That Jew Died for You
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The Answer is Easter
I wrote and directed this short as an extended scene to pitch for a feature length thriller film I had written. Someone had beaten me to the punch of placing...
Review: Boghossian's A Manual for Creating Atheists - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It’s not that I’m completely dissatisfied with this book. Dr. Boghossian does three thing that I consider quite helpful. He takes a serious swipe at postmodern-ish relativism with respect to whether there is such a thing as truth, he makes a strong plea for rational thinking, and he recommends a Socratic approach to learning about religious beliefs.
BreakPoint This Week: Irreplaceable — The Traditional Family
That’s especially true when it comes to the family, an institution at the heart of culture but which has sustained crippling blows in the form of divorce, infidelity, pornography, and now the normalization and promotion of same-sex relations. For a long time, Christians have taken a defensive posture when it came to protecting the family. But Jim Daly says it’s become increasingly clear to him and the rest of the team at Focus on the Family that the time to defend this foundational structure has passed. Re-educating our culture on the very meaning of family must become the Church’s priority if we hope to see positive change.
The Briefing 04-15-14
1) Jewish Center Murders and Boston Bombing anniversary remind of the evil in human hearts
Stand to Reason | Join Brett Kunkle Online April 24
Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He is passionate about seeing students and adults “transformed by the renewing of their minds.” Brett has more than 18 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. He spent 11 of those years as a pastor to students and young adults at Chino Valley Community Church in Southern California and Creekside Church in Colorado.
Are You Smart Enough to Figure This Out? Optical Illusion Dance Makes Your Head Spin
The crazy antics of this dance troop might just blow your mind, unless you can see through the appearances and figure out what's really going on. Funky moves and flailing limbs abound. Set to German band HISS song 'Tanz,' this lackadaisical dance might leave you wondering where these performers' heads are! Or their midsections.
The Church Needs Philosophers and Philosophers Need the Church - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Now, in Western culture, prevalent defeater beliefs include the idea that God is a moral monster, that science has disproved God, that evil makes God's existence unlikely, and that there are many paths to God. Christian philosophers are uniquely qualified to address the logic and philosophical underpinnings of such claims, as well as the structure of arguments erected around such defeater beliefs. Given the rampant anti-intellectualism of our day, the reality is that all too often the layperson is no longer equipped to grapple with the arguments and evidence mounted against Christianity by her adversaries. Neither are the pastors in the pulpit, understandably, given all the directions they are pulled. The solution is not avoidance. Rather it is a disciplined discipleship program that helps the average person in the pew to think carefully about these challenges to orthodox faith—and Christian philosophers can help…
How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession
In fact, difficulty dealing with insurers has caused many physicians to close their practices and become employees. But for patients, seeing an employed doctor doesn’t give them more time with the doctor—since employed physicians also have high patient loads. “A panel size of 2,000 to 2,500 patients is too many,” says Dr. Schimpff. That’s the number of patients primary care doctors typically are forced to carry—and that means seeing 24 or more patients a day, and often these patients have 10 or more medical problems. As any seasoned physician knows, this is do-able, but it’s certainly not optimal.
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What is Scientology? The Church of Scientology was founded in the 1950s by science-fiction author Lafayette Ronald (L. Ron) Hubbard. Although the church claims to be compatible with Christianity, the two belief structures––one rooted in science fiction, the other in soteriological fact––are contradictory and cannot be harmonized. First, Scientology teaches that humans are immortal thetans […]
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Desiring God began inauspiciously in 1994 when John Piper, then the 48-year-old pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, handed off the church’s tape ministry to his assistant, Jon Bloom.
Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is)
We sin against Christ and we misrepresent the Gospel when we suggest to sinners that what God demands of them is moral improvement in accordance with the Law. Moralism makes sense to sinners, for it is but an expansion of what we have been taught from our earliest days. But moralism is not the Gospel, and it will not save. The only gospel that saves is the Gospel of Christ. As Paul reminded the Galatians, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” [Gal. 4:4-5]
Teen Siblings Beautifully Sing the Lord's Prayer Like You've Never Heard (VIDEO)
At a prayer service last month in Clinton, Miss., Delaney, Zachary and Erika Daves, who perform together as Daves Highway , sang the Lord's Prayer in public for the first time. It didn't sound like it. But it's no surprise since the teen siblings are well-versed on the mic with 100 videos on YouTube that have gained nearly 5 million views.
Osteenification and What It Portends
For Osteen, words are downright magical. “In the physical realm, you have to see it to believe it, but God says you have to believe it, and then you’ll see it.” Exhorts Osteen, “Think about it. Your words go out of your mouth and they come right back into your own ears. If you hear those comments long enough, they will drop down into your spirit, and those words will produce exactly what you’re saying.” As proof, Osteen invokes the Bible: “The Scripture tells us that we are to ‘call the things that are not as if they already were’” ( Become a Better You [Free Press, 2007] , 111, 112). As he must surely know, Scripture says nothing of the sort. Indeed, the very passage Osteen references (Romans 4:17) clearly communicates that it is “the God who gives life”— not we— who “calls things that are not as though they were.”
Preaching is not an advisory role based in religious expertise but a prophetic function whereby God speaks to his people. For this reason the Expositors Summit is designed to strengthen and instruct preachers and students for the glorious task of expository ministry. You’re invited to join R. Albert Mohler Jr., John MacArthur and H.B. Charles Jr. for the explication of God’s Word and gospel fellowship.
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The Truth of the Cross — Free Audiobook
“ The cross stands at the very center of our Christian lives. Still, many Christians are confused about the heart of the gospel, for many deviant views are in the air. R. C. Sproul blows the fog away in this wonderfully clear, theologically profound, and pastorally rich work. Learn afresh or anew what God has accomplished in the cross, so that you will boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ.”
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The word (raca) translated by the New American Standard Bible “good-for-nothing” has been variously rendered elsewhere as “brainless idiot,” “worthless fellow,” “blockhead,” and the like. It was a term of malicious abuse and slander that really has no precise modern translation. David graphically described persons who used such slander as those who “sharpen their tongues as a serpent; poison of a viper is under their lips” (Ps. 140:3). The Roman soldiers who tortured and crucified Jesus could well have used the term to mock and disrespect Him (cf. Matt. 27:29–31).
A Medical Account of Jesus’ Death
Drawing on the biblical account of the crucifixion, archaeological evidence, and historic documents, combined with modern study, the article aims to “reconstruct the probable medical aspects of this form of slow execution” (1460). The result is a brutal, vivid explanation of what Jesus endured to save people from sin.
Faith Involves Your Brain, Too
As a fellow seminary student, I completely agree with your article and the need for Christian spirituality to be steeped in the rich intellectual tradition that we've been given. However, I wonder to what degree the intellectual/emotional dichotomy marginalizes those who have little to no intellectual or emotional faculties i.e. individuals with special needs. Where do they fit into the equation? Is there space for them in our congregations and small groups and prayer times? Saying that "faith involves your brain, too," excludes the intellectually disabled from the community of faith. Surely they are created in God's image, too?
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Sony Exec DeVon Franklin Talks 'Following Christ's Example' in Hollywood (Q&A)
What I have learned is either I can choose to be fearful, or I can choose to have faith that if God called me to this business, then He’s gonna make a way. When you look at the life of Christ, two of his main attributes were that He managed relationships, and He practiced service. And so I have taken that on. People believing my faith or not is not the issue. Am I managing the relationship? Am I trying to service? On many movies, I’m the junior executive to the senior executive. What are their needs? At the end of the day, how’s my work? Am I really helping the studio or the project or the filmmakers? If I’m not doing the work, and I don’t come at it from a place of service, then none of it means anything. If I’m not following the example Christ led of being of service, then what does it all matter? So I try to look at it from a very practical light. As a Christian, it’s not just about what I believe, it’s also how I act.
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Watch Irish Priest Father Ray Kelly Take His Act to TV, Sing 'Hallelujah' on the 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)
Father Ray Kelly has taken his online viral domination to the offline world. Friday night, the priest from Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland appeared on the country's "Late Late Show" to perform the rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" he sang at the wedding of Chris and Leah O'Kane. Since we posted his surprise wedding song Tuesday morning, the YouTube video has soared to nearly 19 million views at the time of this posting, making him a veritable worldwide sensation.
6 Times Stephen Colbert Got Serious About Faith
At one point in the interview, Colbert talked about the experience of losing both his father and two brothers in a plane crash when he was just 8 years old. Colbert said it was the example of his mother’s faith that has helped him process the tragedy: “She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the Cross and the example of sacrifice that He gave us. What she taught me is that the deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain—it’s that the pain is actually a gift. What’s the option? God doesn’t really give you another choice.”
Blood Moons Prophecy: Famous Preacher Says Rare Astrological Event Tonight could Usher in the 'End of Days' (VIDEO)
Exactly a week before everyone on Earth will see the first of four dark red 'blood moons;' last night Mars, Earth, and the Sun aligned in a rare 'opposition of the planets' that only happens once every 778 days. This occurrence is an unusual event that some Christians believe signifies the End of Days.
How to Witness to Atheists Part 1: Attitude - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When speaking about God, atheists can be curious or aggressive, transparent or convoluted. I was an atheist for many years. Now that I'm a Christian I enjoy discussing things with atheists. Here are some tips about talking to non-believers, using the Bible as your tool and guide.
God does not need defending, but people need help - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
God doesn’t need defending, but people need help making sense of the many competing ideas. We have been commanded to give a reason for the hope we have. It is only the lazy Christian that cannot give reasons for his faith. Evangelism doesn’t happen within a vacuum. It happens amidst many different subcultures. People’s background, experiences, history, education, etc. effects how they relate to the gospel. While we can never be completely prepared, we can do our best to have an understanding of our own beliefs and be able to offer a reasonable explanation of them.
Is God a Sexist? Evaluating the Importance the Bible Places on Women - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Famed atheist Richard Dawkins writes, “the God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully” (Dawkins 2008, 51). It was as painful for me to write the previous text as it was for you to read it if you are a believer. There are many things that could be addressed in Dawkins’ wordy diatribe. For this article, we shall examine the term “misogynistic.” A misogynist is one who holds a hatred for women. Is this true of the God of the Bible? Does God hate women?
Francis Schaeffer: If there is no truth, there is also no hope - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christianity is realistic because it says that if there is no truth, there is also no hope; and there can be no truth if there is no adequate base. It is prepared to face the consequences of being proved false and say with Paul: If you find the body of Christ, the discussion is finished, let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die. It leaves absolutely no room for a romantic answer.
“Oceans” is the latest installment of his “Atlas" project, and Ryan’s first instrumental collection of songs. This EP concludes “Atlas: Year 1.”
Lee Strobel: Apologetics is the handmaiden of evangelism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I think apologetics without evangelism is a bit of a wasted effort. When I was at Willow Creek Church, we had an apologetics team called “The Defenders,” but we didn’t just say, “Go study in a room and learn a bunch of stuff.” We wanted them using that knowledge to really lead people to Christ. It’s been said that apologetics is the handmaiden of evangelism and I think that’s true. I’m passionate to reach people for Christ; that’s my goal. It’s not to win an argument, it’s not to try to play point-counter-point with a skeptic but to try to reach them with the gospel and try to lead them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. So I do see myself not as an apologist but as an evangelist who employs apologetics. —Lee Strobel (From, Lee Strobel on Evangelism and Apologetics )
Reaching Those Who Are Disinterested - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It’s easy to reach those in the Church who are already interested in “apologetics”. That’s no longer my goal. I want to interest the disinterested, challenge those who don’t yet recognize the challenge, and engaged those who feel disengaged. If we hope to change the direction of the Church and grow a movement of thoughtful, intellectually robust Christian ambassadors, we’re going to need to reach those who are disinterested.
Is Good Friday a Myth? What 5 Ancient, Non-Christian Sources Reveal
I’ll never forget being introduced to this whole concept of studying the historical Jesus. A professor from Liberty University, Dr. Gary Habermas, was guest lecturing at a seminar series called “Defending the Faith” during my time in the M.A. Apologetics program at Biola. In his presentation, he laid out a number of what he called, “minimal facts;” Historical facts related to the resurrection reports. But what was interesting is that these were facts that most ancient historians—including non-Christians scholars—actually agreed on.
How Teaching Answers Fails Christian Students - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This morning, I talked with a friend of mine who teaches at a local Christian college. The students he instructs come from traditional evangelical homes, and the parents pay high tuition to send their kids to a school that will provide a solid, biblical framework during their higher education. But something still bothered him.
Now how do I know that? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
On occasion it would be very convenient if human beings could read minds, perhaps when interrogating crime suspects or when waiting for the moment to ask a girl out on a date. On balance, however, it's probably a good thing that they can't. Aside from laying bare all our deepest hopes and the ideas we'd never speak aloud, it would completely devastate a good game of chess. Ah well, such is fantasy. As fantasy, it cannot serve as a neat little answer to a more fundamental question: how do we know things?
How Did We Get the Bible and Can We Trust It? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The reception of the Bible is a fascinating topic. We are dealing with writings stretched over more than 1400 years. The Bible contains an array of accounts about events, some of which had to have been initially passed on orally. The 66 books of Scripture reflect the work of many different authors, writing in a variety of settings and times. The Old Testament text Protestants use matches that of Judaism. In the ancient world, the process of passing accounts down orally over time before something became written was done with care when material mattered. One of the reasons the apostles had to really know Jesus was because they kept an eye on how the Jesus story was preached (Acts 1:21-22 and the oversight we see in Acts).
The Scriptural Case for Apologetics: 7 Quick Points - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
2) Is it really so surprising that God would want to engage our minds? After all, he calls the whole person – body, mind and soul, if you will – to submit. Rational argument alone cannot deal with the deep biases against God’s truth, but evidence has its place in commending the word of God to the unbeliever, and in convincing him to repent.
God's Not Dead: The Atheist Who Maintains "I Believe only What I See" is Wrong
No accurate fact that an atheist can assert will contradict Christianity.
The God of the Bible has all the answers, and without God no one would have an
answer to any question. Jesus announced that He was “the truth.” He is the
truth, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. We know that we are not just
a random accident produced from a primordial and impersonal cosmic detonation.
An explosion does not have order. The universe does have order, thus we are no
accident. We call living things organisms. An organism presupposes organization
and structure. We cannot be the product of self-organizing stardust.
El síndrome de Ezequías
De los cinco reyes buenos de Judá uno de los mejores fue, sin duda, Ezequías. “Hizo lo recto ante los ojos de Jehová, conforme a todas las cosas que había hecho David su padre” (2 R. 18:3); y el autor añade, entre otras cosas: “Quitó los lugares altos” (2 R. 18:4a), algo que hicieron muy pocos, incluso, de los reyes buenos. Además, “En Jehová Dios de Israel puso su esperanza; ni después ni antes de él hubo otro como él entre todos los reyes de Judá” (2 R. 18:5); y: “Siguió a Jehová, y no se apartó de él, sino que guardó los mandamientos que Jehová prescribió a Moisés” (2 R. 18:6). Y el cronista bíblico tiene la misma opinión de Ezequías (2 Cr. 29:2; etc.), y resalta todo lo que hizo Ezequías a favor del culto al Señor de acuerdo con la ley de Moisés, etc.: la limpieza y la reparación del templo; la celebración de la pascua; la reorganización de los sacerdotes y de los levitas; etc. Y hasta el gran profeta Isaías dedica varios capítulos de su profecía a describir la piedad de Ezequías ante la temible amenaza de las fuerzas de Senaquerib de Asiria (Is.
To Everyone an Answer: Eight Tips for Sharing Your Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
A moment’s thought would reveal the problem with that idea. How many people do you know you have come to believe in Santa Claus in adulthood? Yet hundreds of thousands of people become Christians as adults after careful consideration of the facts and evidence. You see “faith” does not mean “believing something for which there is no evidence”. In the Bible the word “faith” is actually a verb: it means to put your trust in something or somebody. And if you are asked you why you have put your trust in God, you should be able to give reasons:
What Shape is Christianity? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
What shape is Christianity? That may seem like an odd question. Not unlike, "How much does the number 7 weigh?" But let me explain what I mean by the question. Let's suppose, just for fun, that every time you think of something, anything at all, it appears as a particular shape in your mind. And just for simplicity, let's say that it can only take on 4 possible shapes: triangle, square, circle, rectangle. Every thought, idea, and feeling, appears in your mind as one of these shapes. Now suppose that when you think of things like: the Declaration of Independence, D-Day, September 11th; these things are square in your mind. When you think of things like: your favorite movie, a great story from your childhood, beloved family traditions; these are triangular. When you think of things like: going to work, paying bills, doing chores; these are rectangular. And when you think of times when you were deeply hurt by something, you think--circle. Alright. Got it? Now, let me ask you again; what shape is Christianity?
Lazy Light Shining - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When it comes to Christian evangelism, it seems that most people’s default strategy is “living out my faith before others.” I have heard It countless times, okay, I have even said it myself. “Well, I will just do my best to live for Christ and hopefully they will take notice. Maybe they will even ask questions.” Yet, is this a scriptural approach? Does it yield high returns? Is this what God expects?
Does Causality Apply Outside of Space and Time? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Dr. Lawrence Krauss cites a slightly different objection. When Dr. Krauss says that every physical thing requires a physical cause, he is talking about what Aristotle called “material” causality—namely, what the cause is made of. But the objection my radio opponent made deals with what Aristotle called “efficient” causality. An efficient cause is what most people think of when they think of a cause. It is the primary source of the effect: an author writes a book, a spider builds a web, a quarterback throws a pass. They are efficient causes.
Holy Week, Day 3: Tuesday
The following video, filmed in conjunction with our book The Final Days of Jesus , features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament professors Grant Osborne (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Andreas Köstenberger (of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) along with historian of ancient history Paul Maier (of Western Michigan University), focusing in particular on the opposition to Jesus and what angered his Jewish antagonists so much.
How Skeptics Use a Partial Truth to Tell a Complete Lie - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I’m a cold-case detective, but many years ago, while working a “fresh” homicide, I got a call from a woman who wanted to provide important information related to my case. She gave me her name and started confirming some of the details of the murder. She knew a great deal about my victim and suspect, and she seemed to be familiar with many of the important particulars. She also provided a key detail capable of changing the case entirely. I was interested, to say the least. Alas, her “key detail” was a complete fabrication. Yes, she cloaked her lie in a number of true facts, and these truisms made her lie seem plausible. Most of what she told me was true, but not all of it. The more I investigated her claims, the more obvious it was she was lying. I eventually learned she was the killer’s sister-in-law. Her lie was an earnest (although misguided) effort to distract me from her beloved brother-in-law, the man who killed my victim.
Inconvenient Truths - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In a conversation I had with an unbeliever recently, the difficult subject of Hell came up that makes most Christians cringe, including me. He respectfully put forth the notion that the concept of Hell is inconsistent with that of a loving God. He followed up quite poignantly with the question: “So is Gandhi in Hell, for example?” This is a challenging question, because it “puts skin on,” or lends a layer of personal identity to, the issue; when we are confronted with the idea of an actual person we know, love, or respect being eternally lost, the idea is harder to accept. On an emotional level, we don’t want to believe that “good” people go to Hell.
Jesus or Prosperity? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have written before about this erroneous teaching before, but let me add a few more words here. In a sense, the biblical teaching on wealth and poverty is pretty straight-forward. God doesn’t want us rich, or poor. He wants us holy. That is his main concern, that we be conformed to the image of his son (Romans 8:29). If we can become that in wealth or poverty, fine. But if God knows that our ultimate end (conformity to, and fellowship with, himself) is best achieved by the absence of wealth or health, then he is quite willing to allow that to occur.