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C.S. Lewis and the Language of Apologetics

We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty… The books or music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never visited.

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Who Said It? Some Amazing Flip Flops on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

Quote :  "I think that the vast majority of Americans find [same-sex marriage] to be something they can't agree with. But I think most Americans are fair. And if they believe that people in committed relationships want to share their lives and, not only that, have the same rights that I do in my marriage, to decide who I want to inherit my property or visit me in a hospital, I think that most Americans would think that that's fair and that should be done."

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Grace to You

This man, perhaps a hanger-on who had followed Jesus around the countryside for a while, makes what seems at first to be a reasonable statement. His seeking permission to go and bury his father, however, did not mean his parent was already dead. It was and is a common Middle Eastern figure of speech referring to a child’s (mainly a son’s) responsibility to help with the family business until the father dies and the inheritance is available. Such a commitment can conceivably take a long time to fulfill. It’s the same as saying, “I need to wait until I receive my inheritance.”

5 Grace to You Radio

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Roman Catholic Ecumenism: Let the Italian Evangelicals Speak

Italian evangelicals are increasingly puzzled by the way in which evangelicals globally relate to the Roman Catholic Church and to Pope Francis in particular. Some analysis is based on personal impressions or the seemingly evangelical language of the pope, or on truncated bits of information that fall short of taking notice of the complexity of Roman Catholicism. There is much naiveté and superficiality. The wider evangelical Protestant family needs to hear the voice of their Italian fellow-brothers and sisters who look at Roman Catholicism from inside and with long experience in dealing with its full ideological and symbolic force.

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The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Worship in the Dark

Sometimes the weight of our trials are so severe that we feel as if we can’t keep our heads above the water. The pain is so vicious, the malaise so thick, that we can’t imagine our situation ever changing. We can’t see healing. We can’t articulate hope. And when we try, it just hurts more. We’d rather not pray. We’d rather not open the eyes of our mind — not with all this destruction, not when it’s so dark.

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Wikipedia’s edit wars and the 8 religious pages people can’t stop editing - Religion News Service

The problem confronting many Wikipedia editors is that religion elicits passion — and often, more than a little vitriol as believers and critics spar over facts, sources and context. For “Wikipedians” like Willey, trying to put a lid on the online hate speech that can be endemic to Wikipedia entries is a key part of their job.

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Marijuana poses more risks than many realize

Marijuana poses more risks than many realize Doctors say they're increasingly fielding questions about the safety of marijuana, as use of the drug rises and more communities consider legalizing it. Here's what we know and don't know about health effects. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1rIVN3v

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Danger: Ministry Idolatry

Also vital in fighting ministry idolatry is authentic accountability. We all need spiritual companions close to us who will be our truth-tellers, friends who feel authorized to tell us the hard truths, not just about the big things, but also our little patterns and proclivities. And when they approach us with some observation and challenge, we do well to try to silence our inner defense lawyer and validate their accountability by listening well, owning our sin, and repenting.

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If you want to prove you don't hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet - The Matt Walsh Blog

You are completely generalizing and stereotyping while neglecting to look at the factors and standards that we are setting for gay people. I am a gay male. I am a Christian. I never chose to be gay. I am not hyper sexual. I didn’t even have my first kiss until I was 24. I do not support the hyper-sexual lifestyle that the gay community has learned to just “accept” nor do I allow people who know nothing about me define me based on the poor mistakes of others like me. We do not allow gay people to have gay marriages, so how can we expect them to even hope for any kind of monogamy or commitment if they will never be allowed that option and then when they voice their desire to have those commitments and values we tell them that they are perverts and deny them that commitment. heterosexual men are just as sexual as gay men….men think about sex…a lot…many studies have stated this. The difference with gay men and heterosexual men is that we allow heterosexual men to hope for more than just the sex, they are allowed to live openly with that relationship and not be called names, have the fear of losing their jobs and opportunities, families, or be deemed as “less” in society.

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Expositors Summit Pre-Conference

The African-American church has a rich history of faithful preaching from God’s Word. This tradition has seen preachers bring the Word to life in ways that are life-changing for their listeners, in ways that connect God’s story with their story. “Tell Your Story” will focus on that process, the process of getting the text right and getting the text across. How can expositors preach biblically faithful sermons that meaningfully connect within the African-American context? Join pastors Thabiti Anyabwile, H.B. Charles, Jr., Victor Sholar, and Kevin Smith  as they provide instruction and encouragement on this topic.

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The Bible — Sacred History, Your History — Highlands Ministries

This is not some fanciful strategy, some motivational pep-talk. It’s as true and as real as the truth that I am RC Sproul’s son. My uncle Paul said so, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). That means it’s true, really true, and we must not let our modernist sensibilities, nor quirky theological schematics rob us of this truth. The Bible , all of it, is our book, because those in Christ, all of us, are His people. The Bible then is not just sacred history, not just historically accurate, but it is likewise an accurate family history. It tells our family story. We own it as much as we own the promises to Abraham. The Bible tells us who we are, even as it tells us Whose we are .

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Why Mythicism Should Not Be Taken Seriously

“The Jew continues his address to those of his countrymen who are converts, as follows: Come now, let us grant to you that the prediction was actually uttered. Yet how many others are there who practise such juggling tricks, in order to deceive their simple hearers, and who make gain by their deception?— as was the case, they say, with Zamolxis in Scythia, the slave of Pythagoras; and with Pythagoras himself in Italy; and with Rhampsinitus in Egypt (the latter of whom, they say, played at dice with Demeter in Hades, and returned to the upper world with a golden napkin which he had received from her as a gift); and also with Orpheus among the Odrysians, and Protesilaus in Thessaly, and Hercules at Cape Tænarus, and Theseus. But the question is, whether any one who was really dead ever rose with a veritable body. Or do you imagine the statements of others not only to be myths, but to have the appearance of such, while you have discovered a becoming and credible termination to your drama in the voice from the cross, when he breathed his last, and in the earthquake and the darkness? That while alive he was of no assistance to himself, but that when dead he rose again, and showed the marks of his punishment, and how his hands were pierced with nails: who beheld this? A half-frantic woman, as you state, and some other one, perhaps, of those who were engaged in the same system of delusion, who had either dreamed so, owing to a peculiar state of mind, or under the influence of a wandering imagination had formed to himself an appearance according to his own wishes, which has been the case with numberless individuals; or, which is most probable, one who desired to impress others with this portent, and by such a falsehood to furnish an occasion to impostors like himself.

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To the Ends of the Earth

I mean, Calvin is an enormous influence in France. You have the struggle with French Calvinists, known as the Huguenots, all through the 16th and 17th centuries, and the determination of the French crown to destroy Calvin’s French heirs, which he succeeds in doing in many respects. But, in doing so, he massively impoverishes France and destroys the French ability to exercise hegemony in western Europe. The 18th century was one long war between the French and the English. The English were at war with France every decade between 1690 and 1850. And one of the reasons why the English are able to win that war is because the French government’s desire for a unified religious state has gutted the Calvinist church, but in doing so has gutted largely its middle class. Calvin appeals very directly to the middle class and by gutting the middle class, there was a whole area of French life that never developed the way it did in Britain. And France didn’t have the finances to ultimately win that war and it eventually ended up in the Revolution as we have in the 1780s. Many of those who left France, the French Calvinists, ended up in England.

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Surprised by Scripture?

If Wright is right on his reading (alliteration, please!), then Paul is essentially arguing that, when it comes to entrance into and membership within God’s family, gender distinctions are “irrelevant.” They do not count. This is not to say that God’s family is “genderless” (nor hermaphrodite or androgynous) or even a classless society such that none of these differences matter practically (see 1 Cor 7:18-24; also Philemon 16 where Onesimus is “better than a slave” but still a slave). It is to say, however, when it comes to convenantal membership in God’s family that gender has no privilege as it did within the Jewish world. Wright goes on to help us recall the first century attitude toward women from the “synagogue prayer in which the man prays and thanks God that he has not made him a Gentile, a slave, or a woman” (p 66).

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How to Share your Faith on Facebook

I want to point out that everyone does online evangelism differently, and I really don’t think that every Christian’s Facebook page should look the same. Every single one of us will have different timelines because we all have different friends. We need to first know our friends and know what it is that they need from us. It is out of that place of love that we can provide the right content and serve them by sharing the Gospel with them in a way that makes sense. On their turf. In their space.

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Ligonier.org

Dr. Sproul first looks at Jesus' statement to abide in His love and keep His commandments. He next discusses what it means to be called a friend. From the concept of love Dr. Sproul moves to how the world not only receives Him with hatred but how to the world will also receive His disciples with hatred. Further this hatred is many times expressed without cause, but we are admonished to remember we will have the Spirit of truth.

20 Question of the Week: Where do you stand on gender?

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.

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Why a lustful man doesn’t want a woman

I spoke at a conference this past weekend dealing with the issue of pornography. During one session, a friend highlighted apropos words from C. S. Lewis’ classic The Four Loves . In the following lines, Lewis explains why a lustful man ironically has no use for a real woman. He writes:

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The Telephone Game And Biblical Transmission

I remember playing "the telephone game" when I was in elementary school. It was my second favorite game, after any game involving the giant rainbow parachute (someone of you know what I am talking about). We would form a circle and the teacher would tell one student a phrase to whisper in the ear of the person to his/her right. The phrase would make it's way around the circle until it reached the end. At that point, the last person would have to tell the group what he/she heard. Of course, if the teacher told the first person, "A man named Arthur ate a banana and oatmeal for breakfast," by the time it got to the last person it was "A man-made aardvark ate a panda and old wheels for Texas." Everyone would laugh. It's all fun and games until someone uses it as a reason why we shouldn't trust the Bible. Critics of Christianity often point to the telephone game as an illustration of why we shouldn't trust the biblical text. Simply put, the books of the Bible have almost certainly gone through innumerable changes over the past 3,000 years. They have been passed around from person to person, copied and re-copied, like the telephone game.

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Ligonier.org

Jesus Christ has been seated at the right hand of God the Father, and His kingdom has already been inaugurated although not yet consummated. How does our understanding of this biblical truth impact the church’s relationship and interaction with the surrounding culture? In this lecture, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey explores this issue, explaining how we are to be faithful to Christ our King as we await His coming.

24 Physicist George Ellis interviewed by science writer John Horgan in Scientific American

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, whom I interviewed in my last post, wasn’t the only fascinating scientist I hung out with recently at Howthelightgetsin, a festival hosted by the Institute of Arts & Ideas. I also befriended George F. R. Ellis, the physicist-mathematician-cosmologist, an authority on the Big Bang and other cosmic mysteries. Ellis and I hit it off initially because we share some—how shall I put it?—concerns about the direction of physics, but I soon discovered that his interests range far beyond physics. He has published papers and books not only on physics and cosmology (including the 1973 classic The Large-Scale Structure of Space-Time , co-authored with Stephen Hawking) but also on philosophy, complexity theory, neuroscience, education and even low-income housing. (See his website, and his terrific 2011 critique of multiverse theories in Scientific American .) A native of South Africa, Ellis is professor emeritus at the University of Cape Town, where he taught for decades, and has also held positions at Cambridge, the University of Texas, the Fermi Institute and other institutions around the globe.

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Innovative Apologetics: The Trinity: The God Scripture Reveals

26 Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "God You Are My God" by Vertical Church Band

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Truthbomb Apologetics: B.B. Warfield on Catechism

"No doubt it requires some effort whether to teach or to learn the Shorter Catechism.  It requires some effort whether to teach or to learn the grounds of any department of knowledge.  Our children-some of them at least-groan over even primary arithmetic, and find sentence-analysis a burden.  Even the conquest of the art of reading has proved such a task that 'reading without tears' is deemed an achievement.  We think, nevertheless, that the acquisition of arithmetic, grammar, and reading is worth the pains it costs the teacher to teach, and the pain it costs the learner to learn them.  Do we not think the acquisition of the grounds of religion worth some effort, and even, if need be, some tears?" [1] Not sure what "catechism" is?  See here .   [HT: Apologetics315] My wife and I have found this catechism very helpful with our own children. Courage and Godspeed, Chad Footnote: 1. As quoted by Voddie Baucham, Jr. in Family Shepherds.

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Carnal Ambition Incarnate: Judas Iscariot

If nothing else, this is a strong reminder that proximity to Jesus does not guarantee that anyone is a Christian, no more than standing in a garage makes someone a car. Knowing the vocabulary, attending church, whatever it might be, none of it guarantees your standing with God. Nobody’s experience that beats Judas’. But he sold out on Jesus anyway.  

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A Different Kind of Coming Out – Premier Christianity

30 Sunday Quote: Francis Bacon on Study - Apologetics 315

Brian Auten is director of Reasonable Faith Belfast and founder of Apologetics 315, a daily online resource helping to equip the next generation of Christian apologists. More...

31 Apologetics and Christianity - where is the line?

3. “You cannot reason your way to God” – if, through this statement, a person is implying that you cannot reach salvation through reason, I agree. You can use rational processes to reveal the legitimacy of believing in God. Through reasonable processes one can believe in God’s existence and the accuracy of the Bible without embracing it as authoritative and life changing. (Obstinacy trumps logic. All the proof in the world wouldn’t be convincing enough to bring people to salvation.)That is the work of the Holy Spirit. I do believe, however, that apologetics can be a valuable instrument in bringing people to the message of salvation. It removes significant objections hindering a willingness to even listen. Apologetics is not salvation, neither should it replace the message of salvation. But just as God uses various instruments to bring people to the message of salvation, God can use apologetics as a means to a greater end: the proclamation and reception of the gospel.

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Atheist TV

I don’t really think it’s fair to judge Atheist TV with only one ad. After all, ads are meant to be provocative and catchy, and it was made by a professional radio host, so it’s definitly going to be provocative and catchy. I didn’t actually see anything in the ad about what the content of Atheist TV will be (which was my biggest problem with it). the only way to know what the content will be like is to watch it when it comes out. And can you give an example of who you mean when you say internet atheists? Some are better than others, and none would be willing to say that all atheists are superior to all theists. The atheist community is as divided as another large community of people.

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William Lane Craig and atheist Daniel Dennett discuss cosmology and fine-tuning

This audio records a part of the Greer-Heard debate in 2007 , between prominent atheist Daniel Dennett and lame theistic evolutionist Alister McGrath. Craig was one of the respondents, and this was the best part of the event. It is a little bit advanced, but I have found that if you listen to things like this over and over with your friends and family, and then try to explain it to non-Christians, you’ll get it.

34 Blinded by Scientism by Edward Feser

Scientism is the view that all real knowledge is scientific knowledge—that there is no rational, objective form of inquiry that is not a branch of science. There is at least a whiff of scientism in the thinking of those who dismiss ethical objections to cloning or embryonic stem cell research as inherently “anti-science.” There is considerably more than a whiff of it in the work of New Atheist writers like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who allege that because religion has no scientific foundation (or so they claim) it “therefore” has no rational foundation at all. It is evident even in secular conservative writers like John Derbyshire and Heather MacDonald, whose criticisms of their religious fellow right-wingers are only slightly less condescending than those of Dawkins and co. Indeed, the culture at large seems beholden to an inchoate scientism—“faith” is often pitted against “science” (even by those friendly to the former) as if “science” were synonymous with “reason.”

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Five Things I’m Still Sure About God’s Law

4. It shows us how to live a blessed life . One could certainly argue that this is just 3b, that I have stuttered. But the truth is too many of us look at God’s law as some unpleasant requirement, a burden that we not only can’t keep, but that would make us miserable if we did keep it. God’s law, however, is ever and always a pathway to joy. My life has never improved by the power of sin. At each crossroads, each moment of choice, the obedient choice redounds to my blessing. As I honor my father and mother it goes well for me in the land. As I raise my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord , they become like olive plants about my table.

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http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/scripture-catechesis-and-prayer-sunday-july-27th.html

The ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us with what we shall send it to its place.” They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why his hand does not turn away from you.” And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for the same plague was on all of you and on your lords. So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel. Perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land. Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed? Now then, take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never come a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them.

37 Sunday Quote!- Is God in Control of Disasters?

What do you think? When a disaster strikes, like Hurricane Katrina, it is inevitable that some will stand up and say it was God’s judgment on a town. Others quote Jesus’ words in Luke 13:1-5 and say that these disasters come seemingly at random. Are these mutually exclusive claims? What are your thoughts on Poythress’ comments: do they show that it is better to say God is in control than not?

38 Oxford University Press book asks: does religion cause violence?

Cavanaugh shows that this myth is indeed false. The “wars of religion” had any number of motivating factors. The use of this story is not so much to tell a truth as it is a means by which to legitimize the nation-state. He argues towards these conclusions by showing that many “wars of religion” were in fact wars of economy, wars of power structures, and the like. He notes four primary factors for this myth to work: that combatants were motivated by religious difference, that the primary cause of war was religion, that religious causes are analytically separable from political, economic, and social causes at the time of the wars, and that the rise of the modern state was not a cause of the wars (141-142). He then analyzes each of these in turn based upon the historical record and shows that these all fail to account for the actual history of the “wars of religion.” In fact, the opposite is true in each case (142-177).

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Michael Brown - Who Said It? Some Amazing Flip-Flops on Same-Sex Marriage

Quote : “I think that the vast majority of Americans find [same-sex marriage] to be something they can't agree with. But I think most Americans are fair. And if they believe that people in committed relationships want to share their lives and, not only that, have the same rights that I do in my marriage, to decide who I want to inherit my property or visit me in a hospital, I think that most Americans would think that that's fair and that should be done.”

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Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Navigating Genesis

I was introduced to astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross  (president of Reasons to Believe ) in the early 90's but did not really begin investigating his model of origins until the mid 2000's when my view of origins and my Christian worldview was beginning to be challenged by observations of scientists in many different disciplines. I was hit by the higher critics who wished to interpret Genesis in a metaphorical (and not historical) light. Some of their points seemed valid, but others were questionable. I found Dr. Ross' approach of integrating all of Scripture with all the sciences quite intellectually attractive. It offered the possibility to reconcile the findings of modern science and the research of the higher critics with the Genesis accounts. However, before I was willing to change my view of origins from young-earth (universe is 6,000 - 10,000 years old), despite the observational evidence, I had to see a proper interpretive treatment of the Genesis accounts of creation that recognized them as historical events, granted the poetic writing style, understood the ancient cultural context, and consistently preserved all the essentials of Christian theology (including original sin and Christ's atonement).

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Cultural Exegesis

I often tell my students to exegete the Bible, themselves, and their culture. Otherwise, we become worldly and ineffective for ministry. See 1 John 2:15-17; Romans 12:1-2. However, I have never spelled out specifically what exegeting culture involves. I will try.

42 Really Recommended Posts 7/25/14- Lewis, Jesus Myth, the Bible, and more!

Around the ‘net we go, where we stop, I guarantee a good read! Check out this latest round of recommended posts, on subjects like C.S. Lewis’ apologetics, the need to read the Bible, the Jesus myth, and more! Make sure to drop a comment at the sites of those whose posts you enjoyed, and let me know what you thought her!