Dreams Come True: Weezer Performed 'Africa' Live With a Member of Toto
We can barely breathe. What started as a funny but bold-minded Twitter meme has become a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live with an actual member of Toto. Long ago, a
Taking things from the top, between August of 2003 and August of 2005 I served Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture as a legal and public policy analyst. In keeping with Discovery Institute’s long-held public policy position, I frequently reiterated to legislators, school board members, teachers, parents and students across the country that the legally and pedagogically appropriate way to treat the topic of evolution in public schools is to fully teach the scientific arguments for and against the contemporary version of Darwin’s theory as well as chemical evolutionary scenarios for the origin of the first life. Although I served at an institution supporting scientific research into the new theory of intelligent design and consider myself a proponent of the same, in all my time at Discovery Institute I consistently held to our public policy position that public schools should not mandate the teaching of the theory of intelligent design.
Episode 076: Street Epistemology - Christian Research Institute
“Christians may find themselves approached on the street being asked to consider religious faith. Sounds like Christian street witnessing, right? Well, it may be you’re face-to-face with an atheist (and often a GoPro video recorder) being engaged in what’s come to be known as ‘street epistemology.’
When Apologetics gets Real: The Suffering of a Child
Even before we welcomed our soon-to-be-adopted daughter into our home, I knew it was coming. I was ready I thought. I had read so many books on the subject from some of the brightest theologians over the past 2000 years, listened to so many lectures and sermons, and have had many conversations about it. It was on my mind as soon as my wife and I decided to begin the process of adopting an older child (in our case, a 12-year-old) out of foster care. These older kids in foster care have suffered so much and no matter who our child would be, they would come to us from a broken past and would have suffered trauma we could not fully understand.
Simulcast of TGC's 2018 Women's Conference: Listen and Live
Workshop Round 1: In His Image - Answering the Call to Reflect God's Character
Great Minds: Medved and Gelernter on Human Exceptionalism, American Exceptionalism | Evolution News
In an interesting transition, Medved and Gelernter go on to talk about what makes the United States unique. Not for its power but for its creativity. Gelernter sums it up well: “Our ideology is freedom, or you might say freedom in a Biblical setting.” Yet, it seems to me, that heritage is being quickly eroded, perhaps irrecoverably. I’d like to ask Gelernter if he agrees.
Yes Jesus Existed: Even Romans Outside the Bible Wrote About Him
It seems that given enough of a shine, any bad idea can gain traction. For most of history, scholars have debated the events of the life of Jesus recorded in the biblical accounts. However, the vast majority of New Testament scholars, both those who are of the faith and those who are critical of it, have held that it as historical fact that a man named Jesus of Nazareth lived in first century Palestine, had disciples follow him, and was eventually put to death. While a few fringe elements doubted the idea of a historical Jesus, not even most atheist New Testament scholars believe that Jesus never existed.
Is the Bible Still Relevant to us Today?
“[The Bible] should be read so that people have depth to language and depth of reference, which they are without. I think it is a great deprivation [to remove the Bible from schools]. What have we thrown away? One of the greatest pieces of art, work, whatever way you want to put it. It’s awful.”
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Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .
Christian charity encouraging World Cup watchers to pray as they play - Premier
As excitement for the World Cup gets underway, a charity that advocates for persecuted Christians has asked for people to remember the plight of Christians in seven countries competing and to pray for them.
The Hardest Part of Mothering
No one warned me. No one told me that after training our children to sleep through the night, after helping them learn the ways of kindness and the value of hard work, after teaching them the joy of reading and the delight of knowing the living word, after determining to most gladly spend and be spent for their souls, no one told me that the hardest part of mothering was still ahead — the part when they leave.
Roseanne Barr’s Imago Dei-Denying Racism | Think Christian
Barr is not beyond the reach of God’s love and forgiveness. As a fallen human being who has been offered the gift of God’s grace, she deserves the possibility of redemption. That personal redemption, however, cannot be misconstrued as a tolerance for vile ideology. Racism has been such a pernicious force in the United States that it has threatened to destroy the nation multiple times. Roseanne Barr can be forgiven; if America tolerates her actions, it may not.
Perspective | Why the Southern Baptist Convention shouldn’t have allowed Mike Pence to speak
Which means, ironically, I am not sympathetic to some of the critiques I’ve seen on social media from Christians of the Southern Baptist Convention’s decision to bring in Pence. Don’t assume that just because people like Pence, they also like everything his administration represents. After all, I suspect there are things that Christians on the political left would prefer not to be associated with as well, such as abortion. They should extend the same courtesy to Christians on the right.
Wow, George Lucas Had a Pretty Terrible Idea for More Star Wars Movies
The new Star Wars movies have been controversial among hardcore fans, but generally liked by critics and enjoyed by casual moviegoers. The same can’t be said for George Lucas’ much-maligned prequel movies. Fans don’t like them, critics thought they were really lame and casual moviegoers couldn’t have cared less about trade negotiations.
Exposing the Connection: How Evolution Impacts Morality
Over the decades, evolutionists have often mocked me for tying evolution to morality. They claim that evolution has to do with “science,” not morality. But notice that as generations have been indoctrinated into believing naturalistic evolution, Christian morality has declined. Armed with so-called “science,” secularists have become bolder in opposing Christian morality.
William Matthews Explains Why All Christians Should Care About North Carolina's Unjust Voter ID Bill
Think about this: It was legal for African Americans to vote, but they couldn’t because there were all of these extra rules being put in place all through the Jim Crow era. They were creating so many hurdles when people would show up to register that it was basically ineffective, and black people could not vote because white people had created these hurdles. So the difference between then and now is not really anything. That’s the hard truth we don’t like to face when talking about this. We are creating laws that are creating hurdles for people of color. That is disenfranchising some people of color from voting. That’s it. And when we talk about racism, what we’re talking about is the idea that some people are inferior and others are superior. And the inferior shouldn’t be allowed to vote because they vote the wrong way. We don’t like the way they vote, so let’s make it difficult for them to do so.
Church of England to work more closely with black-majority churches - Premier
Plans to create closer ties between Church of England (CofE) congregations and newer independent, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches could be given approval at the General Synod next month.
Going to church leads to a better night's sleep, study finds - Premier
People who attend church or other religious services tend to sleep better than those who are non-religious, a new study in the United States has concluded.
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Women in Apologetics with Melissa Cain Travis
Females are breaking barriers in the field of apologetics today like never before, which is why Hank has dubbed today’s guest Melissa Cain Travis and her female colleagues at Houston Baptist University as the five female superheroes of the neo-apologetics movement, a movement more concerned with winning the person rather than winning the argument. In her new book, Science and the Mind of the Maker, Melissa Cain Travis examines what the conversation between faith and science reveals about God, including what she calls "The Maker Thesis," which explains the origin, rationality, and intricacy of nature and the human mind's capacity to comprehend it. Are we in the golden age of apologetics? Listen to find out! Topics discussed include: Hank lauds Melissa Cain Travis and her female colleagues (Nancy Pearcey, Holly Ordway, Mary Jo Sharp, and Kristen Davis) as the five female superheroes of the neo-apologetics movement and some of the most influential ambassadors in the church today ( 3:00 ); why mothers should teach their children in apologetics ( 5:00 ); is value or significance determined by size? ( 7:40 ); addressing the Einstein quote “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible” ( 10:50 ); the importance of critically and earnestly examining our paradigms rather than limiting the size of our intellectual toolbox ( 13:30 ); the majestic three-part harmony between mathematics, the human mind, and the material world ( 18:15 ); the implicit racism of the Darwinian paradigm and the importance of having universal standards to determine intrinsic value and equality ( 19:45 ); the idea behind the “Maker Thesis” ( 27:00 ); Athanasius Contra Mundum, the great church fathers, and finding God’s fingerprints in the Bible as well as the book of nature ( 30:50 ); the relation between Cicero, Scrabble, and ideas of order ( 35:20 ); dispelling the myth that a greater understanding of nature diminishes theistic explanations for existence ( 37:45 ); reclaiming critical thinking, the virtue of inquisitiveness, and how to process information in an age of information overload ( 38:45 ); the irony behind the Stephen Hawking claim that philosophy is dead ( 44:00 ); why mothers need to have a basic understanding of apologetics in order to inoculate their children with an understanding of their faith ( 47:25 ); how to prioritize and find time to build your knowledge base and learn apologetics ( 51:10 ); the barriers that female apologists are breaking today ( 55:20 ); the false dichotomy of having to decide between having a career or having children ( 1:00:00 ); Are we in the golden age of apologetics? ( 1:02:05 ); neo-apologetics is a brand of apologetics that is more concerned with winning the person rather than winning the argument ( 1:04:45 ); how Melissa made Science and the Mind of the Maker different from other books on the topic of science and faith ( 1:08:00 ); the value of popular apologetics ( 1:13:20 ); the issue of the age of the Earth and why it’s important, yet not important enough for Christians to divide over ( 1:14:45 ); the importance of Melissa’s Young Defender Series, teaching children arguments for the existence of God ( 1:20:05 ).
Why Does My New Testament Quote the Old Testament Incorrectly?
Have you ever been reading in the New Testament and read a passage where Paul or Matthew, or another writer, quotes from the Old Testament, and you turn to the passage in your Old Testament only to find that it doesn’t sound anything like that? I certainly have. For many years that puzzled me, and I have little doubt that it might puzzle you too. Perhaps you’ve just been told that it’s because they used the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) in Jesus’ day. While this is certainly true, a little more information might help you come to terms with some of the differences you find and how you can explain them to others.
Every Tribe and Tongue | JT 26.3
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, killed for his efforts to create a society in which all people accepted each other as equals. It was another one of those shots heard around the world. The path of a fighter for peace and justice is never smooth. It is profoundly moving to read how he struggled with giving up on his ability to succeed, or for that matter, giving up on life itself. The nature of his struggle brings to mind the words of a member of the British Parliament describing the battle William Wilberforce waged in England against slavery: “It was like pushing back a storm from a raging Atlantic with a mop and a bucket.”
Is Evolution a Theory, a Fact, or a Law?—or None of the Above?
In conclusion, macroevolution is not observable, repeatable, or refutable and thus does not qualify as either a scientific fact or theory. Evolution must be accepted with faith by its believers, many of whom deny the existence, or at least the power, of the Creator. Similarly, the Biblical account of creation is not observable, repeatable or refutable by man. Special creation is accepted with faith by those who believe that the Bible is the revelation of an omnipotent and omniscient Creator whose Word is more reliable than the speculations of men. Both evolution and creation, however, can be compared for their compatibility with what we do observe of the facts of nature. In future essays we will see that creation by intelligent design is a vastly more reasonable explanation for the origin of the integrated complexity we see in living things than is evolution by mere chance and the intrinsic properties of matter.
How Much God Wants to Bless You
God does not bless us begrudgingly. There is a kind of eagerness about the beneficence of God. He does not wait for us to come to him. He seeks us out, because it is his pleasure to do us good. God is not waiting for us; he is pursuing us. That, in fact, is the literal translation of Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life.”
Examining Islam: is it a reasonable faith to trust?
In the wake of 9/11, life in the United States, and throughout the world, permanently changed. Not only was American security threatened and freedoms lost (one simply can’t board an airplane without being scanned, analyzed, and profiled into some governmental data system), but a religion most Americans knew little of hit the front pages: “Islam.” What kind of religion would convince some Muslims to fly themselves into the Twin Towers on a suicide/mass-murder mission in the name of Allah? What does this faith teach anyway, and more importantly, is it true?
Experts: volunteering, healthier diets among reasons why religious people live longer - Premier
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Islamicize Me Day 29: Kafir King Meets the Mad Sheikh
On Day 29 of "Islamicize Me," the gang heads to the mosque for guidance, where the Sheikh challenges the Kafir King (Robert Spencer) to a public debate. To visit Vocab's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jon's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? ... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net Thanks for watching "Islamicize Me," starring Vocab Malone, Jon McCray, and David Wood!
Church offices raided in Chile as part of sex abuse probe - Premier
Prosecutors have seized documents in raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in two cities in Chile as part of an investigation into growing clergy sex abuse scandals.
The Cold-Case Christianity Podcast: Does Truth Exist, and Can It Be Known?
In this blast from the past, J.
Warner Wallace examines the truth about truth. Does absolute,
objective truth exist, or is all truth merely a matter of
perspective and opinion? If objective truth does exist, can we ever
really know it with any certainty? How are we supposed to determine
the truth in the first place? We try to answer these questions and
more as we examine the nature of knowledge, belief and