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Should Christians judge the teachings of their leaders? Not only is judging permissible, it is our responsibility. Nobody’s teachings are above sound judgment—especially those of influential leaders! Biblically, authority and accountability go hand in hand (cf. Luke 12:48). The greater the responsibility one holds, the greater the accountability (cf. James 3:1). First, the precedent for […]
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This is my homophobic rant against Michael Sam - The Matt Walsh Blog
Beautifully said. I absolutely agree! Ugh, I shouldn’t have read this right before bed because my blood is boiling. I wish that all of my religious newsfeed would stop sharing his articles and I would stop reading them. MW is homophobic, agreed. I know that I won’t sit quietly until human rights grant each citizen, my brother and his boyfriend included, the right to marriage and a workplace free of discrimination. When people won’t do a double-take when seeing a gay couple holding hands or kissing in public. When the saying “love the sinner, hate the sin” isn’t repeated repeatedly by my family members. This nation is getting there and it is the courage of guys like Michael Sam that help further equality and show that it is okay to come out. Do heterosexuals have the problem of “coming out” like many in the LGBT citizens? No, of course not. Coming out to your parents and the world can be scary. Why? Because they fear their reaction. That needs to stop. If Michael Sam helped one closeted gay boy, and gave him the strength to be who he is openly, then he is a hero.
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Full-Time Job
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your first full-time job is to assume a passive role, only doing what you’re told to do. Don’t be afraid to present your ideas just because you’re an entry-level employee. No matter what position you’re in, you have an opportunity to offer something new because you are unique and wired differently than your coworkers.
Em dashes—why writers should use them more sparingly.
According to the Associated Press Stylebook — Slate 's bible for all things punctuation- and grammar-related—there are two main prose uses—the abrupt change and the series within a phrase—for the em dash. The guide does not explicitly say that writers can use the dash in lieu of properly crafting sentences, or instead of a comma or a parenthetical or a colon—and yet in practical usage, we do. A lot—or so I have observed lately. America's finest prose—in blogs, magazines, newspapers, or novels—is littered with so many dashes among the dots it's as if the language is signaling distress in Morse code.
This Guy Was Getting a Demon Cast Out - You Won't Believe What Interrupted Him! (VIDEO)
This pastor in Africa is proclaiming the power to cast out demons in the name of Jesus when he brings up a fellow in green. He places his hand on the congregant's head and prays to cast out "any demon tormenting his life."
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We should understand, however, that Jesus here is not forbidding the repetition of genuine requests. In His parable of the midnight visit, Jesus pointed to the persistent man as a model of the believer’s persistent prayer to God. In another parable, the Lord praised the godly widow’s persistence before the ungodly judge: “Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?” (Luke 18:7). Paul asked God three times to remove his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12:7–8).
Greater Grace: A Story of God, Redemption, and Steve McQueen - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
They said he could act with the back of his head. No dialogue or frills required—his mere presence loomed larger than life in every shot. Put him next to some of the finest actors in the business, and he would undercut every one of them simply by being in the frame. His piercingly distinctive blue eyes were set in a rough-hewn, unconventionally handsome face that rarely betrayed strong emotion. His smallest physical gesture was precisely calculated and gracefully executed. You couldn’t best him, you couldn’t buy him, you couldn’t touch him. He was the King of Cool. He was Steve McQueen.
YouTube Prankster Surprises Homeless Man With a Home of His Own - See His Stunned Reaction (VIDEO)
In March, YouTube personality Rahat Hossain pranked a homeless man named Eric by giving him a lottery ticket that ended up "winning" $1,000 at a convenience store in on the setup. It's a good-natured scheme, but it was Eric's insistence on sharing his winnings with Hossain that sent the video soaring to over 15 million views.
Faith's Role in Reason, Knowledge and Absolutely Everything - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
However, they do not even come close to answering why things happen really, such as why the universe exists at all. This is one of the fundamental reasons why religion is so pervasive and alluring for some. We all want to know why we are here and how, and it is easy to fall into a belief system even if there is no actual evidence for it. Now, it could very well be that non -existence is impossible, so sheer existence simply spontaneously appeared (a la the big bang, or whatever universe may have theoretically come before it). But the universe is ordered, rather than chaotic. Certain laws do govern everything, even if we can never truly know them. And to me, it would seem awfully strange for a spontaneous universe––which would have no real reason or advantage at all to be ordered––is, well, ordered. In fact, it would be remarkably easier for everything to simply be in chaos. Einstein shared this view, and he had a “profound reverence for the rationality made manifest in existence.”
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This summer only, students will pay the full $250 fee only for their first online summer course. To help students take as many courses as possible, the online fee for each student’s second online summer course will be cut in half to $125. And, beginning with their third summer online course, students pay no online fees at all. Note that this discount applies to the online fee, not to tuition rates. Since these are online courses, you can complete them from anywhere you happen to be this summer.
What CSI Tells Us About Our Desire for Truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
But where does this desire for truth and justice come from? Apart from the Judeo Christian world view, we are taught that there is no absolute truth; each of us has to make up our own truth. If this anti-god philosophy is true, why then would we care if the truth about a particular murder is found out? What difference does it make? Why invest any energy and resources into solving it?
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C.S. Lewis: How to Develop and Maintain a Christian Worldview - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For me, and I suspect for many people, the writings of C.S. Lewis have become an important supplement in my daily walk with God. Lewis himself knew the importance of reading God’s Word daily and spending time in prayer and reflection. These are hallmarks of the mature believer. Followers of Christ also need to be equipped to navigate and live out their faith in a culture that is increasingly secularized. Many have argued that we are living in a post-Christian era. It is critical, therefore, to develop and maintain a Christian worldview where, with the help of the Holy Spirit, believers put every thought through the independent filter of our Christian faith.
The Chief Danger of the 21st Century
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:6-9).
An entirely reasonable question: "Why do you believe what you believe?" - 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.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr: 'I'm Christian, I Pray Every Day'
Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr recently spoke about her Christianity, spirituality and dedication to prayer in an interview highlighting her new line of tea china for the U.K.-based company Royal Albert.
Doesn't the Bible Say True Faith is Blind? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I am an evidentialist; after all, I’m a detective. This is what I have done for a living for the past 25 years. I think it’s in my blood. But I sometimes wonder if my evidentialist DNA is distorting what I read in Scripture. Am I restricting my interpretations based on an evidentialist presupposition? I have come to understand the Biblical definition of faith to be a reasoned trust in light of the evidence . Jesus told us to trust his claims in light of the miracles that confirmed his words evidentially (John 14:11), and he spent 40 days with the disciples after the resurrection, providing them with many convincing proofs that he was alive (Acts 1:2-3). I’ve written about this evidential view of faith and I see it supported repeatedly on the pages of the New Testament. But I occasionally get an email from a podcast listener questioning the evidential nature of Christian belief. Here’s a common example:
Pope Francis Calls For 'Legitimate Redistribution' of Wealth to End 'Economy of Exclusion'
Pope Francis recently called for a "legitimate redistribution" of wealth when meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying governments should work to end the "economy of exclusion" that plagues the poor and the middle class from rising up the economic ladder.
Apologists do not believe that apologetics saves anyone - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Apologists do not believe that apologetics saves anyone. It only provides evidence in the light of which people can make rational decisions. It only provides evidence that Christianity is true. One must still place his faith in Christ in order to be saved. Apologetics only leads the "horse" to the water. Only the Holy Spirit can persuade him drink.
How 'Prosperity Gospel' preachers bend the Bible's words - ucanews.com
This verse is a powerful fundraising tool for prosperity preachers, manipulating believers into tithing more by saying God will return the favor exponentially. But as D. A. Horton explains, this verse has nothing to do with individual riches; rather, it arises from a particular historical situation for Israel: “The Israelites were robbing God by not giving enough food to the national storehouse that was used to feed the priests of Israel. So the priests were having to leave their priestly duties and take up farming to survive (see Neh. 13:10-13). God therefore exhorts Israel to test him by giving obediently. If they did, he would reward them as he did in the past.”
Is There Ever Enough Evidence for the Hyper-Skeptic? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Recently I was listening to the Unbelievable podcast and heard something telling from atheist James Croft. As he was discussing the historical, eyewitness evidence of Jesus’s resurrection with Christian Chris Sinkinson, he said the following (this is a paraphrase of what he said):
"It's Just a Theory" - What's a Scientific Theory? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
A theory is distinct from a mere scientific explanation. Scientific explanation requires a causal explanation, which requires a law-governed explanation. Natural law describes but does not explain natural phenomena. Newton’s law of universal gravitation described, but did not explain, what caused gravitational attraction. Theories unify empirical regularities and describe the underlying process that accounts for these phenomena. Within theories are axioms, a small set of postulates, which are not proved in the axiom system but assumed to be true.
C.S. Lewis: The terrible thing... - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self--all your wishes and precautions--to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call "ourselves," to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be "good.”
Trying To Explain Away God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Apostle Paul wrote about this 2000 years ago of course. In Romans 1:18-23 he says: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.”
False Messiahs Claim to Be The Second Coming of Christ; Leaders Around the World 'Deceive Many' (VIDEO)
The Bible speaks in Mark 13:22 of "false Christ's" rising up to seduce the people. In this article we will take a brief look into the uprising of just a few leaders from around the world who are claiming to be Jesus and even dare to say they are better than he was.
Ray Ortlund’s The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ is a new title from 9Marks’ excellent collection of books called “Building Healthy Churches.” The book asks and answers this question: how does the church portray the beauty of Christ? The gospel has content and theology, it is a message and a proclamation. But it also does something in the lives of those who believe and obey it. One of the things it does is build unity and relationship among Christians, and in that way it makes Christ’s glory visible in the world today.
Convince Me There's A God: Design - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Having been an investigative journalist for many years I highly recommend returning to the beginning of an issue, crime, or whatever is your assignment before reporting about it. If not, you may miss the very thing that will turn your story in the direction of truth, which should be the objective of every journalist.
Harvard Prez: Black Mass “Abhorrent”, But…
But even as we permit expression of the widest range of ideas, we must also take responsibility for debating and challenging expression with which we profoundly disagree. The ‘black mass’ had its historical origins as a means of denigrating the Catholic Church; it mocks a deeply sacred event in Catholicism, and is highly offensive to many in the Church and beyond. The decision by a student club to sponsor an enactment of this ritual is abhorrent; it represents a fundamental affront to the values of inclusion, belonging and mutual respect that must define our community. It is deeply regrettable that the organizers of this event, well aware of the offense they are causing so many others, have chosen to proceed with a form of expression that is so flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory.
Teleological Argument for God's Existence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Teleological Argument for the existence of God is also sometimes called the Design Argument. This is because the argument is based on the observance of the design we see in the universe around us. The most common analogy for this argument goes something like this: If you were walking in a field and came across a stopwatch, would you say the stopwatch just formed all by itself, or would you say it was designed and created by an intelligence? Is it reasonable to think that all the parts formed by random chance and then it assembled itself, or was assembled by random naturalistic forces? On the other hand, would the intricacy and precision of its design and construction point to an intelligent designer and a watchmaker of sufficient means to have created it?
Apologetic Lessons from Matthew 12:22-29 - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw. All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?” But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.” And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
Sharp rise in French Jews leaving for Israel
"We will not finish the year with four times more the number than in 2013 but if the current rhythm continues, there will be more than 5,000 French people leaving for Israel, something that has never happened since its creation in 1948," he said.
Cheerleader Bible Banners Case May Head to Texas Supreme Court
Cheerleaders at a local high school in Kountze, Texas, are allowed to display Bible verses on banners at school football games, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The attorney for the cheerleaders, however, says he's contemplating appealing this most recent decision, arguing that it does not address the free speech rights of his clients and therefore clarify the issue for future similar situation.
Part 2 – Did not our hearts burn?: expository reading
Another dimension of letting Scripture interpret Scripture means listening to the full panoply of texts that touch upon a subject. For example, if we were to read God’s words to Abraham in Genesis 17:10-12, we might conclude that even today all male worshippers of God must be circumcised. Yet, we read in 1 Corinthians 7:19, “For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.” By understanding the trajectory of Scripture (that OT Law and promises are fulfilled in Christ), we see that circumcision served a preparatory role for the Jewish nation but is no longer required of God’s people. The author of Hebrews says that the Law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves (Heb 10:1). Paul can circumcise a coworker as a means of strategic missionary accommodation to unregenerate Jews (Acts 16:3), but when the basis of salvation is at stake, Paul is unbending (Gal 2:3). This brief survey demonstrates how a nuanced understanding of a subject requires the consideration of multiple biblical texts that touch upon it.
Scientism: An unsatisfying and unreasonable account of everything - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Central to scientism is the grabbing of nearly the entire territory of what were once considered questions that properly belong to philosophy. Scientism takes science to be not only better than philosophy at answering such questions, but the only means of answering them.
Further Reflections on Younger Southern Baptists
Further Reflections on Younger Southern Baptists
Trevin Wax Blog | May 12, 2014
Several readers have asked me to offer an opinion on my five observations about younger Southern Baptists . It is difficult to speak objectively about younger Southern Baptists, since I fit this category myself. I'm a millennial, and if there's anything that characterizes our generation, it's that we like to talk about ourselves. (Selfie!) But because people have asked me to weigh in on each of these observations, here's my take.
1. Younger Southern Baptists have chastened expectations regarding political engagement.
The strength of the younger generation's chastened expectations is that we will see ourselves (rightly) as a people in exile, in foreign territory, seeking to bear witness to Christ in a culture that grows increasingly hostile to Christian truth and morality. The weakness is that we could give in to a quietist impulse that robs us of our prophetic identity.
I worry about young 'gospel-centered' folks who tend to dismiss most political engagement as a distraction.
Turning On Your Brain: 10 Christian Apologetics Quotes - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If the condition in our universe were not what they are, within a very small margin of flexibility, no life of any kind would be found in this universe. Thus, while the present universe is a fit habitat for human and other life form of life, the initial probability of there being such a universe is quite small. The confluence of so-called "cosmic constants" is improbable enough on the assumption that the universe is uncaused and undesigned; it is even more improbable on the supposition that we owe our existence to Creator who has it in for us. If, on the other hand, our lives are special, and if what makes our lives special has anything to do with the physical condition in which we come to have our lives, then the good of human life depends upon the Creator as well. This is cause for considerable comfort, for it offers an important clue concerning the Creator's good intentions for humans. Our bodies locate us in a physical world of astonishing complexity, apparently ordered by its Creator to the goal our physical well-being.
You Don't Have to Be an Expert to Understand and Communicate the Truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There are lots of areas of expertise in criminal trials, and both the prosecution and defense attorneys commonly call experts to the witness stand as part of their presentation of evidence. There are forensic experts of every stripe, DNA experts, ballistic experts, behavioral experts, linguistic experts; if you can think of a category of evidence, there is probably an expert somewhere who is willing to come to court to testify about it. Their testimony is sometimes critical to the case, but it can often be technical and highly confusing. There are times when expert witnesses offer so much esoteric detail, that confusion, rather than clarity, results. The prosecutors and defense attorneys usually do their best to “translate” what the experts have provided, and ask follow-up questions of the experts in an effort to simplify concepts and make them accessible to the jury. It’s the jurors, after all, who will eventually have to make a decision here.
Jesus Gets a Fast-track Divorce
Harvard sure has egg on its face now. They devoted an entire theological Journal to a papyrus fragment insinuating there was an early Christian debate about whether Jesus was married. They made a rather unscholarly attempt at maximum publicity, calling a press conference and soliciting the documentary efforts of the Smithsonian Channel.
Well, it took the blogosphere all of three weeks to debunk the papyrus fragment as a forgery. This not only raises questions as to what motivated Harvard’s actions in the first place but also whether the future of scholarship could be dramatically helped by some form of scholarly crowd-sourcing among the tightly controlled and competitive world of academic publication.
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The Bible knows nothing of a bold leap-in-the-dark faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Bible knows nothing of a bold leap-in-the-dark faith, a hope-against-hope faith, a faith with no evidence. Rather, if the evidence doesn't correspond to the hope, then the faith is in vain.
The don’ts of fundamentalism are all about control; they may teach humility and self-sacrifice, but they do so by breaking the spirit. In one of the saddest lines in the book, Elrod tells us that his father, like so many others in his family, “got the innocence spanked and churched right out of him by religious admonition” (40). Thankfully for Elrod, his mother fought hard to prevent the same death of personality from sapping the life out of her son. “I think religion has destroyed many people . . . like my dad,” Elrod explains. “Chains cease to be needed after the spirit has gone out of a prisoner. And somehow, innately, my mom fought to keep that from happening to me. She determined to save those microscopic atoms in me that were truly me ” (41).
What Training Do We Need to Interpret the Bible? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
All of these elements make it difficult to interpret the biblical texts correctly: 1) the fact that we are dealing with many documents written by many different authors, 2) the fact that these documents were written in foreign and ancient languages, 3) the fact that the cultures that produced these documents are very different from ours, and 4) the fact that we are far removed from the historical contexts of these documents.
Nancy Pearcey: A biblically informed perspective on all of reality - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
‘Biblical worldview'. The term means literally a 'view of the world', a biblically informed perspective on all of reality. A worldview is like a mental map that tells you how to navigate the world effectively. It is the imprint of God's objective truth on our inner life. ― Nancy Pearcey (Total Truth)
Dawkins, Dilbert and the Illogical Scientists - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
By now, it should be obvious that New Atheists believe that religion will be replaced by scientific materialism. This worldview has two notable elements – scientism and materialism . Materialism is the belief that there is no non-physical reality. Everything is composed of objects that could, one day, be quantified, measured, and described by physicists. Whatever cannot be described by science is not real. So you do not have a soul, your mind is nothing other than your brain in action, and no divine power governs this universe.
Not All Older Christians Want to Be Your Mentor
My blunt "no" bristled up against my core belief that we're called to hospitality in all its various forms. As an "older woman," I agree with Paul's admonition in Titus 2:3-5 that I am "to teach what is good, and so train the young women." But I didn't want to. As an "older woman" I also feel like I have less energy and fewer hours in the day.
The First Two Emperors of Rome & Their Impact on the New Testament - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Given that the Bible is a holy book, a book of faith, it is easy for many Christian believers to divorce the Scriptures from their historical context and the influences that impacted the writers and even the events in the Bible themselves. Whereas the Bible is preached as the inspired word of God, and so it is, it is also a human document that was produced by real people in a certain time and culture. In order to truly understand the Bible we must have an understanding of the world from which it came forth. ‘The historical context is important as a framework from which to interpret the Scriptures. Every book of Scripture was written in a historical context that should be understood in order to help interpret the book accurately.”
105 Minutes with an Atheist - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a man who happened to be an atheist. After an hour-long conversation about life, he blurts out, “You keep talking about science. You’re a pastor. Do you believe in science?” He went on to say how he doesn’t believe in God because there is too much “stuff” out there such as “millions of galaxies containing trillions of stars…it’s just too vast to come from a God.” I could not wipe the smile off my face as I said, “Exactly! Too much stuff! Where did all that stuff come from?”
Lee Strobel: Science Points Toward Existence of a Creator - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
He then explained to the more than 3,500 people in attendance at the church and an online audience: "I used to be an atheist just like Dr. Coyne is an atheist, but I came to a far different conclusion after my investigation of the evidence. I concluded that science, when done right, points powerfully and persuasively toward the existence of a Creator who just happens to look a lot like the God of the Bible.