Male or Female: No Generic Humans
Every man and woman, every boy and girl is uniquely made in the image of God. There are no ordinary humans.
Nigerian bishops demand cash for extremist damage - Premier
Bishops in north-west Nigeria are demanding compensation from the government for churches destroyed by Islamic militants.
Racism Is More Than Just a Social Issue
Racism isn’t just a social issue. It’s a gospel issue. Racism undermines and rejects the very work of Christ on the cross for us.
Why are there so many interpretations of the Bible?
In this video, Dr. Robert Plummer answers, why can't Christians agree on the Bible?
Here We Stand — Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2017
A commemoration of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation in partnership with Ligonier Ministries and Reformed Theological Seminary.
Taylor Swift Sings About Death, Resurrection as Darker Persona Emerges (Watch)
In her latest song, the pop star who's known for her country music influences takes on a new sound in which she combines dramatic piano chords with ominous synths made popular in the '80s to present some cryptic lyrics that include themes about death and resurrection.
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This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances."
The First Apologists and Why They Still Matter
The First Apologists and Why They Still Matter The importance of learning from the Church of the first two centuries By Misty Callahan Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, once said, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” ( Ecclesiastes 1:9 ). Here it is, 2017 and his words still ring true. While modern Christians may face some challenges that are unique to our age, I’ve learned that a great many more are not. From the accusation that Christians are “intolerant haters” to the insult of being “ignorant” for “believing such foolishness” , many Christians are learning that the first and second century Church Fathers have already navigated similarly choppy waters and there is much we can learn from them. An Introduction To The Past A couple months back I was attending a lecture for the C. S. Lewis Institute’s Fellows Program where Dr. Tim McGrew was speaking on the topic of apologetics. He suggested that modern Christians would do well to study the early Church Fathers and learn from their example on how they engaged with the culture of their day because the parallels between now and then were stunning.
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Why We Need Apologetics
For the longest time I used to think tracts were a horrible way of evangelizing and reaching out non-believers. To me it seemed confronting and ineffective. In fact I had never heard of a person that had come to Christ from reading a tract, I only heard stories of people being annoyed even angered by the flyers. That all changed when I was in Nepal and I met pastor Meg. Long story short, Meg was at the end of his rope and found himself digging through trash for food. He found a tract and after reading it over he dedicated his life to Christ and now is a pastor in Nepal.
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Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone
Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .
Islamic State threaten Pope - Premier
Islamic State has threatened Pope Francis in a new video which shows extremists tearing pictures of the Catholic leader in half and promising to come to Rome.
Out of the Depths I Cry to You
The Psalms reassure us that those who know and love God also labor through seasons of despair. Even David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), whose youthful hand God steadied against a giant, cries out to the Lord from the depths (Psalm 13:1–2). “I am utterly bowed down and prostrate,” he laments in Psalm 38. “All the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart” (Psalm 38:6–8).
An Apology for Apologetics
Apologetics as a special science was born out of a combination of a divine mandate and the pressing need to respond to false charges leveled against the early church. God requires that we be prepared to give a “reason for the hope that is within us” (1 Peter 3:15). In this regard the apologist echoes the work of the apostles who did not ask people to respond to Christ in blind faith. The apostolic testimony to Christ was buttressed both by rational argument and empirical evidence.
3 Things Every Single Person Needs to Stop Doing
Being single could be one of the best times of our lives or the worst. Of course, we love the idea of spending time with someone, and some—you know who you are—even have our weddings planned with no future bride or groom in sight.
The Reasonable Expectations That Cause Mythologies to Resemble Jesus
While the similarities between Jesus and the “divine” mythological characters that preceded him are grossly overstated , we ought to expect some parallels between Jesus and the imaginative creations of those who lived prior to Christ’s appearance on earth. As ancient people began to consider the possibility of God’s existence, a series of reasonable inferences certainly must have guided the fabrication of their mythological deities. Consider the following reasonable conclusions one might draw when thinking about the possible existence of God:
Complaining About Your Church Won't Change Anything
Growing up one of my favorite stories was about the boy who cried wolf. It’s a great lesson. The boy cries wolf, people come to help. There was no wolf. He does it again. Again, no wolf. Then eventually, a wolf comes. But by then, when the boy cries wolf, no one believes him. This story had a strange affect on my life. Through it I learned saying or asking for something had consequences. If we aren’t careful, we break people’s trust and then when we need them, they won’t be there.
Hurricane Harvey Is Here. Time for Christians to Learn from Katrina.
Harvey, which hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, offers Christians a chance to be even more helpful—to show God’s grace and mercy to a disaster-filled world. But it means we have to be willing to learn from experiences like Katrina.
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The Single Key to Personal Change
You are just changed. Your heart soars with a new sense of what you are on the planet for, what this woman in her magisterial dignity as your bride is about, what you are living for here, and everything changes when something lands on you with a biblical force. That is what I would like to happen. I can’t make that happen with my voice — my voice. I can’t make it happen. God can.
Fear not! 8 steps to leading an evangelistic church — Southern Equip
Christians struggle to evangelize unbelievers for the same reason criminals struggle to find policemen—most are not looking for one. Instead of pursuing others with the gospel, we cocoon ourselves with others who already know it. Drawing near to Christ will submerse us in believer’s fellowship, but it will also thrust us toward others who are on their way to hell. If our corporate worship doesn’t result in individual evangelism, we’re doing it wrong.
Designed for Joy
God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. These distinctive roles are not the vestiges of a bygone era, but integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.
Sunday Worship Begins on Saturday
Second, we take one another on this journey. A worship service is not exclusively a vertical praising of God. It is also horizontal building up of the body of Christ. As you gather on Sunday morning, consider how you might encourage others. Pray that God would give you words to say, Scriptures to share, and specific encouragement to offer to his people. This was Paul’s expectation of the Corinthian church: “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up” (1 Corinthians 14:26).
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Don’t Worship at the Altar of Vulnerability
In his book Strong and Weak [read TGC’s review ], Andy Crouch defines vulnerability as “exposure to meaningful risk.” He notes that Old Testament prophets were vulnerable but didn’t bare their feelings over vanilla lattes; they powerfully spoke truth. They fearlessly fought injustice, oppression, unrighteousness, choosing to obey God for the sake of his truth. They imaged the Lord, who ultimately made himself vulnerable in human flesh for our sake (Phil. 2).
Trump and the Cultural Commies | Blog & Mablog
Your commies come in two basic categories. One kind of Marxism emphasized economics, class and revolution while the other emphasized culture, slow degradation and the promotion of rot. The former was urged and fomented by Lenin, while the latter was urged by men like Gramsci, who argued for a “long march through the institutions.” And by “institutions” he meant cultural institutions—the kind that kept families, churches, and communities as tight molecular formations that had a tendency to resist the predations of the atheistic state.
Fasting for Beginners
Fasting sounds so simple, and yet the world, our flesh, and the devil conspire to introduce all sorts of complications that keep it from happening. In view of helping you start down the slow path to good fasting, here are six simple pieces of advice. These suggestions might seem pedantic, but the hope is that such basic counsel can serve those who are new at fasting or have never seriously tried it.
The Light of William Wilberforce: Get to Know Him Again for the First Time
Can you guess? I wrote a book about him called “Amazing Grace”. Yes, you got it, it’s the English parliamentarian William Wilberforce, a true giant of the faith, who lived from 1759 to 1833. After his dramatic conversion to Jesus in 1785, Wilberforce made two consequential decisions that changed the world—actually, make that three: first, stay in politics, at a time when the conventional wisdom held that politics was too dirty a business for Christians; and second and third, work for the abolition of the slave trade in Britain and for what he called “the reformation of manners” in a society that was scraping bottom morally.
Street preacher arrested again - Premier Christian Radio
A street preacher has been arrested in Somerset, just weeks after he successfully appealed against a public order offence conviction.
I’m a Rare Breed: An Elite Chess Player Who’s Open About His Faith
O n the small planet where elite chess players dwell, very few people worship Jesus Christ. If anyone discovers that you’re one of those “superstitious,” “narrow-minded idiots,” you’re likely to see nasty comments accumulate on your Facebook fan page. On a regular basis, I receive emails from strangers lecturing me about the dangers of following Jesus. Out of pity or disgust, they wonder how I, the world’s second-ranked chess player, can be so “weak-minded.”
You Need to Be a Leader if You Hope to Lead People to Truth | Cold Case Christianity
Of all the topics I read about on Christian Case Making (apologetics) blogs, I seldom find anyone writing about leadership. But this aspect of the Christian life , while it is often overlooked, is critical to our success as Case Makers. When we think about what’s required to be a good Christian Case Maker, we need to remember that leadership is key; we’ll never lead anyone to the truth unless we learn how to become good leaders, and leaders, by definition, have followers. It’s really as simple as that. You may not consider yourself much of a leader, but I bet someone is looking to you for answers in some aspect of your life. Are you a mom or a dad? You’re leading your kids. Are you the senior employee at your job? You’re leading the junior members. Are you the person people rely on for an answer in your group? You’re leading those who are less informed. If you’re living in community with others, you are inevitably leading (and being led). If you hope to make a case for Christianity, you need to identify those you lead and become a good leader:
Priest claimed child porn was 'revenge on God' for poker losses - Premier
A US priest claimed he was trying to get revenge on God for poker losses when he collected child abuse images at his weekend home, according to his lawyer and court records.
Truckers chaplain condemns 'awful' self-driving lorry plans - Premier
A chaplain to lorry drivers has criticised plans to introduce self-driving lorries on motorways in England claiming many could be made jobless as a result.
My Dark Night of the Soul
This was a new experience for me. As a very young boy, I had an awareness of God’s existence and experienced his intervention at certain remarkable points. I was born again somewhere around age 10 or 11, when I first really understood the gospel invitation. I was earnest about my faith from the beginning. I didn’t waver through my teen or early adult years, as I grew in grace. I was engaged in active gospel ministry from high school on. I had numerous experiences that confirmed to me the New Testament reality of the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Yes, I battled doubts off and on, but they never seriously shook my faith.
Charity urges people to view disabled people as Jesus did - Premier
"So I think we need to think about how people behave and how we can welcome people as individuals because everyone if different when they come to church. Some are old, some are young, some have got financial problems, some people have disabilities but we are all people and if we think of people as Jesus did then I believe that changes attitudes."
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Do We Trust the Bible to Tell Us Truthfully What God Commands?
Clearly, many of the more liberal churches and denominations are not only accepting that argument, they are running away with it. Each of these churches once defined marriage exclusively as the union of a man and a woman, and every one of them once defined human sexuality and gender in agreement with the Bible and with historic Christian teachings. Now, at least some people seem genuinely perplexed that conservative Christians will not just go along with the program to redefine Christian morality, marriage, and doctrine.
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Kensington Temple gears up for Notting Hill carnival - Premier
Pepe Francis OBE and Chair of London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust said in a statement: "We support the suggestions of the local community and wider Carnival community to start this year's Carnival earlier…with a multi faith prayer and small performances by those involved with this year's event.
Parenting about cross bearing, Moore tells ERLC crowd
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Parenting about cross bearing, Moore tells ERLC crowd
by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 25, 2017 (yesterday)
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Cross-shaped parenting is marked by dependence on God and connection to other Christians, Russell Moore told a sellout audience at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s national conference Thursday (Aug. 24).
Cross-shaped parenting is marked by dependence on God and connection to other Christians, Russell Moore told a sellout audience at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s national conference Thursday (Aug.
Fathers Have An Even Greater Influence on Daughters Than You May Realize
"I see too many men buy into the idea of ' that's a girl's issue ' or 'only a woman can understand another woman' and avoid talking to their daughters about sex, dating, or other 'girly' topics. They may assume their daughters should automatically fit into preconceived gender roles," Dr. Brown says. "I also see men who are locked into their own narrow view of what it means to be a father to their daughter. They believe that their only role is as a provider and protector, and they end up working too much and missing out on those wonderful father-daughter bonding moments. It doesn't have to be that way at all."
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Is Wartime Living the Same as Minimalism?
It began with Ralph Winter, one of my favorite missionary heroes who is now with the Lord. He was great statesman in this day. Huge influence on me. He pointed out that in the Second World War the luxury ocean liner, Queen Mary, was transformed into a troop transport. This was wartime use of a luxury liner, and he described in detail the dramatic changes. How so many people slept in a room — like twelve instead of three. The kind of utensils that were used in the now-called mess hall instead of the beautiful dining room. On and on he goes, creating a sense for us that during World War II there were changes. Life didn’t just go on as usual.
DNA, Information, and Aristotle’s Nobel Prize | Evolution News
Max Delbrück (1906-1981) was a biophysicist and Nobel laureate who made seminal discoveries in the DNA-based replication of viruses. He was a pioneer in molecular genetics, and, unlike so many scientists of today, he had a profound understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of modern biology. He was a life-long student of Aristotle, and in his Nobel acceptance speech he credited the Stagirite with remarkable prescience of molecular genetics.
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Knowledge of God and His Will
Dr. Craig: Boy, well I try to give Wagner a straight-forward answer in the question of the week. When we're dealing with people in a counseling situation, however, a straight-forward answer is not always the most tactful. Paul says that we should speak the truth in love. And so in dealing with a delicate situation like this one, where a father is talking with his own son, it may be that one doesn't unload with the straight-forward truth, but one attempts to ask questions or to elicit what the other person is feeling. And I would say, in a case like this, the young man is a twenty-six year-old adult. We're not dealing here anymore with a teenager. And so he needs to be treated as such. And I suppose I would only tell him that his unbelief is culpable, which is what I said to Wagner, if he asks me straightforwardly, 'is unbelief going to be judged by God? Is unbelief a sin?' I would say, well, yes it is according to the Bible; unbelief is a serious sin and it will be judged by God. But the real question for his son is 'are there good reasons to believe in God?' 'Are there persuasive reasons to disbelieve in God?' And I think he could focus with the son on those questions rather than on the culpability of the son's unbelief.
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