Ep. 6 - Above the Paygrade: Wesley J. Smith about the War on Humans!
In the Above the Paygrade segment Brian and Jay welcome to the show Wesley J. Smith, Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute, prolific author, speaker, an...
Update 5: First teaser trailer released! · Polycarp - Movie
We are very grateful for all the interest we are seeing for Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods. Most of you have not yet seen any video from the actual movie, but that's about to change! We have been working on a teaser trailer for quite some time, and now it's complete! There will be a full trailer coming later, but for now, enjoy this first look into the world of Polycarp!After watching, would you do us a favor? We need this teaser to be seen by as many people as possible! This is crucial, not only to spread awareness of the film, but also to raise support for the Kickstarter campaign (which only has 8 days left)! Will you please help by sharing via email, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter? Thank you so much for helping to make this God-honoring, family-friendly movie possible!Blessings,
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Does the Concept of Hell Appear Only in the New Testament?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org While Dr William Lane Craig was on his Australian speaking tour, he spoke at EV Church on the topic,...
Responding to Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” - Darrell Bock, Naima Lett
In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock and Naima Lett discuss biblical themes in movies, focusing on Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” (Warning: Contains spoilers).
Dennis Prager Hugh Ross On Genesis
Dennis Prager - Ultimate Issues Hour - 2/25/14 broadcast. Interviews astrophysicist, Hugh Ross, on the Biblical creation days. http://www.dennisprager.com/
Large-scale UK study confirms the importance of fathers to children
I think the first question we should ask the people who want to redefine marriage is this: “which parent to do you think that a child can do without? the mother or the father?”. We must do everything we can as a society to keep both of a child’s natural parents in the home while the child grows up. If we really care about children, then we should prefer to meet their needs, even if the grown-ups have to be a bit more responsible in their decision making. if the conflict is between innocent children and selfish grown-ups, then the children should win.
Pre-game prayers: worship, witness or showing off?
The practice of invocation is perilous. If prayer simply affirms and confirms everything that happens in an NBA arena, that’s a problem. If we set an invocation alongside other rituals, including the national anthem and all-pervasive marketing and corporate sponsorship, Christians may become complacent toward the idols of nationalism and consumerism. Further, if prayer becomes nothing more than a marketing tool, that’s a problem. Christians need to be aware that team owners can and do cater to all demographics. This is not inherently wrong, but it means we should not be naive about potential motives (nor should we be thoroughly cynical either). Finally, if we pray to a generic god of all religions, we are praying to a peculiarly modern idol that is usually invoked for the sake of rubber-stamping our activities, not for bringing forth judgment and redemption.
The Briefing – AlbertMohler.com
Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations
The Universe Is Saying Something
Earlier this year, the earth tried to tell us something: it doesn’t like Corvettes. At least that’s the interpretation given by ABC news analyst Matthew Dowd, who suggests the universe is sending us a message.
Tim Tebow News: Ex-NFL QB Inspires With Faith in Jesus Christ at Easter - 'If God Is for You, Who Can Be Against You?'
Tim Tebow recently attended a church service at Opelousas, Louisiana on Easter Sunday. Tebow was the guest speaker at Our Savior's Church when he spoke about facing adversity even before he was born to missionary parents in the Philippines back in 1987.
Women, Sexuality and the Southern Baptist's ERLC Summit
Liberal Christians often champion themselves as facilitators of deep, authentic dialogue about the cultural issues facing America's faithful. But when the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission gathered yesterday for their first-ever leadership summit to genuinely discuss a myriad of sexual morality topics - including same-sex marriage and sexuality, the premier cultural conundrum facing the Church - unexpected kickback erupted on social media.
Atheists File Lawsuit Against New Jersey School For Reciting 'Under God' Statement in Pledge of Allegiance
Atheists filed a lawsuit against school on behalf of New Jersey parents who condemn the fact that their child is exposed to hearing the words "under God" during daily oration of the Pledge of Allegiance due to a state law.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Ten Common Christian Expressions Requiring Translation
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Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever.
Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!
Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic
It would be far easier to feed nine billion people by 2050 if more of the crops we grew ended up in human stomachs. Today only 55 percent of the world’s crop calories feed people directly; the rest are fed to livestock (about 36 percent) or turned into biofuels and industrial products (roughly 9 percent). Though many of us consume meat, dairy, and eggs from animals raised on feedlots, only a fraction of the calories in feed given to livestock make their way into the meat and milk that we consume. For every 100 calories of grain we feed animals, we get only about 40 new calories of milk, 22 calories of eggs, 12 of chicken, 10 of pork, or 3 of beef. Finding more efficient ways to grow meat and shifting to less meat-intensive diets—even just switching from grain-fed beef to meats like chicken, pork, or pasture-raised beef—could free up substantial amounts of food across the world. Because people in developing countries are unlikely to eat less meat in the near future, given their newfound prosperity, we can first focus on countries that already have meat-rich diets.
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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 […]
Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
In Smart Money Smart Kids , financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving then moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach to changing your family tree.
Charles Murray: An open letter to the students of Azusa Pacific University
So I didn’t know about Murray coming to our school until a friend of mine (who is of a race not mentioned) pointed it out to me and showed me some of the things he has written, some of which aggravated me and others which I might have agreed with at first glance. However this letter above is one of the reasons why I don’t think he should be coming to speak at a fairly conservative Christian campus. Sir in your letter you sounds like no more than a grumpy articulate racist. One who knows how to handle themselves so as to blend into society and cause minor ripples of discontent. So please, if you do still intend on paying us a visit do realize to which school you will be speaking and know that some of your ideas while written up nice and pretty seem to be legitimate are in some aspects hurtful and disrespectful to those of races different to your own. Oh and next time don’t post a whiny letter to your company website, it just makes you look like a child who got told they were no longer having McDonald’s for dinner.
Liberal, African American, APU student, with a brain as equally as competent as yours.
Grace to You
Divorce is never commanded; it is always a last resort, allowed when unrepentant immorality has exhausted the patience of the innocent spouse. This merciful concession to human sinfulness logically implies that God also permits remarriage. Divorce’s purpose is to show mercy to the guilty party, not to sentence the innocent party to a life of loneliness. If you are innocent and have strived to maintain your marriage, you are free to remarry if your spouse insists on continued adultery or divorce.
A Guide to Ev angelism , edited by Dan DeWitt, will equip Christians and churches with the tools they need for more faithful evangelism. With chapters focusing on the role that a church’s preaching and polity can play in the task of evangelism, as well as chapters with practical advice for Christians engaging different groups, such as Muslims, skeptics and nominal Christians, this book will help Christians fulfill their role inspreading the gospel so that grace extends to more people to the glory of God.
Counsel the Word
HEATH LAMBERT ( @HeathLambert ) is the assistant professor of Biblical Counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also serves as the Associate Dean of Applied Studies at Boyce College. Dr. Lambert currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), one of the largest biblical counseling organizations in the world with certified members in 18 countries. He is also a founding council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and is a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams and Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace .
Sabbath showdown in televised debate
That’s the topic of a debate between Passion for Truth Ministries pastor Jim Staley and pastor and apologist Chris Rosebrough Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at Passion for Truth Fellowship in St. Charles, Mo.
This week, you can pre-order a signed and numbered copy of Dr. Brown’s new groundbreaking book, Can You Be Gay and Christian?, for $30 Postage Paid! (Release Date May 6th)
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Why Doesn’t God Always Heal the Sick?
I’m sure there are other ways to account for why God chooses not to heal, but I trust that these have proved helpful. There is much I do not know about this matter, but of this I’m quite certain: God’s grace is sufficient in all circumstances so that we, “for the sake of Christ” (2 Cor. 12:10), might learn that in our weakness his power is made perfect!
To Experience God’s Love
Settle it today, in your heart and in your mind, that you will pursue a sweeter taste, a deeper experience, a clearer glimpse of the love of God and the patience of Christ. Go after it. And don't ever stop.
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Explaining Hard Things to Our Children
Explaining Hard Things to Our Children
TGC Blog | April 21, 2014
My heart was saddened the day I had to explain to my children that their aunt and uncle were getting a divorce. I struggled as I searched for words that would make sense to them. They were young and not yet acquainted with brokenness in marriage. Since then, I've had to whittle away at my children's naiveté about the world as more and more hard situations require explanation.
When our children are young, they are often isolated from the painful truths of life. Their needs are provided for and their greatest struggles are in sharing their toys. But as they grow, they become more aware of the world around them. They begin to hear about violence, wars, death, disease, and brokenness.
One day, my 7-year-old overheard talk about same-sex marriage on the news. On another occasion, I had to explain abortion and euthanasia. Then there was the time I had to break the news about a dear friend waging a battle against cancer.
For many of these talks, I was unprepared.
Reformation or Revolution? A Review of God and the Gay Christian
In the marketing materials for God and the Gay Christian , Vines is a theological wunderkind having found the formula for making biblical authority and homosexuality compatible. Vines no doubt believes the authenticity and sincerity of his interpretation and indeed, that is where the heart of this book resides. As the reader soon discovers, Vines doesn’t believe the error in understanding homosexuality is found within the Scriptures, but in our interpretation. Along these very lines, he cites Galileo’s embattlement with the Catholic Church to help justify the new rationale he’s advocating. Like Vines, Galileo wasn’t advocating the abandonment of Scripture, but certain interpretations of Scripture in light of new discoveries about the universe. For Galileo, it was a heliocentric universe. For Vines, it’s the recognition that homosexuality according to our modern understanding is morally praiseworthy. He writes: “My larger argument is this: Christians who affirm the full authority of Scripture can also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relationships” (3). He attempts to maintain an evangelical account of biblical authority while attributing error to reader interpretation.
D3 Youth Ministry Blog
Maybe, but not always. A desire should not be misunderstood as a calling. It may simply be a feeling. This feeling may be from God, or it may be an impulse of your own heart. What is clear is what is revealed in God’s Word. Before looking at your specific calling, let’s look at God’s calling for women in general. According to God’s Word, God’s highest calling for most women is being a wife and mom (Genesis 2:18; Titus 2:4). As a wife, I am designed to help my husband be the best man he can be as he lives out his calling to make disciples. So this means that if I am married, I can be confident that I am following God’s calling when I support my husband in his calling. If you are called to singleness, you are still created to be a helper in a general sense to the body of Christ, but you are also able to maximize your giftedness in a unique, devoted way (1 Cor. 7:32-35). So if you are single, I would encourage you to find a ministry that you love with leaders that you can work under and help. Then devote yourself to helping them be the best they can be as they further the kingdom.
Liberals Announce Plan To ‘Purge’ Christians
obama said in his Easter greetings, this season reminds us that God is always with us, in suffering and in celebration. We give thanks for the many blessings in our lives and renew our commitments to follow Christ’s example by loving God. So why does he hate God, and thus Christians over natural marriage, because he is a muslim youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY. Obama released Easter statements this past weekend, saying he and his family were reflecting on the meaning of Easter, but he is not a Christian, he is a muslim youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY. “This weekend, Michelle and I join our fellow Christians in marking Good Friday and celebrating Easter,” Obama said in a statement Friday. “We will reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us and rejoice in the triumph of the Resurrection, but he is not a Christian, he is a muslim youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY. obama said that easter reminds us of our responsibilities to God, but he is not a Christian, he is a muslim youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY. obama added “For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal.
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.
Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces
The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team of University of Massachusetts Amherst inventors describe a new, more versatile version of their invention, Geckskin, that can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko's feet.
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!
God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines
Gender complementarity is the belief that the Bible’s teachings on gender and gender roles is to be understood in terms of the fact that men and women are equally made in God’s image (status) but different in terms of assignment (roles). This has been the belief and conviction of virtually all Christians throughout the centuries, and it is the view held by the vast majority of those identified as Christians in the world even today. But a denial of this conviction, hand in hand with the argument that sameness of role is necessary to affirm equality of status, has led some to argue that difference in gender roles must be rejected. The first impediment to making this argument is the fact that the Bible insists on a difference in roles. In order to overcome this impediment, biblical scholars and theologians committed to egalitarianism have made arguments that are hauntingly similar to those now made by Matthew Vines in favor of relativizing the Bible’s texts on same-sex behaviors.
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bakslashr: That is the argument that Dr. Richards puts forth here. Nobody makes something moral bc they "say it is." Morality is not created by humans, it is merely recognized. Jay Richards points out that all people recognize morality regardless of their theistic or atheistic world view. Having considered that, does atheism or theism suit to explain that fact best? Jay Richards thinks (and we do as well) that atheism falls fatally short. Theism is the best explanation.
Love the Single Chapter of Your Life
It’s just a fact, young people in America — even in the church — are getting married later and later. This means there are more men and women that are unhappily not-yet-married long into their twenties, even their thirties.
Billy Graham Preaches on the Crucifixion of Christ in Decades-Old Televised Easter Message (VIDEO)
In this televised Easter special, Dr. Billy Graham teaches on three men who witnessed the crucifixion of Christ, and how their reactions to the momentous event shaped their eternal destinies. His impassioned address covers the thieves on either side of Jesus as he hung on the cross as well as the Roman centurion who watched from the other side of the crucifixion, as an executioner.
I Love My Black Letter Bible
The apostle Peter goes so far as to say the prophetic word of Scripture is a revelation "more sure" than even Christ himself in transfigured glory (2 Pet. 1:19). That's a stunning claim! He then exhorts us to recall the "commandment of our Lord and Savior through [the] apostles" (2 Pet. 3:2; cf. Acts 2:42). No wonder Paul enjoins his protégé to heed the "sound words you have heard from me" (2 Tim. 1:13) with no less urgency than the "sound words of our Lord Jesus" (1 Tim. 6:3). Or elsewhere claim his instructions are "the Lord's command" (1 Cor. 14:37; cf. 1 Thess. 2:13; 4:15) imbued with heaven's authority (2 Thess. 3:14).
What the Bible Belt Stereotypes Don't Tell You
A native New Englander, I knew very little about the Midwest before my husband and I moved to Nebraska in 2001. Vague images of corn, combines, locust plagues, fanatical football fans, bad weather, and "Bible bangers" comprised the extent of my knowledge. I considered Nebraska part of the Bible belt, and that fact did not sit well with me. As far as I was concerned, those two words, "Bible belt," were synonymous with close-minded, preachy, judgmental religious people. Proselytizers, apocalyptics, and snake charmers rounded out the picture. I wasn't just leery of moving to the Bible belt; I was downright afraid.
Bono: The Defining Question Is "Who Was Jesus?"
Bono: The Defining Question Is "Who Was Jesus?"
Neanderthals Had Shallow Gene Pool, Scientists Say - NBC News
Although mutations that change the amino acid makeup of proteins can have benefits, more often than not, they have detrimental effects. One should expectnatural selection to weed out these mutations over time, as anyone bearing them is probably less fit and thus not as likely to survive to reproduce. However, such mutations can accumulate in small, isolated populations, since those groups have fewer normal versions of those genes in their gene pools to replace any mutant genes.
Woman Miraculously Wrestled Off a Bear While Pleading With God 'Please Don't Let This Be My End' (VIDEO)
Frana said she stepped outside to check on her young children who had just left the house after she saw a number of bears in and around her garage and yard. She walked out of the back of her home and toward the driveway to call her children home when one of the bears stood up on its hind legs and knocked her down, mauling her head and scratching her body with its nails.
Despite Carter’s left-of-center perspective, A Call to Action issues a call that, in many ways, conservative evangelicals can particularly appreciate. Those who believe in the depravity of man and a historical fall should be the first to acknowledge we live in a broken world. As such, we should also be the first to recognize and fight the evils perpetrated against women. Unfortunately, because of the polarizing nature of the gender debates, it’s easy for conservatives to miscategorize Carter’s concerns as “women’s issues” and end up relegating them to a place of secondary importance. But we must not. We must remember that an attack against any image bearer of God is an attack against God himself. As Carter writes near the end of the book, the goal is “human rights,” not simply “women’s rights” (194).
Book Review: "In the Beginning God: A Fresh Look at the Case for Original Monotheism" by Winfried Corduan
Corduan’s case for original monotheism incorporates many aspects of Wilhelm Schmidt’s work. Thus, he dedicates a few chapters to analysis and defense of Schmidt’s theories. Schmidt’s theories are based off of his analysis of how cultures shift. Corduan provided fascinating and practical examples to look at how cultural movement works. One application of this to the origin of religion is that societies shift and push competing cultures either to adapt and integrate or to be pushed more to the fringes. Early settlers are often supplanted by later explorers who stayed in one place and developed before moving on. Allegedly primitive societies are often found in the deserts or at the outskirts of society because they were the first to move on and thus developed only as they settled in ever-distant areas. However, this cannot be used to support the notion that a “stone age” level of a society today entails the preservation of cultural behaviors and practices from such a time period.
Ancient DNA: Barnyard chickens living just a few hundred years ago looked far different from today's chickens
Ancient DNA adds a twist to the story of how barnyard chickens came to be. Analyzing DNA from the bones of chickens that lived 200-2,300 years ago in Europe, researchers report that some of the traits we associate with modern domestic chickens -- such as their yellowish skin -- only became widespread in the last 500 years, much more recently than previously thought.
Beautiful Illustrated Poem 'Bread of Heaven' Tells the Easter Story From Moses to Jesus (VIDEO)
"Bread of Heaven" is an illustrated poem that tells the Gospel, connecting the bread God gave His people in the desert with Jesus, the Bread of Life.
<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.”
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.
The Definitive Map of America’s Funniest (and Least Funny) Cities
The Humor Research Lab (which is evidently a real thing) has formulated the Humor Algorithm (which, is also evidently a real thing), to create the definitive list of America’s funniest and least funniest cities. The project was organized by University of Colorado professor Dr. Peter McGraw while researching his book The Humor Code , and is insanely detailed. In addition to looking at geographic factors (number of comedy clubs, the hometowns of comedians, comedy radio stations, etc.), the team also turned to the Internet. They factored in funny Twitter users, visits to meme sites and humorous web searches traced to cities around the country. Chicago, Boston and Atlanta took home the top three spots, followed by Washington D.C. and Portland. You can go here to see the entire list of rankings and learn more about the team’s methodology ...
News Release: John the Baptist's Beheading
Elam the Essene: We are deeply disturbed to hear of the demise of this beloved prophet in Israel. The death of John the Baptist is a reminder that the “sons of darkness” are at war with the “sons of life.” We recommend that our fellow Israelites take measures to separate themselves from the darkness of our world, to cultivate personal spirituality, and wait for God’s intervention. However much we agree with John’s assessment of King Herod’s sin, we disagree with his decision to go public with his criticism. The piety of John the Baptist would have been preserved had he chosen to cultivate his own personal holiness rather than meddle in temporal affairs.
Many people in our culture have been desensitized to the notion of hell. Even used as a swear word, “hell” no longer gets the reaction it once did, and many Christians ignore hell completely. But Christ took hell very seriously. In this message, Dr. Sproul teaches on the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats in order to explain the nature and severity of hell.
Earth Day's Pentecostal Origins
The man who originally introduced the name "Earth Day" was a Pentecostal minister, according to the Assemblies of God (AG) Heritage magazine .
Bart Ehrman's Latest Book – How Jesus Became God - Stand to Reason Blog
Ehrman starts by pointing out that the dividing line between human and divine was not so clear in ancient times.He provides ample evidence of ancient Greek and Roman ideas of humans becoming divine, and the divine becoming human, and all along the spectrum.I think it’s fairly well known that the Greeks and Romans believed this.The key is how he was going to show first century Jews believed this, I wondered, so I started that chapter with anticipation – and was disappointed.Not disappointed that he made a good case; disappointed that it was so weak that he and others find it compelling.He cites examples of Jewish sects that believed that humans could and did become divine, and visa versa.But in every case, these were aberrant teachings held by very small groups of Jew and never were held by mainstream Judaism.And he never shows that anyone associated with Jesus or writing the New Testament believed this and how it shaped their beliefs about a man from Nazareth who never claimed to be God.He simply cites some aberrant teaching believed by some Jews at some time, and then in subsequent chapters, tells a tale of how this shaped what was taught by Jesus’ followers about Him.