Molinism vs Calvinism: William Lane Craig and Paul Helm
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What Do You Attribute to the Rise of Skepticism?
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The Gospel Coalition - On Some Recent Changes at TGC
In Tullian’s case, it was obvious to observers that for some time there has been an increasingly strident debate going on around the issue of sanctification. The differences were doctrinal and probably even more matters of pastoral practice and wisdom. Recently it became clear that the dispute was becoming increasingly sharp and divisive rather than moving toward greater unity. Earlier in the year our executive director spent two days with Tullian in Florida. Coming out of that meeting, it was decided that Tullian would move his blog. Finally the Council at its meeting last week decided that Tullian should move his blog immediately, and we communicated this conclusion to Tullian.
Intelligent Design in Fiction - Ben Bova's "New Earth" and Intelligent Design
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Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini Beaten at Iranian Hospital Before Taken Back to Rajai Shahr Prison
There are new reports that Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini - the US citizen imprisoned in Iran for spreading Christianity in the predominantly Islamic nation in 2012 - was recently beaten and taken away from a hospital to be returned to the notorious Rajai Shahr prison where he suffered several injuries including lingering stomach pains due to multiple beatings from guards and prisoners because of his faith in Jesus.
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Majority of Americans now live in states with same sex marriage a
Darwin-Defending Historians Debate Whether It's Justified for Cosmos
The application of what I have been saying to the creationist controversy is straightforward. It seems to me that the attempts by creationists to foist their particular brand of dreadful science on public school curricula are pernicious. We should resist such attempts and resist them effectively in the political realm. But some of the creationists who are making such attempts are, to put it not too harshly, shysters. So there may well be circumstances in which only the bad effective argument will work against them in the political or legal arenas. If there are, then I think, though I come to this conclusion reluctantly, it is morally permissible for us to use the bad effective argument, provided we continue to have qualms of conscience about getting our hands soiled. But I also believe we must be very careful not to allow ourselves to slide all the way down the slippery slope to intellectual corruption. Perhaps, if we divide up the labor so that no one among us has to resort to the bad effective argument too frequently, we can succeed in resisting effectively without paying too high a price in terms of moral corruption.
You Really Can Memorize Whole Books of the Bible - Stand to Reason Blog
The fuller the section of Scripture we can memorize, the better. Also, Jesus said, "Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" ( Matt. 4:4 ). Memorizing individual verses usually gravitates to the more "famous" verses and likely misses some precious truths hidden in less familiar verses. Memorizing whole books gives people a sense of the perfection of every word of God. It is a continual learning experience, a journey of discovery in which details come alive with incredible power. I am in awe of the majesty of every word of Scripture, and that has come in great part from 30 years of memorizing less famous verses and seeing the wisdom of God in every letter.
WORLD | Big night for Republican establishment | J.C. Derrick | May 21, 2014
Control of the Senate may have been on some voters’ minds as they consistently chose safer candidates over upstart tea party challengers, who hold to more conservative positions but are less predictable. In Georgia, a crowded field of Republicans, including three current House members, split the vote to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, but the top two were both establishment-backed. Neither David Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General, nor Rep. Jack Kingston approached 50 percent of the vote, so they will square off in a July 22 runoff. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Gov. Sam Nunn, who coasted to an easy victory and represents Democrats’ best chance to pick up a Senate seat.
What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph
In honor of college graduation season, we made a graph. It answers a few questions we had: What is the mix of bachelor's degrees awarded today, and how has the mix changed over the past several decades?
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VIDEO: Dr. Ben Carson Lays Out Rx for Health Care Reform, Talks 2016 on ABC's 'The View'
Asked about his presidential aspirations, Carson made clear he doesn't desire to seek office and hoped a solidly conservative candidate would enter the race, but, failing that, "as a patriotic American, I certainly have to think about" running. Carson received a rousing round of applause from the audience after his brief appearance, which you can watch in its totality by clicking play on the video below the page break [h/t The Right Scoop ]
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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3 Tough Things About the First Year of Marriage
This is awesome, Bronwyn. I had to comment because I was just shocked by the few insensitive comments made by other readers on this wonderfully honest article. I'm so sorry you had to experience those responses. The first year of marriage was incredibly difficult for my husband and me, particularly because we moved to a different city in addition to moving in with each other. There are so many things to adjust to—the ones you covered are absolutely true, and I also found that I had to change how I thought of myself, my own identity—I didn't realize how selfish I was until I realized I could no longer just make all decisions based on what I wanted. There is a loss involved with marriage, and though what you gain is so amazing, it sometimes takes a while to come. Now having been married almost 3 years, my husband and I have both made some difficult changes so as to love each other better. I love your distinction between being in love and being able to love well. Thank you for sharing something that is very difficult to talk about (mainly because one doesn't want to throw one's spouse under the bus) but that very much needs to be talked about.
Video Preaches the Gospel of Jesus in a Breathtaking Way You've Never Seen Before
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Grace Gone Wild
Grace has been on the move since before creation, roaming wild and free. Even before the foundation of the world, it was the untamed grace of God that jumped the bounds of time and space and considered a yet-to-be-created people in connection with his Son, and chose them in him (Ephesians 1:4). It was in love — and to the praise of his glorious grace — that “he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus” (Ephesians 1:5–6). Such a divine choice was not based on foreseeing anything good in us. He chose us by grace — not “on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:5–6). It was “not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
7 Ways to Follow God’s Will For Your Wait
In the life and ministry you experience here, there is one aspect or another that can remind you this is not home. The hardships of your present life and ministry speak clearly: this is not the final destination. Waiting is meant to produce in you a God-honoring dissatisfaction with the status quo. Waiting is meant to make you hungry, to produce in you a longing. For what? To be home—home with your Lord forever, home where sin is no more, home in a world that has been made completely new. As you wait, keep telling yourself, This is not my final destination .
Grace to You
The kingdom that we hope and pray for is of infinite value. Jesus elsewhere teaches that it “is like a treasure hidden in the field” or like “one pearl of great value” (Matt. 13:44–46). When the kingdom fully comes at His return, God will have completely answered our prayers. As the hymn says, “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does its successive journeys run. His kingdom spread from shore to shore, ’til moon shall wax and wane no more.”
The Gospel Coalition - Blue Collar Man: On Financial Struggle and Working for a Living
For the first time in 10 years, due to a combination of a slow 2013 writing-wise, sketchy financial self-discipline , the academic job market, and Obamacare , I’ve had to take a real job that requires me to get up very early in the morning and do something besides sit in front of a computer or teach in a college classroom. I’m doing things on this job like wearing an orange vest and lifting with my legs and not with my back. There are many more ways to be injured or killed while doing this job, making it, in some ways, a lot more stressful than sitting at a computer. There’s a surprising amount of mental work that goes into not getting injured/killed . . . dispelling the myth that most blue collar work is mindless.
Restaurant Obliges Jerk Reviewer's Request to 'Show More Skin' In the Best Possible Way
Atomic Grill in Morgantown, West Virginia sounds like a decent place to get a bite to eat, but it was a little too decent for one jerk online reviewer who said that he wished the staff showed a little "more skin." The restaurant's owner, Dan McCawley, was pretty miffed. "[The review] was brutish. I was upset. I'm a father of a 12-year-old girl and I've got five sisters. The way that women are treated is pretty personal as far as I'm concerned."
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The Gospel Coalition - The Trauma of Abuse and the Blessing of Repentance
Around the same time these boys were being molested by Nate Morales in the 1990s, I was a counselor at a Christian youth camp. I had a camper share with me (in repentance, trying to repair her reputation with me) that she didn't mean to have sex with the guy she was caught with. She hadn't meant to dress provocatively. In fact, she had holes in her undergarments when their sexual encounter took place. Obviously, sex with him wasn't on her mind when she got dressed that day. She told me she'd even protested and said no. But at some point, because of her moral weakness, she gave in. At least we both kind of accepted that view of it, which was the view projected onto her by her rigidly religious father and pastor. She was brought up for church discipline with the guy. She “repented” and was left with a reputation she worked hard to repair.
God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Belief in God and Reason
The Laws of Logic: Laws of
thought and reason that are immaterial, aspatial, atemporal, universal,
obligatory, necessary, immutable, and absolute. Some academics identify them as
the laws of thought, the laws of truth, or the laws of reason. Various scholars
strongly prefer to name them the laws of logic because they are independent of
human minds and are ubiquitous throughout all experience. All rational thinking
(and communication) presupposes and uses the laws of logic. The Law of Identity
(LOI) is A=A. The most well-known law is the Law of Non-contradiction (LNC): A
cannot be A and Non-A at the same time in the same way (A~~A). A man cannot be
his own father. The laws of logic “are basic principles of reasoning” (Frame:
CVT). The laws of logic reflect the nature and mind of the God of the Bible;
thus, they have ontological grounding—that is, they are grounded in the very
nature of truth itself and cannot be reduced to human convention, opinion or
psychology. Without these laws, knowledge and rational thinking are impossible.
To deny the laws of logic, one must use these laws in one’s attempt to deny
Senators Call for Asylum for Imprisoned Christian as State Dept. Demands DNA Test
Concerned citizens who are wondering what they can do to try to help Ibrahim may wish to urge their own senators (and their representative, as well) to follow the example of Senators Blunt and Ayotte with a letter to Secretary Kerry demanding political asylum for this courageous young woman. Without sufficient pressure it is doubtful that the State Department will take any meaningful action on behalf of this Sudanese Christian. However, if concerned citizens demand it, we may yet see Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani raising their children in peace and freedom in New Hampshire.
The return of God: atheism's crisis of faith
I quite agree with your overall assessment, but there is evidence of several gods with a variation of the name Ishus introduced into the Greco Roman Levant around that period. Understanding how myths develop — it is not a far stretch to see how these gods and heroes piled on to become myth, religion and pseudo history. (Orpheus, Dionysus, Angus, the Good Son of Heaven and many many more.) The name of the Goddess “Isis” is closer to the correct Greek name Jesus and its Hebrew spelling Ysys. (There are no vowels in Hebrew and the closest pronunciation of the Greek name would be Ishus as “Jesus” is called today in Greece. We know that the Egyptian myth of Isis, Horus, and Osiris had considerable influence in the development of the Ishus Christos son of heaven myth. The idea of the world saving Messiah is a Zoroastrian concept developed around 1700 BCE in the figures of Saoshyant and Gayomart and predates the Dead Sea scrolls by centuries (millennia?) and was appropriated into Jewish mythology over hundreds of years. In addition we have Julius Caesar’s record in Gallic Wars (30 BCE) to a Gallic god named Esus or Hesus, who was a woodman/ carpenter? god whose sacrificial victims were hung on trees.
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Making the Most of Anger
I think it is also important to distinguish between righteous and unrighteous anger. One simple test is to ask myself, "Is my anger motivating me to do something righteous, like addressing injustice helping the oppressed?" That is probably a good sign. Conversely, if my anger is motivating me to have vengeful thoughts about someone who hurt me, that is probably not a good sign. A great deal of our anger, however, is prompted by our own desire for our own control being violated, and this is not constructive. God is sovereign. I am not. God has no limits. I do. Thus, if I feel the urge to curse because my shoe lace breaks on my way out the door, it might well be a signal that I am angry at my inability be in control of everything, and that is not my place, especially when it concerns controlling others or predicting the future regarding the life of a shoe lace. :)
When people stop believing in God, they'll start believing in anything - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Naturally Cammaerts was making a general comment. There are exceptions to the rule. It does not necessarily follow that a person who does not believe one thing will automatically accept a goofier idea. Still, there are some very interesting trends today and it is quite ironic when those who claim the intellectual high ground for rejecting God go on to list some of the things they do believe.
The Japanese Village Where Dolls Outnumber People
In Nagoro, Japan , a 64-year-old woman named Ayano Tsukimi makes life-sized dolls to replace people who died or moved away. She grew up watching her village thrive, but now, it's dwindling. "The dolls are like my children," she says. She's made more than 350 of them. Only 37 people still live in Nagoro.
A decade later, same-sex marriage tide has almost completely turned | Al Jazeera America
Gallagher is now a senior fellow at the American Principles Project, a conservative think tank founded by Robert P. George, a leading conservative intellectual who advocated for civil disobedience by conservative Christians against the legalization of same-sex marriage in his 2009 manifesto, the Manhattan Declaration. She added that responding to that challenge “requires not one thing but many things,” including protecting “traditional believers” from what she described as “punishment” for their views — particularly, she said, being fired or demoted at work.
The Gospel Coalition - College Senior Project: Consultant, Filmmaker, Heifer Specialist, Advocate
Ashley Fritz is a graduating senior at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, where she studied animal science. She was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and raised in Atglen, Pennsylvania. While in college, she participated in a livestock club called Block and Bridle, enjoyed hitting up the racquetball courts, and loved grabbing hot chocolate and a good conversation with friends. Upon graduation, she is moving back home to work as an associate nutritionist and a calf and heifer specialist.
The Big Bang is Not the Enemy of Theology - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Big Bang is a term that's very familiar to most people, but many Christians seem to be afraid to hold to such a concept. However, the idea of a Big Bang is really not the enemy of theology. See, nobody can explain what the Big Bang actually is. The main idea of the Big Bang is simple: at some point in the past, the universe was created. It didn't exist and then it did. Exactly when it happened is a separate question and the answers have changed as scientists find out more. But the concept of the Big Bang—that the universe came into existence at a point in time that we can number—is really a ground shaking idea in science.
Ravi Zacharias: All religions are not the same - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
All religions are not the same. All religions do not point to God. All religions do not say that all religions are the same. At the heart of every religion is an uncompromising commitment to a particular way of defining who God is or is not and accordingly, of defining life’s purpose. Anyone who claims that all religions are the same betrays not only an ignorance of all religions but also a caricatured view of even the best-known ones. Every religion at its core is exclusive.
The Incomplete Gospel of Biblical Womanhood - The Junia Project
Hi Kate! I really appreciate the work that you are doing here at Junia Project. I read tie-bits of the conversation going on here in the comments about whether this articulation of complementarianism views is a straw man. The thing that saddens me is that, straw man or not, this limited view of gender roles is one that many Christians have implicitly absorbed. I’ve become aware recently that a major problem with it – moving beyond even its limitations on women – is that it ultimately fails to grasp the way men and women have been created in God’s image. Within this complementarian view, a woman’s nature and fulfillment tend to orbit around the way she engages in her family relationships (primarily as wife/mother), whereas a man’s nature and fulfillment orbit around the work he does in the world. The subtle and very poisonous implication of this idea is that a woman’s nature is more relational than a man’s. But relationality is a fundamental trait of God, one that He manifests in the trinity and instilled in humans, and one that enables us to be united with Him in relationship through Christ.
This Rock Star Was Going to Commit Suicide Until a Mysterious Old Man Stood in Her Way: 'Jesus Saved My Life' (VIDEO)
This Rock Star Was Going to Commit Suicide Until a Mysterious Old Man Stood in Her Way: 'Jesus Saved My Life' (VIDEO)
Binge-watching TV and seasons of the church
Our sanctuary and children’s ministry rooms were decorated to match the color of the season and we aligned our worship and programming around those seasons. I remember the excitement of Pentecost, with the flame symbols and bright red décor, and then the seemingly unending season after Pentecost, or “growing season,” that stretched all the way to Advent in the late fall.
Duggar Girls Talk Dating, Big Families, and Reality TV
Jill: It's been about a two-year process. We figured that most people picking it up, because it's from us four sisters, would be young ladies. So we wanted to write it to answer a lot of questions and tell more about our family, and tell stories people have not seen on the show before. It's been a lot of sitting down and talking about stories, talking about principles and our family life.
Gary Habermas: Five reasons to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
To the contrary, I will assume nothing special about the New Testament writings whatsoever. I will use only the historical information that is accepted as historical by virtually all scholars who have studied this material today-no matter how skeptical or liberal they are. That means, for example, that I will only cite New Testament passages, ones that pass the customary skeptical standards and are recognized as such. Using only these “minimal facts,” I will still maintain that Jesus’ resurrection is the most likely explanation for what we know.
The false assumption of scientism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Some take the position that if science doesn't give us reason to believe in something, then no good reason exists. That's simply the false assumption of scientism. –
The Unbeliever Knows God: Presuppositional Apologetics and Atheism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
[A]ll men already know God–long before the apologist engages them in conversation–and cannot avoid having such knowledge… People lack neither information nor evidence… [A]ll men know that God exists… In a crucial sense, all men already are “believers”–even “unbelievers” who will not respond properly by openly professing and living obediently in accordance with the knowledge they have of God.
Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully
Examining the lives of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis, Piper helps us appreciate the importance of carefully crafted words by exploring how Christians can use them to testify to God’s glory, wonder at his grace, and rejoice in his salvation.
I'm Not A Christian Because It Works for Me - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
At the age of thirty-five, it seemed like I had everything I could possibly want. I’d graduated at the top of my class in my undergraduate and graduate programs, earned the honor recruit award at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy and was in an incredible job assignment, working as a member of a five man career-criminal surveillance team. I had been with my wife for eighteen years and we had a great family. We just purchased our second home in a community I had admired since childhood. Nothing could have been better. This was the status and condition of my life when I walked into a Christian church for the first time.
"Christianity is a Man-made Religion" - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Presumably the atheist thinks it is somewhat problematic and perhaps even insulting to the Christian to dismiss his or her position as “man-made.” We can set aside the obvious “problem” with using “man” this way in the current academic climate. We can also set aside that the unbeliever almost always merely asserts without argument that Christianity is man-made. We may then note that the statement as it stands is no insult or argument against Christianity anyway, for there is a sense in which Christianity is man-made. The Bible, for example, was written by men. But it does not follow that it was not also God-breathed.
7 Silly Barriers that Stop Churches from Adopting Social Media
Over the last few years I’ve met and spoken to many different church leaders on my travels to England and more locally here in Australia in social media seminars. For many leaders and pastors who bravely sat through my presentations and stayed awake (I can cure insomnia) well done! One of the undercurrents I noticed in some conversations there was a cautiousness of adopting social media, from others there was a definite distrust of it.
Exposing the Spirit of the Age: A Response to the Zeitgeist Movie - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This is an article that I wrote for the first issue of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics . It is a response to Zeitgeist, one of the examples of the Jesus myth theory. Despite how bad this movie is, people are still being disturbed by it. Hopefully this article will help expose the lies and share the truth. The footnotes for the quotes can be found in the original article .
9 Heartfelt Things Church Members Would Like to Say to Their Pastors
Great post. I thought #6 & 7 were particularly insightful. #6 regarding transparency by the pastor is so true. Churches want you to be transparent, but only to a point. They want to know that you struggle as they do and they want to see humility. However, if you put too much out there, then it makes people uncomfortable and emboldens critics. It’s a fine line. I will also add that I believe the longer a pastor has been at a church, the more transparent he can be. As for #7, I have found that this one is among the most important things one can do as a pastor. I would even go one step further. Once a pastor has been at his church a while and discerned those who aren’t chronically discontent, it is a powerful thing to ask church members what they think from time to time. Primarily, I am thinking here in terms of one on one conversations. Many Godly people will give powerful insight, but the pastor must open the door for them to feel comfortable. They won’t initiate constructive criticism or advice because they love their pastor and they don’t want to add to his burdens.
Where's the evidence? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christians need to become more skilled at handling the evidence for our faith and in giving reasoned defences of the hope that we hold to. The ‘God question’ has been on the table in the New Zealand public square in a remarkable way in recent years. If the Christian faith is in fact true, we must take advantage of the opportunities available and engage society with the public truth of the gospel. But, how are we to do this, and what role can evidence play?
J Warner Wallace: I want to live in a way that reflects the truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I’m not a Christian because it “works” for me. I had a life prior to Christianity that seemed to be working just fine, and my life as a Christian hasn’t always been easy. I’m a Christian because it is true. I’m a Christian because I want to live in a way that reflects the truth. I’m a Christian because my high regard for the truth leaves me no alternative.
The Atheist's Dilemma - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I don't know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: "But how do you know what the Bible says is true?" By age 11, my atheism was so widely known in my middle school that a Christian boy threatened to come to my house and "shoot all the atheists." My Christian friends in high school avoided talking to me about religion because they anticipated that I would tear down their poorly constructed arguments. And I did.
Convince Me There's A God: Morality - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As an atheist I cared little for “morality.” In fact, how others saw morality was often something I had to overcome to get what I wanted in life. So, when Christians who talked with me about the existence of God brought up the “law of morality,” it wasn’t something I was interested in discussing – at first.
How Timeless Truths Lead to God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
after all, changeable. I can convert matter from one form to another, and I can change the way I am thinking about something. The person I am today is much different – mentally and physically – than the person I was a quarter century ago. Yet, intuitively I can’t seem to escape the notion that there really is such as thing as “truth,” and that it is knowable. My mind appears to have been designed to do certain things without my directing it, or sometimes being aware of it. My capacity to acquire language, for instance, was operating from the first months of my life. My capacity to manipulate numbers in a meaningful way was also largely present before I went to my first math class. Much more importantly, I also intuitively seem to recognize that there is good and evil and that these things too are knowable. People may disagree about whether a certain act is good or evil, but they automatically, and without effort, apply that standard to it. Indeed, we seem to know that a thing is wrong first and then have to assess – attempt to put into words – why that is the case. Even for the most ardent skeptic, the acts of other human beings are never viewed as morally irrelevant.