Journey Inside The Cell
http://www.discovery.org This animation shows how the digital information encoded in DNA directs protein synthesis inside the cell and provides a unique look...
Dr. William Lane Craig refutes Richard Dawkin's pseudo-logic
How much more fallacious could Dawkin's pop arguments against God possibly get?
The Image of God, Part 1 (Intro)
This 60-second program is a production of Answers in Genesis. We are an evangelistic/apologetics ministry dedicated to proclaiming the authority and accuracy...
ATP Synthase: The Intelligent Design of Molecular Machines in the Cell
ATP Synthase is a molecular machine found in many living organisms. It serves as a miniature power-generator, producing an energy-carrying molecule, adenosin...
Are there contradictions in the Bible?
G. K. Beale, Carl Trueman, and Ryan Kelly April 30, 2011 Clarus 2011 -- Scripture: God Speaks The SW Regional Conference of The Gospel Coalition http://www.c...
Richard Dawkins not sure if God exists
When asked by Ben Stein to put a percentage on the likelihood that God did or did not exist, Dawkins said that he wasn't completely sure if God didn't exist ...
How Jesus became God in the Flesh Book
http://amzn.to/1kU3rnZ No man in the past or the present has provoked such widely differing opinions as Jesus Christ. Some say He was merely a good and decen...
Explaining Hard Things to Our Children
I know many more situations and hard discussions will come up in my life as a parent. As much as I'd like to avoid it, I can't. And I can't sugar coat the realities of life. But I can give my children hope. By recounting the story of creation, fall, and redemption, I can help them understand what happened to God's perfect world, how Jesus came to save us, and how one day, all the hard and painful stories of life will end. And then we'll begin a new chapter, one that will never end.
<em>Taking God At His Word</em> Giveaway
After reading DeYoung’s new book, David Platt had this to say: “My trust in God’s Word is greater, my submission to God’s Word is deeper, and my love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
The Briefing 04-21-14
2) The “Brave New World” of Successful Human Cloning Draws Very Close
People of the Resurrection
And we are to have an active role in that new creation. In his book, “Surprised By Hope,” N.T. Wright tells us that, as a result of Jesus’ resurrection and ours, “what you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it . . .” What we “do in the present,” whether it’s “painting,” “preaching,” “building hospitals,” “campaigning for justice,” caring for the needy” or simply “loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future.”
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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 […]
Top 10 tips for atheists this Easter
I doubt there are any strong scientific, philosophical or historical arguments against Christianity. Most of those in current circulation are nowhere near as persuasive as New Atheism imagines. Contemporary sceptics would do well to drop them. Paradoxically, I do think Christianity is vulnerable at precisely the points of its own emphases. Its insistence on love, humility, and non-violence is what makes the Old Testament seem inconsistent. Its claim that God "loves us to death" (literally) creates the dilemma of its teaching about final judgment. Pressing Christians on this inner logic of the cross of Christ will make for a very interesting debate, I am sure. Believers may have decent answers, but at least you'll be touching a truly raw nerve of the Easter Faith.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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The Janet Mefferd Show
Showtime is out with a nine-part documentary on climate change featuring some top Hollywood names, but how will America receive this propaganda? Dr. Cal Beisner, spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, will join Janet to talk about it. Plus: One writer recently touted the six reasons scholars question the existence of Jesus. Janet will talk about it with Dr. Darrell Bock, executive director of Cultural Engagement and senior research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Also: A federal judge granted an injunction last week to James Dobson and Family Talk, preventing the enforcement of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Janet will talk about it with Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. That and more – join us! 1-800-343-9282.
Grace to You Radio
Forgetting is as much a part of being human as breathing. From where you left the car keys to where you left the kids, basic details get lost in the shuffle when life grows hectic. It’s not that you don’t have enough information—you’ve simply forgotten what you already know.
Spiritually, we wrestle with the same problem. We complicate...
Please Do This Today
Today is the day after the big day. Your ministry leaders are feeling the rebound effect. They won't likely tell you this, but today at some point they will wonder if all the time, effort, and sacrifice that ministry requires are worth it. You can be certain that today the enemy will seek to discourage them, critics will pick at them, and they will have at least some regret that they never get to go to church as a family and enjoy a "normal" holiday just once.
Grace to You
In other words, we must deal radically with sin, as Paul says, “I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27). If we don’t purpose to carefully control the worldly influences around us, they will control us. Those we can’t control we should not hesitate to discard.
#Christian Reason Today
#Christian Reason Today, by Arthur Khachatryan: The Christian apologetics e-paper highlighting the best of reasons for the Christian faith.
Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins
But as far as I know, none of those sins are applauded so aggressively by whole groups of people who advocate for their normalcy. Sexual immorality is no longer the tip of the spear for the progressive push. Adultery is still frowned upon by many. Accusations of greed will still smear a candidate’s political campaign. Thievery is still not openly embraced, and there are no official initiatives saying it’s okay to go steal things that don’t belong to you. There’s no such thing as a drunk agenda yet. Most aren’t proud to choose a beverage over stability, and there aren’t any petitions that the government should abolish the driving restrictions of inebriated individuals. Reviling others still isn’t seen as the best way to win friends and influence people. Swindling, especially on a corporate level, usually gets someone thrown into jail. In fact, the infrastructure of the American economy depends upon, in some measure, our shared disdain for conniving scammers.
No beaver or bee or hummingbird, or ant consciously relies on God. No beaver ponders the divine pattern of order and beauty and makes a moral choice to pursue excellence because God is excellent. No beaver ever pondered the preciousness and purpose of God and decided for God’s sake to make a dam for another beaver and not for himself. But humans have all these potentials, because we are created in God’s image. When God commissions us to subdue the earth—to shape it and use it—he doesn’t mean do it like a beaver. He means do it like a human, a morally self-conscious person who is responsible to do his work intentionally for the glory of the Maker. . . . Therefore, the essence of our work as humans must be that it is done in conscience reliance on God’s power, and in conscious quest of God’s pattern of excellence, and in deliberate aim to reflect God’s glory. 17
Defenders 2 Podcast: Salvation | Reasonable Faith
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End-of-life issues are the various topics and ethical concerns that arise during the time surrounding death. ERLC is developing issue analysis briefs to address a broad range of issues, from decision-making to euthanasia, that concern the end of life.…
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Some Honest Questions for Professing 'Gay Christians'
From the many stories I have read about professing “gay Christians” (by which I’m referring to those who claim to follow Jesus and practice homosexuality at the same time), a common theme was that they struggled to understand the Word, feeling that the Scriptures were not as clear on these issues as they had once felt. But they were sure about their “sexual orientation,” and that became their primary point of reference. (I put “sexual orientation” in quotes because it is actually a relatively recent concept and one that is subject to different understandings.)
Many people react negatively to the word theology, believing that it involves dry, fruitless arguments about minute points of doctrine. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul argues, everyone is a theologian. Any time we think about a teaching of the Bible and strive to understand it, we are engaging in theology. Therefore, it is important that we put the Bible’s varied teachings together in a systematic fashion, using proper, time-tested methods of interpretation so as to arrive at a theology that is founded on truth.
Easter Sunday Shapes Everyday
It will be very easy for you and me to celebrate these truths on Sunday. It's the premier worship service of the year; churches pull out all the stops, as they should, to remind us of the significance and magnificence of this event. Without Easter Sunday, the Apostle Paul says our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14,19).
Finishing strong: persevering through your mid-degree crisis
Southern’s master of divinity degree is a behemoth 88-credit hour program, no small feat for anyone. Academic exhaustion and burnt-out enthusiasm aren’t reflective of a lazy spirit, but if not properly corrected those feelings evolve to affect you, the student, as well as your family and future ministry.
There and Back Again
That night, my panic lasted for several minutes until I remembered that simple truth: Jesus died and lived to tell about it. Death is not a total unknown to the human race. Jesus has been there and come back again. I felt enormous relief as the implications of his resurrection rebuked my fearful imagination.
#TruthAtTheCup: Help Spread the Truth of God's Word at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
This summer, the global outreach of Ligonier Ministries turns its focus to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where we plan to distribute more than 100,000 booklets. Half a million visitors are expected in Brazil for this event.
God's Not Dead: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: Demonstrated and Integrated with Assured Proof
Scholars researching the resurrection of Christ should not presume the entitlements of the all-knowing God. Man is fallen. People have sinned. Acquiescing to the actuality of sin is requirement for real conversion—one must repent from sin and trust in Christ. The accurate researcher must consent to his finitude and its limitations. He must understand himself in light of who God is and what He has revealed. Nevertheless, many academics scrap both. Too often writers tackling the subject of Christ and His resurrection approach the subject with naturalistic presuppositions. Naturalism denies the fallen nature of man and effectively makes human reason the controlling authority, the rational zenith used to analyze the truth of God’s word. The positions are then reversed, for the reason that God is then at best an unnecessary idea. He is vulgarly dismissed as a superfluous invasion into naturalism's domain.
Latest BIO-Complexity Paper Finds that on Irreducible Complexity, Michael Behe Has Not Been Refuted
He writes: Almost all of the cases of proposed irreducible complexity consist of parts simple enough that a system of several components could be produced by chance, acting without selection. As such, they fail to demonstrate that their models can evolve irreducibly complex systems, especially on the scale of biological complexity. For evolutionary theorists, this leads to a conundrum. Since "Darwinian evolution is an ateleological process," operating without a goal, this means that "If a model is designed to assist the evolution of an irreducibly complex system, it is not a model of Darwinian evolution" and "Any decision in the construction of a model made with an eye towards enabling the evolution of irreducible complexity invalidates the model." Ewert finds that this is precisely what many of these models do. In the one case that a truly irreducibly complex system was produced by a program, Ewert found it was "designed as part of the ancestor used to seed the ... simulation," and thus did not evolve in the Darwinian sense. He concludes that computational attempts to explain the evolution of irreducible complexity have "failed on a number of fronts": Two of the models fail to satisfy the knockout test, in that they maintain functionality after parts have been removed.
Putting this powerful message into print for the first time, visionary pastor Louie Giglio and songwriter Matt Redman team up to write a heart-stirring book about the mysteries of God’s creation. Indescribable takes readers on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul. Modern science allows viewers to see farther into space than ever before, and every step draws them closer to the God who breathed each star into existence. In Indescribable , the authors intertwine devotional insights with remarkable scientific facts that awaken both mind and spirit. As Giglio and Redman write, God turns wonderers into worshipers. Above all, Indescribable is a call to worship—an invitation to know and be known by the God of all creation and to become more passionate worshipers of Jesus Christ.
Holding Fast to Truth in a Doubting Age
In his life Jesus manifested truth and by his death saved sinners enslaved to deception. Even to Pilate he proclaimed a way of truth that would have given the Roman ruler life. Amazingly, by the predestined plan of God (Acts 4:27-28), Pilate's rejection of truth advanced the cause of truth—for through dying and rising Christ received the right to send the Spirit of truth to his sheep.
Don’t Waste Your Summer
This summer only, students will pay the full $250 fee only for their first online summer course. To help students take as many courses as possible, the online fee for each student’s second online summer course will be cut in half to $125. And, beginning with their third summer online course, students pay no online fees at all. Note that this discount applies to the online fee, not to tuition rates. Since these are online courses, you can complete them from anywhere you happen to be this summer.
God's Not Dead: Without God Ascending Evolution Seems Impossible
Unguided evolution appears impossible.
Non-directed evolution is not just implausible; the theory seems impossible.
Biologically sturdy ants and their descendants would not evolve into the
top-ten list of endangered species, like a great ape. Strong and resilient
bacteria would not evolve into a weak and easily extinct Dodo bird. The so
called lower species are usually the ones that are the strongest and most fit to
survive. If reproducing, the strongest and greatest number of offspring, is an
important means of specie preservation, then the ant and the rat are a couple
of the “highest” species.
Click below to watch the live-stream of the 2014 ERLC Leadership Summit: The Gospel and Human Sexuality. We will be streaming all main sessions and panels.
We might describe most books as being somewhat similar to a fine meal, as a book will open with an eye-catching appetizer to whet interest, articulate an overarching thesis, and proceed through the argumentative courses to culminate in a satisfying dessert-and-coffee conclusion. Get Your Hands Dirty is not like most books; it’s more akin to a social event with heavy hors d’oevres served throughout the evening. Ballor’s sections certainly are substantive, interesting, and have a great presentation. But the transitions between subjects can be abrupt, and finding a common thread can be challenging, as illustrated by one 21-page section that moves from genetic modification of food (76–84) to a meditation on The Hunger Games , faith, and tyranny (84–88) to an economic analysis spurred by reflection on the Great Recession (88–96). This observation is not so much a criticism as a description, though given the array of issues the book would have been well served by an index guiding readers to topics or figures of particular interest.
What's Changed Since Columbine?
This week John Mark McMillan performs 2 songs live from the RELEVANT Studio, we get a global perspective on Easter from Pastor Oscar Muriu of the Nairobi Chapel in Kenya, we recap the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and much more ...
The TC Apologetics Daily
The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Truth Matters - Confident Faith in a Confusing World - Apologetics Guy
I am really looking forward to reading this book. I was on the fence about whether or not I would pick up a copy, but reading your review has definitely pushed me over the fence. ;) When I was a high school senior, I read a book called How to Stay a Christian in College by J. Budziszewski, and it was great at giving me some pointers about my walk with God. However, after my first year in college, I realized that some of my friends had fallen away from the faith because of some of the arguments that are refuted in Truth Matters. I wish this resource had been available when I was a teen because of the amazing truth it presents and the exposure it gives its reader to some of the bigger arguments against our faith.
Hell is an unpopular topic among Christians and non-Christians alike. Even those who take an inerrant view of Scripture often struggle to believe the fiery language that surrounds the Bible’s teachings on hell. Some have claimed that hell does not exist, or that it is simply a metaphor and not to be taken literally. In this message, Dr. Sproul looks to Scripture for answers.
5 Useful Facts for Defending the Resurrection of Jesus | Apologetics Guy
In this accessible apologetics video, I train Christians to defend the resurrection of Jesus in everyday conversations, focusing on the “minimal facts” approach I learned from Dr. Gary Habermas. My goal here is to help you remember some good talking points, so you’ll have them ready when you need them–even if that means tonight !
Monday at Missouri State University, Nelson Will Debate Shermer on the Rationality of Design Reasoning
On Monday, April 21, at Missouri State University, Discovery Institute fellow Paul Nelson will debate Skeptic Society executive director Michael Shermer . The event is at 8 pm; find more information here . While their announced topic (incidentally, with a title neither chose) is "Evolution vs. Intelligent Design," their actual topic will be the rationality, or not, of inferences to intelligence as a cause within the physical universe. This would include such inferences in historical biology -- for events like the origin of life, the Cambrian explosion, or the origin of human consciousness -- and in other fields as well.
My Kid Is Not My Calling
Biblically speaking, calling is more precise and it has two primary expressions. The first is God-ward. This general Christian calling applies to our calling into salvation and discipleship (Eph. 1:18, Col. 3:15, 2 Thess. 2:14, 1 Tim. 6:12). This type of calling is a way of life, one that transcends all other callings. Wherever we sit, eat, drink, sleep, work, play, rest, or celebrate, we do it all for the glory of the Lord. Christian motherhood falls under this umbrella of calling—all Christian mothers are "called" to honor and obey God in the way they raise their children—but this call is also much larger than any particular role.
China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years
There is no more faithful believer than a Chinese house church Christian! These folks will suffer everything for the Name above all names. They have a great in-country printing house now, but they need more Bibles. American Bible Society, Open Doors, Voice of the Martyrs, Billy Graham Evangelical Association, maybe Gospel for Asia, and others provide Bibles or paper to print Bibles on to distribute to the Chinese. Many have waited decades just to see an entire Bible. Most have only seen small portions that have been circulated around the house churches. To actually own a personal Bible is a cause for intense jubilation. If I had just 1% of the faith of these beautiful people …
Six reasons why you should believe in non-physical souls
Even though the theistic outlook, in some versions, is consistent with the available scientific evidence, I don’t believe it, and am drawn instead to a naturalistic, though non-materialist, alternative. Mind, I suspect, is not an inexplicable accident or a divine and anomalous gift but a basic aspect of nature that we will not understand until we transcend the built-in limits of contemporary scientific orthodoxy.
Please, Invest in a Summit Ministries Conference - Stand to Reason Blog
We knew what Lexi was going to get at Summit: two weeks of intense worldview training, training more valuable than any basketball camp or swim lesson. She was forced to carefully examine the false ideas of this world that compete for her heart and mind every single day. Then she learned to analyze those ideas and expose them for the lies they are. She learned to think Christianly, discovering why Christianity is true and what difference it makes for every single area of her life. How do I know? Because I get to see firsthand what Summit does every summer, as one of their instructors. After teaching at my first session a few years ago, I was completely sold on Summit.
Answering Muslims: Muslim Murders Daughter for Converting to Christianity
Morning Star News –The 17-year-old daughter of a Muslim man in Uganda was able to attend one church service this month before he killed her for leaving Islam, sources said.
Abdul Hakim Ibanda of Kamuli town in eastern Uganda beat Nanvunani Shamimu and her 19-year-old sister, Nawudo Hasifa, with a blunt instrument after learning that they had attended the church service on April 6, Hasifa told Morning Star News.
The two sisters turned to the Christian faith after they had the same dream the night of April 4, she said.
“We both saw a man dressed in white clothes, telling us to go and be prayed for in the church, but he did not tell us which church to go to,” Hasifa said.
On April 6 they attended United Believers Church in Kawaga, Kamuli District. “On Sunday morning we arrived at the United Believers Church and straight away went to see the pastor and explained to him about the dream and that we were ready to be Christians,” she said. “The pastor prayed for us to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives. After prayers we then went to church, where the pastor introduced us to the church and that we were new members of the church.
7 Symptoms of Eternity Amnesia
Unless we live in ministry with the daily knowledge that God’s promises only reach their complete fulfillment in the world to come, we will feel as if we’ve been hit with a cosmic bait and switch. The taste we get of God’s good gifts in the here and now are meant to keep us hungering for the full meal that is waiting for us in eternity.
Intelligent Design's Utility Is Highlighted in a New Volume, Engineering and the Ultimate
Jonathan Bartlett offers two chapters, "Using Turing Oracles in Cognitive Models of Problem-Solving," and "Calculating Software Complexity Using the Halting Problem," to help us better understand how intelligent agents think, and perhaps even help us understand the basis of consciousness. He begins by observing, "At the core of engineering is human problem-solving," and notes that human minds have been called "an oracle machine," where an "oracle" is something that "enable[s] the modeling of processes in the mind which are not computationally based." (p. 99) In mathematics, there are certain problems which have not been solved, but there are also problems that were once thought unsolvable, but have now been solved. According to Bartlett, this could mean that the human mind may "have access to an oracle which is more powerful than finitary computational systems." (p. 113) He concludes: "There is good evidence human cognition goes beyond what has been traditionally considered as 'physical.'" (p. 118)
Michael W. Smith's 'Sovereign' Bridges the Gap with Next-Gen Worship Leaders While Sticking to Contemporary Roots (ALBUM REVIEW)
The next song, "Heaven Come Down," is a prayer that sets the tone for the album, crying out to God to open our hearts and to fill us with His holy fire. It directly flows into "Miracle," where Smith cries out, "A rebel heart, a restless soul/ I lost my sight, I lost control/ a cry for hope, could I be saved?/ You found a way, You found a way."
Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 04-19-14
2) Should I talk about God and His Word in every conversation with unbelievers in my school?
Story Time: Psychologists Show How to "Suppress" Children's Intuition of Design in Nature
Dr. Kelemen and her colleagues thought that they might be able to get young children to understand the mechanism of natural selection before the alternative intentional-design theory had become too entrenched. They gave 5- to 8-year-olds 10-page picture books that illustrated an example of natural selection. The "pilosas," for example, are fictional mammals who eat insects. Some of them had thick trunks, and some had thin ones. A sudden change in the climate drove the insects into narrow underground tunnels. The thin-trunked pilosas could still eat the insects, but the ones with thick trunks died. So the next generation all had thin trunks.