Good News For Weary Women by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
Are you exhausted? Women today really do feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. Every morning we are greeted with a long list of to-dos: get the ki...
528. Should I Have Family Devotions?
Jason Jimenez explains how family devotions don't always have to be done out of a book but through a lifestyle.
The Return of Best Sermon Ever at Mars Hill Church
We are so excited for the return of the Best Sermon Ever series at Mars Hill Church. Just like last year, we invited a world class lineup of guest preachers ...
Part 2: 12 principles to help you navigate the adoption process
Be a salt-and-light Christian. When you engage in adoption, instantly you have an option to share the gospel, which in a peculiar way will require of you to be seasoned, graceful and kind. Jesus said to be “wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove.” Since it is an unnatural process (a mom and dad giving up their child) everyone involved is typically on edge. Picture the wedding day of a new bride times 10. Your sphere of influence will be massive – caseworkers, the agency, the home study, the birth parents and future grandparents and then add friends visiting the birth mother and family in the hospital. Most important, we must display the gospel in all of its self-denying grandeur. Remember this will require of you to die to yourself daily.
NASHVILLE , Tenn., July 7, 2014—Dr. Barry K. Creamer, a trustee for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was unanimously elected to serve as the seventh president of Criswell College today.
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How to Debate a Christian Apologist Part 2
How to Debate a Christian Apologist Part 2
Renouncing Jewish Jihad
There have been and will continue to be Jewish terrorists who use their religion to justify murder, but the difference between Jewish jihad and Islamic jihad is that only in Islam is jihad a legitimate expression of the faith.
Apologetics in the Gospel of John
Apologetics is a branch of Christian theology that helps give reasons for the truthfulness of the Christian faith/worldview. The word “Apologia” means “to give reasons, make a legal defense” (Acts 26:2; 2 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet 3:15). The apostles approach to spreading the message of the Gospel is characterized by such terms as “apologeomai/apologia” which means “to give reasons, make a legal defense” (Acts 26:2; 2 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet 3:15); “dialegomai” which means “to reason, speak boldly” (Acts 17:2; 17; 18:4; 19:8), “peíthō” which means to persuade, argue persuasively” (Acts 18:4; 19:8), and “bebaioō ” which means “to confirm, establish,” (Phil 1:7; Heb. 2:3). (1)
Five Bible studies on practical aspects of Christian living
I wrote 5 posts last week from Wednesday to Sunday, and I wanted to link to each post in the series and give everyone a chance to read them, since many of you would have been out for the long weekend.
Can you pass a U.S. citizenship test?
Test your knowledge of the United States with these sample questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test.
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.
Why George Takei Is An Idiot
From the majority opinion: "Congress provided protection for people like the [owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood] by employing a familiar legal fiction: It included corporations within RFRA’s definition of “persons.” But it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of this fiction is to provide protection for human beings. A corporation is simply a form of organization used by human beings to achieve desired ends. An established body of law specifies the rights and obligations of the people(including shareholders, officers, and employees) who are associated with a corporation in one way or another. When rights, whether constitutional or statutory, are extended to corporations, the purpose is to protect the rights of these people. For example, extending Fourth Amendment protection to corporations protects the privacy interests of employees and others associated with the company. Protecting corporations from government seizure of their property without just compensation protects all those who have a stake in the corporations’ financial well-being. And protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and Mardel protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies .
Grace to You
All the empty words and professions of respect for Christ and the shallow works of supposed dedication now come to condemn all disobedient claimers to the Lord. When Jesus tells them, “I never knew you,” it does not mean He didn’t know their identities, but in essence, “I didn’t know you as My disciples, and you didn’t really know Me as Lord and Savior. You chose your kingdom, but it wasn’t My kingdom.”
5 Myths about Christian Education
I did not go to a Christian college for undergrad or graduate school. I am happy with my choices. However one thing I missed out on from going to state schools was no theology, no Bible, no references to religious experience in the classroom. Most of my education was literature and writing classes and I felt the classes could have been more full, more meaningful if talking about theology were encouraged. But I knew this going in. Most of my literary theory was biblical theory. I was cramming Tim Keller in the summer during English grad school.
The Tears Of An Elephant
Yesterday, there was a strikingly good reported piece in the NYT magazine on the growing evidence that consciousness does not have some kind of radical break between humans and every other species on the planet. And by consciousness, at varying levels, I mean, for example, the ability to feel fear, or joy, or anxiety, or even grief. This is emphatically not about anthropomorphism. It’s about the reality of creation:
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Invitation to Indonesia
“Other universities are Christian in name, but no other group is committed to Reformed theology,” Nielson observes. And the Riady family enterprises are “a wonderful example of how business, media, education, healthcare, and ministry can be integrally connected for explosive gospel-centered effect. This is a creative penetration of a many-layered culture.” He explains that Indonesia, like many Asian countries, is undergoing a remarkable transition. “Millions entering the middle class are able to think about education and healthcare; and the church is in the midst, with a stronger testimony than the West.” Nevertheless, the East needs the West. "The West has the wiring—the wisdom, experience and know-how, but the East has the electricity—the power, and passion to see the kingdom expand."
Not for Sale: Let's end slavery in the UK
Christians have worked for hundreds of years to free slaves and end slavery. It’s nearly 200 years since Parliament passed William Wilberforce’s Slavery Abolition Act and yet there are still slaves working here in the UK.
People Are Watching Me: Barnabas Piper on Being the Pastor’s Kid
Different pastors will find different things. I hope some are encouraged because they are doing things to help their kids. I hope some feel like they got a needed kick in the butt. I hope some take a long look at their family life and its balance with ministry and examine how they’re doing things. The biggest thing of all is that pastors are to be dads first and pastors second. Your kids come before your church. God didn’t call you to take your son to a mountain and sacrifice him on the altar of ministry, and if you do there’s no ram in the thicket to bail you out.
Before the Children Are Gone
But that’s very hard. Never in history have human beings had so many options for spending time. And there’s no way to manage time well enough to spend it on all the things we want to do, nor all the things we think we should do.
The Future Of Christians In Post-Christian America
But this sense of the matter has taken hold precisely because the media and the public have absorbed the understanding put forth by the courts of the rights and wrongs of these matters. If there is something retrograde, something suspect, about making “discriminations” between forms of “sexuality,” then serious Christians and Jews instantly qualify as bigots. And the laws that forbid all manner of discrimination seem to emanate from a disinterested public “ethic,” suitably cleansed of any sectarian shading. The real question for us then is, How did we arrive at the state of affairs in which this sense of the world has been absorbed by a vast public in this country, which persists nevertheless in describing itself mainly as Christian and overwhelmingly as “religious”? On the question of euthanasia, the judges have quickly moved from the implausible to the unthinkable, inventing new rationales for ending the lives of people who were quite plainly alive and not dying at a decorous speed. On this matter, as on gay rights, there should have been more than enough to set off alarms for people whose sensitivities had been shaped by their religious traditions.
Does God Require Me to Be a Parent?
Finally, and I’d be remiss for not saying this, but selfishly, I want you to have kids. As a guy who spent his twenties freaked out about having a child because I thought “they’d ruin my life” (not kidding, that’s an actual quote from me), I can tell you that being a parent is just the greatest. It is hard. Oh my gosh, it is so much work! But at the end of the day, it’s one of the greatest blessings God has ever bestowed upon me. So Becca, know that it really is fine to wait—or to never even have a kid. But if that time ever comes and God interrupts your life, be bold.
Google Bans Porn, Sexually Explicit Ads; Christian Group Hails Enforcement
A change in policy on AdWords that Google announced in March has now gone into effect, banning promotion of "sexually explicit content" from its advertising network across the search engine and other sites – a decision that has been welcomed by an anti-porn group Morality in Media.
Is the ‘I-Word’ the New ‘N-Word’?
“The organization Race Forward has a campaign to get media organizations to ‘Drop The I-Word’ in their reporting about immigration,” Kohn wrote. “So far, the campaign has succeeded in getting the Associated Press, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets to stop using the word. But the pressure continues on The New York Times, The Washington Post and radio and television outlets. And the campaign around media usage is just one step toward influencing and ultimately ending the use of the word ‘illegal’ by everyone in America.”
We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
As Jefferson wrote in the Declaration, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." If we had received our rights only from the government, then the government could justifiably take them away.
Has Science Buried God? John Lennox @ CLA
John is a well known author and has participated in notorious debates with the likes of Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens. He is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Sa ï d Business School, Oxford University.
We have to be careful not to be guilty of what Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for—what I call the Red Sky Syndrome. If you recall, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they had an ability to predict the weather. They could look at the sky, and if it was red at night, they would say, “Sailor’s delight.” And if it was red in the morning, they would say, “Sailors take warning.” But they missed the signs of the times, and they missed the first advent of Christ. They missed the coming of the Messiah right in their midst in spite of the fact that a host of biblical prophecies heralded the appearance of Jesus on the scene—and Jesus rebuked them for it.
How It Feels to Love and Hate a Sex Offender
Last month's controversy over a Leadership Journal article written by a convicted sex offender included the criticism that the author barely mentions his victim, except to implicate her in her own abuse. Plus, his wife and children are mentioned even less. This emphasis on a sex offender himself over his primary victims (those groomed and directly abused) and secondary victims, such as his wife and children (those groomed and impacted by the predator's betrayals and deception) is sadly common amid cases of abuse within evangelical culture. My non-evangelical friends, both Catholic and secular, did not seem to have this problem. But now, thankfully, this trend seems to be shifting with more evangelical Christians encouraging victims to share their experiences.
Seeing Jesus in the Prophets - Reformed Forum
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve.
For First Amendment Purposes, Is Atheism a Religion?
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
Lecrae's 'Anomaly' Album Delayed; Record Pushed Back to September 9 (VIDEO)
Christian rapper Lecrae's new album Anomaly was originally announced for August, but it has now been pushed back to September 9.
7 Myths and Facts About the Fourth of July
The Fourth of July has become a major holiday noted for its parades, barbeques, and numerous fireworks displays. As with other holidays, July 4th has its own mythology and interesting factoids surrounding it.
Renewing Your Mind | Only Two Worldviews | July 7, 2014
An ideology is taking over the West that is both very spiritual and self-consciously anti-Christian. It intends, ever so subtly, without ever saying so explicitly, to grind the gospel into the dustbin of history. The 1960s was an incredibly formative decade. In 1962, Mircea Eliade, the world expert on comparative religions, observed: “Western thought [he meant Christendom] can no longer maintain itself in this splendid isolation from a confrontation with the ‘unknown,’ the ‘outsiders.’” As if on cue, the “Fab Four” met the Maharishi and introduced the “wisdom of the East” to popular Western culture. In the same decade, the “Death of God” theology arose, which turned out not to be the final triumph of secular humanism over the God of the Bible but instead the arrival of “the new polytheism” in the rebirth of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome. Bob Dylan sang, “The Times They Are A’Changin,” and we heard for the first time of the “dawning of the Age of Aquarius,” an age of pagan utopian spirituality.
With 'biological sunscreen,' mantis shrimp see the reef in a whole different light
In an unexpected discovery, researchers have found that the complex eyes of mantis shrimp are equipped with optics that generate ultraviolet (UV) color vision. Mantis shrimp's six UV photoreceptors pick up on different colors within the UV spectrum based on filters made from an ingredient other animals depend on as built-in biological sunscreen, according to research reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 3.
Christian Doctor Ben Carson: Abortion as Bad as 'Child Sacrifice' Performed By Ancient Civilizations (VIDEO)
"I called her to query her about her stance on this issue. She stated that personally, she is very pro-life, but she feels the government has no business interfering with the relationship between the mother, the baby, the doctor and God. I feel differently, because if abolitionists had taken a similar hands-off approach, I might not have been free to write this column. As someone who has spent a lifetime trying to save the lives of children, even with intrauterine surgery, it is probably not difficult to imagine why I am extremely oriented toward efforts to preserve human life, especially innocent human life that has yet to experience the extra-uterine world," wrote Dr. Carson on his official website in late May.
ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
“We as Iraqis are incapable of controlling the situation by ourselves,” Abbas Qureishi, director of the “recovery” program for the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, told me. It’s not just a matter of the museums, he said. Mosul is in the middle of 1,791 registered archeological sites, including four capitals of the Assyrian empire. “The Iraqi army will be obliged to conduct operations next to these archeological sites,” said Qureishi. The jihadists “will destroy them and say the Iraqi army bombed these sites.”
The Mark of the Beast Demystified—Or, I’ve Got 666 Problems but the Rapture Ain’t One of Them
Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; and by the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person.
82 People Were Shot—14 Fatally—During Chicago's Fourth of July Weekend
Chicago is a tragically violent city, but this Fourth of July weekend was one of the bloodiest in memory , with The Chicago Tribune reporting 68 gunshot wounds between Thursday night and Sunday and fourteen gun deaths. The victims included a 14-year-old boy who was killed by police and a 66-year-old woman whose head was grazed by a bullet while she was on her porch. Of those wounded, five were shot by police—two fatally ...
China’s Reforming Churches
The second section looks at Presbyterianism in China today, relying heavily on the voices and experiences of current Chinese pastors. Chapter four (“Perceived Challenges to Christians in China”) is especially enlightening as it nullifies some common Western assertions about the Chinese church and highlights the actual pressures she faces. It concludes with some sobering warnings and gentle encouragements for the Western church's relationship with the Chinese church. The fifth chapter is a thorough argument for Presbyterianism and its need in the Chinese church. Luke P. Y. Lu makes a strong case that Presbyterian missions organizations in China should act in accordance with their Presbyterian identity as they pursue this mission. Chapter six is an interesting dialogue between a few Chinese pastors and Baugus. At times this chapter is hard to follow, but is well worth the meandering read. These pastors are significant figures in Chinese Christianity, and their reflections and humility should encourage the reader about the future of the church in China.
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WORLD | Married to Darwin | Marvin Olasky | July 12, 2014
If for the sake of the children we can’t give up Darwin, and if by doing so the kids don’t turn their backs on the Bible, they have a Bible with lots of pages torn out and its overarching theme—creation, fall, and redemption—slashed. If we jettison Genesis, Jesus who made miracles will eventually go too. Jimmy, Kathy, and sweet Lorelei may go to church a bit longer, but they’ll eventually find a more amusing club.
Pastor Shot in Head With Own Gun by Intruder as He Begged for His Life in Tragic Fourth of July Attack
In a brazen and cold-blooded attack in the wee hours of last Friday morning, suspected burglar Daniel Durham, 30, confessed to deputies at the Harris County Sheriff's Office that he shot the beloved pastor in the head as he begged for his life on the floor of his home, according to KHOU .
For the Life of the World
The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing our confession and theological vision for ministry, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.
Best Books: The Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul
Theologians are fond of speaking of God’s attributes, the aspects of his person that help us understand who God is and how God is. Whenever any of God’s attributes are significantly elevated over the others, what we are left with is an inaccurate picture of God. For example, when God’s transcendent sovereignty is overly stressed at the expense of God’s immanent presence, the result is deism, where God is an “absentee landlord,” as Al Pacino once declared in a
The Kicker Who Became a Debtor to Christ
In 2007, T. J. Lawrence was lining up to kick off in places like Autzen Stadium in Oregon and Bryant-Denny Stadium in Alabama, as the starting kicker for the University of Houston Cougars. He was playing on television and in person in front of crowds as large as 92,000-strong against Nick Saban’s mighty Crimson Tide. College football is nothing if not a weekly celebration of the strong, the fast, and the gifted, and Lawrence enjoyed every moment.
Person Rescued From Water at Satan's Kingdom
Emergency crews worked to pull a man from the Farmington River at Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area in New Hartford on Monday afternoon, according to Canton police.
The Right to Be Wrong
That said, religious freedom is not a right to do wrong, though it does protect a right to be wrong. Human imperfection ensures that all of us are wrong about some things. Yet it is unjust, a violation of human dignity, for the coercive power of law to be used to punish mere errors of thought or—so long as there is no injustice or other violation of the common good—of honest religious practice. If we are to fulfill our moral duties to seek the truth about God and live conscientiously in line with our judgments, then the law must honor and protect our right to religious freedom—even when we are, at least partially, in error. The right to religious freedom is for everyone, not just for those with the “right” beliefs.
Reeva Steenkamp's Mother Forgives Oscar Pistorius
As the trial of Oscar Pistorius, who is accused in the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, resumed Monday, the victim's mother says she has forgiven the South African Paralympic athlete.
On July 11, Apes Will Join the War on Humans
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
D'Souza's 'America' Makes $2 Million Over Fourth of July Weekend
Conservative filmmaker and pundit Dinesh D'Souza's "America" brought in $2.75 million over the weekend, bringing its total box office earnings to $4 million since it opened on June 27.