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The Gospel Coalition - How to Tell the Difference Between the PCA and PCUSA
The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing our confession and theological vision for ministry, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.
Primer on Reading the Bible
Godly Bible study will lead to an increased love for what pleases God (John 8:29; 2 Corinthians 5:9) and a corresponding hatred for the things God hates (Hebrews 1:9). It will lead us to seek first God's kingdom and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and to do all that we do for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). It will lead us to have passion for Jesus and compassion for people (Matthew 22:37–40; 1 Timothy 1:5; Revelation 2:4). Jesus prayed that the Father’s love for him would be in us and that he would be in us (John 17:26). He prayed that we would experience the Father’s love for us, have deep fellowship with him, and then love him as his Father does (Romans 5:5; 1 John 4:19). Such love is upward-facing toward God and outward-facing toward others. To say that we love God while failing to show love to others signifies a failure to love God truly (1 John 4:20).
The TC Apologetics Daily
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5 Prayers That Changed the World
These little prayers may well have felt like drops in the ocean to those who prayed them, but there are some prayers that made an impact that echoes throughout the generations, inspires others in their walk with God and led to revolutions of the move of the Spirit across the world. As Oswald Chambers wrote, "Prayer does not equip us for greater works—prayer is the greater work."
Meriam Ibrahim Released Again; Sudan Confirms US Family Is Safe
Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian mother who had been sentenced to death in Sudan by Islamic authorities, has been re-released, according to reports on Tuesday late afternoon. Ibrahim was originally sentenced to death and ordered to be lashed for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity, however, she was set free from prison on Monday when an appeals court overturned the original conviction. The joy of her release was short-lived, however, as she and her Christian husband were detained at an airport in Sudan less than 24 hours following her release. But another update on Tuesday has confirmed that Ibrahim has once again been released by Sudanese authorities.
The Aesthetics of Prophecy
Beauty is all the rage. You can’t get three sentences in modern theology without tripping over words like “aesthetics” and “beauty” and “Christianity and the arts.” And in many ways this is a welcome shift. The several-century Christian retreat from the arts seems in many ways on its way to a full reversal. Francis Schaeffer has begotten many godchildren, and they are busy exploring, engaging, and perhaps most hearteningly, creating .
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.
Evangelicalism’s major turn: the need for ‘generation replant’
For the past 30 years, evangelicals have been learning anew the importance of church planting. Excitement and passion for church planting come right from the New Testament, which is a manifesto for planting rightly ordered churches. A generation of young evangelical pastors have been righteously infected with the vision for church planting. Their heroes are church planters, their inspiration is church planting and their missiology is directed toward the birth of new churches. That must continue. Church planting must remain at the forefront of our mission efforts. The only documentable evangelistic and congregational growth experienced by evangelicals within America’s major urban areas directly traces back to newly planted churches — and replanted churches.
N.T. Wright Argues Against Same-Sex Marriage
It isn’t that that is the downgrading of marriage, it’s something that clearly has gone on for some time which is now poking it’s head above the parapet. If that’s what you thought marriage meant, then clearly we haven’t done a very good job in society as a whole and in the church in particular in teaching about just what a wonderful mystery marriage is supposed to be. Simply at that level, I think it’s a nonsense. It’s like a government voting that black should be white. Sorry, you can vote that if you like, you can pass it by a total majority, but it isn’t actually going to change the reality.
VA Whistleblower: 'I Feel Horrible About What I've Done' - NBC News
For the first time, one of the original whistleblowers in the growing scandal involving the VA hospitals is breaking her silence.
Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, with a life steeped in faith, may be the ideal plaintiff in the looming Supreme Court showdown over religious freedom and the Affordable Cate Act contraception mandate. (RNS)
Demonologist and Ex-Cop Behind Possession Film 'Deliver Us From Evil' Says Everyone Born Into Spiritual Battle
Deliver Us From Evil , the latest in a string of Hollywood projects inspired by belief in the demonic, is based on the experiences of a former police officer-turned-demonologist who says everyone born automatically becomes involved in a spiritual battle, whether or not they believe in God.
Why World Cup whining is blind to the beauty of sports
The World Cup reaps its harvest in summertime. With each Cup, a fresh crop of fans spring from the earth like overnight mushrooms. Every fourth summer, flags and patriotic t-shirts and beach towels are snappily unfurled from dormancy. After the Olympics, this is the golden hour of international unfurling.
Kevin DeYoung: five questions for Christians who support same-sex marriage
So what are we as Christians trying to accomplish by trying to prevent gay marriage for unbelievers? I’m using the word trying because we’re not actually preventing gay marriage. We are however creating more hatred towards the church and God. In the process we are also providing fuel for anti-theism. ‘Attacking’ homosexuals is often something that anti-theists use as evidence that religion (Christianity in particular) is harmful and in some cases they are right. I don’t see how this glorifies God. In many cases it takes priority over spreading the gospel, providing for the homeless and protecting those who cannot protect themselves. When NPR posted a story about human trafficking one atheist commented “why isn’t the church doing something about this?” Actually there are para church organizations that are working with victims of human trafficking but the church as a whole doesn’t seem very motivated in addressing the issue. What would happen if the energy used to oppose gay marriage was focused in more productive directions like glorifying God, spreading the gospel and helping those in need? That’s what I see in the Gospels and in Paul’s letters.
"Edge of Tomorrow" - Sacrifice, Brutality, and Choice
I have not read the manga that “Edge of Tomorrow” was based on, “ All You Need is Kill ,” but I have heard that there is some juxtaposition over the primacy of the community vs. individual in either. “Edge of Tomorrow” shows this kind of valuation in many ways throughout the film. First, there is Cage’s continued efforts to save Rita, despite what it might cost–including going on one part of the mission alone in order to prevent her death. Second, there is the concept of both Cage and Rita valuing the community of humanity over the self by willingly spending all the time they have left trying to defend humanity rather than find a way to survive themselves. Finally, both Cage and Rita choose to place the community over the self when rather than trying to save one or the other, they both do what needs to be done and give themselves to save humanity.
Bill Maher Says Obama Is Really an Atheist, Mocks Hillary Clinton's Devotion to The Bible
HBO talk show host Bill Maher said in a Monday interview with the "Daily Show's" Jon Stewart that he does not find President Barack Obama's Christian faith to be genuine, arguing that he is really an atheist, and mocked former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent comments that the Bible is her biggest influence.
Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes Have Joined the Coen Brothers' New Movie
The Coen brothers' next movie is being called Hail Caeser! , and follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who pulls the strings of major studios to get what they want (if it sounds like the Coens want to brutally bite the hand that feeds, remember that Inside Llewyn Davis got stood up for any Oscar nominees last year, so Hollywood sort of asked for it). George Clooney will star as the fixer, and Channing Tatum will play a "Gene Kelly-type," which sounds pretty perfect. Ralph Fiennes will star as a big studio exec and Tilda Swinton will play a gossip columnist. All in all, it sounds like great news for people who like great movies ...
Apologist Blake Giunta takes on atheist Dan Barker on the nature of God
In a recent conversational debate with apologist Blake Giunta, who runs the new apologetics debate web site treesearch.org , this seems to be the argument that atheist Dan Barker tried to use. Of course, the whole silly line of reasoning blew up wonderfully in his face. Blake pointed out that every worldview is going to have its fundamental entities, and these are just going to be such that they, trivially, cannot be reduced to some more fundamental entity which it “is” (otherwise it wouldn’t have been a fundamental entity). Blake pointed out that Dan believes in a fundamental entity, namely matter, and that if Dan used his own argument against himself, he would have to say matter does not exist. it was fun to watch Dan squirm so much about 8 minutes in!
John Lennox in Springfield, MO: No, Evidence and Faith Are Not a Contradiction in Terms
Lennox pointed out that atheists have a belief system too, that is to say a faith. He recounted an exchange he once had with bioethicist Peter Singer. Singer asked him, "Were your parents Christians?" When Lennox replied that they were, Singer said that was one of his problems with religious belief: children tend to adopt the faith of their parents. So, Lennox asked Singer, "Were your parents atheists?" Singer replied that they were. "Well, so you adopted your parents' faith!", Lennox replied. "No," Singer answered, "because atheism is not a faith. It denies faith." To which Lennox quipped, "Really? I thought you believed it!" That little story made the point very well.
Q&A: Word of Faith, Marijuana, and the Watchers - Christian Research Institute
Why do you emphasize the legalization of marijuana as part of the moral decline of our nation, but not alcohol or pornography? What makes marijuana immoral?
5 Powerful Prayers From the Bible You Should Memorize
The answer is quite simple. The Bible is littered with prayers from our ancestors in the faith, who occupied time and space with God's glorious presence. There's great power in these prayers, just as there was when they were first uttered, and it's well worth our mental space to memorize and pray them on a regular basis.
This GoPro Footage of Polar Bears Looking for Sea Ice Is Just Amazing
So, who actually interviewed the polar bears and was told that they were indeed, searching for sea ice??? I'm going to wager that at least some of the time, they were looking for seal-burgers or other of their favorite foods and furthermore, they know exactly where this elusive sea ice is and will plod on over there when they are good and ready...
Christian Group: Malaysian Court's Decision to Ban Catholic Newspaper's Use of 'Allah' 'Seriously Flawed'
The interdenominational Christian Federation of Malaysia has warned that believers in the country face "serious negative consequences" after the Supreme Court again confirmed that a Catholic newspaper is not allowed to use the word "Allah" to refer to God.
WORLD | Congressman blasts PCUSA hypocrisy | J.C. Derrick | June 24, 2014
WASHINGTON—A senior member of Congress on Tuesday blasted the Presbyterian Church (USA) on the House floor for its recent decisions on marriage and Israel while refusing to stand with persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Perspective: Thoughts on immigration
Oklahoma Baptists are on record (Resolution No. 5, On Immigration; 2013 BGCO Annual Meeting) calling for prayer for our national leaders to find a “wise, just and compassionate” solution. Russell Moore spoke on the subject at our recent SBC convention. He joined his predecessor, Richard Land, in calling for sealed borders followed by development of a path for illegal immigrants who are law abiding to pay a penalty and then be given citizenship.
Kari Jobe Explains Worshiping with Different Cultures Around the World and Denominational Changes in Church Worship Culture (VIDEO INTERVIEW)
"I know when we're in church, and say we are doing a night of worship, I love that the presence of God can shift an atmosphere. I talk to a lot of worship leaders who want to change the culture in their churches that people would want to come more expectant to the presence of God, and maybe it's a certain denomination they are in and they want the people to want to worship deeper, you can do that, you can pastor people to the place where they want the culture and the church to change. I think we are living in a day where that is happening in a lot of churches. I have to ask that sometimes, 'what denomination are we in?' because the expectancy of the presence or the spirit of God, you can't tell if there's a denomination you know, or if people are just hungry for the presence of God. So we can change a culture in our churches, we can culture in our lives just by wanting more of the presence of God," she explained.