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New Testament theologian N.T. Wright is no stranger to wrestling with questions of cosmic weight. Author of over 30 books, his writing contextualizes Christian thought alongside the broader scope of human history. Earlier this year, we hosted Wright at a Veritas Forum at the University of Cincinnati, where he dialogued with philosophy professor Heidi Lene Maibom. …

Jury Convicts Woman of Husband's Murder After Pet Parrot Recalls Voice Screaming 'Don't Shoot'

Court documents  revealed that Martin was found shot five times with a .22 caliber handgun while his wife was shot just once, behind the right ear. It was later revealed that Glenna failed at a murder-suicide triggered by mounting debts resulting from a serious gambling addiction which she hid from her husband. On the day of the shooting, the couple's home was set to be auctioned as Glenna failed to pay the mortgage.

Is Hell Just a Metaphor?

The Bible uses the most severe language possible to describe the horror of hell. A “symbolic” interpretation can’t save you from the terror of God’s wrath.

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A “Natural” Adjustable Wrench? More Conversations with a Theistic Evolutionist | Evolution News

Let’s compare the qualitative likelihood of natural geological processes producing a sustained nuclear reaction to the qualitative likelihood of these processes producing, say, an adjustable wrench. Somehow, without any calculation at all, we’re all certain that geological processes can’t make a wrench. Moreover, we’re right to be certain of this.

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Interview with Carl Trueman on Ulrich Zwingli - Westminster Theological Seminary

Trueman: Ulrich Zwingli was the first great reformer of the city of Zürich in Switzerland. He was born on New Year’s Day in 1484, just a few weeks after Martin Luther. So they were the same age, but in some ways, they came from different worlds. Luther was a medieval man; he trained in a medieval university, medieval curriculum, as a monk, medieval calling. Zwingli was a humanist. He grew up under the tutelage of those who are profoundly influenced by humanism, and specifically by Erasmus. He became a Catholic priest and from 1518 onwards he was a minister in Zürich, where he came to the conviction that the city as a whole, public city, city life, as well as church life, needed to be reformed in accordance with the word of God. His move to Reformation was, I think, more existential than Luther’s. We don’t hear in Zwingli about this great wrestling with his personal sin; but he came to a conviction that life as a whole was to be regulated by the Word of God.

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Atheistic Evolution's Foundation is Irrational and Based on Blind Faith

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How Not to Become a Christian Chihuahua | Cold Case Christianity

So, the questions I have for myself are simply these: Am I the Chihuahua in the room? Am I the kind of person who arrogantly thinks he has all the answers? Do I selectively cloister myself with like-minded believers? Do I obnoxiously defend what I believe with ruthless animosity? Am I more of a nuisance than a blessing? Have I elevated my pet theological positions to the level of essential Christian doctrine, even when they are non-essential issues? In the many years that I owned a Chihuahua, my friends tolerated her with patience. In fact, they usually ignored her incessant barking and posturing as they tried their best to carry on a conversation while the silly little dog was barking in the background. That’s what we do with barking Chihuahuas; we try to ignore them and carry on as though they weren’t the obnoxious little dogs they actually are. I don’t want people to feel that way about me. Sadly, I am sure there have been many times when I was the kind of nuisance people could easily ignore.  So I continue to ask these questions about my own behavior and attitude as I try my best to avoid becoming a Christian Chihuahua.

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Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor

That may sound like a bold statement but stick with me. The most common title for clergy is that of pastor (at least within protestant traditions). What is a pastor? The basic meaning of a pastor is not one who performs religious services but that of a shepherd. As a profession, ministers have adopted the shepherd as the primary image for what we do.

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Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity

Second, Jesus calls us to believe (Mark 1:15; 9:23). For Jesus, believing is never mere intellectual assent to a creed. It always implies and requires action. James’s statement that faith without works is dead is backed up by the entire Bible. If you believe God, you will do what he says (Matthew 7:21; John 14:15).

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Ligonier Ministries’ 2007 National Conference, Contending for the Truth, will equip believers to answer the false claims of postmodernism, naturalism, and our culture’s other atheistic theories.  Dr. Sproul is joined by other Christian scholars, pastors, and leaders, including John MacArthur, … Learn More

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Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity

Second, Jesus calls us to believe (Mark 1:15; 9:23). For Jesus, believing is never mere intellectual assent to a creed. It always implies and requires action. James’s statement that faith without works is dead is backed up by the entire Bible. If you believe God, you will do what he says (Matthew 7:21; John 14:15).

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Living Under Authority

As I read the scriptures, particularly the New Testament, there is a theme that recurs again and again regarding the Christian’s willingness to be in submission to various types of authority. Given the rebellious spirit of our age, that frightens me. It’s all too easy for us to get caught up in an attitude that will bring us into open defiance of the authority of God.

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‘To the Bone’ Is Big on Anorexia and Lean on Healing

Here’s how you know when a movie is possibly a cliche: You ask your mom if she wants to watch it with you. She asks what it’s about. You say, “It’s a movie about anorexia.” She says, “Yes! I love those!” Then she says, “Wait—that sounded terrible.” You agree, but both of you laugh, because the pleasure these stories afford is complicated: Is it morbid fascination? Comforting reassurance of one’s basic wellness in the face of another’s extreme sickness? Cautionary tale? Or—in a twisted sense—instructional and aspirational?

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The Rise of the Nons: Protestants Keep Ditching Denominations

The Gallup poll indicated that some Christians have a tendency to choose a broader Christian designation, even if their church belongs a denomination. With the number of Americans identifying as Southern Baptists dropping from 8 percent to 3 percent since the year 2000, researchers stated, “it may also be those who may actually attend an official Southern Baptist church increasingly identify as just ‘Baptist’ rather than as Southern Baptist, specifically.”

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Marriage Is Not the Mission

Paul reminds us that to live is Christ, to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). To live is not to marry. To live is not to raise children. To live is not to find “the one.” To live is Jesus Christ. In Philippians 1:23, Paul was hard pressed between the thought of continuing to live on mission (to live) and being with Christ (to die).

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Renewing Your Mind | Psalms 49 & 50: All the World & All the People | Jul 21, 2017

Today, W. Robert Godfrey traces the progression of Psalms 49 and 50, and explores what they tell us about the wisdom and worship of God.

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If Kyrie takes his talents to South Beach, it would be proof that he is the chosen one to bring balance to the Force. https://twitter.com/DennyBurk/status/888490605285953536 …

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Why Does God Allow Evil? Author Interview from Groundbreaking Book

JONES : The biggest lack in the typical discussion regarding “why does God allow evil?” is a focus on the eternal. I’ve read a lot of books on the subject and most of them barely nod at eternity playing a part in our answering the question. But C.S. Lewis was right: “Scripture and tradition habitually put the joys of heaven into the scale against the sufferings of earth, and no solution of the problem of pain that does not do so can be called a Christian one.” But it is much more than answering the problem of evil,a failure to understand the glory that awaits the Christian for eternity hurts Christians in many other ways. That’s why I spend three chapters on eternity in my book. We need to do Colossians 3:1-4!

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Glorifying God in Unshakable Grief

Pastor John, here’s a heavy email we recently received from a woman who prefers that her name not be used online. “Dear Pastor John, my brother-in-law recently passed away at age 32 in a tragic accident. We stood by his bedside for two months, hopeful that he would recover, but now recognize that God’s will was to take him home to heaven. We rejoice that he was in Christ and can now see him face to face. That is awesome. Yet there is so much sorrow left behind. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there are appropriate times for different seasons. Many days my husband and I feel a struggle to get out of bed. We struggle to enjoy blessings like the joys our baby boy brings because they remind us of our dear brother that we are deeply grieving. What encouragement does the Bible give for those who are mourning? How do we lift each other up during these dark days? How do we mourn the death of a loved one in a God-honoring way? Your podcasts are such a blessing to our family, especially during this time.”

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Perspective | The death of reading is threatening the soul

When asked about his secret to success, Warren Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will…” Charles Chu, who quoted Buffett on the Quartz website, acknowledges that 500 pages a day is beyond reach for all but a few people. Nevertheless, neuroscience proves what each of these busy people have found: it actually takes less energy to focus intently than to zip from task to task. After an hour of contemplation, or deep reading, a person ends up less tired and less neurochemically depleted, thus more able to tackle mental challenges.

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The Prayers You Need Most Are Not Your Own

As if that were not grace enough, the Holy Spirit is also present, on speakerphone, as it were. He’s calling directly from our hearts, where he not only knows our every need more intimately than do we ourselves, but he also gazes into the depths of the Father’s will with complete clarity. Since all of his requests are perfectly in line with that will, and everything for which he asks echoes the requests of the beloved Son, his continual requests are continually granted.

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Objections to Objective Morality

As I mentioned earlier, in our “post-truth” society it is inevitable that a Christian will run into one of these objections. As Christians, we have to be prepared to answer these objections and to show that belief in God is rational and reasoned (1 Peter 3:15). What I have seen in dealing with the students in my class who opposed objective morality is that it is more of an emotional problem. As I mentioned in objection three, the students in my class did not want objective morality to exist because it would have to demand a change in their way if living. Hopefully, after reading this, you will be prepared to give a defense of one of the most relatable and fundamental arguments for the existence of God.

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Science and Theology | Reasonable Faith

When it came to the creation of the Universe, God just wasn’t necessary. This is the conclusion renowned English physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has made in his latest book with Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going,” Hawking writes. According to Hawking, the big bang was a natural event that would have happened without the help or involvement of God. Thus, Hawking and Mlodinow’s new book has made a big bang among laypeople. But what about these authors’ conclusions? How accurate are they? William Lane Craig, noted Christian philosopher and theologian, responds to Hawking and Mlodinow’s new book.

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How God Sent His Word to An Iraqi Interpreter

And sure enough, God began profoundly changing my father’s heart. My family noticed a huge difference when he returned from prison. He became a hard worker, less selfish and an overall happier man who always had a smile on his face. As an example, one week after his release, my father and I went shopping for clothes. We ran into a man wearing tattered clothing who was obviously homeless. My father had compassion for this man and, stripping down to his underwear, gave away the clothes he was wearing. He said, “He needs these clothes more than I do.” I stood in shock because of his generosity. I knew then that my father’s life had been forever changed.

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Do atheists have a lower divorce rate than Christians?

We’re probably not going to keep our low divorce rate unless we start to get serious about learning how to discuss moral issues practically, using evidence. Take premarital sex as an example. I’ve never been in a church where they explained the hormones that are released during sex that cause you to bond to the person you’re having sex with. You would have to look in books or listen to lectures in order to understand the problem with having sex with someone you are not committed to – how it causes you to hold back your emotions for fear of a break-up. The church doesn’t have much to say about the social effects of single motherhood by choice or the effects of gay parenting on children. Nor do they have any positive vision to offer men about how they can serve God by marrying carefully. Now is probably a good time to start thinking deeply about how to have a good relationship, how to have a good marriage, how to raise children who will make a difference.

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What Do Greek Scholars Think of the Watchtower Society's New World Translation of the Bible?

In their small book The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses , authors John Ankerberg and John Weldon contend that "Greek scholars, Christian and non-Christian universally reject..." 1 the New World Translation (NWT) of the Bible used by Jehovah's Witnesses. One such example they offer is the late Dr. Julius Mantey.  As the authors explain: "Mantey was one of the leading Greek scholars in the world.  He was author of the Hellenistic Greek Reader and coauthor, with H.E. Dana, of A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament .  Not only did he reject the NWT , he publicly demanded that the Society stop misquoting his Grammar to support it." 2 Mantey wrote: "I have never read any New Testament so badly translated as The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scripture s.  In fact, it is not their translation at all.  Rather, it is a distortion of the New Testament.  The translators used what J.B. Rotherham has translated in 1893, in modern speech, and changed the readings in scores of passages to state what Jehovah's Witnesses believe and teach.

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The power of beauty can lift our eyes to God. So says one new study—and our old friend Chuck Colson. http://bit.ly/2uF0rqY  pic.twitter.com/lH9derhs3o

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How do You Motivate People to Care about Apologetics?

One of the unique chapters, written by my friend Mark Mittelberg, is about how to motivate people in the church to care about apologetics. Enjoy part 1 below, in which Mark focuses

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What Is the Gospel? (Foundation in Genesis)

Young people today have little or no understanding of what is meant by sin or of its consequences (remember: death and suffering are intrusions—results of sin). They are growing up in a culture that teaches them they are just evolved animals and that there is no Creator God to whom they are accountable. Logically, then, there is no basis for absolutes (which of course is their absolute!). Everyone has a right to their own opinions. There must be a tolerance of all views (although Christianity is considered intolerant, because it is exclusive—Jesus Christ is the only way). For them ‘truth’ is relative. Television programs and movies portray accepted ‘norms’ as sex outside marriage, gratuitous violence, materialism, and sensual pleasure. Human life is not really considered special.

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Does Faith Have to be Blind, Irrational and Opposed to Reason?

One of the things that every young person should understand before they reach the age of twenty is that there is a war on the word ‘faith’. It is because of this war that faith is often viewed as the opposite of reason, intelligence, and the ‘scientific mind’.

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Can Science Answer Moral Questions?

I regularly watch TED Talks. As a regular public speaker myself, I love to learn from the best speakers. I recently watched a TED talk by Sam Harris which dealt with why Science and not Religion can answer the deepest questions about right, and wrong and human morality. In fact – Harris argues that science’s objectivity can give us better moral answers than religion can.

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Are there multiple eyewitnesses for the events recorded in the Bible?

Many people think the Bible is just like other “holy books,” giving good advice and telling allegorical and maybe mythological stories. However, upon close examination we find that the Bible is mainly an historical narrative giving facts about people, places, events and times. It contains one mega-theme that connects its 66 books, written by 40 authors over a period of about 1500 years, and its content is unmatched in ancient literature. How do we know that? The authors give eyewitness testimony that is supported by historical and literary facts. Not only did the authors write historically accurate accounts, they recorded actual eyewitness testimony.

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Four Essentials to Move Students from Apathy to Empathy - Growing Leaders

I was on a college campus, and overheard two students who vehemently disagreed with each other on a political issue. Of course, that’s nothing new. What was sad is that neither knew how to enjoy a civil discourse on a controversial subject. There was far more emotion than logic. There was more talking than listening. And there were far more tactics on how to catch the other person saying something incorrectly than finding a place of compromise or learning. Neither student wanted to improve themselves . They only wanted to prove themselves to be right.

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The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson - You Might Be Next - AlbertMohler.com

But there should have been no surprise. Eugene Peterson has never been very clear about controversial questions, or on many crucial biblical and theological questions. His writings were categorized as “pastoral theology,” and there is little explicit doctrine in his books. His background was Pentecostal as a boy, and according to his memoir, he basically became a Presbyterian by accident. “I was not aware of choosing to become a Presbyterian. I didn’t go over the options available to me, study them, interview representative men and women, assess the pros and cons, pray for discernment, and then apply for membership. The Presbyterians needed a coach for their basketball team. I knew how to do that and I did it. . . . I was never self-consciously a Presbyterian. I am still not.”

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Entrevista com o Rev. Douglas Wilson(Educação Clássica) - Completa

Entrevista com o Rev. Douglas Wilson(Educação Clássica) - Completa

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Grace Kelly’s Granddaughter Pauline Is All Grown Up, And Looks Just Like Her Royal Grandmother

When we look at a child, we automatically try to figure out if he or she looks more like Mom or Dad. Sometimes, the answer is crystal clear! Just check out what Reese Witherspoon’s daughter  looks like, and don’t forget Bette Midler’s daughter ! Both look exactly like their gorgeous, famous mothers.

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