Seven Reasons You Owe Everything to Suffering
Every good gift and every perfect gift comes to us at the cost of suffering. Here are seven reasons to rejoice in it.
Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace - Book Review
In this book review post, I'll share a brief summary of the book and what I appreciate about his approach before offering some critique. Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace encourages you not to be an “accidental Christian,” but to know Christianity is evidentially true—moving from “accidental belief to evidential trust (p. 23).”
Are You A Christian the Way I’m a Californian? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
Are you simply a Christian because you happen to have been born into a Christian family?
Playground Apologetics: Apologetics Tactics for Busy Moms
Earlier this week I found myself caught in the morning line of cars leaving my neighborhood’s elementary school. I live with my husband and 3-year-old son in a suburb of San Antonio. We’re in south Texas and our “Mayberry” (as many call it) is incredibly conservative – and not just politically. We have a lot of churches. When I say “a lot,” I mean that we could put you in a blindfold at most any intersection in the city, give you a stone to throw, and you’d probably hit one. It’s Narnia, for sure. Or a bubble. Whatever you’d like to call it. So, you can imagine my surprise on Tuesday as I pulled up behind a big SUV boldly emblazoned with a lightbulb-shaped sticker and the words “skeptic kids.” There went my bubble.
Logically Questioning Strange Ideas and Controversial Theories
As a Christian scholar and logic instructor, I often get asked about my thoughts on strange phenomena, controversial theories, and alternative conspiratorial explanations. Through the years I’ve frequently been asked about such unusual things as UFOs, the apparitions of Mary, near-death experiences, and a host of conspiracy theories such as those relating to the JFK assassination, denial of the Holocaust, the so-called moon-landing hoax, secret societies, and various speculative end-of-the-world scenarios.
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Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
But churches can also benefit from exposure to different styles and perspectives on biblical teaching. Christians have always encouraged gifted teachers to use their skills to serve the body as a whole. Back in 2 Corinthians, readers find what might be the first reference to a celebrity pastor, though he remains notably nameless: “With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel” (8:18, ESV).
Five 'Fake News' Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity
Five “Fake News” Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity by Michael J. Kruger There’s been a lot of chatter about “fake news” in recent months. Some stories, even though they have no basis in fact, are told so often, and with such conviction, that large numbers of people end up believing them anyway. And some of these fake news stories even dupe legitimate political figures who repeat the story without realizing it is false. And, of course, once a mainstream political figure repeats a story then it becomes even more entrenched in the national psyche. While some of these fake news stories are rather harmless, others have become quite dangerous. Most famous perhaps is the “ Pizza Gate ” incident in 2016 where a man shot up a pizza place thinking it was host to a child sex trafficking ring (thankfully, no one was hurt). Given this rash of “fake news,” I thought it might be interesting to observe that an analogous phenomenon can be seen in the study of early Christianity. There is quite a bit of “fake news” out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, or the development of the Bible .
Can that be Right? The Use of Old Testament Prophesy in the New Testament
It’s Christmas season and that means renewed attention on Messianic prophecy. Ah, the familiar sounds of “a virgin shall give birth,” “the government shall be upon his shoulders,” and good ole “Bethlehem Ephrathah.” It makes a churchgoer feel all warm and cuddly inside.
Should I Be Friends with My Ex?
I realized then that being “just friends” was not helping me move forward. I was living in what I hoped would happen, instead of living in the present. With all the courage I could muster, I asked my former boyfriend to stop calling me, stop emailing me, and stop asking to see me. It simply was too difficult to move forward when I was always hoping that we would get back together. Taking this big step forward, and all the pain that came with it, caused me to pore over my Bible like never before. I was searching for hope in the midst of my bleeding heart. The Psalms were like a soothing medicine to my aching soul:
Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions
Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.
The Real Reason We Don't Read Our Bibles
Through my work with the Christian Standard Bible , I came across some stats about Bible reading: 88 percent of American households own a Bible, but only 37 percent of people read it once a week or more. People said they don’t read their Bibles because they don’t have enough time, and they struggle to understand the words.
Why People Believe All Roads Lead to Heaven
When I was a freshman in high school, I tried out for the varsity basketball team. On the first day of tryouts, the coach ran a scrimmage, periodically sending players into the game to see how they played. When my turn came, I intercepted a pass on the very first play. Then I took the ball the length of the court, skyed over every other player and made the prettiest layup you ever saw.
The Bible Will Teach You How to Think
Digging for treasure is harder than raking leaves. But in this lab, Pastor John reminds us that even though digging into God’s word is hard, the diamonds we can find are infinitely worth it.
The Point: God Is Still Speaking
You see, God’s still speaking, but He’s not saying anything new. He’s saying the same thing that He’s always said, but now to us: Seek, and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.
A Broken, Dying World: Why Spiritual Hunger Is Real and How We Can Begin to Meet People Where They Are
Sure, we can observe wars and rumors of wars and horrible atrocities in our world, but several things must be noted when we see these things. First, while the sorrows of this world are noteworthy, they are exceptions to the overwhelming demonstrations of the constancy of God’s grace, rather than the rule. Second, they testify to the fact that the people behind these atrocities are messed up and in need of God and, even in such a broken world, He is beckoning us back to Him. And third, they reveal that we long for something better and our hearts are restless.
Announcement: New Apologetics Curriculum for Students!
Sean McDowell : Awana is an international ministry that focuses on discipling children and teens. Most people recognize Awana from their children’s Bible memory programs (which I did as a kid). But Awana has a very significant youth ministry as well. The leadership first reached out to me to gauge my interest in helping with the Advocate series. Once I got to know them personally, and understood their vision and commitment to creating a first-class apologetics curriculum for students, I was sold!
When the Church Celebrates Sex-Change Surgery | The Stream
If all of these topsy-turvy, PC sexually-related proclivities are somehow unalterable (from an evolutionary standpoint that is), thus right in the eyes of a “three-times Holy God” – including this groundswell movement of late, whose so-called “Christian” proponents have been bangin’ their same-sex drums for acceptability in the Church as well – then WHY in heaven’s name, have Christian heterosexuals been absolutely SILENT all this time, when they should be free to engage in their “straight” sexual desires like all the rest of those professing Christians?
‘The Beguiled’ Reveals the Cracks in Our Imagined Selves
Director and screenwriter Sofia Coppola’s dedication to sustaining a kind of visual enchantment is clear to the audience at once. So, too, is Coppola’s canny use of familiar character types to tell a story that hinges on hard-to-detect motives that lie within, like desire and dread. Coppola’s characters act on honorable impulses and risk trusting one another in the name of Christian virtues like charity, hospitality, mercy, and gratitude. Slowly, however, a space widens between the intentions they profess and the temptations which also shape their responses to one another. The theme of a duality between whom we tell ourselves we are and what our actions testify about us resonates throughout the narrative.
Belong Tour Canceled by New Owners
The Belong Tour debuted last year as a younger spinoff to Women of Faith, which concluded its farewell tour in 2016 after 20 years of events totaling more than 5 million attendees. Over the past five years, Women of Faith has changed ownership a few times, from publisher Thomas Nelson’s Live Events Management to popular talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) to its current owner, Inspire Live , which purchased the company within the past year, according to WME.
Good Lovemaking Is About God
John explained to his friends that by continually neglecting God’s good design for sex, they were settling for flashes of sinful passion instead of the valuable white-hot coals of enduring intimacy. God designed sex to be best enjoyed when it is based on something other than appearance or performance. He bases it on committed love that reflects the unending love he has for all those who trust in Christ.
Christ’s Transfiguration Is a Sneak Preview of Our Future
The apostle Paul sheds a bit more light on the situation. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, he says all who receive the Spirit are enabled not only to see the glory of the Lord but also to receive that glory as we are “transfigured” into the image of Christ (your Bible might say “transformed,” which works too, but it is the same word that Matthew and Mark use to describe what happened to Jesus on the mountain). How does this happen, exactly? First, Paul says, getting the Spirit means getting a new heart and having the Spirit breathe new life into us—it’s what Paul calls the “new creation” (5:17). Second, there’s no participating in the new creation without also becoming a minister of the “new covenant” (3:6). If the light of the gospel has shone in our hearts, we are responsible to make that light as visible as possible to those around us. Paul gives a couple of ways we do this.
Different Approaches of Ministering to Muslims
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Though You Do Not See Him, You Love Him
And yet, not all who saw the resurrected Jesus actually believed in him. In fact, Matthew tells us that there were some who doubted even as they looked upon the post-resurrected Jesus as he stood on the mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:17). But if some of those who actually saw the risen Christ with their own eyes failed to believe, what hope do we have? We haven’t touched him like Thomas (John 20:27), walked with him like Cleopas (Luke 24:31), or ate fish with him like John (John 21:13). It would, therefore, seem that we are at an incredible disadvantage compared to those who witnessed the resurrected Jesus. The New Testament disagrees. In fact, Jesus said that it was to our advantage that he left (John 16:7). How can that be?
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A Permanent Birth by Steven Lawson | July 11, 2017
Ironically, we can become so afraid of losing something that we no longer fully enjoy having it. This is true in both everyday affairs and in spiritual matters. People will sometimes keep a prized possession out of harm’s way to such an extent that they no longer use it or enjoy it. Fortunately, Christians can rejoice in the knowledge that the forgiveness of sins, their relationship with God, and their eternal hope can never be taken away. Few truths are as beautiful as God’s promise that those who are born again receive a permanent birth and can never lose their status as His sons and daughters.
Q&A - William Lane Craig vs Daniel Came | Does God Exist?
For more information visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In March 2017 Dr. Craig traveled the island of Ireland on a speaking tour that included various debates, lectures, and meetings. On March 23rd he debated philosopher Daniel Came. They presented their arguments at the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin on the topic "Does God Exist?" The debate was followed by this question and answer time. Special thanks to Christian Unions Ireland for their efforts in organizing the tour and to Trinity College Dublin for hosting this particular event. 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 short-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...
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Would Life Be Possible Given Different Constants?
For more resources from Reasonable Faith visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In February 2016, Dr Craig spoke at Kennesaw State University, where Richard Dawkins had drawn a large crowd just over a year ago, on “Evidence for God (with special reference to Richard Dawkins).” Dr Craig used the four terrific animation videos on the contingency, cosmological, moral, and fine-tuning arguments to explain each argument and then interacted with Dawkins’ critique. 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 short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...
Book Preview: Unbelievable? by Justin Brierley
Yet recently, good conversations about faith have been increasingly squeezed out of the public sphere. Seeking to reopen the debate, Justin Brierley began to invite atheists, sceptics and non-believers onto Premier Christian Radio to hear the best arguments for and against the Christian faith. Now, over ten years later, Unbelievable?continues to captivate thousands of listeners and has spawned its own annual conference.
But how has ten years in the atheist-argument-firing line affected the presenter’s faith?
Reflecting on conversations with Richard Dawkins, Derren Brown and many more, Justin explains why he still finds Christianity the most compelling explanation for life, the universe and everything. And why, regardless of belief or background, we should all welcome the conversation.
EXIT: The Appeal of Suicide
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3 Things Holding Back Missions Innovation
To become a people of Spirit-led discernment and instruments of God’s transformative change in the world, we must learn to slide down the banisters of self-protection, sacred restrictions and spiritual hoarding. Like my teenaged self, flouting the conventions of Japanese society, Jesus followers can show the world what it looks like to live beyond inhibiting banisters. This way of life will indeed lead to the innovative mission we hope for and will alter the world as we know it.
How Consciousness Strikes a Deathblow to Naturalism
“What is man that you take thought of him?” asked the psalmist (Ps. 8:4; 144:3; cf. Job 7:17). Are we simply a blob of tissue formed through a lucky roll of the dice in the universal game of chance? Is there something about mankind that elevates him above the other creatures in our universe? The basic character of man will help us understand our place in the cosmos. A correct understanding of our nature will assist our concept of God and the world we live in.
About 80 People Formed a Human Chain on Panama Beach to Save a Drowning Family
But onshore, a rescue operation was mounting. Five people had formed a human chain and begun to venture out into the ocean, with one person remaining on the beach to anchor them from getting caught up in the current. Five more people joined the first five, and then ten more. And then, as the situation grew increasingly dire (and the sun started to sink) dozens.
Most Christians have not critically examined their faith
My observation is that most Christians have not critically examined their faith. They certainly have not tested it in the fiery furnace of agnosticism. Christians reflexively defend, coddle and protect their faith, as if it were too delicate to endure intense scrutiny. Too many Christians accept their religion as the “one true faith” without really examining if this is true.
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What Would It Take for Me to Become an Atheist?
For some reason, people frequently ask me what it would take for me to give up my Christian faith and become an atheist. Given that many atheists (who consider themselves former Christians) cite an emotional experience as pivotal to their loss of faith, I won’t venture to guess what kind of subjective experience might cause me to abandon faith. Rather, I will focus on the intellectual component. In other words, what would convince me rationally to become an atheist ?
Monkey Teeth: Proof of God’s Post-Flood Provisions
Animals can show up in the oddest places. In modern society, we take for granted the ease of travel for both humans and animals. Animals can be transported from one side of the globe to another via trains, planes, and automobiles. They have traveled to be part of new zoos, to replenish or diversify breeding stock in sanctuaries, or to move to a more hospitable environment than where they were found. Any time animals are relocated, there is an extensive human effort to organize such a task. In part, this is why evolutionists have to scratch their heads when an animal in the fossil record shows up either in an unexpected location or at an unexpected time in history. This is the case with the newly discovered monkey fossils named Panamacebus transitus .
Vlog 37 - The Power of Prayer, a Reprieve from Pain
In this Vlog I discuss Genesis 25 and 27, particularly the stories of Jacob and Esau in light of the power of prayer. Also I give an update on my health, which hasn't been good, and what has happened in the past few days, which is very interesting. Thanks for praying! GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/NabeelQureshi Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NabeelQureshi
Axe-Wielding Man Arrested After Demanding Radio Station Play Insane Clown Posse Song
The man’s crime? He wanted to hear an Insane Clown Posse song , and he wanted to hear it so bad he stormed down to the offices of Kiss 108 with an axe to get them to play it. He also was, apparently, throwing some sort of sharp objects out of his car window.
THE MAN WHO BECAME A WOMAN THEN A DRAGON
This is not fiction! It's the real story of a man who identified as a woman but who now identifies as a female dragon -- and has a big Facebook following.
The Predator in the Fashion Magazine: Teen Vogue Coaches Teenagers in Sodomy | The Stream
I don’t think we (the bride of Christ) are here because of moral cowardice or timidity. Society, globally by enlarge, especially western, is here because the academia have rejected God and any idea of moral absolutes, and they are teaching everyone else to do so as well. Especially and progressively so over the past 4 or 5 generations. The collective academia and the media driven by money is what has brought us here, and it isn’t going to get any better. We are living in a pluralistic society and children will have to be taught and guided at home to protect them, by means of parents modelling moral choices and the consequences of not doing so at home. By this I do not mean don’t protect and be found fighting the good fight, but this is consistent with what the revelation to John predicts about the end time. Children will have to be taught to cope at home.
Safety and Peace Aren’t the Same Thing
While safety has been the mechanism to measure the success of communities and the comfort level of certain churches, it has not benefited or helped the most vulnerable and oppressed in our society. As a Christian, I believe the desire for safety is contrary to the teachings of Christ and has turned Christians into ardent defenders of the state and opponents of Jesus’ teachings. Furthermore, this focus has not created peace in society, something that on the surface level seems plausible and politically viable.
Are Scientific Explanations the Only Show in Town? 7 Quick Points
Science has an incredible track record for discovering the truth about the material world. But if science answers one kind of question—questions about the nature of the physical world – remarkably well, it does not follow that it will answer every kind of question remarkably well. An it certainly doesn’t follow that these are the only type of question worth asking. We are in danger of missing answers to questions about value, meaning and purpose if we restrict our evidence to the evidence provided by the physical sciences.
Pew Research: Why Young People Are Leaving Christianity
It comes as no surprise to anyone keeping a finger on the pulse of our culture that a dramatically high number of young people are leaving the church. Many of these formerly churched individuals are now identifying as “nones” (religiously unaffiliated). Many are going as far as to declare themselves atheists or agnostics, while others say they’re “spiritual” but not religious (although everyone has a religion because all people have beliefs about how the universe and life did or did not arise). Why are so many young people abandoning traditional church?
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Christian Case-Making 101: What You Can Learn from a Crime Scene Investigator
J. Warner (Jim) Wallace was new to homicide. From the front porch, he could clearly see through the window the deceased's body splayed atop a worn recliner, head open and exposed, a handgun lying on the floor to his left as the TV blared on. Wallace suspected the man had committed suicide.