Stephen Hawking: "Philosophy Is Dead"
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Week 5: Can God make a rock so big he can’t lift it?
Week 5: Can God make a rock so big he can’t lift it?
Welcome to the 2015 annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA). Every year, Southern Evangelical Seminary hosts one of the largest apologetics events in the country. Join us on October 16-17 (the final lecture is on Saturday at 4:30pm) , as we discuss this years theme, "Ideas Have Consequences." Every consequence, whether good or bad, ultimately begins with an idea. This year's conference will equip Christians to engage today's most prevalent ideas, encouraging attendees to speak words of grace, so they may "know how...to answer each person" (Colossians 4:6). Help us spread the word by following our Facebook page!
Here’s the ‘Holy Spirit Funk’ Parody Music Video You Never Asked For
The Christian parody of Bruno Mars' and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” you probably weren’t waiting for has arrived. The video appears to be a promo for International Church of Las Vegas’ upcoming “Holy Spirit Conference,” hence the references to “Tongues of fire take you higher man … So good, Amen. Make Benny wanna retire man.” Presented without further comment:
Questioning the Bible: An Interview with Jonathan Morrow | Bible Gateway Blog
Jonathan Morrow: The Bible is the most influential book in human history. But people are unsure what to do with it in the 21st century. Our culture no longer “speaks Bible.” What this means is that the Bible may still have sentimental value to some people, but it is no longer considered unique, authoritative, and true. At the other end of the spectrum we are seeing an increasing number of people who are outright hostile to the Bible and its message.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: The Resurrection of Jesus by William Lane Craig
Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life.
Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever.
Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!
Russell Moore talks to Anderson Cooper about Trump
Moore is right. I haven't heard a groundswell of evangelical enthusiasm about Donald Trump's candidacy either.
Grace to You Radio
Fake. Not a word you’d want applied to your faith in Christ! So what does it mean to live an authentic Christian life—how can you make sure you’re Living Real ? Let John MacArthur show you.
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Intact Fetuses "Just a Matter of Line Items" for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #PPSellsBabyParts “INTACT FETAL CADAVERS” AT 20-WEEKS “JUST A MATTER OF LINE ITEMS” AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD TX MEGA-CENTER: ABORTION DOCS CAN “MAKE IT HAPPEN” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Director of Research Says Department Contributes Significantly to Bottom Line, Has History of Selling Aborted Fetal Tissue, Suggests “Splitting the Specimens into Different Shipments” to Hide Profit in 5th Undercover Video Contact: David Daleiden, firstname.lastname@example.org, 949.734.0859 HOUSTON, Aug. 4--The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses. In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. “Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years,” explains Farrell.
What can American church planters learn from our international counterparts? As director of training and leadership development for India...
5 Myths About Marriage
Many times, it’s the myths about marriage that mess a marriage up before you even get married. If you can deconstruct these myths, it will help you make a wiser choice about whom to marry—and how to do marriage better once you say “I Do.”
Ask Pastor John
Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
John Piper Reflects on Mark Driscoll and the Mars Hill Implosion
John Piper : I hope so. First, just to set the stage, I can remember riding my bicycle along the Greenway through the middle of Minneapolis. It’s a quiet place. You can do this on your bike. I can’t do this in the traffic. I’m listening to Mark Driscoll preach. It’s a topical message on the authority and the inspiration of the Bible. I got home and I wrote him, I said, “That’s the best thing I’ve ever heard on this.” Maybe I didn’t say that. I just said, “It was very very good.” That was how I felt about Mark Driscoll. I didn’t like everything about Mars Hill. I don’t like everything about your church.
Pray for the Third Wave
I called it the Third Wave to give historical context to the modern prolife movement. The First Wave came in as Catholic voices spoke with biblical clarity and scientific accuracy about the humanity of the unborn. They knew abortion represented a preeminent moral challenge, first to the church, and then to society at large. The Second Wave arose in the 80s when evangelical Protestants flooded into the cause. The Third Wave referred to my hope for a surge from within the Black and Latino Christian communities.
Stop Calling It 'Short-Term' Missions
I have had a long-term problem with short-term mission trips...how in the world can a 15 year old going to a mission location for a week or two possibly be doing anything but learning? I have never given contributions to "support raising" efforts for these trips (sorry, friends) because - Craig gets it just right - these trips are about exposure to a different culture, to learn about whether a young person may have a calling to the mission field. For some, it is simply "How I spent my summer vacation". Parents are responsible for their children's educations and vacations - I don't "raise support" for my children's piano lessons. I don't ask other people to foot the bill for my child to go to London or Mexico or Haiti for a couple of weeks. A lot of money and effort are expended by churches on behalf of these "short term" efforts, money and effort that would be better spent on behalf of missionaries committed to the field they are working in - long term.
Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
have just been announced. Winning first prize, Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Mexico, will receive an eight-day photo expedition for two to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for a photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale off the western coast of Mexico. Here, National Geographic has shared all of this year’s winners, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Captions by the photographers.
The FAQs: What You Should Know About the Planned Parenthood Defunding Vote
Yesterday the U.S. Senate took an important vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions. Here is what you should know about that vote:
Wake Up to the Corrupting Effects of Compromise
What do we do if we see the corrupting effect of compromise at work in ourselves or those we know? Jesus’s prescription is painfully, mercifully brief: “be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19). At a moment like this, we cannot trust how we feel. The Laodicean Christians, to whom Jesus addressed this exhortation, didn’t feel zealous. They were “lukewarm” (Revelation 3:15–16). They were worldly and self-satisfied and didn’t feel the urgency of their condition. Solution? Get urgent and repent.
02. Islam and Christianity: Is it the same God?
Dr. Andy Bannister ( http://bit.ly/andybannister ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Islam and Christianity: Is it the same God?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out "Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross" by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb ( http://bit.ly/13zP15K ). This video is episode 2 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/
A Fifth Planned Parenthood Video Released Today
Today, just a day after the United States Senate voted to keep funding Planned Parenthood , The Center for Medical Progress released a fifth undercover video . This one—the latest in a series of sting-style videos depicting Planned Parenthood officials talking about the sale of fetal body parts for research—shows a different executive discussing the ability of doctors at the federation’s Texas branch to extract intact fetal parts. Shockingly, she even alludes to full bodies: they can somehow adjust their process to “obtain intact fetal cadavers,” she says. She goes on to describe details about pricing and shipment. Like the previous videos, this one is highly graphic.
Romans 9:24–29, Part 1: The Circumcision of the Heart
How could God be faithful to his promises if so many in Israel have fallen away, rejected the Messiah, and not been saved? In this lab, John Piper uncovers the next progression in Paul’s argument for God’s trustworthiness: the Gentiles are included as children in God’s invincible plan and promises.
Why the Church Can’t Be Silent about Police Violence
That was a tough interview. It takes a lot of guts to stand up and answer leading questions from someone who agrees with you. I think an analysis of some of the salient points given by the person who was interviewed is in order. First, let's have zero tolerance since it has worked so well with school violence and the war on drugs and other problems. Whatever incentive cops may have for police work in black neighborhoods will be crushed. Then victory will be ours. (Well, we know why they want to police black neighborhoods. They want to harass innocent black male teenagers like Michael Brown, who was guilty of nothing more than raising his hands and saying, "Don't shoot.")
Mike Huckabee joins a panel discussion, hosted by The Washington Times
Mike Huckabee joins a panel discussion, hosted by The Washington Times
The God Question(s): Does God condone slavery?
A common indictment against God (or the Bible) is that He condones slavery. There have been a number of responses to this sort of accusation. Most of the responses that I have heard or read about are typically quite similar. For most who level this challenge against God, the rebuttal is found lacking.
Most commonly, the rebuttal is that the slavery indicated in the Bible is not the sort of slavery that we currently think of in a post-19th Century Colonial America. While this line of argumentation seems to be true, as far as it goes, I don't believe it gets us very far in the conversation.
Many of those whom I have heard raise this objection, upon hearing such a comparison will point out a key passage in Exodus 21. Let's take a look at this passage which often gets quoted as a challenge to the kind of slavery the Bible refers to:
“Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property."
- Exodus 21:20-21
According to the common rebuttal, biblical slavery was not violent and did not involve mistreatment of slaves.
Gay Christians: Now Becoming the Norm?
But he didn’t experience God’s truth about sexuality at this conference. He experienced very sincere, but sincerely wrong Christians twisting Scripture to defend their lifestyle and thinking. God didn’t make a person to be a homosexual, just as He didn't make a person to be a fornicating, adulterous heterosexual. May it always be true that an LGBTQ person can come into our local church and feel welcomed and affirmed as a person made in the image of God and as a fellow sinner in need of the saving grace of Christ. But may it never be so that the church of Jesus Christ will be a family that tolerates practicing LGBTQ people who claim to be Christians and who want the church to affirm and celebrate their sexual immorality.
What is This Thing Called Love?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God (John 3:16-21).
How to Protect Endangered Religious Groups You Admire
They also give food, clothing, shelter, counsel, and comfort to millions of Americans in need. They offer some of the most important and desperately needed health, educational, and social services in the country. And they provide billions of dollars and thousands of full-time workers for international relief aid that serves vulnerable migrants, refugees, and persecuted minorities. The work of religious organizations has long been and continues to be central both to religious believers’ lives and to the welfare of others. Our communities—and, indeed, communities around the globe—would be much worse off without these organizations and their faith-informed good works.
01. Isn't religion just a psychological crutch?
Dr. Andy Bannister ( http://bit.ly/andybannister ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Isn't religion just a psychological crutch?". Want to read more widely on this question? Check out "Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense" by Francis Spufford ( http://bit.ly/13y9c4d ). This video is episode 1 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/
Crossway on Twitter
Praying the Bible isn't the same as interpreting it. @DonWhitney explains the difference: http://cway.to/1OOrUq4 pic.twitter.com/wFwAZGmfV1
For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty
The book makes clear that holistic community transformation must include the transforming power of the gospel. One author claims that the best way local churches can alleviate poverty is to keep the gospel at the center of their preaching and teaching, believing that men and women who begin to look more like Jesus will seek out and restore the brokenness around them. A transformed believer will no longer oppress the men and women in his or her employ, but will instead pay a fair wage because they recognize all of their employees are made in God’s image. A transformed believer will actively seek to meet the needs of his poor brothers and sisters. A transformed believer will end harmful addictions and sinful behaviors that create and amplify poverty, and will instead accept the charge to work “as unto the Lord” and to cherish the responsibility to work and provide for his or her family.
www.STRplace.org -- A reductio ad absurdum is a form of argumentation where you take an idea for a "test drive" to see what conclusions follow? When we test drive the ethics of evolution, what happens?
Matthew without chapter 28 would leave us as Christians without a Great Commission. Ruth without chapter 4 would never allow us to marvel that this Moabite woman was the great-grand-mother of the great King David and the great-(many times over)-grandmother of our Savior, the greater King David.
Wall Street Journal on Twitter
Ethicist denounces ‘Water Torture’ release of Planned Parenthood videos. http://on.wsj.com/1IFb4p0
A New Animated Movie Starring Pez Dispensers Is in the Works
In a culture where a movie about Legos becomes a massive blockbuster and Emojis are to be the subject of a Hollywood film, it was only a matter of time before this happened: A studio has greenlit a new animated movie starring Pez dispensers . The CEO of Envision Media Arts told Deadline that they are working on “a story that will touch the hearts of many” about the slender, candy-dispensing accessories. Just think of all of the exciting plot possibilities involving dated, cheap, plastic toys whose only function is to slowly dispense individual tablets of sugar. This has action-thriller written all over it.
Kyle cox is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN who emphasizes the importance of song with every melody & lyric. His latest release, Blueprints, revisits 5 of his favorite tracks from his full length The Plan, The Mess, stripping away the fancy production & leaving you with a more intimate look at those songs.
Church Hypocrisy & Gay Choir Directors
Dr. Brown interacts with Pastor E. Dewey Smith about hypocrisy in the church and the acceptance of musically gifted gays in black congregations.
5 Surprising Reasons to Believe in the Christian God Instead of Other Gods
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. I believe He rose again and still lives. Today, I repent and turn away from my sin. Help me to follow you all the days of my life. Thank You for Your wonderful love and for changing me forever. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists
When village atheists talk about how they can be moral without God, it’s important to ask them to justify the minimum requirements for rational morality. Atheists may act inconsistently with their worldview, believing in free will, expecting praise and blame for complying with the arbitrary standards of their peer group, etc. But there is nothing more to morality on atheism that imitating the herd – at least when the herd is around to watch them. And when the herd loses its Judeo-Christian foundation – watch out. That’s when the real atheism comes out, and you can see it on display in the Planned Parenthood videos. When God disappears from a society, anything is permissible.
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.
Debunking the 3 Percent Dodge of Planned Parenthood Defenders | The Stream
The 3 percent figure is an artifice and a dodge, but even taking it on its own terms, it’s not much of a defense. Only Planned Parenthood would think saying that they only kill babies 3 percent of the time is something to brag about. How much credit would we give someone for saying he only drives drunk 3 percent of the time, or only cheats on business trips 3 percent of the time, or only hits his wife during 3 percent of domestic disputes?
Dani Miché EP
Dani Miché is an artist from the beautiful city of Bath, UK.
Described as a fusion of Adele and Bon Iver, she communicates her songs through a soundscape of delicate yet powerful harmonies. Her music is unique, melodious and atmospheric. Dani's debut EP, produced by talented musician and friend Pete Sené, has been popular since its release with 'You and Me' being featured on BBC introducing in the South West. She is currently working on her second EP along side an exciting album project. Watch this space.
BREAKING: Sundanese court to release pastors – Premier Premier
Rev Michael and Rev Reith were detained on 14 December 2014 and 11 January 2015 respectively. Until 1 March, they were held incommunicado by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), after which they were transferred to the Attorney General’s custody, charged with the six crimes and brought before court. Two of the charges carried the maximum death penalty or life imprisonment.
Get the Resurrection Gary Habermas Bundle
I had been a believer for over 20 years when I took the "resurrection" Credo Course with Dr. Gary Habermas. But I had never believed more deeply in the Resurrection of Jesus than I did at the end of that course. I discovered that the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the foundation upon which my faith can truly rest secure and free. The resurrection Credo Course helped me realize that the Resurrection as our foundation is a rock; and that everything else is nothing more than sand.
Faithful Thinkers: The Multiverse Instead of God?: Four Philosophical Problems
A few weeks ago a skeptic asked me about my concerns with the multiverse as an explanation for the beginning and fine-tuning of the universe. He stated that he did not want a scientific critique, though, because he believes that the multiverse is outside the ability of science to test. He was more interested in my philosophical concerns. Four issues come to mind. None of them remove the possibility of a multiverse in a theistic world; however, two make the multiverse unpalatable in a naturalistic world, and the other two do remove it from possibility in a naturalistic world.
I will start by showing the power of the multiverse as an explanation, and at the same time I will show how two of the issues make a naturalistic multiverse impossible as a naturalistic explanation (but do not necessarily rule it out). I will then describe the two issues that make the naturalistic multiverse even less desirable as an explanation. Finally, I will conclude by demonstrating how all these issues are consistently and comfortably resolved by a theistic worldview (with or without a multiverse).
Government pleads with Church to back Sunday trading – Premier Premier
The government is to write to the Church of England urging bishops not to oppose plans to relax Sunday trading laws restricting the opening hours of large stores.
John Elefante on Twitter
Unborn humans referred to as line items, I SURE LOVE MY LINE ITEMS...God help us @OnlineForLife @LiveAction pic.twitter.com/VlyOdUNAb0
Report: 2,000 Migrants Have Died Crossing the Mediterranean Sea This Year
According to a new report from the International Organization for Migration, the number of migrants who have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to countries in Europe this year has surpassed 2,000 . They also noted that in 2015 alone, more than 188,000 have been rescued attempting to make the journey. Human traffickers are known to use dangerous, unsafe boats while attempting to smuggle migrants fleeing poverty, conflict and violence in Libya and other countries in the region.
Robbie George on Democrats and Planned Parenthood
Even after pro-abortion forces gained the upper hand in the Party in the 1970s (causing me and countless others to bolt) there remained a substantial and, for a while, far from powerless “Democrats for Life” caucus. Even as an Independent (I hadn’t yet joined the Republicans), I was proud to work for the Real Bob Casey when, as governor of Pennsylvania, he was the national leader of the pro-life Democrats. We worked with Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy, former New York Governor Hugh Carey (who had returned to the fold), liberal theologian Ron Sider, Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff, and many others. But those days are gone. The Democrats today are the Party of Abortion, and nothing the abortion industry does, however heinous, and nothing its leaders say, however callous, can shake their allegiance. No Wall Street fat cat or Hollywood mogul ever had a more willing or devoted mistress.
Archdiocese confirms $21million abuse settlement – Premier Premier
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the United States has announced a compensation package worth $21 million for the victims of sexual abuse by clergy.
Hermeneutics as Epistemology: A Critical Assessment of Carl F. H. Henry’s Epistemological Approach to Hermeneutics
Dr. Roach has recently released a book titled, Hermeneutics as Epistemology: A Critical Assessment of Carl F. H. Henry’s Epistemological Approach to Hermeneutics. As many of you know, Dr. Carl F. H. Henry is considered to be the “dean” of American evangelicalism. Henry was chosen as the first editor of Christianity Today, selected among the founding faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary, and served as a professor at top evangelical institutions such as Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Henry received highest praise from some of the most influential figures of the evangelical movement. Charles Colson once said, “When the history of the evangelical movement is finally written, Carl Henry will emerge as its dominant figure.” Kenneth Kantzer remarked, “Carl Henry is the ablest defender of evangelical doctrine in the last half of the twentieth century. He stands firmly and boldly for the full-orbed Biblical and evangelical faith.” Consequently, one must be prepared to engage Henry if they are going to understand rightly twentieth-century evangelical theology and hermeneutics.
Dating and Pursuing Marriage With Purpose (Part 2 of 2)
So, I say, no. Online dating is a tool that we have available to us and in a culture that is very transient, especially with young professionals who are moving all the time for jobs, it's a great way to meet people. What you don't want to do is use it as a crutch and you don't want to go into it with this idea of, I'm gonna sign up for five different sites and just troll them indefinitely for a few hours each night and wink at people and send virtual gifts and all this other cyber nonsense and get into IM trails with people that go nowhere and deliver way too much of my heart in a … you know, in a digital format and then think that that's gonna get you towards marriage.
Abortion, the Violinist Analogy, and Body Parts
The “violinist analogy” is an argument for the permissiveness of abortion. It is based on granting that the unborn is a human person, but argues that it is still permissible to kill the unborn because it may be justified as “non-intentional killing.” The argument originated with Judith Jarvis Thomson, to the best of my knowledge. She put the analogy like so:
Extended Cuts of ‘The Hobbit’ Movies Are Coming to Theaters This Fall
For three straight nights this fall, you can re-live the magic of Middle Earth, except this time, it’ll be (somehow) even longer. Extended versions of all three Hobbit movies are coming to theaters for a special three-night event starting on October 5th, that will be accompanied by an introduction from filmmaker Peter Jackson. Evidently it is somehow possible to extend three relatively long movies based on one, relatively short novel. Even for Tolkien fans this seems like a nearly unbearable feat of endurance.
Going to church 'tackles depression' – Premier Premier
Going to church can help tackle depression more than charity work, sport or education, a new study has found.
REVIEW: God's Crime Scene. Because, Seriously, How Do We Know that God Even Exists?
Because you know what, in God’s Crime Scene EVERY CHAPTER is bookended with awesome cop stories to use as analogies. And you know what else? They work BRILLIANTLY. This is easily one of the most user friendly science/philosophy books EVER. He uses real words and not crazy stuff we always have to look up like pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
Tactical Faith on Twitter
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