Sandra McCracken on Life, Loss, and Longing in the Psalms
The Psalms gave me words when I didn’t have my own words. They prompted me to sing a new song when I couldn’t find my voice.
Warm-Bloodedness in an Ocean Fish Stuns Evolutionists
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Why You Can Trust Your Bible: An Interview with Peter Williams
I recently saw this interesting interview at TGC with my friend Peter Williams. Peter is a biblical scholar and the CEO of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England--a study center for evangelical schol...
Islamic State burns a woman alive for refusing to engage in extreme sex act
Jay Richards tweeted this appalling story from the leftist Washington Post. It says: Zainab Bangura, the U.N.'s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, recently conducted a tour of r...
Here’s the Moving Trailer for ‘Batkid Begins’
You may remember the touching story of young Miles Scott. Back in the fall of 2013, Miles became an Internet sensation after the Make-a-Wish foundation helped fulfill the leukemia’s survivor’s dream of becoming Batman. After thousands of volunteers showed up to turn San Francisco into Gotham for a day of superhero adventures, Batkid was born. Now, Warner Bros. is releasing a documentary about Miles and the day that changed San Francisco. Batkid Begins releases on June 26 ...
Veritas :: Talks
Timothy J. Keller, New York Times Best Selling Author and Theologian and Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University offer insight into questions of ethics and purpose in life.
Stephen Curry and the Culture of Self-Trust
The gospel transforms our notion of self-worth and identity because it invites us to embrace a sense of meaning and purpose that’s bigger than ourselves. In Christ, we we’re not demoralized by failure or overly impressed by narrow ideas of success, like football tackles or MVP awards or prestigious scholarships and degrees.
What Being Pro-Life Means in Light of the Death Penalty
Roughly 700 words were used in this article to speak of one person’s passive-aggressive ideals of what God (the one who is so holy that if we were to look him in the face right now, we ourselves would not be able to have this discussion as we would cease to live - Exodus 33:20) would have us believe about the realities of life, death, justice, and mercy. Yet, despite the fact that He who is high and lifted up (Isaiah 57:15) has left us so many of his words (2 Timothy 3:16-17), this article has been posted here with reference only to one story in the scriptures with no interpretation or application for the edification of the church. What good is this? It is a chasing after the wind.
One Day He Appeared: My TGC Love Story
Your life could change in a blink of an eye. I’m not talking about meeting the love of your life; I’m talking about meeting the one who loved you and gave himself up for you, who went away and promised to come again. Jesus Christ may return at any moment. No one knows the day or hour, so we must always watch and pray. When the wait gets long, you may start to think he’s not coming. But one day, he will appear. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
7 Truths About Hell
Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live forever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only 70 years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever. Perhaps my bad temper or my jealousy are gradually getting worse—so gradually that the increase in 70 years will not be very noticeable. But it might be absolute hell in a million years: in fact, if Christianity is true, hell is the precisely correct technical term for what it would be.
Conflict Is an Opportunity for Grace
We’re quick to believe the lie that if we just avoid the conflict, or at least minimize it, then it will diminish over time and eventually go away. But wisdom speaks a different word. Sure, there are offenses we can forebear and personal frustrations we can get over, but interpersonal conflict doesn’t go away with inattention. It festers. It deepens. It curdles.
Whitewashing Islam: 20 Errors on 20/20 (ABC News)
http://www.answeringmuslims.com/ The media can't seem to get their facts straight when they discuss Islam.
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The Christians Who Annoy Us Are the Christians We Need Most
To this end, Hansen proposes that Christians learn from believers who make them uncomfortable, because the ones who annoy us are likely the ones we need most. Instead of trying to be well-rounded, we should settle for being well-surrounded. If we can’t embody all the strengths of every Christian tribe, we can at least associate with brothers and sisters who have what we lack (and lack what we have).
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Four Bible Verses Every Muslim Needs to Know
http://www.answeringmuslims.com The Qur'an affirms the inspiration, preservation, and authority of the Christian scriptures (see Qur'an 3:3-4, 5:43 -47, 5:68, 6:114-115, 7:157, 10:94, 18:27 , etc.). Hence, Muslims who take the Qur'an seriously should also take the Bible seriously. Here are four Bible verses every Muslim needs to know: Luke 9:22 —“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.” Mark 10:45 —“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” John 6:40 —“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” Matthew 28:19 —“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Ireland Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage in Historic Referendum
“We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution.
5 Ways Porn Ruins Relationships
"As a guy, I know the temptations involved with pornography"
Can we stop with this rhetoric that says that it's normal for guys to struggle with porn, but if women struggle, it's the exception? I would say that in this internet age, the temptations are everywhere for both genders to see and be tempted by. As you point out, porn is extremely isolating-- but I would argue that it is even more isolating for women, because the conversation in the church (when the church dares to even talk about porn) is all about how MEN struggle, and women feel completely alone. I appreciate that throughout the article, you used he/ she when referring to porn users, but the phrase I've quoted still sends the message that it's totally normal for guys to struggle with porn, while for women, it's not.
Just my 2 cents :)
The RELEVANT Summer Reading Guide
Poetry may not exactly be your preferred choice of summer reading. In fact, we in the 21st century are formed by fast culture in ways that may make poems nearly impossible for us to read. Poetry, however, can open the gates for the journey toward a slower and more meaningful life. There is no better guide for such a pilgrimage than Scott Cairns, a psalmist of our day, whose spirituality immerses us ever deeper into the realities of everyday life. His poems, as Gregory Wolfe notes in the book’s intro, heal the gaping wound between our hearts and our minds, and in the process make us fully human.
Translation of Kenneth Copeland's "Tongues" Prayer for Pope Francis
For my full review of Bishop Palmer's & Pope Francis' messages calling for unity between Roman Catholics and Word of Faith Heretics, click this link http://bit.ly/1fD18C3
Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests in a Worship Service
I had been visiting a church for a month & wasn’t really feeling welcomed. I actually overheard a member sitting behind me tell another member, “That lady is sitting in my seat so I have to sit back here.” After being welcomed as a “first time guest” for 4 weeks in a row by the same woman, this was the last straw. I got up, told the woman she could have her seat back & I left. Churches who grow actively train their members (not just the greeters) how to make visitors feel welcome. My dad was a pastor for over 45 years & he always taught his members to do each of these seven things. Another one is to actually get up & sit next to a visitor once you have introduced yourself & engaged them in conversation. This makes a visitor feel wanted. Of course every situation is different, but if you truly make an effort to actually speak with a visitor (not just saying hello), then you can gage if they just want to be left alone or if they are really wanting to connect.
Theology Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another
One described it as a “landmark series” and an “unprecedented step” that “demonstrate[s] in a very real way the unity of the 'body of Christ' in Fountain Hills.” Another stated , “Imagine Baptists united with Lutherans working side-by-side with Presbyterians, all while holding the raised hands of charismatics.”
How to Foster Peace Between Christians and Muslims
People of different faiths are working together on common concerns, building bridges of peace and understanding, and reducing violence while solving problems shared by all humanity. World Vision, a humanitarian organization following Christ’s example of caring for the poor, works in dozens of Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist majority countries. We don’t compromise our own beliefs and values, nor do we require other faith traditions to alter theirs. Instead, we build on what we share—a commitment to save lives and promote peace, believing we have a divine duty to do so.
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5 Book Pairings for New College Graduates
Sandberg’s book isn’t just for women, but for anyone who feels like he or she might be “less than” at work, like new college graduates, for example. Like Perman and Dawn, Sandberg is eminently practical—from how to negotiate salaries to how to determine what makes for a good mentor. For the Christian, though, it can’t stand alone. I pair it with Owen because I know of no better antidote to selfish ambition than a sustained, intentional fight against sin. These books aren’t easy to read alone, though, so I suggest wrestling through the implications with a few friends.
Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity
Pastor John, I want to propose to my girlfriend, and as I prepare for marriage thoughts of my past mistakes come to mind. I think back to women I slept with before I was saved, and mistakes I made with my current girlfriend who I will, Lord willing, marry. People often speak of the purity to be saved for marriage, and how terrible it is to squander that. What truths do you have to share with a man or woman such as myself, struggling with regret related to past sexual mistakes and their current consequences in the context of marriage and engagement?
Ascension Presbyterian Church
Ascension Presbyterian Church is a covenantal and confessional Reformed Presbyterian Church located in Apopka, Florida. Our statement of faith is the Westminster Confession of Faith, 1647. We are part of the Covenant Presbyterian Church denomination (www.covenant-presbyterian.org). We are an... ( more.. )
Why 'Overpaying' Workers Makes Biblical and Business Sense
Paul makes the case for why he, like other apostles and ministers, appropriately deserves compensation for his work on behalf of the gospel. But for our purposes, it is how he makes his case that is so instructive. Paul says that it is God (not merely Moses) who commands that as oxen work to tread out a farmer’s grain they must be allowed to eat whatever supplemental grain they want. In other words, these working oxen would be allowed “bonus” feedings over and above the normal feedings (analogous to wages) provided by the farmer. Then Paul indicates that God’s real reason for this command is to instruct employers — employers of oxen, yes, but primarily of human workers — that all who help produce a harvest are meant to share in the rewards.
The Key to Prosperity
The importance of social trust has been driven home as my family and I live for six months in a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico. The value of social trust is made salient by its absence, like being oblivious to your mother’s savory cooking until you leave home. Mexico is a wonderful country, rich in resources, history, tradition, art, and culture. But it is not a country rich in trust. Trust in government, in politicians and police, even among one’s fellow citizens is as sparse as water in the Sonoran Desert. These are not casual observations. Lamentably, they are how the data speak.
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7 Things I’ve Learned Since Graduating College
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not "perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
“In the relation to God, unconditional exclusiveness and unconditional inclusiveness are one. For those who enter into the absolute relationship, nothing particular retains any importance—neither things nor beings, neither earth nor heaven—but everything is included in the relationship. For entering into the pure relationship does not involve ignoring everything but seeing everything in the You, not renouncing the world but placing it upon its proper ground. Looking away from the world is no help toward God; staring at the world is no help either; but whoever beholds the world in him stands in his presences…” (from I and Thou )
“When I attempted a few minutes ago, to describe our spiritual longings, I was omitting one of their most curious characteristics. We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends, or as the landscape loses the celestial light… For a few minutes we have had the illusion of belonging to that world.
05. Why is the Bible against sexual freedom?
Nathan Betts ( http://bit.ly/nathanbetts ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Why is the Bible against sexual freedom?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out "Sex And The iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an Age of Individualism" by Dale Kuehne ( http://bit.ly/1t5cCSQ ). This video is episode 5 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/
While a visit to Oberlin College from an equity feminist prompted protests, safe spaces, and ridicule, the news that First Lady Michelle Obama will give a commencement speech at the liberal arts school has been met with excitement by most.
The Church Is Your Mom
Additionally and importantly, this maternal imagery affirms the vital role of the church. Last year, Donald Miller stirred up the Internet with a blog post saying that he doesn’t go to church and neither do most Christian leaders whom he knows. He is not alone in his uncertainty about the role of the church in the Christian life. Due to our history of anti-institutionalism and individualism, some evangelicals view church attendance as merely an add-on to the Christian life, one of many elective ways to grow in a “personal relationship” with God. We can overlook the celebration of Pentecost because we overlook the central role of the church in the gospel story.
God Is Not Dead Yet | Reasonable Faith
Premise (2) might at first appear controversial, but it is in fact synonymous with the usual atheist claim that if God does not exist, then the universe has no explanation of its existence. Besides, (2) is quite plausible in its own right. For an external cause of the universe must be beyond space and time and therefore cannot be physical or material. Now there are only two kinds of things that fit that description: either abstract objects, like numbers, or else an intelligent mind. But abstract objects are causally impotent. The number 7, for example, can't cause anything. Therefore, it follows that the explanation of the universe is an external, transcendent, personal mind that created the universe—which is what most people have traditionally meant by "God."
3 Ways Rising Secularism Affects Evangelism
In some ways this change is freeing. It allows us to do what we should have been doing all along: retelling the entire Bible’s whole story, from creation to fall to redemption to consummation. In a sense, a whole-Bible, one-story gospel releases us from the temptation to close the deal and produce fake conversions or offer a kind of fire insurance that doesn’t truly save. Secularists aren’t interested in insurance from a fire that they don’t believe in.
Jesus Owns Muhammad
http://www.answeringmuslims.com According to the Qur'an, Christians must judge by the Gospel. But the Gospel says that Jesus owns everything. Since Jesus owns everything, he also owns Muhammad!
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The Gay Rights Revolution in Ireland
… The disciples of “progress” cannot bear any suggestion of a return to the ideas of the middle ages and zealously oppose any tendencies which they consider mediaeval. This has always surprised me. Firstly, they do not believe at all in the vitality of the beliefs which are associated with the mediaeval spirit, still less in the possibility of their triumph; they re convinced of the solidity and lastingness of the principles of modern history. Then why so much excitement? Secondly, it should be made clear once and for all that there never has been and there never will be any return to past times; their restoration is impossible. When we speak of passing from modern history to the middle ages it is a figure of speech; such passage can take place only to a new middle age, not to the old one. That is why such an event should be considered as a revolution of the spirit, and anticipated creative activity, and not at all as the “reaction” that it seems to the “progressives,” who are frightened because their own cause is so deteriorated. Moreover, it is time that people stopped talking of the “darkness of the middle ages” in contrast with the “light” of modern history; such talk represents views which are too thin, if I may say so, to be worthy of the level of contemporary historical scholarship.
A 15-Year-Old's Amazing Conversion
As a teen, Colt was taught the theory of evolution and began questioning the faith of his parents. He saw faith in Jesus as “just a dry creed” with “no point.” “We didn’t know he never felt like he was truly saved,” said Colt’s father. We hope that Colt’s story will encourage and inspire you to continue to pray for, and share the gospel with, your lost friends and family members. Learn more at: http://www.livingwaters.com/colt
The world needs Jesus more than ever, and there are fewer and fewer people in most of our churches. Emerging generations have horrible views of Christians, as we see in surveys. We are seeing many evangelical churches (not just mainline, nonevangelical churches) aging and dying off. When we do see growth in our churches, it is often people who are just switching churches, not conversion growth or new disciples being made through evangelism.
The Church and Disappointment (Jonathan Storment)
2) When you are disappointed with a church is the worst time to leave your church, especially to go to another church. I have seen the other side of this. People will come to Highland (the church I serve) and for a month or two they think it is the best thing since God made the blueberry pop-tart, but over time, the same disappointment creeps in. It turns out that humans are in this community too, and we don’t always do things right, we don’t always sing the songs that are on your IPod, or say just the right things, or respond in just the right ways. And if you change churches enough you will never learn to love the actual God, the same way you might never learn to love actual people.
10 Must-Know Facts About How The New Testament Was Established
Recently I was involved in a discipleship program at our church for new Christians. One of our participants had gotten caught up in the annual Easter specials that seek to erode the credibility of the Bible and argue for additions or ‘corrections’ to the historical New Testament doctrine. These television specials always quote ‘international experts’ and usually introduce little known or new material that challenges the NT canon or traditional doctrine.
Together We're Fighting the Spiritual Battle
Rev. James R. Carter, who served in the military for 23 years on active duty, shares how with your support we are helping our military chaplains fight the spiritual battle. Learn more: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/help-our...
10 Things Learned in 10 Years of Marriage | JesusHacks
Ten years ago, on September 18 th , 2004 before God and our assembled witnesses of friends and family, two people named Shane and Kasi made a covenant with each other to love, cherish, and honor one another ‘till death do us part, and were joined together as one.
An Open and Opinionated Letter to Guilt - Holley Gerth
As usual, you hit the subject right on! This guilt thing has to go…..and by meeting Grace, it will happen. Why is it that we feel so vulnerable when guilt thoughts intrude? Mostly, I think, it’s because we can’t go back in time and have ‘do-overs’. We must learn to face that what’s in the past is ‘in the past’. And, sometimes we make our guilt thoughts greater than what the real events really were. In any event, life’s troubling moments can’t be ‘done over’. We must live in the ‘today’ of our lives and trust the Lord to heal, forgive, and provide His Grace as we journey forward. Holley, you are a gift and I am so blessed to have found your columns. Today’s message is a timely reminder for me, and I thank you very much. God bless you.
Origin of the Universe
This was the provocative title of an article appearing in New Scientist in 2012. At a scientific meeting honoring his 70 th birthday, Stephen Hawking released this pre-recorded statement: “A point of creation would be a place where science broke down. One would have to appeal to religion and the hand of God.” In what was dubbed the “worst birthday presents ever,” Vilenkin presented his recent work showing that 3 different types of origins models of different classes cannot avoid a beginning to the Universe. Admittedly this is still not an absolutely settled conclusion, but Vilenkin summarizes: “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning.” This fits well with the criteria I laid out in the previous blog . Data can be used in support of an argument if it is supported by currently understood science. Science is always provisional and therefore subject to change but if leading atheists specializing in this arena concede that all the current evidence points to the Universe requiring a beginning then I think it is more rational to accept the second premise of the Kalam.
The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth
From horror flicks to rom-coms, the tales we tell and the myths we weave inevitably echo the narrative underlying all of history: the story of humanity’s tragic sin and God’s triumphant salvation. This entertaining book connects the dots between the stories we tell and the one great Story—helping us better understand the longings of the human heart and thoughtfully engage with the movies and TV shows that capture our imaginations.
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From This Place: The History of Biola University
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Does the Resurrection Require Extraordinary Evidence?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 1998, Dr William Lane Craig debated Professor Keith M. Parsons at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. The topic of the debate was "Why I Am/Am Not a Christian." After the debate there was a lengthy exchange between the debaters lead by the moderator. The debate concluded with a question and answer period allowing both Dr Craig and Professor Parsons the opportunity to respond. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...
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How Do You Pursue Joy in Jesus?
In three minutes, Pastor Leonce Crump gives us three ways to find and cultivate this kind of joy — the deeper, fuller, more durable joy we experience in and with Jesus.