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Everyday Opinions on Apologetics - Emily Sharp
University of Oklahoma student and daughter of apologist Mary Jo Sharp (and the great Roger Sharp) Emily Sharp talks about Christian apologetics.
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Woman Miraculously Wrestled Off a Bear While Pleading With God 'Please Don't Let This Be My End' (VIDEO)
Frana said she stepped outside to check on her young children who had just left the house after she saw a number of bears in and around her garage and yard. She walked out of the back of her home and toward the driveway to call her children home when one of the bears stood up on its hind legs and knocked her down, mauling her head and scratching her body with its nails.
On a World in Which Little Boys Do Not Die at Marathons
Because of the cross of Christ, and the empty tomb that could not contain Christ, we dare to look toward a world where little boys do not come to marathons to cheer only to die. Take away the cross and the tomb and we cannot, we must not, look forward. There is no hope. There is only endurance. There is only the human will, attempting with ever-decreasing potency to exert its fierceness and transcend its limits. Our natural strength can take us far in this life. But it cannot take us all the way home. It cannot bridge this world and the next. It must eventually–or quite suddenly–collapse.
Heaven is 'A Lot Like Earth...The Perfect Earth,' Testifies Colton Burpo of 'Heaven is For Real' Movie (BURPO FAMILY INTERVIEW)
Colton was just four-years-old when a burst appendix landed him in a serious condition in the hospital. This near death experience took Colton on a journey that is now being talked about around the world. After his amazing recovery, the young Colton bit by bit revealed a testimony of visiting heaven and many of the details he provided about his experiences left his parents stunned as there was no way he could have known many of the facts he was revealing.
Seeking True Beauty as a Spokesmodel
The fashion industry is fickle, and focusing solely on the worship of outward beauty can kill the heart and take away the wonder that beauty was meant to create. There have been times when the brokenness of the industry has left me disillusioned, and I've struggled with hating beauty itself. But God continues to show me that there is a purity to the creative process that can point to him. C. S. Lewis says, "We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it." So I fight to find beauty in the unchanging qualities in which God delights—humility, truth, kindness, self-giving, joy.
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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.
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]
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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 […]
Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds
For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.
This Pastor Made a Box for Unwanted Babies, and You'll Praise God for What Happened (VIDEO)
Every year, hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. To do something about the crisis, Pastor Lee Jong-rak at the Jusarang Orphanage created the Baby Box.
Raising arrow children
Kids are adorable when they are little, and when they are little, they are also largely defenseless. Because of this, good parents are constantly watching out for threats to them. This is obviously a good thing, as far as it goes, but it is not a good thing if we get stuck in that mode. If that happens, the end result is the same as what happens when you mollycoddle anything. Bringing up children as though they will be perpetually endangered is to create a circumstance where they likely will be.
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HEATH LAMBERT ( @HeathLambert ) is the assistant professor of Biblical Counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also serves as the Associate Dean of Applied Studies at Boyce College. Dr. Lambert currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), one of the largest biblical counseling organizations in the world with certified members in 18 countries. He is also a founding council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and is a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams and Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace .
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Because of these and other testimonies in God’s Word, we know people engage in foolish thoughts and actions. Therefore it is not wrong for us to warn or rebuke someone who is acting or speaking foolishly and clearly opposing God’s will. In fact, we are supposed to take this action! The Lord is warning us here, however, that it is sin to slanderously call someone a fool out of personal anger or hatred. Maliciously calling another a fool is again equivalent to murder and worthy of eternal punishment in hell if not repented of.
Please Don’t Make My Funeral All About Me
You can cry at my funeral if you want to. But don't think for a minute that my death is tragic. No matter how it happens, no matter when; it simply can't be a tragedy. Leaving this world with all of its sin-sickness to enter into the beauty and perfection and peace of the presence of Christ is something to anticipate, not avoid. Death, for me, will not be the second-best option to a longer life here. To be with Christ will not be a minor improvement on this life, but "far better" (Phil. 1:23). You can cry, but I hope your tears are, at least in part, tears of joy that I have entered into the joy of my Master.
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God's Not Dead: The Song that Inspired a Book that Inspired a Movie - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The result was, God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty , which is both an excellent introduction to and a primer for apologetics—a book I highly recommend to anyone who is just starting out in apologetics who wants to familiarize themselves with the basic arguments for Christianity and its defense—something that is indispensable for evangelizing in our pluralistic culture that is increasingly hostile to Christianity; a culture that wants nothing more than for us and our children to abandon any and every idea of Christianity’s claims that we are sinners in need of a Savior and that the Gospel of Jesus stands alone as the only true path to God. This is a book that I would like to encourage every Christian parent out there to read, give to their children to read, and then begin to discuss the ideas presented in the book together.
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The Epic Jesus Follower Fail
In each unfolding event of the week, the apostles disappoint. During the Last Supper, Jesus tells his friends that one of them will betray him and that they'll all abandon him. They respond by telling Jesus that he's underestimated them and arguing about who is the greatest, the most loyal disciple.
Then, they fall asleep, more than once, in Gethsemene, too weak to be a friend to Jesus when he is most desperate for one. Then, they panic and draw swords against those who arrested Jesus. Next, in a scene recounted with cringe-worthy detail, Peter swears up and down that he doesn't know Jesus even though it's pretty obvious to everyone around him that he does.
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.”
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.”
One Question I Ask My Atheist Friends - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I’d like to preface this post by clearly stating that my observations are not necessarily representative of the atheist population as a whole. What follows is merely a description my personal encounters. I’ve been having discussions with non-believers for a long time. Over the years, I’ve noticed distinct trends in how thoughtful, educated atheists and agnostics tend to respond to various arguments. As an apologist, it is important that I am able to better anticipate objections, so this field experience has been priceless in helping me better prepare myself for effective dialogue. One of the reasons I maintain this blog is to share the insights I’ve gained. It occurred to me a while back that it would be very interesting to pose this very simple question, as an experiment of sorts, to see how my atheist friends would respond.
65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I want to give you a very specific list of 65 apologetics questions every Christian parent needs to learn to answer and discuss with their kids (in age appropriate ways). Of course, any such list is subjective. I created this list based on my own study and experience with engaging in these topics, with a special emphasis on the issues challenging young adults today.
A Manual For Creating Atheists
Dr. Boghossian: The New Atheists paved the way. They started the movement. This book picks up and gives people specific tools. It is a road map. It is a tool book. It is a guide. It is a manual to help move the conversation forward and actually do something. It is a call to humanists and atheists and skeptics and philosophers. It is a specific road map that they can use to make a difference everyday. Anyone and everyone. People who have religious relatives, people who have religious friends, or faithful friends. People who engage with others of faith at any time. I would like to create at least ten thousand people – a minimum of ten thousand people. I look at faith as a virus. We give many inoculations to people – five, ten, fifteen people – on a daily basis. No matter whether it is a woman at the bank who wears a cross every time I see her, I go out of my way to wait in her line and then I immediately begin the intervention. Everyone, I’m looking for ten thousand people to start off with. Ten thousand people armed with these tools that can go into the streets and into the PTA, everywhere the faithful reside, into their own homes, and families and talk people out of their faith, out of their superstitions, and into reason and rationality.
Possible Is Not the Same as Reasonable - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There are a lot of things that may be possible in the world, but are highly unlikely: such as dealing oneself a royal flush in poker two times in a row. Of course mathematics shows that such an event is possible, but it isn't reasonable to believe that such a thing happened without deliberate intervention. If I'm playing poker and I see you dealt two royal flushes, I'm going to accuse you of cheating. That would be the reasonable thing to do. Similarly, seeing the strong evidences for a creator from the natural world, one is reasonable to infer deliberate intervention.
Logic & Religion - Stand to Reason Blog
Thank you, and my only reason to start with an initial question of salvation is to draw our attention to what is, whether we like it or not it seems, the actual and current, and literal, Bride, which is composed of individual Christians from all walks and multiple backgrounds and denominations. I really did not think you were arguing that Non-Catholics are Non-Christians etc. But, I need to be sure. When we examine the Body, the Bride, we see that He has a measuring rod of Truth, and it is Himself, first. It seems we agree here, or, I believe I heard you say that there are in fact actual people who have looked at Catholicism and have turned away, and, years later, upon dying in some other denomination, have remained Christ’s. I reiterate this because this is the starting point. If we disagree here (on Salvation) then really we cannot get further. The Gospel is, to start with, Christ. Now, after that, after the New Man is found standing there, in his de-tox center, void of any denomination whatsoever, wholly un-churched, yet Christ’s, this New Man then, with and by both his New Nature and the Holy Spirit, leaves and re-joins the real world, now Christ’s and, from this point forward, this member of His Body begins to encounter various bodies of doctrine, and then the we come to doctrines and errors and etc.
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Zach King's TED Talk - FinalCutKing
I just had the privilege of speaking at Tedx Portland this past weekend. You can find the video recording of the Ted Talk below.
In Twin Cases, "Academic Integrity" Is Newspeak for
If you're familiar with the news we report at ENV , you probably know that Indiana's Ball State University and Texas's Amarillo College each cancelled a course treating the subject of intelligent design. You probably don't know that critics of the courses on both campuses dismissed concerns about academic freedom with a cursory appeal to "academic integrity," a noble-sounding phrase that has been used in these twin cases to mask less-than-noble behavior.
Does the Evidence Point to Mankind's Fully Natural Origin?
At least some parts of human evolution might have happened according to purely natural laws or the vagaries of circumstances. Put another way, we could assume so for the sake of argument, without immediately finding ourselves in trouble with the rules for logic or the evaluation of evidence. We will, however, find ourselves dealing with one very large problem indeed: Human evolution includes the origin of the human mind. Theoretical physicist Roger Penrose has said: If you look at the entire physical cosmos, our brains are a tiny, tiny part of it. But they're the most perfectly organized part. Compared to the complexity of a brain, a galaxy is just an inert lump. "Why aren't we more like chimps?," New Scientist asked plaintively in 2012, encapsulating the current perspective in six words, and implicitly ruling out alternative approaches to enquiry. Well, one way we are different is that we acquired a history, a history of choices made, skills learned, and insights passed on. Let us see what our found collection of scraps and artifacts can tell us.
How to Work Ahead on Sermon Prep
How to Work Ahead on Sermon Prep
TGC Blog | April 15, 2014
It's Saturday afternoon, and your sermon is half-done, at best. Your normal sermon prep time got crushed this week by a big funeral on Tuesday, a crisis counseling situation that consumed Wednesday and Thursday, and your wife's minivan breaking down Friday. And now on Saturday, supposedly your day off, you slump in front of the computer puzzling over the main point and application of the text, and straining for the creativity to write a clear, engaging sermon manuscript.
Ever have one of those weeks?
God helps us preachers in those desperate moments. But clearly this kind of compressed, last-minute prep has serious drawbacks. And if we prepare our messages this way every week, we're more likely to serve junk food sermons rather than the nutritious, expository feast that our congregations need for spiritual health.
Some gifted preachers can regularly wrestle down a text and craft solid sermons on an abbreviated schedule. But most of us mortals need ample time.
Take God at His Word: Kevin DeYoung on the Character of Scripture
It's wonderful that evangelicals want an intimate relationship with God, but this good impulse often leads us to make wild claims that can't be substantiated by Scripture and, in fact, undermine the finished work of Christ. I'm thinking of people who make their sense of "calling" more important than the Word of God or the wisdom of the church. I'm thinking of denominational groups I've been a part of that claim to get their 10-year vision from God himself (which, of course, makes opposition to that vision tantamount to blasphemy). I'm talking about runaway bestsellers—from devout, good Christians I imagine—that anchor biblical truths in life-after-death experiences or suggest that Jesus is writing special letters every day just for us. Is the Bible alone sufficient for salvation, for life, and for godliness as a Christian? Evangelicals say "yes," but then often live out "no."
Christian Comedian Tim Hawkins Makes Us Laugh About Praying Over Junk Food (VIDEO)
Many of us are in the habit of praying over our food, but some food choices might call for a little more prayer than others. After all, you want God right beside you while consuming ungodly amounts of salt and sugar. Tim Hawkins knows this all too well and has the audience cracking up over it.
The Argument from Maths in Seven Quick Points - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
1) As Galileo put it, the laws of physics are written in the language of mathematics . Many have discussed just how remarkable this is. Theoretical physicist Paul Davies writes, ‘Yet the fact that “mathematics works” when applied to the physical world – and works so astonishingly well – demands explanation, for it is not clear we have any absolute right to expect that the world should be well described by mathematics.’ (Davies, 1992, p.150)
The preachers responsibility: frame a biblical understanding of the Christian life
Preaching — the practice of expositing God’s Word to God’s people — has fallen on hard times. TWEET On the one hand, the large number of evangelical pastors I know who remain committed to faithful biblical exposition greatly encourages me. These men know the purpose and the power of preaching God’s Word. On the other hand, the number of influential voices within evangelicalism suggesting that the age of the expository sermon is dead gravely concerns me. These voices avoid the preaching of a biblical text. They fear the confrontation that comes with expositing biblical truth, and believe it has nothing to say to us today. They are voiceless voices.
Doing some good critical thinking is not antithetical to faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It's time that the Church recognize that asking good questions and doing some good critical thinking is not antithetical to faith. In fact, I would argue that it is the very basis for faith, properly understood…We must remember that "all truth is God's truth" and we should not shy away from it. If what we have is true, we should not be afraid to think about it, investigate it and question it. If it's true, what do we have to fear?
To an Unknown God: Where Faith and Science Meet - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Higgs field is not like other fields in physics. All other fields vary in strength and become zero at their lowest energy level. Not the Higgs field. Even if space were to be emptied completely, it would still be filled by a ghost-like field that refuses to shut down: the Higgs field. We do not notice it; the Higgs field is like air to us, like water to fish. But without it we would not exist, because particles acquire mass only in contact with the Higgs field. Particles that do not pay attention to the Higgs field do not acquire mass, those that interact weakly become light, and those that interact intensely become heavy. For example, electrons, which acquire mass from the field, play a crucial role in the creation and holding together of atoms and molecules. If the Higgs field suddenly disappeared, all matter would collapse as the suddenly massless electrons dispersed at the speed of light.
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Thomas Edison was a brilliant inventor. He holds 1,093 patents in the U.S. and others in the U.K., France, and Germany. He brought us such hits as the phonograph and the commercially-viable electric light. He was a man of science - he created the first industrial research lab, Menlo Park in New Jersey. It was a veritable invention-factory with several new products having been invented there. Later it was reconstructed in Dearborn, Michigan by Henry Ford. It is now a museum. Edison was indeed a very successful scientist.
Is Richard Dawkins leading people to Jesus? – Telegraph Blogs
Indeed, Babarsky found Dawkins’ arguments so unsatisfactory, coupled with his own atheistic and fundamentalist stance, that they prompted her to examine for the first time what Christianity was all about. Her examination was to lead to her conversion to Catholicism. “In reading to refute Dawkins as well as educate myself … I discovered the God-man Jesus Christ. Not only did the Catholic view resonate with me emotionally but … it was intellectually honest.”
George Will: Liberals Have "Tourette's Syndrome" When It Comes To Racism | Video | RealClearPolitics
GEORGE WILL: Sure. Look, liberalism has a kind of Tourette's syndrome these days. It's just constantly saying the word "racism" and "racist." It's an old saying in the law. If you have a law on your side, argue the law, if you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound the table. This is pounding the table. There is a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn't had a new idea since the 1960s except ObamaCare and the country doesn't like it. Foreign policy is a shambles from Russia to Iran to Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And recovery is unprecedentedly bad. So what do you do? You say anyone who criticizes us is a racist. It's become a joke among young people. You go to a campus where this kind of political correctness reins, and some young person will say looks like it's going to rain. The person listening says, you're a racist. I mean it's so inappropriate. The constant implication of this that it is, I think, becoming a national mirth.
The Big Bang and The Existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As a fan of the original Star Trek series, I was never bothered by the fact that the Starship Enterprise had no problem finding Type M planets spread out across the universe. For those not familiar with Trekkie lingo, a Type M planet is an Earth-like planet with an atmosphere and climate suitable for humanoid habitation.
Holy Week, Day 4: Wednesday
The following video, filmed in conjunction with our book The Final Days of Jesus , features short explanations from and interviews with historian of ancient history Paul Maier (of Western Michigan University) and New Testament professor Grant Osborne (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), focusing on the behind-the-scenes motivations and actions of the Sanhedrin as they plot to put an end to Jesus once and for all.
Heaven Is Real, but Heaven Is for Real Is Really Not - Christian Research Institute
There is a substantive difference between clinical death and biological death. Put another way, to be almost dead and absolutely dead are two entirely different propositions. We may rightly suppose that what is experienced during clinical death and what will be experienced at the climax of death are not one and the same. The point here is that NDEs do not provide definitive knowledge of what happens after death in that NDErs by definition have not actually experienced biological death. In short, a near-death experience is the subjective recollection of an experience that occurred during a state of unconsciousness precipitated by a medical crisis, such as an accident, suicide attempt, or cardiac arrest. As such, an NDE is notoriously unreliable as a means by which to determine what awaits us when “the silver cord is severed” (Ecclesiastes 12:6).
An intelligent defense of Intelligent Design: An interview with Stephen Meyer - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For years, debates over the origin of life were framed as a fight between the growing scientific evidence for Darwinian evolution and what many believe are the plain teachings of the Bible about a literal seven-day creation event. But in recent years, a third option has emerged under the banner of “Intelligent Design” or ID for short. The ID movement attempts to combine Biblical fidelity with scientific rigor, and even though many scientists have criticized the movement as being unscientific, it’s hard to ignore the growing number of people embracing ID explanations for life on earth.
Stop Sharing Jesus! - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christians are commissioned to share the good news about Jesus with those who do not know Him (Matt 28:19; Act 1:8). But with the rising tide of pluralism and political correctness in our society, the concept of "sharing" Jesus is taking on new meaning. A growing number of Christians are starting to feel guilty about claiming Jesus as theirs and theirs alone, when lots of people from other religious and cultural backgrounds lay claim to Him also. In this context, "sharing Jesus" means showing tolerance towards other viewpoints on who He is. Rather than hogging Him for our Christian selves, shouldn't we share Jesus with people from other faiths and cultures, and free Him from a Westernized strait-jacket? Why should He be confined to our Christian churches with stained-glass and rows of pews, anyway? Isn't it unreasonable and, quite frankly, arrogant to think that we have all the answers about who He is? I hear this type of sentiment expressed more frequently now that cultural sensitivity is beginning to trump Scriptural accuracy more often in our churches.
Why I Was Depressed As A "Progressive" Christian - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
One of the most acclaimed episodes of the classic series The Twilight Zone is “It’s A Good Life.” The plot focuses on a six-year old boy named Anthony who has godlike powers. His actions are terrifying but exactly what you would expect from an immature child who, like all kids, live in the now and are almost wholly self-focused. The meaning of the brilliant Rod Serling script (from a short story by Jerome Bixby) is clear–human beings make lousy gods.