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The Idolatry of Chasing a ‘Perfect’ Body
3 unhealthy consequences to health obsession.
Origin-of-Life Research: Start Over
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
US Ministers' Conference Live Stream - Banner of Truth
Welcome to the US Ministers’ Conference live stream webpage. This year the Banner will be providing a live video stream for all of the conference addresses taking place at our US Ministers’ Conference. View the schedule below to see when …
Bishop "very disappointed" with "who can frighten people the most" EU debate - premier
The Bishop of Derby has told Premier about his disappointment in the EU debate so far, calling it a competition of "who can frighten people the most".
Am I Good Enough to Go to Heaven?
Will God allow me into heaven? Have I lived a good enough life? Sean briefly answers these questions from the life and teachings of Jesus.
Answering Listener Email - Part 2 (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #64) | Cold Case Christianity
In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace responds to emails from viewers of the show. (1) Are moral standards simply a matter of personal or cultural preference? (2) Why do Christians view the apostolic martyrdoms as valuable evidence of the veracity of their claims, yet reject the martyrdoms of other religious groups as evidence? (3) How can I interact with my Mormon friends about the Book of Mormon when I seem to use the same criteria to validate what I believe about the Bible?
Grace to You Radio
A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.
The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything
The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it.
What the Bleep Does the Bible Say About Profanity?
I think it is useful to distinguish between profanity and obscenity. Obscenity is a subset of profanity, together with words that treat God's name irreverently or words that take His holy actions lightly. Thus, for example, only God has the right to damn someone to Hell, so damning someone or something, or telling someone to go to Hell, or using the word Hell as though it's not a reality, all fail to treat God with reverence. To my knowledge, no Biblical author does this, certainly not in a casual way that really have nothing to do with condemnation or Hell. Increasingly, however, Christians are beginning to do so (e.g., by saying something is a "helluva" good thing, or by saying "OMG" merely to express surprise or strong emotion).
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EXCLUSIVE: Evangelical leaders to quiz Trump on faith and values | Fox News
Donald Trump has agreed to meet privately with some of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical leaders – a meeting seen as critical to garnering support from social conservatives, Fox News has learned.
When the road was difficult and the enemies intimidating and the battle raging, God was near to his children, standing by ready to help and protect and satisfy them. He gave them his manual and then moved in with them. And his presence would overpower every obstacle and ultimately win. We say with Moses, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). And God does go with his people, all who are in Christ, wherever we go.
‘Arrested Development’ Is ‘Definitely’ Coming Back for a New Season
There’s a recut, too, of the fourth season, just to make it airable on TV. They’re like the old Arrested Developments. We redid all the narration and reshot a few little things. Now we have 22 episodes, and they’re delightful to watch and they’re much less work than the Netflix series. My hope is we’ll find a place to air those.
Grace to You
After the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, Jesus was challenged by the crowd to perform an even greater miracle in John 6:30.“Our fathers ate the manna,” they said (v. 31), implying that Jesus’ miraculous feeding was a small miracle compared to what Moses did. In order for them to believe in Him, they would need to see Him feed the nation of Israel on the same scale that God did when He sent manna and fed the entire nation of Israel during their wilderness wanderings for 40 years (Ex. 16:11–36).They were demanding that Jesus outdo Moses if they were to believe in Him.
The Surprising New Findings that Could Re-Shape the Pro-Life Movement
Obviously, but Roe v. Wade was a legal case. And because one of the most decisive victories for the so-called “pro-choice” side was legal, almost all of the energy in the fight against abortion in the U.S. seems to center on the legal front. So as this study reveals that the legal status of abortion plays a statistically non existent role in affecting abortion rates, we will need to rethink those energies. Abortion certainly isn’t less than a legal issue, but it is far more.
The Real Battle for Sexual Purity
As you war against your flesh, as you fight against lust and addiction, as you counsel others in the battle, aim higher and deeper than outer moral conformity. Feel your inability to produce lasting life change apart from the work of God’s Spirit. Pray for a heart that is so enamored with the beauty of Christ that it despises the temptations of sin. Win the inner victory with Christ’s help, and the external victories will not be far off.
Stories Are Light, Ranting Is Arson
I’m not saying, “Don’t pursue civil justice and virtuous laws.” I’m not advocating silence when speaking up for the defenseless is demanded. Do it! Please! But wake up to the reality that stories shape culture and culture shapes politics. D.C. follows Hollywood, Hollywood does not follow D.C. How much time and money do we invest . . . and where? How much time do we invest in murmuring and worrying, to no avail?
Evil Looks Like You
But then there’s this: nobody is beyond hope. Nobody is beyond redemption. There is no sin so great that God’s gospel is not greater still. Make no mistake: God is holy and just. It’s not graceless to suggest Dzhokhar’s older brother has already begun his eternal damnation. But it’s graceless to suggest it’s the only option awaiting Dzhokhar himself. The same apostle Paul who served and died for Christianity was previously one of its leading opponents and most violent persecutors. When he talks about the difference between being dead apart from Jesus and being alive in Jesus, he knows what he’s talking about. And as long as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is breathing, there’s time to repent and believe. For he who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might be called the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). If that offends you, I don’t think you know what the face of evil looks like. Or the face of love.
In Roman law, which people followed in the New Testament, you could disown a child you birthed. But if you adopted a child, you were forbidden to ever disown them. God says you are not only born again into his family, but he has adopted you, and there is no way he will ever disown you. That’s good news!
Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?
For starters, unless Jesus of Nazareth is on the ballot, any election forces us to choose the lesser of evils. Across every party and platform, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Still, the question is a valid one. Believing in human depravity doesn’t negate our sense of responsibility. By the standard of God’s law, every person is a liar, but that doesn’t mean we should hire an employee we know has a pattern of lying. Jesus taught that all who have lust in their hearts are adulterers, but that doesn’t mean a woman should shrug her shoulders when she learns her potential new husband is a serial philanderer.
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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 .
Joy Changes Everything
Thirdly, we rejoice when we think of the future. Christ will return, and when he returns we will receive in full the inheritance already prepared for us in heaven. This is not something to be pushed to the margins of our Christian lives. It has to be absolutely central, as it was in the life of Christ, who in his closing hours focused his mind on the glory which would follow the completion of his work (John 17:1–5). Indeed, it is so central that when Peter urges us to be ready to witness to Christ at every opportunity, he describes this witness as a defense, not of our faith, but of our hope (1 Peter 3:15). If we bear in mind the close connection between hope and joy, what Peter is really saying is, “Be sure you are always ready to speak up whenever non-Christians ask you to explain the joy that so clearly fills your lives.”
The most depressing moment of the 2016 race
For those of us with a certain political bent and background, this is the most depressing moment of all. The best of the GOP — Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, the intellectually serious reformicons who have called attention to issues of poverty and the need for Republican outreach — are bending their knee to the worst nominee in their party’s history. Ryan drags himself slowly. Rubio eventually went with a quick Band-Aid pull. But the largest political choice each man has made this year will be one of the worst mistakes of their careers.
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Grieve and Receive the Gift of Special Needs
I find it so helpful to reflect on what Paul did when he was given a gift that he didn’t want (2 Corinthians 12:7–10). He identified it as fundamentally destructive: “a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me.” Yet he also recognised what God was doing through it: “to keep me from becoming conceited.” Yet he also prayed emphatically that it might be removed: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.” Yet he also found a place of peace with it: “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content. . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong.” By affirming both its divine purpose and its fallen nature, he was able to hold exactly the tension we have been talking about.
5 Things We Can’t Control
As human beings we like to think that we are masters of our own fate. We enjoy thinking that we are autonomous individuals whose personal decisions have made us who we are in life. Philosophers even talk about libertarian freewill—defined as the view that an individual who freely made a specific choice could have decided differently (in contrast to some form of determinism). Yet while human volition is a great power in life, there are things that deeply shape our lives that are beyond our control, consent, or wishes.
Meet the Speakers - Premier Christian Radio
This year, Justin Brierley will welcome J. John, Gary Habermas, Jeremiah J Johnston, Tanya Walker, Ruth Jackson, Yemi Adeshina and more to be announced. Find out all about them!
Hey Pastors, Your Preaching Is Not in Vain!
From my seat there is no other vocation that trumps pastoral ministry with the feeling of not making a difference. In addition to our knowledge of our own weakness there is the front-row view of many other people’s problems. The pastor sees people at their worst, whether the horrific effect of sin on their lives or within the church. Furthermore, there is the overall burden to see every member presented complete or mature in Christ (Col. 1.28-29). Oh, and by the way, you, Mr. Pastor, will give an account for the souls of your sheep (Heb. 13.17).
5 Ways to Read the Bible for Personal Application
We must be careful, though, not to think the personal application that can derived from such stories is the primary purpose of the narrative. Although Joseph’s actions were a godly example, they resulted in his being thrown in prison — a situation that God used to carry out his larger purposes. Whenever we apply the Bible indirectly, we need to keep in mind the key truth that the while the Bible is for us it is not about us, but about God.
Is There Any Evidence for the Soul?
An Important Foundation There are many things that we, as Christians, take for granted regarding what we believe about the nature of God and the nature of our physical world. Many of these necessary truths are accepted without much examination, even though they are critical and foundational to the faith that we hold. One such foundational truth is something called “dualism”. As Christians, you and I believe that there is more to this life than the physical world around us. We also believe that this short time span of existence is not all that waits for us as humans. We do have the hope of Heaven. But for this to be true, we have to hold a view of TWO realities: the physical and the spiritual. It is a ‘dual’ view of world around us. We believe in BOTH the brain and the mind, the body and the soul (an essence that differs from the body and is not dissolved by death), the material existence and the spiritual realm. This concept of dualism, the recognition of two co-existent realms and realities, is critical to our faith as Christians. If dualism is NOT true (the opposite view is often called ‘monism’ or ‘physicalism’) then there is no realm in which God exists, we have no souls designed for salvation and life with God, and there is no life beyond this one.
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John Owen by Michael Reeves | May 31, 2016
Dr. Reeves testifies to England’s historical inability to produce theologians. He also mentions that perhaps the most famous British theologian ever was Pelagius, though he is hardly someone to emulate. However, one of the best candidates for the greatest theologian is certainly John Owen, who was once dubbed the Calvin of England. The emergence of this champion of Reformed orthodoxy from his anti-Puritan Laudian context at Oxford is surely a testimony to the sovereign grace of God. This lesson opens up the life and theology of Owen, while the next lesson provides a more in-depth look at his doctrinal approach.
An Emoji Bible Translation Is Now a Reality
I’ve received a lot of tweets, some very nice some very, not nice … But it’s all worth the goal of making the Bible a little more approachable, to inject some levity, and to get people to look at it, with no particular agenda beyond that.
On My Shelf: Life and Books with Jackie Hill Perry
I’m still learning the joys and difficulties of my life being all but static or still, to say the least. Every season is new and different, yet nuanced at its core. Through this, it’s as if there’s always something new to learn about Christ. A new way to trust and believe his Word. A new way to seek him in prayer and learn from his church. Knowing there are new mercies every morning has been an anchoring source of peace lately.
If Obama was Not the Political Savior, Neither is Trump | The Stream
We have lived through 8 years of political demagoguery and executive orders, and we surely do not need four (or, worse still, 8) more years of the same. And while we do our best to advocate for the candidate whom we feel is best suited to lead our nation, and while we may have very strong feelings about who that candidate is, the warning remains the same: By all means, work for and with the best candidate, but do not put your trust in a political savior.
Technically speaking, metaphysics is a discipline within philosophy. According to H. Wayne House and Joseph M. Holden in their book Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences , metaphysics "literally means 'after physics' in Greek. This thought process was named by Andronicus of Rhodes to designate the unnamed books that appeared after Aristotle's Physics . Through the use of the term 'beyond' or 'after,' the term metaphysics has come to be known as beyond the physical, a study of being or reality. 'What are the ultimate, objective constituent of reality?' 'What is the nature of space and time?' 'Must every event have a cause?'" 1
Podcast #29: J Warner Wallace
We’ve been on break for 3 months but have returned with special guest J Warner Wallace! On today’s show (3.15.16), Nate, Gene, and Logan laugh their way through a brand new Nate News segment and another “Who Said It?” game.
Me Before Euthanasia
“Me Before You” is a new movie based on a romantic novel about a rich young man confined to a wheelchair. He falls in love with his caretaker, but in the end, decides to commit assisted suicide.
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What Are Atheists so Afraid of?
But I want to focus for a minute on the response of the critics—or trolls, is more like it. For example, avenging anti-God hordes have crashed the book’s Amazon page, fulminating with one-star reviews labeling the book as “tripe” and “dishonest” and “morally reprehensible”—accusing the author of merely riding the beloved Hitch’s coattails “to make a fast buck.” But it’s pretty obvious that none of these “reviewers” has actually read the book. The question is: why haven’t they? What are they so afraid of?
The Briefing 05-31-16 - AlbertMohler.com
The value of human life over against the life of animals was drawn to our national attention over the weekend when at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, a four-year-old boy slipped under an enclosure and into a moat inside the gorilla exhibit and into the hands of a 17-year-old male gorilla. As the events unfolded on Saturday in the Cincinnati Zoo, officials made the decision that they had to kill the gorilla in order to save the boy, and that set off a cultural conversation that reveals to us a very great deal of our modern confusion, a modern confusion that, we need to note, is not only a matter of concern, but of deadly significance, because we’re talking about the dignity and sanctity of human life. In this case you have an almost perfect storm of unique circumstances. You have a four-year-old boy who had escaped his mother and had fallen into the enclosure of Western lowland gorillas, a very endangered species. And then you had two females that were lured out of the enclosure by zoo officials, a dangerous animals response team that knew immediately what to do first.
5 Things No One Tells You Before You Get Married
Binding two different people into one, marriage forces you to get to the heart of your opinions, needs, feelings and desires, and learn to share those things in a meaningful and healthy way. It requires you to look at your differences, and learn to work through those things with as much selflessness and sacrifice as you can muster.
Dallas Luncheon with Brett Kunkle from Stand to Reason
We'll treat you to lunch and discuss the challenges facing our youth in today's culture. We'll also preview the theme--"Who is Jesus? Get Beyond the Cliches"--for the upcoming reTHINK Student Conference in Dallas this Fall. And we'll discuss how you can partner with us to impact thousands of Christian young people all across the country.
You Are Your Body
Every time I check the weather on my phone these days, I first have to watch an ad video from a local fertility clinic. The doctor asks, “Are you ready to have children, but your body is not?” And then he goes on to describe his services.
"Dinosaur Blood and the Age of the Earth" by biochemist Fazale Rana ( softcover , Kindle , video ) is a book that I have been anticipating for over a year now. It addresses a challenge regarding the debate within the Christian church about the age of the earth ( check here for my reasons for believing internal and theological debates are important for the apologist ). The questions that Dr. Rana attempts to answer is if the discoveries of soft tissue in dinosaur fossils is a good argument for a young age of the earth, the historicity of the Genesis 1 account of creation, and the truth of the Christian faith. The book is a mere four chapters with three appendices contained in 88 pages. This review will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary; I avoid going into too much detail so that you, the reader, will have the incentive to get the full work to read the details of Dr. Rana's case for yourself
Dr. Rana introduces the book by briefly explaining its purpose. Over the last decade, controversy has arisen surrounding studies that indicate long-term preservation of soft tissue in fossilized dinosaur bone.
Are Christians Still Free To Share The Gospel In Our Society? // Evanagelism // The FAQ Sessions
Every Thursday afternoon at 5pm on Premier Drive, Loretta Andrews asks the experts about some of things that we've all had questions about; It could be prayer, the Bible, or even learning how to walk with the Lord in a more practical way. From May 2016, Premier Drive will team up with Evangelical Alliance directors Gavin Calver and Dr Dave Landrum to tackle some of the biggest questions on evangelism - has the Church lost its way or has it simply just lost touch with how things should be done? More questions and answers from the Premier Drive FAQ Sessions: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier
Why Meek Is Not Weak
Meek is not weak. The pastor who feels the need to power his church to greatness through the exercise of his gifts underestimates the power of the gospel. The pastor convinced he must be the most insightful, most incisive, most forceful, or most commanding has missed the most basic of spiritual truths: God delights to use the meekest since they are the most obviously dependent on him. This does not mean a good pastor is quiet, reticent to lead, or skeptical of his own judgment. Not at all! Yet it does mean he is “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).
Much Ado About Nothing
> Appeals to Borde-Guth-Vilenkin theorem are all well and good, but it may not actually describe our universe.
As I mentioned BGV applies if the Universe has on average expanded. Everything we know about our universe indicates that it has not only had an average expansion (i.e. it’s bigger now than it originally was) but that it has expanded during every nanosecond of its history.) Its trickier than you think to avoid this assumption. The Hubble constant H is the parameter corresponding to the expansion of the Universe. If H==0, Vilenkin has argued on very general grounds that in an eternal universe quantum fluctuations would have already driven H away from 0. If H<0, that corresponds to a contracting universe. An infinitely old universe with an average contraction rate at first blush would seem to have already collapsed to a giant black hole or something. Here is cosmologist George Ellis pointing out 2 significant problems this type of model:
“The problems are related: first, initial conditions have to be set in an extremely special way at the start of the collapse phase … and these conditions have to be set in an acausal way (in the infinite past).
LZ7 - We're Taking Nightclubs To Church - Premier Christian Radio
From going into schools to talk about the faith to sitting alongside Calvin Harris in the charts, he's trying to take things to the next level by going into nightclubs. He explains his vision to Loretta on Premier Drive.
James 3:17–18: What Does It Mean to Meditate?
Do you ever stop to meditate on the Bible? Do you even know what it means to meditate? If we’re ever going to get the most out of our Bible reading, we have to learn to slow down and really think while we read. In this lab, Pastor John models one technique for meditation.
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1 Peter 3:15–16: Cleanse Your Conscience of Guilt
Guilt over sin makes for quiet Christians. Feeling shame can keep us silent when we need to speak. How can we cleanse our conscience? In this lab, John Piper liberates the guilty from sin and shame, and equips them to share their hope with the world.
80s Fantasy Movie Review: “The Beastmaster”
The plot was, in a word, microscopic. The Beastmaster has some special skill thing of communicating with animals and so he goes on a quest to be a voyeur over some women and get revenge kind of. Also he has a sword that looks cool but that he doesn’t use very much. Oh, and ferrets are his secret (and best) weapon. It’s not entirely clear–ever–how the different plot details interweave (or if they do) and why various things happen. There is also no real sense of a wider world beyond what you see in the movie. No lore seems to be in the background. What you see is what you get.