Video: Genocide and War in the Old Testament
Liberty University recently hosted a lecture by Dr. Gary Yates & Dr. Don Fowler on "Genocide and War in the Old Testament." If you're interested in this topic, Yates and Fowler provide a compel...
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Evolutionary Conundrum: Is Religion a Useful, Useless, or Harmful Adaptation?
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
You Won't Believe Who These 2 Brothers Want to Meet – They Experience History on an Aircraft Carrier!
10-year-old twins Carter and Jack Hanson got into the game of Battleship at a young age. By doing so, it got them into naval warfare, which eventually led to a family vacation to see the Yorktown.
A Dolphin Does Something So Amazing When It Swims Up to A Diver
While these divers were enjoying the sights of the ocean, a dolphin suddenly approaches them out of nowhere. It swan right up to them and they seemed to notice something right away.
2 Families in Winnipeg Brought Together by an Act of Kindness
This young girl, Alyx Delaloye, is bravely fighting leukemia. The one thing that always makes her feel better is watching her favorite hockey team. She caught the attention of the team with a sign she had made and held up. But, what one boy did for her at a game, will melt your heart.
One Word That Makes Christianity Different From All World Religions | Think Christianly
Jonathan Morrow (D.Min) is the founder of Think Christianly. He is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell), and contributed the chapter "Introducing Spiritual Formation" to Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN.
How Can Christians and the LGBT Community Live In Harmony?:The New York Times Wants Us to Rewrite the Bible
And Bruni means it when he says "made to" – as in pressured to or forced to or coerced to. As he writes at the end of his column, "His [namely, Gold's] commandment is worthy — and warranted. All of us, no matter our religious traditions, should know better than to tell gay people that they're an offense. And that's precisely what the florists and bakers who want to turn them away are saying to them." (Of course, Bruni misrepresents the positions of these Christian business owners as well, but why deal with truth when caricature is so much more effective?)
The Briefing 04-07-15
1) Frank Bruni demands Christian theology capitulate to standards of modern age
The Moral Argument
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/moral View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMCLg0 View the Fine Tuning Argument animation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIiI... Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.
695. Did No One Create The Universe?
Frank Turek answers whether or not the universe came from nothing.
694. If The Evidence For Evolution Is So Compelling, Why Don't We Know?
Dr. John Sanford gives us an insight from scripture as to why the evidence against evolution is being suppressed and ignored.
The A-Z of Prayer | HeadHeartHand Blog
What is prayer? Here’s a unique answer found in the papers of the puritan Philip Henry, father of the Bible Commentator, Matthew Henry. As he missed out a couple of letters, I’ve supplied them and marked them with *.
The Ambassador's Guide to Understanding Homosexuality
Until the last few decades, homosexuality was never celebrated as natural, moral, or healthy. But times have changed. Now Christians find themselves in a fight they did not choose—facing overwhelming odds and fierce opposition—with a culture demanding we abandon the Bible on homosexuality and instead “celebrate diversity.”
Unfortunately, as with most controversial issues, misunderstanding abounds on this topic. And as good ambassadors, we want to provide solid, reliable information. But we also want to give insight, too—an awareness of how to maneuver with tactical wisdom and with grace.Homosexuality is among the most emotionally-charged—and hotly debated—topics you will encounter.
The Ambassador's Guide to Understanding Homosexuality will equip you to be both thoughtful and considerate as a Christian ambassador in the face of opposing views.
Rand Paul Announces Presidential Run With Focus on Poverty, National Debt, Radical Islam
Paul then spoke passionately about self-esteem that comes with hard work, which he said is not a punishment but a reward. He noted that he is very proud of his sons, who work for minimum wage, and he wants every American to have the same opportunity. However, they are being left behind as the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. Paul introduced a plan of "economic freedom zones" to allow them to prosper and by lowering taxes. He also said he wanted to encourage infrastructure across the country and lower the tax on American jobs in order to get that work done.
The Privilege of Leadership
A heart of thankfulness is the appropriate response to our perception of generosity and kindness shown to us. In his book Finding God, author and psychologist Larry Crabb observes that many of us think of God as “a specially attentive waiter.” When we get good service from him, we give him a nice tip of praise. When we don’t get what we want, we complain. Or do we trust that the sovereign Lord of the universe might, just might know more than we do about how the world should work? Have we experienced enough of his grace and greatness to convince us to have ambidextrous faith, trusting that he will use both blessings and heartaches to produce wisdom, faith, character, and hope in us? Thanking God for his love, power, and wisdom—no matter how or where he leads us—renews our hope, lightens our load, and puts steel in our soul.
Bill Warner, PhD: Jihad vs Crusades
Which was worse? Watch the data and you decide. This video is part of Bill Warner's astounding lecture: "Why we are afraid. A 1400 years secret": part of a must watch playlist: bit.ly/1C5oxnc"
7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe
And here we have an example of a verse being taken out of context. This verse has nothing to do with having more than we can handle. Let's look at the verse in its entirety: "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." This is talking about temptations, not burdens. And, notice, it does not say that you won't be tempted above that ye are able and that's it. It says with the temptation, there will be a way to escape but whether or not you choose that way of escape is totally up to you.
St. Patrick's Bad Analogies
The problem with using analogies to explain the Holy Trinity is that you always end up confessing some ancient heresy. Let the patron saint of the Irish show you what I'm talking about.
Paul David Tripp on Twitter
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Qureshi is a former Muslim who converted to Christianity through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. He and Ally will debate on whether Christianity is correct in its revelation of the Trinity, the triune nature of God, or if Islam is correct in the Tawhid’s proclamation of the oneness of God. There will also be a 30-45 minute Q&A session following the debate.
Home by Josh Garrels
Josh has the same soulful sound on this album as his past ones. He didn't disappoint! The music has so much complexity to it which makes it such a joy to listen to! I'm really excited to hear the whole album! Thanks for another wonderful piece of art that you're sharing with the world, Josh!
This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament
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Tim Hawkins My favorite Bible verse
Tim Hawkins My favorite Bible verse
If we are honest with ourselves, and more importantly, honest with God, we cannot help but admit that we feel shame as a result of our sin. Whether we sin in private or in public—and whether we perhaps even pretend not to have it—shame is undeniably real. We feel shame because God in His grace created all human beings with the capacity to feel shame as a consequence of their sin. John Calvin wrote, “Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.” If we have never truly felt the shame of our sin, we have never truly repented of our sin. For it is only when we recognize what wretches we are that we are able to sing “Amazing Grace” and know what a sweet sound it truly is.
Did Early Christians Believe in Substitutionary Atonement?
This same sort of argument has also been applied to other doctrines, particularly the substitutionary nature of the atonement. Critical scholars, led by the classic work of Gustaf Aulén, have long argued that the earliest Christians did not believe that Christ died as a substitute for sinners. Instead, they say, these Christians believed what is known as the “Christus victor” view of the atonement—the idea that Jesus’s death on the cross (and resurrection) conquered the Devil and other forces that held people in bondage. On this view, Christ did not die in place of rebellious sinners but instead rescued victims from a fallen world.
Worship Leaders Are Not Rock Stars
Worship leaders are not rock stars. Nor are they the center of attention. Their role is to inspire others to make Jesus the center of attention and the only One who is worthy of our praise and adoration. No matter what style of music we choose, that is always the aim and intent.
Holy crap: A supercut of white dudes playing Jesus
Happy Easter! Here’s a supercut of historically inaccurate, incredibly hunky white guys cast in the role of Jesus in films and on TV shows. As much as anthropologists, theologians, and any other folks might try to explain that Jesus wasn’t European, it seems Hollywood can’t get enough of that Anglo-Saxon Christ.
Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul | About
Renewing Your Mind is an outreach of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization founded in 1971 by Dr. R.C. Sproul. Our commitment is to faithfully present the unvarnished truth of Scripture to help people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness.
This is How Religious Liberty Dies — The New Rules of the Secular Left
The vast high-velocity moral revolution that is reshaping modern cultures at warp speed is leaving almost no aspect of the culture untouched and untransformed. The advocates of same-sex marriage and the more comprehensive goals of the LGBT movement assured the nation that nothing would be fundamentally changed if people of the same gender were allowed to marry one another. We knew that could not be true, and now the entire nation knows.
17 More Episodes of ‘Arrested Development’ Are Coming to Netflix
The Bluths are coming back once again. In an interview on Bill Simmons’ podcast today, Arrested Development producer Brian Grazer announced, “We’re going to do another 17 episodes. So, stay tuned for Arrested Development .” Though he didn’t reveal any details about what was in store for the Netflix series, Grazer seemed pretty assured that the fresh batch of episodes was a done deal, even though he admitted the show isn’t hugely profitable. But remember, there’s always money in the banana stand ...
TGC 2015 National Conference
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Why are liberals in denial about the Sexual Revolution?
I feel the need to point this out because there is a somewhat surreal debate going on about the state of marriage in America in the lower and middle classes. By now, progressives have grudgingly recognized that it is much, much better for children to be brought up in stable, two-parent households, a fact that is backed by overwhelming social science and psychological evidence. They have been dragged into sharing the conservative alarm that so many American children in the lower and middle classes are brought up in unstable families.
The Writing’s on the Wall for Christians
The very impetus for the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which was passed with enormous bipartisan support, was a case involving a tiny Native American sect of peyote users. The RFRA’s overwhelming backing came not because members of Congress favor drug use, but because they — and religious leaders both liberal and conservative — recognized that religious liberty means standing up for unpopular religious expression within constitutionally appropriate bounds. The peyote-users showed that the drug was key to their well-established religious practice, and that there was no compelling government interest in violating that practice. They were right. So are the Hoosier Christians who, in theory, would decline to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Why Are Non-Christians TGC15 Panelists?
Co-belligerence, then, is a way of working with others—even those with whom we radically disagree—against a common enemy. It allows otherwise questionable partnerships in order to further a particular social, political, economic, or cultural cause for the common good and human flourishing.
Why Aren’t Calvinists Pacifists?
Why have so few Reformed Christians been pacifists? A plain reading of Jesus’s teachings would seem to commend a pacifist interpretation, at least at the individual Christian’s personal level. As he famously instructs us, “Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matt. 5:39). Yet Christian pacifism has gained much more traction among Anabaptists, and among liberal Catholics and Protestants, than among Reformed believers.
Watch: Math teacher concocts the best 2015 April Fools prank
Every year April Fools’ Day brings some interesting pranks, with tech companies getting more and more serious about, tech jokes. Google had a variety of fresh April Fools stunts of its own , and even Samsung and HTC rose up to the challenge, posting some interesting fake products earlier this week.
Bake for them two, or walk with the few.
If someone forces you to bake a cake for a gay wedding, bake for them two. Christians, our Jesus said to not only follow the law, but to rise to a higher standard of love. Christians should be the FIRST people baking cakes – for everyone who asks us. We should be known for our cake baking. People should be saying, “There go those crazy Christians again, baking cakes for everyone. They just won’t quit!” Then, when we share the reasons for our wild, all-inclusive love, people will want to hear it. “Let your light shine before others,” said Jesus, “that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Love and Hate in a Foreign Country
In short, these lobby groups have shifted the categories of discourse and changed the rules of practical public engagement on the issue of sexual ethics in a way that preempts any and all deviation from the party line. For such totalitarian ideologues, there can be no common ground upon which to build a compromise with critics. Thus, it does not matter how moderately we word our arguments against the sexual revolution. To disagree is to indulge in hate speech, to oppress the weak, and to recapitulate the sins of Southern segregationists.
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The marriage apocalypse may be coming (Opinion) - CNN.com
(CNN) The marriage apocalypse may be coming. Talk to any millennial and you can envision an America virtually marriage-free, with everyone happily single.
Gay Woman Who Donated $20 to Christian-Owned Indiana Pizzeria Reveals Why She Took Bold Stand
Courtney Hoffman was one of thousands of people who donated over $842,000 to the Christian owners of the pizzeria last week after a high volume of online threats caused the business to temporarily close its doors. The outrage ensued after the owners told a local news crew that they would happily serve gay people in its restaurant, but would refuse to cater a gay wedding.
If the Culture’s in Flames, Build in the Ashes
We could go on and on. One reason for the millenarian, “the end is at hand!” tendency among evangelicals over the centuries is this: they lived hard lives. The end seemed near. The cause seemed dead. In terms that now make some chuckle, they predicted that Christ’s return was close at hand, with some even unwisely setting dates for that event. That was and is a mistake. But if we think about the psychology of such an instinct, we recognize genuine despair and pain in it.
Rosco's Casket Joke
James Best ad-libs this joke in the Dukes of Hazzard episode, "R.I.P. Henry Flatt." While playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Best would ad-lib many of his lines. For more Dukes of Hazzard, Like us at: https://www.facebook.com/DukesOfHazza...
One Day He Appeared: My TGC Love Story
Your life could change in a blink of an eye. I’m not talking about meeting the love of your life; I’m talking about meeting the one who loved you and gave himself up for you, who went away and promised to come again. Jesus Christ may return at any moment. No one knows the day or hour, so we must always watch and pray. When the wait gets long, you may start to think he’s not coming. But one day, he will appear. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Same-Sex "Marriage" is Becoming the Established Religion | The Stream
Exhibit A: the controversy in Indiana. A determined and vocal minority from the religion of SSM is bullying and cutting down traditionalists who need a law that would allow them to be left alone. This clash of orthodoxies has opposing values with moralists on both sides demanding their rights. Rather than preserving the free exercise of competing religious claims, however, one is becoming established at the expense of the other.
When was the last time you did something for your spouse that they would never find out about? All too often when we speak, build, cook, clean, purchase, give, or initiate there can be a variety of motives behind the action. It may be simply to express our love—and perhaps to draw closer as a result of what we did. Sometimes our efforts are to get us out of some kind of trouble. Even worse, our overtures can be a ploy to manipulate our mate to do something in return that we would enjoy.
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How Frank Bruni misunderstands Christians—and why it matters - On Faith & Culture
Good question, Jack. A non believer in Spirit once asked me a similar question: of all the people in history, who would I most like to meet? He said Jesus. I said Jesus. If asked this question today, I would say, the process, which is a Spirit Movement, and this would include what came before Mary and Joseph and those “chosen” by Christ. The point being: the Spirit is ever flowing—continuous—not contained or defined by a Patriarchal Establishment with a long history of exciting text and art and homily, but also a long history of denial and abuse. They don’t know all there is to know about “God”. This is a process of Man and God evolving understood as Prophesy. Diogenes saying, “I truly appreciate the tenderness and mildness of your spirit, but much of your posting is incoherent to me; it reminds me of nothing so much as the recycled blandishments of the 1970’s, a wholly incoherent time.” is stagnation. His God is found in his Orthodox Doctrine. Not necessarily wrong, but lacking in that EVOLVING of Spirit Awareness. His view of Spirit is filtered through a limited lens called Orthodox Theology, and everything “incoherent” to him is his way of saying, “Since I don’t understand your Spiritual Language, I won’t even try.
The Resurrection in Your Life
One of McKinley’s most helpful illustrations appears as he reflects on how the Emmaus road disciples may have felt when they finally realized they were speaking with Jesus (Luke 24:13–35). He tells the story of a well-known television program that sent New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey to the streets of New York City to ask people about Matt Harvey. Harvey was in his rookie season and hadn’t been around long enough for most to recognize him. Nevertheless, many knew about him since he was having such a phenomenal season—he was all the buzz among Mets fans. So Harvey, with microphone in hand, asked stranger after stranger what they think of Matt Harvey. People offered their opinions, having no idea that they were speaking directly to him. At the end of each interview Harvey revealed his true identity, and everyone responded with a hilarious look of total shock.
Wall Street Journal on Twitter
“ @WSJ : James Best, who played Roscoe P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard," dies at 88: http://on.wsj.com/1GIdMgl pic.twitter.com/zaYVOxB5St ” RIP
Russell Westbrook Gave the Car He Won at NBA All-Star Game to a Single Mother
From Uproxx : “The exchange came about with the help of Sunbeam Family Services, who provides high-quality social services to the poor and working class in Oklahoma City with counseling, foster care, early childhood services and senior care.” Westbrook told his team that he wanted to honor "all the hard work she's done to keep her family together. I just want to be able to help others any way I can." It’s not the first time he’s given back to his team’s hometown. His #WhyNot Foundation also opens educational Reading Rooms for children facing adversity ...
Was the Resurrection a Result of Mass Hallucinations?
If the mass hallucination theory is adopted, what’s to stop us from applying this to any and every historical event that we don’t agree with or like? Nothing. In fact, we could apply it to reality itself vis-a-vie the Matrix and throw it all out the window. Who is to say that 9/11 was not a mass hallucination? Who is to say that the Holocaust was not a mass hallucination? Who is to say that the landing on the moon was not a mass hallucination? This wouldn’t be scholarly of us. It’s turning a possibility into a probability.
Is this the end?: The quest for a global Islam and the hope of Christian eschatology
A Christian view of the future also shapes faith in the present, especially obedience to the Great Commission. As believers long for the return of Jesus Christ to establish his kingdom in the new heavens and new earth, they ought also to persuade others to place their faith in him. In Revelation 5:9-10, the Apostle John sees a vision of a people from every, tribe, tongue, and nation worshiping King Jesus. This eschatological hope can shape Christian witness to Muslims in the present, as believers devote their time and energy to proclaiming the kingdom of Jesus to those who long for a Mahdi to rule a global caliphate.