Why is the universe expanding?
This video clip is taken from the DVD, "Cosmic Fingerprints", which can be purchased at www.reasons.org.
N T Wright on Gay Marriage
Here, Dr. N T Wright (Oxford) gives his position on gay marriage.
Brian "Head" Welch (KORN) - exclusive interview on 100 Huntley Street
Brian "Head" Welch extended interview from 100 Huntley Street hosted by Eric Metaxas and April Hernandez
Can atheists give an argument against God?
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - Watch as host Michael Coren nearly shouts at atheist Michael Payton to simply give an argument against God's existence after...
Am I Ready to Be a Parent?
One night, Steve and I “departed” from the day’s events and I dissolved into a puddle of tears. He put his arm around me and admitted he was struggling too. He said, “I work so hard to provide but somehow can’t meet all the needs at home.” In that moment, something I tell clients came to mind, “Your worth is not attached to your performance.” I was trying to be the perfect mom—the Proverbs 31 woman! And Steve was trying to meet everyone’s needs. Because we believed we were coming up short, we felt worthless and lost sight of the truth: Our worth is inherent. Sometimes we just need grace and space to grow under new circumstances.
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Does One Need To Investigate Every Religion Before One Can Conclude That Christianity Is True?
One does not need to weigh up the arguments pro and con for every single possible alternative that is out there in order to conclude that a certain hypothesis best explains the available data. When multiple independent lines of evidence converge on a single given hypothesis, other possibilities are by nature excluded and it becomes unnecessary to investigate every conceivable candidate hypothesis before one can reach a proper judgment. Of course, one should always be open to the possibility that one’s judgment is mistaken and be prepared to revise conclusions should new information come to light. But one certainly does not need to investigate the tens of thousands of competing religious propositional claims that are out there in order to conclude that Christianity makes sense of the pertinent available data. Moreover, the claim that one has to investigate every religious proposition in order to assert any religious position backfires on the atheist, for it renders it impossible to draw any religious conclusions — including atheism .
How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth: New Testament Letters - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
All too often, people see posts like this, “How to Read the Bible” and they tune out. Many believe they should just read their Bible and trust the Spirit to guide them. There is some truth to this but we need to remember that we are sinful beings with wicked hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) and that it is possible to study the Bible extensively and still not get it (i.e., the Pharisees John 5:39). This is a reason why Paul instructs Timothy to appoint teachers in every church (1 Tim. 5:17).
WORLD | Christians flee Mosul’s terrorist takeover | Mindy Belz | June 10, 2014
A mass exodus of Christians and Muslims is underway from the city of 1.8 million after hundreds of gunmen with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran the city and forced out the Iraqi army and the police. Reports indicate Iraqi army units abandoned their posts, in the process giving up U.S.-provided weapons and vehicles, including Humvees, in what was a key base of operations for U.S. military forces throughout the Iraq war. Long a city of diverse religious and ethnic makeup—with Arabs and Kurds, and a large population of Assyrian Christians—Mosul was a flashpoint during the eight-year conflict.
Is God Real? Common, Objective Moral Standards Are an Evidence of God's Existence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
All True Praise Requires An Objective Moral Standard Most of us recognize the importance of praise, particularly when someone has performed nobly or has behaved sacrificially to improve the world in some way. But it’s impossible to truly praise anyone for such behavior without the existence of a transcendent, objective moral standard. Our accolades for those who have acted sacrificially for the good of others are meant to be more than subjective compliments. When we praise someone, we are praising them for something we believe was objectively virtuous, and would be considered so by everyone and anyone, regardless of personal opinion. We seldom say, “We praise you for doing something we happen to value in this culture; something we personally think is good, even if it may not be good to anyone else.” True praise assumes an overarching standard of goodness transcending all of us as humans. Do you remember growing up as a teenager and hearing your mom tell you that you were handsome or pretty? We accept such compliments with a degree of hesitancy, don’t we? Was her statement true, or simply her biased, subjective opinion? We are left wondering if we are truly handsome or truly pretty.
The Briefing 06-11-14
1) College anti-discriminatory policies a collision of theory of toleration and actual practice
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Are Bible Codes credible? A significant number of Christian leaders today hail Bible Codes as important evidence for the inspiration of Scripture. While they claim post–prophecies such as Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995 are encoded in the biblical text, Bible Codes, in reality, are little more than a fringe variety of Jewish […]
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And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrowis thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
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.
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The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
4 Lies the Church Taught Me About Sex
sex should not be looked over as shameful just because you have it before marriage. In fact, it's probably better to experience it carefully before marriage. It will most likely help out your sexual life when you do decide to get married. I don't blame people today for not getting married or saving their virginity until marriage. Churches do more divorces than they do marriages nowadays. Why? simply because such things as divorces exist! I for one am against divorces. But, other people are not. Therefore, giving them a way out of marriage if they rush into it for sexual desires and other things. Marriage nowadays is a way to get away or out of certain situations. This is the reason why it is not taken seriously. For example, my sister got married at the age of 17 to a marine to get out of my mom's house. She didn't do it for the right reasons. Several months later she got divorced. Marriage to me as it seemed, showed me that it was the answer to my sister getting on her own and out of a house of rules and expectations. It was not looked at as a piece of paper that showed you truly love someone and want to spend the rest of your life with them.
The Gospel Coalition - What We’re Reading This Summer
Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros. The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence . New York: Oxford, 2014. Two causes that weigh heavily on my heart and conscience—violence and poverty—overlap in this oft-recommended book. Haugen, founder of the International Justice Mission (IJM), and Boutros, federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice, believe that violence is at the core of what it means to be poor and argue that efforts to alleviate extreme poverty will largely be ineffective until we find a way to end to the everyday violence to which the poor are subjected.
Are You Ready?
“In the year 1800, just a little over 200 years ago, only 3% of humanity lived in cities, according to the most accurate estimations. So 97 out of every hundred people did not live in a city. City was a rare experience, a very expensive experience. Cities existed for political reasons, economic reasons, cultural reasons, but very few people actually lived in them. By 1900 that 3% had increased to 10%. But between 1900 and 2007, that 10% had increased to 50%. And by 2050, the low range of estimate is that 75-80% of all human beings will live in cities. Now if you have any normal lifespans, that’s the future you will know. That’s where will 75-80% of people will be.”
Best Books: The ESV Study Bible
We are incredibly blessed to live in an age of so many good Bible translations, each with their own strengths, such as the NIV, NASB, NLT, Holman Standard, NKJV, and my favorite, the English Standard Version (ESV). In addition, the wealth of study Bibles is incredible. Anyone who can read but is not growing in God’s Word is like someone who is starving to death at the grocery store—there’s just no excuse.
Bees can be more important than fertilizer
Insects play a key role in the pollination of cultivated plants, and a new study suggests that they can be even more important than fertilizer. In the study, fertilization and watering only had an effect on harvest yield in combination with pollination manipulations. Results led the scientists to the conclusion that an almond tree can compensate for a lack of nutrients and water in the short term by directing stored nutrients and water to the fruits but cannot compensate for insufficient pollination.
Think Before You Post
4. What if I run into this person later today ? Let me share another lesson I learned from an early blogging mistake. One of my first posts was a snarky jab at another author I disagreed with. A few days later I was speaking at an event and saw that this person’s colleague and friend was at a table across the room. As soon as he saw me he made a straight line for my table and proceeded to dress me down for my snarky post. It was not a pleasant experience, in part because few people like this sort of confrontation, and because this man’s friend had a point. For me as a no-name blogger it never registered that this big-name author I was tweaking was actually a real person. I never considered that he might get wind of my post, or that he might have friends, or that he might have a wife and kids, or that he might be having a bad day, or that he may be in the midst of profound grief, or that he might have had a much harder life than I’ve have, or that this famous pastor or author or leader or athlete was just like me in most ways, or that he could get in contact with me, or that I could meet him or someone close to him at anytime.
The Gospel Coalition - Will Revival Happen Again in Frankfurt?
In 2009, I moved with my family to Frankfurt. God had called us to plant a church, and then ten more people joined us. That calling led us to start a project called “Nordstern” (north star) in the Nordend (north end) neighborhood of Frankfurt. As we continue with this project, we desire the same as Spener did: revival in our city. And we believe that through the gospel it can happen again. The vision is to start a church for those who haven’t yet heard of Jesus and help multiply it into a movement of many more church plants in Frankfurt.
Top 10 Most Common Atheist Arguments, and Why They Fail - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It seems that many atheists today (some like to use the title ‘New Atheists’ to distinguish them from the more profound philosophical atheists of yesteryear) have very little to add to the discussion. To be fair, the same goes with most Christian apologists.
Lawrence Krauss debates "A Universe From Nothing" with an astrophysicist
To take an epistemological approach, Krauss starts right off with a deft bait and switch. He starts talking about “nothing” and then proceeds to describe a non-nothing reality. When we talk about “nothing” in relation to the origin of “everything” we truly mean NOTHING. That is the absence of space-time. The absence of zero point energy. The absence of virtual particles. So he is not really addressing the idea of “something” arising from “nothing”. He’s playing a shell game.
Next, were these energies and virtual particles operative in the non-material, non-spatial, non-temporal reality that preceeded the universe’s coming into existence? We dont know. There’s no way to know. To assume they were is a HUGE leap of faith. And if we DO assume they were operative where did they come from? The question of origins is still not answered.
Then there’s the problem of these subatomic particles whixh appear and disappear at random. Here’s the thing, are these “new” particles that are appearing out of nowhere? Or are they old particles that are disappearing somewhere else and then reappearing where observed? Again, we dont know.
Balancing family and ministry: Part 1: priority and capacity
I am much more productive in the morning when I am rested and the day is fresh. This is also the time when there are classes to teach and meetings to have, so I end up not spending a lot of this time in isolated productivity. I might wish that it were different, but it’s not. God didn’t make me like my very gifted friends, and I’m ok with that. I don’t have to be able to read as much, write as well, and have as many gifts as other people. I just have to be faithful with what God has given me.
Pro-Abortion Advocates Vandalize Hobby Lobby With 'Aborted Baby Jesus' Dolls (VIDEO)
An anonymous pro-abortion activist invaded a Hobby Lobby store and placed dolls meant to depict baby Jesus hanging from a coat hanger with a sign saying: "Hobby Lobby Aborted Baby Jesus."
The music video for Swim Good's "Upgrade". You can grab this song and some of their other releases on bedroomer .
10 Things You Should Know About Sound Doctrine
From creation, through our fall into sin, to Jesus’s saving work on the cross and the eventual restoration of God’s rule over all creation, the Bible tells a single epic narrative that spans Genesis to revelation. Sound doctrine traces the contours of this story and repeats it in simple, memorable forms.
Maintaining Unity when doctrine can be divisive: 5 mistakes pastors make
Mistake 5 : A failure to love. A pastor must never forget that God sent him to love the people, not merely to imbue them with biblical facts. When a congregation hears a pastor’s love for them, they will accept his teaching much more readily. Loving pastors will still face occasional opposition, but it will usually be much less angry in its tone and also less able to stir up others. Jesus said that the greatest mark of our discipleship is that we love each other. No pastor can make disciples of his people if he lacks the most significant element of discipleship himself.
Church Suspended After Fired Pistol-Packing Pastor Refuses to Go; Tells Leaders 'Can't Nobody Fire Him But God'
A pistol-packing Alabama pastor who was fired by his church leaders last year refuses to leave the church, telling them, "can't nobody fire him but God." He subsequently fired the opposing trustees and deacons, and replaced them with a more supportive team.
What Oversharing on Facebook Says About You
Maybe it goes without saying, but if you feel super bummed that no one liked the last picture of your cat or commented on your funny story about what happened in the supermarket, it's probably time to take a step back from social media. Services that help gauge social influence might tend to exacerbate the issue since likes, comments, shares and retweets increase the perception that an individual is “influential.” Of course the problem is that it really doesn't matter whether you're influential because of your work for amnesty or for incessantly tweeting every detail of every waking moment. One is a good type of influence, the other lacks value. Consider why you're so concerned that people appreciate your last post.
Son Makes Good on Decades-Old Promise With Birthday Surprise, Leaves His Father in Tears (VIDEO)
When he was just 8, Michael King promised he would buy his dad, Bob, a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air on his 57th birthday. Bob grew up poor and the '57 Chevy was always a dream car, one that he never seriously thought he could own.
10 Things You Should Know About Sound Doctrine
The apostle John once told a church that he loved them “in the truth,” and that all those who know the truth love them too, “because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever” (2 John 1–2). Truth is the basis of the special bond of love that ties Christians’ hearts together. And truth is the pattern of our love: we are to love one another in deed and truth, since that is how Jesus loved us (1 John 3:16–18).
4 Ways Pastors’ Kids Need Grace
They need Jesus and all that he offers, just like you need Jesus! They don’t need lectures, wagging fingers, shushing, or reminders of responsibility. They just need the grace of Jesus! They just need you to say “Hey, Jesus loves you so much, and I love you and am so thankful for you. You are special and important to God, not because of who your parents are, but because of who you are!”
Cosmos Finale Takes One Last Shot at the
Earth's position in the galaxy is privileged in other ways, too. Our location isn't just optimal for life; it also provides an ideal position to view and learn about the universe. Spiral arms are full of dust and light that, much like city lights and clouds, would obscure astronomical observation. Between the spiral arms, our planet has a clear view of not just the galaxy but much of the universe. This diagram shows an approximation of the ideal location for astronomical observations in the galaxy:
18 Reasons Christian Leaders Should Be Apologists - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
1. Just as theology flows naturally from worship and confession, apologetics is the natural outcome of evangelism. At some point the Christian moves from proclaiming the Gospel to persuading the unbeliever; once this move takes place, the Christian has moved from evangelism to apologetics. In any case, the unbeliever will soon ask “why should I take anything you say seriously?” The Christian will have to state some reason for the hope that is within him; so his answer had better be good.
Has Joshua's Ai Been Discovered? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
Since the site has been excavated on and off for the past 18 years, the archaeological evidence has shown that Khirbet el-Maqatir was indeed a Late Bronze Age Canaanite border fortress which was destroyed by military action at around 1406 B.C. – an exact match for Joshua’s Ai. The rough outline of the walls of the fortress have been surveyed and small sections have been excavated. Hundreds of pieces of datable [diagnostic] pottery have been recovered from the time of Joshua. The western room of the city gate was also uncovered, and last year the now famous Egyptian scarab with an inscribed Sphinx with the head of a falcon, was excavated which provided additional confirmation (apart from the pottery) of the dating of the destruction of the site to around 1406 B.C., the date assigned to Joshua’s conquest.
Why I Was Once An Atheist - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I am sometimes asked, by both skeptics and believers alike, why I was once an atheist and what convinced me to become a Christian. I will answer the latter in another post but let me deal with the former now.
Discernment in an Age of Information Overload - Christian Research Institute
In our age of information overload, Christians must learn to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsity. The need for discernment becomes particularly pressing in the face of sharp disagreement on critical issues among leading Christian apologists. A case in point concerns debate over the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL’s recent publication of CRI’s in-depth reevaluation of the “Local Church” Movement of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee (vol. 32/no. 6). Using the acronym D-I-S-C-E-R-N, I sort out the matter at hand and codify principles formatted as a memorable tool through which believers can, in general, separate wheat and chaff for themselves.
Southern Baptists Pass Transgender Resolution, Disavow Efforts to Alter 'Bodily Identity'
Attendees at the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution on Tuesday affirming "God's good design that gender identity is determined by biological sex and not by one's self-perception," and disavowed "efforts to alter one's bodily identity."
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.
99 Percent of People With Down Syndrome Say They’re Happy With Their Lives
A recent “A Point of View” piece from BBC News makes an inspiring but still realistic point about the “disability paradox.” The author of the piece, Tom Shakespeare, speaks himself as someone who is disabled and argues that “…in fact we’re wrong” when “we imagine it must be miserable to be disabled.” He also points to research that people with disabilities show a quality of life that is as good or even better than those without disabilities.
Christians have always faced the problems of legalism and antinomianism. Legalism tries to thwart sin and promote holiness through imposing a law code that adds to Scripture. Of course, Paul addresses legalism in Galatians due to the false teachers who wanted to circumcise Gentile believers even though God never says Gentile disciples of Christ must become Jews (proselytes, Gal. 5:2–6).
Unconventional Ways to Fight Poverty
Also, as a person who has dealt with poverty and impoverished families, I have seen first hand how the world and even the U.S. treats people who are poor. While your motives in writing this are good, I question your method of action. Yes, relationships do need to be improved and it does take some outreach, some examples were unconventional and intriguing. Yet, I believe that in following Christ's footsteps through the act of charity requires the giver to give the recipient some hope in a better tomorrow, faith that all is not lost, or love that this person desperately needs. Selling items at a horrendous discount seems like a false reinforcement of pride. Again, maybe I'm wrong and did not gather the entire story or interpret it as intended, I'm more than willing to change my mind if this is shown to me somewhere in the article.
Liberal, Intolerant Universities: Do They Really Believe This Nonsense?
The impulse to cloak censorship and repression in high-minded nonsense remains, however. Yesterday The New York Times covered the plight of Christian groups on campus, where groups at dozens of universities - including in the California State University System, the nation's largest - face exclusion from campus because they refuse to submit to demands that they not use their religious faith when determining the leaders of religious groups. As if it should be irrelevant whether a Christian bible study leader is actually Christian. Justified as a diversity initiative, it is motivated by nothing but malice - the desire to force Christian groups into a corner so that they either leave (the preferred outcome), water down their faith to accommodate university-approved ideologies (a decent second-best alternative), or lie about their policies and actions (an immoral response that also leaves the groups vulnerable to school discipline).
He Poured Out His Heart at His Mother's Deathbed - See Why It's One of His Biggest Regrets (VIDEO)
When his mom suffered cardiac arrest, he faced an agonizing decision: subject her to a painful attempt to save her life, or let her go. At her deathbed, he finally told her everything she meant to him – and it haunts him to this day. We can all learn from his regrets.
WORLD | England finds Islamist indoctrination in publicly funded schools | Laura Edghill | June 11, 2014
Investigators in England announced this week they had found proof of deliberate “Islamization” of schools in the town of Birmingham. The investigation responded to a March letter leaked to the press detailing Islamist plans to use schools to teach extreme ideology to students in Birmingham and to expand the scheme to other areas of the country.
Bono: Who Is Jesus? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.
What is the Missional Code, and How Can It Be Broken?
If the book is updated and rereleased, I would suggest a little more elaboration and explanation of a few key terms. For simplicity’s sake, postmodernity is defined as “the rejection of the modern view of life and the embracing of something new,” but there is little exploration of what the “modern view.” I found myself wondering just what is meant by saying our churches are “outposts of modernity.” A similar example is found in a chart listing differences between “church growth,” “church health,” and “missional church” perspectives. Some of the terms in this chart are left undefined (such as “mosaic” rather than uniformity or diversity).
People rightly refuse to believe without evidence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
People rightly refuse to believe without evidence. Since God created humans as rational beings, he expects them to live rationally, to look before they leap. This does not mean there is no room for faith. But God wants us to take a step of faith in the light of evidence, rather than to leap in the dark.
Five Bible Verses You Need to Stop Misusing - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The other day, someone gave me a note with Nahum 1:7 printed at the top: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”For some reason, they neglected to include the next line, which continues the thought from verse 7: “But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of Nineveh.”
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