Is God All Knowing? (William Lane Craig)
Robert Lawrence Kuhn (host of PBS' "Closer to Truth") asks William Lane Craig on God's omniscience. Questions explored: What does it mean for God to be omnis...
John Piper - What is it to believe?
Behold, Believe, Be Raised John 6: 27-40 November 22, 2009 Full video @ http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/2009/4398_Behold_Believe_Be...
Conversations with William Dembski--The Thesis of Being as Communion
In this video Dr. William Dembski describes the central thesis of his new book Being as Communion. Dembski proposes that the fundamental "stuff" of this univ...
530. Where Did Jesus Go Between His Death And Resurrection?
Dr. Norman Geisler gives an answer to where Jesus went between His death on the Cross and His resurrection from the grave.
The King’s Business
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Apologetics in the gospel of John: evidential or presuppositional?
Jesus says, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may [e]know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” Again, Jesus is telling them to believe Him not just because of what He says, but because of the things He’s done, which the Jews should have recognized as the same works as that of the Father (John 5:19). The implication is that they won’t believe, even if they see the Son doing the same works as the Father (whom they claim to believe). Bahnsen didn’t write, “don’t give them evidence.” What he’s getting at is the wrong worldview they possessed that led to faulty interpretations of Christian evidence. Seems consistent with what Jesus did here. Where’s the inconsistency?
Unknown Actor Chosen Out of 4,000 for Lead Role in Upcoming 'David and Goliath' Biblical Epic
An up-and-coming actor from London has been chosen out of over 4,000 auditions for the lead role in the "David and Goliath" biblical epic, set for an early 2015 nationwide theater release.
Here’s the First Trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’
also (just talked about this in youth group last week), the Pharaoh was believed by the Egyptians to be the son of the Sun God (Ra), and yes they most definitely had multiple gods in Egypt. Pharaoh's magicians also duplicated some of the signs that God did through Moses, so there were obviously other spiritual forces at work here too.
Report: Ridley Scott Will Produce a Biblical Epic about David
Ridley Scott is a busy man. Variety is reporting that even though his Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t come out until December, he’s already been tapped to produce—and possibly direct—a film about the life of David. Though their aren’t many details available about casting, because it’s another collaboration between Scott and Fox—who managed to pull in Christian Bale, Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver for Exodus —the Old Testament king will likely be played by a major Hollywood name ...
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WORLD | Democrats unveil legislation to overturn Hobby Lobby ruling | J.C. Derrick | July 9, 2014
WASHINGTON—Barely a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot force closely held corporations to pay for employees’ abortifacient drugs in violation of their religious beliefs, Senate Democrats on Wednesday announced legislation to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision .
Abortion as Injustice Interview – Part 1 - Stand to Reason Blog
I have not had a personal experience with abortion. However, I’m basically a human rights activist so it grieves me to know that innocent human beings are being killed for mostly socio-economic reasons. Knowing that my tax dollars can fund this killing only makes it worse. It is also perfectly reasonable to be motivated to stop an injustice, even if you are not personally affected by it. For example, many women and children are trafficked and sold into sex slavery. Though someone may not have experienced such an injustice personally, it is appropriate for them to do what they can to stop that evil and protect women and children from becoming victims. We are all fellow human beings and caring for your neighbor is not only loving, but commanded by Jesus of Nazareth.
Bono on Jesus
This moved me to tears. I have been a diehard U2 fan since 1988. I have all of their albums. It’s not always been about the music, with me, as some albums are not musically that enlightening, but it’s always been about this man. I have been intrigued since I’ve first heard him. Through his lyrics, I’ve tried to study him. I’ve heard struggles. I’ve heard vanity come and go. I’ve heard him indulge and deny his carnal passions. Basically, I’ve heard him struggle as I have. But what’s always plagued me, is what is his ultimate stance on the issue? Bono’s lyrics often come in the form of throwing the question out there, or stating the juxtaposition…. and as a pragmatic and somewhat sceptical person (and a flawed person who wants to know what a person’s underpinnings are before I render an “agree” or “disagree”) I want to know what his conclusion is. Bono has made a career out of keeping some of his core conclusions to himself. Of course no one would argue FOR poverty in Africa, or FOR more AIDS… These are safe for the campaining.
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Is evolutionism racist? First, while not all evolutionists are racists, the theory of evolution is racist in the extreme. In his book The Descent of Man Charles Darwin speculated, “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout […]
Maintaining Unity when doctrine can be divisive: 5 mistakes pastors make
Mistake 5 : A failure to love. A pastor must never forget that God sent him to love the people, not merely to imbue them with biblical facts. When a congregation hears a pastor’s love for them, they will accept his teaching much more readily. Loving pastors will still face occasional opposition, but it will usually be much less angry in its tone and also less able to stir up others. Jesus said that the greatest mark of our discipleship is that we love each other. No pastor can make disciples of his people if he lacks the most significant element of discipleship himself.
Why Google’s New Anti-Porn Policy Is Such a Big Deal
by allowing ads to porn sites, Google was essentially making money directly off of people going to look at porn. That is, until now. If you’re not familiar with how AdWords work, it’s a simple concept: Customers can create small, text-based ads linking to their website that will appear along with the organic results when a user searches for designated terms. (They are the links that appear on the side and top of the page when you Google something.) The more specific and in-demand the terms themselves are (and, depending on how much custom demographic targeting you want to include) the more expensive they are. Advertisers pay Google a small amount every time someone clicks on the ad. Ideally, everyone wins: The advertisers get a customer looking for their website, and customers find what they are looking for.
9 Things You Should Know About Islam
9. The two main denominations of Islam are Sunni and Shi’ite. Muslims have a similar creed (shahadah) roughly translated as, “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” The Shi’ite, however, tack on an additional sentence: “Ali is the Friend of Allah. The Successor of the Messenger of Allah And his first Caliph.” Ali was Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law and the reason these groups are often in opposition to one another (the terms Shia and Shi’ite come from condensing Shiat Ali, “partisans of Ali”). After Muhammad died, the leadership of the Muslim believers (the Ummah) was the responsibility of the Caliph, a type of tribal leader. The Sunnis respect Ali and consider him the fourth Caliph while the Shi’a contends he was cheated out of being first. Sunnis, following the tradition of the period, thought the Caliph should be chosen by the community while Shi’ites believe the office should be passed down only to direct descendants of Muhammad. Around 85 percent of the world’s Muslims are Sunni while only about 15 percent are Shi’a.
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Counsel the Word
HEATH LAMBERT ( @HeathLambert ) is the assistant professor of Biblical Counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also serves as the Associate Dean of Applied Studies at Boyce College. Dr. Lambert currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), one of the largest biblical counseling organizations in the world with certified members in 18 countries. He is also a founding council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and is a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams and Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace .
The Story of You
Then came the day when God personally knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). You show up in redemptive history for the first time, your arrival planned and anticipated for ages. And at some point in your life history, you were brought out from under God’s wrath and united to Christ under God’s grace; from being represented by the first Adam to represented by the last Adam, Christ. Throughout the story of the world and the story of you, God has gathered his cloud of witnesses together (Hebrews 12:1), whether a child’s time on earth lasts for one minute or one century.
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Is There a Case for Racial Reparations?
They don't seriously think we're going to pay them back for the slavery that took place a hundred and fifty years ago, do they? This was my thought when I first heard of the reparations movement as a teen, watching a speech from black leaders making their case on CSPAN. I understood that slavery was a terrible period in our country's history, but they were about a hundred and fifty years late with these demands for reparations. I knew I was watching the ravings of a fringe minority, one that did not really have a chance of being heard by mainstream America. As bad as slavery was, there was neither the ability nor the will to "fix" our errors, I thought. And to a large extent, my initial conclusions about the reparations movement were accurate. So fringe and unreasonable was their mission that I don't think I heard the idea seriously brought up again until a few weeks ago in Ta-Nehisi Coates's much-discussed feature for The Atlantic called " The Case for Reparations ." But after reading Coates's powerful and enlightening piece, it's hard for me to imagine not demanding reparations of some kind or another for the hundreds of years of government-sanctioned abuse suffered by blacks in our country.
Evangelism at Ease
In the presence of unbelievers, speak freely. Tell stories about Jesus from the Gospels. Talk about how he is at work in your life. Ponder aloud what you admire about him. And then leave it in their court. There’s a time to press the conscience, but it doesn’t need to be every time. If Jesus intrigues them, encourage them to read more about him in Scripture. If they are averse to Jesus, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It’s not about your ability to convince anyone of anything. It’s not about you at all, actually. It’s about a man — the God-man — who came to redeem, restore, relieve, reform, forgive, challenge, convict, rebuke, and sometimes even confuse (Matthew 13:13–15).
Southern Seminary’s faithfulness is demonstrated in the fact that the students who come here leave with an ever greater passion for the gospel, an even deeper foundation in the faith and an even greater sense of calling to go into the world.
The Pastors.com Daily
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Wedding Planning that Leads to Worship
The more we grow in grace and love, the more we want to be with him. At some point I think every engaged couple says, “We just want to be married.” Similarly, that is the ache in the heart of the Christian growing in love for the Savior—we just want to be with him at last! In a way, planning a wedding is this unique opportunity to do practically what we are all doing figuratively as we await Christ’s return. You look forward with eagerness to the wedding day, but in the meantime there are tasks you must complete and mundane decisions that must be made.
‘Feed my sheep’: A shepherd’s call to war
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-17, ESV)
The Big Picture
I’m a big picture guy. I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out the future—complex things like trends in higher education and publishing, national economic growth, and the plausibility of faith in our culture. I want to see the interconnectedness of things and for that grand unified picture of the universe, if you will, to shape my imagination and open up pathways for faith to reveal reality.
All of us want to understand the significance of the details, the economies of our lives. To do that well, I’ve come to see that the church—in all walks of life—needs a wider perspective on what it means to be “in” the world but not “of” it. We need more than a worldview; we need a new world picture, a reshaped imagination, which will lead to a whole new set of behaviors and postures toward the world.
The Tender Rain of Christian Teaching
Editor’s note: Below is John Piper’s latest poem, including the audio of his reading.
Lee Habeeb - Remembering Louis Zamperini
“Swallowing a nauseous saltwater mixed with gasoline, oil, hydraulic fluid, and blood, I somehow managed to inflate my Mae West — my life jacket,” he continued. “Then I noticed two crewmen about 20 feet away clinging to the side of a gas-tank float. I managed to grab onto a portion of a nylon parachute cord that was attached to an inflatable life raft. I climbed in, unhooked the oars, and rowed over to pick up our pilot, Russell Phillips, who was badly injured, and pulled him up into the raft. Then Francis McNamara, our tailgunner, made it in. We were the only three survivors of the eleven-man crew.”
The Great Commission Means Sharing Christ’s Story, Not Yours
I think you nail an important point. As a storyteller for a large church, I’ve had the privilege of working on many projects involving personal testimonies — in video and text — and we work hard to make sure that they contain compelling personal experience AND a clear articulation of the gospel. I think, from a practical standpoint, that it would be exceptionally challenging to define exactly when an individual’s story meets the bar that you set. And I’m skeptical that what typical Christians consider a clear “gospel proclamation” would steer clear of Christianese or Christian theology that might prove to be a barrier to non-believers. It’s even harder to coach or guide ordinary people to strike more of that right “balance” without sliding into an inauthentic “preachy” style. Overall, powerful, gospel-saturated personal testimonies grow naturally OUT of a church culture — especially preaching — that is centered on Jesus and his work as it applies to our ordinary lives and experiences. I would welcome you to check out any one of the stories we’ve worked on, and would welcome loving critique: http://newspring.
When you’re facing the harsh and unpredictable realities of life in fallen world, what should you do? Here are four actions that find their roots in the Word of God, but it’s important to recognize that these actions are not one-time quick fixes. As long as you’re facing difficulty, you’ll need to continually preach the gospel to yourself as you fall asleep.
Poll: Most call for less Sarah Palin
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania poll released Wednesday showed that 54 percent of registered voters surveyed would prefer that the former vice presidential nominee be less outspoken about politics.
Kirsten Powers: Religious exemption myths
Kirsten Powers: Religious exemption myths
Letter sent to President Obama requests that hiring rules recognize faith.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1mdDQqt
Renewing Your Mind | His Word Is Truth | July 9, 2014
In high school and college, we learn to read with a critical eye, rather than accepting every author at face value. In most books, we can simply disregard a passage that we do not agree with. But the Bible is different. God's Word is truth, and when we read it, Scripture evaluates us!
Reformation and the Critics
One of the problems we have when we remember and appreciate great events from the past — which of course we ought to do — is that a number of these messy details fall away and are forgotten. This means that when we pray for a return of such a kindness — a divine intervention, an awakening, a reformation — we frequently have a wildly distorted view of what we are actually asking for. Reformations are never accomplished to the sound of polite golf applause in the background.
Learning from Rich Mullins – a Ragamuffin at the Door of God’s Mercy
If you’re not familiar with Rich Mullins’ music, you have missed one of the few bright spots in contemporary Christian music over the last few decades. “Awesome God” is an evangelical staple, but I suspect few Mullins fans consider the song to be his best or their personal favorite. I find myself going back to “If I Stand,” “Creed,” and “Elijah.” Then there’s “Hold Me Jesus” - an authentic cry to the Savior that neither wallows in despair nor covers up the pain. Mullins paved the way for Caedmon’s Call, Chris Rice, and Andrew Peterson (see my conversation with Andrew about Rich’s impact on his music).
Evangelicalism’s major turn: the need for ‘generation replant’
For the past 30 years, evangelicals have been learning anew the importance of church planting. Excitement and passion for church planting come right from the New Testament, which is a manifesto for planting rightly ordered churches. A generation of young evangelical pastors have been righteously infected with the vision for church planting. Their heroes are church planters, their inspiration is church planting and their missiology is directed toward the birth of new churches. That must continue. Church planting must remain at the forefront of our mission efforts. The only documentable evangelistic and congregational growth experienced by evangelicals within America’s major urban areas directly traces back to newly planted churches — and replanted churches.
Poll: Majority of Americans Say Religion Is Answer to Today's Problems
"The majority of Americans continue to believe that religion can answer today's problems, another indicator that the nation, by far, remains a religious country," said Frank Newport, Gallup's editor-in-chief, in a statement. "And, with the trend leveling off in recent years, it appears this aspect of the secularization of U.S. society may have slowed, if not halted, for the foreseeable future."
God's Not Dead: If Bacteria are so Fit, Why Evolve into Mozart?
Large body mass
creatures are much less fit than the tenacious organisms like bacteria and
cockroaches. The evolutionists do not have to deal with just a missing link;
the whole chain is gone. Only God and His revelation can give us a foundation
for science. The theory of survival of the fittest does not comport with the
reality of ultra-resilient cockroaches because they do not need to evolve into
higher forms. They do just fine without knowing Mickey Mouse or Plato. Bacteria
would not become more stout and produce more survivable offspring if they could
read poetry or applaud Tiger Woods. Bacteria do not have determination or
conviction. Even if they did, how could that resolve give them the innate force
to evolve? They would need purpose and the means to fulfill that purpose, a
teleological reason. This can only come when there is intelligence and purpose.
A universe composed of only matter and motion cannot produce teleology, hence unguided
evolution is a myth; it is fable for profligate adults. It not only does not
gel with the facts; it is impossible for it to be true.
'I Believe It's Something God Has Asked Me to Write,' Says Francis Chan on Marriage Book Co-Authored With Wife
Christian preacher Francis Chan and his wife, Lisa Chan, have written a new book for couples who may be so caught up in trying to have the perfect marriage that they have unwittingly made their union, spouse or children into idols.
Doctors Recommended Abortion, But Kayden's Mom Had Him in Faith - Now Watch Him Take His First Steps! (VIDEO)
Although Kayden's right foot and left leg were amputated, he's the one doing the stepping now in this inspiring video. Fitted with prostheses, the boy who shouldn't have been born takes his first steps with his walker.
Was Hobby Lobby All Wrong About Emergency Contraceptives?
The Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby had nothing to do with the rights or wrongs of contraceptives. The morality of abortion and abortifacient drugs was not the issue. Neither was the scientific debate about how emergency contraceptives prevent pregnancy. The Supreme Court came down in support of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and Mandel because it concluded they were protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed unanimously by the House, 97-3 by the Senate, and signed into law by President Clinton in 1993. The Greens could be mistaken in their beliefs about emergency contraceptives and still have the legal right not to be forced to violate their consciences and give up their religious liberty.
Are You Ready?
“In the year 1800, just a little over 200 years ago, only 3% of humanity lived in cities, according to the most accurate estimations. So 97 out of every hundred people did not live in a city. City was a rare experience, a very expensive experience. Cities existed for political reasons, economic reasons, cultural reasons, but very few people actually lived in them. By 1900 that 3% had increased to 10%. But between 1900 and 2007, that 10% had increased to 50%. And by 2050, the low range of estimate is that 75-80% of all human beings will live in cities. Now if you have any normal lifespans, that’s the future you will know. That’s where will 75-80% of people will be.”
Christian Mother of 3, Holly Fisher, Attacked by Liberals for Celebrating Religious Freedom on Twitter After Hobby Lobby Win
A photo of Holly Fisher celebrating Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court victory posted on Twitter was supposed to be lighthearted. But when the Christian mother of three from Charleston, West Virginia, realized she was under attack from liberals, she followed it up with a photo of herself standing with a gun and a Bible on Independence Day — that's when all hell broke loose.
Here's Another New, Subversive Trailer for 'Mockingjay Part 1'
I think the capitol.tv trailer idea is great, I saw the first one at the movies and at first I had no idea what it was but the response it generated out of the audience was the largest I've seen in a while. This second trailer adds to the excitement. GREAT ADVERTISING!
Everything I Never Learned From Seinfeld
[...] Yet to my ears and eyes, Seinfeld transcends whatever ethos might have informed it. That is, the gags are that clever, the characterizations that inspired, the honesty that unflinching, the catch phrases that silly – these factors (plus many others) make Seinfeld an inadvertent but no less shining testament to human creativity and wit, not to mention the subversive potential of the 21 minute situational comedy…That brief half hour is all it takes for our walls come down, and with defenses lowered, who knows what might happen! – “A Breakout Session About Nothing: Everything I Never Learned From Seinfeld” [...]
Episcopal Group to Offer New 'Witnessing and Blessing' Rite For Gay Relationships
"Our covenantal life with God is expressed in relationships of commitment and faithfulness, including those of same-sex couples," a document from the group about the rrelatively new rite states. "It is the Church's joy to celebrate these relationships as signs of God's love, to pray for God's grace to support couples in their life together, and to join with these couples in our shared witness to the gospel in the world."
A Vision for Christian Apologetics to World Religions
Christian Apologists seem to only rarely focus upon world religions. Perhaps that is because many Christian apologists feel uncomfortable interacting with other religions. It is easy to be weighed down by fears that one might say something wrong and be deemed either ignorant or bigoted. It may also be simply that Christian apologists don’t feel they have the expertise do operate in this area. It is my goal in this post to paint in broad strokes and provide areas of development for Christian apologetics and theology regarding world religions. Because I’m painting in broad strokes, I’ll be raising many questions I’ll leave unanswered for now. I’ve included links at the end of the post for those interested in reading more.
Giving an Answer
The Bible says that we need to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within us (I Peter 3:15). This command ends with the prescribed delivery method: “with meekness and fear.” That, unfortunately, hardly describes most of our attempts at apologetics. As we live, being salt and light in our communities we will encounter the heathen and we will face this challenge, this opportunity. In Giving an Answer , Dr. Sproul provides four biblical answers to common objections our neighbors may have to biblical faith. These are answers which we can give with meekness and fear.
The God Delusion - Christian Research Institute
Dawkins rather begins with an argument he thinks he can safely mock: the ontological argument. This is a deductive argument based on the very idea of God as a superlative being. This argument is impossible to summarize simply and fairly as well, and Dawkins doesn’t really bother to do so. There are two main forms of the ontological argument, both of which have received extensive philosophical attention (pro and con) in the past fifty years. Dawkins claims that it is absurd to infer the existence of God from a theological concept, since we should have empirical evidence for important claims. This statement, however, if taken to be a universal principle, is self-refuting, since the statement itself is not backed by empirical claims, but is a mere assertion. Furthermore, there are intellectually rigorous versions of the ontological argument formulated by Alvin Plantinga and Norman Malcolm that escape Dawkins’s facile and fatuous dismissal. 7
Why We Can't Yet Build True Artificial Intelligence, Explained In One Sentence
[IBM's "Jeopardy!"-winning supercomputer] Watson is basically a text search algorithm connected to a database just like Google search. It doesn't understand what it's reading. In fact, "read" is the wrong word. It's not reading anything because it's not comprehending anything. Watson is finding text without having a clue as to what the text means. In that sense, there's no intelligence there. It's clever, it's impressive, but it's absolutely vacuous.
Dinesh D'Souza Says Costco's Decision to Pull His Book From Stores Was Political
He continued: "This is absolutely unprecedented, and the idea that it's based upon low sales is preposterous. Costco features hundreds of books; they even have book signings for people whose books are No. 10,000, No. 85,000 on the Amazon list. This is a clearly a political decision that they made. I think it's because of their alliance with the Obama administration and now they're feeling the heat, so they're trying to figure out how to wiggle out of it."
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