Hollywood Condemns Muhammad
http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2014/08/hollywood-condemns-muhammad.html Nearly 200 entertainers (including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and ma...
Dr. Brown Answers Questions on the Bible, Homosexuality, and Hyper-Grace
Dr. Brown is interviewed by Singapore’s Robin Stienberg on his National Critics Choice broadcast.
"Does the Christian God Exist?" | William Lane Craig vs Massimo Pigliucci
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On March 22, 2001 Dr William Lane Craig debated Dr Massimo Pigliucci on the topic, "Does the Christi...
5 Things Jonathan Edwards Teaches Us about the Christian Life
Toward the end of his life, Edwards was kicked out of his church by a vote of ten to one—by professing Christians, upstanding church members. This, and other trials he encountered during his life, lead me to conclude that the lofty vision of Christian living that he has left to us is not naïve idealism. He felt the pain not only of rejection, but of rejection by close friends and family members who were part of his church. And yet, having his eyes opened to present pain did not close his eyes to future glory.
What Makes a Successful Apologetic Argument? - Stand to Reason Blog
I like Sye Ten Bruggencate's example of the man who thought he was dead. When he went to the doctor, the doctor asked the man, "Do dead men bleed?" The man of course said, "No." So the doctor pricked the man's finger, and as the blood welled up on the man's fingertip, the man exclaimed, "Well what do you know! Dead men do bleed!"
Could This Alleged Audio of Michael Brown's Shooting Be Key to Case?
Demonstrators gesture and chant as they continue to react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal autopsy of Brown, a teenager shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, seeking to assure the family and community there will be a thorough investigation into a death that has sparked days of racially charged protests.
Why is this happening to me? What is my purpose in this life? If God is so powerful, then why does He allow me to be treated this way by people who are opposed to Him? Will God ever give me victory over this particular sin?
But something deeper continued to gnaw at him. His lifelong uncertainty about his father’s love fuels doubts about whether God can accept and use him despite his failures. Locked in an ongoing struggle with anxiety and alcohol, Rich finds refuge in the writing of Brennan Manning, an ex-priest and author of “The Ragamuffin Gospel.” Manning reminds Rich, as he did thousands, that God’s love doesn’t depend on our good behavior. It’s unconditional. And grace is not only available for those ragamuffins who, like the tax collector in Jesus’ parable, beat their chest and beg God for mercy. It is intended for them.
Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds
"When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right," said Mangen. "You have the tactile sense of progress, in addition to the visual ... [The differences for Kindle readers] might have something to do with the fact that the fixity of a text on paper, and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story, is some kind of sensory offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you're reading. Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more fixity and solidity to the reader's sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story."
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Should Christians use birth control? In light of recent advances in biotechnology it is crucial to consider the issue of birth control through the lens of a biblical worldview. First, while there is much debate among Christians on the question of whether birth control is appropriate in any form, there is no question that birth […]
Multiculturalism has brought us honour killings and Sharia law, says Archbishop - Telegraph
“In Britain's hospitable establishment different beliefs were welcomed but
only one was preeminent - Christianity. The fact is that for too long the
doctrine of multiculturalism has led to immigrants establishing completely
separate communities in our cities. This has led to honour killings, female
genital circumcision and the establishment of sharia law in inner-city
pockets throughout the UK.”
Three Gospels for Anxiety
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:26-30)
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I am Lutheran, and I did get from this article that I am condemned for doing the ice bucket challenge. What’s worse, is now, how do I apologize to Christian’s and Non-Christians alike for supporting research that may come from aborted fetuses because I have friends that I love in both categories.? I have to tell you the truth, I am struggling with this article. I have attended churches who taught nothing but law. I have attended churches that taught me that if I was forgiven, I would be able to speak in tongues. I wondered what I had done that was so bad that God hadn’t forgiven me, because I could not speak in tongues. I was not born and raised Lutheran, but thought I finally found a church that would teach loving your neighbor no matter what, and forgiveness. This is what God has taught me from His Word. How can I increase His church by condemning? I don’t remember Jesus teaching by condemnation. I am struggling mightily with this and need your prayers. Is this really what the LCMS is? Is it what all organized churches are? There are people who believe that, you know.
Grace to You
Our hope is a living hope because our God is a living God. No matter how bleak your situation might seem, God is at work to accomplish His purposes. As Christ hung on the cross, it seemed as if sin had finally triumphed over righteousness. But sin's finest hour became its death knell when Christ arose from the grave as Lord of life and Redeemer of His people. Now "He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal [body] through His Spirit who indwells you" (Rom. 8:11). Trials and death have no power over you. They simply bring you closer to Christ.
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Grace to You
Think of the names you use to refer to Christ—Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Friend. Spend a few minutes thinking through what these terms actually mean. When you speak of Him by these names in prayer, let the weight of their glory fill your words with depth and texture.
What the Bleep Does the Bible Say About Profanity?
The Bible is full of obscene language. Ezekiel would have been grounded for several months if he was raised in my house. He talks about huge penises, female genital fluid produced at sexual arousal, and large quantities of semen being “poured out” on Israel—God’s wayward whore (Ezekiel 16:26, 36, 37; 23:20-21). Instead of grounding the prophet, modern translators edit out the vulgarity so that Ezekiel can be read in church. The apostle Paul was so enrapture by the scandalous grace of God that he came dangerously close to cussing: “I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as skubala , in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). The Greek word skubala is more vulgar than crap, but not quite as harsh as s**t. Either way, most translations dim it down by using words like “rubbish,” which means trash, not excrement, or “dung” which is more accurate but far less offensive.
Watch Billy Crystal’s Touching Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys
Two weeks have passed, and it’s still hard to believe that Robin Williams is gone. The many tributes from peers and fans alike keep coming, and at the Emmy Awards ceremony, the entertainer was given yet another touching remembrance, this one from his good friend Billy Crystal.
The Danger of ‘Measurable Outcomes’
What matters here, however, is not the danger to democracy but to the church. We therefore need to trace the overall damage of such worldly thinking. It develops Christians with an eye for the bandwagon rather than the Bible, for popularity rather than principle, and with a greater sensitivity to horizontal pressure than to vertical authority. It renders Christians vulnerable to the mob-masters of the virtual age, the high-tech wizards who can corral the opinion of millions within minutes. (This is a crucial factor in the cataclysmic suddenness of the triumph of the sexual revolution over the Jewish and Christian faiths that have shaped Western civilization for 2,000 years.) The result is a church befuddled over the difference between success and faithfulness, hesitant to buck the going trends, fearful to stick her neck out and find herself in the minority, and reluctant to risk the loneliness of pursuing the true and the excellent regardless of all outcomes—in short, a church fatally weakened because it is worldly. In today’s world, the courage of Athanasius contra mundum would be scorned as Athanasius marooned on the wrong side of history.
Christ Did Not Die for You to Do Keg Stands
With most major college getting whipped into a full frenzy, I thought it would be worthwhile to dust off a few thoughts about binge drinking on our nation’s campuses. Most students won’t have to look hard for opportunities to drink over the next days and weeks (and months and semesters). They may have to go somewhere off campus to party, but the party scene comes recruiting right to them. Some students arrive at college looking to make their Party U dreams come true. Others just find themselves all alone and eager to fit in and make friends. The sad reality is that choices made in the first weeks (or even days) of college can set a trajectory that’s hard to break.
Seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to humans
Scientists who study tuberculosis have long debated its origins. New research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America and transmitted it to Native people there before Europeans landed on the continent.
A man of faith with a firm grip on reality - Telegraph
The former Archbishop views so-called programmatic secularism in a far less
positive light, because it insists on a “neutral” public arena and hives
religion off into a purely private domain. Far from resolving clashes of
world view, Williams warns, procedural secularism risks inflaming social
conflict. His recipe for harmony is “interactive pluralism”, which
encourages robust dialogue among faith communities and between them and the
state. No one has received the whole truth “as God sees it”, so all have
something to learn. Such an engagement is held to contrast with the
relativism implied by multiculturalist attitudes: “tolerance of diversity”
can conceal a multitude of sins. During all the fury over Williams’s
ill-advised comments on sharia law in 2008, his broader argument was
5 Times ‘The Onion’ Was Right about Christian Culture
This one might sting a little, but it contains a lot of truth. Written in the form of a commentary piece, the column is penned by an individual asking to hear a traditional evangelistic message. The piece isn’t mocking evangelism—it’s just showing the dangers of relying on a formulaic approach to communicating the Gospel. As the piece demonstrates, most people have heard “the pitch” before, suggesting there may be a better way to reach people—like through actual relationships—than just through (a well-meaning) quick salvation plea.
Are You Worthy of Jesus?
We do not merit or deserve or earn the Lord and his calling and his kingdom. But in our need God grants us to see them as infinitely precious — infinitely worthy. And we embrace them with desperate desire. We prefer over all. We treasure. We receive. We trust. That is what it means to be “worthy of the Lord.”
10 Quotes from Ray Ortlund’s Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ
I apologize for putting this so bluntly, but it’s in the Bible. We need to face it. How can we hope to be true to Christ if we look away from the Bible’s stark portrayal of our natural corruption? The Bible alerts us that a blasphemous attitude lurks in all our hearts. We tell ourselves: “What’s the big deal about this or that compromise? He’ll understand. He’s all about grace, right?” But what man would say: “What’s the big deal about my wife’s adulteries? It’s only marriage. I understand. I’m all about grace”? In the same way, our divine Husband does not think, “Well, she’s brought another lover into our bed, but as long as they let me sleep, what’s the big deal?” The thought is revolting. The love of Jesus is sacred. He gives all, and he demands all, because he is a good Husband. Only an exclusive love is real love. Only a cleansing grace is real grace. Would we even desire a grace that did not cleanse us for Christ (45, italics his)?
Tim Keller on the Disappearing Umbrella Over Conservative Christians
So when you have, on the one hand, that kind of pushback in the public square because now the middle is with the secular rather than with the devout, you have both — more people from conservative Protestantism trying to get into the cultural industries than ever before, instead of just staying out and being in their own subculture; on the other hand, getting more pushback for their views than ever. What will happen?
For $200,000, This Cryonics Lab Will Replace Your Blood with Antifreeze
The next step includes draining as much blood and bodily fluids as possible from the person, replacing them with a solution that won’t form ice crystals—essentially the same kind of antifreeze solution used in organ preservation during transplants. Then a surgeon opens up the chest to get access to the major blood vessels, attaching them to a system that essentially flushes out the remaining blood and swaps it with medical grade antifreeze. Since the patient will be in a deep freeze, much of the preparatory work involves trying to ensure that ice crystals don’t form inside the cells of the body.
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The Myth of Persecution
Then, Moss’s approach to the miracles in the Martyrdom of Polycarp is typical of New Testament scholars who approach the canonical Scriptures with a hermeneutic of suspicion. Miracles simply do not happen, hence any account of them renders the document containing them suspect. It’s also noteworthy that with regard to one of the miracles—Polycarp’s burning flesh being like the smell of baking bread, of gold and silver being refined, and of incense—the use of the term hōs indicates a series of analogous comparisons are being made. As Polycarp was consumed by the flames, it was as if the smell issuing forth from the flames was like bread in an oven, or like gold and silver in a smelter’s furnace, or lit incense in a temple. Surely the author is indicating Polycarp’s death was well-pleasing to God in a way similar to the New Testament’s insistence that the Christian life being a sweet-smelling aroma to him (e.g., Eph. 5:2). As for the mention of preserving Polycarp’s remains, Moss’s contention that this is anachronistic and redolent of third- or even fourth-century practice seems somewhat arbitrary.
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.
Paper Finds Functional Reasons For
Redundancy in the primary genetic code allows for additional independent codes. Coupled with the appropriate interpreters and algorithmic processors, multiple dimensions of meaning, and function can be instantiated into the same codon string. We have shown a secondary code superimposed upon the primary codonic prescription of amino acid sequence in proteins. Dual interpretations enable the assembly of the protein's primary structure while enabling additional folding controls via pausing of the translation process. TP provides for temporal control of the translation process allowing the nascent protein to fold appropriately as per its defined function. This duality in the coding function acts to reduce the redundancy in the genetic code when viewed holistically. The functionality of condonic redundancy denies the ill-advised label of "degeneracy." When simultaneously combined with other coding schemas such as intron/exon boundary conditions, and overlapping and oppositely oriented promoters, multiple dimensions of independent coding by the same codon string has become apparent.
6 Resources on Whether Birth Control Pills Cause Abortions
In a way, yes. I was talking to a friend once about the use of the pill. I asked her “what if the pill is abortive as well?”. She shrugged her shoulders and said “Oh, well. I don’t want to have a baby”. Her contraceptive mentality caused her to be receptive to an abortive possibility.
While the abortifacient factor certainly must not be discounted in determining whether or not to take birth control pills it may not be the root issue. Even if the pill were found to be or made to be non-abortive we would still be left with the issue of a contraceptive mentality that causes a receptivity of abortive possibility. Just like it was said in the discussion, the plan B pill probably is not an abortifacient but is being found to be ineffective. People will just move on to what is more effective and what is more effective in this case would be abortive. As with my friend, the abortifacient factor becomes less and less relevant to their decision.
So while a discussion of which forms of birth control are abortive and which are not is helpful, if we confine ourselves to that as the primary moral focus, we then ignore the root cause of a mentality which will inevitably be receptive to abortion.
Spiritual Warfare: What You Didn't Hear at Bible Study - Apologetics Guy
A lot. As a former missionary, I’ve seen the role apologetics plays on the mission field first-hand. But even if you’ve never been overseas, you’ve probably seen it while talking to your skeptical friends right here at home. Nowadays, most Christians feel like if they get an immediate response while sharing their faith, it’s often full of challenges and tough questions.
Take My Course on Boghossian's Making Atheists!
We will especially be doing two things throughout the course: examining Boghossian’s book critically, with an eye to learning from it or improving it (so anyone concerned about his treatment of certain subjects in it, like feminism, this is your chance to talk about it constructively with the author) and building and improving conversation trees (flow charting every possible direction a conversation with a theist can go, and using that knowledge to optimize the effectiveness of your moving them toward sound reason and evidence-based belief). Ever have a question like, “How do I argue this point, or get past this barrier, or get around these defenses in conversation with someone?” Then this course is the place to ask about that and get advice from not just one, but two experts.
If God Wrote You a Message in the Clouds, Would You Believe in Him?
They’ll say something like, “Peter, I wish God would reveal Himself to me. I wish that God would just pop His head out of the sky, and tell me that He’s real. If He did that, then I would TOTALLY believe in Him.”
5 Helpful Bible Verses to Deal With Divorce
After God created the world, one of the first things that concerned Him was that we did not go through life alone. He said in Genesis 2:18, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him." So along with creating this beautiful earth, God also created marriage between a man and woman.
Why Did God Create the World?
With one stroke this point wipes out much of what the world’s pagan religions have thought about their gods for millennia. But at the same time, it raises another question: If God didn’t create because of a need he had, then what prompted him to create at all? I think the most logical conclusion is that if creation does not arise to fulfill some need that God has, then it must arise because of the way it promotes something he values.
Tony Hale: 'Embrace Where You're At'
First, examine your motivations for why you want to get into the business. It's only natural for those who want to get into entertainment to start off wanting to be famous or be recognized or be wealthy. But then, rather than judging yourself for having those thoughts, simply be aware of and honest about them. Hope that one day those motivations can morph into a more pure desire: loving to entertain and loving the art of acting. If you can start being honest about those things when you're young, and not shame yourself for having them but simply surrender them to God, then you open yourself up to have those false motivations burn off and make room for true motivation and passion. I didn't really examine that stuff until later in life—and I wish I started earlier.
When Is it OK to End a Friendship?
Hey girl, I understand. I'm no expert on this issue, but I would say simply pray about it. Ask Jesus what to do, ask Him if He wants to use you in her life, let the Holy Spirit guide your interactions with her. He pours out His love on us to pour out love on others; He fills us so we can pour out on the people around us. Perhaps ask Him to give you His heart for her, but know that HE is carrying her and you don't have to carry the heavy situation :) Also I've found that even when we don't feel like we can offer anything, just simply being there can be so so much. But whether you continue being friends with her or not, the biggest thing you can do is call out to the Father on her behalf, He isn't done working in this situation.
Five keys to understanding Generation Z
Forget about Gen X. The Millenials are yesterday's news. We have a whole new 'generation' to get our heads around - the apocalyptically-titled 'Gen Z'. Born across the last 12-18 years (depending on which commentator you listen to; there's no absolute agreement on dates), this is the generation currently occupying our schools, youth groups and various online environments that those of us over 30 shouldn't even pretend to understand. So who are Gen Z, and what do we need to know about them if we're going to offer them a compelling place of belonging within our churches?
Michael Brown's Image of God Needs to Be Affirmed by Justice System, Says Evangelical Social Justice Leader
"The community here needs to see the wheels of justice turning as they should," Harper told The Christian Post. "More broadly, we need to collectively change the racial constructs that have dominated our society for hundreds of years. The justice system must work to ensure that the image of God in Michael Brown is affirmed at every turn and every juncture, from the possible indictment of Darren Wilson, the choosing of the jury, the vigorous defense of his life and his rights within that courtroom, and the just sentencing for the one who extinguished his life."
Official Warns of Qatar's Ties to Terrorist Organizations; State Offers to Help Free Hostages Held in Syria
Todd Daniels, Regional Manager for the Middle East of International Christian Concern, has cautioned that Qatar's role in recent hostage rescue missions, as well as its relationships with ISIS and the Nusra Front, could be worrying.
News Reporter's Bombshell Ferguson Tweet Deemed 'Personal;' Revealed to Be on Leave Since March
The reporter, Christine Byers – who said she had learned through an inside police source that nearly a dozen witnesses corroborated the preliminary account given by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson that unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had physically attacked the cop before he was fatally shot – said she has been on a family and medical unpaid leave from the newspaper since March. She also said her earlier tweet posted had not met the standards of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
EPS Blog - Evangelical Philosophical Society
I do not think we can without doing what you suggest. To help overcome the fact-value dichotomy, several factors will be necessary, I think. In part, it will involve refuting the fact side, that knowledge uniquely comes by way of the sciences. Thus, scientism is one such idea, whether in a strong or weak form, that will need to be repudiated. Another key will be to show that there is more to what is real than what is empirically observable (due to the loss of essences from naturalism and nominalism).
We also need to show that we can, & often do, have knowledge in ethics (and religion, theology). But I think this two-pronged approach will require a refutation of naturalism and anti-essentialism, including nominalism. This book, along with my Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality , are attempts to do just that.
Lately, though, I have been bringing in more lines of thought, including the effects of the “split” upon evangelicals, especially in the states. Our evangelical predecessors in the 1800s and thereafter placed a strong emphasis upon having knowledge of objective truths in all aspects of life by “common sense,” which was thought simply would confirm Scripture.
Pastor Who 'Loved Life' Fatally Shoots Wife Then Turns Gun on Himself; 16-Y-O Granddaughter Finds Bodies on Deck of Home
To members of the East Lumberton Baptist Church in North Carolina, Rev. William "Bill" Scott, 68, and his wife, Charlotte, 64, were a happy couple that loved life. So it was quite a shock last Wednesday night when a service at the church was interrupted by the news that Rev. Scott and his wife had been killed.
Where's the Justice for Child Sex Trafficking Victims? Only 1 in 4 Buyers Get Jail Time
At the press conference on Monday to introduce the report, Smith said that judicial leniency given to buyers during the plea process does not serve justice and urged judicialities to hold buyers as accountable as "pimps" under the definition of sex trafficking laws which could warrant as much as five to 15 years in prison. The report found that the average jail time served for someone found guilty of buying sex with a child is about 1.5 years.
Biomimetic photodetector 'sees' in color
A CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector has been developed that directly responds to red, green and blue light in much the same way the human eye does. It uses an aluminum grating that can be added to silicon photodetectors with the silicon microchip industry's mainstay technology, "complementary metal-oxide semiconductor," or CMOS.
9 Things You Should Know About Rabbinic Judaism
Aside from knowing that we share some of the same religious texts, most Christians today are completely unfamiliar with the “modern” forms of Judaism (forms that go back almost 2,000 years). To close a small portion of the knowledge gap about our religious Jewish neighbors, here are nine things you should know Rabbinic Judaism.
Debate Worth Having: How Singlehanded Is God’s Grace?
Montgomery: First, you can never have too much grace. God is inviting us to drink deeply of grace, and we can have as much of God as we want. Second, misunderstandings about grace often come from a “transactional” view of the doctrines of grace: a debt that’s been paid and exacted on Jesus. This transactional understand is true, but it’s far from the whole story about God’s grace. His grace is not merely transactional, it’s personal (Titus 2:11–14, Eph. 2:4–14). To receive grace is to enter a relationship with Jesus as Savior and King by the regeneration of the Spirit. By grace, God plans the salvation of people—not in some abstract manner but in a particular way, focused on particular people whom he chose before time began (1 Cor. 8:3, Gal. 4:9). This grace leads to life with God under his rule and reign, bought by the precious blood of the cross. When grace becomes merely transactional or abstract, joy is lost.