Can A "Beginning-less Universe" Exist?
William Lane Craig discusses the beginning of the universe. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/
How were People Effected Afer Seeing Jesus Resurrected Body?
William Lane Craig answers the question, "Did People See the Resurrected Jesus and How Did it Effect Them?" We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith ...
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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.
5 Ways the Church Can Make Great Art Again
An absolutely fantastic article that really isn't afraid to be part of the solution instead of obscuring/denying the problem. Christians and great art should be synonymous because we have the Great Creator residing within us, but there is a decided lack of great art being executed in Christian circles. From music to cinema to the printed page, our art has been compromised so as to adhere to a tight fisted agenda that means the happy ending must wrap up by page 99 or by the time the credits roll. Instead of showing the emotional gamut of the soul, like the Psalms, we pepper our films with abysmal comedy filler/ice breaking and pander to families at the expense of creating something deep and even cerebral. I'm sure God is thankful that there is an audience for this sort of thing, but outside of that decidedly limited demographic, the rest of us would like something that gauges our intellect and is filled with the level of depth/range that is the human experience. Whatever is the current trend or fad of the moment, it seems that too many well meaning (or perhaps not well meaning) Christian music/film industry stalwarts adopt all in the name of making commerce applicable to that demographic.
Television's Best Depictions of Christians
While today's televised depictions of the White House tend toward the pessimistic ( Scandal and House of Cards ) The West Wing is not only a rosier view of American politics, but an altogether more compelling one. The reality probably falls somewhere in the middle, but in the meantime, it was comforting to see Martin Sheen's exquisite portrayal of President Jed Bartlett. His social liberalism and frequently voiced frustration with fundamentalism will ruffle some viewers, but Bartlett's Catholic roots were taken seriously and dealt with powerfully. When a beloved friend and fan favorite tragically dies in the second season, Bartlett's irate, impassioned tirade against the Almighty in a Catholic Church is like a mirror of Sufjan Steven's equally frustrated sentiments in "Casmir Pulaski Day"—and, for that matter, of Job himself. All of are them asking the oldest question in history: "Why does God do what He does?" Bartlett finds his answer in (appropriately enough) a storm. It's as biblical a Divine response as you're likely to find on TV.
On 'Songs of Innocence' U2 Flirts With Its Old Greatness
Bono and co-lyricist The Edge recall seeing the Ramones live for the first time (also further detailed in Bono’s liner notes) in the swagger of “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” charged by the Edge’s fuzzed-out guitar. The duality of the lyrics equates the show to a spiritual experience: “I woke up at the moment when the miracle occurred/I get so many things I don’t deserve.” "This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now," dedicated to the late Joe Strummer, pledges allegiance to The Clash in all of its combat rock glory with bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. laying down the reggae-funk groove and stomp.
Lead in love | A guide for husbands
When Adam saw Eve for the first time, he said, “this is bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh” — he was saying, you’re equal to me, you’re the same substance as me. In Galatians 3;28, Paul helps us understand our equality in Christ: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Paul isn’t saying, “in Christ you lose your ethnicity, your job status or your gender,” but he is saying that those things don’t give you additional status with God — it’s Christ alone.
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.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
I haven't seen Him and Her yet (though I'm itching together now), but from what I understand, the original films played on the fact that memory does not always match reality, or, more accurately, when we talk about reality in relationships all we really have is memory to go on. So we see both sides of the story, but the shared scenes differ slightly between the two films. Jessica Chastain explained to the New York Daily News that “it was like creating two different characters. In Her I play Eleanor Rigby, but in Him I play Conor’s perception of Eleanor Rigby.”
A Verdict that Demands Evidence — Highlands Ministries
People are sinners . We ought to know that. When an accusation is made, no matter how horrific, we stand ready to believe it. What we seem unable to believe is that a people who are bad enough to commit horrific sins is a people bad enough to falsely accuse others of horrific sins. When an accusation is made the cry comes forth from the compassionate ones that no quarter should be given to the accused, because the guilty deserve no quarter. Those who raise questions about evidence are then deemed enablers, chiselers of the legal system, conspiratorial blackguards. You can always tell the guilty ones — they’re the ones trying to stop the lynch mob.
Study: Millennials Love Books, But Not Libraries
A ccording to a new Pew Research study, much of the millennial generation is really into reading—but not going to library. From The Atlantic : “Some 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30.” However, the same group also said that libraries weren’t “essential in their communities,” and this attitude is contributing to the trend of Americans actually purchasing more books than are borrowed. What do you expect from a generation raised by Levar Burton? ...
Family Ministry: Learning How to TIE - Timothy Paul Jones
One of the most important organizational principles in family-equipping ministry is don’t add any new programs. So how do you embrace a new approach to ministry without adding anything new? Find out here:
Good News for Weary Women
This is a session from the companion DVD to Good News for Weary Women, Elyse’s latest book. In it, Elyse touches on the good and the bad that have come out of feminism, the biblical femininity movement, and well-intentioned teaching on how to be a virtuous woman. These messages all too often put pressure on people to do better and try harder. This is bad news, but the gospel is good news. This good news of Jesus’ accomplishments on our behalf frees women from the pressures of everything they’re told they should be by showing them how Jesus has already done the work. Because of Jesus, weary women can rest easy.
Gay marriage hailed as “wholesome” in a graham cracker ad
The video above is a Honey Maid Graham Cracker commercial that features a pro-gay marriage message. I guess I missed this one when it came out last April, so it is entirely possible that many of you have already seen it. In many ways, it is unremarkable. Those of us who hold to natural marriage are in the minority in this country. It was always only a matter of time before mainstream advertisements began to reflect the opinions of the majority. There’s nothing new about that. It would be unrealistic to expect anything less. Still, there are a number of items worth reflecting on in connection with this ad.
Answering Muslims: Muslim Tells Me to Shut Up Before I Get Shot
On this website, we engage Muslims and the foundations of Islam without trying to be "PC". We feel honesty is better than disguised language. As you can read on our FAQ, this is out of love, not out of hatred. Thanks, and we're looking forward to seeing your comments!
Review of evidential apologetics book by pastor shows where church needs to improve
That is a textbook definition of fideism – that belief is somehow more pious and praiseworthy the less evidence we have. And the best way to have less evidence is to study nothing at all, but to just make a leap-of-faith in the dark. Of course, a leap-of-faith can land you anywhere – Islam, Mormonism. Presumably this pastor is like the Mormons who eschew all evidence and prefer to detect the truth of Mormonism by “the burning of the bosom” which happens when people read the all-sufficient, all-powerful Book of Mormon. His view of faith is identical to theirs, and 180 degrees opposed to the Bible. He has made his leap-of-faith, and that leap-of-faith is not accountable to arguments and evidence. His faith is private and personal, based on his own feelings. He considers it blasphemous to have to demonstrate what he believes to those who disagree with him. Where is this in the Bible? It’s nowhere. But it is everywhere in anti-intellectual Christian circles.
Dr. Sproul relates an event in his childhood when he had fear and links that fear to the moonlit Gethsemane. The garden was within the limits of Jerusalem for celebrating the Passover and Jesus knew that Judas would know to find Him there. Dr. Sproul explains the two groups Judas brought. One group consisted of Temple police and the second a detachment that he goes on to explain what comprised a detachment of Roman soldiers. Jesus once again answers when asked with the "I am He" phrase causing a remarkable reaction. Dr. Sproul concludes this section with a discussion on the active and passive obedience of Jesus.
A Defense of the Minimal Facts: Part 1
Such apologists, seeking to hijack the field of ancient history, are desperate to slap the label “historical” onto the resurrection. This goal is derived in no sense whatsoever from legitimate academic concerns, but instead is one born purely out of the desire to evangelize. Once Jesus’ resurrection is considered “historical,” you just have to accept it and apologists can cram their religion down people’s throats. It was to avoid such non-academic agendas that historians bracketed such religious questions in the first place. I myself was originally content with letting the resurrection be a religious, rather than historical question, but apologists have fired the first shot in attempting to invade the field of ancient history. Since they are now targeting a lay audience with a variety of oversimplified slogans aimed at converting the public rather than seriously engaging historical issues, my duty here on Κέλσος is to correct their misconceptions.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 "The Enemy" and "The Price"
I’m going through “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and reviewing every episode, complete with commentary and a grade from A-F. I’ve also included a score and comment from my wife, who has never seen the show before. There are SPOILERS for each episode below.
William Lane Craig debates Austin Dacey: Does God Exist?
The following week, I was off an another three-day trip, this time to California State University at Fresno. As part of a week of campus outreach the Veritas Forum scheduled a debate on the existence of God between me and Austin Dacey, whom I had debated last spring at Purdue University. In preparation for the rematch I adopted two strategies: (1) Since Dacey had come to the Purdue debate with prepared speeches, I decided to throw him for a loop by offering a different set of arguments for God, so that his canned objections wouldn’t apply. I chose to focus on the cosmological argument, giving four separate arguments for the beginning of the universe, and on the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. (2) I reviewed our previous debate carefully, preparing critiques of his five atheistic arguments. In the process I found that he had seriously misunderstood or misrepresented a statement by a scientist on the Big Bang; so I brought along the book itself in case Dacey quoted this source again. I figured he might change his arguments just as I was doing; but I wanted to be ready in case he used his old arguments again.
Ladies, Put Down That Pink Bible
Wilkin identifies two significant problems among Christian resources for women: They tend to be emotion-driven and human-centered. Too often, women approach Scripture asking not “Who is God?” but “Who am I?” The latter question certainly has its place, but, as Wilkin objects, “Any study of the Bible that seeks to establish our identity without first proclaiming God’s identity will render partial and limited help.”
Question of the Week: Least-Read Bible Book
As a whole, my least read book of the Bible is Leviticus. Why? Probably because it is so focused on the law, or maybe because it also focuses on the sacrificial system under the Law. Since Jesus is our perfect sacrifice, and we no longer have a need for the blood bulls, lambs, or doves, I guess Leviticus loses some significance for me. Now, having said that, I have read Leviticus a number of times, but I confess that I have only read chapter 1-9 of 1 Chronicles once in my life, and that was just to prove I had done it. The endless genealogy bores me out of my skull.
Sunday Quote!- The Heartbeat and Delight of Christianity
Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!