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A Universe from Nothing? | Stand to Reason

Relativistic-quantum-field-theoretical vacuum states—no less than giraffes or refrigerators or solar systems—are particular arrangements of elementary physical stuff….. The fact that some arrangements of fields happen to correspond to the existence of particles and some don’t is not a whit more mysterious than the fact that some of the possible arrangements of my fingers happen to correspond to the existence of a fist and some don’t. And the fact that particles can pop in and out of existence, over time, as those fields rearrange themselves, is not a whit more mysterious than the fact that fists can pop in and out of existence, over time, as my fingers rearrange themselves. And none of these poppings—if you look at them aright—amount to anything even remotely in the neighbourhood of a creation from nothing.

My Abandoned Life for Your Abundant Life

Abundant life is not about having stuff, but about having Jesus and true joy in him.

Watch Hillsong United Perform ‘Heart Like Heaven (Falling)’ at the Sea of Galilee

It’s a pretty great song to listen to on Easter weekend.

Brace Yourself for the First Trailer to ‘The Last Jedi’

Episode VIII is going to make so much money, guys.

Are You Fit to Fight Temptation?

Christianity is a supernatural religion, but it is far from superstitious. Without learning to read the Bible, we cannot expect to stand.

Learning to Love the Psalms: A Live Interview with W. Robert Godfrey on Tuesday at 2pm

On April 18th at 2pm ET, we will be joined by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary California, Ligonier teaching fellow, and author of the new book, Learning to Love the Psalms. Together, we will discuss the importance of the Psalms, their use throughout church history, and how we can grow in our understanding and application of these divinely inspired words.

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On the Meaning of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus

Jurgen Moltmann's  notion of Solidarity (see  The Crucified God ) is based upon the notion of Political solidarity. Christ died in Solidarity with victims. He took upon himself a political death by purposely angering the powers of the day. Thus in his death he identifies with victims of oppression. But we are all vitims of oppression. Sin has a social dimension, the injustice we experience as the hands of society and social and governmental institutions is primarily and at a very basic level the result of the social aspects of sin. Power, and political machinations begin in the sinful heart, the ego, the desire for power, and they manifest themselves through institutions built by the will to power over the other. But in a more fundamental sense we are all victims of our own sinful natures. We scheme against others on some level to build ourselve up and secure our conditions in life. IN this sense we cannot help but do injustice to others. In return injustice is done to us.Jesus died in solidarity with us, he underwent the ultimate consequences of living in a sinful world, in order to demonstrate the depths of God's love and God's desire to save us.

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus from the Cross

The editorial team at the Colson Center has done just that, and we have compiled these reflections in a booklet that we’d like to make available to you for free.

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Marriage Is Not the Mission

Paul reminds us that to live is Christ, to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). To live is not to marry. To live is not to raise children. To live is not to find “the one.” To live is Jesus Christ. In Philippians 1:23, Paul was hard pressed between the thought of continuing to live on mission (to live) and being with Christ (to die).

Is the Name “Easter” of Pagan Origin?

The modern controversy over the name Easter , when used in association with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, is interesting, to say the least. The controversy seems to have blossomed at the beginning of the twentieth century and has caused many disturbances through the years. Examining this question is important to many Christians who do not wish to mix the worship of false gods with their worship of the only true God.

He Is Not Dead: Seven Victories on Easter Sunday

Jesus is not dead. And when he rose from the grave, against all of Satan’s lies and schemes, he guaranteed for you the greatest realities in the world. Two thousand years later, the resurrection still preaches God’s relentless commitment to win every victory for you, including these seven for Easter Sunday.

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Midnight Confessions’ Are Becoming a Book

One of The Late Show ’s most frequent bits features host Stephen Colbert entering a confessional booth, and delivering jokes in the form of confessions of sins to a priest.

What is the Case for the Resurrection?

To begin, we must be entirely clear on what the case for the resurrection is not. No one is arguing that some historically reliable documents report a resurrection, and that we should therefore believe that a resurrection occurred. Rather, the historical method is used to establish certain facts, and a miracle is inferred as the best explanation of those facts. Here we can focus on 18 facts:

A Buzzfeed Investigation Freed This Man From Prison

There are still some people out there who hear “Buzzfeed” and think “13 Baby Turtles Who Are Too Extra for Their Own Good” or whatever. But over the past few years, Buzzfeed News’ investigative journalism team has slowly turned into one of the better ones in the business, with a staff of ace reporters getting international scoops of world-shaking nature. And then, occasionally, they pull off quieter, more intimate stories.

Split Rocks, Open Tombs, Raised Bodies

In sum, the power and importance and foundational significance of the voluntary death of Jesus for us is inexhaustible. Spirit surrendered, curtain split, earth shaken, rocks split, tombs opened, bodies raised, Jesus raised, city entered, many saints seen by many. The implications of these results of the voluntary death of Jesus are as real today as ever. And they will bring history to a final close. Then, the main song we will sing is the song of the Lamb that was slain (Revelation 5:9–13).

The Deeper Message of Holy Week

I’ve come to believe that Christian faith is embodied in three days—a long weekend Christians call Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. In those three days, we experience a holistic expression of what Jesus wants us to live. We must remember that Christian faith is the whole weekend and that we must enter all three days—we must embrace the pain of Friday’s sunset, the awkwardness of Saturday’s silence and the hopeful sunrise of Sunday morning.

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With the rules of evidence clearly in mind, he examines the case for the existence of God, the reality of dualism, the reliability of the Biblical text, and the deity of Jesus. Along the way we also take a critical look at the nature of the Christian Church in America today. Why are so many young people leaving the church? Why are so many older Christians apathetic and unengaged? Why do so few Christians understand what they believe, and why do even fewer understand why they believe it? Join J. Warner each week as he sorts through the evidence for the Christian Worldview and examines the life of the Church.

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Eliminating the Impossible: Can a Scientist believe the Resurrection?

The Christian gospel is based squarely on a miracle. It was the miracle of the resurrection of Christ that started it going, and that same miracle is its central message. Indeed, the basic qualification of a Christian apostle was to be an eyewitness of the resurrection, and for centuries Christians have greeted each other at Easter time with the confident words, "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!"

N.T. Wright Explains How Easter Changed Everything

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have very different angles on things, but they all converge on this: When Jesus is crucified something happens, and the result is the powers that have locked up the world in corruption, decay and death are overthrown. And Jesus is, from now on, running the show—even though it doesn’t look like it because we have the wrong idea of what power is and how it works.

Article: If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning Through the Resurrection by Kenneth Samples

In this featured article , philosopher and theologian Kenneth Samples explains why, "[f]rom a historic Christian perspective, both the nature and truth of Christianity rest upon Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead." He writes: "Jesus' being raised to new life three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine), and is Christianity’s central supporting fact (apologetics). The truth of Christianity uniquely stands or falls on Christ’s resurrection. The apostle Paul explains: “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14). “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). Since the truth-claims of Christianity hinge on the Resurrection, the New Testament accounts of Christ’s resurrection warrant careful analysis and reflection. The writers of these accounts not only report the Resurrection as a factual event but also provide a theological context and explanation of its overall significance to God’s historical redemptive plan.

Is It Okay to Question Beliefs?

Over the years, I have talked with a number of people who have been told in response to their questioning about God, “You just don’t have enough faith,” or “You just need to read your Bible.” Some were given such a response in their childhood years; others, in their teenage to young adult years. In every situation described, the result was damaging to the person’s belief in God. I don’t know the mind of the responder, nor the reason why such a response would be given. However, I can say that Christians should thoughtfully engage with questions about doubt.

There is no fear on the side of truth

The church lives in a different culture than it did 40, 30 or even 20 years ago. No longer can we tell people “The Bible says…” for they do not even accept its validity. In fact when we teach our young people, “Don’t question and just believe,” we are only compounding the problem. This is why different studies show that around 75% of young people raised in the church will fall away from the faith when they go to college. They read books like The God Delusion by Dawkins or God is Not Great by Hitchens. Their professors ridicule their faith and mock God as a jealous vindictive old man who commits many atrocities in the OT. They make claims that the Bible is full of contradictions which leave our students confused and clueless. The problem is that we…have told them that the Bible is true but we have never told them why the Bible is true. [We need] to catch up to the culture and approach it head on. There is no fear on the side of truth; if the Bible is God’s revelation and Jesus really did rise from the dead then we should expect our awesome God to provide us with the evidence we need to advance the Kingdom of God.

Lack of Creativity Isn’t an Option for the Church

You’ve heard people refer to others as “creatives,” to themselves as “a creative” and various other versions. The opposite is true, too: If you’re not the type to consider yourself creative, you think of yourself as, well, not creative. This isn’t really new, is it? People have always been more or less drawn toward creative expression, particularly when it comes to musical or visual creativity.

Film review: The Case for Christ

In fact, the pursuit of evidence forms the core of the film’s narrative. In 1980, Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) finds his marriage and professional life turned upside-down when his wife Leslie (Erika Christiansen) converts from their shared atheism to Christianity. Convinced that his wife has been brainwashed by a cult — being just a couple of years removed from the Jonestown massacre — Strobel decides to apply his journalistic expertise to debunk the central core of the Christian faith: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Can Strobel find an evidence-based argument to refute Christianity, or will he be forced to face his own biases and assumptions?

Massive Manhunt Underway in Cleveland for Man Who Killed Someone on Facebook Video

Cleveland police are out in full force to find Steve Stephens, a man who claims to have killed multiple people. So far, police have only been able to identify one victim, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., who Stephens shot and killed before uploading video of the murder to Facebook. So far, the killing appears to have been entirely random.

The Hard-Edged Hope of Wendell Berry

While some critics accuse Dreher of advocating withdrawal from secular society out of a fear of contamination, Berry offers a clear alternative to this misconception. For Berry, the real danger is not contamination but complicity; as he notes in an interview with Sutterfield, all who care for the health of the land and its human communities are “involved inescapably in … wrongs that they oppose.” Thus he advocates practices and reforms that reduce our participation in such wrongs. His work reminds us, then, that our faith must be embodied, that it must go to work in local, loving economies that strive to honor the immeasurable gift of life.

Evolutionists' Certainty Comes from Metaphysics, Not Science | Evolution News

This is upside down. Like a Christmas tree, you have a wide expanse of branches and twigs at the bottom, or beginning, and over time there is a narrowing as the species are lost to extinctions. Rather than a tree becoming increasingly wide over time from narrow beginnings, the strata often reveal the opposite pattern. Of course it is far more complicated than this simple analogy, but what is important is that the fossil record reveals so many “explosions” of new species. The so-called “Cambrian explosion” (yes, it is called an “explosion”) is the most famous, but there are several others. In these events, new species appear abruptly in the fossil record. Not only do a great many “truly new” features appear, but entirely new lineages appear as well.

The Weight of Shame

If we are honest with ourselves, and more importantly, honest with God, we cannot help but admit that we feel shame as a result of our sin. Whether we sin in private or in public—and whether we perhaps even pretend not to have it—shame is undeniably real. We feel shame because God in His grace created all human beings with the capacity to feel shame as a consequence of their sin. John Calvin wrote, “Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.” If we have never truly felt the shame of our sin, we have never truly repented of our sin. For it is only when we recognize what wretches we are that we are able to sing “Amazing Grace” and know what a sweet sound it truly is.

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Why Don't We Care About the Slaughter of Christians?

A United Airlines passenger is violently hauled off a plane, and there is national outrage, rightly so. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Assad is worse than Hitler, and again, there is national outrage, rightly so. Forty-five Egyptian Christians are slaughtered by ISIS while attending church services on Palm Sunday and scores of others are wounded, and there is barely a national yawn. How can this be?

“Manual of Christian Evidences” – Fisher Chapter 5 Guided Reading

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Jay Richards: "Who Designed the Designer?" | Evolution News

Amazingly, it’s the chief objection raised to religious belief by Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion . It’s also a complaint you hear all the time in response to intelligent design. Regarding the “natural temptation…to attribute the appearance of design to actual design itself,” Dawkins replies:

Renewing Your Mind | A Heavenly Birth | Apr 17, 2017

Today, Ligonier Teaching Fellow Sinclair Ferguson shows us how we are transformed by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.

Attacks on Christians up in the last four years - Premier

A Christian charity says the number of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world has gone up over the last four years.

How Do I Love My Unbelieving Spouse?

“However, these last several years have been challenging for my marriage. Despite sharing two young sons together, my wife and I are spiritually at odds. Despite my attempts to explain, she does not understand my faith in Jesus, nor my time spent in Bible reading and prayer. My time at church on Sundays is often viewed as a distraction from our family life. I love my wife immensely. I love our experience of each other in caring for our two sons. I believe those joys are pointers to an experience of God’s joy. She does not. I feel like there is a spiritual divorce, of sorts, that has already happened. I have no intention of a legal divorce — I want to keep alive the hope that we will one day share a Christ-exalting marriage and lead our sons in a walk of faith. But how do I persevere in love, empathy, and in a Christ-centered way amidst this great spiritual divide with my wife?”

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The Difference Between Belief That and Belief In (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, provides a detective’s perspective related to the New Testament and the Christian Life as he talks with Rob Melnichuk of “It’s Your Call”

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The Sceptic: Why I can't believe the resurrection

The remnants of Ehrman’s faith were eventually swept away altogether when he later struggled to reconcile the idea of a loving God with the suffering he saw in the world. ‘I came to a point where I simply didn’t believe there was a God who was active in the world, and that necessarily had implications, because there can’t be a miraculous resurrection of Jesus if there’s nobody who is performing miracles.’

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How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation

Her testimony follows women like Florence Hansen and Eunice Pike , the first single female translators to train with Wycliffe’s predecessor program back in 1936. In Mexico, the pair completed the first New Testament translation in an indigenous language, working in a village where no missionaries had served before. Their example quickly reshaped the field. Within a decade, the program integrated male and female training and did away with mentions of gender. By 1944, two-thirds of the linguists working in Mexico were women.

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Some people keep their distance (Luke 10:30-31). This was the example the priest gave us in the story. He simply avoided the problem altogether. He didn’t even want to know what the problem was. This is what I call the lifestyle of avoidance. We tell ourselves, “Don’t get too close to people; you may have to help them. You may get your hands dirty.” That was the priest’s problem: he was too “holy” to be helpful. He didn’t want to be stained by the stuff of life. When we live a lifestyle of avoidance, we try to keep all our relationships superficial. If we can keep everyone at arm’s length, we can pretend we don’t see their pain and their needs. If we don’t get involved, we can avoid getting hurt or inconvenienced.

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