Corey Gil-Shuster, an Canadian born Jewish film maker living in Israel, interviews Palestinians in Gaza about the Holocaust and their attitudes towards Israe...
President Barry H. Corey: The Long Game - Biola University Chapel
President Barry H. Corey addresses new students & faculty at the annual Convocation Ceremony. August 27, 2014.
What Is Christian Case Making?
J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed the important responsibility ev...
Turner Classic Movies - TCM.com
Join us for the TCM premiere of the first two landmark entries in the original Planet of...
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Grace to You
In a recent, introductory sermon to the book of Acts, I made some observations about the culture in which early Christians lived. I noted that the environment at the time of the church’s birth was not Christian friendly. The world in which the first Christians...
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.
Even If You Labor “for Nought”
Before I accepted the call to become a pastor 33 years ago, my father wrote me a discouraging letter — a kind of warning about the pastorate. He gave me a long list of the discouragements, pitfalls, and hardships of pastoral ministry. Later, when I accepted the call, he rejoiced with me and said that the letter was not meant to stop me, but to prove the reality of my call. If I could move forward, he said, after reading this bleak picture, I must be called.
The Counter Culture Daily
The Counter Culture Daily, by Alex Murashko: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
The Day I Confessed Pastoral Malpractice
On the day I stood before my congregation, I did more than ask for forgiveness; I promised that, by the grace of God, things were going to change. Our language was going to change. Any hint of language that connoted a sacred/secular dichotomy would disappear. Pastors would affirm everyone's calling and not just their own. We would abandon the language of "full-time ministry" that had previously been reserved for pastoral or missionary work. We would change how we talked about work. In fact, our definition of work was going to change. It would be understood as being about contribution, not merely remuneration. Our discipleship curriculum was going to change. From cradle to grave, our commitment was to equip our parishioners with a robust theology of vocation and to help them see their vocational stewardship as a high priority of gospel faithfulness.
WORLD | Good credit | Emily Scheie | Sept. 6, 2014
Competency-based programs are one alternative. They award college credit for learning done outside of traditional college classes that meet for a set number of weeks. In competency-based programs, students can work as quickly as they want and receive credit for a course whenever they pass an assessment test or project. Although programs differ in particulars, they all measure learning rather than time, says Robert Mendenhall, president of Western Governors University, an online, competency-based school. WGU awarded its first degree in 2000 and now has about 47,000 students who pay a flat rate—about $3,000 for most degree programs—every six months.
The Briefing 08-29-14
1) Rising number of Americans dependent on welfare threatens ability to reform system
Welcome to a Reformed Church — Free eBook
“Daniel Hyde has done the church (and church planters) a great service by giving us this well-written, concise, easy-to-understand book explaining what it means to be a ‘Reformed’ church. Yet, at the same time, this is a theologically deep book that will send us back to Scripture and our confessions so that we might understand just what the church really is. In a day of great doctrinal confusion, especially about the church, I know of no better tool to give to those who want to know more about Reformed churches.”
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Clarifying the Bible
“ Clarifying The Bible is an AMAZING resource! Mitch has provided an enriching way to dive into the Scriptures for anyone, no matter where you are in life. I’ve seen personally, from a small group setting to one-on-one, how this resource can open up our understanding of God’s Word in a way that drives you to want more of Jesus. My wife and I love it!”
A New Twist on the Quadrilemma: Lord, Liar, Lunatic, or Legend?
Now this article brings it together for me; your valuable work with NT text plus a better informed stance in science — I now have a better understanding of why these evidences/defenses matter? This article reminded me of my longing for the source of faith to be so secure in who He is that the evidences bolster & serve as scaffolding for the substance of the saving gift of Himself to me & a lost world. In my reality all known facts may not explain everything even should I develop supergenius to grasp it all: “..we know in part…” (1 Cor. 13:9), yet getting armed with more evidence left me feeling isolated with a weakened boldness of my personal testimony.
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Victoria Osteen, the glory of God and Reformed Worship
This next installment of “What our Gathered Worship Should Look Like” has been helped by the internet storm caused by Victoria Osteen (wife of Joel Osteen of “Your Best Life Now” and prosperity gospel fame) because of comments she made in a recent service at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. In exhorting the audience to participate, she laid out a case for why they ought to be motivated to do so. In sum, she said, affirmatively: “You’re not doing it for God, you are doing it for yourself, really.”
What Can a Parent Do When Their Grown Children Have Walked Away from Christianity? - Stand to Reason Blog
Luther says; First, God has assuredly promised his grace to the humble [I Peter 5:5], that is, to those who lament and despair of themselves. But no man can be thoroughly humbled until he knows that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, devices, endeavors, will, and works, and depends entirely on the choice, will, and work of another, namely, of God alone. For as long as he is persuaded that he himself can do even the least thing toward his salvation, he retains some self-confidence and does not altogether despair of himself, and therefore he is not humbled before God, but presumes that there is—or at least hopes or desires that there may be—some place, time, and work for him, by which he may at length attain to salvation. But when a man has no doubt that everything depends on the will of God, then he completely despairs of himself and chooses nothing for himself, but waits for God to work; then he has come close to grace, and can be saved.
The One Thing Cornel West And Ben Carson Agree On
As President Barack Obama dithers, professors, religious leaders and a host of other notables are calling on the U.S. government and governments in other civilized counties to use military force to eliminate the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) across the Middle East.
Was There Only One God in the Beginning? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
For as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription TO THE UNNKOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you; ‘God who made the world and everything in it, since He is the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath and all things. And He has made from one blood, every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth and has appointed their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’ “ (Acts 17:23-28).
How the Church Could Help End Global Poverty
Great article Michelle! Having worked for 5 years with an organization to achieve this very end - connecting Christian businesspeople globally to fight poverty - the model is not without its faults. So often, we (NGOs and missions) couple business volunteers of means and business volunteers with real, transferrable skills. It is very challenging to take a western business volunteer, especially on a short-term trip, and provide real value to an emerging entrepreneur. I think a better model is building local associations of business entrepreneurs that support each other - intentionally identifying missional entrepreneurs (not just Christian businesspeople) who are willing to reach out to the less advantaged in their OWN country/communities. But - these are a very rare breed of people! Unfortunately, even if this end is achieved, it does not necessarily translate into a healthier church, if stewardship and giving is not affirmed. Also, the church (in the global south) rarely has capacity to run such programs, both due to a shortage of staff (most small churches are led by a single pastor), and there must be facilitators to help strengthen the partnership.
The Conflict Between Science and Philosophy
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"Oceans of Kansas," Unexpected Fossils, and Young Earth Creationism
Recently, I reviewed the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham . In that debate, Bill Nye challenged Ken Ham to come up with just one fossil that was in the wrong place in the fossil sequence. In that review, I mentioned polystrate fossils as one possibility for the YEC rejoinder. Strictly speaking, these fossils are not “out of sequence” in a formal sense and so do not qualify as such evidence. Are there other possibilities? Michael J. Everhart’s fascinating look at the natural history of the Western Interior Sea brings up another possibility which may draw some looking for out-of-sequence fossils. After an introductory narrative about how a mosasaur (pictured on the cover of the book getting chomped by a shark) fossil could end up broken up in the middle of the sea, he wrote:
The majority of humanity maintains belief in the existence of an impersonal, amoral deity that functions in a manner similar to a force of nature. Since this being does not possess standards of morality and, therefore, impose them upon created order, attendants to this view express a freedom to live how they would without restrictions. The truth, however, is that these individuals have placed themselves in the bondage of sin and disbelief, ripping from themselves all hope of redemption from their sin and state of condemnation. The revelation of the Lord in Exodus 3 as “I am who I am,” a personal, moral God, demonstrates the high demands God places upon His creation, but it also offers a hope of salvation and redemption not extant in the alternative.
7 Repair Bays for A Depressed Person | HeadHeartHand Blog
In this video , we look at seven repair bays that people with depression often need to visit. They are also good servicing bays for all of us.
Kretzmann’s Popular Bible Commentary (4 vols.)
Dig into the latter half of the New Testament with the help of Paul Kretzmann’s popular commentary. This volume begins with Paul’s epistle to the Romans and finishes with the Revelation of John. Find brief introductions to each book that provide context and prepare you to approach the text. Study alongside Kretzmann’s commentary: scholarly, yet designed to put Bible study aids in the hands of the people. You’ll also find a number of special articles and excursus throughout the text, which offer further insights and exposition of key concepts and events, including justification, the election of grace, church discipline, Christian giving, the Antichrist, the universal priesthood of the believers, and Chiliasm.
Pastor Osteen and Christian Narcissism: Symptom of a Larger Problem
Dear Dr. Wallace: Many of my pastor friends circulated the said video in disbelief about what was being said. One person I talked to thought perhaps it as a watered down version of John’s Piper’s Christian Hedonism. Yet upon seeing your post and considering the overall history of Joel Osteen’s ministry and message, I tend to think the hedonism being espoused by the Osteens and that promoted by Piper are on two opposite sides of the universe. I sort of wonder if the Osteens represent the full born fruit of the “new reformation” that was called for by Robert Schuller in the late eighties – emphasizing a “man-centered” rather than “God-centered” approach to theology, church life and the overall Christian vision? If you follow that watershed statement through the Seeker-Sensitive movement and emergent church movements of the following past two decades, the soil of American Christianity is cultivated perfectly for the Osteens. May the Lord help us all in praying for one another to remain faithful, loving our neighbors and loving Jesus.
Book Review: "In Search of Moral Knowledge" by R. Scott Smith
Next, the major options of naturalism, relativism, and postmodernism for ethics are examined in turn, with much critical interaction. For example, Smith argues that ethical relativism is deeply flawed in both method and content. He argues that relativism does not provide an adequate basis for moral knowledge, and it also undermines its own argument for ethical diversity and, by extension, relativism. Moreover, it fails to provide any way forward for how one is to live on such an ethical system and is thus confronted with the reality that it is unlivable. Ultimately, he concludes that “Ethical Relativism utterly fails as a moral theory and as a guide to one’s own moral life” (163).
The Three Things You Need to Read this Week (08/30/14)
Why all Twitter was abuzz about President Obama’s tan suit (and we wonder why we are losing ground to China!), I was compiling The Three Things You Need to Read this Week:
William Lane Craig lectures on naturalistic alternatives to the Big Bang
Until the early 1900s, most people had assumed that the universe was fixed in size. New possibilities opened up in 1915, when Einstein formulated his famous general relativity theory that describes the nature of space, time, and gravity. This theory allows for expansion or contraction of the fabric of space. In 1917, astronomer Willem de Sitter applied this theory to the entire universe and boldly went on to show that the universe could be expanding. Aleksandr Friedmann, a mathematician, reached the same conclusion in a more general way in 1922, as did Georges Lemaître, a cosmologist and a Jesuit, in 1927. This step was revolutionary since the accepted view at the time was that the universe was static in size. Tracing back this expanding universe, Lemaître imagined all matter initially contained in a tiny universe and then exploding. These thoughts introduced amazing new possibilities for the universe, but were independent of observation at that time.
Healing Begins Here
For the past month, this blog has hosted a series of guest posts offering thoughts on race and reconciliation within the church in America. I will offer my own thoughts about this series in a concluding post later this week, but I also wanted to offer an overview and summary of the posts as they appeared throughout the month of August. For those of you who have been following along throughout the month, or for those of you who have only read a few of these posts, please add your own thoughts or comments. What struck you? What challenged you? In what way are you going to respond?
MIT physicist explains the challenge of cosmic fine-tuning for naturalism
While challenging the Platonic dream of theoretical physicists, the multiverse idea does explain one aspect of our universe that has unsettled some scientists for years: according to various calculations, if the values of some of the fundamental parameters of our universe were a little larger or a little smaller, life could not have arisen. For example, if the nuclear force were a few percentage points stronger than it actually is, then all the hydrogen atoms in the infant universe would have fused with other hydrogen atoms to make helium, and there would be no hydrogen left. No hydrogen means no water. Although we are far from certain about what conditions are necessary for life, most biologists believe that water is necessary. On the other hand, if the nuclear force were substantially weaker than what it actually is, then the complex atoms needed for biology could not hold together. As another example, if the relationship between the strengths of the gravitational force and the electromagnetic force were not close to what it is, then the cosmos would not harbor any stars that explode and spew out life-supporting chemical elements into space or any other stars that form planets.
The Fifth Gospel with Bobby Conway, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank discusses the passing of Robin Williams and the overwhelming accolades he has received. In light of this, Hank reminds us that there is little profit when all men speak well of you, if the Lord does not. Hank goes on to talk with Bobby Conway, author of The Fifth Gospel , about the importance of not only preaching the gospel, but living it as well.
If God has a reason for allowing evil and suffering, should we know what it is?
Also, remember that on the Christian view, the good aim that God has is NOT to make humans have happy feelings in this life, regardless of their knowledge, wisdom and character. That’s what atheists think, though. They think that God, if he exists, is obligated to make them feel happy all the time. They don’t think that God’s goal is being actively involved in forming their knowledge, wisdom and character. God has a purpose – to work in the world so that everyone who can freely respond to him will respond to him. The Bible says that allowing pain and suffering is one of the ways that he gets that group of people who are willing to respond to respond to him – FREELY. To be able to claim that evil is gratuitous, the atheist has to show that God can achieve his goal of saving all the people he wants to save while permitting less suffering in the world. And that is a very difficult thing for an atheist to show, given our human cognitive limitations.
How Do Theology and Philosophy Interact?
Not only the hostility of the “Biblicists” of his time warned him of the problem , but he was himself quite as much aware of it as they were. And the more freely he made use of philosophy, the more was he aware of the problem. As he himself understands it, theology must be conceived as a science of Revelation. Its source is the word of God. Its basis is faith in the truth of this word. . . . For theologians who were not in the least worried about philosophy, no problem actually arose. Persuaded that they should add nothing human to the bare deposit of revelation, they could rest assured that they were respecting the integrity and the unity of the Sacred Science. They proceeded from faith to faith, by faith.
WORLD | Showing kindness to strangers | D.C. Innes | Sept. 1, 2014
I love the human race. It’s people I find trying. Like when one of them is pumping gas right beside you with the most appalling words in the English language reverberating out of his open car window, soaking your children in verbal sewage. And he looks about 40. It could be regional.
Theistic Ethics and Mind-Dependence | Reasonable Faith
I have a question about morality that you'll hopefully be able to answer and clarify your position on. My knowledge of meta-ethics is pretty modest, but I'm actually leaning albeit tentatively towards morality being objective (see, there's at least one thing we agree on!). I'd argue that moral obligation can be objective without God (I won't do that here though), but I'd go even further and say that IF morality is founded in God it is NOT objective. If "objective" means "mind-independent" which might be a rough definition of objective, but let's accept it for now doesn't that make morality founded in God "divinely subjective" rather than objective? Now, perhaps you'd want to object here and say this is a straw man your view is that morality is founded in God's *nature*, perhaps. But if God's nature IS "the good", I don't understand where the normativity comes in. You'll recognize this as the is/ought problem: if God's nature IS in one way and not in another, how does that commit us to the view that we OUGHT to reflect the nature of God in our actions? It certainly seems like we might have prudential reasons to do so (if it were true), but I don't see how we'd have any *moral* reasons (at least not in any stronger sense than what we'd get from basic utilitarianism which I know you reject).
WORLD | The usual suspects | Janie B. Cheaney | Sept. 1, 2014
The FBI has released its annual National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism, and it’s good to know the bureau is monitoring animal rights activists, environmental fanatics, pro-abortion and pro-life groups (or individuals influenced by such groups), and Puerto Rican nationalists. The FBI also predicts more incidents of violence from black separatist organizations harking back to the 1970s, in response to “perceptions of devolving racial equality or perceptions of racially motivated police brutality, or racially based injustice, oppression, or judicial rulings.” Since the assessment was written before the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., this particular evaluation shows some federal acumen. But, as Bill Gertz of The Washington Free Beacon was among the first to point out , one significant threat is missing entirely from the report.
WORLD | Appeals court judges take sides in marriage cases | Mary Reichard | Sept. 1, 2014
Last week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard arguments on marriage cases from Indiana and Wisconsin. Indiana state law upholds marriage between one man and one woman. Wisconsin has a constitutional amendmentdefining marriage that way.
WORLD | Green light, red alert | Julie Borg | Sept. 6, 2014
The sun goes through an 11-year cycle culminating with the SolarMax, a phenomenon in which the magnetic poles flip. It is during this time that gigantic explosions—solar flares—are most apt to occur. These violent events can disrupt Earth’s magnetic field and play havoc with all forms of technology. For example, power surges could blow up transformers, cutting off electricity for entire nations or even continents for weeks, causing disruptions in food and water supply, sewage removal, medical care, transportation, heating, etc. The result could be economic devastation and a global crisis, the scientists warn. It is estimated that even a typical solar storm can cost as high as $3 billion to $6 billion in total losses.
Why doesn't God make his existence more obvious to people?
He argues that if God reveals himself too much to people, he takes away our freedom to make morally-significant decisions, including responding to his self-revelation to us. Murray argues that God stays somewhat hidden, so that he gives people space to either 1) respond to God, or 2) avoid God so we can keep our autonomy from him. God places a higher value on people having the free will to respond to him, and if he shows too much of himself he takes away their free choice to respond to him, because once he is too overt about his existence, people will just feel obligated to belief in him in order to avoid being punished.
WORLD | Soldier convicted in 2003 attack appeals death sentence | Michael Cochrane | Sept. 1, 2014
The highest military appeals court in the United States will hear an appeal later this year in the case of a soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow soldiers and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in 2003.