Intention and Vocabulary | Paul David Tripp
The Bible doesn't define wholesome communication with a vocabulary list; wholesome communication is all about the intention of the speaker. In this video, Pa...
2014 Commencement Remarks by Eric Metaxas
Eric Metaxas delivers the 2014 Hillsdale College Commencement address. To learn more about Hillsdale, visit http://www.hillsdale.edu/
What is ostracism? When and where did it originate? (An HD version of this video is available at https://vimeo.com/44492051)
Who Is Jesus? A Google Hangout on Christology with Keith Mathison: Wednesday at 4pm ET
As we seek to leverage new technology for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, we regularly host live Google Hangouts with Christian leaders.
Footing the Butcher's Bill
We do this in the courts, by supporting organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom. We build the culture of life on our knees in prayer. We build it by feeding the hungry and visiting the prisoner. We do it by supporting crisis pregnancy centers and caring for the elderly. And we must choose to be aware of what we are being signed up for and, like the Bracy’s, we must take a stand when necessary.
Reasons To Believe : 16 Steps to Generating Advanced Life
Why does the history of life appear the way it does? Naturalists, materialists, deists, and most theistic evolutionists would answer that the chemicals on early Earth spontaneously self-assembled into a simple cell that was able to reproduce. From there, the cell's daughters evolved to produce all the life-forms that have ever existed throughout the past 3.8 billion years. Such a history requires that life make at least 16 transitional steps in order to generate advanced life-forms.
Never Trained to Do So, Hero Dog Uses iPhone to Save Owner's Life
U.S. Marine Terry McGlade served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but his life was at risk once again after he collapsed from a seizure in his Zanesville, Ohio home. His dog Major, a labrador-retriever pit bull mix, is trained to sense when his owner is about to have a seizure or experience anxiety related to PTSD.
A Hill to Die On: How Biblical Backgrounds Help Make Scripture More Engaging
Biblical backgrounds do for the interpreter what color cinematography did for The Wizard of Oz. You can follow the story just fine in black-and-white. But when that house hits the ground, and Dorothy walks out into a world of living color, well, the story is all the more engaging. So it is for biblical backgrounds. God’s story as revealed in Scripture is already quite clear. But it often benefits greatly from a little local color here and there.
New study: Asian students outperform whites because they work harder
When it comes to academic achievement, Asian-Americans outclass every other ethnic group, with more than half over age 25 holding a bachelor’s degree—well above the national average of 28%. To find what gives Asian-Americans a leg up, a team of sociologists scoured two long-term surveys covering more than 5000 U.S. Asian and white students. After crunching test scores, GPAs, teacher evaluations, and social factors such as immigration status, the team reports a simple explanation online today in the
Why Resurrection Makes the Best Sense of the Historical Evidence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It will not do … to say that Jesus’ disciples were so stunned and shocked by his death, so unable to come to terms with it, that they projected their shattered hopes onto the screen of fantasy and invented the idea of Jesus’ ‘resurrection’ as a way of coping with a cruelly broken dream. That has an initial apparent psychological plausibility, but it won’t work as serious first-century history.
The Death Of Expertise
This is a very bad thing. Yes, it’s true that experts can make mistakes, as disasters from thalidomide to the Challenger explosion tragically remind us. But mostly, experts have a pretty good batting average compared to laymen: doctors, whatever their errors, seem to do better with most illnesses than faith healers or your Aunt Ginny and her special chicken gut poultice. To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion, is silly.
Cat saves local boy from dog attack - KernGoldenEmpire
A 4-year-old boy is attacked by a dog and his cat comes to the rescue. It was all caught on security cameras Tuesday in Southwest Bakersfield.
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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
The Comfort Zone with Ray Comfort
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EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
Are there apostles and prophets today? While it has become increasingly popular to believe in the restoration of “end-time” apostles and prophets, the Bible clearly does not support this notion. First, to address this question we must first learn to scale the language barrier. In other words, the issue is not so much the words […]
Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible
And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
Lamar Smith Calls ICE Release of 36,000 Criminal Immigrants a President-Sanctioned Prison Break
“This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the President and perpetrated by our own immigration officials. These criminal immigrants should have been deported to ensure that they could never commit crimes on U.S. soil. But instead, ICE officials chose not to detain them and instead released them back onto American streets,” Smith said in a statement Monday.
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.
This has been a week of great conversations about the world, the Church and the Bible! We examined the impact of the Evangelical Left on the millennial generation and discussed the on-going threats to Christians in the U.K. Craig and Barry had a rousing debate about same-sex marriage and the Church and we learned to answer the arguments of atheists by looking at Jesus. Today you and Janet will talk over the news of the week as we walk together through the marketplace of ideas!
That Awkward Moment When We Speak the Gospel
Evangelism is counter-cultural. It's true everywhere on the planet, but perhaps it's especially so in our increasingly post-Christian Western society. We live in a polite culture, for the most part. Talk about religion? You just don't go there. Talk about how many tornadoes have come through, and how the team is doing, and how the city has new recycling bins. But Jesus Christ, crucified for sinners and risen from the dead? You just don't go there. So they say.
Grace to You
Pray, then, in this way: “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]” For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
100 Bible Knowledge Questions
Several years ago our church started offering a leadership training course once or twice a year. The class began as a training seminary for those who had been nominated for elders or deacons. Now the course must be completed before a man can be considered for the office of elder or deacon.
Rupert Darwall - Science as McCarthyism
Science regresses if it becomes intolerant of criticism. At the beginning of her reign, Queen Elizabeth I of England spoke words of tolerance in an age of religious strife, declaring that she had no intention of making windows into men’s souls. Unlike religion, science is not a matter of the heart or of belief. It exists only in what can be demonstrated. In their persecution of an aged colleague who stepped out of line and their call for scientists to be subject to a faith test, 21st-century climate scientists have shown less tolerance than a 16th-century monarch.
Wendy Davis Once Blocked Resolution Supporting ‘Under God’ In Pledge Of Allegiance
“Wendy Davis believes the entire Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional and has proudly recited all its words thousands of times,” Zac Petkanas, a Davis spokesman, told TheDC. “That’s why she not only voted to add ‘one state under God’ to the state’s pledge of allegiance but to require students to recite the pledge both to the United States and Texas flags.”
With the Days of Comfortable, Acceptable Christianity Now Over, Don't Be Ashamed of the Gospel, Robert P. George Encourages
WASHINGTON — The days of acceptable Christianity in America are over, so in order to be a faithful witness to the gospel, Christians must be willing to suffer the costs of discipleship, Dr. Robert P. George declared in a Tuesday speech.
Kirsten Powers: Liberals' Dark Ages
Kirsten Powers: Liberals' Dark Ages
Each week seems to bring another incident. Who will the thought police come for next?
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In a world without God, who’s to say whose values are right and whose are wrong? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In a world without God, who’s to say whose values are right and whose are wrong? There can be no objective right and wrong, only our culturally and personally relative, subjective judgments. Think of what that means! It means it’s impossible to condemn war, oppression, or crime as evil. Nor can you praise generosity, self-sacrifice, and love as good. To kill someone or to love someone is morally equivalent. For in a universe without God, good and evil do not exist—there is only the bare, valueless fact of existence, and there is no one to say you are right and I am wrong." – William Lane Craig (from, On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision )
Building Laborers on Campus
CO's mission statement is, "Glorifying God by Building Laborers on the Campus for the Lost World." As I work toward this goal, I pray that my students would be bold, broken-hearted servants wherever they go and whatever they do---bold in confessing their sin and sharing the gospel, and broken for the world. I'm successful if they graduate knowing that their joy is found in seeking God's glory and in loving others as Christ has loved them. Whether they're working as accountants, pastors, or nurses, I long for them to embody passages like Jeremiah 29, Philippians 2, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Daniel---passages that show deep humility and bold cultural engagement.
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Historical Details in the Book of Acts - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the bible, the books of Acts was written by Luke (see the first few verses of each book). The book includes a very large amount of historical details that can be independently verified with secular sources outside the Bible. Below is a partial list. For more, and the corresponding citations, see The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History by Colin J. Hemer. Another interesting and readable source for Acts is St. Paul: Traveler and Roman Citizen by William Ramsay. A third book, The Historical Jesus by Gary Habernas, lists hundreds of biblical facts which are verified in documents and artifacts outside the bible.
4 Ways to Minister to Older Saints
We're tempted in ministry to take one bad situation with an older man and apply it to the whole age group. But just as we want to be known personally and not stereotyped as a young hothead, older saints want to be known indivudally and not just as the grumpy, disinterested old men who sit in the back of the church with their arms folded. If we younger ministers would only humble ourselves and seek out relationships, we can gain untold wisdom from the many older and faithful souls in our churches.
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord
Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
God Is Not Dead Yet: How current philosophers argue for his existence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Y ou might think from the recent spate of atheist best-sellers that belief in God has become intellectually indefensible for thinking people today. But a look at these books by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, among others, quickly reveals that the so-called New Atheism lacks intellectual muscle. It is blissfully ignorant of the revolution that has taken place in Anglo-American philosophy. It reflects the scientism of a bygone generation rather than the contemporary intellectual scene.
Blind faith is not Biblical faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
“Faith is acceptance of what we cannot see but feel deep within our hearts… For Christians, believing is not seeing… Why do we believe, because the Bible tells us so. We were not there when Jesus was crucified, yet we believe. We were not there when Jesus rose again, yet we believe.
Perhaps the most helpful section of True Beauty is when Mahaney and Whitacre take our understanding of beauty straight to the heart. Proverbs 4:23 tells us our actions reveal what's really going on deep in our hearts. This teaching applies to beauty as well. Throughout the book Mahaney and Whitacre practically show how our beliefs and actions expose our understandings of beauty. It’s more than what we wear or how we beautify ourselves; it’s about our hearts. While chapter 3 is specifically devoted to this idea (37–47), it can be seen in the bulk of the book. We live in a self-obsessed culture. As Mahaney and Whitacre demonstrate, self-absorption can be easily masked by claiming low self-esteem, which is really the reverse of vanity (41). We are quick to condemn the woman who, in pride, spends an insane amount of time on her appearance while being quick to console the one who's regularly discontent with her appearance. But both need a heart fix. Both need to remember that their appearance isn't finally about them.
What Kind of Proofs Are There that God Exists? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The majority of people in America and around the world believe there is a God. When asked for good reasons why they believe that, many simply say, “A beautiful and exquisitely crafted world like this couldn’t have come into being by chance.”And they are right. But how do you formulate that intuitive answer into an argument or proof that God actually exists?
Christianity has always outlived its pall bearers - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
[Bill] Maher made [a] statement that it is wrong for believers to use modern technology to get out their message. He made the seemingly witty comment that “you must choose your century.” The implication is that religion is a relic from the unenlightened past and modern technology should not be used to promote such an outdated message. I have news for Mr. Maher. Christianity has always outlived its pall bearers. It has done so because Christianity is not a set of beliefs but a relationship. It is a relationship with Jesus Christ who has also outlived his pall bearers. – Mark McIntyre (from his blog post, A reaction to a comment by Bill Maher in Transcendent Man)
I'm At Home With Evidentialism Because the Evidence Brought Me Home - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
“…Cold-Case Christianity places far too much emphasis on the role of extrabiblical sources. No doubt there is a legitimate role for biblical archaeology and extrabiblical writing from antiquity. Christianity is, after all, a faith firmly rooted in human history. But there is a grave danger when truth is suspended because of an apparent lack of corroboration from extrabiblical sources. And Wallace, I’m afraid, wanders too close to this dark side of apologetics… Wallace seems to suggest we cannot affirm the truth of the Gospel accounts without the stamp of approval from archaeology and other extrabiblical sources. Such reasoning is dangerous, not least because it cannot affirm the inerrancy of the Bible. But also, it places the final court of appeal in the realm of extrabiblical sources rather than of God’s all-sufficient, all-powerful Word.”
WORLD | Book buyer beware | Marvin Olasky | May 17, 2014
Should readers take back-cover endorsements seriously? I’m not going to tell you who this is, but one author we published wanted his book endorsed by a famous member of his congregation. The famous member of his congregation contacted me and said, “This is how much I will charge for endorsing the book.” Because we really, really wanted to publish the book, and we respected the author and the person, we said, “OK.” The pastor himself wrote the endorsement for his own book and sent it to the endorser, leaving a blank in the middle with a note, “You can add your personal comments here.” The endorser sent it to me and said, “I don’t think I need to add anything. This is good enough as it is.”
Apologetics 101: "There Can't Be Absolute Truth If So Many Disagree!" - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Yesterday, we began to tackle objections that Christianity is not good for our culture or for individuals. We saw that the claim by moral relativists or moral subjectivists that there is no truth or, if there is, we cannot know it, collapses in on itself because that is a truth claim. In fact, many relativists feel embarrassed when they realize in a debate that marshal an array of facts, truth and knowledge to try to argue that there is no such thing as facts, truth or knowledge!
The greatest threat to Christianity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I believe that the greatest threat to Christianity is the anti-intellectualism that permeates the church. For about a century now, Christians have largely retreated from the intellectual arena and entrenched themselves in a version of Christianity that emphasizes feelings, experience, and pragmatism, and have ignored the life of the mind. We have adopted a view of faith that sees it as opposed to reason. The result has been the marginalization of the church from the larger culture and our inability to be salt and light, and the increasing secularization of our society.
Approaching the Existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
How do we know God exists? Over the years, when I have been asked this question, I used to just jump to an argument for God. I would sit down and try to explain it in detail to the individual. I have now decided to take a different approach and back up: I ask the person “How should we approach the existence of God?” or, “ What method should we use?” Now I know that when you ask a Christian, Jewish person or Muslim, and Mormon as well how they know what they believe is true, they might just say, “I have faith.” This should cause us to stop and ask if that is an adequate answer. It probably won’t go very far in a skeptical and pluralistic culture. So in this post I want to discuss some of the various ways we can approach the existence of God. I am well aware that there are other methods as well.
Why Youth Ministers Need to Be Theologians
If anything the world bears down with even greater ferocity on the fledging faith of Christian youth. So why should we expect less theological rigor from our youth pastors who serve them through teaching, counseling, and more? Every youth minister needs to be a theologian, whether formally or informally equipped to handle God's Word with integrity and care.
Where to Find Real Simplicity
At least in America, there's always been an opposing tendency toward simplicity. The Puritans defined themselves around a simple life that culminated in simple worship on Sunday morning. We see it in Henry David Thoreau's deliberate self-exile in the Connecticut woods, from which he returned with the famous proclamation to "simplify, simplify, simplify." He was arguing that the good life is revealed in the alarmingly simple tasks needed in order for one to survive, and that such simplicity is better than the fragmented life complicated by the emerging technologies of the mid-19th century. (From our perspective in the 21st century, we say, you have no idea.)
Podcasts for iOS is now properly outfitted for Siri and CarPlay
Folks that spin favorites through Podcasts on iOS to endure the workday can nab an update that should boost listening sessions. Version 2.1 of the standalone app boasts improved browsing by episode, complete with Unplayed and Feed (available for download or stream) tabs for easy access. You can also save favorites for offline enjoyment and tweak the settings to automatically delete selections once you've listened. Siri integration finally makes its debut as well, allowing voice-activated commands like "play podcasts" or specific stations with "play Stuff You Should Know" for the virtual assistant. There's also CarPlay support added in to prep for its arrival in autos in the months to come. If you haven't been alerted to the new version just yet, hit the source link that follows to snatch it up.
Why Apologetics Matters to Every Believer and Every Church - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
These are questions I hear frequently whenever I mention the study of apologetics. It probably comes as no surprise the word “apologetics” is foreign to most people, even who are a part of the Christian church. Evangelicals, who define themselves by their passion to follow Jesus’ command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”(Matt. 28:17) will usually look quizzically at me whenever I begin discussing the need for apologetics, even though apologetics is an essential part of making disciples. Why would this be?
The Advantages of Hypocrisy - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Red-Herring In many cases when I'm presenting arguments for the truth of Christianity, the person will pull out his Ace and say, "Well, what about all the hypocrites, smart guy?" My first reaction to the charge of hypocrisy in the Church is no surprise to apologists or philosophers: The challenge actually avoids the issue. It makes no difference whether or not someone is a hypocrite, if what they believe is true, then its true. Their hypocrisy has no bearing on the truth of their beliefs. Just because I don't follow a rule does not mean that the rule does not exist (how else would someone know that I'm not following it?). Of course, pointing out that this avoids the issue does really sway the challenger. They tend to understand my challenge to the validity of the observation as a red-herring of its own and assume that I have no answer, because I have avoided answering it…
Bitter Breakups and Divine Closure: Our Pain and His Providence
A proper understanding of biblical providence sees God's presence in our pain. When we lose someone significant, feelings of loneliness and abandonment invade our thoughts and emotions. Even if we're surrounded with loved ones who care for us, their words of encouragement and attempts to provide closure rarely bring us comfort. What we really need is divine presence.
Q&A: What are the Weak Spots in Apologetic Arguments? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I am currently a college student with a strong interest in apologetics. I’ve seen that, by and large, the arguments that apologists use seem to have shown themselves logically sound and hard to disprove despite decades or centuries of them being around. So the theist’s arguments seem to have many strong points. What would be considered the “weak spots” of the apologetic arguments? What arguments might the skeptic use that have the most potential to show that theism is false and that God does not exist?
Imaginative Apologetics: A Reflective and Analytical Review - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christian apologists are fighting on several fronts. The New Atheists are garnering plenty of press – and frustratingly so. Why are they being taken seriously when their arguments are, quite frankly, so weak much of the time? A distressingly large number of people are apathetic, or content to be “spiritual but not religious.” And then there are the challenges of postmodernism and pluralism within the church itself.
The Circumstantial Case For John's Authorship - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Max focused on the case for the authorship of John’s gospel. He correctly noted that Clement of Alexandria (c. 150–215) attributed the authorship of the fourth gospel to someone named John: “John, last of all … composed a spiritual Gospel” (quoted by Eusebius, Eccl. Hist. 6.14.7). But who is this “John” described by Clement? As Max writes, “Those who doubt apostolic authorship take their point of departure from a quote of Papias (c. 60–130) by Eusebius (c. 260–340). Papias appeared to refer to a John other than the apostle: ‘And if anyone chanced to come who had actually been a follower of the elders, I would enquire as to the discourses of the elders, what Andrew or what Peter said, or what Philip, or what Thomas or James, or what John or Matthew or any other of the Lord’s disciples; and the things which Aristion and John the Elder , disciples of the Lord, say’ (Eusebius, Eccl. Hist. 3.39.4–5, emphasis added).”
How Could Adam and Eve Sin Before 'Knowing Good and Evil'? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
So what meaning of “knowing” is intended? I think the definition “to know by experience” best fits this usage of “knowing”. Imagine what life would have been like for Adam and Eve. At the end of the description for each day of creation, God’s calls His creation “good” or “very good.” (Gen. 1:4,10,12,18,25,31) Adam and Eve knew the “good” that God had made for them, but they would probably not have had the mindset to identify it as good. God knew good and evil; Adam and Eve knew only good, because they had experienced only good. For Adam and Eve to say “all that God has made is good” might mean they would have to understand a distinction between good and evil. They had witnessed or practiced nothing with which to contrast good. Before their own sin, no evil had been known to them in the experiential sense.