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor. 10:5). These arguments and opinions that non-believers offer are based upon their beliefs of how the world works. In order to destroy their arguments, we must ultimately change their beliefs, but this is much more easily said than done.
We All Have Questions - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Science is a wonderful tool for measuring the physical world and predicting what that world will do, but it can only take us so far. If we have a mind other than our brain and a soul other than our body, then we will have to seek elsewhere for knowledge of them. The questions that simply will not go away are precisely those that lie outside the scope of science, that demand supernatural and metaphysical answers.
Behold, Countless Earths Sail the Galaxies ... That Is, if You Would Only Believe - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
"The figures suggest our galaxy, the Milky Way [which has more than 100 billion stars], will contain 100 million habitable planets, and soon we will be identifying the first of them," said Dimitar Sasselov, professor of astronomy at Harvard University and a scientist on the Kepler Mission. "There is a lot more work we need to do with this, but the statistical result is loud and clear, and it is that planets like our own Earth are out there."
If These Reasons Wouldn't Justify Killing a Kitten, Why Would They Justify Abortion? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
All the arguments here are unnecessarily emotionally charged and fallacious in many ways. You can't compare an already born child with a set of 140 cells. Why? Because of something psychologists call the person-file system. The person-file system is what we use to create files of the people we know. Now, groups of cells and fetuses don't create person-file systems. We're not very attached to them, we don't presume mind states in them as long as they don't have a nervous systems, and all in all, they don't have a personality (at least not a detectable one) until they're born. After birth is when we open a new template for a person, and start storing information and creating attachment. So, of course it's different to consider an unborn whatever from a born one. So, comparisons of embryos and fetuses with born children is beside the subject when it comes to abortion.
Learning from Our Mistakes: The Orphan Care Movement Matures
Certainly, there are parallels between God’s adoption of us and our adoption of children, but there are some major differences as well. The analogy breaks down because we are not God, and we live in the presence of sin. We can’t talk about the adoption of our children without entering into a gospel conversation, but in the end, we adopted because we had a desperate desire to be parents.
J.P. Moreland: Faith is built on reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Biblically, faith is a power or skill to act in accordance with the nature of the kingdom of God, a trust in what we have reason to believe is true. Understood in this way, we see that faith is built on reason. We should have good reasons for thinking that Christianity is true before we dedicate ourselves completely to it.
Is a Beginningless Past Actually Infinite? | Reasonable Faith
Strictly speaking, I wouldn’t say, as you put it, that a “beginningless causal chain would be (or form) an actually infinite set.” Sets, if they exist, are abstract objects and so should not be identified with the series of events in time. Using what I would regard as the useful fiction of a set, I suppose we could say that the set of past events is an infinite set if the series of past events is beginningless. But I prefer simply to say that if the temporal series of events is beginningless, then the number of past events is infinite or that there has occurred an infinite number of past events.
The opportunity to teach and transform pastors—and therefore the churches—in Latin America is huge! There has never been a time like this. We are thankful for what the Lord is already doing. We must keep praying and giving, so that we might see hundreds of thousands of churches with a strong theological foundation, centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for a Latin America that is not just a mission field, but a mission force.
Is the Size of the Universe Evidence for Atheism? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
An unusual, yet popular, objection to Christian theism is that the sheer size of the universe is evidence against God’s existence. On the face of it, this seems like an odd objection. Surely the larger the universe, the greater the power of its creator? The objector, however, takes aim at Judaeo-Christian theism. Specifically, the scale of the universe is supposed to conflict with the Judaeo-Christian teaching that God created the universe for human beings.
Mars Hill Pastor Invents New iPhone Photography Tech
Photographer and Mars Hill Bellevue pastor Thomas Hurst has invented a new kind of iPhone technology that’s getting a lot of attention. His COVR iPhone case let’s users take pictures while still holding the phone downward. Though, as Wired notes , the lens lets you “take photos on the sly,” Hurst says his invention is about capturing moments that aren’t interrupted (or subjects that aren’t distracted) by holding up a smartphones. So far, Hurst, who is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and an acclaimed photographer, has raised more than $33,000 of his $80,000 Kickstarter goal , though there are still more than three weeks to go. According to a story in The Christian Post , Hurst’s goal is bigger than just launching a successful tech product—he’s planning on using the money to help pay for his wife’s cancer treatment ...
A Call for Improvement in Science and Faith Discussions - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The discipline of science and faith integration is deeply complex and, I would argue, the most frequently muddled area within the broader project of Christian apologetics. Compounding the issue is the attitude of staunch inflexibility many Christians exhibit in their perspective on matters of origins, despite any deficiencies in their knowledge of the relevant philosophy, theology, and science. Thus, misconceptions persist, which handicaps scientific apologetics.
Still Looking for C.S. Lewis - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For the past nearly two decades I have been routinely asked, “Where are the C.S. Lewises of our day?” What they are asking is, “Who are the people that are doing for our generation what Lewis did for his?” In two decades I don’t remember ever being asked, where are the Augustines, the Luthers, the Bunyans, the Wesleys, the Edwardses, the Spurgeons, the Moodys or Chamberses of our day. Perhaps such questions have and are being asked, but they have not been asked of me. But this question is asked, and asked uncommonly often about C.S. Lewis. Why? In this year, the 50th anniversary of his death, why are we still hungry for more Lewis?
This Priest Covers Leonard Cohen at a Wedding and He Has the Right Idea
Wedding sermons are fine. They're full of advice and inspiration, and there's nothing wrong with them. But one thing they're not is a cover of Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah," and they're certainly not "Hallelujah" rewritten to be about the wedding in question, and that gives this Irish priest an edge. If you're going to have your wedding officiant cover Leonard Cohen, this is how you want it done. According to Religion News Service , Chris and Leah O'Kane had no idea their priest was going to bust this out, but hey, the most special wedding present is the wedding surprise ...
Defending our Faith from Within - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This statement may sound strange at first, particularly to the reader who says, “I thought apologetics was done to unbelievers or those of different religions?” While that statement is true, we are certainly called to do apologetics to those who do not believe in Christ, there is another setting in which apologetics is to take place: the church. That’s right; apologetics is also to be done in the body of Christ. What do I mean by this? Why would we do apologetics in the Church and why is this practice important for every Christian to implement?
Study: There Are Just as Many Bible Skeptics as Regular Bible Readers
Barna and The American Bible Society have released their annual State of the Bible report, and found that skepticism, particularly among millennials, is on the rise. Their research show that the number of people who believe that the Bible is "just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice" has tripled over the last three years, and is currently at 19%—the same percentage of those who read the Bible regularly (at least four times a week) and believe it is the actual Word of God. They found that “While 50% of all adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society, only 30% of millennials believe this.”
Does Defending the Faith Offend the Holy Spirit? Aren't We Just Supposed to Preach the Gospel? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Every week I receive great questions via social media or in person. I choose one to try to answer and this week I received several along the lines of, “Does defending the faith (i.e., apologetics) offend the Holy Spirit? Aren’t we just supposed to preach the Gospel?” This is a great question and one I get frequently these days, especially from my fellow members of the Reformed camp.
Seven Steps Toward Clarifying Atheist Vocabulary - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If we have different meanings in mind, conversations are more likely to lead to confusion than conclusions. Therefore I offer these questions and thoughts, in hopes of clarifying atheist vocabulary.
Glory to God in the Lowest: The Final Days of Jesus
We believe he was 37 or 38 years old. There are a number of issues bound up with this view, but in brief: Jesus was probably born in the fall of 6 or 5 B.C. Herod the Great died in the spring of 4 B.C. after decreeing that all male boys "two years old or under" be put to death (Matt. 2:16). The only two serious options for the date of Jesus' death are in the spring of A.D. 30 or A.D. 33, and we're persuaded only the latter can account for all of the evidence. If we remember that there was no year 0 between B.C. and A.D., this would put Jesus at the age of either 37 or 38. If someone were to ask how this fits with the designation that Jesus was "about 30 years of age," that is a reference to when Jesus "began his ministry" (Luke 3:23), which would have been three years earlier. He would have been between 33 or 35 at the time, which fits with Luke's approximation.
Key Christian Thinkers on Faith and Reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
He next proceeds to recommend, that in adopting opinions we should follow reason and a rational guide, since he who assents to opinions without following this course is very liable to be deceived. And he compares inconsiderate believers to Metragytae, and soothsayers, and Mithrae, and Sabbadians, and to anything else that one may fall in with, and to the phantoms of Hecate, or any other demon or demons. For as amongst such persons are frequently to be found wicked men, who, taking advantage of the ignorance of those who are easily deceived, lead them away whither they will, so also, he says, is the case among Christians. And he asserts that certain persons who do not wish either to give or receive a reason for their belief, keep repeating, “Do not examine, but believe!: and “Your faith will save you!”
Alice in Wonderland and The Problem of Evil - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have probably seen the movie a dozen or more times in my life, but this time something new occurred to me. It came to me during the scene where Alice takes a bite from a mushroom and suddenly grows taller than all of the trees in the forest. Mind you, that was the result of only a tiny bite. What would have happened if she had eaten the whole mushroom? Presumably she would have become hundreds, if not thousands of feet tall. That is when the thought hit me. If a land like Wonderland existed in reality--a land where simply eating a naturally occurring food could increase a person's size, presumably indefinitely--we should expect that someone would take the notion to conquer the land simply by becoming unstoppably huge. After all, what match would even the greatest army in the land be for someone who could crush each and everyone of them in a single footprint, or wield a redwood tree as a weapon?
4 Reasons to Teach the Bible's Storyline - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The storyline of the Bible is important because it helps us think as Christians formed by the great Story that tells the truth about our world. It is vitally important that people know the overarching storyline of the Bible that leads from creation, to our fall into sin, to redemption through Jesus Christ, and final restoration in the fullness of time. If we are to live as Christians in a fallen world, we must be shaped by the grand narrative of the Scriptures, the worldview we find in the Bible.
Is Jesus A Product of Pagan Myth? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
To be sure, there are similarities between certain events in the Gospels and the ancient myths of Egypt, Persia, and other nations. Long before the first century A.D., Egyptians deities such as Osiris, Adonis, Attis, and Horus were believed to have risen from the dead. The Persians—previous to the time of Jesus—venerated Mithras, a deity whose cavern-originated birth may have been marked by visits from shepherds. And when was Mithras born? According to some sources, soon after the winter solstice, around December 25! These evidences have led one duo of writers to declare, “The traditional history of Christianity cannot convincingly explain why the Jesus story is so similar to ancient Pagan myths.”
God's Not Dead: Without God Ascending Evolution Seems Impossible
Unguided evolution appears impossible.
Non-directed evolution is not just implausible; the theory seems impossible.
Biologically sturdy ants and their descendants would not evolve into the
top-ten list of endangered species, like a great ape. Strong and resilient
bacteria would not evolve into a weak and easily extinct Dodo bird. The so
called lower species are usually the ones that are the strongest and most fit to
survive. If reproducing, the strongest and greatest number of offspring, is an
important means of specie preservation, then the ant and the rat are a couple
of the “highest” species.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"- The Longing for Purpose and Truth
These questions speak to a longing for something greater. They are questions which address the core of human nature: awash in a universe which at times seems empty and without purpose, we mirror the uncertainty Captain America displayed. Yet the film itself speaks to the fact that there is real purpose in the universe. In “The Winter Soldier,” friendship and loyalty play major roles. The revelation that The Winter Soldier is, in fact, Bucky, a friend from the Captain’s past, leads to a poignant scene in which the Captain refuses to fight his friend due to an earlier vow. Purpose, it seems, is grounded on relationships. It is grounded in persons.
Michael Potemra - Russell Moore Fears No Man
I do not ask whether readers agree or disagree with any of the particular points I have quoted from Dr. Moore. We pretty much all have our opinions on all of them, and I doubt that there are very many people who will agree with Moore on all of the above. But can anyone honestly disagree that this is one genuinely courageous man? He sounds like the kind of guy who, as soon he gets up every morning, reads the text of Galatians 1:10 he’s Scotch-taped to his shaving-mirror.
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Resurrection Apologetics: Why I Start with Paul’s Letters - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Paul, who was a very competent rabbi who was trained at the rabbinic academy called the House of Hillel by ‘Gamaliel,’ was a key rabbinic leader and member of the Sanhedrin. Of his 13 books, critical scholars even accept six of them as being authentic in that we can be certain of the author and date of these writings. There are other scholars such as Luke Timothy Johnson and Raymond Brown that think more than six of them are authored by Paul.
Was Individual Resurrection a Common Belief in the Ancient World? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
A common claim of resurrection skeptics is that the people who lived in first century Palestine and the surrounding Roman Empire would believe just about anything. They would have easily embraced the story of Jesus’ resurrection without thinking twice. So, for the early proponents of Christianity who thought they really saw Jesus alive after his crucifixion, it was relatively straightforward to spread the story. After all, in the ancient world everything is believable.
We’re Praying for Graceview Baptist Church
According to Pastor Aaron, “On October 30, 2011, Graceview Baptist Church held their first service in their new location.” Only one month after this service, Pastor Charles “passed into the presence of the Lord,” Pastor Aaron recalls. “This was a difficult time for the whole body as we celebrated the vision of Pastor Charles in our new church and mourned the loss of his leadership.”
Imagine No Religion - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything . The title says it all. Religion is not something author Christopher Hitchens finds merely unhelpful, unpleasant, or out of place within his own life. Rather, religion is “a poison . . . a menace to civilization . . . a threat to human survival.” 1
We need to make sure we are not dismissing challenging questions - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I believe there are some apologetics teaching and books written that give overly simplistic answers to very difficult questions. It’s not enough to quote a verse or two to prove a point. A simple, take-it-or-leave-it, case-closed approach to difficult questions will quickly lose people’s trust. When we teach on difficult or sensitive topics, we need to make sure we are not dismissing challenging questions or understandable perplexity with simplistic, tidy responses. When there are clear answers, we should not shy away from giving them just because they’re difficult teachings. The flip side is that it’s not a weakness to say, “I don’t know for sure”; it actually increases respect. Our primary “apologetic” is love. But we must also be ready to offer reasonable answers to this generation’s most difficult questions, both in our individual contacts with people and in the life and teaching of the church.