Did God Command Genocide In the Bible?
For more resources visit: http://reasonablefaith.org On October 25, 2011 at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Richard Dawkins was invited by the Oxford student...
How Can We Say "Out of Nothing, Nothing Comes" If We Don't Have Examples of Nothing?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2011 Dr William Lane Craig spoke at the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) in Hungary. While they ...
Debunking The Holy Ghost Movie
In this episode of Fighting for the Faith, Chris Rosebrough debunks the false miracles and false doctrine in movie, Holy Ghost.
Is the Bible Sexist, Racist, Homophobic, and Genocidal? - Kindle edition by Jonathan Morrow. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Jonathan Morrow (DMin) is the founder of Think Christianly (thinkChristianly.org). He speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics, and culture and is passionate about seeing a new generation understand what they believe, why they believe it and why it matters in life. Jonathan is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell), and contributed the chapter "Introducing Spiritual Formation" to Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN before completing his Doctor of Ministry degree.
God's Sufficient Word, Part 1
God’s sure Word makes the simple wise (v. 7). The Hebrew word translated “simple” comes from an expression meaning “an open door.” It evokes the image of a naive person who doesn’t know when to shut his mind to false or impure teaching. He is undiscerning, ignorant, and gullible. But God’s Word makes him wise. “Wise” speaks not of one who merely knows some fact, but of one who is skilled in the art of godly living. He submits to Scripture and knows how to apply it to his circumstances. The Word of God thus takes a simple mind with no discernment and makes it skilled in all the issues of life. This, too, is in contrast to the wisdom of men, which in reality is foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:20).
Logical Gal and the bias against circumstantial evidence
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
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Maher vs. Charlie Rose: To Claim Islam Is Like Other Religions Is Naive And Plain Wrong
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Adrian Peterson indicted in child case
Peterson had been indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. The team deactivated him for Sunday's home game against the Patriots.
Grace to You
Just as Paul exhorted the Philippians to excel in knowledge and discernment and to remain sincere and blameless until in Christ's presence (Phil. 1:9-10), so you must also do the same. Never be content with your present level of spirituality. Keep learning and growing. Demonstrate an attitude of truthfulness that reveals your commitment to God's Word and your readiness for battle.
Grace to You
What does “following” Jesus entail—not just in general terms but in real life? What does it mean on Friday nights when you’re alone with your free time, or on Tuesday morning when you’re busy with the usual routine? Think of what needs to change in moments like these if you’re to be a full-time follower.
God’s Beauty for the Bored, Busy, and Depressed
Second, God’s beauty fills the affections of our heart, which is essential if we are going to meet our foes of sin and temptation with success. “The world tells me that selfish indulgence in lust is where the fun is,” Dane said. On the contrary, “Edwards writes all over the place about quietly enjoying the beauty of God, and communing with him in his Son, who is the mighty and radiant friend of sinners like me. To use a word Edwards delightfully used, enjoying God happifies us.”
Tears in Memphis
Last weekend, many Christians in Memphis cried. A video that has gone viral shows a group of teenagers brutally beating innocent and helpless victims in a Memphis grocery store parking lot (a grocery store about a mile from my parents’ house). In the heart of a city rife with violence and injustice both historically and currently, such a video brings us to our knees. We grieve the hatred, violence, anger, brokenness, and desperation that this video showcases. And we grieve the hatred, violence, anger, brokenness, and desperation that many people's response to this video showcases. When we feel the gravity of our neighbors’ troubles in Memphis and elsewhere, we might even ask, “Is there any hope for this city?” And sometimes all we can do is cry.
The Pastors.com Daily
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How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money
Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen Search Group surveyed 727 of America's largest churches regarding their finances earlier this year. Though the researchers acknowledge their examination of church financial trends is not "randomly based nor is it statistically accurate for all larger churches," they explain the findings "do indicate many general trends, and is likely the most comprehensive financial perspective available on large churches."
Author’s Dire Warning About Liberal ‘Twist’ on the Bible: ‘Distorting the Faith of An Entire Generation’
Author Chelsen Vicari is on a mission to inspire and educate parents and faith leaders, alike, to prepare for and engage in an ideological battle against progressive Christianity.
No One Is Born Gay
As stated by gay activist and history professor John D'Emilio, "'Born gay' is an idea with a large constituency, LGBT and otherwise. It's an idea designed to allay the ingrained fears of a homophobic society and the internalized fears of gays, lesbians and bisexuals. What's most amazing to me about the 'born gay' phenomenon is that the scientific evidence for it is thin as a reed, yet it doesn't matter. It's an idea with such social utility that one doesn't need much evidence in order to make it attractive and credible."
Preaching is not an advisory role based in religious expertise but a prophetic function whereby God speaks to his people. For this reason the Expositors Summit is designed to strengthen and instruct preachers and students for the glorious task of expository ministry. You’re invited to join R. Albert Mohler Jr., John MacArthur and H.B. Charles Jr. for the explication of God’s Word and gospel fellowship.
Jesus Did More to Save Us than Die
There are two concluding caveats for how we might construe a "cross-centeredness" that is rigorous and yet narratively situated. First, while all of these other "moments" are peripheral to the cross in one way or another, not all are equally peripheral. For instance, the resurrection plays a much more dominant role in our salvation than, say, Christ's 40-day temptation or high priestly prayer. In some respects we might want to say that cross and resurrection should together be considered the center of Jesus' saving work, though at that point the conversation becomes quite nuanced. Second, in discussing the various components of Jesus' saving work, we must take care not to give the impression that they are in competitition with one another, as though the center and periphery were each fighting for our attention. In truth, a deeper understanding of the various "moments" of Jesus' saving work will lead to an expanded, not diminished, view of the cross, because all these other moments find their deepest meaning in relation to that great moment. So long as the peripheral is seen as peripheral , it can only enhance the visibility of the center, just as—to put it in terms of our earlier metaphor—understanding the broader narrative of a novel only enhances the understanding of that novel's climax.
Ray Rice, Domestic Abuse and the Quest for a Chivalrous Society | Jim Daly
You are obviously speaking more about a personal experience that are still angry about but that is not what this post is about. We all know plenty of women who are the destructive force in the relationship, I have lost a lot of friends because I will not condone behavior like that. There is no need to take away anything from the people who are innocent and are abused by power hungry spouses. They do nothing to cause the abuse so your comment is not relevant both sexes are capable of being bad everyone already knows that no need for the angry ranting about women.
He Thought He Would Die Inside the Twin Towers on 9/11 – But the Power of Prayer Saved Him!
This man, Sujo John, miraculously escaped the 9/11 tragedy with his life. On a unforgettable day of tragedy, God spared the life of this man who called upon him.
RELEVANT Podcast: Ellie Holcomb Performs Live
This week, Ellie Holcomb performs live. Plus, we talk to Jamie Tworkowski of To Write Love on Her Arms, get a recap of Jesse's wedding reception emcee gig, catch you up on the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and more ...
World-renown evangelist Ray Comfort is well on his way to releasing Audacity , a groundbreaking film that will graciously address the biblical truths about homosexuality — a hot topic many in the Christian world have skirted around to avoid being stereotyped as “haters,” “bigots” and even “racists.“ Instead of politicizing this controversial issue, Comfort is using his first scripted short film with professional actors to share the Gospel of God’s love — not to prove a point.
Eric Metaxas: Christians Should Be Joyful, But Not Happy
"There's something about the idea of happiness that's really a temporary idea. How can I be happy? Well, in a way it's like saying how can I be lucky or how can I be fortunate," Metaxas added. "That kind of thing goes away and I think that we have to develop inner resources. So it's really about joy and about building character."
Is Pop Culture Too Juvenile?
I do feel the loss of something here, but bemoaning the general immaturity of contemporary culture would be as obtuse as declaring it the coolest thing ever. A crisis of authority is not for the faint of heart. It can be scary and weird and ambiguous. But it can be a lot of fun, too. The best and most authentic cultural products of our time manage to be all of those things. They imagine a world where no one is in charge and no one necessarily knows what’s going on, where identities are in perpetual flux. Mothers and fathers act like teenagers; little children are wise beyond their years. Girls light out for the territory and boys cloister themselves in secret gardens. We have more stories, pictures and arguments than we know what to do with, and each one of them presses on our attention with a claim of uniqueness, a demand to be recognized as special. The world is our playground, without a dad or a mom in sight.
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Life Lessons From Zombies
The undead can teach us a lot about ourselves, says a writer from SyFy’s new "Z Nation."
Timing Isn’t Everything
Since such matters are in his hands, his disciples are in no position to predict the time of the end, and it should not concern them. How foolishly this warning has been ignored across the centuries. What should preoccupy believers is the mission plan that Jesus goes on to reveal. By this means he gives his own distinctive meaning and purpose to the critical age in which we live. The period between the ascension of Jesus and his return is to be marked by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. ( Acts of the Apostles , 110)
Facebook Finds Bible, C. S. Lewis Have Affected Many Users
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series topped the list of influential books, with more than 20 percent of examined users naming the series. But the Bible placed No. 6, listed by more than 7 percent of those answering the meme. And C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia placed No. 10, with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe itself placing No. 19.
Table Manners: Why We Take Communion Every Week
The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recorded in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Jesus gave the disciples bread, saying, “This is my body” (Matt. 26:26). Then he gave them a cup, saying, “This is my blood of the covenant” (Matt. 26:28). Luke tells us Jesus instructed his disciples to follow the pattern he gave them: “Do this in remembrance of me” (22:19). Just as Passover was intended to commemorate God’s deliverance over and over again, so was the Lord’s Supper. Thus, the earliest Christians ate the meal regularly, to remember and celebrate their redemption in Christ (1 Cor. 11:24–26). Through his death and resurrection, Jesus has redeemed us and prepared us for eternity with him. But we so easily lose sight of this in our day-to-day lives. The meal reminds us that Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again.
Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t
For married women who don’t have kids, or simply don’t have kids yet, an increasingly childless culture can take the pressure off. There are still people who badger, “When are you going to have kids?,” but that question doesn’t come up as much when surrounded by kid-free friends.
Baby That Was Clinically Pronounced Dead Was Revived by a Mother's Touch – A Miracle From God!
When baby Jamie was born 27 weeks early his mother and father knew his chances of life were very slim. The doctors in the room pronounced him dead and allowed the parents to hold him one more time.
These three reasons for a manifesto in the end devolve back to one root problem, which is sin. Because of sin—in the world, in our hearts, in our churches, in our families—we are constantly drawn away from obedience to the ministry our Lord has given us, just as we lapse from praying and from putting to death what is earthly in our lives, and so much more. Because of sin, there is constant slippage in our lives and churches—away from the ministry that God wants us to do. We see this degradation in multiple ways—in distractions, alternatives, opposition, quarrels about priorities, worldliness, laziness, entropy, personal insecurity, incompetence, the hunger for novelty, or just forgetfulness. At many times and in various ways, our participation in the work of the Lord diminishes rather than abounds. It ceases to be the central unifying priority and becomes one priority among many.
City On A Hill Church
City On A Hill, located in Federal Way, WA, is a local community church of Jesus Christ that seeks to engage in the diverse Northwest culture with a purpose to reach and impact the local community. The church uses every Christ-honoring means to pursue, win, disciple and equip people. City On A Hill strongly emphasizes teaching the Word of God, authentic fellowship, practical and innovative outreach, and every believer’s personal relationship with Christ through prayer, worship and the study of the Word of God.
7 Ideas for Your Next Christian Tattoo (and Some to Avoid)
After you thank this person for their clear insight, you should do some reflection. They have a good point. Your tattoo is going to be on you for a long time and, particularly if you're going to use this opportunity to get a tattoo reflective on your faith, you're going to want to get the right kind of tattoo. Here are a few ideas to spur your creative spirit—and a few to avoid.
Tim Tebow Joins ABC's 'GMA'; Quarterback's TV Job Soars While NFL Career Sputters
While former NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow can't find a job in the league, he's having no problem finding work in television. The ESPN/SEC network talent will join ABC's "Good Morning America" on Sept. 15.
Andrew Fuller Conference
George Whitefield was not only the most celebrated preacher of the eighteenth century, but he was also a central figure in the creation of modern Evangelicalism. His emphasis on the new birth, his passion for evangelism, his ability to cross denominational boundaries and build networks of Christians based on the gospel and Reformation convictions were central features in what we know today as Evangelicalism. In this conference celebrating the tercentennial (1714) birth of Whitefield, we will explore these key themes of this remarkable Christian’s life and what they meant for his day and mean for ours.
Bill Maher ABSOLUTELY CRUSHES Charlie Rose For Comparing Islam To Christianity
BILL MAHER: I saw Howard Dean on TV the other day and he said something along the order, he said the people in ISIS -- he said I'm about as Islamic as they are, you know, distancing the vast numbers of Islamic people around the world from them. That's just not true.
Harry Potter Book Series More Influential Than the Bible, According to Facebook
The study conducted for Facebook's book list was derived from the following demographics: 63.7 percent were in the U.S., followed by 9.3 percent in India, and 6.3 percent in the U.K. Women outnumbered men 3 to 1. The average age was 37.
10 Books to Read This Fall for a Deeper Faith
In Daniel 7:25 he says that someone will come and change the times and laws and speak against God. That someone is in the Catholic church. The decision to change the Sabbath day from Saturday to Sunday was designed by Roman Catholics in the early church, as Paul had prophesied that we would fall away from the real Truth into one designed by men, and look to man as God (2 Thess. 2:3,4,7). Rome decided to tamper with the 4th commandment, along with other ones as well. They changed the 4th by removing the Sabbath as Saturday, and after much persuasion they changed it to Sunday, a day that pagans worshipped their sun god on. There is no evidence in the Bible that says that such a change of the Sabbath was necessary. As the phrase by Paul says 'mystery of lawlessness' applies to us today, where did God say that this change was needed or even okay? Just because someone says God said something, doesn't mean we should believe it, we need to read for ourselves and talk to God about it first.
One Guy is Surrounded by Happy Bunnies on Japan's Rabbit Island – This Will Brighten Up Your Day for Sure!
Nicknamed Usagi Jima ("Rabbit Island"), this island's inhabitants surround any of those who bring tasty treats. This man gets right in the middle and this rabbits suddenly become his best friend. If these furry cuddle bunnies don't put a smile on your face then I don't know what will.
Republican Candidates Starting to Respond to Common Core Opposition
Jindal sued the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly violating the 10th amendment. Jindal, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, originally supported Common Core when he thought it would be a "state-lawed, bottom-up" approach to improving education standards. Jindal has since been convinced that Common Core is not the direction the U.S. wants its schools systems to go in.
Aim Higher Than 4.0
For most students, the answer is grades. Grades are the currency of college campuses — the way we measure our progress and compare ourselves with others. But when the A becomes the aim, we’ve really missed the point of our education. For the Christian, school — whatever discipline, whatever course, whatever professor — is about worship.
Who I Am: Friend vs. Freak
Though this guy and I grew close crazy quick, he had serious issues. I won’t be specific here, but there were things that had a heavy influence on his relationships and the way he handled them. Long story short, after many panic attacks on his part, and a short altercation in January, he took off on our friendship, and told me to “go talk to a campus pastor or something” about my hurts. I was…nothing short of mortified. When I realized that our friendship was falling apart I got in my car, drove to the farthest end of campus, and just wept for hours. Eventually I cried so hard that I actually started throwing up in the parking space next to my car. My abdomen muscles were that weak. That rock-bottom began a semester full of tears and pain. Why? Because, once again, it reopened the wound of always being passed over for friends in elementary school that were “better” than I was. Because I was “The freak”, even in my junior year of college…I still carried the throbbing heart of a broken and lonely little kid who just kept asking
Why God the Father and God the Son? | Reasonable Faith
According to the classical doctrine of the Trinity promulgated at the Council of Nicaea, God the Father eternally begets God the Son. This relation is sometimes called filiation, so that there is an intrinsic filial relationship between the first and second persons of the Trinity. So it is impossible for those persons to be related as mere friends, mates, colleagues, or siblings. The only question would be why the genders are not feminine rather than masculine: why not God the Mother or God the daughter? Given that the persons of the Trinity do not literally have a gender (since they are incorporeal), why are they revealed as masculine? The Bible says that men and women alike are created in the image of God, so any non-physical properties of masculinity and femininity which there might be must be alike comprised by God’s nature. Since God is neither male nor female, why does He reveal Himself as Father and Son?
Cops: My Kinsmen According to the Law
This way of thinking, when coupled with the depravity they witness and endure daily, can produce a self-righteous, “us versus them” posture. I know this because I lived it. There was never a more profound moment in my career than the day I realized I was no different before God than the man I had just placed into handcuffs.
James Foley's Mother 'Embarrassed, Appalled' at Obama's Handling of Son's Abduction by ISIS
Just weeks after the world was forced to witness the beheading of American journalist James Foley by terror group ISIS, his mother, Diane Foley, says she's "embarrassed and appalled" by the way the Obama administration handled her son's abduction. She also argues that airstrikes are not the best response to combat the terrorist organization.
WORLD | Ray Rice, God, and second chances | Barnabas Piper | Sept. 12, 2014
We worship a God of second chances. His grace is immeasurable, and without it we’d all be doomed. We love to expound upon and promote grace. It is foundational to our very being. Sometimes, though, grace gets complicated. Like when it gets mixed up with a demand for justice (or revenge).
'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Launch Draws Harsh Criticism: No Coherent Argument Made That Supports Same-Sex Marriage
Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages.