Andy Stanley: Churches Should Be 'Safest Place on the Planet' for Gay Youth
Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
God & Abstract Objects
Theology was once called "The Queen of the Sciences" and philosophy was her handmaid. This aims to show that this analogy still holds true.
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Sickness, Discomfort and Death: the Fate of Families and Children With No Access to Clean Water (CP in Zambia - Part 1)
The Christian Post was recently invited to Zambia by a leading humanitarian organization to witness firsthand the kind of work its staff has been doing to empower locals living in rural areas where access to clean water literally means the difference between life and death.
From Developmental Biology, New Evidence for Intelligent Design: Two Videos Pose a Basic Challenge to Unguided Evolution
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Megachurch Preacher Creflo Dollar Says 'There's No Such Thing as the Prosperity Gospel;' Says 'Money in My Pocket … It's God's'
After coming under fire for asking 200,000 people to donate $300 or more each to raise $65 million to help his ministry purchase a luxury jet last month, popular televangelist Creflo Dollar, who is widely reported to be worth an estimated $27 million, has declared that "there is no such thing as the prosperity gospel" and the money in his pocket belongs to God.
An 11-Year-Old Girl Stuns the Crowd and Brings Them to Tears With Her Angelic Performance
During a live show, a beautiful girl named Amira Willighagen was called out on stage and does something no one was expecting. It is so beautiful that it brings everyone to tears.
Gospel Shaped Church
"We want churches called into existence by the gospel to be shaped by the gospel in their everyday life."
ISIL video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians
ISIL video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians
A video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State-affiliated militants in Libya has been released online.
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Creation reflects the Creator.
At this moment, your liver, kidneys, heart, pancreas, salivary glands, etc., are all working to keep your body going. You don’t even have the power to switch them off and on. As you sleep tonight, your heart will pump seventy-five gallons of blood through your body each hour.
WORLD | ISIS executes 35 Ethiopian Christians | Jamie Dean | April 20, 2015
The Ethiopian government declared three days of mourning after officials confirmed Islamic State militants executed at least 35 Ethiopian Christians held captive in Libya. As with other mass killings, the terrorists on Sunday released a video of the murders.
A Millennial Conversation: Five Questions Ive Most Encountered
Christianity certainly needs to do a better job of addressing great questions. Perhaps you have questioned the goodness of God, the hypocrisy of the church, the authority of the Bible, the practices and principles of Christians, and the relevance of faith to life. If so, we have a lot in common. Be assured that your questions are legitimate, shared by others, and important in this healthy conversation. Admittedly, my perspective is biased, but so is every perspective; therefore, introspection and thoughtful engagement are essential.
Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews
All religions and worldviews seek to answer the fundamental questions of human existence: Why am I here? What does it mean to be human? Why is there evil in the world, and how do we deal with it? But not every worldview places equal emphasis on each issue. The main worldviews each tend to stress a different central question.
RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. Watch the full lecture here: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/vi... Find out more about the RSA at http://www.thersa.org Join the RSA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thersaorg ------ This audio has been edited from the original event by Becca Pyne. Series produced by Abi Stephenson, RSA. Animation by Cognitive Media. To listen to the full audio, please visit http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-an...
ISIS executes more Christians in Libya, video shows - CNN.com
(CNN) ISIS operatives have executed two groups of prisoners, believed to be Ethiopian Christians, in Libya, according to a video released Sunday by the terror network's media arm.
Smartphone Addiction and Our Spiritual ADD
There is also a loss of knowledge hierarchies. “It used to be that if I wanted to publish, just the expense of publishing meant that my proposal went through a peer review process. It went through rigorous scrutiny prior to it being released. There are many good things about being able to directly get one’s message out. But the loss of hierarchies is potentially a loss of filtering — a loss of wisdom. It means that knowledge is not a part of a system of apprenticeship, of learning from those who have experience in wisdom, who have been entrusted and authorized. And so there is a way that we have lost that ability to see things in terms of how they relate to trusted authorities.”
Grace to You Radio
Is your salvation for keeps, or can you lose it? John MacArthur answers that question in a praise-prompting study of Romans 8 that explains what it means to be held in The Grip of God .
Flannery O’Connor and the Violence of Grace
I understand this reaction. It’s what good ‘ole Flannery would have wanted. Shock. But she wanted that shock to lead to understanding. So before helping my students unpack the story, I ask them a question: What must come before grace? I ask because the answer is what every Flannery O’Connor story is about: the moment when characters realize they need grace.
America Is Not the Future of the Church
[T]he church in the U.S. is indeed changing and indeed losing some of its unchallenged dominance over the culture ... and I actually think that might be a good thing. My hope is that it will remind Christians that “success” isn’t measured by money or power or numbers, but rather by the fruit of the spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Where those characteristics are present, the church lives.
Eagles are Tim Tebow's best, last chance at NFL career
Eagles are Tim Tebow's best, last chance at NFL career
This is it, Tim Tebow. Your last chance to stick on an NFL roster. But fortunately for Tebow, signing with the Philadelphia Eagles is also his best shot to restart his NFL career. Tebow, nearly two years
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Sean and Josh McDowell on the Impact of Reasonable Faith
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/donate In today’s post-Christian culture, more and more young people are being challenged on the central beliefs Christian have held dear for centuries. Even those raised in the church can fall into a season of doubt. Just listen to well-known speaker and author Sean McDowell, son of renowned apologist Josh McDowell: "I grew up in a home where I learned how to defend Christianity, but hit a point in my life of serious doubts. I was seriously questioning my faith, and relied heavily upon apologetics. I thank God for two professors in particular, William Lane Craig and JP Moreland, whose writings and talks helped me systematically work through my doubts.” Both Sean and Josh know that everyone has a faith story, but not everyone knows the solid reasons upon which their faith rests. Part of the calling of Reasonable Faith is to change that. We’re here to provide intelligent, winsome answers for those who are seeking to find the truth of the Gospel. But we need help from our friends. When you become a sustaining partner of $50 or more each month, you will receive Dr.
4 Things the ‘Hate Psalms’ Teach Us
What if this psalm, and others like it, remind us we are in trouble? Could they help us move toward brokenness before God? Reading this psalm we enter a world quite different from our safe communities where we store up Bible knowledge and hoard the love and friendship of believers. Our anesthetized hearts are laid open so we might experience the desperate condition of the human race and this fallen world. What if singing these psalms could remind us ” what is good and what the Lord requires of us”? What if singing these songs could motivate us to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8) before a desperate, aching, watching world?
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'Furious 7' Races To New Record, Quickly Hitting $1 Billion Mark
Universal says the movie is the studio's first to cross the billion-dollar mark during its first run in theaters, putting Furious 7 above films such as Jurassic Park, Despicable Me and the Jason Bourne movies.
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Dr. David Gushee: Ending the Teaching of Contempt against the Church's Sexual Minorities
Dr. David Gushee delivers the keynote address at The Reformation Project conference in Washington, D.C., on November 8, 2014. Read the transcript here: http://www.reformationproject.org/gus... . Sign up for The Reformation Project's mailing list: http://www.reformationproject.org . Purchase Dr. Gushee's new book, "Changing Our Mind:" http://www.amazon.com/Changing-Our-Mi...
The Compelling Community
At this point Compelling Community draws us in for a diagnostic on the uniqueness and preciousness of community in our churches. The bottom-line question is simply this: is community in your church a supernatural phenomenon or a merely natural one? As Dever and Dunlop observe, “Single moms gravitate to each other regardless of whether or not the gospel is true. This community is wonderful and helpful—but its existence says nothing about the power of the gospel” (20–21). In other words, most of the ways the experts tell us to “build” community has little to nothing to do with the way God actually creates it.
Sexual Pleasure Isn't Shameful
You may be surprised to find that there is nothing in the Bible that supports the assumption that sexual pleasure is innately dirty, shameful, and sinful. That may be Christian tradition, but it certainly isn’t biblical. God equipped both male and female bodies with the capacity to experience great pleasure through sexual touching and expression. He placed the greatest concentration of nerve endings in both the male and female genitalia. There is nothing inherently wrong with the pleasure that comes from sexual touch.
God's Not Dead: Distant or Bad Fathers May Lead to Atheism
Koster documents that the ranting and ravings of atheists such as Nietzsche, Freud, Huxley, Darwin, Ingersoll, Darrow, Hitler, and others were the consequence of an unhealthy relationship or lack of a relationship with their earthly father--this void fueled their wishful thinking. He goes on to establish that this led to mental illness in many of them, hence the "Atheist Syndrome." He brings this point to our attention with the following: "Materialists and atheists will, of course, be offended if we suggest that their heroes were actually insane, and their attack on God... was a deranged fantasy and not an explanation of scientific knowledge. But ... Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud - had many hallmarks of mental illness stamped on their personality. In point of fact, a careful study of their biographies in light of improved scientific knowledge may reveal not only that each man was mentally ill, but that each man suffered the same form of mental illness. It was this mental illness that led each of them to pervert science into an attack on God."
Koster goes on to present how atheist Shelley rebelled against God because he was "tormented and beaten in a religiously oriented school.
Jon Ronson Has Nothing To Be Ashamed Of, But What About The Rest Of Us?
You may not walk away from this book with new sympathy for the likes of Lehrer and Sacco. But you will walk away with fresh insights into the powerful forces that compel us to exact not only brutal but also very public punishment from those we perceive as having crossed a line. Ronson has written a fresh, big-hearted take on an important and timely topic. He has nothing to be ashamed of.
Postponed: A Google Hangout with John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul
Last Saturday, Dr. Sproul checked himself into the hospital. The doctors suspect he had a mild stroke. He remains in the hospital for further testing and observation. The Sproul family requests your prayers.
The New Testament and Gay Sex
Dr. Sprinkle serves as the Vice President of Eternity Bible College's Boise extension and has authored several books, including the New York Times bestselling Erasing Hell (with Francis Chan; 2011), Fight; A Christian Case for Nonviolence (David C. Cook, 2013), Paul and Judaism Revisited (IVP, 2013), and the recently released Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us (David C. Cook, 2014), and he is currently writing a book on homosexuality for Zondervan, which will be published in Fall 2015. Preston also hosts a daily radio program titled: What Does the Bible Really Say? which can be listened to live online or through the archives page. He also frequently speaks at various venues including college chapels, churches, music festivals, youth camps, family camps, and anywhere else where people desire to hear relevant Bible teaching. If you desire to have Preston speak, you can contact him directly through his website: prestonsprinkle.com.
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Man Up, Campus Christians—Your Timidity Feeds the PC Beast, by David French, National Review
I’m sorry, but I have a real problem — in an era when Christians are getting their heads sawed off in the Middle East — with the idea that, say, an American sociology professor feels to scared to proclaim his real beliefs on a liberal campus. I have a real problem — in an era when young Americans have been dying by the thousands in Afghanistan and Iraq in defense of liberty — with the idea that Americans on campus are too timid to even attempt to exercise those blood-bought freedoms. I have a problem with Christians — despite the example of Christ and the Apostles — who are too fearful to share the reason for their eternal hope. No one’s asking you to be a street preacher or some kind of unthinking loudmouth, but you should be ashamed of your timidity.
Christian Apologists and Church Momentum
A few years ago I attended a church planting conference. One of the presenters argued that every church needs three things–prayer, money and momentum. He argued that to maintain momentum, you need something every 6-8 weeks that will sustain a high level of energy. He stated that in order to keep things rolling, you need a new sermon series, a service project, an event or a special speaker.
Up to 950 Migrants Fleeing Libya, Middle East Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes; Pope Says They Were 'Looking for Happiness'
Some 700 migrants, a number which could climb to 950, fleeing poverty and persecution to find "a better life" and "happiness" in Europe are now feared dead after the boat they were travelling in capsized in the Mediterranean some 112 miles south of Italy's Lampedusa shortly before midnight Saturday.
Mike Adams - Freeing My Inner Lesbian
I would like to apologize for the recent controversy I caused by asking that the university fire an activist/administrator who recently attempted to violate the free speech rights of pro-life students attending our university. It seems that my calls for her termination have caused her supporters to gather and talk about the prospect of suing the university should she be fired. I write with a couple of options that could save the university from potential embarrassment, legal and otherwise.
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You know the story. A man has been a believer in Christ for decades. To all outward appearances he’s a man of Christian faithfulness and integrity. He has maintained a reputation as a fine example of public and private faithfulness to the things of God for decades. Then, without warning, it all collapses into a sinkhole of sin. Everyone wonders how it could have happened so quickly. In most cases, it soon becomes known that — like most sinkholes — the problem didn’t develop overnight.
In current times, we may associate the term “supernatural” with many different things. In pop culture, the word “supernatural” might evoke thoughts of fairy tales, mythology, science fiction movies, or other stories where the realities that govern our daily existence do not seem to apply. In Christian circles, “supernatural” brings to mind deep spiritual truths about the Christian life. However, we may rarely think about the fact that our own experience of coming to faith has profoundly supernatural origins. In this lecture, Dr. Lawson will explain how Scripture presents the Christian’s new birth as a supernatural event.
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Which False Teachings Are Evangelical Christians Most Tempted to Believe In?
Church leaders in the first several centuries pressed for clarity in worship and proclamation of this one person, the incarnate, preexistent Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Heresies (false teachings that tried to relieve the tension of this mystery) abounded. These false teachings prompted the creeds. The Nicene and Apostles’ creeds among others are shorthand presentations of the gospel. They declare the divine lordship of the Father, Son, and Spirit, the unity of Jesus’ human and divine natures, his place in history, and our subsequent place in the triune story.
The Six C’s of Life-Transformative Preaching
There’s a massive difference between being a great communicator and being a great communicator of the gospel. This blog is for fellow preachers because I care about Jesus, his church, reaching the lost, and discipleship. I want to challenge preachers to preach the gospel, not self-help sermons with Jesus “pixie dust” sprinkled on top. This practical, but powerless, preaching produces “pixie dust” disciples.
What Africa Needs More Than Food Aid or Democracy
The biblical gospel tells us that the problem is far worse than the prosperity gospel suggests. Our greatest problem is not that we are broken or sick. Our greatest problem is that the God of the universe is righteous in his holy anger, and he is coming to pour out his divine wrath on all who do not worship him as God. The biblical gospel tells us that the good news is far better than the fact that we will be made healthy and wealthy (even though this will be true of all believers in the new heavens and the new earth). The biblical gospel tells us that we get God as our treasure. We get to worship God as God. He sets us free from all other posers that promised joys they could never provide.
Tennessee Senate Kills Bill to Make the Bible State's Official Book
The Tennessee Senate voted 22-9 to send a bill seeking to make the Bible the official book of the state to a committee, a move that will effectively kill the proposal that was passed by the local House of Representatives.
Robert H. Schuller Laid to Rest in Public Memorial at Former Crystal Cathedral
Bobby Schuller, who is now hosting the "Hour of Power" program and serves as lead pastor at Shepherd's Grove, the home of the Crystal Cathedral congregation, said in a statement following his grandfather's passing: "I have the incredible honor of carrying on my grandfather's legacy by teaching people that they are not what they do, not what they have, and not what people say about them. They are the beloved of God," he said.
The Gospel Coalition just released the latest issue of Themelios , which has 194 pages of articles and book reviews. It is freely available in three formats: (1) PDF , (2) web version , and (3) Logos Bible Software (coming soon). A print edition will be available for purchase in several weeks from Wipf and Stock publishers .
There’s No Such Thing as a Spoiler
I hope you’ll agree that I’m not spoiling anything when I tell you (or perhaps remind you) how the greatest book ever written ends. It ends with a promise, a prayer, and a blessing. There is a promise to remind us that our future is sure, the victory is won, and our bridegroom is coming; a prayer that invites us to look forward with joyful anticipation to the fulfillment of God’s promises; and a blessing that gives us what we need to remain faithful until our hope is fulfilled. Be encouraged by the words of Revelation 22:20-21: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
ISIS Militants Ravage Oldest Christian Cemetery in Mosul, Desecrating Graves to 'Eradicate Pagan Symbols'
ISIS militants have been desecrating Christian graves and destroying entire cemeteries in Mosul, recording their actions on video, which they say are part of their efforts to "eradicate pagan symbols."
WORLD | Losing their shirts | Jamie Dean | May 2, 2015
Religious Liberty | Christian small-business owners across the country are under threat as gay activists try to force them to affirm homosexuality. This assault on religious liberty could define the 2016 campaign for the White House
This Comedian Does More Than Jokes -- He Brings Laughter to Places That Need It Most
Comedian Michael Jr. believes that laughter is "tangible evidence of hope." He believes that everyone has the right to smile and be happy. It sets him apart from other comedians and allows him to entertain audiences even from homeless shelters.
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Singer Tiffany Evans, Who Accused Singers of Worshipping Satan in 2009 Says She Sees Things Differently Now; Talks Being a Light and Putting Family Before Fame (Exclusive)
Tiffany Evans made waves when she called out the music industry for its possible Satanic influences in 2009, but now the singer-songwriter is taking a different approach to enlighten people spiritually while readying her comeback onto the music scene.
703. Is There Evidence For A Literal Adam And Eve?
Dr. John Sanford gives details on how science points to the existence of an actual Adam and Eve.
Keidel: Tim Tebow's Resurrection A Chance For Us To Get It Right
Tebow is also smart and articulate and handsome, which attracts its own merry band of haters. But if you take a wider lens to Tebow, you’ll see he’s one of us, a working stiff who’s just trying to get a job. He harms no one, helps many, and is the very role mode we allegedly covet.
Corruption, Poverty Imperil South Africa’s Future
Tragically, the administration of President Zuma is widely perceived to be corrupt. Transparency International gives South Africa weak scores for control of corruption and bribery. Last year, South African police began investigating Zuma for spending $24 million in public funds to upgrade his personal residence, including a swimming pool. He has refused to repay any of those funds. In the court of public opinion, Zuma is virtually a criminal, stacking the government and the courts with his cronies to avoid going to jail.