The incomparable glory of fish vomit: Baptism, the Great Commission, & the end of the age
Jonah is confessing, “I am rightly under your wrath. I am rightly in the place of death.” And as he is crying out, you notice God’s gracious rescue. The fish regurgitates him out onto the dry land. And this one who is dead is now reborn. The prophet of God now walks away from death to carry out his mission. Jesus says, “You want to see a sign — that’s the sign.” The one that was three days in the belly of the fish, this one will be three days in the belly of the earth. Except this one is not a rebel. This one is not fleeing from the presence of God. This one perfectly obeys the will of His father, of His covenant God and yet He stands in the place of the world. He stands in the place of humanity. He comes under this death sentence as He is also handed over to the pagans. As He is standing there with them saying to Him, “Let your blood be on our hands,” He is driven from the presence of God. He is crying out, “My God, will you hear me?” He goes into the place of Sheol. He goes into the belly of the beast. He goes into this final frontier of death and yet all the while He cries, “God keep your promises.
What Everyone Should Know About The Problem of Evil - Apologetics Guy
Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard from hundreds of high school and college students who say that the number one challenge to the existence of God is the evil and suffering we see in the world. But how well does the problem of evil really argue for the atheist conclusion? Does evil really mean there’s no God? And can atheism really help us make better sense of evil?
The Deepest Desire of the Christian Heart
Passions like this are awakened by hearing the voice of God — God himself, not a mere man — declare pervasively in his speech that the hallowing of his name is his main goal in history. This is why all things exist.
Historically, we see the vacillating between the two aforementioned errors in Protestant liberalism and Neoorthodoxy. Nineteenth-century liberal theology identified God with the flow of history and with nature. It promoted a pantheism in which everything was God and God was everything. Against that backdrop, Neoorthodoxy objected to identifying God with creation, and it sought to restore God’s transcendence. In their zeal, Neoorthodox theologians spoke of God as “wholly other.” That idea is problematic. If God is wholly other, how do you know anything about Him? If God is utterly dissimilar from us, how could He reveal Himself? What means could He use? Could He reveal Himself through a sunset? Could He reveal Himself through Jesus of Nazareth? If He were wholly other from human beings, what common basis for communication between God and mankind could there ever be? If God is utterly dissimilar from us, there is no way for Him to speak to us.
Help for Those Fighting or Grieving a Suicide
But for some of us in the household of Jesus, Williams’s death hits hard for very personal reasons. For some, a profound, oppressive darkness is threatening to douse the little light and hope they see. They are fighting for dear life to remember and believe that life is worth living. And Robin Williams’s surrender is sucking the hope that they will be able to keep fighting.
Three Pitfalls for the Christian Apologist to Avoid
I believe that the task of apologetics is a vital part of the life of the Christian church and its mission in the world. If Christian faith means trusting in Christ on the basis of good grounds or evidence, then the apologetic task of articulating and presenting these grounds to believers, seekers, and skeptics will be an ongoing duty. However, during my course of studying philosophy and theology for the past 20 years, I’ve noticed three pitfalls into which apologists (myself included) tend to blunder – pitfalls that, when left unchecked, undermine the church’s credibility in the marketplace of ideas. Fortunately, we can avoid those blunders by adopting some epistemic humility. Here they are:
Did a Concern for the Species Influence Our Moral Development?
Can sociocultural evolution account for the formation of moral truth? I’ve heard this claim repeatedly in discussions with non-believers, and I also accepted this notion for many years: Ancient humans who accepted certain moral behaviors and principles were far more likely to survive, and as a result, those who were more inclined to accept certain principles emerged through the process of Natural Selection. But this seems counter intuitive given our present acceptance of many attributes we consider virtuous. We humans recognize cowardice, selfishness, unfaithfulness, and senseless cruelty as morally repugnant. Yet it can easily be argued that these behaviors actually promoted the success and survival of primitive people groups as they engaged the competing groups around them. Sometimes cowardice (the simple act of running away) assures your survival. Selfish tribes (who think only of themselves) are often more likely to survive in a “dog eat dog” world. Unfaithfulness will lead to further propagation of a blood line with an even
Truthbomb Apologetics: Responses that Stimulate Conversation
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Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology
(Phys.org) —Galaxies are often found in groups or clusters, the largest known aggregations of matter and dark matter. The Milky Way, for example, is a member of the "Local Group" of about three dozen galaxies, ...
EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
How do biblical ethics apply to hermaphrodites? The term “hermaphrodite” is derived from conjoining the name of the Greek god Hermes with the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Today, hermaphroditism is appropriately referred to as “intersex” or as a “disorder of sex development” (DSD). Regardless of the term used, confusion reigns on how to respond to this […]
Grace to You
In a recent, introductory sermon to the book of Acts, I made some observations about the culture in which early Christians lived. I noted that the environment at the time of the church’s...
FactChecker: Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq?
"Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, `Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally, we shall insist on seeing everything - God and our friends and ourselves included - as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred." - C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
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.
3 Opportunities for Gospel Outreach in Public Schools
If possible, follow the school’s chain of command so that you allow lower-level officials the dignity of changing their position without the need to be called on the carpet by one of their superiors. When properly informed of the law, countless public schools have agreed to distribute Christian materials concerning religious events.
6 of Robin Williams' Best Performances
I t's a sign of Robin Williams' greatness that it's nearly impossible to pick a defining or even favorite role. His famously elastic personality—which hiccuped through a truly marvelous array of characters, accents and personalities from film to film and even sentence to sentence—could slide into any script he was offered. He could play a zany manchild, a kindly mentor and a cold loner with equal, hypnotic zeal. He deserved Oscars for all of them.
I spent a day watching AtheistTV — and it was horrifying
AtheistTV frames atheism as a perpetual reaction against a conquering force. And that reaction isn’t reasoned debate. It’s unattractive nihilism. After the second broadcast of a single “Atheist Experience” episode, the channel showed a 2012 rally in Washington, D.C.; speakers consistently described a future in which all Americans would join the movement, a future that they’d get to by mocking and hassling the beliefs of others. One hardly needs to be religious to see the rhetorical flaws in Andy Shernoff, the frontman of punk band The Dictators, describing himself as “a little like Martin Luther King” before asking the audience “Ready for some sarcasm? Ridiculous ideas need to be mocked.” That Shernoff’s performance indulges straight-up homophobia and misogyny in a frankly mean-spirited song about giving Jesus oral sex is just a fringe benefit of being a radical truth-teller who doesn’t care whom one offends. Beyond the catharsis of mockery, what can AtheistTV offer? What alternative does it provide? Leaving aside eve
Michael Brown - An Open Letter To Moderate Muslims
But there are certainly many Muslims who claim to uphold the Five Pillars of Islam and who feel that they, and not the radical Muslims, are following in Muhammad’s footsteps. And they would explain that while it is true that their prophet engaged in violent acts of war and that the Koran calls for harsh treatment of the enemies of the faith, this is no different than the book of Joshua in the Old Testament – something that happened in the past but is not to be repeated today.
This impromptu Robin Williams memorial at a Boston park bench will move you to tears
During the filming of Good Will Hunting , onlookers in The Boston Public Garden were asked to kindly not look into the camera, but other than that, just go on about their business. As passersby complied, Robin Williams and Matt Damon sat down on a park bench and filmed one of the movie’s best scenes …
Conan Salutes Robin Williams @ TeamCoco.com
CONAN: This is unusual and
upsetting but we got some news
during the show that Robin
Williams has passed away and by
the time we?-- we tape these
shows a few hours early and by
the time you see this on T.V.
I'm sure that you'll know.
I'm sorry to anyone in our
studio audience that I'm
breaking this news.
This is absolutely shocking and
horrifying and so upsetting on
We're at the end of the show and
it just felt like we needed to
just acknowledge?-- obviously we
don't know much yet.
We know this has happened and
we're absolutely stunned.
Stunned to get this news and I
know that everybody here?--
we've all worked with Robin over
Andy: He was an amazingly kind
and generous person and it's got
to be a terrible time for his
Our thoughts go out to him.
WILL ARNETT: As funny as he was, he truly
was one of the all time greats.
He was even better as a person.
He was even more fantastic.
He was just the loveliest, one
of the kindest guys that I've
ever worked with.
Such a soft, warm emotionally
sweet guy, and it's a major,
major loss for everybody.
Nineveh Will Rise Up
Two prominent Old Testament stories show God’s gracious heart for the Assyrians. First, the Old Testament reveals Jonah’s account and his refusal to go to Nineveh. Vicious Nineveh repented in humility and was spared by God. A second story is the leprous commander, Naaman. He receives healing by the prophet Elisha (2 Kin. 5). Both narratives illustrate God’s redemptive means to save people. A simple message turns the evil of their heart. “Yet forty days and God will destroy” is a call to repentance. “Wash and be clean” is a call for all people to hear the gospel that cleanses from sin.
“The aim of the Research Institute is to be a catalyst to connect the agenda of the gospel to the complex questions of the day—and to do so at the highest levels of academic scholarship for the good of local congregations. I am thrilled to get to work together with an exceptionally gifted band of scholars and leaders as we seek to be a persuasive, prophetic witness engaging the academy and equipping the church.”
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord
Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
The Pastors.com Daily
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Obama: Don’t stay in Iraq over genocide
SUNAPEE, N.H. — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.
Praying with loom bands – Premier Childrenswork
Loom bands are everywhere, and children love them. Why not use them as a way of praying with your children? Faith in Homes' Jane Butcher shows us how
Is God Able to Do Evil? | Reasonable Faith
First, you assume that freedom entails the ability to do the opposite of what one does. I’m persuaded that this is not true. Consider the well-known illustration of someone who, unbeknownst to him, has had his brain wired up with remote-controlled electrodes by a mad scientist who is an Obama supporter. When the man enters the voting booth, if he votes for Obama, the mad scientist will do nothing. But if he goes to vote for Romney, the mad scientist activates the electrodes, which trigger him to vote for Obama instead. Now clearly the man has no power in this situation to vote for Romney. But if he goes in and votes for Obama, doesn’t he do so freely? After all, the scientist did nothing in this case! It is just as if the man were not wired with electrodes at all. This thought experiment suggests that what is crucial to freedom of the will is not the ability to do the opposite but the absence of external causal constraints upon one’s choice: it is entirely up to you. In God’s case He is clearly free from such external causal constraints and therefore does the good freely.
More Studies Show Children Are Wired for Religious Belief: A Brief Literature Review
What the review of recent cognitive developmental research reveals is that, by around 5 years of age, children understand natural objects as non-humanly caused, can reason about non-natural agents' mental states and demonstrate the capacity to view objects in terms of design. Finally, evidence from 6- to 10-year-olds suggests that children's assignments of purpose to nature relate to their ideas concerning intentional non-human causation. Together, these research findings tentatively suggest that the description "intuitive theist" may accurately characterize children's explanatory approach -- a characterization that has broad relevance not only to cognitivists or the growing interdisciplinary community studying the underpinnings of religion (Barrett, 2000), but also, at an applied level, to science educators since the implication is that children's science failures may, in part, result from inherent conflicts between intuitive ideas and the basic tenets of contemporary scientific thought.
Wonder Stands in Awe, Not Evaluation
For the Life of the World: Letters to Exiles’ Episode 6: The Economy of Wonder explores the importance of our appreciative capacity. It shows how wonder is necessary for love, for “getting lost” in the gaze of our beloved. Yet it challenges us to pursue humility, submission, and surrender—for these are the qualities on which the passion of wonder thrives.
Raised? is a fantastic resource for those on the outskirts of Christianity looking in and wondering what it’s all about. Dodson and Watson’s simple writing style reaches out to and opens doors for those who’ve never wrestled with the gospel implications of the resurrection. And though this book may not be the best resource for those seeking a more in-depth or apologetic treatment, it is a great place to start.
If you’ve ever been in a debate with someone about gay marriage, one of the conversation stoppers that proponents often throw out is this: “How does gay marriage hurt traditional marriage?” Or more personally, “How does my gay marriage corrupt your straight marriage?” The thinking goes like this. What two people do in the privacy of their own home ought not concern you, even if they choose to reinvent society’s most basic institution. After all, who are you to judge someone else’s pairing? If some people want to call gay unions a “marriage,” what’s that to you?
Raw Footage of Yezidi Rescue: 'Not a Dry Eye on the Aircraft'
CNN photojournalist Mark Phillips was on board a flight taking supplies to the Yezidi community trying to escape Islamic State fighters in Mount Sinjar, Iraq. His raw footage captures the emotional rescue by the Iraqi air force and Kurdish peshmerga. “There was not a dry eye on the aircraft,” CNN reported .
Is NASA Really on the Verge of Finding Extraterrestrial Life?
The ultimate question that most astrobiologists are seeking to answer is something like, "What is the probability that there are other planets with life?" The answer must incorporate the complete history of the Universe, including galaxy, star and planet formation and evolution. It is becoming clear that cosmology is not irrelevant to the formation and continued existence of habitable planets. The most basic elemental ingredients of planetary systems come from stars. Stars form and die in a galactic context, and galaxies form, interact and evolve in a cosmological context. At every scale, stochastic processes shape planetary systems, and they must be modeled with Monte Carlo methods. Processes with stochastic aspects occurring on the surface of a planet include volcanic eruptions, tectonics and climate. Asteroid and comet impacts can be triggered by planetary perturbations and nearby stellar and giant molecular cloud encounters. The location and timing of specific supernovae and gamma ray bursts cannot be predicted. Encounters between galaxies can trigger star formation, threatening already-formed planets and spawning new ones.
Pastor John Hagee - Christian Research Institute
Christians have listened for many years to the preaching of John Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Hagee attended Trinity University on a football scholarship, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree before earning his master’s at North Texas State University. He also studied at Southwestern Bible College and was granted an honorary doctorate from Oral Roberts University.
10 Reasons Bivocational Ministry Matters - ThomRainer.com
Thank you Dr. Lawless, I enjoy the online Mission class this summer. I have a statement and a question! I have been a minister for almost 30 years. I have been full-time only six years of the 30. Twice I was approved personnel with NAMB because I took churches that could not afford a pastor. I work as a Respiratory Therapist full-time. I landed in the church I am at now because I was between churches. Our church has seven pastors, I knew they didn’t need a bi-vocational minister. Yet, I never left. They keep me busy. No, I am not on staff and they don’t pay me but I have been been very active here for years. I coordinate the Disaster Relief ministry, DR chaplain and crisis chaplain, teach a small group, preach at the mission two times a month, coordinate the associational Disaster Relief, on the missions team, preach when the pastors are away and teach discipleship. And many other sunder things. I tell people I am one of the teaching/preacher faculty because I am not a staff member. I am busier now than when I was a bi-vocational pastor. Here’s my question.
One of the Great Ironies of Reformed Theological History
Outside of Theologia Christiana , Pictet is best remembered for his staunch opposition to removing the Helvetic Formula Consensus as a confessional standard in Switzerland. For most of the seventeenth century Reformed theology was embroiled in controversies surrounding the Academy at Saumur in France, as the leading men of Saumur—Moise Amyraut (1596-1664), Louis Cappel (1585-1658), and Josue de la Place (1596-1665)—resisted the Reformed orthodoxy of the Synod of Dort (1618-1619). As early as 1637, Amyraut was brought before the French Reformed Church to account for his views on the universal extent of the atonement and hypothetical redemption. When it became clear over the next decades that Amyraut would not be removed from his post or pastorate at Saumur—and in fact that the influence of Amyraldianism was spreading—the leading lights in Switzerland started planning for a more definitive response. In 1669, Francis Turretin (1623-1687) initiated the idea with Johann Henry Heidegger (1633-1698) of a Swiss Consensus that would address the errors of Saumur: namely, Cappel’s undermining of the inspiration of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, de la Place’s rejection of the immediate imputation of Adam’s sin, and Amyraut’s insistence that God intended Christ’s death to be for all (upon the condition that they believe).
Book Review: "The Cell's Design" by Fazale Rana
I have not read this book, though I am somewhat familiar with Rana. I have to say, though, that from your review, his case doesn’t seem all that “phenomenal” to me. In fact, I see very little that hasn’t been said many times before by ID theorists and answered just as many times by evolutionists. For example, the statement, “What is not expected, on Darwinism, is a convergence pattern in evolution,” is just false. Contemporary evolutionists have no trouble whatsoever with this; they even have a nickname for it: a “good trick.” Also, his basic argument strategy seems weak to me. It would only be a good argument if Y is the only or clearly the best explanation for X. But this is obviously not the case with the appearance of design in biochemical systems. There is at least one other contending explanation that is at least as strong (and nearly all experts in the relevant fields would say stronger). Thus, I don’t see that this argument provides “positive evidence” for the “direct work of a creator” (here I take it that what Rana means by this is Hugh Ross’ theory of progressive creationism).
Don't Be A Lab Rat
That could be a potential pitfall for millions of teens, given recent estimates show about one in 10 teens in grades nine through 12 smoke marijuana at least 20 times per month. The researchers however didn't find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of pot after 18, suggesting pot use is especially dangerous for the developing brain…
The TC Apologetics Daily
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A Deafening Silence as Iraqi Christians Vanish
As you probably know, an Islamist terror group that goes by the acronym ISIS has been gobbling up huge swathes of territory, executing Christians and other religious minorities, and even destroying priceless artifacts. Tens of thousands have been forced to flee with little more than the shirts on their backs. My friend, Canon Andrew White, vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, says, "The Islamic State simply said [']we can do anything now that the world is just looking at Gaza['] . . . in reality that is true. Iraq seems like old news, yet things just get worse and worse here."
What the Next Generation of Medical Missionaries Might Look Like
Although it doesn’t exactly fit the typical caricature of the Christian medical missionary, it could be that many of the next generation of Christians called to medical missions will ply their trade not in the thatched huts of remote villages, but within the walls of research universities, doing the original research and building the healthcare systems that improve health outcomes. Such is state of global healthcare in today’s complex world.
US Sending Arms to Kurdistan; Airstrikes Against ISIS Are 'Too Late and Not Enough,' Christian Leader Says
The United States is sending weapons to the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan that is battling the forces of the Islamic State militants. A Christian leader in the Middle East says that although Christians there welcome the move they believe it is "too late and not enough."
Differential Fertility as a Determinant of Trends in Public Opinion about Abortion in the United States by J. Alex Kevern, Jeremy Freese :: SSRN
Differential fertility is frequently overlooked as a meaningful force in longitudinal public opinion change. We examine the effect of fertility on abortion attitudes, a useful case study due to their strong correlation with family size and high parent-child correlation. We test the hypothesis that the comparatively high fertility of pro-life individuals has led to a more pro-life population using 34 years of GSS data (1977-2010). We find evidence that the abortion attitudes have lagged behind a liberalizing trend of other correlated attitudes, and consistent evidence that differential fertility between pro-life and pro-choice individuals has had a significant effect on this pattern. Future studies should account for differential fertility as a meaningful force of cohort replacement in studies of public opinion where parents and children are likely to share the same attitude.
This Cover of Nearer, My God, to Thee From the BYU Men's Chorus Will Give You Goosebumps (VIDEO)
Nearer, My God, to Thee is the best-selling song on iTunes for BYU Vocal Point. This song focuses less on peace and more on the struggles in life that bring us closer to God. It's a beautiful video that shows us each member of the chorus performing live on stage.
Why Does "Am I Called?" Exist?
Each week all over the world, there are men – often younger but sometimes middle aged or beyond – who earnestly wrestle with a nagging question. They have dreams and drives. They query friends, consult pastors, exhaust mentors, and sometimes even apply to Bible schools and seminaries – all to discover the answer to the question that refuses to be ignored:
How You Can Help in Iraq - OnFaith
Many good people are on the front lines of these battles addressing urgent needs — housing and feeding refugees, providing urgent medical care, forging peaceful dialogue between sects, and providing succor of all kinds. We can help them in their work. Several organizations are facing funding shortfalls, and we can fill those gaps.
'I Stand With Israel,' Christian Actress Says While Recounting Family Trip to Jerusalem
Actress Grace Johnston has said that she stands firmly with Israel when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; she recently returned from a life-changing trip to Jerusalem and spoke with The Christian Post about the impact that had on her.
Resurgence Leadership #029: Tedd Tripp, Biblical Parenting, Part 3
Part Three: Helping Kids Understand Authority. Dr. Tedd Tripp explains the role of authority in Christianity and biblical parenting, and how a right understanding of God’s Lordship provides great help, protection, and freedom in childhood and all of life. This message is from the 2008 Biblical Parenting Conference at Mars Hill Church.
Lego Ships for God? Maritime Architect Builds 150 Lego Ships to Teach Kids About the Lord
NORTH EAST, Maryland – Maritime Architect Wilbert McKinley Jr's fleet of over 100 Lego ships is not just a jaw-dropping, good-time viewing experience for kids, but it's actually a unique ministry to teach children about God.
World's Most Populous Muslim Nation Declares ISIS Support Illegal
The nation with the largest Muslim population in the world has officially banned support for the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is responsible for mass killings of religious minorities in Iraq that has forced the U.S. government to respond with air strikes.
As John’s gospel shows, Nicodemus was taken utterly off guard by Jesus’ teachings about the new birth. A natural response might have been to ask Jesus where He had come up with these peculiar ideas about grown men being born a second time. However, Jesus’ response implied that any person who had read the Old Testament should have readily understood the need for new birth. In this lecture, Dr. Lawson will show that the concept of a new birth was nothing new in Jesus’ day. Long before, God had promised His people that a day was coming when He would give them new hearts and make them into new creatures.