When I'm Sixty-Four- The Beatles
When I'm Sixty-Four The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lyrics When I get older losing my hair, Many years from now, Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday ...
Questions to Ask an Atheist
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Dr. William Lane Craig demonstrates what are some important questions to ask an atheist during discu...
ETS Launch Promo
Edinburgh Theological Seminary is relaunching its vision to provide reformed theological Education for those in today's contemporary world. For more informat...
The most famous Old Testament illustration of the relation between remote and proximate purposes is found in the story of Joseph. At the story’s end, Joseph’s brothers express their fear that he will take revenge on them for all that they had done to him. Joseph’s response shows us a remarkable concurrence at work between proximate and remote purposes. He said, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20). Here, the proximate and the remote seemed to be mutually exclusive. The divine intention was the exact opposite of the human intention. Joseph’s brothers had one goal; God had a different one. The astounding reality here is that the proximate purpose served the remote purpose. This did not absolve the brothers of culpability. Their intent and actions were evil. Yet God deemed it good to let the brothers have their way with Joseph—to a limited extent—that He might achieve His ultimate purpose.
Another Look at How to Argue Against God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
the perceived claim that atheists act immorally. Well, taking his meaning, I think we can agree. It seems obvious that atheists can act immorally or morally, independent of their religious beliefs. However, this is just irrelevant to the truth of the Christian God’s existence (or really, any god). It doesn’t follow that God doesn’t exist from the truth of “atheists can act in such a way as to conform to moral duties and obligations.” It doesn’t even follow from that that the argument for God from morality fails! That is, one is completely consistent in affirming this claim and the claim that God grounds morality.
J. Warner Wallace's experience as a youth pastor
At the end of the first school year I could tell something was amiss. Most of my key seniors seemed disconnected and disinterested. I got through that first summer and the first semester of the next school year, striving continually to capture the imagination and attention of my student congregation. At Christmas break that year I had an epiphany. One of my key seniors from the prior year returned from Sonoma State where she had been attending her first year as a College freshman and announced to her parents that she was no longer a Christian. I got the call from her mother. I met with this student and she told me about her new life as an atheist. While I was frustrated and didn’t seem to be able to persuade her otherwise, I also wondered if she was the exception or the rule. I did some research on my other graduating seniors from the prior year. All but one had left Christianity, and they were only in their first semester as freshmen!
How Can You Trust Christianity Is True When There Are So Many Unanswered Questions? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
number of mysteries. As much as I wish it wasn’t so, there is no such thing as a perfect case; every case has unanswered questions. In fact, when we seat a jury for a criminal trial, we often ask the prospective jurors if they are going to be comfortable making a decision without complete information. If potential jurors can’t envision themselves making a decision unless they can remove every possible doubt (and answer every possible question), we’ll do our best to make sure they don’t serve on our panel. Every case is imperfect; there are no cases devoid of unanswered questions. Every juror is asked to make a decision, even though the evidential case will be less than complete. As detectives and prosecutors, we do our best to be thorough and present enough evidence so jurors can arrive at the most reasonable inference. But, if you need “beyond a possible doubt,” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt,” you’re not ready to sit on a jury. The standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt” for a good reason; no case is evidentially complete; no case maker can eliminate every p
The Case for the Reliability of the New Testament (Free Bible Insert)
As Christians, we’re all called to be Case Makers (1Peter 3:15). We need to be ready to explain (sometimes very quickly) why we believe the New Testament is reliable. While I hope you’ll follow the links on this page to the longer articles describing the evidence listed in this outline, this brief summary may come in handy as well. I’ve already provided a free Bible insert for the cumulative case for the reliability of the Gospels (based on the four characteristics of reliable eyewitness accounts I’ve described elsewhere ). This summary of the case for the reliability of the New Testament (based on transmission , archaeology and prophecy ) is available at the link in the right column at the ColdCaseChristianity.com homepage .
The Jesus of Faith or The Jesus of History? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I quickly want to mention two books. I advise reading The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition: By: Paul Rhodes Eddy, Gregory A. Boyd and Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony: by Richard Bauckham. Bauckham’s book is very significant in that he lays out some of the differences between ancient and modern historiography. After all, this issue plays a tremendous role in understanding the Gospels/New Testament (see more below). And by the way, The Jesus Legend is critical reponse to legend theorists. For those that want to see how silly it is to propose the theory that Jesus didn’t exist- click here to read Did Jesus Really Exist? By Paul L. Maier, The Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University
Our Universe and the Faith to Deny God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Yet, our world is also an extraordinary place with its wide variety of breathtaking beauty, awe-inspiring artistry and tremendous cruelty. And here we find ourselves, conscious of our surroundings, naturally curious, and possessing what seems to be an insatiable desire to understand our environment. And it may be argued that science, more than any other human discipline, has aided us in our quest for knowledge and truth about our material universe.
Is God Real? Evidence from the Laws of Logic - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Most of us don’t think much about the physical or non-physical laws of the universe necessary for us to exist (and make sense of our existence). As an example, we usually take the law of gravity for granted; it doesn’t really matter how the law operates or what forces lie behind it. We simply accept the fact we live in a world where gravity is a reality. In a similar way, there are many conceptual laws we also take for granted. These abstract truths order our world and guide our exploration and experience. One area of conceptual truth involves a body of concepts we call the Laws of Logic. Is God real? The existence of the Laws of Logic may provide us with an answer.
See the Epic Wedding Photos This Couple Got as a Raging Wildfire Headed Straight for Them (PHOTOS)
April Hartley and Michael Wolber were about to marry at picturesque Rock Springs Ranch in Oregon when some unique wedding crashers showed up: firefighters who warned them that the Two Bulls wildfire was raging directly towards them.
Before And After Pictures Of Detroit Are A Shocking Example Of What Big Government Can Do
We’ve all heard of Detroit’s troubles, but nothing can prepare you for these heartbreaking before and after images captured by Google Street View. Reddit user Scarbane compiled images taken every few years of the same location – and the changes are startling.
Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church - Telegraph
Homosexual couples in Denmark have won the right to get married in any church they choose, even though nearly one third of the country's priests have said they will refuse to carry out the ceremonies.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Now there is a scholarship that is open to everyone and doesn’t take a week’s worth of late nights to apply for. At SeminaryScholarship.com all you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted you will be entered to win a $1,000.00 scholarship AND a digital theological library that, in print, would cost over $8,000.00!
5 Signs of Ear-Tickling Preachers
Saying no to self and taking up the cross – meaning, giving up the claim to our own lives, dying to this sinful world and renouncing its claims – is a fundamental part of discipleship. Yet ear-tickling preachers will not talk about it.
10 steps for change
You don’t have to be discouraged. There are steps of change, and in every step, God will make Himself and His grace known to you. God will not call you to do something without giving you the wherewithal to do it. There really is a way to get from where you are to where God has made it possible for you to be. Change is possible.
Grace to You
It really is worth reiterating that birds don’t sit around waiting for their needs to be met. Keep your eye to an open window one morning, and you’ll see just how industrious they are. How does this help you understand Jesus’ words better? In what ways have laziness and other lacks of good character increased your worry quotient?
How Are Women Saved Through Childbearing?
The curse on the woman for her [“transgression”] was, [“in pains you will bear children”] (Gen. 3:16). Her [“childbearing”] is that in which the curse finds its operation. What then is here promised her? Not only exemption from that curse in its worst and heaviest effects: not merely that she shall safely bear children: but the Apostle uses the word [“will be saved”] purposely for its higher meaning [eternal salvation], and the construction of the sentence is precisely as [in] 1 Cor. 3:15 — [“he will be saved so as through fire”]. Just as that man should be saved through, as passing through, fire which is his trial, his hindrance in his way, in spite of which he escapes — so she shall be saved, through, as passing through, her child-bearing, which is her trial, her curse, her (not means of salvation, but) hindrance in the way of it. (Alford, H. . Alford’s Greek Testament: an exegetical and critical commentary [Vol. 3, 320]. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
Thomas Sowell - The Prisoner Swap Deal
People are arguing about what the United States got out of the deal that swapped five top level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however, is less likely to be what the United States got out of the deal than it is about what Barack Obama got out of the deal. If nothing else, it instantly got the veterans' hospitals scandals off the front pages of newspapers and pushed these scandals aside on television news programs.
Woman’s outrage as judge tells her to move on from husband raping her
'I was told I need to forgive him - I have had zero justice': Woman's outrage after judge tells her to move on from husband who drugged and raped her as he receives NO prison time
Weary and exhausted
Confused and discouraged
Fickle and unfaithful
Doubtful and disheartened
Fearful and anxious
Short-sighted and fearful
Tired and about to quit
Lacking in hope and love
Shocked and surprised
Angrily withholding grace
Unfaithful to what I've promised
Selfish and disloyal
Oh, Lord of
Faithfulness and grace
I am so thankful
In those moments
Losing my way
Don’t Waste Your Summer
This summer only, students will pay the full $250 fee only for their first online summer course. To help students take as many courses as possible, the online fee for each student’s second online summer course will be cut in half to $125. And, beginning with their third summer online course, students pay no online fees at all. Note that this discount applies to the online fee, not to tuition rates. Since these are online courses, you can complete them from anywhere you happen to be this summer.
Defenders 2 Podcast: Church | Reasonable Faith
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God's Not Dead: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: Demonstrated and Integrated with Assured Proof
Scholars researching the resurrection of Christ should not presume the entitlements of the all-knowing God. Man is fallen. People have sinned. Acquiescing to the actuality of sin is requirement for real conversion—one must repent from sin and trust in Christ. The accurate researcher must consent to his finitude and its limitations. He must understand himself in light of who God is and what He has revealed. Nevertheless, many academics scrap both. Too often writers tackling the subject of Christ and His resurrection approach the subject with naturalistic presuppositions. Naturalism denies the fallen nature of man and effectively makes human reason the controlling authority, the rational zenith used to analyze the truth of God’s word. The positions are then reversed, for the reason that God is then at best an unnecessary idea. He is vulgarly dismissed as a superfluous invasion into naturalism's domain.
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One of the great Christian classics is a devotional booklet written by Saint Thomas à Kempis called The Imitation of Christ. In that book he talks about the struggle that so many Christians have with habits that are sinful. He says that the struggle for sanctification is often so difficult and the victories that we achieve seem to be so few and far between, that even in the lives of the greatest saints, there were few who were able to overcome habitual patterns. We’re talking about people who overeat and have these kinds of temptations, not those who are enslaved to gross and heinous sin. Now Thomas à Kempis’s words are not sacred Scripture, but he gives us wisdom from the life of a great saint.
Unconventional Ways to Fight Poverty
As with everything, Fairtrade has it's flaws and is not perfect, but you should DEFINITELY consider the company and the certification a product carries. By ignoring FT you have no idea about it's production line, and the child labour or slavery involved. By buying something that is certified FT or RA etc you know you're buying from a company (most of the time) that actually cares about it's supply chain. Buy FT but don't stop there, learn about the companies and what else they're doing.
Moments Before Dying, Father Sings 'Amazing Grace' for Hospital Nurses Over Intercom (VIDEO)
In his final moments of life, surrounded by loved ones, Dan Henning made an unusual request of his nurses at Christ Hospital. He wanted to sing them a song over the intercom. They obliged.
A Harvard University student explains how evidence changed her mind about God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I don’t know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: “But how do you know what the Bible says is true?” By age 11, my atheism was so widely known in my middle school that a Christian boy threatened to come to my house and “shoot all the atheists.” My Christian friends in high school avoided talking to me about religion because they anticipated that I would tear down their poorly constructed arguments. And I did.
Richard Dawkins Has Reason to Fear the Fairy Tale
Last week, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported that Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist well known for the missionary zeal of his atheism, remarked at the Cheltenham Science Festival that reading fairy tales to kids might be harmful. Dawkins, whose famous skepticism seems to have been particularly precocious, claims to have debunked the Santa Claus delusion at the tender age of 21 months.
The Gospel Coalition - Doing Stand Up Comedy in Unexpected Places
I’m a comedy nerd. I love the power of humor. It breaks down walls, puts people at ease, and delivers truth in a disarming way. I love laughing and making others laugh.
Stand up has brought me into situations I never could’ve imagined. About a year ago, I did stand up comedy in a prison. Information got mixed up, and I somehow ended up performing in front of male inmates in the area where they lived; naked convicts were showering on either end of the room. I was like, “Lord, I don’t know when you’re returning, but now is a really great time for me!”
My set includes several jokes about homeschooling. One of the inmates sought me out after my set because he thought I could answer some of his questions. As soon as he heard I was homeschooled, he said, he knew God sent me into that prison to help him. It took going through one of the most uncomfortable experiences in my life to minister to and share the gospel with someone I never would’ve encountered otherwise.
The Gospel Coalition - Jesus or Nothing
Drawing on the philosophy of Pascal in Pensées and the theology of Paul in Colossians, DeWitt works through several worldview questions, answering each by asking “What if. . . ?” What if the gospel were true? What if the Nothing were true? He wants to show us that Christianity is both plausible and desirable, and perhaps, also true. He starts by answering the basic questions of existence. Who am I? How did I get here? Why am I here? If the Nothing were true, then we are . . . well, it’s difficult to say who we are, how we got here, and why we are here. But DeWitt argues that if the gospel were true, then we are persons created in God’s image for God’s own glory (49). He then answers the basic questions of epistemology. If the Nothing is true, then truth is illusory and our thoughts are an accident. But if the gospel is true, then truth is real and we are able to discover and discern it (63). DeWitt answers the basic questions of morality and shows not only that the gospel alone can account for morality, but also that the gospel alone is the answer to our immorality (75).
10 Ingredients of a Truly Happy Home
Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary. He is also Pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church. David is the author of Christians get depressed too, How Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page. You can read his blog at HeadHeartHand.org/blog or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray. David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 4 months to 17 years old, and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.
More from David Murray or visit David at headhearthand.org/blog/
Religious Freedom Is the New Civil Rights Issue, Samuel Rodriguez and Rick Warren Say
BALTIMORE — Religious liberty will be the new civil rights issue, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Rick Warren declared at a Southern Baptist Convention panel on Monday.
What Are Atheists’ Favorite Bible Verses?
1 Corinthians 13.11: “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” This phrase speaks to me. Many of us were indoctrinated as children with lies. These lies included things like Santa Claus, spirits, gods, monsters under the bed, boogie men, etcetera. As we grow older we are supposed to dump these myths. It’s ironic that the Bible endorses this wisdom.
Apologetics Training is No Longer an Option: 12 Quotes - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We need to help people be aware of the important issues with which they will need to contend. In the area of apologetics, we must give reasons for why we believe. We see so many believers who have only a superficial understanding of Scripture and have no basis for saying why the Christian faith is true and or why he is not a Hindu or a Muslim. Without that awareness of an objective foundation for belief, they will buy into books like the Da Vinci Code and will be much more vulnerable to the tactics of new religious movements like Mormonism or Jehovah Witnesses. Because they are not biblically or theologically founded they can become more easily confused and rattled when they read a book like Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. They just have not thought deeply about their own faith; so they become swayed by anti or non-Christian perspectives.
The Symphony That Saved a City
During the darkest days of winter, the citizenry began to collectively lose hope. As Jones describes: “The dead were engulfing the city, their bodies hacked and dismembered by the crazed living…” Into this vortex of chaos and despair, the announcement was made that the orchestra would gather and the symphony would go on.
Pyromaniacs: The hateful practice of redefinition
Loved this post! Like many theological liberals, the SBC pastor has redefined words and has elevated his feelings towards his children as higher than scripture. Like so often on this blog, this post clearly elevates scripture above emotions, even if the emotions are a parent's love for their child. I did think you took things a little far when you compared Romney's election loss to the loss of one of your kids (http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-got-nothing-well-almost-nothing.html), but I definitely saw your point, and this post is gold. America could really use a lot more pastors who are willing to put their feelings and emotions on hold and do what is Biblical instead of trying to give words new definitions.
4 Lies the Church Taught Me About Sex
I just want to say that I'm a guy and I'm uncomfortable about the idea of sex for one thing I'm a virgin (I was probably not supposed to say that publicly) and the idea that a relationship should be based upon sex. Maybe it's not Christians that think this way but most of society does. I really don't want to base a relationship upon sex but romance, you know, cooking a dinner for a candle lit room, watching the stars at night, telling someone how they're important to you and just trying as best as you can to make your significant other feel special but not just about sex. I understand why women would say that they don't care about sex because for too long now, women have been used for sex, a stress-reliever, and then they get tossed aside like they're a no-good broken toy only for a man to do this to another woman. I really don't want to treat a woman that way but if I ever get into a relationship and she wants to have sex, I may not like the idea at first because of how uncomfortable I about it but then I realize that I have to fulfill her needs and so I will. I don't say that because secretly I want to have sex because I hope it would be a while in the relationship before I have it but I want to love someone and if they really desire it then I should fulfill it.
Why We Love Small Churches
Ashley, its awesome to read CT caring about the goal and mission of the church, and then looking for ways to come alongside them.
My wife and I have planted three "small" churches of 25-30 adults and kids. We call them missional communities because we feel the identity of the church, as gathered ones (ecclesia) and sent ones (apostolos) into the world should define us most. Thats why we choose to call ourselves Missional Communities, or in conversations we often use the phrase 'family on Jesus' mission'.
Maybe try looking at the current movement of these missional churches (which would include house churches, cell churches, etc) and bring together actual servant-leaders from these types of movements, and draw up evidence-based research from there. Maybe CT would invest this way and get a good amount of boots on the ground data.
For us, the big 3 prayers are Lord help us to multiply disciples, multiply servant-leaders, and multiply simple churches. Would love to chat more.
The Gospel Coalition - Committed to Marriage, Committed to the Church
Where you lodge, I will lodge . While proximity necessarily brings conflict in marriage, it does the same things in the church. Despite this danger, we should strive as a church family to spend time with one another. It will get messy. But that is what commitment is about. Is the Sunday morning gathering an integral part of your life or just something that happens when it happens? What would we think of the husband or wife who said, “I’ll be home if it’s convenient or if I’m not busy or if I don’t have any other plans”? We cannot practice the many relational commands in Scripture if we do not spend regular time with one another. This also means that I seek out my brothers and sisters in Christ apart from the times we gather for worship. It means we spend time in one another’s homes. It means we share their messes and love them in the process.
TTPT 703: The Church and Society | Open Biola
Dr. Scott Rae presents a study of biblical ethics and the role the local church plays in the community. Special attention will be given to major social problems such as sanctity of life, chemical abuse, domestic violence, social ills, and the political process. Dr. Rae has published several books on ethics and has served on White House panels for contemporary ethical issues.
Is Nature All There Is? Prof Says: If God Is Dead, So Is Science - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Can we get outside our own minds and contact the world as it really is? If science is the project of knowing what is really going on in nature, the answer had better be yes. Otherwise science is merely a game that connects our subjective experiences -- if I have this experience, then I will have that experience, nobody knows why. While a few philosophers have embraced this view, most working scientists are driven by the conviction that they can get beyond appearances and discover reality.
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.
Is God Real? Examining Atheistic Explanations for the Laws of Logic as Brute Realities - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
On Theism God is eternal, uncaused, omniscient and omnipotent. He is the all-knowing and all-powerful Creator; the necessary, uncaused first cause of all matter, space and time. He has thoughts and possesses a particular character, essence and nature. Because He is all-powerful and all-knowing, these attributes are perfected (an all-powerful and all-knowing God has the power to eliminate imperfection). The Laws of Logic are simply an attribute and reflection of God’s perfect existence; God does not create these laws, they are an innate and immutable aspect of His nature. As God is necessary for all else to exist, so are the Laws of Logic. They are merely a reflection of His Being, and they permeate all of His creation…
Is “Animal Rights” a Biblical Concern? - Christian Research Institute
10 Thy (Animal) Kingdom Come, Our Will Be Done: Animal Rights Theology in the Twenty-First Century
by Wes Jamison
Ethical Discernment/Apologetics (Viewpoint): The animal rights movement has garnered much publicity but made little difference in the way animals are treated in America. In this first part of a point–counterpoint discussion of animal rights, Wes Jamison offers a critical look at the movement’s claims and the efforts of some Christians to develop a theology of animal rights.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy Are in the Running to Play Doctor Strange
It looks like it’s coming down to a battle between Bane and Sherlock. According to Deadline , Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are currently the favorites to star in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming big-screen adaptation of the comic book Doctor Strange. The Marvel Comics series tells the story of a surgeon who is bestowed magical superpowers while visiting the Himalayas looking for a cure for his injured hand ...
Plato's Cave: Do You Know the Difference between Reality and Illusion? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
While on vacation several years ago, my family and I took the tour of Crystal Cave in California’s Sequoia National Park. To show the tourists just how dark caves really are, the park rangers turned off all the lights. It was so dark that I literally couldn’t see my hand right in front of my face. The rangers explained that tiny creatures living in the cave soil do not possess eyes because there is no light.
A Challenge to Tell Your Story - ThomRainer.com
You would think that would have taught me a valuable lesson, but ironically it didn’t. I had been a musician my entire life. I literally started playing guitar at age 4, and I’ve known how to play so long I don’t even remember learning. As I got older I joined band in school and I had my eyes set to be a HS Band Director. I had my heart set on being a HS Band Director but the local University didn’t have a Music major. I couldn’t leave my Mom so I transferred anyway from the Tech school to the University after completing a couple of semesters of General Education classes. I flopped around between a few majors and I kind of settled on History. It’s a subject that had interested me my entire life. Aside from music, it was the next most logical choice. In college though (as I’m sure so many do) I changed, and not for the better. Two things happened. I discovered I had a problem with Alcohol and through a Music professor I got interested in Computers (using them to Notate/Create music). Shortly, I got interested in the machines themselves and I wound up being blinded by an offer to work at a company where some friends (who had already graduated) worked.