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Pastor Sutton & Pastor Josh from Grace City Church Visit the WA Wildfires
Pastor Sutton Turner from Mars Hill Church, and Pastor Josh McPherson from Grace City Church in Wenatchee, WA visit Pateros, ground zero for the 2014 Washing...
Doctrine of the Last Things Part 4: The Preterist View
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Former Muslim Abdu Murray shares how it took him 9 years to see how the gospel answered all his questions
Abdu was born into a Muslim family that encouraged his studies of the Qur'an and Islam. During the course of a years-long investigation into the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the major world religions, Abdu discovered that only the evidence for the historic Christian faith could withstand the toughest challenges. The results of Abdu’s intense search, coupled with the Lord’s drawing of his heart, led him to put his faith in Jesus as the one and only sufficient Savior. Since that time, Abdu has dedicated his ministry to reaching non-Christians with the Gospel and teaching Christians to do the same.
In current times, we may associate the term “supernatural” with many different things. In pop culture, the word “supernatural” might evoke thoughts of fairy tales, mythology, science fiction movies, or other stories where the realities that govern our daily existence do not seem to apply. In Christian circles, “supernatural” brings to mind deep spiritual truths about the Christian life. However, we may rarely think about the fact that our own experience of coming to faith has profoundly supernatural origins. In this lecture, Dr. Lawson will explain how Scripture presents the Christian’s new birth as a supernatural event.
How God Answers Our Prayers - Stand to Reason Blog
Therefore, we are often unprepared for the answers we receive from God. His answers frequently do not look at first like answers. They look like problems. They look like trouble. They look like loss, disappointment, affliction, conflict, sorrow, and increased selfishness. They cause deep soul-wrestling and expose sins and doubts and fears. They are not what we expect and we often do not see how they correspond to our prayers….
Acts 17: The Resurrection of Jesus: Why It Matters
If Jesus rose from the dead, it is the most important event in history. Why? Because Jesus' resurrection would serve as divine confirmation of his radical claims about himself and his mission. Here's a short video on the significance of the resurrection of Jesus:
The director and lead actor of the forthcoming Calvary talk about
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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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Gaza cease-fire unravels; Israeli soldier captured
But the military wing of Hamas disputes that. According to the al Qassam Brigades, they carried out an attack on Israeli troops before the cease-fire took effect. In a statement, the group mentions that Israeli soldiers were killed as a result of the battle, but does not mention the capture of a soldier.
What Christians Get Wrong About Discipleship
What is discipleship? Put simply, discipleship means intentionally partnering with another Christian in order to help that person obey Jesus and grow in relationship with Him—so that he or she can then help others do the same. Jesus taught His disciples to follow Him and obey His commands so that they could lead others to do the same after His death, resurrection and ascension. The Apostle Paul continues the pattern with Timothy and encourages him to keep the cycle going: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (1 Timothy 2:2).
Grace to You
The disciples realized after Christ stilled the storm that He indeed was God standing in their boat with them. Peter displayed the same reaction of awe and terror when he briefly walked on water after his Lord did. A storm surged up and caused Peter to panic. When Jesus rescued the disciple and calmed the storm, all the disciples in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” (Matt. 14:33; cf. vv. 28–32). That is simply the proper reaction any believer should have when getting a firsthand glimpse of the Lord’s power in this world.
When All Your Friends Have Kids
If you are in a similar situation, you know it can be challenging. Parenthood is a wonderful thing, but your friends with kids don’t have the same availability to hang out that they used to. They can all relate to one another about the joys and challenges of parenthood, and as much as you might try to chime in, you simply don’t have much to say about weaning or potty training. Sometimes you may feel hesitant to share your own struggles when the stress of parenting is written all over your friends’ faces. All this can leave you feeling lonely and isolated.
IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches
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Call about suspicious car led Westlake police to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and an unidentified woman in 2012, records show
The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland identifies the woman in this photo as Joanne Grehan, who was found by Westlake Police in a parked car with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald on a early morning in October 2012. This photo was taken at the Mayo Society’s annual Cleveland Ball at the LaCentre Conference Center in 2013. Grehan said in a prepared statement Friday that she is “disgusted” by the politics that have drawn her into this “fabricated” story. The photo is posted on the Mayo Society's website.
WORLD | Meriam Ibrahim arrives in the U.S. | Jamie Dean | July 31, 2014
Italy’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, said he offered to help negotiate Ibrahim’s release during a visit to Khartoum in early July. The offer may have given Sudanese officials a way to respond to international pressure without handing U.S. officials a diplomatic victory: Sudan has a strong relationship with Italy but remains on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism because of its ties to terror groups across the region.
Grace to You
Love is the antidote for sin. When a Pharisee asked Jesus which of the commandments was greatest, Jesus replied, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets" (Matt. 22:37-40). If you love the Lord and your fellow man, you won't sin against them. That's why Paul said, "He who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, 'You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,' and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the law" (Rom. 13:8-10).
The Pastors.com Daily
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Bring Back the Holy Kiss
We are right to be cautious. In touching, just as in talking and looking, much can go wrong. But rejecting biblical imperatives poses danger, too. The New Testament “holy kiss” actually stands against many of the touch-corruptions in our day. What is a holy kiss? It's a culturally appropriate, morally chaste, physical expression of love for other believers. It's a hand on a shoulder, a warm smile with a hand-clasp, or a friendly hug—a touch that publicly acknowledges our bond with other members of Christ’s body. It’s not just a kiss, it’s a holy kiss, a kiss reclaimed from a fallen world and repurposed for the glory of God.
Clueless in Gaza
Palestinian Hamas supporters shout slogans against Israel during a protest to support Hamas and against the Israeli attack to Gaza strip in the west bank city of Nablus, 31 July 2014. Two weeks after starting its ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel has mobilized 16,000 more reserve troops. The number of Palestinians killed has climbed to 119 as the toll from attacks on a UN school and a market rose, said Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra. (Alaa Badarneh/EPA)
"With the box-office success of 'Son of God,' 'God's Not Dead' and the controversial 'Noah,' more faith-based movies are in the works. But experts warn not to treat Christians as a monolithic audience." (L.A. Times)
Alumni Academy Winter
The biblical authors weren’t dropping abstract bits of information unrelated to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. They intended to enable their audiences to know God, interpret earlier Scripture, and live for God’s glory in their own circumstances. As you read the Bible, do you see the ways the biblical authors hint at the world’s true story, engage earlier Scripture, and summarize and interpret the meaning of all things in their use of symbolism and typology? Or have you gotten bored with the Bible?
Obama Administration Suing Pa. State Police Over Physical Fitness Tests
Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women.
On the Shoulders of Giants: Rediscovering the lost defenses of Christianity
There is now a fire within me that seeks after these forgotten or little-known arguments–a burning that is only quenched by finding more early writings–and I can’t help but hope that you, too, will be delighted to delve into these lost treasures. We can’t let the past escape us. One thing I always tell the apologetics class I teach is this: “If you have a doubt or a question about the Christian faith, I can guarantee you that someone smarter than me has already thought about it and written on it. Don’t go at it alone.” Christian brothers and sisters, don’t let this knowledge escape you. We must spread it to this generation and beyond.
Free Book of the Month - August
In this volume, the events from Bonhoeffer’s life are recounted in a way that embodies and illuminates his theology. This book discloses a great deal of Bonhoeffer’s family context, social world, cultural milieu and explains his participation in the Nazi resistance movement and the plot to kill Adolf Hitler.
Neither Side Got What It Wanted | Douglas Laycock | First Things
The Order applies to all the contractor’s employees, not just to those performing the government contract. It requires affirmative action to ensure that applicants and employees are treated without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. The government’s contracting officer will provide notices of these rules, which the contractor must post in places conspicuous to applicants and employees. Any advertisements of job openings must state that all applicants will be considered without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. The contractor must contractually impose these rules on all its subcontractors and vendors. The contracting officer may require compliance reports, and written statements by the contractor, with supporting information, pledging that the contractor will not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Order can be enforced by cancelling the contract or barring the contractor from future contracts.
Freed Persecuted Christian Meriam Ibrahim All Smiles, Husband in Tears Amid Warm Welcome by Sudanese Community in New Hampshire (Photos)
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Orthodox Christian who was nearly executed for her faith, was all smiles and her husband, Daniel Wani, in tears, when they and their two young children finally arrived home Thursday night — in Manchester, New Hampshire.
#Christian Reason Today
#Christian Reason Today, by Arthur Khachatryan: The Christian apologetics e-paper highlighting the best of reasons for the Christian faith.
WORLD | American Ebola victims returning to the U.S. for treatment | Andrew Branch | Aug. 1, 2014
CNN later reported a U.S.-contracted medical charter flight left Cartersville, Ga., for Liberia on Thursday, and officials at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital sent a memo to physicians warning that one of the Americans would arrive “within the next several days.” The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws. But the facility has a special isolation unit operated in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is based nearby.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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Scientific Naturalism and the Argument from Consciousness
Every physical event has physical causes which are sufficient to produce it; therefore, scientific naturalism subscribes to “the causal closure of the physical domain” (Goetz, 2011; Reppert,2003, p.52). Whenever we seek to explain an event or entity we need appeal only to physical laws and physical objects. This entails that we need never appeal to subjective consciousness, thoughts, plans, intentions or desires to explain the properties of any organism. The scientific naturalist can either attempt to reduce mental properties, like “intentions” and “beliefs”, to physical properties ( for example, the neuro-phsyiological states of organisms); or, the scientific naturalist might argue that mental properties supervene on, or are emergent from, physical properties. In this case mental properties would be determined by physical properties.
"Is Faith a False Epistemology?"- Debate Review: Tim McGrew vs. Peter Boghossian
Boghossian notes his movement of “street epistemology” is not about evangelizing for atheism but rather a call to people to think more rationally. He says he wanted to write a book which was aimed at the kind of conversations people have on the street. Developed theology, he says, is “purposeful obfuscation” which has no respect for. Brierly asked Boghossian what, in his view, would believers reaction be when challenged on their thinking, to which Boghossian answered that people would be “disabused of… superstitions” and must be more careful with how they use the word “faith.” He sees people leaving their faith as a consequence of reasoning. His book, he says, is a way to equip people to dialogue about faith without being uncivil.
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.
Faith-Based Groups Crucial to Overseas Aid, Experts Say
WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
"Sin Boldly!" - The Scriptorium Daily
To understand this, everything depends on how the difference between result and presupposition is applied. If Luther’s statement is used as a presupposition for a theology of grace, then it proclaims cheap grace. But Luther’s statement is to be understood correctly not as a beginning, but exclusively as an end, a conclusion, a last stone, as the very last word. …’Sin boldly’ –that could be for Luther only the very last bit of pastoral advice, of consolation for those who along the path of discipleship have come to know that they cannot become sin-free, who out of fear of sin despair of God’s grace. For them, ‘sin boldly’ is not something like a fundamental affirmation of their disobedient lives. Rather, it is the gospel of God’s grace, in the presence of which we are sinners always and at every place. This gospel seeks us and justifies us exactly as sinners. Admit your sin boldly; do not try to flee from it, but ‘believe much more boldly.’”
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A Different Kind of Coming Out – Premier Christianity
I’ve had to learn the hard way about where to put boundaries when friendships have become a bit too intense.’ These admissions are offered in a disarmingly matter-of-fact way. However, the average outsider would probably regard all three men as repressed individuals, using theology to sublimate their natural sexual identity. But what feels natural isn’t always what’s best, according to Allberry. ‘We are fallen human beings. I don’t want to assume that my feelings are a wholly reliable guide to the best way for me to live. If I ate everything I feel like eating, I’d be even more out of shape than I am now.’ For Shaw, sexuality isn’t just expressed in sexual intercourse. ‘We indicate our love by who we don’t have sex with as well as who we do. I am a man with a sexuality that’s male which is celebrated, not repressed, through celibacy.’
WORLD | Definitions change but God marches on | John Stonestreet | Aug. 1, 2014
This is a huge deal, and yet, the kingdom of God marches on. I had a pastor look at me and say, “John, it’s over. We’ve lost,” and I wanted to say, “What’s ‘it,’ and who’s ‘we?’” Because the kingdom of God and our responsibility to God’s definitions of moral norms do not change based on cultural shifts. We live out of a bigger story. We live out of the gospel story. We live out of the story of the God who created the world and is reconciling and redeeming it through Christ to himself. And so we should be people of hope even as we see more and more signs that it’s about to get pretty uncomfortable for anyone who stands on this particular issue.
'The Leftovers': Will New Rapture Series Affect How the Secular World Views Christianity?
The new HBO series "The Leftovers" brings the Christian rapture theory to the forefront of secular culture showcasing a side of the faith not embraced by the entire body. The show, along with the upcoming "Left Behind" movie, exposes droves of non-believers to the concept of Jesus mysteriously rapturing a percentage of the world's population out of it with no real explanation at the time.
People new to Reformed theology may wonder just what it was about a five-hundred-year-old historical movement that affects our thinking so much today. So join Dr. Stephen Nichols for an inviting, approachable take on “Reformation 101,” as he explores the events of the Protestant Reformation from the perspective of important figures from each of four key countries in this new seven-part teaching series. More than a history lesson, Dr. Nichols helps believers understand why the Reformation mattered then and matters now.
Reflections from an Overgrown Garden
I am beyond thankful for the investments made by so many to enable women from all over the country and world to gather together to hear from God through the book of Nehemiah, and through the teaching of so many gifted men and women. I want to harvest the fruit the conference bore in my own heart, and multiply it in the lives of my family and my church. By God’s grace, with faithful, intentional effort, I will.
Pastor Gets Ugly Welcome to Houston as Truck Stripped of Wheels Hours Before He Was to Officiate Funeral
A pastor from Linton, Indiana, who drove almost 1,000 miles to officiate a funeral in Houston, got quite a shock Tuesday morning when he woke up to find all four tires missing from his vehicle shortly before the start of the funeral.
Is Atheism a lack of belief in God? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
For example there is no clear evidence of the existence of any gods which is not surprising of no gods exist.(other than we are here, by chance or by design. Which is more likely?) Arguments for God’s existence suffer from irreparable logical flaws, which should not be the case if there really is a God. (for example…) Religion demands faith and discourages attempts to verify its claims through testing and experimentation. This fact is less surprising if there is no God. (false statement, I question everything, collect truth and decide for myself what is most likely) Religion has a history of intolerance and violence, and this not likely to be true if there is a God. (this is merely your feelings) Science is a very effective way of gaining knowledge. (only if done properly) Revelation and scriptural study are not, as people disagree about both and this fact is more likely to be true if there is no God. (perhaps, but here we are discussing it) Religion attempts to suppress outside examination and criticism, and this fact is less surprising if there is no God. (only those who don’t have answers) Religion has cruel, dangerous and repressive doctrines which it is morally incumbent upon us not to support.
How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Christian Analysis Defeats the Skepticism of Bart Ehrman: How Jesus Became God in the Flesh
"There is no conflict between religion and science; Only the conflict between two sciences, that of the 4th century BCE and the science of 2014." Joseph Campbell. Your thesis irresponsibly confuses evolution and human progress with God-- with a fallacious Post Hoc ergo Propter hoc rationale. Since there is vast scientific proof of the former and none of the latter, we can readily dismiss it as just more sciolistic confirmation bias. A third grade understanding of the tens of thousand of years of human progress from the paleolithic, Iron age, Bronze age to the high Neolithic more than proves the evolution of human reason from the Hunter gatherers to Planting societies, to the stargazing Zigurat builders and the early foundations of the "good society". Sadly, what you are arguing requires an astonishing campaign of ignorance, or denial of history, science, and logic -- again negating the very point of your thesis. Belief in god presupposes nescience, not reason. Ironically, by arguing for the opposite you undermine your entire premise: Reason is not born of god, but of MAN and we have the entire anthropological record of man to prove it.
They Know Not What They Do
The open persecution of explicitly anti-Christian tyrants, while harder to endure, is easier to understand than the more complex attacks on the church in America today. From Nero to Kim Jong-un, tyrants have always been more or less the same. Lying behind all their actions, you will find some combination of traditional cultural superstitions, cynical political manipulations, and that special breed of insanity that absolute power always seems to nurture in those who possess it. Small consolation this may be to those who suffer under tyranny, but there are few puzzles about how and why tyrants do what they do.
OCD and the Death of the Christian
We are embodied spirits, complex tangles of clay and ether. Our worship, rightly ordered or no, stretches like a spinal cord through our existence, never seen but always felt, always directing, always present. So when dealing with a mental disorder such as OCD, we would do well to consider the whole person in our diagnosis, soul as well as body. And I think Colossians 2:20–23 offers a promising way forward.
To the Ends of the Earth
I mean, Calvin is an enormous influence in France. You have the struggle with French Calvinists, known as the Huguenots, all through the 16th and 17th centuries, and the determination of the French crown to destroy Calvin’s French heirs, which he succeeds in doing in many respects. But, in doing so, he massively impoverishes France and destroys the French ability to exercise hegemony in western Europe. The 18th century was one long war between the French and the English. The English were at war with France every decade between 1690 and 1850. And one of the reasons why the English are able to win that war is because the French government’s desire for a unified religious state has gutted the Calvinist church, but in doing so has gutted largely its middle class. Calvin appeals very directly to the middle class and by gutting the middle class, there was a whole area of French life that never developed the way it did in Britain. And France didn’t have the finances to ultimately win that war and it eventually ended up in the Revolution as we have in the 1780s. Many of those who left France, the French Calvinists, ended up in England.
Here's a Dumb Idea: To Eliminate All Suffering, Eliminate Predators!
British philosopher David Pearce can't imagine a future in which animals continue to be trapped in the never-ending cycle of blind Darwinian processes. It's up to us, he argues, to put our brains, our technologies, and our sense of compassion to good use, and do something about it. It's part of his overarching Hedonistic Imperative, a far-sighted "abolitionist project" set with the goal of achieving nothing less than the elimination of all suffering on the planet. And by all suffering, he means all suffering.
Christ in the Old Testament
The great promise of Genesis 3:15 is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Jesus is the offspring of the woman who crushes Satan under his feet (cf. Rom 16:20). God appeared to Abraham, promising him that the whole world, the very ends of the earth, would be blessed through him and his offspring (Gen 12:3). The New Testament (NT) teaches that Jesus is the offspring of Abraham through whom the curses introduced by Adam would be overcome (Gal 3:16). Moses spoke of a prophet that would come after him to reveal the will of the Lord (Deut 18:15), and Jesus is the final and definitive word of God to us (Heb 1:2). Joshua gave the people earthly rest in the land, but there is a better rest in Jesus, a heavenly rest that will never end (Heb 3:12-4:11). The OT sacrifices were offered for the forgiveness of sins, but Jesus offers a far better sacrifice than animal sacrifices, and He is a far better priest than the Aaronic priests. As the Melchizedekian priest and the Son of God, His sacrifice for sins secures forgiveness once for all (Heb 7:1-10:18).
Good News, South Carolina Won't Require Students to Study Evolution as Dogma
However you define the term, it's good pedagogy to approach controversial scientific claims like biological evolution in a skeptical, scientific spirit. It's fine to call biological evolution a "theory," so long as you treat it in a scientific manner, where students are permitted to learn that new evidence arises that might challenge the "theory." And that's exactly what these new standards allow.
Deadly Clashes Break Planned Three-Day Gaza Cease-Fire; White House Urges Israel to Do More to Limit Civilian Casualties
Deadly clashes between the Israeli army and Hamas militants have reportedly broken a newly agreed three-day cease-fire over the Gaza strip. The White House has meanwhile urged Israel to do more to try and limit civilian casualties.
Rick Warren, Andy Stanley to Headline Major Hispanic Evangelical Leadership Conference
Renowned Hispanic evangelical church leaders from Latin America and throughout the United States will trek to Los Angeles to partake in LiderVision Conference, considered to be the largest Spanish-speaking convergence movement, during a two-day event beginning August 1.