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Five Benefits of Corporate Worship

Often we come into corporate worship feeling a sense of spiritual fog. During the rough and tumble of the week, the hard knocks of real life in the fallen world can disorient us to ultimate reality and what’s truly important. We need to clear our head, recalibrate our spirit, and jumpstart our slow heart. Martin Luther found corporate worship powerful in awakening his spiritual fire: “at home, in my own house, there is no warmth or vigor in me, but in the church when the multitude is gathered together, a fire is kindled in my heart and it breaks its way through.”

3 The TC Apologetics Daily

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Part 3 – Did not our hearts burn?: expository reading

It often has been said, “A text without a context is a pretext,” meaning that a preacher will be inclined to infuse a text with his own biases if he does not allow the context to direct him to the authorial intent. I have found this true in my own life. When I am given the opportunity to select a text for a sermon, I sometimes already have an idea of what I want to say. But, as I go back to the text and study it within context, prayerfully meditating over it, the direction of my message often shifts. Holding tightly to the text calls me back to the inspired author’s meaning. I tell my students to hold onto the biblical text like a rider in a rodeo holds onto a bull. And, I also warn them that the only persons in the rodeo ring not on bulls are clowns.

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Why Science Can't Explain What Science Can't Explain - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Chairman Mao told a parable about an old man who lived at the foot of a mountain. Disliking how the precipice ruined his view, he and his sons set out one morning with chisels to whittle the mountain away. The other villagers came out to mock him; but the old man replied “Yes, I will never destroy this mountain in my lifetime, nor will my sons. But my grandsons can continue this work and their sons also, and so on to infinity. Once men have decided on a course, nothing is impossible for them.”

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New Atheist Documentary By Dawkins and Krauss Won't Make An 'Unbeliever' Out of Anyone - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

But there is a more fundamental reason for the absence of argument against religious belief. Dawkins and Krauss proceed on the unspoken assumption that science and religion are fundamentally mutually exclusive. Therefore, all one needs to do in order to discredit religion is to extol and celebrate the greatness of science. Science and religion are like two ends of a teeter-totter:  if the one end goes up, the other automatically declines. Thus, Krauss asks Dawkins which he would rather do:  explain science or destroy religion?  It is assumed that these are two ways to the same end. Dawkins, of course, chooses to extol science. “I’m in love with science, and I want to tell the world.” His implicit assumption is that one cannot love both God and science…

7 Groundbreaking Genetic Discoveries Challenge Ape to Human Evolutionary Theory - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

A recent 12-page journal article , written by three scientists in Spain and published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, details the results of careful analysis of human and chimpanzee DNA. After comparing and contrasting thousands of orthologous genes from humans and chimps, the scientists found their final data to be very much at odds with evolutionary theory. In fact, they even titled their article “Recombination Rates and Genomic Shuffling in Human and Chimpanzee—A New Twist in the Chromosomal Speciation Theory.”

8 It is a hard thing to look at the truth when it runs contrary to what you believe - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

It is a hard thing to look at the truth when it runs contrary to what you’ve always believed. The experience is like pulling back the curtains in a dimly lit room and looking out the window to see what’s really outside. When your eyes are used to artificial light, the bright sunlight is almost blinding; your eyes may sting and even water at the brightness, and the temptation is to turn away to the more comfortable dimness. But consider: the electricity that powers artificial light is produced by fossil fuel, made from plants that long ago took in the light of the sun—or from windmills, powered by air currents moved by the sun’s heat—or from solar panels, absorbing the sun’s rays. We may think we are in control of the light when we can turn it on or off by a flick of a switch—but ultimately that tame, comfortable indoor light has its source in the wild heart of the sun. Just so with the truth. Whatever we know of what is right and good and true comes from God, the Author of all Truth—whether we know it or not. But His truth is so much greater than our little partial glimpses of the truth that it can be blinding.

9 Is Humility Tied to Truth? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Several years ago, I had a conversation with a friend who said something that has stuck with me ever since.  It’s funny, I don’t even remember when or where it was or exactly what we were talking about; I only remember one particular thing that was said to me in that conversation:  “I don’t like being told that I am wrong.”

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Darwin's Doubt: Too Hot for Science To Handle? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

* Tom Gilson is the National Field Director for Ratio Christi , responsible for training and supporting the Regional and Chapter Directors. Tom was on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for over 30 years and has wide ranging experience as a ministry strategist, writer, teacher, HR leader, blogger, and apologist. He has a Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He has served as a ministry strategist and writer for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, also known as BreakPoint; and has done strategic and organizational consulting work for Josh McDowell Ministry, the JESUS Film Project, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and other ministries as well as local churches. His “Worldview and You” column appears monthly at BreakPoint Online, and his 100-plus published articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Discipleship Journal, Touchstone Magazine, Areopagus Journal, and Salvo magazine, among others.

11 Apologetics: A Biblical Mandate - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

The Bible says we should “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Can you help someone work through the “Why does God allow suffering?” question? Can you help a university student see that science has not, will not and cannot disprove God? Do you know why it is logically impossible that all religions could lead to God? We need to be ready to answer these because the Bible commands us to do so. As Christians we have a tremendous heritage we have inherited from those who have taken 1 Peter 3:15 seriously.

12 Inerrancy and Presuppositional Apologetics: A different approach to defending the Bible - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

One of the most difficult issues facing evangelical Christian apologists is the doctrine of inerrancy. I’m not trying to suggest the doctrine is itself problematic. Indeed, I have defended the doctrine in writing on more than one occasion. Instead, I am saying that defending this doctrine in an apologetics-related discussion is difficult. Here, I will explore one way that I think should be used more frequently when discussing the doctrine.

13 The Great Sin of Trying to Make the Gospel Palatable - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

One of the greatest failures of the contemporary church of America is our attempt to make the gospel of Jesus palatable to lost sinners—our effort to take away its offense, remove its reproach, water down its contents and explain away its standards. In doing so, we dishonor the Lord and contribute to the damnation of the lost. It’s time we wake up and repent of this worldly, faithless approach.

14 Christianity Preserving and Advancing Knowledge - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

There is an astonishing misconception out there that the “Dark Ages” came about because of Christian antipathy to knowledge. Nothing could be further from reality. Perhaps the chief cause for civilization's slowdown in Europe was the fall of Rome to barbarian military conquest, but as Mangalwadi explains, the Greeks had become “suspicious of logic” long before then. Sophist rhetoric made it seem more intended for manipulating belief than for knowing truth. Skepticism arose and flourished.

15 The Power of a Question - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

If I could be anyone other than myself, there are a few people that I wouldn’t mind being. One of them is my friend, Cameron Ford. There is one incident from our high school days that displays the type of guy he is. One night, we went to see a movie with another friend. This theater, like many theaters, had the show times available to be seen from your car. As we sat in the car thinking about how to waste our eight bucks on some mindless nonsense, a couple of intoxicated young lads came our way. They apparently thought we were checking them out as the taller one said, “You got a problem? Whatcha lookin at?”

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"Peter Boghossian, Atheist Tactician"- A brief look at the e-book by Tom Gilson

I recently downloaded Tom Gilson’s evaluation of Peter Boghossian’s epistemology for my Kindle. The work is witty but also to the point. Gilson launched a full-on attack against Boghossian’s mission to create atheists. The best parts of the book–and let me be clear, I think the entire work is essential reading–were his critique of Boghossian’s view of faith and his appeal to Christians regarding the importance of the topic.

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Why celebrate Memorial Day? Why is Memorial Day important?

Memorial Day is an occasion of special importance to all Americans, because it is a day sacred to the memory of all those Americans who made the supreme sacrifice for the liberties we enjoy. We will never forget or fail to honor these heroes to whom we owe so much. We honor them best when we resolve to cherish and defend the liberties for which they gave their lives. Let us resolve to do all in our power to assure the survival and the success of liberty so that our children and their children for generations to come can live in an America in which freedom’s light continues to shine.

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Sunday Quote!- Critical Theory and... everything?

Critical theory touches on every aspect of reality, because people who engage in it can search any work, any words, any statements for things to draw out. The book itself has made me more self-aware of how my own ways of thinking may be directed by things beyond what I would desire. Sometimes, we may import aspects of our culture into our reading of the Bible, for example. Although it is impossible to avoid that, when we become aware of it in certain areas, we should work to correct it. Critical theory allows us to become self-aware of these importations and seek to excise them where needed. The book was a short, good read, but not without fault. I’ll have a review coming in a week or three.

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Remember

Memorial Day, as Americans have come know it, began in the years immediately following the Civil War. But until World War II, most people knew it as “Decoration Day.” It was a day to decorate with flowers and flags the graves of fallen soldiers and remember those who had given, as Lincoln beautifully said, “the last full measure of devotion” to defend their nation. It was a day to remember what the honored dead had died to defend.

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Money in the Bank

Herbert Jenkins, tenth printing, no date. Good condition.

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The Sufficiency of Scripture

Dr. James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty...

22 Philosophy News | Empire of Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton’s up. Altruistic genius or self-help huckster, the pop philosopher has gained a level of influence that’s difficult to deny…

23 Philosophy News | Whores de combat

Capa, Gellhorn, Hemingway, et al.: For a talented young cohort, the Spanish Civil War offered a heady rush of idealism and opportunism… more»

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Where Same-Sex Marriage Stands in the 50 States

If you look closely at the map there is one state that remains untouched and it is not because of its size. North Dakota is considered to be one of the strongest economy’s in the whole of the USA right now. Why has this state remained untouched because of the hard working folks who still hold to the traditional values they brought with them to settle that land. They got it right on the abortion issue last year and so far they are getting it right on the issue of homosexual marriage. Makes me glad I married a North Dakota girl.

25 Always Remember

I am an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College , the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

26 Philosophy News | Jobs for Experimental Philosophers

One of the great things about working in experimental philosophy is getting a chance to see all of the amazing stuff coming out of very junior researchers. As a faculty member, I sometimes feel that I am already kind of peripheral to the field and that the most cutting edge research is all being done by grad students.  In part for that reason, I was thinking that it might be a good idea to put up a quick post congratulating some of the more junior researchers in experimental philosophy who got jobs this year. So below is a list of people who have done work in experimental philosophy, relatively narrowly construed, along with some information about the experimental work they have been doing. (Note that many of these people have done lots of other research, in addition to the experimental philosophy papers I mention here.) Mike Bruno was hired by Mississippi State University. He has an experimental paper on intuitions about personal identity and one that reports a cross-cultural study. . .

27 World War II Veteran Offers Vivid D-Day Memories

World War II Veteran Offers Vivid D-Day Memories