Do Hobby Lobby Critics Know the Drugs at Issue?
Although caricatured as anti-contraception, Hobby Lobby already provides coverage for 16 of the 20 drugs mandated by Obamacare. Outside the Supreme Court yes...
'Refuting Allah, Finding Jesus' book trailer
http://amzn.to/1fKNv6p It's difficult to find books that refute Islam using worldview criticism and Christian truth. But herein Robinson produces an innovati...
Vancouver Group Creates a Cool Response to Anti-Homeless Architecture
The group RainCity Housing in Vancouver has created a unique response to controversial anti-homeless architectural structures showing up in other major cities. Their “pop up shelter” benches contain foldable roofs that provide shelter from rain, and feature UV-activated letters that read “This is a bench/This is a bedroom” depending on whether it is day or night. The benches also contain the address to the RainCity shelters that provide housing and support to the area’s growing homeless community. The structures are seen as a response to a trend of architectural designs that have controversial built-in deterrents—like spikes embedded in concrete, and additional armrests on benches to prevent lying down—to stop people from sleeping in certain outdoor spaces ...
Big Bang—The Evolution of a Theory | Answers in Genesis
Despite its supposed proof of the big bang, the cosmic microwave background
has been a source of challenges to the standard cosmology. One difficulty is
the horizon problem. No one expects that a big bang universe would have started
with exactly the same temperature everywhere. If you look out into the universe
in one direction, for example, due east, you will receive radiation from a distant
region (call it region A) that secular astronomers say is just now reaching
earth after traveling for more than 13 billion years, the supposed age of the
universe. If you look in the opposite direction, for example, due west, you
will see radiation that is just arriving from another location (call it region
B). We find that the radiation from points A and B reveals that these regions
have almost precisely the same temperature. But that shouldn’t be if the two
regions haven’t yet had time to exchange energy and equalize their temperatures.
Hobby Lobby’s high horse
Thanks for your response. I guess my ongoing question or thinking is to say that if I am standing on personal beliefs, then I cannot prioritize them over anything else. But, out of sympathy for the owners of Hobby Lobby, I don't think that they see this as a matter of "personal belief." They clearly see this as a matter of standing for what the Bible teaches regarding life. So from their perspective, they would change "personal belief" in the last sentence of your response to "Biblical Truth". Which would then read "Rather than prioritizing biblical truth over general public health." which seems to at least help to see that for them the stakes are higher than if this is just a personal belief, - they believe that they would be going against God's word - which we can agree a Christian should never do. The owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family, are adoptive parents, and the huge amount of money they give to charities like city rescue mission (cityrescue.org) speaks volumes about the fact that they are people who are deeply compassionate and seek to give empathy and support to those in need.
Jesus the Evangelist — Free eBook
Rev. Richard D. Phillips explores the early chapters of the Gospel of John to discover principles you can use for Christian outreach that were modeled by witnesses for Jesus and by Jesus Himself. Phillips examines the ministry of John the Baptist and the calling of the first of Jesus’ disciples. This book also includes an appendix that looks at the relationship between God’s sovereignty and evangelism.
When Apologetics Was Evangelism - Christian Research Institute
2. Resemblance to a modern personal testimony in Paul’s speech before Agrippa (Acts 26) is incidental. Paul is offering a defense against charges that he violated Jewish laws and was a “mover of sedition among all the Jews” (Acts 24:5–6). He first recounts his former life to show that he was previously a zealous believer in Judaism. He then trumps the charges by arguing that his Christian faith is consistent with Jewish beliefs in the resurrection of the dead (26:6–7; cf. 23:6), so that not only was he a sincere Jew in his former life; he remained one, even as a Christian! Paul’s purpose was to show that he could not have been a “mover of sedition,” disloyal to Jewish sensibilities, for he himself was still a loyal Jew, “believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets” (24:14) and finding what was written there fulfilled in Christ. He does not follow the pattern of a modern personal testimony, for he does not appeal to the changes in his life as a reason for Agrippa to become a Christian.
Ichthus77: Leibnizian Moral Argument?
I think my moral argument for God's existence is similar to Leibniz' cosmological argument (except it has to do with the explanation of the Good, a.k.a the Golden Rule ).
If you'd rather not say "the Golden Rule," then say what everyone else says: "objective moral values and duties." If it isn't obvious, I took my phrasing from William Lane Craig.
1. Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or in an external cause.
2. If the Golden Rule has an explanation for its existence, that explanation is the same explanation for God's existence: the necessity of His own nature.
[That statement is logically equivalent to the atheist's own statement that if God does not exist, a) the Golden Rule has no explanation for its existence (or does not exist), or b) the Golden Rule exists by the necessity of its own nature (only a personal being can have a necessary nature that is described by the Golden Rule). Now, if the atheist would rather claim that the Golden Rule is a social construct and that different cultures will come up with different values and duties, they must account for premise 3.
Why New Atheists tend to love science and hate philosophy
Set aside the fact that David never demonstrated any such abuse (and by this, I mean, he did not even try). Is it so clear that he does not hate philosophy? I'm willing to take his word on it, but if he did hate philosophy, he certainly wouldn't be alone. Among the so-called "New Atheists" (i.e. those zealous about their atheism) and their iconic authors and speakers, a disrespect for academic philosophy is all too common.
Five False Perceptions About The Hobby Lobby Case
In 1993, the Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). It was one of the most bipartisan pieces of legislation in American history, introduced into the House by Chuck Schumer, where it passed unanimously, sailed through the Senate with all but three yays, and was signed into law by then President Bill Clinton. RFRA established that the federal government cannot burden religious liberty, even with a generally applicable law that applies to everyone, unless there is a compelling government interest (which must relate to Constitutional issues) and the law burdens religion in the least restrictive means possible. The HHS mandate fails RFRA entirely, and countless judges from both ends of the political spectrum have already agreed. The Constitution is oddly silent about things like Nuva Rings, and as we’ve just established, the government has a lot of other options that are a lot less restrictive on the religious rights of American businessmen and women when it comes to mass distribution of free contraception. As the Green’s lawyers at the Becket Fund have made clear, it is actually the Obama administration that is asking for a massive departure from established federal law, a departure that strikes at the heart of the First Amendment.
Don’t Let the Doctor Do This to Your Newborn
Imagine you are in recovery from labor, lying in bed, holding your infant. In your arms you cradle a stunningly beautiful, perfect little being. Completely innocent and totally vulnerable, your baby is entirely dependent on you to make all the choices that will define their life for many years to come. They are wholly unaware (at least, for now) that you would do anything and everything in your power to protect them from harm and keep them safe. You are calm, at peace.
EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
How serious are the consequences of believing in evolution? More consequences for society hinge on the cosmogenic myth of evolution than on any other. Among them are the sovereignty of self, the sexual revolution, and survival of the fittest. First, the supposed death of God in the nineteenth century ushered in an era in which […]
Katie Pavlich - Reminder: Hobby Lobby Provides Coverage for 16 Types of Contraception
The Green family has no moral objection to the use of 16 of 20 preventive contraceptives required in the mandate, and Hobby Lobby will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family cannot provide or pay for four potentially life-threatening drugs and devices. These drugs include Plan B and Ella, the so-called morning-after pill and the week-after pill. Covering these drugs and devices would violate their deeply held religious belief that life begins at the moment of conception, when an egg is fertilized.
How Dads Influence Teens' Happiness
Yet the links between puberty and a father's presence are just associations. They do not reveal what causes these changes. In the ideal experiment that would answer this question, we would assemble a group of families and randomly assign some of the fathers to abandon their families and others to stay. Obviously, this proposal is not likely to win approval from an ethics board. So what is the next best thing? Hill and DelPriore designed an experiment in which young women—some of them teenagers and others just past their teen years—were asked to write about an incident in which their father supported them and then were encouraged to write about a time he was not there for them. Then they were asked about their attitudes toward sexual behavior. If the researchers' hypothesis was correct, memories of unpleasant father experiences would lead the young women to express more favorable views of risky sexual behavior. Pleasant memories of their fathers should push them in the opposite direction.
Dr. Paul McHugh: Transgender Surgery Isn't the Solution
The government and media alliance advancing the transgender cause has gone into overdrive in recent weeks. On May 30, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board ruled that Medicare can pay for the "reassignment" surgery sought by the transgendered—those who say that they don't identify with their biological sex. Earlier last month Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he was "open" to lifting a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Time magazine, seeing the trend, ran a cover story for its June 9 issue called "The Transgender Tipping Point: America's next...
The Gospel Coalition - 9 Things You Should Know About Anglicanism
9. There are numerous terms that are unique to or have distinctive meanings when referring to Anglicanism, such as: bishop (a successor to one of the Twelve Apostles, who has been consecrated by other bishops), archbishop (a bishop who has additional responsibilities), communion (refers to both the Lord's Supper and the Anglican Communion), curate (an assistant to the person in charge of a parish), deacon (the initial level of being ordained in the Anglican Church), diocese (fundamental unit of structure of the Anglican church, which contains many parishes and churches), Episcopal Church (The U.S. province of the Anglican Communion calls itself "The Episcopal Church"), parish (smallest unit of administration, usually consisting of only one church), province (administrative division of the church that is bigger than a diocese and smaller than the whole world), rector (a priest who is the leader of a self-supporting parish), and vicar (the priest in charge of a parish or mission that is supported financially from the outside).
(Note: Thanks to Alan Jacobs for his help on this post.
Putting Your City in Its Place
A few years ago, before starting a routine read through the Book of Acts, I picked up a green colored pencil to highlight every mention of cities and regions I might come across. Each occurrence of a geographical name was to be softly shaded. Beginning with “Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria” (Acts 1:8) to “Cyprus and Cyrene” (Acts 11:20) to Seleucia, Perga, Lystra, Attalia, Neapolis, and so forth, whole pages became sprinkled with green. The highlighting forced me to pay attention to names that I commonly overlooked, names that were, of course, ancillary to the book’s message. Or so I thought.
The Gospel Coalition - 5 Mentoring Lessons from Beverlee
2. Offer what you have . She could not leave her house, but she reached out to me through phone calls, invited me weekly to come for tea to chat and pray, and tracked me down in my busy, cluttered life of overcommitment. When I first began mentoring and discipling younger women, I was a college student with more free time than I realized. I met with a small group of younger women weekly for one to two hours of Bible study and prayer, and then sought to meet individually with each member weekly outside of that time. After graduating from college, I volunteered with a campus ministry, and discipleship and mentoring took a similar shape then, too. Fast forward 10-plus years, and my life as a pastor’s wife, mom to twin preschoolers, and part-time counselor does not allow me to devote the same kind of time to mentoring. Yet it is freeing to remember that mentoring involves offering what I have. And what I have is much less than before—but I still have something to offer. Meetings now take place in the evenings, during nap times, or on weekends. Sometimes they include meeting somewhere my kids can play.
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The Gospel Coalition - Having It All at Work and Home
But those who have been transformed by the truth of the gospel know that the blessing of our irrefutable failure is a clear and undeniable sense of God’s love. There is no condemnation for the newsletter printed with numerous typos; there is grace poured out through coworkers sharing stories of their own mishaps. There is no guilt for the raised voice and subsequent need to ask forgiveness of my child; there is love in the small hand that squeezes mine while we pray and kisses me afterward without prompting. There is no anxiety for the countless opportunities missed each day due to exhaustion or commitment elsewhere; there is joy and wonder in the ways God works around—and in spite of—me each day. He is so much bigger than my ineptitude and me. And you would be hard pressed to spend more than a day in my world without realizing that full well.
Jesus and Buddha - Christian Research Institute
Popular and prolific Buddhist author Thich Nhat Hanh reports in his book, Living Buddha, Living Christ , that his “personal shrine” contains images of both Buddha and Jesus, whom he deems spiritual brothers, both worthy of veneration. Given the current popularity of the Dalai Lama and books and magazines on Buddhist meditation and practice, it seems many Americans might also hold Hahn’s perspective. Those caught in the strong winds of religious toleration and relativism shrink from logically judging the truth claims of these great religious founders. Instead, people often assume that they were equally significant “spiritual teachers” who taught roughly the same thing. Accepting both Jesus and Buddha as enlightened beings is taken to be nonjudgmental, inclusive, and affirming of both Christians and Buddhists. Why bother considering one teacher above the other — especially in our contemporary pluralistic culture? How should Christians, who worship Jesus alone, respond to this pervasive notion that Jesus and Buddha were great spiritual masters on
Federal judge in Louisville rules gays have right to marry in Kentucky
• Kentucky's only justification for the ban is "encouraging, promotion and supporting the formation of relationships that have the natural ability to procreate." The state "adds a disingenuous twist" — that traditional marriages contribute to a stable birth rate, which in turn ensures the state's long term economic ability.
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord
Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
Mike Adams - My Free Speech College Entrance Exam
College campuses are becoming increasingly hostile towards certain forms of speech. One of the main reasons for the hostility is the admission of students who are too emotionally immature to tolerate dissenting opinions. In addition to lacking emotional maturity, many of these students lack humility. They believe that their emotions trump the ideas of others. Obviously, I disagree. In fact, I think that these students need to be weeded out early in the college application process. I think I have a specific plan that can help make that a reality.
We already ask students a lot of questions in the typical college application process. Some of the questions deal with diversity issues. But, strangely, no one ever tries to assess the prospective students' willingness to tolerate dissenting opinions. I propose adding ten questions to every college application in order to do just that. Because they are simple true/false questions, they will not take long for admissions committees to grade and evaluate. But they will help us weed out those students whose admission would impede the free flow of ideas on the campus.
So Good Things Can Run Wild
But we must take this in large measure on faith because under the curse of the Fall, our fallen perceptions often don’t see it and our fallen natures often don’t believe it. We are disordered and pathologically self-centered. We are out of sync.
Every week our lovable Drive presenters - Loretta on Premier Drive, and Lady T on Gospel Drive - have each been choosing a music video from the Premier.tv archive. Of course, both of them think theirs is best! So, now we want you to decide!
Belgium approves child euthanasia
"The law says adolescents cannot make important decisions on economic or emotional issues, but suddenly they've become able to decide that someone should make them die," Brussels Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, said at a prayer vigil last week.
During the busy summer month of July, Crossway wants to help you get in the Word and stay in the Word! Join us for Women of the Word Month, a 31-day campaign to encourage and equip you for Bible study aimed at both your head and your heart .
Hillary Clinton Makes False Claim about Christian Family that Owns Hobby Lobby
On Monday evening, Hillary Clinton said that she found the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case "deeply disturbing." Clinton added that "it’s very troubling that a salesclerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception.”
The Gospel Coalition - Missing Jesus: Finding Your Life in His Great Story
For example, while the conversational style will appeal to many readers, a few levels of imprecision will prove difficult for others. There seemed to be a loose relationship between chapter titles, content, and the general structure of the book, leaving me wondering at times where the book was going. And while the authors weave seamlessly in and out of Scripture quotations, often without reference to chapter, verse, and book presumably for smooth reading, this makes for some confusion. Moreover, at times it was difficult to distinguish an actual verse quotation from a loose quote. For example, on one page they quote exactly from 1 John 3:1–2 in one paragraph and then in another paragraph quote the serpent from Genesis 3 as such: “He’s not the Holy Creator God who made heaven and earth as an act of creative joy and then made you in his image for a life-filled relationship with himself. No, my dear” (34).
North Korea to Put on Trial Two American Tourists, One for Leaving Bible in Hotel Room
North Korea has said it will put on trial two American tourists charged with "perpetrating hostile acts" against the country. One of the tourists was detained for leaving a Bible behind in his hotel room.
5 Ways to Wait on God Well
I remember a time I asked God for a best friend when we moved to a new city (the only thing I asked him for). He didn't answer the prayer right away. I felt like I learned a lot about waiting on God that year. I felt a part of my process was digging deeper and choosing to keep hoping and holding on to who I knew God to be. And then straight up---wait. It was hard. But, it was a great time to believe God was enough for me- regardless of my needs. I think it's one reason it's so important to remember that becoming like Jesus is first and foremost about knowing Him- and not about a bunch of rules to follow. These moments of waiting help us realize that. http://refuelblog.com/2014/06/30/discipleship-is-not-about-dos-and-donts/ www.refuelblog.com
Greg Thornbury: Modeling Cultural Engagement with a Strong Theological Foundation
Thornbury’s book will give readers a good foundation in epistemological concerns, but with a eye toward winsome cultural engagement. By having strengthened our foundations in theology and philosophy, we are better prepared to not only represent Christ to our culture, but to engage pop culture with the mind of Christ.
The Gospel Coalition - When the Transgender Issue Comes Home
Assess your personal situation. Much of how you respond will depend on your own, immediate situation, including the nature of your relationship with the transgender individual, whether he or she is a fellow Christian, and other considerations. For our part, high on our priority list is sheltering our two young sons (ages 1 and 5) from affirmations of alternate visions of gender and sexuality—especially while they’re too young to put language to their perceptions of gender, while they have no concept of sex or sexuality, and while introducing them to ideas like “transgender” will only confuse the truth. We cannot in good conscience tell our boys that their Aunt Jessah is now their Uncle Jace, but my family has made it clear that refusing to do so would be considered offensive, intolerant, and unacceptable. So we made the difficult decision to isolate them from this issue, and from my sister, until they are older and able to navigate questions of gender and sexuality at a more age-appropriate level.
C. S. Lewis on Science and Religion
In the C.S. Lewis collection God in the Dock, there are two essays that are incredibly insightful and instructive. Lewis was not a scientist, though he was familiar with the reigning theories of his era and commented upon them in many of his writings. He was wise to the fact that, more often than not, the core issue is philosophical, though the materialist scientist rarely recognizes this. Lewis’s tactic for dealing with materialist claims such as those above was quite powerful, as we see in “Religion and Science” and “The Laws of Nature.”
Resurgence Leadership #023: Q&A With Dr. Bryan Chapell
This week, Pastor Mark Driscoll offers advice on how to make the most of your summer vacation. Then, Dr. Bryan Chapell fields questions from a live audience of college students: If God forgives us, why not sin? How do you keep the gospel fresh? How does truth help us overcome the fear of man? Recorded at Mars Hill Church U-District in 2011.
Mining and Refining
When a mine worker extracts a mineral from the earth, that mineral is extracted in a crude state, or an "ore-iffic" state. Ore is not very attractive, and it can't be used for very much because it still has significant imperfections in it. So, a skilled metallurgist will take that ore and add a catalytic agent and white-hot heat and, in essence, boil the imperfections out of the ore so it can reach its highest state of beauty and strength.
5 Bad Reasons to Get Married
Yes, I’m familiar with Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 7:9 that it’s better to marry than “to burn with lust.” But you have take that verse a bit deeper. Paul is talking about the importance of self-control. If you don’t have it, you are in for trouble—especially within the context of marriage.
Marriage won’t solve the problem of pre-marital sex because at the heart of the issue is self-control. Bringing lack of self-control into a marriage can lead to all sorts of trouble down the road. That’s not to say your marriage is doomed if you’ve had sex outside of marriage—it’s certainly not—just that there should be a lot of other strong reasons for marriage other than a desire to have (or continue to have) sex.
Can Church Planting Revive Christianity's Waning Influence?
Storms: I think there are a lot of people that would say that starting new churches is one of the most effective evangelistic tools that we have. When you start a new community, it does not have from its very beginning a sense of belonging to some people and therefore not belonging to others. So for a person who's maybe seeking or searching or even willing to accepting the invitation of a friend to come to church, there are fewer social barriers to entering and becoming part of a new church community. I think it is a tool. It may not be the only tool that is gonna make the difference. We happen to be in the work of starting new churches, so we think it's very important but I think it's one of the things God can use to help us reach our country and hopefully the world.
Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom
Yesterday’s ruling was a very narrow application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which prevents laws from substantially burdening a person’s free exercise of religion. Of the 20 birth controls approved by the Food and Drug Administration the owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family, objected to only four: two kinds of emergency contraceptive or “morning after” pills, and two types of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which they believe to be not simply preventative measures against pregnancy, but abortifacients that terminate life. Hobby Lobby and by natural extension, similar corporations, will still pay for 16 other types of birth control.
Five takeaways from the Hobby Lobby case - Religion News Service
The SCOTUS just opened Pandora’s box for a multitude of lawsuits that will come before them. These OLD white men are eroding the rights of women piece by piece and no one seems to be able to stand up to them or the religious right. What about my rights as a woman, to use birth control to plan my family ? What about my rights as a women if I need birth control to regulate my periods or to help ease pain of monthly periods? I have seen how these born again, conservative, evangelical ‘men’ speak and think of women who are independent, unmarried, and how they view what a wife should be – a good wife who stays at home, is barefoot and pregnant, in the bedroom or the kitchen; doesn’t have an education, doesn’t have a job outside the home; doesn’t have a career; and soon, women will be denied other things. When will women be denied the right to an education or career? When will women be denied to choose her spouse? Or drive or vote, or buy her own home or car? Or even be denied the right to leave her home without having a male member of the family ‘escort’ her? This new conservative religious evangelical right will chip away at women’s rights and civil rights of gays, persons of color and people of other religions.
Robert De Niro Talks About Father's Homosexuality Conflict
"If God doesn't want me to be a homosexual (about which I have so much guilt) he will find a woman whom I will love and who will love me or at least create an interest in me in women as sexual partners," De Niro Sr. wrote.
RNS graphic by Tiffany McCallen(RNS1-JUNE 30) The Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict with company ownersþÄô religious beliefs. For use with RNS-HOBBY-LOBBY-SCOTUS transmitted June 30, 2014. RNS graphic by Tiffany McCallen
'Deliver Us From Evil' Movie Details Religious Demonologist and former NYPD Officer, Ralph Sarchie's Real Life Encounters With Demons (VIDEO)
After 18 years with the New York Police Department, Sergeant. Ralph Sarchie retired and dedicated himself full time to demonology cases. The upcoming motion Picture Deliver us From Evil is inspired by actual accounts of Sgt. Sarchie's experiences on the field as a demonologist.
Persecution Crisis: Christians in the West Need to Intervene Now
In less than two weeks Iraq went from a semi-functioning democracy to a land divided into regional factions ruled in many areas by the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is imposing Sharia law after driving Christians out of Mosul and other cities in Iraq.
Dangerous Bible Study and Puffy Christianity
There is a perception among many evangelicals that Bible study is dangerous. I have heard it articulated by ministers and laypeople alike over the years. Once a woman in my Bible study told me her pastor had discouraged in-depth Bible study, saying it promoted the pursuit of “useless Bible knowledge.” I like to think that’s an oxymoron. If all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable, surely there is no such thing as “useless” Bible knowledge. So, why so many warnings that studying the Bible could actually be perilous to our spiritual health?
WORLD | Defining pluralism | Joel Belz | July 12, 2014
His assertion caught my attention because of an exchange I’d had 13 years ago, in the days right after the horrors of 9/11. We naturally devoted a whole issue of WORLD to the al-Qaeda attack on the United States, and I entitled my column in that issue “Sinflation”—arguing that our regular disregard of God’s standards always leads a society to collapse. We had allowed ourselves to pursue false gods, I argued, and now those false gods were forsaking us. “High on our own Western shelf of false deities,” I argued, “have been the gods of nominalism, materialism, secularism, and pluralism.” And we shouldn’t be surprised if others in the world saw the World Trade Center as symbols of such gods, towering as they did over the world’s financial capital, and capped as they were by the transmitting towers of major media and entertainment centers.
In this optional session, R.C. Sproul Jr. challenges Christians to take a second glance at the promises of God in the Bible in order to see anew the grandeur of what God has committed Himself to do for His people.
Need a World Cup 2014 Fix Now? Here's All 136 Goals From the Group Stage (VIDEO)
Need a World Cup 2014 Fix Now? Here's All 136 Goals From the Group Stage (VIDEO)
Pope: More Persecuted Christians Today Than Ever Before
"There are many martyrs today, in the Church, many persecuted Christians," said the pope during a mass in honor of Christian martyrs who were killed under Roman Emperor Nero. "Think of the Middle East where Christians must flee persecution, where Christians are killed. Even those Christians who are forced away in an 'elegant' way, with 'white gloves:' that too is persecution. There are more witnesses, more martyrs in the Church today than there were in the first centuries."
Sin and the Work of the Spirit
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My experience was the same as Joseph Wade's. I never questioned my salvation because every "Christian" teenager around me was living the same way (and most "Christian" adults I encountered in my adult years). In fact, the young man who witnessed to me was the one who lead me to believe it was okay to have sex before marriage, go to strip clubs, drink excessively, curse, and not have to go to church. It's GTY that has allowed me to see the false faith I had and PTL I do NOT want that kind of faith. I want my faith to be genuine and have prayed to be rightly saved as well. Sadly, I lead many teens in the "sinners prayer" while I served in youth ministry for ten years and I have deep guilt over the cheap grace and false assurance I presented to so many teens or people I witnessed to in general during that time.