How Do We Identify Our Biases? Quick Video
What's the key to recognizing our biases? And how do we root them out to fairly discover truth? Sean briefly answers these questions.
Bono Thinks Christian Music Needs More Honesty
Watch the U2 frontman discuss Psalms and theology.
God Didn’t Wait for You to Believe
God does not wait for us to respond to him. Whoever he loves, he has always loved. And no one can resist his love.
Jesus Saves from Morality
Duty-driven morality has never once made a person happy or lovable. Only when we learn to want to be moral from the heart can we be happy.
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The Point: William Kimmel Opens Hearts
Now many were bothered by Kimmel’s use of his son’s story to argue for Obamacare. But while I have my thoughts on that too, I couldn’t shake a far more important inconsistency in our country. Namely, how many would defend the so-called right of parents to abort an unborn baby with a similar defect, had it been discovered in utero.
You Can Do A Show About Christianity, Unless You Believe It's True
Every Easter season results in a new round of television shows, magazine covers and newspaper articles casting doubt on the historicity of Jesus or the reliability of the New Testament. The major networks and news outlets are willing to talk about Jesus at that time of year, although few of them are willing to take Him seriously . NPR once featured an interview arguing for a version of Jesus that is “completely different from the one portrayed by… religious texts,” a Macleans article claimed that the Gospel authors mis-remembered, changed or invented their stories, and a Psychology Today author wrote that Jesus never even existed. CNN’s Finding Jesus is perhaps the most prominent example of this fascination with Easter season skepticism. After debuting last year, it quickly became the network’s highest rated production to date. This show examines ancient Christian relics and, week by week, demonstrates that they have little or nothing to do with Jesus of Nazareth. These articles and television productions demonstrate a principle guiding the major media outlets in our country: You can write an article or produce a series about Jesus, as long as it doesn’t claim anything about Him is true .
Newly-freed Chibok girls meet Nigerian president - Premier
Dozens of schoolgirls from a Christian village in northern Nigeria have met the country's president after their release by Boko Haram extremists.
BreakPoint: Preach Scripture, Fill the Pews
The goal of church cannot be to out-entertain the world. First, we can’t. In a world of instant gratification, 24/7 communication access, and virtually limitless glowing rectangles clamoring for our attention, the church just can’t win the entertainment battle. Second, it shouldn’t try. That’s not what church is about, nor is it what people need. Gathering for worship, though it can be exhilarating—or, on some days, boring—isn’t about entertainment, because it’s not about us.
Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection - Kindle edition by J. Warner Wallace. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
There is no better book out there if you're looking for a concise introduction to historical inquiry about the resurrection. Warner begins by discussing abductive logic (inference to a most likely explanation), the cornerstone for all historical inquiry, and then applies abductive reasoning as well as his cold-case detective methodology to the events surrounding Jesus' death and alleged resurrection. He discusses several possible explanations for the events as reported (the disciples made up a story; they were all hallucinating, etc) and demonstrates how each one fails to account for critical pieces of evidence. The only explanation that accounts for all the evidence (Christian, Jewish, and secular Roman historical accounts; eyewitness testimony; etc) is that Jesus really rose from the dead. The only thing that could cause a person to dismiss all the evidence is the belief that supernatural things don't happen, but perhaps this is backward: perhaps the weight of evidence for the resurrection should be proof that the supernatural does happen.
3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School
“I just don’t believe what you believe anymore.” These are words that no Christian parent or youth leader ever wants to hear. After this bombshell hits and the shockwaves subside, we wonder if something could have been different. What happened to this student who was so active in church growing up? After all, they never missed youth group. Sadly, this scenario is not the exception. Approximately 50 percent of students will disengage from their faith after they leave home.
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"It's sometimes said that we live in a 'therapeutic' culture, which means that people are led to cultivate feelings of self-pity and to seek out comfort. Early Christian spirituality was therapeutic, too, but to a very different effect. Here the idea is that sin is a kind of sickness. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they broke the connection they had with the only source of Light and Life. They began to die. The result is that every human is born with a spiritual 'broken gene,' so to speak, which will inevitably dispose them to sin as well. We see the world in distorted ways. We react erratically and selfishly. Even those we love, we don't love very well. It is very lonely on this earth; we are all like miniature spacemen in our separate spacesuits, fearful and grabby and dying day by day.
The goal of life in Christ is to be healed. We apply self-discipline to curb our overt sins, then to curb our more subtle and elusive sin-patterns of thought. Gradually we acquire the 'mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16). We develop His mind, literally. All these things that we tend to think of as metaphoric turn out to be literal.
What Donald Trump Could Teach Ellen DeGeneres About Diversity and Tolerance | The Stream
When it comes to people having “rights,” we could obviously debate many aspects of LGBT rights. For example, does a biological male who identifies as a female have the “right” to use the ladies’ bathroom? But right now, President Trump is not campaigning to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex “marriage” (again, I would be glad if he did), so I’m still not sure whose “rights” he is opposing.
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Jakarta governor sentenced to 2 years prison for blasphemy
Muslim protesters shout slogans during a protest against Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama outside a court where his trial is held in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran, a shock decision that undermines the country's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
It’s Time for Christians to Start Taking Climate Change Seriously
Living in a post-truth world can be difficult for those of us who simply do not understand the uncanny ability so many people have to simply dismiss facts. Working as a journalist covering climate change, global warming and clean technology for over a decade, this has been a specific problem I have had to deal with. People all over the world, both in positions of power and not, seem to believe that there is room for debate on the issues of climate change, humanity’s involvement and the need to transition to a low-carbon future.
9 Spiritual Leaders You Should Be Following on Twitter
Twitter can actually be a place where you can learn and grow. Follow faith leaders like pastors, authors, speakers and humanitarians who extend their work to the Twittersphere and you’ll soon find your social feed doesn’t stress you out. It becomes something entirely different, even refreshing.
Merely Being Aware of Oppression Isn’t Enough
Toward the end of the conversation, he asked me to come speak at the college’s chapel service. I quickly responded that a chapel service might be a great place for us to bring in a panel to lean into this conversation with students, especially on some of the deeper nuances of race and privilege. His reply shocked me. “We can’t do that because our new college president specifically forbade me from ever having the words ‘white privilege’ mentioned from our chapel stage.”
Some Guy Left a Pineapple at an Art Museum and Everyone Thought It Was a Masterpiece
What is art? The question has befuddled philosopher and artist alike for centuries. Plato said art was the imitation of nature, but Plato never saw a photograph, which is a true reflection of nature. In the 20th century, abstract art dispelled the notion that all art must be representative, even as conceptual art elevated concept over skill. Today, art is an idea, as fluid and nebulous as a vapor. Or a pineapple, as the case may be.
Silence Is the Enemy of Love: Plea from a Christian Jew
“You not only have the right,” I offered. “You have the responsibility.” I went on to tell him how I believed that God was bringing the Jewish people back to Germany for at least three reasons: because of His love for the Jewish people, because of His love for the German church, and because of His love for the German people. God wants my people to hear the gospel and be saved. He wants German believers to know the joy of being used by God to bring His people to Himself. He wants Germans to hear the gospel from Jewish lips. And I think He wants the world to see Jews and Germans, proclaiming the gospel together. What a testimony of the love of the Lord. What a testimony of the reconciling power of the cross.
The Making of a Modern Pharisee
If we are serious about grace, and true slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:15–18), we must beware of the symptoms of gracelessness. If we refuse to believe we could be a Pharisee, we’re as vulnerable as the Pharisees who murdered the Author of life. So, how would we know if we had subtly become a modern-day Pharisee? Jesus gives us at least six signposts along the highway away from grace.
Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics
This weekend, a blog was released titled “ Why Your Children do NOT Need Apologetics .” In it, apologetics was characterized as a fear-based recitation of doctrines which “denies the realities of human experience.” I suspect that it was written in response to the blog and podcast that Rebekah and I did the last week critiquing their Easter article. The article we critiqued was written by a children’s pastor, and it discouraged teaching children about the literal death and resurrection of Jesus, or the concept of original sin. (You can see our podcast response with extensive summary notes here .) We definitely didn’t mince words in the podcast, but neither did we throw any punches.
The Bible Answer Man Hank Hanegraaff discusses his cancer diagnosis and faith in the Lord - YouTube
The Bible Answer Man Hank Hanegraaff discusses his recent cancer diagnosis and his faith in the Lord's providence.
Q & A with Dr. Craig: Why Bother?
Q: I am a very open minded person and consider all possibilities. I am open to the possibility of a God and an afterlife. I am also open to the possibility that this God could be one who demands and expects that I obey and serve him or that I would be condemned to a horrible afterlife. I have been doing some open-minded research on the subject of life after death. As of right now, it doesn't matter what anyone says to me or what claims other people present to me in regards to God's character, if he is real or not, or if I am a blind sinner or not.
Parable of Lazarus & the Rich Man by R.C. Sproul | May 10, 2017
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, one of the primary ways He would instruct His disciples was through parables. People would gather from far and wide in order to listen to what Jesus said about the kingdom of God, and the most common way He would explain the kingdom was in parables. But what does God want us to learn from these parables? In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul examines several parables of Jesus, exploring the rich truths they reveal about who Jesus is and what He came to achieve through His life, death, and resurrection.
The Briefing 05-10-17 - AlbertMohler.com
As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.
You Become What You Eat
What could possibly give more hope to our sinful souls than Jesus’s promises to forgive all of our sins completely, to remove all of the Father’s judgment and wrath against us, to always be with us (Matthew 28:20), and to give us eternal life in God’s presence with full joy and pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11)? Only in him do we find “a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
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Christians Should Talk About Feminism More
We need our girls and women to be people who are thriving and alive. I want my daughters to be confident and joyful young women. I don’t think this is too much to ask or expect. In the words of Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I believe we are living in a time where for too long we have chosen to do nothing. No ruffling of feathers or making of waves. But sometimes waves need to be made and feathers need to be ruffled. Sitting politely and quietly will only get us more of the same result, and that is not acceptable. Let’s beat drums and yell loudly so the generations to come know that they were fought for, so they know they are loved and valued and worth every moment of that fight.
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What the Church Says to Terrible People
The church has the space to embrace the redemptive tension that leads to real moral transformation, rather than leaning on the limited resources of shame. We don’t lower the moral bar for “those sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:2). We’re not just saved to be “holy and blameless before God” (Eph. 1:4). Our salvation inspires lives such that even the “pagans” who “accuse us of doing wrong” will see our good works and glorify God (1 Pet. 2:12). Christian agape calls us to be not decent, but Christlike.
Does Baptism Save? | Stand to Reason
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A Review of Zombie Science: Is Darwinism Dead?
With the release of his 2000 book Icons of Evolution , Jonathan Wells became one of the leading evolution critics of today. Unlike some detractors, Dr. Wells has impeccable credentials—with Ph.Ds. in molecular and cell biology from U.C. Berkeley and religious studies from Yale.
Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Church in Culture
Francis Schaeffer’s view of the church in modern culture is multifaceted yet cuts straight to the point. He does not mince words or play clever evangelical games. He believes one major problem with Christians is that they see things in bits and pieces. They have failed to see that modern man’s despair has come to fruition because of a shift in worldview. He contends that Christians should begin to think in terms of the big picture. They should have a view of spiritual reality that is authentic and covers all areas of life. Indeed, the Lordship of Christ covers all life and all life equally.
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After a week of living for Him, the Sabbath is a day to rest in Him. #dailydevo
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Christian bakery Ashers to take gay cake case to Supreme Court - Premier
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland found to have breached equality laws by refusing to make a cake supporting gay marriage is taking its case to the UK's highest court.
Chapter 4: The Human Kind
Darwinian evolution was (and still is) inherently a racist
philosophy. It teaches that different groups or “races” of people
evolved at different times and rates. According to his theory, some
groups are more like (and closer to) their ape-like ancestors than
others. As a natural extension of this belief, the Aborigines of my
homeland were considered by some as missing links between the
ape-like ancestor and the rest of mankind—obviously having a
great bearing on the terrible prejudice and injustice mentioned
Stephen Fry investigation prompts plans to get rid of blasphemy law in New Zealand - Premier
Lawmakers in New Zealand will notify parliament on Thursday about its plans to do away with the country's blasphemy law.
At Least 250 Migrants Have Gone Missing in the Mediterranean Sea
During the past few days, the shipwrecks, according to the U.N. refugee agency , have caused some 250 people to go missing. On Sunday, the International Medical Corps reported a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, from which seven people were rescued but 163 are still missing.
Christ Levels the Dating Field
Don’t settle for a person who isn’t in ardent pursuit of the Father’s heart, and don’t fail to be in daily pursuit of him yourself! Don’t settle for a person who isn’t striving for God’s glory, and make strides in the race towards him yourself! Seek those who will call out sin in your life, help you walk through it, and spur you ever onward towards Christ. These seem rare in the world (the West particularly), but I think that’s often because we mark them off the list for superficial reasons too soon.
Question of the week: Were humans in North America 130,000 years ago?
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Christianity is Hard and Easy
The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians is this. We take as starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests. We then admit that something else call it “morality” or “decent behavior,” or “the good of society” has claims on this self: claims which interfere with its own desires. What we mean by “being good” is giving in to those claims…But we are hoping all the time that when all the demands have been met, the poor natural self will still have some chance, and some time, to get on with its own life and do what it likes. In fact, we are very like an honest man paying his taxes. He pays them all right, but he does hope that there will be enough left over for him to live on.
Reasons To Believe : Does the Multiverse Explain Too Much?
In the 1980s, I publicly predicted that evidence for cosmic fine-tuning for human life to be possible would continue to mount until atheists would be left with only one way to avoid crediting God with the fine tuning. That option would be the multiverse: the hypothesis that there exists an infinite number of universes where every individual universe manifests a different set of values for its features compared to all the other existing universes. In that scenario, one could argue that by pure chance alone we happen to live in the one universe where the values of all the cosmic features are just right for human existence. In other words, though the probability is near infinitely small that any individual universe would by chance possess the requisite conditions for life, with an infinite number of universes manifesting an infinite variety of values in the cosmic features, those conditions likely will be met in at least one universe.
Study: Making Kids Play More Now Could Save $120 Billion Later
Researchers then went in and started experimenting with making the avatars more physically active. In the first scenario, they had half of all the children exercise for 75 minutes a week and then in the second, exercise for an hour a day. Society’s costs went down $32 billion in the first scenario and $37 billion in the second. The avatar children also had have the number of obestity-related illnesses.
5 Things to Stop Doing in Your 20s
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against dating, but if you have zero intention of marrying the person you’re dating, you probably should stop dating. You may stay in a relationship because you’re scared to be alone and pray things will somehow get better as life goes on. Face it: Dating with no vision is a recipe of failure.
Star Trek: DS9 Season 2 “The Siege” and “Invasive Procedures”
I’ve completed my re-watch of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Now it’s time to start Deep Space Nine! I am much less familiar with this show, though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen about 80-90% of the episodes. It’s been so long that I’m sure it will all feel brand new. My wife has never seen the show. She and I will go through, review every episode, and give commentary and a grade from A-F. There are SPOILERS for each episode below. Without further adieu, here’s:
Watch Spider-Man’s Secret Identity Leak in This New Clip From ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
Watch Spider-Man's Secret Identity Leak in This New Clip From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
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“To teach our kids how to run our country, before they are called upon to run our country…if we don’t, someone else will run our country.”
– Richard Dreyfuss
May 8: Death of Professor John Murray
We Thank God on Every Remembrance of You
When Professor John Murray retired from Westminster to return to his beloved land of Scotland, he attended for the last time the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1966. The delegates there gave a memorial to him which captured the man and his ministry perfectly when it simply quoted the Pauline expression, “We thank God on every remembrance of you.” That said it all to their fellow minister.