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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.
US Ministers' Conference Live Stream - Banner of Truth
Welcome to the US Ministers’ Conference live stream webpage. This year the Banner will be providing a live video stream for all of the conference addresses taking place at our US Ministers’ Conference. View the schedule below to see when …
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.
Am I Good Enough to Go to Heaven?
Will God allow me into heaven? Have I lived a good enough life? Sean briefly answers these questions from the life and teachings of Jesus.
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.
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.
Answering Listener Email - Part 2 (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #64) | Cold Case Christianity
In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace responds to emails from viewers of the show. (1) Are moral standards simply a matter of personal or cultural preference? (2) Why do Christians view the apostolic martyrdoms as valuable evidence of the veracity of their claims, yet reject the martyrdoms of other religious groups as evidence? (3) How can I interact with my Mormon friends about the Book of Mormon when I seem to use the same criteria to validate what I believe about the Bible?
Could Acceptance of Abortion Be a Matter of Ignorance?
I was reading Eric Metaxas’s Amazing Grace (a book about William Wilberforce), and I came across this passage: The popular attitude toward abolition was another story [i.e., in contrast to the political setbacks]. Among the nonpolitical classes, abolition was more and more accepted…. The change in popular sentiment toward abolition...
Grace to You Radio
A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.
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, …
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.
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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.
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.
The Surprising New Findings that Could Re-Shape the Pro-Life Movement
Obviously, but Roe v. Wade was a legal case. And because one of the most decisive victories for the so-called “pro-choice” side was legal, almost all of the energy in the fight against abortion in the U.S. seems to center on the legal front. So as this study reveals that the legal status of abortion plays a statistically non existent role in affecting abortion rates, we will need to rethink those energies. Abortion certainly isn’t less than a legal issue, but it is far more.
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.
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.
Dr. William Lane Craig Explains Middle Knowledge
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In Roman law, which people followed in the New Testament, you could disown a child you birthed. But if you adopted a child, you were forbidden to ever disown them. God says you are not only born again into his family, but he has adopted you, and there is no way he will ever disown you. That’s good news!
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Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .
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.
Joy Changes Everything
Thirdly, we rejoice when we think of the future. Christ will return, and when he returns we will receive in full the inheritance already prepared for us in heaven. This is not something to be pushed to the margins of our Christian lives. It has to be absolutely central, as it was in the life of Christ, who in his closing hours focused his mind on the glory which would follow the completion of his work (John 17:1–5). Indeed, it is so central that when Peter urges us to be ready to witness to Christ at every opportunity, he describes this witness as a defense, not of our faith, but of our hope (1 Peter 3:15). If we bear in mind the close connection between hope and joy, what Peter is really saying is, “Be sure you are always ready to speak up whenever non-Christians ask you to explain the joy that so clearly fills your lives.”
Don’t Waste Your Life
It's easy to slip through life without taking any risks-without making your life count. But life ought not be wasted. You don't need to know a lot of things to make a lasting difference in the world, but you do have to know the few, great, unchanging, and glorious things that matter and be willing to live and to die for them.
The most depressing moment of the 2016 race
For those of us with a certain political bent and background, this is the most depressing moment of all. The best of the GOP — Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, the intellectually serious reformicons who have called attention to issues of poverty and the need for Republican outreach — are bending their knee to the worst nominee in their party’s history. Ryan drags himself slowly. Rubio eventually went with a quick Band-Aid pull. But the largest political choice each man has made this year will be one of the worst mistakes of their careers.
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.
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Grieve and Receive the Gift of Special Needs
I find it so helpful to reflect on what Paul did when he was given a gift that he didn’t want (2 Corinthians 12:7–10). He identified it as fundamentally destructive: “a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me.” Yet he also recognised what God was doing through it: “to keep me from becoming conceited.” Yet he also prayed emphatically that it might be removed: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.” Yet he also found a place of peace with it: “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content. . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong.” By affirming both its divine purpose and its fallen nature, he was able to hold exactly the tension we have been talking about.
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).
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Is There Any Evidence for the Soul?
An Important Foundation There are many things that we, as Christians, take for granted regarding what we believe about the nature of God and the nature of our physical world. Many of these necessary truths are accepted without much examination, even though they are critical and foundational to the faith that we hold. One such foundational truth is something called “dualism”. As Christians, you and I believe that there is more to this life than the physical world around us. We also believe that this short time span of existence is not all that waits for us as humans. We do have the hope of Heaven. But for this to be true, we have to hold a view of TWO realities: the physical and the spiritual. It is a ‘dual’ view of world around us. We believe in BOTH the brain and the mind, the body and the soul (an essence that differs from the body and is not dissolved by death), the material existence and the spiritual realm. This concept of dualism, the recognition of two co-existent realms and realities, is critical to our faith as Christians. If dualism is NOT true (the opposite view is often called ‘monism’ or ‘physicalism’) then there is no realm in which God exists, we have no souls designed for salvation and life with God, and there is no life beyond this one.
John Owen by Michael Reeves | May 31, 2016
Dr. Reeves testifies to England’s historical inability to produce theologians. He also mentions that perhaps the most famous British theologian ever was Pelagius, though he is hardly someone to emulate. However, one of the best candidates for the greatest theologian is certainly John Owen, who was once dubbed the Calvin of England. The emergence of this champion of Reformed orthodoxy from his anti-Puritan Laudian context at Oxford is surely a testimony to the sovereign grace of God. This lesson opens up the life and theology of Owen, while the next lesson provides a more in-depth look at his doctrinal approach.
An Emoji Bible Translation Is Now a Reality
I’ve received a lot of tweets, some very nice some very, not nice … But it’s all worth the goal of making the Bible a little more approachable, to inject some levity, and to get people to look at it, with no particular agenda beyond that.
If Obama was Not the Political Savior, Neither is Trump | The Stream
We have lived through 8 years of political demagoguery and executive orders, and we surely do not need four (or, worse still, 8) more years of the same. And while we do our best to advocate for the candidate whom we feel is best suited to lead our nation, and while we may have very strong feelings about who that candidate is, the warning remains the same: By all means, work for and with the best candidate, but do not put your trust in a political savior.
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?
The Briefing 05-31-16 - AlbertMohler.com
The value of human life over against the life of animals was drawn to our national attention over the weekend when at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, a four-year-old boy slipped under an enclosure and into a moat inside the gorilla exhibit and into the hands of a 17-year-old male gorilla. As the events unfolded on Saturday in the Cincinnati Zoo, officials made the decision that they had to kill the gorilla in order to save the boy, and that set off a cultural conversation that reveals to us a very great deal of our modern confusion, a modern confusion that, we need to note, is not only a matter of concern, but of deadly significance, because we’re talking about the dignity and sanctity of human life. In this case you have an almost perfect storm of unique circumstances. You have a four-year-old boy who had escaped his mother and had fallen into the enclosure of Western lowland gorillas, a very endangered species. And then you had two females that were lured out of the enclosure by zoo officials, a dangerous animals response team that knew immediately what to do first.
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.
You Are Your Body
Every time I check the weather on my phone these days, I first have to watch an ad video from a local fertility clinic. The doctor asks, “Are you ready to have children, but your body is not?” And then he goes on to describe his services.
"Dinosaur Blood and the Age of the Earth" by biochemist Fazale Rana ( softcover , Kindle , video ) is a book that I have been anticipating for over a year now. It addresses a challenge regarding the debate within the Christian church about the age of the earth ( check here for my reasons for believing internal and theological debates are important for the apologist ). The questions that Dr. Rana attempts to answer is if the discoveries of soft tissue in dinosaur fossils is a good argument for a young age of the earth, the historicity of the Genesis 1 account of creation, and the truth of the Christian faith. The book is a mere four chapters with three appendices contained in 88 pages. This review will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary; I avoid going into too much detail so that you, the reader, will have the incentive to get the full work to read the details of Dr. Rana's case for yourself
Dr. Rana introduces the book by briefly explaining its purpose. Over the last decade, controversy has arisen surrounding studies that indicate long-term preservation of soft tissue in fossilized dinosaur bone.
We must be governed by good news
As followers of Jesus, when we look at our American culture we cannot help but be troubled by what we see. Marriage has been legally redefined. Now, agreeing with the almost unanimous testimony of human history, that using the restroom ought to be a gender specific activity will get you labeled a bigot. Planned Parenthood has been exposed selling the body parts of babies murdered in the womb and that horror has been met with a virtual cultural yawn. Religious liberty is under assault, and racial tensions have heightened in many quarters. Our love of God and neighbor causes us to be rightly broken-hearted over these developments.
Almighty Fathers and Only Begotten Sons in Last Days in the Desert - Christian Research Institute
The opening title card of Last Days in the Desert says, “To prepare for his mission, the holy man went into the desert to fast and pray, and to seek guidance.” This is a rather coy start to a film that is clearly about Jesus. The events depicted in the film are not based directly on the Bible—the story, minimal as it is, involves a family that the “holy man” meets on his way to Jerusalem after spending forty days fasting in the desert—but the main character (played by Ewan McGregor) is later referred to as Yeshua, the Hebrew name for Jesus. He is said to be the only Son of God, and the film ends with him being crucified. So, yeah, it’s Jesus. But this is far from a typical “life of Jesus” movie.
James 3:17–18: What Does It Mean to Meditate?
Do you ever stop to meditate on the Bible? Do you even know what it means to meditate? If we’re ever going to get the most out of our Bible reading, we have to learn to slow down and really think while we read. In this lab, Pastor John models one technique for meditation.
349. Can Apologetics Save A Non-Believer?
349. Can Apologetics Save A Non-Believer?
The Urgent Need For Discernment By Christians
Ever hear something that didn't quite sound right? Chances are that you discerned something. To discern means to judge, evaluate and distinguish . When you discern something you are potentially protecting both yourself and others from spiritual peril. So important is the ability to discern that Christ has specifically gifted the Church with a very special gift to ensure that it happens (1Corinthians 12:10). Yet, those who are gifted with discernment are often seen as judgmental, critical and therefore: unloving . What other gift of the Holy Spirit results in such rejection and dismissal as that of discernment ? But what other gift of the Holy Spirit is needed more now than ever before? Here's why.
“Atheists are caught in a dilemma. If God doesn’t exist, then objective moral
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rights exist. But those rights clearly
don’t include cutting up babies in the womb, same-sex marriage, and other invented
absolutes contrary to every major religion and the “self-evident” natural law.” 1
The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything
The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it.
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.
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Egypt: Muslim mob torches Christian homes - premier
Seven Christian homes have been destroyed in Egypt after rumours that a Christian man was having an affair with a Muslim woman.
Physics professor tells students scientific evidence points to a designer
A physics professor at the University of Oklahoma who often spends his time studying smashed subatomic particles at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN laboratory in Switzerland has another hobby – smashing the notion that all scientists believe the universe was created by some sort of cosmic accident.
Should Christians Expect Intolerance from the World?
After reading Jesus’ own words, should we be surprised at the intolerance that is often displayed towards Christians? The display of intolerance (and hate) should be an real expectation. This warning has existed for the last two millennia. Jesus’ direct quote, “That is why the world hates you”, should be a clear indicator that Christians (who are not of the world) will experience hatred simply because we are His followers. His comments weren’t merely speaking to ‘intolerance’, He was speaking to hatred; something much stronger. Intolerance is not the equivalent to hatred. For example, I am intolerant when it comes to my children being disrespectful towards me and others but I love my children nonetheless. Hatred can drive people to do unspeakably awful things that mere intolerance is incapable of. Hatred can fuel people to perform atrocious acts. The most horrid chapters of history have been the result of hatred.
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.
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 …