6th Shocking Video Catches Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies Without Patient Consent
The pro-life advocates behind the five shocking videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies for research have released a 6th vid
WORLD | In the shadow of ISIS | Mindy Belz | Aug. 22, 2015
HOPE AWARD | International Winner: A classical Christian school does its work among the shattered families and displaced children in Iraqi Kurdistan
Justin Bieber Says a Bethel Music Worship Song Is One of the Top on His iPod
Pop star Justin Bieber is apparently a fan of worship music. Biebs was recently part of a Cosmopolitan magazine “21 Things You Didn’t Know About …” list, where it was revealed (along with other pieces of random trivia), what his top three songs were on his iPod. (The question was evidently adapted from a Q&A he recently did with fans.) Along with tracks from Lil Wayne and Drake, Bieber included “No Longer Slaves” from Jonathan and Melissa Helser of Bethel Music. The pop star has been vocal about his faith in the past, and was even baptized by leaders from New York’s Hillsong Church last year.
Parents credit Willie Nelson with saving their 4-year-old daughter's life
Every country music fan loves Willie Nelson, but the parents of one special little girl credit his music with literally saving her life.
This Beautiful Act of Kindness Leaves These Grocery Shoppers in Tears
It's not easy to come by small acts of kindness. But good deeds of this magnitude are even more rare. This man takes it into his own hands to make these people in the grocery store happy.
3 Generations Got Asked What They Did For Fun As Children...
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Watch This Guitar Center Customer Crush a Drum Solo
If you’ve ever visited a Guitar Center music shop, you’ve likely encountered countless amateur musicians noodling on expensive instruments they can’t afford. Every once in a while though, you’ll see a dude like this, who sits down at electric drum kit and totally shreds it. It’s officially the second best Guitar Center drumming display of all time.
Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on October 16-17 (the final lecture is on Saturday at 4:30pm) , as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences." Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know how...to answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by following our Facebook page!
Several Killed, Hundreds Injured in Huge Explosions in China
A mysterious explosion at a port in Tianjin, China shook the city around midnight local time. The blast—which state media attribute to hazardous goods at the port, triggered a second explosion and shock waves that reached up to 6 miles away. The explosions killed at least seven people and injured up to 400. Several videos of the explosion showed up on social media, and they are pretty terrifying.
Let Go, Let God (and the Homeroom Teacher)
After seeing my children suffer three broken bones in three different countries, several rounds of malaria and other parasites, a couple of hospitalizations, and many lonely days far from family and friends, I came to understand more about the wilderness. There were days when I couldn’t bear to let my children out of my sight; nights when I checked repeatedly to make sure they were all right. So how could I let them go off to school for the whole day?
Can Naturalism Account for the Appearance of Fine-Tuning in the Universe? | Cold Case Christianity
Is Fine-Tuning A Consequence of the Multiverse?
For many theorists, the multiverse has the best chance of explaining the appearance of fine-tuning in our universe. Multiverse explanations point to an external causal force: a mechanism capable of creating an incredibly large number of universes, each with its own set of physical laws. According to this theory, most of these universes in the larger multiverse collection are incapable of permitting life. Our universe, however, through “a series of cosmic accidents,” does happen to support our existence. Multiverse theories overcome the incredible odds against life, and explain the appearance of fine-tuning, by increasing the chances of such a life-permitting universe. But once again, this explanation lacks evidential support. Scientists can’t access other universes in the multiverse to corroborate their claims. Worse yet, such explanations fail to logically eliminate the need for fine-tuning. If there is a multiverse-generating mechanism, it would certainly have to be calibrated in such a way to make the generation of a life-permitting universe possible (indeed, inevitable , if this mechanism generates an infinite number of universes).
DOUBTING TOWARD FAITH by Bobby Conway | COMING 9/1/15
Pre-order your copy: http://www.amazon.com/Doubting-Toward... Contrary to popular belief, doubt is not the opposite of faith. Rather, doubts call for an important decision--will you give in to unbelief, or will you continue the journey toward faith? Doubt can lead to confusion, hopelessness, and despair. But as this eye-opening book demonstrates, doubts can also deepen your dependence on God, develop your sense of empathy for others, and motivate you to find satisfying answers to life's biggest questions. Here you'll find practical ways to use your doubts to build your faith, such as... -letting your doubts drive you to Jesus -finding a safe community where you can doubt out loud and find support -using a journal to clarify your doubts and the answers you find No one can eliminate all doubt this side of heaven. So for now, discover how to use your doubts to keep you headed in the right direction--toward faith.
William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman - Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus?
http://reasonablefaith.org - William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman: "Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus?" College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, March 28, 2006. Craig's famous debate with Bart Erhman. More here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list... Transcript: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/D... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...
The Briefing 08-13-15
1) State of Kentucky ejects chaplains from juvenile center for believing homosexuality is sin
John Rhys-Davies says Christianity being wiped out - CNN.com
"There is an extraordinary silence in the West," said Rhys-Davies on Adam Carolla's podcast posted Monday night. "Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out — I mean not just ideologically but physically, and people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians. And your country and my country are doing nothing about it."
The Decline—and Fall?—of Religious Freedom in America
This was explicitly the concern behind the anti-RFRA pillorying of Indiana—the idea that, through some hypothetical scenarios that few critics bothered to square with the actual law, people claiming religious convictions might conceivably seek inappropriate exemptions that the courts might conceivably grant. Thus, in an attempt to prove that Indiana’s Christians were hopelessly biased against gay rights, anti-Christian reporters fanned across the state seeking a villain. They finally found one in Memories Pizza, a Christian mom-and-pop shop in rural northern Indiana whose wall signs bore inflammatory messages like: “Every day before we open the store, we gather and pray together. If there is something you would like us to pray for, just write it down and drop it in the box and we will pray for you.” The reporters asked the proprietor whether she would cater a gay wedding. After noting that, as a pizza parlor, Memories Pizza had never been asked to cater a wedding, and noting further that it would never deny service to anyone, she conceded that if asked specifically to cater a gay wedding, she would have to decline.
Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics, William Lane Craig, Paul Copan - Amazon.com
Since the first century, the church has been involved in one way or another in the ministry of apologetics. Within the last few decades, as atheists have seemed to ramp up their religious efforts to discredit and eradicate the belief in God and Christianity more specifically, Christians have ramped up their apologetical focus with matching intensity. Among the many contemporary apologists Paul Copan, current president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and William Lane Craig, perhaps the most well-known and active Christian apologists debater, have teamed up to edit a series of books that seek to address many of the contemporary issues within Christian apologetics. Passionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics and Contending With Christianity's Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors were the precursors to the third book in the series Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics. All three books are edited by Copan and Craig and each with different contributors. As the subtitle indicates the book is a collection of essays (sixteen in all) which focus on the areas of apologetics and culture, God, the historical Jesus and New Testament reliability, Ancient Israel and ANE religions and Christianity and other religions such as Islam.
Os Guinness On Growing Faith | Think Christianly
Jonathan Morrow (D.Min.) is the founder of Think Christianly (thinkChristianly.org). He speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics, and culture and is passionate about seeing a new generation understand what they believe, why they believe it and why it matters in life. Jonathan is the author of Welcome to College, Questioning the Bible, Think Christianly, and Is God Just a Human Invention? Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN before completing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Worldview and Culture. Jonathan is currently Director of Creative Strategies at Impact 360 Institute (impact360.
Officer Fired for ‘Inappropriate Judgment’ After Shooting Unarmed Black Teen During Burglary Call
The police officer who shot and killed unarmed 19-year-old Christian Taylor while responding to a reported burglary at a car dealership has been fired . Details of the shooting are not totally clear, though security camera footage confirmed some of the early reports. Officer Brad Miller was responding to a 911 call about the Angelo State University player who had driven a vehicle through the showroom doors, after kicking out the windshield of a car on the lot. The moments before the shooting weren’t on the video that was released, but authorities say Taylor refused to surrender and some sort of confrontation transpired. Miller is white, and Taylor was black. The officer was not wearing a body camera. According to the Dallas Morning News , Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson offered this account of the interaction:
Free Church of Scotland at Fringe Festival – Premier Premier
A Free Church of Scotland congregation is set to host five days of free shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival this summer.
The Beatles - Happy Birthday
You say it's your birthday It's my birthday too, yeah They say it's your birthday We're gonna have a good time I'm glad it's your birthday Happy birthday to you. Yes we're going to a party party Yes we're going to a party party Yes we're going to a party party I would like you to dance (Birthday) Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday) I would like you to dance (Birthday) Dance
The Christian Post on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Grace to You Radio
If you’re a Christian, you’re in a battle — a spiritual conflict you can’t avoid. What will make the difference between victory and defeat? In his study Spiritual Boot Camp , John MacArthur looks at fundamental disciplines that can lead you to victory over sin and a deeper relationship with Christ.
Donald Trump is a counterfeit Republican
So, conservatives today should deal with Trump with the firmness Buckley dealt with the John Birch Society in 1962. The society was an extension of a loony businessman who said Dwight Eisenhower was “a dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy.” In a 5,000-word National Review “excoriation” (Buckley’s word), he excommunicated the society from the conservative movement.
Ten Fast Facts You Need to Know about the Quran
For sources: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2015/... Approximately 1.6 billion people are convinced that the Quran is the eternal Word of Allah. Given the role the Quran plays in world events, isn't it time for the rest of us to learn about the book Muhammad delivered to his followers?
How An Infertile Couple Experiences The Planned Parenthood Videos
Some days we bear it well—we don’t have an absence of people to serve in our daily lives, after all—but other days, like yesterday, we are inconsolable. We spend our waking hours breaking the skin of our fists with our teeth, we erode the floral pattern on our couch with rivers of briny tears, and we fall to the kitchen floor in a pile of spineless flesh.
Gender, Marriage, and the Bible: What should a Christian think?
This four part teaching series is excellent for families, small groups, and classes. John answers common questions about same sex marriage, gender and the Bible. The sessions include:
Geraldo: Cancer Cure Could Come from 'Garbage' of Aborted Babies
GERALDO RIVERA: Don't you fear, Eric, that the scandal, the justifiable scandal over the callousness of the people portrayed in this video might put an end to the harvesting of what would be garbage, they would throw it away and there may be the cure for cancer in there. Maybe there is the cure for heart disease in that fetal resource.
Pull the Mask off of Fear
We live in a broken world where really bad things really do happen, even (and sometimes especially) to people who really love Jesus. Fear exists because sin has broken this world and distorted it, leaving much beyond our control. We are finite creatures, and fear has become part of our makeup. We can’t avoid fearful feelings in our dependent state.
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When Doing Church Becomes a Burden
reat article. Just felt that way this last Sunday. I think this is prone to happen when one does lot's of work, and ironically there are no other volunteers to help or maybe one is not proactive in making spaces available for others to work. Precisely it is part of our common gene, as Church raised people or childrens pastor involved work. I give thanks to the Lord, that he has been raising new teams to ease the burden that most of the time we take on ourselves. There is a need for those to work constantly to rest and be ministered, and for those who are ministered all the time to serve.
The Atlantic on Twitter
New ruling from the Colorado Court of Appeals: Christian bakers gotta bake, even for gays http://theatln.tc/1WmcuiB pic.twitter.com/1dRKgdFRqL
Human Capital - Episode 2: Inside the Planned Parenthood Supply Site
Human Capital - Episode 2: Inside the Planned Parenthood Supply Site
Union U. Quits CCCU Over Mennonite Members' Same-Sex Marriage Moves
Oliver is also worried that the CCCU’s lack of action could have legal implications. He and other Christian college leaders fear that their schools could be at odds with the federal government over their policies on sexuality. Because of that concern, Union wants to “maintain a consistency and unanimity with their faith family’s commitment on issues like same-sex marriage.”
The Hill on Twitter
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Don’t Miss Tonight’s Meteor Shower
Every August, debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle hit Earth’s atmosphere, creating an impressive meteor shower that is one of the most visible to the human eye. And this year, the “Perseid” shower will be brighter than it has been in years, due to a lack of moonlight and a good positioning of Jupiter—whose gravitational field can apparently nudge the particles closer to Earth. The light show will peak late tonight and early tomorrow morning, with up to 100 shooting stars every hour. So if you’re willing to brave the early hours, watching the dazzling display is as simple as finding a place away from light pollution, staring up at the sky and giving your eyes time to adjust. And if you can’t find a spot, NASA will be livestreaming the shower on their site starting at 10 p.m.
Brandy Talks Renewed Faith in God After Overcoming Depression
One year after spiraling into a state of depression, R&B singer and actress Brandy Norwood, says she now has a renewed sense of faith in God.
Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition
For the first time in Los Angeles—The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display. This special exhibition explores the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts written and hidden in caves 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947. The exhibition also features sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half never seen before in the U.S., including parts of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.
Church Revokes 92-Year-Old Woman's Membership for Not Tithing
A 92-year-old Alabama woman will no longer be considered a member of the church she attended for over 50 years because she was not tithing.
Hillary Clinton Is 'One Email Away From Prison Time,' Bobby Jindal Asserts
Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stated in a campaign appearance on Tuesday that former first lady and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is just one email away from serving jail time, as he is one of a few Republican presidential candidates attacking Clinton over her server scandal.
“Wilson opens the twentieth-century vault to reveal a collection of authors who lived during our memory, or our grandparents’, and are worthy companions on the shelf with Lewis and Tolkien. Refreshingly broad, Wilson connects you personally with nine authors and critiques them with the penetrating Christian perspective present in all of Wilson’s works. This is a must-read for those who, like me, appreciate a few contemporary stepping-stones between Lewis and the great books of antiquity.”
David Goodwin , President, Association of Classical Christian Schools
ThinkChristian on Twitter
What would Jesus do (in Target's gender-neutral toy aisle)? http://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/shopping-the-gender-neutral-toy-aisle-with-jesus … pic.twitter.com/vTzCsFhh2x
What Celebrity Couples Teach Us About Marriage and Divorce
I understand the purpose of your article. In fact, I agree with most of it. But there seems to be something missing. There is an army out there of men and women who are divorced, but never wanted to be. Some of us (yes, I am one of them) fought for our marriages through blood, sweat, tears and pain you can not begin to comprehend- whole-heartedly pursuing reconciliation, forgiving infidelity, praying for restoration along with friends, family and church leaders. But at the end of the day, if one spouse walks away, nothing and no one can make them stay. For us, divorce was not a choice. It was one of the single most painful experiences of our lives. The way you compare you and your wife to those getting divorced on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences" is not fair and comes across as arrogant although I don't believe this to be your intention. You are taking for granted that you are both committed to staying. You posed the question: "What differences do you have that are absolutely irreconcilable?" Here is just one of the possible answers- one person wanted to stay married, and one did not.
Renewing Your Mind | Repentance & Renewal | August 13, 2015
Christians are called not just to a single instance of repentance. Rather, they're called to repent throughout their lives, trusting Christ for life every day. Dr. Rosaria Butterfield has a unique perspective on repenting and trusting Christ. In this session, Dr. Butterfield describes her conversion, and explains her experience in following Christ in order to encourage and challenge listeners to live as a light in this dark world.
Hobbit Economics with Jay Richards | Impact 360 Institute
Is raising the minimum wage the answer to decreasing the poverty gap in America? How can I make a difference for people in poverty? Are there myths that American’s tend to believe about economics? In this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast Jonathan Morrow interviews Jay Richards about his new book The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That J.R.R. Tolkien Got and The West Forgot to explore these important questions.
Long Way from Home: The Housing Crisis Lingers On
The numbers still stun me. Stock market speculators may expect to take a loss like that. But we never imagined the purchase of a home could be as financially risky as investing in, say, a ground-floor opportunity to buy into a Bolivian copper mining business. Decades earlier, my husband and I had purchased our first home with money from a small inheritance. Conservative financial advisors emphasized that a home was not only the biggest investment we’d probably make in our lifetime, but was also the most secure. This script seemed as certain. It had worked for generations of Americans. My husband and I banked on the fact that our investment in a home would serve us as it had our grandparents and parents before us.
Calvinism, Predestination, and Assurance
Calvinism usually undermines assurance of salvation, because people can never be certain that they are among the elect. Is this view Biblical?
When we are praying for “our daily bread,” it is easy to confuse our needs and wants. Daily bread has to do with the necessities of life, not the luxuries (that does not mean it is wrong to enjoy things beyond the necessities, but we have to be careful not to confuse the two in our prayers for daily bread). That is why we must start with the first petition, “Hallowed be Your name.” Whenever we hallow or make something ultimate in our lives other than God, we will begin to confuse our wants as needs. Hallowing God means we keep things in their proper place. When we don’t hallow God and make something else central to our lives, we will tend to pray self-centered prayers. James puts it this way,
Would You Rather Lose Your Morals or Your Memory?
This view, that our memory is what’s most essential to our identities, is most often credited to John Locke, a 17th century British philosopher. It’s difficult, though, to test this directly—after all, you can’t really ask someone who’s lost their memory whether or not they’re the same person as someone they no longer remember. To get around this requires some thought. In past work, Strohminger and Nichols tested Locke’s hypothesis with hypothetical scenarios: imagine someone seriously injured their head and lost their memories, or they lost their sight, or they lost their moral compass, and so on. Strohminger asked people to rate how different someone would be after these kinds of accidents. “What we find consistently, really no matter how we ask this question,” Strohminger told me, “is that moral traits are what matter the most.”
Amnesty's Push to Legalize Prostitution Faces Strong Opposition From Anti-Sex Trafficking Group
An organization dedicated to stopping sexual exploitation has denounced Amnesty International's recent decision to support the decriminalization of prostitution.
Debate: Regeneration and Perserverance (White vs Wilkin)
The Regeneration and Perserverance Debate (2005) James White vs Robert Wilkin ... or The Battle of the Powerpoint Presentations Dr. White debates Dr. Robert Wilkin of the Grace Evangelical Society on the subject of faith. The two parts of this debate are Regeneration and the Ordo Salutis, and the Perserverance of the Saints. To be honest, James was disappointed with this debate. The majority of the time, he had to correct mischaracterizations of his own beliefs. It was clear that Dr. Wilkin had not read any of James' books. Many times, James was morphed into an Arminian. Some important questions to be considered are: Is faith a mere tip of the hat, or is there more to it? What is regeneration? Does regeneration come before faith? Is there such a thing as a dead faith? Are there "super" Christians? These and many other questions get answered hopefully putting the anti-Lordship debate to rest for those who are considering it as being Scriptural. Part I -- Regeneration and the ordo salutis: Does regeneration come before faith? Track 1 - Introductions Track 2 - Dr. White Affirmative (20 min) Track 3 - Dr.
Leadership Do’s and Don’ts From Donald Trump - Tim Elmore
Well, you have to admit—Donald Trump has captured the imagination of millions of Americans. Not only has he entered the presidential race, he leads the polls among conservative voters in the U.S. As I travel and hear people talk about him, I find they either love him or hate him. (
For the Single Mom Who Feels Invisible
The problem is, if we don’t recognize these families and their needs (both practically and spiritually), we probably won’t hear about them otherwise. In my experience serving in women’s ministries, single moms are among the least likely to speak up and make a request. Writing for the women’s site XOJane , one single mom confessed, “I don’t like asking for help. As a single mother, my biggest fear is that I won’t be enough for my children.”
The Greatest Enemy of the Church
Perhaps it’s liberal Supreme Court judges and the sexual ethics of secular society. Or maybe it’s ISIS and the looming threat of radical Islam. Perhaps it’s the rapid increase of those that identify religiously as “none.” Or maybe it’s Planned Parenthood and others who advocate for an adult’s right to comfort over a child’s right to life and barbarically snuff out life in the very womb that is for its protection and growth.
20 Ways to Know If You Are a Leader
Whenever I have the pleasure of introducing myself as a leadership coach, people often conjure up images of me coaching C-suite leaders or those higher up in the food chain. Rarely, do I find people think of themselves as leaders. “Surely, I’m not a leader they say. I’m an individual contributor and don’t have a senior position at work.” However, if John Maxwell is true – that is, if leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less – than many of them are deceiving themselves. Stanley Huffty is spot on: “It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.”
The Tebow CURE Hospital's 100th Surgery!
"The Tebow CURE Hospital is the result of years of planning, building, and praying without ceasing. After opening its doors in December, we are so excited to announce that we recently admitted our 100th patient for surgery," reads a statement from the foundation.
5 Secrets of Church Revitalization - Ron Edmondson
I ’ve written frequently about church revitalization. As one who has planted a coupLe churches, I know the challenges are unique. One thing I’ve noticed is the number of pastors who enter revitalization thinking the church just needs new leadership. Or better sermons. Or them.
I Want to Vote for Donald Trump Just for Entertainment Value. Is That Wrong?
Trump’s absurd soundbites and strange interviews have made for some of the most delicious political satire in years. As John Stewart has said, “Any time I feel like the world’s getting me down or boring me, and there’s nothing to look forward to, I just give myself a little slice of [Trump’s] kickoff speech.”
But I think that, in order to answer your question, we’ll need to look a little deeper at the reason that Trump’s a political contender.