The Origin of Life: Evolution vs. Design [Full Debate]
Michael Ruse and Fuz Rana square off to debate the question "Are natural processes sufficient to explain the origin and the complexity of the cell?" Moderate...
Why Must the Cause of the Universe Be Personal and Not Impersonal?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2011 Dr William Lane Craig spoke at the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) in Hungary. While they ...
Jesus Accepts Worship
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Muslims claim that Jesus was only a prophet. Yet Jesus accepts worship and even demands worship. Would a mere prophet allow p...
John Piper - Jesus and the Prosperity Gospel
"The All-Providing King Who Would Not Be King" John 6:1-15 November 1, 2009 Full video @: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/2009/4376...
532. What Are Angels And What Do They Do?
Bobby describes what angels are and what their function is when it comes to God's people.
531. How Do We Deal With Porn In The Home?
Jason Jimenez looks at how families can combat the onslaught of pornography in our culture.
2014 Update on Largest Churches in the Southern Baptist Convention
Dr. Rainer: I was a part of your D.Min cohort at SBTS (around 2000) concentrating on Evangelism and Church Growth. Although I was not able to complete my final paper I can honestly say that I learned more in those classes than I did while working on my M.Div. I’ve never been the pastor of a mega church and at the age of 60 doubt that I will ever make it (and that’s okay). I’ve pastored five churches over 25 years the largest running about 260 in worship when I left. I’ve now had the privilege to interim in 3 churches and now serve at a church that only has about 60 in worship. While I’m grateful to have been a part of NewSpring for a while, I’m also grateful to now serve in God’s church as a pastor even if it’s an interim. I’m also blessed to be serving where the Lord has planted me and I’ve found wonderful and gracious people in every church regardless of the size. Finally, I’m grateful there are men who can lead these mega churches, I would believe God has called them there just as God has called me to where I serve.
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The Holiness of God : “ The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. Dr. R.C. Sproul says, ‘The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives — economics, politics, athletics, romance — everything with which we are involved.’” [Incidentally, I recommend Sproul’s book by that same name to apologists more often than any other book. I think it’s the key to a multitude of apologetics subjects.]
Here’s the First Trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’
also (just talked about this in youth group last week), the Pharaoh was believed by the Egyptians to be the son of the Sun God (Ra), and yes they most definitely had multiple gods in Egypt. Pharaoh's magicians also duplicated some of the signs that God did through Moses, so there were obviously other spiritual forces at work here too.
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The Sermon on the Mount is important for everyone to hear. But the response to it must not conclude with mere amazement but real, saving faith. If we have read it and meditated upon its instructions and imperatives, we also need to move from astonishment to obedience. Such obedience entails moving from intellectual knowledge of the narrow gate and way to actually entering the gate by faith and following the way to eternal life.
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Five myths about air turbulence
For many fliers, encountering air turbulence is the most challenging aspect of any flight. The effects of turbulence, which can cause an aircraft to shake and move suddenly and erratically from side to side or up and down, can be distressing and even frightening, sparking fear that the airplane is out of control and about to crash or break apart. So we spoke with two notable pilots to expose the truth behind five of the most common myths of air turbulence.
Don’t be a Slave to Expectations for Yourself
As mentioned before reality rarely is as glamorous as our dreams, but I felt I had tasted a bit of it sometimes, but at some point we always wake up, and like a drug want to take another dose of it. I've chosen to embrace my life as it is, find a job that will make me smile at the end of the day no matter what it is or how hard it is, and just have a few close friends to laugh and cry with. Compared to finding healing and relationship with God, my art will always be just a hobby to me now. I've went through accepting and rejecting a prosperity gospel, and I'm working towards freedom from self-esteem-based lies that even my relatives unintentionally instilled into me.
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.
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Jesus’ final words to his first-century disciples were “go, make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28.18-20). Twenty-first century churches carry the same mission, sent as Jesus was sent to be a witness to the gospel among billions around the globe. How, though, can a local church and individual believers fully embrace the Great Commission call to intercultural evangelism, discipleship, and church planting? How can we do missions well?
Maintaining Unity when doctrine can be divisive: 5 mistakes pastors make
Mistake 5 : A failure to love. A pastor must never forget that God sent him to love the people, not merely to imbue them with biblical facts. When a congregation hears a pastor’s love for them, they will accept his teaching much more readily. Loving pastors will still face occasional opposition, but it will usually be much less angry in its tone and also less able to stir up others. Jesus said that the greatest mark of our discipleship is that we love each other. No pastor can make disciples of his people if he lacks the most significant element of discipleship himself.
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God Loves Cleveland
Home is much easier — just whip your fans into a frenzy, feed off their energy and let them lift you to a higher place. Magic cherished playing at home. He loved seeing the celebrities in the crowd, loved the Showtime gimmick, loved running teams off the floor, loved being the biggest star in a city full of stars. He’d finish the night at the Forum Club and keep the party going for as long as possible. Bird loved the road, especially those Western Conference cities that caught the Celtics once a year. He’d stroll onto the court and ask what the “house record” was — for most points in the building — then he’d threaten staffers that he might break it that night. There was one moment in Los Angeles, when Bird was fouled with two-tenths of a second left in the game and needed to make two free throws to beat the Clippers. He didn’t believe their fans were noisy enough, so he stepped away from the charity stripe and implored them to yell more . Then, he drained both free throws and smiled all the way back to the bench.
Part 2: 12 principles to help you navigate the adoption process
Be a salt-and-light Christian. When you engage in adoption, instantly you have an option to share the gospel, which in a peculiar way will require of you to be seasoned, graceful and kind. Jesus said to be “wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove.” Since it is an unnatural process (a mom and dad giving up their child) everyone involved is typically on edge. Picture the wedding day of a new bride times 10. Your sphere of influence will be massive – caseworkers, the agency, the home study, the birth parents and future grandparents and then add friends visiting the birth mother and family in the hospital. Most important, we must display the gospel in all of its self-denying grandeur. Remember this will require of you to die to yourself daily.
Should we allow abortions to save the life of the mother? — Highlands Ministries
The question of intent also informs our understanding of what to do in the context of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a terribly dangerous situation where the unborn baby is growing outside his mother’s uterus. Even this danger, however, does not justify the willful killing of the unborn child. Some children have survived being outside the womb. Some have even been successfully transplanted into the womb. As with preeclampsia, however, some have not survived. Which is not the same thing as abortion at all. A failed attempt to rescue a baby not in his mother’s womb is no more an abortion than a failed attempt to rescue a baby from a burning building is a murder. For more information on the challenges of both preeclampsia and ectopic pregnancies, please see here .
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Yale Law School Professor Says Evolution Doubts Cannot Be Attributed to Ignorance
First, Kahan thinks he's been able "to disentangle what a person knows about science from who he or she is culturally speaking" by rephrasing a question about evolution, asking what the "theory of evolution" says rather than querying the respondent on what he himself thinks. But notice that there is no comparable question about what the "theory of intelligent design" says. It would be fascinating to know how many people who say they reject ID have the foggiest idea what advocates of intelligent design actually say. If the leading lights of the Darwin defense community are any indicator, I would guess that most self-styled ID critics have very little idea what intelligent deign means.
A Lifestyle of Devotion
I’m very concerned with the way modern Christianity tends to think about our “devotional life.” It seems as if we’ve reduced these devotions down to five minutes of reading a Psalm and saying a quick prayer for the day, or, reading an e-mail devotional sent out by a pastor.
Andrew Asks Anything: Matthew Vines
A little while back, I got to meet Matthew Vines and have a sprawling, intensely honest conversation about being gay and Christian, about Biblical inerrancy and whether those who oppose marriage equality can all be described as bigots (they can’t). Subscribers can listen to the full podcast on Deep Dish here . For those of you new to this, Matthew is the author of the remarkable new book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, and also the founder of The Reformation Project .
Part 4 – Did not our hearts burn?: expository reading
My prayer is that these principles will encourage you to immerse yourself in the Scriptures. There is no more worthy endeavor than to honor God by seeking to know and understand all that he has said. As with all good things that God gives us, they are not for our benefit only. In the spiritual life, you are either a stagnant pool or a flowing fountain. If you are learning but not sharing what you are learning, you will be like an algae-covered pond. You might not be in full-time ministry, but when it comes to the Bible, all of God’s people are to overflow with the truths they are learning. Even if your conversations about the Bible are only with your children, spouse and neighbors, you should be seeking to share the new insights you are learning about God. As you move forward in sharing the Scriptures, may you and those you teach cry out to God, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Ps 119:103)!
Why You Need to Say More than Six Words to Your Kids About Sports: A Friendly Response to Brad M. Griffin - Prince on Preaching
Griffin and I are in agreement that Christian parents should not focus on performance and success in youth sports. We also agree that a wonderful thing to tell your children is, “I love to watch you play.” But I would call Christian parents to say far more than Griffin advises. I suggest parents say, “I love to watch you compete because it gives us a window into your character that we can shape and form as we focus on Christ.” Paul’s admonition, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31) demands self-sacrificial focus and effort. Playing sports heartily, as for the Lord (Col 3:23), will often be visible in sweat, bruises and occasionally blood.
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Renewing Your Mind | Four Possibilities | July 12, 2014
Christians down through the centuries have used a number of different methods to try to establish proof for the existence of God. For example, some use philosophical arguments, while others rely on a leap of faith. In this lesson, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains his preferred system of apologetics, the classical method that finds its origin in Saint Augustine.
Redeeming Summer Reading
Christian parents can learn from this as well and help redeem summer reading. In addition to various books, how about encouraging your child to prayerfully consider a part of the Bible they want to study over the summer? One of the key things a parent can do with a child is help nurture an appetite for Scripture so the child is self-motivated with their own interest in reading and studying.
Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 2014
The face of the Christ in the painting is actually a self-portrait of Ensor. The 28-year-old artist painted himself sitting on the donkey. He was completely disillusioned with the institutionalized power of Belgian officialdom and promoted, as an alternative, the radical freedom of the individual. His painting reflects the ambition of a generation to reconstruct the world on the basis of individualism and rejecting authority. Ensor, as an artist, was bearing the responsibility to make space for that freedom and entering Brussels as the overlooked redeemer of the city.
How to Be Christian in an Unholy World
My friend and colleague Roberto Rivera recently illustrated this point at BreakPoint.org with regard to movies and television. For the past few decades, many Christians have eschewed previous criticism of specific content such as nudity, sexual situations, and violence for what was considered to be a more "nuanced" approach. And I’m one of them.
Pro-Lifer Was Assaulted by Pro-Abortion Feminist, But His Response is Priceless
The pro-life activist who was attacked by a pro-abortion feminist in Columbus, Ohio this week has a priceless reaction to what happened. He forgives her. That is despite the fact that abortion activist Victoria Duran is defending her actions and has no intention of apologizing .
Are You Ready?
“In the year 1800, just a little over 200 years ago, only 3% of humanity lived in cities, according to the most accurate estimations. So 97 out of every hundred people did not live in a city. City was a rare experience, a very expensive experience. Cities existed for political reasons, economic reasons, cultural reasons, but very few people actually lived in them. By 1900 that 3% had increased to 10%. But between 1900 and 2007, that 10% had increased to 50%. And by 2050, the low range of estimate is that 75-80% of all human beings will live in cities. Now if you have any normal lifespans, that’s the future you will know. That’s where will 75-80% of people will be.”
Is Mormonism supported by evidence from science, philosophy and history?
[...]There is little doubt that the earliest of leaders and witnesses believed and maintained that these papyri were, in fact the very scrolls upon which Abraham and Joseph wrote. These papyri were considered to be the original scrolls until they were later recovered in 1966. After discovering the original papyri, scientists, linguists, archeologists and investigators (both Mormon and non-Mormon) examined them and came to agree that the papyri are far too young to have been written by Abraham. They are approximately 1500 to 2000 years too late, dating from anywhere between 500 B.C. (John A. Wilson, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Summer 1968, p. 70.) and 60 A.D. If they papyri had never been discovered, this truth would never have come to light. Today, however, we know the truth, and the truth contradicts the statements of the earliest Mormon leaders and witnesses.
The Case for Christianity Answer Book: Lee Strobel: 9780310339557: Amazon.com: Books
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.
Is the RomCom Dead Yet?
We may be tired of films that tell the same old story—but that doesn’t mean we should get rid of the romcom, or the dystopian film, or the action movie. We just need to reconsider the stories we tell, the plots we create, and bring innovation and complexity to these genres once more. We need stories that allow tragedy in their endings, stories with real protagonists and real villains, stories that reflect the complexity and confusion of life. If we get rom-com movies that reflect these things, then perhaps the romcom will be revitalized. But for now, the genre feels much like a broken record. It isn’t that we’ve run out of stories to tell; we’ve just told the same story too many times.
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WORLD | Examining the ‘new critics’ of Genesis | Hugh Ross | July 12, 2014
In a way, all of us marry Christianity without any absolute, laboratory-level proof that it’s true, and the reason we can do that is that Christ, the church’s Bridegroom, first marries us. We also enter the creation-evolution struggle without absolute proof. Creation is far more probable (and desperate evolutionists have had to fall back on the idea that billions of universes exist, a belief that requires greater faith than anything in Genesis). Yet every year new books arise with new interpretations of Genesis, some of which are ingenious—but are they true?
Question of the Week: Obscure Theological Topics
Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.
My Radio Interview - Can God and Evil Co-Exist? - Apologetics Guy
On this episode of U2 Have Hope, Carrie Cooper talks with me about the question “Can God and Evil Co-exist?” But this isn’t just a philosophical thing for Carrie. For years, she suffered with a debilitating disease, struggling with pain, isolation and depression. But after several years, her health improved and she founded Comfort and Compassion Ministry, which later became U2HaveHope. What do Christians need to know in order to respond to the problem of evil? That… is what this interview is all about.
The Earth on Show: Encountering Lost Worlds Through Fossil Displays
Most of us remember our first life-like encounter with dinosaurs sitting in a theater watching Jurassic Park (1993). Although dinosaurs had been very popular in picture books for many years the vivid recreation of them on the screen rekindled a sense of awe of these amazing creatures of a past age. Today, movies with depictions of dinosaurs draw little awe anymore in the wake of transformers and superheros which are portrayed as life-like as any real historical beast. But, imagine though you knew nothing of dinosaurs, mammoths, or any of the great sea reptiles and an exhibit rolled into town claiming to show the ancient remains of a lost world filled with these exotic beasts. What would be your reaction?
WORLD | Trusting God for a second child in China | June Cheng | July 12, 2014
Just then, the SARS epidemic broke out, so most people were too scared to leave their homes and didn’t notice Zhang’s wife getting bigger. And it was wintertime, so she could wear thick sweaters and jackets that hid her belly when she did go out. When she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, the couple realized how important it was for Christians to protect life. Zhang started sharing his testimony from the pulpit of his 100-member church and preaching that all human life is from God. Since then, at least 10 families in his congregation have given birth to a second child.
Is the peer-review system objective and reliable?
When it isn’t done well, those “other researchers in the field” may be fictional, biased, scratching each other’s backs, or poor judges of another person’s work. It happens. A lot. In fact, it’s well known that if you want to be published, simply do what other people in the field do and cite them a lot. And you probably want to suggest your friends and those you cite often as reviewers. They will review your paper positively if you have good things to say about their work. It’s politics, pure and simple. What we need is a revamp of the peer-review process to make it harder for this kind of politics and fraud to go on.
This 16-Year-Old Girl Is Seeking Justice for Her Rape
A stomach-churning case is emerging from Houston, Texas, in which a 16-year-old girl who has identified herself to the media as Jada is looking to bring justice to those who recorded her rape. According to Jada, she went to a classmate's party and accepted a drink she did not make for herself—that's when things went blurry. It wasn't until weeks later when she saw videos and pictures of her own rape on social media that she realized what had happened. The recording went semi-viral on Twitter, because the Internet can be a disgusting place, spawning a hashtag, #jadapose, in users tweeted photos of themselves passed out—the way Jada was when she was raped.
WORLD | Game changers | Andrew Branch | July 26, 2014
With many parents looking for safer sports than football, soccer may be set to take advantage. Capital Area Soccer League in Raleigh, N.C., saw a surge of girls as the U.S. women made the World Cup final in 2011 and won Olympic gold in 2012. That’s on par with national numbers, business development director Katharine Kelley told me. This year, most registrants are boys younger than 10 who are signing up for the first time.
WORLD | Down with English ivy! | Marvin Olasky | July 12, 2014
“You are invited to join members of the Georgia Native Plant Society on Saturday, July 12th, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., to help make the park what it once was. Imagine when Native Americans managed the land we now call Heritage Park: There was no English ivy, Asian wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, or Chinese privet.”
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Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering
to Susan Jacoby, the atheist is free of the questions about why an all-powerful,
all-good God allows evil and suffering.
They do not have this burden and are thus freed to care for the victims
and change things so it doesn’t happen again.
Quoting Robert Green Ingersoll, she notes that “death…is only perfect
rest…The dead do not suffer.” Therefore
the rational position that there is no existence after death can be used to
comfort the grieving. But there are
problems with this view. First, it is an
exaggeration to say that all people of faith must struggle with the problem. Second, to claim that atheists are freed to
advocate for social causes is historically and philosophically naive. Religion encourages social justice. Most social movements were religious in
nature. How can atheism claim a better
source for social justice when there is little historical evidence of atheistic
influences on such causes. Philosophically,
religion provides a clear basis for definitions of justice, human flourishing,
right and wrong.
Join Dr. Sproul on a unique study tour as he explores the major themes, events, and people that are brought to life in the Bible. Dust to Glory provides a panorama of biblical truth and a starting point to help you understand the content of the Bible. Dust to Glory can energize your study of the Bible, provide you with new insights, and improve your ability to read, understand, and apply Scripture to your life.
WORLD | China: Only the government can spy on the people | Kristen Eicher | July 12, 2014
China has long been the manufacturing base for Apple, but it has now become a huge market for the iPhone. In the most recent quarter, greater China—which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan—produced 24.8 percent of Apple’s global revenue. Sales in the region have increased by 13 percent, and iPhones make up 80 percent of the nation’s high-end phone market. Any strains in the relationship could mean a big financial hit for Apple, which did not respond to requests for comment.
WORLD | First to buy pot, first to get fired | Allie Hulcher | July 12, 2014
A Spokane, Wash., man temporarily lost his job on Tuesday after becoming the first person to buy marijuana legally in the state. Mike Boyer, 30, camped outside a marijuana business and took a day off of work for the experience. Dressed in a tie-dye shirt, he held up his $50 two-gram packet of weed as reporters crowded around. Boyer worked as a security guard and claimed his employer, TrueBlue, immediately called him in for a drug test. Boyer declined to take the test and was fired. “I regret nothing. But now I’m jobless,” he wrote on Craigslist while trying to find a new job. The Seattle Times said TrueBlue disputed the details of his story, and Newsweek reported the employer offered him his job back because he was not under the influence at work, since he had the day off.
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