Bill Cosby responds to Victoria Osteen
Bill's response to Victoria Osteen's congregational message
David Horner: Feelin' Groovy? God and the Pursuit of Happiness - Biola University Chapel
Dr. David Horner discusses happiness, using Psalm 1 as a foundation. He explains that, while Christians can be skeptical of happiness as its own principle, S...
Why Eldership Is for Men
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566. Is Being A Christian Boring?
Bobby takes a look at a common misconception about Christianity.
Misconceptions about God abound. But they don’t have to. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. While we, being finite creatures, can never truly comprehend everything that God is, we should study what He Himself has said.
HSLDA founder Michael P. Farris criticizes the teachings of former
ministry leaders Doug Phillips and…
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.
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession
Not too sympathetic for doctors. I can probably count on one hand the number of "Good" doctors I have met and I work in the healthcare sector. Help improve your profession and earn back the respect of the title you have attained. Help prevent drug companies from influencing the prescriptions you write and the products you endorse. Actively promote improvement to your profession whether it be technology or policy from a wholistic perspective of the entire clinical staff and not just how it can make things easier for you. If you derive the greatest satisfaction by providing quality of care and not a medical mill, what are YOU doing at your practice or hospital to help drive that position. Writing an article to WSJ about how you feel is great for readers, but what are you doing about it where you are now to make a difference? As for your belief that most physicians went into medicine with altruistic intentions..I would argue most went to med school for prestige and future income.
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Pride is perhaps listed first because it is at the heart of all rebellion against God—beginning with Lucifer himself, who cried out against God, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High" (Isa. 14:13-14).
Prayer for injured teen sparks atheist outrage
But that simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from the Freedom From Religion Foundation – a group of perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin.
An FFRF attorney fired off a letter to the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools – accusing them of having an adult lead the prayer for the injured child.
8 Ways to Comfort the Suffering
God is working out all things according to his plan, and he will as sure as he lives bring good out of evil situations. I for one can’t wait to look back from the vantage point of eternity and see how our God orchestrated it all. But until that day much theory is idle speculation.
The Fifth Gospel | Bobby Conway
“Few Christians can rightly say with the apostle Paul, ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.’ Bobby Conway is just such a Christian, and, as such, his passion for Christ is contagious. Read, no, prayerfully devour
Nine Current Mars Hill Pastors Tell Mark Driscoll To Step Down from All Ministry
We are convicted that as we are all elders, pastors, shepherds, we equally share the responsibility for the care of the people God has entrusted to us. And it is because of this conviction and a love for the church that we are compelled to speak up. We are seriously concerned about the state of our church, especially the state our leadership at the highest levels and our continued lack of transparency in general. While the current bylaws greatly restrict our authority, we believe we must act like elders none-the-less. There is information in this letter that we believe to be important to the future of Mars Hill Church and our response to it may impact whether or not it will even have a future at all.
From Playing for the NFL to Giving Children a Chance
I ended up playing in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals, but significant injuries led to my early retirement. I then moved back to Alabama to work with a friend in real estate. One day, as we were coming home from a timber sale and talking about the future of the business, I told him that I eventually wanted to get back to Big Oak. That night, I felt like God was asking me, “What are you waiting on?” When I told my wife about it, she immediately started crying, and I thought, Well, this isn’t going well. But then she said, “Your dad and I have been praying about this for five years. We knew it had to be God’s timing.”
Ian & Larissa: Eight Twenty Eight
Ian’s father, who died of brain cancer, was born on August 28. Romans 8:28 is the verse God used so powerfully to sustain and hold them through Ian’s life-threatening and life-changing car accident. And now, August 28, 2014, is the release day of the book that tells their story, Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up . Through this book Ian and Larissa invite us into their lives again to proclaim the power and goodness of God in the midst of the darkest times.
10 Reasons Bivocational Ministry Matters - ThomRainer.com
Thank you Dr. Lawless, I enjoy the online Mission class this summer. I have a statement and a question! I have been a minister for almost 30 years. I have been full-time only six years of the 30. Twice I was approved personnel with NAMB because I took churches that could not afford a pastor. I work as a Respiratory Therapist full-time. I landed in the church I am at now because I was between churches. Our church has seven pastors, I knew they didn’t need a bi-vocational minister. Yet, I never left. They keep me busy. No, I am not on staff and they don’t pay me but I have been been very active here for years. I coordinate the Disaster Relief ministry, DR chaplain and crisis chaplain, teach a small group, preach at the mission two times a month, coordinate the associational Disaster Relief, on the missions team, preach when the pastors are away and teach discipleship. And many other sunder things. I tell people I am one of the teaching/preacher faculty because I am not a staff member. I am busier now than when I was a bi-vocational pastor. Here’s my question.
Shared biology in human, fly and worm genomes: Powerful commonalities in biological activity, regulation
Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry. The findings offer insights into embryonic development, gene regulation and other biological processes vital to understanding human biology and disease.
God's Not Dead: Refute Atheism: God is Required for Meaning
Christianity is certain and unavoidable. It,
alone, rejects man’s autonomy. Human beings are not omniscient or omnipotent,
thus humanity cannot account for the immutable universals in the laws of logic
and mathematics without God. The Christian worldview declares that God has
spoken and there is real meaning. Christianity declares a worldview that supplies a means to understand
human experience. It announces that the sovereign God has revealed knowledge of
Himself and the cosmos. All non-Christian worldviews including naturalism are
autonomous and cannot provide the truth conditions for the intelligibility of
the world because they are non-universal and self-defeating.
Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence
Self-indulgence comes in all shapes and sizes. We can all name obvious or “gross” kinds (like those listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10). But perhaps for most of us the more dangerous indulgences are those that appear outwardly respectable. These are insidious because it is not the actions themselves that are sinful but our heart motives in doing them. So we may appear to do good while secretly indulging in pride (pursuing self-glory), greed or gluttony (too much of a good thing), negligence (should be doing something else), or lack of love (failing to serve someone else). This is what Jesus was talking about when he said,
How to Deal with a Bad Boss
Of course, what feels like slavery to us is not the same as Greco-Roman or American slavery. American slavery rested on kidnapping—a capital offense in Moses's law—and racism. Roman slavery rested on the view that slaves were inferior by nature, and sub-human. In both cases, slaves were property. In Peter's day, slaves were not considered persons. People said "a slave is a living possession," a "talking tool," and "property with a soul." And if a slave is property, it's impossible—legally speaking—to mistreat one. So slavery is dehumanizing. Most Greco-Roman writers thought it pointless to address slaves, since they didn't see them as responsible moral agents.
WORLD | Homeschool leader disavows ‘patriarchy’ | Daniel James Devine | Aug. 29, 2014
OUR EARLIER REPORT (Aug. 28, 12:09 p.m.): Longtime homeschool attorney and advocate Michael P. Farris, who founded the Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and founded Patrick Henry College in 2000, issued a public statement Wednesday distancing himself from “patriarchy.” Specifically, he criticized the teachings of two leaders formerly popular among homeschoolers, Doug Phillips and Bill Gothard, who both recently stepped down from ministries amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Assimilation is No Option
Ultimately, Dreher’s “Benedict Option” is more a matter of dispositions and attitudes than geography and living arrangements. Not all of us are either called or able to take the kind of steps that the people of Clear Creek and Eagle River have taken. But we are called to ask ourselves about the effects of mainstream culture on our efforts to live our faith and pass it on to our children. What does it really mean to be in the world but not of it?
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J. Warner Wallace: Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection
resurrection. As far as doctrines go, it's a game changer. Many accept
the resurrection without giving it much thought. But isn't something so
important worthy of our wrestling with it? What if we approached the
issue of the resurrection in an unbiased manner and assessed it as a
cold case detective would evaluate a crime scene? Author J. Warner
Wallace is a cold-case detective. He also used to be an atheist. Follow
along in this brief presentation of his approach in applying his
detective's expertise to the accounts of the resurrection. Wallace
believes the case is nothing but compelling: Jesus is alive!
VES 2014 National Apologetics Conference - Veritas Evangelical Seminary
In addition, Norm has taught on the college and graduate school level for 55 years at some of the top Christian Schools in the United States, including Trinity College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the co-founder of two seminaries: Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC and Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Santa Ana, CA. He also founded the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the International Society of Christian Apologetics, and was president of the Evangelical Theological Society. Norm has championed the cause of biblical inerrancy and is one of three living framers (with J.I. Packer and R.C. Sproul) of the famous International Counsel on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI) statements.
The Fifth Gospel: The Ultimate Apologetic - Christian Research Institute
Unfortunately, far too many Christians have gone incognito for Jesus. God’s not looking for secret service agents in the church or undercover converts. Regrettably, many Christians believe they’ve got this 9 to 5 window each week where they are free to detach from missional living. The fact is that many in the church have gone missionally mute . Jesus wants us to live less monastic and more missional. Sadly, the only real lost gospel is the one that remains hidden in the hearts of out-of-commission believers. As followers of Christ, we have been commissioned to let our light shine. It is hard to be an apologetic in the dark, or to be a fifth-gospel Christian from a cave. Helping us grasp the idea of these twin metaphors, Blomberg writes, “Both metaphors of salt and light raise important questions about Christian involvement in society regarding all forms of separatism or withdrawal. We are not called to control secular power structures; neither are we promised that we can Christianize the legislation and values of the world. But we must remain active preservative agents, indeed irritants, in calling the world to heed God’s standards.
God's Not Dead: God: The Ground and Source of Reason
Scholars researching the life of Christ should not presume the entitlements of the all-knowing God. Man is fallen. People have sinned. Acquiescing to the actuality of sin is a requirement for real conversion—one must repent from sin and trust in Christ. The accurate researcher must consent to his finitude and its limitations. He must understand himself in light of who God is and what He has revealed. Nevertheless, many academics scrap both. Too often writers tackling the topic of Jesus Christ approach the subject with naturalistic presuppositions. Naturalism denies the fallen nature of man and effectively makes human reason the controlling authority behind decisions, the rational zenith used to analyze the truth of God’s word. The positions are then reversed, for the reason that God is then at best an unnecessary idea. He is vulgarly dismissed as a superfluous invasion into naturalism's domain.
The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School
As American kids pack up bookbags and find their classrooms on the first day of school, more of them will be greeted with, “Hola” and “Buenos Dias.” Their bulletin boards will display colors, animals, and days of the week in Spanish. Language-immersion schools are booming in the U.S., not just in places like Texas and California, but across the country.
"The Intelligence Can Only be Led by Desire." (Simone Weil) - The Scriptorium Daily
You can probably imagine that my running argument, or puzzlement, with Weil kicks in around here: whatever she is getting at with “a kind of pride” coming along with our “consciousness of sin” is beyond me. Possibly she thinks of sin as a kind of hubris or titanism, such that only a giant among men would dare to take the noble name of sinner. Nevertheless, I’m drawn to her claim that for developing a certain kind of humility, “it is perhaps even more useful to contemplate our stupidity than our sin.” Weil really recommends rubbing your nose in your factual, geometrical, and declensional mistakes. Think you’re so smart? Then how come you blew it?
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2014 Biola XC Schedule | 2014 Biola XC Roster | NAIA Release LA MIRADA, Calif. --- Biola is no stranger to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' top-25 coaches' poll, but it is rare air to find itself at No. 1 in the entire nation. For the second time since 2010, the Biola women's cross country team opens the year as the top-ranked program in the NAIA preseason coaches' poll. The Eagles finished the year as the national runner-up the last time they began the year in the No. 1 spot. The Eagles' women's contingent has found itself among the top 15 teams in the nation in each of the 73 polls to be released since the preseason of 2007. Only eight times in those 73 polls did the Eagles find themselves at the very top of those rankings. Prior to today's No. 1 ranking, all No. 1 rankings in Biola's program history came in 2010. The women's squad spent all of the 2013 season inside of the top-12 teams in the country. The team was ranked No. 12 headed into the year, and it climbed up to as high as No. 3 by the end of the season. The Eagles received 12 of the 21 possible first place votes, and they edged the No.
You are invited to compete in a costume contest at the 2014 Fall Festival. All ages are welcome to participate. The costume contest will be judged for the best Land of Oz attire resembling one of these five characters: lion, scarecrow, tin man, Dorothy, and Glinda. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in four age categories: 0-5, 6-12, 13-18, and 18+ years old. Participants must check in at the costume tent on the seminary lawn by 7 p.m. Costumes will be judged on overall creativity and authenticity.
Judge rules polygamy ban violates religious freedom
A US judge has ruled that a section of the law banning polygamy violates religious freedom, which could lead to the practice being decriminalised.
Devil Worshipers Confident Black Mass in Oklahoma Will Happen Despite Petition
The devil worshiping church hosting the black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sept. 21 remains confident that the event will take place, despite a recent online petition from an opposing organization.
Bishop Noel Jones Receives Shocking Revelation From Loretta After 'Preachers of L.A.'
Bishop Noel Jones, the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., was forced to address a shocking truth revealed to him by his longtime female friend Loretta Jones on the Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of L.A." aftershow.
On My Shelf: Life and Books with Mike Cosper
I’ll end on this thought: I always encourage young guys who want to be pastors to make reading fiction a habit. There’s a practical benefit and a personal benefit. Practically, reading great fiction helps you dwell with words, which makes you a better communicator and a better listener. It fills your mind with images, narratives, and metaphors that then inform how you approach and communicate the strange world of the Bible to others. Personally—and this is just as important—it gives you some place to go. A healthy escape. Ministry can be so brutally exhausting emotionally, and reading, to some extent, allows you to suspend that stress and that burden for a while. It can help you get in touch with your own humanity when you’ve begun to feel like a hollowed-out shell.
John Lennon's Killer: 'Jesus Has Helped Me to See That He Loves Me'
It's been almost 35 years since that fateful day on Dec. 8, 1980 ,when Mark David Chapman fired shots that echoed around the globe as they killed one of the world's most beloved singer-songwriters in ex-Beatle, John Lennon. But in Chapman's eighth parole board hearing this Wednesday, he told the New York state parole board that although he took Lennon's life in search of self-fame and notoriety, his life is no longer controlled by selfish demons and is now solely focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. Despite that claim, Chapman was again denied parole.
Mom Claims Son Expelled From Christian School for Posting Complaint on Facebook
Ashley Habat took her son to Sonshine Christian Academy, a private Christian preschool, for school picture day. Habat was running late and when she got to the school, she told an administrator that she thought parents were not given enough notice about picture day. After leaving Sonshine, she took to Facebook to air her frustrations.
Stem Cell Concerns Don't Freeze Evangelical Enthusiasm for Ice Bucket Challenge
Tens of thousands of Americans—including dozens of evangelical leaders—have eagerly shivered and shaked their way through the ice bucket challenge, despite concerns from Catholic leaders and pro-life groups that the viral video craze may be sending millions to fund embryonic stem cell research.
After 22 Years of Marriage, Wife of Phil Schubert, President of Abilene Christian University, Files for Divorce
"Abilene Christian University president Phil Schubert and his wife, Jamie, have experienced challenges in their marriage, leading recently to divorce proceedings. The board of trustees is deeply saddened about the situation and its effect on their family. We believe the covenant of marriage is created by God. We also believe strongly in the power of grace in a broken world and the call to be peacemakers," Packer began in the email.
Who Was Douglas McArthur McCain? Should Americans Worry About ISIS in US?
After the body of an American who was fighting for ISIS was found in Syria following a fight with another extremist group, the question on people's mind is: What made an American turn to a jihadi lifestyle?
Why Is Hollywood Obsessed with Making Christian Movies?
"If you look at what's going on in our world lately, people have been really searching for something to hold on to," the star told CP. "When things get tough, you turn to entertainment make things easier. Nowadays, people are looking for new outlets in their life, whether it's all sorts of different religions or new therapy thing or new book. I feel like those fads are going away, and people are actually interested in what is written in the Bible. That really caused a surge in all these Biblical TV shows and films."
What Was Herod Thinking? | Reasonable Faith
Some have used the passage above to dispute the claim that the idea of an isolated resurrection in the midst of history was unknown in ancient Judaism. Such a response makes a category mistake, as you note. But you seem to have misunderstood what the category mistake is. It is not a confusion between the resurrection of Messiah and the resurrection of a mere man. Rather it is the confusion between revivification and resurrection. A person revived from death merely returned to the mortal life and would die again; a resurrection in Jewish thinking was to glory and immortality. Certainly miraculous revivifications of the dead were known—Jesus himself raised the dead in that sense—, but such revivifications were not, properly speaking, resurrections. So the Markan passage does not provide a counterexample to the claim that in Judaism resurrection was always a corporate, eschatological event, any more than does Jesus’ reviving Lazarus from the grave.
Metaspriggina: Vertebrate Fish Found in Cambrian Explosion
Metaspriggina (originally named after an Ediacaran species Spriggina but later determined to be unrelated) was earlier thought to be a primitive chordate -- an ancestor of vertebrates. Now, Conway Morris and Caron have examined a hundred more fossils of Metaspriggina and compared them with similar fossils from China and the Burgess Shale. The greater detail seen in the Marble Canyon specimens (thought to be earlier than the Burgess Shale) confirms that this animal was far more than a chordate: it was a vertebrate fish, right there in the Lower Cambrian! Imagine a vertebrate fish, with a skeleton, binocular vision, muscles, nerves, gut and blood vessels: it is so complex compared to what came before, it makes the suddenness and explosive increase in complexity undeniable.
Faith and Doubt | Reasonable Faith
But perhaps you’re already a regenerate Christian. Then you need to cultivate the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. You can grieve the Holy Spirit through sin and quench His leading and power by not allowing Him full reign in your life. Confess sin as soon as you’re aware of it, and allow the Holy Spirit to empower and direct you. Be sure to maintain a devotional life, with regular times alone of prayer and Bible study. Take your doubts to God and ask Him to give you grace to persevere. Cultivate the Christian virtues in your life, and then you can claim the promise of II Peter 1. 5-11 : “if you do this you will never fall .” Make sure you participate in truly meaningful corporate worship in the setting of a local church. Lone Ranger Christians generally don’t make it, and even a small group setting is no substitute for the church, which is the body of Christ locally, replete with all His gifts. Be sure you’re exercising your own spiritual gift in the context of a local church, so that you are serving others. I assume that you’ve followed through on your conversion by being baptized and regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
Smash! Aftermath of Colossal Impact Spotted Around Sunlike Star
Meng and his colleagues studied NGC-2547 ID8 using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and several different ground-based instruments. They watched the star from May 2012 to August 2013, with a hiatus from mid-August 2012 to January 2013, when the object was too close to the sun to be observed.
Here’s the Jarring First Trailer for Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut ‘Rosewater’
Y ou may remember last summer when Jon Stewart took some time away from hosting The Daily Show to direct his first feature film, Rosewater . Now, we’re getting our first look at the unsettling movie that tells the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was imprisoned and tortured for 118 days, shortly after appearing on the Comedy Central talk show. The movie, which is based on Bahari’s book about the incident Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love , Captivity, and Survival, hits theaters this November ...
Through old love notes, journal entries, and blog posts, the book weaves together the 10 months of Ian and Larissa’s courtship leading up to the car accident, the long months Ian lived in a hospital or in a comatose state, and their married lives together. Seeing their relationship unfold in more than eight minutes gives readers the chance to contemplate and grasp the couple’s admiration and devotion to one another, both before and after tragedy. Larissa’s stories and memories bring pre-injured Ian back to life, introducing and engaging readers with a man who still exists beneath the layers of brain damage. As time passes and he begins to slowly recover, we rejoice alongside Larissa as the same gentle, humorous, and quick-witted Ian begins to re-emerge. Though their story is loaded with adversity, it is also packed full of joy and hope.
Richard Dawkins Says He Would Love His Child If She Had Down Syndrome, But Still Believes Abortion Would Be Right Choice
Atheist author Richard Dawkins has further clarified his highly controversial recent comments that it would be "immoral" not to abort a baby with Down syndrome, by stating that if he had such a child, he would "love her dearly." He argued that this does not change the fact, however, that he believes aborting such a child would still be the right choice.
The New Testament teaches that Christians should not neglect gathering together as a body of believers to worship together. Although the form of worship might look different across various congregations and denominations, this principle remains the same: where the body of Christ gathers together, Christ, our sacred, holy Savior, is there. The recognition of this amazing truth should prompt us to reevaluate our preparation for crossing into the sacred realm of our deliverer as well as discourage us from possessing a flippant regard for the privilege of coming together as the body of Christ. Although we may look boldly into the face of our Deliverer because He opened His arms to us in His death and resurrection, we must demonstrate love and respect for God our Savior.
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