412. Is There Any Extra Biblical Evidence For The Exodus?
Ted Wright shares evidence for the historicity of Exodus.
Check This Out: The Origin of Races
Ever wonder why there are so many different "colors" of skin if we all came from Adam and Eve? Are there really different "races" or are we all of one race -...
Why Entertainment is Costing the Church its Young People
I’ve heard it time and time again. The church is losing its young people. If this trend continues, within a few generations, the church will be dead. Devoted Christians are losing their children to the world. As soon as they go to college, it seems, they fall away. Why? Why is this happening to us?
WORLD | A virus more deadly than Ebola | John Piper | Aug. 4, 2014
Donald Trump has sent in recent days a series of panicky tweets. July 31: “Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days … KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!” Aug. 1: “Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S.” Later on Aug. 1: “The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great—but must suffer the consequences!”
God Works Wonders
God doesn’t have to take you where he does. He doesn’t have to sit there and let you keep waving. He sees you. He hears you. He could say one word and you’d know it. But he doesn’t, and it must be because there’s something glorious that happens in those moments of our waiting.
The Briefing 08-04-14
CDC Director Says U.S. ‘Surging’ Efforts to Stop Ebola Outbreak
Is Competition Good For Us? | Q Ideas
So much hype around the idea of collaboration, but what is it really? How do we work alongside others and advance their projects even if it doesn’t advance our own? The opportunity for cultural goods and ideas to move forward, based purely on an ability to create collaborative environments,
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Is suicide an unforgivable sin? In a society of stressed–out people, suicide is not a singularly secular problem. Nor is it relegated to any particular segment of society. Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages fifteen to twenty–four. As the incidence of […]
Sign the Petition - Defending Inerrancy
We’ve lost a growing number of scholars over the issue of inerrancy . This is a problem because pastors follow scholars. And ordinary people follow pastors. So it’s only a matter of time before we could see the full erosion of the Bible within our generation… unless we take action to alert the Christian community . And please sign this petition to tell your friends that you stand up for the Bible.
6 Questions to Ask When Your Life’s About to Change
This week we talk to hip hop artist Tedashii about the story behind his new album, "Below Paradise." Plus, we reclaim Shark Week with a game of real shark facts, we recap the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and more ...
Smoking mothers may alter the DNA of their children
The work provides some of the strongest evidence to date that maternal behaviors can modulate fetal DNA during pregnancy. Moreover, the findings are supported by previous research indicating maternal smoking may alter the newborn’s DNA, says Andrea Baccarelli, director of Harvard University’s environmental epigenetics lab. The results of this large-scale investigation are consistent with the findings of previous, smaller studies, as well as research directly examining the effects of cigarette chemicals on cells, he notes. “It is a wonderful example of convergence between [lab-based] toxicology studies and human studies.”
#Christian Reason Today
#Christian Reason Today, by Arthur Khachatryan: The Christian apologetics e-paper highlighting the best of reasons for the Christian faith.
Top 20 Christ-centered expository preaching checklist
David Prince serves as assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Seminary. Is is also the pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington Ky. You can read more by David Prince at his blog: Prince on Preaching . Also follow him on Twitter at: @davideprince . This article originally appeared on his blog .
Joy and Sorrow Intermingled
The opposite is true as well. People are often surprised when in the midst of the most crippling tragedies they experience strange moments of peace, hope, and even joy and gratitude. A few months ago, my friend’s younger brother died saving his girlfriend from a collapsing basement wall as a tornado tore through the Alabama town where they attended college. There are no words to capture the grief that flooded the hearts of those who knew and loved him, and I will not attempt to do so. I was unable to attend his funeral in Mississippi, but some friends and I gathered in a hot Manhattan apartment a few days later, and we prayed. Some of us knew the young man and his family; some had only heard of him. But we poured out our hearts to God and to each other, our words mingling with the voices that moved along the sidewalk below the open window. Hot tears spilled down my cheeks—tears of sorrow, confusion, weariness at the brokenness in the world, and anger at the injustice of death. Yet through the tears, I felt an inexpressible hope of something almost too beautiful to bear, and I wanted to weep even more at the realization of it.
Learning From Young Atheists: What Turned Them Off Christianity
Instead of would-be Richard Dawkins', the typical respondent was more like Phil, a student Taunton interviewed. Phil had grown up in church; he had even been the president of his youth group. What drove Phil away wasn't the lure of secular materialism or even Christian moral teaching. And he was specifically upset when his church changed youth pastors.
Faith, Science and Culture
On Thursday, August 28th at 7:15 PM – at Calvary Church of Santa Ana – Come enjoy an evening of thoughtful discussion with talk show host Dennis Prager, leading intelligent design philosopher Dr. Stephen Meyer of The Discovery Institute and the author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt , and cultural commentator John Stonestreet of The Chuck Colson Center as they examine the role of both faith and science in our lives, the universe and human flourishing.
How Not to Argue: The Problem of ‘Folk Fallacies’
Argumentation is the act or process of forming reasons and of drawing conclusions and applying them to a case in discussion. Christians are required to argue (1 Peter 3:15), so we should learn to do it well. When it comes to learning how to argue, you can find no better model than Jesus. (Which is why I co-wrote a book titled, How to Argue Like Jesus ).
The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Diner Gets Discount at North Carolina Restaurant for Praying Over Meal
A diner on business travel received a 15 percent discount on her check for simply praying over her meal at a Winston-Salem, North Carolina restaurant Wednesday.
Tiger Woods and the Profane Profusion of Christ's Name
How did so many Americans and others from the once-"Christian" West descend to the level that what the Bible says is "the name above all names" has been reduced to the gutter? More important: What does the use of the name of Christ in this fashion signify?
Caring for the Anxious Pastor-in-Waiting
Trained men, ready to rumble for the gospel, can sometimes find they lack immediate opportunity to fulfill their ministry dream. It feels to them like the big game has started, and they’ve been benched by God, even as a parade of friends, classmates, and seemingly less gifted players sprint on to the field.
Aborting in the Name of Jesus | Moore to the Point
There is no one living who is beyond the call to salvation, and there is no sin that cannot be overcome by the redeeming blood of Christ. Jesus confronted Saul of Tarsus on the way to commit violence, and turned him around, using him to carry the gospel to all of us. And the Lord can do the same now. The gospel can even save one who is so far gone that he believes he is aborting in Jesus’ name. That’s good news for all kinds of sinners. We can pray that this abortion doctor hears and receives that sort of mercy that transforms the direction and purpose of his life. We can pray for a “come to Jesus” moment that puts him on the right side of the Jericho Road.
Homeless Man Arm Wrestles For $100, But What He Does at the End is Jaw Dropping
These YouTube pranksters go around NYC looking to find a homeless man who wants to arm wrestle. Whichever man wins will receives $100. Many videos lately have been showing how generous homeless people have been, despite the fact they have nothing. They are extremely generous and know what it's like to struggle for survival.
They Know Not What They Do
The open persecution of explicitly anti-Christian tyrants, while harder to endure, is easier to understand than the more complex attacks on the church in America today. From Nero to Kim Jong-un, tyrants have always been more or less the same. Lying behind all their actions, you will find some combination of traditional cultural superstitions, cynical political manipulations, and that special breed of insanity that absolute power always seems to nurture in those who possess it. Small consolation this may be to those who suffer under tyranny, but there are few puzzles about how and why tyrants do what they do.
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Joey Barton: how could a loving God stand by and watch suffering?
I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as "God on the cross." In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? ... [Jesus] is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us.
Lebanese TV Adds Arabic 'N' to Name to Show Solidarity With Iraq's Persecuted Christians
To express solidarity with persecuted Christians in Iraq, a Lebanese television channel is adding to its name the Arabic letter "N," pronounced as "Noon" and which comes from the mark the ISIS Islamist militants are placing on the homes of known Christians in Mosul.
Gays Are 1 in 50, Not 1 in 4
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Five World Vision Sponsored Children Killed in Israeli Attacks in Gaza
Due to the ongoing violence, the Christian humanitarian organization has temporarily suspended its operations in the region, which included work at Jabalia Elementary Girls School. The school, where World Vision had staff and where it led "psychosocial programming for children who'd been affected by the violence and displaced from their homes," had been transformed into a U.N. shelter and was bombed yesterday in an attack which killed 16 people and injured 130. One sponsored child was among the casualties.
HeeSun Lee on Nicki Minaj as a Role Model, Songs with Jin and Disliking the 'Christian Rapper' Label
HL: I did a song called "I'm a Christian" that had various artists on it and the producer on there is a good friend of mine. I don't know how Jin heard the song, but he actually [ended up] loving it. This is when he first became a Christian and he didn't really hear [too much] Christian hip-hop. He contacted the producer of the song and gave him props. He even shouted me out. I was in total shock. The producer told me about that and I was like wow, maybe I should try and get him on a song. The producer gave me Jin's email so I emailed him. He actually did write back to me and told me he was more than willing to do a song. Everything that I thought he could have been, he wasn't. He was so humble!
Am I Called?
In the book, Am I Called: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry, there are six questions which a man must ask himself in order to evaluate whether or not he is called to pastoral ministry. These resources are organized according to those questions. RECOMMENDED
Man Fired from Gym for Sharing Faith Wins Payout: Told Member Yoga Allows 'Evil' In the Body
A UK fitness coach fired after telling a gym member that yoga would allow "evil" into her body, has won a payout from his former employer.
What Can We Responsibly Believe About Human Evolution?
Charles Dawson, the archaeological enthusiast who found the first pieces, was almost certainly involved. But many scientists still suspect he had the backing of experts who were the true guilty parties. Candidates include Arthur Conan Doyle, who played golf at Piltdown and had a grievance against scientists because of his spiritual beliefs; the Jesuit philosopher, palaeontologist and alleged practical joker Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who lived in Sussex at the time and who actually helped Dawson dig at Piltdown; Arthur Smith Woodward, the Natural History Museum scientist, who accepted Dawson's finds as genuine and argued they belonged to a new species of early human; the anatomist Arthur Keith, who also passionately endorsed the discovery; and Martin Hinton, another museum scientist, whose initials were found, in the mid-70s, 10 years after his death, on an old canvas travelling trunk, hidden in a museum loft, that contained mammal teeth and bones stained and carved in the manner of the Piltdown fossils. When it comes to suspects, the Piltdown Hoax makes Midsomer Murders look restrained.
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Words carry power. When an idea is articulately expressed in words, it possesses the ability both to persuade and to call people to action. In fact, the well-known expression “the pen is mightier than the sword” is a tribute to the difference that words can make. History recounts how certain people, through passionate speeches or bold writings, have influenced the world around them in noteworthy ways. The Word of God, however, wields a power that is unrivalled by any form of human communication. As an account of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the Bible calls its hearers and readers to faith. In this lecture, Dr. Lawson will discuss the significance of Scripture as the means the Holy Spirit uses to bring about the new birth.
"Another campaign of agitation by Mikey Weinstein toward the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) prompted its Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, to remove a poster containing the Academy 'Honor Oath' because the phrase 'so help me God' could be seen on it," FRC reports. "That appears to have been a pyrrhic victory for Weinstein because over 20 members of the House of Representatives started to look closely at the USAFA's handling of the four oaths related to Academy life. Their November 18, 2013, letter to Johnson pointed out that the 2012 edition of the cadet handbook misstated the content of three oaths thereby excluding 'so help me God,' even though this language was mandated either by statute or regulation (i.e., Oath of Office for Officers, Oath of Enlistment, and the Cadet's Oath of Allegiance). This prompted an Academy spokesman to respond that the deletions were merely 'editorial oversight[s]' and that corrections were forthcoming."
Is Psalm 2:8 About God's Promise to Christ, or About 'Your Hidden Dreams' and 'Unborn Promises?'
A recent post appearing on the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page suggests that a Bible passage commonly interpreted as God's invitation to the Messianic King was also applicable to believers. Amid an overwhelming number of "amens," however, there were a handful of people who insisted that the popular passage had been taken wildly out of context.
Dozens Saved at Heartbreaking Funeral for Braxton Caner, as Family Struggles Through Grief Over Death of Their Son
On the day of 15-year-old Braxton Caner's funeral on Saturday, just four days after he was discovered dead at his own hands, his father, Brewton-Parker College President and Baptist minister Ergun Mehmet Caner, shared his pain in ...
Rick Warren Credits 'Jesus Model of Discipleship' for Saddleback's Growth; Says Large Crowds Don't Impress Him
Having a large church does not matter unless people are being discipled and growing with a purpose, said Rick Warren during a Hispanic pastor's conference, LiderVision, in Los Angeles Friday.
Eric Garner's Mother Thanks Jesus for Homicide Ruling, Al Sharpton: It's Probable Cause For An Arrest
Meanwhile, police are banned from using the chokehold maneuver, and video footage of Garner's arrest revealed the 43-year-old victim in a choke-hold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. According to early reports, police indicated that Garner died from cardiac arrest. However, video captured by a bystander with a cell phone revealed that Pantaleo used a banned choke-hold and dragged Garner to the ground with help from others. The victim was heard saying, "I can't breathe! I can't breathe."
Wesley J. Smith - Stop Fear-Mongering Ebola Doctors!
I have been very disturbed by the blatant and innuendo-style fear mongering among some conservative pundits, personalities, and media regarding the American doctors infected with Ebola and brought home for the best of care at Emory University. Example, The Donald:
Cultural Disintegration and the Revival of a Moral Imagination
Given the breakneck pace of the change before us, we Christians have struggled to know precisely how to respond. The responses that tend to attract much of the media attention have to do with court cases, legal briefs, legislation, and elections. But in and through all of these legitimate responses, we Christians must labor to revive the moral imagination of this country, and especially of the young people who are casualties and victims of the sexual revolution. This revival of the moral imagination is not first an imposition of Christian morality on a pagan and secular society. After all, if the Bible teaches us anything, it’s that imposing law on a wicked people only gives them more creative ways to sin. And in saying this, I don’t mean in any way to reject the legal and political battles being waged to preserve what we can through law and social policy; it’s simply a recognition that, apart from a revival of a moral (and specifically biblical) imagination, such political efforts can only be a part of a slow retreat. Laws and policies play a crucial role in shaping culture (for good and for ill), but they are insufficient for preserving and promoting the godliness and health of society.
The Briefing 08-04-14
CDC Director Says U.S. ‘Surging’ Efforts to Stop Ebola Outbreak
iOS App Tells David and Goliath Story in an Amazing Way; 'Righteous Tales' Created by Former Microsoft Employee
The idea spawned from a conversation Hinson had with his children where they struggled to explain the story of Abraham which they learned about in a recent Sunday school session. He saw the need for an interactive app that could bring people back to the older cultures written about in the Bible in an immersive and interactive way.
“ Finally , a treatment of Jesus’s miracles that presents them more as a ‘preview of coming attractions’ and less as God’s attempt to convince skeptics of his existence—as though God has ever ‘attempted’ to do anything. As Jared shows us, Jesus’s miracles are more normal than we realize—an indicator of the way things used to be, before sin and death invaded God’s story, and a precursor of the way things will be one day, when Jesus returns to finish making all things new.”
—Scotty Smith , Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee
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10 Reasons Why There Really Was a Historical Jesus - Stephen J. Bedard
Was there really a historical Jesus? Was there a religious teacher that started a new movement in the first century? I’m not even talking about whether he was the Christ or the Son of God. I’m just talking about his existence as a historical figure. Or was Jesus just a myth? Was he just something created by the early Christians? I would like to share ten reasons why I believe that Jesus really existed.
7 Things We Learned at Lollapalooza
O f all America's music festivals, Lollapalooza casts the widest net, pulling in emissaries from every conceivable genre and, thus, drawing a massive melting pot for a crowd. That can make the experience a bit disorienting, but it's also a great survey of the year in music. This year had festival vets like Spoon and Nas alongside promising newcomers like Desert Noises, Betty Who and NONONO and festival favorites like Blood Orange, Lykke Li and Cage the Elephant. It was a great lineup, but what good is a lineup if you don't learn something? Here are our takeaways from this year's Lollapalooza.
Behind the Scenes of TGC’s Council
Our Council of more than 50 pastors continues to meet every year for three days as we seek God for gospel-centered awakening. We spend our time in prayer, reading Scripture, and discussing the most pressing issues of the day. We aim to understand what must be done to faithfully lead our churches and seminaries in the coming days.
Bill Murray Will Voice Baloo in Disney’s New ‘Jungle Book’ Adaptation
D isney’s upcoming Jungle Book movie is setting up to be pretty great. The live action Rudyard Kipling novel adaptation has just added comedy icon Bill Murray —who will play Baloo—to already-impressive cast that includes Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Giancarlo Esposito (aka Gus from Breaking Bad , as Akela), Christopher Walken (King Louie) and Ben Kingsley (Bagheera). The Jon Favreau-directed adventure his theaters in October, 2015 ...