ReSeries - Remaking God's Image (In His Image Part 5)
What happens when technology far out paces ethics? People get devalued. John Stonestreet says we have work persuade everyone that people are not mere mortals...
Without God Your Destiny is Unrelated to Your Behavior
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 1998, Dr William Lane Craig debated Professor Keith M. Parsons at Prestonwood Baptist Church in P...
Why Did Water Come Out Of The Bottle?| Paul David Tripp
In his marriage conference, pastor and author Paul David Tripp asks why water comes out of the bottle when shaken. For additional marriage resources, visit w...
552. Is God A Religious Pluralist?
From Bobby's book "The Fifth Gospel", he answers whether or not God is alright with Christians dabbling in other belief systems.
The Picky Eater Approach to Bible Study
We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin . . . especially when you're feeling a bit lost in the middle ...
The Apex of the Glory of God
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Ken Ham: Aliens Go to Hell? (LIVE Interview)
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Pascal's Wager: The Utility Argument Explained
Premise 1 seems to be logical, but it has actually garnered just as many objections as the second premise. Some have argued that one should not reduce belief in God to a “gamble” or some pragmatic choice. Others have argued that one cannot simply choose to believe and argued that the Wager results in Doxastic Voluntarism–the notion that one may simply change beliefs at will. In order to combat each objection in turn, one would have to show that it may be permissible to choose pragmatically even in religion. Jordan argues to this effect at length, but for the sake of argument I think it may be enough to just say that generally, we do make choices which we think will benefit us, and this is not an objectionable path of reasoning. Moreover, the Wager does not reduce to doxastic voluntarism, for one may indeed change one’s disposition toward something, but not at will. This is a complex argument, and I think we may set it aside for now because there is nothing in Premise 1 which would demand doxastic voluntarism.
Is euthanasia ever permissible? - Christian Research Institute
Organizations such as the Hemlock Society are aggressively seeking to legalize euthanasia (Greek: eu = good; thanatos = death). In their view “mercy murders” for the diseased, disabled, and dying is a step into the light. From a Christian perspective it is a step into the dark.
Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act
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Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies
A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.
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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 […]
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
And Francis said people will also be much happier when they stop trying too hard to bring others round to their way of thinking – including on religion. He said the church grows “by attraction, not proselytising”, and added that the best way to get through to anyone was with “dialogue, starting with his or her own identity”.
5 Breathtaking Places You Have to See to Believe They Even Exist
It is hard to tell which pictures are truly authentic nowadays. Many photos are enhanced with Photoshop and others are just simply breathtaking in their original form. God has created such beauty around us and we are fortunate enough to have talented photographers to capture these moments for us to see. Below are 5 breathtaking places in the world that will inspire and amaze you:
A Lifestyle of Seriousness
I don’t have the space to unpack all these verses, but it’s crucial that we see how sin is talked about in this passage. Sin is not described as a breaking of some abstract law; sin is presented as a direct affront to the Triune God.
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Nebuchadnezzar Cylinder Goes for $605,000!
While the Cyrus Cylinder has been making its rounds on an international exhibition circuit , a another cylinder of a famous Mesopotamian emperor has recently been brought to the public eye. One of Nebuchadnezzar’s cuneiform cylinders was auctioned off on April 9, 2014, by Doyle New York, Auctioneers and Appraisers for $605,000. The purchaser of the cylinder has requested to remain anonymous. Unfortunately, his anonymity may make it difficult for further scholarly study of the text.
Hey, Christian Youth: It Gets Better
As they grow up, the rule-based version of Christianity they may have conceptualized as kids instead gets deepened and broadened for a more robust view of their faith. As Paul enjoins, "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways" (1 Cor. 13:11). We must help our youth give up childish ways for something better. All these are tenets of the Christian church since inception. We just sometimes need to be reminded how rich a life of faith can be. Then, we must allow and call youth into Christian adulthood and ease their fears of a boring life. An adult living boring Christianity is not modeling Christ.
In Praise of Ordinary Summers
Burned-out moms, your primary goal this summer is not to make sure your children create every Pinterest craft, visit every museum, or splash at every splash pad. Don’t let burnout cause you to throw in the towel this summer. Instead, seek the Lord’s eternal treasures for your family. Store them up where moth and rust do not destroy. Toil from your couch, the sticky heat of your backyard, or the front seat of your minivan. But work for the fruit that lasts beyond this season and into eternity. May Christ be exalted despite our burnout—even in the most ordinary of summers.
Vastly Underrated Leader in 20th-Century Evangelicalism
Alongside this longing for revival he was determined to buttress American civilization, which was being undermined by a range of social and political enemies. One great enemy was global communism: Bell would write countless articles attacking the advance of communism in Russia and especially in China and castigate American political leaders for their policy of containment. Another enemy was racial integration: in numerous articles Bell laid out a case he considered racial moderation—no one should force integration; at the same time, within the boundaries of a segregated society, individuals should be treated equally before the law and violence should be eschewed. (One wishes that Bell’s love for gospel expansion around the world had translated to a more multiethnic vision for the church in the States.) A third enemy was moral license: as youth culture began to go astray, Bell blamed popular culture, especially movies and novels, that titillated and ultimately destroyed moral fiber. His defense of social conservatism would earn him seven awards from the right-wing Freedom’s Foundation of Valley Forge.
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Why We're Dropping Comments (On Some Articles)
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Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you?
You can almost imagine him tweeting this, his fingers jabbing away at the keyboard as his glasses slide down a face contorted with disappointment at how irrational everyone is being. This is Dawkins in 2014: a figure of mockery, a man so convinced that he possesses God-like powers of omniscience that he can’t understand why everyone’s getting angry at him for pointing out the obvious. Why won’t we all just learn how to think, damn it! Then we could all live together in a peaceful society where nobody wears “ bin liners ”, and women shut up about sexual harassment .
The Pastor’s Kid
At barely longer than 150 pages, The Pastor’s Kid is an honest, plain-speaking look at the struggles that befall children of pastors. A word of warning: If you’re looking for salacious anecdotes from the Piper household, do not buy this book. Barnabas Piper is not looking to air dirty laundry or even make sense of his own childhood. Rather, his book is an unflinchingly authentic call for pastors and churches to realize that pastor’s kids are just that—kids. They’re not little pastors or mini celebrities, but children who need the grace of Jesus to overcome the pitfalls of having public ministers as parents.
This Is What The Earth Looked Like When It Was Only Half A Billion Years Old
Since there are no rocks on Earth older than about 3.8 billion years old, the latest study looked to the marks left by asteroids on Earth's neighbors: the moon, Mars, and Mercury. Looking at the impact data from these planets, as well as the size distribution of our current asteroid belt, the scientists recreated early Earth.
Top 20 Christ-centered expository preaching checklist
David Prince serves as assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Seminary. Is is also the pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington Ky. You can read more by David Prince at his blog: Prince on Preaching . Also follow him on Twitter at: @davideprince . This article originally appeared on his blog .
Think Pinterest Is Stupid? This Interview Might Change Your Mind
I know that sounds preposterous, but I’ve always worried that that people and marketers would be so eager to get their hands on it that it could be bad for the core. The things people do on Pinterest are so precious: this is what I want, this is what I think I want. They’re not ever sure, they’re feeling their way through. It’s a very weird emotional state. It’s this very beautiful thing to me. And if you start loading it with commercial pressure, it could really ruin the core of the experience. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for ads and a way for us to make money to sustain the business and the site, but that’s something that’s always been in my head. It’s one of the reasons why we invest in research and having a more active brand team. We have a community team that’s super active. All those things are just ways of understanding what the core experience feels like to people and making sure that we’re not messing it up.
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: Proof from Moral Values
Many ideologies and religions offer moral edicts, but I maintain that secular, Islamic, Hindu, and naturalistic moral values are inconsistent and cannot be ultimately justified. Some people believe it is right to lie and murder in order to promote their agenda. To a consistent atheistic materialist, the concept of immaterial law is nonsensical. It doesn’t seem to make sense to argue that an immaterial objective moral value comes from a material-only world; therefore, for the consistent atheist, immaterial objective moral values do not exist. I will argue that the only consistent and righteous moral system comes from Christian theism. It is justified and it is impossible for it not to be true because Christianity supplies the necessary truth conditions for immutable moral values. Mutable materialistic atheism ultimately tumbles into moral nihilism.
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Ice age lion figurine: Ancient fragment of ivory belonging to 40,000 year old animal figurine unearthed
Archaeologists from the University of T�bingen have found an ancient fragment of ivory belonging to a 40,000 year old animal figurine. Both pieces were found in the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, which has yielded a number of remarkable works of art dating to the Ice Age. The mammoth ivory figurine depicting a lion was discovered during excavations in 1931. The new fragment makes up one side of the figurine's head, and the sculpture may be viewed at the T�bingen University Museum from 30 July.
Kirsten Powers: Iraqi Christians' nightmare
Kirsten Powers: Iraqi Christians' nightmare
Thanks to ISIS persecution, Mosul is without Christians for the first time in 2,000 years.
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Don’t Settle for a “Quiet” Time
A small lamp threw light up into the corner of the dark living room. As I walked through that room into the home office where I worked, I made the otherwise still air move with me. The owners of the house didn’t like to use the air conditioner—even in the Texas summers—because it felt too cold on their skin. Spending decades in third world conditions will do that to you. On the mornings when I came over to work she would turn on a tiny desk fan just for me. He would shiver as he sat nearby, so I would turn it off.
American Ebola Victims 'Slightly Improving' as Family Issues Statement on Faith and Gratitude for Prayers (VIDEO)
The two Americans diagnosed with Ebola after working in Liberia are both fervently praying to God for deliverance, and now they are reportedly improving as well. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were both infected while working as Christian missionaries and their faith is helping them through their ordeal.
Colorado Baker: I'd Sooner Close My Shop Than Prep Wedding Cake For A Gay Couple
Phillips, who said he also rejected another same-sex couple's request for a wedding cake earlier this year, continued, "If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever. It's just the wedding cake -- not the people, not their lifestyle."
Stay or Go When Ebola Breaks Out?
When I read of these sad circumstances, I remembered the day we were evacuated from the Democratic Republic of Congo, called Zaire in 1991. The military had revolted, the streets were filled with tanks, and we were told to leave before things got worse. I, too, had a wife and two children of similar age. I, too, was serving in Africa as a medical missionary. I chose to go. Dr. Brantly chose to stay. (His wife and children are in the United States, having already returned for a wedding when he became ill.)
Meriam Ibrahim, Daniel Wani and Children Leave Rome for US After Escaping Sudan; Persecuted Christian Family to Be Welcomed by Philadelphia Mayor
Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children will be greeted quietly Thursday afternoon by Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter upon their arrival at the Philadelphia International Airport, in another leg of a harrowing persecution case that nearly resulted in the Orthodox Christian woman being executed for her faith by Sudanese authorities.
Israel to probe UN school shelling
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Advice for Young Christian Academics
Another piece of advice I would offer concerns finding social support. When I first entered academia as a Christian, I did not know a lot of other Christian academics. As a result I often felt alone. This was before the internet and other resources today that allow us to locate like-minded individuals. Fortunately, I did locate a group called ACTS (Association of Christians Teaching Sociology) that consisted of other Christian sociologists. Generally, these individuals taught on Christian college campuses and so they did not have the exact same challenges that I had, but we had enough in common that I could receive important social support. Today there are other opportunities for social networks that can be investigated. On many campuses there are interdisciplinary groups of Christian academics who meet and support each other. There are facebook groups where liked minded Christian academics can support each other. I am certain an enterprising young Christian scholar can find other opportunities to meet Christians in academia. There are some issues that neither your non-academic Christian friends nor your non-Christian academic friends will completely understand.
Chris Pratt Faith 'Restored' When His Son Was Born 9 Weeks Early
Actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris wanted to start their family soon after getting married, but they never planned on a medical crisis bringing them closer together. Pratt recently opened up about the birth of his premature son Jack and how it restored his faith in God.
Kody Gibson named Southern Seminary’s admissions director
“Ben Dockery has done an outstanding job leading the admissions team and we are very thankful for his service. I am confident that Kody Gibson is the right leader for this strategic team at this time, and I am looking forward to seeing his influence in our admissions process,” said seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. “For Southern Seminary and Boyce College, admissions is a ministry, not a marketing program. Both of these fine Christian leaders embody that vision.”
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Tim Keller Reveals Love of Harry Potter, Support for Old Earth Creationism in Twitter Chat
Earlier this week, Redeemer Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller took to Twitter to answer questions about his feelings on Harry Potter , Matthew Vines, and why he's not a sports fan. He also touched on his beliefs on creation and evolution — a larger explanation of which can be found here .
A Writer in The Guardian Laments, "Remember When Dawkins Was Widely Respected?"
Miss Robertson is amusing, hilarious -- read the whole thing -- but also leaves me feeling a little sad. I remember when Dawkins was taken seriously, and that was actually preferable. God, please give us a worthy interlocutor on the other side of the evolution question, who knows the science, follows the relevant research, tracks the argument, writes seriously and engagingly, all these things Dawkins used to do. There's no shortage of jokers and buffoons. Give us another Dawkins as he once was.
Is Jesus unique? Ravi Zacharias on how to answer the 'are all religions the same' question
Second, Jesus offers a unique solution to the problem. The provision he gives for you and me is absolutely unique, and it is not cheap. It is the cross. That's why you will find an Easterner, when they come to Jesus Christ, literally sobbing and sobbing and sobbing, because they have felt the anguish of what sin is. Their recognition of the graciousness of forgiveness is very, very unique. Islam says, to get to heaven your good deeds will have to outweigh your bad. In other words, you pay. When Christ comes and says to you and me that he is offering forgiveness and doing so through the payment of his life on the cross, it is an extraordinary truth. The Bible says that we need a Saviour and we need forgiveness.
Journal As a Pathway to Joy
Deep joy and satisfaction can come from getting our complicated and confusing thoughts and feelings into words on the page. Our heads and hearts carry around so many unfinished thoughts and emotions we’re only able to finish as we write them down. As praise is not just the expression of joy, but the consummation of it, so is writing to the soul. Writing doesn’t merely capture what’s already inside us, but in the very act of writing, we enable our heads and hearts to take the next step, then two, then ten. It has a crystalizing effect. Good writing is not just the expression of what we’re already experiencing, but the deepening of it.
New Book "Rescues" Alfred Russel Wallace -- by Refashioning Him in Darwin's Image
Costa attempts to make his case by fitting Wallace as squarely as possible into Darwin's conceptual framework. Four examples will suffice to show the folly of this effort. First, Costa admits that Wallace always rejected Darwin's domestic breeding examples as a proof, by analogy, for natural selection -- although he points out that the Species Notebooks do, in fact, contain examples of domestic dog breeding as a demonstration of transmutation. But Wallace employed it for a very different purpose than Darwin. The use of the dog example in his notebooks is merely given as a hypothetical thought experiment to counter Charles Lyell's argument against transmutation by the limitation evidenced in the varieties of dogs created through breeding efforts. Costa's attempt to minimize their differences, by concluding that after all "both Wallace and Darwin were alert to possible examples of new varieties arising" (137), is weak and unconvincing.
When Bullying Becomes Spiritual Warfare
Because of this, solutions to bullying must be ethically based as to set positive examples of what constitutes "being good." They must also carry weight by establishing behavioral boundaries and consequences to communicate that good is also powerful. At a time when belligerence is culturally glorified, it is not unusual for kindness to be interpreted as weakness and politeness as a lack of strength. Children who bully must see and be taught that there is gratification in giving and receiving empathy. In short, the value of good must be perceived and personally desired if any substantive change is to take place.
Ask RC Jr: What are 7 things our generation has forgotten? — Highlands Ministries
Maturity matters . We not only chase after slovenliness, but youthfulness as well. We are a generation that gives no thought for tomorrow, the YOLO generation. Our fathers knew well that you don’t only live once. You live at least three times. You live your life here on earth. You live in eternity. And you live in and through the generations that follow you. They made sacrifices for us, and we in turn demanded still more for ourselves, and leave our children bereft. To be mature is to have the will to delay gratification, to harness and restrain our own appetites. We want what we want and we want it now, future be damned.
Popular music, that telling barometer of popular culture, has kept pace with this trend. Nearly every heavy-metal band of the 1980s and ‘90s had a stock ballad about young heroes going down in a “blaze of glory.” Other popmusic references stress the invincible power of youth. Rod Stewart sings of being “Forever Young.” In their hit single “We Are Young,” the contemporary super group Fun declares that these same youth will “set the world on fire.” Bruce Springsteen’s barstool-seated narrator in “Glory Days” drowns the disappointments of his middle-aged life by retelling stories of high school exploits and triumphs. None of us may want to relive our awkward junior high moments, but who among us doesn’t harbor secret desires to be young again and seemingly able to conquer the world?
No One Ever Expected Him to Walk, But He is Now an Athlete!
A boy named Ben Jackson was told by doctors that he would never walk again due to cerebral palsy. But, that didn't stop him from chasing his dreams, quitting was never an option for Ben.
Jamie Foxx Will Reportedly Play Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic
Mike Tyson, one of the most indisputably filmable subjects in the world, is getting a biopic about his life written by Boardwalk Empire 's Terrence Winter, and today word got out that Jamie Foxx will play the lead. At his peak, Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world—which makes a pretty interesting movie by itself—but his ugly and frequently violent downfall is likely to be just as if not more compelling to filmmakers. Little is known about the movie at this point, although past rumors have indicated that Martin Scorsese would be involved ...
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WORLD | ‘Readiness’ for what? | Janie B. Cheaney | Aug. 9, 2014
If a genuine critical thinker did emerge from a Common Core education, how likely would he be to measure up to the second stated goal, “College and career readiness”? Where “critical thinking” is hard to measure and define, “readiness” is a clarion call: All high-school grads should march off to higher education and a successful career. The only thing wrong with that is its reductionism. “Readiness” implies certain predetermined expectations: first college, then career, and that’s what your education was all about. “Preparation for the 21st-century global economy,” another Common Core catchphrase, reveals its naked, yet clueless utilitarianism: training workers for a “global” future in an increasingly fragmented 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.