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What Reformed Theology Is Not

The late theologian Cornelius Van Til once made the observation that Calvinism is not to be identified with the so-called five points of Calvinism. Rather, Van Til concluded that the five points function as a pathway, or a bridge, to the entire structure of Reformed theology. Likewise, Charles Spurgeon argued that Calvinism is merely a nickname for biblical theology. These titans of the past understood that the essence of Reformed theology cannot be reduced to five particular points that arose as points of controversy centuries ago in Holland with the Remonstrants, who objected to five specific points of the system of doctrine found in historic Calvinism. Those five points have become associated with the acrostic TULIP : Total depravity , Unconditional election , Limited atonement , Irresistible grace , and Perseverance of the saints .

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Is God Real? Evidence for God from Objective Moral Truth

There are several compelling arguments for the existence of God , and many of them are rooted in science (i.e. thee Cosmological Argument ) or philosophy (i.e. the Transcendental Argument ). Sometimes these disciplines are foreign to our everyday experience, however, and not many of us are prepared to debate (or even describe) scientific details or esoteric philosophical concepts, especially as they might be related to God’s existence. Another set of evidences may be far easier to assess and communicate. Is God real? The presence of objective moral truth validates the existence of God and this evidence may be much easier to communicate to others.

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12 Quotes: Skepticism, Evangelism, and Christian Apologetics

There's a fine line, though, between being someone who questions and being someone who refuses to believe any answers-a true skeptic. In fact, I don't think many skeptics actually question anything. They may phrase their challenges as questions, but their heart is set on rejection and disproving, not asking. To truly question something is to query it and to ask about it for the sake of greater and deeper understanding. This may lead to evidence that disproves or to propositions worthy of rejecting, but the heart behind it is to learn, to know. And in this sense, we ought to question everything. And I do mean everything…

4 Brendan Eich's donation was leaked by the IRS to the Human Rights Campaign

Eich is out on his ear for the unpardonable sin of subscribing to a moral and political belief so mean-spirited and close-minded that it was shared by President Obama back when the fateful contribution was made. (Obama was never actually against gay marriage, but it was his public stance for awhile). Indeed, a majority of California voters endorsed Proposition 8 that year, including substantial majorities of Hispanics and African-Americans. When Eich’s private beliefs recently came to light, online petitioners demanded that he either renounce them or be fired. Think about that. “Renounce your beliefs and agree with us,  or else ” is not a sentence that should be uttered lightly, if ever, in a free society. Scalp collected, and message received. They didn’t even seriously allege — let alone try to prove — that Eich’s tenure as CEO would be marked by discrimination in any way. It was his mere presence that was intolerable. An appeal to reason from one of Eich’s gay colleagues evidently fell on deaf ears:

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http://erlc.com/article/why-can-mozilla-have-corporate-convictions-but-not-hobby-lobby

This week a well known company whose products I have used for years made national headlines. Why? They made a controversial decision based on their closely held corporate convictions in response to a national outcry. They were criticized by those on the other side who claimed that their expression of their organizational beliefs would violate the freedom of their employees and cause them harm. No, I am not talking about Hobby Lobby. I am talking about Mozilla. Yesterday, newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich resigned amidst an online furor that erupted because he donated $1,000 to support California's Proposition 8 opposing the legalization of same sex marriage. Though Eich had worked for the company for years, made significant achievements in the tech field, and committed to keep his personal convictions isolated from his corporate leadership, criticisms (and even boycotts by some groups, like dating site OK Cupid) resulted in his resignation. Isn't it interesting that many who don't think Hobby Lobby can have corporate convictions now think that Mozilla can? The parallels between the two situations are striking.

6 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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Noah’s Co-Writer Explains the Film’s Controversial Theology

A: I would say this: We set out very purposefully to upset expectations and change expectations people had about this story. We had expectations when we came to it—Darren [director, Darren Aronofsky] and I, we read Genesis as kids and young adults—but what we had in our minds was a Playmobil ark and as for animals, pet stores. And that’s the way the Noah story has gone into the pop consciousness. It’s a very, very, very different story than what we saw when we opened Genesis again as middle-aged men and thought seriously about what’s there. To get people to grapple with it and to see it fresh, we wanted to break expectations. Some of them we wanted to break that are just incorrect—like the idea of what the ark looked like. It was purposeful.

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D3 Youth Conference

D3 Youth Conference will be a summer experience full of learning and growing opportunities for high school students serious about following Christ. Designed to develop students’ understanding of leadership, worldview and missions, D3 will equip students on the campus of Southern Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, Ky.

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If You're Against Gay Marriage, You're a Bad CEO

But this is different. Opposing gay marriage in America today is not akin to opposing tax hikes or even the war in Afghanistan. It’s more akin to opposing interracial marriage: It bespeaks a conviction that some people do not deserve the same basic rights as others. An organization like Mozilla might tolerate that in an underling, and it might even tolerate it in a CTO. But in a CEO—the ultimate decision-maker and public face of an organization—it sends an awful message. That’s doubly so for an organization devoted to openness and freedom on the Web—not to mention one with numerous gay employees.

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Hess: Raiderette sues team for fair pay

The provocation was unprecedented. When pro football's first cheerleaders took the field in the 1920s, rah-rahing on the sidelines was a volunteer position, usually occupied by local high school and college cheerleaders interested in performing on a bigger stage. But as TV began to outpace radio, more and more teams stocked their sidelines with flashier -- although still unpaid -- performers. In 1972, Cowboys GM Tex Schramm upped the game. He'd seen Bubbles Cash, an artificially augmented local stripper, make the news after cameras caught her shimmying in the stands with a stick of cotton candy, and he wanted similar assets at his games. So he replaced his cheer director -- a local high school teacher -- with a Broadway choreographer, dismissed his squad of coed teenagers to make way for a team of (barely) legal women in stomach-baring tops and began paying them a meager salary. By 1976, they'd become a trademark part of a franchise. That year, Super Bowl X marked not only the end of the Cowboys' season but the beginning of modern professional cheerleading: 73 million viewers watched as one cheerleader turned to the camera and winked, launching the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as bankable stars of team-approved posters, calendars, public appearances and reality TV.

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Doug Fields is speaking on Have I Got a Surprise for You!

Why do we tithe? The Bible says, "The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives" (Deuteronomy 14:23). Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life. Learn more and Start giving right now here!

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Grace to You

I would stir you all up to be instant in season and out of season in telling out the gospel message, especially to repeat such a word as this: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Whisper it in the ear of the sick, shout it in the corner of the streets, write it on your tablet, send it forth from the press, but everywhere let this be your great motive and warrant.

13 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Christians form human shield around church in 'China's Jerusalem' after demolition threat - Telegraph

Christians have flocked to defend a church in eastern China after Communist Party officials claimed it was an "illegal construction" and announced plans to demolish it

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10 Tips on Preparing and Preaching for Easter

Those who are entrusted to preach or teach are often so busy that they miss out on deep encounters with God the Holy Spirit. In the week before you preach, you will be busy with all the details of services for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, plus the family plans you must juggle with your ministry responsibilities. So, intentionally set aside some sacred silence and solitude time to get with Jesus and remember his death, burial, and resurrection in place of sin for salvation. And make sure not to neglect making Easter special for your family with all the busyness of the season. Make sure your kids grow up loving the Easter season because their dad was as devoted to them as he was to the church.

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The Fascist Thugs Win One: Firefox CEO Steps Down (Update: IRS Role Exposed)

Silicon Valley supports freedom for leftists. It happily discriminates against conservatives of any kind. Leftists populate many of the management positions, and many of the grunt positions. Muslims are fully incorporated into its culture. Conservative Christians and Zionist Jews, or any Jew who includes Israeli work experience on his/her resume, may find rough waters. I remember being interviewed by a gay, orange-haired quality assurance geek in San Francisco. Israel was all over my resume. His rudeness and hostility were palpable from the first moment. He did not let me speak, mocked me when I did, and made it clear through tone and body language that I had no chance in his view. Of course, there are many decent people in Silicon Valley, but guys like this are everywhere. Jewish Lefties are also a big problem there. The hatred for Biblical roots and principles, and the Ten Commandments are ubiquitous throughout Babylon. And that includes large swaths of Israeli hi-tech as well.

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Are You Obeying the Third Commandment?

Applied positively, the third commandment calls us to speak of and sing to God accurately, thoughtfully, descriptively, reverently, and worshipfully. Space won't permit exploring those applications of the third commandment, but the mere mention of them should add weight to this whole discussion. They hopefully add depth and dimension to God's own resolve: "I will be jealous for my holy name" (Ezek. 39:25). And praise God that the preceding words in that verse contain another divine resolve: "I will . . have mercy." What hope for broken sinners: God rests his promise of mercy to us on his very name—his jealous, holy name.

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The probability of life originating from accident...

The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.

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Expository ministry: A comprehensive vision

When God speaks, creation obeys. When he spoke the universe into existence, it happened (Gen 1:3-26). When he speaks into the cold, dead hearts of sinners, a new creation appears (2 Cor 5:17). When preachers exposit the Word of God and announce that Jesus is the Christ, the church is built (Matt 16:16-18). Whenever God’s Word is proclaimed, something comes into existence that wasn’t there before.

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Common Descent or Common Design?

Sure, humans and fish both share backbones and nerve codes. That’s no surprise to anyone. In fact, humans also share genes with bananas and bacteria. That organisms share genes or structural parts does not necessarily reflect common ancestry, because it could indicate that they were built upon a common body plan. After all, it’s a good design principle to re-use parts that work in different designs—this is exactly why mechanical engineers put wheels on both cars and airplanes, or why technology designers put keyboards on both computers and cell phones. That different organisms share some of the same parts could easily reflect common design rather than common descent.

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Has Secularization Made Us Smarter?

Here is a common myth:  Intelligence has evolved over the centuries of recorded history, so we’re smarter than people were a thousand years ago. Just look at the remarkable advances in the sciences and especially technology, and it’s clear that our current generation is more intelligent than those of the past, right?  I hear it all the time, sometimes explicitly and sometimes not, but hardly a day passes that I don’t detect it in the background of people’s presuppositions. Think of the frequency of comparisons with the past that run along these lines – “Well once upon a time people used to think that (insert any number of prevailing views from bygone eras), but now we know better.” And much of the time the thing “people used to think” isn’t even accurate. I continue to hear, for example, about how all of the Europeans thought the world was flat right up until Columbus’ voyage.

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What Explains the Existence of the Physical Universe?

But if the universe exists, what explains it? Why does it exist? Any worldview worth considering needs an answer to this question. Let’s look at how Christian theism and atheistic naturalism attempt to answer this question and see which worldview offers a better explanation.

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What Nehemiah can tell us about apologetics in the church

I have heard that there are those in the church who do not feel that apologetics should be part of the discipleship process for believers. While I find it hard to believe that anyone would articulate such a position, I must admit that for a large part of my Christian experience, there was very little content that taught me how to answer the questions that arise from those who do not believe.

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The Top 5 Commentaries on Every Book of the Bible

Keith Mathison, associate editor of  Tabletalk  magazine and academic dean & professor of systematic theology at  Reformation Bible College , offers his top 5 recommendations (with explanation) for every book of the Bible.

25 Marriage, Reason, and Religious Liberty: Much Ado About Sex, Nothing to Do with Race

Whatever one’s views of marriage and however the state defines it, there is no compelling state interest in forcing all citizens to facilitate, participate in, or celebrate a same-sex relationship as a marriage. Believing that marriage is the union of man and woman is a reasonable position held by many. Bans on interracial marriage, by contrast, were grossly unreasonable. Protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not restrict anyone’s freedom to enter into whatever romantic partnerships he or she wishes. Americans should remain free to speak and act in the public square based on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman without fear of government penalty. No one should demand that government coerce others into celebrating their relationships.

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Cosmos: Episode I Recap and Review

I love space. I love astronomy–my wife can attest to this as I randomly bought an astronomy textbook to read when I was in college. Yeah… I’m a nerd. I don’t claim to have science training or be a scientist, but there is something I can spot: unfounded metaphysical statements. That’s something I honestly expect to see quite a bit of when it comes to this TV series. It actually began with one from Carl Sagan: “The cosmos is all there is or was or ever will be.” Is that a scientific fact about the cosmos? Could you demonstrate that one for me? No. In short, the show begins with an ungrounded metaphysical statement.

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Answering Common Young Earth Creationist Arguments

The debate over the age of the universe is a hot issue for some Christians, and this unfortunately leads to a number of faulty arguments and even some name-calling. This post is not going to argue against young earth creationism specifically. Rather, I hope that it can be a resource for both young earth and old earth proponents in order to avoid faulty reasoning. Each argument’s topic will be in bold with the problem outlined and a response. [Image at head of post credit here .]

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Pay No Attention to That Data Behind the Curtain!

Within the Christian community, there tends to be a certain degree of polarization when it comes to questions of origins–the origin of the universe, the origin of life, the origin of species, and the origin of mankind.  There are some who believe that the scientific community cannot be trusted on matters of origins, that human scientists cannot draw reasonable conclusions from the relevant data alone, and that the Darwinian agenda taints the situation so severely that we should dismiss all of it wholesale and rely on a plain reading of Genesis for our information about origins.  At the other end of the spectrum, there are Christians who have embraced most all of the conclusions of the [currently] reigning Darwinian paradigm, and criticize dissenters as being either A) anti-science or B) narrow-minded about orthodox boundaries for Scripture interpretation.

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William Paley (1743-1805) - Historical Apologist Spotlight

William Paley (1743-1805) is a name which echoes through history. His Natural Theology continues to have a profound and lasting impact on the argument from biological design. His Evidences of Christianity challenges readers on a historical and exegetical level with arguments for the faith. Unfortunately, too few have thoughtfully interacted with his arguments. Here, we will first look at Paley’s views and life. Then, we will examine his major works and arguments. We will discover there is much to learn from this intellectual giant. Note that this post is necessarily brief, and that readers are greatly encouraged to go to the primary sources found below.

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Apologetics Training is No Longer an Option: 12 Quotes

We need to help people be aware of the important issues with which they will need to contend. In the area of apologetics, we must give reasons for why we believe. We see so many believers who have only a superficial understanding of Scripture and have no basis for saying why the Christian faith is true and or why he is not a Hindu or a Muslim. Without that awareness of an objective foundation for belief, they will buy into books like the Da Vinci Code and will be much more vulnerable to the tactics of new religious movements like Mormonism or Jehovah Witnesses. Because they are not biblically or theologically founded they can become more easily confused and rattled when they read a book like Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. They just have not thought deeply about their own faith; so they become swayed by anti or non-Christian perspectives.

31 University of London Astrobiologist:

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.

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No God-of-the-Gaps Allowed: Francis Collins and Theistic Evolution

Geneticist Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world’s best‐known scientists. An outspoken Christian, he recently challenged equally outspoken Oxford zoologist and atheist Richard Dawkins in the pages of Time magazine. Collins’s book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief is equal parts autobiography, scientific reflection, theological speculation, and musings on bioethics. This review focuses on his beliefs about the philosophy of science and about evolutionary theory, as most of his main argument springs—albeit inconsistently, I will argue—from those beliefs. Collins chides “creationists” and intelligent design (ID) theorists for using what he calls“God‐of‐the‐gaps” reasoning, which he says the relentless forward sweep of scientific understanding has doomed to failure, yet his own “evidence for belief” is, arguably, an instance of God‐of‐the‐gaps reasoning.

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Apologetics and Evangelism: Why bother with that minority of a minority?

When you reflect that only a minority of people who hear the gospel will accept it and that only a minority of those who accept it do so for intellectual reasons, we shouldn’t be surprised that the number of people with whom apologetics is effective is relatively small. By the very nature of the case, we should expect that most unbelievers will remain unconvinced by our apologetic arguments, just as most remain unmoved by the preaching of the cross. Well, then, why bother with that minority of a minority with whom apologetics is effective? First, because every person is precious to God, a person for whom Christ died. Like a missionary called to reach some obscure people group, the Christian apologist is burdened to reach that minority of persons who will respond to rational argument and evidence. But, second—and here the case differs significantly from the case of the obscure people group—this people group, though relatively small in numbers, is huge in influence. One of these persons, for example, was C. S. Lewis. Think of the impact that one man’s conversion continues to have!

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Catalyst Conference: Fully Known & Fully Loved - aaronleeharris.com

It was humbling to be a part of the event and to have my story shared in front of the leaders in attendance.  At the Catalyst Conference my hope was that they would capture my heart and the truth of what God has, and is, doing in my life.  They did just that…

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Persecution myth?

This thesis, as most modern-day academic theses concerning early history, is fundamentally based on conjecture, projections, and above all, anachronisms—the sort that earlier turned Christ into a homosexual hippie and Muhammad into a humanitarian feminist. Neither Moss nor anyone else can prove or disprove what the primary historical texts say—that Roman persecution of Christians was real, widespread, and brutal.  

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Practical Apologetics #2: What To Do When You Get An Objection You Can't Answer

Remember that the absolute worst thing you can do when you get hit with a question or objection that you don't know how to answer is to answer it anyway. There are few quicker ways to look like a fool than to just keep talking about something you know nothing about. Now this is not to say that you can't ask for more information about the point they just made to understand it better, and it is not to say that you can't interact with it to the extent you feel like you have some understanding of the issue, but if you really don't have a clue....be silent. Remember Proverbs 17:28 "Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent." It will go better for you to be quiet for now, go find the answers you need and then come back with something worthy to say…

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Are we entirely sanctified when we're saved, or is it an ongoing process? - Christian Research Institute

Christian Research Institute Home / Ask Hank Audio / Are we entirely sanctified when we’re saved, or is it an ongoing process?

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Jurors Are Asked to Do More Than Hear the Case; They're Asked to Make a Decision

I’ve never been fond of the term, “ Christian Apologist ”. For several years now, I’ve tried to find a clearer expression. I typically refer to myself as a “Christian Case Maker” when trying to explain my work in Cold-Case Christianity and my role as a at Stand to Reason . I think this title better captures the nature of my desire as a Christian communicator. Most people understand what case makers are all about; everyone’s served on a jury, heard about important criminal cases in the news, seen a movie or read a book that describes the process.  I like the term because it paints a picture that people can easily visualize. I also like the term because it reminds me of the nature of my mission.

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Q and A with Dr. Craig: Does Knowledge Require Certainty?

I have been studying the defense of the Christian faith for the better part of six months now. I acknowledge the fact that six months is not a vast amount of time; however there has been one idea that I have not been able to surmount or give a dispute when brought up in conversation or debate. Many people, some Christians included, plead intellectual ignorance as it applies to knowing anything about life, the universe, or logic. They state that since every possible option has not been explored that nothing can be said for certain. Since nothing can be said for certain, all of the premises that you pose may seem true to us, but we cannot say they are absolutely true. If they cannot be proven absolutely true, then there is no reason to believe them, and the argument dies right there.

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Purpose In Life: Nothing But Illusion?

There’s a running Internet debate between theists and atheists over the question of purpose. Atheists typically insist they can find purpose without God; theists typically answer that this is something less than real purpose, because it’s so ephemeral and temporary. I see a deeper problem with purpose than that, however, if naturalism is true.

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10 Things You Need to Know About the Bible and Slavery

“The ideal type of the slave is the socially dead chattel, ripped forcibly from organic ties of kin and community, transported to an alien environment there to be treated as merely a piece of property or as a factor of production to be used and abused at will, an animate tool or beast of burden with no sense of self other than that allowed by the slave owner and no legal, let alone civic, personality whatsoever. Societies with large numbers of such slaves, let alone societies based on them, have been very few. The City of Athens and central Roman Italy for periods in antiquity, and in modern times the slave states of the American Old South, the Caribbean, and Brazil, are the only known instances.” Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (OUP:1998) p670

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Six Lessons in Good Listening

In a sense, listening is easy — or hearing is easy. It doesn’t demand the initiative and energy required in speaking. That’s why “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). The point is that hearing is easy, and faith is not an expression of our activity, but our receiving the activity of another. It is “hearing with faith” (Galatians 3:2, 5) that accents the achievements of Christ and thus is the channel of grace that starts and sustains the Christian life.

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Glimpses of Hope in The Grand Budapest Hotel

In each of Anderson's films, we hear similar refrains. As meticulous as they are, as perfect as the frame might be, these films display a world that is deeply broken and people who are unsettled and alienated. But, Anderson tells us, no matter how bad it might get, no matter how grim and dark, there are always flickers of light and glimpses of hope.

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The Difference Between Original Autographs and Original Texts

If you're looking for a way to critique the authority of Scripture, there are seemingly endless options. There are historical critiques (e.g., many of these books are forgeries). There are logical critiques (e.g., the Gospels contradict themselves). There are moral critiques (e.g., God is immoral to order the slaughter of entire cities). And there are hermeneutical critiques (e.g., no one can agree on what the Bible means).

45 Some "Thoughts on Mind & Cosmos" by Thomas Nagel

So what has caused all the fuss? Nagel claims in Mind and Cosmos that the dominant naturalistic worldview, which holds that a blind process of natural selection is responsible for our existence, is fundamentally flawed. It should also be noted that he mentions his doubts on the likelihood the ability of purely physical laws to explain the origin of self-reproducing life forms, and the likelihood of natural selection producing the life forms we see today in the available geological time. (2) However, the first sticking point for Nagel comes in his area of specialty – philosophy of mind. Essentially, he holds that the project to reduce the mind to physical properties has failed because of the intractable problem of explaining consciousness.

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April 4, 2014 ~ The New Calvinism - Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

In some Southern Baptist churches there has been a revival of interest in Calvinism, the theology of the 16th-century reformer John Calvin, who also had a great influence on colonial America.. “For some, Calvinism is divisive and unbiblical” says Southern Baptist pastor Daniel Montgomery of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, “We’ve seen that it unifies our efforts, it gives us an understanding that God is at work in this world. We don’t need to make things happen. We simply join God in what he’s doing.”

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10 Unexpected Benefits of Real Community

There’s no denying that we are men and women who crave love. We were made to, by a relational God who longs for us to be in relationship with Him. But even more amazing, is that God gives us the gift of each other as a way to meet our earthly needs for love. This brotherly love (phileo) that we’re given is a beautiful representation of the greatest Friend who laid down His life for us. We’re also called to love each other in this beautiful way.

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Try seeing it this way: Imagination and reason in the apologetics of C.S. Lewis

Hints of such an approach are also found in the writings of G.K. Chesterton, whom Lewis admired considerably. For Chesterton, a good theory allows us to see things properly: "We put on the theory, like a magic hat, and history becomes translucent like a house of glass." Thus, for Chesterton, a good theory is to be judged by the amount of illumination it offers, and its capacity to accommodate what we see in the world around us and experience within us: "With this idea once inside our heads, a million things become transparent as if a lamp were lit behind them." In the same way, Chesterton argued, Christianity validates itself by its ability to make sense of our observations of the world: "The phenomenon does not prove religion, but religion explains the phenomenon."

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Machen on the Emergent Church

On a whim we stopped at a thrift store on Thursday, ostensibly to look for a night stand for our bedroom. This particular thrift store had more books than usual, among them I found a pamphlet by J. Gresham Machen entitled Christianity and Culture and two other items of interest. And no, there was no suitable night stand.

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A Root Beer Summit? | First Thoughts | First Things

That’s just a start. Of course, this would demand a great deal from avowed adversaries. It assumes a level of magnanimity on the part of gay rights leaders that may be unachievable. I admit this. My great fear is that even the “mainstream” of the LGBT organizations propagandize against Christians in such a way as to make any possible compromise unlikely. But whether we succeed or not, it’s a worthy pursuit. It is an opportunity to be peacemakers, a vocation Christ calls of us.

51 Man's condition ought to impel him to seek God
52 Divergent: Not Conformed
53 Evolution: Fact or Fiction?
54 Must We See to Believe?
55 Gospel Centred Apologetics: What's the Point? (Part 2)
56 The TC Apologetics Daily
57 Rising to the challenge
58 Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible
59 On "You Can't Prove A Negative"
60 Building a Better Donut: On Creating and Innovating
61 Movie-like apologetics training hits universities
62 FREE: The Action Bible Easter Story eBook
63 Inclusive, Safe, and Welcoming to All? - Stand to Reason Blog
64 People rightly refuse to believe without evidence
65 The "Unintelligent" Are Not Wanted in Life!
66 If I Wrote the Bible...
67 A Week with Robert P. George, Part I
68 The long and winding road: collected wisdom on maturing in seminary
69 What Is Reformed Theology?
70 Is Jesus the Only Way?
71 Everyday Opinions on Apologetics - Pastor Jay Wolf - Tactical Faith
72 The Gospel Coalition Reader Dessert Recipes
73 Download Crossway’s Easter E-book Sampler
74 Jack White to Create the ‘World’s Fastest Released Record' in a Single Day
75 God is Missionary: The Life of God and the Gospel | Open Biola
76 God Wants You to Know How Much He Loves You
77 Evangelism According to Jesus: 2008 National Conference
78 Meet the Guy Who Built His Own Fully Functional Hobbit House
79 This Guy Built a Life-Size Replica of Noah’s Ark
80 Tim Brister
81 The Importance of Biblical Counseling in Missions
82 Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion
83 Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player
84 http://www.ligonier.org/rym/broadcasts/audio/everyones-theologian-part-2-april-2014/
85 New study: Noah's ark could float with two of each of 35,000 species
86 God Doesn't Need Defending
87 Weekly Specials – 3/31/14
88 A Matter of Considerable Gravity: On the Purported Detection of Gravitational Waves and Cosmic Inflation
89 Escaping the Darkness
90 Twishort / DrOakley1689: A caller to the Dividing Line ye…
91 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Seeking an Education For Apologetics
92 Did Jesus claim he was more than a prophet?
93 Resurgence Roundup, 4/4/14
94 Can we avoid the consequences of speaking truth in love?