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A Guide to Living With Less

Take a close look around the rooms in your home. Minimizing decorations is a way to eliminate clutter and create a simpler, more streamlined look. Start by removing one item per surface and see how things look. Take away a vase, picture frame, clock or figurine. Then take another. Often we allow things to clutter our shelves and surface space, simply gathering dust and taking up space. Remove anything that is not useful or adding to the feel of the room. You may like the streamlined version better. If so, donate or store the removed decorations.

20 Spurgeon Quotes That Show Why He Still Matters

i was introduced to CH last year by a close friend and then discovered an iPhone app called Daily Faith... I suppose it is one of his devotionals mentioned above. His words of faith in times of trial have been a lifeline to me as I deal with a permanent intractable (24/7) pain syndrome. That last quote really captures his heart I think; in that hardship isn't to be seen as unusual or strange, but as something to embrace and discover new depths of the Father's love, mercy, strength and even joy... And as we exercise our faith, without wavering, we get to see God do incredible things in us and through us...Thanks Brother Spurgeon!! I think I'll go fix some pancakes now... :)

5 Horrible Pieces of Dating Advice

Ok, I've received a lot of bad dating advice before but the only advice that I thought was actually helpful was #5. If that is bad than exactly what am I supposed to do? I've been trying to find a girlfriend for about a third of my life now with no luck whatsoever. I've asked friends for advice and either I've just gotten some meaningless platitude or advice that later exploded in my face. I've prayed but instead of the usual impression of an answer I get when I pray about other issues there's just silence. This is the only major area of life I really struggle with, I am pretty successful socially and academically in my university, but I've just been going in the same circle over and over again when it comes to dating. Does anyone have any advice that would be helpful?

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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Why You Need a Sabbath

God clearly points to the seventh day of the week (Saturday) as the Sabbath although many people, including most Christians worship on Sunday and Muslims on Friday. In accordance with Biblical Truth we see that we cannot simply pick or "take a Sabbath" but we must follow what is clearly applied to us by God's Ten Commandments. Of course, I'm not saying that you were purposely trying to communicate anything that was contrary to Biblical Theology in regards to the Sabbath. I just wanted to point out that the phrase "To take a Sabbath" is a bit misleading when compared to saying "keep the Sabbath" or "observe the Sabbath".

Dr. Richard Land featured at KHIPP, chapel

By Samantha Stevenson and Jose Soriano, student news writers CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Dr. Richard Land, professor and president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, spoke on the “Primary Public Policy Issues Facing the United States in 2013 and Beyond” during Campbellsville University’s recent Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy event. Land discussed the Manhattan Declaration, a document that states three issues in which, according to Land, “cannot be compromised.” The document states Christians believe in and will protect the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of the biblical definition of marriage and the right to practice religious freedom. Since becoming available online, this declaration has accumulated more than 750,000 signatures. “I long for a time when Christians are thermostats, controlling the temperature of this culture, rather than thermometers, which merely reflect it,” Land said. Land also spoke about the current state of the United States healthcare and economy, offering a solution to our debt crisis. Land proposed that a bill be put into law that will limit government spending.

The Runner-Up Religions Of America

By the 1960s, he says, there were local Baha'i organizations in many towns in north Georgia and South Carolina. The tradition spread. "The Louis G. Gregory Baha'i Institute in Georgetown County, founded in 1972 and named for the black Charleston native who first brought the religion to South Carolina," says Louis, "became a cultural and educational hub for the South Carolina movement. And Radio Baha'i WLGI — broadcasting from the same site beginning in 1985 — has brought its teachings and ethos to a large section of the state."

Grace to You

Third, our motive in asking must be right. “You ask and do not receive,” explains James, “because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3). God does not obligate Himself to answer selfish, carnal requests from His children.

7 Social Experiment Videos That Will Change the Way You Think

If YouTube turned us all into voyeurs, constantly consuming media that's being shoved our direction, it also turned us into potential subjects, forever ready to be part of someone else's video. A few different "social scientists" have put that to use by staging social experiments and filming the results. Some of them are hard to watch and a lot of them are easy to excuse, but all of them make for interesting viewing. After all, it's easy to speculate about what you'd do in any given situation—but it's hard to argue with some of the sobering data compiled below.

Shades Mountain Baptist

If you come to Shades, you will meet sinful people who are forgiven by the grace of God who want to be more like Christ. We don’t ask you to get your life in order before you come to church. We don’t ask you to pretend to be someone you are not. We don’t ask you to hide your pain or your struggles. We simply ask that you come - let Jesus be the point.

The Gospel Coalition - God Doesn’t Play Soccer with You

With these distinctions in mind we begin to see that while God does interact with us on the field of history, he isn't just another player—he's the reason any of us can play the game. That said, because of preservation and concurrence, he sustains us in such a way that we really are playing the game. So if you're tempted to say that your choices don't really matter because God's in control, you're ignoring that God is at work even in our choices. And if you're tempted to be overwhelmed at the weight of human responsibility, remember, you're not a demi-god whose autonomy extends beyond God's will. He's still in charge. 

Inspiration from Saddleback Church

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s Inadvertent Proof for God

No offense, but your God says he made you in his own image. A mammal that thinks very highly of itself, constantly sins, and thinks it UNDERSTANDS things like these topics. we all know ourselves and know that we aren't as complicated as all of everything. And what are humans other than incredibly confused, angry, and scared cyclical patterns. Simply observe any human or yourself and you will see that we work in circles. It's in your life, it's in therapy, it's in the bible. Endless circles. I think these scientists have used mathematical FACTS to try and best guess the reality behind what NOBODY knows. I would argue this is a fine theory in that -- like the rest OF EVERYTHING -- it too works cyclically and gives ACTUAL proof of how something like pi (remember the original finder of pi was put to death by the religious fear of the idea of infinity by humans who have done this in circles again and again and... yet again) can exist and NOT BE GOD. Praying and meditation is a healthy practice that should be undertaken by all. That being said it is simply a state of relief our brain requires to act more civilly towards one another.

Playing Roulette with Life

That might sound trivial if everything was linear and tidy, like repeated spins of a roulette table, but evolution is anything but. Multiple incipient adaptive traits are being sampled all at once, each composed of various mutations, none of them beneficial yet. We have to abandon the roulette image here because it's too simple, too linear. Evolution is more like a vast sea of unrealized possibilities with someone dipping in a ladle and pulling out a sample to drop into the next sea. Getting a workable combination by chance is unlikely to say the least.

Moral Argument for God's Existence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Why do we view some behavior as right and other behavior as wrong?  Are the actions of Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, or Saddam Hussein wrong for all people at all times?  Why?  Are things such as murder, rape, and child abuse wrong in all cultures or just certain ones?  Why?

17 Agnosticism is lazy thinking - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

By this standard Greek Mythology , for instance, fails as a worldview. By assigning various gods to different aspects of reality, Greek Mythology cannot adequately address all of reality. Which god was in charge of, say, quantum mechanics? As new information about the world came to light, new gods would be required to explain it, or old gods would have to be assigned new duties. It also fails to explain the unity of reality. If the goddess of the earth and the goddess of the moon are not getting along, how does this affect tidal forces , and does the god of the sea have any say in that?

18 Our Spooky Universe: Fine-Tuning and God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

The Fine-Tuning Argument for the existence of God has been acknowledged as one of the most powerful arguments for theism. Proponents of this argument, also known as the teleological argument note that our universe is “spooky.” So many facets of our universe appear designed. It is startling to me to read about many of these in literature and realize that the very fingers of God seem apparent in these qualities of our universe. The way that these pieces fit together should not be viewed as independent variables. Any theory which seeks to explain the features of our universe must take into account the full range of factors.

5 reflections on church revitalization

Third , church revitalization is hard work. It involves God’s inspiration but our perspiration. The adage is true, it is easier to give birth than to raise the dead. If church revitalization were easy, everyone would be doing it! If it were easy, 80-85 percent of our churches would not be plateauing or declining. Why is it hard work? In part, it is because we face the opposition of the world, the flesh and the devil. This poem highlights the reality we face in church life:

Breathing new life into dying churches

Even though the legacy church plant is not an easy road, we are seeing more and more successes with this model. Wornall Road Baptist Church in Kansas City is healthy, growing and has become a vital part of its community after pastor John Mark Clifton arrived to restart a decades-old congregation that dwindled to only a handful of weekly attenders. In New Orleans, a dozen church members in their 70s partnered with church planter James Welch to birth Harbor Community Church from the ashes of their dying church. First Baptist Church in Odessa, Fla., had not seen a baptism in years. They turned to Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., for help and now their baptismal waters are stirring on a regular basis once again.

21 In Search of Christian Vertebrates - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Talk about an endangered species: it is getting harder and harder nowadays to find believers with a bit of backbone. One fears they may soon become extinct altogether. Sure, the churches are filled today with hordes of Christian invertebrates – they are a dime a dozen. But that is not what we need right now.

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By His life, death, and resurrection, our Savior has conquered our enemies, and by His Spirit He has granted us to share in the victory.”

Sam Smith's Cover of Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know' Is a Game Changer

Sam Smith is one of the more promising new voices out there, with a pop voice that falls somewhere between Antony Hegarty and James Blake, but has more soul than either. His new release is one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the year, and to commemorate it, he's released this slow, passionate cover of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know?" If you're a fan of Whitney Houston, you'll definitely like it, but it's also interesting for anyone who's curious to see how a song can be transformed by a cover without ever sacrificing the heart of the song ...

24 Naturalistic explanations are becoming increasingly untenable - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

While it has sometimes been shown that an explanation requiring divine intervention has been adequately replaced by one that appeals to natural laws, this does not rule out the possibility that a divine explanation may be a better explanation for some natural phenomena. In fact, as we will see, naturalistic explanations for cosmology and biology are becoming increasingly strained and untenable.

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26 Best of The Poached Egg: Spotlight on C.S. Lewis - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

27 Greg Koukl: Here’s the key principle - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Here’s the key principle: Without God’s work, nothing else works; but with God’s work, many things work. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, love persuades. By the power of God, the gospel transforms. And with Jesus at work, arguments convince. God is happy to use each of these methods.

28 Why Wearing Clothes of Mixed Fabrics (Lev. 19:19) Was Wrong - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

“You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.

29 Imagine an army that never trained - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Or, imagine a football team whose training table consisted entirely of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and other junk food. Instead of lifting weights they play video games. Instead of watching game film, they watch soap operas. This is not a team that will gain anything except a larger waist.

30 In a world without God, who’s to say whose values are right and whose are wrong? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In a world without God, who’s to say whose values are right and whose are wrong? There can be no objective right and wrong, only our culturally and personally relative, subjective judgments. Think of what that means! It means it’s impossible to condemn war, oppression, or crime as evil. Nor can you praise generosity, self-sacrifice, and love as good. To kill someone or to love someone is morally equivalent. For in a universe without God, good and evil do not exist—there is only the bare, valueless fact of existence, and there is no one to say you are right and I am wrong." – William Lane Craig (from, On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision )

Training Case Makers in Women's Ministry with Mary Jo Sharp - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

When Greg first interviewed Mary Jo Sharp on the Stand To Reason radio show, he described her as a “strange bird”. Doesn’t sound like much of an introduction for a Christian Case Maker, does it? But Greg was trying to make a point about the rarity of women apologists on the Christian landscape. If you’re interested in apologetics, you’ve probably already noticed the conspicuous lack of women in this field. Why is this the case? Is it a lack of interest or understanding on the part of women’s ministries? Maybe. Is it a lack of resources that are specifically designed for women? Could be. Enter Mary Jo Sharp.

32 How Much Do I Need to Know? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

“How far is too far?” Growing up in conservative evangelicalism, that question was common in youth group. Of course, we were talking about physical intimacy. When everything’s reducible to making a rule or breaking a rule, it’s important to know when you’ve “crossed the line.” I’m not downplaying the importance of guiding young people through the mysterious era of puberty—and even in suggesting wise guidelines where there is no clear chapter and verse. But when “How far can I go?” is the main question, we’ve already lost too much. It suggests that character has not been formed by life in a particular community—especially home and the church—when people just want you to net it out for them like that. Usually we ask that question when we’re just about to dive in. We just want to know when to push the eject button.

33 Why 4 Gospels? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Have you ever wondered why God inspired four different gospel accounts of Jesus' life, earthly ministry, death and resurrection? As a young Christian I remember thinking to myself "Isn't this kind of repetitive?" Especially the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) which are so very similar to each other. What's the point? Well it may interest you to know (and hopefully you were already aware) that God is smarter than you and I and He had great purpose in the writing and preservation of the four gospels in our Bible.

34 God Is Not Dead Yet: How current philosophers argue for his existence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Y ou might think from the recent spate of atheist best-sellers that belief in God has become intellectually indefensible for thinking people today. But a look at these books by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, among others, quickly reveals that the so-called New Atheism lacks intellectual muscle. It is blissfully ignorant of the revolution that has taken place in Anglo-American philosophy. It reflects the scientism of a bygone generation rather than the contemporary intellectual scene.

35 From Divine Engineer to Divine Architect - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Arguments from Design One of the most common arguments that Christian apologists use for God's existence is the argument from design (teleological argument). It looks at both biological and astronomical systems then uses the observations in two different ways: to argue against naturalism and to argue for God's existence. The argument against naturalism basically argues that the designs and fine-tuning found in nature are so remotely improbable that an unguided universe would never produce them. The argument for God uses an analogy that compares man's designs to nature and concludes that since things we know are designed required an intelligence (man), then the designs we see in nature must also require a mind (God). (More in my post Paperclips and Design )

Islam in Context: Opening the Door to Understanding |

Islam is growing rapidly here in the West and many of us may encounter Muslims at work, at school, or in our communities. Even if we don’t, we can’t escape the subject when we turn on the TV news or open our newspapers. So what do Muslims believe? What are the origins of Islam? How does the Islamic worldview differ from what Christians believe? How can we befriend our Muslim neighbors so as to effectively share Christ with them?

37 Alister McGrath on C. S. Lewis: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

AM: There are two reasons. One is that I love reading. The other is that I genuinely like writing. So when I want to relax, others might go for a walk, but my instinct is to read or to write. I find it very easy to write books. I’m Irish and the Irish are supposed to have this innate ability to write. The other thing is that I read an awful lot of stuff that I find very stimulating and I want to share what I am learning. One reason why I wanted to write this biography of C. S. Lewis is, and you know this, he is simply fascinating. I thought there were some connections I could make that perhaps had been overlooked and tell the story in a fresh way.

38 Profound Problems with Religious Pluralism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Novelist Yann Martel’s book Life of Pi (now a major motion picture) embodies the popular notion that all religions are simultaneously true. The story’s young protagonist embraces aspects of multiple faiths (Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity), viewing these beliefs as equally valid but different paths to God. Unfortunately religious pluralism fails to appreciate the profound problems associated with it.

39 Why Resurrection Makes the Best Sense of the Historical Evidence - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

It will not do … to say that Jesus’ disciples were so stunned and shocked by his death, so unable to come to terms with it, that they projected their shattered hopes onto the screen of fantasy and invented the idea of Jesus’ ‘resurrection’ as a way of coping with a cruelly broken dream. That has an initial apparent psychological plausibility, but it won’t work as serious first-century history.

40 CS Lewis and the Journey of the Soul - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In his retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth , Lewis assumes the voice and point of view of Orual, his version of one of Psyche’s older sisters. He makes her a fascinating character, not just merely the “evil” stepsister prototype usually so easy to punish in the end, and dismiss. Rather, Orual, the ugly and masculine (or at least almost androgynous) sister adores Psyche from her very birth, but with a self-consuming love. When Psyche is sacrificed by her father and left for dead, Orual is devastated, but eventually hardens herself and becomes the future queen of Glome, the barbaric, pre-Christian world that sets the stage for the story…

41 Thinking About Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

1. A Basic Definition.  The very first sentence of the book defines apologetics. From there, Beilby shifts to Christian apologetics by providing passages where the noun form of apologia appears in the New Testament. These passages reveal that “Christian apologetics involves an action (defending), a focus of the action (the Christian faith itself), a goal (upholding Christianity as true), and a context (the circumstances in which apologetics occurs)” (p. 13).

42 Living in the Matrix - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

The desire of certain people to dispose of God can take many forms. The first attempt was by Adam and Eve in the garden, when they denied the authority of God’s Word and chose to be governed by their own rules. Since then men has pursued various ways to deny the existence of God and reality as He created it.

The Church's Financial Debt - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Right now, I’m going through a book on Kindle. To say this book is crazy would be to give it a compliment. Yes. This will be a future review on my blog, but I do note the author does make the case that he used to be a Christian. I do not doubt this. Then at one point the light was shed and now he’s opposed to his former faith greatly.

44 Are the Biblical Genealogies Helpful in Establishing the Age of Man? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In 1650, James Ussher, the archbishop of Ireland, produced a detailed Biblical timeline, going all the way back to the creation of man and the Universe. Based largely on the genealogies given in Genesis 5 and 11, this chronology famously placed the creation of Adam and Eve in the year 4,004 B.C. Indeed, such a view is espoused by many Bible-believing Christians, even today. But just how sound is this view? Are Christians really committed to the view that the creation of man happened no more than 6,000 years ago? It is my personal view that using the Biblical records in this manner is ultimately misguided, and misunderstands the nature of ancient genealogies. One crucial assumption, which is employed in Ussher’s calculation, is the notion that the relevant genealogies are complete: That is to say, they contain no gaps or missing names. But are these genealogies actually complete as Ussher supposed? Here, I attempt to show that such an assumption is unfounded.

45 What Kind of Proofs Are There that God Exists? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

The majority of people in America and around the world believe there is a God. When asked for good reasons why they believe that, many simply say, “A beautiful and exquisitely crafted world like this couldn’t have come into being by chance.”And they are right. But how do you formulate that intuitive answer into an argument or proof that God actually exists?

46 Moses as Leader: Do the right thing even when its not appreciated - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Moses is up on the mountain receiving the law from God. Meanwhile, down in the valley, the people of Israel have built and are worshiping a golden idol. Before they have even received the law, the people have broken the first two commandments.

47 Science and Religion: The Importance of Distinctions - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

J.I. Packer’s Knowing God opens with the following, “As clowns yearn to play Hamlet, so I have wanted to write a treatise on God. This book, however is not it. Its length might suggest that it is trying to be, but anyone who takes it that way will be disappointed. It is at best a string of beads…”[1]


With the start of this section we see a reference by Christ to Moses lifting up the serpent. Dr. Sproul takes us back to look into the Old Testament source quote found in Numbers 21:4-9 that related an incident where the Israelites complained about being fed with manna and the ensuing result. Dr. Sproul then brings us back to the relationship this has to Nicodemus and discusses John 3:16 correcting common distortions of the verse.

49 Apologetics 101: "There Can't Be Absolute Truth If So Many Disagree!" - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Yesterday, we began to tackle objections that Christianity is not good for our culture or for individuals.  We saw that the claim by moral relativists or moral subjectivists that there is no truth or, if there is, we cannot know it, collapses in on itself because that is a truth claim.  In fact, many relativists feel embarrassed when they realize in a debate that marshal an array of facts, truth and knowledge to try to argue that there is no such thing as facts, truth or knowledge!

Jack White's New Release Sets Vinyl Sales Record

Lazaretto is Jack White's second number one album of his career, cranking out 138,000 sales in its first week—about the same amount his last album, Blunderbuss , did in its first week. But Lazaretto is notable for having the largest sales week of any vinyl record since 1991, when Soundscan first began tracking vinyl sales. As you might recall, White's Lazaretto is basically a circus tent of goodies , with secret songs, a hologram of a dancing angel and alternative versions, so it's no surprise White's legion of fans want in on the action. Lazaretto knocks Pearl Jam's Vitalogy off the top spot, a record its held since 1994. You can read our review of Lazaretto here ...

51 Of Theatre and Reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
52 Seven truths about self-made entrepreneurs
53 The Advantages of Hypocrisy - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
54 Q&A: What are the Weak Spots in Apologetic Arguments? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
55 Imaginative Apologetics: A Reflective and Analytical Review - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
56 The Circumstantial Case For John's Authorship - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
57 The short-sightedness of Chicago’s Trump stamp
58 The real reason we sleep together
59 Question of the Week: Have any VBS Stories?
60 Dr. Stephen C. Meyer lectures on intelligent design and the origin of life
61 "Sorry, I'm En-Route To An Emergency" - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
62 The Three Things You Need to Read this Week (06/21/14)
63 Sunday Quote!- A Biblical Answer to Economic Woes?
64 June’s New & Notable Books
65 Darwin's Deeper Doubt Today: Theist Alvin Plantinga vs. Atheist Stephen Law
66 If God’s Creation Was “Very Good,” How Could Evil Arise?
67 Engaging Culture: Demon Hunter's "Extremist" and the Apologetic Task
68 Thinking Family: Why Is There Evil And Suffering? - Apologetics Canada
69 Sunday Quote!- The New Atheist Mythology
70 Ohio governor John Kasich signs legislation to crack down on sex-trafficking