"Modern Science Ignores Aristotle" Dr. Jay W. Richards
http://www.faithandreason.com Clip from "Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy" Dr. Jay W. Richards; Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Scie...
Why I Changed My Mind On Homosexuality
Sermon by Pastor Danny Cortez New Heart Community Church, La Mirada, CA This message was given on February 9, 2014.
William Lane Craig on Information Overload
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - Dr. William Lane Craig is asked about the information age and the Internet and answers to existential questions. We welcome ...
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Biola University Awards Inaugural Charles W. Colson Conviction and Courage Award
Biola University honored the legacy of the late Charles W. Colson by awarding him the inaugural Charles W. Colson Conviction and Courage Award at the Spring ...
Doctrine of the Church Part 5: The Lord's Supper (Biblical Data)
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Why I'm a Christian - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Now, if one reflects on their moral condition with the corollary that God exists, we’ll see that we’re morally guilty before a Holy and righteous God. We’ll also notice that Christianity, as a justifiable set of beliefs, looks really good. The beauty and plausibility of Christianity is not merely it’s positive arguments —though I think there are many— it’s that Christianity, well at least, mere-Christianity, basically agrees with our intuitions about what God would be like in case He existed. That God would be holy, righteous, and just explains
Permanence before experience — the wisdom of marriage
Reacting to the research findings, Professor Kelly A. Musick of Cornell University asserted, “The figures suggest to me that cohabitation is still a pathway to marriage for many college graduates, while it may be an end in itself for many less educated women.” The study report affirmed her assessment: “Cohabitation is increasingly becoming the first co-residential union formed among young adults. ... As a result of the growing prevalence of cohabitation, the number of children born to unmarried cohabiting parents has also increased.”
Question of the Week: The Definition of Faith
Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.
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The Legacy of Maya Angelou
"The Holy Spirit upon my left leads my feet without ceasing into the camp of the righteous and into the tents of the free." And so the child who did not speak became one of the most influential voices of our time. But, while we herald her accomplishments, we cannot neglect that at the essence of the work was an unyielding belief in her faith. It was her belief in God that served as a catalyst for pushing forward even through her circumstances. In her words, "The Holy Spirit upon my left leads my feet without ceasing into the camp of the righteous and into the tents of the free." Her words have certainly been freeing, bringing healing to those who know what it is like to start from nothing with the hopes of overcoming.
Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan 'to free' death row woman
Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.
How to Stop Worrying So Much
This is not battle you were ever meant to fight on your own. For many of us, giving our anxiety over to God feels like an almost insurmountable task. Our issues with worry and anxiety are beyond our own ability to handle. We need to address these issues with friends, and perhaps seek professional counseling. There is nothing wrong with admitting you need others to help you with your worry. That is not battle you were ever meant to fight on your own, and the sooner you seek help, the sooner you can be free of it.
Sudan woman clings to Christian faith despite death sentence, husband says
Ibrahim was condemned to die by hanging after she declined to profess she is a Muslim, the religion of her father. Sharia law considers her a Muslim and does not recognize her marriage to a Christian. She is unlikely to change her mind despite giving birth in prison, says her husband Daniel Wani, who also is a Christian.
When Your Friendships Need an Overhaul
But that doesn’t mean your friendships should stay exactly the way they are. You may need to reassess your role in the friendship and whether it needs to change. Any relationship between two flawed human beings is going to have its difficulties and frustrations, but that’s especially true when one or both of you are allowing your need for acceptance and affirmation to control your interactions. Here are a few friendship patterns that may need an overhaul.
Save Meriam Ibrahim From A Death Sentence
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Grace to You
Joseph understood that even though ungodly forces intend certain things for our evil, God can use those things for good (Gen. 50:20). But we may not react to every such situation as Joseph did. Therefore we must seize the promise that “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13; cf. John 17:15).
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The Bible Has Power
Even in a sinless world, Adam and Eve were completely dependent on God for revelation. They didn't come into existence knowing what life was about. They didn't know who God was or why they were created. As soon as Adam took a breath, God started telling him all the important things he needed to know.
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Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ
Nigerian Officials Are Planning on Treating Kidnapped Girls for the Effects of Sexual Abuse
Teams from the UN and NGOs on the ground are currently working with Nigerian officials to determine how best to offer treatment for the physical and psychological needs that the girls will have after being raped by members of the Islamist rebel group, should they be freed. Along with sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, officials are concerned about the long-term emotional and psychological damage inflicted on the victims—particularly in a country where rape carries social stigmas. The issue has also sparked a new conversation about abortion among Nigerian officials. Though abortion is illegal in the country, some healthcare workers are attempting to have officials make exceptions for the girls, and provide them with the abortions ...
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When Wasting Your Life Is Worship
Jesus said nothing for a moment and continued to stare at Mary. He knew what they were all thinking. And he knew that Judas had questioned her “not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief and being in charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6). Judas’s noble sounding protest was no more than a disguise for his greed. Jesus grieved and seethed over Judas’s duplicity and how he had contaminated Mary’s worship.
2014 B21 Panel in Baltimore
When: Tuesday Lunch Break of the SBC (roughly 11:30am to 1pm - we will start immediately after the morning session closes)
In an age of simplistic and repetitive choruses, many churches are rediscovering the blessing of theologically rich and biblically informed songs. In the latest addition to our A Long Line of Godly Men Profile series, Douglas Bond introduces us to Isaac Watts, “the father of English hymnody.” Douglas Bond urges Christians to delight in the grandeur, beauty, and joy of Watts’ poetry. We pray that you would regain a sense of God’s majesty as we celebrate the God-given poetic wonder of Isaac Watts.
30 Abbreviated Arguments for the Existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Many apologists focus on a few arguments. But did you realize there are multiple arguments for the existence of God? Understand that it would be impossible for one to post an in-depth article on each of these arguments without having written a book. It is not the purpose of this article to present an in-depth look at these arguments. Rather, it is the purpose of this article to open the eyes of the reader to the wealth of arguments that exist for the existence of God. One will note that some arguments, or proofs, are stronger than others. It is not the intent of this article to defend each argument. However, the article does intend to show the strong case for God’s existence when taking all the arguments together as a whole. Most of these arguments were taken from the works of Peter Kreeft. Please see the bibliography and check out his works as he gives a much more detailed explanation of these arguments than what was sought in this article. There may be many more arguments that are not listed in this article. However, the arguments presented are among some of the more popular arguments.
Louis C.K.'s "Great Mystery"
[S]omething I’ve learned over the years is that when you talk about religion, you want to talk to religious people. Even if you’re talking about something that’s contrary religiously or provocative, a religious audience is a better audience for that. If you talk to a bunch of cool atheists in leather and suede, you know, sucking on their vape sticks or whatever they’re doing, they’re not going to get it because they don’t even think about God. It’s not even on their radar, you know? So they’re – but if you tell religious people, I don’t know if there’s a God, I don’t think there’s a heaven, where’s God’s ex-wife, these things, they have a connection to it that means something. …
The World Isn’t Ready for the ‘Left Behind’ Trailer, But It’s Getting It Anyway
There are moments in every person’s life when destiny and reality collide. When a supernova of revelation and imagination overcomes you, and everything you’ve ever witnessed before and everything you will ever know simply becomes a glimpse of something greater. Something magical. Something unstoppable. This is one of those moments. The trailer for the Left Behind reboot starring Nicolas Cage is here … and nothing will ever be the same again ...
The unassuming faith of Maya Angelou
In a 2013 interview with the Times-Picayune, Maya said that she believed in God because that’s what she was taught. She became courageous, however, when she internalized that belief. “I dared to do anything that was a good thing. I dared to do things as distant from what seemed to be in my future,” she said. “When I was asked to do something good, I often say yes, I'll try, yes, I'll do my best. And part of that is believing, if God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can't do?”
You Get Everything Club
Kingdom Notes and Ask R.C. are a devotional and Q&A from Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. He teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he also serves at Ligonier Ministries. As a You Get A Tape Club member, you will receive two or three Kingdom Notes devotional emails per week as well as his responses to the tougher theological questions in Ask R.C.
Every pastor, youth pastor, and every parent is in competition with the Internet - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Every pastor, youth pastor, and every parent is in competition with the Internet and the information it is spreading. Most young people don't get their news from CNN or CBS, they get it from bloggers. There are about 181 million bloggers vying for the attention of your children. The unlimited amount of online information that people have access to has caused an increase in skepticism that will only continue to become more pervasive. If you don't believe me, go around and talk to young people in colleges and in junior high. Go and make 'truth statements' and you'll hear them say, 'How do you know that's true?' There's so much out there. [For] every kid, even Christians, the age of the Internet is wearing down their convictions because they think tomorrow they'll find something else.
Renewing Your Mind | Contradiction and Paradox | May 31, 2014
For example, one Gospel writer tells us that there were two angels at the tomb on the day of the Resurrection, and another mentions only one. Now the critical word that's absent from the text is the word "only." If one writer says there were two angels at the tomb and the other one comes along and says there was only one, there you have a bona fide contradiction between the two. If one says there were two angels at the tomb and the other says we came and saw an angel, obviously if there are two angels, there has to be one angel— there's no contradiction. There is a discrepancy; that is, they don't say exactly the same thing. The question is, Can the two accounts be harmonized—are they logically compatible with one another? A good friend of mine in seminary was very troubled by these issues and quoted one of our professors who said, "The Bible is filled with contradiction." And I said, "Why don't you go home and I'll meet you here tomorrow at one o'clock. You come back with fifty contradictions. If the Bible's full of them, then that should be an easy task." The next day at one o'clock I met him and I said, "Do you have your fifty?" He'd been up all night and he said, "No, but I found thirty.
The Practice of Repentance
If you are a husband, some of the most powerful leadership moments you will have are in repenting to your wife. If you are a parent, it will often be in repenting to your kids that the gospel of Jesus becomes most clear. And repenting to your community group—especially if you are the leader—might end up being your most powerful and impactful moments.
Ask Pastor Matt: Does Genesis 1 Make Any Sense? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Every week I receive wonderful questions from believers and skeptics alike. I publish one of those questions with my attempt to answer it here every week. This past week I was asked if “Genesis 1 makes any sense?” The questioner read the text and was confused how it was that light is created on day one but the sun and stars aren’t created until day four. This seeker also was confused by the text seeming to claim that the moon is a source of light and that animals and people are created but the fossil evidence points to a great gap between certain creatures such as dinosaurs and the existence of humankind. Once again, this is a great question!
Ask Mr. Wisdom: Q & A #2 - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
So, most relevant to your question: Jesus claimed authority to "lay his life down and take it up again" (John 10:18). He also made the bold claim that after his death, he would resurrect after 3 days (John 2:9). And consider what he told the Pharisees when they asked him for a sign to prove his authority. He said, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Jesus was convinced that he would be the source of his own resurrection and he even predicted the time (after 3 days) that it would happen. There can be no doubt that he was claiming divinity and pointing to the resurrection as the ultimate evidence to verify it.
How Do We Know the Universe Hasn't Existed Eternally? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For those of you who look to science to answer every question, cosmologists are pretty unanimous in agreeing that our universe is not eternal, and in fact begun about 14 billion years ago. You may not like this answer, and so go running toward alternative cosmologies to escape the standard big bang model of the universe. Unfortunately, there is no salvation there either.
Acts 17: C.S. Lewis on Science and Religion
Does Science rule out the possibility of miracles? Watch C.S. Lewis tackle the issue of Science and Religion in this clever animated (literally and figuratively) discussion.
Why We Have Different Bible Translations - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There are a variety of factors that have influenced the creation of a Bible translation. Two such reasons are changes in the English language (when is the last time you used ‘peradventure’ in a sentence?) and the use of different New Testament manuscripts (almost all of them use the same Old Testament source, the Masoretic text).
The Most Common Mistake when Talking with Skeptics - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Conversational evangelism and apologetics can be very frustrating. Christians often to get to the end of a discussion with an unbeliever and think, “Well, that was a waste of time! We weren’t connecting on anything. Did we even speak the same language? All my great points fell completely flat.” What causes these conversations to go wrong? The most common reason is that believers launch into a defense of the faith before finding out anything at all about the skeptic.
Four Gospels, one Jesus - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The figures appear in stone above the door of Rochester Cathedral and in a stained-glass window at Dundee Cathedral. They can be seen on glass processional doors in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. And they are also in the windows of the chapel at King’s College London. Down the corridor from the chapel, the Dean and Professor of Biblical Interpretation, the Rev Richard Burridge, meets me to talk about his recently reissued book that looks at the meaning behind the eagle, the ox, the lion and the man.
Theological trigger warnings
Blanket trigger warnings will cause more problems than not, I think. I agree that students generally need to learn to grapple with tough content. There are some exceptions; which in my experience in higher education can usually be handled exceptionally. As Christians, God arms us very well to discuss His Word, even the hard to accept material. Stephen mentions a problem of openly discussing David's adultery, for example, but shying from his polygamy. I personally haven't seen much shying like that. But these are things that give great weight to scripture and affirm that God is author and not men: we see all the warts of the men and women of scripture. Polygamy was the custom in those days...but I challenge you to find Sister Wives "happiness" in any polygamous marriage described in the Bible. The weaknesses and failures of Abraham and Sarah are aggravating to read, but what comfort we have as weak and failing people when we see Abraham's and Sarah's faith is counted as righteousness, broken people though they were. Trigger warnings will cause students to miss these testimonies to God's authorship and His ultimate goodness.
Morality must come from God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Today the idea of a moral standard that applies to everybody has basically gone out the window. What’s right for me might be right for you, but it might not. What’s right for you might not be right for me. And the last thing we want to do, according to this new way of thinking, is to impose our standards of right and wrong onto anybody else. Now this way of thinking leads to some pretty silly effects.
The #RedskinsPride Campaign Did Not Go Well for the NFL Franchise
After posting the message, “Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you,” people responded, just not the way the team wanted. “#RacialSlurPride”, “300 years of institutional racism and genocide?”, “normalizing overt racism in the 21st century” and “Embarrassed to root for a team this stupid” were just a few of the Twitter responses passed along to Sen. Reid. In response to Reid’s letter, which asked NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell to “take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises,” Redskins President Bruce Allen sent Reid his own letter saying that the name carries “a deep and purposeful meaning" ...
Servant Apologetics: Inner Circle Dwellers and Selfish Body Builders - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In That Hideous Strength, the third installment of C. S. Lewis' grossly underappreciated space trilogy, Lewis addresses a subtle, yet pervasive human problem. He offers a version of the "grass is always greener" dilemma. Lewis says that human beings perpetually long to enter the "inner circle." Discontent with his current station, man inevitably longs to become part of some elite group. However, as soon as enters the inner circle that he has idolized, he realizes that there is yet another, more elite circle. Even powerful leaders of countries long to be in the inner circle constituted by those who have left great legacies. Until they can get into that elite group, they will feel unfulfilled. If they reach that level, they will long for something yet more exclusive. The cycle is never ending.
Ray Comfort Live
Ray Comfort has been preaching the gospel in the open air for decades. He is an internationally known speaker, author, and teacher.
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K-LOVE Fan Awards 2014 Kick Off Weekend Concert Closes Out with Switchfoot Leading the Charge (REVIEW, VIDEOS)
The K-LOVE fan awards are just days away and the festivities kick off tonight with a star studded concert featuring the popular bands, Rend Collective, For King & Country, Tenth Avenue North, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Switchfoot. BreatheCast is in Nashville covering the premiere event up until the award show and already people are piling in the Opry Land Resort to catch a glimpse of their favorite Christian artist.
The Historicity for the Martyrdom of the Apostles - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The disciples were not expecting the Christ and Messiah to be a spiritual Messiah, rather, they expected the Messiah to be a political Messiah redeeming indentured Israel from Roman captivity and rule. According to church tradition, eleven of the twelve disciples (later apostles) died for their belief in the resurrection of Jesus. What can account for such belief and fortitude? It would be unlikely that the disciples contrived the resurrection as a means of social, spiritual, or a political influence. All eleven died independently from each other and never retracted their belief. There are martyrs today but there would be no reasonable explanation for why the disciples would die for something they knew to be false and never retracted it, independent of each other’s influence, before their deaths. Paul accounted for the disciples’ belief in the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15.9-11 and Galatians 2.1-10.
Why I Believe in Things I Cannot Prove - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christian faith is hope that Jesus will forgive us of our sins and resurrect our bodies unto a perfect life with him forevermore at the end of this present age. It is hoping and believing in something neither I or any mortal can prove will come to pass. I cannot prove that Jesus has or will forgive me of sins. We collectively have no means of empirically proving things in the dimension where sins are forgiven. Still, I have faith. And the reason I have faith in that which I cannot see is because of things that I have seen.
Refuting the "God of the Gaps" Cliche - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I don’t find it the least bit surprising that some atheists are being hypocritical in their accusations. When confronted with the evidence of the existence of God via deductive arguments the atheists will say “I don’t know is a valid answer!” Perhaps it is, but there is a problem. Atheists tend to insinuate that because “We don’t know” we should never conclude that it is God. That is akin to “I don’t know, therefore not God.” Ironically, this is the same mistake that they accuse Christians of. However, such an approach is not based off of what they do know, but rather, what they DON’T know. I have coined this atheist approach as Ignorance of the Gaps. I do not think that “Atheism of the Gaps” is catchy. I also don’t think that “Science of the Gaps” is appropriate, because atheism is not a scientific worldview…
Am I a Christian Simply Because I Was Raised in a Christian Culture? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
People who are unfamiliar with my journey of faith sometimes seek to explain my conversion from atheism on the basis of geography. The objection sounds something like this: “Christians believe Christianity is true simply because they were raised in a Christian culture. If they were raised in a Muslim culture, for example, they would believe Islam is true with the same passion and certainty.” While it is true that cultural and geographic influences often favor a particular point of view or behavior, our personal experience demonstrates that individuals often make private, independent choices in spite of the accepted beliefs of our culture. As an example, many of us are vegetarians in spite of the fact the culture is predominantly carnivorous. The history of Christianity also confirms the vast majority of Christian converts concluded that Christianity was true in spite of their geographic location or cultural background:
Why Almost Everyone Believes in the Miraculous - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Given this definition, nearly everyone believes in one kind of miracle or another, including those who reject the existence of a supernatural God. Even as an atheist, I accepted the reasonable reality of at least one supernatural event. The Standard Cosmological Model (SCM) of naturalism is still the “Big Bang Theory,” a hypothesis that proposes that all space, time, and matter (the attributes of the natural universe) had a beginning (at a point of “cosmological singularity”). I accepted the SCM wholeheartedly as an atheist, even though the model presented a problem for my naturalistic worldview. If the SCM is true, we are living in a caused universe (whatever begins to exist must be caused; the universe began to exist; therefore, the universe must be caused). The cause of this universe, however, could not have been spatial, temporal, or material (because these attributes of the natural realm came into existence as a result of the cause). As Thomas Aquinas first argued, something cannot cause itself to come into existence because it would have to exist before it could bring itself into being, and this is clearly absurd.
Are We Here to Make God Feel Good About Himself? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Is the only reason we exist to worship God? Very plausibly, no. We certainly do exist to worship God, and that is our primary function, but angels do that. No, the Bible teaches that man was made "in the image of God," (Gen. 1:26) and that this image is not physical, but instead in "righteousness and true holiness" (Eph. 4:24), which is to say moral goodness. We have rational faculties, free will, and we were created with moral innocence. We not only were created to worship God, but we were created to love God, and to be with him in fellowship (close relationship); we were also created for God to love us! Several of these concepts will surely be interrelated, but these are identifiable biblically, theologically, and philosophically as purposes of God with respect to creating humans. So, no, we do not have only one purpose, though each of our sub-purposes is plausibly worship of God (though not identical to it).
An Unlikely Invitation
Some of you reading this devotional are not living in accordance with the Gospel because you're reveling too much in the invitation and have abandoned obligation. At the same time, others are measuring their worth by obligation - either discouraged by failure or puffed up with pride - because you're forgetting the invitation.