The Future of Protestantism: A Conversation with Peter Leithart, Fred Sanders, and Carl Trueman
Should the shape of Protestant theology and the Protestant consciousness still be determined by the Reformation's reaction to Roman Catholicism? In late 2013...
Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green
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Dr. William Lane Craig refutes Richard Dawkin's pseudo-logic
How much more fallacious could Dawkin's pop arguments against God possibly get?
Pyromaniacs: Of leprechauns, mermaids, and "loving homosexual couples"
Is my relationship to you loving if I am ushering you down a path that leads to eternal torment? That is the nuts and bolts question here. Situational ethics is a field that man has created to soften the blow, but God doesn't say be holy as I am holy unless x, y or z. God does see things in black or white in the areas He has clearly defined in Scripture. The sexual relationship is one of those areas that is clearly defined as needing to be between one man and one woman. And when Paul expands this to say that this is a parallel to Christ and the Church, we should really think about what that means. Christ can not find another deity to make His bride (akin to homosexuality). He will not change into the Church in order to marry another deity and the Church will not change into a deity (both are impossible - same as changing gender). And the Church can not find another church group as its bridegroom. It just doesn't work for any of these ways that people try to make marriage work outside of one man and one woman. There are implications that come along with trying to redefine marriage, appropriate sexual relationships, and gender. If one wants to be an ambassador of Christ (which all Christians are), then each of us needs to consider Who it is we are representing and put aside the worldly definitions, longings, and desires in order to put Him first.
Dr. Craig's Personal Journey to Faith
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Thursday, April 10th, 2014 Dr William Lane Craig spoke on the "Objective Evidence for the Resurre...
Did the Earliest Christians Think Jesus Was an Angel? A Response to Bart Ehrman (Part 2)
Ehrman’s core argument is that Jesus was a mere man who gradually, over time, came to be regarded as more and more divine, until he was ultimately (in the fourth century) regarded as the God of the universe. He states, “It will become clear in the following chapters that Jesus was not originally considered to be God in any sense at all, and that he eventually became divine for his followers in some sense before he came to be thought of as equal with God Almighty in an absolute sense. But the point I stress is that this was, in fact, a development” (44).
Worldview and Apologetics Events for Students This Summer - Stand to Reason Blog
Christian parents need help from the Body of Christ, as we work to ground our kids in the historic truths of Christianity. I work full time for an apologetics ministry and I know without a doubt that I need help in this area. It's vital our kids see not only mom and dad as models of thoughtful Christianity, but have other examples, as well. Thankfully, there are more and more good worldview and apologetics training opportunities around the country for our students, led by incredible people. Check them out and get your students signed up:
The TC Apologetics Daily
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Thank You for Supporting the #TruthAtTheCup Campaign
We are pleased to announce that in addition to the original funds needed you have generously given over our $25,000 goal which will enable us to print and distribute more than 140,000 copies of Dr. Sproul’s Can I Have Joy in My Life? and a new abridged version of his The Holiness of God titled God Is Holy and We’re Not . The majority of these booklets will be printed in Portuguese, and the rest in English.
Old Testament Mass Killings - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This argument suggests that the mass killings were a carryover from a pagan way of understanding God. It was not uncommon for kings in the Near East of Old Testament times to annihilate the populations of whole cities as an offering to their gods. For example, the 9 th Century BC Moabite Stone records King Mesha's boast that he had destroyed all the inhabitants of Ataroth as a sacrifice to his god. The suggestion is made that Israel at the time of Joshua had a limited understanding of God and that they wrongly thought that their God, Yahweh, expected the same kind of sacrifice. This line of reasoning raises serious questions about the nature of God, in particular whether or not He is able to make Himself clearly understood and whether or not He would allow such blatant disobedience to go unchallenged. One attempt to overcome this difficulty is the suggestion that God allowed His name to be associated with these mass killings because His love for Israel was so great that He was willing to have His reputation tarnished for the sake of His relationship with them. This view, however, does not find any support in the relevant Old Testament texts, which clearly state that God commanded the mass killings (Joshua 6:17, 21; Deuteronomy 20:16-17).
How to Know When You’ve Found the ‘Right’ Church
Thanks for your thoughts. I would respectfully disagree with them in some ways. The mission of the church is to help people who are far from God understand that He loves them (all the way to the ends of the earth). So I would suggest 1. Is this church helping fulfill God's mission for the church? 2. Can I join the mission there? I want to add #3 Can I grow there- but I don't want to b/c part of me believes a believer should be able to grow anywhere. So for #3. I'll say... Do I like it. We'll probably grow easier and more naturally in a place we like, so instead of sugar coating it, let's be honest and just ask if we like the place? I feel one problem in the church today is the belief that the church is all about me and meeting my needs. So, we go somewhere until it stops meeting my needs, or until I'm not being fed. But, this ends up being very selfish and creating very selfish Christians. Instead a mature Christian is one who shares Jesus's heart for those far from God and for service. I could talk a lot more, but I think that gets across the general idea. Again, though, thanks for your thoughts and well-written article.
Constitutional Wisdom and Common Sense on Ceremonial Prayer — An Important Victory
To hold that invocations must be nonsectarian would force the legislatures sponsoring prayers and the courts deciding these cases to act as supervisors and censors of religious speech, thus involving government in religious matters to a far greater degree than is the case under the town’s current practice of neither editing nor approving prayers in advance nor criticizing their content after the fact. Respondents’ contrary arguments are unpersuasive. It is doubtful that consensus could be reached as to what qualifies as a generic or nonsectarian prayer. It would also be unwise to conclude that only those religious words acceptable to the majority are permissible, for the First Amendment is not a majority rule and government may not seek to define permissible categories of religious speech. In rejecting the suggestion that legislative prayer must be nonsectarian, the Court does not imply that no constraints remain on its content
Read, Listen, Discuss, Observe, Think
And that’s why more than ever before, we’ve got to read, listen, discuss, observe, and think—not just about what we can do with technology, but what we ought, and ought not to do with it. I’m John Stonestreet.
Justin Bieber and Russell Wilson Seen Worshipping Jesus at Pastor Judah Smith's City Church
Pop star Justin Bieber had a busy weekend: after hanging out with boxer Floyd Mayweather before his world title fight against Marcos Maidana on Saturday. He also spent time with Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on Sunday at Pastor Judah Smith's City Church in Seattle.
The Briefing 05-06-14
1) Supreme Court determines sectarian prayers before town council are not unconstitutional
Challenge: Religion Is a Threat to Morality - Stand to Reason Blog
The two phrases separate what is right from what you are told, and religion from what is right. What is lacking in the statements is an explicit moral epistemology, how one knows what is right. Because what is right does not come from what you are told (first statement) moral right cannot be taught or revealed. (Because moral right cannot be taught or revealed, religions cannot tell you what is right.) If moral right cannot be taught or revealed (because it exists without regard to what you are told), then it must be something intuited or generated internal to the individual. Yet, if it is internal to the individual, how can it be applied to things external, such as religions? Aren’t religions, after all, just collections of individuals with shared beliefs? If Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told, than it is doing right regardless of what the person who believes that phrase is true tells you to do. So if what is right is to follow what your religion teaches, the person who believes the first statement can only accept it. That leads to a final issue with the statements.
Report: Boko Haram Has Abducted 8 More Girls
Gunman reportedly from the terrorist group Boko Haram have kidnapped eight more young girls in eastern Nigeria. In April, the radical Islamic group—who oppose western-style education—abducted more than 200 schoolgirls during a raid on a school in the region. Yesterday, the group’s leader issued a statement saying that he planned on selling the girls as child brides: “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.” Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that members of the FBI would be traveling to Nigeria in an effort to bring the girls to safety ...
Dialogue Tip: You Should Know How to Disagree Well - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As online debate becomes more and more common I’ve been observing how hard it is for two people to have an effective dialogue without being face-to-face. (Not that all face-to-face debates go well either!) I want to offer several dialogue tips to help you have more effective dialogues in any medium. (Warning: The embedded image in this post contains very mild language, and the article I’m linking to has language as well.)
For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone
And, perhaps not surprisingly, when Radesky looked at the patterns in what she and the other researchers observed, she found that kids with parents who were most absorbed in their devices were more likely to act out, in an effort to get their parents' attention. She recalls one group of three boys and their father: The father was on his cellphone, and the boys were singing a song repetitively and acting silly. When the boys got too loud, the father looked up from his phone and shouted at them to stop. But that only made the boys sing louder and act sillier.
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What’s wrong with Wicca? Wicca is a neo–pagan, earth–centered religion that has its modern origins in the teaching and practice of the original English Wiccan, Gerald Gardner (1884–1964). Today, Wicca is experiencing dramatic growth as teens reject what they perceive as Christian paternalism, homophobia, and insensitivity to the environment. While stereotypes of Wiccans as Satanists […]
Watch What Happens When One Parent Speaks Out at a School Board Meeting About a Controversial Book Assigned to His Daughter
A New Hampshire parent was arrested at a Monday night school board meeting after he voiced outrage his ninth grade daughter was assigned a book that contains a page detailing a graphic sexual encounter.
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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
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5 Observations about Younger Southern Baptists
I've yet to hear of any churches that have split over eschatology also, however; I believe we are coming to a time in which eschatology is gaining more attention in serious academic studies in our seminaries and Bible Schools. What we are finding though is that dispensationalism cannot hold up against the backdrop of the Bible and the historical beliefs and greater experience of the Church as we have thus far read in our history. We are also finding that Jesus was very much eschatological in nature, in particular His Kingdom of God language which seems to depict an active role of the Church in engaging culture and bringing hope to people through social initiatives that lead to encounters that genuinely transform lives and people truly encounter Christ in a very distinctive and real manner that affects social good. This leads them to learn more about the character of Christ as relationships form with Christians and converts are formed. We've been so anti-Roman Catholic over works righteousness that we've all but missed the critical component for conversion, genuine interaction with people which the Church aides for no other reason than because Christ loves them and wants the best for them.
In 2013, TGC International Outreach partnered with Crossway to raise funds to obtain 3,000 copies of the ESV Global Study Bible . Our purpose was to make these available to our worldwide missions network with the goal of putting these study bibles into the hands of pastors primarily in the Global South who badly need them.
Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger
New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact
"The report finds climate change is causing more frequent or intense heat waves and downpours. In some regions it's causing more floods or droughts. Climate change already disrupts key parts of our economy — energy, transportation, agriculture and water supply. One of the authors, University of Arizona professor James Buizer, says the biggest change from the government's last assessment is efforts underway to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt.
Boko Haram 'to sell' Nigeria girls abducted from Chibok
But a Chibok elder, Pogu Bitrus, dismissed the president's assurances as mere talk, saying the community has no confidence that the government and its security apparatus will do now what they have not done in the last three weeks - take some practical measures to secure the release of the girls.
Amazing Facts between Abraham Lincoln & John F Kennedy ~ World Amazing Information, Facts & News
Strange coincidences & Amazing Facts between Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy Abraham Lincoln John F Kennedy Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters. Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. Both of their wives lost their children while living in the White House. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both were shot in the head. Both were shot with one bullet. Both were rumored to be killed in a conspiracy.Neither was confirmed to be a conspiracy. Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theater. Kennedy was shot in a card made by the Ford Motor Company (a Lincoln no less) Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln. Both were assassinated by Southerners. Both were succeeded by Southerners. Both successors were named Johnson. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
Grace to You
The Old Testament describes giving as a part of God’s cycle of blessing. Proverbs says, “The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered” (11:25). God blesses our giving, and when that occurs we can give some more out of the additional resources He gives. The Lord, through Moses, told the Israelites, “You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the Lord your God blesses you” (Deut. 16:10).
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Legendary King David Citadel Reportedly Discovered by Israeli Archaeologist
The legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem has reportedly been discovered by an Israeli archaeologist, though some critics have questioned linking the discovery to the biblical account.
CEO Statement Regarding Shooting at CURE International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan
One of these men, Dr. Jerry Umanos, had faithfully served the Afghan people as a pediatrician at the hospital for more than seven years, caring for the most vulnerable members of society — children and premature infants — and helping them survive the harsh realities of childbirth in Afghanistan. We may never know the number of future doctors, teachers, or law enforcement officers who were given the chance to live full and healthy lives because of the work of the CURE International Hospital staff and the service and sacrifice of Jerry and his family.
Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition / Live) by Passion
After a decade-long stint leading a student ministry at Baylor University in Texas, Louie Giglio and his wife Shelley moved to Atlanta in 1995 and started the Passion conferences, a national collegiate ministry that used live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God. Yearly Passion events served as the movement's centerpieces: multi-day, festival-styled gatherings whose attendance grew exponentially from a couple of thousand when Passion held its first get-together...
Truth Matters - Confident Faith in a Confusing World - Apologetics Guy
I am really looking forward to reading this book. I was on the fence about whether or not I would pick up a copy, but reading your review has definitely pushed me over the fence. ;) When I was a high school senior, I read a book called How to Stay a Christian in College by J. Budziszewski, and it was great at giving me some pointers about my walk with God. However, after my first year in college, I realized that some of my friends had fallen away from the faith because of some of the arguments that are refuted in Truth Matters. I wish this resource had been available when I was a teen because of the amazing truth it presents and the exposure it gives its reader to some of the bigger arguments against our faith.
Religious Groups Hail Supreme Court Decision Allowing Christian Prayers at Town Meetings
Members of the group Faith and Action in the Nation's Capital hold a press conference on Monday, May 5, 2014 in response to the United States Supreme Court decision Town of Greece v. Galloway. From left to right: Raymond Moore, member of Faith and Action; Reverend Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action; and Patty Bills, supporter relations coordinator for Faith and Action.
"Gospel of Jesus’ Wife" Less Durable Than Sexism Surrounding It
But not everyone has the luxury of checking gender at the door. Disheartened that jokes about women’s appearance are still acceptable in public discourse, I commented on Askeland’s blog post, calling the language of the title marginalizing and inappropriate. Meredith Warren, a scholar of early Christianity, seconded the point. The story could have ended there as I’d assumed the blogger simply hadn't thought about the title’s resonance. Many of us recycle language we’re not aware is alienating. But instead, Askeland came back with an astonishing response:
How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Contra Bart Ehrman: Jesus Christ Claimed to be God
He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all
creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or
powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all
things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the
church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things
He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the
fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the
blood of His cross (Colossian 1:15-20).
Are Open-Plan Offices Good or Bad for Workplace Culture?
The purpose of all this engineered mingling? It encourages something that a Bloomberg spokesperson terms “institutional eavesdropping.” Employees get a sense of what’s going on in every part of the company—almost through osmosis. As Michael Bloomberg puts it in his book, workers “absorb information peripherally while focusing elsewhere.” And this fuller understanding of corporate doings seems to quell office paranoia. “Openness also constantly puts [employees] in front of their peers,” Bloomberg writes, “preventing childish fantasies that coworkers are out to get them.” (In case you’re wondering: The big man himself, when at the office, sits at an open desk on the fifth floor.)
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Challenge: Start a Church Apologetics Group - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
What You Could Be Doing I'm going to give away the goal of this post right now, before I actually get to my closing "challenge." My goal is to put a spark under you and ask you to think about whether or not you're willing to take action. If you haven't taken action in some way, then I'd like to suggest that there are some very simple things that you could be doing:
Conforming our intellect to God's truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The first step in conforming our intellect to God's truth is to die to our vanity, pride, and craving for respect from colleagues and the public. We must let go of the worldly motivations that drive us, praying to be motivated solely by a genuine desire to submit our minds to God's Word - and then to use that knowledge in service to others.
Calvin answers worldview questions - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Paul Gauguin asked, “Whence do we come? What are we? Where are we going?” Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I came from my room, I’m a kid with big plans, and I’m going outside! See ya later! …Say, who the heck is Paul Gauguin anyway?
One Million, One Dollar Apologists - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When I was a teenager, having been raised in the church and in a solid Christian home, I had as much zeal for Christ as anyone. I was even planning to attend Bible College and study for the ministry. To make a long story short, circumstances kept me from entering college right away, and by the time I was in my mid-twenties I had become a professing agnostic who had no reasons to believe that Christianity was any more or less true than any other religion, or no religion at all for that matter. I spent more than ten years as an agnostic before I began to discover the reasons for faith and finally rededicated my life to following Jesus Christ.
Does Science Prove That God Does Not Exist? A Look at Richard Dawkins - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It is not uncommon for people to think there is a strong conflict between the claims of science and the notion that God exists. Some even hold that science proves that there is no God. In this article I investigate this question with the work of Richard Dawkins in mind. Dawkins’ book The God Delusion 2 is a popular-level defense of atheism in light of current science. I point out that Dawkins never claims that science can disprove the existence of God. He thinks science can show that the reality of God is highly improbable. One of the conflicts between science and religious beliefs he addresses concerns the possibility of miracles.
Why Richard Dawkins’ typing monkey theorem is a load of nonsense - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins employs the typing monkey concept in his book The Blind Watchmaker to demonstrate the ability of natural selection to produce biological complexity out of random mutations. I have often heard this argument advanced by atheists in debates but in fact it does not survive deeper scrutiny.
Is the New Testament canon authoritative or authoritarian? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Additionally, because Matthew and Luke likely used Mark as a source and Luke composed his gospel prior to the writing of Acts, which was completed prior to Paul’s martyrdom in the mid–60s, Mark may have been composed as early as the AD 40s, just a few years after the events recorded. Moreover, in 1 Corinthians 15 Paul reiterates a Christian creed that can be traced to within three to eight years of Christ’s crucifixion. By contrast, the Gnostic gospels, including the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Judas, are dated long after the close of the first century. The entire New Testament canon was recorded early and thus was not subject to contamination. The authority of the New Testament is confirmed through the eyewitness credentials of its authors. And extra–biblical evidence confirms the New Testament canon.
Why God? Why not just plain luck? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Former major league baseball player and manager Yogi Berra is perhaps even more famous for his wise sayings than for his baseball career: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it! ,” and “Always go to other people’s funerals, or else they won’t come to yours,” and “I knew the record would stand until it was broken.” And much like Yogi Berra’s sayings, atheistic explanations are often grounded in absurdities, although less obvious and less humorous.
How Christians Should Engage Latter-day Saints - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christians often wonder why Mormons believe such an incredible system: golden tablets translated with “magic glasses,” an advanced society of ancient American Indian Israelites who left behind no archaeological evidence at all, a “revelation” of polygamy that was reversed when Utah needed to do so for statehood, a “revelation” barring black Mormons from the priesthood that was reversed after the triumph of the civil rights movement, an eternity of godhood producing spirit babies, and special protective underwear.
Christian Values Cannot Save Anyone - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
A recent letter to columnist Carolyn Hax of The Washington Post seemed straightforward enough. “I am a stay-at-home mother of four who has tried to raise my family under the same strong Christian values that I grew up with,” the woman writes. “Therefore I was shocked when my oldest daughter, ‘Emily,’ suddenly announced she had ‘given up believing in God ’ and decided to ‘come out’ as an atheist.”
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How and Why The Problem of Evil - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Unlike atheism, theism can answer both questions. Theism can answer "how" something took place and "why" it took place. Atheism uses the scientific disciplines to answer a lot of "how" questions (not all, though that is a topic for another post)- that is the limit of science's ability. If we believe that science will answer all our questions, we are wrong. Science cannot answer our "why" questions. Granted science may be able to answer "how" we can ask "why" questions, but it will never answer "why" we ask "why" questions. It may be able to answer "how" we have a sense of purpose, but it will never answer "why" we have a sense of purpose (more on this below). An attempt to answer "how" when the question is "why" is an attempt to explain away what cannot be explained by naturalistic worldviews…
A Few Reminders about Evolution from an Atheist - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Although Dr. Thomas Nagel and I don’t see eye to eye on the matter of God’s existence, I appreciate the intellectual honesty that he displays in public. For example, when it comes to why he doesn’t believe in God, Nagel says: "I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn't just that I don't believe in God and, naturally hope that I'm right in my belief. It's that I hope that there is no God! I don't want there to be a God; I don't want the universe to be like that."
<i>Irreplaceable</i> Will Surprise You with Its Journey to Grace
But perhaps I praise too much? Not everything works in Irreplaceable . Tim's "self-interviews" in his drab hotel rooms feel forced at times and don't add much; this film works better as a documentary than a diary. Similarly, his Skype call with his family back in New Zealand feels tacked on as a token answer to anyone who might criticize him for "forgetting his own family" while off galavanting about for answers about the institution of Family. And occasionally, a tiny fear monger pops its head up to get us worked up about the existence of such things as "divorce hotels" and "hooking up." The topic of abortion is broached, but I wish it wouldn't have been, not when there's so little space to give it worthwhile discussion. In a film that wants to define "What is family?" there isn't any time to talk directly about friendship, step-families, or other non-traditional families. And as you may have noticed, the film plays it a bit loose with exactly what question it's trying to answer. Is it "What is family?" or is it "How did we get here?" or "How do we protect the family?" or "What's wrong with the family?" The toggling didn't bother me so much, but technically speaking, it's bad form for a documentary.