A Design-Theorist's Brief Guide to Rupert Sheldrake
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
For Its Moral Ideals, Evolutionary Materialism
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Ethicist Peter Singer Says Don't Pay to Treat Disabled Babies
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
3 Takeaways From My Recent Trip to Biola
Renewed and refreshed, and ever hopeful for the bright future of evangelicalism.
10 Kentucky Homeschool Kids to Remain in State Custody After Father's Oldest Son Claims He Was Sexually Abused
The estranged 19-year-old son of the father of 10 Kentucky homeschool children who were seized by police last week due to concerns with the family's off-the-grid lifestyle testified in a Monday custody hearing that his father physically and sexually abused him as a small child.
She Was Ashamed of Her Past Choices and Didn't Think She Was Worthy of God's Love
It all started when Jennifer was 12 years old and was sexually abused. The shame and guilt that came with it plagued her into adulthood. She soon got pregnant and had an abortion, and it changed her way of thinking. She never believed this feeling would end until she trusted in God!
A Military Hero Surprises His Girlfriend in The Most Amazing Way on Live Television
This contestant on Dancing With The Stars is an inspirational to all of us. Noah Galloway is a military hero and an amazing dancer. After receiving his scores with his partner, he does something on live television, that the world and his girlfriend will never forget!
Kid President Offers Up Some Pretty Great Advice to Graduates
As always, young Kid President has some pretty great advice for his YouTube viewers. Pass this along to the graduate in your life, and share some inspiration—and sweet dance moves ...
Let This Video of a Kid Confused About an ‘Old-Fashioned’ Phone Make You Feel Old
Back in the day, there used to be phones that were mounted in little booths in public places, and people would put real money into a slot and push buttons to dial a number they had memorized in order to call someone. But that was ages ago, so this kid is absolutely baffled when he comes across a phone booth for the first time. Finally, he wraps his mind around the fact that it’s just an “old-fashioned” phone ...
Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: Has Science Destroyed God? by John Lennox
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Don’t Confuse Spirituality with Righteousness
When I first became a Christian I was introduced to the priorities of the Christian community. I learned quickly that it was expected of me that I have a daily devotion time, a time reserved for Bible reading and prayer. I was expected to go to church. I was expected to have a kind of piety that was evident by not cursing, not drinking, not smoking, and the like. I had no idea that biblical righteousness went far beyond these things. However, like most new Christians, I learned to emphasize such things. My personal letters took on a new pattern of language. They began to sound like pages from New Testament epistles. I soon learned to use Christian jargon in my everyday speech. I didn’t “tell” anybody anything, I “shared” it with them. Every good fortune was a “blessing,” and I found I could hardly speak without sprinkling my sentences with spiritual platitudes.
God Is the Best Explanation of the Historical Facts About Jesus of Nazareth
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On February 1st, 2013 at Purdue University, Dr William Lane Craig participated in a debate with Dr Alex Rosenberg on the topic, "Is Faith In God Reasonable?" Over 5,000 people watched the event on the Purdue University campus along with tens of thousands streaming it live online from around the world. This clip is the seventh of eight arguments that Dr Craig presented in his opening statement. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...
Kindle Deals of the Day in Christian Apologetics
Using Paul's radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity. The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith. In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don't get Jesus, we've lost! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him— everything should be about Jesus.
WORLD | Midday Roundup: Officials probe cause of deadly Amtrak derailment | Leigh Jones | May 13, 2015
Deadly derailment. Six people died late Tuesday when an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City derailed in Philadelphia. Another six were critically injured, and 140 were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The train was carrying 238 passengers and five railway employees. Officials would not speculate about the cause of the accident, but the track makes a sharp turn at the site of the derailment. Analysts questioned whether the train was traveling too fast. Three cars flipped onto their sides, and the engine completely separated from the rest of the train. “It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said after surveying the site. “Never seen anything like this in my life.” Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are on site trying to figure out what happened with help from the black box recovered this morning. UPDATE (6:44 p.m.): National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the Amtrak train that derailed late Tuesday in Philadelphia was traveling at a speed of 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph.
Acknowledging this reality, however, should not blind us to the challenges faced by evangelicals in America. Merritt is correct that a key concern is the “growing number of people who are apathetic or antagonistic to the claims of Christianity.” But that should not lead us to conclude that is evangelicalism that must change. We shouldn’t abandon the gospel or water it down to make it more palatable. That is true also for the social and political ramifications. Staying faithful to the Bible means that evangelicals will never be accepting of two grooms or killing babies in the womb. We can’t pretend people can become Christians and reject the ethical implications of the gospel.
Sustaining Biblical Marriage, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute
Hank begins with a statement from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who in 2013, said that those who oppose same-sex marriage do so out of hate and animus, yet what he fails to realize is that every definition of marriage excludes someone. And as pointed out in the book, Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage , if any relationship can be called a marriage then the word has little meaning. Hank reminds listeners that with the decline of marriage in general, the real issue is how we can sustain biblical marriage in our culture.
Folks, I do hope you will get yourself a copy of Johnnie Moore's book, “ Defying ISIS. ” We’ve got it at our online bookstore at BreakPoint.org. And I warn you, Moore is unflinching in describing the atrocities ISIS is committing against our brothers and sisters: against men, women, and children alike. But he also shows us who these Eastern Christians are, tells us about their history, their accomplishments, and their unyielding faith. It’s inspiring.
WORLD | More from Joshua Muravchik about Israel’s present danger | Marvin Olasky | May 13, 2015
I know Israel has a strong left-wing movement, but is it anything like our Hate America First movement? America, especially since the demise of the Soviet Union, is a deeply secure country. Terrorists can kill us, but at least at this stage of our history, no other country could conquer us or completely destroy our country. Most of the countries in history haven’t lived with the degree of security we enjoy. Those Americans who hate America can do us only so much damage. But Israel is a terribly insecure country. It’s stronger than its neighbors but it’s certainly a very small country surrounded by violent people who hate it and want it to disappear. So I’ve been astonished to see that in Israel there are Israelis who hate Israel, who think it should disappear. They are not so numerous and can’t get many votes, but as is true here, they are concentrated in academia and in journalism, so they can make their voices heard. Even though they don’t influence Israel very much, they are a tremendous resource for people outside who dislike Israel, because any time critics or haters of Israel want to try to prove a point about how bad Israel is, they can pull out a quote from an Israeli.
Apologetics: Who Really Wrote the Gospels?
So who really wrote the Gospels? How do we know that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John dictated the books that bear their names? According to skeptics, these four first-century personalities had little or nothing to do with the four New Testament Gospels. One scholar of the more skeptical sort has described the process in this way:
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I’m a florist, but I refused to do flowers for my gay friend’s wedding
This isn’t about bigotry. I’ve had gay and lesbian employees and friends. And it’s important to remember that Rob was a long-time customer and friend despite our different beliefs about marriage. When I had to refer him for this one event, I did everything I could to avoid hurting his feelings and I believed we would remain friends when he left the shop. He got enough offers after this situation became public to do about 20 weddings.
The Washington Man of Prayer event. Jonathan Cahn Speaks
Jonathan Cahn speaks at The Washington Man of Prayer event on 4/29/2015
Atheist to Christian Testimony - Powerful!
For more great Christian content visit: www.anewlightdawning.net Jennifer Fulwiler tells of her journey to Christ. It is interesting to hear an intellectual argument for a belief in Jesus opposed to a purely emotional one. But I dare you to watch without your emotions being stirred and your spirit leap within you. Enjoy!
The Integrity of Words and Our Confession of Faith
Sadly, the landscape is littered with theological institutions that have poorly taught and have been poorly led. Theological liberalism has destroyed scores of seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions for the education of the ministry. Many of these schools are now extinct, even as the churches they served have been evacuated. Others linger on, committed to the mission of revising the Christian faith in order to make peace with the spirit of the age. These schools intentionally and boldly deny the pattern of sound words in order to devise new words for a new age — producing a new faith. As J. Gresham Machen rightly observed almost a century ago, we do not really face two rival versions of Christianity. We face Christianity on the one hand and, on the other hand, some other religion that selectively uses Christian words, but is not Christianity.
The Grass Isn’t Greener
Though the Israelites weren’t shopping in the mall and feeling discontent, their long trek through the wilderness and their desire for tastier food led them to a barrage of complaints. From our perspective it seems preposterous that people who had once been slaves were looking back on Egypt as a place of abundance and goodness. But that’s exactly what discontentment can do: It can cause us to idealize our past and complain about the present.
What Is Your Capacity for Mystery?
In twelve minutes, John Piper pulls apart some of the tensions between Calvinism and Ariminianism. Believing the whole Bible, with all of its varied pieces, is not a small or simple thing. A theology that makes sense of all of Scripture will require a great deal of mystery. Are we willing to admit that the Bible can say two things that seem
Why You Can Trust Your Bible
We live in the most blessed generation ever when it comes to accessibility to the Word of God. I’m incredibly grateful. I’m also thankful for a special gift God has lavished on the church—teachers like Peter Williams. The CEO of Tyndale House in Cambridge is the kind of guy who loves languages. I have it on good authority that he’s actually eaten his morning porridge while reading a Coptic version of the Bible for his quiet time. He writes books like Studies in the Syntax of the Peshitta of 1 Kings and serves as a member of the translation committee of the English Standard Version .
The Patriots Became Nearly Fumble-Proof After a 2006 Rule Change Pushed by Tom Brady
The bottom line is, something happened in New England. It happened just before the 2007 season, and it completely changed this team. Any NFL investigations into allegations that the Patriots played regularly with deflated footballs would be wise to reference my research herein and to begin starting in 2006. That was when Tom Brady was able to help persuade the NFL to change its rules to allow him (and other quarterbacks) to provide their own footballs for all road games. I will reiterate, this analysis cannot say it was, undoubtedly, illegal football deflation that caused the data abnormalities. But it does conclude that something absolutely changed, and it was not the result of simple random fluctuation.
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The FAQs: House to Vote on 20-Week Abortion Limit
The House was ready to vote on this bill on January 22, 2015, during the March for Life, when the Republican leadership pulled the bill at the last minute due to concerns raised by a few members of Congress. Some female Republican representative had concerns about requirements that victims of rape or incest must report the crime to law enforcement. At the time, pro-life groups were outraged by the refusal to pass the legislation. “I am disgusted by this act of moral cowardice,” said Russell Moore , president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. “If the House Republicans cannot pass something as basic as restricting the abortion of five-month, pain-capable unborn children, what can they get done?”
Is This What Love Looks Like?
The first will seem obvious: marriage is good. This is worth saying when cultural views of marriage are so decidedly pessimistic. Take, for example, the prevailing view (for women) of modern marriage as career obstacle. In The End of Men, Hanna Rosin describes ambitious, young women gunning for the corner office. "Today's college girls liken a serious suitor to an accidental pregnancy." They don't need marriage for financial security. They don't need marriage for sex. They view early marriage as detrimental to professional achievement, and it, along with motherhood, is to be deliberately delayed, much like elective surgery. In the end, it may be good for you to finally do something about that toe of yours, but you must face the serious inconvenience it will cause.
"I went all the way back"
“Later on in my ministry I faced another crisis that equally influenced the writing of my books. It came after I had already been a pastor for ten years in the U.S. and a missionary to Europe for five years. Throughout this period one thing was dinned into my thinking: ‘Why,’ I asked, ‘is there so little reality among orthodox evangelical Christians? Why is there so little beauty in the way Christians deal with one another?’
5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up on Church
I'm afraid the author's experience inside the institution has not been the same for everyone and others have decided that the church is more expansive than the group of people that may see each other once a week, listen to the same message, worship for an hour together, and then leave to lead separate lives. There is more to church than that and many people are looking. I have hope that there are leaders out there who are seeing the same thing, but they may be stifled or confined by the system they belong to and count on for their livelihood. Dave Gibbons wrote a book called, "Small Cloud Rising," where he tells the story of his journey through his revelation and is trying to balance these concepts.
You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology
But is money more spiritually dangerous than theology? The answer may be trickier than we think, especially within the numbing comfort of a proudly affluent and educated American Church. Money is a tangible, countable, often visible god. Theology, on the other hand — if it is cut off from truly knowing and enjoying God himself — can be a soothing, subtle, superficially spiritual god. Both are deadly, but one lulls us into a proud, intellectual, and purely cosmetic confidence and rest before God. Theology will kill you if it does not kindle a deep and abiding love for the God of the Bible, and if it does not inspire a desire for his glory, and not ultimately our own.
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Financial Tips Every Millennial Should Hear
I recommend investing early in life. First, start a ROTH IRA with a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). This is someone who has a fiduciary duty to their clients (you) and not a company they work for. Start immediately in your career even if the investment is very small. Think of this as a real-world finance degree and learn as much as possible. You want to have as much experience and knowledge when you start making more money and investing larger sums.
Standing as One
As believers joined literally and spiritually to the whole person of Christ, we cannot divorce ourselves from other members of Christ’s body any more than Adam could leave the woman in the first garden; they, too, were one, albeit in a temporal sense. We are a single organism referred to as “Christ’s body” because Christ has given us his life-giving breath and body to share. When mindful of anti-Christian hostility, we cannot remain numb or indifferent to the pain or loss of Christ’s legs, hands, and feet, which are our own.
Loving Difficult People
It probably isn’t hard for you to think of a difficult person in your own life. In our broken, sin-filled world, they are everywhere. The co-worker who is willing to do anything to get ahead, including taking credit for your ideas. The in-laws who always seem to be peering over your shoulder, critiquing your parenting skills, and offering “suggestions” for improvement. The child who knows exactly how to push your buttons to leave you exasperated and flustered again. The person in your ministry who is constantly complaining about your leadership, who thinks he has better ideas and communicates them with a sharp and biting tongue. The passive-aggressive friend who is kind one moment and gives you the cold shoulder the next. The list can go on and on.
Discussing Homosexuality: A Better Way
Dr. Sprinkle serves as the Vice President of Eternity Bible College's Boise extension and has authored several books, including the New York Times bestselling Erasing Hell (with Francis Chan; 2011), Fight; A Christian Case for Nonviolence (David C. Cook, 2013), Paul and Judaism Revisited (IVP, 2013), and the recently released Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us (David C. Cook, 2014), and he is currently writing a book on homosexuality for Zondervan, which will be published in Fall 2015. Preston also hosts a daily radio program titled: What Does the Bible Really Say? which can be listened to live online or through the archives page. He also frequently speaks at various venues including college chapels, churches, music festivals, youth camps, family camps, and anywhere else where people desire to hear relevant Bible teaching. If you desire to have Preston speak, you can contact him directly through his website: prestonsprinkle.com.
Calvinism Debate Video: Romans 9, James White vs. Leighton Flowers
This is the full debate video over which soteriological view is taught in Romans 9. Professor Leighton Flowers defends a non-Calvinistic Southern Baptist perspective and Dr. James White defends the Calvinistic perspective. Dr. White's main argument against Professor Flowers is that he "doesn't exegete the text." Yet, according to the agreement (approved by both presenters before the debate) the goal was to present a positive explanation of the intention of the author. No agreement was ever made that both parties would give a full exegesis (however that is defined) of the entire chapter, and neither party did provide exegetical commentary on every verse in the chapter. Unfortunately, Dr. White fails to engage with Professor Flowers' arguments under the guise of "it wasn't exegetical." Calvinists accuse non-Calvinists of not talking about the subject of Romans 9 on the basis that the non-Calvinist believes the subject of Romans 9 is different than they think it is. It is a question begging game to assume someone is not addressing the subject of the text simply on the basis that they disagree on that subject.
Laughter Is the Sound of Joy
Much has been made of the fact that Jesus is never said to have smiled or laughed. Linked to the description of the Servant as ‘a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief’ it has furnished a basis for the idea that Jesus’ life was unremittingly joyless and stressful. But this is a serious over-simplification. Apart from all else, a joyless life would have been a sinful life. Would Jesus have been guilty of the anxiety he forbade in others (Mt. 6:25)? Would he have fallen short of Paul’s attainment as one who had learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Phil. 4:11)? Or of the precept to ‘rejoice always’ (Phil. 4:4)? Could he have been filled with the Spirit and yet not have know the Spirit’s joy (Gal. 5:22)? Could he have given rest and relief to others (Mt. 11:28) while remaining depressed and disconsolate himself? . . .
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How to Poison Your Marriage in 3 Easy Steps
There can be no contentment, no gratitude, no joy in comparison. We compare what is real to what is not. A closer look would reveal the messy texture of actual life. That “perfect” couple fights. That “free” single friend longs. That carefree adventurer still faces day-in and day-out monotony. Comparison is the opposite of gratitude. and it produces steady decay, obscuring our perspective of the life we have.
More Americans Would Accept Gay President Than Evangelical Commander-in-Chief, New Poll Finds
A new study suggests that the acceptance of a gay or lesbian president has increased by 18 points to 61 percent in less than 10 years, but Americans' comfort with an evangelical president has risen only by 11 points, to 52 percent.
Is Natalie Portman Right for Calling Her Oscar Trophy a ‘False Idol’?
I've often found that in my own life, it's far too easy to be in denial about your own idols. After all, it's "not hurting anyone" to be addicted to caffeine, to over eat, to be overly obsessed with career, etc...except to yourself and your relationship with God. I've also found that many Christians are in denial about the fact that their own children are an idol in their lives. After all, how could such a precious gift from God be evil? The answer is that it's not, unless you prioritize that gift above God himself. We all have ways we self-medicate to increase our happiness. But it's worth asking yourself if any of those things are more important to you than your relationship with God.
For the Glory of God: Southern Seminary 2015
Southern Seminary is committed to training up a generation of faithful ministers, missionaries and church leaders so that the Church will be faithful in this generation.
In that way, it's a deeply religious film, though organized religion is treated with the sort of skepticism you might expect from those who are fleeing civilized society for one reason or another. But it's said by the end that people can teach one another that “there is more to life than survival”—a distinctly anti-Darwinian sentiment, by the way—and with its gorgeous vistas and loving yet unsentimental look at humans, it's a triumphant first feature, and well worth a look.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Enter Saul
The first five episodes of A.D. The Bible Continues moved through the Bible at a brisk pace, zipping through multiple chapters at a time. But the sixth episode slows things down in a big way, and with good reason: The episode as a whole covers only three verses in Acts 8, but it also introduces us to one of the most important characters in the entire New Testament, namely Saul, who will one day be known as Paul.
Renewing Your Mind | Henry VIII | May 13, 2015
In our first lesson, we studied the emergence of the English Reformation primarily from a theological perspective. It is also vital to grasp the political connections to the Reformation in England especially related to the role that kings and queens played during this time. In this message, then, Dr. Reeves opens up the fascinating yet troubling story of King Henry VIII, who reigned from 1509–1547. We find him departing from Rome for selfish reasons and essentially pursuing Catholicism without a pope. Anyone who got in the way of this pursuit, whether Catholic or Protestant, could easily lose his life. Still, in God's providence, Henry unintentionally ended up furthering the cause of true reform.
Answering Islam Conference Series (AUDIO ONLY)
The 2015 Answering Islam Conference, hosted at Southern Evangelical Seminary was a day of discussion surrounding the primary differences between Christianity and Islam. Discussions pertain to the history of Islam, the early Church, the opposing doctrines of the two faiths, and practical discussions on how to share your faith with muslims. Whether you are a seasoned student of Islam or a person trying to filter alarmist news, there is something in this series for everyone. *Unfortunately we did not have cameras at the event, but we were able to provide the AUDIO versions of the talks.
What Your Google Searches Say About Your Spiritual Life
At the heart of those questions I listed above are much deeper life questions. What I type into Google is simply a shallow version of them. I am beginning to worry that we, the generation that doesn’t remember life before the search engine, are growing dependent on Google not only for facts and directions, but also for a false feeling that our big questions are being answered, when actually, they aren’t.
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How We Can Use Livestreaming Apps to Promote Justice | WIRED
The best livestreamers engage their audience in a dialogue and commentary that makes them feel like part of the experience, using techniques from radio and sports commentary. It makes people on the ground feel supported—by those comments, or by cascades of emoji hearts on their screen. It puts pressure on perpetrators—a camera confronting an abusive police officer that has 5,000 people watching it live can be a powerful deterrent. At the least, it can ensure that no arrest occurs without scrutiny. Here’s how an activist on the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013 used it in precisely such circumstances. A police officer approached a man and said he was about to conduct a search of him. An activist holding a livestreaming camera declared, “I will watch the search, and there are 5,000 [other] people watching.”
3 Ways We Prevent the Gospel from Making Our Churches Attractive
Here’s an example of that kind of community: a few years ago, a Harvard professor visited my church. He was an expert in crowd psychology. He wasn’t a Christian. The relationships in the church fascinated him. It seemed people had nothing to gain from each other. He didn’t see any plausible explanation for what drew this ungainly group together—until, underneath it all, he discovered the gospel. Today, he is following Christ in our church.
Answering Muslims: Moderate Muslim Osama Siblani Declares: "Pamela Geller Is Worse Than ISIS"
Hello Dr. David! Mr. Osama Siblani said the truth in this video. I quote "Geller is drawing muderers". I unquote. For sure he said the truth and I call it Accidental Honesty. Pamela Geller and the rest were drawing the MUDERER (Mohammad). He compared and condemned ISIS as well as Pamela Geller. Thus I'd gladly say He has just condemned Muhammad the inventor of islam. Waooo a Fatwa will come against him soon. A new postate. GOD BLESS Dr. David
Christian Leaders Receive Death Threats From Muslims in Pakistan for Building Churches and Not Converting to Islam
"I had been to church in Sheikhupura to attend a meeting with colleagues. It was 8 p.m. when we left to return to Lahore. We were about to reach the main road when a motorbike drove up and blocked the way," David said. "[I thought] maybe they were following us. The two bikers were wearing a helmet. One of them came up to my window and spoke to me. 'We know what you are doing here,' he said. 'Stop building churches. Convert to Islam, which is the true religion. Otherwise we will make a horrible example of you.'"
Jesus Outside the Lines
Nevertheless, many Christians are equally tempted to disengage from culture altogether. Sauls, however, doesn’t succumb to this temptation. In the introduction he asks, “Is it possible to profoundly disagree with someone and love that person deeply at the same time? Is it possible to hold convictions and simultaneously embrace those who reject your deep convictions?” Sauls, senior pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, aims to prove the answer is yes. Courage and civility can coexist, and do so uniquely in the person of Jesus Christ.