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What God Has Joined Together, Let Not Man Separate: Part 1

Jesus calls us to keep our marriage covenant in a way that tells the truth about him.

The baker who refused to make wedding cake appears on “The View”

If you are unfamiliar with this story, see my previous post. Just a few thoughts about this appearance on “The View”: 1. The ladies from “The View” were respectful in this e…

Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality

“Although Jesus doesn’t mention homosexuality, he’s not neutral when it comes to sexual behavior.”

10 Things Coming to Netflix in July That You Need to See

Star Wars! Lion! The Mighty Ducks! A Ton More!

Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Battle for Jerusalem 2,000 Years Ago

Archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority have found evidence of the last battle between Roman soldiers and Jewish rebels which led to the destruction of Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago, and they have also discovered a road where "Jesus would have walked."

'Xena: Warrior Princess' Actress Stars in Upcoming Christian Film 'A Question of Faith'

When Fox News asked O'Connor if she was concerned that her role in a Christian film would shock her lesbian fan base, she replied: "I think the people who have been following me all of these years, they know that I want to try to help them elevate their experiences. I just want to help people connect with one another. ... For someone to feel that I'm trying to create separation ... that kills me they would feel that way. I would not want them to feel that way at all. That would be sad for me."

John Crist’s Millennial Missionaries Video: Called to Serve the Scuba Instructors of Aruba

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Lay Down Your Burdens at the Table

On that day, the bride will see her Bridegroom, and we will know why John wrote, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). We will dine in the city of our God, and we will be satisfied, filled, and nourished forever. Just as every joy in this life is a hint at the fullness of joy in the next, the Lord’s Supper is a mere foretaste, a regularly scheduled reminder that there’s a better meal coming.

Trump Administration to Teachers: You Must Use a Transgender Student’s “Preferred Pronouns”

What this means is that students and teachers who refuse to use “preferred pronouns” can be investigated for violating a transgender students civil rights. For example, if a transgender girl (i.e., a boy who identifies as female) wants to be referred to as “she” the student would be in violating of a federal law for referring to him as “he.” Similarly, a student who was non-gender conforming may prefer to use pronouns such as “ ze ” or “they” and it would be considered a violation to refer to them as “he” (if they are biological male) or “she” (if they are a biological female).  (There are also other transgender pronouns such as zie, sie, ey, ve, tey, and e .)

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5 What Do Addicts Need from You?

Yes, it does. But that’s the point of love. Love was crucified by sin. Love crucified is ultimately the antidote to sin. Love starts with the presumption that sin abounds. No addict will ever find true freedom without love. You can get sober without love, but sobriety isn’t freedom. The love of Christ offered in his atoning sacrifice for their sin, his redeeming grace for their bondage, his life for their death — that is what your addicted loved one needs most from you.

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What did the writer of Genesis mean by “the first day”? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture? In response to the continuing controversy over the interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis, John Lennox proposes a succinct method of reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture. With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative. He moves beyond a simple response to the controversy, insisting that Genesis teaches us far more about the God of Jesus Christ and about God’s intention for creation than it does about the age of the earth. With this book, Lennox offers a careful yet accessible introduction to a scientifically-savvy, theologically-astute, and Scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.

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Died: Peter Berger, Prominent Sociologist of Religion

In an informal group discussion at Hartford Seminary, back in the '70s, we were discussing social activism, and I made this comment: "Every Christian," I said, "is called actively to work for justice and peace in the world." Peter repied, "Really, Richard? You really mean that?" I assured him that I did. Then he told me about an elderly aunt, who lived in a retirement home. Every morning, he said, she struggled to work up the courage to go to the cafeteria for lunch. She had a problem with bladder control, Peter said, and she was afraid of embarrassing herself in the lunch line. Each day she prayed to the Lord to give her courage, and then she would go down to the cafeteria. For her, he said, the most radical act of faith for her each day was to summon up the courage to go to lunch. "Now, Richard, what do you want to tell her about her obligation also actively to work for justice and peace in the world?" Peter Berger taught me an unforgettable lesson with that story.

The Fall of Man by John Gerstner | July 1, 2017

In this classic one-hundred-message series, Dr. John Gerstner provides an in-depth overview of systematic theology. He explores what God has clearly revealed in Scripture about Himself, mankind, the fall, redemption, the church, and many other essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

If I Fail to Forgive Others, Will God Not Forgive Me?

So when Nick asks, “Does this mean that anyone who does not forgive others cannot receive salvation from God?” the answer goes like this: Struggling to forgive is not what destroys us. As long as we are in the flesh, we will do our good deeds imperfectly, including forgiving and loving others. Jesus died to cover those imperfections. What destroys us is the settled position that we are not going to forgive, and we have no intention to forgive, and we intend to cherish the grudge and fondle the wrong that someone did to me and feel the bitterness. It feels good. I like to go to bed with my wrath at night because he legitimately wronged me. I am going to hold this against him the rest of his life.

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Religious Freedom Is for Non-Christians Too

Moreover, the idea that religious freedom should apply only to Christians, or only to religious groups that aren’t unpopular, is not only morally wrong; it’s self-defeating. A government that can tell you a mosque or synagogue cannot be built because it is a mosque or a synagogue is a government that, in the fullness of time, will tell an evangelical church it cannot be constructed because of our claims to the exclusivity of Christ. Those voices (though a distinct minority) that claim to be Christian but seek to restrict religious freedom for others are, perhaps unknowingly, on a campaign to destroy religious freedom for all. They would set the very precedents that will be used to destroy churches, and they will vindicate their critics’ charge that the issue isn’t really about freedom at all, but about seeking government approval of one’s religion.

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Why Were Early Christians So Brave?

The intention of the following blog is to offer support for Christians who encounter people who believe Jesus is merely a myth, perpetuated by the early Church. One such mythicist is Dr. Richard Carrier. I have had a number of delightful interactions with Carrier on Twitter, which alerted me to his thoughts on Christianity, Jesus, and the Bible. He is an historian with a Ph.D. from Columbia University who has written numerous books and blog posts refuting the existence of Jesus.

Is the Apparent Fine-Tuning of the Universe Simply An Observational Phenomenon?

While scientists may stipulate to the appearance of fine-tuning “in the room,” this does not mean they agree on the existence of an external “Fine-Tuner”. Some scientists believe we observe fine-tuning because, if not for such fine-tuning, we wouldn’t be here to observe the universe in the first place. According to this explanation (sometimes referred to as the “Anthropic Principle” or the “Observer Selection Effect”), any humanly observable universe would display the conditions necessary for human life, so we shouldn’t be surprised to observe such conditions. As theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Lawrence Krauss, says, “Put another way, it is not too surprising to find that we live in a universe in which we can live!” Anyone who exists and inspects their environment will, of course, discover a world encompassing whatever it takes for them to exist. If they didn’t discover a world of this nature, they wouldn’t exist to examine it in the first place. But this explanation of cosmic fine-tuning fails for two reasons…

Knowledge Puffs Up? — Deflating a Popular Proverb

A popular maxim for Bible study—and an essential canon for accurate hermeneutics—states that an exegete should never allow one verse alone to dictate his or her theology on a matter. This oft-repeated truism attempts to protect both the callow Bible student and the seasoned theologian from embracing principles as biblical without first considering the instruction of the whole counsel of God. When this habit of biblical correlation is not practiced consistently, and the emphasis of the Bible on a matter is overlooked in favor of one passage or verse, false doctrines begin to emerge in the community.

Just like the Christians in the book of Acts

Not every unbeliever needs a high level of evidence in order to consider Christianity. Some people simply need to know that Jesus can heal their wounds. Other people need to know that their sins aren’t too big for Jesus to handle. But there are those who need a more evidence-based approach to faith. Just like the Christians in the book of Acts, we must discern which tool in our evangelism tool belt should be used at any given moment. And whatever method we use, we need to also give the Holy Spirit room to do his job!

Is Spiritual Truth a Matter of Opinion? An Open Letter to a Relativist.

I enjoyed the article. It’s interesting that I’ve gotten used to seeing blogs, comments and responses to comments always form the opposite sides as they always do. Considering the topic here is in part discussing truth, there’s bound to be two sides, right? I’m a Christian myself, and am still trying to understand that if the commenter is an agnostic theist as he notes, I wonder if he can appreciate what Christianity is stating, or if his viewpoint solely hinges on how he sees it through those that have reflected it to him. I ask that, only assuming that if he believes in a God or higher power, that even if he hasn’t decided who that God is, that it would be realistic to assume that a single path would lead to God. For example, if I’m mistaken about Jesus Christ, would the actual God in question consider that ok that I at least believed in a God? Or would God consider it misguided that a person just believe in any God for the sake of knowing one exists… As if to say, I pray to whatever God there is, figuring that covers a broad spectrum of possible choices.

Christian Liberal Arts Thinking- The Imaginative Conservative

What have I learned in all of these years and schools and degrees, while serving as pastor of small Baptist Churches and a few times as chairman of historical committees for a historic association and for a Baptist State Convention? I have learned that, no matter how much you learn, there are depths of knowledge that I will never know, that if I open one door of knowledge I find that it has 10 more doors behind it that I did not even know existed. I have also found that wisdom and knowledge are two different things, that the wisest man I ever met was a lowly fixer of Buick Automobile bodies, a high school graduate, and a veteran of World War II. I also discovered that the knowledge and the little bit of wisdom I garnered through the years helped me to begin to grasp the depths of Holy Scripture, not grasp in the sense of fully understanding, but grasp in the sense of become aware of just the reality of the awful and awesome depths of biblical teachings. It is a heart stopping awareness, as if one has suddenly stumbled up to the edge of a great cliff overlooking some unimaginably great landscape lost shades of blue depths and distances.

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An Invitation to Pursue God With All Our Minds | The Stream

Now, as adults, sometimes our questions are of a very serious nature, and they may be very much a painful struggle. We want to know whether some terrible tragedy provides compelling reason to think an all-good and all-powerful God does not exist. We want to know why God feels absent when we want or even need him to be present. We may struggle with certain moral constraints that impinge on what we perceive as our happiness.

Case-Making 101: Does Truth Matter In Your Worldview?

Christianity makes absolute truth claims about God, Jesus and the Bible but that view is often met with disdain in our culture today. Many people will say that we cannot know truth and that truth is relative. They might say, ‘your truth is not my truth.’ So how should we respond?

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A Flat-Earth Prediction Falls Flat

On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, I took photographs of the sun at Johnson Observatory on the grounds of the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky. I shot the photos with a digital SLR camera at the Observatory’s Questar 3.5-inch telescope’s prime focus. Of course, photographing or looking at the sun is very dangerous, and neither should be attempted without a proper filter. The Questar telescope comes equipped with a very safe filter that fits on the front, preventing most of the sun’s light from entering the telescope. I took the first photograph (Figure 4) at 7:30 a.m. EDT, when the sun was at an altitude of 8 degrees. I took the second photograph (Figure 5) at 1:45 p.m. EDT. I chose the time of the first photograph because that was when the sun first rose above the trees to the east of the Observatory (a small branch of a tree can be seen silhouetted against the sun to the lower right). I selected the time of the second photograph because it was when the sun was highest that day as it transited the celestial meridian. The celestial meridian is an imaginary line that passes north-south through the zenith (the point directly overhead).

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She Is Me: Loving Your Wife as Your Own Body

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

“Manual of Christian Evidences” – Fisher Chapter 6 Guided Reading

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China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom

Monday, I rode a high-speed train to yet another city where a young couple took me to a commercial high rise. Meeting with a dozen of their senior staff, they told me that in 2016 the government shut down their former rental space in preparation for the meeting of the G20. The police rationale was they wanted all unregistered (aka ‘house churches’) churches closed so as to prevent protest. A year later, this same church was up and running in a new rental space with multiple staff and a worship area for 75, housing two house churches.

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500 Years of Reformation - Summer 2016

Volume 3, Issue 1 - The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation comes at an important time for the church. It reminds us that we stand for something. Our own denominational history, as illuminated well in this issue by essays from Nathan Finn and Jason Duesing, reminds us why we are Baptist. Andrew Walker and Casey Hough remind us that, when it comes to religious liberty, the work of the reformers was largely unfinished and relied on the theology and heroism of our Baptist forefathers. Russell Moore, offers an important piece on what it means to believe in “Scripture alone.” Steven Smith’s helps us understand how to preach in light of the Reformation. Andrew Walker’s interview with Dr. Robert George sheds light on the contributions evangelical Protestants bring to our co-belligerence on moral and ethical activism. and Chris Castaldo, a former Catholic, helps us think through what it means to be conventionally Protestant and yet work with Catholics for the common good.

Ex-Lesbian Finds New Life In Christ and A Lesson To The Church

Caller shares her testimony of coming out of homosexuality through Jesus and her experience in the church.

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Have You Seen This? Ben Folds composes song for orchestra in 10 minutes |

THE SYMPHONY — Recently, I met up with an old friend from high school who is a couple of years younger than me. As we caught up, I found out he is the vice president at a large tech company and I had the realization that I am not as impressive as I once thought I was. Then I saw this video and realized that not only am I not impressive, but I am also not talented and I should basically never try at anything ever again. I'm actually pretty good at making fun of my brother, Dave, but I don't think that's a marketable skill. Musician Ben Folds has recently been named as the artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra. As a part of that announcement, he was invited on stage at the Kennedy Center to join the orchestra and compose a song on the spot . Yesterday's Have You Seen This? Have You Seen This? World's 1st self-driving potatoMove over self-driving cars! Self-driving potatoes are the next big thing.

How To Articulate a Christian Worldview in Four Easy Steps

One God. We worship one, personal, knowable, holy God. There are not two gods or ten gods or ten million gods, only one. He has always been and will always be. He is not a product of our mind or imagination. He really exists and we can know him because he has spoken to us in his word.

Collective Motion Multiplies Design Requirements | Evolution News

One thing we can be sure of: performing split-second decisions in tight formation in 3-D without colliding doesn’t just happen. To do what these birds do takes precision flight hardware and software. We appreciate the effort of the researchers and the citizen scientists to gather all this data. It does provide new insight into a marvelous natural wonder. The most important questions, though, remain unanswered by those who restrict their explanations to methodological naturalism.

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How the Black Church Revamped Tyler Burns' Faith

Today, though, Burns says he’s “all about” serving black young people and appreciating the black church tradition that’s come before him. It’s what motivates his work as a pastor at Pensacola’s New Dimensions Christian Center, and as the host of the Pass the Mic and Chasing Justice podcasts.

You Cannot Handle Your Pain

Moses remembers the faithful love of the Lord, knowing he can find supernatural joy — a satisfaction that surpasses all understanding — in the midst of his suffering. “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil” (Psalm 90:14–15). We plead with God to satisfy us with himself, the one who gave his only Son for our sins so that by faith in him we might have eternal life.

Question of the Week, June 12, 2017: Did Homo sapiens originate 300,000 years ago?

Question of the Week, June 12, 2017: Did Homo sapiens originate 300,000 years ago?

Apologetics Strategies: The Myth of a Bulletproof Argument

Imagine if there was one argument for the truth of Christianity so convincing that everyone who heard it immediately embraced the gospel. Imagine evidence so persuasive that all you had to do was share it with your unsaved friend, and she’d instantly leave her unbelief behind. Imagine a proof that could overcome all obstacles to Christian faith.

What ‘American Gods’ Says About American Christianity

Proposed Law Would Require Food Stamp Recipients to Show Proof of Job Search

“While we certainly need to have a safety net … to help provide assistance that are upon hard times and those that have needs, the program … has grown beyond its intention of offering a hand up or a safety net to where it has become a lifestyle in some cases,” Graves told The Daily Signal.

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The Sixth Characteristic of a Healthy Church: A Response That Overflows with Joy | Cold Case Christianity

The Church needs to be careful to resist our inclination to focus on ourselves . We need to be committed to a new life centered on God’s moral will and the gifts He has already given us. We need to be wise stewards of these gifts and make God the focus of our lives. Like the early believers, singing should be an important part of our lives. We ought to sing not so we can be “ushered into God’s presence” (we know we are already there), but in spontaneous response to what he has done for us. Our songs shouldn’t be the limit of our worship, but the spontaneous result of our focus. We should sing, because we cannot help but sing.

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