Kenyan leaders to Obama: Don’t lecture us on gay ‘marriage’
'We are ready to decline any foreign aid if it is tied to gay marriages.'
ENCODE, Evolution, and the Percentage of the Genome That's Functional
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Kevin Palau Explains How He 'Stumbled' Into His Calling and Became 'Captivated by Unity'
Ever since witnessing just how much evangelism coupled with good works can impact communities and even bring Christians together, Kevin Palau, son of popular Latin American evangelist Luis Palau, says he has been captivated by the idea of "unity."
Christians! It's Time to Love, not Fear (quick video)
After the SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage many Christians have felt fear, but now is the time to show genuine Christlike love to people.
This Is How Conan Rolls to Comic-Con
Conan O’Brien decided to use some inspiration from Mad Max: Fury Road during his road trip to San Diego’s Comic-Con, where he’ll be recording a week’s worth of shows. No one does cosplay like CoCo.
Is America Becoming Hostile to Christians? Book Review.
Chapter six is entitled, “Can’t Please All the People.” His point is that kindness and relationships can help minimize hostility towards Christians, but it cannot please everyone. Yancey provides the example of InterVarsity losing its status as a campus organization at Vanderbilt University. The group was quite moderate and aimed to show that it was not “homophobic culture warriors.” Nevertheless, the moderate InterVarsity group was dismissed from Vanderbilt in the name of tolerance. Many people will respond to graciousness and kindness, but many will not. Some will find reasons for Christianophobia no matter how well we treat them. And according to Jesus, this should not surprise us (1 John 3:13).
Sci Fi, Free Will, and the Problem of Evil
In teaching every semester on why God allows evil, I’ve learned that many Christians do not understand the nature or value of free will. Indeed, many years ago I too struggled with what free will is all about, but found an unlikely ally in science fiction. Sci-fi books, movies, and television programs frequently feature free will as a major theme and thus help illumine this abstract topic.
When Assaulted by Rainbows
Like most popular things on the internet, the rainbow grew virally, and you could feel the tug to join in as close friends and coworkers, friends from high school and cousins on your dad’s side, actors and multinational corporations converged to celebrate the court’s decision. And if you, like me, were disappointed by the ruling, you found social media to be an increasingly contested space between these modified avatars and the disparaging responses from some Christians, and you wondered how to respond, or even if you should. What is the opposite of a rainbow?
Radio | Apologetics.com (A Discussion on Gender - Sam Welbaum)
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Deconstructing New Atheist Objections to the Arguments for God and Q&A
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org The Bethinking National Apologetics Day Conference: "Countering the New Atheism" took place during the UK Reasonable Faith Tour in October 2011. Christian academics William Lane Craig, John Lennox, Peter J Williams and Gary Habermas lead 600 people in training on how to defend and proclaim the credibility of Christianity against the growing tide of secularism and New Atheist popular thought in western society. In this session, William Lane Craig delivers his critique of Richard Dawkins' objections to arguments for the existence of God, followed by questions and answers from the audience. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefaith
Preterism: Considering Future, Past
Now, be careful here. I like preterism. I am a preterist. I was sold on it those 30 years ago. But there is another form of it that is deadly. Full preterism, hyper preterism, pantelism, consistent preterism, and all sorts of different names for it in a multitude of little tiny variations from folks promoting different versions can be deadly. Hyper preterism or full preterism is the view that affirms that all biblical prophecy has already been filled. That is a problem. Its problem is that denies the future return of Christ and, with it, the resurrection of our bodies.
Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide
The reality is that it cannot. This is a moment of decision, and every evangelical believer, congregation, denomination, and institution will have to answer. There will be no place to hide. The forces driving this revolution in morality will not allow evasion or equivocation. Every pastor, every church, and every Christian organization will soon be forced to declare an allegiance to the Scriptures and to the Bible’s teachings on marriage and sexual morality, or to affirm loyalty to the sexual revolution. That revolution did not start with same-sex marriage, and it will not end there. But marriage is the most urgent issue of the day, and the moment of decision has arrived.
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Waiting on God
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Grace to You Radio
“I will come again.” It was a promise given to Jesus’ disciples—and all believers. So what will Jesus’s second coming be like, and how should you get ready? Find out in John MacArthur’s study titled When Jesus Comes .
Religious Liberty Is Not Freedom from Ridicule
In recent weeks, we’ve seen an unprecedented and nasty turn in American culture against basic religious freedoms, freedoms that once composed the bedrock of the American consensus. In the years to come, we will be called upon to advocate for religious liberty and soul freedom for everyone, over and against a government and media culture hostile to the very idea. In order to do that, though, we must learn to differentiate between persecution and insult, between religious liberty and freedom from ridicule. They are not the same thing.
Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’: Read the First Chapter
It is exciting to see Harper Lee's original manuscript published ( with a few minor edits, as the author requested). This is a very rare literary "Wow". I am so glad that Ms. Lee's original manuscript was discovered so that we can see through Scouts eyes again, and in a new way. It is also wonderful that she is alive to experience this new look at her old work. I read To Kill a Mockingbird to my daughters years ago - a chapter or so after dinner each night. They remember it fondly. I hope that English teachers and professors are revising their fall class syllabi to reflect a discussion and study of these two books, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, side by side. And thank you WSJ for such an outstanding surprise - the ability to read the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman a few days prior to release of the book. The available audio of Reese Witherspoon reading the chapter is also a user friendly idea. Easy to post on social media with a link, as well.
Safest Campus - College Rankings
Safest Campus ranks 1,127 colleges based on crime statistics and more than 330,000 opinions from 82,000 students. A high ranking indicates that there is little or no crime on campus and low drug and alcohol usage and students report that the college provides a safe and healthy environment for students.
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You Don’t Have to Plan Everything
Don’t get me wrong. Planning is a beautiful thing. God is a magnificent planner — in the bigness of the universe and the smallest molecules. Many things in life simply do not happen without planning. Stadiums aren’t built, sewer systems aren’t installed, power grids aren’t maintained, children aren’t educated, books aren’t written, churches aren’t planted, weight isn’t lost, and often prayer doesn’t happen without a plan.
13 Important Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Blogging
This post is really relevant to the person like me, Neil, Beautiful indeed. Neil, i am a regular reader of your blog, i follow your guidelines and try my best to implement as well. You are just an idle person for me as far as my professional life is concerned. I always try to learn new things as you update your blog regularly. Neil, i have just one question for you! I am an Internet marketing professional, i am in the process to create my own blog. That blog will mainly cover the area – Spirituality, Health, Education and something relate to all these. I have a good knowledge of all these – not only the good knowledge but practical knowledge. I have also a range of ideas of all these aspects, but problem is i am not an effective writer. Because i am not a content writer, and for this reason my English and related part like Grammar is not at the peak. What to do to overcome this problem? Can you help me become a good writer in this aspect? Thanks,
The Greatness of John Calvin
Among the many faithful voices from the past, there seems to be one that rises above them all. It is the voice of a man who desperately wanted us to hear not his own voice but the voice of God in His Word. It is precisely on account of the humility the Lord had instilled in the mind of Calvin that I am drawn to him. In fact, there is not a week that passes that I do not think about the example Calvin set forth for us and for Christians in every generation. And in life and ministry, as I have considered Calvin the man, I have observed the following things: Calvin was a man who died to himself and sought to take up his cross daily so that he might serve the Lord and the flock God had entrusted to him (Luke 9:23). He was a man who did not think of himself more highly than he should have, but sought to esteem others better than himself (Rom. 12:3; Phil. 2:3). He was a man who did not seek to please men first and foremost, but sought to please God ultimately and completely (Col. 1:10; 3:23). He was a man who strove not to live for his own kingdom but for the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33; 21:43).
What Makes Boyce College Different?
What Makes Boyce College Different?
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FBI director: Breakdown in criminal background check system allowed Dylann Roof to buy weapon used in Charleston shooting
Russell Wilson and the Problem with Christian Celebrity Culture
"“I had a dream that my dad passed away and that Jesus came into the room and he was basically knocking on my door saying ‘hey you need to find out more about me.’ So that Sunday morning I end up going to church and that’s when I got saved,” Wilson said. “It was that moment, when I realized dreams were really real, because my dad ended up passing away six years later. I think that got me through a lot of adversity. I used to beat up kids and fight kids and do stuff all the time, but I realized God had given me so much, so many talents. I want to give Him all the glory.”" http://wtvr.com/2013/10/18/russell-wilson-jesus-dream/
The Moral Argument
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/moral View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: http://youtu.be/6CulBuMCLg0 View the Fine Tuning Argument animation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIiI... Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.
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Young Christians Spiritually Failing in Real World Because Youth Groups Depend Too Much on Emotional High, Says Nancy Pearcey (CP Interview 1/2)
In her CP interview, Pearcey said the book was motivated, in particular, out of a concern for young Christians. Church youth groups are often good at establishing an emotional commitment but are failing young Christians intellectually. Parents and church leaders need to encourage their youth to grapple with difficult questions and help them learn to think through those issues, she argued, or else they will be left unprepared when their views are challenged.
It's your season, it's your moment... Right now
after watching this video, i now ask myself if i'm upset because i want to be? or because i'm actually hurting inside... but let me pose these questions: do the negative people you are so tired of even know any better? even with the blessings they have, i do not blame them for being negative. if only for the reason that the things we watch on television every night vs. what we actually experience every day don't add up. what we seem to value vs. what we actually value through our actions is all out of whack. all i'm trying to say is that there is a cause for that effect that you're speaking on, and i think all of the young people who are intelligent can see it but can't accept it, so they need pain of any kind to distract them from facing the reality that they are gonna have to fix it..
Five Verses That Don't Mean What You Think
Dealing With Sin in the Church
15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Blind Spots Quiz: What's Your Blind Spot?
Blind Spots Quiz: What's Your Blind Spot?
Hymns We Should Sing More Often: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
This is part of an intermittent series I’ve called “Hymns We Should Sing More Often.” The aim is to remind us (or introduce for the first time) excellent hymns that are probably not included in most church’s musical canon. A few hymns–like Holy, Holy, Holy or Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing— are familiar to many congregations and get sung in conferences and other large gatherings. Unfortunately, for a growing number of churches, there are no hymnals in the pews (or on the chairs), and consequently there is little opportunity to draw from the deep well of Christian hymnody. Most of the hymns in this series are not unfamiliar, just underutilized. I hope you will enjoy learning about these hymns as much as I have and enjoy singing them even more.
Inside Out: Let Yourself Feel All the Feels
Through the stunning visuals we’ve come to expect from Pixar, viewers follow Riley from birth as her emotional range expands, and as the personifications of different aspects of her personality evolve. The plot tension inside Riley's mind mirrors the tension outside as Joy and Sadness (voiced by Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith) each vie for supremacy.
An Evening with Os: Apologetics.com Fundraiser 2015
Directions to the venue : When at the Dana Point Harbor, proceed across Island Way at the intersection turn left motor on to the second driveway on your left and turn in. When you reach the call box please punch in *05 and we will open the gate for you. Once inside the parking lot turn left and proceed all the way down to the last building on your right. Come inside and ascend the steps to the second floor we will greet you there.
Catching Sleep and Catching Revival
When I read the New Testament, it seems folks were either experiencing revival or longing for it. You have stories of mass conversion or prayers for God to do more than we could imagine. Longings for revival and spiritual awakening in the history of the church have produced all kinds of practices and manipulations to get the experiential fruit. But the New Testament doesn’t give us a guide for producing renewal. It doesn’t give us steps or principles. Maybe most frustratingly, it gives commands to Christians like, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18), as if I’m supposed to go to my local Christian bookstore and get some. Instead, it just gives us stories and prayers. And so we pray and dream, hoping our churches can become part of the stories.
Ray Comfort 1989
http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php... Here is a look behind the scenes of Ray back in the year of 1989! Vintage Ray Comfort. Out of the Comfort Zone is available at: http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php...
FBI Says Dylann Roof Should Not Have Been Sold Gun
Roof's rap sheet listed the Lexington County Sheriff's Office as the arresting agency, rather than the Columbia Police Department. As the examiner sought to suss through the confusion about which jurisdiction had Roof's case, the mandatory three day waiting period to clear or deny a purchase expired and Roof was sold the weapon he ultimately used in the deadly church shooting.
Do Ideas Have Consequences? Indeed They Do! - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
My article wasn’t mean to be a fully developed philosophy/theology of gender identity, but to point out the practical problems of nominalistic philosophy (i.e. we can now call ducks fish because we “feel” like it). I’m not saying that transgender advocates DENY that gender exists. My hangup is HOW they are defining gender… The most fundamental question is HOW should we “define” gender? If we define it with “nominal definition” then it certainly could begin in the mind (i.e. psychologically), but if we use a realist definition then it must correspond to reality (hence physical/biological reality – regardless of how one might “feel”) – We don’t get to re-defnine a lung and call it an “eye” because we “feel” like it… A lung was designed to oxygenate blood, not to see. Biological function is also an indicator of psychological makeup – the physical, biological, spiritual and psychological are intimately connected and the reason why so many transgender people are depressed is because they have been damaged psychologically not physically.
7 Bible Verses on Learning From Mistakes to Become a Stronger Christian
Throughout our lives we tend to make many mistakes, some more costly than others. We all say things we shouldn't say. The truth is we are all human, and no matter where we are in our Christian walk, we will all make mistakes. If you want to know how to best deal with mistakes, there's no better place to look then scripture.
Some people today leave out the “Reformed” part or at least interpret it as “reformed” (little “r”): the church is “always being reformed according to the Word of God.” This means that to be Reformed is simply to be reformed and to be reformed is simply to be biblical. All who base their beliefs on the Bible are therefore “reformed,” regardless of whether their interpretations are consistent with the common confessions of the Reformed churches. However, this runs counter to the original intention of the phrase. Doubtless there are many beliefs and practices that Reformed believers share in common with non-Reformed believers committed to God’s Word. We must always remain open to correction from our brothers and sisters in other churches who have interpreted the Bible differently. Nevertheless, Reformed churches belong to a particular Christian tradition with its own definitions of its faith and practice. We believe that our confessions and catechisms faithfully represent the system of doctrine found in Holy Scripture. We believe that to be Reformed is not only to be biblical; to be biblical is to be Reformed.
For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015
Do we read by seasons? To some degree, we probably do. Summer promises the opportunity to pack a stack of books that otherwise might not fit in the schedule. Every serious reader needs to read some books just for the sheer thrill of reading. A good book brings more than pleasure, of course, but pleasure in reading is not to be taken lightly. In this list I suggest some new and current books that brought me pleasure and satisfaction as I read them, and as I now share them with others. The list is heavily weighted to history and historical biography. No apologies there — these are the books I recommend this season for summer reading. Each earned its way on this list. By the end of the summer, perhaps you will have your own list to share as well.
1. Erik Larson, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (New York: Crown Publishers).
Newsweek on Twitter
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6 Strategies for Purposeful Rest
Sometimes, when I notice myself getting busy and am attempting to make more time for rest (like I am now), I like to think "work, family, friends...(but mostly work) they will all love me more when I am the best me I can be. I can't be the best me I am day-to-day without proper consistent rest, so why not invest in being a better me (by resting), so that I can 'really' perform at work/home/outside!?". I don't know if you or anyone else does that too. Maybe I just have a weird way of thinking... Haha.
What Does It Mean to Be the Church?
God has allowed me be close to the train and not ignore the sounds I get to drive 50 miles one way to be with inmates in the county jail. One 40 year old who has been there over 4 years. He has not had a trail yet for the two murders he is accused of committing. I'm blessed to be where God put me and to pray and talk with these inmates 3 days a week. I'm with those you will not see or hear their cries in a church building. There are people outside the walls of a church building that need us to carry the message of Jesus and they are waiting for us before they die.
At Johns Hopkins University, effort to ban Chick-fil-A from campus meets resistance - The College Fix
“Chick-fil-A on campus would not, in any way, effect the rights of gay students on campus,” Mayer said in an email. “More to the point, Chick-fil-A’s stance against gay marriage, while disagreeable, is a manifestation of free speech. As libertarians, we are unable to restrict speech simply because the company’s CEO … opposes gay marriage.”
Role of microbiota in preventing allergies
The human body is inhabited by billions of symbiotic bacteria, carrying a diversity that is unique to each individual. The microbiota is involved in many mechanisms, including digestion, vitamin synthesis and host defense. It is well established that a loss of bacterial symbionts promotes the development of allergies. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur have succeeded in explaining this phenomenon, and demonstrate how the microbiota acts on the balance of the immune system: the presence of microbes specifically blocks the immune cells responsible for triggering allergies. These results are published in Science on July 9, 2015.
State Split: Nevada Allows, Colorado Denies Christian School Vouchers
School officials in Douglas County, just south of Denver, signaled that the district would appeal the case directly to the United States Supreme Court, with the hopes of weakening laws here and in other states that block public money from flowing to religious schools. More than a decade ago, the federal Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution could not prohibit the use of public vouchers to pay for religious schools in Cleveland.
Free John Calvin eBooks for 24 Hours
John Calvin was born on this day in 1509. In honor of his birthday, Reformation Trust and Ligonier Ministries are making two John Calvin ebooks available free for 24 hours.
What about Those Who Have Never Heard of Jesus? A Classic Illustration from Francis Schaeffer
14 . . . When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
When the Gospel Comes to Town
All the people within reach had suspended their business, or their idleness, to run to the spot and drink the wine. The rough, irregular stones of the street, pointing every way, and designed, one might have thought, expressly to lame all living creatures that approached them, had dammed it into little pools; these were surrounded, each by its own jostling group or crowd, according to its size. Some men kneeled down, made scoops of their two hands joined, and sipped, or tried to help women, who bent over their shoulders, to sip, before the wine had all run out between their fingers. Others, men and women, dipped in the puddles with little mugs of mutilated earthenware, or even with handkerchiefs from women’s heads, which were squeezed dry into infants’ mouths; others made small mud-embankments, to stern the wine as it ran; others, directed by lookers-on up at high windows, darted here and there, to cut off little streams of wine that started away in new directions; others devoted themselves to the sodden and lee-dyed pieces of the cask, licking, and even champing the moister wine-rotted fragments with eager relish.
Dylann Roof Should Not Have Been Able to Buy a Gun
The FBI said today that Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine congregants at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church last month, should not have been able to buy a gun. They blame a background check failure. According to the Bureau, Roof bought a .45-caliber handgun in April (eight days after he turned 21), despite his admitting to drug possession. Back in February, Roof was arrested and charged with possessing a controlled substance, then later indicted by a grand jury. And federal law prohibits gun sales to anyone under indictment for a felony.