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If you’re an apologist in training, I want to call your attention to a really neat resource. is a pretty neat Christian apologetics website, which is building online “pocket-apologist” for believers and nonbelievers to use. Imagine an encyclopedia that allows users to interact with academic material in a point-counterpoint debate format. That is to …

6 Ways NOT to Lose Your Christianity in the University Classroom (Video)

When you (or son or daughter) go to college will you lose your Christianity? What many students abandon their faith and how can you prepare yourself?

What Are Some Common Pitfalls a New Apologist Should Avoid? (Video)

The typical new apologist can become discouraged by their lack of results. It's usually an error in their attitude, not intellect, that's at the root.

OK, So Maybe the Robot Takeover Isn’t Coming as Soon as We Thought

We've been seeing a lot of terrifying robot technology lately. But if this compilation of robots falling down while attempting simple tasks at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in California over the weekend is any indication, robots still have a ways to go before they can overthrow humanity ...

Matt Redman on how executed prisoners sang 10,000 Reasons – Premier Christianity

The worship leader describes the extraordinary story of a group of death row prisoners, known as the Bali Nine, who sang his well-known song as they were shot

Watch this Piano Virtuoso Recreate the Theme from ‘Zelda’

Let piano wizard Andrew Johnson take you back to the days when you could spend hours in front of a Nintendo exploring mythical worlds, with this dramatic Zelda-themed performance ...

Here’s a New Look at the Upcoming 007 Movie ‘Spectre’

Last night during the NBA Finals broadcast, viewers got a new look at the upcoming 007 film Spectre. Along with some of the foreboding dialogue featured in the first teaser—about Mr. Bond being as helpless as a “kite dancing in a hurricane” (that’s some real evil villain stuff)—the new, minute-long spot shows all of the chases, gun fights and romance you’d expect in a James Bond movie. Spectre hits theaters in November ...

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Platonism vs Divine Conceptualism

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In this sermon, Dr. Sproul investigates the use of the word spirit —the relationship of the human spirit to the body and its relationship to the soul. He disscusses the following four categories of people when it comes to salvation: not saved and know it; saved and know it; saved and not sure; and not saved but sure they are saved.

If Rachel Dolezal Isn't Black, How Is Caitlyn Jenner A Woman?

How, exactly is what Dolezal did any different than what Jenner is currently doing? Rachel Dolezal is not black, and Caitlyn Jenner is not a woman (putting aside the basic biological facts of how sex-selection and chromosomes work, Jenner’s not even undergone the so-called sex change surgery; by all accounts, his equipment is still intact). Rachel Dolezal changing her wardrobe, her makeup, and her hair do not make her black. Pretty much everyone seems to agree on that, for obvious reasons. You don’t turn red into blue by magically declaring that red is now blue.

Internet Outrage, Public Shaming and Modern-Day Pharisees

Outrage Porn is not new. The holier-than-thou New Testament Pharisees “trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and looked down on others with contempt” (Luke 18:9). It’s there in Simon the Pharisee as he shames the woman anointing Jesus with perfume and washing his feet with her tears and hair. She is “a sinner.” Not a person, but a thing. Not a woman, but an animal. Not the image of God, but sub-human trash (Luke 7:36-50).

The Rapid Rise of Non-Denominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN

So, what does this mean and how does it related to what I wrote for the Washington Post , USA Today , and CNN a few weeks ago about the persistence of evangelicalism in the United States? After seeing the new SBC data, one may think, "Surely if the largest evangelical denomination in the country is losing people, evangelicalism as a whole must be dying. Aha, Ed Stetzer!"

How to Survive a Cultural Crisis

Christians should be a people of love and justice, and that means we should always strive to make our little corner of the globe a bit nicer than how we found it, whether that's a kindergarten classroom or a kingdom. But even as we work for the sake of love and justice, we must remember we're not going to transform this world into the kingdom of our Christ.

Prosperity Gospel Born in the USA

It appeals to Americans because it helps them achieve the American Dream . Own your own home, own two cars, and have financial security and a happy family. Bolstering the American dream is a consumer culture whereby advertisers try to make you discontent with your health, appearance, finances, or current possessions in order to buy their products. “You deserve better, and you can improve your life and be happier with our product,” the message goes. Moreover, there is a strong concept in American culture of personal fulfillment, or perhaps even entitlement, and the prosperity message promises just that: personal fulfillment through positive confessions and words of faith. Ultimately, achieving the American Dream is the sign of success rather than faithfulness to God, and your immaterial faith in God will result in material riches. The prosperity gospel teaches that you don’t need to give up on the American Dream; instead, you should see it as God’s plan for and blessing on your life.

I’m Unemployed. Should I Tithe?

Funny thing is that within that Acts passage there were those who gave but also those who received. Some people are in a position to give out of the little they have and some people are in a position where they need to humble themselves and receive. Our family for years gave well above the 10%. When both my wife and I lost our jobs we had little money and I had no unemployment because churches don't have to pay into the unemployment insurance and the one I worked for didn't. We were in a receiving season. We didn't have an income and literally needed others just to put food on the table. In both instances you have to humble yourself and either say, "this money is not mine and what do you want to do with it God?" Or "I have no way to take care of myself and need the help of those God has given me." Believe me, as a dad that second one can be incredibly humbling.

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Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Crust Is Coming to the U.S., Where It Belongs

Ready or not, Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Bites Pizza is coming to America . The feat of junk food engineering combines hot dogs, pizza and pretzels into one creation. For years, hungry hot dog pizza fans had to travel to the U.K. to sample the culinary experience for themselves, but starting June 18, the glorious meal will be available across the U.S.—where it has always belonged. A Pizza Hut spokesperson told NBC that it’s taken years to get the details right for the refined pizza palates of U.S. consumers: “We wanted to do it in a way that was true to the way that an American would interact with two of their favorite foods. We haven't done it this way anywhere else around the world, and we think we really nailed it. Especially with the mustard on the side [instead of a mustard drizzle]” ...

You Will Be Assimilated

You may recall Brendan Eich. The cofounder and CEO of Mozilla was dismissed from his company in 2014 when it was discovered that, six years earlier, he had donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 campaign. That ballot initiative, limiting marriage to one man and one woman, passed with a larger percentage of the vote in California than Barack Obama received nationally in 2012. No one who knew Eich accused him of treating his gay coworkers badly—by all accounts he was kind and generous to his colleagues. Nonetheless, having provided modest financial support to a lawful ballot initiative that passed with a majority vote was deemed horrible enough to deprive Eich of his livelihood. Which is one thing.

To the Holy Mountain

Home to twenty ancient monasteries and many more hermits, Mount Athos is a 130-square-mile peninsula that juts southward from the Greek mainland into the Aegean Sea. On Athos, my residence is Vatopaidi, the second oldest monastery on Athos and the largest in all of Greece. Built by aristocrats, Vatopaidi has been in operation for more than a millennium, though some date it back even further, all the way to the reign of the Emperor Arcadius (circa A.D. 408). By anyone’s count, Vatopaidi is older than almost every nation on the planet. The monks see themselves as the remnant of an ancient tradition, one that has witnessed the rise and fall of a dizzying swarm of human empires—the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Bolsheviks, even a brief occupation by Hitler and the Third Reich. To put it mildly, the monks’ dogged persistence in spite of these waxing and waning earthly powers suggest they know a thing or two about sticking around. The empires of man rise and fall, but the inner life persists. The centuries bend onward, but the soul is drawn endlessly to God; eternity endures in the heart.

My All in All

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)

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15 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

5 reflections on church revitalization

In my early years of ministry I was involved in several church planting efforts. I had embraced the axiom, “It is easier to give birth than to raise the dead.” I still believe in church planting and am a passionate proponent of starting new churches. But if 80-85% of the churches in America are plateauing or declining, then we not only must focus on church planting but also on church revitalization. I have much to learn about church revitalization, but I have discovered a few truths over the years.

Officer at the Center of McKinney Incident Resigns

Police officer Eric Casebolt has resigned . The McKinney officer drew national criticism after a video emerged showing him shouting profanity, brandishing his gun and pinning a 14-year-old girl to the ground after breaking up a teen pool party in the Texas town. Charges against the girl he detained have been dropped. Casebolt is white and most of the teens shown in the video are black. In a statement to reporters, the local police chief said, “Our policies, our training, and our practice do not support his actions. He came into the call out of control and, as the video shows, was out of control during the incident" ...

Practice true spirituality

But true spirituality doesn’t just propel the heart toward the right activities; it also pulls the mind in the right direction. For in verse 2 Paul continues, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” True spirituality is characterized by a mind preoccupied with “things that are above.” And not “things that are above” merely as we might imagine them, but rather as God has revealed them in Scripture. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about earthly things, for Paul himself gives lengthy counsel about such matters just a few verses later, from 3:18 to the end of the letter. Rather the spirituality that flows from Heaven causes “things that are above” to become a magnet for the mind. So that no matter what we think about, eventually we relate it somehow to “things that are above.” For instance, we often find ourselves asking questions like, “What would the Lord have me do in this situation?” or “What is God’s view of this?”

The Wolfpack

Movies are their one connection to the world beyond, a way to break up the boredom and be free for a while. And then they recreate the movies in startlingly elaborate productions. One brother sits in front of films and transcribes the screenplay. They construct costumes and sets that are far better than you’d expect from people who essentially have nothing to work with.

Innovative Apologetics: Irrationality and Mocking are the Tools of Atheism Since It Lacks Proof and is Impossible

"Lying: The Case Against Deception" Apologetics Book Trailer

"Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty" If honesty is the best policy, why do we lie? Why do so many leaders who make public policy seem to be habitual liars? We all know the world would be better if people lied less often. In "Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty," Mike Robinson defines and categorizes the many varieties of lies we tell—from mistaken individuals to perjury-filled politicians to lies that save the lives of innocent people, herein is a fascinating volume that will engage your mind and heart. Robinson contends that lying is wrong and we should aim to be more honest with ourselves and others. This unique book on lying and dishonesty cannot be ignored by religious people or skeptics. It demonstrates, with an easy-flowing style, that all people lie and we deceive others too often—so lying must be faced head on. Yes, "Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty" provides precise arguments in a simple-to-understand way, as Robinson offers deep scriptural, apologetic, and philosophical truths concerning lying. If, as a Christian, you know that lying is wrong, but you don't know how to demonstrate this fact, then this book will help clear it up.

America now has a marijuana resort

America now has a marijuana resort (NEWSER) – While $420 seems like a more appropriate price, starting at $395 per person per night, marijuana smokers can treat themselves to a cannabis-filled Colorado vacation. Dubbed "CannaCamp," the 170-acre Check out this story on

Was Winnie-the-Pooh a Good Muslim?

We have already demonstrated that Allah is represented by the figure of Christopher Robin in the works transmitted down to us about Winnie-the-Pooh. Once this is understood, one sees that the books are deeply theocentric and that Pooh’s entire life revolved around his devotion to God. We have already seen how he prayed, fasted, and told others about his beliefs. So deep was his faith that his entire life could be described as a walk with God (cf. THAPC, 174). Whenever he was in trouble or difficulty, Pooh sought the will of Allah (THAPC, 65). He also sought Allah’s provision for his daily food (cf. WTP, 8ff). And it is clear that Allah rewarded him for his faith (WTP, 133). [13]

24 Are There Objective Truths about God? | Reasonable Faith

Now during the heyday of Logical Positivism in the thirties and forties, it was widely thought among philosophers that there literally are no propositions about God, that sentences including the word “God” are in fact meaningless, so that to say, for example, “God created the world” is as nonsensical as saying,,“’T was brillig; and the slithey toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.” This display of philosophical arrogance toward religious and ordinary language was the result of the Positivists’ vaunted Verification Principle of Meaning. According to that Principle, which went through a number of revisions, a sentence in order to be meaningful must be capable in principle of being empirically verified. Since theological statements could not be empirically verified, they were regarded as meaningless. Under the pressure of Verificationism, some theologians began to advocate emotivist theories of theological language. On their view theological statements are not statements of fact at all but merely express the user’s emotions and attitudes.

A Second Triumphal Arch of Titus Discovered

Triumphal arches were built in honor of some generals. The Arch of Titus in Rome still commemorates the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.Accompanied by his father, Emperor Vespasian, Titus celebrated his victory over Jerusalem by a triumphal procession. Some arches served as city gates, but for the most part their function was only monumental. The design of the arches may have represented the yoke of submission under which captives were forced to march.

Is the mustard seed the smallest of all seeds?

There are different kinds of mustard trees in Israel and the mustard seed was the smallest of all the seeds known there and used by those in Israel.  Also, notice that Jesus says that when it is full grown it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds nest in it.  There were many gardens in Israel with many types of plants, many of which were larger than the mustard plant.  The olive tree for example, can grow to 20 feet or more.  The mustard tree known as Salvadora persica has extremely small seeds and grows into a small bush.  Brassica nigra is a mustard plant that grows to about 8 to 10 feet when mature and is probably the one Jesus was using for his illustration.  Jesus would have known that it wasn't the largest of garden plants because of the prevalence of larger plants.  Therefore, he was not making a botanical statement of fact.  Instead, he was drawing attention to the comparison of the "smallest" to the "largest" and using it to illustrate how the Kingdom of heaven will expand in the world from a very small beginning to a huge presence.

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My article wasn’t mean to be a fully developed philosophy/theology of gender identity, but to point out the practical problems of nominalistic philosophy (i.e. we can now call ducks fish because we “feel” like it). I’m not saying that transgender advocates DENY that gender exists. My hangup is HOW they are defining gender… The most fundamental question is HOW should we “define” gender? If we define it with “nominal definition” then it certainly could begin in the mind (i.e. psychologically), but if we use a realist definition then it must correspond to reality (hence physical/biological reality – regardless of how one might “feel”) – We don’t get to re-defnine a lung and call it an “eye” because we “feel” like it… A lung was designed to oxygenate blood, not to see. Biological function is also an indicator of psychological makeup – the physical, biological, spiritual and psychological are intimately connected and the reason why so many transgender people are depressed is because they have been damaged psychologically not physically.

Red and yellow, black and white. We can be all of them in his sight?

I actually have sympathy for both of them on a personal level, but I think both of their stories again prove how destructive multiculturalism and leftism are not only to individuals, but to society as a whole. I don’t take satisfaction in seeing people destroyed, but obviously we all reap what we sow. She has completely unfairly slandered the right as racist by saying in a 2010 interview with the NYT (see below) that she’d be afraid to go to a Tea Party event, because there were so many racist whites there! My wife can tell you how warmly she has been received at every Tea Party gathering we’ve been to, and speakers like Star Parker are rock stars there! That type of behavior is inexcusable, and I can only hope and pray that the poverty pimps and race hustlers who are actually black are finally exposed for the frauds that they are as well…

Pope Francis Cracks Down on Abuse Cover-Ups

Pope Francis’ approval of proposals from a sexual abuse advisory board, aim to fix these gaps in accountability. The official Vatican news services reports that “the move marks an important step in the ongoing process to hold Church leaders accountable for the actions of abusive priests—something that abuse survivors have insisted is essential to both the healing and prevention efforts.”

There Is Now a 24-Hour Waiting Period to Get an Abortion in Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has just signed a new law that requires that women in the state wait 24 hours after initially visiting a doctor to have an abortion. According to the Miami Herald , the exception to the wait is if women can produce a “police report, court order or medical report proving the pregnancy came as a result of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking.” Advocates of the new measure, like Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, say the intention is to further allow women to take time to make an “informed decision,” as she told the paper, “versus a pressured, rushed, unexpected one.” Opponents of the state law say that it puts an unnecessary obstacle in the way of women who exercise their right to choose to end their pregnancy ...

Professor of New Testament, Craig Keener, explains his journey from atheism to Christianity.

Craig Keener is a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies and Christian Origins from Duke University. Prior to Asbury Theological Seminary, he was professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University for nearly 15 years, where he was also one of the associate pastors at an African-American Baptist church in Philadelphia. He has authored a number of commentaries on New Testament books as well as books covering a range of topics on Jesus, Paul, miracle investigations, and the African-American church.

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An Ontology of Marriage

What a shame. What a waste of effort. The post is a quite a complex structure that seems completely oblivious to the central point – we’re not talking about philosophical or religious concepts of marriage when we address the constitutional issue of state privileges being dispensed to certain persons undertaking lifelong partnerships but not other persons making the same or similar commitment. We’re talking about government grants under a Constitution that requires equal protection of the citizens. Various religious groups will continue to confine their rites to heterosexual couples and will do so completely unmolested under the First Amendment. The issue grabbing headlines, however, has nothing to do with “marriage” in a religious or philosophical context. It is purely about governmental licensing decisions and the resulting legal status that flows from those decisions. The constitutional lore being applied makes clear that there are circumstances in which differential treatment can be justified. However, the burden is on the defending state governments and their allies to proffer such justifications.

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Another Top Workplace Award for Creation Museum and AiG

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Bible-defending) ministry based in northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati. With over 300 staff at AiG and its popular Creation Museum next door, the organization publishes an award-winning magazine called “Answers,” hosts one of the most popular religious websites in the world (up to 2.2 million visitors a month), and produces a daily radio broadcast (850 stations) and weekly TV program. The museum, located west of the Cincinnati Airport, has welcomed 2.4 million visitors in eight years and has attracted much of the world’s major media. Its full-size Ark, at the attraction called Ark Encounter, opens in Williamstown, Kentucky next year. See for recent construction videos and photos.

Domestic violence rates are higher for homosexual couples than for heterosexual couples

Data on the rates of same-sex partner abuse have only become available in recent years. Even today, many of the statistics and materials on domestic violence put out by organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Justice still focus exclusively on heterosexual relationships, and specifically heterosexual women. While the CDC does provide some resources on its website for the LGBT population, the vast majority of the information is targeted at women.  Materials provided by the CDC for violence prevention and survivor empowerment prominently feature women in their statistics and photographs.

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.

Scientists Have No Idea What Bright Spots on Distant Planet Are (Aliens, Duh)

Scientists have gotten their closest look yet at some strange white spots on a planet called Ceres—that’s 257 million miles away—and they still have no idea what the spots are. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the dwarf planet, snapping new (relatively) close-up images that show bright, white spots—which appear to be glowing—inside of a crater. In a statement, a NASA spokesperson said, "The bright spots in this configuration make Ceres unique from anything we've seen before in the solar system. The science team is working to understand their source. Reflection from ice is the leading candidate in my mind, but the team continues to consider alternate possibilities, such as salt.” Hear that? It’s just ice, or salt, definitely not an unknown alien species developing new technology to overtake humanity. Just weird, glowing salt, that’s all. Nothing to see here ...

Brian Auten of Apologetics 315 interviewed by... the Wintery Knight!

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Shane from ‘The Walking Dead’ Will Play the Punisher on Next Season’s ‘Daredevil’

Following the breakout success of the first season of Daredevil , Netflix is ramping up for a new collection of episodes of the Marvel action series, and this time, a new familiar face is joining the cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter , Jon Bernthal—who’s probably best known for his role as Shane on The Walking Dead —will play vigilante anti-hero The Punisher (aka Frank Castle) in season two. Marvel’s head TV executive Jeph Loeb told THR, “Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same” ...

Woman Charged with Murder Following Abortion Pill Death

UPDATE : The murder charges have now been dropped . In statement, the DA said, "Ms. Jones had been charged by the Albany Police Department for the offense of malice murder. However, this morning, I dismissed that malice murder warrant after thorough legal research by myself and my staff led to the conclusion that Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts relating to the end of her pregnancy." She still faces a misdemeanor drug charge but has been released from jail.

Book Review: "The New Atheist Novel" by Arthur Bradley and Andrew Tate

Perhaps the biggest weakness in the book is that its thesis doesn’t seem to carry throughout. The “New Atheist Novel” makes its debut with McEwan, but by the time the author’s reach Rushdie’s slightly more amiable vision of religions in conflict, it seems to lack cohesion as a concept. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the “New Atheist Novel” is more of an “Anti- (or Alter-) Theistic Novel” which encompasses not mere anger against religion but rather a critical and sometimes polemical and mistaken vision of the “religious other.” Thus, it seems in the end the “New Atheist Novel” namenclature might not be inaccurate after all, but I tend to think–and the authors reinforce this–of the “New Atheism” along specifically Dawkinsian lines of thought, and Rushdie and Pullman’s works did not seem to fit this usage of the term. A minor gripe, but one worth noting. This is a book well worth reading and referencing. Don’t be deceived by its length (111 pages of text); it truly has an enormous amount of useful information and discussion.

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NH Notes: Can You Find the Dinosaur in this Image?

I think the biggest problem creationists have using things like this as “evidence” is that they must therefore also include everything that people have drawn and written as evidence they existed. If this proves dinosaurs and Egyptians co-existed, it also proves all the Egyptian dieties existed, along with the Greek myths, unicorns, fairies, the flying spaghetti monster, etc. To use Mr. Gillmann’s logic, he must now prove that the flying spaghetti monster and Cthuhlu do not exist. There are, after all, far more images of these than ancient peoples created of vaguely dinosaurian shapes if you squint really hard. Why should we take this as evidence of anything and not then also assume that Jurassic World shows an actual park? This logic assumes fiction and imagination do not exist. The fact they would certainly disagree is a testament to the amount of cherry-picking that must be done and cognitive dissonance suffered to support their view.

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Was Stalin an atheist? Is atheism or communism responsible for mass murders?

During the ultra-left period of forcible collectivisation and the Five Year Plan in Four an attempt was made to liquidate the Church and its influence by government decree. Starting in 1929 churches were forcibly closed and priests arrested and exiled all over the Soviet Union. The celebrated Shrine of the Iberian Virgin in Moscow – esteemed by believers to be the “holiest” in all Russia was demolished – Stalin and his Government were not afraid of strengthening religious fanaticism by wounding the feelings of believers as Lenin and Trotsky had been! Religion, they believed, could be liquidated, like the kulak, by a stroke of the pen. The Society of Militant Atheists, under Stalin’s orders, issued on May 15th 1932, the “Five Year Plan of Atheism” – by May 1st 1937, such as the “Plan”, “not a single house of prayer shall remain in the territory of the USSR, and the very concept of God must be banished from the Soviet Union as a survival of the Middle Ages and an instrument for the oppression of the working masses.”!


“I can’t overstate my excitement about Mike Cosper’s new book, Rhythms of Grace . This practical volume represents the many years my good friend has spent in serious theological reflection, doxological engagement, and faithful service in the Body of Christ—at Sojourn Church and well beyond. Mike’s passion for God’s glory and God’s worship are evidenced on every page. In particular, I’m thankful for how Mike helps us plan our services of worship in light of the history of redemption and the riches of God’s grace. Liturgy isn’t a four-letter word; it’s the storyboard, which helps us connect with God’s commitment to redeem people, places and things, through the person and work of Jesus. I will use Mike’s tremendous book in the seminary classes I teach on worship; but I will also place it in the hands of seasoned worship leaders and young congregants alike. Thanks dear brother, for your art and heart!” Scotty Smith , Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

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