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1 C. S. Lewis: Something really infinite - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

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Irreplaceable The Movie - Focus On The Family

What is Family? Each one of us has a desire for significance—a desire to belong. And the family is where those deepest longings are fulfilled.

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Grace to You

In Jesus’ time, the synagogues were the likeliest and most appropriate places for sincere public praying. Devout Jews also offered many prayers on street corners, if that’s where they were at the appointed hour of prayer. But the word Jesus uses here indicates a major street, and therefore a major street corner where a bigger crowd would likely be. By inference the hypocrites were at fault for wanting to pray before the biggest possible audience. No location is intrinsically forbidden as a place of prayer. But it’s not right to consistently choose such a spot just to attract the largest audience.

4 Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed

For most, there’s some bitter flavor somewhere. We live in a fallen world. All mothers are sinful — even Jesus’s own mother knew well her need for a Savior (Luke 1:47) and for God’s mercy (Luke 1:50). Whether your own mother monumentally failed you, or you’re a mother who’s all too aware of how you’ve failed your children, there is goodness and grace to acknowledge and appreciate in almost every situation, even when deeply tarnished by sin.

5 The Pastors.com Daily

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

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Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition / Live) by Passion

After a decade-long stint leading a student ministry at Baylor University in Texas, Louie Giglio and his wife Shelley moved to Atlanta in 1995 and started the Passion conferences, a national collegiate ministry that used live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God. Yearly Passion events served as the movement's centerpieces: multi-day, festival-styled gatherings whose attendance grew exponentially from a couple of thousand when Passion held its first get-together...

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This Mother’s Day, Don’t Worry

Examine the direction of your heart. There is clearly a relationship between the things that you set your heart on and the things that worry you. That's the problem with setting your heart on things like health and safety; these factors are obviously not in your control. This is the point of tension for all of us who are Christian parents: We want our children to follow Christ, but we also want them to have pain-free lives.

8 The Bibliographical Test Updated - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

For more than forty years Christians have appealed to what is called the “bibliographical test” as a means of establishing the New Testament ’s (NT) transmissional accuracy. The bibliographical test examines the overall number of extant manuscripts (sometimes abbreviated to MSS or MS for the singular) and the difference between the date of the original writing, called the autograph, and the date of the earliest surviving, or extant, manuscript. Since we do not possess the autograph of even one ancient document, this test best determines transmissional accuracy for any ancient document.

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For the first time since 1937, the Longhorns failed to have a player selected in the NFL draft. Texas was one of just four schools from college football's five power conferences (Big 12, SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12) to suffer the ignominious feat. Illinois, Northwestern, and fellow Big 12 member Kansas were the others.

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Happy Mother’s Day

While the flowers, cards, and encouragement are nice for Mother’s Day, they can also have the curious reverse effect of making you feel unworthy and undeserving. The odds are you have in your mind some sort of Amazing Mom that is more of a mythical superhero than a realistic comparison to yourself. She’s usually a collection of bigger-than-life and better-than-reality snapshots. Grab a few out-of-context Bible verses, starting with Proverbs 31 , about the perfect wife and mom who sews her own clothes with a smile on her face while simultaneously canning and memorizing Leviticus in Hebrew; add in the one mom on earth who gets up before the sun to hit the gym every day, along with the woman who is more organized than the Holy Spirit, her friend who runs a family budget with more precision than a Fortune 500 CFO, along with the mom whose kids always look like they just stepped off the set of a catalog photo shoot, and the mom whose spotless home lacks any forensic evidence that human beings or a pet have actually ever entered it; and top it off with a few additional guilty burdens picked up from women’s magazines and women’s books in the “You Don’t Measure Up, Sister” section at your local Christian store and pretty soon even in your resurrected perfected eternal state you’ll still fall short.

11 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

12 Five Ways Science Confirms the Existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

2) From the large-scale structure of the universe to the microscopic world of subatomic particles, science has revealed the remarkable order of our universe. Now our universe did not have to be like this: there are innumerably more ways for a universe to be chaotic than there are for a universe to be ordered. If there is no God it would be very unlikely that the universe would be orderly. However, we know from observation and direct experience that minds create order, so it seems likely that a rational agent ordered our universe.

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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: Proof, Proof and More Proof

Another area of proof is the Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The  Tanakh  (Old Testament) foretold the coming of the Messiah in exact detail. The text, written centuries before the coming of Jesus, prophesied over three hundred facts about Him. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar record of his life written centuries before his birth. Religious founders like Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, David Koresh, Muhammad, and Buddha cannot supply a widely transmitted, preexisting record that accurately prophesied the details of their lives. The three hundred clear prophecies of the coming Messiah were ordained by God. The Lord revealed historical facts about the coming of Jesus prior to His birth. All these prophecies came to pass in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Christ’s virgin birth was foretold about seven hundred years before He was born: “So, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

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Mother's Day

Evangelicals have the highest regard for the calling of motherhood. After all, Jesus came into the world not as a fully grown adult, but as a helpless baby, formed in the womb of his mother Mary, and dependent upon her for care and nourishment. Evangelicals have found themselves on both sides of the “Mommy Wars,” with many defending the combination of motherhood and career pursuits, while others promote stay-at-home motherhood as the best option for mothers and children alike.

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I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book)

Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith. 

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10 Things You Should Know About Sound Doctrine

From creation, through our fall into sin, to Jesus’s saving work on the cross and the eventual restoration of God’s rule over all creation, the Bible tells a single epic narrative that spans Genesis to revelation. Sound doctrine traces the contours of this story and repeats it in simple, memorable forms.

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Making room for the Bible’s maternal images of God

Mother’s Day makes me think about God’s maternal side. Christianity has been guilty of a patriarchal history that has been oppressive of women. Our conception of God as masculine - God as Father or King - certainly contributes to this. Although written in patriarchal contexts, the Bible itself does not refer to God exclusively in masculine metaphors. There are, albeit few, feminine metaphors used to describe God in the Bible worth highlighting.

18 How Do We Know Truth Is Absolute, Unified, and Objective? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

2. The human race being one, the human mind is also one. The human mind is a species-specific property found in every individual member of the species, the same in all, being subject to variations in degree. This precludes the notion that there is, within the human species, a primitive mind that is characteristically different from a civilized one, or an Oriental mind that differs in kind from an Occidental one, or even a child mind that differs in kind, not just degree, from an adult mind.

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'Ex-Gay' Men Fight View That Homosexuality Can't Be Changed - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

But in recent years, as he probed his childhood in counseling and at men’s weekend retreats with names like People Can Change and Journey Into Manhood, “my homosexual feelings have nearly vanished,” Mr. Smith said in an interview at the house in Bakersfield, Calif., he shares with his second wife, who married him eight years ago knowing his history. “In my 50s, for the first time, I can look at a woman and say ‘she’s really hot.’ ”

20 Was the Bible Just A Big Game Of Telephone? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Remember playing the game telephone as a kid? You would have a big circle, one would whisper a word to the person sitting next to them, and they would pass it on to the next. This would continue full circle until the person who began the telephone chain had the supposed word he started the chain with told to him. Generally, through transmission from one person to the next, the original word spoken would be greatly altered. You might start with the word “Red” and by the time it made it back to you it might be “rutabaga.”

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10 steps for change

The Bible is all about the grace of change. It’s a story of new beginnings and fresh starts. TWEET The Bible holds before us that hope that we can change, and in so doing, act and speak in new and better ways. And although the Bible clearly presents that change generally is a process and not an event, it does call us to do all that we can do to participate in God’s work of change.

22 Were the Days of Creation Long Periods of Time or 24 Hours? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

There are four literal interpretations of YOM (the Hebrew word for day ).  The four definitions are (1) a portion of the daylight hours (2) the entire daylight segment of a twenty-four-hour day, (3) a twenty-four-hour day, and (4) a long but finite time period.[1]  Unlike the modern Hebrew and English, biblical Hebrew had no other word for a finite era or epoch. The figure of speech of “a day is like a thousand years” in 2 Pt. isn’t an issue, it’s a simile; I don’t advocate that 2 Peter permits and old earth interpretation in Genesis.  The four definitions of YOM are literal definitions; it’s unnecessary to say it’s non-literal.  Also, the issue of a numerical adjective in front of YOM, there is no such rule or law in Hebrew grammar that necessitates that YOM following a numerical adjective must be the twenty-four-hour interpretation of YOM. 

23 Humans Are Exceptional For a Reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Wesley J. Smith writes a blog over at National Review Online entitled “Human Exceptionalism.” I highly recommend it. Yesterday he featured an article written by Marian Stamp Dawkins, a Professor of Animal Behavior at Oxford and author of Why Animals Matter. Dawkins examines the argument for animal “value” that is based on the animals possession of a property (consciousness). While Dawkins seems to reject this method of assigning animals value, she does accept a methodology which assigns animals value on the basis of their benefit to humans:

24 Stuffing Grandma in the Closet - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

It is an entirely reasonable question to ask someone, "Why do you believe what you believe?"  That is also an entirely reasonable question to ask yourself.  For the Christian, I believe that 1 Peter 3:15 means that our answer should not simply be, "just cause I do."  Or, "cause my parents did."  If someone asks you why you have hope, don't give them just a blank stare.  For the occasional person who is truly seeking and wondering if there is anything to this faith beyond some nice metaphors and a social club, we owe it to them to have a better answer.  When the difficulties of life would bring us doubts, we owe it to ourselves to really examine things, instead of ignoring the difficult questions by drowning them out with chatter and noise.

25 An Introduction to the Moral Argument - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In our current day, proclaiming that you’re a Christian is somewhat of a social taboo in the eyes of many social media outlets. Christians are seemingly becoming the minority in the eyes of the Western secular culture with our alleged outlandish and intolerant moral views on popular social issues such as homosexuality and abortion. The media often portrays Christians in a rather unflattering manner as a hateful, intolerant, bigoted, judgmental group. Fortunately, none of these moral critiques against Christians carry any weight unless there is a foundation for the existence of objective moral values and duties. Hence, to evaluate this matter more thoroughly, the thesis of this article is to assess whether or not there is enough evidence to reasonably conclude that objective moral values and duties do exist.

26 The Priority of Heavenly Citizenship - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Christians must avoid having their judgment controlled by political enthusiasms, being especially careful of this when the political ideology to which they are drawn appears just, reasonable, and friendly to the faith. This is not a prescription against patriotism, nor does it mean that all political persuasions are created equal—far from it—but that church of Jesus Christ stands above and apart from every earthly institution and association in such a way that its members are continually responsible to discern, and to separate, what belongs to God and to Caesar. The idea of division between church and state was not invented by [Thomas] Jefferson for the Danbury Baptists, but taught by Christ to Peter; the question for Christians is its nature not its existence.

27 The Grand Design? Fatal flaws in Stephen Hawking’s atheism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Since the mental models we construct ‘are the only reality we can know … It follows then that a well-constructed model creates a reality of its own’ (p.172). The problem with this, of course, is that it undermines the very concept of reality. Hawking’s ‘reality’ excludes God while my ‘reality’ majors upon God. These two ‘realities’ are mutually exclusive but both (according to Hawking) are equally ‘real’. This is postmodernism by the back door and it is wholly inimical to science, which depends on there being a genuine reality to investigate.

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5 of the Bible's Most Faithful and Important Moms – Mother's Day 2014

HANNAH Hannah was the mother of the great prophet Samuel. She was barren and ridiculed endlessly for it. She remained faithful to God and fervent in prayer, and one day God sent her a son. Samuel's name means "God Hears" and because He heard her prayers, Hannah dedicated her son over to the priesthood. The loving mother kept her promise with God, and because of that she gave birth five more times. Samuel would go on to hear the voice of the Lord as well.

29 Can Science Explain How Life Began? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

The Philosophical Bias How did life begin in the universe? How did life begin here on our tiny planet? This fundamental question has HUGE implications, because the answer will shape our view of the world completely. Are we the result of unguided natural processes, or are we the result of a designer God? Before we turn to science for this answer, we need to quickly review the philosophy that guides science and directs its conclusions. This philosophy is called ‘philosophical naturalism’. It is the presumption that only natural causes can be used to explain what it is that we see happening in our world. I know that may sound complicated, but when it comes right down to it, ‘philosophical naturalism’ is simply the belief that there are NO supernatural forces in the universe (such as God) that can be used to explain the phenomena that we see in the world around us. Think of it like looking into an old box or chest.

30 Hugh Ross on Science and Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

What I see the current generation of apologists doing, is moving heavily into philosophy—I think that's a good thing. I mean, what I notice is that, philosophers are becoming more and more predominantly Christian as time goes on, but I'd like to encourage balance, that we'd also be encouraging young Christian scholars to go into theological apologetics and scientific apologetics, and the latter's where I see the greatest need. Too many churches are discouraging their young people from pursuing scientific disciplines. They kind of look at science as the enemy of the Christian faith… At

31 The Necessity Of God And The Death of Philosophy - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

I saw this image on Facebook the other day (states "God isn't an option, He's a necessity"). As a Christian I accept this because it is a part of the truth of Christianity (and consequently, reality). But the unbeliever doesn't tend to accept it or even appreciate the significance of this statement...especially if they claim to know anything (even as minimal as that they exist). Formally put, here is one way to present the argument:

32 Apologetics speaker looks to prove God through math - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In a speech given on Tuesday by Robert Marks, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor University, he put a spin on the cliché and aimed to provide a rational, mathematical basis for establishing the presence of God.

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Four Biblical Mothers to Remember on Mother's Day - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Mother’s Day is just a few days away! We hope you’ll take some time this weekend to pay respects to your mother—or if that isn’t possible, to somebody in your life who embodies the grace and wisdom we associate with godly mothers.

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Teenager Falls Onto Tracks in NYC Subway, Christian Man Jumps on Tracks to Rescue Her, Then Gives All the Glory to Jesus

A New York man has saved a teenage girl who fell onto the subway tracks as she waited for a 4 train at Union Square subway station in New York this week, and in the aftermath of saving the girl, Joshua Garcia has said that he believes that he was not at the scene to help by accident.

35 Greg Koukl’s Tactics: Essential for Apologetics and Evangelism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Most apologetics books simply present the arguments and leave it up to the reader to figure out how to implement those arguments in a real conversation. That’s where Greg Koukl’s very important book, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions comes in. Koukl not only teaches how to present an evangelistic case for Christianity to unbelievers, it teaches you how to engage in such a way as to help them question their own beliefs and worldview. There is a reason that Tactics is one of the most recommended books here at TPE, and that is because I think it is one of the most essential books for not just those who wish to learn how to apply apologetics, but to anyone who has a desire to become more confident in sharing their faith with others, whether they are apathetic towards Christianity, curious seekers, devotees to other religions, or hardcore skeptics. Guest blogger David Stoecker* recently finished his in depth chapter by chapter review of Tactics , which we present here in its entirety for the first time. Check out what David has to say about what Koukl ha

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Mann's Word: The Problems of Easy-Believism: Salvation by Mental-Assent-Alone

If you refuse to repent, then you don’t trust in Christ. If you did trust Christ, you would follow Him. Your faith is like the Devil’s faith. He too believes in Jesus, but his faith isn’t a saving faith (James 2:19). A saving faith is one that turns to Jesus, entrusting our lives into His hands. If I baptized you, extending to you the right hand of fellowship, I would then have to withdraw it to bring church disciplinary charges against you and eventually to expel you, if you still aren’t repentant. Don’t you see that a refusal to repent and faith are in contradiction to one another?

37 The Sufficiency of Probability in Christian Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

I often play a game with my kids that drives them crazy. Sitting in the room, with no one but us, while they are not looking I will slap them on the rear and act like I did not do it. They turn and say, “Daddy! I know you did that.” I say, “I did not.” ”Then who did it?” they respond (thinking they have settled the issue with this one question).  I say, “A guy ran into the front door and slapped you and then ran out.” They look at me like I am crazy. “Look!” I respond to their skepticism, “The door is not locked. It is obvious that someone could have come in since the door is not locked.” Faced with further looks of skepticism, I have them go check the door to see if it is locked or not. Once they check and see it is unlocked, I have won the day. I have poked a hole in their certainty and caused them to confirm it. No longer possessing the certainty I had required for their epistemic verification, they lose trust in their former confidence. In other words, I tricked them into thinking that one has to be absolutely certain about something before it can be believed.

38 If Jesus Fulfilled Prophecy, Why Did The Jews Reject Him? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

First, the Bible tells us that in the history of Israel, the most common situation was that there was a small subset of the nation, a remnant, who truly followed God. A large part of Jewish history has a small remnant that believed and followed God. Romans 9:27; 11:1-6 teaches this, as does the reading of the Old Testament historical books.

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Melissa Cain Travis: motherhood and the life of the mind

Then, through a series of very painful circumstances, God showed me, in no uncertain terms, that my intellectual fulfillment was inextricably linked to  Him  and to my ministry calling–a calling that He had been leading me towards since college, though I didn’t recognize it until that much later date. So, exactly 10 years after finishing my bachelor’s degree, I applied to graduate school and began working towards a master’s in science and religion (that science background had a much higher purpose than I ever expected!). Five years after that momentous event, here I am, about to begin doctoral work. I am overwhelmed just thinking about where I was spiritually and intellectually (stagnant) and where God has brought me–while I’ve remained a stay-at-home mother and the primary educator of my children. Sometimes my heart feels like it’s going to burst with the gratitude I feel for this transformative, enlightening,  joyful, no-turning-back journey I’ve been granted. The most wonderful thing about it, though, is not how my inner life has changed for the better; rather, it’s how much better equipped I have become to be the mother I should be.

40 Irony of the Neurochemical Bigots - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Materialist reductionism (MR), sometimes referred to as “ontological reductionism”, is the philosophy of science that says everything in nature can be broken down into elementary particles governed by the laws of physics and chemistry. According to MR, Every molecular event that occurs in our brain is involuntary and is predetermined by a web of events that came before, backwards to the cosmic singularity (or beyond). We, along with everything else that has physical being, are only the sum of our parts, a conglomeration of atoms.

41 Great Excuses for Skipping Church - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Let’s just be honest. Some Sundays, for whatever reason, we just don’t want to go to church. Even though I am a minister, and kind of get paid to be there, I understand that some Sundays it is just so hard to go. The only problem is, if you don’t go, well that looks bad on your Christian -ometer. You could get a bad grade and be blackballed if you just skip church without a good excuse. So, I decided to put together a list of great excuses for skipping and/or not going to church at all.

42 Nothing is what is real? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

This objection is irrelevant.  Yes, humans exist, but how does that count against this definition of reality?  The definition doesn’t assume or require that people do not exist.  It merely holds that some X is real if and only if X would still obtain in the absence of a mind to think about it.  While it goes without saying that those things germane to humans would not exist if humans did not exist, what does that have to do with everything else non-human?  The question is whether anything else would exist if we didn’t exist, not whether things unique to humans would exist if humans did not exist.

43 Philosophy News | Question about Knowledge, Philosophy - Stephen Maitzen responds

After studying philosophy, I am now so skeptical of everything that I no longer know what I should believe in. I have no idea whom I should vote for in election or whether I should be voting at all, what religion I ought to believe in if any at all, why I should bother getting married, or even why I should bother getting out of bed in the mornings. Have you found that philosophy leads to more skepticism and knowing nothing rather than clarification? Response from: Stephen Maitzen You asked, "Have you found that philosophy leads to more skepticism and knowing nothing rather than clarification?"It may be that you didn't sacrifice any knowledge that you previously had. Your philosophical reflection may have revealed to you that you didn't in fact know what you took yourself to know before you engaged in it. Maybe you had confident beliefs about whom you ought to vote for, etc., and even the confident belief that you knew whom you ought to vote for, etc. Examining your grounds for. . .

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Sunday Quote!- Beauty of Creation?

We need to rethink our view of the natural world we have held since former Manichaean Augustine that the natural world is a fallen and corrupted version of its original perfection. We now know that nature was red in T-Rex tooth and Velociraptor claw long before man came on the scene. The natural world we see on David Attenborough or discover in the fossil record is the creation God called good. If you read the creation accounts in Job 38 and Psalm 104 you will see God claiming credit for providing prey for hungry young lions and ravens. God’s care for his good creation includes watching the sparrow fall and feeding hawk’s nestling. But I do agree there is a profound eschatological dimension to creation described in the bible. We are told God subject his creation to the bondage of decay Romans 8:21, (with no mention of this being the result of Adam’s sin), but Paul describes this as the pains of childbirth v 22. God created a world red in tooth and claw that he called good, but would lead to something even greater in the fullness of time.

45 Evangelism 2.0 - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

T he universe of digital information created, captured, or reproduced in 2007 was 281 exabytes. This includes every Web site, e-mail, document, image, video, phone call, surveillance photo, banking transaction, store scan, and any other digital record you can imagine. Soon, this annual figure will be nearly 1,800 exabytes, representing a sixty percent compound annual growth rate. 1

46 Philosophy News | Question about War - Oliver Leaman responds

In war, is it worse for civilians to be killed than soldiers? For example, suppose that it's possible to attain an objective by killing a certain number of civilians, or by killing a significantly greater number of soldiers. Is the latter course preferable from an ethical standpoint, even though it involves more deaths? Response from: Oliver Leaman Many would say that it is always wrong to kill civilians even if that would result in far less military deaths, since civilians are basically innocent and it is never right to do evil so that good may result. This is even the case if the civilians are nasty people who have nothing but hate in their hearts for the enemy, they are still civilians and as such are not ethical targets of death. That is certainly the position of international law. For consequentialists the situation could be quite different, since the relevant question is what course of action would cause least suffering overall. A problem with such a strategy is that. . .

47 Saved by fiction: Reading as a Christian practice - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

But of all the spiritual disciplines I have ever attempted, the habit of steady reading has helped me most and carried me farthest. Of course, reading scripture has been indispensable. But reading fiction—classics of world literature, fairy tales and Greek myths, science fiction and detective novels—has done more to baptize my imagination, inform my faith and strengthen my courage than all the prayer techniques in the world.

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Death and deletion in Continue?9876543210

More fruitful is the narrative the game weaves, especially in terms of what it seems to be saying about mortality, God and the universe. The player is on a quest of unclear purpose before departing into the void that is deletion - true death. The character unlocks rooms to collect either lightning, which permits escape from the level, or prayer, which builds shelters that prolong existence in the face of terrifying deletion storms. As the player meets other lost souls, he or she learns of entire communities of not-yet-destroyed video game people, caught up in ghostly memories, still exercising treachery or giving gifts and encouragement.

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The Constructive Curmudgeon: Art by R. Wesley Hurd

Nothing on this blog represents the position of Denver Seminary. I am a Christian, philosopher, teacher, writer, and preacher, who is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. My most recent of my eleven books is Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011). I have published ten others, including Truth Decay and On Jesus. I direct the Christian Apologetics and Ethics MA program at Denver Seminary.

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Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam Selected by St. Louis Rams in NFL Draft

Michael Sam made history on Saturday night when he became the first openly gay football player in the National Football League (NFL) after the St. Louis Rams made him the 249th overall choice in the 2014 NFL draft.

51 Twishort / DrOakley1689: If @bellevuepastor is correct, a…