"God is Not Dead" book trailer
http://amzn.to/1kUp47u In parts of the world the growth of Christianity is spectacular, yet in the West, atheism and skepticism are fervently seeking convert...
The Cup Consumed for Us
In Matthew 20:20–28, the mother of James and John, in typical motherly fashion, asks Jesus whether her nice, upstanding sons can sit beside Jesus in his kingdom. James and John, through their mother, are seeking prominence. They want to be great.
Is There Proof That God Exists?
That said, multiple arguments have been advanced as evidence of God’s existence. 5 None of them will represent convincing proof to every skeptic. However, when taken together, they merit careful reflection. As Tim Keller said of his conversations with the scientist, “We began to go back and review the lines of reasoning that he had been calling ‘proofs’ and began to look at them instead as clues. When we went about it with that perspective he began to see that, cumulatively, the clues of God had a lot of force to them.” 6
Defenders 2 Podcast: Salvation | Reasonable Faith
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What Should Christians Do With Culture? - Impact 360 Institute
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The Protestant Reformation began in Germany, but it was not long before the theological movement reached Geneva, Switzerland and a man named John Calvin. In this message, Dr. Robert Godfrey traces the path of this unstoppable force as he continues his survey of church history from AD 1500-1600.
Reasons To Believe : Q&A: Who Created God?
Let me start by saying I’m not actually a believer at this moment. When listening to the lectures, I hear a lot of talk about the complexity of things being a big proponent for creation or design because somebody created it. But at some point in the paradigm you’re at least admitting that, somewhere, something just existed that was at least as complex as, or more complex than, us….If we couldn’t have just existed, how could you say God just existed without something creating him. I’d like to hear your answer on that.
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What is the New Age movement? Not everyone who wears a cross is a Christian. Likewise, not everyone who owns a crystal is a New Ager. To accurately identify New Agers we must move beyond superficial symbols such as crystals, unicorns, and rainbows to identify their beliefs and practices. First, New Agers hold to pantheistic […]
I think I’m learning something about identity, which weaves into calling which then becomes our legacy.
My family and I just worshiped with you for the first time ever, earlier this year at Lee University in Tennessee. Our son is on staff with the “Conn Crew” there, so he worked set-up and take-down, and ran the stage for your event. He is about to be 22 and is singer/songwriter/worship leader/producer/keys guy (hey, when it’s in the blood, you can’t just stop at one, right?). Our other son is 15 and also leads worship here for his youth group, and believes God is calling him to be a youth worship leader or pastor. What amazed us most as parents was how literal your lyrics were with regard to rightly speaking the Word of God. God says that His Word never returns to Him void. Your words were His that night for us. We are singers — well, hubby plays the guitar. Jesus saved me through calling me back to Him by way of music. My husband was called back to Jesus in the 60s during the Navy of all things, by the lure of the Jesus movement in California and the music that came out of that. Generations precede us on my side of the family where music was used for entertainment – but now, through me, my husband and our sons, the music is for the glory of God, as it should be.
Gingrich says Mozilla ousting just the 'most open, blatant example of the new fascism'
Just anecdotal but I’m sure there’s been a lot of uninstall Mozilla going on. We just took it off six home computers (three daughters, mine and wife’s and one work network computer) and I had it removed from our work computers since I can. Even our three Obama voting liberal employees didn’t complain when I explained it was a business decision based on we can do everything we need with other stuff and I’ll always err on the side of freedom of speech.
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 .
Grace to You
Those saints who uphold every part of God’s Word in their lives and in what they teach exhibit a most positive response to His law and receive from Him the commendation “great.” They see Paul as their pattern, when he told the Thessalonians, “You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:10–12; cf. 1 Tim. 4:11–12; 6:11–12).
The New Theist
The program's other founder, J.P. Moreland, was already in high demand as an author and speaker on apologetics, in addition to being a philosopher of mind. Rae and Moreland invited William Lane Craig to join their team, though he comes to the campus only for brief, intensive courses in the fall and winter. Before long they were attracting more than 100 master's students at a time (including women, generally, in only single digits); as many as 150 have continued on to further graduate work. Despite having only a handful of faculty, perhaps no philosophy master's program in the English-speaking world enrolls so many students and, even if by that measure alone, few can claim to be so influential in shaping the next generation of analytic philosophers.
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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.
One of the clearest examples of this type of satanic irony is how most Christians today misunderstand and misapply Jeremiah 29:11 which states, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope". Ripped from its context, today's popular false teachers use this verse to peddle a false gospel that says that the Good News of Christianity is that God is in your corner and has great plans for your life — plans that recognize your greatness and the latent potential for world changing significance that lies dormant inside of you. This false gospel doesn't warn sinners to flee the wrath of God against sin by repenting and trusting in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Instead, it purposely focuses its victims on themselves and assures them that they are very important and that God isn't interested in punishing sinners but is primarily focused on assisting people achieve their true potential and discovering the champion within. The irony is that when you read this passage in context and take the time to understand what this passage of scripture is truly saying, you'll discover that this popular false gospel is what the LORD is warning the exiles of Israel about.
Jane Austen and the art of letter writing - OUPblog
But I doubt if she did. Her father owned an extensive library, and Austen was an avid reader. But in genteel families such as hers letter writing skills were usually handed down within the family. “I have now attained the true art of letter-writing, which we are always told, is to express on paper what one would say to the same person by word of mouth,” Jane Austen wrote to her sister Cassandra on 3 January 1801, adding, “I have been talking to you almost as fast as I could the whole of this letter.” But I don’t think George Austen’s library contained any English grammars either. He did teach boys at home, to prepare them for further education, but he taught them Latin, not English.
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The Joy of Getting Unstuck
Like you, I’ve got a hundred things going on between family and church and work and all the in between. Let me be the first to say that all of these things are absolute gifts from God. He has been amazingly kind to me and I’m genuinely thankful.
R.C. Sproul: The ultimate cop-out
The task of apologetics is to show that the evidence that the New Testament calls people to commit their lives to is compelling evidence and worthy of our full commitment.That often involves a lot of work for the apologist.Sometimes we would rather duck the responsibility of doing our homework, of wrestling with the problems and answering the objections, and simply say to people, “Oh, you just have to take it all in faith.” That’s the ultimate cop-out.That doesn’t honor Christ.We honor Christ by setting forth for people the cogency of the truth claims of Scripture, even as God himself does.We must take the trouble to do our work before the Spirit does his work, because the Spirit does not ask people to put their trust and faith and affection in nonsense or absurdity.
Inspirational Videos and Scripture to Help Motivate in Times of Need (VIDEOS)
Sometimes as believers, we tend to get down on ourselves and begin to feel helpless even though we serve a God that is in full control and wants the best for us. Here are some inspiring videos to encourage us along the way.
We’re All Over-Protected Now
I found the piece compelling because it speaks to me of problems not merely gymnastic, but spiritual. I think many of us evangelicals have our own "safety complex." We've been trained to live life fearfully, to damp down any sense of risk at all costs, and to believe that failure is the worst possible fate on this earth. I think we've got it wrong.
Evidential Christianity - yes, you heard me right - it's in the Bible
5. Peter and the Apostles before the Sandhedrin (Acts 5:27-32): Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things , and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
We’re Praying for Crossroads Church
Leaders. “Pray for us to grow as leaders, to carefully develop our up-and-coming leaders, and for God to bring in mature, like-minded leaders (soul care, community group leaders, elders, and potential church planters). It’s a transient town and we are praying for more men and women to dig in, plant roots, and train up for the long-haul.”
How Apologetics Saved My Faith
I became a Christian at 24 after a cancer diagnosis. I had been an atheist for 10 years but came to God in desperation. I left Capitol Hill (and politics altogether) to learn about Christianity. I attended what many believed was a conservative seminary but had slowly slipped into liberalism by the time I arrived in 1999. I was sold on “higher criticism” (or a skeptical approach to the historicity and inerrency of Scripture) and joined the then growing “Emergent Church” movement. Within a few years, I was where Rob Bell is now–a soft universalist with a condescending attitude toward conservatives. Yet, I was also spiritually dead and was struggling with depression. I was quickly headed back to the atheism I had thought I had left behind while praying for my life.
Robin Hood Theology
To expect to learn anything about important theological problems from Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennett is like expecting to learn about medieval history from someone who had only read Robin Hood.
Mother Makes Ultimate Sacrifice, Dies After Refusing Cancer Treatment That Might Have Harmed Unborn Baby (VIDEO)
However, only one month into her pregnancy, doctors found that Elizabeth's cancer had returned. They removed tumors from her back, but they didn't know if the cancer had spread. She would need a full-body MRI to find out, but that process could damage their unborn baby.
Belief doesn't create truth: 12 More Apologetics Quotes
If there is no God, then all that exists is time and chance acting on matter. If this is true then the difference between your thoughts and mine correspond to the difference between shaking up a bottle of Mountain Dew and a bottle of Dr. Pepper. You simply fizz atheistically and I fizz theistically. This means that you do not hold to atheism because it is true , but rather because of a series of chemical reactions. Morality, tragedy, and sorrow are equally evanescent. They are all empty sensations created by the chemical reactions of the brain, in turn created by too much pizza the night before. If there is no God, then all abstractions are chemical epiphenomena, like swamp gas over fetid water. This means that we have no reason for assigning truth and falsity to the chemical fizz we call reasoning or right and wrong to the irrational reaction we call morality. If no God, mankind is a set of bi-pedal carbon units of mostly water. And nothing else.
How Do the Bible and Philosophy Interact?
Philosophy has been called by one Christian philosopher “the skill of thinking really hard.” The ancients thought of philosophy as the love of wisdom. Surely, if you are a Christian, you are not opposed to thinking really hard or the love of wisdom, but just how does philosophy practically interact with the Bible? To the person who says, “I don’t need philosophy; all I need is the Bible,” what can be said in response?
Science Shows New Atheists to be Mean and Closed-Minded
The fourth typology, and one of the more assertive in their view, we termed the Anti-Theist. While the Anti-Theists may be considered atheist or in some cases labeled as “new atheists,” the Anti-Theist is diametrically opposed to religious ideology. As such, the assertive Anti-Theist both proactively and aggressively asserts their views towards others when appropriate, seeking to educate the theists in the passé nature of belief and theology. In other words, antitheists view religion as ignorance and see any individual or institution associated with it as backward and socially detrimental. The Anti-Theist has a clear and – in their view, superior – understanding of the limitations and danger of religions. They view the logical fallacies of religion as an outdated worldview that is not only detrimental to social cohesion and peace, but also to technological advancement and civilized evolution as a whole. They are compelled to share their view and want to educate others into their ideological position and attempt to do so when and where the opportunity arises. Some Anti-Theist individuals feel compelled to work against the institution of religion in its various forms including social, political, and ideological, while others may assert their view with religious persons on an individual basis.
Handling an Objection: "I love the moral teachings of Jesus but I don't think He is divine."
I could respond to this by using the C.S. Lewis argument that Jesus is either Lord, Lunatic, or Liar. I tend to not use that one a lot. While it still has some value it generally begs the question of the reliability of the New Testament. After all, some skeptics assume the deity of Jesus is a later invention of the Church. As I have noted elsewhere, this is incorrect. The Christology is Jesus was at the very start of the formation of the early Jesus movement.
We should care enough about truth and reason
There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting you don't know something or that you're currently inadequately equipped to think a topic through. What is unacceptable, however, is running from this fact and thereby giving up on intellectual and spiritual growth in the interest of avoiding embarrassment or possible rejection. We all need help in this area, and we should care enough about truth and reason to give that help. Even if we agree with one another's conclusions, we need to dedicate ourselves for Christ's sake to refusing to allow each other to reach those conclusions with poor argumentation and sloppy treatment of data.
Preach the Gospel to Yourself
In our sin, we constantly find our responses to life in our fallen world to be disconnected from the theology that we confess. Anger, fear, panic, discouragement stalk our hearts and whisper in our ears a false gospel that will lure our lives away from what we say we believe.
Crossing Over: Q and A with Nabeel Qureshi
Thanks! The RZIM family has been truly welcoming and I am overwhelmed by the love I have received from the team and its supporters. Joining the team is an honor I would never have dreamed possible just a few short years ago. I grew up in a devout Muslim family with the dual goal of boldly representing Islam while bringing honor and support to my family as a physician. But in the course of pursuing every Muslim mother’s dream, I encountered Christ. He captivated me. His truth overwhelmed me. There was no escaping him, not for me. I became a believer in 2005. After graduating from medical school, I entered into full-time ministry, ultimately pursuing graduate study in the fields of New Testament and Islam.
Reading the Bible through the Lens of Your Desire
The Council of Nicea in 325 C.E. leaned on the Fourth Gospel as literal history in order to formulate the creeds and ultimately to undergird such doctrines as the Incarnation and the Holy Trinity. The texts used to support that creedal development, my studies have led me to affirm, have nothing to do with an external God entering humanity in the person of Jesus, but are rather attempts to describe the experience of the human breaking the boundaries of consciousness and entering into the transformation available inside a sense of a mystical oneness with God. If that is so, then the Fourth Gospel has the potential to become the primary biblical source upon the basis of which Christianity can be changed dramatically to speak with radical freshness to the 21st century. Christianity is not about the divine becoming human so much as it is about the human becoming divine. That is a paradigm shift of the first order.
God Is Not Threatened by Your Honest Questions
It is true that many Christian leaders seem threatened by difficult questions. Perhaps they don’t know how to answer them. Perhaps they are insecure in their own faith. Perhaps they perceive such questions to be dangerous. Perhaps they take your honest questions to be a direct challenge to their authority. (I encourage every pastor and leader reading this article to minister out of a place of deep security in God and your calling. It will avoid a lot of casualties among your people, not to mention avoiding many unnecessary splits.)
The Pastor’s Home as Paradigm for the Church’s Family Ministry
Far too often, Christian fathers define success according to self-generated standards, forsaking their role as the shepherds of their home in an ambitious pursuit of power or achievement, material possessions or personal acclaim. Other fathers, typically young adults in what has been appropriately dubbed “Generation Me,” 14 simply forsake their role as the family shepherd in the quest for self-pleasure and trivial pursuits. While it is common for evangelical pastors to bemoan the passivity of men in their congregation—passivity exhibited through a lack of paternal leadership in the home—too often the passivity they critique is nurtured by the very leadership model they present to families in the congregation! When the pastor of a church possesses an aggressive mentality in leading his congregation—one in which he will do whatever it takes to cultivate measurable success at the church—but then takes a secondary role in shepherding his own family—as though he is his wife’s helper—his poor example effectively drowns out his homiletic rhetoric. Likewise, when a pastor organizes his life around golf outings and college sporting events in the name of “ministry”—all while his wife raises the children—then the men in the church hear that daily “sermon” delivered with far greater clarity than the one delivered from the pulpit on Sunday.
Was There an Exodus and Conquest?
In this last of my posts on archaeology and early Israel, I will focus attention on what is perhaps one of the biggest hang-ups that critics have with the historical trustworthiness of the Old Testament – the Exodus & Conquest. In the biblical record the two events stand or fall together. If there was an exodus as the Bible states, then there was also a military conquest which followed it. Both of these events (if they happened), should be discernible from the historical and archaeological record. If we follow the Pentateuch’s exact account, then we know that there was a 40 year interval between the exodus and conquest.
From Farms to Garbage Cans
This is where we, as Christians, have the opportunity to shine most brightly in the area of food waste. We can eat modestly today because we know that we will feast in heaven. We can be frugal now because our treasures are in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21). We can exercise discernment with our food purchasing because our god is not our belly (Phil. 3:19), but Christ, who is the bread of life (John 6:35). Contrary to popular opinion, we do not enjoy our best life now but in the age to come.
Lewisophobia: Or Why We Should View the Christian Faith on a Broad Canvas
Social media, with the easy opportunity of quick- fire twitter feeds and Facebook walls, can bring out the worst in people. I remember once seeing a Facebook post from an atheist which read simply ‘Poor old CS Lewis- not the sharpest tool in the box’. As something of a Lewisophile I managed to resist the strong temptation to reply, ‘Indeed – and which Oxford College is your triple-first from?’
Are Christians anti-intellectual?
One common objection formed against Christianity is the idea that Christians abandon intelligence and knowledge in favor of unreasonable, blind faith. If Christians really thought through and questioned what they believe they’d see that there is no intellectual basis for their faith. Yet instead of embracing reason, Christians choose to blindly cling to their beliefs, willfully disregarding knowledge in the process. This is a serious objection that deserves a thoughtful response.
How to Respond to Haters as a Christian
Since God calls us to be His witnesses, we can’t simply go into defensive mode and ignore those who disagree with us. Instead, we all must know how to respond to haters when they question us and ridicule us for what we believe.
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What is Wrong With Abortion? A Philosophical Case
Is it possible to make a case for the prima facie wrongness of killing a human foetus that does not depend on theological premises? In 1989 atheist philosopher Donald Marquis introduced a philosophical case for immorality of abortion that neither depended on the personhood nor consciousness of the fetus.
Alister McGrath: There is a limit to reason
"I [once] thought, this doctrine is just clearly bad mathematics, it's just nonsense. You can only trust what reason can prove. That seemed to me at the time to be a good argument against the doctrine of the Trinity. But, we need to realise there are limits to what reason can take in," he said.
When You Don't Have a Job You Love
I am fortunate enough to have learned this sometime ago. I learned that even in a job that I really hated, I could find something worthy of my commitment to that job. It was the people I worked with for at that time, I was working for a man who called himself a Christian but lived any way but as a Christian. It was my (as I saw it) job to be everything the boss wasn't. And though I didn't stay at that job for very long, I believe I had a positive impact on those who also worked there. This has been my purpose for my last two gigs. Love those around me and to show Christ to them even in the workplace.
What is Science?
There's a new atheist website up, and it's a good-looking one. It's called "Christianity Disproven." Now, it's a good thing to dispel commonly held myths, whether in the Christian world or the atheist world. To be fair, many atheists have the right to be upset with the Christian church here in America, because it has fostered and encouraged amid its ranks serious maladies including anti-intellectualism, broad, sweeping appeals for a "child-like" and "blind" faith, (where 'child-like' means non-investigative, as opposed to the biblical idea of trust). Christians in America have been homophobic, racist, and violent. They have also been greedy, sexually immoral and physically lazy, too. So, it seems fair that atheists would have some serious reserves about wanting to be Christian!
3 Ways Stop Being So Stressed Out
Stopping and listening to God has been something I have been working on for a while. Often times I have so many “problems or lists” that I completely shut out God, and occasionally I will remember that God does not want this kind of stressful life for me. I am meant to cast on my anxieties on him because he loves me. I feel like this is such a big issue but I know for a fact it is not bigger then God. My mind plays it’s own tricks I suppose.
Surprising Peace After My Son’s Surprise Birth
And then, like lightning breaking through the storming darkness, I heard a song that played on my iPod earlier that day. The hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” was playing in my mind and I remembered a phrase from Romans 8:38-39: “neither death nor life.” In an act of war against all the horrors of sin and its consequences, God sent his Son to redeem lost sinners out of the grip of death by shedding his own blood on the cross. “For I am sure that neither death nor life . . . will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Even death submits to Jesus, and one day Jesus is going to throw death into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14).
Culture, Religion, Philosophy, and Myth
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Culture, Religion, Philosophy, and Myth
By Louis Markos
The word Christianity is not automatically associated in popular use with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, or even with the belief in those historic events that is expressed in the creeds of the church. Christianity more often is defined or described as either a culture, a religion, a philosophy, or a myth. It is none of these, however. Unlike culture, which can only instruct us in how to interact with others in our group, Christianity answers our deeper need: to know that we possess intrinsic value. Unlike religion, which teaches us that we must earn our salvation, Christianity shows us how to access a salvation that has already been won. Unlike philosophy, which seeks after abstract truth, Christianity offers us Truth as a person. Unlike myth, which embodies the desires of a thousand cultures, Christianity provides the historical fulfillment of those desires.
Plato’s “Republic” is the greatest book ever written on the subject of justice. In this timeless dialogue, Socrates constructs a full and nuanced definition of the nature and function of justice by building (in his imagination) an ideal state within which justice can be identified and studied.