What Properties Does the Creator of the Universe Have?
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...
Intention and Vocabulary | Paul David Tripp
The Bible doesn't define wholesome communication with a vocabulary list; wholesome communication is all about the intention of the speaker. In this video, Pa...
Message to Governor Bobby Jindal: Women are Mothers not Breeders
On April 1 the Louisiana House passed H.B. 187, a gestational surrogacy bill that would provide a legal framework for women to enter into a contract in order to carry, deliver, and surrender a child at birth to an infertile couple. The bill has now passed the Senate and is headed to Governor Bobby Jindal’s desk, where he has indicated he will sign it into law.
Since the beginning, the church has been celebrating the glory of God through song. But do we understand the significance of what we are singing? What does glory actually mean? Does the Father have a different kind of glory than the Son? In this message entitled “Glory to God Alone,” Dr. Sproul answers these questions as he reminds us of our true purpose in life as children of our glorious God.
Jim Daly is President and Chief Executive Officer of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families thrive, where he also serves as host of the daily radio program. Daly and his wife, Jean, have two sons and live in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Briefing 05-29-14
1) Pressures from rapid cultural shift on gay marriage cannot change biblical teaching
Violent Video Games and Mass Murder
Of course, Rodger alone is responsible for his actions and none of us have the authority to play armchair psychologists (especially those of who are not psychologists). But we can (and should) look at the larger issues involved and ask if, perhaps, there is a connection between violent video games and murder.
The New Centurions
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Does Satan have access to our minds? While we would greatly overestimate Satan’s power by supposing that he can interact directly with us in a physical sense, an equal and opposite error would be to suppose that he does not have access to our minds. First, while Satan cannot read our minds he can influence […]
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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.
8 Insanely Lucky Flea Market Finds
In 1989, a Philadelphia man bought a cruddy painting at a flea market. While he was investigating a tear in the canvas, the frame broke apart and out fell a small folded document. It was one of 24 surviving copies of the original 1776 Declaration.
President Obama, the ‘first fan,’ to host a White House summit on growing concerns over sports head injuries
The Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit comes nearly a century after President Theodore Roosevelt summoned several Ivy League coaches and officials to the White House to warn them that they had to make football less deadly. The issue of head injuries has sparked lawsuits and union organizing efforts while prompting some parents to pull their children out of sports.
The Gospel Coalition - 9 Things You Should Know About John Calvin
7. In the 1500s, denying the Trinity was a blasphemy that was considered worthy of death throughout Europe. Because he had written books denying the Trinity and denouncing paedobaptism, Servetus was condemned to death by the French Catholic Inquisition. Servetus escaped from prison in Vienne and fled to Italy, but stopped on the way in Geneva. After he attended a sermon by Calvin, Servetus was arrested by the city authorities. French Inquisitors asked that he be extradited to them for execution, but the officials in Geneva refused and brought him before their own heresy trial. Although Calvin believed Servetus deserving of death on account of what he termed as his "execrable blasphemies", he wanted the Spaniard to be executed by decapitation as a traitor rather than by fire as a heretic. The Geneva council refused his request and burned Servetus at the stake with what was believed to be the last copy of his book chained to his leg.
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Grace to You
The Lord Jesus’ own example is a powerful motivation for us to forgive others. Paul reminds us, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32; 1 John 2:6). In view of such divine graciousness, our forgiveness of another’s sin expresses one of humanity’s highest virtues: “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression” (Prov. 19:11).
The Gospel Coalition - Godzilla and the Salvific Destruction of God
Isaiah is called to preach a hardening word to bring about the Lord's judgment on Israel's idolatry in the form of pagan hordes and the apparent death of exile. At the end there will come a time when all seems lost, when all is burned over and the only thing left is the ugly stump of the great oak that was Israel. But that is not the last word. No, "the holy seed is its stump." Isaiah reveals that God's purpose is for Israel to rise again once more from the ashes—a new plant grown up from the stump, which forms a seed of hope for a Holy Israel. Once again, the destructive acts of Yahweh are geared toward salvific ends. The fire that initially seems like an indiscriminate wildfire is God's purposeful means of purifying his people of the dross of sin.
Are You Ready?
“In the year 1800, just a little over 200 years ago, only 3% of humanity lived in cities, according to the most accurate estimations. So 97 out of every hundred people did not live in a city. City was a rare experience, a very expensive experience. Cities existed for political reasons, economic reasons, cultural reasons, but very few people actually lived in them. By 1900 that 3% had increased to 10%. But between 1900 and 2007, that 10% had increased to 50%. And by 2050, the low range of estimate is that 75-80% of all human beings will live in cities. Now if you have any normal lifespans, that’s the future you will know. That’s where will 75-80% of people will be.”
MAP: Where offending a religion could get you executed
A shocking case in Sudan has returned the anachronistic charge of "apostasy" to the front pages. A Sudanese woman gave birth to her child this week in prison. She has been sentenced to death by hanging under sharia law for having married a Christian man and converted to his religion. The sharia court refused to recognize her marriage so it also convicted her of adultery, with an additional sentence of 100 lashes before her execution. The U.S. and rights groups have condemned the court's verdict and lawyers are still petitioning for clemency .
The Gospel Coalition - Dwelling in the Bowery
Many times I'm tempted to know all the right answers and to back my neighbors into an intellectual corner. But in the neighborhoods that surround the Bowery, we find great diversity. Even though we’ve seen many people come to faith, I am only beginning to learn these cultures and see patterns in the spiritual questions people are asking. I've found that the Holy Spirit provokes curiosity in my neighbors when I approach them with respect and love. And as we break bread—and naan and chips and spring rolls—together, relationships are formed between those who know Christ and those who don't yet. To me, this is central to truly experiencing community in New York.
Partnering with People in Their Pain
My sweet wife has struggled with chronic pain just about every day for almost three and a half years. As it became clear that this could be a long-term struggle for her, I was struggling myself with how to walk with her through it. There were lots of scary tests, new doctors, and frightening scenarios. And, of course, there was the pain! It was hard to adjust to this new normal. But God is good, and through the real pain he’s taught me a few real, glorious things about partnering with the hurting.
Join friends and fellow Southern Seminary alumni from around the country at this year’s SBC meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The luncheon will be held in room four on level four in the Baltimore Convention Center. This will be the biggest Alumni event of the year, don’t miss it!
Conservative Christianity and the transgender question - OnFaith
Just to elaborate some more, Thackeray (Loeb) has an interesting translation of Josephus’ remark on eunuchs (Ant. 4.290-291), “by reason of the effeminacy of their soul they have changed the sex of their body also”. Josephus was commenting on Deut 23:1-6 which excludes eunuchs from the assembly. Philo commented on the same passage in Spec. Leg. 1.325 saying that the Law excludes those “who belie their sex and are affected with effemination … for it expels those whose sex organs are fractured or mutilated, who husband the flower of their youthful bloom … and restamp the masculine cast into a feminine form”. Again this describes people who today would be regarded as trans. Not all eunuchs were feminine identified, some as Jesus noted were made eunuchs (castrated) by others against their will. But Josephus describing eunuchs as generally having feminine souls suggests that many were probably trans. The hijra in India today descend historically from the ancient eunuch caste, and they are overwhelmingly transgender. In that patriarchal culture, feminine boys are often rejected and cast from their families and survive by joining hijra groups.
Reasonable Faith Campaign | Reasonable Faith
“Dr. Craig, I am a sixteen year old high school student from New Zealand, and have been very inspired by the Reasonable Faith Ministries. I am a senior debater, and as it happens the only Christian in my large class of very opinionated (very mocking) young atheists. RF has given me compelling arguments to use in my frequent discussions, so thank you. Those who disagree lack the philosophical maturity to adequately address and refute the arguments. I hope one day God will soften their hearts and they'll be open to the truth. Also, watching your debating style taught me to be respectful and concise. When I was first becoming interested in apologetics I tended to get very angry and very loud... but as Paul says, "Slow to speak, quick to listen." You demonstrate that very well."
Pope Invites Israeli, Palestinian Leaders For Joint Prayer Session
Pope Francis is hoping to demonstrate the power of prayer next week when Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas join the pontiff at the Vatican for an exercise in peace building.
Pro-Life Group Releases Scathing 6-Year Investigative Report on Planned Parenthood
Lila Rose, president of the pro-life youth led organization Live Action, distributed a 60-page six-year investigative report on Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, to members of Congress Wednesday, asking them to defund the organization.
Strava Races Half Marathon
Strava is challenging you to run a half marathon as fast as you can. Unlike a typical half marathon, tackle this Challenge from any location, at any time of day. Skip the travel and the pre-dawn alarm clock. Don't skip the chance to push yourself, and the pace, to see how far you can climb the Leaderboard.
Just pick a safe stretch of road or trail, record an activity that is at least 13.1 miles (21.1 km) long, and see where you stack up against runners across the world.
How it Works:
Your position on the Leaderboard is based on the fastest average pace of any activity that meets the Challenge goal requirements. The average pace is taken based on elapsed time and includes the entire duration of the qualifying activity (not just the fastest 13.1 mile section of your activity).
More Guns, More Shootings?
Domestic violence often escalates in severity over time and the presence of a firearm increases the likelihood that it will escalate to homicide. "All too often," as one Senator noted during the debate over [this law], "the only difference between a battered woman and a dead woman is the presence of a gun."
In this timely book, Pastor Ray Ortlund makes the case that gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. In too many of our churches, it is the beauty of a gospel culture that is the missing piece of the puzzle. But when the gospel is allowed to exert its full power, a church becomes radiant with the glory of Christ.
Every week our lovable Drive presenters - Loretta on Premier Drive, and Lady T on Gospel Drive - have each been choosing a music video from the Premier.tv archive. Of course, both of them think theirs is best! So, now we want you to decide!
One Very Misleading Article About Six "Heretics" Who Should Be Banned From Evangelicalism If Evangelicals Were Consistent
Fourth , it is also unfortunate that sometimes Standley changes targets in his article. He starts off by focusing on evangelicals, but along the way, he narrows his target, referring to “every evangelical Calvinist,” and the “core of reformed theology.” However, the problem here is that, again, with respect to Rob Bell, though there was an outcry from the Calvinist and Reformed community when Love Wins came out, there was also a good deal of criticism from the Arminian community as well. Even those who might refer to themselves as “moderate evangelicals,” as Standley does, noted serious problems with the book. Indeed, many in Bell’s own Mars Hill congregation left because they had problems with Bell’s views (evidently the people who left were neither flaming fundamentalists nor strong Calvinists). I might also call attention to the fact that there is a great deal of diversity in the evangelical community. There are evangelical Baptists, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Methodists, Evangelical Free, Anglicans, Christian Reformed, etc.
Hulu Is in Talks to Save ‘Community’
Community might not be dead after all. Streaming service Hulu Plus is reportedly in talks with series creator Dan Harmon to possibly work out a deal to bring back the comedy for a 13-episode, sixth season. Though no formal contract has been outlined, as Vulture points out , reruns of Community are one of the most popular selections on Hulu. And, saving the beloved show could offer the service the same kind of PR-bump that Netflix benefitted from when it brought back Arrested Development . The #SixSeasonAndAMovie dream lives on ...
How Logic Can Help Save a College Student's Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
"I'm a liberal, pacifist, atheist, and if you don't like it, you can leave," the professor said as he began the first day of Renaissance history at the University of Colorado. Joni Raille, who grew up in a conservative Christian home, was taken aback and wondered what her professor's bluntness had to do with Renaissance history. I asked her if she ever considered dropping the course. "No," she replied, "I can learn from anybody, even if he is an atheist."
Atheists adopt a tactic of abuse to challenge religion - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In his March 24th talk at the 2012 Reason Rally , popular atheist speaker Richard Dawkins called upon fellow atheists to adopt this tactic toward the religious: “…mock them. Ridicule them. In public... Religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated, and need to be challenged, and, if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt.”
How Jesus became "God," per Ehrman
As a final criticism, Ehrman posits that the key to Paul’s Christology is that he thought of Jesus as an (or the) angel (of God/the Lord). That, says Ehrman, explains how Paul could ascribe “pre-existence” to Jesus, and how, as a devout Jew, he could countenance worshipping Jesus. As the key basis for this notion, Ehrman invokes a peculiar reading of Galatians 4:14, where Paul says that in his initial visit the Galatians received him “as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.” Ehrman insists that this is to be read as a flat appositive construction, in which “an angel of God” = “Christ Jesus.” But this isn’t actually as compelling a claim as he thinks. Even Gieschen (on whose work Ehrman relies here) presents this reading of the construction as only a distinct “possibility.” And most scholars (myself included) don’t think it really works. The grammar certainly doesn’t require it, and it seems more reasonable to take it as a kind of stair-step statement, “angel of God” and “Christ Jesus” as ascending categories.
Objection: Christians Say They Believe in Peace but the Old Testament is Full of Violence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Title of the article is misleading as Christ was new testament thus christians did not exist in the old testament and it would not have been that belief under Christ waging those violent acts. That said Forcing your faith is also misleading and a term bounced about in these modern times. No christian in 2013 by telling about his faith in christ or even by objecting to something in society is forcing his faith. Last I checked this was a free society where we are suppose to be able to speak hence why many faiths are allowed to speak and worship here. Also we have people who do not believe in a God at all and they to are allowed to speak, protest, vote... Christians share their belief because of it's core value which is Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. But they are not suppose to sit around and allow sin to take place with out saying something hence Jesus turning over tables in the Temple. Calling people Vipers and empty shells. The Message of Christianity is love because God wants all who sin to repent which means (turn away from sin) Jesus when he forgave the woman who was about to be stoned did not say ok go back to what you were doing.
The Crusades Objection - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Sometimes when sharing the gospel with people you will get the objection that religion has caused so many wars throughout history and Christianity is no different. After all, Christian killed thousands of people in the Crusades and through the Spanish Inquisition so, clearly, there is no difference between Christianity and all of the other violent religions in the world. Given that so many atrocities have been committed in the name of Jesus Christ how can we possibly continue to follow this religion?
Krauss, Hawking, Atheism and (a lack of) Philosophy - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Since scientific issues often crop up in discussions about the existence of God, it isn’t surprising that some high profile scientists get involved. If these scientists take an atheist position, it isn’t surprising that they don’t have much time for theology. What is very surprising, however, is that some have a similar disregard for philosophy. Two eminent physicists who fall into this category are Stephen Hawking and Lawrence Krauss. In the history of physics, many leading figures have engaged with philosophical questions in very profound ways: Newton, Einstein and Bohr are obvious examples. By contrast, Hawking and Krauss seem to think that philosophy has nothing to offer because science has all the answers.
"Something Can't Come from Nothing": Is it More Reasonable to Accept or Reject this Principle? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Now let’s get to the main point of today’s post. Hraefn and SkepticNY are being quite unreasonable in their recent comments in the following manner: They think that it is more reasonable to reject than to accept the widely held principle: “something can’t come from nothing.” Notice, I'm not making any claim about either side in this dispute having (or not having) a “proof.” I’m simply asking my atheist friends to think about which is the most reasonable alternative … to reject or accept the principle: “something can’t come from nothing.” And I really do appreciate you guys taking the time to interact on my blog. You are among my atheist friends. I think you guys are reasonable about many things (e.g., I suspect you believe in all the laws of logic, as do I), but your rejection of the principle “something can’t come from nothing” is not one of the items about which you are thinking reasonably. Let me explain.
The Princess Bride, "True Wuv" and The Existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If you have never seen the film (shame on you!) it is a fairy tale told by a grandfather to his sick grandchild who is home from school. It is about a woman, Buttercup, who is engaged to marry a corrupt prince intent on starting war after her “true wuv (see the movie) is assumed dead after being hijacked at sea by the “Dread Pirate Roberts” who supposedly never leaves a person alive. One day a mysterious man, who may or may not be Buttercup’s long-lost “true wuv” shows up and rescues the Princess Bride from a gang of colorful kidnappers. The ensuing adventure is a lot of fun and even appropriate for whole families to watch (surprising given that Mr. Goldman drops more F-bombs in a sentence than has been unloaded at a Hollywood comedy club over a decade!).
Volitional Resistance to Christianity Often Masquerades as Rational Opposition - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In a recent blog post I offered three reasons why people typically reject a truth claim. Sometimes folks simply have rational doubts based on the evidence, some people have doubts that are purely emotional , and others deny the truth for volitional reasons. Until the age of thirty-five, I rejected the claims of Christianity (and theism in general). As an atheist, I adamantly identified myself in the first category of skeptics: I was a rational objector. When asked about my resistance, I repeatedly told people it was based on the lack of convincing evidence for Christianity and an abundance of evidence supporting naturalistic processes (like evolution). After examining the evidence and changing my mind, I revisited my prior opposition and realized much of my resistance was simply a matter of volition. At some point I had to ask myself, “Am I rejecting this because there isn’t enough evidence, or because I don’t want there to be enough evidence?”
15 Chesterton Quotes That Will Shape Your Faith
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, 'Do it again'; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, 'Do it again' to the sun; and every evening, 'Do it again' to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we." - Orthodoxy
Why Christian parents get nervous about evidence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I've recently been led to reflect on the fact that there remains a Christian subculture that is somewhat uneasy with Christian evidences. Here I'm not referring to modernists or even postmodernists. I'm not referring to the unorthodox who don't like evidence because they like to keep Christianity hazy so that they don't really have to believe anything. I'm thinking of the fervent and utterly sincere, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians who nonetheless feel a bit...worried, somehow, if their young people start asking questions about the evidences for Christianity. Worried even if the young people are studying and reading and getting answers . Why might that be?
Intellectual Suicide - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:36-37). The problem with many people is that they seem to love God only with their hearts. The truth about Christ never gets to their minds. We’ve been given minds enabled by the Holy Spirit to know God, as well as hearts to love him and wills to choose him. We need to function in all three areas to have a full relationship with God and to glorify him. I don’t know how it is with you, but my heart can’t rejoice in what my mind has rejected. My heart and mind were created to work in harmony together. Never has anyone been called on to commit intellectual suicide by trusting Christ as Savior and Lord.
The Gospel Coalition - Grace Is Not a Thing
Pride. Why would anyone turn down a free gift? Because if I don’t earn it, then I can’t take credit for it. This is why grace is a difficult concept for accomplishment-driven people. But the greatest enemy of grace is the idea that I don’t need it. This is apparent in the notion that religion is a “crutch” for weak people. But grace is not a crutch for the weak, it is a foundation for the honest. And if I am honest with myself, I know I need far more than a crutch, I need a new heart. Grace doesn’t prop me up, it transforms me from the inside out. We resist grace because we want the glory.
The Gospel Coalition - How to Prepare Youth to Endure Hostility
The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing our confession and theological vision for ministry, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.
Practical Apologetics #3: What if They Just Don't Care? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If you share your faith very often then you know that one of the biggest challenges to spreading the Christian faith is not that other religions have better argument for their faith, nor is it that atheism is more compelling in how it answers the big questions of life, one of the greatest challenges of our day is apathy. A lot of people act like they simply don’t care about much of anything unless they see how it affects them or someone they love. So what can we do with the people who just don’t seem to care?
How Conveeeenient! The Church Lady Tactic - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If you are older than 25, you probably remember Dana Carvey's "Church Lady" character from Saturday Night Live. For those who are not familiar, I will provide a brief (and totally unfunny) synopsis. The church lady interviews various celebrities for her "Church Chat" television program. Every interview begins in fairly mundane fashion. That is, until the church lady starts grilling her guests. She inevitably asks a question about some questionable behavior attributed to the guest. When the guest shows no sense of shame, the church lady smugly replies, "Well, isn't that special?" Then, the church lady rhetorically asks the audience, "Who do you think could be behind this bad behavior?" Without skipping a beat, she emphatically answers her own question, "Could it be; oh I don't know; Satan!?" At this point, the guest usually tries to offer some excuse for his behavior, but the church lady simply will not let him off the hook. She quickly rejects the excuse and employs another of her comical catchphrases; "How conveeeeenient!" she quips.
10 Lessons from William Wilberforce for anyone passionate about anything - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the year 2006, some 173 years after Wilberforce died, many people, like myself, learned for first time of his significant contribution to the world. This was made possible by a movie produced about of his life, entitled, Amazing Grace (see trailer below).
A very compelling part of a cumulative body of evidence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The more I come to terms with the sheer engineering prowess of the cell, the more I am becoming convinced that the argument from biological design is perhaps the single most powerful argument for God's existence -- I now consider it to be stronger than even the cosmological and teleological arguments. It seems to be a rather under-used apologetic, however, particularly in Christian-atheist debates. ID as a scientific proposition, of course, doesn't necessitate God as designer. But it is certainly a very compelling part of a cumulative body of evidence for theism. Catching just a glimpse of the beauty and sophistication of the cell should be enough to render absolutely anyone without excuse.
The Biblical Truth That Changed Maya Angelou's Life: 'God Loves Me' (VIDEO)
Angelou's was a unique and celebrated life. In this conversation with Oprah Winfrey, she reveals one of the most pivotal moments in that life, when, in her youth, her mentor had her dwell on these three words: God loves me.
The limits of human knowledge - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
While the atheist arrogantly persists in the delusion that his reason is fully capable of figuring out all that there is, the religious believer lives in the humble acknowledgment of the limits of human knowledge, knowing that there is a reality greater than, and beyond, that which our senses and minds can ever apprehend.