Moral Relativism: No Real Way to Condemn Nazis
Frank Turek cross-examines David Silverman (president of American Atheists) on moral relativism. Silverman gives a rather stunning claim where he agrees that...
John Piper - The Call of God
"Consider Your Calling" 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 April 25, 2010 Full video @: http://tinyurl.com/2ccazph
Responding to Critics: Marshall, Part 2
Stephen Meyer responds to another criticism that Marshall had of his book, Darwin's Doubt. Marshall argued that the rewiring of genetic regulatory networks c...
Am I in Trouble?
When we look at ourselves, and our performance over the past few days (or weeks or months) to assess our right to come before God in his word and prayer, we are dangerously muting the same gospel truth we haven’t been abiding in for however long. It’s the same truth that got us into a relationship with him in the first place — he is gracious!
If You Dont Want God, You Better Have a Multiverse!
Such is the advice from Bernard Carr in grappling with the fascinating discovery that the physics of the universe had to be fine-tuned if it were to support life. Carr views the only viable options as being either God or a multiverse (the theory that there are a vast number of other universes). Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind also calls our attention to these relatively recent discoveries: “Science may be undergoing a huge course correction, a paradigm shift. A titanic controversy has erupted over the strange anthropic pattern that nature seems to exhibit – the pattern of extraordinary unexplained coincidences that are necessary for our own existence.” I will discuss these fine-tuning discoveries and their implications in a series of blogs as part of my ongoing series on scientific evidence for God.
The doctrine of the Trinity is not without difficulty, but it is both biblical and logical. Try as we may to fully understand God’s triune nature, there are limits to what we can grasp with our minds. Does that make God’s nature beyond or against reason? Is our doctrine of the Trinity a contradiction? Dr. Sproul examines this as he teaches us the difference in this message entitled “Contradiction vs. Mystery.”
Who made God? - Christian Research Institute
None of the arguments forwarded by philosophical naturalism—(1) the universe is merely an illusion; (2) the universe sprang from nothing; (3) the universe eternally existed—satisfactorily account for the existence of the universe. Logically, we can turn only to the possibility that “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). If that’s the case, however, it immediately brings up the question—who made God?
Refuse to live unexamined lives
Christian “Case Making” is not simply an approach to Christian apologetics; it’s an approach to Christian living. Christian “Case Makers” refuse to live unexamined lives; they understand the value of rationality and good philosophy. As a result, Christian “Case Making” raises the bar on thoughtful living. God has created us in his image and given us the capacity to live beyond our natural impulses and desires. He’s given us the ability to dream and reason; the ability to exceed our own natural limits. Let’s use what God has given us to make the case for the Christian Worldview.
National Academy of Sciences: Dobzhansky's "In the Light of Evolution" Mantra Is Not a Deduction, but a Premise
For short, let's refer to Dobzhansky's remark as the "Light in Evolution" principle, or LIE. Is the LIE a flashlight or a filter? Does it objectively illuminate facts to a candid observer, or does it determine what the observer is permitted to see? In other words, does the LIE shed light, or process it? The passage cited above makes it clear how the NAS views it: it's a filter. It's a framework, or paradigm, for interpreting all observations. Nothing makes sense except within the LIE.
Test Your Eyewitnesses, Even When the Eyewitness Is You
were raised in Mormonism . Like other Latter Day Saints, when asked why they believe Mormonism is true, they offer personal testimony of religious experiences that served as confirmation of the Book of Mormon and the claims of Joseph Smith. This religious experience (whether it is described as a “burning in the bosom” or in more contemporary language) is seen as sufficient evidence Mormonism is true. But when Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon are evaluated under the simple template I use to assess eyewitness reliability, they fail to withstand the scrutiny. In fact, Mormonism is demonstrably false .
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Is capital punishment biblical? Christians who believe in capital punishment and those who do not both use the Bible to buttress their beliefs. So, what does the Bible really teach regarding capital punishment? To begin with, it should be noted that in the very first book of the Bible God clearly communicates his position with […]
America\'s 50 Best Coffee Shops (Slideshow)
Recently named one of GQ’s “25 Places to Visit in Austin,” Houndstooth Coffee takes its name from the Scottish legend heralding the eponymous plaid as a symbol of regional pride. Houndstooth Coffee, with its quirky Austin vibe, takes city pride seriously by offering barista training from nationally recognized industry professionals and serving premium coffee from roasters including Cuvée and Counter Culture.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Passage: The happiest and unhappiest cities
A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research has used CDC data to estimate the relative happiness of every metropolitan area with more than one million people.
Grace to You
Even the greatest believers in redemptive history have wavered in their faith in their most difficult circumstances. The psalmist asked, “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1; cf. 44:22–23). Isaiah even wondered why God seemed not able to help His people: “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago” (Isa. 51:9). Much like the disciples on the lake, the prophet could not see why God was asleep when His people were dying.
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Democrats Admit Amnesty Is For Political Purposes
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Life After Crushed Expectations
1. Understand our typical responses to loss. Listen for whether any of the following reactions to painful situations sounds familiar. One option is denial, coating any negative situation with a layers of unrealistic optimism or pouring energy into solving other’s problems, avoiding our own issues. The art of distraction is another popular choice, as we maintain a dizzying schedule that ensures we are always in motion, never alone with our thoughts. From hard-core addictions to seemingly innocent pleasures, we love anything that helps us escape from pain. We also love solutions, research, and detailed plans to fix anything but use this feverish work to ignore the effect of difficult events. Some of us love the pool of pain and choose to dive in and swim around until we get pickled in self-pity.
WORLD | Kickstarter classic | Janie B. Cheaney | Aug. 9, 2014
Peterson’s original inspiration for the series came one night in 2004, after he “got out my old sketchpad and pencils from high school, when I wanted to be an illustrator, and started drawing.” An imagined world took shape on the page: “That got my wheels turning, and the next thing you know I saw Janner Igiby standing there near his cottage, which was perched precariously on the edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.” With creation myths and invented history filling in the background, the story began its meandering journey forward: “I knew certain parts of the ending, but I had no idea how to get there. … The story happened along the way.”
Confessions of a Cosplay Mom
Some people may wonder why I decided to cosplay with my daughter or even let her get involved with such an unusual hobby in the first place. The worst of the cosplay critics worry that this subculture represents something dangerous, cultish, and strange. I speak to you as a cosplay convert, a parent who has come to see great value in my daughter's interest in this fun, imaginative, costumed world.
Faith, Science and Culture
On Thursday, August 28th at 7:15 PM – at Calvary Church of Santa Ana – Come enjoy an evening of thoughtful discussion with talk show host Dennis Prager, leading intelligent design philosopher Dr. Stephen Meyer of The Discovery Institute and the author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt , and cultural commentator John Stonestreet of The Chuck Colson Center as they examine the role of both faith and science in our lives, the universe and human flourishing.
Man Takes Pregnant 12-Year-Old He Raped to Three Abortion Clinics, None Report the Abuse
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Have We Made an Idol Out of Sexual Purity?
Thank you for writing this. I am in the process of struggling with this exact issue. I am a man who is waiting until marriage, and have been dating a woman for a few months now whom I absolutely adore. We have so much in common, we get along like no one else I’ve ever dated, she’s smart and beautiful, and we are definitely heading towards something long term. However, she had sex (lots of it) in her past relationships, before coming to Christ and vowing chastity until marriage. The facts of her past have caused me no small amount of stress, thinking about the things she’s done with other men; thinking that she gave away something that could be “rightfully” mine. I thought it was going to be a deal breaker for me. I have spent a lot of time praying about it and God has slowly but starkly revealed to me my own shallowness. This is a woman who is already dealing with her own issues of self-esteem and self-hatred for the things she has done. She has asked God forgiveness and through His grace has been made white as snow. If I can’t see her the way God sees her, then I am the one who does not deserve her; I am the one who does not understand grace and His redemptive power; I am the one who needs forgiveness.
Running on Empty
Bancroft writes each chapter in three parts. She begins with an analysis of a common problem or topic for those in ministry. Midway through the chapter she offers five or six questions for personal consideration and then concludes the chapter with a portion of Scripture and devotional thought titled “Pause and Reset." I found this to be a helpful way to make the book both practical and devotional. Its structure allows it to be an excellent resource for an older woman in ministry to use in mentoring a younger woman.
What Is the Cambrian Explosion? - Christian Research Institute
First, if all of geological history were compressed into a twenty-four-hour clock, most of the distinct animal forms the world has ever known would appear suddenly within a two-minute time span at around the twenty-first hour. The abrupt and simultaneous appearance of this wide array of complex body plans signals an infusion of a vast amount of information that can rightly be attributed only to an intelligent Designer* .
Answering Alternatives to the Resurrection
In the end, there can be all kinds of possible alternative explanations (I could come up with a thousand more). But we should never be fooled into thinking that just because an explanation is possible that this makes it worthy of actual consideration. The simplest explanation is that Christ did rise from the grave. If you do not start with anti-supernaturalistic presuppositions (i.e. dead bodies can't rise, therefore, Christ did not rise from the grave), then you can truly follow the evidence and not search for far-fetched, yet possible, explanations. Acrobats like these make me that I think it takes more (blind) faith not to believe in the resurrection of Christ than to believe.
Discernment in an Age of Information Overload - Christian Research Institute
In our age of information overload, Christians must learn to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsity. The need for discernment becomes particularly pressing in the face of sharp disagreement on critical issues among leading Christian apologists. A case in point concerns debate over the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL’s recent publication of CRI’s in-depth reevaluation of the “Local Church” Movement of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee (vol. 32/no. 6). Using the acronym D-I-S-C-E-R-N, I sort out the matter at hand and codify principles formatted as a memorable tool through which believers can, in general, separate wheat and chaff for themselves.
In Defense of Public Libraries
T he importance of public libraries can hardly be exaggerated; yet it is seldom apparent to that most influential but most disastrous of public councillors, the practical man of business. He is revolted by the spectacle of a pretentious building, and a huge and costly collection of books, with seating accommodation for from fifty to two hundred people, and one solitary reader who is not even fashionably dressed. What wicked waste it seems! And yet to anyone who knows, that solitary man is a far more satisfactory spectacle than a crowd of young persons devouring the latest Tarzan. A crowded public library is an absurdity, like a crowded laboratory or observatory. The people who clamor for it are clamoring for something very different: to wit, a crowded popular reading-room. I have nothing to say against reading-rooms any more than against sleeping rooms (most reading-rooms contrive the double debt to pay); but I must insist that a reading-room is not in the classic sense a library...The purpose of a library is to enable poor scholars and men of letters, whose traditional lot is “toil, envy, want, the patron and the gaol” to consult books which are storehouses of learning, books which they can no more afford to buy than a chemist can afford to buy a pound of radium.
How Our Hospitality Can Protect Sphere Sovereignty
In these broken spaces, however, Christians have an opportunity to protect the health of those spheres by practicing hospitality. For example, instead of waiting for the state to be the benevolent actor, we can feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick (Mt. 25:35-40). As Abraham Kuyper once said :
Fist bumping beats germ-spreading handshake
“Fist bumping” transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, while still addressing the cultural expectation of hand-to-hand contact between patients and clinicians, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control , the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations
Our gathering spaces are secondary to the reality that the Lord is among us whenever and wherever we gather . Our Jesus-following spiritual forebears gathered to connect with one another in homes, catacombs, prison cells, and under the shelter of forest canopy. In many places in the world, they still do. Of course, many of these Jesus-following forebears also built and gathered for worship in church buildings.
Is Religion the Cause of Violence?
From Cain to the Egyptian enslavement of the children of Israel to the religious Crusades of the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to present-day conflicts around the world, religion is seen as more a force for violence than of peace. Perhaps that is why an atheist like the late author and speaker Christopher Hitchens wrote, “Religion poisons everything.” Nineteenth-century atheist Friedrich Nietzsche had an equally degrading view of Christianity when he said, “It seeks to work the ultimate corruption, nothing untouched by its depravity, it had turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie, and every integrity into baseness of the soul.”
Can Jesus heal mental illness? — Part 1
Psychology informs the construct of mental illness with a secular, materialistic worldview. They do not believe that people are spiritual beings who live all of their life under the authority of a God who made them and holds them accountable. Denying the Divine and the spiritual requires them to see all problems as physical and organic in nature. Worry isn’t sinful; it is an organic mental illness that requires medical intervention. Sorrow isn’t spiritual; it is a medical problem that requires a pharmacological solution.
The hero story
The promises of the coming seed of the woman all partake of a haunting, hopeful melody, to which the Old Testament’s composer returns again and again. The delay between these prophecies only increases the pathos, adds to the beauty so pure it’s painful. The next oracle almost sneaks up on us, and at points we only recognize it after it has passed us by. Suddenly the words ignite and we read and re-read the promise of a seed who is a lion who wields a scepter who will be a son to the Most High. Each installment in the interweaving of prophecy and pattern comes like a familiar rhythm, or a restrained suggestion, hearkening us back to something earlier in the music. The artist who orchestrates the living production in real time threads the line of promise lightly – but thoroughly – through the whole symphonic poem of the Bible.
Book Review: "7 Truths that Changed the World" by Kenneth Samples
The Good in Suffering- The problem of evil is the most oft-trumpeted argument for atheism, and Samples responds to it mostly by utilizing the “greater good” theodicy (theodicy means, basically, a defense from the problem of evil). First, he points out that it is not logically incoherent to suppose God is all powerful and all good while still believing evil exists (196-200). Then, he argues that God can have good purposes for evil and suffering (205ff). While we may not come up with a specific reason for every single evil that occurs, God’s sovereignty ensures that good will triumph and that all things work for His purposes (209ff). I don’t tend to favor the “greater good” theodicy because I’m not sure I can swallow the notion that every evil has a greater good–but I think that when applied to evil generally it may be more powerful. Samples does a good job introducing the reader to the basics on the problem of evil and a theodicy here.
Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully
“Poetic effort,” to Piper, is not just writing poems, but working to “see and savor and speak the wonder—the divine glory—that is present everywhere in the world God made, in the history God guides, and in the Word God inspired.” Herbert, the phenomenally talented poet, and Lewis, the compelling author of fiction, literary history, and apologetics, both fit smoothly into this framework. As the author of a forthcoming biography of Whitefield , I was intrigued to see how Piper would handle the evangelist, who may be the least obvious subject of these three. Many, including Christian writers, have disparaged the written text of Whitefield’s sermons as shallow and confused. Even as sympathetic a biographer as J. C. Ryle called his printed sermons a “mingle-mangle.”
John C. Reilly Unveils Incredible 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Clip
John C. Reilly, who has long been guaranteed to be the highlight of any movie he's in, took to Letterman last night to debut some explosive new Guardians of the Galaxy footage. Marvel's new, very odd offering is currently sailing on a wave of strong early hype and almost universally positive reviews , and this clip gives us a sneak peek at just what makes it so special. See for yourself ...
Welcome, Farewell to TGC Staff
John Starke worked several years full-time for TGC as an editor while also serving as solo pastor of his congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Recently he began work as pastor for preaching at Apostles Church in New York City. We at TGC have long recognized and supported John's pastoral gifting, so we're thankful that he can now focus all his energies on his family and this blessed congregation. John served five years with TGC as he lived in three different states. He launched our book reviews and developed strong relationships with scores of writers. We will miss his godliness, wisdom, knowledge, and especially his love for God on the weekly editorial calls where we discuss ideas and debate issues. We're grateful that he will continue to write for TGC as a contributor and weigh in on how we can support pastors facing various ministry challenges.
WORLD | North Carolina AG: Resistance to gay marriage is futile | The Editors | July 29, 2014
Unlike several Democrats serving as attorneys general in other states, Cooper said earlier this year he intended to defend North Carolina’s laws, even though he supports same-sex marriage. He insisted on Monday that he had done his job. Continuing to fight an issue the appeals court has already decided is futile, he said.
I’m Praying for David Saperstein
I have been representing Southern Baptists in Washington, DC since April 2003. That’s when I became Vice President for Public Policy and Research for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. When I came to this city, one of the first members of the religious left that I met was Rabbi David Saperstein. I found him to be an intelligent, compassionate, deeply committed and effective advocate for his religious tradition, Reform Judaism. As such, David and I found ourselves on the opposite sides of the table on many issues. But one issue on which we seldom disagreed was the issue of religious freedom.
God, Time, & Eternity
This talk by world-class philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig was given at Biola University as part of the "Defending the Faith" lecture series. Dr. Craig addresses the issue of whether God is outside or inside of time and makes a case for the "relational view" that God exists changelessly and timelessly prior to creation and in time after creation.
Doug Groothuis: How Jazz Can Shape Apologetics - DEFEND Mag
What, then, could this emphasis on mastering material and improvising (in both senses above) have to do with apologetics? Just as jazz musicians, apologists need to “know their charts” by having spent much “time in the woodshed.” That is, they need to master the standard apologetic arguments on the nature of truth and faith, the arguments for God’s existence (natural theology), the reliability of the Bible, the deity and resurrection of Christ, the case against rival worldviews (atheism, pantheism, polytheism, Buddhism, Islam) and much more. However, knowing the arguments (the charts) is not the same as offering the arguments in various interpersonal settings. These include one-on-one, in a small group, in a larger group, in a lecture, in a sermon, on line, in a postal card, and more. This demands inventiveness, being prepared “in the moment” to size up the scene, seize the moment, and jam accordingly. Apologetic witness should never be stilted or clichéd, just as jazz is never hidebound to one way of playing a tune. As Phillip Brooks said of preaching long ago, apologetics is “truth through personality.
Book Review – Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearts and Our Minds |
Wilkin begins in Chapter 1 by sharing some of her personal story in relation to the Word of God. She highlights two things that she had gotten backwards: 1) She failed to understand that the Bible is a book about God, instead reading it as if it were all about her, who she is, what she should do; 2) She erroneously believed that her heart should guide her study, when in fact the mind should lead the heart. These errors are very prominent, and Wiklin’s insights here are foundational for a right perspective on the Bible that will fuel a right handling of the Word. To further set the stage for the book, and illuminate the dire situation, in Chapter 2 Wilkin presents a case for Bible literacy. She highlighting six awful ways that we tend to read the Bible and demonstrates what is wrong with these approaches. For anyone whose primary approach to reading the Bible consist of one of these methods, Wilkins’s book is a must-read.
God's Purpose and Pleasure in Your Sanctification
God uses two means to move believers’ wills. First is what might be called holy discontent . It is the humble recognition that one’s life always falls short of God’s standard of holiness. When Isaiah beheld “the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple,” he could only exclaim in reverential fear, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:1, 5). Like all righteous people, he was dissatisfied with his spiritual state—a dissatisfaction immeasurably intensified by that awesome experience. Paul’s holy discontent led him to lament in his letter to the church at Rome, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24).
Why Won’t These Walmart Ice Cream Sandwiches Melt?
A YouTube scientist/country radio DJ from Sioux Falls decided to find out what happens if you leave a Walmart Great Value Brand ice cream sandwich in the sun on an 80 degree day for over an hour. Disturbingly, not only doesn’t not melt as you would expect any non-mutant ice cream to, it looked almost identical to when it came out of the box ...
9 Things You Should Know About Male Body Image Issues
In pursuing worldly beauty, we strive to become this elusive image in place of who we really are. You and I are created in the image of the living God. Our purpose is to reflect His image to the world. But since the fall, we let the world inscribe its image on us. It is the very picture of sin and ultimately death. Instead of being transformed to God's image, we conform to the world's image. We are hopelessly stuck in a lifeless cycle, exchanging God for the creature as our object of worship. But God in His mercy rescued us! In love, God sent Jesus Christ to take on the consequences of our idolatrous affair. He became sin so that we might become righteous. In Christ, God gives us freedom from sin's power now and hope for its eradication in heaven. God makes you beautiful with the beauty of His Son, Jesus. It is in gazing at God's image in Jesus Christ that you are transformed. Romans 12:1-2 says, "Therefore, I urge you, (sisters) in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
The People Behind 'God's Not Dead' Are Giving 'Fifty Shades' Some Christian Competition
All we really know is that Swartzwelder will play a "frat boy" and Elizabeth Ann Roberts will play a "free spirited woman." Hijinks presumably ensue. And in case, you're wondering, the movie's tagline is "Chivalry makes a comeback." So, it's a knockdown, drag out, two-movies-enter-one-movie-leaves rumble in the Valentine's Day theatrical jungle ...
Two Questions that May Greatly Improve Your Church’s Ministry
“I could use more vacation time.” I know most people in the church work hard at their jobs, sometimes for little pay and with little vacation. But your bad experience doesn’t have to be the standard for everyone else. For the life of me I don’t know how some pastors survive on two weeks vacation per year. I recommend three weeks as a minimum, preferably four. In Britain, I’m told, six weeks is quite normal. One of the surest ways to decrease the effectiveness of your church’s ministry is to get a burnt out pastor. When churches are sticklers with their pastor’s vacation, they hurt themselves as much as anyone.
God's Presence and Your Sanctification
In fact, Paul leaned heavily on the presence of God in him when describing his own ministry: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). He understood his ministry as the fruit of Christ’s promise to His disciples prior to His ascension: