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How Literally Should We Take the Bible?

As readers of the Bible, we have to be careful to understand what a verse was originally intended to say—what the author meant for the reader to hear. Verses rarely exist on their own separated from all that is around them. They are like links in a chain, you can’t simply remove one and hope that it will have the same efficacy. This is not to diminish the value of things like memory verses or verses which mean something special for us, but rather we are to learn the context, the intended purpose and the truth so that we can use the Bible accurately.

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The Point: Carl Senior Returns

In it, a fictional founder named Carl Hardee, Senior storms into the office where his playboy son has been calling the shots. He cleans up “Junior’s” mess, gets rid of the hot tubs and scantily-clad girls, and apologizes to America for letting his hamburger joint lose its way. Back in charge, the dad now assures us that Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. will be focusing on food, not sex.

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What Your Clothes Say About You

Look into the mirror and ask yourself if what you’re wearing adorns the very image of God. Remember, we are called to be living sacrifices. 1 Corinthians 6:20 reminds us that, “You were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” As Christians, we are called to die daily to our desires and live new lives in Christ. Does something you are wearing take attention away from God and bring attention to a certain part of you? We are created for the very glory of the God who created us. This is a high calling and one we must not take lightly. Never once in Scripture does it tell us to take up our flags and fight for our rights, rather it tells us to take up our crosses and die daily. We are to model our lives after Christ, the Son of God, who though he was God’s very equal, came to earth, was born in an animal’s feeding stall and died on a cross. Jesus set forth the ultimate example of humility. An example we would do well to follow after in every aspect of our Christian living.

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Atheists May Not Believe In God, But They Still Live in His World

Many people claim not to believe in God, but in my experience, it’s only a matter of time before their lives betray them. Why? Remember, even those who don’t believe in God still live in the world God created. It’s inescapable.

6 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI

Just as there are cultural narratives with respect to science, there is a cultural narrative with respect to Islam. Darío Fernández-Morera explains it well, “What economist call ‘stakeholder interests and incentives,’ which affects the research of academics in the humanities no less and perhaps even more than those in the sciences…Perhaps it has to do with what psychologists call ‘motivational blindness,’ which inhibits an individual’s ability to perceive inconvenient data. Perhaps it has to do with the ‘innocence of intellectuals.’ Perhaps it is simply the result of shoddy research by a number of university professors repeated by many journalists.”

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Why Read the Bible? To Know and Enjoy Jesus

This is the heartbeat of our Bible reading — to know and enjoy “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:8), before whom even our greatest loves are considered nothing. This is the highest task of Bible reading, not to internalize a dry list of dos and donts, nor to find instruction or wisdom for living, but to know and enjoy more of God.

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‘The Circle’ Is a Surprising Allegory About Church Abuse

The Circle may be a dumb movie, but it paints a realistic picture of how some churches become very cult-like. When Emma Watson’s co-workers feign concern in the aforementioned scene, it’s the most crafty version of manipulation; painted over with positivity, when it’s really all about control.

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Scott Westerfeld’s “Leviathan Trilogy”- Justice, War, and Love

Thus, there are numerous questions about war and justice raised throughout the series. Some of these remain open questions–such as whether Great Britain in this example was right to wage war–while others are explored more thoroughly. One of these is Tesla’s attempt to use a weapon that allegedly can destroy entire cities. When he attempts to do so, Alek rushes to stop him, resulting in Tesla’s death. Here we see an act that might normally be considered a wrong–causing the death of another (though the moral status of its intent is something worth contemplating as well)–ends up being, ostensibly, a good. Ironically, Tesla’s weapon did not actually have the power he thought it did.

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Kill Pride Before It Kills You

Two chapters later in Acts, the apostle Paul gets a similar treatment. After he healed a crippled man in Jesus’s name, “When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, ‘The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!’” (Acts 14:11). How does Paul respond to their praise? “We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them” (Acts 14:15).

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FOCL | ELF on Twitter

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Lord, Search My Heart

The glorious gospel miracle is that what God requires of us in Micah 6:8, he purchases for us and accomplishes in us. So when the Spirit convicts a Christian of sin, he never condemns (Romans 8:1). His searchlight is redemptive. He exposes us only to break the power of cancelled sin and set us increasingly free to walk as Christ walked (1 John 2:26): doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God.

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Child of Divorce, Do Not Fear Marriage

This identity supersedes any other. The gospel defines you more deeply than earthly roots and the generational merits or sins that come with your family name, because God is effectively conforming you into the image of his Son (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Thicker and purer than the blood that binds you to your earthly family is the blood of Christ, spilled for your redemption.

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Pluralism & the American Religion

“When we turn now to Jesus’ external authority over the authority of the sovereign self, one of the obvious texts we go to is the Great Commission where Jesus says, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and to all the world preach the gospel, baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teach them to observe everything I’ve commanded and lo, I’m with you to the end of the age.’  Here he says, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth. You don’t even give your heart to me. You don’t even let me have my way. You already belong to me. Look, I have the keys of death in hell. It’s not in your hands. It’s in my hands. I am the one who possesses all authority in heaven and on earth.’”

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The TC Apologetics Daily

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Father to the Fatherless: What to Believe When Dad Walks Away

But what if our thoughts about our Father are entangled with and stained by the abuse and abandonment of our earthly father? Anyone who has experienced the acute pain of dad walking out knows it can be all-consuming. I have, and I know. Dad driving away shattered the one thing I believed to be indestructible, superhuman even: my family. But family turned out to be more fluid than I once thought . . . and hoped. Like a permanent smudge on the lens through which we see the world, the dissolution of the family distorts all that we know and all that we are. Our hearts beat out of rhythm. Our thoughts weigh heavier on our minds. Our tears flow faster. The voice that once calmed us in the middle of the night is suddenly silent. The picture frame that preserved our family on the wall is either gone or empty.

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Why the Church Needs the Infertile Couple

But such cautions must be more than trigger warnings that one person’s joy might exacerbate another person’s sorrow. If we offer nothing beyond these admonitions, our view of both fertility and infertility will be too impoverished, too weak. We will obscure the gifts such couples have for each other. The infertile offer the church far more than a shadow over its joy at the gift of life. They ensure through their mourning and laments that biological children are not reduced from gifts to idols. Their presence helps the church learn endurance in the face of what feels like the endless rejection of our deepest earthly desires. Those who are infertile and have allowed hope to grow within their soul orient marriages toward their true end, the eschatological kingdom of God, in a way that not even the celibate can. All these are facts, and as the novelist Charles Williams suggested, all facts are facts of joy. We cannot excuse the fertile from mourning with those who mourn. But neither can we excuse infertile couples from rejoicing with those who rejoice. Both must stand or fall together: We need the joy and the sorrow, both, to illuminate and interpret the other.

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Question of the Week: The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Theory of Evolution

March 20, 2017 Question of the Week: The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Theory of Evolution The article that Billy Grimes referred to: http://biologos.org/common-questions/... IMPACT 360 Institute: http://impact360institute.org/gap-year THE LAB: http://www.reasons.org/thelab/ga Follow RTB_Official for updates! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RTBofficial Twitter: https://twitter.com/RTB_official Instagram: http://instagram.com/rtb_official Website: http://www.reasons.org

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Reasons To Believe : Take Up and Read: A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections

Written in 1746, Edwards’s work is divided into three major parts. He describes how an authentic conversion to Christ happens in a biblical context through regeneration via the Holy Spirit. He also notes how both emotion (the affections) and the intellect play critical roles in Christian conversion. Finally he develops a list of twelve negative (inconclusive or false) signs of conversion, and contrasts the negative list with what he calls the twelve signs of true religious conversion. The result is that Edwards provides a formidable biblical, philosophical, and psychological analysis of the profound phenomenon of religious experience.

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For Christians, Religious Liberty Ought to Be More Than A Matter of Opinion | Cold Case Christianity

So, as “two core American values – freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination,” begin to collide in legislatures and courtrooms across America, let’s learn to defend our Christian beliefs with more than anecdotal, personal stories. I encourage every Christian to study, master and articulate the historical, scientific and philosophical evidence for the Christian worldview. Believe it or not, it’s possible to be a Christian because of the evidence, rather than in spite of the evidence . Let’s help others recognize this important truth, and the fact that our desire to protect religious liberty is rooted in more than a matter of subjective opinion, it’s grounded in a reasonable desire to live in accordance with the truth.

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Star Trek: DS9 Season 2 “The Homecoming” and “The Circle”

I’ve completed my re-watch of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Now it’s time to start Deep Space Nine! I am much less familiar with this show, though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen about 80-90% of the episodes. It’s been so long that I’m sure it will all feel brand new. My wife has never seen the show. She and I will go through, review every episode, and give commentary and a grade from A-F. There are  SPOILERS  for each episode below. Without further adieu, here’s:

23 Premium: 2A1705**MP1: Forensic Faith - Christian Research Institute

All Christians, but especially ones in college, must know what they believe and why they believe it if they have any hope of surviving with their faith intact….I think of college almost like an atheistic ambush. The Christians are walking in totally unaware of the danger until it is too late and the damage has already been done.

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CRI on Twitter

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Psalm 8: We Will Reign with the Risen Christ

Combine all the authority that rulers have had throughout history, and it pales in comparison to Christians ruling with Christ in the world to come. In this lab, John Piper explains that all followers of Christ are kings and queens in training.

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Catholic home abuse survivor-turned campaigner dies - Premier

Frank Docherty, a man who survived abuse at a Catholic-run orphanage in Scotland and went on to campaign for other young victims, has died at the age of 74.

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How Do You Motivate People to Care about Apologetics? Part 2

Churches need to be reminded of why they are here. Evangelism and apologetics, which is the handmaiden to evangelism, are not optional activities. They are at the very core of our mission, which is to reach our world with the gospel. That’s why Jesus spelled it out so clearly: to go into all the world (including next door or down the hallway) to reach everyone we can for him (Matthew 20:18-20). This Great Commission wasn’t one choice among many options. It’s what we’re here to do.

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Derby Cathedral launches £2.5m revamp campaign - Premier

Pews will be taken out and a broken organ repaired as part of an ambitious £2.5 million plan to transform Derby Cathedral.

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Study Guide - Learning from the Spiritual Pilgrimage of C.S. Lewis - page 1 | C.S. Lewis Institute

Founded in 1976 in the legacy of C. S. Lewis, the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend, and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life.

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Can Science Answer Moral Questions?

I regularly watch TED Talks. As a regular public speaker myself, I love to learn from the best speakers. I recently watched a TED talk by Sam Harris which dealt with why Science and not Religion can answer the deepest questions about right, and wrong and human morality. In fact – Harris argues that science’s objectivity can give us better moral answers than religion can.

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Happy Sinners in the Hands of a Holy God

Joy and glory are at the heart of the divide between conservative and liberal theology. If God is put first, his glory shines, and the saints are filled with joy. If man is put first, we lose both.

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The Science of Sinning Less

One key recent discovery is that self-control is an exhaustible but buildable resource. Psychologist Roy Baumeister demonstrated this with a clever experiment. He had college students skip a meal, so that they felt hungry, and then sit at a table. The table had freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, candy, and radishes. The first group of students—the lucky ones—could eat whatever they wanted. Of course, they only ate the sweets. The second group had the same food in front of them, but they were told to leave the sweets alone, and they could only eat the radishes. The third group had no food in front of them at all. (It was the control group.) After the students sat at their tables for a while, they were given a complex geometry problem to solve. The trick was that the problem was unsolvable; what mattered was how long they worked on it before giving up. The students in groups 1 and 3 worked for about 20 minutes. But, the students in group 2 worked only about 8 minutes. Why such a big difference? The students in group 2 had already used up a lot of self-control resisting the sweets, so they had less energy left over for working on the geometry problem.

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010: Story of Reality Part 1 : How the World Began, How It Ends, And Everything Important That Happens In Between

T he truth hurts, not as much as jumping on a bike without a seat but it hurts!  This week we continue our search for truth in religion. This podcast I have an the honor of an interview one of my heroes, Gregory Koukl! He is the author of the new book the    Story of Reality : How the World Began, How It Ends, And Everything Important That Happens In Between (Zondervan 2017)

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Female Pastors Bring Hope to War-Torn Middle East Churches

The most promising move on behalf of female clergy came in 2010, when the Fellowship of the Middle Eastern Evangelical Churches—an ecumenical group that spans about 15 countries and denominations—unanimously agreed that women had the right to ask for ordination. But local churches didn’t nominate female candidates, and the decision reached a dead end. In Egyptian evangelical circles, the matter of women’s ordination was tabled in 2014 and has not been reopened.

36 Renewing Your Mind | Can We Enjoy Heaven Knowing of Loved Ones in Hell? | May 1, 2017

Today, R.C. Sproul answers a deeply troubling question that many Christians have asked. How can I enjoy heaven if my loved one is in hell?

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The TC Apologetics Daily

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Late April 2017 Presuppositional Apologetics Links

Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 22nd-30th, 2017.

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What I Wish I Knew When I Became a Pastor

H.B. Charles is pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He is married to Crystal and they have three children. 

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"Mere Christianity" Made Simple

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How Biochemist Keith Fox Thinks About Enzyme Origins...And Why He Should Think Again | Evolution News

Maybe he thinks his goal of persuading non-scientists doesn’t call for the facts to be handled with the care his scientific colleagues expect. People naturally assume that professional biochemists speaking on matters of biochemistry must know what they’re talking about, and maybe Fox is too willing to take advantage of that.

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

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A Huffington Post Humanist Urges the Church to Stop Using the Bible as a Moral Guide | The Stream

“….for the Bible is a hodgepodge of contradictions and morally obscure or outrageous injunctions.” I once had the son of a good friend of mine state something like this, how the Bible “contradicts itself” and “has errors”, to which I handed him one and asked him to point them out to me. He stared blankly, and I said “If you believe that then show me, because I’ve read through it and have never found them.” He made some comment about them still being there, and I told him (in not the same words) to “put up or shut up” at which point he backed off. Everyone who I have ever heard discuss the “contradictions” in the Bible have never read it–they only repeat what they have heard and take it as the truth. If they’d only read it, they might come to understand what it really is.

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What About God of the Gaps?

I’ve watched the Lennox clip and his argument seems to be that the fact that we can do science at all is evidence for the existence of God. I don’t see how that follows. We can do science because we can make observations of a reality that seems to behave in a predictable way. Lennox is really just re-stating the same invalid god-of-the-gaps argument: “I don’t see how the universe could behave in a predictable way without God, therefore God must exist”. It’s a classic argument from ignorance fallacy.

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Albert Mohler on Twitter

On John Bunyan’s tomb in Bunhill Fields, London: Pilgrim crushed under his burden. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/FmFNunHCKy

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The Case for Christian Case Making (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #2) | Cold Case Christianity

In this Cold-Case Christianity video broadcast / podcast, J. Warner makes a case for an evidential, reasoned, case-making form of Christian belief. Using the New Testament gospels and letters as a guide, Jim articulates the foundation for a reasonable faith in Jesus and our common calling as Christians to a life of case-making. (For more information, visit www.ColdCaseChristianity.com )

48 The TC Apologetics Daily

49 The Cure for Our Anxiety by Sinclair Ferguson | May 2, 2017

Our understanding of God, or the lack thereof, can either be the cause or the cure for our anxiety. In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson expands on the illustrations that Jesus uses to teach about the gospel cure for our anxiety—knowing our Father

50 Reasonable Faith Campaign | Reasonable Faith

The film version of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ recently opened in theaters across the nation. A hardened atheist, Strobel undertook a two year investigation to see whether the resurrection of Jesus Christ could hold up to scrutiny. The film dramatizes how he abandoned his atheism for Christianity when confronted with the facts, like those Reasonable Faith offers through our debates, books, and online materials. I had the privilege of being interviewed by Lee on the historicity of Jesus’ empty tomb during the writing of his influential book.

51 Reasons To Believe : Take Up and Read: Mere Christianity
52 The 5 Most Illogical People You Will Meet on the Internet
53 Reasonable Faith on Twitter
54 David Wood Destroys Zakir Naik on the Crucifixion of Jesus!
55 Some thoughts on intersectionality and “activist science”
56 The Briefing 05-02-17 - AlbertMohler.com
57 The Briefing 05-02-17 - AlbertMohler.com
58 WORLD on Twitter
59 Waiting to Awaken Love
60 Does A Correlation Between Mind And Body Disprove Dualism?
61 Councillor admits ripping priest hole from historic cottage - Premier
62 Stand to Reason on Twitter
63 The Briefing 05-02-17 - AlbertMohler.com
64 Colson Center on Twitter
65 How the Massacre in Syria Demonstrates the Existence of God
66 Police in Texas Killed an Unarmed 15-Year-Old Boy Trying to Leave a Party
67 http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/seeking-a-feeling-is-not-worship
68 RELEVANT on Twitter
69 David Livingstone
70 The Too-Small Story of Home
71 RELEVANT on Twitter
72 Houston Chronicle, We’ve Got a Problem: Meet Fake News Reporter Andrea Zelinski | Evolution News
73 Can Anyone Really Be “Blameless”?
74 Does God Love the Devil? | Reasonable Faith
75 Who Is Lord of the Church?
76 Mike Parry on Twitter
77 WORLD on Twitter
78 New Books You Should Know (May 2017)
79 Hugh Ross on Twitter
80 How Will God Judge What I Do Today?
81 Pastor Mark Driscoll on Twitter
82 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
83 BreakPoint on Twitter
84 The Briefing 05-01-17 - AlbertMohler.com
85 The Briefing 05-01-17 - AlbertMohler.com
86 Amazon.com: The Case for Christ Student Edition: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Case for … Series for Students) eBook: Lee Strobel, Jane Vogel: Kindle Store
87 Stand to Reason on Twitter
88 Flawed Foundations in Atheist Debates, Part 2
89 BreakPoint on Twitter
90 John Piper Wants You to Encounter Glory in Your Bible
91 "Mere Christianity" Made Simple
92 It is never right to be angry at God. Ever.
93 The Briefing 05-01-17 - AlbertMohler.com
94 The Briefing 05-01-17 - AlbertMohler.com
95 BreakPoint on Twitter
96 The Onion on Twitter
97 Judicial Watch: New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Sending and Receiving Classified Emails Through Unsecure Server - Judicial Watch