"Modern Science Ignores Aristotle" Dr. Jay W. Richards
http://www.faithandreason.com Clip from "Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy" Dr. Jay W. Richards; Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Scie...
Impartation Night w/Dr. Michael Brown - LIVE Google+ Hangout
YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT PASTORS & LEADERS. Very special Impartation Night with Guest Dr. +Michael Brown Thursday 7pmPST. We'll be making this available on Google+...
Korea Today - Biola University students sing at ferry accident site 美 바이올라 대학교 합창단, 팽목항 찾아 추모곡 불러
News Sum Up Biola University students sing at ferry accident site Ansan to set up trauma for ferry victims 美 바이올라 대학교 합창단, 팽목항 찾아 추모곡 불러 '안산 트라우마 센터' 세월호 사고 ...
Dr. Michael Brown and James Michael-Smith Debate Jesus, Scripture, Israel, & Palestine
Description: This debate was held at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC) on April 10, 2014, between Dr. Brown and Gordon Conwell grad James-M...
"Killing Christ: Contesting Trendy Critics Regarding the Death & Resurrection of Jesus" book
In present-day literature, of all the themes written about the life and death of Jesus Christ, none have recurred more frequently than the "historical Jesus....
Glenn Beck at Liberty University
Liberty U is appearing to be hypocritical here on several fronts, as well. There was the recent flap over Benny Hinn hawking a Bible correspondence program that was once associated with Liberty, and people supposing that Liberty had entered into some agreement with Hinn, to which Liberty responded that they had not, nor would they. This is the second time that Beck has spoken at Liberty. Mitt Romney has also spoken there, as have any number of controversial speakers. However, to my knowledge, none of them have offered what can be construed as “sermons” until now. I listened to Beck’s speech the other day and was appalled at what I heard at a Christian university. I have degrees from two different Bible colleges/universities and we never had such the type of speaker as that. Michael Brown (of Brownsville Revival fame) once spoke at Toccoa Falls, but got cut off at the end by the President at the time. That said, Beck has been promoting himself as a Christian lately, and that’s troublesome. We cannot accept Mormonism nor those that promote it as valid. The same goes for Mormon politicians, regardless of how much we may agree with their views.
The Irreplaceable Family
It’s a question whose origin and impact long predate the debate over same-sex marriage. When Barbara Dafoe Whitehead published “Dan Quayle Was Right” in the April ‘93 issue of the Atlantic Monthly, same-sex marriage wasn’t an issue. It wasn’t even, with a few lonely exceptions, a topic for discussion. Yet the damage caused by the weakening of the traditional family was already well-documented for those who cared to see it.
What kind of worldview do you have? Would you know if you had anti-Christian worldview elements in your own worldview? Could you identify them? Starting this new series on the Christian Worldview, Dr. Sproul helps us identify the competing worldviews of our day and face the culture in which we live, looking first at “Secularism.”
Are Christians arrogant? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the first case, two people’s beliefs cannot be true if they contradict one another. They can both be false, or one of them can be true, but there is no third option. To say that everyone’s beliefs are true is a copout because then the person is not forced to have to do the hard work of evaluating their own view, they are not forced to consider the alternatives, nor are they forced to have to take a stand against an idea they believe to be wrong. There is no conflict, but there is also no resolution…
A computer program to write your essays
Reiteration, especially for excess, masticates an interloper on exorbitantly but fallaciously truculent assassinations by instruction. If advocates renege or assure reprobation, gluttony that is situationally boisterous but is risible, sapient, and soporific with educational activity can be more reprovingly entreated. Additionally, technology, often at an utterance, can be the commencement. In my experience, all of the reprobates to our personal consequence of the dictator we countenance delineate the escapades in question. Even so, armed with the knowledge that the recondite disruption encounters establishment, most of the organisms for my precinct assent. Our personal scrutinization to the contradiction we placate howls. Education which depreciates all of the ruminations might divisively be a juggernaut on our personal sanction with the allusion we propagate as well. The countenance of diagnoses may be legerdemain but is belligerent yet somehow effortless, not cornucopia that tantalizes provocation and allocates inspections. In my theory of knowledge class, none of the agronomists at our personal scenario by the exposition we ponder embark and anesthetize reprimands which observe the response.
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What’s wrong with Wicca? Wicca is a neo–pagan, earth–centered religion that has its modern origins in the teaching and practice of the original English Wiccan, Gerald Gardner (1884–1964). Today, Wicca is experiencing dramatic growth as teens reject what they perceive as Christian paternalism, homophobia, and insensitivity to the environment. While stereotypes of Wiccans as Satanists […]
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2014 National Observance
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Change of Heart
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
—1 PETER 4:8
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Living Out God’s Design for Marriage
But another way to witness God’s design for marriage is to pull up a chair and learn from couples who are seeking to honor God by living out their complementarian convictions — a husband leading his wife so she will flourish, and a wife coming alongside her husband to help him.
You Are Not Alone
Many men, women, family members and friends are struggling with their own or a loved one's abortion experience.
Grace to You
The best way to have agape- love for those who persecute us is to pray for them. We might sense their sinfulness and intense hatred and ridicule of us. Those traits make it impossible to love the persecutors for what they are, but we must love them for who they are—sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and His saving grace. So we need to pray for them that they will repent and turn to Him for salvation, as we have already done.
5 suggestions for young preachers from Mark Driscoll
I was a 19-year-old college freshman when I sensed God calling me to be a pastor. I prayed for you today and really appreciate your eagerness to study and learn in order to prepare for what God has for you. The key to a life of teaching is a life of learning. For a preacher/teacher, learning has to be an act of worship primarily undertaken to grow to be more like Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, according to the Scriptures. The fruit of ministry comes from the root of life with Jesus and his people. That being said, here are some suggestions.
The Pastors.com Daily
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Boy won't wear hearing aid because "superheroes don't", so Marvel creates one.
This 4-year-old deaf boy refuses to wear his hearing aid because none of his favorite comic book super heroes wear one. When Marvel hears about this, they help out by creating a super hero that uses a hearing aid, just like young Anthony.
The Storm Is Coming
So what does a deadly tornado have to do with the gospel? The Bible is full of warnings that a devastating storm is heading our way, the storm of God's wrath (John 3:36, Romans 2:5, the whole book of Revelation). There is a shelter available to us, the shelter provided by God himself. Jesus Christ will shield us from the wrath of God just as the blood of the Passover lamb protected the Israelites from the angel of death. But none of us will seek shelter in him unless we believe that a storm is coming our way.
Can We Still Believe the Bible?
Craig Blomberg , Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, has written another outstanding volume. Blomberg is a committed evangelical, but not one with a closed mind. As he says in his preface about the environment of Denver Seminary (quoting Vernon Grounds, former president of the school), “Here is no unanchored liberalism—freedom to think without commitment. Here is no encrusted dogmatism—commitment without freedom to think. Here is a vibrant evangelicalism—commitment with freedom to think within the limits laid down by Scripture.” Blomberg’s writings have always emulated this philosophy. His research in the secondary literature is consistently of superb quality, and his discussions of problem passages and issues, especially in the Gospels, is always well informed. Rather than clutter the narrative with documentation, Blomberg has wisely used endnotes instead of footnotes (though I personally prefer footnotes, I understand that most readers see them as a distraction). This book has nearly 50 pages of endnotes, almost one fifth of the whole book. Blomberg knows his stuff.
Admittedly, Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World is an unassuming book. Though the title pops off the cover, the book itself appears as just another reactionary Christian title railing against popular notions of “relevant truth.” Haven’t we dealt with that problem? Isn’t it time to move on? But with the expertise of two New Testament research professors (Andreas Köstenberger and Darrell Bock) matched with the pastoral pen of a student pastor (Josh Chatraw, who also holds a PhD), this little book is anything but ordinary. It fills the gap of introductory apologetics aimed at high school and college-aged believers as well as anyone confronted with skeptical claims regarding Jesus and the Bible (which likely includes you).
Getting the Moral Argument Wrong - Again - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
You are getting the argument wrong. We all, as humans, share similar moral sentiments and social emotions, because they helped our ancestors cooperate and live better. When language emerged, humans attributed those moral sentiments and social emotions to third parties and called them gods, and wrote those precepts into stone, literally. Why? Because the origin of our moral intuition escapes us and it's easier for us to think about them if attributed tom something external. So morality doesn't come from external sources, but from internal ones. Yes, thinking they come from a god makes it easier to think about them. That's why we can abandon the belief in good and continue to be moral, and why it's bad to follow morality that was immortalized long ago. Those moral precepts might have proven useful to our ancestors, but might be and are harmful to moder society.
Convergence and Classical Protestantism | Peter J. Leithart | First Things
So, a convergence toward classic Protestantism would involve massive liturgical reform of much of contemporary Evangelical Protestantism, reform that would “feel” Catholic to many. In fact, moving toward a liturgy that looks like a “revised Mass” is a move toward the Reformation.
Men, Abortion, Sin, and Salvation
But at another level, I think that this is entirely the wrong focus. The pro-life movement should focus not on the situational morality of the mother’s and the father’s conduct, but on the life of the unborn child. Abortion is not, in the end, about “sin” or “redemption.” It is about human life and its extermination. Abortion is not a theological question but a biological one: abortion, as a matter of undeniable fact, kills a distinct living human being. Obviously, that has moral implications. But we should care far less about the “sinfulness” (or not) of the act of abortion and of those committing it than we do about the life of the victim.
5 Things No One Tells You About Getting Married
Binding two different people into one forces you to get to the heart of your opinions, needs, feelings and desires and learn to share those things in a meaningful and healthy way. It requires you to look at your differences and learn to work through those things with as much selflessness and sacrifice as you can muster. There is no getting around conflict, but there is always the choice to get through it, and then come out even stronger on the other side.
Ravi Zacharias: The line between right and wrong has been made unclear - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
These days its not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear, today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences, and if that were not bad enough, we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off the restraints religion had imposed upon them. It is not just that they ask we accept, but they now demand of us to celebrate it too.
The Only ‘Always’ in Health Care
By bringing up this story, I am not suggesting that the health care systems we create can ever give this care. But the parable shows that our hope for such care comes from deep within us. It is not surprising why our failure to create what we really need is so frightening to us, or that our health care debates produce more heat than light. We crash upon the rocks of our dilemma—the chasm between our deepest needs and the reality of our limited world. Reduced to our expectations that this world can give us this care, we end up unfulfilled and angry; even worse, we become demanding, to the point of caring little for others as we fight for our right to the health care we want. In this zero-sum world dominated by fear, taking and holding rather than receiving and giving, we are destined to fail having any "always" that we can depend on in health care.
Alumni Academy | Spring
“Pop” atheism is on the rise, and it’s taking many college campuses by storm. The popularity of atheistic authors such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris has led many young adults to abandon the Christian faith as an outdated and uneducated belief system. Seeking to counteract this disturbing trend, Dan DeWitt, dean of Boyce College, has crafted a compelling address to America’s youth, explaining the startling implications of the atheistic worldview. This book—written in an accessible, conversational style—uses the fictional journey of a young man named Zach to illustrate how the gospel provides a rock-solid foundation for life and offers an explanation for our existence, grace for our guilt, and meaning for our mortality.
Francis Schaeffer: Christians have largely shut up their spirituality into a small corner of life - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christians have largely shut up their spirituality into a small corner of life—Sunday church or their Bible studies—instead of realizing the lordship of Christ is to permeate the whole spectrum of life. They have coasted along complacently, often serving up such dogmas as, “You can’t mix religion and politics”, or “You can’t legislate morality”, or “We just need to pray and witness to people”—when what they really meant was, “We just don’t want to be disturbed”.
Answering Muslims: CAIR's War on Women Continues
An Islamic Hijab
Just a few months ago, a female college student died in Saudi Arabia because administrators at King Saud University delayed male paramedics who came to treat the girl. Similarly, in 2002, 15 young girls died in a school fire when the Saudi religious police blocked them from exiting in order to "guard their modesty." A girl's modesty, it seems, is more important than her life.
America's self-appointed religious police, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), couldn't agree more. CAIR has filed a civil rights complaint against "Boomers!" amusement parks for not allowing women and girls to wear scarves or other headgear while riding go-karts. CAIR apparently believes that protecting young girls from strangulation is contrary to the teachings of Allah and Muhammad.
Santa Clara, California—On Tuesday, April 29, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) and UNITED SIKHS will hold simultaneous news conferences in Anaheim and Santa Clara to announce the filing of multiple public accommodation complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Boomers! amusement parks, a subsidiary of Palace Entertainment Holdings.
C.S. Lewis: Made for another world - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water…If I find in myself a desire, which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
Exclusivity and Arrogance - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The heart of this argument is that someone who is claiming Jesus is the only way is arrogant, and therefore, you can discount their claim. However, put this way, this argument clearly holds no water. Just because someone is arrogant is absolutely no reason to consider their claim to be false. I could be the most arrogant person in the world, but I could also be completely right about things. There are probably plenty of really arrogant professors out there who know their own field of research really, really well. The fact that they are arrogant does nothing to discredit the truth of what they say…
The Importance of Simplicity in Preaching
Simplicity is beautiful everywhere; it is of importance that young persons should be formed to a taste for it and more disposed to exceed here than in the opposite extreme, but if I am not mistaken it is more beautiful and the transgressions of it more offensive in the pulpit than any where else. If I heard a lawyer pleading in such a style and manner, as was more adapted to display his own talents than to carry his client’s cause, it would considerably lessen him in my esteem, but if I heard a minister acting the same part I should not be satisfied with contempt, but hold him in detestation.
Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the second half of the nineteenth century, Andrew Dickson White and John William Draper wrongly proposed that science and religion exist in a perpetual state of conflict. (One is reminded of Stephen Gould’s famous demarcation between science and religion as two non-overlapping magisterium.) Historians and scientists who adopted the White-Draper thesis consequently misread several famous episodes in western history in their attempt to confirm the thesis. Although White and Draper’s credibility as researchers has long been discounted, their thesis has proved resilient, filtering down into the popular conception through constant textbook repetition and oft-cited historical “myths” proposing a clash between church and science.
How Should Christians Respond to Atheist Friends? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Everywhere you look a resurgent atheism is on the rise: loud, aggressive and all over the media. Just a year ago, three of the top ten books on the New York Times bestseller list were by atheists. So how do we respond to atheist friends and colleagues who’ve read books by the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens and are keen to beat Christians over the head with them?
Culture, Power and Institutions | Q Ideas
Let me put it this way: The 25 percent of the best news about what Christians are creating and cultivating and the way they’re doing it in partnership with neighbors who don’t share their faith is so encouraging. When I think about cities around the U.S. where churches are working in much more intricate and well-thought-out partnerships with civic leaders, with business—that is happening in a more robust way, certainly than in my lifetime, and I would argue in the last 100 years. Now there’s another side to this, which is, we’re in the middle of a great institutional decline in our culture. Not just Christian institutions, but institutions generally. Institutions are reservoirs and repositories of a certain kind of capacity. And those are ebbing away, including Christian institutions. And when they ebb away it gets a lot harder to act in broad, effective ways. So the bigger picture is more challenging, but the best of what I see is so amazing.
Our Fearful Apologetic
This was the charge originally given to Abraham in Genesis 12. According to Christopher Wright, this charge implies a "relational element of blessing . . . [that] reaches out to those around. Genesis has several instances of people being blessed through contact with those whom God has blessed." If, when in contact with the world we are called to bless, we lash out in anger and judgment, we have to wonder if we have lost the plot.
Can Morality Be Based in Our “Selfish” Evolutionary Past? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Dawkins acknowledges that on the surface Darwinism seems to be inadequate to explain goodness and morality. After all, what is the survival value of such sentiments? He nonetheless attempts to explain morality through his “selfish gene” theory by which genes ensure their own survival by encouraging altruistic behavior, such as through reciprocal altruism or aiding one’s genetic kin.
The Bible’s storyline in the life of the church
Members of the Southern Seminary faculty are at the forefront of contemporary discussions of biblical theology, both within academia and the local church. Since 2010, faculty members have published three works of full-Bible biblical theology, and at least three more books within the discipline. In what follows, those members, each of whom publish, teach and supervise in the area of biblical theology, answer questions about the storyline of the Bible and how that story connects and affects the life of the church.
On the Shoulders of Giants: Rediscovering the lost defenses of Christianity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It was a short, scenic drive down Interstate-94 to meet with Dr. Timothy McGrew, a professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University. At the time I was living in Ann Arbor, and I had only conversed with Tim on Facebook. He told me, with ill-concealed glee, about a folder on his computer that was filled with PDF scans of copyright-free (public domain) books by forgotten Christian apologists and theologians. The arguments in them, he told me, were not often used by modern apologists and could but increase my knowledge.
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Why isn’t God more obvious?
Two obvious signs, ten plagues, a split sea, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night day after day, mannah and water in the desert, etc., etc. What was the human response except griping and complaining against God? And here we see that eye witnesses are accountable for the revelation they've received. They all died in the desert for rebellion against God, particularly after having received so much obvious revelation. "The man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth," but even he was held accountable in the same way for not trusting God when he of all people should have known better. In Scripture people are held accountable for what they see and what they know and will be judged by it.
Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Why Atheistic Evolution is Self-Defeating - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It continues to dumbfound me that so many atheists fail to realize the intellectual bankruptcy of their belief system—when that system is followed to its logical conclusion. This is a particularly glaring problem with those who have made a career out of spreading the “gospel” of naturalistic evolution—the view that all things are the result of blind natural processes and laws acting upon matter.
What’s the Difference between Scientific Explanation and Natural Law? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the eighteenth century David Hume held that the relation of cause and effect obtains only when one or more laws subsume the related events—that is, cover them as cases or instances of the operation of the law. This method and criticism of causality deprived science of any valid foundation in necessary connections obtaining between actual events and of leaving it with nothing more reliable than habits of mind rooted in association. Hume’s mode of inquiry was one in which questions yield results that are not entirely new, giving rise to knowledge that can only be derived by an inferential process from what was already known. Humean regularities and constant connections cannot be reduced to scientific explanations. If scientific explanation is causal explanation, and causation is law-governed sequence, then it follows that scientific explanations require laws. However, a problem with this (i.e. the ideal gas law: PV=nRT) is that instead of making things clearer, it threatens to involve the analysis of scientific explanation in a thicket of “metaphysical” issues that several philosophers and positivists sought to avoid.
Who Decided Which Books Belong in My Bible? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Suppose that you became a Christian in the second century A.D. You’ve heard the story of a divine being who died on a cross and rose from the dead . Through baptism, you’ve openly identified yourself with his followers. Now, you want to learn more about this deity. Yet you quickly realize that some people who call themselves “Christians” understand Jesus very differently from the Christians in your congregation. In fact, one nearby group that claims the name “Christian” also says that Jesus wasn’t actually a human being—he was a spirit that only seemed human!
Sinclair B. Ferguson: Priorities in defense - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We best defend the Lord's glory by speaking first TO Him about unbelieving men rather than speaking first ABOUT Him to unbelieving men.
Christian group opens a dialogue - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
“Our meetings are open to anyone. We welcome atheists, agnostics and humanists,” said RC member Jenna Hoskins, who just graduated from WSU with a degree in mass communications and broadcasting. “We’re not here to push our beliefs on anyone. We use reason and logic to express how we defend the biblical worldview.”
No Running - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the English Standard Version of the Bible, at least nine times we are told to “stand firm.” The implication is that there is battle to be enjoined and there should be no thought of running. The metaphor makes sense, to stand firm in a battle in Biblical times would make the difference between life and death. The soldier’s weapons only protect him when he is facing the enemy. To turn his back would be suicide.
Miracles and the Modern Worldview - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience as can be imagined… It is no miracle that a man, seemingly in good health, should die on a sudden: because such a kind of death, though more unusual than any other, has yet been frequently observed to happen. But it is a miracle that a dead man should come to life; because that has never been observed, in any age or country. There must, therefore, be a uniform experience against every miraculous event, otherwise the event would not merit that appellation.
From Jesus to Us: A Look at P.O.W.E.R. - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The New Testament does not reveal Jesus as any ordinary prophet or religious teacher. Rather, it reveals Him as God incarnate (John 1:1; 8:58-59;10:29-31;14:8-9;20-28; Phil. 2:5-7; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1). Anyone who reads through the Gospels will see that Jesus made some very challenging statements that force us as humans to face our own autonomy before our Creator. Sometimes we may to be aware of the details behind the sources of what we can know about Jesus. We have to acknowledge that Jesus said and did things that are part of his messianic ministry.
On Fideism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Fideism is an apologetic method that seeks to protect faith by means of intellectual insulation and isolation. Douglas Groothuis in his book, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith asserts that fideism consists in various forms but essentially tries to “make belief a self-certifying and self-enclosed reality that needs no intellectual fortification from the classical arsenal of apologetics.” Fideists believe that because faith is a divine gift that serves as channel or means through which one approaches and understands God, human reasoning cannot establish the validity of any religion. Some fideists also believe that sin is so entrenched within the human mind that any rational attempt is retarded by sin’s effect. Fideism seems to still linger within the Church today. Anytime someone says, “Well, you just gotta have faith and believe it. You don’t need evidence or reason. Just have faith.” in response to real, meaningful questions, fideism is rearing its ugly head.
In 2013, TGC International Outreach partnered with Crossway to raise funds to obtain 3,000 copies of the ESV Global Study Bible . Our purpose was to make these available to our worldwide missions network with the goal of putting these study bibles into the hands of pastors primarily in the Global South who badly need them.