The Rise of Steph Curry Is No Fluke
What Curry's story teaches us about calling and actually achieving God's purpose for our lives.
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Christian Aid Week // Big Brekkie - premier
Fond of a fry up? Partial to pancakes? If you share Jesus’ heart for people living in extreme poverty, join us with a Big Brekkie fundraiser.
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An Invitation from Greg to Join Us on the STR Cruise
Our August 6–13 cruise is rapidly approaching. If you’ve never heard John Stonestreet and J. Warner Wallace speak before, you’re missing out; I always find them absolutely riveting. The topics we've planned the cruise were chosen to reflect Stand to Reason’s mission statement: “Confidence for every Christian, clear thinking for...
Archbishop of Canterbury: "We have learnt to do racism" - premier
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the UK has "learnt to do racism", but he praised the UK's growing interfaith engagement.
From Moral Relativism to Reality Relativism
Dr. Brown explains how we have moved from morality being relative to reality being relative, interacting with some shocking comments made by Rachel Dolezal during her interview with NBC’s Samantha Guthrie.
Watch The Lone Bellow and Blind Boys of Alabama Perform the Worshipful ‘Watch Over Us’
We finally have a quality video of The Lone Bellow and The Blind Boys of Alabama performing together at the Eaux Claires Music Festival last year, which released this week in the lead up to this summer’s festival.
The lyrics to the soulful ballad from Then Came the Morning—which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner—read like a spiritual hymn: Watch over us / Watch over us / When my hands are tired / When my strength is gone
Last spring, the band talked to RELEVANT about recording the album that focuses on finding beauty in everyday life,“I think the real challenge in making something worthwhile is in the celebration of the mundane and finding beauty in the 24-hour period of a day.”
Enjoy the most soulful 4-minutes of your day.
Book by Douglas Axe Shows the Key to Understanding Origins Is the "Design Intuition" -- Pre-Order Now!
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
What's Going on in Canada's Parliament?
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and President Obama's bromance partner, apologized last night for accidentally elbowing a Parliament member, Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
The Canadian Parliament was preparing to vote on a controversial assisted-suicide bill when a bit of chaos began. Trudeau walked onto the House of Commons floor to guide a lawmaker to his seat and (he says) accidentally elbowed Brosseau. A yelling match started and other members of Parliament rushed to the floor. It was kind of like a hockey game, which of course Canadians love.
Trudeau publicly apologized to Brosseau soon after.
All things considered, this melee was small-scale compared to other confrontations in Parliaments around the world.
What the Bleep Does the Bible Say About Profanity?
I think it is useful to distinguish between profanity and obscenity. Obscenity is a subset of profanity, together with words that treat God's name irreverently or words that take His holy actions lightly. Thus, for example, only God has the right to damn someone to Hell, so damning someone or something, or telling someone to go to Hell, or using the word Hell as though it's not a reality, all fail to treat God with reverence. To my knowledge, no Biblical author does this, certainly not in a casual way that really have nothing to do with condemnation or Hell. Increasingly, however, Christians are beginning to do so (e.g., by saying something is a "helluva" good thing, or by saying "OMG" merely to express surprise or strong emotion).
Ligonier Ministries’ 2007 National Conference, Contending for the Truth, will equip believers to answer the false claims of postmodernism, naturalism, and our culture’s other atheistic theories. Dr. Sproul is joined by other Christian scholars, pastors, and leaders, including John MacArthur, …
Grace to You Radio
A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.
EXCLUSIVE: Evangelical leaders to quiz Trump on faith and values | Fox News
Donald Trump has agreed to meet privately with some of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical leaders – a meeting seen as critical to garnering support from social conservatives, Fox News has learned.
Isn’t She Beautiful?
That being said, I also believe that physical attraction is far deeper and more dynamic, even spiritual, than we tend to think. It’s not static or objective. Real, meaningful, durable attraction is far more than physical. A man or woman’s physical appearance only plays one role in what makes them attractive or appealing. Its role is massive initially, say the very first time you see someone, when all you know about them is what you see, before you even know their name or hear their voice. But its role will necessarily evolve the more you learn about someone. After you’ve learned more about them — by asking their friends, or by hearing them talk, or by watching the way they live — you’ll never see them again as just the person you saw at first.
Grace to You
After the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, Jesus was challenged by the crowd to perform an even greater miracle in John 6:30.“Our fathers ate the manna,” they said (v. 31), implying that Jesus’ miraculous feeding was a small miracle compared to what Moses did. In order for them to believe in Him, they would need to see Him feed the nation of Israel on the same scale that God did when He sent manna and fed the entire nation of Israel during their wilderness wanderings for 40 years (Ex. 16:11–36).They were demanding that Jesus outdo Moses if they were to believe in Him.
We invite you to the conference for women, but not all about women. It's a gathering of women around the Word of God. To this third TGC Women's Conference, we come joyfully but soberly, knowing that suffering meets us at every hand, right at home and all across the globe. What better book for us in 2016 than 1 Peter—packed with gospel perspective on our short lives. It's a little epistle, but it gives us a big view of who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners in this world. How do we stand firm in God's true grace? How do we offer a strong shining witness to Jesus Christ even in the midst of fiery trials? Peter points us insistently to the Lord Jesus, to his suffering on our behalf, and to the resurrection life he makes possible for those who believe in him. At TGCW16 we won't be getting away from real life; we will be seeing it clearly, in light of gospel help and hope. By God's grace, we will go away better prepared to live and share resurrection life, in a world of suffering.
InterVarsity Names a Historic New President
“Tom’s story reflects the way the gospel intersects the ‘model minority’ narrative,” said Greg Jao, a fellow InterVarsity vice president, in an email to CT. “He’s an academic all-star who has submitted to Jesus’ claims to his talent and future. He’s wrestled with obtaining parental approval. He’s broken through the bamboo ceiling that often confronts Asian Americans in the corporate world.”
When the road was difficult and the enemies intimidating and the battle raging, God was near to his children, standing by ready to help and protect and satisfy them. He gave them his manual and then moved in with them. And his presence would overpower every obstacle and ultimately win. We say with Moses, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). And God does go with his people, all who are in Christ, wherever we go.
‘Arrested Development’ Is ‘Definitely’ Coming Back for a New Season
There’s a recut, too, of the fourth season, just to make it airable on TV. They’re like the old Arrested Developments. We redid all the narration and reshot a few little things. Now we have 22 episodes, and they’re delightful to watch and they’re much less work than the Netflix series. My hope is we’ll find a place to air those.
New Provost Announced
Taylor will occupy the pivotal second ranking position at Biola University in her role as Provost and Senior Vice President. As Biola’s chief academic officer, Taylor will work closely with President Corey in envisioning and leading all academic programs as Biola continues to build and strengthen its global presence in Christian higher education. In addition, she will work with academic administrators, deans and faculty on day-to-day academic issues including faculty recruitment, promotion and tenure; new academic programming initiatives; and faculty development. She will also continue serving as a member of the President’s Administrative Council and its Executive Committee.
Women Teaching Men — How Far Is Too Far?
An externally focused, rule-based approach to women teaching co-ed audiences in the church neither reflects nor honors the beauty of God’s design. God wants us to have a grace-soaked, joyous spirit that delights in honoring headship as a beautiful aspect of his good and wise plan — one that respects and engages men and women as joint-heirs and co-workers who wholeheartedly exercise their gifts together in the service of each other and the advance of the gospel. God is far more concerned that we have the right heart and spirit, than that we fall in line with man-made flashpoints.
Culture’s Definition of ‘Calling’ Is Different Than God’s
In today’s culture we throw the word "calling" around so nonchalantly. We act as if it’s some elusive, mythical creature like the unicorn. Sometimes finding your calling is easy, while other times it’s like trying to nail jello to the wall. About the time you get it nailed down you notice things start to slip. Over the years students have asked me how to know they are called to do something. My answer has always been the same, "If you can’t do anything else and be happy, then you’re called." If you can do anything else and be happy, then go do it.
Lecrae and Christine Caine Just Released a Book with the Same Title, on the Same Week
Well, this is awkward. Hip-hop star Lecrae and activist Christine Caine both have new books out this month. They just happened to have the exact same title and were released within seven days of each other. Even the covers of Unashamed are remarkably similar: Both feature a black and white photo of the books’ authors, with brightly colored lettering over the images.
Evil Looks Like You
But then there’s this: nobody is beyond hope. Nobody is beyond redemption. There is no sin so great that God’s gospel is not greater still. Make no mistake: God is holy and just. It’s not graceless to suggest Dzhokhar’s older brother has already begun his eternal damnation. But it’s graceless to suggest it’s the only option awaiting Dzhokhar himself. The same apostle Paul who served and died for Christianity was previously one of its leading opponents and most violent persecutors. When he talks about the difference between being dead apart from Jesus and being alive in Jesus, he knows what he’s talking about. And as long as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is breathing, there’s time to repent and believe. For he who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might be called the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). If that offends you, I don’t think you know what the face of evil looks like. Or the face of love.
Child-Like Humility Produces Peace
A recently weaned child is a child who has experienced deprivation, disappointment, confusion, and grief. Such a child who has quieted his soul and is peacefully sitting beside his mother, no longer demanding what has been denied to him, is a child who has submitted his will to his mother’s will. The reasons why being denied his mother’s breast is the best thing for him are still “too great” for him to understand. But he has endured the struggle, worked through the grief, dried the tears, and is finally willing to trust his mother’s wisdom that “solid food is for the mature” (Hebrews 5:14). He is beginning to bear the peaceful fruit that comes from the discipline of a loving parent’s training (Hebrews 12:11).
The Story Behind dc Talk's Reunion Cruise
I had few feelings, I saw a few things where people took shots at different individuals. One guy took a shot at me saying, “Kevin should know better, this is obviously just a cash grab for him. He’s never done this before so why is he doing it now? He must really need money.” I’m cool with people saying anything about me but when they talk about my family intentionally or unintentionally it kind of bothers me. Every band that gets back together gets paid. It’s not like anybody would do it for free.
The First #BringBackOurGirls Boko Haram Kidnapping Victim Was Rescued This Week
She’s the first of the missing to be found since the initial kidnapping, though 57 escaped in the immediate aftermath. Since then, Boko Haram has continued their campaign of suicide bombings, village raids, sex trafficking, forced conversions and kidnappings throughout the country. Though, in recent months, a coalition of military forces have made strides in fighting the militant group.
God's Omniscience and Man's Free-will (William Lane Craig)
http://reasonablefaith.org - Dr. William Lane Craig gives his explanation on man's free-will in relation to God's omniscience. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...
Methodists Won’t Vote on Gay Marriage This Year After All
Update (May 19): The United Methodist Church, under rising pressure from both sides to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage or non-celibate gay clergy, squeaked out of this year’s General Conference with a decision to punt the question to a committee.
12 Songs That Need to Be on Your Summer Playlist
Memorial Day is a mere matter of days away, people. Summer is (almost) here. And, you've probably noticed already, we’re in the middle of a super exciting time for music, with truly fresh tracks coming out on the weekly. So to help you make the most of all your cooking-out, pool-sitting, beach-tripping plans, we're providing the soundtrack.
Hey Pastors, Your Preaching Is Not in Vain!
From my seat there is no other vocation that trumps pastoral ministry with the feeling of not making a difference. In addition to our knowledge of our own weakness there is the front-row view of many other people’s problems. The pastor sees people at their worst, whether the horrific effect of sin on their lives or within the church. Furthermore, there is the overall burden to see every member presented complete or mature in Christ (Col. 1.28-29). Oh, and by the way, you, Mr. Pastor, will give an account for the souls of your sheep (Heb. 13.17).
Oklahoma Lawmakers Just Voted to Make Abortion a Felony
If Gov. Mary Fallin signs the bill, it would spark an inevitable legal battle challenging the Supreme Court’s protection of abortion rights under Roe v. Wade. Though Gov. Fallin is a conservative Republican, she has yet to indicate whether or not she will sign it.
Seeking Validation from Others May Be Ruining Your Life
Now, many of us feel it’s easier to trust in another person’s opinion than in God’s. It may be the same kind of thing children face when their mom says how wonderful they are and they say, “You have to say that, you’re my mom.” Let’s keep this in mind though. As we said earlier, God knows us even better than our parents. He is also unable to lie. Unlike human beings, He can’t “stretch the truth.” When He says we are inherently valuable and He rejoices over us (Zephaniah 3:17), it’s true.
We Need More Millennial Leaders
Communication has a changed a lot in recent years.
Our speech isn’t just about what comes out of our mouth. It’s what we tweet, share, post on Facebook, pin, and Instagram.
The way we communicate, both in our content and our delivery says a lot about our character. If our emotional immaturity is evident in how we express ourselves, people will not look up to us.
A great way to set an example with our speech is to consider how those we respect speak: Are they always ranting about something that bothers them? Do they make issues more intense than they need to be? Or are the people you respect more level-headed, in control, thoughtful and considerate?
Nine Steps to Presenting the Case for Christianity - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
Becoming a “Case Making” Christian means applying the basic rules of investigation and presentation to every aspect of the Christian Life. Why do you believe a particular Christian Doctrine? Have you applied good investigative techniques to your view? Are you able to present your view to others? Why do you behave in a particular way? Have you investigated the foundational belief guiding your behavior? Are you able to defend this belief on the basis of Biblical evidence?
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Garrison Keillor on the Dangers of Using Faith to ‘Build Your Brand’
But that was then and this is now. Now you use your faith to build your brand, and eventually you monetize it. I say, whatever lights your candle. For me, what works is high Anglican, a modest rector, not overly jovial like a game show host, an organist who knows his place and liturgy with some long silences in it. “Be still and know that I am God,” He says …
Why I Am Not Atheist
I see evidence of God in design . I see evidence of God in existence, and further evidence in the orderliness of what exists. This universe follows laws and patterns, it behaves in consistent ways. I see no reason to allow or even imagine that something as orderly as this universe came to be without some kind of agency, without an orderly being extending his order into it. When I look at stars and creatures and chromosomes I can’t help but see the fingerprints of God. When I look at the sheer wonder of a blazing sun, of a flower in full bloom, of a human eye, I do not see chance or randomness but design, order, and purpose. Where there is art there is an artist, where there is something there is a someone, and where there is design there is a designer.
The Darker Side of LGBT Theology: From Queer Christ to Transgender Christ | The Stream
There is a darker side to LGBT theology, a side that goes far beyond seeking to legitimize same-sex relationships in the name of the Lord. It is a side that seriously perverts the Scriptures and creates a Jesus in its own image — a queer Christ and beyond.
Zuckerberg: ‘Conservatives Don't Trust That Our Platform Surfaces Content Without a Political Bias'
Still, I know many conservatives don't trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias. I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust. I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products.
The Argument from Reason
http://www.acts17.net/2012/12/what-is... Many atheists believe that argumentation can prove that God doesn't exist. But if Naturalism is true, human reasoning ability is unreliable on a fundamental level and can't prove anything, let alone theological or metaphysical claims. Hence, Naturalism is self-refuting, for it undermines any confidence we might have in our ability to defend it. If we are to trust our reasoning ability, it must be grounded in something other than random mutation and natural selection. Theism offers such a foundation.
Yes, Louis C.K. Won Jeopardy
Last night, comedian Louis C.K. was a contestant and winner on Jeopardy! . Yes, that's right. He was a part of Power Players week where he competed against CNN anchor Kate Bolduan and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart. C.K. started off slowly, briefly gaining one of those awkward negative scores, but after a big wager on a "Daily Double," he ran away with the lead. In the end, C.K. won $50,000 for his little-known charity, the Fistula Foundation . His foundation works to provide care to women in the developing world who suffer from obstetric fistulas, a childbirth injury caused by prolonged labor, according to their website.
Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence
Germany’s refugees bring their religious tensions with them. Christians make up a small percentage of asylum-seekers from countries like Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Surrounded by Muslims and their religious practices—including the daily prayers, announced across the centers—Christians stick out as the exception, becoming easy targets for mockery and worse offenses.
If Evolution Is True, Does That Disprove God?
A student at Sam Houston State University considers the possibility of God and Evolution.
My Friend Honored God and His Parents — Why Did He Die Young?
Here are some observations. For example, Jesus was the most obedient Son to his earthly parents and his heavenly Father that ever existed. There never has been a more obedient son or one who honored his Father in heaven and on earth more. And yet Jesus died as a young man. He did not live long on the land, and he tells his followers that they are going to experience similar kinds of suffering. He doesn’t say, “Oh, I did this, but it will never happen to any of you, if you are good enough, like I was good enough.” He never talks like that. In fact, throughout the New Testament, obedience to God, honoring God and keeping his commandments, is correlated with risk and danger and death, not with security and comfort. So we need to teach our children like Paul did in his Discipleship 101 in Acts 14:22, “Through many tribulations [you] must enter the kingdom.” And some of those tribulations involve, “Some of you they will kill,” as Jesus said (see Luke 21:16).
Adopted Blood Brothers
We are not brothers in the biological sense, but we are brothers because of the remarkable work of Christ. We were ransomed by the same Savior, adopted into the same family, and given the same charge to go and spread the gospel. Our brotherhood has nothing to do with the family we were born into, but the family that Christ brought us into. Within that blood-bought family there is an instant depth and weight within the relationship that would otherwise be absent. It is the gospel family bond that brought us six acquaintances together.
Is Kim Kardashian a Secret Agent Working to Undermine Muslim Morals?
But here's what we can say about the proliferation of sensual (or nude) pictures of Kim Kardashian on the internet: It is part of a larger culture of sexual decadence, and that larger culture is contributing to the pollution of countless millions of people—and I don't just mean Muslims. I mean Christians and people of every religion and non-religion. The plague of sexual impurity is everywhere.
To give the kind of patient love that God wants you to give, you have to refuel your love tank. Look around at society, and you’ll see it’s littered with debris from relationships that have crashed and burned because people didn’t refuel their love.
WORLD | Body part, suitcases spotted in search for missing EgyptAir flight | May 20, 2016
OUR EARLIER REPORT (9:20 a.m. , May 19 ): Egyptian officials said this morning they have not ruled out any possibilities in the crash of an EgyptAir passenger plane, including a terrorist attack. Flight 804, an Airbus A320, was carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo early this morning when it suddenly lost altitude and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek island of Crete.
Sometimes A Question is Better than an Answer
Last week, at a gathering of strategists on some tough cultural issues, a very good point was made: Sometimes the right question at the right time is the best way to have a conversation with someone with whom you fundamentally disagree.
Crossway on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
How Is This Even True?
That makes Made in America is essential viewing, whether or not you’ve seen People v. O.J. , though the two inform one another. Only the third and fourth episodes cover the actual court case; the others trace the cultural climate in which Simpson came up as a black man, a football player, and a celebrity in a time when black men and athletes weren’t sought out for endorsements. Simpson’s life, once he broke onto the college football scene, was deeply documented on camera, and there are hours and hours of footage of him talking on camera as his celebrity grew. There’s video and audio providing deep context on racial strife in Los Angeles and the corruption of the LAPD. There are photos of him and his first wife, Marguerite, and then his second wife, Nicole—and, later, images of her after being battered. There are recordings of phone calls. There are images of Nicole’s diaries. There is less O.J. than you might expect, but there’s context. Lots of context.
Philippines president-elect vows to bring back death penalty in defiance of Church - premier
The Filipino president elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he aims to bring back death by hanging to the Catholic nation.
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If You Can Keep It
If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be. The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It's time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.
Evangelicals Cheer Pro-Life Vote at Methodist Conference
On pro-life issues, we … adopted a resolution decrying sex-selective abortion while describing abortion as “violent” and criticizing those done for “trivial reasons,” and allowed the expiration of a 16-year-old official UMC resolution bewailing an alleged “crisis” of some hospitals not offering abortions. While much work remains in more firmly establishing a clear pro-life commitment in our denomination, these were HUGE steps in the right direction.
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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.