What About Pre-Christ Resurrection Myths?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Thursday, April 10th, 2014 Dr William Lane Craig spoke on the "Objective Evidence for the Resurre...
Jacob Prasch Unplugged
An abridged and annotated version of Jacob Prasch's recent remarks about John MacArthur. His original video can be viewed here: http://www.believersingracevi...
The Final Days of Jesus: Thursday, April 2, AD 33
In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to
Woman Sullies Pastor Charles Jenkins, Writer of Popular Worship Song 'Awesome' With Release of Nude Photo in Alleged Extortion Plot
Charles Jenkins, pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill., and writer of the popular worship song "Awesome," which has become an anthem in churches across the United States, is now at the center of an embarrassing scandal after a woman released a nude photo of him online in an alleged extortion plot.
Five Misconceptions about Holy Week - Stand to Reason Blog
Ben, in answer to your comment, could someone who made up a story have made the initial witnesses of Jesus' resurrection a woman? Yes, it's possible. But it's just not really likely. This sort of thing is embarrassing in middle eastern culture. Women and a box in the mind of these people were just not all that different. Peter and John saw the empty tomb, and saw Jesus, but the point is, why would someone who made all this up put in a story that is actually an embarrassment? Of course, we have to remember ancient people aren't stupid. But the women at the tomb would have really left a question mark on the reliability of the story. It's kind of like if I tried to lie about the fish I caught and how big it was in the pond the other day, and then to exaggerate for further effect, I tell people I caught it with my hand. If I was going to make up a good fish story, I would tell people I used a fancy reel and some nice bait. It makes what is already an incredulous story sound more ridiculous (in the mind of the first century Jew).
The Briefing 04-17-14
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Pastor Robert Jeffress Says Jesus Christ's Resurrection Is Good News for People of All Faiths
Pastor Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, says the resurrection of Jesus Christ is good news for people of all faiths who seek His forgiveness and make the decision to believe in Him.
The Briefing 04-17-14
2) Women’s marital status one of strongest predictors of how they will vote
Atheist Group Sets Up 'Jesus Is a Myth' Banner in Response to Christian Easter Display at Wis. Capitol
An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth."
A Shameful Day in Evangelical Christian Publishing
For many years now, publishers have been releasing books that claim the Bible does not oppose committed homosexual relationships. That is nothing new. But it is a sad and shameful day when a major Christian publisher releases such a book and claims that it is a solid evangelical publication. This is abhorrent, disgraceful and terribly misleading. And it needs to be addressed and exposed.
How Easter relates to suffering: five reflections on living in light of sin and evil – Part 1
First, as an important apologetic point, it is not only Christian theology which must wrestle with the problem of evil; every worldview, Christian and non-Christian alike, must also wrestled with it, albeit for different reasons depending upon the specific view in question. For example, naturalistic/atheistic viewpoints must first explain, given their overall view, how they can even account for the distinction between good and evil. What is the basis for objective, universal moral standards if, for sake of argument, naturalism is true? Naturalists will often raise the problem of evil against Christians, but in so doing, they assume a clear distinction between good and evil and that objective evil exists, which their own view cannot explain. Thus, in order to get their argument off the ground, naturalists, ironically, have to borrow parasitically from Christianity which can account for the distinction between good and evil tied to God as the standard. In this way, as a number of Christian thinkers have pointed out, many non-Christian worldviews, including naturalism, have a “problem of the good” since without the God of the Bible there is neither good nor evil in an objective and universal sense.
Ultimate Warrior's Wife Dana Hellwig Breaks Silence on Death of Husband, 'I Wasn't to Win This Round, Heaven Won, I Lost'
"My streak was broken April 8, 2014 when he collapsed. I fought and screamed and cried for him not to leave me, but I wasn't to win this round. Heaven won and I lost, but I had the ULTIMATE love for 20 years and my children learned to be Warriors from THE ULTIMATE DAD. I wouldn't trade a moment of the life we shared, good or bad, for anything on God's green earth... Streaks are broken but legends live forever. Always Believe."
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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 […]
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.”
86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers
Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000. That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week. These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media have not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species. It is not a rancher with a few hundred head of cattle that is attacking their habitat, nor an energy company developing a fossil fuel. It is big government and its primary weapon — an ever-expanding welfare state. First, let's look at the basic taxonomy of the full-time, year-round American worker. In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time, year-round in the United States. "A full-time, year-round worker is a person who worked 35 or more hours per week (full time) and 50 or more weeks during the previous calendar year (year round)," said the Census Bureau.
Grace to You
Sin between us and other brethren must be resolved before we can bridge the gap of sin between us and God. The Lord told Israel, “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me? . . . I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle; and I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats. . . . Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, learn to do good” (Isa. 1:11, 16–17a).
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The Rio Residents Displaced by Olympic Spirit
As Brazil prepares to host both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, many of the poor communities in Rio de Janeiro's favelas are being forcibly evicted from their homes as construction in preparation for both events ramps up. The favelas , or slums, have been a part of Rio de Janeiro since the late 1800s and are home to roughly 1.4 million people. Many of the residents don't understand the legal steps involved in an eviction and have been unable to challenge the government as it removes—and often destroys—their communities.
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Billy Graham Talks About Heaven: Will Be 'More Exciting Than Anything We Will Ever Experience on Earth'
"Why is this? One reason is because we will be with God - and because he is infinite and eternal, we will never grow tired of exploring the riches of his glory. Nor will we ever be able to exhaust the wonders of his love - a love so great that he sent his son to give his life for our salvation. We also will be with Christ, and we will have new bodies that will never grow weary or sick," wrote Graham to R.P., according to a report by The Kansas City Star.
The Assumption We Cannot Afford
We ended another year of women's Bible study last Tuesday: eleven weeks in the epistles of John and eleven weeks in James . Fifty-four different churches were represented in our enrollment this year. A couple thousand more women podcast from around the country. At the conclusion I was deluged with cards and e-mails from participants expressing their gratitude, reflecting on what they had learned, and, almost uniformly, uttering a confession I have heard so often that it no longer surprises. I still waver between joy and discouragement as I read that confession on card after beautiful thank you card. I still vacillate between celebration and grief each time it turns up in my inbox. I still hesitate between thankfulness and frustration every time it is spoken to me over coffee. Their confession is this:
Amazing Video of Conception to Birth Is Worth Watching Again and Again
In an amazing display of images, we watch as the baby’s cells split and spread out. Then his or her heart begins to beat. Then arms and hands form. Then a tiny nose and eyes appear. Within 44 just days, the baby is recognizably human. By 9 weeks, he or she is basically fully formed.
How to Make Moments That Matter
Over the past decade or so, bucket lists have become all the rage because they are filled with dreams. Sadly, people often take the time to compile this list of 40 things they want to do before they die and end up only marking off a few. The biggest reason this happens is because they don’t know why they put those things on the list in the first place. They just fill their buckets with things that will get their hearts racing. And although a racing heart is great, you can for a run and get your heart racing as well.
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Dress Code For PARENTS Proposed At Florida School
“We have dads showing up in sagging pants,” Osgood said, according to an April 3 Sun Sentinel report. “It’s hard for me to tell a child not to show up for school with hair curlers, pajamas or short shorts if they see parents wearing them. Parents need to lead by example.”
Why I am Not Completely Certain Christianity is True
Also Cheryl, I am sure that you have seen how much of my ministry is helping people work through their doubts, restoring a confident faith. With a certain type of doubt, all one has to do is relieve the person of the burden that indubidibility requires to restore their confidence. Indubitability is an unrelenting taskmaster that is never satisfied since faith is always one alternative possibility examined away from being confident. God has given us enough, but indubitability requires just ONE more sign, ONE more wonder, ONE more brother coming back from the dead to convince his brothers. Biblical faith says “They have Abraham and the prophets. They would not believe even if someone rose from the dead.”
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.
Every week our lovable Drive presenters - Loretta on Premier Drive, and Lady T on Gospel Drive - have each been choosing a music video from the Premier.tv archive. Of course, both of them think theirs is best! So, now we want you to decide!
College Student Ate 6 Times Recommended Amount Of Pot Cookie Before Jumping To Death - CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) - A college student who jumped to his death from a hotel balcony ate more than six times the recommended amount of a marijuana cookie.
2014 USA Ministers' Conference - Banner of Truth
As we look for inspiration and encouragement in ministry to the kind of world in which we live, 4th Century church history may not be the most obvious place to turn. But it was the great preacher of that era John Chrysostom who put his finger on the challenge of ministry with extraordinary perceptiveness. He described the role of the preacher as that of standing ‘between two worlds’. On the one hand he lives and labours in the world of God’s word, while on the other he lives and labours in the world of those to whom he ministers. His need to understand the latter is just as crucial as that of understanding the former if he is to preach effectively to the people of his day. Our goal at this year’s conference is to catch the vision for what this means in the world in which we are called to labour.
The five-scholar team of Michael Bird, Craig Evans, Simon Gathercole, Charles Hill, and Chris Tilling is. Though five against one may not be fair, it’s effective, enabling each scholar to critique a given set of assertions in his area of primary expertise. Contra Ehrman, these authors demonstrate the Gospels are reliable and coherent historical sources; that Ehrman misrepresents Roman policy regarding crucifixion and non-burial; that he mischaracterizes Matthew and Luke when arguing they know nothing of Jesus’ pre-existence; that his schema of competing and evolving exaltation and incarnation Christologies is contrived, misleading, and historically implausible; and that his charge of contradictory Christologies in early Christian writings is itself contradicted by the biblical evidence. Contrary to Ehrman, Jesus was not a mere man who became “God” only later by being elevated to divine status by his followers; rather, God took on humanity in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Within a decade or two, the earliest Christians understood that Jesus’ identity was intrinsic to Israel’s God and that he wasn’t a second or lesser deity, but rather part of God’s own being and therefore worthy of worship.
If God is there, it isn't just an answer to an intellectual question - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I am only interested in an apologetic that leads in two directions, and the one is to lead people to Christ, as Savior, and the other is that after they are Christians, for them to realize the lordship of Christ in the whole of life... if Christianity is truth, it ought to touch on the whole of life... Christianity must never be reduced merely to an intellectual system... After all, if God is there, it isn’t just an answer to an intellectual question... we’re called upon to adore him, to be in relationship to him, and, incidentally, to obey him.
Man's Random Acts of Kindness Come Back to Him in One Tearjerking Surprise (VIDEO)
We all know people like the young man in this commercial for Thai Life Insurance. He lives a life of kindness regardless of who's watching or what they think. He shows generosity to those won't thank him, or, in the case of a plant, can't.
The Empty Tomb
The empty tomb reveals that God is faithful. Centuries earlier, after Adam and Eve had disobeyed God, God promised that He would crush wrong once and for all. He sent his Son to defeat sin and death by his crucifixion and resurrection.
The Bible Is Offensive - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Maybe we in the West were so steeped in Christianity for so long that its words ceased to be shocking and became merely familiar words. However it happened, somewhere along the way we forgot something very important: the Bible is offensive.
Bible Critic Says Jesus Isn't God, Stephen Colbert Leaves Him Speechless - You'll Be Cheering at the End (VIDEO)
As Ehrman points out contradictions he's found in the Bible, notably in the crucifixion of Jesus, Colbert takes him to task in his usual acerbic tone. But under the caricature, Colbert presents the divinity of Christ in ways that leave Ehrman at a loss for words.
Can you get a something from a nothing? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In my debate against Richard Carrier , I argued that the beginning of the universe pointed toward the existence of God. I had said, "The most fundamental law of science is 'Out of nothing, nothing comes.' We simply do not see things popping into existence for no reason. Every parent understands this axiom when they find crayon marks on the wall or mud scraped across the floor. A child's response of 'no one did it, it just appeared' would be rightly rejected as silly." This seems pretty common-sensical to me. One cannot get a something from a nothing. In fact, the word "nothing" can be broken apart to show that it means "no-thing." But Carrier replied to my point with this statement:
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Is God Intolerant? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The reality is that God is merciful, but that isn’t quite the same as being tolerant. First, many people fail to understand the seriousness of sin and the great cost to God personally to forgive us our sins. When we see the combination of his holiness and justice we gain a greater understanding of his mercy. And that will go a long way to answering why he can’t tolerate sin and yet can be merciful at the same time.
Are you too familiar with Jesus to really see him? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Have you ever heard the expression, "Physician, heal thyself?" It is an ancient saying, and it is one Jesus expected the people in his hometown to quote to him when he came back to teach in their religious meeting house.
Hebrews 11:1 and Faith: Atheists Pretending To Know What They Don't Know - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The three religious claims (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, respectively) represent faith as defined by philosopher Walter Kaufmann: “intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable person.” Indeed, there is no evidence beyond revelation, authority, and scripture to support the religious claims above, and most of the world’s believers would reject at least one of them. To state it bluntly, such faith involves pretending to know things you don’t. Behind it is wish-thinking, as clearly expressed in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Brain changes associated with casual marijuana use in young adults: More 'joints' equal more damage
The size and shape of two brain regions involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week, according to a new study. The findings suggest that recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes, and highlight the importance of research aimed at understanding the long-term effects of low to moderate marijuana use on the brain.�
Southern Seminary trustees update faculty hiring policies, ‘unify’ faculty
In order to continue to “attract and retain a first-class academic faculty,” said President R. Albert Mohler Jr., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees approved updates to faculty employment policies and unified the graduate and undergraduate faculties during its April 14-15 meeting.
Apologetics.com exists to remove intellectual impediments to Christian faith, thereby enhancing believers’ confidence in, and weakening skeptics’ objections to, the gospel message.
Ultimately, apologetics points people to our hope, Jesus Himself - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Ultimately, apologetics points people to our hope, Jesus Himself. That’s why “we demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Objections raised against Jesus must be demolished. But notice something. The Bible doesn’t say we demolish people. Rather we demolish arguments. Belittling others is not our goal. Merely winning arguments is not enough. Instead, we remove obstacles of doubt to Christianity so people can take a serious look at Christ, the only source of hope for this world. True apologetics is hopeful.
6 Things to Remember When Leaving Your Church
It may not be the right community for you anymore, but it probably is the right community for a lot of other people. When we start drafting members to the sanctuary across town, we are no longer showing respect for the church we came from or the Body of Christ as a whole. The Church is made up of local congregations spread across the globe. To recruit from one to another is competitive and shows a lack of perspective for the larger picture of the Kingdom.
What is our Message? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As an apologist I spend a lot of time evaluating arguments for the existence of God, critiques of these arguments from skeptics. It is easy to lose sight of the goal of apologetics when used as a tool for evangelism. I read and write about topics like the beginning of the universe demonstrating the existence of God, morality, historical evidence of the Resurrection. With all the different topics of study it is easy to lose sight of the central message of Christianity, the Gospel. What is the Gospel?
Dying for Belief: An analysis of a confused objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There is an objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection which is, frankly, terribly confused. I most recently ran into it on the discussion page for the radio show Unbelievable? Essentially, the objection goes like this: Christians say the fact that the disciples died for what they believe is evidence for its truth, but all kinds of religious people die for what they believe; are they all true?
Animated Apologetics: CS Lewis on Miracles, Science, and the Laws of Nature - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Greg’s Note: I stumbled across these brief yet impressively creative animated videos on YouTube ( follow our YouTube page here for more apologetics and Christian worldview videos) that I think are a must see for seekers, skeptics, and believers alike. C.S. Lewis is likely the most quoted theologian of the 20th century—and for good reason. In his autobiography, Born Again , the late Christian thinker, Chuck Colson, says of Lewis, “I opened [CS Lewis’] Mere Christianity and found myself…face-to-face with an intellect so disciplined, so lucid, so relentlessly logical that I was glad I never had to face him in a court of law.”
The Foolishness of Saying, "I would believe if God would just..." - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The first problem with this statement is that it is impossible to know, even for the skeptic himself, whether or not the occurrence of "X" would actually result in his coming to belief. I am reminded of Gideon in the book of Judges. He asks God for a sign, God delivers, and then he asks for another sign. The second problem is that it presupposes that what God is primarily interested in is just getting people to believe He exits. The Christian response to this is two part. First, through creation and the moral law written on every human heart, God has given adequate evidence so that no one can say, "I would have believed if..." Second, God is not just out to have people believe He exists--even the devil and his angels believe. Rather, He desires for people to enter into a love relationship with Him.