The New ‘Dunkirk’ Trailer Is Super Intense and Looks Incredible
The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan's upcoming WWII epic dropped today.
Living Out God’s Design for Marriage
In this four-minute video, Matt and Lauren Chandler share the obstacles they’ve encountered and overcome in their first fifteen years of marriage.
Holy Ambition: To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named
God will not lead you down a pointless path, but to a holy ambition that meets great need for the glory of Jesus.
Jesus Saves from Morality
Duty-driven morality has never once made a person happy or lovable. Only when we learn to want to be moral from the heart can we be happy.
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"It's sometimes said that we live in a 'therapeutic' culture, which means that people are led to cultivate feelings of self-pity and to seek out comfort. Early Christian spirituality was therapeutic, too, but to a very different effect. Here the idea is that sin is a kind of sickness. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they broke the connection they had with the only source of Light and Life. They began to die. The result is that every human is born with a spiritual 'broken gene,' so to speak, which will inevitably dispose them to sin as well. We see the world in distorted ways. We react erratically and selfishly. Even those we love, we don't love very well. It is very lonely on this earth; we are all like miniature spacemen in our separate spacesuits, fearful and grabby and dying day by day.
The goal of life in Christ is to be healed. We apply self-discipline to curb our overt sins, then to curb our more subtle and elusive sin-patterns of thought. Gradually we acquire the 'mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16). We develop His mind, literally. All these things that we tend to think of as metaphoric turn out to be literal.
The Art of Christian Listening
Both in my personal life and related to apologetics, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of hearing and listening to people. A mark of God-pleasing thinking is our willingness to cultivate Christian listening. This means non-aggressively hearing them and even welcoming their potential insights. Here I’d like to suggest some practical steps toward better listening. But first, unpack the Christian in Christian listening.
Abbreviated Christianity and Christian Case Making
At some point in my life about 18 years ago, I decided to surrender my presuppositions and follow the evidence where it led. It didn’t happen in a day, but over a period of months as I slowly investigated the claims of the gospel writers. I eventually came to call myself a “Christian”. But the process that brought me into the Christian family of believers, the methodical investigation of the evidence, soon became a part of my life as a believer. It wasn’t long before I found myself sharing what I learned with the people in my world. I retraced my own investigative steps for anyone who would sit still long enough to listen. I think I drove my atheist friends crazy with this behavior; they had known me as a vocal (and rather angry) skeptic for many years. I’m sure I also tested the patience of my wife; the Christian evidences were all I talked about for many years. It wasn’t enough that I was now a Christian after 35 years of unbelief. I was determined to defend what I believed and share the evidence with others. I was becoming a “Christian Case Maker”.
GALLUP EXAMINES WHAT MATTERS MOST TO CHURCHGOERS
It’s a pretty straightforward question. But even among Christians—especially Christian leaders, writers, and pundits who make a living commenting on such things—the answers are many and varied. People attend church because of culture and tradition, because of the music, because of a sense of community, because it’s the right thing to do, because of the children’s program, because of the hospitality and feeling of warmth and well-being.
3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School
“I just don’t believe what you believe anymore.” These are words that no Christian parent or youth leader ever wants to hear. After this bombshell hits and the shockwaves subside, we wonder if something could have been different. What happened to this student who was so active in church growing up? After all, they never missed youth group. Sadly, this scenario is not the exception. Approximately 50 percent of students will disengage from their faith after they leave home.
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Teaching Apologetics to the Next Generation
Before becoming a graduate professor of apologetics last year, I spent a decade teaching apologetics full time to high school students at a Christian school in Southern California. In fact, I still teach one high school Bible class simply because I love it ! I also have the privilege of speaking to thousands of young people each year on all sorts of apologetics-related subjects. There are some lessons I have learned—many the hard way—about how to teach apologetics to young people. I trust these will be helpful and encouraging as you aim to equip and challenge the next generation.
5 Reasons why Christians should learn apologetics
Several months ago, when my Sunday school class learned that we were going to study apologetics, there was an audible groan in the room. Most people were less than enthusiastic.
Though You Slay Me
It is powerful to praise God in any season, but these are the most precious praises of all, when we cling to Christ in life’s most horrible moments, knowing that he has walked our path, felt our barb, received our nail, and that suffering is precisely the place where we will know him best (Philippians 3:10).
Whose Job Is It to Take Care of the Poor?
Whenever you see a left-leaning Christian talking to a conservative about poverty, it turns into a question of who should be taking care of the poor. I found myself in a debate about this the other day, and the gentleman I was talking to fell back on the argument that it was the Church’s job to take care of the poor, not the government. But is that really true?
The Opposite of Love Isn’t Hate
Isn’t that the plot of the gospel? God’s relentless love toward us is demonstrated by his sacrifice while we were still an absolute mess. The apostle Paul says that Christ died for us “while we were still sinners.” He freely gave His love for us even though we wanted nothing to do with Him. There were no conditions to His love, no fine print. And even if there were never any change in our lives, not even an ounce of acknowledgment of his love, he would still love us the same way.
The Problem With Shaming Millennials for Living With Their Parents
The reality is that any looming housing crisis isn’t the fault of millennials. They’re not putting off the job search for an “emotionally comfortable” alternative, the wages simply aren’t there. Housing costs in cities that have jobs to offer are prohibitively high. And, unlike their parents, millennials are disinclined to become saddled with credit card debt. Large-scale economic fallout, set into motion well before most millennials were born, cannot be blamed on them nor should they be expected to solve it by making foolish financial decisions.
Wow. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Actually Tackles Some Really Heavy Issues
During the moments in Guardians when the screen isn’t jumping from space ship battle to moments of comic relief, the movie deals with surprisingly heavy themes. Child trafficking is key to the plot. There’s an uncomfortable scene featuring where sex robots dot the landscape of an outlaw bar, which could have been used to add a level of lust to the film and draw in the lowest common denominator to the audience.
Book Review: Who Was Adam?
Ten years ago Dr. Hugh Ross and Dr. Fazale Rana of Reasons to Believe released their book "Who Was Adam?" that presented a scientific model the posited that Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis were the original pair of humans. They examined the latest discoveries and put forth predictions for the scientific community to evaluate. That book was one of my first apologetics books I read that convinced me of the historical accuracy of the Genesis account of origins. A decade later the authors have released a second edition ( softcover , Kindle , promo video ) that updates the reader on the latest discoveries regarding the origins of humanity. This is one that I have been anticipating for at least two years; let's see if it lives up to it.
With this edition, Ross and Rana chose to keep the original edition intact in the first two parts of the book then evaluate the model in the third part. This review will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book's contents to give the reader an idea of what to expect, but this review in no way should take the place of reading the book itself.
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The Unexpected God: How He Meets Us in Disappointment
All of us fill our lives with expectations, some good and some bad — what job we should get, what kind of spouse we’ll be married to, how that spouse will treat us, who our children will become. Our minds constantly fill in the blank slates of tomorrow with all sorts of expectations of what will happen to us. This is not wrong in itself — in fact, it’s necessary to an extent to even make tentative plans for our lives. But at just about every turn, the surprising triumph of the cross should remind us of three basic truths:
Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics
This weekend, a blog was released titled “ Why Your Children do NOT Need Apologetics .” In it, apologetics was characterized as a fear-based recitation of doctrines which “denies the realities of human experience.” I suspect that it was written in response to the blog and podcast that Rebekah and I did the last week critiquing their Easter article. The article we critiqued was written by a children’s pastor, and it discouraged teaching children about the literal death and resurrection of Jesus, or the concept of original sin. (You can see our podcast response with extensive summary notes here .) We definitely didn’t mince words in the podcast, but neither did we throw any punches.
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Hope for Unhealthy Friendships
You may feel as if you aren’t capable of healthy relationships, but there really is hope for you in Christ. As in any sin struggle or stronghold, he can change you. There will be times when you’ll be tempted to revert to old patterns, but believe that Jesus is good and that he won’t let you go there. He will help you.
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Watch Spider-Man's Secret Identity Leak in This New Clip From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
Merely Being Aware of Oppression Isn’t Enough
Toward the end of the conversation, he asked me to come speak at the college’s chapel service. I quickly responded that a chapel service might be a great place for us to bring in a panel to lean into this conversation with students, especially on some of the deeper nuances of race and privilege. His reply shocked me. “We can’t do that because our new college president specifically forbade me from ever having the words ‘white privilege’ mentioned from our chapel stage.”
Like a Fish Out of Water: Why I'm Skeptical of the Evolutionary Paradigm
“Mainstream” scientists view biological evolution as the organizing principle in biology. In fact, Russian geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously wrote, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” 1 So, when I question evolutionary explanations, I become an outsider. I am outside the fish bowl, looking in. Because I’m a biochemist, my critics accuse me of being either dishonest or incompetent. Why else would I question the “fact” of evolution in the face of the overwhelming evidence for common descent? They claim that theological—not scientific motivations fuel my skepticism.
May 8: Death of Professor John Murray
We Thank God on Every Remembrance of You
When Professor John Murray retired from Westminster to return to his beloved land of Scotland, he attended for the last time the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1966. The delegates there gave a memorial to him which captured the man and his ministry perfectly when it simply quoted the Pauline expression, “We thank God on every remembrance of you.” That said it all to their fellow minister.
The List Every Mom Should Make
There’s no need to make your list fancy. It could be as simple as a note on your phone. The point is to keep it handy. You’ll want it anytime you notice things could have gone much worse than they did, when God was undeservedly kind to you. Of course, every breath we take is undeserved and therefore a gift from God (Acts 17:25), but like Israel, we want to be specific about the ways God is especially merciful to us.
Why Christians Must Continue to Guard the Truth of the Gospel | Cold Case Christianity
Is you watched the video, did you notice a shift in the Gospel message? I played the video for our church and simply opened the floor for comments. An astute 16 year old girl observed, “The presentation says nothing about the next life at all. It says nothing about the judgment of God or the fact that we are sinners who are going to someday go to either Heaven or Hell”. I think she nailed it. This “New” Gospel (actually a reformulation of older “Social Gospels”) is focused on what God can do to help us heal our world today. It says nothing about our individual need for forgiveness and our need for a Savior; it also fails to describe our destiny as eternal beings headed for a life beyond the grave. It assumes we are here to make this world better, and all we need is a little help from our friend, Jesus.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Infallible Proofs
Christians can have the utmost confidence in the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus since God’s Word accurately tells us about these historical events. These central truths of the Christian faith were also witnessed by hundreds of people. Jesus was publicly executed on a Cross, buried in Joseph’s tomb ( Mark 15:42–47 ), and seen alive again by more than 500 people at the same time. The post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus are infallible proofs that He conquered death and God’s Word the infallible proof of the event in our world today. Our next article in the series will look at several other pieces of evidence related to the Resurrection, which will be followed by several articles examining many of the alternative views developed by critics and skeptics to explain away the Resurrection.
Book Review: “The Qu’ran in Context” by Mark Robert Anderson
First, Anderson explores the cultural context of the Qur’an, exploring, briefly, the life of of Muhammad and his context. Then, chapters exploring aspects of the worldview within the Qur’an go over such topics as Adam, Sin, God’s Immanence, etc. A whole section is dedicated to the Quranic view of Jesus, and the book ends with a Christian evaluation of the Qur’an. I can’t really emphasize enough how important every single chapter is. Within each chapter, Anderson skillfully and fairly presents the picture the Qur’an puts forward on the topic, often giving some additional context for the discussion. Then, there is often some Christian evaluation within the chapter itself, though much is deferred to the final section. This makes the book absolutely necessary for any Christian interested in learning about Islam and the teachings of Muhammad.
Contradictions: Eve’s Birth Certificate
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ( Genesis 1:27–31 )
What Do I Have to Do Before I Can Call Myself a Christian "Apologist"?
In this post from J. Warner Wallace, we see that the subject question is not the question to be asking. The question a Christian should be asking is: "Am I an apologist no matter what I do?" Wallace contends that if you are a Christian then you are an apologist and states that you must do the following:
Accept Your Identification
Accept Your Obligation
Accept Your Location
You can read what each of these actions entails here .
Stand firm in Christ,
Is Homosexuality Really the Worst Sin?
But I end with this. It’s the most important thing I have to say. I want to emphasize that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world to save sinners — heterosexual sinners and homosexual sinners, greedy, proud, selfish, angry sinners and sinners who commit homosexual acts. We all need the same Savior, and the blood of Christ is sufficient to wash away every sin and remove all judgment and bring us to everlasting healing and joy.
Couldn’t God Have Used Evolution?
I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how anyone, for a moment, can
doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical
trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures. The very conception of the
Messiah, or Christ, is inextricably interwoven with Jewish history;
the identification of Jesus of Nazareth with that Messiah rests upon
the interpretation of the passages of the Hebrew Scriptures which
have no evidential value unless they possess the historical character
assigned to them. If the covenant with Abraham was not made; if
circumcision and sacrifices were not ordained by Jahveh; if the ‘ten
words’ were not written by God’s hand on the stone tables; if Abraham
is more or less a mythical hero, such as Theseus; the Story of the
Deluge a fiction; that of the Fall a legend; and that of the Creation
the dream of a seer; if all these definite and detailed narratives of
apparently real events have no more value as history than have the
stories of the regal period of Rome—what is to be said about the
Messianic doctrine, which is so much less clearly enunciated: And
On My Shelf: Life and Books with Darryl Williamson
I asked Darryl Williamson—lead pastor of Living Faith Bible Fellowship in Tampa, Florida, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition—about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped his understanding of gospel ministry and racial justice, and more.
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The Briefing 05-08-17 - AlbertMohler.com
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“Dear God, there are some things you’ve dealt me and life has dealt me and others have dealt me that I don’t like. But I thank you for the wild card. Thank you that you made me in your image and that I can make choices. Today, in your power and your strength, I choose to get healthier. I choose to do the things that will give me more energy and a healthier mind, body, and emotions. Lord, I choose to build healthy relationships. I’m scared to death, but I’m going to risk building new, healthy connections. I want love to be my highest goal; I want my life to be built on love.
The Danger of Drifting from the Word
And the whole first chapter is intended to make this a light burden and an easy yoke. The one we are to pay close attention to is the Creator and Sustainer and Owner and Ruler and Redeemer of the world. And what he has to say to us is a “very great salvation.” Do you see that in verse 3: “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” So if we choose not to listen to Jesus every day and consider him and fix our eyes on him, then we are scorning his importance described in chapter 1 and we are neglecting a “great salvation.” Now why would anybody want to do that? The only reason would be if we regard something else as more important to listen to and consider and fix our eyes on. But what distinguishes a Christian from a non-Christian is that a Christian has been born again with a new nature that regards Christ as supremely valuable. And so we find the argument of chapter 1 powerfully compelling. God has spoken in these last days by a Son . . . For this reason we must listen and we want to listen all the more closely to what he says.
Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School? - Jonathan Morrow
Will your teenage son or daughter still be walking with Jesus when they graduate college? Or will they leave their faith behind as they walk off that graduation stage to start a new chapter of life?
The Doctrine of Scripture for Apologetics, Part 2
The Bible did not fall from heaven as a finished product placed in the hands of men. Neither was it, like the claims of both Mormonism and Islam, translated from golden plates found in a hillside or cave. Rather, God communicated to human authors in various ways, and guided their writing so that what was written was what God wanted to reveal to them. While 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us what Scripture is, the clearest passage that describes this process is found in 2 Peter 1:16-21.
4 Times Jesus Used Sarcasm to Make a Point
The same goes with criticisms of men, evangelicals, straight people and Americans. When I hear criticism leveled at a group that I’m part of, my first instinct isn’t what it used to be. In the past, I would’ve become defensive and angry. Now I just listen, ruminate and try and do a personal inventory. Where I would have tone policed the person responsible and told them they shouldn’t use generalizations, now I recognize that it’s a device that Jesus used—a lot.
‘Is Genesis History?’: Revisiting an Age-Old Debate
Ultimately, I worry that the methodology and mindset presupposed by Is Genesis History? may inadvertently hinder our unity and witness as the church. Zealous atheists watching this film will likely find ammunition by which to confirm their warfare model of “faith versus science.” Sincere skeptics may experience it as an obstacle to faith. Christians who lack an interest in science or creation issues may experience the “college-crisis-of-faith” scenario above. Evolutionary creationists watching will likely feel their view was not well represented (for instance, in the final interview and conclusion). And old-earth creationists will probably feel simply ignored.