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2 Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize | Uncommon Descent

Plantinga’s 1984 paper, “Advice to Christian Philosophers,” challenged Christian philosophers to let their religious commitments shape their academic agenda and to pursue rigorous work based on a specifically Christian philosophical vision. At the same time, he was developing an account of knowledge, most fully expressed in the “Warrant Trilogy” published by Oxford University Press (1993 and 2000), making the case that religious beliefs are proper starting points for human reasoning and do not have to be defended or justified based on other beliefs. These arguments have now influenced three generations of professional philosophers.

3 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily

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John Stonestreet

Because we were where we were, and because I am who I am, I drew in both Walker Percy and Wendell Berry, boys who grew up in small southern towns who became men with far-reaching insights into who we are and how we live. If Percy offers us the vision that a good life can be seen as a “hint of hope,” taking honest account of the deep-seated wounds that are ours in this life and world, and trying anyway; then Berry’s writing is permeated with the belief that people and place are crucial for human flourishing, arguing in fact that when we forget them, we cannot flourish. My visits in the last year to Birmingham, Alabama, and Bratislava, Slovakia, also came into our evening. In both places I was invited in by people who care about where they live, believing that it is only in a recovery of vocation that there will be a renewal of their cities; knowing their hurts and sorrows, they are not willing to “walk on by” and “look the other way.”

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What Could God Not Have Commanded? | Reasonable Faith

In this case, I am stipulating for the moment the existence of God and the validity of your Moral Argument for God. I also want to avoid the issue of whether or not the commands were actually issued, and the issue of Biblical inerrancy, which you often point out is irrelevant, and instead, focus on the argument itself. My question is this. If any command given or action taken by God can be defended on the basis that God must have "morally sufficient reasons", then what command cannot be given or action not taken by God, who, at the same time, remains a morally perfect being? Put another way, what are some examples of commands that God would not give or actions God would not take because it's NOT possible he could have a morally sufficient reason for doing so?

6 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI

His torment began in the Garden of Gethsemane after the emotional Last Supper. There Jesus experienced a medical condition known as hematidrosis. Tiny capillaries in his sweat glands ruptured, mixing sweat with blood. As a result, Christ’s skin became extremely fragile.   The same night, Jesus was betrayed by Judas, disowned by Peter, and arrested by the temple guard. Before Caiaphas the high priest, he was mocked, beaten, and spat upon. The next morning, Jesus, battered, bruised, and bleeding was led into the Praetorium. There Jesus was stripped and subjected to the brutality of Roman flogging. A whip replete with razor-sharp bones and lead balls reduced his body to quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh. As Christ slumped into the pool of his own blood, the soldiers threw a scarlet robe across his shoulders, thrust a scepter into his hand, and pressed sharp thorns into his scalp.   After they mocked him, they took the scepter out of his hand and repeatedly struck him on the head. Now Jesus was in critical condition. A heavy wooden beam was thrust upon Christ’s bleeding body, and he was led away to a place called Golgotha.

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Keep Looking

One reason we see so little when we read the Bible is that we do not give ourselves long enough to look. John Piper shares the story “Agassiz and the Fish” in his new book Reading the Bible Supernaturally . In the seemingly ordinary act of reading the Bible, something miraculous happens: God gives us new eyes to see more of him — if we are willing to slow down and keep looking.

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Jesus Never Promised an Easy Life

Following Jesus isn’t burdensome. It isn’t a heavy load. His yoke is light and easy to bear because He bears the weight of it. The hoops we think we need to jump through in order to gain God’s favor have crumbled under an earthquake of grace.

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Hank Hanegraaff Goes Greek Orthodox

I imagine I was like many of my western missionary colleagues when it came to the Orthodox Church in those early days after the break up of the Soviet Union—namely, naïve. The little thought I had given to Eastern Christianity had found easy (read: ignorant) bliss in the idea that in studying the Roman Church I pretty much had the Greek one down too. Just different “bells and whistles” on this exotic eastern model. What was my surprise then when an Orthodox cleric once said, “It’s you Protestants who are closer to Catholics than either of you are to us Orthodox.” What?! In the years since, I have come to see that in many ways my Orthodox friend was right … and in other ways, I’m not so sure. In the brief space allotted here I’ll try to elaborate something of what I mean.

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How to Make Sense of Livestreaming Violence

Yes, it will take a Saturday morning to attend. Yes, it won’t be convenient. Yes, it’s a commitment. But I guarantee you if you invest in this training, you will be more confident to make a call if you ever need to. But before you ever pick up a phone, you will need to understand why it’s so important and how to legally proceed. Increase your awareness to a level of confident, skilled knowledge. A child’s life that you know could actually depend on this.

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Laws Alone Won’t Change Racial Injustice

Laws Alone Won’t Change Racial Injustice

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When Bill Nye Enlisted Science in the Service of Perversion | The Stream

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God Can Overcome Any Abuse

When God carries abuse survivors out of the darkness and into the light, and calls them to bring forth a new kind of family that honors him, he is doing something magnificent. It is manifestly glorious in its natural impossibility: God alone has the power to create good from evil. The contrast between the deeply rooted destruction and evil of abuse, and the brilliant hope of life in Christ is enough to draw us to our knees before our Lord in awe and thankfulness.

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Who’s In Charge of the Christian Blogosphere?

In his essay Sinsick , Stanley Hauerwas famously explores the notion of authority using a medical analogy. If a medical student told his advisor, “I’m not into anatomy this year, I’m into relating” and asked to skip anatomy class to focus on people, the medical school would reply, “Who in the hell do you think you are, kid? ... You’re going to take anatomy. If you don’t like it, that’s tough.” Hauerwas delivers his crucial point by saying: “Now what that shows is that people believe incompetent physicians can hurt them. Therefore people expect medical schools to hold their students responsible for the kind of training that is necessary to be competent physicians. On the other hand, few people believe an incompetent minister can damage their salvation.”

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Book Review: Dictionary of Christianity and Science

Introduction To describe the historic relationship between Christianity and science as contentious would seem to many a grand understatement.  In defense of the view that Christianity and science are compatible, many would argue that the entire scientific enterprise was founded by those who believed in a Creator God and desired to learn more about Him.  Others, such as the late paleontologist and science writer Stephen Jay Gould, contended that "religion and science were two completely different realms of thought and action."  [p. 337]  He referred to them as "non-overlapping magisteria," or NOMA.  And New Atheists such as the late Christopher Hitchens would have us believe that religion was our primitive first attempt at explaining the world around us, but that science now offers a superior explanation to the important questions of human existence.  Is it any wonder that the editors of the Dictionary of Christianity and Science write: "Possibly more than at any other time in history, views about the relationship between science and Christianity in Western culture are both polarizing and confusing.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

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For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which flags religious freedom violators for the State Department, listed the former Soviet state among six new Tier 1 “countries of particular concern” (CPC) in its latest annual report , released Wednesday.

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The Church Needs Philosophers and Philosophers Need the Church

The church needs philosophers. But we Christian philosophers need the church too. We need to be reminded daily that the Western canon of intellectual history is not our “real food.” To paraphrase Jesus, “Man does not live on Descartes and Kant alone, but on the word of God.” We need to be reminded of the Great Commission. Remind us that Jesus, and not a solution to the problem of universals, is the world’s greatest need. Push us to live for Christ and experience his grace; remind us that our life in Christ is more satisfying, more exhilarating than getting a book published, a journal article accepted, or even an important idea coherently articulated. We need to be daily pulled down from the heights of the Areopagus, where philosophical problems lurch around every corner and crag, and be bothered by the mundane problems of relating with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. We need good biblical exposition and sound theology to remind us of the limits of our discipline and that reason provides us with  a  tool, but not the  only  tool, as we wrestle with ideas and their implications.

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Beans and Cornbread Apologetics - Southern by His Grace

If you do the work to make an argument yours and you have added all that you can, serve it up to folks with passion and love. It’s hard for people to hate a person who loves them and works hard to provide for their specific needs. You ought to argue that way. Have a passion for what argue. You do believe it don’t you? Love the people enough to be convincing and persuasive. They may disagree but they will appreciate your appetite for your arguments. Maybe when they’ve had so many bland apologetics meals, your home cooked comfort food served on your special dinner plates will fill both their stomachs and their hearts.

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Augustine, Pelagius, and the Pursuit of Pleasure

After the apostles, St. Augustine may be the most influential Christian in history. At the core of his theology was that God cannot be glorified unless our hearts enjoy him.

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What Can Church History Teach Us About Wolves?

Imbalanced may not be the right word. I’m not suggesting truth is always the golden mean between obvious extremes. What I mean is that false teachers have a tendency to let the big themes of Scripture silence specific verses. Wolves ignore the whole counsel of God. They like to take themes like love or justice or hospitality or law or grace and then round off all the edges of Scripture to fit this one big idea. The problem is not in trumpeting this glorious truths. The problem is that their understanding of the truth gets truncated, and the application of the truth gets one-dimensional. This often leads to unbiblical conclusions that can sound biblical. Such as: If God is love, then we can’t have hell or moral demands that make me (or my friends) feel uncomfortable or unfulfilled. If Jesus ate with sinners, then we should not be overly concerned about sin. If God is sovereign over all things, then we shouldn’t evangelize. General truths pressed through to unbiblical conclusions.

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New Research on Gospel Contradictions: Interview with Mike Licona

MIKE LICONA: Back in 2008 and 2009 I was publicly debating Bart Ehrman on the resurrection. He brought up Gospel contradictions as one of his major objections to the Gospels. I have noticed that this genuinely bothers many Evangelical Christians. As a result, I decided to look into it in more depth. I wasn’t so much concerned about resolving them, because I understood that if Jesus rose from the dead, Christianity is true, regardless of any errors that might be present in the Bible. So, even if there are contradictions in the Gospels, it wouldn’t negate the truth of Christianity. But it does bother a lot of Evangelicals, so that’s what got me interested in the topic. And to be honest, it did make me question the historical reliability of the Gospels.

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Emptiness?

The American Dream praises those who have a picture-perfect spouse; go into debt to live in a sizable home surrounded by a white picket fence; own a new SUV and a shiny sedan in the garage; have 2.5 children in the second- or third-floor bedrooms; drive from their home in the affluent suburbs to the children’s school for soccer practice and parent-teacher conferences; stay home every night to watch mindless TV after long days of corporate ladder-climbing; grocery shop at big-box department stores; and go to the lake with the boat on weekends.

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This Viral Image of a Camouflaged Snake Is Driving the Internet Crazy

A herpetologist and Ph.D student named Helen Plyar, who goes by @SssnakeySci, posted this image on Twitter, with the caption, “Received this from a fellow HERper this morning. No caption needed, the task was implied: ‘can you spot the snake?’”

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Is Jesus the Creator God?

That is, God the Father, whose voice was never heard, nor his shape seen by angels or men; for though Jacob, Moses, the elders of Israel, Manoah, and his wife, are said to see God, and Job expected to see him with his bodily eyes, and the saints will see him as he is, in which will lie their great happiness; yet all seems to be understood of the second person, who frequently appeared to the Old Testament saints, in an human form, and will be seen by the saints in heaven, in his real human nature; or of God in and by him: for the essence of God is invisible, and not to be seen with the eyes of the body; nor indeed with the eyes of the understanding, so as to comprehend it; nor immediately, but through, and by certain means: God is seen in the works of creation and providence, in the promises, and in his ordinances; but above all, in Christ the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person: this may chiefly intend here, man’s not knowing any thing of God in a spiritual and saving way, but in and by Christ 11

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An Asian and a Caucasian Talk in a Truck

Mike joined David Mathis, executive editor at Desiring God, to discuss race, culture, ethnic harmony, and the call of Christ to love all our neighbors with fearlessness.

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Introducing Quick to Listen, a New Podcast from Christianity Today

Quick to Listen isn’t about getting our opinions out there or establishing a series of evangelical lines in the sand. The church is made up of a broad swath of perspectives, and all of us have something to learn from one another. Quick To Listen is about giving ourselves the opportunity to hear, really hear, one another. Our hope is, at the end of each episode, we might be one step closer to the truth of these complex situations. For now, we’ll settle for a little more understanding.

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

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The Point: Transgender or Tomboy?

And that’s why I was so disturbed by a recent piece in the New York Times entitled, “My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy.”

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Justin Bieber on His Past Troubles: ‘Thank God I’m Not Where I Used to Be’

In the caption, he wrote, “I LOVE THIS because it reminds me IM NOT EXACTLY WHERE I WANT TO BE BUT THANK GOD IM NOT WHERE I USED TO BE!! THE BEST IS YET TO COME DO YOU BELIEVE IT?”

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Psalm 8: Majesty in Meekness

God conquers his foes by weak babies and rules the world with weak men. In this lab, Pastor John shows us that God is more likely to use your weaknesses for his glory than your strengths.

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Money Doesn’t Have to Be So Stressful

Ron Blue: After spending his early career on Wall Street and as an entrepreneur, Ron Blue became a Christian in his early thirties. Since 1979, he has held a God-given passion to help Christians plan and manage their finances in order to be able to maximize Kingdom giving. He is the founder of Ronald Blue & Co., the largest fee-only Christian financial planning firm in the country. He has authored twenty books on biblical financial stewardship. Karen Guess: A former educator, Karen has spent the last eight years working closely with her father, Ron Blue, both editing and creating content for Kingdom Advisors and The Ron Blue Institute. This is their first book together. Karen and her husband have three children and reside in Clarkston, Georgia.

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God of Love?

Increasingly today, “love” for many involves control and manipulation, seeking maximum self-gratification in return for minimum commitment. It could be argued that this is due, at least in part, to the widespread influence of atheism and naturalistic evolution in public life, particularly in schools. If children are told that there is no God, no ultimate purpose, no universal standard for moral behavior; that they are utterly insignificant, the result of chance chemical interactions on a cosmic stage; that survival of the fittest is the most important factor in the evolution and furtherance of the human race—is it really any wonder that much of society is obsessed with hedonism and violence? This approach to life is the complete opposite of what the Bible teaches about love and its associated humility, mercy, kindness, and faithfulness.

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21 Days: Join the Prayer Movement for Life!

Perhaps you feel this way. You have a heart for the unborn, but have yet to act on your pro-life sentiments. You want to do something, but see only two options — pick a fight or avoid the issue in polite company!

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If God Loves Me, Why Am I Still Waiting?

It might not feel like love, but that’s because we can’t yet see the resurrection up ahead. We’re still standing by the deathbed with tears in our eyes and despair in our hearts. But there is a day coming when everything dead will be resurrected, when every broken thing will be renewed. I don’t know if that day will come soon for you or if it will finally come on that last day when Jesus will return to right every wrong. But it will come.

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Sorry Weber, Durkheim, and Marx: Educated Evangelicals Are More Religious

Catholics show the same pattern: Those with a college degree are more likely to attend mass at least weekly (45% vs. 39% of those who didn’t continue past high school), but fall slightly behind in other categories. Their overall scores are almost exactly the same: 62 percent of college graduates and 60 percent of those with who didn’t go to college have a high religious commitment overall.

43 Renewing Your Mind | Image Is Not Everything | Apr 26, 2017

Today R.C. Sproul reveals something significant that we often miss in the object lesson that Jesus taught when he cursed the fig tree.

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Three Strategies for Overcoming the Superficial Life

The answer to that second half of the question is addressed in the first half; namely, the more basic superficial mind-set needs to be reversed. That superficial mind-set that has built up over time needs to be undone, reversed, and I think this is a very perceptive question. It touches on an issue that is epidemic among human beings in general, in every age, and perhaps more than ever in our age of ever-present distraction by superficial input from every manner of media.

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More Than 300 Million People Still Suffer From Malaria

The number of people affected by malaria ranges insanely wide—UNICEF estimates between 300 to 600 million globally, while the World Health Organization (WHO) reports a more specific 210 million for 2015—but that makes the point all the more clearly: Malaria is still a huge problem. In 2015 alone, 429,000 people died from the disease.

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Case-Making 101: Why Do Christians Need To Understand and Practice Apologetics?

The word “ apologetics ” comes from the Greek word “apologia,” pronounced “ap-ol-og-ee’-ah.” It means, “a verbal defense.” It is used eight times in the New Testament : Acts 22:1; 25:16; 1 Corinthians 9:3; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6; Philippians1:7; 2 Timothy 4:16, and 1 Peter 3:15.

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Stop Reducing Your Faith to Hashtags

We have another generation coming right up behind us. They are looking to us to set the example, to show them what it means to be in community; to bear your soul to another human and ask them to examine it biblically. To point them to Christ and challenge them in their laziness, their idolatry, their lust and their envy. We are leading their charge with iPhones and lattes and comfortable quotes when we should be arming them for battle. We are busy painting our Bibles while the rest of the world waits to hear about the God who breathed it into existence.

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The Mistakes All Young Couples Make in Their First Year of Marriage

Too often, we approach marriage with rose-colored glasses. Then, when reality hits us square on, we wonder if there’s something wrong. Couples are not given an instruction manual or list of FAQs that can help guide their first few years. The good news is that most of the time the challenges we face are common. Sometimes, we just need to know what’s typical and how to approach it.

51 Is Jesus God?
52 Here We Stand — Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2017
53 How God Grows Us Through Parenting
54 #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear Puts Misogyny on Blast
55 These Parents Cheered Their Autistic Son Up By Building Him a Mini-Blockbuster Video Store
56 How Being ‘Authentic’ Is Holding You Back
57 ‘Gifted’ Is One of the Most Surprisingly Powerful Movies of the Year
58 Does My Family Need a Second Income?
59 Uncertain but Unshaken: Four Anchors for the Waves You Face
60 Reasons To Believe : 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 7
61 Crossway on Twitter
62 The Dead End of Sexual Sin
63 How to Be a Miserable Comforter: Two Ways We Fail the Hurting
64 Adam and Eve Can’t Save Your Marriage
65 US Dept of Interior on Twitter
66 Houston Baptist University
67 What Is Congregational Singing, and Why Is It So Important?
68 Bethlehem, Not Berkeley, Is the Birthplace of Free Speech
69 BreakPoint on Twitter
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73 Christianity is Hard and Easy - The Benefit of the Doubt
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75 Instagram post by J Warner Wallace • Apr 27, 2017 at 3:15pm UTC
76 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
77 Celebrating God Through Marriage, Faith and Music (Part 1 of 2)
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80 The Briefing 04-27-17 - AlbertMohler.com
81 Reasons To Believe : Conservation Biology Studies Elicit Doubts about the First Human Population Size
82 The Briefing 04-27-17 - AlbertMohler.com
83 Scribes, Pharisees, Hypocrites by Sinclair Ferguson | April 27, 2017
84 http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/take-the-high-ground-for-a-clear-perspective
85 Instagram post by Tim Barnett • Apr 26, 2017 at 4:28pm UTC
86 Premier Christian on Twitter
87 Kendrick Lamar's Duel with Damnation
88 Trump Continues Contraceptive Fight; Sanders Defends Pro-Life Democrats
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91 Whatever Is Pure: Cedarville Requires Professors to Apply Philippians 4:8
92 Presenting Christianity in a Thoughtful Way
93 The Skeptical State of Bible Reading in 2017
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