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2 Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident

I now laugh as I picture myself with these books on my music stand, flipping pages this way and that with my mouth stick. But decades of study, paralysis, pain, and cancer have taught me to say, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Ps. 119:71). I won’t rehearse all of suffering’s benefits here. Many of you know them by heart. Like the way God uses it to shape Christ’s character in us (Rom. 8:28–29). Or how it produces patience (Rom. 5:4). Or how it refines our faith like gold (1 Pet. 1:7). Or gives us a livelier hope of heaven (James 1:12). And on and on.

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When Your Spouse Is Mentally Ill

All of the relationships we’d developed as a couple fell victim to my husband's paranoia; he was convinced by the voices in his head that they were in a conspiracy against him. At first, I allowed his delusions to distance me from my own friendships, in our church in particular. But, over time, I realized I would not survive without the family of Christ helping me navigate what I could not navigate on my own. When the person I was closest to on earth began living in a delusional world, I needed to surround myself with spiritually sound people who could keep me grounded in reality. I remain thankful today for this grace-filled Christian community that has patiently loved both him and me. They have been a life jacket that held my head above water when I felt like I was going down.

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Why Christians Are Abandoning the Orphanage

Over time, however, children who left the orphanage at age 18 weren’t faring well. Without the support of a family, they fell into drugs, prostitution, and suicide. The church asked God what to do, and he gave them Malachi 4:6: “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents.”

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7 Vilenkin on the Universe’s Coming into Being without a Cause | Reasonable Faith

Vilenkin, however, infers that “no cause is needed” for the universe’s coming into being because the conservation laws would not prevent it and “according to quantum mechanics, any process which is not strictly forbidden by the conservation laws will happen.” (Vilenkin assumes that if there were nothing, then both the conservation laws and quantum physical laws would still hold. This is far from obvious, however, since in the absence of anything at all, it is not clear that the laws governing our universe would hold.) But even granted that the laws would still hold, why think that, given the laws of quantum mechanics, anything not strictly forbidden by the conservation laws will happen? The conservation laws do not strictly forbid God’s sending everyone to heaven, but that hardly gives grounds for optimism. Neither do they strictly forbid His sending everyone to hell, in which case both outcomes will occur, which is logically impossible, as they are logically contrary universal generalizations. The point can be made non-theologically as well: the conservation laws do not strictly forbid something’s coming into existence, but neither do they forbid nothing’s coming into existence, but both cannot happen.

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In Awe of Her God

Heart-splitting joy, God-breathed courage, the overwhelming presence and power of God — what a spectacular testimony to God’s grace! I am in awe of the life of Joni Eareckson Tada, who after fifty years of quadriplegia is even more convinced that God’s grace is sufficient for her. Not in awe of Joni, but in awe of the God who comes to us in our suffering, who gives us courage to tackle what lies ahead, and who alone is worthy of all honor and praise.

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The Most Valuable Aim of Apologetics

Exodus 3 narrates the well-known account of God’s revealing Himself to Moses in the burning bush and commissioning him to tell Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But that was only part of Moses’ mission. The other task to which the Lord called Moses was to address the Israelites. He was to command the Israelites in the name of God to engage in the largest strike in history. In absolute defiance of the power and authority of Pharaoh, they were to leave Egypt and go out to the desert to worship God at His mountain. And, of course, these events ended in the exodus.

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The Case For Truth (Vide0) | Cold Case Christianity

In this video, J. Warner Wallace teaches high school and college students at Summit Worldview Conference in Manitou Springs, CO. What is the nature of truth? What is the difference between objective and subjective truth and why does it matter? J. Warner talks about three lies related to truth and offers a proper definition of truth for his students. For more information about Summit Worldview Conference and their fantastic two week programs, please visit: http://www.summit.org/

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Freedom Through Obedience: A Lesson from Star Wars

Interestingly, Rey initially refused to acknowledge the power of the Force when she encountered it earlier in the film, after discovering the lightsaber that once belonged to Luke Skywalker. Her journey, then, is one in which she learns that submitting to the Force leads to flourishing. In both that mind-control showdown with Kylo Ren and a climactic lightsaber duel with him, it isn’t until Rey closes her eyes and prayerfully steps outside of her own self that the Force fully flows through her. In following the Force, she is freed. In trying to bend the Force to his own will, Kylo Ren suffers

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How Living Counter-Culturally Can Lead to Your Kids' Resentment of Christianity

How Living Counter-Culturally Can Lead to Your Kids’ Resentment of Christianity by Natasha Crain Our family just returned from a wonderful vacation to the mountains of British Columbia. It was stunningly beautiful! We spent our first day there relaxing at this picture-perfect lake . My husband and kids had a blast swimming out to a wooden platform in the middle of the lake and taking turns jumping off. I’m highly opposed to submerging myself in freezing cold water unnecessarily, so I happily enjoyed reading on the shore. At one point I decided to walk down to the sand and take some photos. A man soon approached me and pointed to the water with a very serious look on his face. “Leeches. The lake is filled with leeches. Look around and you’ll see that the big ones are puffed up on the blood they’ve sucked.” I immediately freaked out, imagining that my family would soon be swimming back covered in blood-sucking creatures I would be too terrified to remove. But when I looked around the shallow water for signs of my family’s impending leech doom, I didn’t see anything. I started feeling better and decided the guy probably didn’t know what he was talking about.

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5 Misconceptions about the Bible

The Bible is the most influential book of all time. Given its impact over literature, history, governments, philosophy and more, it should come as no surprise that there are many misconceptions about its nature. Christians need to avoid these misconceptions because Paul said, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

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How Is the Trinity Central to the Gospel?

In this  new nine-minute video , Ligon Duncan (TGC Council member and chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary), Scott Swain (president and professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando), and Gavin Ortlund ( research fellow  at the Carl Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) unpack the Trinity’s relationship to the gospel. Audio available below.

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Why Biologists Tend to Make Bad Ethicists - Christian Research Institute

Let’s now address Myers’s confusion of terms. In his rebuttal to Klusendorf, Myers asserts that there “is no such thing” as unborn women. This is a pretty significant mistake for at least two reasons. First, even though the sexual organs haven’t yet developed, they have either the XX chromosomes or XY chromosomes. This means that they are still female or male, even if we can’t tell what they are yet. Second, you can call something a male or female without attributing personhood to it. Dogs and cats are male or female, yet they are not persons. He goes on to say that calling an unborn entity a “woman” is like looking at a tree and calling it an unbuilt house, or calling a cow an uncooked hamburger. Myers made the same mistake in his article against Hawkins, in which he says that the unborn organism has a life of development ahead of it, so it is not a whole organism. To Myers, calling the zygote a whole organism is like calling an iron ingot a car.

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Albert Mohler on Twitter

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Christianity: It's Either Objectively True or Objectively False

Lately, I've begun to realize just how much relativism is ingrained in our culture, particularly when it comes to religion. In conversations with people about Christianity, I've found that sometimes I am literally unable to communicate the idea that I'm claiming Christianity is an objectively true description of reality . Unfortunately, I've even had a conversation or two like this with Christians.

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In Awe of Her God

Heart-splitting joy, God-breathed courage, the overwhelming presence and power of God — what a spectacular testimony to God’s grace! I am in awe of the life of Joni Eareckson Tada, who after fifty years of quadriplegia is even more convinced that God’s grace is sufficient for her. Not in awe of Joni, but in awe of the God who comes to us in our suffering, who gives us courage to tackle what lies ahead, and who alone is worthy of all honor and praise.

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Democrats Willing to Fund Pro-Life Candidates to Win Back Congress

Currently, not a single Democrat in Congress has a perfect rating on the National Right to Life Committee’s scorecard (and only a handful voted in line with recent pro-life legislation at all). A decade ago, there were 17 Democratic representatives with a 100-percent pro-life rating. CT has reported how the fight over the Obama administration’s health care reform contributed to the death of pro-life Democrats .

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The Enemy We Need: How Suffering Confronts Our Pride

Anger in affliction is not uncommon, and not all of it is sinful. The limitations suffering imposes can righteously provoke the spirit God gave us. We know things were not meant to be this way; we feel it in our bones. We should feel offended by evil. But those afflictions also offend the sinful ego, and it lashes out. The proud person protests the apparent indignity of weakness. At least that’s what I did.

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How to Love a Drunk

There were no guarantees, but Tom never gave up on me. When we pledged to love one another, in sickness and in health, neither of us knew what that covenant meant. To love a drunk is to love any sinner hanging on to their life. I come back to the love described in 1 Corinthians 13 again and again. In light of my own battle with alcoholism, this passage says so much about real love. Love never gives up even when you just want "a normal life." An alcoholic is one for the rest of their lives, whether they quit drinking or kill themselves abusing, so love has to prepare for the worst but never give up hope. Love won't keep a score or throw shame in the face of the drunk. Love takes pleasure in the slow flowering of truth which is a gradual openness, in part due to longsuffering understanding. Love gently wipes vomit from a loved one's face. Love trusts God always and looks for goodness over and over in a person you don't recognize, remembering the person you do love. There will be times when you won't want to go on, but love does. Love goes on.

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Why Make the Case for Christianity, If God Is in Control? | Cold Case Christianity

I’ve written a Christian apologetics book that makes the case for making the case . I argue that Christians ought to embrace a more evidential, thoughtful faith and accept their duty to become Christian case-makers. Many people, after reading the book and thinking about this call to become better case makers, have asked, “If God calls His chosen, can’t He achieve this without any case-making effort on our part?” I also pondered this question as a new Christian, and I think the following analogy is helpful, although certainly imperfect.

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Let Go and Get Going

We sometimes assume that more of our involvement in an answer to prayer means less of God’s involvement. If we contribute seventy percent toward an answer to prayer, then God only contributes thirty percent. But David and the other biblical authors believed they could act one hundred percent and still praise God for answering one hundred percent.

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Man Shall Not Live on the New Testament Alone

In the middle of the book, Strawn looks at the problem from a different angle by focusing on three problematic groups: New Atheists, Marcionites, and “Happiologists” (Joel Osteen–types). New Atheists like Richard Dawkins misrepresent the Old Testament with flat, overly literal readings. Strawn insightfully points out some of the problems with Dawkins’s use of Scripture. Despite what Dawkins claims, Genesis 19 (an account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah) doesn’t present Lot in anything like a positive light. And while Genesis 22 is a difficult text, it is abundantly clear that Abraham was being tested and that ultimately God did not want him to sacrifice his son.

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The Point: Participation Mandatory

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John 13:8–11: Fight Sin as a Sinless Person

The already/not yet distinction (referring to things that are already true/real but not yet fully realized) aids our understanding of how to make sense of the Bible, especially as it depicts the Christian life. The gospel makes us a new person (Romans 6:4), and yet we still need to be renewed in our minds (Romans 12:1–2). Jesus decisively freed us from sin (Romans 6:6; John 8:36), and yet we still need to put the old man to death (Romans 8:13). We are already clean in God’s eyes, but still need Christ’s cleansing (John 13:8, 10).

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OCD and the Death of the Christian

But the Colossians, it seems, had forgotten that. Paul continues in Colossians 2:20, “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations . . .?” Paul isn’t encouraging the abandonment of all moral restraint here. He has specific regulations in mind: “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (Colossians 2:21). These regulations concern “things that all perish as they are used” (Colossians 2:22), things like food and drink that lack any intrinsic power to sanctify or defile the consumer. As Jesus warned the Pharisees, “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him” (Mark 7:15).

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Why Does God Allow Evil? Author Interview with Dr. Clay Jones

CLAY JONES: Craig Hazen, the founder of Biola's MA in Christian apologetics said it well, "In this book, Clay Jones actually answers the question ‘Why Does God Allow Evil?’ So many books on the topic don't give an answer. Hence, this is a breath of fresh air. There is a bonus too. In his answer to the question Jones gives a full-arc presentation of the gospel. I've seen even seasoned Christians awaken to the depths of the gospel for the first time in response to Jones's material." Indeed, so many books on the problem of evil conclude only with an "I guess we'll find out in heaven" kind of answer, but I contend that the Bible tells us why God allows evil.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/every-season-of-life-has-a-purpose

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace”

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About Geekdom House

As Christians looking to be an impact in the community we want to walk in the footsteps of the missionaries that have gone before us. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald all made unique and excellent contributions to this geek culture while embodying their faith through it all. By doing likewise and making our own unique and excellent contributions to the community, our voice becomes far more respected and welcomed.

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Why Do We Give In to Porn?

I absolutely adore my wife. I love her and celebrate her not only because she loved me four years ago on our wedding day when she entered the covenant of marriage with me. I cherish and enjoy her because of all that she is in this present moment: a gospel co-laborer, a servant mom, a radical disciple maker, a humble Christ worshipper. My joy in my wife didn’t end on our wedding day; in many ways, it began there. Likewise, our joy in Jesus must not stop with the cross; rather, we must see how the gospel story affects right here, right now, and forevermore.

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Solar eclipses inspire awe, declare the Divine Designer's glory

On October 22, 2134 B.C., two Chinese astrologers failed to foretell the coming of a solar eclipse, and it sealed their fates. As legend tells, the astrologers Hsi and Ho were soon executed. For, in ancient China, an eclipse could bode ill for the emperor, especially if it hadn’t been predicted.

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Where Will You Be One Year from Today?

I do not know how things will turn out for us. As a husband, I feel obligated to lead our family toward obedience, whatever the end may be — whether it is life or death or discomfort or disappointment. It is clear that the Lord Jesus calls us not to an easy life, however he calls us. He bids us to take up our cross — just as he did — to suffer and die. Perhaps we will toil for years to raise support and never make it overseas. Perhaps we will go and utterly ‘fail’ as missionaries from all worldly perspectives. Perhaps we will labor for decades without any visible fruit. Or perhaps through willing obedience, many will pass from death to eternal life. . . . The Lord may see fit to keep us here, but if he does not, let’s go. It may cost us much, but would you have it any other way? Whatever we lose will be worth it if we gain more of Christ.

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Please stop saying 'Faith is belief without evidence'

Last week, my post, entitled “ Please stop saying ‘Atheism is not a belief’ ” generated a lot of discussion on various online discussion groups. A number of atheists took issue with me telling them what they believe and (sometimes kindly) suggested that I stop saying that .

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Popular Culture: The Ballad of John and Jesus

In the end Ono won. In his final years, the man best known for his lines "Imagine there's no heaven / It's easy if you try" was living a life dictated by astrologers, numerologists, clairvoyants, psychics, herbalists, and tarot-card readers. The one song that Lennon wrote during his born-again period has never been released. "You Saved My Soul," which recounts being prevented from attempting suicide while staying in a Tokyo hotel, is known only to Beatles bootleggers. Two years later, Lennon wrote a parody of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" in which he urged his listeners to believe in no one but themselves—a line he had peddled on his first solo release in 1970. According to Rosen in Nowhere Man , Lennon wrote the song in Palm Beach after seeing the newly converted Dylan on a Grammy Awards TV broadcast.

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My Best Life Now?

Welcome to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Today’s question comes to us from Rasmus, who lives in Denmark. “Hello, Pastor John! I love the truth that the fullest joy possible is to be found in God. But there’s one angle to it that I quite don’t understand: My question is, when is this true? If I chose not to deny myself and follow Jesus, would I have more joy in this life? Or in other words, can we say that the Christian life is the most joyful life here and now? Or do we as Christians deny ourselves the greatest possible joy in this life for greater joy in the life to come? There are verses pointing in this direction, such as 1 Corinthians 15:19: ‘If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.’ But there are also verses talking about the joy in God being greater than the riches on earth, such as Psalm 4:7: ‘You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.’ What do you think?”

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The Point: The Problem of Pronouns

“So how can we work this out together?” Quite simply, you can’t. And it’s quite possible this will end your friendship. Because, what will you do when your friend starts dressing like the gender he/she identifies with? Or undergoes surgery to adjust his/her body to his/her gender? In Canada and most European countries refusing to use the correct gender pronouns (meaning the pronouns of the gender a person identifies with) is considered rude, to say the least, and, in some cases, punishable by law. And it’s quite likely that will be a battle in the near future the LGBT community will have to fight. And all because religious conservatives believe their believes and convictions are the most important ones.

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To Love With Our Minds

As a child I have memorised Matthew 22:37 – ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’  – but I didn’t really understand the last bit completely until I read Moreland’s book. To understand the concept of love in terms of an emotion or an action is easy but how do you love with your mind? Moreland explains how the God of the Bible is a God of reason as well as of revelation, that He is perfect in knowledge, the only wise God and that He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures in “understandable, true propositions.” The Old Testament repeatedly teaches us the importance of wisdom and shows us that God created our minds to be apt for gaining knowledge and wisdom, so when we are ignorant, we are definitely not mirroring God’s character.

51 After 50 Years in a Wheelchair, I Still Walk With Jesus
52 The Doctrine of Perseverance: The Earnest Pursuit of Assurance
53 Awana Is Poised to Equip the Next Generation
54 There Is No App for That: Are We Trading Our Present for Pictures?
55 Stand to Reason on Twitter
56 Book Preview: Between One Faith and Another by Peter Kreeft
57 Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
58 Investigating Jesus: Jury Duty
59 Why Creeds Are an Essential Characteristic of Christianity (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity
60 The Major Reason Christians Doubt
61 If You Want to Hear God, Quiet Your Mind
62 Ordinary Christian | Join the movement
63 4 Reasons to Teach Church History to Teens
64 More Than Water Is Required for Life
65 You Have Two Enemies in Bible Reading
66 Instagram post by Mikel Del Rosario • Aug 1, 2017 at 8:50pm UTC
67 Apologetics: How Long Was the Canon in Question?
68 Why Sixty-Six Books? The Development of the Canon by Stephen Nichols | August 1, 2017
69 4 Essentials for Spiritual Maturity - Westminster Theological Seminary
70 ZachariasTrust on Twitter
71 Stephen Foster on Twitter
72 NYT: Those Who Don’t Send Kids To Public Schools Are Racist Theocrats
73 What differentiates humans from robots? - The Veritas Forum
74 Four stages of “evangelical” affirmation of gay marriage
75 Is Appeal to the Witness of the Holy Spirit Question-Begging? | Reasonable Faith
76 Book Review: “The Fox and the Hard Day”
77 Five Reasons to Embrace Unconditional Election
78 Star Trek: DS9 Season 2 “The Maquis, Part II” and “The Wire”
79 Do New DNA Discoveries Really Disprove the Bible? | The Stream
80 Putting My Daughter to Bed Two Hours After the Bridge Collapsed
81 The Briefing — Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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83 The Briefing — Tuesday, August 1, 2017
84 BreakPoint on Twitter
85 Christian Labour Cllr suspended for homophobic comments - Premier
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88 Escaping the Gay Lifestyle and Critiquing Pope Francis’ Politics: An Eric Metaxas Doubleheader
89 Does Similarity Imply Common Ancestry? | Evolution News
90 Atheists May Not Believe In God, But They Still Live in His World
91 Do the Gospel Writers Speak the Truth?
92 The Poached Egg on Twitter
93 What Does It Mean to Succeed?
94 Albert Mohler on Twitter
95 Renewing Your Mind | The Nonnegotiable Gospel | Jul 31, 2017