Greer Heard Forum: Robin Collins - "God and the Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Discovery"
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Friday, February 21st, 2014, philosopher and theologian, Dr William Lane Craig, was invited by th...
Truth, Tolerance and Civility: The Distortion of Virtues That Matter
What is tolerance? Has tolerance come to mean moral apathy in today's society? How can one effectively engage different worldviews and help build a society b...
Explaining Hilbert's Hotel
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On March 3rd, 2014 Dr William Lane Craig gave a lecture on the Kalam Cosmological Argument at Georgi...
The Great (American) Commission – Part 2
But gospel partnership isn’t about outsourcing. It’s a reflection of the gospel itself—how we need each other in the way that the parts of the body need each other (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). Paul underscored this truth in Philippians, from the opening verses with its joyful prison prayer (“because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”) to the closing lines of the letter, the power of partnership is bound up in the gospel itself. The humility, joy, prayer, and side-by-side labor flowing out of pursuing Christ fuels more and more gospel advance.
Congress Considers Adding FDR Prayer to World War II Memorial
The United States Congress is considering a bill that would add a prayer given by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Apologetic Presentations You Need to Check Out--Mark Mittleberg
No new posts for a few days as I’m traveling for work and preparing a sermon for this weekend. But, in the meantime, check out a few apologetic presentations that are well worth your time beginning with this one from Mark Mittleberg. I was present for this one and it is very good. Be sure to also check out his books .
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Can Christians be demonized? Over the years, I have read a wide variety of stories that claim to support the notion that Christians can be demonized. In the end, they all have one thing in common: they greatly overestimate the power and province of Satan. Some deliverance ministers make a more valiant attempt than others […]
Christine Rousselle - NC Restaurant With "No Weapons" Sign Robbed at Gunpoint
What groups like Everytown for Gun Safety or Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America seem to have an issue grasping is that criminals have no respect for the law by nature of being criminals. Criminals aren't going to be stopped by a "no guns allowed" sign. If somebody is going to rob or shoot up a Chipotle , for instance, they're not going to care that they cannot (or have been politely asked not to) bring a gun onto the premises. Criminals are not going to submit to background checks. They'll use straw purchases or just buy a gun from an illegal source. All these policies and laws do is make it harder for legal gun owners to protect themselves.
Man killed wife for making vegetarian dinner: prosecutors
A Pakistani immigrant beat his wife to death in their Brooklyn home after she made the mistake of cooking him lentils for dinner instead of the hearty meal of goat meat that he craved, according to court papers.
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 Wrong Way to Approach the Poor
One more wrong way to approach the poor - thinking you've invented the idea of service. I've seen this a lot lately, and saw a hint of this at the beginning of the article when you said "people are starting to take what Jesus said about the poor seriously." I know what you're trying to say, but its an unintended slap in the face to the generations before us that have been trailblazers in serving the poor and downcast. I work in a secular non-profit that helps the poor and hungry, but 99% of the agencies we work with are run by churches. And they're run by those who our generation likes to disparage as those who "simply taking up a collection for inner city, rural, or overseas missions would suffice." Its a very dangerous mindset to look down on those older generations when many of them have been serving, quiet and without fanfare, for decades. I just talked with a couple in their 70s running a food pantry, and they can't get help from anyone under the age of 60. Their best volunteer was a 95 year old man who came every time the door was open. Love the article, and agree with all that you're saying, just wanted to point out another mindset we need to purge as we go to serve others.
Click here to support April Jace Funeral & Children Fund by Chris Henry
As most of you know, our family is grieving the sudden and tragic loss of our dear April Jace. April was a vibrant, beautiful woman and an incredibly dedicated mother. We will all miss her contagious laughter, vivacious personality and her radiant smile. She leaves behind 3 sons (5, 8, and 18-years old). She loved them with a fierce love. Many of you have generously asked how you can help the family as we grieve and navigate the aftermath of this tragedy. We covet every prayer you pray and ask that you continue to stand by us in prayer, especially prayer for her beautiful sons. We have set up this page in order to raise funds for the cost of the funeral services and to help the family to provide care for April's children. Please consider making a donation in honor of April. Every dollar helps and will enable us to honor this incredible woman and care for her children with the excellence she would have wanted. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure
And if we want that with specificity, it’s here in this very context. Romans 8:35–36 lists life’s greatest pains — none of which can separate us from Jesus’s love: tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, and even death ( “regarded as sheep to be slaughtered”). No, in all these things, God is working for our good, not just giving us victory over these pains, but making us “more than conquerors” by having life’s greatest pains serve our everlasting joy.
America’s College Kids Are a Bunch of Mollycoddled Babies
It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the demand by U.S. college students for “trigger warnings” to alert them that something they’re about to read or see in one of their classes might traumatize them—apparently a new trend, according to the New York Times . Ditto for off-beat campus sculptures, placards displayed by protesters and more.
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).
Student debt is going up. Graduates' incomes aren't.
Watching total student debt levels and delinquencies continue to rise, even while other areas of household debt heal from the recession has a slow-motion trainwreck feel to it; it's fascinating but horrifying. And even more horrifying is that young college grads' wages aren't keeping up with the trend.
The Gospel Coalition - God and the Gay Christian
This is incredibly significant. If my sexual feelings are who I am at my core, then they must be fulfilled in order for me to even begin to feel complete and whole as a human. My sense of fulfilment is cast upon my sexual fortunes, and everything seems to depend on it. But being a Christian gives me a different perspective. My sexual desires are not insignificant; they are deeply personal. But they are not defining or central, and so fulfilling them is not the key to fullness of life. I suspect our culture’s near-hysterical insistence that your sexuality is your identity has far more to do with the prevalence of torment, self-loathing, and destruction than we have begun to realize. Are we really to suppose that only good fruit has come from affirming same-sex relationships or encouraging Christians to self-identify as gay from a young age? Or that no spiritual and psychological damage has resulted from this?
Ryan T. Anderson - Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?
In the short run, the legal battle over the definition of marriage may be an uphill struggle. But in the long run, those who defend marriage as the union of a man and woman will prove to be prophetic. First, because when people do hear a compelling case for marriage, they respond accordingly. And second, because the logic of marriage redefinition ultimately leads to the dissolution of marriage into nothing more than a social mess of consenting adult love of manifold sizes and shapes.
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.
The Pastors.com Daily
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A once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower may be on its way
Skywatchers in North America may be in for a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower this weekend if the May Camelopardalids light up the night sky early Saturday morning.
The Gospel Coalition - Helping Graduating Seniors Trust God
I oversee a program that works with alumni—equipping them with the skills that they need for job searching, helping them to identify their own career goals, pointing them to industries that fit their interests, and imagining how their work might best meet the needs of the world around them. Some of the alumni with whom I work have spent time in one field and now are thinking about shifting gears or simply finding a new job in the same field. Others are recent graduates trying to navigate life after college. Since Penn State has a massive alumni network, I get to help them network and meet others who can help them in their potential career changes.
Ruth also brought kindness, compassion and a passion for truth to her work. She received no thanks for this, I’m afraid. A number of years ago Ruth broke the news of Anglicanism’s first theological murder. Whilst some gay church activists have a habit of announcing the constant threats against their life (threats the police never seem to be able to confirm), in Malawi an English missionary really was murdered in a church political dispute that touched upon the wider political conflicts within Anglicanism. However, this poor fellow was not a gay activist but a conservative Anglo-Catholic.
The Gospel Coalition - Bonhoeffer and Blind Spots
I often hear profound interest expressed in Bonhoeffer’s time in the United States, particularly his time studying at Union Theological Seminary in New York City (1931) after readers learn about Bonhoeffer’s life story for the first time. They are interested to know, for example, that Bonhoeffer was deeply affected by his experience worshiping and engaging in youth work at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. They are intrigued to learn that Bonhoeffer formed a lifelong friendship with an African American student named Frank Fisher, who led Bonhoeffer on a trip to Howard University (Washington, D.C.), where Fisher was denied food service at a local restaurant (Bonhoeffer refused to dine there). They are shocked to learn Bonhoeffer visited the Deep South and stared Jim Crow in the face with his own two eyes.
The Gospel Coalition - The Prodigal’s Son
But this is not a script, so I cannot write the ending. This is just life for men and women I know and see on a daily basis. As we seek to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth, the far countries, we must seriously consider what it means to present the gospel to all the prodigal’s sons and daughters. They do not have a father or memories of a loving home. They are not wondering if they will be forgiven. They are wondering if they are even loved.
The VA scandal, explained
There is also weak federal oversight, which allows problems like those found in Phoenix to go on as no one checks in to ensure rules are being followed. One example of such lax oversight: the GAO, in one of its reviews, found three of four clinics certified themselves as in compliance with scheduling policies, but none of them actually were. The VA could, in theory, audit these facilities, but it rarely does — largely because the issues were out of the public spotlight until now.
Levi’s CEO: Don’t Wash You Jeans, Support Sustainability
The CEO of Levi’s has just confirmed a fact that every college student knows: you don’t need to wash your jeans. Speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm Green Conference, Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh said that his denim company is the “ultimate in sustainable apparel," and also claimed that he hasn’t washed his jeans in more than a year. So, what happens if your favorite pair of 511s start to get a little funky? The company said that all you need to do is pop them in the freezer , and just ice-out the odor. The effectiveness of this method was confirmed by fact that Jay Leno recently had an industrial-sized meat locker installed in his Los Angeles home. You can go here to watch all of Bergh’s comments, in which he speaks about sustainability, the virtues of slow fashion, secondhand apparel stores and why washing machines are overrated ...
Who Is Jesus? A Google Hangout on Christology with Keith Mathison
As we seek to leverage new technology for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, we regularly host live Google Hangouts with Christian leaders.
Resurgence Leadership #017: Tim Keller on Being the Church In Our Culture
In this week’s episode of Resurgence Leadership , Dr. Tim Keller explains what it looks like to be the church in our culture in this two-part message recorded live at a 2006 Resurgence event in Seattle.
Jelly genome mystery
Ctenophores have long vexed taxonomists. Their resemblance to jellyfish earned them a spot on the tree of life as a sister group to cnidarians (the phylum that includes jellyfish). On the basis of their nervous systems — which can detect light, sense prey and move musculature — many researchers had them branching off from the common ancestor of other animals after the sponges and flattened multicellular blobs known as placozoans, neither of which have a nervous system. Now armed with data showing that ctenophores lack many common genes, some scientists contend that these are the closest living relatives to the first animals.
God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Christian World View: Rational Predispositions That Support Truth
Dawkins attempts to disprove theism through empiricism
(truth is found through man’s unchaperoned five senses). But the form of any
worldview, including the NAs’, requires a
priori (something prior to or independent of observation and experience,
which is assumed to be true) equipment. But a
priori truths cannot be justified from observation. Universal norms (laws
of logic and moral absolutes) must be taken for granted in forming any
worldview, but empiricism cannot provide the conditions that are necessary for
universal fixed norms. Resting one’s worldview on observation, apart from the
universal pre-essentials, can only result in nonsense and the unintelligibility
of that which one observes. Interpreting and making sense of that which is observed
cannot come from observation alone. There must be knowledge equipment already
supplied that is not wholly justified by the five senses. God provides the prior
essentials for the intelligibility of observation that empiricism requires. God
is unavoidable for the construction of any worldview, including a faulty one
that rests upon empiricism.
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The Myth That the Bible is Just a Myth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Rice Broocks recent opinion piece on FoxNews speaks about the strong popularity of the History Channel’s “Bible” miniseries and describes how it has once again unearthed the debate over whether the events chronicled in Scripture are history or fiction. Atheists and skeptics have consistently answered that question with the assertion that the Bible is nothing more than a collectivized set of fairy tales whose historical validity is on par with Aesop’s fables.
A Case for Natural Marriage - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Let's look at the benefits natural marriage provides for society. We already discussed procreation, but what about lowering social cost to the government? Welfare rises when the two parent family breaks down. How about lower crime rates? Think on this, how many married men do you see roaming the streets and leading gangs, etc. The truth is striking, and you may ask what about those same sex couples that adopt? Natural marriage is proven to provide the most stable, balanced, and nurturing environment for children. When it is strong that is. I am not saying that we don't make a mess of it at times. In a recent article I read, the author compiled some common facts that have been well known for years, it read "the life span of both men and women increase, children from natural marriage homes are seven times less likely to live in poverty, six times less likely to commit suicide, less than half as likely to commit crime, less than half likely to get pregnant out of wedlock, develop better academically and socially, healthier physically and emotionally when they reach adulthood." (allaboutlove.
5 Things Romanian Believers Taught Me About Prayer
Quite a blessing, and true to my Romanian brothers and sisters. In 1996 I took a young girl back home. She had been brought here from a Romanian orphanage to receive medical help. She had spent most of her life in that orphanage because she could not walk. Shortly after the revolution against the communists, she was brought here for that surgery. Knowing she was from an orphanage, she was placed with my daughter’s family. They could not see why the adoption was not approved–until a letter from her mother arrived a couple of years later. She wanted to know if her daughter had had her surgery, was she well; was she even alive? Soon after, I took her home and spent the next ten years going back and forth, three times each year for a month at a time. We soon developed great relationships. In fact, my granddaughter and her family are there in language study, beginning their life as full time missionaries.
Atheism and Intellectual Bullying: What Gives? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Those, like myself, who are stubborn enough to continue to believe in God in the face of such rhetoric may rightly wonder what is going on here. It is as if the volume in the God debate as been turned up in the last decade—in no small part because of the few (and vocal) new atheists such as Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett.
The importance of developing an evidential faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I often encounter devoted, committed Christians who are hesitant to embrace an evidential faith. In many Christian circles, faith that requires evidential support is seen as weak and inferior. For many, blind faith (a faith that simply trusts without question) is the truest, most sincere, and most valuable form of faith that we can offer God. Yet Jesus seemed to have a high regard for evidence. In
Why Christians may eat shellfish but may not have sex outside marriage - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
So how can Christians then justify upholding laws on sexual morality whilst at the same time ignoring the food laws from the very same books of the Bible? Why may they eat shellfish but not be allowed to have sex outside marriage? Isn’t this inconsistent and hypocritical?
Bible Contradictions: Quick Tips on Dealing with Difficulties - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We're at the close of our series looking at the supposed contradictions in the Bible . In all our examples, we have shown that there can be answers to passages that seem to contradict each other or facts that we know today. Since it's impossible to deal with more than merely a handful of examples in this chapter, I want to leave you with a few checkpoints to use when confronting charges of a contradiction. The following quick tip guide will help you think more clearly in your discussions:
Relativism is Self-Refuting - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The idea is often more than just saying relativism exists, but relativists usually are at odds with objectivists who hold to objective, universal standards of goodness and morality. The relativist says, in effect, that relativism is right, objectivism is wrong, and relativism ought to be the way we all view goodness. The relativist ends up in a major conundrum. He must either hold that (1) relativism explains the way all goodness works for all people, or (2) it does not; these two options exhaust the possibilities. If he holds the first, that relativism is the way goodness works for all people, then the society next door is free to hold to whatever standard of goodness it sees fit. But if the society next door turns out to teach an objective standard of goodness that applies to all people, then the relativist is saying objective goodness is a proper thing for them to hold, which is in violation of his own sense of universal relativism. On the other hand, if the relativist holds the second, that relativism does not explain how goodness works for all people, then the society next door can teach objective goodness.
Gary Habermas: A fact worthy of our intellectual conviction - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It is not just a provocative rumor that God has acted in history, but a fact worthy of our intellectual conviction. The miracles of Christianity are not an embarrassment tot he Christian world view. Rather they are a testimony to the compassion of God for human beings benighted by sin and circumstance.
Confident Faith by Mark Mittelberg - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Confident Faith is an excellent resource that offers insight to people who are Christians and people who are not. I love Mittelberg’s methodology. He starts by establishing what faith really is and how each one of us actually exercises faith in something every day.
If Christ Has Not Been Raised... - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In 1Corinthians 15:14, the Apostle Paul stated "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is useless and so is your faith." Reflecting on the truth of that passage gives rise to other realities that would have to logically follow if Christ has not been raised from death and is not alive. If Christ has not been raised, then: Untold millions of people have believed in a hoax for over 20 centuries.
Can Fossils Indicate Ancestry? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In most cases, fossils cannot give us ancestry, according to paleontologist Donald Prothero. This statement, coming from Prothero, shocked me when I first read it, because it seems like fossil news headlines always make claims about ancestry, but here is Prothero, a staunch supporter of evolution, disagreeing.
The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord
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IV. Good Works
1] A disagreement has also occurred among the theologians of the Augsburg Confession concerning good works, one part employing the following words and manner in speaking of them: Good works are necessary for salvation; it is impossible to be saved without good works ; likewise, no one has been saved without good works ; because, they say, good works are required of true believers as fruits of faith, and faith without love is dead, although such love is no cause of salvation.
2] The other part, however, contended, on the contrary, that good works are indeed necessary; however, not for salvation, but for other reasons; and that on this account the aforecited propositiones , or expressions, which have been used (as they are not in accord with the form of sound doctrine and with the Word, and have been always and are still set by the Papists in opposition to the doctrine of our Christian faith, in which we confess that faith alone justifies and saves ) are not to be tolerated in the Church, in order that the merit of Christ, our Savior, be not diminished, and the promise of salvation may be and remain firm and certain to believers.
What Defensive Tactics Training Can Teach Us About Defending Christianity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Police officers train obsessively. Our state certification organization requires us to stay up to date and tests us consistently to see if we are still competent in a number of areas. From firearms qualification to driver’s training to legal updates, each officer is required to spend hundreds of hours learning and practicing necessary skills over the course of a career. Along the way, we spend many hours engaged in “defensive tactics” training. Beyond our academy preparation, officers must continue to learn how to fight, wrestle, and defend themselves. Sometimes I wish Christian case makers (apologists) were also required to train regularly in defensive tactics; there are a number of important things each of us could learn from the experience:
The Right and Wrong of the Prosperity Gospel - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I need to be up front. I strongly disagree with the prosperity gospel. Their preachers annoy me, their message sickens me and their style embarrasses me. Having said that, many people are attracted to their message. I believe that part of their success is what they do right. What I would like to do is share five things they do right and five things they do wrong.
Contingency argument for God's existence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Once you’ve made the distinction between things that have causes and…things that don’t have causes, if something exists it either is the kind of thing that requires something outside of itself to exist, or it’s not. If it’s not possible for there to be an infinite regress of things that do require causes outside of themselves, and it is true that something exists which does require a cause outside itself [the universe, and everything in it]…,there can’t be an infinite regress of such causes, and therefore you have to have a termination of that regress. [God is the best explanation for the termination of that regress.]
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Bioethics and Worldview - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
“According to a mail-in survey of nearly 4,000 British doctors, those who were atheist or agnostic were almost twice as willing to take actions designed to hasten the end of life. They were also far more likely to offer “continuous deep sedation until death” and discus end of life options with their patients.”
Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Wild God’ and making room for wonder
In the Reformed liturgy there is this beautiful question that invites the congregation into curiosity. At the beginning of worship we say, “I thirst for the living God, where shall I go?” Our liturgical tradition invites us to wonder and to be curious. Experiencing the living God is like peeling away a layer of the world and recognizing that the world is full of the steadfast love of God. This liturgical question invites us to use our intellect and wonder. Belief does not require intellectual suspension; belief is connected to a rigorous engagement with intellect.
Daddy Dearest: How Purity Culture Can Turn Fathers into Idols
Critics suggest that the culture of purity balls introduces something into the father-daughter relationship that does not belong there. Most of us are familiar with the concept of a "daddy-daughter date," a harmless term we often use for a father and daughter spending time together. Purity balls, they fear, go far beyond that. Suzanne Calulu at No Longer Quivering—a site for those who have left the kind of ultra-conservative lifestyle from which purity balls came— describes the pictures as "beautiful little girls, inappropriately intimate fathers."