Sacrificing Our Daughters: On the Psychology of Islamic Rape-Gangs
For the sources I cited or referred to in the video, visit the following link: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2013/06/sacrificing-our-daughters-on-psycholog...
The Kalam Cosmological Argument
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/kalam Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and ai...
"Why Should I Trust the Bible?" (Dr. Andy Bannister, RZIM Canada)
Dr. Andy Bannister recorded this short video interview for 100 Huntley Street in early 2011. He addresses a common question asked by many people: "Why should...
Four Important Questions for Your Life -- John Piper
See the full resource: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/why-did-god-create-the-world
Truthbomb Apologetics: Biologist William Provine on Natural Selection
"Natural selection does not act on anything, nor does it select (for, or against), force, maximize, create, modify, shape, operate, drive, favor, maintain, push or adjust. Natural selection does nothing. Natural selection as a natural force belongs in the insubstantial category already populated by the Necker/Stahl phlogiston or Newton's 'ether'...Having natural selection select is nifty because it excuses the necessity of talking about the actual causation of natural selection. Such talk was excusable for Charles Darwin, but inexcusable for Darwinists now. Creationists have discovered our empty 'natural selection' language, and the 'actions' of natural selection make huge vulnerable targets." 
Courage and Godspeed,
1. William B. Provine, The Origins of Theoretical Population Genetics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), 199-200 as quoted by John Lennox in Seven Days that Divide the World, p. 180-181.
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...
EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
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 […]
See The 10 Best Photos Taken From The Voyager 2 Spacecraft
Twenty-five years ago today the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past Neptune, the furthest planet from the sun. The craft, which has been in operation for over thirty-seven years, continues to transmit data back to earth
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Spider-Man 'can be anybody' — and now he's Donald Glover
Spider-Man 'can be anybody' — and now he's Donald Glover
Donald Glover indirectly gave rise to a new Spider-Man a few years ago, and now the actor/rapper is in turn giving life to that precocious superhero.
Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1pbDaV1
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.
Grace to You
Sometimes at conversion, the Lord wants sinners to give a more public profession of their trust in Him, in keeping with Paul’s teaching, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9). This was the kind of confession Jesus drew out of the blind men, and it testified to the eyewitnesses of what He requires for salvation. “Yes” indicated they believed He could do what they requested of Him, and “Lord” set forth their faith that He was the promised Messiah and coming Savior, who was now in their midst.
Wake Up!: The Crisis of the Caring Conscience
Wake up! Everyone is telling everyone to wake up. Wake up to the desperate plight of Christians in Iraq! Wake up to religious freedoms being trampled under in the West! Wake up to the horrors of sex trafficking! Wake up to the crisis at our borders! Wake up to institutional racism that just keeps hanging on! Wake up to the unending murder of babies in the womb! It goes on and on, doesn’t it? Do you ever get worn out from all these wake-up calls?
Grace to You
Despite their beauty, however, flowers do not last long. They are alive today but tomorrow are cast into an oven (v. 30). A woman in that part of the world used a clay oven primarily for baking. If she wanted to hurry the baking process, she would build a fire inside the oven as well as under it. Fuel for the inside fire was usually dried grass and flowers, which she would gather from nearby fields. Jesus’ point was this: If God lavishes such beauty on a flower that is here today and gone tomorrow, how much more will He clothe and care for you, one of His own children who will live forever.
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.
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
How Pastors Get Hired Today
Instead, ask these pastors to help fill your knowledge gap, which falls somewhere between your education and experience. Ask the pastor for an hour of his time for an interview. Pastoral ministry is, above all, relational. The hiring process should be equally so. Finally, be curious. Good knowledge gap questions are open ended. For example:
The Valley of Vision
During the summer of 2013, my son-in law died from a violent, self-inflicted injury. I spent 6 weeks at his bedside … over 1500 miles away from home. During those days, I often experienced a rather daunting emotional roller coaster ride. I struggled with the reality of death. I struggled with right-to-life issues. Often, I struggled with others, who shared this difficult path together with me. After three weeks, the Lord graciously provided still another home-away from home. Under the coffee table in that home, I discovered a copy of “The Valley of Vision.” It brought me life and peace and comfort. It challenged my heart and my attitude. I bless the Lord for the men whose hearts were on display for me in this book … whose prayers helped me to look upon my own heart and challenged me to lift my eyes up to heart of God. I only wish I had discovered this book over thirty years ago, when I began my full-time ministry. Along with the Scriptures, it will be my companion for the remainder of my earthly journey.
God’s Great and Precious Promises
Some of the most precious pieces of this Bible are the promises God makes to those who love and believe in him. These promises — awesome, undeserved, and unfailing — are one way God equips us to overcome the sinful desires we face every day. They’re weapons for the battle for faith, love, and purity. 2 Peter 1:3–4 explains what that war feels like for the follower of Jesus.
Federal judge strikes down part of Utah's ban on polygamy
“The entire Brown family is gratified and thankful for this final ruling from Judge Waddoups. The decision brings closure for our family and further reaffirms the right of all families to be free from government abuse. While we know that many people do not approve of plural families, it is our family and based on our religious beliefs. Just as we respect the personal and religious choices of other families, we hope that in time all of our neighbors and fellow citizens will come to respect our own choices as part of this wonderful country of different faiths and beliefs. We hope that Attorney General Reyes will see this as a victory of us all in defending the freedom of religion and other rights in our precious Constitution. We want to particularly thank our lead counsel Professor Jonathan Turley who represented us through the criminal investigation and then led the fight against this law to reach this historic decision. We also want to thank the team of lawyers and students from George Washington, including our local counsel Adam Alba. We are so honored and blessed to have been able to serve as the vehicle for this milestone ruling.
You’re Not a Student First
Campus ministers have heard the excuse a thousand times as they challenge Christian college students to invest their lives in evangelism, disciplemaking, and service to others. It’s a line young collegiates have been fed by well-meaning parents and counselors, who want them to guard their study time and succeed in school.
Forgiving My Pastor, Mark Driscoll
I allowed myself to hold on to unforgiveness toward Pastor Mark as a way of proving to myself that I didn't idolize him. During a campus gathering about four years ago, he lost his temper and accused the whole body of being unfaithful. His meltdown during this misunderstanding was both shocking and crushing. Yet, holding onto unforgiveness didn't protect me. Meditating on the failures of our leaders doesn't give us a healthy perspective. It merely prevents us from humbly receiving the lessons God teaches us through their weaknesses. The best way to avoid glorifying a leader is to glorify Jesus first.
David Platt Is the New President of the IMB (and that's a good thing!)
Furthermore, isn’t the most common objection to a high view of election that it undermines missions? Can anyone reasonably cast that stone at David Platt? The man breathes missions. No one I have ever known is more passionate or strategic about reaching the lost than he. Forgive my historical reference, but I say of his Calvinism what Lincoln said when Grant was accused of imbibing whiskey: “Find what he’s drinking and send it to the rest of my generals!” If Platt’s soteriology drives him to reach the nations with the gospel for the glory of Christ, then may we all get a dose of it! In all seriousness, whatever fear anyone might have about reformed theology undermining missions is laughable in Platt’s life. I don’t rejoice that a supposed Calvinist is president of the International Mission Board. I rejoice that a man who seethes and churns because the enemy keeps much of the world in darkness and who will stop at nothing to send them the light is president. I really don’t care if he’s a Calvinist or not, but rather that he is saturated with Christ and his gospel.
Is ‘Full House’ About to Make a Comeback?
The Olsen twins don't seem to be interested, so the fate of little Michelle would be a question that would presumably be cleared up in the pilot for this new version of the family sitcom, which evidently still pulls in big ratings in syndication. Details about storylines and characters are unclear, but if they don’t bring back the theme song , we can almost guarantee the project will be a massive failure. Shoo-bit-a-ba-ba-bow ...
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.
Should Secular Rap Music Be Used to Evangelize and Engage Youth?
"When we're in community, and [non-believers] are in our studio, there's a relationship that is formed," Belmont told CP. "There's been tons of times the topic of God has come up, where I have some hardcore rappers from the street that I've worked with for many years and I was able to be a seed planter with the Gospel. Yes, I cringe sometimes when [artists] use foul language when we're in the church building, but to be honest it's a double standard, I think people feel in their minds the walls of the church are holy, but the church is the people."
Kindle + Evernote = ♥
As time goes on, I find myself doing more and more of my reading on my Kindle, and taking advantage of its super-simple ability to make notes and highlights. At the same time, I find myself relying on Evernote to help me retain and organize information. Books hold the information I want to know while Evernote holds the information I want to retain. When I put the two of them together, I get a powerful system to record and remember what I have read. Let me share a simple technique to quickly and easily get every one of your Kindle notes and highlights into Evernote.
Atheist Group May Sue Mississippi School District for Pastor Speaking at Mandatory Teacher Event
A Washington, D.C.-based atheist organization has sent a letter to a Mississippi school district expressing concern about a mandatory faculty event that featured a Christian pastor.
What Is the Prayer of Faith?
Years ago, the editor of a publishing company asked me to write a book on prayer. The theme is a vitally important one. The publishing house was well known. To be honest, I felt flattered. But in a moment of heaven-sent honesty, I told him that the author of such a book would need to be an older and more seasoned author (not to mention, alas, more prayerful) than I was. I mentioned one name and then another. My reaction seemed to encourage him to a moment of honesty, as well. He smiled. He had already asked the well-seasoned Christian leaders whose names I had just mentioned! They, too, had declined in similar terms. Wise men, I thought. Who can write or speak at any length easily on the mystery of prayer?
The TC Apologetics Daily
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We need fools in the pulpit: The danger of sophisticated ministry
A sophisticated church is a contradiction in terms. We are the non-nobles of a crucified Messiah ( 1Cor 1:18-2:5 ). The same choice Paul faced is before every preacher today. Are you willing to be a fool for Christ’s sake? Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s simple gospel sermons were called “Redolent of bad taste, vulgar, and theatrical” by the sophisticated religious elites of his day. He responded, “I am perhaps vulgar, but it is not intentional, save that I must and will make the people listen. My firm conviction is that we have had quite enough polite preachers, and many require a change. God has owned me among the most degraded and off-casts. Let others serve their class; these are mine, and to them I must keep.” ( Christianity Today “The Secrets of Spurgeon’s Preaching, June 2005).
Sarah Palin to Atheist Richard Dawkins on Aborting Down Syndrome Babies: I'll Let You Meet My Son
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, issued a Facebook post inviting famed atheist activist Richard Dawkins to come meet her six-year-old son, Trig, who has Down syndrome after Dawkins tweeted last week that he felt it was "immoral" not to "abort and try again" when an unborn baby has been diagnosed with Down's.
Pro-Life Group Demands PBS Cancel Airing of Pro-Abortion 'After Tiller' Film
A pro-life activist with a group celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down a Massachusetts law that mandated a protective buffer zone around abortion clinics, holds up a sign reading "Courageously Abolishing Abortion," outside the Court in Washington, June 26, 2014. On a 9-0 vote, the court said the 2007 law violated the freedom of speech rights of anti-abortion protesters under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in preventing them from standing on the sidewalk and speaking to people entering the clinics.
The imagery of fire normally arouses sentiments of terror and dread. Fire possesses the capacity to destroy and wreak havoc in the worst of ways, and this reality forces us to recall these facts when we think about this powerful element. Consequently, God’s employment of fire in His manifestations may lead us to think only of His wrath and fury. While the Bible does correlate God’s judgment and condemnation with fire, this element does not carry with it only punitive aspects of God’s will. Fire also provides warmth for the cold and weary, as well as purifies mixed, heterogeneous substances. The Shekinah Glory cannot abide with sin and must consume it in its purity. Yet, Christians can take hope in the reality that Christ has borne the heat of God’s wrath and purified His people through His Spirit, exposing and giving us access to the refulgent glory of God, which we need not fear.
Ben Carson Wins Polk County, Iowa GOP Presidential Straw Poll by a Landslide; Says ISIS Must be Dealt With
Retired neurosurgeon and rising conservative superstar Dr. Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at a Polk County Republican Party dinner in Des Moines, Iowa Sunday night by a landslide. He is getting a team together should he decide to battle for the White House in 2016.
“This accessible and timely book exposes the absurd lengths to which many skeptical scientists and philosophers have gone to avoid the conclusion that the universe and the things in it are the handiwork of the Triune God of the historic Christian faith. With his notorious wit and incisive argumentation, Sproul shows the reader that chance is not an entity that can cause anything, that a self-creating universe is a self-contradiction, and that the only reasonable explanation for the existence of anything is that God exists. Every Christian who wants to make an effective defense for his or her faith should read this book.” —Steven B. Cowan, coauthor of The Love of Wisdom and coeditor of In Defense of the Bible
21 Things Christians Say That Hurt Their Credibility
Here is something you have done to hurt your credibility: It seems you quoted part of a comment I made and labeled me an atheist, while you failed to answer my question. P.S. I have decided to unfriend all the conspiracy theorists on FB, as I believe I have been patient long enough and I’ve had enough.
Israel Under Siege: An Evangelical Diary (Day 4 - Final)
Our last day in Israel was both inspiring and eventful. We went to the Upper Room and had lunch in the Central City Market, and did some taping for CBN and the Trinity Broadcasting Networks, both of which have studios that have a spectacular view of Jerusalem. We then traveled to Tel Aviv and received an "off the record" briefing on the development of the Iron-Dome technology which has allowed the Israelis to shoot down over 90% of the more than 1200 rockets that have been fired at them by Hamas in the last six weeks.
Praying for You: A Summer Experiment - The Scriptorium Daily
Asking God to forgive me for harboring envy so I could effectively pray for my friend is just one example of this. Prayer effects real change and it makes sense that those of us who are praying should also be direct agents of that change at times. Praying for others often awakened a desire for action in me. After praying for someone to experience God’s grace, it then felt natural to pray for God to show me how to be graceful to that person. As a result, God inspired me to serve others in more creative ways. Despite the fact that I had set out to pray exclusively for others, it became a testament to how interconnected we are.
Who Is Saying Medicine is Unimportant?
The biblical counseling movement has a persistent reputation for being anti-drug. Because of our annual conference focus on mental illness we have had numerous posts on medicine and mental illness in the last year. Every time I write about counseling and medical issues I make clear that physical care for the body is important, and that counselors should not function as physicians and try to take people off their medications. In spite of those qualifications, people regularly accuse me and others in the biblical counseling world of being against medicine.
Marriage and Mating Rites
The study’s findings bear out James K. A. Smith’s insights about cultural liturgies outlined in his two books, Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom . Practices, Smith explains, form habits. Practices can be “thin” or “thick,” or, in other words, they can be routines we undertake, not as ends in themselves, but as means to some end (“thin”); or routines which, as ends in themselves, are infused with personal meaning and are thus tied to our identity (“thick”). Over time, Smith explains, thick, formative practices “embed desires in us for a particular version of the good life.” Thin habits can become thick practices, Smith says, when they reflect, or even cultivate, our larger commitments and thereby connect, even if only implicitly, to our vision of human flourishing. For example, the “thin practice” of hooking up becomes a “thick practice” when it comes to shape one’s identity and form one’s vision of how flourishing might be achieved. Thus, Smith argues, “no habit or practice is neutral,” for such actions cultivate our desires even as they serve as perceived means of fulfilling our desires for to the good.
Now hiring a Social Medial Specialist!
Social media has the potential for vast reach and is increasingly a vital space for real-time engagement with new and prospective constituents. The role of overseeing Biola University’s social media presence is hugely important and requires a person who is technologically savvy, journalistically inclined, relationally adept and passionate about the mission, vision and values of Biola University. The Social Media Specialist will be responsible to maintain Biola’s high standards of social media and content marketing as well as its reputation for being a leader in this area (e.g. StudentAdvisor’s “Top 100 Social Media Colleges” list). The person in this role has an opportunity to boost Biola’s national and international reputation and to leverage the exciting possibilities of social media for Biola in powerful ways.
• Develop, manage and assess a coordinated social media strategy for Biola University, as part of UCM’s overarching content marketing strategy
• On a daily basis (including scheduling content for weekends and holidays), manage activity and content distribution on more than 15 Biola-branded social platforms
• By providing useful and on-brand content, as well as responsive, one-to-one interactivity, build communities of long-term brand affinity and help turn prospects into invested customers
• Create, curate and manage the distribution of image, video and text-based content on social media
• Oversee visual design of social media content (e.
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.
Satanic Group Planning 'Black Mass' in Oklahoma City Returns Stolen Host to Catholic Church
A Satanic group that is scheduled to perform a "black mass" in Oklahoma City next month has returned some consecrated communion bread to the Catholic Church.
5 Bible Verses That Will Teach You to Love Your Enemies in Spite of Everything
Having the ability to love and forgive our enemies is counter to our own sense of reasoning. God teaches us that if we see our enemies in trouble or in need, we help them no matter what.
Israel’s Christian Schools Threaten Strike over Government's 'Oppressive Steps'
The oppressive steps of the Ministry of Education are bringing us to a dead end and are hurting the students and their parents who are suffering from a difficult economic situation. We consider the behavior and decisions of the Ministry of Education as contradictory to Israeli law and contradictory to the agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel as well as special agreements with the different Christian schools. This behavior limits the rights of the Christian Church to manage its institutions in the country.
Study explains why college women embrace binge-drinking and hooking up
Once a woman abandons femininity for feminism, then sex is all that she can use to get noticed by a man. Men are like hiring managers, and courting is like a job interview for the job of marriage and mothering. If a woman tries to get the job by having sex with the interviewer, he isn’t going to hire her for the marriage job, since sex has almost nothing to do with the marriage job. Men have to think about things like fidelity and mothering ability when they are choosing a wife. The problem is that thanks to feminism, women have stopped trying to show their ability to be wives and mothers to men, preferring to instead act like men – no emotions, toughness, hardness, binge-drinking, promiscuity. Men may be happy to have sex with women like that, but they do not commit to them. Moreover, if a man is constantly being offered sex from feminist women during his 20s and 30s, he basically loses all the time that he could be training for his roles as protector, provider and moral/spiritual leader. He will never take on those roles if he is handed sex before marriage for free. That is the root cause of the “man-up” complaint that women make.
Tim Tebow Takes Sick Teenager to Dinner and Gives Her Family a Personal Training Session With Foundation
Haley Burke, a teenage fan of Tebow's with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, recently met the athlete who flew she and her family to Arizona for four days. There the Burke family stayed in the presidential suite at a Scottsdale resort for four days, met Tebow for dinner, and engaged in a personal training session, according to People.com.
Actress Scarlett Johansson Designs New T-Shirt for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
Actress Scarlett Johansson has designed a new t-shirt for the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. The shirts are meant to raise funds for the abortion giant’s political group as it prepares to launch an advertising campaign to trash pro-life candidates.