Following Appendectomy, a Higher Incidence of Cancer Suggests an Immune-Function of Appendix
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Understanding How Everything in the Universe Plays a Part
Dr. Hugh Ross is an Astronomer & Best-Selling author he talks about his study of the universe and how everything plays a role.
“A Matter of Days”
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Archaeological Proof of Biblical Exodus in Film 'Patterns of Evidence' Set to Release Next Month
Tim Mahoney's ground-breaking documentary "Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus," which examines evidence of the biblical Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Aug. 4 through Capitol Christian Distribution.
REBOOT | Youth Apologetics
Once a year, REBOOT meets in the centre of London to explore questions such as ‘How can we know God exists?’, ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ and ‘Hasn’t science disproved God?’. REBOOT provides a place for young people from 12-18 years old, with or without any faith or church background, to raise their objections and investigate different perspectives.
Through its annual conference, online resources, and speaking invitations, REBOOT aims to equip young people to understand and be able to answer some of these big questions for themselves.
Our team from the Zacharias Trust and the OCCA [the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics] want you to have confidence in what you believe, and the chance to be honest about your doubts. Since its launch in 2013, REBOOT has welcomed over 1000 young people, and this year we are excited to see more of you than ever!
Video Shows Man Being Delivered From 'Homosexual Demon' That Refused to Release Him at T.B. Joshua's Church
A young Nigerian businessman who reportedly got possessed by a "homosexual demon" after going swimming with a group of men in Nairobi, Kenya, is seen on video being delivered from the "evil spirit" in a powerful swoop at The Synagogue Church of All Nations led by popular African preacher, T.B. Joshua.
This Teacher Does Everything He Can to Help Less Fortunate Kids Who Live in the Neighborhood
It is easy for us to point out those living in an area with without proper education. People tend to jump out and blame the parents. But can we really blame parents if they are working 60 hours a week and making minimum wage? This teacher took notice and decided to do something incredible.
"Plant Intelligence" Is Programmed, Not Intrinsic
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Answering Muslims: Obama Administration Blocks Weapons Deliveries to Kurds Fighting against Islamic State
The most successful fighters against ISIS so far have been the Kurds. However, as ISIS seizes more and more U.S.-made weapons and vehicles from the retreating Iraqi military, the Kurds are rapidly becoming outgunned. Some Arab states have tried to send upgraded weapons to the Kurds, but the Obama Administration is blocking all attempts to directly arm them. The U.S. and U.K. governments insist that all weapons be sent to Baghdad, to be controlled by the Iraqi military, which has repeatedly retreated and left weapons and supplies behind for jihadists.
See if you can get your minds around this. The Obama Administration won't allow other countries to arm the people who will never surrender to ISIS, and instead demands that weapons be sent to a group that ultimately gives weapons to ISIS.
Fox News—The U.S. has reportedly blocked any attempts by Middle East allies to fly weapons to the Kurds fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.
The Telegraph reports that U.S. allies say President Obama and other Western leaders, including Britain’s David Cameron, aren’t showing leadership over the escalating ISIS crisis in Iraq, Syria and throughout the Middle East.
These allies are now willing to “go it alone” in giving heavy weaponry to the Kurds, even if it means defying Iraq and the U.S. who want all weapons to be funneled through Baghdad, according to the newspaper.
High level officials from Gulf and other states have told The Telegraph that plans to persuade Obama to arm the Kurds directly have failed. The Senate voted down an amendment for the U.S. to bypass Baghdad and send weapons to the Kurdish fighters.
The officials told the paper they are looking for ways to bypass U.S. permission to give the Kurdish fighters weapons.
“If the Americans and the West are not prepared to do anything serious about defeating ISIL, then we will have to find new ways of dealing with the threat,” a senior Arab government official told The Telegraph. “With ISIL making ground all the time we simply cannot afford to wait for Washington to wake up to the enormity of the threat we face.”
The Peshmerga have gotten support from the Kurds to drive the Islamic State back from Erbil. However, they are doing so with makeshift weapons. The Telegraph says weapons have been bought by a number of countries throughout Europe to aid the Kurds, but U.S. commanders are blocking the arms transfers.
The Kurds also have said that the main part of their plight is that Iraqi forces have abandoned so many weapons in the face of ISIS’ attacks, they are now fighting American-made weaponry with Soviet-style equipment. (Continue Reading.)
Given the utter incompetence of our current leaders, I think we need to look to the future of Western leadership. Here's a pop quiz for future leaders.
Living on the Autism Spectrum
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Glenn Beck, Born-Again Mormon Christian, Defends Fellowship Church Pastor Ed Young Amid 'Attacks'
Radio host and television personality Glenn Beck has come to the defense of megachurch pastor Ed Young amid criticism over the Dallas, Texas, minister inviting Beck, a Mormon, to speak to his evangelical congregation.
What your average evangelical is concerned about after Obergefell
The video above is from a Roman Catholic group, but I can testify that many evangelical Christians are feeling the same way these folks are. I am a pastor, and the testimonies in this video sound v...
Joy Williams and the redemption of Venus | Think Christian
In Roman mythology Venus was the goddess of love. She was attributed all of the confusing, wonderful and dangerous characteristics of the universal longing of the human heart. Williams adds her name to a long list of artists referencing this myth as a picture of power, connection and pain. Her graceful suggestion that there is a better day coming, the redemption of Venus as it were, sets her work apart. “I’d love to write a happy song,” Williams sings. “One day I will.”
Ask Pastor John
Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
When Jesus Hurried
When faced with the cross, Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). The good news is that because he faced sin (not his, but mine), because he faced criticism and suffering, I am now free to slow down and live within my limits. Jesus finished the work so I don’t have to. At the same time, I am free to speed up my cooperation with the Holy Spirit, hurrying toward repentance, criticism, and even suffering because these things are good for me (Rom. 8:28).
I was tempted to not write anything at all about the same-sex marriage ruling.
So much has been written on this in the last week that I don't see how one more person's take could possibly be valuable.
And, valuable or not, no matter what I say, I won't be fired up enough for some people and I'll be too fired up for others.
But then I started getting messages from people asking how parents should respond; what they should tell their kids; what it means for the future. I realized that Read More...
John: Willingness to Suffer for God’s Glory
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Willingness? What willingness? Man has no will. Man either serves the will of Satan or the will of God through God's son Jesus Christ ALONE! Apart form the regenerative spirit of God (Holy Spirit) working in the heart of a sinner, all that a sinner is capable of is serving Satan and suffering in the process.
Look, we live in a fallen world where suffering is an ineradicable component. Your religious affiliation renders absolutely nothing in terms of sheltering or barricading you from the sufferings wrought by evil in a sin covered planet. The curse if fully in vogue. Analyze your environment and compare the ways of the world to the ways of God and you can see the stark contrast in the two.
Non-believers suffer. They weary themselves out committing sins, chasing worldly lusts at the expense of inner peace.
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Andy Griffith Show song and pictures. Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole, We may not get a bite all day, but don't you rush away. What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin' stones, You'll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin' in the shade. Whether it's hot, whether it's cool, oh what a spot for whistlin' like a fool. What a fine day to take a stroll and wander by The Fishin' Hole, I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day. We'll have no need to call the roll when we get to The Fishin' Hole, There'll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey, to doodle time away. If we don't hook a perch or bass, we'll cool our toes in dewy grass, Or else pull up a weed to chaw, and maybe set and jaw. Hangin' around, takin' our ease, watchin' that hound a-scratchin' at his fleas. Come on, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole, I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.
What A Man is Doing If He Isn't Granted a Second Marriage License is Setting The Internet On Fire
What A Man is Doing If He Isn’t Granted a Second Marriage License is Setting The Internet On Fire
So-Called Same-Sex Marriage—Lamenting the New Calamity
okay, from what you have posted, I assume you haven´t read the bible, not even once, I´ve gone trough it more than once, so let me explain this to you, the blogs you read about atheism and how to refute christianity are not very good, I encourage you to find a better atheism site in which to support your arguments, or read the bible and find the arguments for yourself. First of, us “Christians” do not live by the law anymore, so we do not follow the 613 rules jewish people are bound to, we live by faith trough grace, we obey God and do his will, we do not abide by the law but by the grace of God, the God that transformed us, he writes his law in our hearts and we obey him because we want to, because we now think differently, not sinning is merely the consequence of us knowing God and the Holy Spirit changing us. “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written… Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Galatians 3:10-11), now i´ve heard people say that the new testament does not talk about homosexuality or slavery or even pre marital sex, etc… I have no clue where people got that idea, well probably the need to put arguments out there and defend a point without any knowledge, because people love to argue even when they do not know the subject, anyways, let me show you what the new testament says about such topics, “…the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God” (1 Timothy 1:9-11) I do not want to give you the long list of bible verses that talk about the same type of things, but you can look them up, there are plenty, now, the point im trying to make is, for a “christian” homosexuality is a sin, just like premarital sex, lies, pride, drunkenness and a bunch of other stuff people do, which is legal.
Ancient tablets reveal life of Jews in Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon
The exhibition is based on more than 100 cuneiform tablets, each no bigger than an adult's palm, that detail transactions and contracts between Judeans driven from, or convinced to move from, Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC.
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Montana man seeks license for second wife
Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy - holding multiple marriage licenses - but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.
Creed - Official Trailer [HD]
Your legacy is more than a name. Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan star in CREED - in theaters November 25th, 2015. http://creedthemovie.com http://facebook.com/creedmovie http://twitter.com/creedmovie http://instagram.com/creedmovie --- From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” The film explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed. Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend.
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“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 .
The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel
When I first read it, I found it troubling. It didn’t seem fair. Job was a righteous man. But over the years, this story has helped forge my understanding of God and my theology of suffering. It has taught me that God himself — not anything he gives me — is my greatest treasure.
5 Bible Verses That Will Help Strengthen Your Marriage
- This is a very important life verse for marriage because marriage is a unification of two sinners. No one is perfect in a marriage. There will be times that a husband or wife may fail each other, mess up, or do something hurtful. It is important to remember God's definition of love and know that loving each other deeply can cover all those sins. This verse reminds us the true power of love!
Yes, We Are Judgmental (But Not In the Way Everyone Thinks)
Is there a piece of biblical wisdom more routinely ignored on the internet, not to mention in our own hearts, than Proverbs 18:17?—”The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” I’ve never been accused of serious misconduct that I knew to be patently false or horribly misunderstood. But if I am someday, I hope folks will remember the book of Proverbs. “”If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame” (Prov. 18:13). Too often we are quick to speak and slow to listen. The world, the flesh, the devil, and the internet want us to rush to judgment, when the Bible urges us to suspend judgment until we’ve heard from both sides. It happens all the time: pastors sinfully judge parishoners based on hearsay, church members criticize pastors without knowing the whole story, citizen assume the worst about politicians whenever another Scandalgate emerges, kids attack their siblings at the first whiff of error.
'We Do!' -- Episcopalians OK Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
The Episcopal Church took a giant step forward Wednesday by removing barriers for same-sex couples desiring to be married in the church. Meeting in Salt Lake City, the General Convention an overwhelming majority of the House of Deputies concurred with the actions of the House of Bishops earlier this week, adopting two resolutions: A054 (authorizing new marriage liturgies for trial use) and A036 (removing references to marriage as being between a man and a woman in the church's canons.)
God and Country, Crucified: Why It's Time to Exchange our Civil Religions for a Cross
The bi-weekly Chapel service on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Chapel is livestreamed every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am during the semester. Join us at sbts.edu . Today's message from 2 Chronicles 7:1-22 was delivered by Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
George Takei's Racist Rant: Clarence Thomas Is a 'Clown in Black Face'
GEORGE TAKEI: He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn't belong there. And for him to say, slaves have dignity. I mean, doesn't he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped on the back. If he saw the movie 12 Years a Slave, you know, they were raped. And he says they had dignity as slaves or – My parents lost everything that they worked for, in the middle of their lives, in their 30s. His business, my father's business, our home, our freedom and we're supposed to call that dignified? Marched out of our homes at gun point. I mean, this man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.
Why We Need to Practice Confession
However,IMHO confession of sin to one another is not just a nice idea, but instrumental to repentance and revival within the body of Christ. Look, lets face it, we all (I have both hands raised as I type this ) put on our nice shinny faces during the week with one another but if we truly search our hearts, or better, ask God to search our hearts , we (I'll speak for myself) many times see in the mirror some thing different that what we represent on Sundays.Unfortunately, in the very environment in a component of what the church is to be about in forgiveness and restoration, we have made it an environment where people are actually afraid to confess to one another for fear of being ostracized and judged as not being the "right" kind of Christian. I have found this much , when true confession takes place within the church, in a humble, honest atmosphere, we realize that as it is written " There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man" and that we all share in our human weakness and realize our need for a closer walk with the Savior.No one is talking confessing to one another to receive absolution from another human being.
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Farewell, Cultural Christianity
Total disengagement is itself a privilege of a cultural Christendom that is fast passing away. A church can avoid taking controversial stances on what it means to be human or what it means to be married only so long as the outside culture at least pretends to share the same basic ideals. A church can ignore the culture only until, as the divorce culture did in the past, that culture reshapes the church in a way that obscures the gospel itself. And a church can ignore the state only as long as the state respects the territorial boundaries of Mr. Jefferson’s “wall of separation.” A state that sees some aspects of Christian witness as bigoted and dangerous will not long stay on the other side of that wall.
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The Prodigal Church
In this manifesto, Wilson makes an observation about what has become mainstream within evangelicalism. It was formerly referred to as the church growth movement and now is broadly grouped in the category of the attractional church. This ministry sees itself with the priority of reaching people. This of course is not bad. In fact, it’s to be applauded. However, the observation is that too many churches have the wrong reference point when doing ministry. Instead of starting with what would appear to be the obvious question, “What does God’s Word say?” many innovative, attractional churches start by asking, “What works?”
Who Are You To Judge?
During the Nuremberg Trials, the Nazis claimed that their culture determined right and wrong and so no other culture could judge them for the Holocaust. The Nazis were partly right – if morality is determined by the culture, then we have no basis for judging other cultures. Yet clearly we all know Nazi behavior was wrong (if you can’t see this, you don’t need an argument, you need a therapist!). The international courts responded by claiming that the Nazis had violated a law that is higher than culture. In other words, they had violated a real, universal moral law.
50 Resources for Equipping the Church on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage
If you're looking for something to share with people in your church in order to better equip them to discuss homosexuality, same-sex attraction, same-sex marriage, or the biblical view of sexuality, consider one of the following 50 resources:
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Banned Mormon Cartoon - EXTENDED VERSION
http://godmakersmovie.com/ The EXTENDED "Banned Mormon Cartoon" illustrating Mormon Beliefs. This cartoon is an excerpt from our film "The Secret World of Mormonism" http://jeremiahfilms.com/products/SWMD
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Premier – Premier Premier
You can help Make Hope Possible to an additional 1 million people every week across the UK. In order to grasp the opportunities God has placed before us we need to receive £775,000 by the end of July. Your partnership is critical to enabling Premier to share God’s hope to a nation in need. Please give what you can today. Thank you.
Five Principles of the New Sexual Morality
In response to the narrative of the rejection of morality, we have seen the replacement of Christian morality by an alternative form. The absolute moral anarchism this narrative envisages doesn’t materialize. However, we do see an elevation of the individual will over against the natural order and divine and social norms, rendering individual self-realization a more central moral end. The narrative of the slippery slope typically lacks a sufficient account of why the rejection of the historic Christian position on same-sex relations will often be accompanied by the rejection of specific further positions, while leaving others intact. When we appreciate that the shift is occurring through the gradual outworking of these principles of a new moral system, the logic will become clearer, as will the positions under threat. For instance, the principles of this moral system will generally produce strong moral opposition to paedophilia, which is seen to involve harm, significant imbalance of power, and the lack of capacity for informed consent. In contrast, the principles offer little resistance to consensual polyamorous relationships.
Montana 'thruple' applies for wedding license
HELENA, Mont. — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week’s US Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.
Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain
The glory of God is at stake in the Great Commission. Back in 1983 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, me and Tom Steller—my sidekick now of 17 years—were both met by God in amazing ways. Tom, in the middle of the night, couldn’t sleep, so he got up, put on a John Michael Talbot song, laid down on the couch, and he heard our theology translated into missions. (We are a God-glory oriented people, but we had not yet made sense of missions like we ought.) John Michael Talbot was singing about the glory of God filling the earth the way the waters cover the sea, and Tom wept for an hour. At the same time God was moving in on me and Noel to ask, “What can we do to make this place a launching pad for missions?” And everything came together to make an electric moment in the life of our church, and it all flowed from a passion for the glory of God.
The Irony in the Quest for Equality
Prejudice is wrong and very often ignorant, and Christians are often guilty of it. Have Christians been prejudiced against gays and lesbians? Absolutely. Do we need to repent of that prejudice? Absolutely. Every man and woman has been created in the image of God, and is deeply loved by him, regardless of his or her sense of sexual orientation. Christians have no right to mistreat gays and lesbians because we know that, apart from the grace of God, we are all guilty rebels before him — as guilty as anyone else anywhere else.
You Will Be Persecuted with Words
Out of our biblical convictions, we cannot support the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states. As Christians, we weep over the judicial approval of sins that dishonor God. We weep and mourn over the sin that is accepted in our society. And this response will lead to tensions with our family and our friends, who simply cannot understand us. And this response will lead to tensions in the workplace with employers and coworkers, who think we are out of touch with society and reality. Those teaching in public schools may face unique pressures to conform in the coming years. As a result, unkind words may be said behind our backs or to our faces. And it may lead to discrimination in our jobs and the loss of religious liberties in society.
Hope and Help for the Porn Addict
We recently surveyed 8,000 Desiring God readers. Our study found that ongoing pornography use is not only dreadfully common, but increasingly higher among younger adults. More than 15% of Christian men over age sixty admitted to ongoing use. It was more than 20% for men in their fifties, 25% for men in their forties, and 30% for men in their thirties. But nearly 50% of self-professing Christian men, ages 18–29, acknowledged ongoing use of porn. (The survey found a similar trend among women, but in lesser proportions: 10% of females, ages 18–29; 5% in their thirties; increasingly less for forties, fifties, and sixty-plus.).
Has Stephen Hawking Eliminated the Need for a Creator? | William Lane Craig | Biola 2011
For more resources from Reasonable Faith visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2011, Dr William Lane Craig spoke at the 10th Annual EPS Apologetics Conference: To Everyone an Answer at Biola University. At the event, Dr Craig gave a lecture entitled, "Has Stephen Hawking Eliminated the Need for a Creator?" A Q&A time took place at the conclusion of the lecture. 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...
ISIS Commits Mass Ethno-Religious Slaughter of Assyrian Christians as the World Ignores Genocide, Humanitarian Groups Say
At least 4,000 Assyrian Christian families are believed to be among the 120,000 people who in recent days have fled the Syrian city of Hassakeh. ISIS forces are entering the city and looking to carry out a mass ethno-religious slaughter, humanitarian groups said, warning that the world still has not provided an adequate response.
5 Signs Your Passion Level in Ministry is White Hot - Carey Nieuwhof
Carey, this is great! I especially love number four. People with real, burning passion carry love culture everywhere they go. I see it all the time. I’ve also noticed this sign in white-hot passion leaders: they PRIORITIZE personal growth. They invest in themselves first. They understand that to make real disciples you need to be one yourself. You can’t give what you don’t have. Thanks for writing this blog!
Os Guinness & Andy Bannister
The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist is an iconoclastic tug on the loose threads of the cardigan of atheism, showing how they quickly unravel. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything and learn to spot lazy scepticism and bad arguments.
God & Abstract Objects | Dr. Craig | Dr. van Inwagen | Dr. Bridges
In April of 2015, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) had the honor of hosting a dialogue on the existence of God and abstract objects. This dialogue included SES's Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. J. T. Bridges and two world renowned philosophers, Dr. William Lane Craig from Talbot School of Theology and Dr. Peter van Inwagen of Notre Dame. The positions represented were Platonic Realism, Anti-Platonism/Nominalism, and Thomistic Moderate Realism. We hope you enjoy this discussion and you will continue to spread the word about SES so that we can continue to engage the philosophical, theological, and cultural ideas of our society
Top 10 Debate Topics
Kevin Harris: Dr. Craig, I would like you to look over this list. I found this on a popular blog.  From time to time, someone will list what they see as the state of the debate among theists and atheists. That is, what people are most frequently talking about online and at public events concerning theism and atheism. So this is a top 10 list that we will look at briefly. Keep in mind, we've done podcasts on all of these topics. I think this list is pretty accurate. I keep up with this as well for this podcast and the Reasonable Faith ministry. In fact, about fifteen years ago, I compiled a list of the current topics online and they were things like Pascal's Wager, Ockham's Razor, God of the Gaps, and one that always seems to make the list – it never goes away – is this blogger's number one: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. He includes it with who has the burden of proof when it comes to claims about God.
Frank Turek - Love Didn’t Win—It Was Redefined
“Love wins” is the hashtag of choice for those in support of the newest Supreme Court decision that passed that legislative body by a 5-4 vote. If you’re not content with that, you’re just an evil bigot who needs to shut up and support this new legislation. Forget the fact that you have very rational reasons for keeping marriage between a man and a woman: genderless marriage changes the cultural understanding of marriage from the well being of children to merely the romantic desires of adults. For kids who all deserve a mom and a dad and need a culture to support that, love hasn’t won.
Renewing Your Mind | Established Religion | July 2, 2015
Romans 13 contains some of the most important teaching on the believer's relationship to secular government in all of Scripture. Although it might seem that Paul introduces this topic from out of nowhere, the placement of Romans 13 makes good sense in its context. First, we know that many of the earliest Christians misunderstood what it means to be free in Christ, and they attempted to live without any restraint. For example, the Apostle Paul's words in 1 Corinthians show that the church in Corinth had a strong tendency toward libertinism. Second, the teaching that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Rom. 12:19) likely led many of the first readers of Paul's epistle to the Romans to think that there was no hope in this life for seeing justice done. Romans 13 addresses both of these concerns. In calling us to submit to earthly authorities, the Apostle shows that freedom in Christ does not mean that we can do whatever we want; rather, we are to honor those in authority over us as long as they do not require us to commit sin. In describing the state's duty to punish evil, Paul reveals that there is a place for justice on this side of heaven, but that there is an ordained structure for the punishment of evildoers.
While Christians may express trust in God’s words, they refuse, in numerous ways, to stake their lives on what He says. In this teaching series, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. challenges Christians to take a second glance at twelve of the most significant promises in Scripture. As Dr. Sproul methodically unpacks each divine pledge, he invites every Christian with a teachable heart to discover anew the grandeur of what God has committed Himself to do for His people and to live in the joy of God’s promises.
What We Get Wrong About Dating
Jo, this article definitely was worded in a way that other articles on Relevant have not been. I often think that the characteristics of my being and the way God made me makes me an unworthy candidate for dating. I, too, wrestle and hold back on certain things because I want to "stick around" and see if God has a mate for me. This also certainly comes in seasons. I do not sit around everyday and not participate in life because I'm not married, but I don't want to miss out on the lessons he is teaching me through me being single right now. It's tough, but He lets me know I am worth it everyday.
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Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride symbol, not racist.