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"Does God Exist?" William Lane Craig vs Stephen Law. Westminster Central Hall, London, October 2011

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Grace that is greater than all our sin: An interview with Timothy Paul Jones

TPJ: Martin Luther once pointed out that humanity after the fall is no longer able to imagine or to conceive any way to be made right with God other than works. That’s why it’s crucial that we return again and again to an emphasis on grace alone. If we pull back from a consistent proclamation and explanation of grace, the people in our churches tend to take one of two wrong turns in their Christian faith: Some confuse grace with divine approval and see grace as God’s acceptance of whatever they do or desire to make them happy; the result of this wrong turn is a diluted sentimentalism that downplays holiness and never calls for transformation. Others begin to see grace as the starting-point for their salvation but then become convinced that it’s up to their efforts to maintain God’s favor; this wrong turn leads toward legalism or simply to exhaustion and frustration, with people forgetting that Christ has already delivered everything that God’s justice demands. Freedom and joy come when we simultaneously rest completely in Christ and recognize this rest in Christ as a foundation for our active pursuit of holiness.

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Edward Feser: Pre-Christian apologetics

One thing I should mention. In the technical sense, even many of the apologetics in which Prof. Feser engages here are rhetorical and probable. As he gets closer to a particularly Christian revelation, his arguments rely more and more on inductive examples, enthymemes and "endoxa", presented in a positive light. In other words, he drifts away from the certain knowledge of demonstration. There is nothing wrong with this, and he does not claim to be providing proofs in places where he isn't. The only issue is that he claims from the outset that apologetics is scientia--"a systematic body of objective knowledge". This seems to suggest that his post will not appeal to endoxical, inductive or enthymematical arguments, which it then proceeds to do on subjects such as resurrection and the need for special revelation. Prof. Feser also states that rhetorical persuasion is the business of irrational appeals to willpower and emotion, breaking with Aristotle's tripartite classification of rhetoric as logos, pathos and ethos. None of this ultimately diminishes his great post--but it adds an unnecessary layer of self-contradiction, which could confuse unbelievers.

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Grace to You

In the Old Testament, faithful Jews saw God as the Father of Israel, the nation He elected as His special people. Isaiah proclaimed, “You, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is Your name” (Isa. 63:16b; cf. Ex. 4:22; Jer. 31:9). Many of them even saw God in an intimate way as their spiritual Father and Savior (Pss. 89:26; 103:13).

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Radio & Podcast - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Listen to CrossExamined with Frank Turek on American Family Radio network Saturday, 10-11 am Eastern on AFR network streaming audio and FM radio Tune in to our weekly call-in radio program hosted by Frank Turek on American Family Radio network. Join Frank as he discusses challenging topics, takes calls from listeners, and interviews dynamic Christian apologists. Sponsored by CrossExamined.org, this apologetics program is both informative and entertaining!  It is also available in podcast at the iTunes link below.

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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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.

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Free Birth Control and Unfree Photographers

In regards to Hobby Lobby, they are receiving tax credits (which they free are to reject) when they provide their employees with health-care insurance that happens to include birth control. If they were so adamant they would refuse the tax credits and pay for health insurance that did not include birth control (which would be difficult to find since birth control has such a great epidemiological benefit that any insurance company denying birth control would see their expenditures go up and so the market and reason has spoken and few health insurance policies are offered sans birth control at reasonable rates) as well as the difference in costs that are being set by the for-profit insurance companies. Hobby Lobby, while paying lip service to their right to principle, would rather bemoan their inability to access government services and benefits on their own terms. But when your cant stick to stated principles because inconvenience, and you would rather have them subsidized than pay the true costs of those principles they are no longer principles but just a hobby.

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Are Single People the Lepers of Today's Church? - OnFaith

Excellent article. I’d need to say that my experience is that it is harder to be single in the church than it is in the world. One of the worst experiences happened while visiting a church. I was passed from person to person, as they discussed (as though I wasn’t there) what to do with a single person during the Sunday School hour. Needless to say, I haven’t returned. Despite a college degree in Bible I am not qualified to mentor anyone in the women’s ministry. I also can’t be mentored since no one has any idea what I need since I’m not dealing with a husband or children. I’m stubborn enough to keep going back, and there are a few folks how have taken time to get to know me and include me. I truly believe that a good marriage is a wonderful thing. But, if it is so perfect and full of happiness why do we need so many ministries like “Focus on the Family” or “Family Life Today?” I’ve learned a lot from those family oriented ministries. It is unfortunate that so many in the church ignore the lessons they could learn from the single folks who truly have learned to rely on Christ alone.

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“So Peter Opened His Mouth” — The Preacher’s Calling Reduced to Five Powerful Words

And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.” So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

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Innovative Apologetics: The Brain and The Mind Are Not Identical

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Debate: Is Death Final?

Dr. Raymond A. Moody Jr. is a medical doctor and author of 12 books, including the 1975 book Life After Life, in which he coined the term "near-death experience." He is also the author of numerous articles in academic and professional literature. His research into the phenomenon of NDE had its start in the 1960s, and in the three decades since receiving his M.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy, he has lectured for audiences all over the world and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs. In addition, he trains hospice workers, clergy, psychologists, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals on matters of grief recovery and dying.

12 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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How I Set Up My Desks: One for Sitting, One for Walking

For my morning routine, rather than reading on the couch or at my desk, I’ve been spending the first part of every day reading, etc., while walking on the treadmill for about 30 to 90 minutes. And on days when I work at home, I’ve been walking an average of about 7 or 8 miles per day while working. I feel more productive because I’m more alert and energetic when I’m walking than when I’m sitting—especially in the afternoon.

14 Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

If I began this post by asserting, “I can’t write a word of English,” you’d probably recognize the contradiction. My sentence betrays its own claim, doesn’t it? Such is the nature of self-refuting statements. Wikipedia describes such utterances as “statements whose falsehood is a logical consequence of the act or situation of holding them to be true.” You might be surprised how often people are prone to saying something that is self-refuting, but there are number of common statements we hear (or use) every day that fall into this category:

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How To Do Unemployment Well

Believe it or not, I have been out of work for more than 5 years besides few days then and there... I am just started to understood this year it was the way it is and - as you say - that God doesn't love you less because you look like nothing regarding to our "very work oriented busy society". After 3 years of self destruction, I studied a lot at home or within groups, travelled in Europe & Asia on my own to reconnect me with myself and the world, I helped people... And found real faith and love for God. I feel definately capable of finding a job now and doors don't get closed so much anymore. I got refocus on what I was really connected in my previous professional life and I am ready to go for it. Losing yourself is painful and tuff but it is a way like another to get back to the roots, forgive yourself and other.

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7 Reasons to Study the Book of Job

Thanks very much for this. I’ve always gravitated toward the book of Job (and I love poetry — and of course the Bible’s poetry), so Job is not “foreign” to me, nor are some of the reasons you cite for studying it. But they’re all helpful. What I hadn’t thought about very much was what Job has to say about both the prosperity and therapeutic gospels. Thanks for that, particularly. I come from a tradition that, since the Reformation, has stressed God’s sovereignty (and we’ve always studied in depth the Old Testament as well as the New), but I’m increasingly meeting evangelical Christians who take the “God and Satan as independent powers” view. I hadn’t thought about suggesting to such people that they read and study Job. So thanks for that also!

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Sometimes Pastors Need to Get out of the Way

Churches may have pastors, but the ministries of the church must be and should be lay-driven. The huge downside to the professionalization of the ministry is that too many pastors believe they have to do ministry for everyone in the church, while too many laity believe the same thing. When the pastor does everything it leads to an exhausted pastor, over-fed and out-of-shape laity, and a church that is neglectful of its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.Yes, the pastor needs to provide leadership to be sure, but sometimes the best thing a pastor can do to foster new ministry in the church is to simply get out of the way and let the laity run with their vision and allow them do what they have a passion for. Over my years as a pastor, I have seen more new and vital ministries start by following seven simple principles:

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Answering the Apostles of the New Atheism Series (DVD Set)

NRBAANA2PROMOTo order this DVD set, go to: http://impactapologetics.com/answering-the-apostles-of-the-new-atheism-series-dvd-set/Dr. Richard Howe speaking at the CrossExamined Instructor Academy with Frank Turek and Greg Koukl exposes the flaws in the arguments of the new atheists (Dawkins Hitchens Dennett Harris). Richard makes philosophy fun! You'll enjoy this two-part series

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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 05-17-14

So what exactly are the noetic effects of sin? I answer on #AskAnything Weekend Edition today. http://t.co/pyEEAq5UIg 10 hours ago

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WORLD | Home run hit | Sophia Lee | May 31, 2014

At the height of his career, sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm of TV’s Mad Men ) was schmoozing with big stars and big money. Now he can hardly pay office rent. One night while sitting in front of Chinese food cartons and mindlessly flipping channels, J.B. gets the idea to create a reality show competition called “Million Dollar Arm” in India. 

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SunTrust Banks Reverses Decision to Drop Benham Brothers Following Strong Backlash From Conservative Customers

SunTrust Banks has reversed its decision to end its relationship with real estate entrepreneurs, the Benham Brothers, following a strong backlash from conservative customers threatening to take their business elsewhere.

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WORLD | Weekend Reads: For manly men | Caleb Nelson | May 17, 2014

The first maxim means that masculinity is not in talk but in power. Mansfield concludes that modern American culture, both in secular society and in the church, is given to intellectual discussions that never result in action. It’s hard to disagree. So, though he has written a book, he insists repeatedly that this book is supposed to result in doing. The major action of a man is to faithfully carry out his responsibilities—to tend his field, whatever it might be. You may be responsible for half a dorm room and a rusty car. Or you may be a father of 10, own multiple homes, and sit on several boards of trustees. Retelling his experience as a football player with a particular zone to defend, Mansfield insists that genuine manliness consists of actively maintaining everything for which you are responsible. No man can do this if he lives for worldly glory and affirmation. Manliness is possible only for men firmly committed to seeking the glory of God.

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6 Heretics Who Should Be Banned From Evangelicalism

1. C.S. Lewis, The Narnian himself. Beloved by probably anyone who can read. The author says that basically evangelicals love him but would never let someone who believes as he does in their pulpit at church. In other words, he’s saying to everyone who is theologically conservative is just really ignorant of what C.S. Lewis believed, and if they were consistent in their rejection of who they deem heretics, then they wouldn’t just reject Rob Bell, they’d reject C.S. Lewis too! That sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Sure. Only, evangelicals have been the ones to show the most appreciation of Lewis, as he deserves much appreciation… wait for it… while acknowledging where he wasn’t 100% orthodox in his theology! Who knew? Right? What have I heard men like John Piper, who is totally gaga over C.S. Lewis and is considered a spokesmen for much of the Reformed movement? In Piper’s biographical lecture/sermon on Lewis, he says the following:“There was something about the way he read Scripture that made my own embrace of inerrancy tighter, not looser. There was something about the way he spoke of grace and God’s power that made me value the particularities of the Reformation more, not less.

24 Atheist Professor Becomes Christian - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Dr. Holly Ordway has published a book titled Not God's Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith , telling her personal story. She begins “I had never in my life said a prayer, never been to a church service. Christmas meant presents and Easter meant chocolate bunnies–nothing more.” But her views get hardened: “In college, I absorbed the idea that Christianity was historical curiosity, or a blemish on modern civilization, or perhaps both. My college science classes presented Christians as illiterate anti-intellectuals who, because they didn’t embrace Darwinism, threatened the advancement of knowledge. My history classes omitted or downplayed references to historical figures’ faith.” Still later, “At thirty-one years old, I was an atheist college professor–and I delighted in thinking of myself that way. I got a kick out of being an unbeliever; it was fun to consider myself superior to the unenlightened, superstitious masses, and to make snide comments about Christians.” (p.15-16)

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Choosing Hope: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Reminds Us What Remains When All Seems Lost - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

As “ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ,” the latest installment in Peter’s cinematic adventures opens, he is en route to his high school graduation—with a little detour to foil a Russian gangster’s attempt to steal plutonium along the way. Despite the chaos on the streets, there is an infectious joy and energy to these scenes when viewed from Spider-Man’s perspective. The web-slinging crimefighter (played here by Andrew Garfield) has become an unstoppable force. But his bravado masks deep-seated fears. Peter is graduating, yes, but also faced with a choice of what to do with his relatively new abilities—a responsibility with a tremendous potential cost that he isn’t sure he’s willing or able to pay.

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CS Lewis: You ought to be a man, not an ostrich - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

27 Richard Dawkins: The Untutored Philosopher - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Richard Dawkins is often heralded as a brilliant scientist. Unfortunately he often resorts to shoddy philosophy. Several examples of Dawkins’ philosophical ineptness have been pointed out over the years, one of the more prominent being that his self-described “central argument” in The God Delusion is not even logically valid.[1] In a more recent book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True , Dawkins again leaves the realm of science (perhaps unwittingly) and tries his hand at philosophy. But regrettably the results don’t fare any better.

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Trailer: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

The trailer for Christopher Nolan's next film, Interstellar , is finally here. It stars Matthew McConaughey and, other than that, all we know is in the film's official summary: " Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage." It'll be here in November ...

29 Apologetics and the Importance of Listening: A Conversation with Mary Jo Sharp - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

I was also beginning at that time to question things like “Is this all there is to life?” and “When we die is that the end of our existence?” Yet, I still did not trust in Jesus as my Savior. It wasn’t until I attended a Southern Baptist Church in Oklahoma during college that I understood my status as a sinful human being and my need for a Savior. At age 20, I committed my life to Jesus as my Lord.

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What Does "Gospel" Really Mean? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

We often describe God’s gracious offer of Salvation as “good news”, and while this makes sense, given the magnitude of God’s gift to us, there are actually good etymological reasons for describing Salvation in this way. The word “Gospel” is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word, “godspel”, or “good story” and was substituted for the original Greek word “euaggelion” which first signified “a present given to one who brought good tidings”, or “a sacrifice offered in thanksgiving for such good tidings having come”. In later Greek uses, it was employed for the good tidings themselves. That’s exactly what God is offering us with the Gospel; “good news” about what he did for us through Jesus Christ:

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Julie Miller and Ratio Christi at Rutgers: A Force to Reason With - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In 2011, Julie Miller was in her last year at Biola University with a major in Christian Apologetics . She lived near Rutgers University in Brunswick, New Jersey and listened regularly to interviews from Apologetics 315.com . One day, Ratio Christi’s president, Rick Schenker was interviewed on the program. He talked about seeking apologists to lead college chapters. This was a perfect fit for someone who loved investigating apologetics and defending her faith in Christ. "That afternoon, I e-mailed Rick and told him my situation,” she recalls. “Everything came together..."

32 New study: a single episode of binge drinking can adversely affect health

I made my way through high school and college without drinking once (except maybe Kahlua with milk, or something like that, at holidays with the family, I don’t remember). My first beer was when I graduated and had my first full-time job. It was the height of the dot-com bubble, we all had good jobs and were making money. So when we went out as a team, I had one beer with the team, and then they would feel comfortable talking to me about spiritual things. Since then, I’ve averaged about a beer a year. It’s just not something I can afford to spend money on regularly. You don’t get rich by spending money, and we all ought to be very worried about our future prosperity, at this point, given what’s going on in Washington.

33 How Do Textual Critics Choose Among New Testament Manuscript Variants? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Textual critics are the scholars who study the manuscript evidence for the New Testament and determine which readings among the various manuscripts are likely to be the original ( see previous post for background ).  Although the vast majority of the variants are simple spelling or word order errors made by copyists, there are some variants in the manuscripts that are more significant.

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Arguments Against The Existence Of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

2) Why do Bad People Exist and Get Away With Things? If God is loving, why does he permit so much suffering in this world? A. Bad people exist due to their free will to choose evil over good; their first choice is to reject the existence of evil as even existing in a universe which is closed and physicalist, a common Atheist position. Thus “all things are permitted” (Dostoevsky). If evil does not exist, then how can you ask about “bad” things and suffering as being evil? The question is posed out of a worldview which does not even believe that “bad” exists, and therefore that suffering is actually “bad”. So it is an attack on God for the purpose of justifying the contrary position. But the presupposition that “love” would produce a different outcome is false; a loving deity might provide a gift which involves having to deal with hardship and choices. So the underlying presupposition is false (False Premise).

35 The Trustworthiness of Scripture - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

For example, early copies of the Greek New Testament were written in an ancient style in which words were written in all capital letters with no spaces, punctuation, or paragraph divisions. A classic illustration of this style is the phrase “GODISNOWHERE.” A copyist would have to decide whether the phrase meant “God is now here” or “God is nowhere.” Context would have to determine the meaning of the phrase, so it is not unsurprising that a scribe could occasionally get things wrong. Furthermore, scribes sometimes wrote the same word twice when it should have been written once (or once when it should have been written twice), skipped over sections of text because the same words occurred later down the page, or misspelled words. These are all examples of unintentional changes.

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Irreducibly Complex: Design of the Type IV Secretion System

Unlike the T3S, which "has an obvious continuous secretion pore that spans the entire cell envelope," the "core complex cap" of the T4S "is in an overall closed conformation." How the substrate gets through is a mystery that will require further work. Usually, Type IV secretions occur between cells in direct contact, so maybe the cap is a protective mechanism like the airlock between two spacecraft in rendezvous. The authors did notice a particularly "remarkable" feature:

38 Why the Bible Is and Is Not a Science Book - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Typically, a science book that is used to teach students science is dedicated cover to cover to teaching science. In this sense the Bible is not a science book because it’s not dedicated cover to cover to teaching science. The setting of the Bible spans from the creation of the universe to a future age, and in the main teaches the story of God’s redemption of mankind in the form of law, history, poetry, prophesy, wisdom, the message of the Gospels and letters of instruction for Christian living. This is not what we refer to as scientific instruction.

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So What if It's a Life? (Why We Can't Kill the Unborn...Even If Some Think We Can) - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

A few days ago a friend left a link on my Facebook wall which stunned me. “So What if Abortion Ends a Life?” writes Mary Elizabeth Williams on the topic of abortion. Reading Williams’ article left me speechless, wondering how it is that we have gotten as a society to a realization that yes, it is a life,  to simply asking ‘When is it best to kill a child?’ The notion that we are okay with killing innocent human life and, indeed, celebrate it as an achievement as Obama recently remarked , sickens me in the pit of my stomach. Articles like the one above are especially discouraging as it indicates the level of depravity our culture and morals have come to.

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The Fear of the Lord

The legacy we leave behind is important, but what’s more important is the life we live before God. Sure, it’d be nice for people to say nice things about us at our funeral, but we should be most concerned with living rightly before God in this life. His opinion matters. He gets the last word. If God will say to us,“Well done, good and faithful servant,” then who cares what other people think, right?

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First Ten Mile Run (Of My Life!) - James White's 16.2 kilometers run

Yes, actually.  Really enjoying it.  Supremely tempted to get the half marathon out of the way, but I really need to turn my focus on the bike between now the the Double Triple Bypass.  My new CycleOps trainer should help with that!

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The Avengers Are All Assembling to Help Support This Dying Man

In October of 2011, Stratford Caldecott was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. His daughter, Sophie, recently wrote a blog post saying he only has a few weeks left and, moreover, that he's a huge comic book fan who was too ill to make to the theater to see Captain America 2: The Winter Solider . And since the movie won't be released on DVD until it's too late, Sophie asked Marvel to send her an advance release of the film. Marvel did just that, but now the Avengers (and a few Agents of SHIELD) are complying with Sophie's request to tweet their support of "Strat."

43 Scriptural Lessons for Apologetics - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

When Christians think and speak about apologetics—about defending the Christian faith against the attacks of unbelievers—it can sometimes be the case that Scripture itself is one of the furthest things from their minds. When endeavoring to defend the faith, many of us think immediately of archaeology, of philosophical arguments, of scientific proofs and rebuttals, of canonicity and textual criticism, and of refutations of classic atheistic arguments. While all those things have their place in a well-rounded, robustly prepared defender of the faith, it’s unfortunate that Scripture can be one of the last places we think to inform our apologetic methodology. But in point of fact, there are many passages in the Bible that teach us much regarding issues of defending the faith and reasoning with unbelievers. I’d like to explore some of those lessons today.

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God Won't Give Us More Than We Can Bear? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Have you ever had a dark night of the soul? Those periods in life where you feel as though you are about to break into a million pieces, and no matter how hard all the king’s horses and all the king’s men try, you will never be put back together? Sometimes, life is hard. The things that people go through are sometimes difficult to even hear. I spend roughly twenty-plus hours a week locked in a room with various people as they unpack their hurts, disappointments and wounds. At times, I shed a tear with them because I can empathize. Other times the hurt is too great for me to understand.

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Renewing Your Mind | Analogical Language Part 1 | May 17, 2014

A second major point that must be made is this: If all truth has its source in God and if all truth is unified, then one thing we know to be certain is that if there is a contradiction between an interpretation of Scripture and an interpretation of what God has created, then one or both of those interpretations is incorrect. They cannot both be correct. Christians must recognize that the conflict may be due to a misinterpretation of creation, to a misinterpretation of Scripture, or to a misinterpretation of both. This means we need to do a thorough and careful examination of both the scientific theory and the biblical exegesis to discover the source of the conflict. We must make sure we are dealing with the actual teaching of Scripture as opposed to a mistaken interpretation of Scripture. And we must examine the evidence for the scientific theory in question to discover whether we are dealing with something that is true about God's creation or something that is merely speculation. All of this hard work takes time, and it means that we do not jump to hasty conclusions.

46 Michael Denton on How Kinesins, the Cell's "Wondrous Mini-Machine," Give Evidence of Design

This wondrous mini-machine is one of dozens of different types of kinesin-like molecular motors in the cell, each adapted to carry different types of cargo around the interior of the cell. All these mini-motors consist of an exquisitely engineered arrangement of unique parts -- the motor heads, linker chains joining the two motor heads together and a relatively long tail linking the motor heads with the docking domains. Given the number of molecular components that must be exquisitely co-adapted to function together before any cargo could be carried along a microtubule in any conceivable cell, it is hard to escape the powerful impression that these wondrous mini-motors are the result of design rather than Darwinian evolution. Another set of molecular motors related to the kinesins are the myosins, which are responsible for muscle contraction. It is worth noting that putative primitive ancestral types of motors have never been identified in any extant cell -- and remarkably, from phylogenetic reconstructions, the earliest eukaryotic cells apparently had as diverse a set of complex motors as extant cells and no motors are known linking the kinesin family to the myosin family or between the different classes of kinesins and myosins.

47 Certain truths must be in place - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

48 Free Audiobook: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God - Stand to Reason Blog

2. The gospel is a message about sin . It tells us how we have fallen short of God’s standard; how we have become guilty, filthy, and helpless in sin, and now stand under the wrath of God. It tells us that the reason why we sin continually is that we are sinners by nature, and that nothing we do, or try to do, for ourselves can put us right, or bring us back into God’s favour….

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Paul Copan on God, Materialism and Value

"If God doesn't exist, human dignity, worth, and moral duty must have emerged from valueless processes.  In fact, and in contrast, from valuelessness, valuelessness comes .  On the other hand, God's existence offers a ready explanation for the existence of value in the world.  If goodness somehow existed as part of the furniture of the universe (reflecting Plato's theory of forms), then it would be an astonishing cosmic coincidence that creatures would evolve over billions of years and somehow be duty-bound to moral values just waiting 'out there' ...as though these values were somehow anticipating the emergence of humans!  Again, God's existence connects preexisting goodness (God's character) with these valuable creatures (in God's image)." [1] Courage and Godspeed, Chad Footnote: 1. Paul Copan, True for You, But Not for Me, p. 99.

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Bonhoeffer, Blue Ruin and relinquishing revenge

One of Blue Ruin ’s many virtues is its striking imagery. (Saulnier, the director, has mostly worked as a cinematographer before this.) Early in the film, after Dwight has put his plan into motion, there is a shot of a bloody knife stuck into the tire of a car, rotating endlessly as Dwight speeds away. It captures the vicious cycle of revenge he has thrown himself into and foreshadows the circle of suffering that is to come. Here and there (that photo album, for instance), the movie offers Dwight reasons to opt for Bonhoeffer’s “patient endurance." He chooses ruin instead.

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