Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? | Yale 2014 | William Lane Craig
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Thursday, April 10th, 2014 Dr William Lane Craig spoke on the "Objective Evidence for the Resurre...
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Dr. Brown Asks How President Carter Can Side with Terror
Dr. Brown addresses the recent article written by former President Jimmy Carter and former Irish president Mary Robinson where they criticized Israel and end...
Islam, ISIS, and the Forced Conversion of Yazidis
http://www.answeringmuslims.com The Islamic State (ISIS) recently released a video of dozens of Yazidis converting to Islam in order to avoid execution. Our ...
No Free Will = No Moral Responsibility
http://www.reasonablefaith.org - If man has no free will and is only causally determined, then he is not morally responsible for any of his actions (which in...
"How Can I believe in God of Love When There is Evil?" (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: "How can yo...
Extreme Faith? Ken Ham Answers Bill Nye and PopSci
Creation Museum founder Ken Ham responds to quotes from the September 2014 cover story of Popular Science about Bill Nye’s fight for “science.” Read more at ...
The enduring effects of Adam’s transgression on race relations in Ferguson and beyond
If Christians want to see less racial violence, we must believe, proclaim, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ and allow it to move us to gospel-action in the church and in society. We cannot simply talk about the gospel, write books about the gospel, preach sermons about the gospel, write blogs about the gospel, or give lectures about the gospel—as important as all of these things are — in the comfort of our homes or offices without interacting in critical engagement with real people in our culture. And Christians can no longer believe the lie that race relations, racial issues, and racial reconciliation are social issues instead of gospel issues — perish the thought! Christians must instead preach the ethno-racial gospel that centers on the death and resurrection of a Jewish Messiah, who died on the cross and resurrected from the dead precisely to save some races of people from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation to make them a new race and new kingdom in Christ (Revelation 5:9-10). And Christians must act out the gospel in our churches and in society to put to death the enduring effects of Adam’s transgression by becoming engaged in the various racial problems that face the church.
Faithful Thinkers: Is Your View Falsifiable?
It is quite common to be in discussions about worldviews and scientific evidence and the issue of falsifiability comes up. Usually one side offers several pieces of evidence that they believe shows the other worldview to be false, but the other person has a logical answer to rebut their claims of incompatibility. The skeptic, in frustration, often claims that the opposing view is therefore "unfalsifiable" on the adherent's view. The skeptic believes that the other person is somehow cheating and denying the possibility that their worldview could be falsified. For if something is not falsifiable, then it cannot be considered scientific (and is often labeled as "pseudoscience"). The term "unfalsifiable" is tossed around a lot, but it is unclear whether those hurling it at their "opponents" actually know what it means or how to properly apply it to the opposing worldview (or their own). So today I want to take some time to examine falsifiability to clear up some misconceptions.
What Is It?
We have to establish what we mean by "falsifiability," because it does have two general understandings.
Faithful Thinkers: Solving the Problem of Evil
A couple weeks ago a commenter asked a short series of questions about evil that I think deserve more than just a comment. The questions were posed on my article " Pain, Suffering, and Purpose ". I was already in a conversation with another commenter about leaving a legacy from the Christian and the atheistic worldviews, and it seems that these questions tie right into that conversation. Here they are:
Are we (humans-Christians or non-christians) created to solve the
Can we make this world a better place?
Can our legacy be
to make it better that we found it?
Given the series of questions, this appears to be a question not about the logical problem of evil or even the emotional problem of evil, but the eradication of evil- was man created to remove evil? The logical problem of evil merely poses the challenge of the idea that an all-loving and all-powerful God is incompatible with the existence of evil. It assumes that evil exists. The emotional problem of evil focuses on the psychological effects that we experience from seeing the evil in the world. It is used to fertilize the ground for planting the logical problem of evil.
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Is there a God? Are you willing to bet your eternal soul on your answer? This essentially is what has become known as Pascal's Wager, a bare-bones approach to challenging the folly of unbelief. Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) is widely regarded as a brilliant mathematician, but he is less well-known as a deep student of religion and the Bible. Connor, professor of English at Kean University in New Jersey, believes that this passion, along with Pascal's insatiable curiosity and his father's deep love for learning, produced the prodigy who would change the way we view both God and the sciences. Driven by the tumultuous events of 17th-century France (vividly recreated by Connor), and meeting resistance not only from fellow mathematicians like René Descartes but from such powerhouses as the Jesuits, young Pascal repeatedly proved himself more than just a "spoiled son of a controlling father," rising above the challenges of his youth and diminutive stature. Written for a general audience, this biography is a compelling and readable study of one of the most influential thinkers in religious history.
WORLD | Tinder for the explosion in Ferguson | Lynde Langdon | Aug. 30, 2014
In 2012, after years of sub-par test scores and graduation rates, the state board of education stripped Normandy’s accreditation. That decision activated a state law on school choice. Missouri law only allows charter schools in large urban districts, effectively limiting them to the Kansas City and St. Louis city limits. While Missouri does not have an official school transfer program, students in unaccredited districts can transfer to any higher performing district in the same or a neighboring county. The unaccredited district pays for the students at those schools and chooses one district to which it will provide free bussing.
DRAFTED - Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL
“Football is one of the best things anyone could ever do… but true life — what it means to live — is all wrapped up in the way you follow Christ.” – CHRIS NORMAN
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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,
Grace to You
Jesus felt compassion for the crowds as only the Son of God could feel. It is among God’s attributes to love and care because “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The term for “felt compassion” literally refers to the intestines, and most often occurs in Scripture with the figurative reference to the emotions, the way we use “heart” today. But Jesus’ concern was not just symbolic. He no doubt physically felt the symptoms of genuine caring—ones such as aching and nausea when encountering the agony of people’s struggles with sin and hardship. In order to fulfill prophecy, “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases” (Matt. 8:17).
The 10 Greatest Hymns of All-Time
As English-speaking Christians, we have a vast array of hymns available to us, and we each have our list of favorites. In my assessment, the best hymns are those that are universal and timeless, speaking to all Christians in all times, places, and situations. They are firmly grounded in Scripture and drawn out of, or toward, the gospel of Jesus Christ. And they are inevitably coupled to a great melody.
As a Christian I am influenced by an old man and a new man, the man I was and the man I am becoming. The new man loves to see each moment as a gift of God that must be stewarded well; the old man loves to fritter away time and opportunity, one moment at a time. The new man sees the benefit of living a disciplined life; the old man insists it is just not worth the effort. The new man sees that patterns and habits can be renewed and redeemed and used for good; the old man screams that this is weakness, a crutch for the person who lacks better motivation.
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Evangelicals and Same-Sex Marriage: An Interview with John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell
Finally, we need to support our brothers and sisters in Christ who find themselves facing hardship because of their convictions. In particular, pastors needs to support their people. We are distressed by the number of pastors saying, “Just bake the cake.” This response violates the sacredness of all vocations as callings of God. Preaching a sermon is the pastor’s vocation; baking a cake is the bakers. If we think it wrong for a pastor to be forced to officiate a same sex ceremony, we ought think it wrong for a baker to be forced to participate in one as well.
How can evangelicals, Catholics, and others defend marriage without
looking like they are angry bigots? Or, is there even a way?
There are some people who will call us hateful bigots no matter what we do. But that is to be expected. There are a few things we can do to be most effective.
First, we need to be very clear on what marriage is and what it is not. Marriage is not the government or church’s endorsement of strongly held, even sincere, affection. It is an institution central to the human experience by which children are best produced, protected, and promoted.
Rams cut Michael Sam
Sam arrived in St. Louis with great fanfare — but with long odds to make the regular-season roster because the Rams were already deep at Sam’s position, defensive end. But Sam played well enough in the preseason that there was increasingly talk in NFL circles that he had a good chance of making it.
A Formulation and Defense of the Doctrine of the Trinity | Reasonable Faith
Conventional wisdom has it that in affirming that God is three persons, Church Fathers like Tertullian meant at most three individuals, not three persons in the modern, psychological sense of three centers of self-consciousness. I shall return to this issue when we look at the creedal formulation of Trinitarian doctrine, but for now I may note that an examination of Tertullian’s statements suggests that such a claim is greatly exaggerated. In a remarkable passage aimed at illustrating the doctrine of the Son as the immanent Logos in the Father’s mind, Tertullian invites his reader, who, he says, is created in the image and likeness of God, to consider the role of reason in the reader’s own self-reflective thinking. “Observe, then, that when you are silently conversing with yourself, this very process is carried on within you by your reason, which meets you with a word at every movement of your thought, at every impulse of your conception” (5). Tertullian envisions one’s own reason as a sort of dialogue partner when one is engaged in self-reflective thought.
Grace to You
Lack of joy is a sin too. Many people lose their joy because of worry about tomorrow, and they miss the victory God gives them today. That is not fair to Him. God gives you a glorious and blissful day today; live in the light and fullness of the joy of that day, and use the resources God supplies. Don’t push yourself into the future and forfeit the joy of today over some tomorrow that may never happen. Learn this one little statement: fear is a liar. It will cause you to lose the joy of today. What’s more, God gives strength for only one day at a time. He doesn’t give you grace for tomorrow until tomorrow.
How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step
But a number of Christian denominations have already taken significant steps towards liberalizing their stances on homosexuality and marriage, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that affirming homosexuality is hardly a cure for membership woes. On the contrary, every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization of sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.
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Click here to support Shawn's Medical Fund by Meshelle Brewer Walker
Many of you know the journey we have been on the past 2 years but for those that don't here is our story. In July 2012 Shawn was hospitalized for a brain tumor. It was removed July 26, 2012 and we thought our lives would return to normal...well, "our normal". Little did we know that the problems Shawn was experiencing had little to do with the brain tumor and through a two year journey we have a diagnosis of "autoimmune encephalitis" more specifically "VGKC Complex Antibody-Associated Limbic Encephalitis" which in terms we can understand...his immune system is attacking his brain and causing it to be inflammed. Side effects from this are seizures, uncontrollable shaking, mood swings (depression) and many other symptoms. Of course this has all resulted in a loss of his job which has meant a big hit to our household budget. Shawn has been denied disability TWICE and we are now waiting on a hearing before the Social Security Disability Court in November. We have been blessed by our church family (where I work) and our friends but bottom line...we are struggling. The medical bills keep coming in and there is not even enough money to cover our normal household expenses let alone any medcial treatments that Shawn has coming up.
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.
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One of Largest Christian Colleges Decides Divorcing President Can Keep His Job
Abilene Christian University president Dr. 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.
Embrace the Blessing of Rebuke
All of us who have in Christ “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), and are in our right mind, will want to “listen to advice and accept instruction, that [we] may gain wisdom in the future” (Proverbs 19:20). We’ll not just suffer someone speaking into our lives, but invite them to do so — and when they do, embrace it as a blessing. Even when it’s a rebuke poorly delivered, and the timing and tone are off, and the motivation seems suspect, we’ll want to ransack it for every grain of truth, and then repent, and thank God for the grace of having people in our lives who love us enough to say something.
Who Is Saying Medicine Is Unimportant? Part II
In Part 1 of this post I observed that many believe the biblical counseling movement is against medicine. I tried to demonstrate that there is no evidence that this reputation comes from the leadership of the biblical counseling movement. Every leader in biblical counseling that I know about enthusiastically supports medical care for medical problems. Even more than that, the people I know repeatedly discuss the importance of leaving medical decisions to medical practitioners.
Because the World Is Watching
Our city is used to this kind of stuff. It's not uncommon, unfortunately, for St. Louis to experience racial tension. All the way back to Dred Scott, we see racial tension in our city about who is free and who is not. In July 1917 in East St. Louis—a place where we are planting a church right now—there was a race riot that lasted a week. A hundred people lost their lives. You probably don't know about the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868. It said people in this country could live anywhere they want, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. But that didn’t practically get applied in St. Louis until 1948, almost 80 years later. Maybe you saw the Netflix documentary on Pruitt-Igoe, this grand experiment to unite black and white people who live in an urban area. It went horribly wrong and divided over race issues. When I moved to St. Louis in 2001, I was surprised to see the population sign. Three-hundred thousand people. And as I began to research I was surprised to learn that in 1950 there were 900,000 people living in the city. For the most part, all the people in the majority culture moved out.
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead! Nietzsche, Moral Absolutes, and Evolution
Some cultists advance the
idea that life is about knocking on enough doors to sell magazines or to
participate in enough temple and occult rituals to please God. Selected Hindus
suggest one must stay pure to escape the Karmic cycle. The Prussian born
Friedrich Nietzsche advanced the idea that life was about attaining power.
Nietzsche wrote of the will of power, the Superman, and magnificent destinies.
Yet, Nietzsche was a physically and emotionally weak man: headaches,
unattractive, bad eyesight—a tragic figure. He ironically asserted, “A casual
stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
A few years later, he fell into insanity and repeatedly declared that he was
Renewing Your Mind | Kant's Moral Argument | August 30, 2014
In verses 20–22, Paul contrasts the Ephesians with other Gentiles by reminding them of what they have been taught in and by Christ. The conduct that he admonishes in verses 25–32 (and throughout the remainder of the letter) is not only in light of the grace they have received in the gospel but also in light of their condition before conversion and what they are presently being taught. To be more accurate, one of the things they had received in the gospel is a new heart awakened to the righteousness of God’s law and enabled by His Spirit to pursue it. The gift of a renewed heart is part of what is promised in the new covenant (see Jer. 31:33). Ezekiel 36:26–27 is explicit: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”
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.
Before-and-after pics reveal the soul-crushing disappointment…of Kindergarten
This breaks my heart. Not because of this particular picture, which could mean anything, but because it’s true: this is what school does to kids. We all know it that our kids (except perhaps for the few for which school is easy enough not to stress them but not easy enough to bore them) end up like this, one way or another. We know school sucks. We make songs about “learning on the street” being better than in school. Yet we do nothing about it. We know that this educational system was designed to produce capable workers with a good basic knowledge during the industrial revolution. We know that it is completely ill-equipped to get our kids the skills they need for today’s society. We know much more about the neuroscience behind learning, motivation, and ability. For many things we know very well when kids are up for it and when not. Yet we do nothing with it. The prime example being second language learning of course, which, if it happens at all, happens in their early teens, whereas kids’ implicit learning capacity, which is responsible for language learning, starts bogging down after 6y.
The Need for Apologetics in the Local Church - Christian Research Institute
Birth of an Apologetics Ministry. The ability to give a defense for the apostolic doctrine is at the core of the Christian faith (Acts 2:42). Any believer who constantly shares the good news will eventually meet someone who has a question about the Christian faith. This was my (Perseus’s) plight when we began witnessing in 1991. I just accepted Christ a year before and I had a zeal for witnessing. This burning desire to share Christ was also fueled by my close friends. They also loved the Lord and were willing to spread the gospel each Saturday. We met at the church at 11:00 a.m. for prayer and consecration. We would then walk the streets around the church sharing the gospel door to door. It was through this method of evangelism that our apologetics ministry was born. During one of our street witnessing ventures, we encountered two gentlemen. They were dressed in white shirts, black ties, and dark pants. They were very friendly and well informed. These two men professed to be believers in Jesus, the Bible, and the church. As our discussion progressed, however, we soon discovered their doctrinal belief was inconsistent with our biblical worldview.
Don't Wait for the Perfect Job
The overall points of the article I don't disagree with, but I have to say that stewardship is not the main point of the parable of the talents. Yes God wants us to be good stewards of the resources he provides, but God doesn't throw people in hell for mismanaging funds. The parable is about faith, the first servants had utmost faith in the master and displayed that faith in obedience. The master cared more about their faith than the return on his investment because each servant received the same recommendation despite the amount they brought back. The last servant was afraid of the master and had no faith in him, that's why he was thrown into hell. Would the master have loved the servants left if they came back empty handed? No, because it was their faith in going out in obedience that the master was after.
“‘The supreme value of reading Edwards is that we are ushered into a universe brimming with beauty,’ writes Ortlund. I couldn’t agree more. And one would be hard-pressed to find a more engaging introduction to this universe for the church. Even the final chapter, on ways in which we should not follow Edwards, offers crucial Christian wisdom. Ortlund’s criticisms of Edwards hit the mark—and deserve consideration by Edwards’s growing number of fans. I plan to use them with my seminary students in years to come. Please peruse this beautiful book. It’s good for the soul.”
—Douglas A. Sweeney , Professor of Church History, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
A worthy manner
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
TGC Spotlight 8.29.14
We have lost the willingness to call evil by its rightful name, and the courage to stand in the face of it and say: “No. Not here. Not on my street. Not in my city.” There is no limit to the hells men devise when no one opposes them. “What’s the point?” a Rotherham victim asked investigators. “I might as well be dead.” The men and women who failed her might ask themselves the same question. We might all ask it. What is the point, really, in preserving our comforts—our lives, even—if to do so we must become so small, so dark-hearted, that we turn our backs on the most vulnerable among us?
Is it appropriate to serve communion to shut-ins? — Highlands Ministries
Some object to communion for shut-ins, usually for two reasons. First, they rightly affirm that we should never separate the sacraments from the Word . We don’t want either to treat the sacrament as a hollow sign, nor as spiritual magic . We don’t do this for fear the shut-in will be beyond the reach of God’s grace without the sacrament. Neither, however, do we shrug our shoulders, believing it is no big deal for the shut-in to go without. It has always been my practice with shut-ins to include an exposition of the Word, before serving the bread and the wine. It need not be a full forty minute sermon, but of course I want to bring the Word of God to bear in the life of the suffering saint. Word and sacrament belong together.
The Biblical Foundation for Church Partnerships
Every Christian understands that the world will know we are Christ’s disciples by our love, so you probably have a desire to display Christ’s love by connecting with other churches in your community. So you plan a park cleanup day together. Or a pastors prayer gathering. Maybe, if you’re daring, a joint Easter sunrise service. But to go beyond that, into long-term committed partnership? There are a hundred reasons why that wouldn’t work.
Gameplan Breakdown: Wisconsin-LSU
Kirk Herbstreit previews Saturday's showdown between Wisconsin and LSU.
Why Church Members Don't Invite Others to Church
Another issue for metropolitan churches is our commuter culture. I believe strongly in worshipping and building community close to where I live. Thus, I am active in a church that is 10 min from my home. However, I work downtown – a 40+ min commute away and a majority of my non-believer relationships are forged there. Those individuals either live close to the office or also commute from other suburbs. My local “community” happens at church and unfortunately not in my neighborhood – and from what I’ve observed, many of my neighbors commute as well.
Question of the Week: Favorite Bible Book
Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.
Lee Strobel's 'The Case for Christianity': 60 Answers to Popular Questions on God, Bible, Jesus and Faith
My hope is this book will equip Christians by giving them basic responses to the kind of questions they may get from their friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family members. But even more importantly, it's a book that Christians can actually give to people who are checking out Christianity. For instance, it's a book that can be given to high school and college students who are returning to classes this fall, or to people for their birthday, graduation, or Christmas. My prayer is that it will stimulate their spiritual curiosity, clarify the gospel for them, and clear away some of the questions that might be roadblocks in their progress toward Christ. The book also points readers toward more in-depth resources if they want to pursue deeper answers.
Editorial: Thinking about the New Covenant and Persecution
Under the new covenant, however, this is certainly not the case. Given that our Lord Jesus Christ has experienced suffering to glory in order to accomplish our salvation, we too, yet not for exactly the same reasons, are called to suffer and experience persecution for his name’s sake. In fact, under the new covenant, generally speaking, suffering and persecution is not primarily due to our disobedience (except in the case of our sin), but it is the result of our faithfulness and obedience to the Lord. As Paul reminds us, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (1 Tim 3:12, ESV). Or, as our Lord himself teaches about who the truly blessed person is and what kingdom life is all about: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt 5:10-12, ESV).
7 Presuppositions for Faithful Christ-Centered Expository Preaching - Prince on Preaching
I read this book in 2002. Though I appreciated it very much, it was not until more recently that I have come to see it as an excellent piece on biblical theology. I think Dr. Beale said somewhere that Dumbrell has influenced his thinking like few others. I highly recommend The End of the Beginning, his The Faith of Israel and The Search for Order. He also has a hard to find theology of the synoptics, The New Covenant, which is helpful. I have not read the entirety of Covenant and Covenant, though I am sure it’s helpful.
Christian apologetics: is there, besides the current popular approaches, another way to “take every thought captive”?
I see presuppositional apologetics as basically a legitimate method of question-begging. What I mean is that the presuppositionalist uses evidence that is publicly apparent (for those renewed to see it) yet exclusively received by the elect (for only the elect have the renewed disposition to see it). So the presuppositionalist presents arguments with premises that the nonbeliever must actively suppress and ultimately reject. When someone says to a crowd “REPENT!”, he is assuming a lot of Christian premises rejected by his audience. But the Christian has warrant for this question begging because these prior premises are public in the sense that people in their right (spiritual) mind would see them. The presuppositionalist refuses to except the starting point of the nonbeliever. He presents the sufficient evidence of God as Creator (nature) and Redeemer (scripture) hoping that God will give them eyes to see and ears to hear. The traditional evidentialist must enter into the perspective of the unregenerate to persuade the person to accept and put faith in evidence that only the regenerate can see.
Your Labor and the Two Great Commandments - Stand to Reason Blog
After all, that’s how he shows his love for us. The incarnation is God’s entrance into a life and death of service for human beings. The Apostle Paul makes this connection as he writes , “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” He says this just before he points to the example of Christ as the one who serves others, “taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” This is the good news of Jesus Christ, for our life and death, our rest and our work.
The Perfect Family Recipe — What's the formula for family success?
Not, of course, because these lifestyle choices are disastrous, but because recipes are. Too often children raised in our circles are raised as if they were cakes being prepared for the Pillsbury Bake-off. We dress them this way, teach them that way, marry them off this other way to demonstrate what great cooks we parents are, to win the blue ribbon for ourselves. And the kids, rightly, resent it. Not because they are so eager to dress a different way, be taught in another context, find a spouse in a competing system, but because they are not cakes, not trophies to be shown off.
WORLD | Federal judge strikes down part of major Texas abortion law | Lynde Langdon | Aug. 29, 2014
Only 19 abortion providers remain open in Texas since the privileges requirement went into effect—down from more than 40 just two years ago. The plaintiffs in the suit, a group of abortion facilities, argued the new requirements for surgical capabilities would have closed more than a dozen centers, leaving no abortion providers in the western half of the state. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is the favorite to become governor next year, vowed to seek an immediate appeal to try to preserve the new clinic rules.
WORLD | Weekend Reads: Understanding the secular age | Caleb Nelson | Aug. 30, 2014
We got into a secular age through a confluence of factors that were mainly theological. For example, the Reformation is often blamed for banishing a “sacramental” concept of reality, in which the holy can be found in the mundane. But as Taylor argues, there is no straight line from the Reformation to the secular age. Rather, a cluster of Late Medieval Reform movements intersected, and the sum of their trajectories was toward a distinctly secular vision, in which ultimate flourishing of human life can be found and defined, strictly in terms of what this world has to offer. For example, medieval nominalist theologians denied the existence of metaphysical substances and thus of final causes (i.e., goal-oriented structures) in nature, because these would limit the absolute power of God. Meanwhile, other medieval Christians lovingly focused on the lush depths of the material world, seeking to find God in the details of creation. Finally, the Reformation understood sacramental communion with God as spiritual rather than directly physical. The sum of the three movements was the genesis of modern science’s exclusive focus on efficient causation, and thus its attempt to control the now-demystified processes of the physical world.