The Refining Reason Debate: Matt Dillahunty VS Sye Ten Bruggencate
On May 31, 2014 at the Marriot East's Grand Ballroom in Memphis, TN, atheist Matt Dillahunty and presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate took the stag...
A Conversation on Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Supreme Court
Biola University professors Scott Rae and Tom Wilson discuss Hobby Lobby's case before the U.S. Supreme Court, concerning whether Christian-owned businesses ...
How do you know objective morality is based on God?
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - If objective morality exists, how do we know it's based on God? How do we make that connection? William Lane Craig answers. ...
Johnny Cash Cover - I Won't Back Down
Written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. A song about standing up for yourself and for what you believe in.
Planned Parenthood leans on stereotypes to argue view on Hobby Lobby case - Faith & Reason
However the Supreme Court rules, images of ogre bosses ruling women's reproductive lives don't inform the contraceptive mandate debate.
Meet a Famous Creation Scientist at Camp Infinity! | Around the World with Ken Ham
As a Bible-believing Christian, Raymond believes that God created the world in six 24-hour days, just as recorded in the book of Genesis. Men like Bill Nye have stated that belief in biblical creation prohibits scientific discovery, but Dr. Damadian clearly provides a counter example to such false statements. In my recent debate with Bill Nye, I played this video clip of Dr. Damadian in which he clearly states what he believes:
History Could Happen Again
Like Edwards and his spiritual children, we should pray for global revival through the worldwide advance of the gospel. While few of us likely affirm Edwards’s postmillennialism, we can still pray that the kingdom would advance and that the Lord Jesus Christ would hasten his return as the gospel takes root among every people group. We should pray for revival in our own lives, families, local churches, and denominations. And we should long to see that revival escalate into a full-blown spiritual awakening that transforms entire communities through the power of the gospel.
Pat Robertson Says Tattoos, Even Christian Ones, Are 'Heathen'
Televangelist Pat Robertson has weighed in on whether or not Christians should get tattoos, stating that it is a "heathen practice" to get a tattoo.
Advice for Christian parents from a woman who left Christianity at university
I needed someone who I knew loved me to sit down with me long before all of these problems arose, look me in the eye and tell me how easy and how difficult it is to be a Christian. I needed someone cared for me to unpack 2 Corinthians 5:21 and point out that by being “in Christ” I would be judged by Christ’s perfect life instead of my own. I needed to know that the faith is not about “keeping the rules” but about doing things and not doing certain things to show my love and gratitude to God for what He did for me. I needed to be able to read the Bible, especially the Old Testament, in a way that always pointed to Jesus Christ. I needed to understand that God has graciously given us the spiritual disciplines of fasting, prayer, serving the poor, worship, etc. to help me grow. I needed to hear that all Christians struggle with sin and will, to a certain degree, until they go to be with the Lord or He returns to be with us.
Men Have Forgotten God - Stand to Reason Blog
Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." (Edward E. Ericson, Jr. "Solzhenitsyn – Voice from the Gulag.")
Faith and Fitness:
Pastor Loses 180 Pounds
At 356 pounds , 21-year-old Liana Sims knew that though her weight had yet to kill her physically, it had already been fatal to her confidence. She stopped traveling because airplane seatbelts couldn’t meet around her waist. She declined friends’ invitations to the local amusement park for fear that she wouldn’t fit on its rides.
Grace to You
But when properly understood, James' teaching on salvation is perfectly consistent with Paul's. Paul clearly taught salvation by grace. In Ephesians 2:8-9 he says, "By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." But Paul also taught that true salvation results in good works, for in the next verse he says, "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Stunningly Simple Kitchen Trick Has People Calling This Man the ‘Most Genius Husband in the Universe’
How much of your life has been spent cutting grapes or cherry tomatoes in half for various recipes or for young children? OK, admittedly not that much, but just wait until you see how much time you could have been saving all along if cutting grapes in half has been a priority for you.
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.
Exclusive: Michael Brown Opens Up About His Upcoming Debate With Matthew Vines on 'Gay Christians'
He's familiar with the arguments which means he has hardened his heart to them, but I'm absolutely praying that the Spirit will convict and point him to the truth and that, perhaps this debate will be the beginning of a brand new journey for him. That being said—and I do not mean this in a condescending way, since I respect Matthew as a serious, thinking young man—he's closer in age to my oldest granddaughter than to my youngest daughter. So of course, I have a tender place in my heart for him and want to help him really know the Lord and make Him known, thereby bringing freedom and salvation to many LGBT-identified people.
Grace to You
The narrow gate also demands we must go through naked. This is a gate of self-denial—you can’t carry the baggage of sin and self-will. The way of Christ is the way of the cross, and the way of the cross is self-denial: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:24–25).
WORLD | Meriam Ibrahim freed again | June 26, 2014
UPDATE (9 a.m. EDT, June 26): Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, and their two children have been freed again after being re-arrested on Tuesday while trying to leave the country. Ibrahim's lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahman, said this morning the family was detained at Khartoum's airport over accusations they had forged their travel documents. Daniel Wani, Ibrahim's husband, said on Monday the family planned to leave for the United States as soon as possible.
Not for Sale: Let's end slavery in the UK
Christians have worked for hundreds of years to free slaves and end slavery. It’s nearly 200 years since Parliament passed William Wilberforce’s Slavery Abolition Act and yet there are still slaves working here in the UK.
Who Is God? A Google Hangout on God's Attributes with Steven Lawson
As we seek to leverage new technology for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, we regularly host live Google Hangouts with Christian leaders.
Alumni Academy | Summer
Jesus’ final words to his first-century disciples were “go, make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28.18-20). Twenty-first century churches carry the same mission, sent as Jesus was sent to be a witness to the gospel among billions around the globe. How, though, can a local church and individual believers fully embrace the Great Commission call to intercultural evangelism, discipleship, and church planting? How can we do missions well?
ISIS militants rape Christian mother and daughter who couldn't pay poll tax
The nightmare continues for Christians living in ISIS-controlled areas as militants exact brutal punishment for those who fall short of their strict and violent interpretation of Islam.
The Gospel Coalition - Not Your Stereotypical Pastor’s Wife
At first, Tim preached, and I was the staff. I typed and made sure the bulletin was printed, bought the hospitality groceries, kept the nursery, hired the musicians, and more. As we grew and added staff, though, I gratefully let go of piece after piece, until there were no pieces left. I then had to ask, What do I want to do? What do I feel called to do? The typical (if there is such a thing) pastor’s wife role did not apply, as most people had no idea who I was. (This was a plus, especially for our kids.) Words are my best thing, so I chose to oversee Redeemer’s communications and media. When that became more digitized, though, I found myself out of my depth. So I hired a director to take my position and became the assistant director of communications and media. Unofficially, I am the Keeper of the Memory and the Quality Control Officer.
The Gospel Coalition - Teach Us to Want
One of my favorite moments of the book is when Michel considers desires and contentment. I am a woman filled with longings; there are things that I want, but that―for whatever reason―the Lord has not yet given me. Concerning these things, I have often preached the gospel to myself, saying, "There is great gain in godliness with contentment" (1 Tim. 6:6). This is good and true, and it is important to fight for contentment in his provision. Yet my heart is prone to deception. Michel puts this point perfectly: "The failure to want may not be contentment at all. It may be cowardice. We could be profoundly afraid to place our bets on God."
WASHINGTON: US economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1 - Business Breaking News - MiamiHerald.com
The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.
The Gospel Coalition - How to Be Content But Not Complacent
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.
Report: ISIS Issues Pro-Rape Fatwa in Northern Iraq
Now that the liberation of the Nineveh province by the mujahideen is a fact, the mujahideen feel the warm welcoming by their brothers and sisters in the province of Nineveh. Following the defeat of the sectarian army, god willing, we vow that this province will remain safe and protected by the mujahideen.
God's Not Dead: No Need for Evolution: God’s Fingerprints are Everywhere
Sir Fred Hoyle dispels unguided evolution by
setting forth the following: “The laws of nuclear physics have been
deliberately designed with regard to the consequences they produce inside
stars. If this is so, apparently random quirks have become part of a deep-laid
scheme.” He called creation a “put up job.” The Lord’s fingerprints are
imprinted on every part of the universe, from the tiniest atom to the largest
galaxy. I enjoy examining the proof of God’s design and engineering. But in actuality,
everything is evidence of God having created time, space, and matter. There is
nothing in the world that is not evidence for a Creator. The believer is not
merely to defend the faith with probabilities. It is impossible for God not to
be the Creator. We have a perfect certainty that God hurled and fashioned this
universe together for His glory. We must stand on God’s word and say to the
world: God lives, and He is not silent.
Origin of life: Stanley Miller's forgotten experiments, analyzed
Stanley Miller, the chemist whose landmark experiment published in 1953 showed how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth, left behind boxes of experimental samples that he never analyzed. The first-ever analysis of some of Miller's old samples has revealed another way that important molecules could have formed on early Earth.
World Cup Star Credits Jesus For His Success
Rocked by a sex scandal in early 2010, the sports world was also surprised when Tiger Woods invoked his Buddhist faith while apologizing for his actions. Woods said he had strayed from Buddhist practice and finding that path again would be a big part of rebuilding his life.
(Photo: U.S. golfer Tiger Woods watches his shot after connecting on approach to the18th hole on the final day of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, on Dec. 4, 2011. Woods won the Chevron World Challenge on a one-shot triumph in an unofficial 18-man event, his first victory since a 2009 sex scandal shattered his iconic image. Woods had gone 26 starts worldwide without a victory as personal turmoil was followed by struggles on the course with swing changes and, this year, injuries that curtailed his playing time and stalled his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles at 14.)
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What Ramadan Means to Me Now that I’m a Christian
Now that I see the world through the lens of the Gospel, what Ramadan means to me is an opportunity to love Muslims as Jesus loved us. Just as He was willing to enter into our context so that God might be glorified, so also we can commune with Muslims during Ramadan so that Jesus might be glorified. With open hearts and open doors, what better opportunity is there to build bridges? It is only once we love and trust each other that the Gospel can be most compellingly shared.
The Gospel Coalition - Download the New TGCW14 App
We are excited for you to join thousands of women from around the world at The Gospel Coalition 2014 Women's Conference (#TGCW14). To help you plan for the weekend and get the most out of it, we've designed this app to provide lots of helpful information. In this app you can . . .
New Studies Confirm Americans Can't Handle Their Weed or Booze
Americans don't seem to know that too much of a good thing can be bad. New reports published today show that more people in the U.S. are seeking help for marijuana related health problems as alcohol continues to take a great toll on the body politic.
Middle East North Africa Analysis
Join Premier’s Marcus Jones and international lawyer and church consultant Dr Harry Hagopian as they unpack developments in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region. Whether it’s the conflict in Syria, the persecution of Christians in Egypt or the peace process in Israel and Palestine, each month with the help of an extra guest we’ll look into the various situations, what it means for Christians there and how we can be praying for the region.
Walk with Forbearance
Direct and indirect retaliation can be so appealing to our sinful hearts. We would love to rise to the throne of God and exact justice on those who do us wrong. But vengeance is the Lord’s, our motives are almost always selfish, and our sense of justice is twisted. It’s a good thing there’s only one Judge in the universe!
A Different Kind of Millennial Problem
I was half-way through this piece before I realized that the statement of a “problem.” was irony. In a culture of transparency, why apologize for thinking your church is wonderful? However, I do admit that the overstatement of an imagined problem is an effective tool because who would read a post entitled “Why we have no millennial problem.” I say imagined problems because I followed the church website link and it is easy to see why the church is reaching those under 30. The staff is essentially an elder team made up of young men. Maybe number 10 on this list could be to make sure your staff is under 45? It seems that the lack of “solid older people who will stick around and pour into the mass of youth” is not just a congregational problem. I also see a few swats taken at the old guard who “equate church leadership with politics and inefficiency.” When reading the 9 reasons, this church sounds amazing! Thanks for the great suggestions on the reaching those under 30! Each generation has it’s own cultural values and identity.
Click here to support Housing, Office, & Support by Gretchen Passantino Coburn
We are in critical danger (July 8 sale date) of losing our home & home office & research library to foreclosure. We believe that God wants us to stay in this home/office, devoting the stamina & energy he provides us to Christian ministry. We have exhausted all other options. We need $20,000 within the next 2 weeks to save our home from forced foreclosure sale & reinstate mortgages & update property taxes. We need $20,000 over the year to meet our expenses until our Answers In Action non-profit status is restored, my early retirement SS begins, & Pat's hardship VA benefit kicks in. God has called us to ministry focus, me with 40 years of full-time Christian ministry in apologetics & discipleship, Pat with his trauma, combat, & critical medical crisis experience sharing the grace & sufficiency of Christ with others in crisis & trauma. Please pray about helping us to stay in our home & serve the Lord.
How American Evangelical Christianity Has Changed…
Eighth, and related to “seventh,” when I was growing up…evangelical Christianity in America prepared its people, especially young people, for persecution and expected it. We fully expected that someday, probably in our own lifetimes, society and even government would arrest us and possibly even torture us for our fervent loyalty to Jesus Christ above “this world.” When I watched on TV the ATF assault on the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco and the ensuing FBI siege of the compound and eventual attack on it with a tank and gas I thought to myself: “That’s what we evangelicals used to expect would happen to us—someday.” I don’t know how many evangelical youth events I participated in where we pretended to be a group of Christians worshiping in secret only to have other members of the youth group “break in” (pretending to be government agents) and “arrest” us. That was a common practice in evangelical youth groups in the 1950s and 1960s. It was evangelical churches’ way of preparing their youth for persecution which they should experience on some level even now (then) if they were being “good Christians” in public (at school).
Our faith is, more often than not, more both/and than either/or. Man’s responsibility or God’s sovereignty? Yes. Mourning or dancing? Yes. Living or dying? Yes. Our temptation in light of this is always to push for one side or the other. When we affirm man’s responsibility, some hear a denial of God’s sovereignty and vice versa. When we see someone mourning, we insist that they dance and vice versa. We ought to dance, even as we ought to mourn. And if we do it right, we find ourselves mourning while we dance and dancing while we mourn.
Mike Adams - Questions from a Concerned Parent
A parent wrote to me last week asking for my honest assessment of my university. His reason for writing is that his son is enrolling at UNC-Wilmington in the fall. He directly asked whether I would send my own son to the university where I teach. He also asked some other pointed questions. I thought my answers would make an informative column for parents who are about to send their Christian children to secular universities like UNCW. So here goes. His unedited questions and my responses follow:
Speaking about the introduction of the bill, House Ways and Means Chairman Camp said : “Children in foster care deserve a place to call home, not just for a few months or years but for good. Having focused on adoption since arriving in Congress—and having helped create the Adoption Incentives program—I know by providing states with incentives for adoptions we can encourage them to do more to help these children. We have already seen great progress in increasing adoptions since this program was created in 1997, and it is our hope to continue this progress with this bill. This bill also includes critical reforms involving preventing sex trafficking and improving normalcy among youth in foster care, as well as provisions that will ensure children receive the financial support they need from their parents, including if one parent has moved overseas. I encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill in the House, and I hope the Senate will also act soon so we can continue to move even more foster children into permanent homes.”
Why Rachel Held Evans is wrong about contraception
From reading this article along with several other articles by Rachel Held Evans, it seems she purposely baits conservative evangelicals, but then complains that her views were “misrepresented” every time she gets called out. For instance, she’ll write a piece on homosexuality where you get the feeling that there’s a 99% chance she does not think it is a sin. But she is purposely vague about her actual view and does not actually make the statement that “Homosexuality is not sinful”, therefore, she pounces on anyone who accuses her on abandoning the historical Christian view on sexuality. She has done the same thing on the historicity of the Old Testament.
Michael Horton, author of CALVIN ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: GLORIFYING AND ENJOYING GOD FOREVER | Books at a glance
It’s in the details, especially examples I take from his personal correspondence, advice, and reminiscences of friends, where the summary I’ve just offered takes on life. Too often, Calvin is nearly worshipped or vilified. He was a fragile man who repeatedly acknowledged his weaknesses and even sins to others. He knew that he needed the gospel every day and also the whole body of Christ, not a catalogue of “personal steps to victory.” In this book I talk a lot about Calvin’s reliance on the Psalms, the important role of emotions in the Christian life, coming to experience God as our Father in Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. One maxim you find strewn across Calvin’s writings is the phrase “distinction without separation.” You have to distinguish the persons of the Trinity without separating them from the one essence that they share. The same is true of Christ’s two natures in one person, Word and Spirit, the sacramental signs and their reality, justification and sanctification, our dual citizenship in the church and in the world, and so forth.
This 74-Year-Old Lived in Fear of His Stutter - Then He Became a Star With a Little Sinatra (VIDEO)
All his life, Frank Dmitri wanted to be a singer, but a stutter robbed him of confidence. A 74-year-old now, Dmitri decided to finally chase his dream, so he auditioned for "America's Got Talent" by singing Frank Sinatra's "I've Got the World on a String." When you see the crowd's reaction, you'll agree: He does.
World Vision, recovering from gay policy shift, tries to shore up its evangelical base - Religion News Service
In the past, World Vision has requested that it be known as a Christian humanitarian organization, not necessarily an evangelical one, because many on staff are not from an evangelical background. But now, in the wake of the controversy, the board of the $1 billion relief group appears to be steering the ship in a more evangelical direction in an attempt to shore up the base of its support.
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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.
Church revitalization: restoring the church’s first love
Church revitalization, first and foremost, is not a plan; it’s not a scheme; it’s not a strategy. Primarily, revitalization is a reconnecting with the heart, mind and purpose of the Lord of the church himself; it is a spiritual matter. Revitalization is remembering what God has done, calling for repentance where there is unrepentant sin. Where there is a doubt in the capacity of God we call for faith. We proclaim the Word of God. And we lay out once again what it means to be the church. The goal of revitalization is to help people recapture — as Jesus says in Revelation to the Ephesians — their “first love.”
The best explanation for the design of bird wings is intelligent design
How hard can it be to make a flexible wing flap for an airplane? Almost all aircraft today use rigid wings with rigid landing flaps. They work, but they waste fuel. German engineers embarked on a mission to reduce kerosene consumption by 6%: “integrating flexible landing devices into aircraft wings is one step towards that target,” a news item from Fraunhofer says. They’ve named the project SARISTU, for Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures.
Co-Leadership in Marriage: Who's in Authority? - The Junia Project
Throughout the past three decades, we’ve counseled hundreds of couples, exploring authority, headship , and submission and reviewing the biblical commands for the husband—as head—to nourish, cherish, and be willing to die for his wife (Ephesians 5). Our real-life experience is that an authority model may work fine for some couples when things are going well. But when chaos surfaces and the going gets tough, or when couples reach a logjam, many husbands revert to the teaching of some religious leaders that headship includes a functional hierarchy with the husband over the wife. Traditional-hierarchical-complementarian marriage proponents often mistakenly interpret a handful of marriage texts and reach the conclusion that—unless something is immoral or illegal—a husband has authority to compel his wife to submit to him in the decision-making process.
On Christian Music
I do wonder, however, whether the label just becomes that: a label. It may not reflect the actual content of the lyrics or music (as is admitted in the case of “As I Lay Dying”), but parents feel comfortable picking up a CD from that section simply because it gets called “Christian.” I think that’s not the greatest practice (more on this below). Another problem is that the label of “Christian Music” implies a wholly separate and distinct category of “non-Christian” music, which does not seem to be accurate. So-called “secular” music is often performed by or written by Christians and reflects that.
Kevin Dibbley: A Note for Josh at the birth of Grace
2. Don't take yourself so seriously. That may sound like a
strange thing to say, especially at a time in our culture when there is a great
need for serious parenting, and in
particular, diligent and faithful fathering. I am not saying that as a Dad you
don't need to give yourself fully to your calling to love and to lead. What I
do mean is that you need to recognize that God is big enough for the road
ahead. When Moses was in the midst of his journey leading the nation of Israel, he
became overwhelmed by the task. Israel
was a tough nation. Moses' fear, however, was not the dread of seeing how
messed up Israel
was. He was afraid of seeing his own inadequacies and failures. In fact, at one
point, he pleads with the Lord that if the Lord has favour upon him, that He
should kill Moses, so that Moses wouldn't have to look at his own
"wretchedness" (Numbers 11:15). You are about to get a life long tour
of your own inadequacies. Remember then that God did not put this child in your
hands because He wanted you to show how competent you are. He put this child in
your hands to show you how great His love and goodness are.
When is it OK to Quit?
There are several valid reasons to quit your job or other obligations. But of course, you shouldn’t just give it up on a whim without first having given a considerable amount of time and thought towards this decision. Seek advice from people you trust. Pray. Assess the over all situation—is it financially feasible to quit your job right now? Do you have something else lined up? If you back out of helping lead worship at church right now, will they have time to find someone to take your place?
Other Duties As Required
Most employees have the infamous “Other Duties As Required” line item at the foot of their job description. Ministry jobs are no different. One look at your workweek calendar might reveal that those “other required duties” send you speeding toward chaos or, inversely, leave you stalled on the rails of ministry progress.
The Jaw-Dropping Way a Player Reacted When His NBA Career Was Destroyed
Baylor center Isaiah Austin was expected to be among those included in the upcoming NBA draft before he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. Austin, who is also legally blind in his right eye, announced earlier this week that he would be forced to quit basketball.